Vegan Sheet Pan Gnocchi

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Meals, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This vegan sheet pan gnocchi is an easy, hands-off dinner that is bursting with color and flavor. Roasting the vegetables and gnocchi separately ensures that the gnocchi stays nice and crispy. I joke a lot about how often I default to pasta for dinner. But what about gnocchi? Gnocchi is so good, so fast, and it’s filling and comforting in the same way that pasta is to me. But I just don’t think to buy or cook it as often. This vegan sheet…

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Vegan Chickpeas à la King

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This vegan dish of chickpeas à la King is cozy, comforting, and quite nostalgic for anyone who’s a fan of the traditional chicken recipe! It’s super quick and easy to make, and you can serve it over rice, toast, or whatever you like. I ate quite a few Stouffer’s frozen dinners growing up, and I loved them. I loved them specifically because they presented me with the classic, all-American comfort food dishes that my mom and grandmother didn’t tend to cook at home….

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Spring Vegan Pasta Primavera

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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This vegan pasta primavera is lemony and creamy, yet light. It’s a perfect celebration of fresh, green spring produce, and it can be adapted for other seasons of the year, too. It has been blustery and brisk this week. It’s also that time of year when the heat stops coming up in the morning in my apartment in spite of the fact that it’s 40 degrees in the morning. Springtime in New York City can be a chilly season. All the more reason…

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Warm Winter Squash Bowl

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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This warm winter squash bowl is grounding, nourishing, and wholesome. It combines sweet, roasted winter squash with gently steamed kale and a slightly spicy harissa tahini dressing. Here we are, perched on the cusp of spring. But as is always the case where I live at this time of year, we’re flirting with a few spring-like days while also having a foot firmly planted in winter. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I don’t hate winter one bit. Right now I’m actually…

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25 Nutritious Vegan Quinoa Recipes

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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Rich in protein, folate, fiber, zinc, and iron, quinoa is one of the most nutritious staple foods available to plant-based eaters. These 25 nutritious vegan quinoa recipes demonstrate how versatile and delicious quinoa can be. You’ll find options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! When I had been vegan for only a few weeks, I started to notice a lot of recipes that called for quinoa. The grain was completely new to me. I had never heard of it before, never seen it or…

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Vegan

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This creamy vegan mushroom pasta is the best, easy winter meal! Cashew cream makes this luxurious, dairy-free mushroom sauce possible. Pair with your favorite pasta for a comforting dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes. At the start of last week, which now feels like an entire lifetime ago, I made this creamy vegan mushroom pasta. It was one of the fastest, tastiest meals I’ve made at home in a while. Mushrooms are one of the ingredients most often used to create “meaty” textures…

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Cozy Vegan Cauliflower Gratin

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, Vegan

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This cozy vegan cauliflower gratin is pure comfort food with a wholesome twist. Cauliflower is baked with a creamy, cashew-based sauce and crispy breadcrumbs. It’s a perfect dish for sharing and an easy make-ahead option for the holidays. “Gratin” is one of those words that immediately brings coziness to mind. I think of food bubbling out of bakers that have just been pulled from the oven. I think of melted cheese and crisping bread crumbs. I’m transported to winter months and the comfort…

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15 Wholesome Vegan Butternut Squash Recipes

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, Small Plates & Sides, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Mildly sweet and nutty butternut squash is one of many reasons that I look forward to fall produce every year. Here are 15 wholesome vegan butternut squash recipes that celebrate this versatile and nutritious ingredient! There’s nothing that makes me more excited for fall cooking than the site of winter squashes piling up at farmers markets. There are many wonderful varieties to choose from, but butternut squash will always be a favorite. Butternut squash is so versatile. As I was rounding up the…

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Chickpea Burrito Bowls

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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These vegan chickpea burrito bowls are easy to meal prep and so delicious! They feature chickpeas that have been seasoned with salsa for fast flavor. Top them with my creamy cashew queso sauce for a vibrant and filling meal. With the arrival of fall, I’ve been getting into a routine of meal prep at home. I’m batch cooking soups, baking plenty of muffins and baked oatmeal for breakfasts and snacks, and remembering to make at least a couple homemade dressings each weekend. With…

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7 Protein-Packed Tofu Scramble Recipes

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Tofu scramble is the ultimate high-protein vegan breakfast! It’s a quick and adaptable meal that can be modified in countless ways. Here are seven of my go-to, protein-packed tofu scramble recipes. I’m all about breakfast this month, as back-to-school season kicks off. For me, September isn’t just about the literal return to school—though I do get excited to watch my friends’ kids enter new grades. Early fall is all about getting back to business. It’s a time to refocus. I’m hoping that the…

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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce and Easy Pasta

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Cauliflower Alfredo sauce turns a nutritious crucifer into the base of a delightful, creamy dairy-free pasta sauce. You can store it or use it to make an easy vegan Alfredo pasta with spinach. The pasta dish features prebiotic foods, which may benefit digestive health. Hi friends! Thank you for the kind responses to Sunday’s post. I’m happy to say that a new oven has been installed and inspected and deemed safe to use. Speaking of that, I’ve moved into the dessert phase of…

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Lentil Tahini Wraps

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These lentil tahini wraps are a simple, tasty, and nourishing plant-based lunch! They incorporate nutritious vegetables and legumes, and they’re easy to customize. Feels like a while since I’ve checked in—because it has been! I’m just back from a really special week with my oldest friend and her family. I got away at a moment when I needed to get away. And the little escape was exactly what I needed to recharge, regroup, and feel like myself again. This is one of many…

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Vegan Tempeh Meatball Subs

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegan

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These vegan tempeh meatball subs are made with protein-packed, savory tempeh meatballs and a creamy cashew mozzarella sauce. A plant-based spin on classic comfort food. Cashew mozzarella and tempeh meatballs are the two homemade “basics” I’ve been most excited about lately. So I guess it was only a matter of time before both found their way into a saucy, melty, savory tempeh meatball sub. It’s hard to do justice to how delicious and satisfying these subs are. The tempeh meatballs are deeply savory…

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15-Minute Teriyaki Tofu Noodle Bowls

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Vegan

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These teriyaki tofu noodle bowls come together in only fifteen minutes, thanks to Nasoya’s Plantspired TofuBaked. They’re high protein, nutritious, and flavorful. You might want to double the miso chili sauce: it’s addictive! The last year has really taught me how to use my favorite store-bought products wisely and effectively. Like many people, I developed a case of serious cooking fatigue in quarantine. Relying on a few grocery store staples (OK, more than a few) helped me to avoid feeling overwhelmed. It gave…

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20 Wholesome Vegan Sweet Potato Recipes

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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Baked, roasted, mashed, or steamed, a sweet potato can be the star of any meal! Here are 20 wholesome vegan sweet potato recipes that showcase the versatility of this tasty, nourishing root vegetable. I have never met a sweet potato I didn’t like. I’ll eat sweet potatoes baked, steamed, fried, mashed, or hashed. I love them in salads, burgers, tacos, soup, and even dessert. If you have a sweet potato on hand, you have the foundation for plant-based a meal. I can’t tell…

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25 Nutritious Vegan Chickpea Recipes

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, roundup, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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You can create so many fast, flavorful vegan meals with a humble can of chickpeas! Here are 25 of my favorite, nutritious vegan chickpea recipes for lunches, satisfying snacks, and weeknight dinners. I always tell my nutrition clients that, if you have a can of chickpeas in the pantry, you’re about halfway to a nutritious meal. I can’t think of a legume that I rely on more often in my own cooking. I’ve never been more grateful for chickpeas than I have been…

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Simple Tempeh Meatballs

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, meatballs, No Oil, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, Vegan

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These vegan tempeh meatballs are simple to make and incredibly versatile. They’re also packed with plant-based protein! Use them for an instant protein boost in any grain bowl or pasta dish. There’s no easy comfort food meal that I turn to more regularly than spaghetti and meatballs. In fact, I’ve frequently joked that my 2020 was sponsored by Gardein meatballs (it really wasn’t, but it could have been). I had more dinners of Gardein meatballs, pasta, and marinara than any other food. These…

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Creamy Mushroom Spinach Orzo

Pierre Van ZylMain Dishes, mushrooms, one pot, orzo, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, Soy-free, spinach, Vegan

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This creamy mushroom spinach orzo is a fast, one-pot recipe for busy nights! It’s plant-based and features cashew cream in place of dairy. Spinach and mushrooms add texture and nutrition to the recipe. I made this creamy mushroom spinach orzo a couple of weekends ago, and I fell in love with the recipe right away. It was a welcome reprieve from my cooking slump! The recipe is greatly inspired by Sheela Prakash’s one-pot mushroom and spinach orzo for The Kitchn. Prakash is an…

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Lentil Tomato Pasta Stew

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soups, Soy-free, Vegan

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This one-pot lentil tomato pasta stew is so cozy, hearty, and comforting! It’s also packed with plant-based nutrition from vegetables and legumes, and it’s easy to make gluten-free. New York City has been visited by a couple snowstorms in the last few weeks. Not to mention the customary 20- and 30-something degree temperatures of February. It’s a very good time for stew. I can’t think of a better cozy bowl to dive into than this lentil tomato pasta stew. This recipe came about…

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Vegan Savory Chickpea Cobbler

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This vegan savory chickpea cobbler is the ultimate plant-based winter comfort food dish! Made with chickpeas, a rustic biscuit topping, and a flavorful sauce built from an umami-rich broth. It’s safe to say that comfort food has been my desire and my cooking style for most of the past year. But even putting pandemic circumstances aside, these deep winter months are the time when I crave vegan comfort food more than ever. Enter savory cobbler. This savory chickpea cobbler is everything I want…

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Beans and Greens Pasta

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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Beans and greens pasta is a tasty, adaptable formula for countless plant-based dinners! With all of the exhaustion going around, it’s an especially good time for easy, adaptable meal templates. This vegan beans and greens pasta is a riff on the reliable “a green, bean, a grain” formula. Here, the beans and greens are whatever you like, and pasta is the grain. I can’t get enough of this dinner right now. It satisfies my constant pandemic year craving for comfort food and my…

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Plantspired Meal Solutions

Pierre Van ZylMain Dishes, Quick & Easy, Vegan

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Nasoya’s Plantspired Meal Solutions allow you to create fast, flavor-forward, and nutritious plant-based meals in no time! The last few weeks of December are always busy. Even under the circumstances this year, they involved a lot of frantic catching up. Not to mention all of the extra cooking and baking. January is often full of encouragement (and sometimes pressure) to cook and meal prep from scratch. I’m not sure about you, but I can’t remember the last time I entered a new year…

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Vegan Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Vegan

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Vegan spinach lasagna rolls are a perfect way to enjoy all of the comfort food goodness of lasagna in an adorable, easier-to-serve package. With only a few more days before the Christmas holiday and the winter solstice, I thought it might be a good day for some classic comfort food. These vegan spinach lasagna rolls are my new favorite make-ahead, freezer-friendly, cozy meal. The rolls have all of the goodness of regular lasagna. This includes red sauce, a vegan “ricotta” filling, and tender…

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Root Vegetable Tofu Bake

Pierre Van Zylautumn, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, root vegetables, sheet pan meal, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This root vegetable tofu bake is an easy, nutritious plant-based sheet pan meal! Serve over your favorite whole grain or greens. Whether you’re doing more cooking than usual this week, or feeling tired of cooking—as many of us are—this root vegetable tofu bake is for you. It’s a satisfying, nutritious meal that comes together with minimal work. Why sheet pan suppers are the solution to cooking fatigue With the arrival of fall weather, I’ve been feeling less burnt out on cooking than I…

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Mashed Potato Holiday Bowls

Pierre Van Zylchickpeas, cranberry, Gluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, potatoes, Recipes, Soy-free, tempeh, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These vegan mashed potato holiday bowls are the perfect way to celebrate an intimate, low-key Thanksgiving or winter holiday. All the traditional favorites in one simple recipe! A lot of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes can easily be made vegan. So my focus at this time of year is usually on holiday main dishes. What will feel substantial and celebratory, equally pleasing to plant-based eaters and their omnivore friends and family? I’ve come up with many recipes I love over the years. Millet and…

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Butternut Red Onion Pizza

Pierre Van Zylarugula, balsamic, butternut squash, Main Dishes, pizza, Recipes, red onion, Small Plates, Soy-free, Vegan

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This vegan butternut red onion pizza is a perfect fall appetizer or flavorful meal. Full of sweet and savory flavors and topped with creamy cashew cheese and zippy arugula! I made this vegan butternut red onion pizza a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait to make it again. I’d call it a perfect autumn appetizer, if I were having people over these days. In the meantime, it’s a wonderful plant-based meal for the season. The perfect combination of savory + sweet This…

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Red Curry Dumpling Soup with Kimchi

Pierre Van Zylcurry, dumplings, kimchi, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, soup, Soups, Vegan

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This red curry dumpling soup with kimchi is the epitome of a meal that’s as flavorful and filling as it is fast. Thanks to ready to eat dumplings and kimchi, it comes together in just about fifteen minutes. I often enjoy cool soups, like this carrot lemongrass soup or this gazpacho, during the summer months. But now New York City is entering fall, and it makes me excited for warm soup season. This curry soup with dumplings is actually a perfect in-between for…

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Vegan Eggplant Baked Rigatoni

Pierre Van Zylcomfort food, eggplant, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, pasta, Recipes, Vegan

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This vegan eggplant baked rigatoni is the most perfect pasta dish for early fall. It’s a cross between Pasta alla Norma and baked ziti, and it’s a delicious way to use up your eggplant while satisfying your comfort food cravings. I’m sort of embarrassed to admit how tired I feel of cooking right now. In the early weeks of quarantine last spring, I was hooping that the stay-at-home time would inspire me to get especially creative in the kitchen. That hasn’t happened at…

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Stewed Eggplant Tomato Lentils

Pierre Van Zyleggplant, Gluten-free, lentils, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, summer, tomato, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I can’t think of a better way to celebrate late summer produce than with these stewed eggplant tomato lentils! They’re my first eggplant recipe of the season and a great one to start with. Soup vs. stew vs. topping I couldn’t quite decide on what kind of recipe I was trying to make as I made the stewed eggplant tomato lentils. At first, I had the idea of an eggplant and lentil soup. But then I thought to myself that it would be…

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Vegan Potato Corn Chowder

Pierre Van Zylchowder, comfort food, corn, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, potatoes, Recipes, soup, Soups, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, vegan meat

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Corn season has officially arrived! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this hearty vegan potato corn chowder. This chowder has it all. Its got sweetness from corn, stick-to-your-ribs satisfaction from russet potatoes, and smoky flavor, as well as plant protein, from vegan meat. It’s also a simple, one-pot recipe that’s substantial enough to serve as a meal. Soup vs chowder When I was throwing this soup together, I kept thinking of it as a chowder and calling it…

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Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Burgers

Pierre Van Zylburgers, eggplant, Gluten-free, grilling, Main Dishes, Meals, mushrooms, peppers, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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As a New Yorker who doesn’t have outdoor space of her own, I don’t have a regular grill. But I do have a grill pan, and these summer months are when I use it the most. These balsamic grilled vegetable burgers are my new favorite way to put it—and all of my summer produce—to good use. As you can see, these vegetable burgers are really just that: burgers made with veggies. I love homemade bean and grain patties, like my quinoa artichoke burgers…

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Simple Vegan Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta

Pierre Van Zylbasil, easy, herbs, Main Dishes, pasta, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, summer, tomatoes, Vegan

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Less is more when it comes to summer produce. I think that this is especially true of ripe, sweet tomatoes. Today’s simple vegan burst cherry tomato pasta is proof. A couple years ago, I discovered Marcella Hazan’s famous tomato sauce via Food52. I was skeptical of how only four ingredients could lead to a flavorful sauce. As soon as I tried it, I understood. The sauce isn’t bold like many traditional marinaras, but it’s a classic in its own way. It has an…

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Tangy Chili Lime Tempeh Tacos

Pierre Van Zylavocado, avocado dressing, corn, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, tacos, tempeh, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s been a while since I made a tempeh recipe! These tangy vegan chili lime tempeh tacos are a great way to showcase one of my favorite plant proteins. They’re also fast and don’t require a lot of cooking—a priority in these hot and humid NYC summer days. One of the things I often read about tofu is that it absorbs the flavor of any marinade you give it. This isn’t true of tempeh, which has an earthy flavor all of its own….

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Smoky Glazed Carrot Dogs

Pierre Van Zylcarrots, fourth of july, Gluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve been thinking about Fourth of July recipes that I would share if I weren’t socially distancing, which I still will be late next week, as NYC moves further into phase 2 of reopening. It’ll be a different holiday this year, but just as I observed my birthday with birthday cake and my mother’s birthday with carrot cake, I’ll still make it a long weekend of festive, summery recipes. These sweet and smoky glazed carrot dogs included. This was my first time making…

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Miso Tahini Vegetable Sandwich

Pierre Van ZylDips, Dressings, Gluten-free, lunch, Main Dishes, miso, No Oil, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, sandwich, Sauces, spread, tahini, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Multiple loaves of easy vegan multigrain bread in the last few weeks means lots of incentive to make sandwiches! More sandwiches means more sandwich combinations, and this miso tahini vegetable sandwich is my latest favorite. This sandwich is completely inspired by Peacefood Cafe, a cozy and casual vegan restaurant in my neighborhood. Their miso tahini sandwich features a thick, salty sweet spread, sprouts, carrots, and spelt sourdough. It’s so good, and I order it nearly every single time I grab lunch there. The…

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Quick Chickpea Carrot Couscous Salad

Pierre Van Zylchickpeas, couscous, grain salad, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, salad, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Now that it’s warmer outside, I’ve been relying a lot on cool grain salads at lunchtime. So long as I prepare and then cool whatever grain I’m using ahead of time, assembling the salad takes only minutes. Grain salads satisfy me more than leafy or vegetable-based salads these days, and it’s fun to use up the various grains that are still hanging out in my pantry, even three months into quarantine (slow pantry emptying is part of living solo!). This quick chickpea carrot…

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Green Goodness Pizza

Pierre Van Zylherbed tofu, Main Dishes, pizza, pizza crust, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, vegan pizza

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I love pizza, especially homemade pizza. But with many awesome vegan pizza options available in my hometown, at least under normal circumstances, it’s all too easy to avoid making my own. I’ve been wanting to institute some sort of semi-formal Friday night pizza tradition for a while now, but I often end up skipping it and treating myself to a slice made by a pro instead. Since I’m home pretty much constantly now, and many of NYC’s eateries are re-opening slowly or delivering…

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Soy Curl Cacciatore

Pierre Van Zylcomfort food, Gluten-free, Italian food, Main Dishes, Recipes, soy curls, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s definitely no secret that I’m a huge fan of Butler Soy Curls to begin with, but they seem to be especially ideal for these weeks of quarantine. They’re shelf stable, protein-rich, and inexpensive, as far as vegan meats go. The pack of 6 bags that you can order online from the Butler website is a generous amount: enough to ensure many hearty vegan meals! I’ve got three bags still in my pantry, and on Sunday evening, I thought it was a good…

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Vegan Pantry Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Pierre Van Zylcomfort food, Gluten-free, lunch, Main Dishes, Recipes, sandwich, Sauces, soup, Soups, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m sure I’m not the only person who remembers grilled cheese and tomato soup as a childhood comfort food. In my home, the tomato soup was Campbell’s, but the grilled cheese was my mom’s, and she nailed it. My mom’s grilled cheese sandwiches were, whether she knew it or not, a specialty. A few of my friends still remember the pleasure of coming over and eating them. My mom usually made adult grilled cheese: not only cheddar, but also tomato and a thin…

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Artichoke, White Bean & Quinoa Burgers

Pierre Van Zylartichokes, burger, Gluten-free, main dish, Main Dishes, quinoa, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve been eating lots of artichoke hearts lately. The shelf-stable ones (both canned and in the jar) have been easy to find nearby, and I’m enjoying the bright, tangy, and gently acidic flavor they lend to bowls, salads (like this easy pantry concoction from last week), and pasta. I’m also looking forward to remaking this chickpea polenta dish—a favorite from the winter—very soon. Last week, I decided to experiment with putting artichokes into a plant-based burger, because why not? They add so much…

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