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 Tempeh Meatball Subs

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegan

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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

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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

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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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Kombucha Berry Smoothie

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Gluten-free, Nutrition and Wellness, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

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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

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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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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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Asian Zoodle Buddha Bowl

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Gluten-free, low fat, salad, Vegan, zoodles

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Asian Zoodle Buddha Bowl is the perfect way to enjoy fresh veggies for lunch or dinner. Packed with flavor, this creamy peanut dressing is so easy to make and takes …
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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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Baked Lentil Falafel Recipe

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, lunch, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Lentil falafel will quickly become your new favorite vegan or vegetarian dish! Made with lentils instead of chickpeas, these baked lentil falafel are easy to make, packed with flavor and …
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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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Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, dessert, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Snacks, Vegan

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These vegan banana walnut muffins are the perfect breakfast treat! They’re sweetened with ripe bananas and have a little crunch from chopped walnuts. They’re so easy to make, and you can freeze them for future morning meals or snacks. With Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve had big plans to make my mom some sort of vegan cake. Last year, at the height of lockdown, I carried my homemade carrot cake 15 blocks to my mother’s apartment, trying not to stumble or fall as I…

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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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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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Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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

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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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