Spring is upon us, which means this is the start of my two favorite fruit seasons in a row. Spring and Summer are the times my favorite fruits are in season, cheap, juicy and itching to be used in some recipes! Strawberries and watermelon are the reigning champs in my love for fruit battle. I actually really like the cold weather, so fruits and veggies are really the only reason I look forward to Spring and Summer. These, vegan strawberry buttermilk biscuits are definitely sweetening the pot. Strawberries are every where right now, and I HAD to make something amazing with them!
Have you ever been to Wingers? They have this chicken appetizer called Sticky Fingers. The sauce looks and smells amazing. I have always wanted to try all their sauces, but alas, they have no fake chicken. Come on everyone. Every place should have a vegan option for me, geez. Well, I can just do it myself then. Here is my take on their signature chicken made vegan. The sauce is out of this world, I baked them instead of frying them. Paired with the best damn vegan blue cheese sauce. YES!
On Valentine’s day, my mother in law took our daughter out to eat so that my husband and I could have a few minutes alone, which is pretty rare. She took our daughter to Dairy Queen for ice cream after they ate, and she came home eating her ice cream. It got me thinking about how much I loved Buster Bars when I was a kid. I can imagine by now you can pick up on my thought process. No non vegan food will hold me back. I shall make it vegan and I shall make it vegan immediately. So, you are welcome for these Vegan Buster Bars.
One of our favorite restaurants in town serves Southern food with a modern twist. They have a all kinds of really awesome things that I think are really genius. However, the idea that always strikes me as brilliant is their Pimento goat cheese spread. My husband gets it all the time, and the fact that it is not vegan is not going to stop me from making some. I told my husband I was going to make a Vegan Pimento Goat Cheese Spread that would taste even better than the one he always eats. That is a challenge, and the challenge was accepted.
Are you a human being? If the answer is yes, then you will love these vegan Parmesan truffle tater tots. There is something about the smell of truffle oil that makes my mouth water. It makes me want to bathe in a huge bath full of truffle oil and smell it constantly for like a month straight. There is a restaurant my husband and I like to go to, and they have Parmesan truffle fries which I can smell while they are bring delivered. I as always knew that one day I would make a vegan version, but then I thought, what if I take it a step further. Tater tots.
Carrot cake is amazing. I feel like we can all agree. Yes? Yes. Now that that is out of the way, let us talk about the best carrot cake type dessert I have ever tasted. These vegan carrot cake cheesecake bars. They are wonderful, and make me so happy! My daughter is a vegetarian, not vegan, so she eats eggs and dairy, and is free to taste many samples when we go to the store. She is a big fan of Costco on Sundays when they have a million samples. They had carrot cake the other day, and she ate two samples. I had to put a fake mustache on to get back in line(jk). Which got me thinking about how amazing carrot cake is.
I really fancy a good ravioli, perfect pasta, perfect filling, perfect sauce accompaniment. So, I was thinking about making unique fillings for ravioli, housed inside the most delicious fresh pasta, that go with each season. What season is coming guys? Spring! Broccoli rabe is in season in the spring time! So the peppery greens coupled with other light spring flavors, like lemon and pine nuts, seemed like a great idea! This vegan broccoli rabe ravioli is amazing!
I still ate meat when McDonald’s came out with their McGriddle breakfast sandwiches. I was in my early teens, and my dad was busy, so he would often swing by and get us breakfast. It was then I discovered the glory of pancakes and sausage living in sweet harmony. I have never forgotten the McGriddle, however, I will never eat another one for obvious reasons. So, I wanted to create something super simple, health(ish), and really, really delicious with a similar flavor.
Have you ever had satay? It is super fun, and from what I remember, super delicious. There was a little Asian restaurant that my dad used to take us to when I was a kid. They had chicken satay with peanut sauce, and they would bring you a little burner with a tiny grill to cook it yourself. I loved it! I thought it was so much fun. I saw a beef satay on a menu the other day, and thought what a great idea it would be to use black beans to mimic beef would be. My husband and I were discussing how to make this happen, and we figured on there was only like a 20% chance it would work. Well, I worked out completely and amazingly! It is so friggin’ delicious.