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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Lemony Bulgur Chickpea Salad

Pierre Van Zylbulgur, chickpeas, easy, Main Dishes, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, salad, Salads, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m so tired. I’ve been tired plenty during the internship, but how I feel right now is special. It is, as they say, next level. And, with a final on Thursday, four assignments to finish, and almost two weeks left in my current rotation, the feeling doesn’t promise to let up soon. I’ve been at…

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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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Vegan Golden Milk Cake with Coconut Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, golden milk, Recipes, Soy-free, Superfoods, Tree Nut Free, turmeric, Vegan

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Sooner or later I should post a dessert recipe that isn’t cake, right? I guess I just can’t help myself. Placed in a room full of every vegan dessert imaginable, cake would be my first choice every time. But give me time: once the internship eases up I’ll be baking more treats, and they can’t…

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Vegan Golden Milk Cake with Coconut Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, golden milk, Recipes, Soy-free, Superfoods, Tree Nut Free, turmeric, Vegan

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Sooner or later I should post a dessert recipe that isn’t cake, right? I guess I just can’t help myself. Placed in a room full of every vegan dessert imaginable, cake would be my first choice every time. But give me time: once the internship eases up I’ll be baking more treats, and they can’t…

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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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Curried Potatoes, Lentils & Peas

Pierre Van Zylcurry, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, school, simple food, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I had a first yesterday afternoon: I drew a complete blank on batch cooking. I needed to make at least two meals for dinners this week, and I couldn’t settle on anything. Looks like my meal prep stamina is starting to flag. Since it was Cinco de Mayo, I made the enchiladas from Power Plates,…

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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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Jeanine Donofrio’s Baked Red Lentil Falafel

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, cookbooks, falafel, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve always espoused an “everyday” approach to cooking. I’m a home cook, not a chef, and I doubt I could pull off gourmet cuisine if I wanted to. Even when I eat out, I gravitate toward food that’s simple and filling; fancy (and fussy) preparations are never for me. This isn’t to say that I…

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Creamy Roasted Garlic & Chickpea Soup

Pierre Van Zylchickpeas, easy, Gluten-free, greens, Quick & Easy, roasted garlic, soup, Soups, Soy-free, spring, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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My first boss used to joke that I’d probably be happy on a diet of mostly baby food. He said this because of my obvious love of mushy-textured foods, which I snacked on constantly at work: refried black bean dip, nut pate, and hummus. Especially hummus. My love of mush hasn’t budged as the years…

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Creamy Roasted Garlic & Chickpea Soup

Pierre Van Zylchickpeas, easy, Gluten-free, greens, Quick & Easy, roasted garlic, soup, Soups, Soy-free, spring, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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My first boss used to joke that I’d probably be happy on a diet of mostly baby food. He said this because of my obvious love of mushy-textured foods, which I snacked on constantly at work: refried black bean dip, nut pate, and hummus. Especially hummus. My love of mush hasn’t budged as the years…

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Lightly Sweetened Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake

Pierre Van Zylalternative sweetener, beets, cake, Cakes, chocolate, dessert, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, sweet treat, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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All things considered, I’d say I have a pretty moderate relationship with sugar. I love homemade dessert, and I bake with sugar, be it refined or natural. As a longtime nutrition student and RD-to-be, I’m mindful of how much I use and I keep in mind that treats are special. But I’ve never avoided sweetening….

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Caramelized Cabbage & Onion Pasta

Pierre Van Zylcabbage, easy, Gluten-free, onion, pasta, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’d originally thought of this as being a St. Patrick’s Day dish, thanks to the cabbage, but since that day has come and gone I’m just going to file it as another simple, flavorful, internship-inspired dinner idea. I realized as I was making this caramelized cabbage & onion pasta that I make much more pasta…

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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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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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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Garlicky Beans & Greens

Pierre Van Zylacorn squash, batch cooking, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, squash, stuffed squash, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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There’s no shortage of winter squash in my diet at this time of year (at any time of year, actually), but I tend to eat the same ones over and over again: butternut, delicata, kabocha. I forget about good ‘ole acorn squash, which is actually the first winter squash I ever tried. This week, I…

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Garlicky Beans & Greens

Pierre Van Zylacorn squash, batch cooking, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, squash, stuffed squash, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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There’s no shortage of winter squash in my diet at this time of year (at any time of year, actually), but I tend to eat the same ones over and over again: butternut, delicata, kabocha. I forget about good ‘ole acorn squash, which is actually the first winter squash I ever tried. This week, I…

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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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Whole Grain Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cookies, Recipes, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whole grains

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Baking tends to get a lot of attention in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays, yet it’s often overlooked in January. Perhaps this is because the holidays are regarded as a time to celebrate and indulge, while the arrival of a new year prompts a lot of focus on healthful eating. In my…

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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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Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Swirl Snack Cake

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, dessert, DI, peanut butter, school, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Once upon a time, I was placed in charge of the internship program at the publishing house where I worked. Our interns did a lot: they read through piles of manuscripts, giving us early feedback on the work and whether it might fit onto our list of titles. They pitched in with the process of…

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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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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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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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