Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

This hearty recipe offers several chances to decide just how “from scratch” you want your baking to be. The vegetable broth can be either homemade or store-bought, as can the non-dairy milk. Even if you decide to make everything from scratch, the preparatory steps including cooking the potatoes, cooking the lentils, and making the broth, can be done well in advance.

Once those steps are done, the rest of the recipe is fairly simple and comes together quickly.


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Luscious Vegan Lasagna

A classic comfort casserole, lasagna can be highly individual, and mine is no exception. With soy-free and gluten-free ingredients, even those with food sensitivities can enjoy this rich, creamy dish. 

As with most flavorful dishes, this recipe is even better the next day when the flavors have a chance to merge in the fridge.


Luscious Vegan Lasagna
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Ingredients
Pasta
12 lasagna noodles
4 quarts boiling water

Marinara Sauce
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 large...

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

Loaded with homemade smoky vegan cheddar cheese sauce and topped with sour cream, these twice-baked potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.


Vegan Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Ingredients
Baked Potatoes

8 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup refined/unflavored coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
1...

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Cheesy Vegan Ziti

Just before the explosion of the Grunge Scene in Seattle, I left for New York with my then-boyfriend's rock band.

On a Greyhound Bus, we rode to the place where they would become rock stars. I went not as "the girlfriend," but to learn to be a band manager. After days on that bus, I discovered that it was possible for my derrière to be equally sore and numb.

We landed in Harlem in 1989 where I shared a studio apartment with five long-haired guys. Yes,...

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Magic Vegan Cheese Sauce

The story continues with my latest (and dare I say greatest!) version of my Vegan Mac & Cheese. In addition to veggies, this simplified and more nutritious version is made with either homemade vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil, sunflower seeds, and garbanzo beans. I designed the recipe without nutritional yeast for those who are allergic or averse, but if you love nooch, feel free to add 1/2 cup or sprinkle some on top!

This sauce is perfect for pouring on pasta, broccoli,...

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A Vegan Passover

Traditionally, Passover has many elements which are not vegan friendly, but there’s always room for compassion. Even though I am not Jewish, I enjoy this holiday with my family in a fun vegan way. My husband was raised Jewish, and although he isn’t religious, Pesach provides us with the chance to celebrate Spring and something we both care deeply about: Freedom.

For those unfamiliar, here is a summary of the holiday, Passover, which honors the ancient Israelites and...

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Vegan Whipped Cream

I have a confession. For over a decade, I’ve had a big secret about whipped cream that I’ve kept all to myself. As I’ve watched my chef friends toil over making vegan whipped cream with countless cans of coconut milk and loud stand mixers whirring away, I’ve been kicking back and enjoying my efficient and reliable method.

It’s just not right to continue keeping this secret, so I'm ready to divulge. The only problem is that my trick relies on...

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Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie

Buttery pecan crust filled with a smooth and spicy pumpkin pie filling make this vegan Praline Pecan Pumpkin Pie a dessert your guests will remember and request every holiday meal.

As a (recovering) perfectionist, it took years to perfect my pumpkin pie recipe. The secret turned out to be blind-baking the crust (baking it empty) and cooking the filling on the stovetop for a reliable, crack-free custard every time. Using two secret ingredients as thickeners (instead of the...

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Garlic Brussels Sprouts

If you think you don't like brussels sprouts, try this recipe and see if it changes your mind.


Garlic Brussels Sprouts

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, quartered and sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups fresh brussels sprouts, washed and halved or quartered
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water

Directions
1. In a deep skillet over medium heat, add oil and onion. Sauté for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

2. Add garlic and brussels sprouts,...

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Vegan Nog

Growing up I remember that adults always drank this thing called “Egg Nog” during the holidays. I was never quite sure what it was, but it had a unique yellow hue and a wonderfully spicy smell. One time I snuck a sip of my mom’s and thought it was one of the most interesting things I’d ever tasted, second only to the rum balls I helped her make (and occasionally tasted). I have yet to veganize the rum balls, but the egg nog, I am definitely working on. Most vegan...

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