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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Loose Meat Sandwich with Lentils and Mushrooms

Raised in the U.S.’s Midwest, I couldn’t deny giving loose meat sandwiches a vegan overhaul. UVK’s vegan loose meat sandwich recipe uses lentils and mushrooms. And thus, it’s more of a loose “lentil meat” sandwich recipe. What is a loose meat sandwich? Originating in Iowa, it’s a sandwich filling that’s loose like a sloppy joe, […]

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Breakfast Entrees Lunch & Dinner Sides Warm Side Dishes

Savory Vegan Bread Pudding with Leeks and Rainbow Chard

Is savory bread pudding a side dish or a main course? Is it a casserole for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Basically, it is all of these things. This savory vegan bread pudding recipe is a bread casserole that transcends fitting neatly into a box. I’ve eaten it for breakfast and enjoyed it with a salad […]

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Appetizers & Snacks Gluten Free

Smoky Maple BBQ Popcorn

This vegan BBQ popcorn recipe started out wanting to be a BBQ seasoning mix for popcorn. Then, it evolved into a savory vegan caramel corn recipe, because maple syrup felt essential to the flavor. The flavors are smoky, sweet, spicy, and savory. It’s texture is crunchy and light. As you snack, it doesn’t leave seasoning […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Sides Warm Side Dishes

Beet Risotto

This vegan beet risotto recipe is a delightful blend of elements of Slavic borscht and Italian risotto. It’s flavorful and delicious. And while beauty is never a high priority, I cannot deny how lovely magenta risotto looks! As I’ve mentioned in other vegan risotto recipes, making risotto takes time and vigilance. It’s not the type […]

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Salads Sides

Radish and Green Bean Salad

This vegan radish and green bean salad recipe has a very tasty orange-mint vinaigrette. It interacts very nicely with the veggies and barley. Dressings and sauces are 99% of what makes anything worth eating. Between chewy barley, crispy radish and green beans, and crunchy roasted pistachios, there’s a lot of nice things happening with the […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

This is an easy vegan roasted sweet potato soup recipe. You roast the sweet potatoes, sauté the aromatics, simmer for 15 minutes, and combine in a blender. That’s it. Simple, spiced, creamy and delicious. It has it all! This soup makes 4 servings. Two things… ・Try to chop the sweet potatoes, so they’re roughly the […]

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Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Salads Sides

Kale and Tofu Salad with Spicy Tamari Dressing

For awhile, I debated titling this vegan kale tofu salad recipe either “Crunchy Tofu Salad” or “Super Seedy Tofu Kale Salad”. A generous helping of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds create a delightful texture that’s crunchy and satisfying. And they pair so nicely with the hot chili oil tamari dressing, the marinated baked […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Stroganoff with Mushrooms and Seitan

About a decade ago, I came across a recipe for vegan stroganoff with tahini. Despite having no vegan sour cream in it, the sauce was great. Time passed, and I haven’t been able to locate it. And honestly, at this point, all I can recall is that it had tahini and cornstarch in it! Inspired, […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Cannellini Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

This vegan cannellini bean salad recipe is very flavorful and perfect year round. It holds up well. It’s great for to pack for lunch, a road trip, as a side dish or a light dinner. It’s great with some toast. While flavor is always the most important thing to me, I cannot deny it.. this […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Some black bean soup recipes use tomatoes, dried beans, and lots of time. This one uses none of these things. This easy vegan black bean soup recipe uses canned beans and orange juice. It’s simple, budget friendly, and comes together in about 30 minutes. My absolute favorite ingredient is the orange juice. Its sweetness works […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Southwestern Casserole with Soy Curls, Sweet Corn and Hash Browns

Who doesn’t love a good vegan casserole dish? They’re usually the very definition of “ugly food” (visually unattractive, but oh so comforting), and easy to make. And if the flavor is done well, they’re a fast, family favorite. With frozen sweet corn, Southern-style hash browns, mild green chiles, and soy curls, I’m happy to report […]

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Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments

Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

This vegan sun-dried tomato pesto recipe is super simple. It uses fresh basil, walnuts, shallots, loads of garlic, a touch of balsamic vinegar, nutritional yeast and more. It’s very flavorful, makes ~¾ cup, and stores in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Is sun-dried tomato pesto vegan? Pesto usually has a hard cheese in it, like […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Potato and Onion Pierogi

As the holidays approach, I find that I want to do nothing but eat comfort food. To me, that’s vegan cabbage rolls, mounds of mashed potatoes, sauerkraut soups, cabbage and noodles, beet soup and yes, lots and lots of vegan pierogi. So, I couldn’t resist putting together this vegan potato and onion pierogi recipe! While […]

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Salads Sides Warm Side Dishes

Farro Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables

UVK has no shortage of excellent farro salad recipes, but this recipe for vegan farro salad with roasted root vegetables is one of the best! Loaded with chewy farro and roasted carrots, parsnips and beets, it is delicious warm or cold, and packs a flavorful punch with its orange balsamic vinaigrette. The dressing has it […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Mushroom Lentil Pot Pie

Man, I love lentils. I love them in soups, burgers, and so many other vegan dishes. Maybe you love them too? It’s part of the reason I couldn’t resist putting together this vegan recipe for mushroom lentil pot pie! This simple, delicious, super savory vegan lentil pot pie recipe is the perfect comfort food for […]

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Soups

Vegan Sauerkraut Soup with White Beans and Barley

Cabbage soup is very common in Slavic cuisine. The “cabbage” in cabbage soup can refer to fresh cabbage or sauerkraut. And Russians, Poles, Slovaks and Ukrainians eat it a lot. Inspired by preparations of the Polish soup, kapuśniak, this vegan sauerkraut soup recipe shares many of the common ingredients, but does detour from tradition. But […]

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Salads Sides

Vegan Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries, Apples and Walnuts

This vegan Brussels sprout slaw recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, the holidays, or as a delicious winter salad. It’s easy. You blend the walnut dressing, chop some ingredients, and mix it all up in a large bowl. Simple! The real showstopper here is the creamy vegan walnut dressing. It’s oil free, gluten free and has […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Tofu Ricotta, Spinach and Fennel

This vegan stuffed shells recipe has tofu ricotta, spinach and fennel bulb. It’s garlicky, savory and totally nut free (no cashews, no almonds). And best of all, these tofu stuffed shells are super delicious and easy to make. A few things… ・It takes awhile for the water to boil for the pasta shells. Use this […]

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Gluten Free Sides Warm Side Dishes

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Many vegan green bean casserole recipes use cashews or coconut milk. UVK brings you this vegan green bean casserole recipe made with white beans! It’s completely free of nuts and coconut milk. While it might seem daunting to make vegan green bean casserole from scratch, it couldn’t be easier. The longest part of the prep […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Sriracha Tofu Salad

This is a delicious, easy vegan sriracha tofu salad recipe has a lot of versatility! For a protein-packed meal, enjoy it solo. Or fill a tortilla with it with additional cucumber slices and fresh cilantro to make a tasty sriracha tofu wrap. Maybe add some cold orzo pasta? And enjoy a Thai-inspired tofu orzo salad. […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Tofu Enchiladas with Mushrooms and Sweet Corn

This recipe goes out to the hermetically sealed silken tofu that’s been living in my pantry for a year. It’s dutifully sat on the shelf ready for action. There’s a number of vegan silken tofu recipes that this bad boy could have been used in (creamy polenta, cheesy grits, Greek spinach pie, etc), but instead, […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Smoky Red Bean Soup

This vegan smoky red bean soup recipe is inspired by preparations of Slovak Fazul’ová Polievka (or “bean soup”). There are many versions using different varieties of beans (like white beans, cranberry beans, red beans), meats (smoked bacon, sausage, etc), and add-ins (sour cream, vinegar, etc). However, most preparations involve potatoes, carrots, and paprika in some […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Seitan Steak Sandwich

This seitan steak sandwich recipe is delicious. It’s the perfect vegan sandwich for crushing hunger, because it’s just that hearty. And it’s really easy to make! A few things… ・You can use store bought or homemade seitan in this recipe. If you’re making your own seitan, it takes over an hour to prepare. Plan ahead. […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

Inspired by vinegret, a popular Russian and Ukranian salad, this recipe for cold vegan beet potato salad with sauerkraut is very similar to traditional preparations. Commonly, there are beets, potatoes, carrots, onions, and then, sauerkraut and/or diced pickles. Often, it is dressed in additional brine from the sauerkraut or pickles, and sunflower oil. Positively delicious. […]