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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Baked Balsamic Tofu

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Sides, Small Plates, Vegan

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Baked balsamic tofu cubes are one of my favorite versatile, everyday plant proteins to keep in my fridge. I use them in salads, bowls, pasta dishes, in wraps, and even as a nutritious snack food. Learn how to prepare this easy and flavorful vegan staple! “This tofu is really good. How did you prepare it?” This is what a friend of mine asked me two Fridays ago, as we dug into simple grain bowls together at her place. The protein in those bowls…

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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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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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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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Tofu Egg Salad

Pierre Van ZylDips, Gluten-free, Quick & Easy, Sides, Small Plates, Snacks, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is a simple, yet super flavorful vegan tofu egg salad. Perfect for sandwiches and tartines, wraps and crackers, and more! It’s one of my favorite every day lunchtime staples. I’m slowly finding that I’ve got the energy to make more homemade food (after a long stretch of feeling stuck with It). The key, I’m finding, is to keep everything very simple. This tofu egg salad is the epitome of simple—no cooking, ready in about fifteen minutes—but it’s really versatile, too. Make one…

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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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Roasted Butternut & Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, salad, Salads, Sides, Small Plates, Soy-free, thanksgiving, Vegan

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It’s about time for a few Thanksgiving recipes 🙂 My last few holidays have been simple, and my recipes have followed suit. This roasted butternut & shaved Brussels sprout salad looks festive and has a lot of nice contrast in textures, but it comes together with only a few main ingredients. Leftovers of the creamy…

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Brandi Doming’s Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

Pierre Van Zylblog friends, cookbook, cookbook review, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Amazingly, this is the very last morning of my current clinical rotation. Putting aside the overall challenges of the DI itself—new schedule, lots of oversight, lack of privacy—my seven weeks at this site have been a wonderful learning experience, with supportive and caring dietitians as teachers. I’m still struggling to wrap my…

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