Vegan Cooking From Scratch!

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.

For example...

Homemade Mexican Polenta

...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.

So in our world, cooking from scratch...

...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!    ;)

Gorgeous Thanksgiving soup

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'.    :)


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Quinoa and black beans rolled into a tortilla and covered with Southwestern sauce and chunks of avocadoSouthwest Quinoa Burro
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!

Rice dish served with English muffin half and avocado chunksSausage and Rice Hash
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.

Wraps stuffed with quinoa and topped with vegan sour cream and avocado chunksQuinoa Bacon Breakfast Wraps
Quinoa is a grain that cooks up fairly fast, it's completely delicious, very filling, and a great source of complete protein.

Scrambled tofu, vegetarian Canadian bacon, and vegan cheese slice between toasted English muffin halvesSassy Macs
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!

Burrito dolloped with salsa and avocadoSouthwestern Quinoa Wraps
These make the perfect vegan brunch. Quinoa, onion, and bell pepper rolled into a tortilla and topped with salsa and avocado. Yummy!

Polenta covered in a chunky gravySausage Gravy Smothered Polenta
Polenta rounds are covered in a gravy stuffed with sausage-flavored tempeh.

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A burrito drizzled with horseradish sauceHow To Make A Sauce
Learn how I whip up healthy vegan sauces in minutes with this helpful tutorial - sauces that will make you drool!

Polenta rounds dolloped with Tomato RaguoutTomato Mushroom Ragout (Ragu)
Ragout is traditionally made with meat, but here's an easy and scrumptious Vegan Tomato Mushoom Ragout you're sure to love.

Broccoli drizzled with sauceEasy Broccoli Sauce
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.

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Gorgeous fall-colored soup with a zig zag of homemade white sauceHow To Make Soup From Scratch
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!

Gorgeous fall-colored soup with a zig zag of homemade white sauceCreamy Vegan Vegetable Soup Tutorial
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!

Brothy soup with chunky carrots, celery, pinto beans, cashews, raisins and morePeanut Butter Vegetable Soup
Packed with nutritious ingredients like carrots, celery, pinto beans, cashews, and raisins with a surprising sweet finish.

Soup with elbow macaroni, greens, carrots, and more!Crack Soup!
Sort of a cross between vegan minestrone and macaroni and cheese. It's delicious, and will warm you to your kissers. Totally addicting.

Large chunks of carrots and potatoes with black beans and quinoaRustic Vegetable Soup
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.

Carrot and potato chunks with seitan swimming in a pesto-flavored rich brothPesto Vegetable Soup
Chock full of gorgeous chunks of vegetables, barley, seitan, and more floating in a pesto-flavored broth. OMG!

A bowl of brothy soup with wilted spinachPressure Cooker Soup
TAG TEAM! Jeff teaches you all he knows about how to make seriously delish soup in a pressure cooker -- without a recipe!

A bowl of chunky hearty vegetable soupSlow Cooker Soups and Stews
Here comes Jeff again to share his secrets to the most amaaaaazing vegetable soups and stews made in the slow cooker.


Scalloped PotatoesScalloped Potatoes
Only one of the greatest dishes ever invented!

A pretty little stack of sticky milletSticky Millet Stacks
These make a pretty little presentation and have a unique taste with a sweet surprise.

Cubes of beet served with quinoa, a half avocado, and a pickle sliceTasty Beet Cubes
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.

Veggie slices covered in pesto on a grillPesto Grilled Veggies
I absolutely ADORE veggies that are slathered in pesto and grilled. So amazingly tasty. You're going to love these.


A baking dish filled with Swiss Chard Rollups topped with melted non-dairy cheeseSwiss Chard Rollups
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.

Polenta smothered in black beans, veggies and dolloped with sour cream and guacamoleMexican Fiesta Smothered Polenta
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.

Potatoes and Swiss chard Panini dolloped with homemade salsaSwiss Chard and Potato Panini
This vegan panini will make your heart sing. It's stuffed with mashed potatoes and Swiss chard, and topped with salsa. Must try!

Mix of beans, rice, and collards topped with guacamole and sour creamVegan Mexican Pizzettes
The flavors of Mexico on a crispy gluten-free tortilla crust. Super delicious and fun. Olé!

Quinoa and spinach drizzled with homemade vegan sour creamQuinoa Spinach w/Vegan Sour Cream Drizzle
Wow, this is so easy and so darn tasty! Plus, it's stuffed to the gills with some really important nutrients you need.

Garlic Date TempehGarlic Date Tempeh
Perfect for a busy night. The sweet and savory pairing of the garlic and dates means big flavor!

Stir-FryTempeh and Broccoli Stir-Fry
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!

Vegetable and Bean BurritoVegetable and Bean Burrito
We love burritos around these parts. And it's SO easy to make them with whatever you have on hand.

Tempeh Sandwich with wilted spinachTempeh Sandwich w/Wilted Spinach
Quick, easy, healthy, and delish! Grab some tempeh and add the flavors of potato salad for a winning combo.

Quinoa and Kale RollupsQuinoa and Kale Rollups
Tasty protein-packed quinoa is rolled up in a steamed kale leaf and topped with a luscious cashew tahini sauce. Yum!

Open-faced ReubenOpen-Faced Tempeh Reuben
What's NOT to love about these seriously good Reuben sandwiches with caramelized onions, tasty sauerkraut, and a tangy Thousand Island Dressing.

Tempeh, peppers, and olives in a crunchy tortilla bowl drizzled with homemade sour creamTempeh Taco Bowls
These taco bowls are crispy, yummy, and the perfect vessel to hold your favorite Mexican-flavored taco filling.

Italian Burrito covered with marinara and vegan parmesan cheeseItalian Rice and Black Bean Burritos
These vegan burritos mix Italian ingredients like balsamic and basil leaves. Beans and rice are chameleon-like and work with most International flavors.

Wraps filled with asparagus and buckwheatBuckwheat Asparagus Wraps
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.

Polenta rounds topped with artichoke and tomatoesItalian Polenta Rounds
Easy to prepare and quite delicious, these come together in a snap.

Vegan PizzaSmoky Vegan Pizza Sauce
Pizza crust topped with a nutritious and delicious white sauce that will help to satisfy your pizza craving -- and can actually be quite addicting!

Greens and beans in an easy sauceEasy Vegan Greens and Beans
Just one example of a dish that's so simple to whip up, yet really packs a nutritional punch.

Brussels sprouts risottoBrussels Sprouts Risotto
Melt in your mouth Brussels are like buttah! Oh-so-sinful tasting and quite delicious!

Rice and beans rolled in Swiss chard leaves and covered in a creamy sauceRice and Beans Rollups
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.

Cheesy QuinoaCheesy Quinoa
I'm Italian. I love Italian food. I love cheese. This fabulous and super simple dish is made without any processed cheeses.

Pesto Lasagna RollupsPesto Lasagna Rollups
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!    ;)

Swiss chard and black beansSautéed Swiss Chard and Black Beans
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.

Brown rice medley topped with peanut butter coconut sauces and chopped green onionsPeanut Butter Coconut Rice
A divine mix of rice, spinach, garbanzos, and green onions served with a divine creamy sauce. Yum!

Pizza slice topped with a non-dairy cheese sauce, green olives, and onionsPizza!
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.

Burrito drizzles with sesame sauceQuinoa and Kale Burrito w/Creamy Sesame Sauce
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.

A burrito stuffed with tempeh and rice and covered with an almond sauceTempeh Burrito w/Creamy Almond Sauce
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.

Grilled Asparagus WrapsGrilled Asparagus Wraps
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.

Happy cooking!


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