Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes

Mini Eggplant Pizza

These are so fun! Great way to have your pizza and eat it too . . .

Sautéed Greens

It’s hard to get enough greens everyday. This simple recipe is flavorful and packed with nutrients. Perfect as a warm salad or a side dish.

Goddess Brussels sprouts (Only 3 Ingredients!)

These roast into restaurant-worthy flavor. This recipe is so simple . . . even kids can make it.

Black Rice Pilaf

According to ancient Eastern legend, the illusive forbidden rice (black rice) should be reserved exclusively for emperors. But in modern Western civilization, royalty is self-appointed. (Indeed, I consider myself a princess.)

Healthy Horseradish Sauce

Horseradish sauce is the bomb. Use it on sandwiches or as a dip for roasted veggies.

Almond Taco Meat

Taco Tuesday is back. Where’s the beef?

Medicinal Smoothie

While this smoothie is delicious, it is also very powerful medicine. It contains super foods and spices that will heal your gut, support your immune system and regulate your hormones.

Honey Buffalo Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are the latest rage in fine restaurants. This homemade version is baked instead of fried, and the flavor is to die for . . .

Dairy Free Blue Cheese Dressing

Dairy free blue cheese dressing is rich and decadent. I can’t say that it would pass in a blind taste test, but after fine-tuning this recipe with multiple trials, I don’t think it matters. 

Lemon Turmeric Dressing

This isn’t just salad dressing. It’s a bit spicy, a lot savory and so unique. After one taste, you might just grab a spoon and eat it right out of the blender.

No Meatloaf

This is not a “fake meat” recipe. The only thing lacking authenticity is a title worthy of it’s culinary genius. It’s whole food plant-based perfection.

Honey Sesame Cauliflower

Seven teenagers taste tested this recipe and declared it “as good as Panda Express.” The real compliment came when they ate it all . . .

Vegan Crab Cakes

It’s normal to have low expectations for a vegan crab crake, but the Old Bay Seasoning and extra coat of avocado oil create exceptional flavor and texture.

Macaroni & Cheese (Nut-Free Version)

- This fast and easy vegan macaroni and cheese recipe is the perfect blend of classic comfort food and clean eating. Baked squash or sweet potato adds depth to the flavor and a sharp cheddar color to the sauce. You can even take a...

Macaroni & Cheese (Dairy, Gluten and Soy Free)

Macaroni & Cheese (Dairy, Gluten and Soy Free) - This fast and easy recipe is the perfect blend of classic comfort food and clean eating. Baked squash or sweet potato adds depth to the flavor and a sharp cheddar color to the...

Quick & Easy “Cheater” Chili

- This meal isn't made from scratch, exactly, but it's still a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor. When your pantry and freezer are stocked with organic soups, grains, beans and vegetables, it's easy to make a...

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pecan Pie - The crust for this recipe is a superior alternative to store-bought pastries, and is the perfect blend of traditional pumpkin and pecan pie. Now you don't have to choose between them (or make both). - Vegan...

Vegan Tartar Sauce

Simple and easy tartar sauce.

Savory Mushroom Risotto

Savory Mushroom Risotto - Properly prepared risotto is a creamy treat. This recipe is great on it's own or as a compliment to a larger meal. - Yellow Onion (chopped), Shiitake Mushrooms (sliced), garlic cloves ((minced)), thyme...

Dairy Free Cream Cheese for Sauces, Dressings and Dips

Dairy Free Cream for Sauces, Dressings and Dips - Giving up dairy cream and butter is not a sacrifice when there are so many nutritious alternatives that are easy and delicious. Follow this recipe exactly, or play around with various...

Lasagna Alfredo

Lasagna Alfredo - Nothing about this recipe screams "vegan." You can serve it to omnivores with confidence. It's just as creamy and flavorful as a traditional lasagna, and far superior in nutrition. - Lasagna: lasagna...

Buffalo Mac & Cheese

Buffalo Mac & Cheese - This family favorite is decadent. My picky teenagers love the gooey combination of Buffalo sauce and creamy pasta. - pasta (our favorite are the high protein, gluten free varieties), cauliflower (minced)...

Caramelized Onion Potato & Lentil Salad

I’m not a big fan of potato salad. Too carb-y. But the carmamelized onions knock this into another orbit, and the lentils add enough protein to make it a stand alone meal. Even when I double the recipe, there are no leftovers.

Caribbean Beans and Rice

This hearty staple of beans and rice turns Caribbean with the addition of coconut milk and lime juice. Whole food plant based eating tastes so good!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash - Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness, available on Amazon. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and...

Tuna-Free Eggless Salad

Blending flavors from traditional egg and tuna salads, this plant-based alternative is delicious.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust - Cauliflower pizza crust is a great way to add more veggies to traditional pizza. This recipe is tasty, nutritious and easy to make. You can add flour to create a deep dish variety, or keep it grain free for...

Vegan Pumpkin Pudding

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Pudding - Pumpkin pudding is delicious and easy. Serve as a snack or dessert. - chia seeds, ground flax seed, Coconut-Almond Milk (or any unsweetened plant milk), Medjool dates (pitted), pumpkin puree,...

Whipped Coconut Cream

Whipped Coconut Cream - Make sure you have a can of coconut milk chilled in the fridge! Speed chill in the freezer for an hour if necessary . . . - full fat coconut milk (chilled in can overnight), powdered confectioners sugar,...

Sunflower Pine Nut Pate

This easy vegan pate recipe is mouth-wateringly rich. It’s a great contribution to a party buffet . . .

Black Bean Vegan Chili

This simple and flavorful vegan chili recipe is high in protein and nutrients.

Vegetable Lentil Soup

This belly-warming soup is hearty and flavorful, and chocked full of nutrients and protein.

Homemade Croutons

Store bought croutons are easy. But these are so awesome, it’s worth the effort. Double the recipe and store extras in the fridge or freezer.

Baked Garlic Tofu Recipe

The long bake time with a reduced heat creates a chewy texture and rich flavor–no more mushy, bland tofu!

Creamy Vegetable Casserole

- This creamy, old-fashioned casserole recipe will work with whatever you have in your fridge, freezer or pantry. Use a hodgepodge of ingredients to create a unique masterpiece. - cashews (raw, soaked), white beans of choice,...

Balsamic Glaze Recipe

Explode the flavor of any vegetable, fruit/nut stirfry or cold salad with this delicious and simple balsamic glaze.

Texas Caviar (Southwest Black Bean Salad)

Black beans are Texas Caviar! Creamy, mouth-popping flavor serves as a stand-alone meal or as a nice addition to the Cowboy party buffet.

Rhubarbecue Bourbon Sauce

Use this recipe as you would a traditional barbecue sauce. Grill meat, veggies, tofu or tempeh, make sloppy joes or use for stir-fry’s.

Vegan Parmesan Topping

Sprinkle this flavorful and nutritious alternative to Parmesan cheese on stir-fry’s, salads, even popcorn. Safe to store in the fridge.

Vegan Mozzerella Cheese Sauce Recipe

Vegan Mozzerella Cheese Sauce Recipe - Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness, available on Amazon. Follow her on...

Roasted Red Pepper Romesco Sauce Recipe

Impress your family with wicked culinary expertise. This sauce is quick and easy to make, yet it doesn’t taste that way. Serve on pizza, lasagna and pasta, over roasted root veggies, as a dip or soup base.

Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

Eating healthy doesn’t require sacrifice, just an education. And a great recipe. Here ya go.

DIY Sauerkraut Recipe

Fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are essential to gut health. Commercial brands are pasteurized, which kills the probiotic microbes. In less than 30 minutes, you can make a supply that lasts up to six months.

Easy Cheesy Sauce

Store-bought vegan cheese is still processed food. Make your own creamy sauce with butternut squash. 

DIY Bread Starters

Homemade DIY Bread Starters: Sourdough, Fruit, Potato & Sweet

Avocado Alfredo

Avocado alfredo is an easy, vegan, plant-based meal. 

Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

It’s easy to follow a plant-based diet with simple recipes to replace your favorite condiments. Follow this recipe for vegan ranch dressing and never miss the chemical-laden alternative!

Southwest Black Bean Salad

This vegan, plant-based black bean salad is so good that carnivores won’t even wonder, “where’s the beef?”

Balsamic Glaze For Easy Vegan Food, Veggies and Fruits Alike!

Try this vegan balsamic glaze for vegetable stir-fry’s, fruit medleys, salad dressing and more.

Vegan Dessert: Quinoa Cocoa Bites

These Gluten-Free Quinoa Cocoa Bites are a great kid-friendly vegan dessert.

Vegan Bananas Foster

I was introduced to Bananas Foster, recently, and while I didn’t want any after a 6 course meal, I was challenged to create a vegan version that could rival the original. After googling several recipes, I knew only one thing: Challenge accepted. I got this…

Vegan Vegetable Lentil Soup

This vegan vegetable lentil soup recipe is a delicious way to enjoy a plant-based meal on a cold winter day.

Vegan Chili with Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Black Beans

Over the holidays, my sister-in-law served this tasty, hearty Vegan Chili with Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Black Beans that was packed with nutritious deliciousness! It was a winner with the entire crowd.

The Importance of Soaking Raw Nuts

Soaking raw nuts and seeds before processing or cooking is beneficial. Thinking ahead and optimally preparing will reap exponential health benefits and dynamic flavor that makes a difference.

Don’t Waste Plant Milk Pulp! Simple Okara Recipes

Making homemade plant milks is a delicious and healthy way to save money. And the bonus is that the remaining pulp, called okara, can be used to make simple treats like pancakes and cookies.

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is the easiest of all the plant milks to make. And honestly, it’s my favorite. No tedious advance preparations are necessary, though *soaking is beneficial. The flavor is so good it needs no additional ingredients.

Sunflower Seed and Pine Nut Vegan Pâté

I was sipping the party punch as I chatted with the mom-to-be, and decided to try the hummus. It looked boring and basic, but I’m used to that. Suddenly, I could’t make out what anyone was saying. My taste buds hijacked my hearing, cutting off all sensory input that wasn’t directly related to the party taking place in my mouth.

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Easy Butternut Squash Soup makes a great weeknight meal; raw veggies, hummus and crusty bread make a perfect appetizer, or can be dressed up to make a filling side at your next holiday meal.

Whipped Coconut Cream

Making Whipped Coconut Cream Topping is easy and delicious. No need for expensive store-bought varieties filled with chemicals and synthetic ingredients.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

If you are looking for an easy crowd-pleasing dessert, this will do the trick. Memories of Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups flow sweeter than the reality; high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, and a ridiculous amount of sugar are nothing to smile about.

Too Many Pumpkins? Make a Pumpkin Puree!

When it’s time to turn those fall decorations into something useful, many of us feel “pumpkin’d out”. There are many awesome ways to use the squash, and pumpkin recipes are plentiful.

Top 10 Pumpkin Recipes (plus a bonus….)

Feeling pumpkin’ed out? Do something different with your pumpkin! Surprise your family with one of these delicious pumpkin recipes!

Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin is not only tasty, but also loaded with vitamin A and fiber and that is so good for you. These Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Oat Bars are not only delicious, but nutritious.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pudding

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pudding is filled with nutrient-dense ingredients to satisfy your body and your taste buds!  Enjoy!

Homemade Vegan Cream Cheese (Option:Soy Free Vegan Cream Cheese)

It takes just a few minutes, contains no artificial or highly processed ingredients, and has a delicious flavor that easily tops any store-bought brands. You can also make a soy-free vegan cream cheese with this recipe.

Halloween Vegan Chili: Trick the Treaters

We are heading out for trick-or-treat tonight and the forecast is rainy, cold and blustery. Thank goodness we are gathering at a friend’s house for a crock-pot feast and warm, inside fun before we hit the pavement and the kids start ringing doorbells.

Fall for Flavor! Butternut Squash Casserole

The other day, my neighbor made Butternut Squash Casserole. It looked and smelled so appetizing that I  just had to give it a try. It was delicious!

Tradition Pecan Gets a Delicious Makeover! Gluten Free and Vegan No Bake Pie

My husband loves pecans, and I love the no bake pie concept. This delicious dessert is fun, easy to make, needs no oven, and is much healthier than the traditional corn syrup and brown sugar filled pie.

What to Do with Green Tomatoes? Make Pickles!

Every year as I prepare my garden for winter, I wonder what to do with green tomatoes. There is a special place in my heart for the little guys that work hard till the end, only to be defeated when the first frost declares “times up!”

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower crust pizza sounds like a concept better left unexplored. I’ll admit it. But when a friend made it for our family, it had a flavor that was unexpectedly remarkable.

Pumpkin Marinara Sauce

Take advantage of the fall bounty and create a pumpkin marinara sauce that is perfect for pizza, spaghetti and even dipping sauce for garlic bread!

Looking for Healthy Cookies? Discover Banana Chocolate Chip (Gluten Free)

These healthy cookies were made by my awesome sister. She has four little dudes that are on course to become professional eaters, and spends many afternoon creating healthy treats for playtime after school.

Delicious and Easy Veggie Sauté Recipe

This nutrient rich dish is deliciously healthy. Full of protein, vitamins, and minerals, your body will be nourished and your taste buds will be satisfied. Enjoy!

Green Tomato Sauté

Before we put the garden down for the winter, we harvested the last offerings of the plants: some herbs and lots of green tomatoes. 

Black Rice Lentil Curry

According to ancient Eastern legend, the illusive forbidden rice (black rice) should be reserved exclusively for emperors. But in modern Western civilization, royalty is self-appointed. (Indeed, I consider myself a princess.)

Green Tomato Chili

I use green tomatoes for the first chilis of the season and the family doesn’t know the difference. So, next time life gives you green tomatoes, make something delicious! Enjoy!

Pesto Quinoa

We harvested the last of the basil and created a vegan pesto which added delicious flavor to cooked quinoa. Enjoy!

What is Pesto without Parmesan? Vegan!

What is pesto without parmesan cheese? Delicious and healthy! Make use end-of-summer basil where we substitute yeast flakes for cheese, and never miss what's not in it!. Pumpkins are popping up, mums are in bloom. It's harvest time. So grab the last bit of growth from...

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies The mouth-watering aroma of warm chocolate chip cookies is hard to resist. And since "nothin' says lovin' like something from the oven", a hot rack of cooling cookies is a crowd pleaser every time. Marketing campaigns by the large...

Easy Homemade Vegan Yogurt: No Equipment Required

  Make your own non-dairy, gluten-free (even soy-free!) vegan yogurt without a machine, thermometer or hard-to-find ingredients. This inexpensive and simple technique will bring yogurt back into your diet.   I haven't eaten much yogurt since we went vegan several...

Tomato Free Marinara

I was interested in creating a tomato free marinara because my husband, mother-in-law and other family members are “sensitive” to acidity. Cold sores, upset stomach, even hives occur on occasion. This happens with strawberries too. I’m not sure what the cause, but personally, I could eat salsa or marinara every meal, so it’s a puzzling conundrum.

Cincinnati Style Vegan Chili

This gluten-free Cincinnati style vegan chili uses beets to perfect a sweet & spicy tradition. Use squash in place of spaghetti, and creatively serve in the original packaging. As the crisp morning breeze whispers rumors of fall, I am inspired to dust off the...

Sweet, Creamy and Simple: Homemade Vegan Butter (Includes Soy-Free Option)

This homemade vegan butter recipe will have you licking the bowl. Of butter. Seriously. And the soy free version is just as delicious. And you can bake with it. Butter is back, baby.

Asian Shiitake Tempeh Stir-Fry

This is a super-easy, healthy, and delicious meal in minutes. Just chop, sauté, season, and enjoy! Cheers!

Eggplant Ratatoulli

This healthy, hearty, and tasty dish took no time at all and was a family favorite. Just chop, bake, and serve… 

Train for Life with Trail Mix

Trail-mix is my fuel. It's what gets me started in the morning, refuels me at lunch, and keeps me going at 4 o'clock when I need a pick-me-up. According to Dr. Fuhrman in Eat to Live "seeds offer disease protection against heart attack, stroke, and cancer and also...

Easy Gluten Free Apple Cobbler

The delicious apple-cinnamon aroma will fill your home as you bake this healthy gluten free apple cobbler. Excellent for company, yet easy enough for everyday, this dish will quickly become a family favorite. If you are lucky enough to have left overs, this cobbler...

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten free pumpkin cheesecake is a delicious way to make use of all the colorful bounty of fall squash. Start to finish, this can be served in less than one hour! Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust10 10 medjool dates (soak in water for 5 minutes) 1 cup pecans 1 cup walnuts...

Three Delicious Varieties for Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream

Three Delicious Varieties for Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream Homemade vegan whipped cream is so easy. No need to purchase processed food filled with fooling chemical flavors! Take your pick of my favorite recipes! Store-bought whipped creams, vegan, dairy or otherwise,...

Gourmet Mushrooms Recipe Creates Creamy Saute

Exotic fungi are a delightful addition to any meal, but especially at the vegan table. The succulent texture, woody fragrance and savory character create a gourmet experience comparable (and compatible!) with the finest wines. 

Healthy Gluten Free Waffles: Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner!

Nutrient-dense, these healthy gluten-free waffles are perfect for breakfast, in a lunch box, and even for dinner! Try 3 delicious varieties: Peanut and Apple Butter Waffle Sandwiches Cinnamon Pumpkin Apple Carrot Waffles with Pumpkin Seeds and Raisins Topped with...

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Harvest time usually brings too many huge zucchinis that sit on the kitchen counter, impatiently begging to be consumed rather than composted.  I make our favorite chocolate zucchini cake and gluten free muffins all in the same afternoon. We eat some, we freeze some,...

Simple and Sweet Summer Chard and Kale Saute

I'm sure you have heard that greens like kale and chard are super foods with amazing health benefits, but what if the thought of "greens" makes you green?  If you're struggling to learn to like vegetables, I challenge you to give this sauté a try. The flavorful...

Gluten and Soy Free Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Baked squash or sweet potato adds depth to the flavor and a sharp cheddar color to the sauce. The ingredients are simple and the results are unanimous: gluten and soy free healthy macaroni and cheese is mouthwatering amazing!

Gluten and Guilt Free Zucchini Muffins

Guilt and Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins The end-of-summer harvest often means there are huge zucchinis collecting on kitchen counters everywhere, begging to be consumed rather than composted.  Here is the perfect muffin recipe to put that super-veggie to work.I...

Want to Know How to Cook Artichokes? Yes, You Do!

Knowing how to cook artichokes is awesome! And so easy... Artichokes are intimidating, and though I've been a "foodie" most of my adult life, I've never cooked one! And I'm not alone among my foodie-friends, as I've never been served one outside of a restaurant. I...

Creamy and Quick Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

This fast and easy vegan macaroni and cheese recipe is the perfect blend of classic comfort food and clean eating. Baked squash or sweet potato adds depth to the flavor and a sharp cheddar color to the sauce.

Homemade Vegan Sour Cream in 5 Minutes, and No Palm Oil!

Vegan Sour Cream is Easy. After reading that Earth Balance Butter contains palm oil, which is horrifically destructive to our environment, I vowed to stop buying it. It took me a few trials, but I can now make a vegan butter that will compete with the "I Can't Believe...

Fresh Mint Ice Cream Recipe with Chocolate Chips

Fresh Mint Ice Cream Recipe with Chocolate Chips I've got my first successful garden coming into the peak of harvest, and I'm determined not to waste a leaf! I have several varieties of mint growing with my chard and kale because mint helps with pest control. But...

Nutritious No Bake Recipes: Customize to Perfection!

No bake recipes are not as simple as expected. Complications can create crummy or gooey results. But once you've found the right "base" of ingredients, there are no limits to what you can make. I create no bake recipes often, and they are never the same twice! Once I...