Cheesy Broccoli Soup

It’s still technically winter, and it’s been pretty chilly in the mornings here in Arizona, so it’s still time for soup. But I always love a good soup. Especially something cheesy (vegan cheesy, of course). Plus, vegetables are always better when they’re covered in a vegan cheese. And this one is actually healthy for us! No cholesterol in sight. So feel free to get a huge bowl of this comforting, indulgent soup. And even seconds.

A hot, comforting bowl of cheesy broccoli soup made with potatoes but no oil. It's a creamy dinner dream come true! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #cheese #soup #broccoli #dinner

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The Best Mac and Cheese

Yeah. The best mac and cheese? That’s a big claim. We’ve made mac and cheese on the blog before, but we’ve heard over and over again that this recipe below is THE BEST, so we believe it. Plus, we love it so much ourselves, so we’re going with it. And there will be some leftover cheese to make other kinds of cheesy goodness. Stay tuned this week for a good use for it!

Creamy, cheesy mac and cheese casserole with broccoli. It's vegan, gluten-free, and AMAZING! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #macandcheese #cheese #dinner #recipe

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Brown Rice and Lentil Loaf

Ever since my friend Jodie sent me a recipe for lentil burgers, I have wanted to make the recipe work as a loaf. Before I went vegan, I was pretty good at making a tasty meatloaf. It’s one of those things I miss the comfort of, but I obviously won’t make one now. And this is perfect to satisfy those cravings when served with ketchup or barbecue sauce.

A brown rice and lentil loaf worthy of your dinner plate. It's tasty, slightly crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. YUM! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #lentilloaf #recipe

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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers make the main dish of a hearty, warm meal. They’re comforting, customizable, and easy to make. Add whatever you’d like! But here’s our suggestion, the combination we love and usually go with. Comment below if you have a favorite mix of grains and veggies!

Green bell peppers stuffed with wild rice, beans, and veggies and optional vegan cheese! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #stuffedpeppers

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Creamy Roasted Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Kale Soup

This recipe is exceptional on a cold day, but I’ll be honest. I could eat it all the time. Haha! It’s a crowd pleaser, and it’s pretty simple! There are a few steps, but nothing’s too complicated. You can have it on the table fast, and you can save some for leftovers for the next day. You could even batch-cook this. It’s a great recipe, and I hope you try it! 🙂

A creamy roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and kale soup made with no oil, sugar, gluten, or animal products! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #soup #broccoli #kale #cauliflower #recipe

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Broccoli Potato Soup

Hey all! It’s been a long time. I’d apologize, but I have had a lot on my plate. If you check out the last post, you’ll see what I’ve been working through. Grief, anxiety, panic, etc. Plus a lot of editing work, which is amazing. BUT it is Meatless Monday today, and Husband tried another one of the fabulous recipes on Plates for Plants! Seriously, y’all. If you haven’t checked out that awesome blog, you’re missing out!! Husband made it a little differently for me because I don’t do spicy at all. But it’s all dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, simple, and mega delicious. Just YUM! Tastes cheesy and it’s so satisfying. Mmmm!

A creamy, delicious potato soup with broccoli! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #broccolisoup #potatosoup

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Refried Beans

Today, it’s all about how to make the best refried beans. Seriously. We make them on the weekends (almost every weekend) and do so many different things with them. Well, mostly we make taco bowls with Spanish rice, tomatoes, olives, lettuce, and vegan sour cream and cheese, but we could do so many other things with them. You can add these beans to a breakfast burrito with spinach, potato, avocado, tomato, etc. And you can serve these up as a side dish as well. Delicious!

Easy-to-make vegan refried beans you can set and forget. No soaking needed! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #refriedbeans #beans #dinner

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Spaghetti Sauce

Today’s recipe is Husband’s fresh spaghetti sauce. He can whip this up in less than an hour, but you can make it an all-day sauce to infuse the flavors of the spices even more. He usually uses Roma tomatoes, but you’re welcome to try any kind you have. Romas are small, so adjust for size when finding the amount you need if you opt for a different kind of tomato. I’m sure this sauce would taste even better when homegrown tomatoes are used. Mmmm!

Make homemade spaghetti marinara sauce! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #spaghetti #sauce

Try this sauce on your favorite pasta noodles. Give brown rice or corn pastas a shot to avoid gluten. Top spaghetti squash with this sauce. Or make a baked pasta topped with vegan mozzarella and parmesan. Nommm, right? So good. Enjoy this one, you guys. Because cooking for yourself is so much fun and so much better for you. 🙂

Make homemade spaghetti marinara sauce! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #spaghetti #sauce

One of these days, I’ll get Husband’s lasagna recipe. But, for now, check out our other dinner recipes, like broccoli potato soup, zucchini noodles with cashew alfredo, lentil loaf, and broccoli mac and cheese.

Let me know if you try this recipe! Rated it, comment below, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. Happy eating!

Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
A savory, customizable spaghetti sauce made from scratch. It's easy, delicious, and so much better than store-bought. Enjoy!
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Vegan | Gluten-Free
Author: Mickey Reed
What you'll need:
SAUCE
  • ~20 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • (optional) Mushrooms, chopped and sautéed
HERBS AND SPICES (to taste)
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Minced onion
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper
What you'll do:
  1. Take the seeds out of the tomatoes. Cut them small enough to go into the blender to liquefy. Also cut the onion to go into the blender as well.
  2. Add garlic cloves to the tomatoes in the blender and blend to a liquid.
  3. Add tomato and garlic to a large pan or pot over a medium to high heat until it comes to a rapid boil. Then back the heat down to a medium/low heat.
  4. If you want to use the mushrooms, have them chopped and sautéed before adding them to the tomato and onion sauce here.
  5. Season with oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper, etc, to taste.
  6. Let it simmer and it'll get thicker as it cooks. Simmer for however long you desire to let flavors blend.

Lentil/Rice Burgers

This recipe was introduced to me by my friend Jodie. We’ve made it several times, and I’m super grateful. It’s a great place to start when learning how to make your own vegan burgers. The recipe requires basic ingredients, so you might have some of this stuff on hand. You definitely won’t have a hard time finding any of the ingredients, so I hope you enjoy!

Rice and Lentil Burgers for dinner tonight? Yes please! This easy recipe will guide the way! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #burgers #dinner

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