Vegan Chick’n Enchilada Breakfast Casserole

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, casserole, DI, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, make ahead breakfast, No Oil, Recipes, savory breakfast, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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A few weeks ago, in sharing a lasagna recipe, I mentioned that big, casserole-like dishes have been a meal prep time-saver for me lately. They’re more involved than other recipes, but once they’ve been prepared, they give me at least 4-6 extra portions of food. And they’re a nice way to break up my routine…

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Wholesome Vegan Lentil, Mushroom & Kale Lasagna

Pierre Van Zylcasseroles, comfort food, Gluten-free, Holidays, lasagna, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Since September, I’ve been telling myself that this is a year for soups, stews, easy grain dishes, sheet pan meals, and other low maintenance cooking endeavors. It’s true in many ways: soup, for example, has been a mainstay during my internship because it’s easy to make and yields a ton of food for freezing/reheating. With…

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Sheet Pan Tamari Glazed Tempeh & Broccoli

Pierre Van Zylbroccoli, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, sheet pan meal, student life, tempeh, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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The other day, I took a little Instagram poll to figure out what sort of recipes you’d like to see more of, or which things you’d be curious to see me veganize. I did this partly for your sake and mostly for mine: I’ve been low on recipe ideas lately, and readers are always my…

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Pesto Farro & Baby Kale Salad

Pierre Van Zylfarro, kale, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, salad, Salads, Soy-free, spring, tahini, tofu, Vegan

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A few weeks ago, a friend and I met for lunch at Maman here in the city. It was cold—in typical April-in-New-York fashion, we’ve been vacillating between damp and chilly and summery warmth—and the restaurant was drafty. We huddled over cups of tea and had some much needed catch-up time. We were both out of…

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Meal Prep Friendly Tofu Tahini Lunch Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Snacks, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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My current GI rotation features fast days and a fully packed schedule. It’s not uncommon for my preceptor and I to have new patients on the hour, every hour, for the entirety of our work day. Lunches usually get eaten quickly, often in the spare minutes between appointments. Lunch breaks have seldom been leisurely this…

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Simple Baked Bulgur & Chickpeas

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, bulgur, chickpeas, easy, Main Dishes, meal prep, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m debating whether I should keep including “simple” in my recipe titles, since simple food is the name of the game lately, and really since my internship year started. But I guess it never hurts to call it out. Anyway: this bulgur chickpea dish is indeed very simple, as the name implies. There’s some cooking…

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Weeknight Vegan Cashew Chickpea Korma

Pierre Van Zylchickpeas, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Meals, No Oil, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan, weeknight

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My latest dietetic internship rotation is at a community institution that has a teaching kitchen. Like many organizations with a farm-to-table emphasis, the teaching kitchen tries to encourage meatless meals, at least on a part-time basis (à la Meatless Monday). One of their go-to offerings is a vegetarian korma. When I first saw the recipe…

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Simple Ginger Cinnamon Baked Apples

Pierre Van Zylapples, Breakfast, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, No Oil, oatmeal, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It is still very much winter here in New York, which means that warm and cozy breakfasts are the name of the game. At the moment, cooked fruit is very appealing to me (baked bananas, warm blueberry sauce…you get the idea). These simple, baked gingery apples are my new favorite topping for oatmeal and toast,…

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Tofu Scallion Black Bean Scramble

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Nutrition and Wellness, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, baked oatmeal was my breakfast mainstay for the first four weeks of my current rotation. I have a few weekdays with long commutes, which means that a pre-cooked, ready-to-eat breakfast was a lifesaver. Plus, it was often freezing in NYC, and something warm and sweet hit the spot. I…

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Hearty Vegan Mushroom, Bulgur, & Bean Chili

Pierre Van Zylchili, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, one pot, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soups, Soy-free, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy Tuesday, all! I’m well behind Superbowl Sunday in posting this chili recipe, but no matter: giant pots of vegan chili are one of my favorite staples to batch cook and keep around, especially during the winter months. I scoop chili over rice, serve it with my favorite whole grain vegan cornbread, use it to…

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Easy Vegan Sausage Mushroom Marinara Pasta

Pierre Van Zyleasy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, not recipe, pasta, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, weeknight

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Hi friends! Sending you into the weekend with one of those meal starter ideas that I keep mentioning this month. This easy vegan sausage mushroom marinara pasta isn’t a recipe (and I’m not sure that this share even constitutes a proper blog post!), but it’s one of the re-heatable dinners I’ve made most often for…

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Lentils

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Sides, slow cooker, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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As I mentioned not too long ago, this month of blog posts is dedicated to simple recipes, meal planning, and recipes that aren’t really recipes at all: in other words, ways of throwing together ingredients for the sake of quick, tasty, nutritious meals. These slow cooker chipotle lentils are a recipe, but because they’re made…

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Caribbean Black Eyed Pea & Collard Green Curry

Pierre Van Zylcollards, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, new year, No Oil, one pot, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy new year, everyone! Hoping that 2019 has gotten off to a gentle start for you all. As the Eve approached–right after sharing these thoughts about resilience–I found myself feeling a little tender. No amount of resistance to NYE hype stops me from feeling lonely for companionship at this time of year. I started to…

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Caribbean Black Eyed Pea & Collard Green Curry

Pierre Van Zylcollards, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, new year, No Oil, one pot, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy new year, everyone! Hoping that 2019 has gotten off to a gentle start for you all. As the Eve approached–right after sharing these thoughts about resilience–I found myself feeling a little tender. No amount of resistance to NYE hype stops me from feeling lonely for companionship at this time of year. I started to…

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Easy, Cheesy Vegan Loaded Potatoes with Broccoli & White Beans

Pierre Van Zylcheesy, easy, Gluten-free, loaded potatoes, Main Dishes, No Oil, potatoes, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, vegan cheese

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  As many of you know, I’m not one for New Year’s goal-setting or themes or programs, or even resolutions. I know that they can all be motivating and inspiring and great, depending on the context. But I spend enough time vying with unrealistic expectations from day to day; I like to enter a new…

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Simple Vegan Creamed Spinach

Pierre Van Zylcreamed spinach, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, Holidays, No Oil, Recipes, Side Dish, Sides, spinach, spinach dip, Tree Nut Free

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Creamed spinach is one of those dishes that sounded a little old-fashioned to me even when I was a kid. We didn’t eat it at home, but my mom had a soft spot for it—as she did, and still does, for most classic comfort fare—and so I tasted it a few times when she ordered…

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Favorite Winter Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Meals, No Oil, pasta, Recipes, roasted vegetable pasta, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, winter pasta

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I’ve done some amount of regular batch cooking for a long time: since I started my dietetics program and even intermittently during my post-bacc, though I was much less organized about food prep back then. I’ve always tried to weave variety into the routine, but I’ve also relied heavily on the same set of dishes…

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Vegan Cashew Espresso Truffles

Pierre Van Zylchocolate, cookies, Gluten-free, Holidays, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Sweets, truffles, Vegan

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Tis the season for all things sweet. Last year at this time, I was savoring dark chocolate pear cake and whipping up loaf after loaf of braided challah. That’s what I’d like to be doing right now, too, but I’ve found that baking isn’t a treat when it’s squeezed into my busy weekends these days….

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Slow Cooker Red Beans, Rice & Tofu

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, simple, slow cooker, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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My slow cooker has been a very good friend to me throughout the last twelve weeks of clinical work. I rarely use it overnight on weeknights the way I used to, mostly because I have to rush in the morning (and don’t want to clean it). But it’s a wonderful helper on weekends, when I’m…

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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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Fudgy Secret Ingredient Vegan Skillet Brownies

Pierre Van ZylBars, brownies, chocolate, dessert, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Mousse. All opinions are my own, and I love this light and creamy new treat. Thanks for your support! One of the first cooking routines to fall by the wayside when I’m busy is baking, which is a shame, because I love it so very much….

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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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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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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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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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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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Creamy Cauliflower Turmeric Kale Soup

Pierre Van Zylcauliflower, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, soup, Soups, Soy-free, stew, turmeric, Vegan, weeknights

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I made and photographed this soup a few weeks ago, when I was home sick with a virus and didn’t care that it was hot and summery outside: all I wanted was a meal of soup and something bready. I’ve been thinking about this thick and creamy cauliflower turmeric kale soup ever since, and I…

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Balsamic Dijon Tahini Dressing

Pierre Van Zylbalsamic, dressing, Dressings, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, sauce, tahini, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Thank you for kind responses to Sunday’s weekend reading post. In the spirit of that post—a spirit of R&R—this post is going to be short and sweet, so that I can get back to taking it easy. And after all, how much actually needs to be said about a really great dressing? This dressing is…

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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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Banana Mocha Overnight Oats

Pierre Van Zylbanana, Breakfast, chia, Gluten-free, No Oil, overnight oats, plant milks, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I ate the same breakfast nearly every day when I was a post-bacc student: overnight oats with a banana. I mixed up my mix-ins, and sometimes it was berries or an apple instead of a banana, but a basic combination of soaked rolled oats and chia seeds served me faithfully for all of those years….

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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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Black Rice & Quinoa Spring Salad with Peas

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, grain salad, No Oil, Quick & Easy, quinoa, Recipes, rice, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, spring, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whole grains

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This recipe—a creamy black rice & quinoa spring salad with peas—is similar to last week’s lentil dip in that it was unplanned. This is the advantage of being less organized than usual with meal planning: you don’t have a plan and you don’t have as much prepared food in the fridge as you might like,…

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Simple Lentil & Pumpkin Seed Dip

Pierre Van Zyldip, Dips, easy, Gluten-free, hummus, lentils, No Oil, pumpkin seeds, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, sandwich, Soy-free, spread, Tree Nut Free, wrap

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I had such great recipe plans for the week! They involved lots of grain salads and soups and a few tasty entrees. Five days and minimal batch cooking later, I managed to make the skillet chili mac from Power Plates…and that’s about it. But this creamy, simple lentil & pumpkin seed dip happened too, almost…

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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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