Shiitake Bacon

This salty and crispy shiitake bacon is one of my favorite go-to toppings and it tastes remarkably like bacon. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare before throwing in the oven. I sometimes like to enjoy it on its own as a snack or appetizer, but it also goes great on top of pasta dishes like my vegan fettuccine alfredo and mac and “cheese.

Most of the shiitake bacon that I’ve had at vegan …

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Mexican Rice and Beans

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

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds / Pepitas

Sometimes salads and sautéed or grilled vegetables are great on their own with just some extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt or my favorite, Herbamare. However, sometimes you just need a little more je ne sais quoi to make it more filling and satisfying. This is where pumpkin seeds can be a vital asset your vegan pantry.

Pumpkin seeds:

  • Are rich in omega-3 fatty acid, as well as zinc, calcium, and iron
  • Provide 1/2
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Cucumber Guacamole

Guac is one of the best things you can make when gathering together with friends or family. It evokes a fun, laid-back vibe and most people love it.

I’ve been making my own version for several years, but recently when I was making it with a friend, he suggested adding a new twist to make it even more enticing: cucumber.

Cucumber adds an unexpected but welcome element of coolness, which is balanced by the …

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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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Charred 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 delicious a big plate of …

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Vegan Mac & “Cheese”

Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of homemade mac and cheese? I thinkest not. There are tons of vegan mac and cheese recipes out there, but I have been refining my own version over the years. 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. I normally use chickpea shells instead of macaroni, as I personally …

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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 great 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.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • ¾ cup cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 small lime or ½ medium-sized lime
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ small jalapeño pepper, seeded and ribs removed
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp chickpea flour or other flour
  • ½ tsp
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