Melissa

minnesota landscape arboretum ~ 2019

A wonderful day celebrating Grace’s 19th birthday. Lunch at Buca di Beppo, and then a relaxing stroll around the gorgeous Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Such a pretty place to visit with their acres, and acres, of sprawling gardens. We stopped in at the cafe for a glass of wine. If we lived closer I’d buy a…

best vegan “egg” salad

I did it! I perfected vegan “egg” salad! It’s obviously not made with eggs, but extra firm tofu is the perfect fake out in this recipe. It’s easier than traditional egg salad because there’s no boiling and peeling involved. Just open up a 14 oz. container of your favorite extra firm tofu, press it for…

best tofu skillet scramble

This is, hands down, one of my favorite healthy breakfasts! So clean, fresh, and delicious. This deluxe tofu scramble is loaded with tasty ingredients and lean protein. for the potatoes: 2 lb. baby potatoes, unpeeled and quartered (any type) 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon sea salt…

garlic scape basil pesto

It’s definitely pesto season! This will be the third giant batch I’ve made this summer. My first batch was the traditional basil with garlic and pine nuts, my second was a delicious batch with the addition of fresh garden chives (from our lovely friends Josh and Doro,) and the third was this amazing concoction. I…

grilled korean bbq portobello mushroom sandwich

This hearty sandwich features the “meaty” Portobello mushroom. These mushrooms are perfect grilled over charcoal or in a grill pan on your stove top. I love the smoky sweetness of Korean BBQ sauce. If you have a favorite brand of Korean BBQ sauce, and want a shortcut, just use that in place of the homemade…

vegan air fryer chimichangas

Seriously easy, delicious chimichangas you make in your air fryer! They get super crunchy and only take about 8 minutes to cook. I made a batch for me and Jeff one day for lunch and he loved them. I like to make my own taco seasoning for these, but feel free to use the pre-made…

vegan gyro

Hello there, Friends! I made vegan gyros using my new favorite “beefy” seitan and thought I’d post the recipe so you could try it. You’ll want to start by making up a batch of the beefy seitan which will yield enough for 8 to 10 sandwiches. Wrap up what you don’t use right away and…

vegan bourbon bbq “beef” with sriracha kale slaw

Ooh! Are you ready for this? I’ve created some AMAZING sandwiches using my “beefy” seitan! (Click on the link for the recipe for the seitan.) This is my take on vegan BBQ “beef.” It is SO good that my omnivore hubby has started requesting it! And no wonder. It’s tender, smoky, bourbony, BBQ deliciousness on…

vegan “beefy” seitan {wheat meat}

This is an awesome recipe for when you’re craving certain “meaty” sandwiches, but aren’t a meat eater. This seitan recipe is seriously awesome, and it took me a few tries to perfect, but here it is. SO good as BBQ “beef,” gyro “meat,” or the filling for a vegan philly cheesesteak! (Recipes for all of…

vegan restaurant review ~ twin cities minnesota

This sandwich was truly amazing and one of the first treats I enjoyed as a new vegan at last year’s Uptown Food Truck Festival! LOVE this sandwich, and I’m pretty sure you can order something similar at Herbivorous Butcher’s brick and mortar location. We adore Hola Arepa and make treks to the cities so we…