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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: […]

Vegan yogurt twice baked potatoes with coconut bacon and scallions on a white plate

Lux Vegan Yogurt Twice-Baked Potatoes

If you crave buttery, rich, sour cream flavor-packed potatoes, you’re gonna love these Lux Vegan Yogurt Twice-Baked Potatoes. These are a tad healthy, but they taste sinful. Mixing vegan yogurt with apple cider vinegar creates the tangy, rich flavors and creaminess of sour cream. It’s magic. These Lux Vegan Yogurt Twice-Baked […]

Vegan coconut bacon in a jar

Addictive Coconut Bacon Flakes

These Addictive Coconut Bacon Flakes are crispy, slightly smokey and very bacony. We couldn’t stop snagging bacon flakes off of the pan. Bacon overkill It took me years to start experimenting with vegan coconut bacon. I’d been over-exposed to the idea of bacon everything, i.e. bacon cotton candy, bacon toothpaste, […]

Vegan Caesar topped with Garlic Shake and Croutons

Homemade Garlic Nooch Croutons

Homemade Garlic Nooch Croutons are made with minimal ingredients and they are super easy to make. Once you start crunching on these crispy croutons it’s hard to stop, especially when you’ve just pulled them out of the oven. Oh, and going after the golden, salty, nooch-y, garlicky crumbs on the baking sheet is an experience not to be missed.

Red romesco sauce in a white saucer

Quick Spanish Romesco Sauce

While working at a family-owned Spanish Tapas Restaurant, I was introduced to Patas Bravas with Romesco Sauce. The husband-and-wife owners met studying culinary arts in San Sebastian. The food was magical and the staff was great. There were a lot of jokes made by the clientele about Tapas Bar sounding […]

A close up of easy no chicken vegan gravy

Amazing No-Chicken Vegan Gravy

This is an easy, smooth gravy ideal for Thanksgiving, holidays or anytime you just need gravy. Really good solid gravy, Amazing No-Chicken Vegan Gravy. This Gravy is amazing with: Classic Vegan Muffin Tin Stuffing Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes Tofu Scramble Hash Lentils & Veggie Shepherd’s Pie Anything that wants/needs gravy […]