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Vegetarian Recipes

07 Dec Turnip and Tater Latkes

Every year I try to have a new take on latkes at the Chanukah table, and since I'm usually home in North Carolina when creating these recipes, inevitably they have a southern spin. Sometimes they're just a twist on the traditional (check out my latkes with southern style milk gravy recipe), sometimes they're horrible and weird, and sometimes they just wind up just perfect and become an instant favorite tradition for the coming years like this recipe. These turnip and tater latkes are mostly turnip and turnip greens (lending a lot of nutritional goodness not often found in the traditional potato guys and an earthy vegetal flavor not often found in the super sweet carrot or sweet potato versions) with a little potato to mellow that mighty turnip punch. You can leave out (or use the low end measurement) of the red pepper flakes if you're not into spice, but...

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30 Nov Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Until the 5th grade, my mom's Hambone Stew was my favorite soup on earth.Growing up, I was an incredibly picky eater, and second in the line of evil food items on my list (spinach) was the dreaded pea.And my mom, a damn smart woman, was determined to get me to eat my veggies. So, that hambone stew? It was actually just split pea soup, but since she knew I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole if I heard the word "pea", she craftily renamed it and I licked the bowl every time. Now, as I mentioned, it was my favorite...

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23 Nov Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Persimmon, Fennel + Pumpkin Seed Stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, people go to battle for their own family recipe. And since it is such a wildly personal thing, and beliefs on texture, consistency, and moistness are all an ongoing debate- you have a couple of options here. Use 0 eggs for a very loose stuffing, 1 egg for a little binding, 2 for a tighter bind, and 3 for sliceable stuffing. The amount of broth you use is your call, for something much drier you can drop down to 4 cups, for wetter stuffing go up to 6 (My preferred combo is 2 eggs/5 cups, but I will not be so bold as to tell you what to do here!). Vegans can omit or replace the butter/egg with vegan buttery spread + egg replacer. Gluten-free folks can just swap in GF stuffing cubes. Any way you make it, it's a deliciously vegetarian, new,...

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09 Nov Beet Threeway Tartine

After an incredible Sunday Funday cocktail event with The Juicebox Truck last night where they whipped up the most insane smoky earthy Beetbox juice and El Silencio mezcal cocktail for my guests, I've had beets on the brain (and a whole hell of a lot of leftover beets and greens in the fridge). So I set out to craft a recipe inspired by the cocktail and using all parts of the beet, and this Beet Threeway Tartine was the happy resulting product. It may seem like a lot of work for a piece of toast, but it's totally worth the effort. Roast the beets and make the pickles ahead of time and store in the fridge and the recipe finishing time is cut to just 10 minutes. Now, go forth and get your beet on![yumprint-recipe id='92']...

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02 Nov Grilled Romaine with Vegan Creamy Cashew Caesar Dressing

Caesar salads are one of those great comfort foods that often remain elusive to vegans since it's so tough to replicate the depth of flavor that anchovy and parmesan bring to the table. This recipe aims to please both plant and meateater palates alike by giving some heft to the normally sad vegan caesars (through some serious flavor building). By charring the romaine the normal blank-slate and boring lettuce gets some serious body, and by whipping up a dressing with some of the best secret ingredients in a vegan's arsenal (creamy cashews, cheesy nutritional yeast, and umami bomb Worcestershire) paired with some briny capers (to give it some anchovy-esque goodness), we give the traditional dairy/fish dressing a serious run for its money. Add in some crunchy little croutons and fresh cracked pepper and you have one hell of an epic salad!Vegetarians and meat-eaters can top this with some real deal...

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26 Oct Vegan Pumpkin Rice Crisp Treats

In honor of the final Meatless Monday before my favorite pumpkin filled holiday, I rolled up these adorable (and very easy to make) little pumpkin shaped rice crisp treats for your Halloween trick or treating pleasure! Unlike traditional Rice Krispy treats, these cuties are completely vegan and a bit healthier by using brown rice cereal + brown rice syrup (instead of gelatin/chemical filled marshmallows). And if you're feeling super crafty, you can even take them a step further and decorate them with icing to create a "carved" pumpkin look! Happy Halloween all, and stay spooky! [yumprint-recipe id='90']...

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19 Oct Farro Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Vinaigrette

October holds a special place in my heart. It's a month of changing leaves, costumes (my favorite!), and all things pumpkin (ok, and it just happens to be my birthday month too!). With pumpkin on my mind, I created this easy little healthy pumpkin infused salad to honor the great October (it would also be a great Thanksgiving dish!). If you're feeling ambitious, take it a step further and dice up a fresh pie pumpkin, roast in the oven at 425 for about 20 minutes (until golden) with a little oil an salt, and toss the little croutons in for a pumpkin trifecta! [yumprint-recipe id='89']...

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12 Oct Sweet Potato + Apple Tian

Even though it's still blazing hot here in LA, it IS actually fall and with that comes the bounty of autumn produce. The display of apples at the market today made me swoon, and I knew something had to happen with them in my kitchen today. Since my sweet tooth is mostly limited to dark chocolate and pie making is better left to the genius bakers in my life, I went all savory on those little bites of fall. The resulting recipe: a gorgeous spiral of a sweet potato, potato, and apple tian. While it takes time to bang out the spiral (but even with my lack of patience I didn't lose my mind, so don't fret), it's totally worth the effort to be able to set this beauty on your table.The key to making this work is to get even slices (I highly recommend using a mandolin), and it's...

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28 Sep Vegetarian Franks and Beans and Greens

My meatless monday creations usually are born from a combo of cravings and whatever the hell I have sitting in my fridge and pantry. This dish is a perfect example of those two coming together in a pretty perfect way, when all I wanted was beans and bbq and I just happened to have every single ingredient sitting around in my kitchen. Smoky, sweet, spicy, and hearty this one pot meal is fabulous to eat on its own or serve alongside a BBQ spread.  [yumprint-recipe id='87']...

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21 Sep Smoky Chilled Tomato Soup

It's ridiculously mind-numbingly hot here in Los Angeles and so I give you a ridiculously mind-numbingly easy recipe that requires no heat and no more than 5 minutes of your time! Tomato season is coming to a close (*sob*) and I'm using them in everything I can while they're still here and still incredible. This soup is a kind-of-gazpacho/tortilla soup/salmorejo type deal, and it's success hinges on the quality of your tomatoes so be sure to get the most fragrant and juicy ones you can find (the cheaper "softies" at the farmers market are perfect for this since their imperfections and almost-over-ripeness will be obliterated by the blender anyway). Use a high-quality Spanish smoked paprika as well for optimal flavor explosion, the bargain bin spice will get lost in translation.  [yumprint-recipe id='86']...

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