Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Fried Sage

Vegan Butternut Squash w/ Fried Sage

You don’t have to wait until the fall to enjoy squash recipes. You may even find that they are cheaper this time of the year so you can experiment with them to your heart’s content. After tasting this, i think that a good addition to the sauce would be almond milk and some nutritional yeast to make it creamier. If I ever try this again with more ingredients, I will update the steps here 🙂

Creamy, rich, and fully of body, this butternut squash sauce can impress even the staunchest of foodies.

Check out my recipe for Butternut Squash w/ Fried Sage after the jump!

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Easy Vegan Falafel Recipe

easy vegan falafel recipe

Back in high school, one of my first jobs was as a hostess at a small Greek chain restaurant. Ever since then, mediterranean cuisine has been one of my favorites. Mediterranean cuisines balance of proteins, herbs, rich dips and cool, crisp salads will always have a special place in my heart. Falafel is a very versatile protein that can be used in salads, wraps, power bowls, or by themselves with homemade hummus 😋 .

This was my first time making homemade falafel and it was by far the best falafel I’ve ever had. Being able to control the texture and spiciness of the falafel made it so much more enjoyable.

The hardest part? Trying to keep the falafel ball together. Initially, I rolled the falafel into balls but when I would transfer them to the skillet, they would crumble a bit. Adding more flour might help to keep the balls together, but I noticed that flattening the balls a little bit helped to keep them intact.

Another difficulty was avoiding burning yourself with the hot oil. You need to move verrryyyyy carefully when placing the falafel onto the skillet and when turning them to brown the other side. You should use tongs and a pot skimmer to place the falafel into the skillet and make sure to only heat your oil on low heat, otherwise, you run the risk of oil popping onto your skin.

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, check out my recipe for easy vegan falafel after the jump!

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Vegan Turtle Brownies

vegan turtle brownies

Have you ever made something that tasted so good, you almost didn’t believe that you made it yourself? That’s how I felt about these vegan turtle brownies that I made. DE-LI-CIOUS. It’s hard to say which tasted better, the batter, the date caramel sauce, or the final product. If I absolutely had to make a decision, I would have to say the final product. Ooey, gooey brownies without mucus-inducing dairy or high fructose corn syrup? What more could you ask for in a dessert? I also lined my baking pan with parchment paper which made for a two-second cleanup.

A gift from the gods, indeed.

Check out my recipe for Vegan Turtle Brownies with Date Caramel Sauce after the jump!

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Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Why patron fast food places that serve us garbage in a paper bag when you can make it your self?

Taco Bell is known for making ‘Mexican’ food concoctions that the world did not ask for. Now I’m inspired to start a series on veganizing recipes from chain restaurants and fast-food places like Olive Garden, Chili’s etc. so stay tuned for that. My first crack at this are a Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries brought to us by the same people who gave us the crunchwrap supreme.

This recipe pings a whopping 2 on the difficulty scale and is a great last minute snack idea or lazy lunch. If you use frozen french fries in place of homemade fries, you’ll be sitting down to enjoy your meal in no time.

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Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Melt (soy-free)

vegan tuna melt

Before I went vegan, and even when I was pescatarian many years ago, I’d probably eaten a tuna melt mayyybe once in my life. In elementary school, tuna sandwiches were always the last to be picked and I’m sure most were thrown away. What a waste of precious life 😔. [Check out my post on importance of making the switch to vegan seafood here]

When I think of a tuna sandwich, I think of spongy bread filled with yellowish-grayish mush wrapped in 10 layers of saran wrap.

Honestly, they just never appealed to me.

Fast forward many years later, and after the kindling of my love affair with jackfruit, I decided to turn this once repulsive sandwich into something that’s not only yummy, but cruelty free, cholesterol free, mercury free, and soy free. 

Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Melt Recipe

vegan jackfruit tuna melt recipe

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Vegan Rose Water Donuts (oil-free)

vegan rose water donuts

I finally have rose water in my kitchen and I’m about to go nuts. The flavor is so rich and concentrated that you only need a teaspoon or two depending on what you’re making. I purchase 2 bottles for $15 on Amazon and now I’m going to make sure I always have rose water on deck. So far I’ve used it to make a rose latte (link at the end) and these vegan rose water donuts but I also want to test out a rose gingerade and sooo many baked good so stay tuned. As the new rose water recipes go up, I’ll make sure to update the ‘recommended’ section at the bottom with links to them all.

Vegan rose water donut recipe after the jump!

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Vegan Coffee Alternatives

vegan coffee alternatives

For some people, the adrenaline rush that they get from caffeine is a bit too much for their body to handle, others cannot function unless they have a minimum of 3-cups worth. We all know the old adage, ‘everything in moderation’ but how many of us in this go-go-go world actually apply that philosophy to our caffeine consumption?

For all it’s pros, caffeine has many dangerous side effects when used excessively. After all, it’s still a drug. Like all drugs, caffeine triggers a release of dopamine that gives your body a warm and fuzzy feeling that makes makes you crave another cup. Caffeine is the world’s most popular drug, and coffee is possibly the second most valuable product after oil.

Up to 90% of Americans 🇺🇸 of all ages consume some caffeine daily and more than 50% consuming coffee daily. More than 50% average 300mg per day, with an average daily dosage for all consumers of about 200mg. One report estimates nearly 95% of Brazil’s 🇧🇷 population consumes caffeine daily,

Personally, I am a coffee wimp. One cup of coffee can sometimes send my body into an anxious frenzy and at times, it makes me bloated. Espresso seems to agree with my body a lot more than coffee but even still, I have to make sure that I am not drinking it on an empty stomach, otherwise I’ll have splitting headache the rest of the day. To make a long story short, I think it can smell my fear 🤓.

For me, coffee is a something that I indulge in when I want to treat myself and it’s more about the ‘ceremony’ of drinking coffee rather than any real benefits. I had to ask myself: is the short pleasure that I receive when I have a cup of coffee or espresso really worth putting up with these symptoms?

Whether you’re a casual drinker or a full on coffee machine, you should check out the 5 reasons why you should think about swapping out coffee for one of these recipes below. Learn how to make delicious caffeine free and vegan Rose Lattes, Lavender Lattes, Golden Milk, and Matcha Lattes with these easy recipes that will pick you up without dragging you down later.

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Vegan No-Bake Matcha Cheesecake Bites St. Patrick’s Day

vegan no-bake matcha cheesecake bites for St. Patrick's Day

Looking for a somewhat healthy treat to balance out all of the green beer you’re apt to drink on St. Patrick’s Day? Check out my super simple recipe for Vegan No-Bake Matcha Cheesecake Bites below.

The filling is a combination of soaked cashews, matcha powder, sweetener, and lemon juice. I adapted my recipe from the Minimalist Baker. You can find the original here.

I used pitted dates and walnuts for the crust and it came out divine! Can’t wait to try it out in other dessert recipes. 😊

vegan no-bake matcha cheesecake bites for St. Patrick's Day

Imagine a cheesecake that has 0 cholesterol and is made of whole, plant-based ingredients…it exists!

Enjoy 😉
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Vegan Game Day Snacks (Super Bowl)

vegan game day snacks

Vegan Game Day Snacks

For many vegans, going to Super Bowl parties means munching on french fries, dry crudités and downing copious amounts of alcohol to help you deal with all the corny vegan jokes.

After you scroll through these vegan game day snack recipes you’ll be able to sneak your own delicious vegan food onto the food table and….

FOOL. EVERYONE.

Seriously though…I highly doubt anyone will complain when they find out that the delicious macaroni, fried ‘chicken,’ ‘bacon,’ buffalo and lemon pepper wings, and the loaded cheese fries that they just ate were all vegan. If they do, tell them to send their complaints to me 😉.

Check out recipes for vegan mac & cheese topped with bacon, vegan air fried cauliflower, buffalo cauliflower wings, lemon pepper cauliflower wings, and loaded cheese fries after the jump.

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Jackfruit 5 Ways

Jackfruit 5 ways

Jackfruit was definitely my holy grail ingredient of 2017. It’s kind of a blank slate until cooked and it definitely gives 95% of all soy-based meat recipes a run for their money. There’s a jackfruit recipe for anytime of the year and for any mood, so today I will be highlighting how to make jackfruit 5 ways.

The texture when raw is hard to describe, but it’s definitely tougher raw than when cooked. When cooked, jackfruit softens and it takes very well to marinades. When used in soups, jackfruit can keep in the fridge (inside the soup) for a few days without turning into a stringy mess.

If you know anyone who’s having a hard time going vegan because they are wary of soy products, then I definitely suggest that you try all of these recipes. From tacos, to soup, to quesadillas and even crab cakes, the possibilities are literally endless.

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