Vegan Recipes

Meatless but not tasteless. Find vegan recipes bursting with appetizing colors, rich textures and delicious aromas that can be easily prepared at home.

Pasta with avocado sauce

Pasta with avocado sauce

The best way to describe the sauce is a no-cook creamy pesto. The creaminess is courtesy of the avocado which also imparts a slight sweetness. Overall, the sauce is a little bit tart, garlicky and full of the wonderful flavors of fresh sweet basil.

The grated cheese topping is optional. Omit it and this pasta with avocado sauce becomes totally vegan. »

Mango and avocado salsa

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Our mint and basil are thriving but our lime tree has gone on vacation once more and it'll probably be several months before we see fruits again. The juice of the last three limes and a handful of freshly picked mint leaves went into this fresh salsa that is creamy, tangy, zesty, sweet and spicy all at the same time. It's … »

Flashed-fried eggplants with rice vinegar and soy sauce

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On Thursday evening, as we were scanning the contents of the fridge in preparation for the arrival of the girls the following night, Speedy said our weekend restaurant was about to open again. That's how he describes the cooking and eating routine on weekends when the girls are home -- we're like a restaurant that's open … »

Zucchini and tomato “spaghetti”

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I saw a zucchini and tomato "spaghetti" salad recipe that looks similar to the dish in the photo. I wasn't sure though if Sam would eat raw zucchini so I decided to create a cooked version of zucchini and tomato "spaghetti". The peg? Pasta aglio e olio. But there is no pasta in this dish. Instead, the zucchini is shredded … »

Hot garlic-ginger eggplants

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We had this hot garlic-ginger eggplants as a side dish for our pan-grilled liempo. But it is filling and tasty by itself so it can be served as a main dish for vegetarians and vegans. What's in it? Lots of garlic and ginger. And my preferred chili sauce -- Sriracha. Preparation time is five minutes; cooking time is ten … »

Vegan spaghetti with chunky tomato sauce

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It's Sam's birthday and she asked for spaghetti. I would have wanted to prepare something really special and a bit more elaborate but, alas, a storm raged all day and access to everything was limited. Worse, for a few hours this morning, the tap went dry. When water service resumed a little before noon, I cooked in a frenzy … »

Oatmeal de luxe: porridge with caramelized apples, honey and cinnamon

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Speedy's sick. He finds it hard to swallow solids so he's on a soft diet. Last night, it was plain congee; this morning, oatmeal. But not plain oatmeal. I was trying to tempt him to eat more so I did things to the oatmeal.Things? Yes, you know, I played with his food, to be honest. I cooked the oatmeal as usual but with … »

Granola bars with pineapple syrup

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On with the granola experiments. We've done three, so far, and this is the second. Both the second and third versions were baked with fruit syrup. What fruit syrup?Speedy's sister, Susan, works with Mama Sita. You might have seen her on TV -- she appears on Mama Sita ads. She did the radio ads too. She showed my blog to … »

Garlicky pasta with mixed vegetables

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A variation of the classic pasta aglio e olio, this version has chunky vegetables, a little tomato paste and thinly sliced basil. Very much vegetarian. Vegan, in fact, if you don't top with cheese.Sam likes spirals but any pasta shape will taste just as delicious. She was the one who got the broccoli and cauliflower off … »

Vegetarian “shrimp” tempura and meatless gising-gising

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Yesterday afternoon, before our Lone Ranger movie date with the girls, we passed by the vegetarian food store in Manila where we buy our soy-based "meat" and "seafood." The store at the corner of Quirino and San Marcelino is known as Palomi but the sign simply says Vegetarian Food Store. One of the items we bought was a bag … »