RECIPES

People who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez


Saffron 101

Food is an important part of culture. I recently read a great article that asked whether meat consumption is a necessary part of “culture.” Since most cultures eat meat, the passing down of culture through food is often through the flavors, the spices, the cooking methods and the memories – not the meat itself.  In … Continue reading Saffron 101

Persian Vegan Food Fesenjoon

Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon (Persian Pomegranate and Walnut Stew)

Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon is one of my favorite Persian dishes, and it is surprisingly one of the simpler recipes. It is made with pomegranate molasses and can be quite tart. This recipe adds pumpkin purée and maple syrup to add a hint of sweetness. Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon is traditionally made with meat (chicken or meatballs). While we typically replaced … Continue reading Khoresh-e-Fesenjoon (Persian Pomegranate and Walnut Stew)

Vegan pot pie

Holiday Chick’n Pot Pie

Who doesn’t love a pot pie? Marie Calendar’s frozen Chicken Pot Pies were my favorite in college. I remember eating them for lunch and dinner while studying for final exams and the Law School Admissions Test. Thankfully, I have a delicious, plant-based chick’n pot pie recipe that is easy and perfect for the holiday season. … Continue reading Holiday Chick’n Pot Pie

Torshi (Pickled Vegetables)

Torshi is a pickled vegetable side dish enjoyed in Persian culture. It is the hot sauce or chutney of Persian food. The word “torshi” is derived from the Persian word “torsh,” which means sour. Iran has hundreds of different types of torshi with variations in flavors and the vegetables and seasonings used. Making homemade torshi … Continue reading Torshi (Pickled Vegetables)

Persian Baklavah Cake

Love trumps hate; let’s eat cake and celebrate. Today, I celebrate for women. Today, I celebrate for immigrants. Today, I celebrate for refugees. Today, I celebrate for children. Today, I celebrate for Black lives. Today, I celebrate for democracy. Today, I celebrate for science. Today, I celebrate for breaking barriers. Today, I celebrate for human … Continue reading Persian Baklavah Cake

Cinnamon Roll Scones

My 6 year-old daughter Layli loves to cook. Every Friday afternoon, we cook together. She is already planning to take over the blog and started to write recipes for us to share. 🙂 We enjoy making kale chips, cookies, lemonade, vegan Rice Krispies, and veganizing some of my own childhood recipes. These cinnamon rolls are … Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Scones

Tacheen with Zereshk (Persian Rice with Barberry)

When I became vegetarian, there was one Persian dish I really missed – Tacheen. But here I am, 12 years later, sharing a delicious plant-based Tacheen recipe!! Tacheen is a simple Persian rice dish layered with marinated chicken and rich with saffron. “Zereshk” are barberries in Persian. Zereshk Polo is traditionally a separate Persian rice … Continue reading Tacheen with Zereshk (Persian Rice with Barberry)

Vegan Persian Sabzi Polo

Sabzi Baghali Polo (Persian Rice with Herbs and Fava Beans)

Baghali Polo is a traditional Persian rice dish made with fava beans. Sabzi Polo is a separate Persian rice dish made with various herbs. Both are traditionally served with a side of meat. Sabzi Polo is commonly served with fish and is a classic dish to celebrate NowRooz (Persian New Year). We have combined these … Continue reading Sabzi Baghali Polo (Persian Rice with Herbs and Fava Beans)

Challah-Inspired, Homemade Bread

A challah-inspired, homemade bread perfect for a season filled with delicious stews and comfort foods. Happy Fall, y’all. Challah bread has a distinctive braid, which symbolizes the coming together of family and friends. It is a bread of celebration in Jewish tradition. I love the slightly-sweet flavor, the golden crust, and the symbolism. A perfect … Continue reading Challah-Inspired, Homemade Bread

Adas Polo (Persian Rice with Lentils)

Lentils are a legume and a nutritional powerhouse. They are an excellent source of iron and protein. Lentils were traditionally called the “poor man’s meat.” I like to think of it as the “more mindful meat alternative.” Thankfully, my kids enjoy lentils, and we eat it often; yellow lentils, green lentils, brown lentils. This Persian … Continue reading Adas Polo (Persian Rice with Lentils)

Khoresh-e-Ghaymeh Bademjan (Split Pea and Eggplant Stew)

In Persian cuisine, this khoresh (Persian stew) is typically prepared as two separate dishes – Khoresh-e-Bademjan (eggplant stew) and Khoresh-e-Qaymeh (split pea stew). Each is made with meat and is a tomato-based stew. Each are incredibly popular dishes. To be honest, however, I did not like Khoresh-e-Bademjan as a child. The texture of the eggplant, … Continue reading Khoresh-e-Ghaymeh Bademjan (Split Pea and Eggplant Stew)

Veggie Thai Red Curry

Last week, my kids and I made a gratitude list. We have been reading the book “30 Days to a Better World Starting with Me.” One of the days was to make a gratitude list because gratitude brings happiness, and happy people try to make others happy. When I asked my 3 year old son … Continue reading Veggie Thai Red Curry

Dolmeh (Stuffed Vegetables)

Dolmeh is a stuffed vegetable dish enjoyed in many cultures. I remember growing up, my grandmother always made Persian dolmeh with stuffed tomatoes, bell peppers, and cabbage. My favorite was the stuffed cabbage. The stuffing in Persian dolmeh is generally made with rice, yellow split peas and meat. The meat can be easily excluded for … Continue reading Dolmeh (Stuffed Vegetables)

Impossible Kabobs

Happy Friday, everybody! Does that mean much anymore? 🤨 For me, Friday is “Fitness Friday.” A reminder to make time for the (garage) gym today. I like setting goals by association. How do you set goals and reminders? If you are doing a “meat-free Friday,” below is how we prepared our Impossible Kabobs on the … Continue reading Impossible Kabobs

Vegan frittata

Egg-free Frittata

We are sharing another recipe using the awesome egg-replacer “Just Egg.” It has been so exciting recreating our favorite foods egg-free. Removing egg from our household was very hard not because we loved eating eggs, but because I did not know how to replace the eggs in our breakfast or some of our favorite Persian … Continue reading Egg-free Frittata

Persian Ash Reshteh with piaz sir dagh

Ash-e-Reshteh – Persian Noodle Soup

I always think of Ash-e-Reshteh as the accidental vegan Persian dish. “Ash” means a thick soup and “reshteh” means noodles. Ash-e-Reshteh is a thick noodle soup, filled with herbs and legumes. It is often prepared during times of celebration. I remember my grandmother making Ash-e-Reshteh for Bahai gatherings or special occasions like Naw Ruz (Persian … Continue reading Ash-e-Reshteh – Persian Noodle Soup

Beyond Beef Kabob

We are finally back in our home after living in an apartment the last 13 months, and I was so excited to start grilling, but when we pulled out the BBQ grill, it was covered in grease, fat, and leftover meat from prior Airbnb guests renting our home. Unfortunately, the grill was too disgusting to … Continue reading Beyond Beef Kabob

Vegan Just Eggs and Potatoes

Just Egg and Potatoes

Between reading the news to moving across the country with 3 kids during a pandemic, I am mentally and physically drained. If you follow me on Instagram (@plant_basedpersian), you may know that my kids and I recently flew on United Airlines as we moved across the country. On the flight, the man sitting behind us … Continue reading Just Egg and Potatoes