Wild Rice Vegan Stuffing with Roasted Sweet Potato & Apple

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, stuffing, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, wild rice

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Normally in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving I’d be excitedly planning a menu, bookmarking recipes and testing desserts (quality control, right?). This year, because of the DI, the holiday will be abbreviated, and if I’m being honest, days of cooking beforehand will be the last thing I want to do. Mom and I are…

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Wild Rice Vegan Stuffing with Roasted Sweet Potato & Apple

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, stuffing, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, wild rice

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Normally in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving I’d be excitedly planning a menu, bookmarking recipes and testing desserts (quality control, right?). This year, because of the DI, the holiday will be abbreviated, and if I’m being honest, days of cooking beforehand will be the last thing I want to do. Mom and I are…

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Creamy Vegan Tuscan White Bean Kale Soup

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, kale, Main Dishes, nasoya, plant protein, product review, Quick & Easy, Recipes, soup, Soups, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, white beans

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I’ve never had a hard time encouraging myself to eat soup. I could probably live off of bowls of soup and hunks of bread without many complaints, and I love coming up with new soup recipes, even if many of them start with a recipe I’ve already made and veer off into new directions. Lately—since…

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Creamy Vegan Chick’n Rice Skillet Supper

Pierre Van Zylcashew cream, chick'n, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, soy curls, student life, Vegan, weeknights

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I’m here to present you with a dish that kept me company in the final week of my first clinical rotation—seven days in which my enthusiasm for cooking was diminished by an exam, wrapping up my paperwork and responsibilities, and the process of saying goodbye to the preceptors and residents who have taught me so…

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Brandi Doming’s Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

Pierre Van Zylblog friends, cookbook, cookbook review, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Amazingly, this is the very last morning of my current clinical rotation. Putting aside the overall challenges of the DI itself—new schedule, lots of oversight, lack of privacy—my seven weeks at this site have been a wonderful learning experience, with supportive and caring dietitians as teachers. I’m still struggling to wrap my…

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Smoky Butternut Squash, Tofu & Apple Breakfast Hash

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Dietary Preferences, Gluten-free, hash, Main Dishes, Recipes, savory breakfast, Sides, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m almost embarrassed to admit how often, when I’m midway through making a recipe, I need to do a little Googling in order to confirm that I know what the recipe is actually supposed to be. What can I say: no matter how much I cook, I’m always a student in the kitchen. Anyway, that’s…

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Simple Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Pierre Van Zylblogger inspiration, chana masala, chickpeas, cookbooks, Gluten-free, Indian inspired, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, slow cooker, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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When I went to Prague last summer, I brought reading material that consisted almost entirely of food writing. One of the books was Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life, in which she describes, among other things, the role that food played in her courtship with her former partner, Brandon. There are many sweet anecdotes about intimacy…

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Apple Berry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Pierre Van Zylbaked goods, baking, Breakfast, Gluten-free, No Oil, oatmeal, on-the-go, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s no secret that baked oatmeal is one of my favorite, make-ahead breakfast options. I love warm oats, and for most of the last few years it’s been no trouble to cook them on the stovetop, traditionally. When I’m rushing out the door, though—and lately, that’s how mornings seem to go—simmering even rolled oats can…

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Coconut Brown Rice, Black Beans & Sweet Potato with Cashew Cilantro Lime Sauce

Pierre Van Zylbeans and rice, black beans, cashews, dressing, Dressings, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, sauce, Sauces, simple, Soy-free, sweet potatoes, Vegan

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I’ve been all about batch cooking lately, for obvious reasons: new schedule, the organized, back-to-school September energy, minimal fondness of weeknight cooking. But no amount of meal prep dims the pleasure of throwing together something spontaneous and surprisingly good. That’s how this dish of coconut brown rice, black beans & sweet potato with cilantro cashew…

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5 Ingredient Tofu Cream Cheese, 4 Ways

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, sauce, Sides, snack, Snacks, spread, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s only Wednesday, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. It’s been a long week, and for the first time since my DI started, I’m feeling overwhelmed. I miss my routines and the freedoms of my old schedule, and suddenly the year ahead of me feels very long. Through all of the recent transition, I’ve been…

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Kim-Julie Hansen’s Corn & Tomato Soup

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, Book Review, Book reviews, cookbook, corn, easy, giveaway, Gluten-free, meal prep, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, soup, Soups, Soy-free, tomato, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Sometimes a cookbook arrives at exactly the moment it’s needed. Just as I’ve been getting back into the routine of weekly batch cooking and weekend meal prep, I’ve also been exploring my friend Kim-Julie Hansen’s new book, Vegan Reset. The book is a 28-day roadmap for exploring veganism, and while I’m usually a little resistant…

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Tofu Bulgur Vegan Meatballs

Pierre Van Zylbulgur, comfort food, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, pasta, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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At this point, I’ll be writing from midway through my first week as a dietetic intern. In many ways, I spent the whole summer anticipating it; in other ways, the whole transition has snuck up on me. One part of it that I’ve been well prepared for is getting back into a weekend batch meal…

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Low-Key Curried Quinoa Lunch Salad

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, curry, easy, Gluten-free, grain salad, Main Dishes, meal prep, quick, Quick & Easy, quinoa, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, student food, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This low-key curried quinoa lunch salad isn’t new. It’s an amalgam of different curried quinoa recipes I’ve played around with over the years, some hot and some cold, some more elaborate than others, and all employing a random mixture of ingredients that I happen to have at home. I’m posting it for the first time…

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Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Kale & Black Bean Enchiladas

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, comfort food, crowd pleaser, enchiladas, Gluten-free, jackfruit, Main Dishes, products, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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For all of my interest in new, plant-based products, I’m often a slow adopter. I’ve got so many standby staple foods that it can take me a while to welcome something new into the rotation, and jackfruit is a perfect example. It’s one of the most popular ingredients in plant-based cooking these days, and until…

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Creamy Brown Rice with Shiitakes & Peas

Pierre Van Zylbrown rice, cashew cream, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Power Plates, Recipes, rice, Sides, Soy-free, Vegan

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    I’ve got my fingers crossed that you aren’t quite sick of Power Plates recipes yet—I know I’ve written about a few this summer—because there’s one more that I’ve been keen on sharing. This creamy brown rice with shiitakes & peas is a dish that both Ashley and I have made again and again…

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Balsamic Mustard Baked Tempeh

Pierre Van Zylbasics, bowls, easy, Gluten-free, lunch bowls, No Oil, Recipes, Side Dish, Sides, tempeh, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve mentioned a couple times this summer that I haven’t been doing much cooking. I’ve been having my meals at home, though, which begs the question of, what the heck am I eating? The answer is bowls: lots and lots of bowls. Usually with components (like grains, beans and roasted veggies) that I batch cook…

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Skillet Baked Oatmeal with Summer Stone Fruit

Pierre Van Zylbaked oatmeal, Breakfast, Gluten-free, oatmeal, on-the-go, packed meals, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is one of my favorite summer breakfast recipes from Power Plates, but until last week I had no plans of sharing it on the blog. Then I made it, promptly polished the leftovers as a week went by, and made it again right away. Anytime I make a recipe back-to-back like that, it’s a…

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Warm Lentil, Tomato & Mushroom Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, lentils, Main Dishes, mushrooms, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, salad, Salads, Sides, simple, Soy-free, summer, tomatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Tomatoes were my favorite food as a child, and my attachment to them has never really gone away. I look forward to them being in season all year long, and I celebrate their appearance more than any other summer produce. Unlike many vegetables, for which I’ll have a strong preparation preference (broccoli steamed; cauliflower roasted;…

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Rice, Beans, Tofu and Greens

Pierre Van Zylbeans, Gluten-free, greens, Main Dishes, Meals, Power Plates, Quick & Easy, Recipes, rice, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, weeknight

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Power Plates turns six months old today! It feels like yesterday that NYC was freezing cold and I was celebrating the fact that this book, so long in the making, was finally in print. It’s given me such joy to get messages and pictures and to have the knowledge that the recipes don’t just belong…

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Creamy Vegan Zucchini Corn Summer Pasta

Pierre Van Zylcorn, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, pasta, plant milk, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Vegan, zucchini

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Yep, another pasta dish—but this one’s definitely a departure from pasta salad. A while back, I saw my friend Ali’s recipe, adapted from an Alice Waters pasta dish, for toasted orecchiette with zucchini and corn. It looked wonderful, and I made a note to try it, or something like it. It took me a whole year to…

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Tofu Quinoa Veggie Scramble

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, quick, Quick & Easy, quinoa, Recipes, tofu, tofu scramble, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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At this point in the summer I’ve officially put my nutrition counseling on hold until my DI is behind me, which feels bittersweet. I’m excited to return to the work with a wider skill set and more experience, and it’s good to rest before diving into clinical work. I’ll miss counseling, though, and the relationships…

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Vegan Chocolate Fondue Dessert Party Platter

Pierre Van ZylBars, chocolate, cookies, crowd pleaser, dessert, entertaining, fondue, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, Recipes, serves a crowd, Soy-free, summer, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Last summer New York was every bit as hot and humid as it is now, but for some reason, I was busy baking up a storm. Galettes, buckles, lemon cake, you name it—I had my oven mitts ready for it. I happen to have made cobbler a few weeks ago, when it was still unseasonably…

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Tahini Pesto Pasta Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, July 4th, Main Dishes, No Oil, pasta, pasta salad, pesto, potlucks, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Salads, Soy-free, summer, tahini, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is one of those recipes that felt incredibly obvious once I’d made it; given my love of tahini and love of pesto, how is it possible that I hadn’t thought to combine them before? My curried tahini pasta salad proved to me that tahini is a great creamy base for pasta salads—a little more…

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