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Rev. McKinney is a Buddhist monk attending the Vichara Monastery located in the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada mountains. This blog was started in order to promote the monastery's cookbook, "The Joy of an Empty Pot" that was published in 2016.

Member Since: Mar 4, 2018

Last Posted Recipe: Sep 29, 2018

Ground Beef Tofu is Vegan and Gluten Free

This is the vegetarian “ground beef” that you have been looking for. Just fry or bake Perfect Crumbled Tofu for vegan and gluten free “beef”.


Quick and Easy Pickled Beets

These pickled beets taste just as good as home canned beets from the garden. And they are a lot less work.


Dry Roasted Almonds

Dry roasted almonds can make or break a recipe that uses almonds. Once you master this recipe you may never use unroasted almonds again.



This yogurt drink is both cool and satisfying for these hot summer days. With only four ingredients, it is very quick and easy to prepare.


Perfect Crumbled Tofu

Prepare your crumbled tofu by cooking it first & it will make all the difference in the world. You can also use it in place of mashed tofu.


Manzanita Blossom Jelly

These beautiful blossoms make delicious jelly. Beware! If you share this unique jelly with a friend, they may pester you for their own jar.


Tangerine Marmalade

Tangerine or Mandarin marmalade provides a tasty respite from traditional orange marmalade.


Angel Hair, Pesto, and Fresh Salsa

This dish is so quick, easy, and delicious. You too may feel guilty when you prepare it. This one bowl meal is perfect when you're in a hurry.


Gluten-Free Vegan Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

These classic oat bars are vegan, gluten-free, easy to make, and help to use up that jellied cranberry sauce left from the holidays.