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Vegan Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

I am a garlic fanatic.

Being Italian and Spanish, I grew up eating many non-vegan dishes with garlic – meat sauce with spaghetti, pizza, meat stew, and garlic chicken, for example. Back then, I watched my mother create delicious garlic meals. I did not appreciate Mom’s cooking as much as I could have as a child, but now she is the inspiration behind most of my cooking – vegan style!

I also remember on a particular trip to Spain before I decided to live vegan, I discovered garlic chicken while visiting my cousins. I vowed to try that recipe once I had returned to the States, but somehow that never happened. Now, as a vegan, I have finally created my own version.

So, if you are a garlic lover like I am, and if you want a vegan version of garlic chicken and vegetables, look no further! Here is the recipe:

vegan / gluten-free / peanut-free / soy free


2-3 potatoes, chopped

2-3 carrots, chopped

1 sweet potato, chopped

1 small onion, sliced

1 small green pepper, sliced

2 cups frozen green beans

5-6 garlic cloves, minced

1 package Beyond Meat Chicken Strips (9 oz.)

1 Tbsp. sea salt

1 Tbsp. Jamaican Jerk chicken seasoning (you can substitute any other spicy vegan chicken seasoning)

I Tbsp. Italian herb seasoning (oregano, parsley, thyme)

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil


  1. Prepare all vegetables. Mix all together with garlic, oil, and spices.
  2. Place in large cooking pot and bake covered for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. At 45 minutes, remove cover, stir, and bake for an additional 15 minutes, uncovered.
  3. During the last 15 minutes of baking, cook the chicken according to instructions on the package. Set aside.
  4. Once chicken and vegetables are done, add the chicken strips to the vegetable mix and stir them in. Serve over rice or noodles.


© 2018, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals


Vegan Walnut Cheese I recently concocted an amazing vegan cheese using walnuts and vegetables!

Many people who are trying to move to a fully plant-based diet have trouble with eliminating cheese. Did you know that non-vegan cheese is addicting? It contains casein, a substance that is known to be addicting, which is why people find it difficult to let cheese go. Well, here is a recipe that is delicious, cruelty-free, healthy, and does not contain any casein!

This cheese can be used for a macaroni and cheese meal, or it can be served with crackers or vegetables as a creamy appetizer. I served it over noodles and added some veggies on the side. Below is the recipe that will serve 4 people. You can double it (like I did) or freeze it, so you will have some for another time.

vegan / gluten-free

Equipment: high-speed blender


2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces

½ cup walnuts

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. white pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

1 Tbsp. tamari

Paprika to taste


  1. Add vegetables to a large pot of boiling water. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Remove vegetables from water and set aside. Save 2 cups of the boiled water.
  3. Add vegetables and all other ingredients except the paprika in a blender. Blend until desired consistency, adding the boiled water a bit at a time. Pour into a bowl and stir.
  4. Serve over noodles, vegetables, or with crackers as an appetizer and sprinkle with a dash of paprika.


© 2017, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals

Vegan Cheesy Pasta

I recently bought one of the tastiest vegan cheeses on the market: The Honest Stand Nacho Cheesy Sauce! It is absolutely delicious, is gluten-free and soy-free and can be used as a dip with chips or over chili fries, on vegan pizza, or in many other yummy dishes. Tonight, I used this cheese to make a sauce over pasta and broccoli. Below is the very easy recipe!

vegan / peanut-free


½ cup Honest Stand Nacho Cheese Flavor vegan cheese

½ cup almond or soy milk

1 small onion, chopped

Any type of gluten-free or regular noodles

2 cups frozen broccoli

Salt to taste

Olive oil


  1. Prepare the pasta and the broccoli according to directions.
  2. Cook the onion in a dab of olive oil on medium heat for one minute.
  3. Add the milk and the cheese. Stir and cook on low heat for two minutes. Taste and add salt if desired. For a thinker sauce, add more cheese. For a thinner sauce, add more milk.
  4. Place cheese sauce in blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the onion is dissolved.
  5. Mix sauce with broccoli and pasta. Serve immediately.


© 2017, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.



I love to give my body what it needs to heal when I am ill, so as usual, I experimented and recently created a very nutritious soup that helped me tremendously, so I am sharing! This is a very “green” and nourishing broth that is easy to digest, and your body will thank you for it.  This recipe is for a large pot of soup that will feed 8-10 people. I suggest freezing the left overs.


vegan / gluten-free / soy free


1 large zucchini, chopped

8-10 brussels sprouts, stemmed and cut in half

1 large leek, chopped

1 handful of fresh parsley

1 handful of baby spinach

3-4 kale leaves, chopped

3 Tbsp vegan broth powder

5-6 garlic cloves, chopped

¼ tsp coriander

1 Tbsp turmeric

1 Tbsp ground sage

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

12 cups water


  1. In a large pot, add a ½ cup water and cook the zucchini and leeks on medium high for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the brussels sprouts and another ½ cup water (or more if it is becoming dry). Cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining water – about 11 cups and all the remaining ingredients, except the kale and spinach. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 40 minutes.
  4. Add kale and spinach and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from stove. Carefully add soup mixture into blender to puree. Make sure not to fill the blender or the mixture will spill out when you blend. You will not be able to blend all of the mixture at once. Blend for about 10 seconds until it becomes a puree. Set aside in a large pot or bowl. Continue this process until all the soup is pureed.
  6. The broth will be green. Serve immediately.


© 2017, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals



Easy Holiday Vegan Nut Balls

December 22, 2016 — 2 Comments

The holidays can be a very stressful time for many people.  Recently, I created a simple recipe that helped ease the anxiety of trying to determine what to bring to a holiday party or potluck. These nut balls are very easy to make, and it takes only about 10 minutes. They can be served as an appetizer or a dessert. They are delicious!

Christmas Nut Balls vegan

For a raw vegan version of this recipe, soak the walnuts for 8 hours and then dry them in a dehydrator overnight.


2 cups walnuts (soaked and dried for a raw vegan version)

¼ cup dates, pitted and soaked

¼ cup shredded coconut or coconut flakes

2 Tbsp. agave nectar

1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Optional: Soak walnuts overnight (about 8 hours) for a raw vegan version. Dry in dehydrator.
  2. Grind walnuts in a food processor until fine.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the coconut and blend until creamy.
  4. Form mixture into small balls.
  5. Place coconut into a large jar. Add one or two balls at a time into jar and shake until the coconut sticks to the nut balls.
  6. Refrigerate until serving.


Happy Holidays!

© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals


There is nothing better than delicious, warm soup on frigid winter day! Having experienced an unexpected Arctic blast here in the Rockies yesterday, I decided to stay home and create this new recipe. This will feed 6-8 people, is gluten-free and of course, vegan.

Vegan Soup

I added turmeric to this recipe, and the taste is phenomenal. Turmeric has many health benefits and has been used in India for over 2500 years. Researchers have discovered that turmeric is known to help with eye health, weight loss, Parkinson’s disease, depression, liver health, leukemia, skin cancers, prostate cancer, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, a natural pain-killer, helps you sleep better and more! Below is the recipe.



Large soup pot


1 large zucchini, peeled and chopped

4 large carrots, peeled and chopped

4 potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 Tbsp. turmeric

1 Tbsp. fennel

1 Tbsp. sea salt

¼ tsp crushed red pepper

4 Tbsp. vegan bouillon

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

8 cups water


  1. Prepare above ingredients.
  2. In a large pot, cook the carrots and onions in olive oil for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add zucchini and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add more oil or a dab of water if the mix is becoming dry.
  4. Add 8 cups water, potatoes and spices.
  5. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 40 minutes.
  6. Carefully add soup mixture into blender. Make sure not to fill the blender or the mixture will spill out when you blend. You will not be able to blend all of the mixture at once. Blend for about 10 seconds until it becomes a puree. Set aside in a large pot or bowl. Continue this process until all the soup is blended and pureed.
  7. Serve and garnish with a dash of black pepper.


© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals

It feels so good to get a warm meal in your stomach on these cold winter days! Yesterday, I was pressed for time but wanted to eat a healthy and easy, hearty meal. I created this vegan sausage stew in the crockpot and served it over rice. This takes about 20 minutes to a half hour to prepare, will serve 6-8 people and is delicious. Give it a shot!



1-2 vegan sausages (any type), sliced

4-5 carrots, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2-3 small potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2-3 small yams, chopped into bite sized pieces

1-2 celery sticks, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 large green, red or yellow pepper, chopped

1 1/2 cups frozen peas

I cup of any kind of premade pasta sauce (I used a garlic-roasted blend)

2 – 3 cups water

3 Tbsp Italian spice blend (I used a combo of oregano, thyme and basil)

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp black pepper


  1. Prepare above ingredients.
  2. Place all chopped ingredients into a large crockpot. Add herbs, spices, sauce, water and mix. There should be enough water in your crockpot to reach the top of the ingredients but not cover them. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with rice or noodles.


© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals

A tofu scramble is always a wonderful meal to serve for breakfast or brunch! There are many vegan versions of tofu scrambles now that if you are a scrambled egg lover (like I used to be), you now have many very tasty, cruelty-free options in which to choose to placate your taste buds. Try this gluten-free version for breakfast. This will feed two to four people. Serve with vegan pancakes or vegan waffles.

Tofu Scramble, VegoutwithVilmsIngredients:

1 lb. firm or extra firm tofu

4-5 sundried tomatoes, chopped

½ small red pepper, chopped

½ small onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

4-5 green or Kalamata olives, minced

2 Tbsp. vegan parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp. dry rosemary

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp black pepper

olive oil



  1. Prepare all above ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Prepare tofu by draining excess water from package. Then cut into small pieces. Place into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Add all ingredients except red pepper, onions and garlic to tofu bowl. Mix. Mash the mixture until it looks like brains. This should take less than a minute.
  4. In a large skillet, use a dab of oil olive or just water and cook the red pepper for a minute on medium heat. Add onions and cook for a minute longer, stirring. Then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds longer.
  5. Add tofu mixture and cook for 1 minute, stirring to heat all of the mixture. Serve immediately.


© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals



I had a bountiful harvest this fall! In the late spring, I had planted all kinds of squash, which grow abundantly here in Colorado. Tonight, I decided to stuff a summer squash with a delicious mix of vegan sausage and spices! This is a perfect recipe for a mild winter day. This will feed two to four people if supplemented with asparagus, a salad, brussels sprouts or another tasty side dish.

Vegan Stuffed Summer Squash


I large summer squash, cut in half lengthwise

2 Tofurky spinach-pesto vegan sausages (usually in a pack of four), chopped into pieces

1 small red pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

5-6 green olives, chopped

1 Tbsp vegan parmesan

¼ tsp salt

1 Tbsp olive oil

Dash of Cajun seasoning


  1. Place all ingredients except the squash into a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Cut the summer squash lengthwise in half and remove all the seeds.
  3. Optional: brush the sides of the squash with a bit of olive oil.
  4. Carefully place the sausage mix into each half of the squash.
  5. Cook covered with tin foil in a 400 degree oven for 50 minutes. Then cook uncovered for 10 more minutes. Done!


© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I celebrate differently than most people, however, because I live vegan. I celebrate all that is good in my life and spend the holiday with other vegans. I do not partake in eating turkey or animal products like milk, honey, eggs or butter. I believe, as vegans do, that the violence that is perpetuated onto turkeys (or other animals) is unnecessary and cruel. I believe that there is a better way to live that would include life, peace and compassion for all living beings. And, I believe that living vegan is the first, necessary step to transforming this very disturbed world into more sustainable place for all of Earth’s inhabitants. So, for this Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to pass on some information. Here are three reasons why a vegan Thanksgiving is the way to go!

  1. Animals – Turkeys are beautiful animals who want to live like we do. Read here about turkeys and Thanksgiving.
  2. Alternatives – You do not have to sacrifice anything by eating a vegan meal for Thanksgiving. There are delicious, vegan versions of all the meals you are accustomed to eating on the holiday! There is even scrumptious version of turkey called, Tofurky, that is cruelty-free! Check out these recipes!
  3. Abundance – Living a vegan lifestyle is nothing less than abundance! As a vegan, you do not partake in adding violence (a dead carcass of a tortured animal) to your body. Remember, we are what we eat. A vegan lifestyle is healthier, easy, and less costly. Vegans live longer, increase their chances of living disease-free and feel lighter. And, veganism is the best way to alter the ongoing destruction of the only planet we have to inhabit. Below is a short and fun video by EVOLVE Campaigns about the vegan lifestyle! Enjoy!


Wishing you a wonderful, cruelty-free, vegan Thanksgiving!

© 2015, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.