Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff

Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff- The Vegan Rhino

Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff- The Vegan Rhino

This no fuss + budget-friendly vegan mushroom stroganoff is so creamy and delicious. This dish is the ultimate winter meal, and one of my favorites when I was a kid growing up. The key to this dish is getting a nice seat on the onion and mushrooms, building up the flavor and adding layers to this tasty dish. You can eat this with some noodles (everyone’s favorite) or you can smother this creamy mushroom sauce over dinner rolls! Whichever your decision, you’ll surely enjoy this recipe.

Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff- The Vegan Rhino

Yield 2


2-3 Tbsp. vegan butter

16 oz. mushroom, sliced

1 medium yellow onion, minced

3 small garlic cloves, chopped

1 cup Tofutti sour cream

1/2 cup oat milk

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar + 3 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard 

1/2 tsp. Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. ground pepper


  1. In a frying pan on medium-high heat, sauté the onion and mushrooms with butter and salt for 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Mix in the sour cream, oat milk, apple cider mixture, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and pepper.
  3. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes and remove from heat. Serve over pasta or cauliflower rice and spinach.Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff- The Vegan Rhino


Chef’s tip: I like to add 1/4 cup of vegan parmesan cheese just before serving.

Mushroom Gravy 

Mushroom Gravy 

Mushroom Gravy 

This Mushroom Gravy recipe is perfect for my vegan roast turkey, garlic-chive mashed potatoes, or anything else you can think of! Growing up, I would pour tons of gravy on my stuffing, mashed potatoes, and anything else I could, I would. Realizing the importance of a good gravy, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for your holiday roasts and more!

 Mushroom Gravy 

Yield 8


1/4 cup vegan butter

2 (8 oz) packages baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

1/4 cup white onion, chopped

1/4 cup King Arthur organic flour

3-1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. fresh thyme, minced


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the sliced mushrooms and onions. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and sauté for 15 minutes until the water has evaporated. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Sprinkle the flour and cook for an addition 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly pour the vegetable broth while stirring and season with salt, pepper, and thyme. 
  3. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into gravy boat. 
  4. Serve immedietly.

Chef’s tip: Add a splash of vegan worcestershire sauce.

Earthy Mushroom Stew

Earthy Mushroom Stew
Earthy Mushroom Stew

Tired of eating the same foods over and over again? If you are like me, then you are always looking for new ways to create delicious food. Using other sources of protein, in this case textured sunflower protein from sunflower seeds, is an innovative and health-conscious way to eat more sustainably. The flavor profile of this earthy mushroom stewy is extrodinary! It tastes best with noodles in my opinion, however, you can dish it up with whatever you’d like!

Earthy Mushroom Stew

Yields 4 servings


2.6 oz. organic sunflower haché + seasoning blend

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 large onion, diced

1 medium shallot, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp. white oak sherry vinegar

8 oz. baby Bella mushrooms or cremini, diced

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, minced

4 cups vegetable broth


  1. In a pot on medium-high heat, add the oil, onions, and shallots. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, add the garlic, and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and turn to high heat.
  2. Deglaze the pan with the sherry vinegar and give a good stir for a minute or so. Add the vegetable broth, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper to the stew. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld together.
  4. Serve with choice of noodles, potatoes, or quinoa.

Chef’s tip: You can always add Siracha to spice things up!

Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

If you are looking for a classic lasagna recipe, then give this plant-based version a try! Each New Year, we would always have a lasagna at the dinner table, amongst other things.Being able to re-create a favorite meal, that my aunt used to make, is truly special. This plant-based mushroom and spinach lasagna is packed with flavor, protein, and nutrients our bodies need and can easily consume. Although making lasagna may take a little bit of prep and cleanup, it is totally worth the creation. From the homemade ricotta to the oh so yummy mushroom mixture of onion, spinach, garlic and tons of cheese, you will surely impress your guests and family with this recipe.

Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Yields 4-6 servings


12 lasagna sheets, cooked

1 (8 oz.) baby Bella mushrooms, diced

4 cups spinach

2 Tbsp. hemp seeds

1 large onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1-1/4 cup lentils, cooked

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

5-6 cups pasta sauce

1/2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/2 cup Follow Your Heart Parmesan Cheese

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

Ricotta Cheese:

2 cups cashews, soaked overnight

4 Tbsp. filtered water

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. basil, chopped

1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

Pinch of Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt


Ricotta Cheese:

  1. In a blender, combine cashews, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt. Blend for 1-2 minutes using your stick, until smooth consistency is achieved.
  2. Add the chopped basil to the mixture and stir in. Set aside. 


  1. In a pot, cook the lasagna pasta according to the box instructions. Drain and individually lay pasta sheets out to avoid sticking together or tearing.
  2. In a frying pan on medium-high heat, add onions, mushrooms, garlic and sauté for 4-6 minutes. Add the spinach and cooked lentils, and stir until spinach has wilted. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. On the bottom of your casserole dish, put 1/2 cup sauce on the bottom. Add the lasagna sheet in an even layer, followed by 1/3 of the following: homemade ricotta cheese, mushroom mixture, hemp seeds, basil, more sauce, and topped with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Repeat layers and top with remaining Parmesan cheese and ricotta. Cover with foil and make sure it does not touch the cheese to prevent sticking.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes and remove the foil. Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until bubbling and brown on top.
  7. Serve with side salad.

Chef’s tip: Allow lasagna to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. 

Stuffed Pumpkin with Rice and Mushroom

Stuffed Pumpkin with Rice and Mushroom

Stuffed Pumpkin with Rice and Mushroom

Have you ever tried stuffing a pumpkin and roasting it to perfection? If not, then you should try this recipe! Every Thanksgiving, my aunt makes this stuffed pumpkin with rice, sautéed onions, celery, and lots of sausage…so I took the challenge of re-creating her dish with a vegan twist. Living a plant-based life can be easy and enjoyable; I’m here to show you that all of your favorite foods can still be made with plant-based ingredients. Instead of sausage, I reconstituted dried shiitake mushrooms for a “meaty” texture which gives the dish a wonderful flavor profile!

Stuffed Pumpkin with Rice and Mushroom

Yields 2-3 pumpkins


2-3 pumpkin pie pumpkin (or 1 large pumpkin)

2 oz. dried Shitake mushrooms, chopped and reconstituted (see notes)

4 cups white rice, cooked

1 stick vegan butter

2 cups onion, chopped

1-1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup red wine, de-glaze

3 Tbsp. Worcestershire, to coat each pumpkin

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

2 tsp. pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To reconstitute the dried shitaki mushrooms, fill a bowl with hot water and soak for 1 hour. Remove the stems once they are all soft and dice the shiitake mushroom into 1-in. Note: Make sure that the mushrooms are soft and well hydrated.
  3. Saute the onion and celery for 5-7 minutes. At this same time, cook your rice according to the package instructions. Remove the onion and celery from the pan and set aside in a small bowl.
  4. In the same frying pan, add butter and reconstituted mushrooms and pan fry for 3-5 minutes. Add the red wine to the mushrooms and cook on high for 2 minutes. Add to the cooked rice, onions and celery mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
  5. Cut the top off of your pumpkin and remove the top, seeds, and clean the inside out. Brush the inner walls with Worcestershire and add the mushroom and rice mixture.
  6. Place the pumpkin inside of a pan with 1-in” water to steam. Cover the pumpkin with the top and bake for roughly 40-50 minutes. The pumpkin should be soft and the outside should be charred.

Chef’s tip: The darker the pumpkin the better. The