Vegan Dairy-Free Brie Cheez

This lovely round of creamy Vegan Dairy-Free Brie Cheez is delectable by itself. It’s also delicious on crackers or in sandwiches and is especially elegant as a snack or dessert served with fresh, crisp fruit, such as Asian pears. This versatile uncheese also makes a terrific pizza topping. Slice it thinly or thickly into wedges.  Recipe contributed by Jo Stepaniak, reprinted from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook.*
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Italian-Style Vegan Sausage and Peppers

Italian-style vegan sausage and peppers

This recipe updates the Italian classic, sausage and peppers, with vegan sausage. It makes a hearty one-dish meal served with pasta, grains, or polenta. Shown above, it’s paired with farro. Mild, pale-green Italian frying peppers that are occasionally available in supermarkets and produce markets make this more authentic, but using common bell peppers works just as well.  Continue Reading…

Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap

Hummus, cucumber, and avocado wrap

This easy Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap recipe is as good for dinner as it is for lunch (or even breakfast, for that matter). You can use homemade hummus or store-bought; either way, it’s made in minutes. For lunch, serve with plenty of fruit; for dinner, serve with soup  and/or a simple side dish. It goes well with quinoa tabbouli, or any potato salad. And you need not slavishly follow a recipe, either—make enough for one, or as many as needed. Photos by Lori Maffei. Continue Reading…

Green Pea, Radish, and Vegan Cheddar Salad

Green pea, radish, and vegan cheddar salad

This recipe makes a very fresh and spring-y Green Pea, Radish, and Vegan Cheddar Salad that pleases both the eye and the palate. I enjoyed it several times while traveling through some of the heartland states some years (or truthfully, some decades) ago, while still a vegetarian rather than a vegan. Its constant ingredients were the peas, cheese, and celery, with additional, varying ingredients. This is my version, a composite of those that I sampled, and now completely vegan, as it’s easy to substitute vegan cheddar cheese for its dairy counterpart. Continue Reading…

Chickpea Zucchini Farinata with Cabernet-Red Onion Jam

Chickpea Zucchini Farinata With Cabernet-Red Onion Jam

In Liguria, they call it farinata, in Provence, they call it socca. In both cases, it’s a Mediterranean pancake made with garbanzo flour, so it’s not just luscious, it’s gluten-free. This recipe spices up the basic chickpea farinata by adding zucchini. Crispy crusted with a tender inside, it’s great by itself or with the red onion jam linked to this recipe in the ingredient list following. Continue Reading…

Favorite Basic Pizza Dough

Whole wheat pizza dough recipe

I admit that I’m usually too lazy to make crust from scratch, especially now that there are several really good, natural brands on the market. But it’s really not that difficult, and fun to do once in a while. Here’s my Favorite Basic Pizza Dough recipe, which harks back to my very first book, Vegetariana. Continue Reading…

Anise-Flavored Eggplant Stir-Fry

Eggplants in a basket

Ingredients and seasonings in this Anise-Flavored Eggplant Stir-Fry recipe straddle Asian and Italian cuisines, combining eggplant with anise-flavored fennel. Serve it with rice and some green veggies, simply prepared (greens, broccoli, or broccoli rabe), and a fresh salad augmented with chickpeas. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney.

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprint Cookies

almond thumbprint cookies - vegan and gluten freeThese Vegan and Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprint Cookies are as simple to make as they are beautiful. Use any flavor of preserves you’d like in this recipe. I happen to really love the amber glow of the apricot preserves. A thicker jam or fruit preserve is key to having a uniform color puddle in your cookies. Sprinkle with a touch of confectioners sugar for the ultimate eye-popper.

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