FatFree Vegan Kitchen

I'm happy to be doing what I love most: cooking food, taking photos of it, writing about it, and eating it (not necessarily in that order!) Join me as I create delicious dishes made with whole foods and without a lot of fat.

Homemade Veggie Dogs

Af few weeks ago, my family had a craving for hot dogs, and having heard so much about Field Roast Frankfurters*, I decided to give them a try. When I found them in the store and took a look at the package, it took a few minutes to get over my sticker shock, not at the price but at the nutritional stats. Each hot dog clocked in at 180 calories and 8 grams of fat ....more

Walnut and Kidney Bean Spread

I like hummus as much as or more than the next vegan. After all, I have between ten and twelve hummus recipes on this blog, depending on what you count as hummus. But lately I’ve been thinking that I eat too many chickpeas and need a little variety in my bean dips, so I’ve been doing a little experimenting with other types of beans ....more

Vegan German Potato Salad

I clearly remember the first time I ever made potato salad. I was in grad school far away from home, in a land called “Illinois,” where I was invited to a potluck picnic and asked to make potato salad. I loved potato salad but had never made it before, so I did what any self-respecting college student would do and called my mother for her recipe ....more

Barbecue Black-Eyed Pea Burgers

Move over, African-Inspired Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers! I have a new favorite veggie burger, and it’s ridiculously easy to make. It was inspired by a burger at our local vegetarian restaurant called the “Good Burger,” a black-eyed pea burger that lives up to its name ....more

Beet and Quinoa Salad with Maple-Balsamic Reduction

I’m not sure when beet season is, but recently I was able to find three different types of beets in the local grocery stores: “regular” red beets, golden beets, and lovely chioggia beets. Faced with such a surplus of riches, I did what any beet lover would do–I bought them all. Then I brought them home and roasted them ....more

Beany Breakfast Sausage Patties

Though it’s said to be the most important meal of the day, breakfast has always been the most difficult meal of the day for me. Most mornings, I’m just not hungry until close to lunch, and if I do eat something starchy or fruity early in the morning, it just sets me up to get hungry again before lunch. But I realize the importance of starting my day off with breakfast, so I’ve been working at making my breakfasts more protein-rich by basing them on beans: beans over grits, beans in smoothies, and now beans in “sausage.” (...)Read the rest of Beany Breakfast Sausage Patties (517 words) © svoisin for FatFree Vegan Kitchen, 2014 ....more

Kale-Powered Tropical Smoothie

Are green smoothies “over” yet? I hope not because I’ve been acting like I just discovered them. After a winter of oatmeal with berries, oatmeal with cherries, oatmeal with apples, oatmeal with oatmeal, I’m happy the weather has warmed up and I can drink my breakfast rather than gum it ....more

Loki Unleashed

I’m usually all about the food–check out the hundreds of recipes in my Recipe Index–but I received so many requests for photos of Loki that I couldn’t say no. I think a few of you are almost as obsessed with Loki as I am! Loki is an indoor cat who is determined to be outside ....more

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. My surgery went very well, and I’m up and about and feeling more normal every day. Your emails and messages of support have meant so much to me and are surely speeding up my recovery ....more

Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas

Before I get to the recipe, I have a favor to ask of you. On Tuesday, I’ll be having surgery, which will probably be followed by a few weeks of rest and follow-up treatments. I’m positive that I will be fine, but I may not be posting or answering email as much in the coming weeks ....more