New Vegan Lunch Recipe: Barbecue Portobello Wrap with Homemade BBQ Sauce

And here we are, entering the time of the year after the Superbowl. Personally, I don’t even care much about football, but living in Seattle area it was hard not to get under the influence of thousands of people rooting for the Seahawks. Oh well, they didn’t win this time, but losing gives us plenty of opportunity to learn a few lessons and come out wiser from the experience. Today I’d like to share a simple recipe I recently came up with while looking around for ideas of what to make for a casual Sunday lunch. Wraps often come in handy because I can wrap just about anything in a tortilla, and the wrap will taste just fine. I was trying to do something different this time, and here’s how the Barbecue Portobello Wrap was born. The beauty of this wrap is that it requires only a handful of ingredients, … 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! One of the long-forgotten things in my pantry that I’ve stumbled upon the other day was a bag of textured vegetable protein, or TVP as it’s known in the cooking world. I bought it to make these vegan sausages from Lindsay Nixon’s Happy Herbivore Cookbook. The sausages were delicious, but I haven’t made them again since then, and the bag of TVP got pushed all the way to the back of my pantry. Once I rediscovered it the other day, I set myself for a challenge to use it. Enter this vegan chili recipe I came up … Read the rest of the post

Veggie-Loaded Quesadillas (No Cheese!) and Easy Guacamole Recipe

I might be having an affair with foods that have the words ‘Veggie-Loaded’ in their name: Veggie-Loaded No-Cheese Quesadillas today, Veggie-Loaded Enchiladas a few weeks ago… Well, that’s what plant-based food is all about for me – the more vegetables, the merrier! I’m still amazed sometimes at how easy it is to sneak even more vegetables into an already healthy, vegetable-based recipe. The idea for these no-cheese quesadillas came from Preety’s Kitchen blog. Preety has a lot of traditional Indian recipes on her blog, but her quesadillas were influenced by Tex-Mex flavors. I liked the idea of using hummus and refried beans on the same tortilla, but decided to try sneaking in even more vegetables, and then finishing off the assembled quesadillas on an open-fire grill (you can grill them on a dry pan on your stovetop instead if you don’t want to mess with an outside grill). I had some basic … 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 Jurek’s book, Eat and Run. In the book, Scott admits to never having liked chili before until he tried a chili recipe with grains. According to Scott, they can give a vegan chili that heartiness that meat chilis have. He provides a recipe that he calls Minnesota Winter Chili and suggests using bulgur wheat along with beans and other ingredients. I’ve had my own chili recipe for a few years when I was still eating meat. It always came out perfect … Read the rest of the post