If there were such a thing as a Thanksgiving meatball, this is it! These Stuffing Meatballs are made with Beyond Meat and were inspired by the turkey meatballs I grew up eating made by my Italian grandmother. I gave them a Thanksgiving twist with a sourdough stuffing (my favorite Thanksgiving side dish!).
My grandmother always made a gravy with her turkey balls. My Quick & Easy Gravy tastes great these Stuffing Meatballs. I served these for a regular weeknight dinner with baked potatoes (I put my Stuffing Meatballs in the potato!) and some sauteed Brussels sprouts. It was like Thanksgiving for dinner!
Sheet pan meals are a busy mama’s best friend! I love how easy it is to whip up dinner all on ONE PAN (and I’m not gonna lie…I love how easy the clean up is too!)
These fajitas are very versatile…use my veg combo below or roast your family’s favorite veggies with your go-to season rub. (I used Penzey’s Spices Southwest but they also have a Fajita blend that I love.) You can cook the veggies and tortillas all on one pan (just watch the cooking times for various veggies since some cook quicker than others). I added the tortillas last for just a couple of minutes at the end of the veg cooking time.
I served the fajitas with black beans. (I just spiced up a can of black beans with garlic powder, cumin and salt on the stove top while the veggies roasted). Top them with guac and salsa and this Creamy Cilantro Pepita Dressing I blended up. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
Vegan Sheet Pan Fajitas with Creamy Cilantro Pepita Dressing
For the fajitas:
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 orange bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red onion, sliced into wedges
2 Portobello mushrooms, sliced into strips
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp of your favorite fajita or taco seasoning
Guacamole and salsa, to serve (optional)
For the Creamy Cilantro Pepita Dressing
1/2 cup pepitas
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup cilantro, tightly packed
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp dairy-free mayo (such as Wildwood Garlic Aioli)
1/2 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spread all of the vegetables on a sheet pan. Add the olive oil and seasoning. Using your fingers, rub the seasoning and olive oil into the vegetables.
3. Lay out all of the vegetables on the pan (except the mushrooms) so that they aren’t overlapping. Roast for 10 minutes and add the mushrooms. Roast another 10 minutes. Add the tortillas (use another sheet pan if you can’t make room on the pan) and cook 2-3 minutes.
4. While the vegetables are roasting, heat a small, dry frying pan. Add the pepitas and cook for 3 minutes until they are toasted (stir or shake the pan every minute or so).
5. Add the pepitas and remaining dressing ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
In my pre-vegan days, stuffed chicken breasts were one of my “go to’s” for a special dinner. I had mastered the art of creating a pocket in the breast, just large enough to stuff with sun-dried tomatoes, cheese or whatever else I was experimenting with for that meal. I may not eat chicken anymore but I still love the idea of a “pocket of surprise” inside my dinner entree!
Gardein makes a Chik’n Scallopini that has become my chicken replacement when I want a traditional breast. The Scallopini isn’t thick enough to make a pocket inside but it’s thin enough to stack with something yummy and roll into a croquette (basically just a food roll that’s fried)! And that’s how I came upon this recipe that I prepared recently for Friday night Shabbat. Although I cook dinner every night, I like to do something a little extra on Friday nights and these Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Gardein Croquettes are just that.
They look and sound fancy but they are surprisingly simple. I layered each Scallopini with a half slice of Violife Provolone (Kite Hill Ricotta would be equally delicious), a few baby spinach leaves and a couple of sun-dried tomatoes. Other options could include: olive tapenade, Kite Hill chive cream cheese, any of Miyoko’s cheeses, artichoke hearts…you get the idea. Have fun stacking and rolling!
You need to let the Scallopini defrost for about 20 minutes so it’s soft enough to flatten out and roll. But be careful to not let it thaw so much that the Gardein falls apart. I hope you enjoy these. Let me know what you think below.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Gardein Croquettes
Makes 4 croquettes
1 package of Gardein Chik’n Scallopini (4 pieces)
2 slices Violife Provolone, sliced in half
8 cups baby spinach
8-12 sun-dried tomatoes
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1. Thaw the Garden Scallopini for about 20 minutes until softened but still firm enough to handle without breaking.
2. Layer each Scallopini with a cheese slice, then a few spinach leaves, followed by 2-3 sun-dried tomatoes.
3. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
4. Roll each Scallopini and secure the middle with a toothpick.
5. Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the croquettes and cook about 10 minutes, rotating to brown on all sides.
6. Remove the Scallopini and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic. Cook 2 minutes until the garlic is browned. Add the remaining spinach and saute just until wilted.
7. Spread the cooked spinach on a serving platter and place the croquettes on top. Serve immediately.
These Teriyaki Seitan Skewers are a throwback to my childhood when my mom made a similar recipe using flank steak. I loved the smell of this marinade as it broiled over the skewers, which my mom lovingly twisted every couple of minutes under the broiler. We ate them over steamed white rice and alongside broccoli.
I’ve reinvented the recipe with seitan to create these Teriyaki Seitan Skewers that I think are better than what I grew up with (sorry, Mama!). I love it when I can veganize a recipe from my childhood with delicious results! A big bonus for me with this recipe is that my oldest daughter, Gaby, loved them and she’s not a seitan fan at all. Now, I just need to figure out a way to get her (and the rest of my kids) to eat tempeh!
This recipe is all in the marinade. It’s oil-free and and I boil it after to serve alongside the skewers. The longer the seitan marinates, the tastier these Teriyaki Seitan Skewers become! I’d love to hear what you think of them so drop a note in the comments below. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine did.
Teriyaki Seitan Skewers
1/2 cup Shoyu (or soy sauce)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 1/2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (such as Annie’s)
1 cup chopped red onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 Tbsp maple syrup
24 ounces seitan
1. Combine all the ingredients except the seitan in a sealable container or bag (I used my gallon reZip bag).
2. Cut or break apart the seitan into skewer-like pieces or chunks. Add the seitan to the marinade. Marinate at least 2 hours.
3. When ready to cook the seitan, soak the skewers in water (if not using metal) and slide the seitan pieces onto the sticks.
4. Broil for 3 minutes on each side.
5. Meanwhile, bring the marinade to a boil. Remove from the heat and serve alongside the skewers.
Forget Taco Tuesday. I’m all about Tostada Tuesday with these Pinto Bean and Potato Salsa Verde Tostadas! The secret sauce is the jarred Salsa Verde from Trader Joe’s (it’s the best!). With layers of guacamole and crunchy, shredded romaine, the whole fam will go crazy for these.
Some habits die hard and my family comes to expect homemade pico de gallo so I made a batch for topping these Salsa Verde Tostadas. I love this alternative for Tuesday nights. It’s fresh, flavorful and surprisingly just as easy as tacos. I don’t know why I haven’t put tostadas in the rotation sooner. I kept things lighter than our usual fried taco shells by baking the tostadas.
So much to celebrate with these Salsa Verde Tostadas. Here’s to Tostada Tuesday!
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, scrub the Russets and cut into a small dice.
2. Spread on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time.
3. When the potatoes are done cooking, heat a large pan over medium heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent (about 4 minutes).
4. Add the drained beans, potatoes and the Salsa Verde. Simmer 10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
5. Meanwhile, brush the tortillas lightly with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
6. While the tortillas bake, make the guacamole: Mash the flesh of the avocados in a bowl with the juice of 1 lime. Season with salt to taste.
7. To serve, spread a layer of guacamole across the tostada. Top with lettuce and 2-3 generous tablespoons of the pinto bean and potato topping. Top with more Salsa Verde and / or pico de gallo. Serve with lime wedges.
This sounds super fancy but it’s really nothing more than a braise. It’s a one-pot meal (woo hoo!) and very simple to make. I served it with crusty French bread for sopping up the delicious juices. It pairs great with a crisp green salad drizzled with a light vinaigrette.
Artichokes and Chickpeas with Tomatoes in White Wine Sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
5 shallots, thinly sliced
1 tsp kosher salt
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 cups yellow cherry tomatoes
1 15-oz can artichoke hearts, drained and sliced in half
1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 tsp black pepper
Crusty bread, toasted (for serving)
1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pan. Add shallots and cook until soft and golden (about 2 minutes).
2. Add garlic and bay leaves. Cook until garlic is golden (about 2 minutes). Add the wine and simmer for 30 seconds.
3. Add the tomatoes and cover. Cook 8-10 minutes until tomatoes are almost bursting.
4. Add the artichokes and chickpeas. Cover and cook 4-6 minutes until heated all the way through.
5. Remove from heat and sprinkle with the fresh tarragon.
What’s better than a vegan BLT? How about BLT Avocados? These stuffed avocados are inspired by my love for the all the flavors in a traditional BLT: smoky tempeh bacon (Lightlife is my go to brand), juicy tomato, crunchy lettuce, creamy avocado and tangy mustard.
Stuffed avocados are one of my favorites. I mean, c’mon! Stuffed – avocado! I worship the avocado and could easily eat one a day (I actually did at one time in my life!) so turn it into a meal with a savory stuffing and I’m in!
These BLT Avocados are simple to make and are delicious alongside a big green salad or cup of soup. I added quinoa to the “stuffing” to make these stuffed avos even heartier. Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think.
For the Avocados:
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
2 cups romaine
6 ounces tempeh bacon
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
4 large avocados
For the Mustard Vinaigrette:
2 Tbsp mustard
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp grapeseed (or olive) oil
1. Combine the quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until quinoa is cooked through. Set aside to cool.
2. While the quinoa cooks, finely chop the lettuce and bacon, and quarter the tomatoes. Add everything to the quinoa and stir to combine.
3. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits.
4. Whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients.
5. Using a spoon, slightly hollow out each avocado half by scooping around the sides and middle of it. You want to create enough space for the filling to be able to sit inside. Chop the scooped out avocado flesh and reserve.
6. Spoon the filling into each of the avocado halves. Top with the reserved chopped avocado and drizzle the vinaigrette on top.
These Falafel Burgers might just be my favorite Trader Joe’s meal hack yet! Using their falafel mix as a base, I added in some of my favorite Greek condiments to make a tasty burger (that tastes like an oversized falafel). I topped it with a quick DIY garlic dill aioli and easy pickled red onions for a Mediterranean burger that is bursting with flavor. I’d serve these with homemade steak fries, seasoned with Penzey’s Spice’s Greek seasoning and a drizzle of red wine vinegar. Yum!
But these Falafel burgers aren’t just for inserting between buns or pita pockets – crumble them on salads, chop them in Mediterranean bowls or layer them in a Greek casserole. I’m excited about all the ways to use these in all kinds of ways! This recipe makes a big batch and they freeze well so store them to reinvent into new recipes again and again.
Falafel Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli & Pickled Onions (Vegan)
For the Falafel Burgers
1boxTrader Joe's Falafel Mix
3 1/2cups water
1cupsun-dried tomatoescoarsely chopped
1/2cupKalamata olivescoursely chopped
15pita bread rounds
For the Garlic Dill Aioli
1/4cupdairy-free mayosuch as Wildwood Garlic Aioli
1 Tbspred wine vinegar
1/2cupred wine vinegar
1/2red onionsliced in rings
For the Falafel Burgers
Combine the falafel mix and water. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. If batter is too thick, slowly add in up to a half cup more of water until desired consistency is reached.
Stir the remaining ingredients into the burger "batter".
Using a cookie scoop, spoon a full scoop onto a greased baking sheet. Flatten the scoop so that it looks like a hamburger patty. The patties will be looser than traditional veggie burgers, but they should stay together and not be runny. Continue with the rest of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
To serve, slice a pita in half. Spread with the Garlic Dill Aioli. Insert a falafel burger and a few of the Pickled Onions.
For the Garlic Dill Aioli
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
For the Pickled Onions
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside for at least 20 minutes (the longer, the better).
As much as I love a good veggie burger, I love to change it up on the grill. Vegetable steaks are one of my go-to foods to cook up for a crowd. I keep it simple with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of a good salt and pepper. But, the magic happens in this chimichurri. My brother-in-law is from Argentina, where this is served tableside on everything. When he taught me how to make it, he didn’t use measurements. It was “a little of this and that.” I’ve refined the recipe just a tad so I can share it with you! My brother-in-law chops everything by hand but I suppose you could throw everything in a blender or food processor if you want to save yourself some prep time. I personally love the process of the chopping as the chimichurri all comes together. For maximum flavor, make it a couple of hours in advance to allow everything to meld together.
I love this on everything – grilled tofu, Portabello mushrooms, cauliflower steaks, roasted vegetables, grilled bread, corn on the cob…there really isn’t anything that isn’t delicious with chimichurri on it!
We didn’t have a pool when I was a kid but my aunt had a friend who did. We spent many summer days splashing inside and lounging poolside. My aunt always brought a huge round Tupperware of pasta salad – raw chopped veggies, sliced olives and rotini tossed with Newman’s Own Italian dressing. Simple but delicious. I still think of that salad today whenever I’m at a pool party. It’s synonymous with summer living and pool fun for me.
A poolside pasta salad is easy breezy for summer fun. I fancied things up in this Italian Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad that takes things back to my Italian roots. I roasted the vegetables to pack a powerhouse of flavor into the pasta without adding in a heavy or greasy dressing. Except for roasting the vegetables, the rest of this recipe comes together quickly. And it’s portable and can sit out for a bit without worry so you can have your poolside fun in between bites!
Caesar Smashed Potatoes!!! I’m so excited about this easy and delicious recipe. It’s the perfect side dish for all your summer grilling.
I’m not sure what inspired the vegan Caesar dressing on top of these smashed potatoes but it’s delicious drizzled on top (although my kids said they loved them plain). You be the judge!
I microwaved the potatoes first instead of boiling to save time so adjust your prep by about 20 minutes if you plan to boil instead. The longer you roast the potatoes after smashing, the crispier they get. I used olive oil to “baste” them, but I bet Miyoko’s dairy-free European Cultured Butter would be equally delicious. The process for the smashed potatoes is simple so you can top these a thousand ways for a variety of fun side dishes – or alternatively, you could set up a bar with various toppings and sauces and let your fam make their own. I love a tasty DIY food bar!
Clean and pierce the potatoes with a fork. Microwave for 20-25 minutes until fork tender. Alternatively, set potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes until fork tender.
Place potatoes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle with the oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until desired crispiness.
Meanwhile, make the Caesar dressing. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
To serve, drizzle the potatoes with desired amount of dressing and top with the chopped parsley.
I’d love to hear what you think of these vegan Caesar Smashed Potatoes. Tell me in the comments below!
I’m obsessed with the Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa at Trader Joe’s. It’s smoky and garlicky in all the right ways. It’s one of my favorite snacks alongside limy tortilla chips. Yum!
I created my own homemade version of TJ’s salsa with delicious results! Mix up the tomato blend for variety in flavor. Play with the texture by how much you process the ingredients. The flavors gets better overnight so make it a day ahead to allow the flavors to “marinate”.
I love serving my Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa on a snack platter with homemade taquitos, chips, guacamole and cucumbers.
Place the tomatoes and garlic cloves on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast for about 30-40 minutes until the tomatoes slightly burst and are juicing.
Transfer the tomatoes along with their juices into a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until you get the salsa to your desired consistency.
Refrigerate the salsa for at least an hour before serving.
Take your taste buds on a trip to the islands with this recipe for Tropical Tempeh Kebabs. The best part? You can feel like you are on vacation because you barely have to cook. This homemade-ish recipes uses a store bought marinade, saving you time and energy in the kitchen.
Pineapple chunks, mushrooms and bell pepper are skewered along with the tempeh and basted in a teriyaki sauce. I used a store bought sauce to make these Tropical Tempeh Kebabs quick and easy, but you could have some fun creating your own tropical sauce blend.
They cook quickly on the grill, making it a perfect destination dinner! Check out the recipe below!
1jar Soyaki Teriyaki sauceavailable at Trader Joe’s
8bamboo skewerssoaked in water at least 15 minutes
Cut each tempeh block into about 16 cubes. Place in a bowl along with the bell pepper and mushrooms. Pour half the bottle of marinade over the tempeh pieces and vegetables. Allow to marinate at least an hour.
Divide the tempeh, pineapple and veggies among 8 skewers and stack them in any combo you please.
Heat oil on a grill or in a grill pan on the stove. Grill the skewers on each side, approximately 3-4 minutes. Baste with reserved marinade before turning the skewers.
A bounty of asparagus landed in my lap, along with a big, beautiful watermelon radish in my Imperfect Produce box…and this salad was born. With all the crunchy, bright vegetables, it sings Spring to me!
Layers of veggies are tossed with a simple red wine vinaigrette and topped with a sprinkle of the delectable Kite Hill Ricotta cheese.
Simple, fresh and delicious. It makes a great side dish to grilled tofu but would also make a great addition to an Easter or Passover menu.
Homemade vegan ramen is a labor of love so I’m super excited about this Easy Vegan Miso Ramen that is ready in 5 minutes. Five minutes!!! Thanks to Trader Joe’s, you can put together this soup with just 5 ingredients. And if you have instant hot water like I do, all you need is 5 minutes to make this meal. Oh and it’s delicious…so so so good! It’s also very healthy and low calorie. Miso soup for everyone!
It all starts with the Vegan Instant Miso Ramen from Trader Joe’s. Yep, that’s right – instant soup! I use pre-cooked and pre-shelled edamame so it will take a little longer if you buy frozen. To make this recipe, you’ll chop your vegetables while the water boils or the soup steeps. Then, it all gets stirred together and this Easy Vegan Miso Ramen is served!
This is supposed to make 1 serving (which I eat all by myself every time), but realistically, this could easily serve 2 (or more if you’re serving it as a first course and not a meal).
I’m fairly new to the world of pressure cooking. I’ve become a fast fan of my Breville Fast Slow Pro! As a working mama with three meals to get on the table every day, this handy dandy appliance takes prep and cook times down to under 15 minutes. It’s my secret weapon on busy evenings or on nights when I’m working late. This Tofu Salsa Verde can be on the table in minutes!
I love the tangy goodness of tomatillos so salsa verde is one of my favorites. The super firm tofu from Trader Joe’s is perfect for this recipe. If you want things a little soupier, add another 1/2 cup of salsa or don’t drain your beans.
I like to serve this with tortilla chips to scoop everything out of the bowl. Enjoy!
We all have our favorites and Beyond Meat and Kite Hill are two of my go-to plant-based brands. Beyond Meat is taking the plant-based meat world by storm and with good reason. I’ve used their Beefy Crumble to make tacos and chili, and their Beyond Meat burger to craft my grandmother’s Italian meatballs. Equally, Kite Hill is my cream cheese of choice – not only for schmearing on bagels, but also for my homemade spreads and dips (especially this Caramelized Onion household fave).
In this Vegan Sausage, Kale and Ravioli Stew, Beyond Meat and Kite Hill are a perfect pair. This isn’t the first time I’ve paired this dynamic duo. My Stuffed Ricotta Burger insists on Kite Hill’s ricotta for the filling and the Beyond Meat Burger for the surrounding patty.
In this recipe, Beyond Meat’s tasty sausage is the perfect complement to Kite Hills pasta pillows. I combined the two to make a hearty meal for when you want a bowl of comfort – and this Vegan Sausage, Kale and Ravioli Stew is just that. Easy to make, but full of flavor, you’ll enjoy every last spoonful of this robust soup.
OMG! This vegan Thin Mint Ice Cream Pie is soooo good.
I was a Girl Scout leader for six years when I learned that Thin Mints are vegan. I could have been eating Thin Mints for years!!! These crunchy, chocolatey sandwich cookies are the inspiration for my Thin Mint Milkshake and are also the key ingredient in this recipe for Thin Mint Ice Cream Pie.
You’re going to love how easy it is to make. There’s no baking involved – my kind of recipe!