New Recipe: Black Lentil and Ginger Borscht with Cashew-Sunflower Seed Sour Cream

As someone who was born and raised in Russia, I’ll admit that borscht was as big of a staple in our diet as some of the Western stereotypes about Russia may paint it. Every family had their own cherished recipe that was followed religiously and made at least every other week year round. Even though the main ingredients usually stayed the same (beets, cabbage, potatoes), other components added to borscht … Read the rest of the post

Hearty Vegan Chickpea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup Recipe

Hearty Chickpea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup Recipe

I’ve mentioned before that I could eat soup any time of the year, and I truly appreciate the fact that soup always makes great leftovers. Less time stressing over what to bring to work for lunch = happy and pleasant me. However, when I made this Chickpea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup the other day, I almost had to hide the soup pot after Rob and I had a couple bowls: it was … Read the rest of the post

Tamarind and Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe

Labor Day has passed, and you know what that means – fall recipes are beginning to pop up all over the blogosphere! Today I’d like to share with you the recipe for Tamarind and Kabocha Squash Soup that I recently came up with – but before you say to yourself, ‘Those ingredients sound way too fancy!’, bear with me for a minute: I’ve got some suggestions for easy substitutions down below. … Read the rest of the post

The Quirks of Whidbey Island: Our Weekend Adventures, Plus The Traffic Light Lentil Stew Recipe

Easy lentil dal recipe

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we moved to the Washington state! Almost every day we get a chance to see how different the Pacific Northwest is from our previous home in the Southeastern US (Alabama, to be exact), and to be honest, we love it so far! From the overall laid-back, almost hippie vibe of Whidbey Island, our current dwelling, to the breathtaking views that open up every … Read the rest of the post

High-Protein Vegan Chili with Sweet Potatoes and TVP

Since we are about to embark on a cross-country move from Alabama to Washington state, lately I’ve been trying to cook through all of the dried and canned food in my pantry. Okay, maybe not all – it’s unlikely that I’ll go through about 10 pounds of dried beans of all sorts, but at least I’m trying! With all these beans in my pantry, it seems only logical to make a big pot … Read the rest of the post

Easy Recipe: Vegan Lentil Soup with Cauliflower and Rice

Hearty vegan lentil soup recipe with cauliflower and rice

Today i’d like to share my vegan lentil soup recipe that’s quickly become one of my family’s favorite soup recipes for the chilly times of the year. Not long ago Rob and I were returning home late at night after a day trip. This was just a few hours before the entire Gulf Coast area was hit with an ice storm, so the temperature outside was rapidly dropping. Rob said … Read the rest of the post

Classic Russian Borscht Recipe, Veganized

I am superexcited to be participating in my first Virtual Vegan Potluck – an online event that unites over a hundred food blogs in an awesome chain of all-vegan recipes, from appetizers to beverages to entrees to desserts! VVPs happen twice a year, and for this month’s event on November 16, my blog is being featured in the Soups category. Welcome Virtual Vegan Potluckers! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by my … Read the rest of the post

Black Bean-Potato Stew with Kale

Vegan Oil-free Black Bean-Potato Stew with Kale

Just before we left Alabama, I made this black bean and potato stew on a night I was craving something warm and comforting with no added oil. This dish turned out to be one of those one-pot wonders that don’t require a lot of attention an can be prepared well within an hour. I usually add kale to soups and stews in the last couple minutes of cooking (or even as … Read the rest of the post

Hearty Barley-Lentil Soup with Potatoes

A simple recipe for a comforting, hearty soup comes in very handy on those days when you’re pressed for time to cook dinner, and yet you’re in the mood for a warm, filling soup that tastes like you had to put a lot of effort into it. I tend to use lentils in soups quite often because they are filling and yet relatively quick-cooking – other kinds of legumes are … Read the rest of the post

Healthy Vegan Minestrone Soup with Kale

Healthy Vegan Minestrone Soup with Kale

Another heartwarming healthy vegan soup recipe is on today’s agenda. This vegan minestrone soup is as healthy as it gets, loaded with vegetables, beans, and lots of flavor. This version of minestrone soup is relatively simple and quick (don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients!), and you can customize it by using different vegetables and their amounts. FYI: In modern Italian language, there are three words that relate … Read the rest of the post