20 Irresistable Vegan Cake Recipes

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Cakes, dessert, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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If I could eat only one type of dessert for the rest of my life, it would be cake. Here are 20 irresistable vegan cake recipes for celebrations big and small. Plus, my favorite vegan carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! There are all kinds of dessert people in the world. Me, I’m a cake person. It’s not that I don’t love pie, ice cream, cheesecake, cobbler, cookies, or crisp. I’ll happily eat any of those things. But cake has a special place…

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Pumpkin Waffles Recipe (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these waffles are infused with the unofficial flavor of fall – pumpkin! They’re based on my crispy waffle recipe, but I’ve added in a generous amount of homemade pumpkin pie spice and swapped real pumpkin puree in place of some of the eggs from my original […]

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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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Date BBQ Sauce

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

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This vegan date BBQ sauce is perfectly tangy, smoky, and sweet. It’s a no-sugar added, homemade BBQ sauce that’s incredibly easy to make. Just blend, heat, and enjoy! Given all of the commotion of the last few days, I’ve been grateful for any and every simple recipe. This homemade vegan sauce couldn’t be simpler. It’s a date-sweetened BBQ sauce that’s tangy, sweet, and has a thick texture. You can use it as a marinade, as seasoning, or as sauce for bowls. My inspiration…

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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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How To Make Instant Pot Taco Meat With Frozen Ground Beef

Pierre Van ZylBeef Recipes, Main Course, Recipes

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Sautéeing taco meat in a skillet is the easiest thing in the world . . . except when it’s not, because you forgot to defrost ground beef for taco night. No worries, though, you can quickly make super delish, perfectly seasoned taco meat in your Instant Pot using frozen meat.  This recipe is ideal for […]

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15+ Healthy Ground Beef Recipes (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van ZylBeef Recipes, Main Course, Recipes

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Stuck in a food rut? I’ve been there. When it comes to price-per-pound, ground beef is one of the most affordable options when buying grass-fed meat, but it can be challenging to find inspired ways to make it.  Whether you’re looking for quick and easy meal options or new ways to shake things up in the flavor […]

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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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Protein Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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These vegan protein peanut butter stuffed dates taste like a Snickers bar. But they’re made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients, including medjool dates, peanut butter, melted dark chocolate, and pea protein. Hot summer days rarely deter me from turning on my oven, but July had enough super warm days that I often hesitated to bake. This left me in the position of seeking out no-bake treats instead. These protein peanut butter-stuffed dates are the best one of those that I’ve tried.  The dates are…

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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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Carrot Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, cookies, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These soft, chewy vegan breakfast cookies are studded with grated carrots, plump raisins, and rolled oats. They’re wholesome, filling, and delicious! They’re also freezer friendly and can be made ahead for breakfasts on-the-go. I’ve always loved the idea of a breakfast cookie. A freshly baked cookie, full of ingredients that are wholesome enough to qualify as a sensible breakfast? Sign me up. Until now, however, breakfast cookies have been more appealing in theory than in practice. I’ve tried so many different combinations, and…

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10 Flavorful Vegan Eggplant Recipes

Pierre Van ZylRecipes, Sides, Small Plates, Snacks, Vegan

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Eggplant is nutritious and oh-so-versatile! Here are 10 flavorful vegan recipes that show off the many ways that you can prepare eggplant at home. It’s eggplant season! August and September are my favorite time of year for produce. Deep purple, shiny eggplant has a lot to do with this. I know that eggplant can be controversial. Along with beets and mushrooms, it’s one of the foods that my nutrition clients most often report being squeamish about. Me? I’m a devoted eggplant fan. Eggplant…

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Vegan Cherry Pie

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Fruit Desserts, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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A classic American dessert goes vegan! This vegan sweet cherry pie screams summer. It’s made with a traditional, flaky, double pie crust. What fruit dessert says summer more than sweet cherry pie? I made this beauty on the 4th of July this year, while I was staying with friends near the beach. It was far from my first cherry dessert—cherry cobbler, cherry bars, and cherry chocolate ice cream are all favorites—but it was my first vegan cherry pie. Success! Yes, this dessert is…

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Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Recipes

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Parenting Rule #386: Always say grown-up. Not adult, GROWN-UP. This is an essential distinction to make, or else you may find yourself standing in a very public place with a child asking loudly, “Mommy, can I watch the adult movie, too?” (It was What About Bob – the only grown-up option available where we were staying […]

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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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Melty Vegan Cashew Mozzarella

Pierre Van ZylQuick & Easy, Recipes, Sauces, Sides, Vegan

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This melty, stretchy vegan cashew mozzarella cheese will make your plant-based pizza and pasta dishes shine! It’s calls for simple ingredients and is easy to prepare. I’ve been relying greatly on a few hard-working, homemade staples this summer. These include my Greek vinaigrette (currently on repeat for salads and grain bowls), tofu egg salad and herbed tofu feta, tempeh meatballs and brothy white beans. Last spring, I made a vegan grilled cheese sandwich with a melty, homemade American-style cheese sauce. I loved the…

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Dairy-Free Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Recipes

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Sometimes we do birthday cake at my house, and sometimes we do birthday pecan pie. You see, it’s one of our family traditions that my kids can request whatever dessert their heart desires for their special day, and that has led to some pretty interesting requests.  This year my oldest son requested homemade pecan pie, and […]

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Kombucha Berry Smoothie

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Nutrition and Wellness, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

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This kombucha berry smoothie is so refreshing! It’s made with ingredients that may be beneficial for gut health, including kombucha and fiber-rich berries and greens. Avocado adds a wonderful creaminess. Plus, all about Seed’s science-and-plant-based Daily Synbiotic! I’ll be traveling more than I’m used to this summer. Apart from that, my schedule will be hectic, especially in comparison to the monotony of quarantine life. Travel and disruption are two of the things that tend to impact my digestion. It’s been years since I…

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Vegan Chickpea Greek Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is a plant-based spin on traditional Greek salad, made with the wholesome addition of chickpeas. It features a tart, salty vegan tofu feta, crisp romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion. It feels so good to welcome in the official start of summer. It’s also the official start of salad season, though technically I’ve been enjoying salads since it started to get warm in New York. A little while ago, I shared a simple Greek vinaigrette dressing. This dressing has been giving life…

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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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Greek Vinaigrette

Pierre Van ZylDressings, Dressings & Sauces, Gluten-free, oregano, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, vinaigrette

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This Greek vinaigrette salad dressing is as versatile and flavorful as it is easy to make! An all-purpose dressing for salads, grain dishes, and bowls. I go through phases with my salad dressings. Sometimes I’m in the mood for creamy dressing, and then weeks of tahini-based dressings will follow. Sometimes I make yum sauce and put it on everything for weeks, salads included. The roasted garlic vinaigrette in this protein packed quinoa bean salad is another one that I tend to get hooked…

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Vegan Vanilla Cake

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, dessert, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is the best vegan vanilla cake! A simple sponge cake is layered with luxurious vegan buttercream frosting. It’s elegant, classic, and unbeatable for birthday celebrations. With a birthday just behind me, I’ve had vegan cake on my mind more than usual! This vegan vanilla cake is perfect for birthdays. It’s also a classy, elegant layer cake that can be part of any celebration or special event. With the exception of whatever decorations you’re into, this cake is frill and fuss-free. Three layers…

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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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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Recipes

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These no-bake peanut butter balls are so easy they’re basically an un-recipe, but my kids love them so I figured they were worth sharing. They’re adapted from these no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough bites, which y’all have had quite a bit to say about . . . These are amazing! My picky son couldn’t get enough of […]

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Creamy Massaged Kale Salad Recipe With Lemon

Pierre Van ZylRecipes, Side Dish Recipes

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So, true story: Once upon a time I greeted my kids in the morning by shouting “Welcome to waffle week!” Because frankly, there are “family favorite” recipes and then there are recipes that have been tested six ways from Sunday to make sure that: They’re the yummiest, best possible version I’ve pinpointed anything that can […]

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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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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-Free, Egg-Free)

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Recipes

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Creamy and minty with just the right amount of chocolatey goodness, this dairy-free mint chocolate chip ice cream has the smooth, rich texture of the real deal. Seriously, if you’ve tried dairy-free ice cream before and the texture felt too icy and thin, I think you’ll love this easy recipe. I’m only temporarily dairy-free as […]

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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Pierre Van ZylPoultry Recipes, Recipes

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My love of homemade red chili sauce, buffalo wings, chimichurri and all things spicy is the complete opposite of my husband, who prefers rich, creamy sauces and dips. Since these buffalo stuffed sweet potatoes have both components, we both get we want. This flavor combination has been around for quite awhile, so all I’ve really done in this recipe is […]

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Herbed Tofu Feta Cheese

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Herbed tofu feta cheese is a flavorful, healthful, DIY vegan take on traditional feta cheese. It’s a perfect addition to any grain bowl, salad, wrap, or pasta dish! It’s a snap to make and is easy to store. As I continue to wade through a long, murky period of recipe writer’s block, I find myself relying a lot on every day staples. By “staples,” I mean good dressings, dips, simple whole grains, pots of beans or lentils. Foods that aren’t quite a meal…

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25 Versatile & Nutritious Lentil Recipes

Pierre Van ZylDips, Gluten-free, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, Snacks, Vegan

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Lentils are a mighty source of plant-protein and a game changer in vegan cooking. Here are 25 versatile & nutritious lentil recipes that I know you’ll love! Early in the pandemic last spring, I polled readers on Instagram stories about what type of recipes they’d most like to see on the blog. I wanted to know what would be practical and comforting, the two qualities that seemed to matter most to everyone. I wasn’t surprised that there was interest in shelf-stable foods. Beans…

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