Vegetarian Stroganoff

I wanted to make something that tastes like a Philly cheesesteak, but with pasta and with no steak. So that leaves cheese and peppers and onions. And mushrooms I swear I’ve seen on some cheesesteaks but I’ve never been to Philly so I don’t know if that’s standard. Doesn’t really matter I guess, since I’m […]

Jackfruit Tinga Tostadas

I’ve wanted to experiment with green jackfruit for years — since I tried some vegan bbq jackfruit at a party once. This is a riff on chicken tinga which is from Puebla, Mexico: shredded chicken in a chipotle sauce. This jackfruit tinga uses the same sort of sauce made from onion, tomato and chipotle. It’s very […]

Spicy Falafel

Crispy, spicy falafel make a delicious (and fairly easy-but-also-impressive) vegan lunch or dinner. Or even appetizer! Make them little bite-sized balls for snacking or bigger patties for turning into sandwiches or wraps. The trick to making falafel is to start with soaked but not cooked chickpeas. I know it seems wrong to American sensibilities to eat […]

Roasted Vegetable Tacos

We’ve been eating more vegetarian meals lately. For the last year, really, I’ve been feeling the pull back to my vegetarian roots. I suspect it might be a response to the harshness of the world. A desire to be gentler to other living things. An increased tenderness towards all creatures — human, animal, insect — just trying to […]

Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms

Ooh lala! If you’re looking for a super easy thing to make that kids and grown-ups will all eat, creamy orzo with mushrooms is the thing. Orzo is a tiny rice-shaped pasta (orzo means barley in Italian) that is most often used in soups, but I like to cook it as a side dish and […]

Cornbread Waffles with Black Beans

This used to be something I’d make often for dinner when I was vegetarian. Cornbread waffles with black beans, sour cream, salsa and avocado are a fun and cheap meal. Healthy and wholesome, too! Make big, standard sized waffles and serve them like a tostada with all the toppings piled on top. Or make mini waffles […]

Slow-Cooker Navy Bean Soup

I love bean soups. Soup might be my favorite way to eat beans (besides refried, of course). This slow-cooker navy bean soup came together because I’ve been trying to clear out my pantry and I found a half-pound of navy beans in there just lounging about. So I turned them into a vegetarian navy bean […]

Tex-Mex Latkes

These crispy, Tex-Mex potato latkes are jazzed up with chiles and salty cotija cheese. I love chiles with potatoes and this is one of the best ways to eat them both: fried 😉 A couple of pointers for the best latkes: Grate the potatoes by hand and grate 2/3-3/4 of them on the large holes and […]

Vegetarian Tamales de Rajas con Queso

My favorite tamales are filled with roasted chiles and cheese. Whenever the “tamale lady” would stop by my old office, I’d get a dozen and eat half of them before lunch break even came around. They were still hot because she carried them in a cooler, wrapped up in fat foil bundles. The hot hot […]