Nov 24

24 Last-Minute Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Last-Minute Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

If your planning for a Thanksgiving meal is anything like my planning for a round-up post of Thanksgiving recipes -- in other words, you forgot to plan anything until this very moment -- then this post is for you. Here is a quick and tasty round-up of vegan recipes that are: 1 | Thanksgiving appropriate. 2 | Contain simple and easy-to-find ingredients. 3 | Require little to no prep time (e.g., no excessive soaking or marinating). 4 | Delicious. Note: A few of the below are … [Read more...]

Nov 21

Vegan Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie

Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie

Sweet + spiced = everything nice. I used a similar line in this post just the other day but hey, it's true. So let's just keep on speaking the truth, alright? And the truth, my gorgeous blog friends = this creamy, cinnamon-dusted, apple-woven-throughout smoothie. Sometimes I think I get carried away with the hyphenated adjectives. Yes? No? Yes. I do. I'll admit it. But I love 'em. Sometimes I also get distracted, and my most highly-distracting distractions are as follows: grammatical … [Read more...]

Nov 19

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes from Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

It's no secret that I have an affinity for collecting cookbooks. Hard as I might try to suppress the urge to buy more, my cookbook collection is growing and there's no containing its sweet, spicy, and savory forces. While I love each and every book I own, sometimes an extra-special bond is formed. When Debbie Adler reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in receiving a copy of her cookbook, Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles … [Read more...]

Nov 17

Crispy Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Crispy Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Although this salad is dressed from head to toe in red and green, it's completely Thanksgiving appropriate. It can be served as a side or salad course, and it's one of those dishes that you I can't seem to scoop into my mouth quickly enough. Do you know what I'm talking about? That hurried fork-to-plate, fork-to-mouth movement that seems to be set on autopilot-repeat as if this might actually be the last salad of its kind in the whole, wide world? There's no telling what will happen when you … [Read more...]

Nov 14

I’m-On-Cloud-9 Dreamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Dreamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes

I might be dreaming, but I'm pretty sure these are the most amazing mashed potatoes ever. Silky. Smooth. Creamy. Smoky. Cloud-like. Heavenly. Life-changing. This is a far cry from your typical bland mash of lonely potatoes. This is a mash of potatoes, cauliflower, and something altogether unexpected and secret: smoked eggplant. All credit for this secret (and genius) trick goes to Maria Elia, author of The Modern Vegetarian. Her book was my first vegetarian cookbook … [Read more...]

Nov 12

La Vita è Bella Pizza Power Bowl

Deconstructed Pizza Power Bowl

I'm all about comfy, cozy power bowls. They warm the soul and offer a wide range of flavors, colors, and textures that serve as the perfect distraction for those ever-changing cravings that scamper in alongside the cold weather. Pesky little things, aren't they? The idea behind this power bowl is pretty straight forward: take a delicious meal, parse out each element, give everything a healthy twist, and nestle it all within a snazzy bowl. The tastiest thing I can think of on any given … [Read more...]

Nov 10

Just Beet It 5-Ingredient Red Velvet Fudge

Just Beet It Red Velvet Fudge

If there's one thing I've learned throughout my time writing this blog, it's that everyone loves a trusty, simple, and time-efficient recipe with a minimal number of ingredients. I've also learned that a whole lotta people love fudge. Over the past few months, I've posted this 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge recipe and this 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Fudge recipe, and both have quickly become reader favorites. It works out well, because they're also two of my favorite recipes. Great taste buds … [Read more...]

Nov 07

Baked Vegan “Goat Cheese” with Spiced Cranberry Spread

Vegan Goat Cheese and Cranberry Spread

This recipe is essentially this recipe all dressed up in a fancy holiday outfit. During my vegetarian days, whenever someone would ask me if I'd considered going vegan, I'd quickly retort that I could never be vegan because I loved cheese too much. My oh my, how time changes us and opens our minds to new possibilities. Like the possibility reality that vegan cheese is delicious and so, well, cheese-like. From stretchy to creamy to spreadable to melt-able, non-dairy cheese delivers. My … [Read more...]

Nov 05

Persimmon Chia Pudding

Persimmon Chia Pudding

Good news, my lovely blog friends: it's persimmon season! I rediscovered persimmons last November after maybe eating them once or twice in a "fancy" salad when I was a kid, and I'm absolutely in love with them. They're sweet, creamy, and bursting (literally, like they're about to burst open with a mere poke of the finger) with flavor. Although they look like they've tossed on a tomato costume, these orange-hued beauties are actually berries. Not even kidding. Often referred to as the … [Read more...]

Nov 03

Hot Quinoa Cereal & Cooking with Ancient Grains Review

Hot Quinoa Cereal

If you asked Dan his opinion on the matter, he might say I've developed a bit of a cookbook-collecting obsession. I, on the other hand, would like to think I'm simply devoted to building an ever-growing research library. Obsession aside, one of my absolute favorite things to do on Sunday mornings is flip through cookbooks, both old and new, and gaze at the inspiring photos and recipes. When I was contacted to review a fellow Chicagoan's cookbook, Cooking With Ancient Grains, I happily agreed … [Read more...]

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