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Two hoagie rolls on parchment paper filled with lentil bolognese sauce and topped with mozzarella slices and basil leaves

Lentil Bolognese Subs

Packed with protein-rich lentils, an array of aromatic spices, and nestled within a toasted sub roll, these Lentil Bolognese Subs are a vegan twist on a classic Italian favorite. Table of Contents This recipe was inspired by my son, who loves a meatball sub, (a great dinner idea for vegans in non vegan families BTW, […]

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bowl of noodles topped with a stroganoff sauce and parsley leaves

Tempeh Mushroom Stroganoff

There’s something comforting about noodles for dinner. Top it with a creamy sauce and it’s a weeknight winner! Our Tempeh Mushroom Stroganoff has all of the traditional flavors you expect to find in this dinner favorite without the meat or dairy. Table of Contents   As the weather turns colder, I am craving, hearty comfort

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bowl of rigatoni tossed with pesto and topped with basil leaves

Creamy Pesto Rigatoni

Store-bought pesto and homemade roasted garlic cream sauce join forces to transform an ordinary pasta dish into a weeknight wonder. Table of Contents Growing up half Italian, our family gatherings often included pasta…specifically, rigatoni. My great aunt’s family recipe is the go-to dish at family celebrations. It’s one of my kids’ most requested meals. Don’t

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bowl of skillet mushroom marsala gnocchi on a wicker placemat

Skillet Mushroom Marsala Gnocchi

Potato cauliflower pillows are surrounded in a bath of mushroom marsala sauce for a weeknight dinner that screams fancy pants, but this simple Skillet Mushroom Marsala Gnocchi is ready in 30 minutes. In this Post The Perfect Meal to Feed Me and my Non Vegan Family Pasta or potato? Gnocchi is quintessentially both! Yes, that’s right

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Creamy Vegan Caesar Dressing

Cashews and tahini form the base of this versatile salad dressing that adds creamy flavor to your sauces, grain bowls and more. In my opinion, you can never have too many vegan Caesar dressings. Each one serves a different need. Drizzle a lighter, more vinaigrette based dressing over a traditional salad while you slather a

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Spinach Artichoke Skillet Pizza

(This post is sponsored. I received compensation to write this post but all opinions and ideas are mine alone.) My healthy spinach artichoke dip gets a delicious makeover in as the perfect topping  for this deep dish style pie, make in a skillet.  In this post   Pizza in a Skillet? This Spinach Artichoke Skillet

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Italian Mac and Cheese

Vegan Italian Mac and Cheese

(This post is sponsored. I received compensation to write this post but all opinions and ideas are mine alone.)   What’s for dinner? How about this Vegan Italian Mac and Cheese that you can prep on the weekend and place in the oven just 10 minutes before serving? If your family loves a hearty pasta

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Vegan Frittata

Pesto & Potato Vegan Frittata

(This post is sponsored. I received compensation to write this post but all opinions and ideas are mine alone.)   I can’t get enough of one-pan meals with my 10″ Skillet from Karibe. Just one pan to cook AND clean! This week, I experimented with a Pesto & Potato Vegan Frittata. With Spring upon us,

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skillet lasagna

Lentil Bolognese Skillet Lasagna

(This post is sponsored. I received compensation to write this post but all opinions and ideas are mine alone.) Easy enough to whip up during the weeknight but sophisticated enough to serve for a special family dinner, this Skillet Lasagna is full of flavor without any fuss.  Table of Contents   Plant-powered with layers of

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bowl of soup on a table next to slices of ciabatta

Vegan Ravioli & Sausage Stew

Fresh pasta and store-bought sausage come together in this Vegan Ravioli & Sausage Stew for an easy weeknight meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Table of Contents   We all have our favorites and Beyond Meat and Kite Hill are two of my go-to plant-based brands.  I’ve used Beyond Meat’s Beef to make

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Vegan Beef Lasagna

I served this vegan beef lasagna at a family event recently. Everyone LOVED it. Even the kids! Just goes to show that you don’t need meat or dairy to create a delicious lasagna. 🙂  I used gluten-free noodles because I’m lazy and hate boiling noodles (and with DeBole’s, you don’t have to boil them!). I

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This Tempeh Bolognese is the only way I can get my kids to eat tempeh. It's crumbled in a rich tomato sauce with onion, garlic and veggies and simmered until tasty! Serve over your favorite pasta for an easy meatless weeknight meal.

Tempeh Bolognese

This recipe is the only way I can get my kids to eat tempeh. They tell me it’s a texture thing. So, what’s a mom to do? I pulse it up into a rich and hearty tomato sauce and serve it over their favorite pasta. They’re not super excited about it, but they eat it!

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This Roasted Vegetable Orzo is a sophisticated take on the traditional Italian pasta salads I grew up with. Fresh, organic vegetables (in this case, zucchini, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes) are the key to this simple yet savory dish.

Roasted Vegetable Orzo

This Roasted Vegetable Orzo is a sophisticated take on the traditional Italian pasta salads I grew up with. Fresh, organic vegetables (in this case, zucchini, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes) are the key to this simple yet savory dish. The vegetables in this Roasted Vegetable Orzo are tossed with olive oil, Italian herbs, and whole

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Vegan Ham and Olive Stromboli

If you’ve never had this Italian stuffed bread, you must try this recipe! It’s a family favorite in my house. Olives and pepperoncinis are a wonderful complement to the vegan ham, (which I purchased from The Herbivorous Butcher.) The mildness of the Chao regular slices worked really well for this recipe. My kids are not a

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Italian Stuffed Ricotta Burger

I have been a little obsessed with Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger lately. They are delicious on their own, but I’ve been having fun playing with them in all kinds of recipes. My Italian Meatballs were my last creation, and today, I am excited to share this Italian Stuffed Ricotta Burger. Stuffed burgers are all kinds of fun!

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This list of my favorite plant-based Fall family recipes will keep your family well fed this season with minimal work and time in the kitchen for you.

Dairy-Free Three Cheese Rigatoni

I created this recipe while wanting to reinvent a recipe that was passed down to my mother from my great aunt, Peggy. It has been in the family forever it seems. When I got married, my sister and mother put together a recipe book filled with family recipes on old school style recipe cards. The rigatoni recipe was one of my favorites. She made it at every holiday meal. It is the most requested staple at our holiday dinners.

Since going vegan, I have veganized her traditional recipe and it was okay, not great. Swapping out the mozzarella with Daiya shreds was fine and got the job done, but it didn’t bring the comfort and pasta joy that the old dish did. So…I reinvented it and created this three cheese rigatoni. I have several favorite dairy-free cheeses, but three top my list when it comes to Italian cooking:

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