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Sun, 14 Aug 2022 12:02:53 +0000

Vietnamese Inspired Caramelized Pork Bowls with Lentils

Vietnamese-inspired Caramelized Pork Bowls are my vegan take on Caramelized ground Pork using lentils instead of meat substitutes. The dish comes together so quickly and is packed with flavor. My new favorite way of serving lentils! Nutfree vegan recipe. Gluten-free option.

a bowl of vegan caramelized pork lentils served over rice with cucumbers on the side

Get ready for some sticky spicy goodness. These Vietnamese-inspired lentil pork bowls are a vegan version of Vietnamese-style caramelized ground pork, a popular take-out dish.

There are variations in the dish depending on the restaurant. You can use pork or chicken subs here but we skip the meat substitutes and use lentils instead. Budget-friendly and whole food!

The pork versions usually use fish sauce. Since vegan fish sauce isn't available as easily, I make my own fish sauce dressing with the ingredients listed adapted from this.

vegan caramelized vietnamese pork lentils served over rice with cucumbers

For this recipe, we sautee the lentils with chili, garlic and ginger for that flavor and caramelize them using some coconut sugar or brown sugar.

But the deliciousness only starts here. Now we toss the lentils with a sweet and spicy dressing. This step turns them into something utterly addictive.

We save the rest of the dressing for tossing any veggies we want to add to the bowls. DIVINE! It's zesty and spicy and great over cucumber and radish and saves time if you don't have pickled veggies to serve with the bowl. I served my lentils over rice along with some refreshing cucumber slices and green onions but you can get creative here. Use noodles or lettuce, Some pickled radishes and carrots go wonderfully.

a bowl of vegan caramelized lentils served with rice and cucumbers

More vegan lentil recipe: More Asian meals

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Vegan Richa
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 11:44:44 +0000

Vegan Samosa Pie

Like Samosa? you need to make this Samosa pie! It's like a giant veggie samosa and has everything we love about Samosas…but comes in giant pie form! This is a great savory pie perfect for the holidays but also makes for great party food, lunchbox or snack. Gluten-free and nut-free option.

stacked pieces of vegan potato samosa pie on a wooden board

Samosa lovers need to make this giant vegan samosa pie! It has everything you love about Samosas…but comes in giant pie form! It's great for parties, lunch boxes and the holiday table!

I used store bought puff pastry – you'd be surprised that most brands are actually vegan! This is a free-form pie, so we do not bake it in a pie dish but on a sheet pan. It's like a giant baked samosa that we cut into single servings after baking!

stacked pieces of vegan potato samosa pie on a wooden board

This samosa pie is based on my favorite Samosas from my hometown. It used to be a huge samosa, filled with a super flavorful potato filling. Samosas vary a lot based of the filling and shell. The filling can be a simple spiced mashed potatoes where you add some ground spices to mashed potatoes and it's ready. In todays version, we cook the whole spices such as cumin and coriander seeds then add the aromatics, cashews, spices, ginger, mashed potatoes, peas and mint! These potatoes are so incredible!

What made that samosa so special is that it was made with so much flavor coming from the potato filling. You can use my other quicker samosa potatoes or make this version for the special day!  I made the filling in the Instant Pot but I list the alternative cooking method for stovetop potatoes in the tips section.

For samosa fans, there are more simple samosa recipes on the blog as well that you can try. Like my samosa pinwheels or samosa chickpea wraps.

stacked pieces of vegan potato samosa pie on a wooden board
why you'll love this Samosa pie
  • because samosa potatoes!
  • It's easy and delicious
  • It's Soyfree. And has options to make it Nutfree and gluten-free
  • It's great to carry in lunch boxes, snacking, serving in potlucks, picnics, and even making a part of a festive table!
More savory pie recipes:

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie

Vegan Pot Pie with Black Pepper Biscuits

Chickpea Spinach Pie with Berbere Spice

Vegan Mushroom Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Crust

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Vegan Richa
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:39:13 +0000

Vegan Tofu Nuggets

These Vegan Tofu Nuggets are baked and not fried and taste just like Southern fried chikin with my secret marinade & spice mix! Nutfree Glutenfree. Your whole family will love these!

vegan baked tofu nuggets on a white plate with two different dips

Stop what you're doing and go marinate some tofu NOW because you don't want to miss out on these Crispy Baked Vegan Tofu Nuggets! They are my new favorite vegan party snack – well, along with my Baked General Tso Cauliflower!

I use the spices used for southern fried chicken and add them to the coating and the marinade. Together they add so much amazing flavor. These are perfectly crispy on the outside and wonderfully meaty on the inside – seriously the best texture and flavor thanks to some key tips and a delicious tofu marinade. Seriously, if you know someone who dislikes tofu, give them these Tofu Nuggets and their minds will be changed forever.

vegan baked tofu nuggets served with two different dips

Now there are two things that are super important for making the perfect Tofu Nuggets.

Number one: you need to press your tofu! For most of my tofu recipes, I recommend pressing your tofu, and this is no exception. Squeeze all that excess water out of your tofu. This will give you much better tofu and will prepare it for my tofu nuggets. Use extra firm tofu so that you don't end up with squishy bites.

tip #2 Marinate your tofu.  Let the pressed tofu sit in the marinade a minimum of 5 minutes. We really want the marinade to soak up into the insides of the tofu, making the texture even better. You can marinate your tofu for 30 minutes, or even overnight.

More vegan party food:

Bbq Cauliflower Wings

Vegan Mediterranean Nachos

Baked Popcorn Okra

Crispy tofu strips 

Mango Sriracha cauliflower 

Spinach pinwheels

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Vegan Richa
Fri, 05 Aug 2022 12:12:18 +0000

Vegan Garlic Chili Oil Pasta with Smoky Pecans

This quick vegan chili garlic pasta is my take on viral chili oil noodles. This recipe features perfectly cooked spaghetti tossed in an incredibly flavorful sun-dried tomato chili garlic oil and topped with candied smoky pecans. An easy weeknight dinner that can be prepared in just minutes! Gluten-free & nut-free option included! 

a plate with vegan garlic sun dried tomato chili oil pasta topped with candied pecans and fresh herbs

Chili oil pasta or noodles have been popular on social. In this quick & easy vegan chili garlic oil noodles recipe , I use perfectly cooked spaghetti which is tossed in an incredibly flavorful chili garlic sundried tomato oil mix, and then is topped with smoky pecans for the crunch and protein! I also use less oil( 1 tbsp instead of cups) and use pasta water to increase the volume of the dressing.

Topped with fresh chopped herbs and sprinkled with a smoky-bacony candied pecan topping, these spicy and garlicky noodles are simple but are loaded with so much flavor .

vegan chili garlic oil pasta sprinkled with pecans and chopped cilantro

This easy vegan pasta is my modified take on the viral chili garlic oil noodles! This simple weeknight meal is so delicious and super quick to make.

Chopped sundried tomatoes added to the chili garlic oil adds amazing deep umami flavor and a punch of umami. Some smoky pecans add a pleasant crunch and up the protein of this easy weeknight dinner!

Why you'll love this easy weeknight chili oil pasta
  • it is packed with flavor
  • it is simple and quick
  • It can be made glutenfree with gf pasta and nutfree by using tofu or pumpkin seeds for the topping
  • there's no blending or much chopping needed
More easy vegan pasta weeknight dinner recipes:

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Vegan Richa
Tue, 02 Aug 2022 11:48:35 +0000

Vegan Malabar Curry with Veggies and Beans

My vegan version of Keralan Malabar Curry features white beans and veggies simmered in a fragrant coconut sauce. Use other protein with the sauce for variation. This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free.

vegan malabar curry served with naan bread in a white plate

Are you in the mood for some spicy food tempered with soothing coconut? Great, because today's special is my vegan version of a classic – Malabar Curry. This is a popular curry from the northern part of Kerala.

You will love the delicious sauce which is made with fresh coconut, fennel, cardamom, and various other Indian spices and aromatics, pepper and cinnamon being some of them.

This sauce is usually used with chicken. However, it also goes well with veggies or chickpeas or beans too. I use a mix of veggies and beans to make a hearty protein-rich curry that bursts with various flavors with every bite.

vegan malabar curry in a black skillet

This curry is filling, and delicious! As most curries, it is especially good a day after it was made as with many Indian sauce which use whole spices!

Why you will love this Malabar curry

  • It's veggie filled, and delicious
  • its Nutfree, Glutenfree and Soyfree
  • it's different flavor and texture from the usual tomato and cream based North Indian style popular Indian dishes
  • It has layers of complex flavors!
  • the sauce was very versatile. Use it with veggies or beans or baked tofu or vegan chick'n subs

vegan malabar veggie curry served with simmered veggies

More Indian regional curry recipes:

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Vegan Richa
Sat, 30 Jul 2022 11:54:14 +0000

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with cheesy breadcrumb filling are super flavorful and packed with umami! They are perfect served as a delicious appetizer or party snack but you can also make a full meal out of them! Gluten-free and soy-free option included!

vegan stuffed mushrooms with breadcrumb topping on two stacked plates

Looking for a vegan appetizer or party snack? Make these delicious vegan stuffed mushrooms! They are easy to make and so flavorful.  You can serve these as a fancy appetizer for a vegan menu or make a whole meal out of them by serving them with marinara sauce and pasta or side of salad!

The crunchy breadcrumbs and melty cheese on top make these irresistible and we add some miso paste to the stuffing to turn these into little umami bombs. You could make a delicious appetizer table with these  stuffed mushrooms, Bell Pepper Nachos, Vegan Spinach Dip Breadsticks, and many my Samosa Pinwheels!

stuffed vegan mushrooms filled with breadcrumb cheese filling in a casserole dish

How do I keep stuffed mushrooms from turning watery?

Most importantly, don't wash them! Mushrooms are little sponges and they will soak up the water, then let go of it while baking. So don't soak the mushrooms in water when cleaning them. Use a mushroom brush for removing any dirt.

Then bake the stuffed mushrooms at high temperature (400F).
I double bake them. The first bake cooks them through and they release juices which the mushrooms cook in for max flavor, then I stuff them and bake again.

Why you will love these stuffed mushrooms!
  • they are super flavorful
  • use every day ingredients
  • You can make them gluten-free nut free and soy free
  • they are versatile, change up the herbs and spices for various flavors!

stuffed vegan mushrooms with breadcrumb and cheese filling on two stacked plates

More vegan party snacks and appetizers:

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