Posted in Breads, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Soup, Vegan

Cauliflower & Almond Soup Recipe

I love Spring and not just because my birthday kicks off the season! Spring weather is kind of all over the place which means there’s usually an opportunity–or two–to whip up a good soup recipe even as the temperature starts to warm up.

Here in Romania the weather has been improving steadily and then BAM, a gray and rainy day which in our house is known as a perfect day for a warm bowl of soup.

Today’s vegan soup recipe is inspired by a Cauliflower Almond Soup I recently had at a local spot, Cafe Natiei. Of course I put a few of my own twists on it but the flavor profile is pretty much as the recipe name indicates, cauliflowers and almonds.

If you’re thinking it sounds weird, well you’re just wrong. Okay maybe it does sound weird but I promise that it was nothing but delicious. Mine and theirs.

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Posted in Casseroles, oil free vegan recipes, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Potatoes, Vegan

30 Minute Vegan Tray Bake Recipe

Hey there vegan food lovers!

As you read this, I am off in Italy playing tourist so I’m going to keep this week’s recipes short and sweet.

As much as I love to cook, and I really do, sometimes I need to nourish my body and do it easily or quickly. Sometimes that means one pot meals and other times it means something similar, a tray bake recipe.

Vegan tray bake recipes are absolutely perfect when you want to eat good and eat well with very little effort. Today’s recipe features TVP, sweet potatoes and carrots. And I threw in a small batch of kohlrabi greens because I wanted to use them before they started to turn yellow and bitter.

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Posted in Grains, oil free vegan recipes, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Sandwiches, Vegan

Vegan Tuna Sandwich Upgrade ~ Tapenade Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

The good news is that my book is off to the editor! The not-so-good news is that means there are still about a thousand different things that I need to do to prepare for book launch.

But I still have to eat which means another vegan sandwich recipe…of sorts.

Did anyone else love a good tuna salad sandwich as a kid? My favorite was made with Miracle Whip, celery, mustard and diced pimento. It was simple and went really great with crackers. But recently I was in the mood for a proper grown up vegan tuna sandwich but with a twist.


If you’ve been around a while you know that I love pesto of all varieties and I will put it on absolutely anything from Vegan Eggs to Tabbouleh Salad and yes, my favorite Pizza Brot recipes! If you love vegan pesto as much as I do, click here to get started on pesto basics.

But the truth is that I love tapenade just as much, I mean what’s not to love about an olive centric dish? But it can get salty and I’m searching for more ways to add tapenade to dishes without making it salty AF.

Anyway, let’s jump right in!

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Creamy Vegan Potato & Corn Chowder Recipe

The weather lately has been so sporadic that it’s hard to know what to make from one day to the next. It’s annoying but I guess it can also be seen as an adventure. If that’s your thing.

A recent run of rainy days meant that the Hubs and I were both in the mood for something warm and with fresh corn on the cob on hand I knew it was the perfect weather for creamy corn & potato chowder.

Before going vegan I wasn’t really a fan of chowder because I was never a fan of milk or anything that tasted a lot like milk so for me, chowders were never an option, not even when I lived in the northeast. But lately I’ve been looking for ways to recreate chowder without the gross milky taste.

I think this version comes pretty dang close.

What’s your favorite vegan chowder?

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Posted in Bar Food, International vegan cuisine, oil free vegan recipes, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Potatoes, Soup, Vegan

Irish Potato Stew with Vegan Sausage

I don’t know about where you are in the world but the weather here in Romania has been erratic, at best. The past week the temperature has been as high as 20 Celsius and as low as about 5 degrees, which makes it hard to plan an outing or a meal.

But when you wake up and sky is gray and releasing nothing but nonstop rain, it’s a pretty good bet that a good vegan stew will be on the menu.

I love soups and stews, the heartier the better. But I am NOT one of those people who can eat a vegan soup when it’s warm outside. My dad can do it. My husband. Many of my friends, too.

Not me.

Luckily Mother Nature is cooperating with my desire to eat more soup, though I wish she would switch so I can just eat a dry soup, also known as a delicious vegan salad.

Anyway I took advantage of the cold weather and whipped a vegan version of Irish Coddle Stew. And I say a version because there’s always that one person eager to say, “oh it’s not a true coddle if there’s no, insert animal flesh here.” Well I know that, which is why I said a VERSION of it.

If you like a hearty Irish stew and you’re keen to try more ways to use vegan meat alternatives, check out this easy vegan stew.

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Posted in Bowls, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Vegan

Quick & Easy Vegan Dinners ~ Roasted Veggie Traybake

When you need to eat dinner but you don’t have the time, the energy or the desire to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen, check out traybake recipes.

What are these delightful easy vegan dinners?

Quite simply, you grab a bunch of veggies, season them and place them on a baking tray. Then, pop them into the oven and cook until roasted and delicious. Pull it from the oven and gobble, gobble. In just 40 minutes or less you’ll have a perfectly plant based vegan dinner.

Easy, right?

So easy! And the best part of these super simple vegan dinners is that it’s the perfect way to use up vegetables before they go bad, or just when you’re feeling lazy.

This particular vegan dinner recipe wasn’t just a lot of food, but it was also calorie friendly which is perfect for my inner chonk.

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Posted in Casseroles, oil free vegan recipes, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Potatoes, Sauces & Creams, Vegan

Vegan One Pot Meals ~ Cauliflower, Leek & Potato Casserole

Don’t you just love a good meal that comes together in one pot? Or in this case, one casserole dish?

These days the Hubs and I both have been incredibly busy so we have been living on one pot vegan meals, soups, casseroles and other such dishes. They are usually delicious but when it comes to my creations, they aren’t often very photogenic. I know, I plan to take a course on improving my blog photos and I will. Eventually.

For now, this is what we have. #sorrynotsorry

This dish came to be as a sort of kitchen sink dish because I made it the day before we usually do our grocery shopping which means the fridge was looking a little bare. But there was a medium head of cauliflower inside that I desperately wanted to use because the idea of food going bad just really makes me mad.

And I thought to myself, what can I make with cauliflower that isn’t vegan cauliflower and leek soup? Oh, did I mention that I have a ton of leeks because my mother-in-law knows we like them and gave us about a half kilo of them? Well that’s two ingredients to the dish and all I needed was to decide the all important question: Grain or Potato?

Potato won out this time and here we are.

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Posted in Herbs, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Soup, Vegan

Vegan Soup Recipes ~ Roasted Fennel & Carrot Soup

One of the best things about cold weather is that you get to eat tons and tons of soup! It also means that I get to break out my slow cooker but this is not a slow cooker recipe. In fact, I would call today’s vegan soup recipe a sheet pan soup if that makes sense?

This is going to be a quick post because I am totally in the zone with Indigo’s story, which is book 2 in the Green St. Girls series if you’re interested. Shameless plug, I know!

Anyway I digress, this creamy vegan sheet pan soup is healthy and delicious but it is also super easy to make. I know I say that often, but I promise this is one of those do it and forget about it until later vegan recipes.

Grab your sheet pan and your fresh herbs and let’s get this vegan soup recipe started!

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Posted in Asian Food, Bowls, Curry, Indian, International vegan cuisine, one pot recipes, Plant Based, Vegan

Hot & Creamy Vegan Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Curry

Are you looking for a cozy and delicious vegan recipe to try this winter? Look no further than vegan cauliflower & sweet potato curry! After a long walk or a sweaty workout on a winter’s day, all I want is something warm. It can be soup, because who doesn’t love a hearty vegan soup? But it can also be curry when you want to switch up your soup game.

This hearty and flavorful vegan recipe is perfect for warming up on a chilly winter day, and it’s packed with the health benefits of cauliflower.

Why Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a nutrition powerhouse, containing high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B6. It’s also a good source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Cauliflower has been shown to have a number of health benefits, including improving digestion, reducing the risk of cancer, and aiding in weight loss. Put simply, you get a lot of food for a small number of calories cauliflower is a fiber-rich dish which means you really feel satisfied after a vegan cauliflower dish!

Making vegan cauliflower and sweet potato curry is easy and requires just a few simple ingredients, so let’s get to it.

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Posted in Casseroles, Cheese, oil free vegan recipes, one pot recipes, Vegan

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower & Potato Casserole

One pot recipes. They are a staple in most households because they’re easy and–often–contain vegan cheese, but that’s not always the case.

One pot vegan meals are wonderful if you’re a busy vegan like me, consumed with a ghostwriting career, publishing romance novels and sharing yummy vegan recipes with the world. And when the weather gets chilly and sunlight fades too soon, sometimes you just want a vegan meal that is quick and easy, and doesn’t require using all the dishes in the kitchen.

Am I right?

This particular vegan dinner recipe is similar to casseroles I’ve eaten most of my life as a born & bred girl of the Midwest. Take a bunch of veggies, add potatoes and cheese and you have yourself a casserole! It brings back wonderful memories of a time when calories and nutrition meant very little to me and all that mattered was the ooey-gooey dish baking in the oven…and eating two helpings. At least.

These days it’s more of a convenience and a way to indulge in a mostly guilt-free way. Feel me?

Anyway this vegan dinner recipe is pretty simple, had limited ingredients and is so delicious everyone will swear you slaved in the kitchen for hours.

Fingers crossed.

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