Nước chấm is a popular condiment and staple of Vietnamese food. It’s a multipurpose sauce, used as a dip for egg rolls, summer rolls, bún (rice noodle dishes), and lots more. It’s made with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and Thai bird chili peppers, but I haven’t had fish sauce in my pantry in a couple years. I’ve found that I can achieve similar flavors with plant-based umami sources – mushrooms, soy sauce, mushroom seasoning, vegan chicken boullion cubes,… Read more »

This dish was a hit in my house. For weekly grocery shopping, I usually fill up on staples that are running low (beans, lentils, tofu, coconut milk, spices, nondairy milks), get ingredients for a specific dish I want to make, and then a few fruits and veggies for the week. I usually don’t have a recipe in mind, and can usually think of something to make when given a few ingredients. This was one of those dishes, because I wanted… Read more »

I used to live in Hawaii. My husband was stationed there in the military, and that’s where I moved to after we got married. Yeah, I wasn’t complaining about that! It was a wonderful two years. I learned how to surf and got a pink surfboard (let’s not get ahead of ourselves – I wasn’t that good and just liked the rolling baby waves), went foraging for banana lilikoi and strawberry guava fruits on our hikes, and hubby and I… Read more »

The other week, I was at the San Mateo farmer’s market, and there was a vendor selling all sorts of sprouted beans and lentils. I’ve never sprouted lentils before, but I do love me some red lentils – in chili, soups, and stews, and I wanted to make a salad out of some. You can’t eat lentils raw, but you can eat them raw if they have been sprouted. They become more readily digestible, phytic acid content is reduced (phytic… Read more »

Somehow, I always cook more chickpeas than I need. I try to find different ways to use them in my food, and this time, while I was looking in my fridge, I knew that the leftover brown rice I had would be a perfect binder and lighten up the density of the chickpeas in some veg burgers. I love these veggie burgers, and wish I made more, because my husband snacked on the last couple of patties before bed. Thanks… Read more »

For those who know me, I love having people over to share a meal and entertain. When my husband was the Officer Rep for a student club over at the Naval Academy, it was pretty common for us to host a meal for up to 30 midshipmen at a time. I’m no stranger when it comes to cooking for a crowd, but our place was big back in Annapolis. It’s much smaller here in the Bay Area, but we still… Read more »

This recipe is for my friend, Stella! I post frequently on Instagram (@this_veglife), more often than I do here. I haven’t had much time to do other stuff, since I had my baby towards the end of August, and meals as of late have been flash-prepared in a matter of minutes, with no time to write down recipes. When I posted a picture of this and Stella asked for the recipe, the pressure was on to start doing this recipe-writing… Read more »

I make a huge bowl of pasta once a week, whether it be spaghetti with vegan meatballs, Asian wheat noodles with tofu and mushroom-soy-ginger seasoning, pesto pasta, or a simple vegetable pasta. These dishes come together pretty quickly, and last a couple meals between the three of us (and with all the food my Ironman-to-be hubby eats, a pasta dish is always a sure bet!). What’s usually in your quick meal plan? A pasta with all the goodies Print Recipe… Read more »

A staple in my fridge these days is cooked lentils. I buy them pre-packaged, and even though I do have dried lentils to put in soups and chilis, this saves me about 20 minutes, which I so desperately need sometimes. Cooked lentils are so versatile that you can use them in the same way you’d use ground meat in a recipe. Lentil tacos, lentils with rice in burritos, lentil sloppy joes (I make this recipe over and over again, and… Read more »

This dish just screams “fall food!” It’s vibrant in fall colors, earthy, rustic, and packed with nutritious whole grains and plant love. I thought of this dish when I was prepping my menu for a cooking class, with the theme “Falling for the plant-based meal.” The same night I was making this dish, we were supposed to go out for dinner with some friends. But the day turned into a wet and rainy one, and we decided to forego walking… Read more »