Welcome to Brand New Vegan!
I’m SO glad you found me! I’m Chuck and I’m a Plant Based Recipe Blogger!
I create and share wholesome, family-oriented, comfort food recipes that just happen to be made from plants. I’m a Vegan who follows a Whole Food, Plant Based, No Oil Diet as recommended by doctors such as Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Neil Barnard.
I created this website to help you transition to this new way of eating, because as somebody who has ‘been there, done that’ – I know it can be HARD.
But with familiar , comfort food recipes you probably grew up with – I know it can be a whole lot easier.
All of my recipes are free, so please enjoy and share with your friends.
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Looking for something a little exotic for dinner tonight? But without a lot of fuss? Then you have to try this Tofu Mushroom Curry from Archana's Kitchen. The Ginger Mustard Sauce is to die for. I was browsing the internet last night looking for simple rice dishes...read more
Trying to get my 3yr old grandson to eat any anything healthy, is like - well I'm sure many of you know. It's darn near impossible. So imagine my surprise when he wolfed down one of these Healthy Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins. Healthy in that I used 1 full cup of oat...read more
I've been spending the last few days here with my mother-in-law, as she came up to stay with us for awhile after dad's passing last week. And let me tell you, she is NOT Vegan. Not by a long shot. So coming up with comfort foods that both she and my wife will like,...read more
Yep, this is THE Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce everyone has raved about. A simple but Creamy, Fat-Free, Vegan Cheese Sauce, made without any nuts, tofu, or dairy. Remember how silky smooth that box of Velveeta got after you melted it? Yeah - it's like that.....only this...read more
Aaaahhhh, so GOOD to be home where I can enjoy some comfort food, like this Homemade Tomato Soup. For those of you who didn't catch it from my Facebook posts, my very dear father-in-law passed away last Tuesday. So this last week has been a roller coaster of long...read more
This Vegan Mushroom Gravy is pure gravy heaven. I mean there's just something magical about gravy …..isn't there? Maybe it's the memories of mom walking me down to the corner grill before school for a big 'ole plate of biscuits and gravy. Or maybe it's the beef...read more
The carrot/potato cheese phenomenon seems to be taking the vegan world by storm - and for good reason - it's healthy, it's creamy, and it taste like cheese! Well ok - maybe not exactly like cheese..... What I tell new people is it depends on how long ago it's been...read more
Beef Manhattan - an Indiana thing. Hoosier comfort food at its best. I can't tell you how many of these plates I ate as a kid growing up in Indianapolis. Never heard of it? A Beef Manhattan is basically a roast beef sandwich, cut corner to corner with a big scoop...read more
Summertime is right around the corner. And that means BBQs! Hey now, don't be sad or feel left out. Just because we're vegan doesn't mean we can't enjoy BBQs too. Oh heck no. As a matter of fact, with THIS recipe for Vegan Baked Beans, you may well be the STAR of...read more
My wife absolutely LOVES Rice Pilaf. It's light. It's fluffy. And it's SO full of flavor compared to steamed rice or white sticky rice. But it's also usually fried in fat, oil. or butter. That's the distinction of Rice Pilaf. The dried rice is usually toasted first...read more
Having lived in New Mexico for 10 years, and Texas for another 5 means one thing….. I LOVE SALSA! It's fresh, it's tangy, and it goes on darn near anything. So what with Cinco de Mayo coming up, I thought I'd share with you this Super Easy Salsa Recipe that you can...read more
A good Minestrone Soup is almost like the perfect meal, isn't it? Something about all those greens, beans, and veggies swimming together in an Italian tomato broth…mmm perfect. I think this was one of my very first soups I made when I became a Brand New Vegan, and...read more
What I'm about to say may gross you out, but I was actually one of those guys who loved Miracle Whip. Yep. I ate many Miracle Whip Sandwiches. You know, just the mayonnaise and bread? Weird huh. I liked Cheeze Whiz too. Must be something in my genes. Now the...read more
I had a friend in New Mexico who always spent his Christmas Holiday weekend making homemade Tamales. And oh were they ever good! I LOVE homemade tamales! But making them? Trust me, from what I remember from watching my friends, they're a lot of work! Fortunately,...read more
“I’m from Texas and have been very disappointed with many of the vegan chili’s that I’ve tried. I made this recipe tonight and all I can say is…. This recipe is THE BOMB!! Nothing else need be said!!!”
“Chuck: My wife and I tried this amazing cheese sauce with some whole wheat rotini tonight. Honestly couldn’t resist it…so mac and cheesy without all the cheesy badness. Thanks for the great recipe!! I have shared it on my blog today!”
“This was AWESOME and the hubby claimed this as his favorite vegan meal with meat subs that we’ve tried since we went vegan 4 weeks ago!!! We are brand new vegans, and we will be back for more!”
“This Mac and “Cheese” is beyond delicious! There aren’t enough words to describe the fabulous mouthfeel and amazing taste! It’s cheesy and gooey…it’s a perfect replacement for real cheese. So amazingly delicious!”
“These are fantastic – hands down the best oven baked fries ever. I wouldn’t have believed how crispy they could be without oil until I tried them myself. I’ve had these 7 out of the past 9 days, and they just keep getting better every time (seriously, you’ve created a monster…). Loving your site – thank you!”
“Chuck, Your recipes have changed our lives for the better. Thank you for sharing. Your recipes make it easy for me to learn to cook. Honesty, I cannot thank you enough!”
“TRY the brand new vegan cauliflower tacos, amazing, not kidding, they are literally the best taco, I’ve EVER, made!!
Bobby Anderson – Plant Fueled Trucker
“Can I just say again how amazing these are?! I cut up a large head of cauliflower and a large package of mushrooms and seasoned it up. I’ve made 3 meals out of the “meat” in place of ground beef, those three meals have made enough for two suppers and a lunch for two people. So cheap, so delicious, so versatile! Chuck you are an angel sent from heaven to show us veggie nirvana. Anyone who hasn’t tried this yet, you gotta do it! Do it now! Stop reading this comment and start cooking. You won’t be disappointed!
“This was my first attempt at making a vegan recipe. All I can say is AMAZE BALLS! I will definitely be making this recipe again and look forward to making more recipes from this site. Thank you Chuck for making this plunge into being a vegan not only tasty but less overwhelming by giving me many ideas of how to keep myself and my husband fed.”
“I made this today, and won a third place trophy in a neighborhood chili cook off, and there were nine other recipes, only two of them were vegan! And this is Texas! Very good!”
“Chuck, I discovered your green chili sour cream a few months ago… It has seriously changed my life!!!! I now sub silken tofu for the cashews to cut down on the fat. Thanks for this recipe!!!”
“Because your recipes and my Man are somehow cosmically linked. He’s liked every single recipe of yours that I’ve made for him. And he’s started to make them himself…which is his way of giving them 2 thumbs up. (This is from a man that happily ate frozen bbq tyson chicken wings and multiple bags of shredded cheese per week just 8 months ago.) Thank you Chuck!”
” I follow a lot of excellent vegan bloggers. I use recipes from all, but, you, Chuck, are my favorite. I made you ‘Best Damn Vegan Chili Ever’ last week. It is fabulous. And, the chicken and dumplings. Oh, my. I will be trying this next!”
” Everyone loves your recipes because they are normal food that everyone eats everyday. Not a fancy recipe you hope you will like. Just good ole home town cooking. ”