Posted in Casseroles, Grains, Pasta, Plant Based, Sauces & Creams, Vegan

Vegan Comfort Food ~ Vegan Broccoli Mac & Cheese

There’s nothing quite like a warm, comforting bowl of vegan mac and cheese on a cold winter day. Not only is it delicious and satisfying, but it’s also a great way to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet. Broccoli is and has always been one of my favorite vegetables and this vegan dinner recipe is a staple in our house, but you can add cauliflower, carrots or any other vegetable that tickles your fancy.

One of the great things about vegan comfort food is that it can be just as indulgent and creamy as its non-vegan counterparts, but without the negative health consequences. By using plant-based ingredients like nuts, seeds, and vegetables, you can create rich and flavorful dishes that are much lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than traditional comfort foods.

One of my favorite vegan comfort food recipes is vegan mac and cheese with broccoli and garlic. Not only is it packed with flavor, but it’s also loaded with nutrients thanks to the addition of broccoli. Plus, the garlic adds a nice depth of flavor and helps to boost the immune system.

What is your go to vegan comfort food recipe?

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Posted in International vegan cuisine, Italian, oil free vegan recipes, Pasta, Plant Based, Sauces & Creams, Vegan

Vegan Stuffed Pasta Shells with Silken Tofu Ricotta

Happy 2023!!!

Show of hands, who loves pasta? The easy answer is just about everyone except one girl I’ve known since I was a kid!

One of the pasta dishes I haven’t thought about in a long time is stuffed pasta shells. Back in the day I used to love it, bursting with bubbly cheese and a thick tomato sauce–usually from a can–I couldn’t get enough of it. But then as the years went by, I kind of forgot about it for years and years and years.

Until recently (well not so recently but these suckers aren’t easy to find in Europe) when I found myself watching some non-vegan cooking show and what did I see? Stuffed pasta shells. I looked everywhere, at all the grocery stores in town, even online and there was nothing.

Then one day at Lidl, which does a fantastic job of bringing in specialty items from week to week, I saw a giant bag of pasta shells. Score!

I still had a box of silken tofu in the fridge for just this purpose so I knew what would happen, and SOON.

So, if you’re looking for a delicious and easy vegan twist on the classic stuffed pasta shells recipe, look no further! This recipe uses silken tofu as a substitute for ricotta cheese, and is filled with flavorful vegetables such as spinach, onion, tomatoes, garlic, and bell peppers. Plus, the addition of tomato paste adds a rich and savory depth to the filling.

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Posted in Cheese, Plant Based, Sandwiches, Vegan

Smoked Tofu, Vegan Gouda & Cranberry Sauce Sandwich ~ Delicious Vegan Sandwich Recipes

Are you looking for a delicious and easy vegan lunch option? Look no further! This smoked tofu, vegan Gouda, and homemade cranberry sauce sandwich is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be customized to your taste preferences.

You don’t have to use smoked tofu, in fact you can use any vegan meat alternative you choose. But I was browsing online and came across a non-vegan dish that was very similar to this and jogged a few nostalgic memories and I knew I would make a vegan version, especially since I was looking for a new vegan recipe to use with the fresh cranberries. Gotta make the most of them while they’re in season, right?

Take some time to find a sandwich bread of your choice, because bread is very important when it comes to making a proper vegan sandwich.

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Posted in Casseroles, International vegan cuisine, Vegan

Vegan Holiday Recipes ~ Romanian Vegan Drob Recipe

Have you ever heard of Drob? I have been married to a Romanian for nearly two decades and the first I’d heard of it was about 6 years back when a friend living in Germany made it. My hubs had never really mentioned it even though we’ve enjoyed plenty of Romanian dishes together, especially prior to adopting a vegan lifestyle. Basically it was a Romanian meatloaf only…not.

Anyway, this year for some reason he really wanted Drob and I looked up a few recipes to see how the dish is traditionally made and decided I was up for the challenge.

What is Drob?

Drob is a traditional Romanian and Moldovan dish that is usually made with lots of different animal parts, often lamb or mutton and usually some type of offal. Gross, right? I know but you need to know the context so you’ll understand what vegan ingredients I chose.

Usually Drob is made for easter, which is the one and only time I’ve had it until recently, but it is often served at many other calendar and religious holidays.

Drob is/isn’t Meatloaf!

Calling Romanian Drob ‘meatloaf’ is the simplest way to understand it because it’s cooked in a loaf pan and it contains mince(s), herbs and seasoning. But the texture isn’t quite the same, so yes it is a loaf of meat but it is not a meatloaf.

Now that you know what it is and isn’t, let’s get down to making vegan Drob!

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Posted in Desserts, International vegan cuisine, Vegan

Vegan Savarina “aka” Savarina de post

The other day the Hubs and I stopped inside a local bakery that makes the most delicious bread to see what else they have to offer. I’m the cynic in our little family and I wasn’t going to hold my breath for anything other than bread, so imagine my shock and delight when learning there were several “de post” options.

Now for those of you who don’t know, de post, is a religious designation that means fasting but not fasting how us English speakers think of it. This is a way to note that the food contains no animal products and is therefore suitable for de post times. It’s odd but the good thing is that depending on where you are in the country, you can find plenty of accidentally vegan options.

Yay for us.

The Hubs spotted a vegan version of one of his favorite childhood desserts called Savarina. This was my first time hearing about it or seeing it, but the glazed over look in his eyes was full of memories as he ordered one for us to share.

This post isn’t a vegan recipe post, just me sharing a cool vegan dessert I discovered here in Romania.

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Posted in Bar Food, Dips, oil free vegan recipes, Plant Based, Snacks, Vegan

Easy Vegan Dip Recipe ~ Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Dip

When it’s time for a party, you have to have a dip. Or two or three, actually. Whether its salsa, a vegan yogurt dip, cheese dip or hummus, there’s no party without something creamy to dip your carrot sticks and broccoli tops into. Right?

The great thing about vegan party dips is…they aren’t just for parties. Recently we went to see Avatar 2: Way of the Water and we went after a long day spent amongst people. You don’t know this about me but I’m not much of a people person. Between the noise and germs and bodies, it just becomes a lot pretty quickly. So by the time the movie was over–really great, by the way–I was over it all. And it was late-ish, as in a few hours before dinner so I decided that instead of whipping up a big ole lunch, we should do a quick dip.

I bought a baguette and I knew we had cucumbers and tomatoes already for a quick side salad. So there it was, a quick and easy vegan dip made from scratch and oil free.

Dips are great. They are fun and there are so many different ways you can whip up a few, quickly and easily.

Today’s dip is easy and let’s the oven do most of the work.

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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 Pizza, Plant Based, Snacks, Vegan

Really Good Vegan Pizza

Over the years, even before I became vegan, I have had a love-hate relationship with frozen pizza. Simply put, it’s kind of gross. Sure it’ll do in a pinch if you just need sustenance but honestly I’d rather have anything else like a cold sandwich, or a few sticks of celery. Anything.

ANYTHING.

As a vegan this continues to be true. Whenever a new vegan pizza hits the frozen food aisles, I try it out, hoping for the best. But the dough is never quite right and the toppings almost always leave a lot to be desired. The vegan cheese is….weird and nothing about it makes it worth the calories.

Until now.

I gotta tell you guys that I wasn’t jazzed about trying today’s pizza even though I really like the Naturli brand. But I grabbed a box anyway and crossed my fingers.

This Naturli Mexicana pizza has bell peppers, vegan mince and a cheese that was actually pretty tasty. I added salt, black pepper, dried oregano and garlic on top because vegan pizza, frozen pizza in general always lacks flavor to me.

Served with hot sauce on the side, of course.

I really enjoyed everything about this pizza. The dough tasted like the kind that’s cooked in those pizza ovens under a fire, minus the burnt taste. The toppings were flavorful and the cheese was tasty. It wasn’t gooey or anything but it was delicious.

Let’s just say that I liked it enough that I’ve been looking for it since and guess what? I can’t find it anywhere so I guess I’ll be ordering it online.

Do you have a favorite vegan pizza brand? Drop names and links in the comments section!

Check out some of my other vegan pizza recipes below!

*Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
*Friday Night Vegan Pesto Pizza Brot
*Easy Vegan Pizza Bread
*Vegan Meatball Pizza

Posted in oil free vegan recipes, Plant Based, Sauces & Creams, Vegan

Quick & Easy Vegan Meals ~ Pesto Vegan Eggs

You ever have one of those weird thoughts about something you want to eat but the weirdness of it prevents you from having it? Something that sounds like it probably won’t take very good but you can’t get it out of your head?

For me that dish recently was pesto eggs.

Weird, right?

So weird.

Anyway I let the thought sit with me for a good week or so, ignoring it because I was sure it would end up gross and who wants to waste calories on a gross vegan meal? Not me.

But then I was at Lidl and there was a ton of fresh basil, and I don’t know about you but I am not one of those women who can walk past fresh basil without grabbing at least four packages.

I love having pesto on hand because it goes with so many different things. You can use it on sandwiches, salad dressing, pizza, subs, pasta or a bread topper. You can even use it as a sauce! There are so many options and when it’s fresh and green and garlicky it’s just mouthwateringly delicious.

So, let’s talk about this weird pesto eggs dish that I couldn’t shake free.

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Posted in oil free vegan recipes, Plant Based, Potatoes, Vegan, Vegan Food Products

New Vegan Food Find! – Vegan “Luncheon Meat” AKA Vegan Spam

I already know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing. “Isn’t SPAM already vegan?”

Despite the fact that it looks like something run through a blender, that luncheon meat product as well as all the others contain animal parts. Still, when I saw this can of vegan weirdness beside the vegan tuna, I frowned. I mean regular luncheon meat is pretty gross and I thought so even when I had no choice but to eat it as a kid, yet I knew that I had to give it a try.

So I decided to try it. Okay, the truth is that my hubs loved this stuff when he first left Romania and ate it often and he put it in the cart–2 cans of it, in fact–and so I figured I’d have to share at least one recipe with you.

So…here we go.

I decided on something simple. My first option was burgers because I used to do that as a kid because there was so much fat on that luncheon meat that it crisped up nicely so you could slather it with ketchup and mustard and pretend it was a much better burger.

But there was a problem; this vegan luncheon meat wasn’t quite as malleable as it’s more famous non-vegan cousin. It was next to impossible to mash up with a fork so I knew that wasn’t going to work. Instead I had to grab a knife and chop it up and that’s when it hit me, Vegan Corned Beef Hash.

Of course this wasn’t even vegan corned beef but it was close enough and I paired it with vegan mashed potatoes and peas to give it that old school Americana recipe appeal.

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