Spend some time with us and you'll quickly learn that we're ALL ABOUT cooking from scratch.
But what exactly does that mean?
In a nutshell, cooking from scratch means using the freshest ingredients instead of those which are pre-packaged.
...instead buying a frozen burrito and heating it up, you actually start with the ingredients that make up the burrito (like beans, grains, veggies) and wrap them in a tortilla.
(In fact, someone who cooks EVERYTHING from scratch will even make the tortilla!)
We don't go quite that far. Life is too busy to cook everything from scratch!
But, we do the best we can with our hectic schedules.
...means taking (mostly) whole foods from their raw state (like beans, whole grains, and veggies), cooking them up, then mixing and matching to make your very own one-of-a-kind vegan dishes.
In fact, once you figure in all the herbs, spices, flavorings, nuts, seeds, and more (!) you'll find you rarely make the same dish twice!
Whoever said vegan food is boring? They need to bite their tongue, pronto! ;)
We don't just flap our gums over here; we actually practice what we preach.
Because we all want to eat healthy and well-balanced vegan meals. We need them to be fast and easy. And we need them to taste yummy!
All the dishes below were created with plant-based whole foods. Think of them as mini cooking lessons with some helpful tips and advice along with a tasty and good-for-you homestyle recipe.
Ready? Click any dish below and let's get cookin'. :)
The perfect vegan brunch. This burro is stuffed with quinoa and kidney beans, then wrapped in a tortilla and topped with a flavorful Southwestern sauce!
This hash is a yummy way to get a serving of whole grains and vegetarian protein. A delicious combo of sweet and spicy makes the perfect vegan breakfast.
Quinoa is a grain that cooks up fairly fast, it's completely delicious, very filling, and a great source of complete protein.
My take on an "eggless McMuffin". If you're searching for delectable tofu scramble breakfast recipes here's one to try. A delicious and fun breakfast or brunch!
These make the perfect vegan brunch. Quinoa, onion, and bell pepper rolled into a tortilla and topped with salsa and avocado. Yummy!
Polenta rounds are covered in a gravy stuffed with sausage-flavored tempeh.
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Learn how I whip up healthy vegan sauces in minutes with this helpful tutorial - sauces that will make you drool!
Ragout is traditionally made with meat, but here's an easy and scrumptious Vegan Tomato Mushoom Ragout you're sure to love.
This can really be used on any veggie you like, so be sure to play around with it. This super simple sauce has just the best flavor and only 3 ingredients. I'm sure you're going to love it too.
Let's kick off this soup section with a little tutorial about how exactly you can make a vegan soup recipe from scratch without a recipe. Together we'll make a delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Soup. Gorgeous!
Another take on how to make creamy vegan vegetable soup. Vary the veggies to make cream of mushroom, broccoli, asparagus, and more! Easy, quick, healthy, and tasty!
Packed with nutritious ingredients like carrots, celery, pinto beans, cashews, and raisins with a surprising sweet finish.
Sort of a cross between vegan minestrone and macaroni and cheese. It's delicious, and will warm you to your kissers. Totally addicting.
Filled with huge chunks of potatoes and carrots along with some healthy whole grains and other goodness, you will surely feel like you're eating soup they might have enjoyed in Little House on the Prairie.
Chock full of gorgeous chunks of vegetables, barley, seitan, and more floating in a pesto-flavored broth. OMG!
TAG TEAM! Jeff teaches you all he knows about how to make seriously delish soup in a pressure cooker -- without a recipe!
Here comes Jeff again to share his secrets to the most amaaaaazing vegetable soups and stews made in the slow cooker.
Only one of the greatest dishes ever invented!
These make a pretty little presentation and have a unique taste with a sweet surprise.
There are many ways to cut your beets, including slicing and grating. But next time consider making these cubes, which add not only a fun texture to your meal, but create a beautiful presentation.
I absolutely ADORE veggies that are slathered in pesto and grilled. So amazingly tasty. You're going to love these.
These are super easy to create, with just a few simple steps that anyone can do. You'll be so impressed with your masterpiece that you'll likely want to scarf it down, but try to savor each and every bite.
Don't you love it when one of your vegan meals accidentally becomes a new favorite? That's what happened when I made this dish. It's a very delicious, fun, and balanced dish both in taste and nutrition.
This vegan panini will make your heart sing. It's stuffed with mashed potatoes and Swiss chard, and topped with salsa. Must try!
The flavors of Mexico on a crispy gluten-free tortilla crust. Super delicious and fun. Olé!
Wow, this is so easy and so darn tasty! Plus, it's stuffed to the gills with some really important nutrients you need.
Perfect for a busy night. The sweet and savory pairing of the garlic and dates means big flavor!
A fun take on an old favorite. A quick and easy dish you can throw together in about 10 minutes. Try this tasty tempeh vegetarian stir fry mixed with broccoli, peanut butter, maple syrup, and more!
We love burritos around these parts. And it's SO easy to make them with whatever you have on hand.
Quick, easy, healthy, and delish! Grab some tempeh and add the flavors of potato salad for a winning combo.
Tasty protein-packed quinoa is rolled up in a steamed kale leaf and topped with a luscious cashew tahini sauce. Yum!
What's NOT to love about these seriously good Reuben sandwiches with caramelized onions, tasty sauerkraut, and a tangy Thousand Island Dressing.
These taco bowls are crispy, yummy, and the perfect vessel to hold your favorite Mexican-flavored taco filling.
These vegan burritos mix Italian ingredients like balsamic and basil leaves. Beans and rice are chameleon-like and work with most International flavors.
OMG! You are going to love these because they're easy to make, light yet filling, and absolutely scrumptious thanks to the tender in-season asparagus and the chewy buckwheat.
Easy to prepare and quite delicious, these come together in a snap.
Pizza crust topped with a nutritious and delicious white sauce that will help to satisfy your pizza craving -- and can actually be quite addicting!
Just one example of a dish that's so simple to whip up, yet really packs a nutritional punch.
Melt in your mouth Brussels are like buttah! Oh-so-sinful tasting and quite delicious!
Make these funky rollups when you have some brown rice and beans on hand. It's all rolled up in Swiss chard leaves and topped with salsa and a creamy brown rice sauce. Positively addicting.
I'm Italian. I love Italian food. I love cheese. This fabulous and super simple dish is made without any processed cheeses.
These vegan lasagna cuties contain no cheese, vegan or not, and they are really tasty. Sure, they use processed lasagna noodles, but you don't expect me to make THAT from scratch do you? Sheesh! ;)
It just doesn't get much more nutritious than beans and greens. The idea is extremely simple -- just choose your favorite bean and mix it with a dark leafy green.
A divine mix of rice, spinach, garbanzos, and green onions served with a divine creamy sauce. Yum!
Pre-made vegan cheeses (meaning no casein) can be hit or miss. And vegan cheese is made with preservative and can be high in fat and calories. This is delish.
This makes a perfect dinner, but also breakfast or lunch! But then, when can you NOT have a burrito? It's yummy and healthy all rolled into one delicious burrito.
The name says it all! Brown rice and tempeh chunks, rolled into a tender tortilla, and drizzled with a creamy dreamy almond sauce. Then topped with salsa and avocado. Super delish.
These delectable wraps are filled with quinoa -- which you're going to flavor to perfection -- grilled or roasted asparagus and onions, and a lettuce leaf of your choosing. And please hear me now when I say these wraps are SENSATIONAL.
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