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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vegan Peach & Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

Pierre Van Zylcherries, cobbler, dessert, fruit, Fruit Desserts, peaches, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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A few weeks ago, I declared my excitement for crisp/crumble/slump/cobbler season, but thanks to an early summer virus that declaration wasn’t followed by any immediate forays into fruity dessert territory. Finally, I went there, and this vegan peach & cherry cornmeal cobbler is the happy result. Last summer’s go-to dessert was either this blueberry buckle or…

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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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Anya Kassoff’s Vegan Borscht

Pierre Van Zylbeets, borscht, cookbook review, cookbooks, Gluten-free, Recipes, soup, Soups, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It seems a funny time for me to be making borscht, which is often thought of as a winter soup, but when I passed the farmer’s market last Saturday it was teeming with beets and cabbage. I picked up both before I knew what I’d do with them. There’s a story at the start of…

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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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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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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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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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