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Summertime Avocado-Lime Linguine

Here’s another versatile dish where you can swap out veggies for really whatever you like. I found this to be best when kept simple with some broccoli and spinach, allowing the sauce and avocado to be the stars of the show.

I love this in the summertime, when you’re not looking for something super heavy, but of course it’s great year-round!

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Oil-Free Plant Based Macaroni Salad

If you’re a loyal member of the KevCooksPlants Community, you know by now that I detest most store-bought vegan mayonnaise, dressings and cheese. They’re loaded with oil and terrible for you. So I’ve incorporated my Oil-Free Vegan Mayonnaise into an easy recipe for macaroni salad — a summer favorite and necessity for a proper Rochester-style “garbage plate.”

This is really simple, so feel free to add whatever veggies/spices you’d like to customize this to your personal tastes.

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Bell Pepper and Thyme Fettuccine

This is a recipe I found in People magazine when they were featuring recipes submitted by celebrities. As a Dolphins and Eagles fan (and Patriots hater), I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit the original recipe was from Tom Brady. I can’t even type that without a shudder. But anywho…

I revised the recipe to remove any processed oil and converted the suggested process of roasting the peppers over an open flame (oh please, Tom, we don’t all have personal chefs!) to cooking the peppers in the Instant Pot and it works perfectly! So yeah, take that Tom Brady. Stick to deflating footballs and whining to referees.

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Plant-Based Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

It’s pretty common in my house to have leftover pasta sauce laying around. Sometimes I freeze it, but most times I try to incorporate it into a different dish to use it up without making our weekly “dinner list” too repetitive. Here’s a great way to do just that.

You can do a lot with lasagna soup to customize it, but here’s my favorite version. It’s simple yet delicious and has that “comfort food” feel to it.

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Oil-Free Vegan Portobello Mushroom Parmesan

To. Die. For.

Ok, so you used to love chicken parmesan. Or maybe even veal parm. And then you went plant-based. Yeah, me too. So what’s the logical move? Eggplant parm, right? Sure, except for a couple things. First, it’s usually fried in oil. Sure, we can fix that. Second, if you want to do it right, you need to slice the eggplant super thin and layer it. It can be a long process. If you make thick slices, you risk undercooking or overcooking and you either end up with tough cutlets or a mushy mess.

Enter the mushroom. I honestly never heard of or even thought of this (not sure why) until I saw it on the menu at a local sandwich shop. So I tried it and WOW. I had to make my own whole-food plant-based version. So here it is!

Hint: DO NOT SKIP pre-cooking the mushrooms. You have to cook the water out or this isn’t going to work well.

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Non-Dairy Spinach Lasagna

Who doesn’t love lasagna? It’s one of those delicious stick-to-the-ribs comfort foods everyone enjoys. So who says you have to give it up just because you don’t eat cheese anymore?

A lot of plant-based or vegan lasagna recipes end up watery because of too many vegetables, or they use that shitty vegan ricotta and mozzarella cheese that’s mostly made of oil. Disgusting. This one is my doctored version of a recipe from The China Study Cookbook. We love it!

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Plant-Based Mushroom Stroganoff

**Note: After posting, I was informed that the mushroom bouillon I use isn’t completely plant-based — it has whey in it. If you can find a plant-based, oil-free mushroom broth, use that instead.

Growing up, one of my favorite dishes my mom made was beef stroganoff. I loved the rich and savory flavor of the creamy, gravy-like sauce. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I came across a recipe for Tofu & Mushroom Stroganoff in one of my vegan cookbooks, Isa Does It. Unfortunately, Isa’s cookbook, as well as most of my other vegan resources, uses ingredients — mainly oil and oil-based products — that I’ve cut out of my plant-based whole foods diet. So I’ve adjusted her recipe and created my own version. And it’s so goddamn good!

Also, when I made this, I did it with tofu and mushrooms like she did. When we ate it, all four of us at the table decided it would be better without the tofu — just as mushroom stroganoff. So although you might see tofu triangles in the photo, I’ve left them out of the final recipe. Add them back in if you’d like, but we actually ended up picking them out and tossing them. The tofu just doesn’t mesh with the flavor of the sauce.

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