Black and White Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut Chickpea Blondies (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 9 to 16 bars

These devastating bars were inspired by the classic combination of white chocolate chips and macadamia nut cookies. But I had some chocolate chips on hand, both of them the miniature variety, so I added those too.

My recipe calls for pecan butter, though you can substitute whatever nut butter you choose. Pecan butter is, hands down, my absolute favorite for baking. It may have to do with being a southern girl, but I think it had more to do with the outrageously rich and delicious flavor.

Note that, like mini nut butters, the pecan variety comes with a layer of oil on the top. I processed it in the food processor and put what I didn’t need back into the jar so that I didn’t have to waste time trying to stir it together.

You may find the optional addition of a half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to be strange. But, trust me, it really balanced the flavors. I’m not sure why, but when I tasted the dough, It cried out for just the barest hint of apple cider vinegar. I hesitated to add it because it seemed odd and I have never seen it in another recipe, but it was perfect.

Please be aware that these bars do not hold together when warm. They are delicious if you want to crumble them over vegan ice cream for a sundae, but don’t think the recipe has failed. I have not completely cooled the bars in the pan at room temperature and that might be enough. Rather, since I knew that I wanted nice neat cuts, I refrigerated them overnight in the pan, covered. That worked beautifully and the slight chill did not negatively affect their flavor.

Black and White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Chickpea Blondies (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 9-16 bars

1-15.5 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup pecan butter (you may substitute any nut butter)
1/3 cup brown sugar or maple syrup
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup baking powder
1/4 cup baking soda
Optional: 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup vegan white chocolate chips

1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons vegan white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts

optional: course sea salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Oil an 8-in square pan, line with parchment paper, and re-spray. Place all ingredients except white and dark chocolate chips and Macadamia nuts in food processor. Process until very smooth. Transfer to medium bowl and fold in 1/3 cup each chips and nuts. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining two tablespoons each of chips and nuts over the top, pressing gently into the surface. If desired, sprinkle with a small amount of coarse sea salt. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate covered. Slice and serve.

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Tahini-Zataar Tarts with Zataar-Sunflower Press-In Crusts (vegan & plant-based)

Zataar Tarts or Zataarts!

Yield: 4-5″ tarts

These delicious and simple to prepare tarts have some surprising ingredients. From Tahiti oil and Prosecco in place of ice water in the crust to kalamata olive juice in the filling, they are marvels of flavor and texture. No one will have any idea how quickly they go together.

4 Tahini-Zataar Tart Crusts (recipe follows)
1/2 cup cup of your favorite white creamy base (I use my mayo, which is processed tofu, lemon juice or vinegar, garlic and onion powder, and both sea and black salt; but vegan cream cheese, soaked and processed cashews, etc. will work great as long as it is creamy and has some body)
1 tablespoon softened tahini
Optional: 1 teaspoon or more kalamata olive juice
1/2 cup shredded vegan mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded vegan Parmesan

2 thinly sliced green onions, that’s green and white parts
1/2 teaspoon Zataar, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon Greek seasoning
Pinch sea salt, if needed
2 halved cherry tomatoes
8 pitted kalamata olives, halved
16 roasted broccoli florets, quartered artichoke hearts, or whatever you like
Everything Bagel Seasoning

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, except olives, vegetables, and Everything Bagel Seasoning with a fork and divide among tart crusts, spreading gently to edges. Top with olives and vegetables in a decorative pattern, sprinkle with Everything Bagel Seasoning, and bake in 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve as soon as they are cool enough to remove from the tart pans.

Tahini-Zataar Press-In Crust
3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons roasted and lightly salted sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Zataar or to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon Tahini oil (floats at top of jar) or another tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Prosecco or ice water
2 or more tablespoons unsweetened soymilk as needed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Make a well in center, add wet ingredients, and blend with fork and/or fingers until crumbly. A little pressed together in your fingers should hold together. Divide among 4-5″ tart pans and press evenly on bottom and sides. Flour fingers if necessary to prevent sticking. Dock or prick bottom and sides and bake 10-12 minutes or until barely golden brown. Leave oven on while you prepare filling.

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Gochujang Roasted Eggplant (vegan & plant-based)

Yield:. 2 servings

I was a little late to the gochujang party. Every other vegan on the planet seems to ferment their own and use it like a good southerner uses ketchup.

I am teaching from home during this pandemic and everything takes three to five times as long, so I wasn’t ready to take on fermentation. Instead, I did a little research to find out what commercial brand came the most highly recommended and then ordered it off Amazon. It was much easier to procure than toilet paper.

And this Korean pepper paste is has tasty and versatile as its reputation would have. Equal parts sweet, salty, and spicy, it plays nice with everyone. So, expect quite a few new recipes inspired by this wonder condiment

I’m not really sure you can actually call this a recipe, but here is what I did for a dish that was as quick and easy as it was delicious and satisfying.

1 eggplant, halved (about 6 to 7 inches long)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large clove garlic, sliced lengthwise

Sea salt to taste (or 1 tablespoon vegan miso)

2 tablespoons gochujang

Garnishes: thinly sliced green onion tops or scallions and lightly salted and roasted chopped peanuts.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub cut sides of eggplant with olive oil followed by cut side of garlic clove. Score diagonally to create a grid. Place face down in an oiled pan or a seasoned iron skillet and roast for 17 to 20 minutes or until tinder, but not falling apart. Remove from oven, carefully flip eggplants over, season with salt if using or combine miso with Gochujang and spread liberally over cut surfaces. Roast for 3 to 5 more minutes. To serve, place thinly sliced green onion tops or scallions in the scored crevices going in one direction and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

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Italian Asparagus-Cheese Tarts with Spicy Peanut Crust (vegan & plant-based)

Yield: 4-5-inch tartlets or 1-8 to 10-inch tart

The layered flavors of these fresh and springy tartlets (or tart) belie their simple and quick preparation, including the press-in crust. You can even make the crust(s) ahead of time, store in the fridge, and then prep is only about 15 minutes, including baking time. If you have a peanut allergy, you can omit or substitute a different nut, but the spicy peanuts create a beautiful aroma and flavor. Feel free to substitute other cheeses and vegetable toppings for endless flavor combinations. It won’t necessarily be Italian, but it will be delicious.


1 cup flour (I used white, as I was lucky to find that in this pandemic, but I prefer white whole wheat)

1/2 cup spicy sriracha peanuts, finely ground in food processor (you may substitute another nut or the same amount of flour)

1/2 teaspoon salt (or less if nuts are salted)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I use soy; you may need slightly more)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tartlet or tart pans on a baking sheet. Combine all crust ingredients in a medium bowl blending with your fingers and/or a fork. Divide among tartlet pans or transfer all of mixture into large tart pan. Using your fingers and, if desired, the bottom of a glass, evenly press dough onto the bottom and sides of pan(s). Doc or prick the bottom and sides of crust with a fork. Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown. While crust(s) bake prepare filling.


1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, nut crema, blended tofu, etc. (I use the latter, but it just needs to be thick and creamy with a fairly sturdy body, so not, for example aquafaba or a salad dressing; vegan sour cream might work)

Optional, but delicious: 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 cup shredded vegan mozzarella

1/2 teaspoon shredded vegan Parmesan

2 thinly sliced green onions, both white and green parts

Very thin roasted asparagus spears or other roasted vegetables

4 or more halved cherry tomatoes

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, except asparagus and cherry tomatoes, well with a fork. Spoon into tart shells, dividing evenly if making tartlets, arrange asparagus and tomatoes on top, and bake for 12 minutes. Cool enough to handle, remove tart(s) from pan(s), and serve immediately.

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Fried Oysters (Mushrooms that Is)–vegan & plant-based

We don’t deep fry terribly often, but when we do, we go for perfection. And we don’t own nor want an air fryer!

I use the classic wet-then-dry method, one hand for each, and I recommend a broader, shallow pan for the dry so mushrooms can be dredged a few at a time while keeping the flour mixture from turning to glue as soaked mushrooms are transferred to it.

Start with about 3 to 4 ounces oyster mushrooms, quickly rinsed and patted dry. Break apart and discard any tough stems.

In a medium bowl, soak them for a few minutes in enough soymilk to almost cover, about 3/4 cup, curdled with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and seasoned with about 1/4 teaspoon each sea salt, garlic powder, and onion powder, and then dredge them in seasoned flour.

My seasoning of choice is equal amounts sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, ground turmeric, smoked paprika, Cajun seasoning, Chesapeake Bay seasoning, or, if you want to push them in a fried chicken tender direction, poultry seasoning, and baking powder plus half as much black pepper. So, for 1/2 to 3/4 cup flour, I use about 1/2 teaspoon each with 1/4 tsp for the black pepper. (The amount of seasoning is approximate, use a greater ratio if you like a more assertive flavor.)

These fry up right quickly, a few at a time: just one minute at 375°. Drain on paper towels and serve with ketchup, vegan tartar sauce or garlic aioli, and a light squeeze of lemon. Sprinkle a tiny bit of minced parsley over the “oysers” if desired.

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Bella’s in Cajun Cream Sauce on Fried Artichoke Bottom (vegan and plant-based)

4 main course servings of three artichoke bottoms with filling (serves more as appetizers)

With this honey of a recipe, I just may have done justice to the first foodie city I ever loved: New Orleans, LA.

It’s been years since I have seen artichoke bottoms in the can, so when I saw these at Harris Teeter, I snapped them up and knew I would do something as a tribute to my beloved Nola.

Bellas in Cajun Cream Sauce
1 1/2 cups water
12 ounces mirepoix
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon veggie base or one half teaspoon veggie base and one half teaspoon roasted garlic base
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 ounces diced portabella mushrooms
3/4 cups rose wine
1 tablespoon Chesapeake Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon nori powder or dulce flakes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup soy half and half (I used Silk brand and am a fan)
1 teaspoon minced parsley
Fried Artichoke Bottoms
12 toasted pecan halves
1 sliced green onions

Placed 3/4 cups water, mirepoix, sea salt, and veggie base in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté, stirring frequently, until most of moisture is absorbed. Add bell pepper, mushrooms, rosé, Chesapeake Bay seasoning, Cajun seasoning, and nori powder. Continue sautéing, stirring frequently, until moisture is absorbed. Sprinkle cornstarch over the top, sir well, and gradually add half and half, stirring continually. Remove from heat and stir in minced parsley. Keep warm or reheat and serve over fried artichoke bottoms, garnished with a pecan half and thinly sliced green onion.

Fried Artichoke Bottoms

12 artichoke bottoms (approximately 2 cans)
1 cup soymilk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

In a medium bowl, combined soy milk and apple cider vinegar. Whisk and allow to curdle. Add artichoke bottoms and toss to coat. In a separate medium bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients. Line of baking sheet with paper towel and preheat oven to lowest setting. Heat oil in a deep fat fryer for deep-sided pot to 375 degrees. Dip artichoke bottoms into flour and toss to coat. Fry three at a time for approximately 2 minutes. drain well on paper towel and placing oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining artichoke bottoms.

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Pumpkin-Cauli Stuffed Mini Bells with Sage Butter (vegan and plant-based)

Yield: 2 dozen or 4 servings

I have often thought that I’m not sure I have a cooking style. But if I had to say, it would be a tendency toward small light, healthy and colorful bites with a nod toward global fusion…like these cute little pepper packages.

1 dozen mini bell peppers approximately 3 inches long (mine were tricolor color yellow orange and red), halved length-wise, stems left intact

1/2 cup water

10 ounces riced cauliflower

1/2 cup diced yellow or red onion

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or more to taste

4 tablespoons vegan butter

2 teaspoons rubbed sage

4 teaspoons roasted and lightly salted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or pine nuts

Optional: 8 or so fresh sage leaves, either raw or frizzled in skillet

Preheat oven to 450° and oil an 8-inch glass or ceramic casserole dish. In a large skillet, bring water and salt to a simmer over medium heat. Add cauliflower, onion, garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until all moisture is absorbed. Reduce heat to low and stir in pumpkin and Italian seasoning until completely combined. Lay bell pepper halves in casserole dish in concentric circles or however you would like to arrange them. Spoon filling into peppers and, if there is any leftover, you can tuck a little between the peppers. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until peppers are very tender and filling is hot. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan, add sage, whisk together, and set aside. When peppers are finished cooking, remove dish from oven, and drizzle butter over the top, saving a little for presentation if you would like. Divide peppers among four dishes and drizzle any remaining butter over the top. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or pine nuts and optional fresh sage leaves. Serve immediately.

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Quick Yeastless Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 5-inch pizzas or one 10-inch pizza (easily multiplies)

Now that this pandemic had turned everyone into a bread-baker–not to mention a crafter, DIYer, and gardener–yeast is hard to come by.

So take this, yeast hoarders: my absolutely delicious, lightning quick yeastless pizza dough.

No, it isn’t quite as chewy as it’s yeasted cousin, but you can develop the gluten and the chew a bit by kneading for just 5 minutes. And what it lacks in yeast, it makes up for in flavor and ease. Plus, it is plenty sturdy for whatever ingredients you want to pile on top.

1 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

6 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk

2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients, make a well in center, pour in wet ingredients, and stir together with a fork. Add more milk or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary to create a soft, non-sticky dough. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes, folding and turning the dough. Divide in half, form each half into a ball and, on 5-inch squares of double foil or parchment paper, press dough into a circle about 5 inches wide and 1/2-inch thick, leaving a slight rim. (Or use all dough to make one 10-inch pizza places on a 10-onch square if folded foil or parchment.). Top as desired. Brush rims with olive oil if desired. Pull out oven rack and carefully transfer pizzas on their foil or parchment paper squares to preheated pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake about 15 minutes or until crust is golden. Slide pizzas off foil or parchment squares onto plates and enjoy.

Note: the 5-inch pizza depicted features a very light layer of a prepared San Marzano pizza sauce, roasted broccoli, sliced red onion, and shtedded vegan mozzarella and parmesan.

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The Anything Fusion Quesadilla (vegan and plant-based)

Teaching from home during this pandemic means that my school day lunches are more interesting and varied, but that I also end up with little bits of this and that left in the fridge.

With a couple of dabs if Asian tofu salad leftover and no crackers with which to eat it, but some small flour tortillas in the fridge, my concept for the Anything Quesadilla was born.

Not wanting to combine cheese with the Asian flavors, I wondered if I could seal the edges of the tortilla together by heating it for 30 seconds in the microwave. Yes! The brief heat was all it took.

I put a little of the salad on one half of the heated tortilla, folded it over, pressed the edges, and dry sauteed it in a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray for a couple of minutes on each side.

For this version, I garnished it with duck sauce, a few leaves of fresh greens, three dots of Sriracha, and lightly roasted spicy peanuts.

Fill yours with any slightly moist filling and garnish with complimentary sauce, vegetables, and, if you like, nuts. Here’s an example: vegan tuna salad, lemon dressing, and a few walnuts and capers. Or go Middle Eastern with tabouli, thinned hummus as the sauce, diced cucumber, and line nuts or slivered almonds.

The combinations are endless and so satisfying.

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