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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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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French Lentil Niçoise Salad

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

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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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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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The Best Brothy White Beans

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

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These are the best brothy white beans! Turn a pound of dry white beans into a tender, savory, all-purpose vegan protein. This is a one-pot recipe that’s versatile, simple to make, and freezer-friendly. I’ve spent the last week trying to work up the energy to make something a little special in the kitchen. I was hoping to redeem some of my recent kitchen trials and tribulations and feel inspired about cooking again. But is anyone really inspired with cooking lately? I’m sure the…

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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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Tahini Beet Dressing

Pierre Van ZylDressings, Dressings & Sauces, Gluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Sauces, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This sweet and tangy tahini beet dressing will brighten up your salads and bowls with its beautiful pink color! I’m writing this post as an impressive snow storm carries on outside my window. It snowed through the night, it was snowing when I woke up this morning, and it’s supposed to keep snowing tomorrow. I love snow, and I love winter. But while it’s all shades of gray, white, and black outside, it’s nice to have something colorful and vibrant on my plate….

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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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Whole Wheat Raisin Bars

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

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Whole wheat raisin bars are a perfect cross between a wholesome snack bar and a buttery cookie. Freezer-friendly and great for meal prep! You know those recipes that drastically exceed expectations? These whole wheat raisin bars are one of them. I had the idea for the recipe in my mind. I suspected I’d like them. After all, it’s not hard to sell me on soft, cookie-like layers of dough and a dried fruit center.  But the bars turned out to be so much…

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The Best Vegan Gingerbread Cake

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Cakes, Gluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is an unfussy, uncomplicated, delightful vegan gingerbread cake. It’s light and airy, not dense, and every bite is infused with ginger and cinnamon. I know it takes a little moxie to call a recipe “the best” anything. I also know that there’s really no “best” version of a dish. Especially a classic, beloved dish. Taste is so subjective. But sometimes it’s hard to contain one’s excitement about a recipe. And I really, really love this vegan gingerbread cake. So I can’t help…

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Lentil Beet Salad

Pierre Van Zylarugula, beets, Gluten-free, lentils, Recipes, salad, Salads, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This vegan lentil beet salad is one of my staple salads. It’s packed with nutrition and perfect with toast! There are plenty of festive recipes to make and think about at this time of year. But sometimes I like to interrupt all of the holiday cookies and cakes with an every day staple recipe. This lentil beet salad is one of my favorites. I have an easy time finding beets year round where I live, so I don’t really think of this as…

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Turmeric Chai Latte Mix

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

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No coffee shop necessary to enjoy a sweet and spicy winter drink. This DIY turmeric chai latte mix will warm you up at home! At some point last spring, just when coffee shops were starting to reopen for takeaway orders, I fell in love with a turmeric chai latte at one of my local coffee shops. It was warming and assertively spiced. But it wasn’t aggressive with ginger, as some turmeric drinks can be. The latte was gently sweetened. Creamy and comforting, it…

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Maple Brown Sugar Baked Oatmeal

Pierre Van Zylbaked oatmeal, Breakfast, Gluten-free, oatmeal, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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This vegan maple brown sugar oatmeal bake is a wonderfully cozy, make-ahead breakfast for wintertime. With winter approaching, I’m in the mood for oatmeal. This year, I’m also in the mood for recipes that I can make ahead and enjoy as the week goes by. Maple brown sugar baked oatmeal is it. This recipe is sweet, comforting, and cozy. It’s a good thing to make on Sunday and then roll out for breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It requires very little work,…

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Vegan Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, cranberries, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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Vegan Nantucket cranberry pie is inspired by Laurie Colwin’s classic recipe. It’s a cake, not a pie, and it couldn’t be easier to make! The perfect last minute holiday dessert. I chose a weird year to go all out with Thanksgiving cooking, but it’s happening. At the time of this writing, I’ve got two desserts in the works. I’ve also got green bean casserole, classic bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and two types of cranberry sauce. Then there’s the Gardein holiday roast that I…

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Mini Sweet Potato Casseroles

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, sweet potato, thanksgiving, Vegan

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Mini sweet potato casseroles are perfect for an intimate, one or two-person Thanksgiving celebration. This Thanksgiving is different in a lot of ways. But the excuse to make sweetly portioned, one and two-person recipes, has been sort of fun. Especially since my mom and I are two-person holiday veterans. It doesn’t get much cuter than these little vegan sweet potato casseroles. I tested them on a whim last week. I’ve now made them twice, not only because the holiday is approaching. They’re delicious,…

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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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Vegan Apple Cider Cupcakes

Pierre Van Zylapple cider, baking, Cakes, cupcakes, dessert, fall, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These vegan apple cider cupcakes are the perfect autumn treat! They’re sweetened with apple cider, spiced with cinnamon, and topped with rich swirls of vegan cream cheese frosting. For all my love of cake, I don’t make cupcakes nearly enough. I associate them with birthdays and special occasions, rather than everyday dessert cravings or snacking. But why? Cupcakes are just a different presentation of cake, and cake is something I make all of the time. From banana cake to peanut butter and jelly…

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Classic Vegan Pumpkin Bread

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

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No frills and nothing fancy: just a perfectly moist, classic vegan pumpkin bread! Pumpkin season kicked off last month. I kept trying to think of cool and creative things to do with my cans of pumpkin purée. But the first thing I really craved was a thick slice of pumpkin bread—no glaze, no add-ins, no frills—to be served with a cup of coffee. It’s a classic for a reason, right? Components of a classic pumpkin bread The right amount of sweetness Unlike banana…

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Vegan Corn Pudding

Pierre Van Zylcorn, Gluten-free, Holidays, pudding, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I know I just posted corn chowder, but it’s still corn season here, which means sweet corn is still on the menu. This vegan corn pudding is an easy, multipurpose side dish that straddles the space between savory and sweet. Pudding vs. casserole vs. soufflé I recently got Toni Tipton-Martin’s wonderful cookbook, Jubilee. Martin has a recipe for corn pudding that she describes as “a way for families to enjoy corn in a lush custard.” She also notes that corn pudding is also…

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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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Classic Vegan Cheesecake

Pierre Van ZylNo Oil, Pies & Tarts, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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This classic vegan cheesecake is a long time coming. It’s the first traditional cheesecake that I’ve shared on the blog, and it’s taken me a while to get it right. Early in quarantine, I hopped on Instagram stories and took a poll. I asked what sort of recipes readers would like to see more of during quarantine. Some of the answers were predictable: recipes featuring pantry staples, legume recipes, soups and stews, etc. There was enthusiasm for recipes featuring shelf-stable ingredients, which made…

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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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Classic Vegan Zucchini Bread

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

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How is it that in all of this time blogging and baking things, I’ve never posted a classic vegan zucchini bread recipe? I’m correcting that today, having happily enjoyed this moist, tender loaf in the past week. This is a really great thing to do with all the zucchini that might be stacking up at your local farmer’s market. Or, if you have a garden and it’s teeming with zucchini right now, this is one place that your vegetables can go. Why this…

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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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Vegan Peanut Butter Cereal Bites

Pierre Van Zylcereal, No Oil, one degree organics, peanut butter, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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Baking has been a wonderful companion through quarantine. However, it’s now the height of summer. The last thing I’d like to do on a 90-degree day is turn on my oven, which makes my apartment hot even if the AC is running. It’s the perfect time for no-bake treats, and these vegan peanut butter cereal bites are my new favorite! Technically speaking, this is a three-ingredient recipe. That’s not something I’m often able to pull off, but in this case, it works. You…

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Vegan Cherry Cobbler

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cherries, cobbler, dessert, fruit dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve been on a major cherry kick this summer. Aside from snacking on dark sweet cherries from the Northwest, I’ve been roasting them by the pound. I serve them over ice cream and overnight oats, sometimes on toast and a few weeks ago, I even put a bunch of them into chocolate cherry ice cream. Today, I’m sharing a vegan cherry cobbler that’s given me many days of delightful dessert leftovers. Sweet cherries are so easy to love. There’s the natural sweetness, of…

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The Best Vegan Strawberry Scones

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, coconut, Fruit Desserts, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, scones, Snacks, Soy-free, strawberries, summer, Vegan

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I can eat strawberries by the pint during these summer months. I have no objections to enjoying them just as they are, with vegan yogurt, or with some cashew whipped cream. However, I’m also delighted to bake with my them, which is what I was up to last week. These are the best vegan strawberry scones I’ve had. They might also be the best vegan scones I’ve made myself! I’ve always loved scones, but I didn’t actually discover them until high school. There…

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Creamy Avocado Macaroni Salad

Pierre Van Zylavocado, Gluten-free, grilling, Holidays, No Oil, pasta salad, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, serves a crowd, Sides, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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When I first became vegan, I spent a lot of time cooking dishes that were unfamiliar to me. I sampled new ingredients, including tempeh, quinoa, and a slew of other grains and legumes. Now that I’ve been vegan for more than a little while, I find myself gravitating toward comfort foods and nostalgic dishes. This has been especially true lately, with all of the uncertainty and unrest in the world. Macaroni salad was a childhood favorite of mine, and this creamy avocado macaroni…

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Vegan Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

Pierre Van Zylcherries, chocolate, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, ice cream, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Vegan

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It is most definitely and officially ice cream season here in New York. Within only a few weeks, we had the typical spring to summer transition of suddenly moving from intermittently warm and cool days to sticky, humid, sunny ones. I don’t mind it one bit—it makes it easier to put on my mask and get outside—but I’m craving cool treats. This vegan chocolate cherry ice cream is hitting the spot! I’d say that this ice cream is a nice balance of effort…

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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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Orange Juice Simmered Berries

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

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The past few months have been a strange combination of monotony on the one hand and disruption on the other. I was home nearly all the time, keeping to the same schedule. On the other hand, there was a constant sense of things being profoundly altered. It helped me to have some routines that were consistent in these inconsistent times, and incorporating Florida Orange Juice into my cooking and recipes—these orange juice simmered berries included—was one of them! Wellness routines show up in…

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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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Vegan Corn & Jam Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, cornbread, Gluten-free, Holidays, jam, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s strange to feel wiped out at a time when I’m almost always home, my evenings are always free, and work isn’t particularly crazy. But I’ve felt amazingly tired this week, all the same. Part of it is an accumulation of failed recipes, which always knocks the wind out of my sails. But I think that I’m being impacted by my environment, too. My days are very routine, and they’re peaceful in many ways, but there’s still the weight of changed lifestyle and…

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Orange Juice Avocado Dip

Pierre Van Zylavocado, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, spread, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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One of the things I keep hearing, on social media and among friends, is that people are craving freshness in food. I think most of us have relied a little more heavily than usual on pantry staples, which is important for safety and staying put. But, with fewer trips to the store and more concern about food waste and spoilage, it’s also natural for us to want to see more color on our plates again. Today’s sunny recipe is full of both freshness…

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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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