A few years ago, a friend introduced me to a potato salad that was so out of control delicious, that I could never get it out of my head. The original recipe was not vegan, but my friend used vegan mayo to make it so, just for me. It was a spicy fried potato salad, and neither of us can find the original recipe. So, I made a version reminiscent of the one I had many years ago. This vegan spicy smashed potato salad is hands down, the best potato salad you will ever eat.
My husband lived in Mexico for a while teaching English, before he started teaching 4th grade general education. The only thing he seems to miss about his days there is the food. He loves elote! We have talked a lot about how to create a replacement for Cojita cheese. Something that matches it’s salty crumbly goodness. I can not take credit for the idea of salt baking tofu, it was my husband’s idea. However, I will say it worked amazingly well! It is the perfect texture and has that perfect saltiness. So, of course, we had to make Mexican Street Corn, but decided to make it in salad form. This Vegan Mexican Street Corn Salad is addictive and downright delicious!
I was not a huge fan of ricotta when I was young. I didn’t love lasagna or stuffed shells. As I got older, I thought I would try again, and started using ricotta for various things when I was a vegetarian. I slowly fell in love with ricotta, and then became a vegan, and that abruptly stopped. My husband is part Italian and grew up eating stuffed shells and other dishes that are ricotta heavy. We both decided, we needed things that include ricotta back in our lives. These vegan ricotta, basil and sausage stuffed shells are life!
My husband loves fried pickles. He calls himself a connoisseur of fried pickles, and tries them everywhere we go. He has given them bad reviews, good, and excellent. I wanted to top them all though, and make the most delicious fried pickles he has ever had, that just happen to be vegan. He hates fried pickle spears, and I can understand this. To get maximum crunch, your really need the a chip, it is thin and you can get the ultimate amount of batter on them. So they had to be dill chips! These vegan fried pickles with Mississippi comeback sauce are his favorite fried pickles thus far.
Okay, guys. Hear me out! This is the greatest pasta salad of all time, and lucky for you, this recipe makes a lot, so you can share with friends. Just in time for some Spring and Summer cookouts! When I was a kid, my dad used to take us to Sweet Tomatoes all the time. They have a tuna tarragon pasta salad. It was my favorite thing ever, and frankly one of the only things I have truly missed after going vegan. Yesterday, I smiled, I was so damn excited! This tastes exactly like what I have been missing all these years, and I am so happy to share it with you!
Have you ever been to Wingers? They have this chicken appetizer called Sticky Fingers. The sauce looks and smells amazing. I have always wanted to try all their sauces, but alas, they have no fake chicken. Come on everyone. Every place should have a vegan option for me, geez. Well, I can just do it myself then. Here is my take on their signature chicken made vegan. The sauce is out of this world, I baked them instead of frying them. Paired with the best damn vegan blue cheese sauce. YES!
I really fancy a good ravioli, perfect pasta, perfect filling, perfect sauce accompaniment. So, I was thinking about making unique fillings for ravioli, housed inside the most delicious fresh pasta, that go with each season. What season is coming guys? Spring! Broccoli rabe is in season in the spring time! So the peppery greens coupled with other light spring flavors, like lemon and pine nuts, seemed like a great idea! This vegan broccoli rabe ravioli is amazing!
Have you ever had satay? It is super fun, and from what I remember, super delicious. There was a little Asian restaurant that my dad used to take us to when I was a kid. They had chicken satay with peanut sauce, and they would bring you a little burner with a tiny grill to cook it yourself. I loved it! I thought it was so much fun. I saw a beef satay on a menu the other day, and thought what a great idea it would be to use black beans to mimic beef would be. My husband and I were discussing how to make this happen, and we figured on there was only like a 20% chance it would work. Well, I worked out completely and amazingly! It is so friggin’ delicious.
Okay guys, hear me out. Does this combination sound a little odd to you? I promise it is not. The sweetness of the figs, and the spicy saltiness of the chorizo actually makes more sense than anything ever has in my life! I am non stop throwing recipe ideas at my husband, however, this time he was a little bit hesitant. The second he walked through the door, I shoved a piece of this Fig and Chorizo Pizza in his face, and he definitely ate crow, not literally, of course. He told me I was right, which I absolutely love hearing.
Sweet and sour sauce makes my inner child so happy! It makes me remember the wonderful parts of my childhood. My dad used to rent some movies on Fridays and order bad/delicious Chinese food. I very frequently ordered sweet and sour chicken. That flavor is something I have definitely been missing lately. I had the idea to test a sweet and sour tofu, and I am overwhelmed by joy right now. This sweet and sour tofu is the bee’s knees! Totally fulfills all my cravings for that sweet and tangy, crunchy goodness. Served with some rice, forget about it!