How to build your own on the go vegan emergency snack kit!
How to build your own on the go vegan emergency snack kit!
These savory rolls are bubbly hot amazingness! Like an adorable, portable spinach and artichoke dip!
Everything bagels are my favorite bagels. That is all I used to eat, and I didn’t branch out until I got a little older. I love the flavor combination, it is so delicious. It is comforting and perfect. I have been wanting to make my own everything bagel spice blend for a while, and use it in an imaginative way! When I finally realized that the best thing to go with this particular spice blend, is cheese. A cheese ball with everything bagel spice mixed in, and then crusted in the spice was what I decided, and it is so G.D good. …
A fairly new tradition my family has started is to have a cheese, wine and appetizer party on Christmas eve. We have been doing this for about 5 or 6 years, and I love it. I also love trying new vegan options to have, that not only I fall in love with, but that also keeps the omnivores coming back for more. I love making different cheese balls with various nuts, coming up with flatbread pizza, tiny skewers of delicious bite sized appetizers, and last year, my husband made vegan carrot and tomato soup shooters with vegan grilled cheese dippers. This year though, I may have developed something that will top all other years. A crispy baguette sliced and perfectly toasted, topped with outstanding cashew ricotta, roasted grapes and fresh thyme.
Literally a flavor explosion, I don’t think I have tasted much better. This year, these beauties will be placed alongside regular cheese and bread and crackers, and I promise it will hold it’s own. Crispy, creamy, chewy, sweet, and salty. The ultimate handheld food. I like to peruse old Southern Living magazines and cookbooks, and a while ago I came across something similar, of course with regular ricotta. I though what a great appetizer to try to veganize, and what a perfect time to try. This would be great for any holiday party, and I am convinced it would be perfect for New Years Eve paired with crisp, bubbly champagne!
What are your beloved holiday family traditions? Or do you love to spend the holidays with friends? Either way, give this a try. Just casually incorporate it into any holiday potluck, and be the biggest hit at the party. For real.
This is a really easy recipe, it is just sightly time consuming and a bit involved. Just the cheese making process, the roasting of the grapes is a very quick and easy thing that you can do right before serving. The cheese though, I suggest making in the morning, or it would be very easy to make a day or two ahead of time and be kept in the fridge. Then you can just toast the bread, roast the grapes and take the cheese out when it is assembly time! The cashews also need to soak for at least 8 hours, but overnight would be better. So also something you can do a few days in advance. After the cashews soak though, all you have to do is throw everything in a blender. Easy peasy. Place in a cheesecloth and let drain. Ready to go!
I love bites of food I can have ready before guests arrive, so that I don’t have to spend time in the kitchen once friends and family are there. To me, the holidays are about remembering what and who are important to me. Make the best of my time with loved ones is the most important thing, and being ready at party time is a perfect way to do just that. These can be served room temperature, so you can do this when the time is best for you! I want a cocktail in my hand and my favorite people by my side!
I hope you enjoy! Happy holiday parties to you, and here’s to showing everyone you can happily make it through the holidays living an all plant based life.
Were you ever a super sweaty kid, running around outside in the summer, waiting for a lunch of peanut butter sandwiches and a bag of chips to be brought outside? Well, I was. My favorite really unhealthy snack? Sour cream and onion potato chips! I would kill a whole bag after burning so many calories playing all day that it really didn’t matter. Well, that is totally not the case anymore, what I eat definitely matters now. For so many reasons. Not only do the gazillions of chemicals in processed food effect me negatively, but the grease that comes off of fried foods makes me sick to my stomach for days. I have a very sensitive tummy!
Since I was a teenager and I decided to start checking out the ingredients on the back of packages, since then, I have had a hard time downing chips in good conscience. Check it out, regular potato chips have like a thousand ingredients. Why? Why I ask you? Not only do they have ingredients that are terrible for you, flavors you think should be vegan are not. I have found many salt and pepper and salt and vinegar chips that contain milk. Why? Why I ask you?
I decided to take on the this world of very unhealthy chips, and try to make something that reminds me of my childhood favorite, that I can feel good about eating, and I can feel good about giving to my daughter. I found some recipes for homemade sour cream and onion chips that were not vegan, and were still fried. So I adapted several of these recipes I found and made something so totally addictive, so crispy and crunchy and salty, that tastes so much like regular sour cream and onion chips it is scary!
This recipe is so insanely easy, you are just slicing, tossing in some spices and baking. It really doesn’t get any easier than that! I used a mandoline to slice the potatoes super thin so they get extra awesomely crispy! However, if you don’t own one, you can slice them really thin with a knife, it is just a little more work. I also definitely recommend not skipping the step of processing the spices together in the food processor, it makes it much easier to coat the potatoes evenly. I hope you love these as much as I do! Adapted from The Food Network.
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Created by Lauren Hartmann on November 3, 2016
I used to DESTROY Poptarts when I was a kid. I was a super picky eater. My parents struggled constantly to get me to eat anything. I ate bagel bites, eggo waffles, mac n’ cheese, peanut butter sandwiches(no jelly, under any circumstances), plain pasta and poptarts. As you can see, these are not the healthiest choices, but I would barely eat any of these things anyways, resulting in me being a small child. However, as you can probably guess, eventually this caught up with me. At the time, I think my parents were just happy if I ate anything. The only vegetables I liked were broccoli and carrots, and I really like watermelon, but not much else in the fruit department.
Eventually realizing I couldn’t live like that, and beginning to try new things, finding all of the different types of food I liked really helped. Then becoming very aware that I didn’t like meat( which was part of why I wouldn’t eat anything my parents cooked) and finding out others were the same, and there was a whole group of people and diet based around this concept, was very exciting. I didn’t want to lose everything I loved in my childhood, I just didn’t want to eat the processed crap version of all of these things.
Using my super awesome and easy vegan pie crust, I turned ordinary dough into extraordinary Poptarts. You can fill them with anything you want, I used various jam fillings. Blueberry and raspberry to be specific, just because that is what I had lying around. They were so delicious and flaking and had rainbow sprinkles on top which always makes my heart happy! Please enjoy! (my daughter had one for breakfast this morning!)
1 1/2 C. All purpose flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Sugar
1/2 C. Vegan butter ( I use Earth Balance)
1/3 C. Almond milk
1 1/2 Tbsp. Jam or Jelly of choice
1 tsp. Vegan butter+1 Tbsp. Brown sugar+1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. Powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. Almond milk
Super easy, and fun!
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If you make this recipe or any of my others, please leave me a comment with some feedback! I want to make sure I am doing a good job! Thanks!!
One of my favorite flavor combinations happens to be cheddar and chive. So when I sit down and think about what I miss eating and what I think others would really have a craving for, I think about a cheddar and onion type flavor. A big thing for me is proving that anyone can be vegan, I think if I hone in on all the reasons people come up with for why they CAN’T be vegan, and create alternatives, no one will have an excuse. I hear a lot of, “I need more protein”, “I love cheese too much!”, “What about baked goods and butter?” I have got you covered.
Working with this theory, I also thought a lot about when I was a kid and my dad would take us for a “fancy” dinner at The Red Lobster. I don’t remember what I ate there, except for their biscuits. From what I remember, these biscuits taste very similar! That is the only thing I can think of that I miss about eating at chain seafood restaurants. These biscuits are super flaky and buttery, and they were eaten in my house in a matter of minutes. I can not think of a regular non vegan biscuit I have eaten anywhere that I liked better than these.
I put quite a bit of vegan cheddar and chives into my biscuit mixture, and I think it was the perfect amount. There is a bit of cheese and chives dotted in every part of the biscuit. I ate one warm with a bit of vegan butter, my husband made a breakfast sandwich( that looked insane), so many options. I think a biscuits and gravy situation would be fantastic!
These biscuits are also one of the easiest recipes I have made. I am pretty confident, that even if you have very little cooking or baking experience, you could manage to make them. You are literally throwing everything in a bowl, mixing, kneading a bit, cutting and baking. They are pretty fool proof. I know many people say they can’t cook or bake and that is why they can’t be vegan. Yes, when you are vegan you have to make a lot of your own food, but it’s popularity is on such a rise, that I can find pretty much everything I need at any grocery store! However, for the things that are not mass produced at this point, I’ve got you covered! Please enjoy!
1 C. Almond milk
1 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. Chives(chopped)
2 C. All purpose flour + more for kneading
1 Tbsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
5 Tbsp. Cold vegan butter ( I use Earth Balance)
Tools I used:
Winco 5 Blade Pastry Blender, Stainless Steel
ChefLand Mixing Bowls Standard Weight Stainless Steel, Mirror Finish, 3/4, 11/2, 3, 4, 5, and 8 Qt. (Set of 6)
Wilton Recipe Right 3 Piece Cookie Pan Set
Baker’s Secret 1067738 3-Piece Biscuit Cutter Set
Many of you may have noticed my previous post, I dove head first into the dream that is vegan, refined sugar free nutella. I have been using this on everything. Also, I now have a million ideas about how to incorporate this into my favorite recipes. Look forward to a lot of delicious breakfast items and desserts in the very near future. This idea came about by just thinking of some healthier desserts items that I think are fool proof and anyone who says they would be vegan, but they don’t know how to cook, this ones for you. This is a no bake, one bowl recipe, with very few ingredients. You do have to make the nutella first, but then you can just use the food processor without cleaning it, and save the rest of the nutella for your morning toast!
My daughter was super pumped to help, this is so easy she probably could have done it herself, and she did do all of the sprinkle topping! Please enjoy! I love what I create, and I hope you will love these as well!
2/3 C. Vegan Nutella
20 Gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies( I used Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Joe Joe’s) (You can also use regular oreos or whatever you like)
2 Tbsp. Almond milk
1 C. Dark chocolate
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I friggin’ love Doritos, they are something I still crave, nacho cheese, cool ranch, all the 90’s goodness. They were my jam in the 90’s! Pop open a bottle of soda and a bag o’ Doritos, oh man! So, I was pondering this craving the other day, and wondering how many other vegans(or just people who try not to eat crap) have this craving? My dad is a pretty healthy guy, eats mostly whole foods, and cooks a lot! He is also super active, and is on an outdoor adventure most days. However, when I was a kid, I don’t think he knew a lot about nutrition. He came from an era where there were no processed foods, so when everything became processed, I think he just accepted it and didn’t look into all the processed junk in foods. So, when I was little he would get us some junk foods, chips, mac n’ cheese, pop tarts, all kinds of stuff. So, as I have said before, part of my mission is to update all my childhood favorite non vegan processed foods, as well as things people don’t think can be veganized. I will be trying my hand at a cool ranch flavor as well, but for now these are the sh#%@t!
Chris and I have been talking a lot about nostalgic foods, what they mean to us, and how to update them. We talk about are dream food truck(that may happen one day) and how we would love to give people adult versions of kid foods. So, as I got to thinkin’, what if we bagged up delicious, baked not fried, whole food Doritos? Thus this recipe was born, I hope you enjoy as much as I did. To all the kids and kids at heart, you can now savor these guilt free chips!
6-8 6 in. Tortillas ( I used Trader Joes Habanero Lime, they were already orange, however you can use plain, the seasoning will turn them orange)
4 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. Vegan Parmesan
2 tsp. Chili powder
2 tsp. Smoked paprika
1 tsp. Salt
So, we had a potluck to go to yesterday, a welcoming back party for some of my best friends! Saturday, I knew I wanted to bake for the occasion, but something simple and easy to transport. Every time I make a cake or cupcakes for an order or a party where I have to take it to a different location, I freak out the whole drive. I usually make Chris drive, and hold whatever it is, as if it is an infant. So, I decided this was not how I wanted to play it for this party. I just wanted to relax with friends! I also thought tropical flavors would be appropriate, as it was around 100 degrees outside yesterday.
I had everything I thought I would need to make pineapple coconut bread. It would be easy, and incredibly simple to transport. I just let it cool all the way and wrapped it in tin foil, it was a great success and delicious and everyone loved it!
I could not stop eating this. It is super light, sweet, but not too sweet and was a fabulous pretty fool proof, insanely easy potluck dish! Please enjoy!
3 Tbsp. Vegan butter ( I use Earth Balance )
3 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
3/4 C. Sugar
2 Flax eggs ( 2 Tbsp. Flax meal + 3 Tbsp. Water=1 egg )
2 1/4 C. All purpose flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Salt
3/4 C. Coconut cream ( I use Trader Joes )
1/3 C. Pineapple Juice
2 1/2 C. Powdered sugar
1/4 C. Pineapple Juice
3/4 C. Toasted coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350. Make your flax eggs.
2. Cream together vegan butter, oil and sugar.
3. Add in flax eggs.
4. Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Then combine the coconut cream and pineapple juice in another bowl.
5. Start adding the flour mixture and coconut and pineapple mixture, alternating until everything is incorporated.
6. Pour into a prepared loaf pan, and bake for 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
7. Make the glaze: Mix powdered sugar and Pineapple Juice. Wait until the bread is cool, and pour over.
8. Toast your coconut, sprinkle on top of glaze.
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