vegan dinner recipe

Garlic Scape Pesto Socca Flatbread

As summer approaches it is time to start making dinners with fresh summer veggies. Pesto immediately calls my name during this time of year. So what better way than to lather it on some flatbread, toss some veggies on, and sprinkle with a bit of zaatar…yes please! 

The light, zesty, and creamy pesto pairs perfectly with the crispy chickpea flatbread. Topped with tender blanched asparagus and peas. Garnished with red pepper flakes, zaatar, and fresh crisp sprouts. …

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Curried Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

I don’t know why I haven’t posted this recipe already, because it has got to be one of my favorites. I created this chili about a year ago and I have not stopped making it. It has been a hit with all my friends and family. 

Easy meals like this are always so comforting and it makes it even better when it is packed with nutritious vegetables, carbs, protein, and healthy fats! All you could ever need in a meal. The choice of spices elevates it from any old chili. And the variety of carbs makes you feel satisfied after eating a huge bowl!…

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Sweet & Sour Tofu Fried Rice

Tofu often gets a bad rep in the vegan community. Bland, flavorless, and has a mouthfeel of a sponge. However, if you get the cook right and season it correctly it will taste amazing…like addicting amazing! 

This tofu is crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Tossed in a sticky & thick sweet & sour glaze served over a slightly toasted veggie fried rice. This recipe is beyond simple and can easily be stored in your fridge to enjoy any time of the week. …

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30-Minute Thai Red Curry

I am a full-time student and I have two jobs, so sometimes I do not have a lot of time to make meals. I am sure a lot of you understand, even if you are not in my place. I do not like sacrificing taste! In that case, I make sure that any easy & quick recipes I make are just as delicious as if I were to make one that took 1+ hours. 

This Thai curry is definitely one of those meals. Only took 30 min. to make and came out tasting just as good (or even better) then when I make my own curry paste and it taking 45 min-1 hour. 

It is ultra creamy, smooth, and comes with beautiful aromas. The cauliflower is nice and tender and adds the perfect texture to every bite. Topped with some fresh basil, red chili flakes (I like that heat!), cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. 

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Polenta Two Ways: Creamy + Grilled

That creamy corn stuff that you usually call grits? A classic southern dish loaded with butter, cream, and salt? Nope, not that recipe here! Polenta and grits are not the same thing and originate almost on opposite sides of the world. Grits is a classic southern dish, while polenta is an Italian staple. 

Polenta can be prepared and plated in a whole variety of ways, as the corn doesn’t have a prominent taste so you can serve almost anything with it! It can be cooked on the stove top, baked, grilled, pan-fried…you name it. 

Polenta is a perfect food that can be prepared ahead of time and result in more than just one meal. That is why I decided to show you two ways you can prepare polenta (or fine cornmeal) and create two stunning and delicious dishes! 

One is super creamy, silky, and smooth topped with roasted garlic tomatoes & crunchy Italian-spiced chickpeas. The other is firmer and grilled to perfection. Topped with smoky mushrooms, and drizzled with a bit of truffle oil. That is what I call a menu! 

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Easy + Creamy Avocado Pasta

I love pasta…like a lot, but sometimes I feel that I am always making the same sauces. Basic tomato, alfredo, or pesto. So why not throw an avocado in the blender, add a few other ingredients, blend, and create an ultra creamy and delicious sauce to pour over your favorite noodles? I am in!

This avocado pasta is super easy: only requires a blender & saucepan, takes 15 min. or less, but still tastes like you tried way harder than that….

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Crispy Sesame Soy Tofu w/ Kaffir Lime Leave Pesto

Now I have to say it is pretty hard to make tofu actually taste good. Tofu is so bland as it is, and unless you make it really crispy and marinate it for a long time then it will just taste like a wet sponge. 

This recipe shows you that tofu can taste good and make you want to come back for more. By marinating it for at least an hour (longer is better, but I try to create easier recipes for you), crisping it up by baking AND pan-frying it, pairing it with a rich and delicious kaffir lime leave pesto….well it could not get better than that! 

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Asian Noodle Stir Fry w/ Lemon Peanut Sauce

I didn’t realize how many lemon recipes I had on my blog till I felt like I have written “lemon” in my blog post title numerous times before…oops! I guess I have a thing for lemons. 

This is a deliciously perfect recipe to make on weekdays, as it’s super simple and most of the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

Flavorful buckwheat soba noodles paired with a light, slightly zesty & creamy lemon peanut sauce. The crunch of the chopped toasted peanuts, crunchy baked tofu, and hints of sesame are some of the perfect additions to this dish.

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Mediterranean Meatballs with Spiced Rice

Coming at you with a fridge clean out recipe…for real though! 

It has been a bit since I have posted a savory recipe on here and I had some time on my hands today so I thought I would try to pull something off. Let me say….it turned out absolutely delicious! 

A delicious, savory, spiced, and hearty Mediterranean take on meatballs with a flavorful spiced rice and saffron cinnamon sauce.

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