Lauren’s Kitchen

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Lauren Hubele shares some of her favorite plant-based recipes from all over the web.

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Vegan Cassoulet

August 17, 2019

Cassoulet is a French classic and (traditionally) absolutely not vegan. But you can easily capture the essence of this comfort-food dish in my meat-free version. Even better on the second day, cassoulet can be made the night before and gently reheated, perhaps served alongside a hearty kale salad for a delightful weeknight supper.  Ingredients 1…

Nutella Chia Parfait

August 11, 2019

I do realize that I am sharing a silly chia pudding recipe during peak veggie season. I get it. This wasn’t planned, but now that I am home I am missing a little taste of Europe. And what’s more European than Nutella, right? I gave up Nutella years ago when I changed my diet, but…

A Tale of Two Sauces

August 3, 2019

I am a huge sauce fan, much to my husband’s indifference. Like many passionate cooks, I believe sauce elevates an everyday, simple meal to special status. When perfect seasonal produce is plentiful, I am drawn to create simple meals of grilled veggies, changing things up with a variety of sauces. I don’t mind eating zucchini…

Sweet Potatoes with Creamy Tahini Sauce

Jul 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The pairing of creamy, steamed sweet potato with tangy, tahini topping is a match made in heaven. The simplicity begins with a short, accessible list of ingredients ⁠— and there is virtually no clean-up! Serve with a mixed green salad and you’ve got a weeknight winner.  Ingredients 3 lb sweet potatoes, any color (6 small or 3 large), scrubbed 6 Tbsp coconut butter or your preferred vegan butter, room temperature Juice from 2 limes  2 Tbsp tahini 1 Tbsp coconut…

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Georgian Spinach Pkhali

Jul 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

It was news to me that Georgian food is quite popular in Ukraine. I certainly didn’t want to miss an opportunity to try it. Sondro, the husband of my host Lena, is Georgian. So when she guided me to their neighborhood restaurant, I knew it would be good. Now to be clear, many of the most famous Georgian specialties involve bread, cheese and meat, but there is a surprising number of traditional foods that happen to be vegan. Lucky me!…

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Awesome Raw Falafel

Jun 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

I will admit to being a huge falafel fan — and yet I know well that deep frying doesn’t serve my body. All I have to do to remember is eat a few. 😉 So I was thrilled to discover a raw version this week at my favorite Romanian restaurant, Samsara. Of course, everything Samsara offers is exquisite, but these are extra special. Because I am on the road, I haven’t had a chance to play with using my convection…

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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Plantains

Jun 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

When my cookbook-collecting daughter shared a copy of her latest find, Provisions, I immediately took notice. With 150 Carribean-inspired vegetarian recipes, there was plenty to keep my interest. Plantains are a favorite in the Hubele home, so I was immediately intrigued by the Roasted Ripe Plantain with African Pepper Compote recipe. It’s a simple, straightforward recipe, great for weeknights. Just be sure to plan far enough ahead so your plantains have ripened. I found the perfect opportunity to test the…

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Vegan Corn and Kale Chowder

Jun 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here’s a satisfying way to use sweet and tender fresh corn. Combining it with other seasonal vegetables makes this chowder a meal on its own. The smoky paprika adds a nice depth of flavor, complemented by the tang of fresh lime juice added before serving. Ingredients 5 ears of fresh corn, husks removed and sliced off the cob 1 small red onion, diced 1 sweet red bell pepper, diced 1 jalapeno, diced and seeds removed 3 cups red or Yukon…

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