Mexican Rice and Beans

Rice and beans is a staple in Central American cuisine and it also happens to be best vegan meals ever, if prepared with the right seasoning. And if you already have the spices, it’s very cheap as well as super easy to make. I’ve made it for people who generally don’t go for beans, and they’ve told me it’s awesome. The rice also has a really slightly crunchy texture that makes it different than regular …

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Vegan Lemon Cream Pasta with Arugula

One of the things I love in theory about Mark Bittman’s pasta recipes in the New York Times is that they’re super-simple and yet they also use unique combinations of ingredients that make the dish creative and unexpected. Unfortunately, they also rely heavily on dairy – cream, butter, and cheese.

The good thing is that there are vegan alternatives to every dairy product. So when my mom told that she was making this recipe for …

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Vegan Restaurants NYC

A lot has changed in the New York City vegan scene in recent years. Some of my favorite vegan restaurants such as V-Note, Gobo, and Pure Food & Wine closed due to the high cost of organic food, rising real estate prices in Manhattan, and other circumstances.

It was definitely sad to hear that these restaurants closed, especially since the food and atmosphere they had were so great, and I have many fond memories of …

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Baked Tofu with Swiss Chard in Miso Sesame Peanut Sauce

This is an Asian-inspired meal I randomly made up that is flavorful and delicious. It’s grounding and filling yet also light – making it the perfect meal for when you get home from work. It’s also super easy to make. And if you already have the pantry ingredients (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, toasted sesame oil, peanut butter, and tahini), all you have to pick up at the store is garlic, swiss chard and tofu.

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Sautéed Kale with Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt

Do you ever feel like you just want something easy but healthy, while also tasty and comforting for dinner? I’ll often make this recipe for sautéed kale along with some potato rounds for a light dinner if I’ve had a heavy lunch or am too tired to make anything that requires forethought or energy and it always winds up being just what I needed.

People are often surprised how amazingly delicious and un-boring a …

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Mac n’ “Cheese”

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. I usually use quinoa shells instead of macaroni, as I prefer the size and shape. In this particular cheese sauce, I add coconut oil and white miso, which help to create a rich and earthy flavor.

The creaminess of the cashews, the cheddary-ness of the nutritional yeast, and the tartness of lemon or lime juice create a very cheesy taste and texture, that doesn’t involve cruelty or …

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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

This delicious vegan fettuccine alfredo is my go-to meal when I’m cooking for a group of people. Not only is it super easy to make, but even picky eaters and skeptics of vegan food love it. Everyone is usually surprised that there’s no cheese in it, since the nutritional yeast and cashews create a convincingly cheesy taste and texture. I usually add kale, because kale goes fabulously with the sauce, but you can sub with …

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Tutta Verde Herbal Pizza

This recipe is so easy, delicious, and all-around awesome that I’ve been making it pretty much every weeknight for the past two weeks. Fresh, filling, cheesy, and a little spicy – it’s the perfect pick-me-up after a long day’s work.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • ¾ cup cashews
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 small lime or ½ medium-sized lime
  • ½ shallot or ¼ medium-sized onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ small jalapeño
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