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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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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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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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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Vegan Dumpling Bowls with Quick Pickled Radishes & Almond Miso Sauce

Pierre Van Zylbowl, dumplings, easy, Main Dishes, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sauces, semi homemade, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m already big fan of semi-homemade vegan recipes—those concoctions that rely halfway on all of the great plant-based products that are available these days, and halfway on homemade touches. With New York suspended in a heatwave, and my desire to cook already relatively low, I’m more partial than ever to these kinds of meals. This…

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Vegan Dumpling Bowls with Quick Pickled Radishes & Almond Miso Sauce

Pierre Van Zylbowl, dumplings, easy, Main Dishes, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sauces, semi homemade, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m already big fan of semi-homemade vegan recipes—those concoctions that rely halfway on all of the great plant-based products that are available these days, and halfway on homemade touches. With New York suspended in a heatwave, and my desire to cook already relatively low, I’m more partial than ever to these kinds of meals. This…

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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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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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Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Pistachios & Dates

Pierre Van Zylcauliflower, couscous, dates, Main Dishes, mint, raisins, Recipes, salad, Salads, Soy-free, Vegan

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Usually at this time of year, as the temperatures warm up, my salads become progressively lighter and more colorful, vegetable-centric rather than grain-centric (which is the winter norm). This hasn’t been the case lately. Whether because of springtime rain and little bursts of chilly weather—or simply because it’s what I’m craving—I’ve continued to make a…

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Savory Spring Oats with Tofu, Spinach & Peas

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, oatmeal, peas, Quick & Easy, Recipes, savory breakfast, savory oats, spinach, tofu, Tree Nut Free

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I posted these savory spring oats on Instagram a month ago, without the intention of blogging about them, but a few folks immediately requested the recipe (if it can even be called that!). I’ve made them enough in the last few weeks that it’s definitely time to share; they’re one of a few simple meal…

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Ali Maffucci’s Sweet Potato Skin Nachos + Inspiralizer Giveaway

Pierre Van Zylappetizer, comfort food, cookbook, cookbook review, entertaining, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Meals, parties, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, Soy-free, sweet potatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy Friday! I’m feeling buoyed by a few days of sweet spring weather and celebration of my mom’s birthday a couple of days ago; it was such a gift to carve out a special evening for her. And I’m excited to be sharing this scrumptious recipe for sweet potato skin nachos from my friend Ali’s…

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Ali Maffucci’s Sweet Potato Skin Nachos + Inspiralizer Giveaway

Pierre Van Zylappetizer, comfort food, cookbook, cookbook review, entertaining, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Meals, parties, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, Soy-free, sweet potatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy Friday! I’m feeling buoyed by a few days of sweet spring weather and celebration of my mom’s birthday a couple of days ago; it was such a gift to carve out a special evening for her. And I’m excited to be sharing this scrumptious recipe for sweet potato skin nachos from my friend Ali’s…

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Vegan Barley Asparagus Mushroom Risotto

Pierre Van Zylasparagus, barley, easy, grains, Main Dishes, mushrooms, Recipes, risotto, Soy-free, spring, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, weeknights

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Normally when I’m wrapping up a semester, cooking is the only thing I want to do. My home cooking routine invariably goes into autopilot during finals: I rely on a tried-and-true handful of simple recipes to get me through. As soon as my coursework is wrapped up, I dive back into cooking with creativity and…

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Kitchen Sink Black Bean Chipotle Quinoa Chili

Pierre Van Zylblack beans, chili, crowd pleaser, freezer friendly, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, quinoa, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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My regularly meal planning strategy has fallen by the wayside in this last, hectic month, so this week I adopted a new strategy: no strategy. I bought a bunch of produce and figured I’d know what to do with it when the time came. It’s led to some fun, tasty, and creative bowls and salads,…

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Creamy Vegan Carrot Mac with Walnut Herb “Parmesan”

Pierre Van Zylbrussels sprouts, carrots, comfort food, easy, Featured, Gluten-free, mac n' cheese, Main Dishes, No Oil, pasta, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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  This creamy vegan carrot mac with walnut parmesan is what happens when you’ve got a strong hankering for comfort food, but a fraction of the time it would usually take to whip up a bubbly, baked, mac n’ cheese masterpiece. It’s quick and untraditional, but for me, so many of the key components are…

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Roasted Broccoli & Kimchi Spicy Soba Noodle Toss

Pierre Van Zyleasy, Gluten-free, kimchi, Main Dishes, noodles, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, salad, Salads, soba, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I guess the more proper term for this recipe would be a kimchi noodle salad, but “toss” is more evocative of this past week and the cooking that happened within it: throwing things together, hoping for the best. I made one pot of soup (the spicy cabbage, chickpea, and rice soup from Power Plates, which…

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Smoky Lentil Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pumpkin Seed Cream

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, Gluten-free, grocery shopping, lentils, Main Dishes, make ahead, Recipes, Soy-free, sweet potatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whole foods

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Feels as though it’s been a while since I posted a recipe! I’ve been cooking, but most of what I’ve made has been either a tried-and-true staple—like this soup or these braised beans—or recipes from Power Plates, which I’m happily revisiting for the first time in a long while. Mixed in with all of the…

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Macro Bowls from Power Plates (+ a Giveaway!)

Pierre Van Zylbowl, Gluten-free, macro bowl, Main Dishes, Power Plates, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy Wednesday! The visit with my dear college friend that I mentioned on Sunday has been lovely so far, but I’m taking a quick pause to share the macro bowls from Power Plates. The bowls chapter of the cookbook came together before any of the others, with recipes that I’d been thinking about for a…

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