Buffalo Maitake Tacos

I think the true spice of life might be Frank’s Red Hot sauce. Not sponsored! I discovered buffalo sauce late in life and have been making up for it ever since. Maitake mushrooms are aptly called “hen of the woods” – more than the frilly shape, they make remarkable vegan substitutes for chicken. Make use…

One-Pot Vegan Penne alla Vodka

I’m finally posting the recipe that accounts for a significant amount of my pasta overconsumption … better yet, it only requires one pot (unless you want fancy toppings), and can easily be made plastic-free or zero waste if you buy in bulk or make homemade staples, compost food scraps, and reuse glass jars. If you’re…

Vegan (mac and) cheeseburgers

Why would you go through all the trouble of making vegan bacon burgers with a fried mac and cheese bun? Reread that description! It’s unbridled plant based decadence – entirely unhealthy while still being much better for you than an omnivorous version. Make this with Beyond Meat burgers and serve it to omnivores, to their…

Chili-Ginger Peanut Noodles

I don’t know how to say it any other way – this is one of our favorite meals. It’s heavy, dense with flavor, and wildly satisfying. The chili and ginger balances the heaviness of the peanut butter (in taste, not calories sadly). It’s an easy recipe, and easy to add variations by changing the proportions…

Tomato Lox

Tomato may not be the most obvious salmon substitute, but it is certainly a delicious one! Marinating the tomato in even a bit of seaweed can give it a strong sea flavor, and adding liquid smoke or smoked paprika makes it a very convincing bagel-brunch substitute. Try this with your favorite vegan cream cheese! Tomato…

Yuba Bacon

My favorite part of yuba bacon is where everyone gets wildly confused and asks me again what they’re eating. The smoked maple flavor evokes a strong bacon smell, and the delicate protein structure of yuba lends itself beautifully to be marinated and fried. Once your dinner guests catch on, you’ll have to guard the plate…

Corn Dogs

To be honest, I don’t think I’d ever had a “real” corn dog – it’s something I only became interested in when exploring the options of foods to “veganize.” And it does convert beautifully. This recipe is definitely having fun with food, but its exceptionally tasty as well. Corn Dogs: Ingredients: 1 bag Bob’s Red…

Onion Rings

Onion rings that are vegan, gluten free, thoroughly fried, and don’t come apart in a pile of strings when you bite into them. They’re real, and they’re really simple to make! Keep a batch of them uncooked in the freezer for those times when you need exactly such a treat. Onion Rings: Ingredients: 1 Vidalia…

Pasta Bolognese

I do have significantly more complex recipes for vegan bolognese sauce (involving sautéed onion, roasted eggplant, and more), but I love this one because it’s so understated. It more of a method, than a recipe, to transform marinara sauce into an alternative with lovely substance and texture. Use it as-is, or as a base for…

Mushroom Turkey

It’s a real Thanksgiving turkey, without the Turkey of course. Although because it’s a bit flat, I always get teased that it’s a Thanksgiving duck (I don’t get teased about the flavor!) This is an absurdly fussy recipe, but not actually at all difficult. I make this the night before the holiday so that it…