One-Dish Vegan from Robin Robertson with a Recipe & a Giveaway

One-Dish Vegan

I’m happy to be hosting cookbook author Robin Robertson on her One-Dish Vegan blog tour today! Robin is here to share her recipe for Mac and Thai, and she’s brought a copy of the book with her for one lucky winner to enjoy. You can enter the giveaway contest at the end of the post.

Polenta Bake with Spinach and Mushrooms

As the title implies, One-Dish Vegan focuses on one-course meals, which is the type of meal I like to make. These meals come together quickly, and some can even be assembled ahead of time, which is a big help on busy work nights. As with Robin’s other cookbooks, the ingredients are easy to find and the recipes are omnivore friendly. The recipes in One-Dish Vegan range from soups, stews and salads to pastas and casseroles. There’s even an entire chapter devoted to chili! This book is perfect for the new vegan who is trying to figure her way around in a meatless kitchen as well as the seasoned cook looking for some new dishes to add to her repertoire. It’s also a great book for the omnivore who is trying to reduce her meat consumption.

Spinach and Quinoa Tart

 I did something a little different with One-Dish Vegan. Whenever I get a new cookbook, I tend to make a cup of tea and then curl up the book as if it were a novel, marking off recipes that I want to make. Well, I did do that again this time, but rather than run out to the store to buy ingredients, I made dishes that contained ingredients I already had. Because of this new tactic (“tactic” sounds better than “laziness”) I was able to try some dishes I might not have have otherwise cooked. I hadn’t marked the page for the Spinach and Quinoa Tart recipe, but I made it because I had tub of spinach that was in danger of going bad in the fridge. It was quite tasty and a nice change of pace from the meals I usually make.


Penne with Garlicky Escarole and White Beans

A recent co-op share came with a head of escarole, so I checked the index for recipes I could make with it. I went with Penne with Garlicky Escarole and White Beans. I added some onion and sun-dried tomatoes, just because it seemed like the thing to do. This meal came together faster than I could have run out for take-out, and was much more delicious than anything I could have ordered from any local restaurants. 


Spicy Peanut Soup

The Spicy Peanut Soup was my favorite dish from One-Dish Vegan. I’m a total sucker for spicy, peanutty soups and stews, and this one is packed with veggies, rice and tofu, making it a perfect meal for a chilly fall evening. 


And now here’s Robin with her recipe for Mac and Thai…


Mac and Thai

Mac And Thai

One-Dish Vegan

Recipe © 2013 by Robin Robertson and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press. Photo by Robin Robertson


Gluten-free Option | Serves 4


Leftover pad Thai was the inspiration for this macaroni pie with Thai flavors. It actually tastes like pad Thai, so I almost called it Pad Thai Pie. Instead of the white beans, you may substitute 1 1/2 cups crumbled firm tofu, if you like. Use rice noodles to make this gluten-free.



  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans or 1 (15.5-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup plain unsweetened almond milk or other nondairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 5 scallions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt
  • 3 cups cooked linguine or soaked rice noodles (6 to 8 ounces before cooking)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 6 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into
  • 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced white mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons wheat-free tamari or vegan oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon natural sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chili paste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons crushed unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or Thai basil
  • Lime wedges, for serving



1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9- to 10-inch pie plate or quiche pan.


2. In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the beans, almond milk, nutritional yeast, half of the scallions, the lime juice, vinegar, peanut butter, garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until smooth, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the noodles and mix well to combine. Set aside.


3. Heat the oil or water in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4 minutes to soften. Add the asparagus, garlic, carrot, bell pepper, mushrooms, and remaining scallions. Stir in the tamari, sugar, chili paste (if using), and water. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking until the liquid has mostly evaporated. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the noodle mixture and mix well to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.


4. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Arrange the tomato halves on top of the mixture around the outer edge of the pan in an evenly spaced circle, pressing the tomatoes lightly into the mixture. Cover loosely and bake for 45 minutes, or until bubbly. Let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle the top with the peanuts and cilantro. Serve with 


Enter to win a copy of One-Dish Vegan by following the instructions below. Contest ends a midnight on Sunday, November 10th. US. residents only, please.


122 Responses to “One-Dish Vegan from Robin Robertson with a Recipe & a Giveaway”

  1. Becca says:

    My favorite one dish meal is actually from Robin’s Quick Fix Vegan: Skillet Lasagna!

  2. Ben says:

    My favorite one-dish meal is vegan mac and cheese. So easy, and so good. I’ll definitely have to try the mac and Thai, though.

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  4. Danielle says:

    A giant salad with lots of toppings! I have a really hard time limiting myself to just one dish at night though. I feel compelled to serve my family more than one thing.

  5. Nicole Selah Destrampe says:

    Vegan lasagna is my favorite

  6. Lizzie says:

    Tofu scrambler! Infinite varieties possible in one dish!

  7. DonnaJean says:

    My favorite one dish meal is actually ratatouille! But I am dying to get the recipe for the polenta with spinach and mushroom bake that’s shown above!

  8. Kelly G. says:

    Skillet pizza!

  9. Vegyogini says:

    My favorite one-dish meal is kitchari. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Denise Larson says:

    Tofu Scramble!

  11. Thomas says:

    I am a new Vegan and I can not pick just one. They are all so good and delicious. I wish I had done this many yrs ago but have realized, any time is the right time to stop consuming things my body does not need!

  12. cp says:

    Chili is my favorite one dish meal. So easy to make, yummy and filling, too!

  13. Three-bean chili, topped with homemade guacamole! But I also love Isa Chandra’s Tofu Scramble, or a good pasta dish too!

  14. Stephanie says:

    Can’t beat vegan lasagna!

  15. Chessa says:

    My favorite one-dish meal changes with the season! But right now for the colder months, I’d have to go with Rustic White Beans with Mushrooms (from Veganomicon). Soooo tasty and comforting!

  16. Kathryn says:

    Bean salad (mixed beans, drained salsa, black olives, artichoke hearts, on a bed of romaine or spinach).

  17. zoe says:

    Chili! It has been a recipe passed down throughout many women in our family, then it was altered to be vegetarian and vegan friendly. The ultimate comfort food.

  18. Taylor says:

    My favourite one pot meal is crock pot bean chili – cook overnight, and you’re good to go!

  19. donna says:

    My favorite is E2 shepherd’s pie… so yummy!

  20. Jessica says:

    My favorite one dish meal is definitely soup! I love all kinds!!

  21. Susan says:

    My favorite one dish meal is a good hot bowl of chili.

  22. Wendy says:

    My favorite 1 dish meal is definitely miso soup with carrots, onion, tofu and collards! :)

  23. Holly Hall says:

    I love stir-fries. Yum!!!

  24. Michelle says:

    Vegan mac and “cheeze” will always have a special place in my heart as the ultimate comfort food!

  25. Julia Rapini says:


  26. Rachel says:

    My favorite one dish meal is an type of stir fry – quick and easy! I love cleaning out my fridge of all the left over vegetables and making something delicious.

  27. Tina. says:

    Chili or any soup.

  28. Galia says:

    My favorite one dish meal is veggie bean soup!

  29. Sharen Sammons says:

    My favorite one dish meal is soup/stew/chili – I just love coming up with or finding recipes for different combinations and it is so easy to just dump the ingredients into a soup pot and let them simmer.

  30. David C says:

    My fave one-dish meal is roasted winter veg casserole.

  31. Susan G. says:

    My fave one dish meal is Chili! =)

  32. Lorieen says:

    Vegan stew

  33. charj says:

    My favorite one dish meal is a big salad

  34. Currently my fave is chickpea casserole with crushed chips on top…yumza!

  35. Martha says:

    Veggie chili! I load up the slow cooker with tons of veggies including sweet potatoes & beans & some chipotles in adobo, spices, top it with avocado & cashew sour cream :) YUM!

  36. Ann says:

    My current favorite is Puerto Rican Beans and Sweet Potatoes over brown rice (I throw in some kale or collard greens to round it out).

  37. sarah says:

    vegan hash!

  38. christina says:

    vegan lasagna. all the comforts of my childhood, but with my choice of ingredients… not harming any animals….

  39. christina says:

    but have to admit.. chili… can’t beat that… mmmm… warm…. and baby it’s cold outside!!!

  40. Darla Phelps says:

    16 bean soup

  41. Val says:

    My favorite one dish meal is definitely soup! I love them all! =)

  42. RuthAnn says:

    My favorite one dish meal is Pasta with vegan Alfredo sauce.

  43. LaJana says:

    My favorite one dish meal is enchilada casserole!!

  44. Ilene says:

    Lasagna – I like to make it using eggplant in place of the noodles.

  45. Phill says:

    My favorite one dish meal is 16 bean soup.

  46. Jennifer K says:

    My fave one-dish meal is definitely mac n cheeze

  47. susan says:

    white bean – kale – yam stew

  48. Lisa Hochstetler says:

    my favorite one dish meal is pizza

  49. Jessica P says:

    Veggie lasagna

  50. Terri says:

    My favorite one dish meal is a corn, onion, tomato saute. Yum, yum, yum!

  51. nancy says:

    Baked spaghetti

  52. Tory says:

    I love making stir fry. Easy and healthy way to use up all your veggies :)

  53. Terri Cole says:

    Skillet Gnocchi with White Beans and Swiss Chard is my favorite one-pot meal. The original recipe came from Eating Well and was topped with 2 kinds of cheese, but since becoming vegan we actually like it better without the dairy!

  54. Donna F. says:

    Veggie stir-fry!

  55. chris says:

    Mac And Thai

  56. Adele says:

    I love a hearty soup filled with root vegetables.

  57. My favorite is unstuffed vegetarian peppers!

  58. christine says:

    Mac And Thai

  59. Ivonne says:

    My favorite one dish meal is any kind of stew/soup! Especially when Fall is just around the corner!

  60. kasha says:

    My favorite on dish meal would be a vegan desertI made for my brithday. A vegan nainamo bar. Delicious and gave me amazing energy

  61. kasha says:

    My favorite one dish meal would be a vegan desertI made for my brithday. A vegan nainamo bar. Delicious and gave me amazing energy

  62. Whitney says:

    Steamed collard greens with diced up sweet potato, onion, mushrooms, peppers…doused with pepper and whatever spices I’m feeling that day (I go with cumin, turmeric, etc., pretty often).

  63. Tracy says:

    My favorite is chili.

  64. Jennifer says:

    Minestrone soup

  65. Meridith says:

    Macaroni and Cheez!

  66. Karen L says:

    Any kind of soup these days. Last night: leek and potato.

  67. Yen Parrott says:

    bulgur and black beans stuffed bell peppers

  68. Amy says:

    three sisters stew with cornmeal dumplings

  69. alice says:

    I love Ratatoulle — stir fry with awesome vegetables :) xx Just so delicious !!

  70. Deb E says:

    Red beans and rice casserole with plenty of hot sauce! I’ll have to add some spinach like the recipes here.

  71. Emily says:

    Teriyaki bulgar salad with whatever veggies I have around – hopefully kale!

  72. Judy says:

    My favorite one dish meal is vegetable fried rice with tofu and peanut sauce

  73. Erin M says:

    My favorite one-dish is a one-pizza dish: Thai Chick-Un Pizza. Completely vegan, completely delicious.

  74. Rochelle says:

    Tofu scramble with mushrooms and spinach/kale/chard.

  75. Lisa says:

    Skillet Lasagna

  76. Korie B says:

    Tofu scramble! I make it all the time and it’s never the same but always delicious!!

  77. Martha says:

    Mac and “Cheese”!

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  79. Susan Hollingshead says:

    My favourite one dish meal has to be vegetarian curry with apple and raisins.

  80. Kelly M says:

    I would have to say my favourite one dish meal is chili.

  81. sonja says:


  82. Carolyn G says:

    I like my rigatoni pasta bake

  83. elizabeth findlay says:

    Dolmades & mac & Cheeze.

  84. Krista says:

    My favorite one dish meal is a hearty chili with lots of veggies.

  85. Juanita says:

    My favorite dish is the chili.

  86. Courtney says:

    Chili and stir fry are my favorite.

  87. Judy Defabrizio says:

    My favorite one dish meal is Gardeners Pie made with lentils, mushrooms and spinach…..yummy!!!

  88. Vicki Scott-DeGraff says:

    Love, love, love vegan shepard’s pie!

  89. Lakshmi says:

    Lasagna is good, but then so is a good tomato soup. Stir-fry is also really good.

  90. Karen says:

    ‘Everything-that-looks-like-it-can-still-be-used’ pasta using gluten free noodles — basically all the leftover vegetables and halves of this and that in a rich tomatoey basily garlicky sauce YUM!!!

  91. Dorothy says:

    Easy pasta! :)

  92. Michelle says:

    Cajun rice and beans with green peppers, and onions, and carrots, and canned tomatoes.

  93. kerriann says:

    pumpkin pearl barley risotto!

  94. Terrie K. says:

    Eggplant parmesan (vegan cheese of course).

  95. joyce says:

    veggie lasagna!

  96. Marci F says:

    This Mac & Thai looks totally drool-worthy!

  97. Maggie Adams says:

    Tofu scramble is the best!

  98. Maree says:

    Homegrown tomato sandwiches ☺

  99. Karen says:

    I always make one dish meals bit they’re not varied much. Veggies, tofu or seiten or other veggie “meat” and usually a curry type sauce.

  100. Ashley T says:

    My favorite one-dish meal is stir fry because it’s so versatile and you can make a variety of combos and flavors!

  101. Gaby says:

    Spinach and quinoa tart :)

  102. Michele says:

    Baked potato! (I guess I need some new inspiration)

  103. Mary Syrenne says:

    My favorite one dish meal is soup. I’d be satisfied eating soup every single day.

  104. Peter F says:

    Skillet pizza or chili. Can’t decide.

  105. Jane Downes says:

    Vegie stir fry with rice

  106. Liza McAlister says:

    My favorite one dish meal : anything from the crock pot! Veggie chili mostly.

  107. Amy Mendoza says:

    Broccoli cheeze or split pea soup!

  108. Monica says:

    I love vegan lasagna! My husband and I can’t go wrong with it!

  109. Monica says:

    My favorite recipe is thai coconut tempah with pineapple salsa! YUM!

  110. Tina says:

    My favorite one dish meal is a simple veggie lasagna made with gluten free no boil noodles. I just found this site tonight and am hoping to try a lot of new recipes.

  111. Jacinta says:

    My favorite one dish meal has got to be soup. I love trying new ones and leftovers make great lunches or freeze for a supper later in the week.

  112. Erin says:

    I’m a new vegan so I’m still working on collecting recipes, but salads are a favorite and with the cold weather starting I’ve been making lots of soups. Looking forward to trying the recipe above, thank you! :)

  113. marie says:

    Love all kinds of soups…

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