Crispy BBQ Soy Curls

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Sides, Vegan

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These BBQ soy curls are baked or air fried to achieve a crispy texture on the outside. They’re chewy on the inside and so flavorful. The soy curls perfect for serving on a bun, in tacos or bowls, or as part of a barbecue spread. Plus, they’re easy to make—you can use homemade or store-bought barbecue sauce! Here I am again, with another simple vegan protein. I know I’ve shared a number of these lately, along with other staple foods and basics. But…

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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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Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken And Rice Recipe

Pierre Van ZylMain Course, Poultry Recipes, Recipes

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Creamy, cheesy and garlicky, this Instant Pot chicken and rice is one of the most requested dinners in my house right now. It’s flavor and texture is similar to white wine and parmesan risotto, but it’s SO MUCH easier to make. Also, though I’m not anti-carb, I decided to lighten up this dish by replacing […]

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15 Nutritious Vegan White Bean Recipes

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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White beans are packed with nutrients, including folate, fiber, calcium, iron, and protein. They’ve also got a wonderful, buttery texture and are extremely versatile! These 15 nutritious vegan white bean recipes will help you to feature this simple superfood in your plant-based meals. As a registered dietitian, I’m always giving my clients gentle nudges toward variety. Eating a variety of foods, we know, is the best way to maximize our intake of both micro and macronutrients. For example, we’re encouraged to “eat the…

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Vegan Strawberry Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, strawberries, Vegan

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These light, tender vegan strawberry muffins are the perfect muffin for spring. They’re full of juicy, fresh strawberries, and they’re so easy to prepare. Oh, these muffins. I made them for the first time about three weeks ago, in a fit of excitement about the beginning of strawberry season. I kept the recipe simple: basically, a vanilla muffin with chopped strawberries folded in and a bit of sparkling sugar on top. I was expecting to be happy with the recipe—I love both muffins…

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Homemade Vegan Buttermilk

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Cakes, cookies, Gluten-free, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, No Oil, Recipes, Vegan

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Vegan buttermilk is the trick to making perfect vegan muffins, cakes, pancakes, cornbread, biscuits, and other quick breads. Learn how to make it with this simple recipe! I love any and all of the baked goods that qualify as quick breads. These include muffins, scones, cornbread, waffles and pancakes, banana bread and zucchini bread, many cakes, brownies, cookies, and more. All of these tasty breads use chemical leavening. They rise because of the chemical reactions that happen when a leavening agent—usually baking powder,…

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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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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Pierre Van ZylMain Course, Poultry Recipes, Recipes

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Are you ready to dive into a plate of perfectly seasoned fajitas – with all your favorite toppings, of course – while keeping your weeknight meal prep super simple? With these sheet pan chicken fajitas there’s no need to marinate or stand over a hot skillet. Just toss a few ingredients together, spread them onto […]

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Easy Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Pierre Van ZylMain Course, Poultry Recipes, Recipes

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Quick, name a recipe that’s ready in under 30 minutes, only requires a handful of ingredients, and comes out tasting like a restaurant-style dish. If nothing came to mind just now, it’s time to make a batch of this Instant Pot chicken teriyaki. With a sticky, sweet and savory sauce that’s based on this recipe, […]

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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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4-Ingredient Vegan Sour Cream

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Quick & Easy, Raw, Recipes, Sauces, Soy-free, Vegan

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This 4-ingredient vegan sour cream recipe will become your go-to for baked potatoes, chili, nachos, pasta salad, and more. It’s a homemade, plant-based staple that’s as easy to make as it is useful! The parade of homemade vegan staple foods continues! If I were an organized person, I’d have made this post part of a carefully curated series. But this blog reflects my life, for better or worse, and I’m featuring staples lately because they’re sometimes the only thing I have time and…

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Chocolate Overnight Oats Recipe

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast Recipes, Recipes

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Creamy and chocolatey, this overnight oatmeal recipe is a simple yet delicious make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. It’s rich in healthy fats, gut nourishing resistant starch, and beneficial bacteria, and it can made in big batches to save time on meal prep. I usually eat mine plain, but it can also be topped with: […]

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10 Minute Vegan Ricotta Cheese

Pierre Van ZylDips, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, Vegan

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This vegan ricotta cheese is ready in only 10 minutes! Made with cashews and tofu, it’s a nutritious, homemade staple that can be used in a variety of dishes. Plus, it’s creamy and so satisfying. This has been the season of staples. As you’ve probably gathered from my recent blog posts, I’m not doing a lot of cooking. When I do cook—once weekly, as part of my Sunday meal prep—I’ve been sticking to recipes that I know and love. There will soon be…

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Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Pierre Van ZylMain Course, Poultry Recipes, Recipes

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From my front porch I can slip on my flip flops and walk to waterfront restaurants serving gluten-free eats like hummus with veggies, smoothie bowls and kombucha in less than five minutes. If I’m willing to drive a bit I can order a grass-fed burger or pick up paleo donuts. I’m so happy that wholesome […]

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Easy Overnight Oats Recipe + Tips

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast Recipes, Recipes

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My littles aren’t quite so little anymore, which means they sleep longer and start chores without a word from me. In fact, these days I can usually get through half a cup of coffee before anyone even talks to me, which is . . . well, awesome. But while my morning routine is more relaxed […]

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How To Ripen Bananas Quickly (Oven Method)

Pierre Van Zylhow to, Recipes

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So, you’ve fallen for this delicious, chewy gluten-free banana bread and you’ve got it baking on repeat until – bam – you head to the grocery store for supplies and find bananas that are barely ripe enough to eat.  Sure, they’re perfect for smoothies and overnight oats, but you frown at them a little anyway. Because what […]

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My Favorite Braised Red Cabbage

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is my favorite recipe for braised red cabbage! It’s tart, salty, and a little sweet, thanks to the addition of sliced apples. I don’t post a lot of vegetable side dishes on this blog. This isn’t really a conscious choice. It’s a product of my habits. More often than not, the vegetable sides that I serve with my dinners are very, very simple. Think steamed broccoli or kale, a little salad with whatever dressing I have in the fridge, or some seasonal…

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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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Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Grain-Free Bread, Recipes

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There are regular compliments, and there are “I’m soooo thirsty mama but I don’t want to drink water and lose the banana flavor” compliments.  When I got the latter one from my littlest on this gluten-free banana bread recipe, I figured it was finally time to share it with you.  It’s moist, chewy, sweet but […]

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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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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cookies, dessert, Recipes, Vegan

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This is a plant-based version of traditional thumbprint cookies! The cookies are buttery and tender, and they have a sweet pocket of jam in the center. They’re also totally dairy-free. I made these vegan thumbprint cookies a couple weeks before Christmas. I had every intention of posting the recipe on Christmas eve, in tandem with making the cookies again myself and bringing them to my mom’s apartment. We know how that went. But one of the silver linings of Quarantine Christmas 2021 is…

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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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4 DIY Flavored Salt Recipes

Pierre Van ZylCondiment Recipes, Recipes

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These finishing salts add a pop of flavor to everything from steak and popcorn to chocolate, and they’re super easy to make. In this article I’m sharing four of my favorite flavors – chili lime, vanilla, rosemary lemon, and sriracha – plus ideas for using each one.  I love sprinkling them on all kinds of […]

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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These vegan apple cinnamon waffles are the most wonderful winter breakfast! Fluffy waffles are filled with tender, diced apples and cinnamon spice. The waffles can be made ahead and frozen for future cozy, comforting morning meals. I am very much a breakfast person. I’m always hungry for breakfast. Ravenous for it, sometimes. While I know that a lot of people struggle to find the appetite for breakfast in the morning, I’m the opposite. If anything, I’m hungrier early in the day than I…

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Broccoli Tabbouleh

Pierre Van ZylRecipes, Salads, Sides, Small Plates, Small Plates & Sides, Vegan

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This broccoli tabbouleh features finely chopped, lightly cooked broccoli in place of the traditional tomatoes. Much like a classic tabbouleh, it’s a fresh, flavorful grain salad that makes for a versatile side dish or the base of a nutritious meal. The weather has been cooling down steadily and consistently in New York. With the exception of a strangely balmy, 60 degree day on Monday, it’s clear that early winter has arrived. Of course I’m enjoying all of my favorite cozy, hearty comfort food…

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Dairy-Free Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Recipes

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‘Tis the season for rich, creamy homemade eggnog in every form – kid-friendly, spiked, made with heavy cream, dairy-free and of course it’s most decadent iteration – ice cream!! As someone who occasionally turns on Christmas music in July, I have to admit that I did not wait until the official holiday season to begin making this […]

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Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Pierre Van Zylcookies, dessert, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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An old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie can’t be beat! These vegan oatmeal raisin cookies have perfect, chewy texture. They’re made with wholesome rolled oats, and they’re perfect with a glass of non-dairy milk. The holiday season is often a time for elaborate cooking and baking. It’s my busiest time of year in the kitchen for sure, and I tend to save my most ambitious desserts for November and December. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, I like to take breaks from…

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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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Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van ZylDessert Recipes, Recipes

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Soft, chewy and rolled in cinnamon sugar deliciousness, these gluten-free snickerdoodles are made with just a handful of simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. There’s no need to chill the dough, break out the mixer to cream butter, or anything like that either . . . they’re super simple to make, naturally […]

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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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Tofu Whipped Cream

Pierre Van Zyldessert, Gluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Vegan

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This vegan tofu whipped cream is made with silken tofu, cashews, and maple syrup. It’s a dairy-free, whole foods spin on whipped cream that’s rich in healthful fats and protein. Plus, it’s versatile and easy to make! We’re coming up on the season of festive desserts. From pie to cake to brownies and beyond, it’s the jolliest time of year to bake. With all of that baking comes the need for simple decorations. And while I’m a pretty decent baker, the truth is…

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Miso Butter Brussels Sprouts

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

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These miso butter Brussels sprouts are the best roasted Brussels sprouts I’ve eaten! They’re salty, sweet, and savory, thanks to vegan miso butter and maple syrup. The Brussels sprouts are a perfect side dish for the holiday season or winter gatherings. Here’s what I love about cooking: just when you think you know it all about an ingredient or recipe, you discover something new. I’ve tried Brussels sprouts every which way. I’ve steamed them, sautéed them, shaved them and eaten them in salads…

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Homemade Vitamin C Gummies

Pierre Van ZylRecipes, Snack Recipes

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  Sweet and tangy, these chewable vitamin C gummies are a delicious way to support the immune system, sleep quality, gut health and more. They’re made with two nutritional powerhouses – collagen and whole food vitamin C – that can be challenging to get enough of unless we make a real (in this case, REAL DELICIOUS) effort.  […]

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Easy BBQ Lentils

Pierre Van ZylQuick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates & Sides, Vegan

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These BBQ lentils couldn’t be easier or quicker to make. I prepare them with my naturally sweetened, date BBQ sauce, and I use them as a staple in my vegan meal prep. They’re a super versatile plant protein! Do these BBQ lentils really require a blog post of their own? Maybe not. Maybe a recipe with two ingredients—lentils and BBQ sauce—is self-explanatory. But honestly, I’ve made these lentils at least three times in the mere three weeks since I made homemade date BBQ…

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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)

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast Recipes, Recipes

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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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