Lisa’s Greatest Hits: Rounding up My All Time Favorite Recipes

What a great month of food it has been! I have been blogging for 3 1/2 years and it has been great scrolling through old recipes…some I even forgot about and will certainly go into the rotation, ASAP. I was even highlighted on the Vegan MoFo roundup last Thursday. What an honor!

So here it is…the final roundup of Vegan MoFo 2014. These are my greatest hits…the recipes that get the most play in my kitchen. They are easy, go-to recipes that have become our family comfort food. Enjoy!

1. Enchiladas. This dish is all about the sauce. I like to make a big pot and freeze it in batches so I always have it on hand. The filling can be tempeh or black beans. Whatever is inside, it is delicious every time!


2. Guacamole. This is my signature 5 ingredient guacamole: avocado, onions, cilantro, lime and salt.

3. Mexican Mash Up. Sweet potatoes, corn, red peppers, lime juice. With or without black beans!

4. Hummus. To me, there is nothing better than hummus and mashed avocado together. On toast, on a bagel or on a salad.

5. Curried Coconut Red Lentil Soup. I always have the ingredients on hand. It is filling and delicious.

IMG_03496. Vegetable Coconut Curry. My version of curry in a hurry! The green peas are the protein in this wildly easy and flavorful dish.

IMG_47127. Tempeh Dinner. I make some variation of tempeh with a vegetable and a starch at lease once a week. Pictured: Tempeh, Broccoli & Yellow Rice Pilaf. See tempeh roundup.

IMG_38578. Tofu Dinner. Ditto to what I said in #4 but tofu. Pictured: Grilled Tofu with Squash and Summer Corn. See tofu roundup.


9. Chickpeas. Two ways. It is all about the flavors.

 Moroccan Chickpea Stew


Chickpea Stir-Fry

10. Meatless Meatballs. What more can I say? A childhood favorite veganized. Freeze extras for easy weeknight meals.

11. Habanero Hot Mac ‘n Cheese. This is the best cheese sauce I have made to date. With the hot peppers (jalapeños work great too) or without.


12. Polenta Pizza. I love to top a polenta pizza crust with my homemade sauce and favorites like spinach, mushrooms, artichokes.


13. Cauliflower Steaks. Just the funnest idea for “steak!”

14. Paella. Another great flavor combo!

15. Macadamia Nut Cheese. Just wonderful!


16. Corn Fritters. Because I love them.

17. Spinach Pie. I have started to add artichokes and lots of lemon juice and wow!

18. Oatmeal. My husband’s favorite.


19. Applesauce. This batch came out bright pink but it varies from this pink to that typical applesauce color.

20. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. My most perfect cookie.


Tempeh Roundup

I love tempeh. It’s another vegan “protein” and, like tofu, it works great on Blue Plate Specials.

I buy Barry’s Grown in Brooklyn Homemade Tempeh. If you can find someone local who makes tempeh, buy it. But if you need a good brand from the store, buy Soy Boy. It is organic and non-GMO and out of the store bought brands, it was our favorite one.

1. Honee BBQ Tempeh. Made with Bee Free Honee. Great on tofu too.


2. Tempeh Lemon Broil. Love the name. Love the flavors.

3. Cornmeal Crusted Tempeh. Crunchy and delicious.


4. Tempeh Bowl. This marinade is made with tahini, tamari miso and garlic.


5. Braised Tempeh. Love this one!


6. Breaded Tempeh. Cutlets or sticks.

IMG_0386Breaded Tempeh Cutlets

Breaded Tempeh Sticks

7. Cajun Tempeh. It’s all about the flavors.

8. Tempeh Souvlaki. Again, all about the flavors. Can’t get enough of this one.

9. Tempeh Tacos. Make the same thing with lentils.

10. Chili Lime Tempeh. Check out the Mexican rice and avocado salad.

11. Maple Glazed Tempeh. Basic marinade: tamari, maple syrup, and sunflower oil.

12. Basic Marinated Tempeh. My original marinade: tamari and maple syrup.

13. Tempeh Fajitas. A favorite around here!

14. Tempeh Bacon. Save the best for last!

Tempeh Bacon & French Toast

ALT: Avocado Lettuce & Tempeh Bacon Sandwich


Tofu Roundup

Tofu is a great vegan “protein” and is very versatile. It takes on the flavor of a marinade almost immediately and can be grilled, baked, breaded, or pan fried. I serve it on what I call a “Blue Plate Special” because it is an old restaurant name for the daily special that had a protein with vegetables on the side.

Many of these recipes are similar but that is kind of the point. Easy ingredients pack a lot of flavor. Plus, check out the side dishes because they are just as important as the tofu!

1. Grilled Tofu.


Grilled Tofu with Millet Pilaf & Roasted Carrots


Grilled Tofu with Summer Corn & Grilled Zucchini

 Grilled Tofu with Piri Piri Sauce

 Tofu Satay

 Tofu in Green Sauce

 Lime Grilled Tofu Over Sweet Potato Corn Mash

 Cilantro Lime Grilled Tofu

Lime Grilled with Warm Corn & Peach Salsa

 Lemon Thyme Grilled Tofu

Lemon Parsley Grilled Tofu Over Classic Succotash

2. Crusted Tofu.


Almond Encrusted Tofu

 Tofu Milanese

Pistachio Crusted Tofu

 Cornmeal Crusted Tofu with Gravy 

Cornmeal Crusted Tofu with Mixed Mash Potatoes

3. Pan Seared Tofu.


Pan Seared Tofu with Cherry Shallot Confit

 Lemon Sage Tofu

 Pan Seared Tofu with Chimichurri Sauce

Lemon Thyme Tofu

 Lemon Tofu

4. Crispy Tofu.


Crispy Tofu with Broccoli & Pineapple in Spicy Brown Sauce

Crispy Tofu & Spicy Green Beans with Tamari Black Rice & Quinoa

Crispy Tofu with Red Peppers & Pineapples

 Crispy Tofu with Peanut Sauce

Tofu Sticks with Tartar Sauce

Crispy Fried Tofu & Mac ‘n Cheese 

5. Baked Tofu.


Baked Tofu Cutlets (Oil Free)


Baked Mustard Tofu

6 .Tofu Scampi. One of my favorite ways to use tofu to veganize a classic. This dish is all about the sauce.

7. Tamari Marinated Tofu. This tofu shows up in what I call Friday Night Bites. It’s an easy way to use whatever is leftover at the end of the week with an easy marinated tofu.


8. Orange Balsamic Glazed Tofu. Yum.

9. Tofu & Cashews in Brown Sauce. Asian inspired.

10. Tofu Paprikash. When Harry Met Sally!

11. Breakfast Tofu. Outstanding flavor combo.

12. Tofu Scramble. My basic scramble can be made with or without oil. Make it Mexican or with pesto!



Bread, Tortilla & Cracker Roundup

To me, there is nothing better than homemade bread. Right out of the oven. And homemade crackers. And homemade tortillas. Once you go homemade, you can’t go back.

1. Rustic Bread. And then turn it into crostini or panzanella.

2. Corn Bread. Great any time of year. Working on a new Thanksgiving cornbread stuffing. Post coming soon!

3. Pita Bread. So much easier than I ever thought possible. And impressive!

4. My Grandma’s Banana Bread and Date & Nut Bread. Tastes just like my Grandmother Joan made it. I love impressing my Father and my Uncle with these. They turn into two little boys! I have also posted variations to the banana bread like zucchini banana bread, pumpkin banana bread, and banana walnut bread.

5. Vegan Challah. Holla! Then turn it into French Toast.

6. Raisin Walnut Bread. Very old school vegan from The China Study Cookbook.

IMG_27817. Chapatis. Indian tortillas.

8. Homemade Flour Tortilla. We can’t eat these fast enough.


9. Homemade Corn Tortillas. Ditto.

IMG_122210. Chef Chloe’s Goldfish Crackers. So much fun to make.

IMG_251511. Gluten-free Crackers. Love these.


Sorbet & Popsicle Roundup

This roundup is for my son. This is probably his favorite food group: fruit in the form of ices (sorbet) or ice pops (popsicles). Sorbet takes a few extra steps but totally worth it.

1. Strawberry Sorbet. Very popular and easy to make all year. Any fruit works. I also love mixing different berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries for a deep purple color. Just always be sure to strain the seeds after blending.

IMG_45892. Rhubarb-Raspberry-Lemon Verbena Sorbet. The addition of fresh herbs, like lemon verbena, mint or basil, turns a basic sorbet into something more sophisticated.


3. Cantaloupe Granita. Or any fruit really but I also love to watermelon.


4. Popsicles. Peach. Blueberry. Strawberry. The recipes I posted in the past were slightly different but I have since standardized the measurements.

Ice Pop Recipe
2 cups fruit
1/2 cup filtered water
1/4 cup vegan sugar or sweetener
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Blend. Strain. Freeze. Eat.


 Zoku Classic Pop Molds


Cookie Roundup

Me want cookies! I am not claiming to be a baker or anything but I do put together a pretty good cookie.

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies. I make these cookies all the time!

2. Lace Cookies. I based this cookie on a version that the famous vegan dessert chef Fran Costigan posted on her website. These little cookies are the kind of cookies that impress everyone.

3. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. This is my dad’s favorite cookie. I love impressing him with my vegan skills.

4. Green Power Cookies. I found this recipe in a magazine and was up in arms about the fact they turned green. I contacted the magazine. the article’s author, the baker who gave her the recipe and no one had a good answer. I did some research and found out the following: baking soda + sunflower seeds = green. I made them over to fix the “problem” but then decided I like green cookies. They are fun to serve and are super delicious!

5. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Peanut butter + chocolate chips = perfect food combination.


6. Sugar Cookies. Otherwise known as Turkey Trick or Treat. Making turkey cookies and bringing them to our friends was my son’s idea. He wanted everyone to know that eating turkey cookies was the only turkey that should be eaten on Thanksgiving. Use this recipe for any shape cookie you like!


7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. Seriously.


Salad Roundup

Even though I have a lot of recipes for salad, this roundup is not about salad salad like greens and stuff. It’s about dishes we call salad.

1. Panzanella. Two ways.

Panzanella (Peppers, Cucumbers & Tomatoes)

Panzanella #2 (Tomatoes & Onions)

2. Coleslaw. Also make this with red cabbage, carrots and apples.

3. Potato Salad. My famous recipe.

4. Warm Lentil Potato Salad. Great combo.

5. Waldorf Salad. A veganized classic.


6. Caprese Salad. Or what to make with those gorgeous summer tomatoes.


7. Grilled Romaine. A great presentation.

8. Carrot Raisin Salad. Great for big groups.

IMG_09149. Three Bean Salad. Also great with peppers, carrots and red wine vinegar. And two beans. Or even one.

10. Heirloom Tomato Salad. Summer perfection.

11. Cucumber Salad. Always a great dish. Especially with cucumbers from a friend’s garden.



Appetizer Roundup

The appetizers are the best part of any party. I have rounded up double the usual amount of recipes for a roundup but it is really important to have great food at a party. Check these out and party on!

1. Deviled Potatoes. Clever and delicious.

2. Beluga Lentil Caviar. Outdid myself on this one. Huge hit. How to make the creme fraiche: 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, pinch salt, a few tablespoons of water at a time until the consistency is smooooooth.


3. Hummus. Always a big hit. Lots of variations including roasted garlic, garlic scape, green pea, and oil free.

4. Chopped Lentils. It’s walnut lentil pâté. Another family favorite, veganized, and way better than the original.

5. Guacamole & Chips. Everyone loves my guacamole. It’s just 5 ingredients: avocados, onions, cilantro, lime and salt.

6. Flautas con Papas. AKA taquitos. OMG. Yum!

7. Tomatillos Salsa. Authentically delicious.

8. Scallion Pancakes. I love these and they are so much fun to make!

9. Cabbage Salad in Wonton Cups. This is really all about the wonton cup. Lots of things would be tasty inside.

10. Steamed Dumplings. So much easier to make than I would have thought. Stuff with tofu, tempeh or just vegetables and steam.

11. Egg Rolls & Homemade Duck Sauce. Really? Oh, yes!

12. Potstickers. Or dumplings. Depends on where you grew up.

13. Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Impressive, yes?


14. Roasted Squash & Eggplant Napoleons with Artichoke Pine Nut Pâté. So cute and so good!


15. Squash Rollatini. Or zucchini. Or Eggplant.

16. Cornmeal Crusted Pan-Fried Zucchini. It’s all about the crust on this one.

17. Palm Cakes with Caper Remoulade. An adaptation of a recipe from a vegan restaurant in Florida. These are an impressive little appetizer that will have anyone (vegan or not) loving them.


18. Frito Misto. Another recipe from a restaurant in Florida that’s out in the ether. Lucky for us!

19. Fried Tofu Sticks & Homemade Tartar Sauce. You just have to love these! As I have learned throughout this vegan cooking project, it is all about the flavors!

20. Zucchini Pancakes. The key to these pancakes: chickpea flour.



Holiday Roundup

I am so excited about this post. What is better than celebrating the holidays vegan style? And just in time for the Jewish holidays this year.

Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur

1. Challah. Traditionally round, symbolizing the cycle of the year.

2. Noodle Kugel. My mother’s original recipe. Veganized.


1. Pecan Pie. The bestt thing to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas or any time of year you want to impress your people.

IMG_04032. Vegan Thanksgiving Ideas. Two posts with a few different ideas.

Green Goddess Crudité, Roasted Cauliflower Butternut Squash Soup and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Red Onions, Cranberries & Toasted Walnuts 

Maple Glazed Tempeh & Sweet Potato Pie


1. Latkes. Two ways. Or combine them! Make your own applesauce too.

My Mom’s Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes


1. Mini Fruit Cakes. My mother in law’s famous recipe. Veganized.


1. Matzo Balls. Another winner from Nava Atlas. Whole wheat or regular.


2. 7 Vegetable Soup. For the matzo balls.


3. Matzo Brei. Yum.(And thanks again, Nava Atlas.)

4. Chopped Lentils. AKA mock chopped liver.


5. Baked Creamy Spinach & Leeks. Super yum. And, again, thanks Nava Atlas.


6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Matzo Squares. A great holiday dessert. Use graham crackers the rest of the year.


1. Hot Cross Buns. Fun and delicious.



Burger Roundup

There is nothing like a good burger, right?! With the right toppings and sides, a vegan burger makes for a well rounded, filling, nutritious meal!

Just one thing. Bean-based/vegan burgers get a little smushy after the first bite. So don’t get upset when it starts coming out the sides of the bread or bun. Have a fork handy and you still be in burger heaven!

1. Black Quinoa Veggie Burger. Or white quinoa. Or red. Or mixed. Regardless, this burger is number one!

2. Sweet Potato Lentil Burger. We love sweet potatoes. We love lentils.

3. Lentil Burger. If only for the onions and Russian Dressing!

4. Chickpea Burger. Chickpeas. And kale.


5. Black Bean Burger. Black beans, corn, and a great combination of spices. And of course, sweet potato fries!

6. Tempeh Burger. Super filling but super great!