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Gluten Free Soups

Vegan Pozole Rojo

Years back, I had a bowl of vegan pozole rojo at a restaurant in Santa Cruz, California.  And while it was not a bad bowl of soup, it felt like it could be a better bowl of soup.  Since that time, I’ve thought about it on and off. And today, felt like the day to […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Hominy Chili Bake

Who doesn’t love a vegan chili cornbread casserole? This casserole’s cornbread crust is moist and sweet. The hominy chili filling is smoky, spicy, and very easy to make. Baked together for ~25 minutes, and it’s a delicious vegan hominy chili bake recipe that will keep everyone coming back for more. This is not a hard […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Potato Leek Soup with Swiss Chard

This vegan potato leek soup with Swiss chard is delicious. It’s a hearty potato chard soup that’s perfect for a cool rainy day, or after a day of hard work.  Serve it with a crusty bread or some garlic toast. It makes 4 servings. One afternoon, I was riding my bike outside Pescadero, California.  I […]

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Salads Sides

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

In this salad, cooked farro is chewy and bouncy, and a nice contrast to crunchy raw fennel bulb.  The zip of the dijon pairs nicely with sweetness and slightly licorice flavor of tarragon. And shallots and garlic make everything savory! It’s a super tasty farro salad for lunch, a light meal, or as a side […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Pizza with Wild Mushrooms, Fennel and Almond Ricotta

Wild mushrooms, fennel, fresh basil, heirloom tomatoes and almond ricotta make for one fancy, delicious vegan pizza recipe.  Using the freshest produce you can find makes a big difference in the flavor.  Heirloom tomatoes are unreal in this recipe, and no doubt, just because they are heirloom tomatoes.  And it’s a hearty pizza.  Seriously delizioso! […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Okra Soup

Okra, it’s delicious. Whether it’s deep fried, stewed, stir fried, pickled or added to a soup, it’s always a winner. Maybe you feel the same way? This easy vegan okra soup recipe is inspired by the Indian okra dish, bhindi masala. It preserves many of the same ingredients. And much like the classic dish, this […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Soy Curl Tetrazzini Primavera

Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish named after an opera singer.  It involves a cheesy sauce, some kind of meat (usually chicken or tuna), and some vegetables.  When I was a kid, I thought it sounded very classy.   This vegan chicken tetrazzini recipe is built around a delicious cashew cream sauce.  White wine, raw […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Seitan Beef Stew

Whether you buy it or make your own, seitan is a great source of vegan protein.  One serving can boast up to 21 grams of protein!  Cost effective, versatile, and possessing a nice chewy texture, seitan is one of my favorite vegan proteins to cook with. Fry it, roast it, braise it, or bake it, […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Cornmeal Galette with Sweet Potatoes, Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Black-eyed peas were first introduced to Virginia during the 17th century.  Grown throughout Asia and West Africa, black-eyed peas favor warm climates, and are extremely tolerant to drought.  Thus, crops of black-eyed peas proliferated throughout the Southern United States, and to this day, continue to play an important role in Southern cuisine. This recipe blends common […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Coconut Corn Soup with Soy Curls

This vegan coconut corn soup recipe is what happens when I spend time learning about Guam’s corn soup, have Latin flavors on my mind, and am in the mood for soy curls. Coconut milk, cilantro, lime juice, ground cumin, rubbed sage, and a good amount of garlic make it oh so tasty. This recipe cooks […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Watermelon Radish Slaw

This easy vegan red cabbage and watermelon radish slaw recipe is acidic, sweet and slightly bitter in a pleasing way. It’s a delightful combination of very thinly sliced apples, watermelon radishes, red cabbage, carrots and scallions with a classic coleslaw dressing with celery seed and apple cider vinegar. This recipe serves 4. Watermelon radishes are […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

While working on another UVK recipe, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some lemon tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  So here we are. This vegan pear salad recipe makes a satisfying lunch or a simple side salad. It’s just so vibrantly […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Hearty Sweet Potato Chickpea Stew

Puchero is a peasant stew from Spain, but is prepared in a number of countries in Central and South America, and in the Phillippines.  The word “puchero” translates to “stew pot” in English.  Many times, the broth is made from meat or cured bones.  Depending on the country preparing it, there are variations in some of […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Carrot Fennel Soup

This vegan carrot fennel soup recipe is spicy in a warming way, bright from the lemon juice, savory from the fennel bulb, and a bit sweet from the carrots. All in all, it uses few ingredients, cooks up fast, and is very easy to make. And best of all, it tastes absolutely delicious! Ras el […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

One very cold and snowy evening in Colorado, I was looking through my pantry asking myself the age old question, “What can I make for dinner tonight?”   Sometimes, it’s good to be stuck in a snowstorm.  It’s like your very own episode of Chopped.   I ended up recruiting some stray items from the […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Whenever I feel the slightest bit of illness coming on, this is my go-to vegan shiitake mushroom soup recipe. Considered a medicinal mushroom, shiitakes boost immunity, are a powerful antioxidant, and offer a fair amount of vitamin B and D.   There is nothing like a spicy bowl of shiitake mushroom soup to clear your sinuses! […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Puff Pastry Turnovers with Swiss Chard, Potatoes and Chickpeas

Blitva is a traditional Croatian side dish that stars Swiss chard, potatoes and a lot of garlic. Inspired by this side dish, I created a vegan turnover recipe that included all three ingredients, and then, added buttery, delicious vegan puff pastry and hearty chickpeas. The result is a savory, delicious pastry that makes a great […]

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Vegan Cream of Kohlrabi Soup

Popular in Vietnam, beloved by German-speaking nations, and a regular staple in Slavic cuisine, kolhrabi is a delicious turnip-esque vegetable that tastes a bit like broccoli. Kohlrabi doesn’t show up often in the standard American diet, but it certainly is delicious. Dried marjoram, garlic and lemon juice bring out the best in it in this […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Mushroom Sauerkraut Pierogi

Because it’s been a few years since this vegan mushroom sauerkraut pierogi recipe went out, it felt like a good time to revisit it.  And basically, I did very little to the actual vegan pierogi recipe, but included a few tips to make it easier to make. With almost 3-4 hours of prep time, it’s […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Celeriac Salad with Apples

This easy vegan celeriac, apple and hazelnut salad recipe is crunchy and refreshing. It tastes awesome as a side to any meal. Before being peeled, celeriac, also known as celery root, may not be much of a looker. But once peeled, it’s crisp texture and subtle celery flavor are ready for action. Celeriac Salad with […]

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Slow Cooker Seitan Goulash

This vegan seitan goulash recipe is loaded with vegetables and a savory broth full of sweet Hungarian paprika, smoked paprika and caraway seeds. It’s easy to make, smells amazing while it cooks, and has a taste to match. If you use red miso, taste it when it’s done cooking. It might need a little soy […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Sides Warm Side Dishes

White Beans and Sauerkraut

This vegan white beans and sauerkraut recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s a simple sauerkraut side dish, but it also can work as a main dish. To make it an entree, serve it over fried potatoes or mashed potatoes. Top it with some vegan sour cream to make it next level. This braised sauerkraut with beans […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Golden Beet Soup

Slavic people love borscht, and thus, there’s so many ways to make it. Taking inspiration from the classic soup, this is one tasty, easy vegan golden beet soup recipe with fresh dill, leeks and potatoes. Why golden beets instead of red beets? Because golden beets are little less sweet than red beets. They’re mellower. And […]