This vegan picadillo recipe made with lentils is warm, filling and flavorful

The way I like it best, though, is over rice, and these days I’m more likely to make this vegan version, using a can of lentils instead of a pound of ground beef. Aside from that change, it tastes a lot like my beef picadillo. Both start with a flavorful base of onions and garlic, get a boost from a blend of spices and are finished with a few pimento-stuffed Manzanilla olives and raisins.

“Raisins are divisive,” Jessica van Dop DeJesus, of the Dining Traveler, told me when I called. “I always start with a sofrito, and add extra onion, because I liked the texture of the chopped onion,” she said. “And I’m team olive.”

“I like a sweet version, with fresh and dried fruit for stuffing chiles en nogada,” my friend Adriana Velez texted me when I asked how she made her picadillo. “For other dishes, I like

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11 Vegan Recipes to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Before diving into dumplings and spring rolls, it’s important to know the difference between Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year: Lunar New Year is celebrated across several Asian countries. For the vegan recipes below, we’re narrowing down the incredibly vast options and sticking to Chinese heritage foods. The multi-day celebration begins on Friday, February 12, and traditionally kicks off with a fantastic display of fireworks, ending with a gorgeous paper lantern festival. Here, we’ve gathered 11 delicious vegan recipes to fuel your Lunar New Year festivities. 

1. Vegan Mushroom Potstickers by The Plant-Based Wok

Dumplings (aka potstickers) are central in any Chinese New Year celebration. Their variety is infinite—sweet, savory, steamed, pan-fried—you can stuff and prepare them any way you like. These shiitake mushroom potstickers are crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, and bursting with umami. Make a large batch and freeze a few (uncooked) to last

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The Best Vegan Comfort Food Dishes at Greater Phoenix Restaurants


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Comfort foods don’t need to be meaty. Thanks to some culinary innovations from Valley chefs, traditional favorites like macaroni and cheese and chicken wings can be enjoyed with as much flavor as their carnivorous counterparts. Here are 11 of the best vegan comfort-food dishes around the Valley.


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In 2006, Green New American Vegetarian was the first Valley restaurant to offer wings that looked and tasted like real chicken wings. Fifteen years and countless other plant-based pollo imitations later, the wings at Green remain the best mock meat in metro Phoenix. Slathered in piquant Buffalo sauce and served with sticks of celery and carrots and a side of tasty house-made ranch dressing, Green’s wings can still make even the most carnivorous eater pass

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Pittsburgh Restaurant Has Some Of The Best Vegan Wings In The Country

PETA: Pittsburgh Restaurant Has Some Of The Best Vegan Wings In The Country

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By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh restaurant has some of the best vegan wings in the U.S.

The Double Wide Grill on East Carson Street makes PETA’s list of top 10 vegan wings in the nation.

“Don’t catch the game in one of the greatest football-loving cities in the U.S. without ordering a piping-hot plate of vegan wings from Pittsburgh’s Double Wide Grill,” PETA says.

The Double Wide Grill, on Pittsburgh’s South Side, is known for its BBQ, vegan and vegetarian food.

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