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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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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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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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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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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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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Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Pierre Van Zylbaking, bread, Holidays, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, quick breads, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Vegan Irish soda bread is a simple, dairy-free version of the classic quick bread! It calls for straightforward pantry ingredients and is so easy to make—no kneading or yeast required. I may be having a hard time with cooking, but I’m not having a hard time with soda bread! Of course I’m not. Soda bread is famously simple and low-stress. There’s no extensive kneading required, no yeast or rising times, no starter to keep alive. Just flour, baking soda, salt, butter, and vegan…

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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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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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Vegan Savory Chickpea Cobbler

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This vegan savory chickpea cobbler is the ultimate plant-based winter comfort food dish! Made with chickpeas, a rustic biscuit topping, and a flavorful sauce built from an umami-rich broth. It’s safe to say that comfort food has been my desire and my cooking style for most of the past year. But even putting pandemic circumstances aside, these deep winter months are the time when I crave vegan comfort food more than ever. Enter savory cobbler. This savory chickpea cobbler is everything I want…

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Silken Tofu Chocolate Pudding

Pierre Van Zyldessert, Gluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Silken tofu chocolate pudding is an easy-to-make vegan dessert that tastes rich, but uses nutritious, protein-packed silken tofu as a base. Let’s wrap up the year with something sweet, yes? There’s a lot of pressure to relinquish sweets at this time of year. Online recipe content switches suddenly from holiday treats to wholesome, sensible fare for a new year. I can understand the impulse to get back to basics in January. After lots of holiday cooking, simplicity feels good. But sweet and simple…

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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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Root Vegetable Tofu Bake

Pierre Van Zylautumn, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, root vegetables, sheet pan meal, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This root vegetable tofu bake is an easy, nutritious plant-based sheet pan meal! Serve over your favorite whole grain or greens. Whether you’re doing more cooking than usual this week, or feeling tired of cooking—as many of us are—this root vegetable tofu bake is for you. It’s a satisfying, nutritious meal that comes together with minimal work. Why sheet pan suppers are the solution to cooking fatigue With the arrival of fall weather, I’ve been feeling less burnt out on cooking than I…

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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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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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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 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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Tangy Chili Lime Tempeh Tacos

Pierre Van Zylavocado, avocado dressing, corn, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, tacos, tempeh, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s been a while since I made a tempeh recipe! These tangy vegan chili lime tempeh tacos are a great way to showcase one of my favorite plant proteins. They’re also fast and don’t require a lot of cooking—a priority in these hot and humid NYC summer days. One of the things I often read about tofu is that it absorbs the flavor of any marinade you give it. This isn’t true of tempeh, which has an earthy flavor all of its own….

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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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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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Miso Tahini Vegetable Sandwich

Pierre Van ZylDips, Dressings, Gluten-free, lunch, Main Dishes, miso, No Oil, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, sandwich, Sauces, spread, tahini, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Multiple loaves of easy vegan multigrain bread in the last few weeks means lots of incentive to make sandwiches! More sandwiches means more sandwich combinations, and this miso tahini vegetable sandwich is my latest favorite. This sandwich is completely inspired by Peacefood Cafe, a cozy and casual vegan restaurant in my neighborhood. Their miso tahini sandwich features a thick, salty sweet spread, sprouts, carrots, and spelt sourdough. It’s so good, and I order it nearly every single time I grab lunch there. The…

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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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Green Goodness Pizza

Pierre Van Zylherbed tofu, Main Dishes, pizza, pizza crust, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, vegan pizza

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I love pizza, especially homemade pizza. But with many awesome vegan pizza options available in my hometown, at least under normal circumstances, it’s all too easy to avoid making my own. I’ve been wanting to institute some sort of semi-formal Friday night pizza tradition for a while now, but I often end up skipping it and treating myself to a slice made by a pro instead. Since I’m home pretty much constantly now, and many of NYC’s eateries are re-opening slowly or delivering…

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Soy Curl Cacciatore

Pierre Van Zylcomfort food, Gluten-free, Italian food, Main Dishes, Recipes, soy curls, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s definitely no secret that I’m a huge fan of Butler Soy Curls to begin with, but they seem to be especially ideal for these weeks of quarantine. They’re shelf stable, protein-rich, and inexpensive, as far as vegan meats go. The pack of 6 bags that you can order online from the Butler website is a generous amount: enough to ensure many hearty vegan meals! I’ve got three bags still in my pantry, and on Sunday evening, I thought it was a good…

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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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Vegan Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

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

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Last weekend, I made my favorite carrot cake for Easter Sunday. Today is Orthodox Easter, which is the Easter I grew up with, and it felt right to once again share something that I associate strongly with the holiday. I couldn’t share anything but tsoureki (τσουρέκι). Tsoureki doesn’t have to be Easter bread. It’s a sweet, Greek holiday bread that’s also shared at other times of the year. When I was growing up, we got it twice yearly: once on the first day…

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