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

How to Replace Butter and Eggs in Vegan Baking and Not End Up with Cardboard: Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series

Replacing butter and eggs in vegan baking

Welcome to the third episode of Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are going to talk about replacing butter and eggs in vegan baking. I’ve always been a huge fan of homemade baked goods thanks to my mom: she used to bake delicious (but not vegan) treats all the time when I was little. As I got older, I embraced baking at home myself but rarely tried to experiment with unfamiliar recipes. … Read the rest of the post

10 Healthy Plant-Based Food Combinations to Maximize the Benefits of Your Plant-Based Vegan Diet

A few months into my near-constant research of the plant-based vegan diet I figured out a way to make my diet even better with a few easy and healthy plant-based food combinations. Since I was constantly on the lookout for ways to eat healthier, I was glad to find out that we can bring out the health potential of some foods by combining them with certain other foods (I’m going beyond the protein-combining … 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

How to Cook Dried Beans 101: the Healthy, Tasty and Cheap Way to Prepare Beans from Scratch.

Let me say this loud and clear: I LOOOVE BEANS! I love them so much that the majority of the recipes I make at home feature some kind of beans. My tender feelings towards these protein-loaded gems have led me to devote today’s post to the secrets of their optimal preparation. Beans spark creativity! (To make Mr. Bean Man here, I used chickpeas, blackeye peas, black lentils, mung, lima and … 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

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

Three Bean Barley Chili

Chili is supposed to be a wintertime meal, a perfect dish for those long, dark evenings when you’re all cozy on the couch with a hot steaming bowl of this velvety goodness … Well, I’ve never been a fan of limiting deliciousness, so why not give it a try in the summer? I first read about the idea of adding a hearty grain to a vegan chili recipe in Scott … Read the rest of the post