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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Who doesn’t love pasta? Creamy. Garlicky. Cheesey. Oh my – looks decadent doesn’t it? And it’s all yours, guilt-free, as this version of the classic garlic alfredo sauce uses no dairy, cream, butter, or even cheese. Instead I used a...read more
So first off, you’re probably wondering why not just buy one of those pre-packaged boxes of veggie burgers rather than go to all the trouble of making your own. The answer is simple – pre-packaged means ‘processed’ – and also means full...read more
I love vegetables. But there are a few vegetables I just never acquired a taste for, no matter how healthy they are. Brussel Sprouts are one. Asparagus is another. And finally … (insert ugly face here) … Cauliflower! Oh i’ve tried to like cauliflower, cooked or...read more
Inspired by my recent trip to New Mexico – one of the first meals I prepared when I got home – was of course – New Mexican! And I can’t think of any better accompaniment to any southwestern meal than homemade Spanish Rice. Most Spanish Rice recipes will have you...read more
Ahhhh , New Mexico! Sunshine, margaritas, hot air balloons, and Chile! My trip to New Mexico last week reminded me of just how much I missed the food. Especially the Chile! New Mexican’s love their chile sauce, and every restaurant will offer a choice...read more
Nothing screams ‘comfort-food’ like a big pot of homemade beef stew. Ok make that VEGAN beef stew. Slow simmered veggies, potatoes, and mushrooms, in a rich, thick, gravy. Dinty Moore – eat your heart out. I remember mom buying the huge cans of...read more
Although I have lived here in the Pacific Northwest for the last 16 years or so – my roots are definitely southern. I was born in the beautiful state of Kentucky and had a ton of family there from my mom’s side of the family. And between all those aunts, uncles,...read more
Dr. John McDougall often lectures about the dangers of our Rich American Diet. The word ‘rich’ used here is NOT to describe the amount of nutrition we are getting (as in a ‘nutrient rich diet’) – sadly no. The word rich is used to...read more
Stir-Frys are pretty common in my house – especially this Thai Peanut Noodle recipe which is SO tasty and simple to make. I usually make a batch of Sweet Chili Sauce to go with it, as I really like that extra kick. (What can I say? I’m a spicy kinda guy! ) 🙂 This...read more
Noodles – Peanut Butter – Garlic-y Stir Fry Sauce – Yum. If you’re craving Asian take-out, give this quick and easy stir fry of Thai Peanut Noodles a try. This is one of our favorite instant meals and comes together in 30 minutes or less. ...read more
Pronounced “meeso” – this is another one of those ingredients you’ll probably want to pick up for your Vegan Cupboard. It’s basically fermented soybean paste (with some rice or barley added for color). You’ll find it in the...read more
Who doesn’t love hummus? But Jalapeño Humms? Wow. Chickpeas, Garlic, Tahini, and Jalapeños Stuffed Olives – all blended together in a creamy goodness. Mmmm. I’ve left out the Olive Oil for a lower-fat version and you really can’t even taste...read more
This Thai Sweet Chile Sauce is simply amazing! It’s SO easy to make and takes literally minutes on the stove to prepare. And oh boy – depending on how spicy you like it? Yahoo. This is the stuff. Sweet Garlicky Spicy! We love our rice and noodles and so...read more
Mention Nutritional Yeast to your friends or family and prepare to get a lot of blank stares. You know – that deer in the headlights look….. Maybe the look you have right now….. I know – it may sound unappetizing – but you’re just going to...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. ”