Vegan Cherry Pie

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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French Lentil Niçoise Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, green beans, potatoes, Recipes, Salads, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


This French lentil Niçoise salad is a delightful vegan spin on the classic recipe! Marinated French lentils serve as a protein source in place of eggs or tuna. The salad is bursting with flavor and texture, and it’s perfect for sharing. It’s finally starting to feel like spring in New York City. We’re having cold days here and there, of course: it was 27 degrees Fahrenheit when I woke up on Friday. But for the most part, temperatures are becoming more mild. Flowers…

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Gluten-Free Croutons Recipe

Pierre Van ZylGrain-Free Bread, Recipes


Crunchy, savory and super simple to make, these homemade gluten-free croutons are a great way to use up leftover bagels or stale bread, but if you’re in the mood for croutons fresh bread totally works, too.  They’re SO DELICIOUS over salads that are drizzled with creamy ranch, homemade Thousand Island, traditional Caesar salad dressing, or this dairy-free Caesar. And […]

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Easy Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe

Pierre Van ZylCondiment Recipes, Recipes


This Italian seasoning recipe is a flavorful all-purpose blend for homemade pizza, meatballs, salad dressing, and other tried-and-true favorites. It’s got all the essentials – basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary – plus a few extra flavor additions like parley, garlic and onion powder.  Plus, like my homemade taco seasoning and other blends, you can customize […]

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Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Pierre Van Zylbaking, butter, Cakes, cream cheese, cupcakes, dessert, Gluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Vegan


These vegan carrot cake cupcakes have all of the goodness of traditional carrot cake, in an adorable, single-serve package! They’re the perfect treat for springtime, and they’re also great for birthdays and other celebrations. With Easter Sunday rolling around this weekend, I thought it might be a good time for vegan carrot cake. There’s no shortage of carrot cake on this blog. I have a pumpkin carrot cake, which I love to make in the fall. And then there’s my favorite vegan carrot…

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Vegan Hash Brown Casserole

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian


Vegan hash brown casserole is the perfect egg free breakfast casserole that would be perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! This savory gluten free hash brown casserole is made with shredded potatoes, a creamy vegan cheese sauce and lots of ve…

Baked Stuffed Apples

Pierre Van Zylapples, baking, Breakfast, dessert, fruit, fruit dessert, Fruit Desserts, Recipes, Vegan


These vegan baked stuffed apples are a delicious, wholesome treat! Enjoy the benefits of whole fruit with a warm, delicious streusel filling. The apples are perfect for snacking, dessert, or breakfast. Apples are just about my favorite fruit, and I’m very lucky that they’re in season pretty much year-round where I live. I love eating apples every which way: raw, as a snack, in a crisp, cubed and baked, in cake, in slaw, and even in soup. These baked stuffed apples are going…

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Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies with Cashew Frosting

Pierre Van Zyldessert, Gluten-free, Recipes, Vegan


Gluten free carrot cake cookies are the perfect healthy snack or dessert! You could even make these for breakfast! These vegan carrot cake cookies with cashew frosting are everything you love about carrot cake but in cookie form! Made with shredded car…

Creamy Mushroom Spinach Orzo

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


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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