Socca (Chickpea Flatbread)

Socca (Chickpea Flatbread) - The Vegan Rhino

 Socca (Chickpea Flatbread) - The Vegan Rhino

Looking to try something new and absolutely delicious!? This soccer, which is made from chickpea flour, is slightly earthy in flavor, smooth, moist interior and a crispy outer edge. Whether you are dunking the slices in homemade sauce or eating it as a flatbread, the options are endless. 

Socca (Chickpea Flatbread) - The Vegan Rhino

Yield: 8 slices

Serves: 2-3 people

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup chickpea flour

1 1/4 cup water

3/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1 Tbsp. + 1 1/2 tsp. avocado oil, for greasing pan

 

Extra

2 cups arugula

1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

10 cherry tomatoes, halved

 

Oil & Rice Wine Dressing

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 1/2 tsp. Mirin rice cooking wine

Pinch Himalayan pink salt

Pinch ground black pepper

 

Directions

  1. Pour dressing ingredients into a mason jar with lid and shake vigoursly. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, water, salt and allow to sit for 30 minutes until batter thickens.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Preheat 10-inch cast iron skillet in oven for 6 minutes with oil. Remove pan and pour batter in. Bake for 12 minutes on middle rack.
  4. Turn oven to broil. Move skillet up one rack placement (about 7-in. from the heating elements) and broil for 5 minutes with oven cracked open or until top and sides begins to brown and blister.
  5. Remove from oven and use a spatula to help slide socca carefully on to a piece of parchment paper or cutting board. Cut into slices.
  6. Serve topped with arugula, onion, cherry tomatoes, and oil & vinegar dressing.

 

Chef’s tip: Make sure to watch your socca closely under the broiler otherwise it can burn quickly. You can also let your Socca batter sit covered on the counter top at room temperature for up to 24 hours, with 12 hours being a sweet spot! This longer process gives the final product a fragrant tartness that pairs well with the nuttiness flavor from the chickpeas.

Tofu Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Tofu Salad - The Vegan Rhino

 

This classic Waldorf salad has been a crowd pleaser for many years and has always been a personal favorite growing up. My version uses baked tofu, which gives an almost “chicken” like texture in as little as 30 minutes. Whether you eat this salad on a sandwich or a bed of greens, you will surely enjoy this recipe!

Yield: 5 cups

Ingredients

2 blocks (28 oz.) extra firm tofu, pressed & pat dry

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1/4 cup plant-based mayonnaise

1/4 cup plant-based plain yogurt

3/4 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup celery, diced

1/3 cup red onion, finely diced

1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved

1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

2 Tbsp. flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1/2 tsp. cane sugar

1/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In bowl, break tofu into medium chunks, coat with oil and toss together with pinch of salt and pepper to taste. place tofu onto baking sheet and bake for 28 minutes. Remove and cool.
  3. In meantime, stir together remaining ingredients in a bowl and set aside until tofu is completely cooled. Stir in tofu chunks until evenly coated and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. Serve cold.

 

Chef’ tip: Make this dish the night before to let flavors meld together.

Cheesy Pasta Sauce

Cheesy Pasta Sauce - The Vegan Rhino

 Cheesy Pasta Sauce - The Vegan Rhino

A very quick and easy dish to curb any cheesy pasta desires. Comfy and filling, it comes together in a flash and is a perfect last-minute meal! This is one of my favorite go-to meals to make, with a touch of fresh parsley before serving to boost the flavor!

Cheesy Pasta Sauce - The Vegan Rhino

Yield: 4 1/4

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. plant-based butter

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

3 small garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. organic all-purpose flour

1 cup oat milk

1/2 cup vegetable broth

3 oz. non-dairy cream cheese

1 1/4 cups plant-based mozzarella cheese shreds

3/4 cup plant-based cheddar cheese shreds

1 tsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce

 

Seasonings

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

 

Directions

  1. In a sauce pot, melt butter on medium heat and sauté onions for 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook an additional minute.
  2. Sprinkle flour evenly and stir cooking for a minute. Pour in oat milk and broth slowly, stirring as you do. Combine cheeses, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, and mix until smooth and cheese has melted.
  3. Serve with cooked pasta of choice.

 

Chef’s tip: Refrigerate sauce for up to 1 week. 

Heart of Palm Crabless Cakes

Heart of Palm Crabless Cakes - The Vegan Rhino

 Heart of Palm Crabless Cakes - The Vegan Rhino

Sometimes in life you need a good shortcut, especially when it comes to a recipe. That’s why these crab cakes are made with heart of palm and not crab meat! Whether you are vegan or don’t eat fish, these crabless cakes are just for you.

Heart of Palm Crabless Cakes - The Vegan Rhino

Yield: 4

Ingredients

14 oz. heart of palm

1/4 cup plant-based mayonnaise

1⁄2 cup green pepper, diced

1⁄4 cup red pepper, diced

2 Tbsp. scallions, chopped

1 tsp. fresh dill, chopped

1 tsp. flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 1/4 cup water, prepared

1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup breadcrumbs, divided

2 Tbsp. avocado oil

 

Directions

  1. Begin by draining hearts of palm and shredding them. Slice into medium size pieces and oat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine shredded hearts of palm, mayo, green bell pepper, red pepper, scallions, dill, parsley, prepared egg replacer, salt, pepper and half breadcrumbs. Mix well and refrigerate for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  3. Form into 4 patties and gently press into bread crumbs to coat.
  4. In frying pan on medium heat, add oil and once hot, place cakes in pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from pan onto a cooling rack with paper towel under to catch any oil drips.
  5. Serve warm with remoulade sauce and garnished with micro greens and lemon wedge.

Chef’s tip: Freeze tightly wrapped for up to 1 month.

Crispy Shallot Farro Salad

Crispy Shallot Farro Salad - The Vegan Rhino

Crispy Shallot Farro Salad - The Vegan Rhino 

This Crispy Shallot Farro Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette is simply divine! Using the cooled infused shallot-oil as the base for the dressing adds a depth of flavor like no other! The perfect thing about this salad is how universal it can be, as either a side dish or main entree.

Crispy Shallot Farro Salad - The Vegan Rhino

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2-3 romaine lettuce heads, washed, quartered & chopped

1 cup farro

2 cups vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

 

Shallot Vinaigrette

3 oz. shallots, halved & thinly sliced

1/3 cup avocado oil

3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. agave

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

 

Optional

2 Tbsp. flat leaf parsley, chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

 

Directions

  1. In a small skillet on medium heat, add oil and sauté shallots until golden brown, roughly 8 minutes. Remove shallots with slotted spoon onto a paper towel and add oil to a blender.
  2. Begin a low speed and carefully drizzle apple cider vinegar with Dijon, agave, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a pot, bring vegetable broth, bay leaf, and salt to boil and add farro. Reduce heat to low and simmer, cooking for 27 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and cooked. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  4. On a large plate, place lettuce down and top with farro and vinaigrette. Top with crispy shallots.
  5. Serve garnished with parsley and basil.

Chef’s tip: For individual plates, top romaine with 1/2 cup farro for each plate. 

Mushroom Marsala Spaghetti

Mushroom Marsala Spaghetti - The Vegan Rhino

Mushroom Marsala Spaghetti - The Vegan Rhino

This easy to make Mushroom Marsala Sauce is a great addition to elevate plain spaghetti into a restaurant-quality dish. You could serve these mushrooms over cauliflower steaks, mashed potatoes, or whatever you’d like! For someone who grew up not enjoying mushrooms, I have to be honest, this dish rocks with a savory flavor that keeps you wanting more.

Mushroom Marsala Spaghetti - The Vegan Rhino

Yields 4 servings, roughly 1 3/4 cup sauce

Ingredients

1 lb. spaghetti, or as much as you’d like

1 Tbsp. + 1 1/2 tsp. avocado oil

1 cup shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced 

1 cup  baby Bella mushrooms, thinly sliced

1/4 cup shallot, minced

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

3/4 cup Marsala wine

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 Tbsp. plant-based butter

1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

 

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to boxed instructions and drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the mushrooms and shallots until tender and slightly brown. Add garlic and cook unfurl fragrant. Sprinkle with flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Slowly add the Marsala wine and cook until reduced by half. Stir in vegetable stock, butter, and heat until sauce thickens. Stir in cooked pasta and slowly add pasta water,  as needed.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.

 

Chef’s tip: Using pasta water helps thicken the sauce and helps stick to the noodles.

Classic Chinese Lo Mein

Chinese Noodle Dish - The Vegan Rhino

Chinese Noodle Dish - The Vegan Rhino

This classic lo mein noodle dish is tossed together with a homemade lo mein sauce and veggies, making it a simple and delicious weekday meal. Being able to recreate dishes that you would normally buy from a restaurant is much more satisfying when you do it yourself. Since this recipe takes literally no more than 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll be eating in no time!

Chinese Noodle Dish - The Vegan Rhino

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

8 oz. plant-based lo mein noodles

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

2 large garlic cloves, minced 

1 medium white onion, thinly sliced

1 medium red bell pepper, julienned

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup green onions

1 cup bean sprouts

 

Lo Mein sauce

1/4 cup organic tamari sauce

1/2 tsp. rice wine vinegar

2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

2 tsp. organic raw brown agave

2 tsp. cornstarch + 2 Tbsp. water, mixed

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds, to garnish

Thinly diagonally sliced green onions, to garnish

 

Directions

  1. In a mason jar, combine sauce ingredients and shake until mixed. Set aside.
  2. Cook noodles according to package instructions and drain, set aside.
  3. In a skillet on medium heat, add oil and sauté garlic and onions for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, carrots, green onion, and bean sprouts. Pour sauce around sides of pan and mix in noodles. Cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Serve warm garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

 

Chef’s tip: This noodle dish can be served warm or cold! If serving cold, drizzle top with toasted sesame oil before serving.

Chickpea & Lentil Chili

Chickpea & Lentil Chili - The Vegan Rhino

Chickpea & Lentil Chili - The Vegan Rhino 

Big bowls of warm chili on cold days make for the best afternoons during the changing of the seasons. Instead of pairing chili with pasta or eating it with chips, I’ve roasted an entire spaghetti squash instead! A local farm I get my produce from had fresh spaghetti squash so I couldn’t pass it up. This dish is great for those trying to limit carbs or want something light on the stomach.

Chickpea & Lentil Chili - The Vegan Rhino

Yield 5

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 medium yellow onion, diced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound chickpeas, cooked

1 cup cooked lentils

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 cup tomato sauce

2 cups diced tomatoes

 

Seasoning

2 Tbsp. + 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. ground cumin

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

2 tsp. organic cane sugar, optional

1 1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

 

Directions

  1. In a pot on medium heat, add oil, onions, and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and serve warm with cornbread, spaghetti, or your choice of sides.

 

Chef’s tip: The sugar helps to balance out the flavor and acidity of the tomatoes. 

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe - The Vegan Rhino

Cacio e Pepe - The Vegan Rhino 

Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper) is an Italian dish consisting of 4 ingredients that make it thick and creamy. The key is to perfectly cook the pasta and retain that liquid once done for the sauce. The starch from the pasta water is critical to making this pan sauce so make sure not to skimp on this step. If you do, you most likely will not get the proper consistency once it’s finished.

Cacio e Pepe - The Vegan Rhino

Yield 3

Ingredients

1 lb. box tonnarelli or bucatini pasta

5 Tbsp. vegan butter, cubed

1 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup vegan parmesan cheese

1 cup reserved pasta water

 

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring 3.5 quarts water to a boil and season well with salt (should be salty to taste). Cook the pasta until al dente, roughly 10 minutes. Reserve pasta water before draining.
  2. In a skillet on medium heat, melt the butter and add the pepper, stirring around until toasted, about 45 seconds. Add reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheese until melted and pour in the drained pasta, tossing to coat.
  3. Serve immedietly.

 

Chef’s tip: If the sauce seems dry, add more of the reserved pasta water to thin it out.

Zucchini Burgers

Zucchini Burgers - The Vegan Rhino

Zucchini Burgers - The Vegan Rhino 

These zucchini patties are super tasty if you’re looking to try something new. You can enjoy these as a burger or even smothered in tomato sauce with melted non-diary parm on top. Either way, the options are endless and it’ll be a big winner in your family or friend group. These go perfect with my fluffy dinner rolls recipe as burger buns! Check out my latest reels to see how I transform them into pumpkins!!

Zucchini Burgers - The Vegan Rhino

Yields 4 patties

Ingredients

1 (15 oz.) can white beans, drained & reserve liquid

1/4 cup organic all-purpose flour

1 cup grated zucchini, squeezed until dry

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 scallions, sliced

1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. Himalayan Pink salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. avocado oil, for frying

 

Garlic-Lemon Mayo

1/4 cup plant-based mayonnaise

1/4 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the beans, flour, and smash until smooth. Add grated zucchini, bread crumbs, garlic, scallions, onion, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and mix until combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form mixture into 4 patties. Place on baking sheet and cover, freezing for 10 minutes before frying.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with oil and cook each side for roughly 4 minutes or until browned. 
  5. Serve with toasted bun and other toppings and/or condiments.

 

Chef’s tip: Use reserved liquid as needed to help mixture form.