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Vegan ricotta stuffed shells on a white plate with red sauce and garlic shake hempseed parm

No-Boil Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells In Red Sauce

As far as casseroles go, the ones in the lasagne family are my favorites. These No-Boil Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells In Red Sauce are impressive to vegans and non-vegans, adults and children. It’s a great make-ahead dish to serve for special occasions or when you want that ace-in-the-hole, smell […]

Oil-free Crab-less vegan salad with heart of palm served with Ritz Crackers inside an avocado "The Bell Jar"

Oil-Free Flaked Crab-less Vegan Salad

Oil-Free Flaked Crab-less Vegan Salad uses chickpeas, hearts of palm, and vegan oil-free mayo to create a crave-worthy base for lots of different go-to meals. This Grilled Avocado & Vegan Crab-less Salad Wrap is a new favorite. Oh yeah, that’s right: buttery tasting Ritz crackers are vegan! I love sitting down with […]

Oil-free sliken tofu cashew mayo mayonnaise in a small jar on a table by Plant Test Kitchen

Oil-Free Vegan Mayo

This Oil-Free Vegan Mayo is easy to make, guilt-free and perfect in so many things. It definitely checks the mayo and Miracle Whip boxes for me. Store-bought vegan mayos taste a lot like mayo, but they are usually mostly made of oil. Here’s a great way to lose the oil […]

Vegan Broccoli Cheese soup in a white cup with toast

Cheesy Vegan Broccoli Soup

This Cheesy Vegan Broccoli Soup tastes very rich and sinful, but it’s actually a healthy soup. Don’t let the word healthy scare you off. It’s stealthy-healthy. The magic is in the chickpeas blended into the soup base. This soup is so yummy and so great to come home to on […]

Portobello mushrooms with pesto and roasted red peppers

Easy Oven-Roasted Marinated Savory Portobello Mushrooms

These Easy Oven-Roasted Marinated Savory Portobello Mushrooms marinate while the oven is heating. They are sure to wow people who are into earthy, meaty and hearty mushrooms. I wanted to call them Magic Mushrooms, but that’s more of a 1967 Haight-Ashbury kind of thing. Are You Fungi Friendly? My two-person […]

Zesty Avocado Pistachio Pesto

Zesty Avocado Pistachio Pesto

Zesty Avocado Pistachio Pesto is not the first recipe I’ve used pistachios and avocado in. Friends, it won’t be my last. I’ve also got a recipe for Herbed Avocado Aioli because pistachios and avocados do great things together. Have It Your Way This recipe is a good base or guide […]

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce Red Gravy Vegan

Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce (Red Gravy)

Every time I make Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce a.k.a. Red Gravy, I’m reminded of two things simultaneously. Those two things don’t actually have anything to do with each other. My mom making this sauce, smelling the house up good, which inspired this vegan-ized version. The Godfather Trilogy. Part II is my […]

Low oil aquafaba hummus sprinkled with paprika

I Can’t Believe It’s Low Oil Hummus

This I Can’t Believe It’s Low Oil Hummus recipe uses both Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans and Cannellini beans. The Cannellini beans add a buttery flavor. The aquafaba (bean water) from either can of beans is used to replace the olive oil used in traditional hummus recipes. You won’t miss the oil, this […]

a jar homemade tahini on a glass table with a spoon

How to make your own Tahini

This is a basics post on How to make your own Tahini. It’s super easy. I like that I can control the amount of oil that ends up in my tahini this way. Store-bought tahini can vary in creaminess, largely due to its varied oil content. Tahini is useful in: […]