Growing up, one of my favorite recipes from my mom was her chicken francese. If you’re not familiar with chicken francese, it’s chicken cutlets that are dredged in flour and fried in a lemon-butter sauce.
This recipes for Tofu Francese uses extra-firm tofu as a substitute for the chicken in my mom’s recipe. This recipe was so much fun to create because of how close it came to the flavors I was looking for. Francese sauce is a buttery lemon sauce and can be found on the menu at most Italian restaurants.
It’s 4th of July weekend! We put together a round-up of all our favorite recipes to help you celebrate the occasion with. Sliders, pasta salad, and cupcakes – oh my! What a great weekend this is going to be.
1. Vegan Tempeh Sliders
Bake or grill the homemade vegan tempeh patty and serve on toasted slider buns. Then, spread on some basil pesto and homemade tomato sauce.
With a topping of caramelized onions and mushrooms, these grilled tempeh sliders make a delicious and nutritious meal. We used our stovetop grill pan for some and baked the rest but, with grilling season coming up and Memorial Day just around the corner, we can only imagine how PERFECT these would taste using an outdoor grill.
This recipe for basil pesto is completely vegan and nut-free. It’s packed with fresh basil, garlic, and sunflower seeds. It’s creamy with the perfect texture for pasta, pizza, bread, and more.
As much as we like to cook at home, we also enjoy eating out at restaurants. A lot of people ask about good vegan spots in Denver so we thought we can put together a comprehensive guide of restaurants that we enjoy going to.
We haven’t been to every vegan spot yet but we’re so excited about the vegan scene in Denver because it seems to be getting better all the time. More vegan options at restaurants, more vegetarian restaurants that have vegan options and substitutes, and more totally vegan restaurants too!
This guide contains both vegan restaurants but also some vegetarian and non-vegan restaurants that have great options to try. We like to think that ordering vegan options at restaurants sends a positive message to chefs and restaurant owners to keep making vegan options and also to add more.
vegan / serves alcohol / coffee / brunch / outdoor seating
837 E 17th Ave, Denver • hours*: 9a – 11p every day
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This place is amazing. They have a huge ALL DAY breakfast menu to go with their great lunch and dinner options. There can be a short wait during prime-time (dinner, weekend brunch…), but it’s totally worth it. They have great coffee (ask for the lavender latté) and serve baked goods from their vegan bakery, “Make, Believe”. They also serve alcohol, including beer, wine, cider, cocktails and mimosas.
- CAULIFLOWER WINGS – crispy cauliflower tossed in Memphis BBQ or buffalo sauce
- BISCUITS & GRAVY – savory biscuits smothered with breakfast gravy, add scrambled tofu and crumbled barley sausage
- CUBAN SANDWICH – shaved smoky seitan with pepperoncinis, pickles, mustard, swiss cheese, and tofu bacon pressed into a hoagie.