Everyday Meals

Curried Potato Salad with Lentils and Tomatoes

Potato and lentil salad recipe

This curried potato salad is a luscious combination of potatoes, lentils, and tomatoes — an offbeat change-of-pace from the standard varieties, and gets a nice protein boost from the lentils. It’s hearty enough to serve as a summer main dish with fresh corn on the cob. Add a cold summer soup for a larger meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminksy. more→

Northern Mexico Chimichangas

Northern Chimichangas

Chimichangas, called chivichangas in Mexico, are basically deep-fried burritos. These Northern Mexico Chimichangas are little decadent, but wonderful as an occasional treat. They epitomize the mingling of the American-Mexican border culture by their use of flour tortillas mixed with a filling suffused with adobo. You can find these in Tucson as easily as on the Sonoran side of Nogales. (from Vegan Mexico: Soul-Satisfying Regional Recipes from Tamales to Tostadas, copyright © 2016 by Jason Wyrick. Reprinted by permission Vegan Heritage Press. more→

Manhattan “Glam” Chowder (Vegan Clam Chowder)

Vegan clam chowder

At last, a satisfying vegan clam chowder! Manhattan clam chowder is the red, tomato-based soup found on diner menus all over the city. Mushrooms bring the perfect texture and flavor to this vegan “glam” chowder, a version of the iconic New York City soup. Nori and Old Bay Seasoning cleverly replace the seafood flavors. From NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple, copyright © 2017 by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment. Photos by Jackie Sobon. Used by permission. more→

Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup

Vegan Cream of tomato soup

Here’s a healthy homemade vegan cream of tomato soup that will remind you of the kind that you might have had from a can when you were a kid — but this one is so much better! This easy and comforting soup is ready for you to enjoy within a half hour, and it’s delicious served with vegan grilled cheese sandwiches. Recipe and photos from The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table by Del Sroufe © 2017, BenBella Books, Reprinted by permission. more→

Tofu and Potato Hash Browns

Tofu & Potato hash browns in skillet

Tofu and potato hash browns is a simple, comforting skillet dish that’s just as good for dinner as it is for brunch. Have potatoes cooked ahead of time, and this easy and tasty dish will have your family or guests eating in short order. Leftovers are wonderful for breakfast. Or, if you make this expressly to serve in the morning, you can either microwave or cook the potatoes the night before for a head start. Great accompaniments include orange wedges and fresh whole grain bread. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

12 Comforting & Easy Vegan Casseroles

butternut squash and pasta casserole

Vegan casseroles are always comforting, and it’s nice to know that they’re also good for you, not starchy and heavy like the old-fashioned kind. Choose from these vegan casserole recipes whenever you need a hearty dose of comfort food without the guilt!

Creamy Pasta and Butternut Squash Casserole (at top) will remind you of macaroni and cheese. There’s no cheese here, just a delectable combo of smooth butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and silken tofu. The crowning touch is plenty of roasted butternut dice to top it off. more→

Baked Polenta Casserole with Zucchini & Spinach

Polenta Zucchini casserole

This easy baked polenta casserole uses prepared polenta (the kind that comes in a tube) layered with zucchini and spinach. Smothered in marinara sauce and topped with melty vegan cheese, it’s almost so embarrassingly easy to make, but such a crowd-pleaser. Use a really flavorful prepared marinara—roasted tomato, garlic, mushroom, or chunky vegetable. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. more→

6 Tasty Chickpea Salads and Spreads

Chickpea and kale sandwich spread

Everyone needs a good chickpea salad recipe in their repertoire! Here are VegKitchen’s favorite chickpea salads and spreads. They’re quick, tasty, high in protein, and so easy to make. Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread or Salad (shown above) makes a great spread for bread, a filling for pita bread or a wrap (along with some tender lettuce and sliced tomatoes), or layered scoop of it on a sturdy flatbread and served open-face.
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Sorghum Breakfast Bowl

Fruit and granola sorghum bowl

Sorghum is one more healthful, hearty ancient grain that’s making a big comeback, like what happened with quinoa, farro, and einkorn. Because of sorghum’s small size, mild flavor, and interesting texture, it’s a perfect grain for a warm cereal. This sorghum breakfast bowl is sure to please.

Despite its incredibly good-for-you nutrition profile, sorghum is a bit on the bland side, so boosting it with tasty ingredients is a must! In this breakfast bowl, we cooked it up the already cooked grain in some vanilla almond milk, and topped it with fruit, granola, and coconut yogurt. In all, a fantastic way to start the day! more→

Baked Chickpea Burgers

Vegan chickpea burgers recipe

A number of nourishing ingredients mingle in this baked vegan chickpea burger. Though it’s tasty enough to be eaten plain as a side dish, it’s makes a great sandwich as well. Either way, try it with Quick Tartar Sauce, whose recipe follows.

Makes: About 8 burgers

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 large celery stalks, strings removed and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked or one 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ, quinoa flakes, hemp seeds,
    or quick-cooking oats, or a combination
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend (such as Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the carrot, celery, and garlic, and sauté until all the vegetables are tender and golden.

Combine the vegetable mixture with the remaining ingredients in a food processor. Pulse on and off until the mixture is evenly and finely chopped, but don’t puree.

Drop by 1/3 cup portions onto an oiled nonstick baking sheet (or better yet, a baking sheet lined with baking parchment) and flatten gently.

Bake for 30 minutes, flipping each burger after 20 minutes. Serve on bread or rolls or on their own; either way, they’re made even more delicious with Quick Tartar Sauce, following.

Quick Tartar Sauce

Makes about 2/3 cup

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons prepared mustard, or to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until well blended.

Baked chickpea burgers vegan

Vegan Sandwiches and Wraps: Easy Ideas

vegan sandwiches

Here are lots of tasty options to explore for portable vegan sandwiches and wraps — easy ideas for vegans and vegetarians that are great for school lunches and for adults who are tired of pricey restaurant lunches and need some fresh brown bag vegan sandwiches and wraps options. You might also like 10 Easy Vegan Wraps to Make in 10 Minutes or Less. Shown above, Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap; photo by Lori Maffei.  more→

10 Easy Vegan Pizza Recipes

garlicky vegan margherita pizza recipe

Pizza is such a convenient main dish to make at home, now that great crusts and sauces get you started. Just add veggies! Here are our favorite easy vegan pizza recipes. Garlicky Fresh Tomato and Basil Pizza (shown at top) is a fresh take on the classic fresh tomato and basil pizza known as Margherita. This variation is packed with extra flavor from garlic and black olives. more→

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