Shiitake Bacon

This salty and crispy shiitake bacon is one of my favorite go-to toppings and 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 shells n’ “cheese.”

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

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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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Toasted 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.

Why pumpkin seeds? Well, most notably, they’re incredibly nutritious and rich in protein. But also, when toasted …

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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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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 delicious a big plate of …

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Shells 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.

You can add any of …

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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.

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 teff flour or other gf flour
  • ½
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