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Pesto Quinoa & White Bean Cakes with Roasted Tomatoes

Now that I have basil growing in the garden again, I’m on a quest to use up my frozen pesto because I’ll be able to make it fresh whenever I want to. If making a big batch of pesto and freezing it for fall and winter marks the end of summer for me, then...

Weeknight Pasta Puttanesca

Weeknight Pasta Puttanesca

This spicy pasta puttanesca comes together lightning fast with just a handful of ingredients. An intensely flavorful vegan dinner that tastes like it came from a restaurant, and is easy enough for a weeknight! Pasta puttanesca is one of my favorite pasta dishes. It...

ITALIAN LEMON BASIL WILD RICE

This Italian Lemon Basil Wild Rice is bursting with lemon flavor and fresh basil and several Italian dried herbs. It is the perfect side dish or companion to an entree or main dish. It is also oil-free and gluten-free and requires just 5 main ingredients! ITALIAN...

CREAMY AVOCADO PESTO PASTA WITH CRISPY KALE

Creamy avocado pesto pasta with crispy kale is a satisfying, super flavourful, easy, and wholesome vegan dinner. Naturally dairy-free and gluten-free! The post CREAMY AVOCADO PESTO PASTA WITH CRISPY KALE appeared first on The First Mess // Plant-Based Recipes +...

QUINOA FRIED ‘RICE’

QUINOA FRIED ‘RICE’

Quinoa Fried Rice – This quick and easy veggie packed quinoa stir fry recipe is perfect for a healthy lunch, dinner or make ahead meals! Ready and on the table in about 30 minutes! Vegetable quinoa fried ‘rice’ is a fantastic twist on a classic! Quinoa takes the place...

Recipe | Meyer Lemon & Basil Sorbet

As a consumer, my weakness is novelty. Instead of growing red tomatoes, I grow purple ones; instead of listening to No Doubt in junior high, I was obsessed with Pavement. I’ve always been slightly contrarian by nature and I think my appreciation for all things new and...

TOMATO BASIL SOUP

TOMATO BASIL SOUP

Vegan Tomato Basil Soup – Fresh tomatoes are simmered with onion, garlic and basil for a deliciously creamy tomato soup that’s ready in about 30 minutes! Soup is on with this quick and easy tomato basil soup! This tomato soup is bursting with tomato flavor and made...

Easy Gluten-Free Lasagna (Dairy-Free!)

Easy Gluten-Free Lasagna (Dairy-Free!)

If given the choice of one final meal, there’s a good chance we’d choose lasagna. No really, we seriously love lasagna (exhibits A, B, C, D, E, and F)! Lasagna is just one of those meals that’s the perfect balance of comforting, filling, and delicious, and it can feed...

HOMEMADE MARINARA SAUCE (QUICK + EASY)

HOMEMADE MARINARA SAUCE (QUICK + EASY)

Marinara Sauce is an easy to make tomato sauce perfect for topping on your favorite pasta or using in any recipe calling for jarred pasta sauce. It’s a simple base of crushed tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano, and takes less than 30 minutes! Meet my new favorite...

1-Pot Tuscan-Style Beef & Lentil Soup

1-Pot Tuscan-Style Beef & Lentil Soup

If you’re looking for a hearty, 1-pot meal to warm up with this winter, this is it. I recently got an intense craving for a meaty, tomatoey soup with lentils and greens and had to have it. This was the (incredibly delicious) result. We hope you love it as much as we...

Vegan Margherita Pizza

Vegan Margherita Pizza

You’ll love this dairy-free version of a classic! This vegan margherita pizza is made with crusty homemade dough, zippy sauce, and cashew-based mozzarella cheese. Vegan pizza seems to be really taking over lately, which is a great thing! These days there are lots of...

Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad with Hemp Pesto (V/GF)

Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad with Hemp Pesto (V/GF)

We recently realized that our favorite pasta salad had only been featured in a video and not as a recipe on the blog. That obviously needed to change. The people need this recipe. Not only is it delicious, it’s also gluten-free and vegan and comes together in just 30...

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