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Recipes | Vegan Cheeses

Perfect Vegan Cream Cheese

Rarely have I had to experiment so much to get a recipe right. I’ve made cream cheese before from cashews, and the results were good. However, I can’t get raw cashews where I live, and the process is pretty long and involved. I can, however, get excellent tofu. I knew there had to be a…

Condiments | No Oil | Recipes | Salads

Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

It’s COVID-19 time and we’ve been staying at home for almost six weeks. I’ve been cooking almost every day. In fact, in six weeks we’ve ordered take-out meals exactly twice. All this time at home has me making dishes I haven’t made in years and trying some dishes I’ve never made before. That’s the case…

No Oil | Recipes | Salads

Avocado Slaw

Coleslaw is easy to make and can take a variety of forms based on the dressing. This version features my Creamy Avocado Dressing mixed with finely shredded cabbage and carrots. It’s the perfect companion to a Mexican or traditional Guatemalan entrée. This dressing keeps well in the refrigerator for a day or two. If you…

Desserts | Recipes

Maya Spiced Brownies

I recently had a craving for Mexican chocolate brownies. After looking at a number of recipes, I found one that looked promising on mom.com. Unfortunately, the recipe had several typos and a horrible layout. I have no objection to ads on a blog, but don’t cover the recipe with them! The recipe was pretty good,…

No Oil | Recipes | Sauces

Instant Pot Mushroom Gravy (Vegan)

This year some friends hosted a vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. It was a lovely gathering with a table full of vegan-friendly dishes, and the first time in years I didn’t make the whole Thanksgiving meal myself. Ahhhh. Among the dishes I contributed were a cashew-based “cheese” ball, pecan pie, and sweet potato dish made with pineapple…

Recipes | Soups

Super Green Soup!

I’m a bit of a soup junky. I make soup several times a week: sometimes hot, sometimes cold, but always flavorful and satisfying. You may have seen my recipes for Creamy Curried Cauliflower Potato Soup, Creamy Tomato Soup, and Gazpacho. This time, we’re going green! This soup is a powerhouse of nutrition. Tons of greens and…

Gluten Free | Recipes | Sides

Sabzi (Afghan Spinach – Vegan)

This is a companion post to the Qabuli Palao recipe. While my assignment for my Plant-Based Chef Professional Certification program was a rice and lentil dish, I wanted lots of greens to go with the Qabuli Palao. Sabzi is a popular Afghan stewed spinach dish with bold flavors that are a wonderful match with the Qabuli…

Main Dishes | No Oil | Recipes

Arugula Pesto (Vegan)

I first had this dish when my dad made it for me. He was looking for a vegan dish that everyone in the family might enjoy, and this arugula pesto certainly is a crowd-pleaser. My dad found the recipe on the Food Network website. Whenever we get a nice bunch of arugula, this is the…

No Oil | Recipes | Salads

Creamy Avocado Dressing (vegan)

This simple Creamy Avocado Dressing is one of our favorites. The creaminess comes entirely from avocados and non-dairy milk: refined oils need not apply. It’s wonderful on green salad, coleslaw, or with our Tropical Vegetable Salad. It also makes a great topping for Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers. Or you can just sit and eat it…