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March 31, 2018
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The Passover seder is my favorite part of the holiday, but we’ve still got a week’s worth of matzah to eat. With so much matzah, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite matzah recipes to share with you! From recipe classics like matzah ball soup, to inspired creations like Mexican Matzah Casserole, you’ll find something for your family’s meal plan this week.

Try one of these family friendly matzah recipes for all the matzah there is to eat during Passover. From recipe classics like matzah ball soup, to inspired creations like Mexican Matzah Casserole, you'll find something for your family's meal plan this week.

Matzah Pizzas

Eat them plain with your favorite sauce and dairy-free cheese, or get creative and try one of my 10 deliciously easy recipes.

Try one of these family friendly matzah recipes for all the matzah there is to eat during Passover. From recipe classics like matzah ball soup, to inspired creations like Mexican Matzah Casserole, you'll find something for your family's meal plan this week.

Matzah Tater Tots

These Matzah Tots (so cute!) from Jewish Food Hero are fun for little hands and taste delish dipped in your favorite sauces.

Try one of these family friendly matzah recipes for all the matzah there is to eat during Passover. From recipe classics like matzah ball soup, to inspired creations like Mexican Matzah Casserole, you'll find something for your family's meal plan this week.

Matzah Nachos

This has to be my family’s favorite way to eat matzah. You can change these up a dozen different ways depending on the toppings, but I love it sprinkled with Tofurky’s chorizo, homemade pico de gallo and guacamole. Oy-le!

Try one of these family friendly matzah recipes for all the matzah there is to eat during Passover. From recipe classics like matzah ball soup, to inspired creations like Mexican Matzah Casserole, you'll find something for your family's meal plan this week.

Mexican Casserole

Matzah makes a great layer in casseroles. This Mexican inspired recipe is a little different than the other matzah casseroles out there.

Try one of these family friendly matzah recipes for all the matzah there is to eat during Passover. From recipe classics like matzah ball soup, to inspired creations like Mexican Matzah Casserole, you'll find something for your family's meal plan this week.

Matzah Ball Soup

This recipe on World of Vegan from Vegan: The Cookbook by chef Jean-Christian Jury is an elevated take on this classic Passover soup and matzah staple.

What are your family’s favorite matzah recipes to eat during Passover. I’d love to hear in the comments below!


March 25, 2018
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Passover is just one week away!  It’s my favorite Jewish holiday.  I look forward to planning my Seder menu each year with great anticipation, and equally enjoy preparing my family’s meal plan with a week of matzah filled meals!  If you don’t know, matzah is the flat, thin cracker that gets stacked, layered, and ground into every possible recipe for the week because Jews can’t eat leavened bread during Passover.

Matzah pizzas are my ridiculously simple, but delicious way to serve up matzah in a myriad of ways during Passover.  Try one of these 10 ridiculously easy matzah pizzas to jazz up your regular cheese creation.

My family loves to eat matzah plain with vegan butter or cream cheese spread across it, but I also try to fancy it up by adding it into recipes for pancakes, rolls, and even casseroles.  Because we eat matzah all week, it can become challenging to come up with different ways to serve it.  Matzah pizzas are my ridiculously simple, but delicious way to serve up matzah in a myriad of ways.  Browse the 10 matzah pizza recipes below to see what I mean.

This recipe is so interactive that it’s perfect for busy weeknights.  All you have to do is line up the matzahs on cookie sheets, lay out your toppings, and the family can go to town making their own creations.  Below is a basic recipe, but I love a good theme and these matzah pizzas are the perfect excuse to experiment and have fun in the kitchen. Try one of these 10 ridiculously easy matzah pizzas to jazz up your regular cheese creation.

Matzah pizzas are my ridiculously simple, but delicious way to serve up matzah in a myriad of ways during Passover.  Try one of these 10 ridiculously easy matzah pizzas to jazz up your regular cheese creation.

Basic Matzah Pizza Recipe

Makes 4 pizzas

Ingredients:

4 matzah crackers

4 tablespoons sauce

½ cup shredded vegan cheese

Toppings of choice

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place each matzah cracker on a baking sheet and top with 1 tablespoon of sauce, your selected toppings and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.

3. Bake about 5 minutes.

10 Easy Matzah Pizza Recipes

1. Mexican Matzah Pizza

Spread 2 tablespoons of refried beans on a matzah cracker.  Top with 1-2 tablespoons Soyrizo, sliced jalapeño, and 2 tablespoons vegan cheddar shreds.  Bake for 5 minutes and top with freshly chopped cilantro and sliced avocado.

2. My Big Fat Greek Matzah Pizza

Spread 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce on a matzah cracker.  Top with 2 tablespoons of vegan mozzarella cheese, 1 tablespoon of chopped chickpeas, Kalamata olives, sliced red onion, 1 tablespoon of chopped artichoke hearts, and sliced roasted red peppers.  Bake for 5 minutes.

3. Italian Matzah Pizza

Spread 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce on a matzah cracker.  Top with 2 tablespoons of vegan mozzarella cheese and sliced vegan Italian sausage.  Top with 2 tablespoons of vegan Parmesan cheese. Bake for 5 minutes and top with 1 tablespoon of basil sliced in a chiffonade, and 2 tablespoons of sliced black olives.

4. Falafel Matzah Pizza

Spread 2 tablespoons of tahini sauce on a matzah cracker.  Top with sliced falafel and bake for 5 minutes. Top with Kalamata olives and sliced Greek pickles.

Matzah pizzas are my ridiculously simple, but delicious way to serve up matzah in a myriad of ways during Passover.  Try one of these 10 ridiculously easy matzah pizzas to jazz up your regular cheese creation.

5. BBQ “Chicken” Pizza

Chop 4 pieces of Beyond Chicken strips into small squares.  Toss in 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce and set aside.  Spread 2 tablepoons of vegan ranch dressing on a matzah cracker.  Drizzle 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce over the ranch dressing.  Top with the Beyond Chicken, 2 tablespoons of vegan cheddar shredded cheese, 1 tablespoon of canned corn kernels, and 2 cherry tomatoes,sliced in half.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Top with chopped avocado.

6. Mediterranean Hummus Pizza

Spread 1 tablespoon of hummus on a matzah cracker.  Top with 1 tablespoon of artichoke pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives.  Bake for 5 minutes.

7. Basil Pesto Pizza

Spread 1 tablespoon of vegan pesto on a matzah cracker.  Top with with sliced heirloom tomatoes and Kite Hill Ricotta cheese.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Top with 1 tablespoon of basil, sliced in a chiffonade.

8. Margarita Pizza

Spread 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce on a matzah cracker.  Top with vegan Parmesan cheese and sliced tomatoes.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Top with 1 tablespoon of basil, sliced in a chiffonade.

9. Taco Matzah Pizza

Spread 2 tablespoons of taco sauce on a matzah cracker.  Top with 2 tablespoons of your favorite dairy-free cheese shreds, my Beyond Meat and black bean taco filling, 2 sliced cherry tomatoes, and 1 tablespoon of corn kernels.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Top with sliced avocado and black olives.

Matzah pizzas are my ridiculously simple, but delicious way to serve up matzah in a myriad of ways during Passover.  Try one of these 10 ridiculously easy matzah pizzas to jazz up your regular cheese creation.

10. Teriyaki Tofu and Pineapple Matzah

Spread 2 tablespoons of hoisin or teriyaki sauce on a matzah cracker.  Top with sliced or chopped baked tofu (marinated in teriyaki sauce), 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese, and 1 tablespoon of chopped pineapple.  Bake for 5 minutes.


February 12, 2018
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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, which explains why I tried to seduce mine with a homemade meal of Fettucine Alfredo and Chocolate-Vanilla Marble Cheesecake when things started getting serious! I remember sitting on the phone with my mom as she walked me through how to prepare the cheesecake, drizzling the chocolate into the base layer and swirling it into formation. It was really important to me that he thought I was a good cook. That meal was my showcase! I guess I passed the test, because 25 years later, he’s still raving about my food (thanks, honey!).

Five kids later, I am trying to win over my entire family’s hearts, not just my husband’s! I was raised that food is love, so I spend a lot of time thinking about what to feed my family – and I spend a lot of time planning and preparing meals. I think Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to show your love with food, so I’ve rounded up 5 of husband’s (and family’s) favorite recipes that are sure to win over your family’s hearts (and stomachs!).

These plant-based recipes are full of flavor. My kids and hubby aren’t vegan so it’s always a win when I get the thumbs up from them. The recipes below are family tested and approved!

Win over your family's hearts this Valentine's Day with one of these five plant-based recipes that will please omnivores and carnivores alike. #vegan

1.Vegan Scallopini with Lemon-Garlic Pasta

This is a classic. I use Gardein for the “Scallopini” and my husband chooses it over chicken. The lemon-garlic pasta is zesty and delish on its own, (which is a safe bet since my kids are not always the biggest fans of faux meats).

Win over your family's hearts this Valentine's Day with one of these five plant-based recipes that will please omnivores and carnivores alike. #vegan

2. Vegetable Wellington

The roasted veggies in this filling are delicious on their own, but wrapped in fluffy puff pastry, this is a taste bud winner. You can customize it with your family’s favorite veggies, but the olives in this recipe are a must on my family’s list.

Win over your family's hearts this Valentine's Day with one of these five plant-based recipes that will please omnivores and carnivores alike. #vegan

3. Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo

This is a throwback to that first meal I made my husband. This creamy sauce is a family favorite. Pour it over your kids’ favorite pasta for a healthy and delicious weeknight meal.

Win over your family's hearts this Valentine's Day with one of these five plant-based recipes that will please omnivores and carnivores alike. #vegan

4. Vegan Italian “Meatballs”

The Beyond Meat Beyond Burger (the base in these “meatballs”) is the only hamburger my husband eats now. This recipe is a vegan twist on the family recipe my grandmother used to make us as kids.

Win over your family's hearts this Valentine's Day with one of these five plant-based recipes that will please omnivores and carnivores alike. #vegan

5. Vegan Lasagna Rolls

These are a fun twist on my family’s favorite meatless and dairy-free lasagna.

What’s the one dish you make to win over your family’s hearts and stomachs? Please share in the comments below.

 


January 22, 2018
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I never need an excuse to make a batch of popcorn, douse it with Miyoko’s European Cultured vegan butter, and dust it with nutritional yeast, but for National Popcorn Day last week, I decided to step things up a bit and rounded up 14 ways to step up your popcorn game at VegNews.com.

Whether you like your kernels savory or sweet, you’ll find a great variety of options to satisfy your popcorn craving. Today, I am sharing 5 more delicious ways to eat popcorn. Make one of these the next time you sit down for some Netflix or head to the movie theater. They’ll bring new life to everyone’s favorite snack.

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Kale Cheesy Popcorn

Next to popcorn, kale chips are my favorite savory snack. This cheesy popcorn recipe combines both of my favorites. Homemade kale chips are crushed and sprinkled over freshly popped kernels for a plant-powered snack with extra crunch!

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters

These vegan and gluten-free popcorn treats by Vegan Yack Attack are not only delicious, but also easy (and quick) to make. All you need is a batch of popcorn, some vegan marshmallows and dark chocolate. Yes, please!

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Healthy Caramel Popcorn

You can make homemade Cracker Jacks with this recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie. Just 4 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes if you pop your kernels in the microwave!

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Why just have popcorn when you can have Peppermint Bark Popcorn?!! It’s easier than you think with this recipe from Cookie & Kate.

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.

Bloody Mary Popcorn

This is what happens when you mix your favorite brunch cocktail with your favorite snack. This recipe from 101 Cookbooks is genius!

What’s your favorite way to eat popcorn?

Change up your snack game with one of these 5 delicious ways to eat popcorn. From Popcorn Bark to Cracker Jacks, these aren't your regular bowl of kernels.


January 15, 2018
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As a busy, working mom of 3, who cooks every meal from scratch at least 6 days a week, I’ve gotten to know more than a few “quick and easy” recipes.  When it comes to cookbooks on this subject, I own several. But, never before have I found a cookbook that can pull off delicious, plant-based recipes in 10 minutes or less.

Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less is my new go-to resource for my family's weekly meal plans.

The recipes in the new cookbook, Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less by Hannah Kaminsky are all of that and more. Full of flavor, with a focus on whole foods, these recipes are creative and inventive, a welcome surprise to all the other smoothie bowls, rainbow wraps, and avocado masterpieces filling vegan feeds these days. (Not that I don’t love all of the above either!). I know what I speak. While Hannah was writing her book, I was one of the lucky ones, testing the recipes alongside her. (It was a tough job, but someone had to do it!). I admit that I was a bit skeptical at first. I knew Hannah was up to the challenge. She’s an incredible recipe developer, (check out her recipes at TheBitterSweetBlog.com), but could she really pack all that flavor into 10 minutes? Yep. She sure did!

This book is my new favorite go-to for weeknight dinners, (although she’s got mouthwatering recipes for breakfast, dessert, and lunch too), and a plentiful source for my family’s weekly meal plans. Her recipes are inventive and unique. (I dare you to find recipes for Red Velvet Breakfast Smoothies, Hurricane Popcorn, Citrus Carpaccio, Silky Matcha Miso Soup, Hasselback Zucchini, Artichoke Barbacoa, or Speculous Panaforte in any other cookbook.) They are also bursting with flavor – and they really are ready in 10 minutes.

Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less is my new go-to resource for my family's weekly meal plans.

It was truly my pleasure to help Hannah test recipes for her cookbook – and tested, I did! Cake Batter Breakfast Bars, Hashbrown Waffles and Straight-Up Chickpea Scramble are some of my favorites from the breakfast section.

#cookbook #realfoodreallyfast #realfood #vegancookbook #vegan #whatveganseat #recipes #whattoeat #vegan #plantpowered

The Buffalo Buttered Pecans are not to be missed from Snacks. My family loved the Grilled Caesar Salad, and I ate the Falafel Fatoush Salad 3 days in a row for lunch after making it the first time.

She’s got a robust soup section. I am especially partial to the Exploded Wonton Soup, but you must try the Garlic Bread Soup in the book too.

Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less is my new go-to resource for my family's weekly meal plans.

When it comes to the entrees, be prepared for a tummy full of palate pleasing meals. Everyone has their standouts and for me, they are the Cashew Scampi and the Seitan Bulgogi.

Beyond the food, Hannah is a gifted photographer and writer. Her brilliant storytelling is what brings me to her blog each week. Her cookbook is full of her rich prose at the beginning of every recipe. And of course, as Hannah is already known for, you’ll find stunning images of the dishes throughout the book (exhibit A are the mouthwatering photos in this post).

Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less also includes helpful tips for speeding through recipes and prepping ingredients in a jiff. It is an indispensable guide for anyone, but especially busy mamas who want to prepare delicious, healthy meals for their family on a daily basis. Hannah proves that you can have it all when it comes to good food – quick, healthy, flavorful, and inexpensive recipes abound in this treasure trove of delicious eats. If you treat yourself to one cookbook this year, this is the one to get!

Photos courtesy of Hannah Kaminsky


January 8, 2018
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Have you seen the new vegan Trader Joe’s dressings? I am super excited about this trio of bright sauces! Bursting with fresh flavors and all-natural ingredients, plant lovers now have 3 ready-made options. I typically like to make my own dressings so I can control the fat and sugar, but each of these salad dressings has 0-2g in sugar and are only 20-60 calories for 2 tablespoons. They are a gift from the vegan gods!

If you have no idea what I am talking about, let me introduce you to the latest and greatest on the refrigerated produce shelf at Trader Joes:

Carrot Ginger Miso Salad Dressing (carrot, ginger, white miso, rice vinegar, shallots) – There’s incredible flavor in this one, guaranteed to perk up anything that it dresses.

Almond Butter Tumeric Salad Dressing (lemon juice, ginger, turmeric, black pepper) – This tastes like a lightened version of a traditional peanut sauce to me.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing (avocado, green onion, cold pressed lemon juice, chives, basil, garlic) – This dressing is everything you’ll find in a traditional Green Goddess – creamy with flavorful herbs throughout.

The new vegan Trader Joes dressings are for so much more than topping salads. Try this inspired list of healthy and flavorful meal ideas #vegan #dressing

These are labeled as salad dressings, but they are so much more! As we start a new year, I am keeping things healthy this month with vegetable focused dishes that are low in calories and carbohydrates. But, I love food and am not the type to eat bowls of steamed veggies and legumes all month. I need flavor and variety, and these vegan Trader Joes dressings are a great choice for adding zest and color to your dishes. Below are a few of my favorite ways to slurp up these dressings.

Change up your favorite meals by deconstructing them! Keep them same flavors you love in lasagna, but turn them into a soup. Layer your favorite enchilada ingredients in a casserole for a change of pace. Sometimes, all you need is a change in perspective to add interest in a tried and true dish. #TuesdayTip #mealplan #mealtip #healthyeating #healthyfood #deconstructed #whattoeat #recipeplan #mealhelp #cookinghelp #cookingtip #inthekitchen

1. Vegan Bowls

The options are limitless when it comes to a vegan bowl, but these dressings will take whatever you pile into your bowl to new levels.

2. Asian Stir-Frys

Dress your wok creations with either the Carrot Ginger Miso or Almond Butter Turmeric dressings for an enlightened twist on a traditional weeknight go-to meal.

3. Grill Marinades

Marinate and grill your favorite plant proteins to change up your usual seasoning routine.

Who else is obsessed with the new vegan salad dressings at Trader Joe's? They are so much more more than salad toppers. I am using them on everything! Get all of my ideas for what to do with these flavorful gifts from the vegan gods today at my blog. Link in bio. #traderjoes #saladdressing #vegan #whatveganseat #mealideas #cookingtip #inthekitchen #healthyfood #healthyeating #recipeideas #mealplanning #whattoeat

4. Dipping Sauces

I love dipping my nori wraps in the Carrot Ginger Miso dressing, but pot stickers, spring rolls and veg sushi would be equally delicious dunked in any of these sauces.

Where else would you pour these vegan Trader Joes dressings? Head over to your local store stat, pick up a bottle (or two) and let me know!

Who else is obsessed with the new vegan salad dressings at Trader Joe's? They are so much more more than salad toppers. I am using them on everything! Get all of my ideas for what to do with these flavorful gifts from the vegan gods today at my blog. Link in bio. #traderjoes #saladdressing #vegan #whatveganseat #mealideas #cookingtip #inthekitchen #healthyfood #healthyeating #recipeideas #mealplanning #whattoeat


December 11, 2017
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As a Jewish convert, I always go big for Hanukkah because I was raised with Christmas and have an innate enthusiasm for the holiday season!! In my household, that means lots of glittery blue and silver decorations, 8 presents (1 for each night), and a different evening celebration where we light the menorah. Eight crazy nights means lots and lots of latkes!

If you are new to latkes, allow me to introduce you…they are delicious, fried potato pancakes traditionally served with applesauce and sour cream. I make a huge batch the weekend before Hanukkah and freeze them to eat all week long.

You can make traditional latkes or mix things up with sweet potato latkes. I have even seen beet and Brussels sprouts latkes!

They taste amazing plain and simple with a dollop of dairy-free sour cream (or applesauce if you prefer), there are so many other delicious ways to eat latkes. After many years and latke competitions (yes, that’s a thing with my Jew crew!), my latke game is strong!

Below are some of my favorite ways to eat latkes!

1. Dairy-Free Latke Grilled Cheese

Ummm….yum! Potatoes and cheese are a match made in tummy heaven. After you fry the latkes, top with a square or two of your favorite cheese or a tablespoon of your favorite vegan cheese spread. Sandwich together with a latke on top.

2. Chip and Dip Latkes

This is one of my favorite latke recipes. (I don’t want to brag, but they might have won me a trophy during one of our annual latke competitions.) Pair latkes with your favorite dip and you’ve got a tasty snack!

3. Bagel Latke

Switch out your bagel for a latke and you’ve got a lagel! Spread dairy-free cream cheese (my fave is Kite Hill chive), top with a tomato slice, capers, and my new favorite spread: Miyoko’s Kitchen Unlox Your Dreams. Oy, that sounds delicious!

4. Latke Nachos

This recipe has it all: dairy-free nacho “cheese” sauce, lime crema, and avocado…you may never have nachos without latkes again!

5. Breakfast Sandwich

Latkes are basically hashbrowns, so why not top your English muffin with a latke and a few spoonfuls of tofu scramble for a delicious way to start the day?

6. Taco Latkes

This is the perfect meal on Taco Tuesday during Hanukkah. Treat your latke like a tostada and top it with your favorite taco fixings. Delicioso!

7. Fish & Chip Latkes

Cook up some Gardein fishless fillets, slice and add a dollop of Follow Your Heart’s tartar sauce. These are kid approved but adults will love them too!

8. DIY Mediterranean Latke Bar

Create a stress-free buffet for your next Hanukkah party. Set out platters of different types of latkes, along with assorted Greek dips and toppings: hummus, baba ganoush, tzaziki, tabbouleh and kalamata olives.

If Greek’s not your thing, have fun with other toppings and sauces of your choice. Have fun and enjoy the party while everyone makes their own creations.

9. Pizza Latkes

These are a fun twist on the English Muffin pizzas the kids love to make. Spread a little pizza sauce on top of the latke, sprinkle with dairy-free mozzarella or Parm, and sprinkle with a touch of basil chiffonade.

10. Latke Sliders

These latkes are the bomb and quite possibly one of my favorite ways to eat laktes! A crispy latke topped with a vegan slider made with Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger, topped with a dollop of Follow Your Heart’s Thousand Island Dressing and a Bubbie’s pickle. Perfection!

Who else is eating latkes this week? Tell me your favorite way to eat them in the comments below.


December 4, 2017
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I believe the holidays should be delicious, but not stressful. I enjoy entertaining this time of year, but I keep things simple, especially when it comes to holiday appetizers. With shopping to do, presents to wrap, and parties to host (and attend!), I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen (or the desire!).

Appetizer buffets are a festive, fuss-free way to celebrate with friends and family. With a few tricks and a little help from the store, you can offer a beautiful spread for your guests and enjoy yourself too! As a Jewish convert, our December calendar is full of Hanukkah and Christmas parties. I host and/or bring dishes to most of them, and it’s usually a holiday appetizer. Even the simplest recipe can look magical and mouthwatering with a few tips, and with all of the eating this time of year, people appreciate small bites that they can graze on instead of a heavy meal. These holiday appetizers are extra special. Dairy-free and vegan, they are healthier options for this time of year.

Entertain with ease with these recipes for beautiful and delicious holiday appetizers. #vegan #dairyfree #holiday #appetizers

Before I show you the recipes, below are three of my biggest tips for creating beautiful holiday appetizers.

Tips for Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers

1. Take some help from the store and use pre-prepared ingredients for spreads and doughs
2. Use herbs and fruit for colorful garnishes in the colors of the season
3. Presentation is key! Display on a pretty platter in an eye-pleasing arrangement

Entertain with ease with these recipes for beautiful and delicious holiday appetizers. #vegan #dairyfree #holiday #appetizers

Now, on to the recipes:

Pomegranate Hummus Crostinis

Vegan Brie and Pear Stars of David

Pesto Cream Cheese Crostinis

These are my kind of holiday appetizers.  I want to wow my guests, but as I said above, I really don’t want to slave away this time of year when I entertain.  I want to be enjoying the festivities as much as they are – preferably with a glass of champagne in my hand!  The ingredients for these holiday appetizers are simple and can take some help from the store with store-bought staples, like hummus and cream cheese, but are also easily personalized with your own homemade recipes for spreads. The garnishes, colors, and shapes are all inspired by the holidays so that they mirror the season.

Entertain with ease with these recipes for beautiful and delicious holiday appetizers. #vegan #dairyfree #holiday #appetizers

Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers

Ingredients

Pomegranate Hummus Crostinis

  • 1 French baguette thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Mint leaves optional

Vegan Brie and Pear Stars of David

  • 1 package dairy-free puff pastry such as Aussie's Brand
  • 2 slices Field Roast Chao Original cut into 12 strips
  • 1 pear sliced
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free butter such as Earth Balance (melted)
  • 1/4 cup agave

Pesto Cream Cheese Crostinis

  • 1 French baguette thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheese such as Kite Hill
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free pesto
  • Arugula leaves

Instructions

Pomegranate Hummus Crostinis

  1. Brush the baguette slices with the olive oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes.
  2. When crostinis are toasted, spread them with hummus and place a few pomegrante seeds on top.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.

Vegan Brie and Pear Stars of David

  1. Thaw the puff pastry and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Use a small Star of David cookie cutter, (or other favorite holiday shape), to cut shapes into the pastry dough sheet.
  3. Top with a thin slice of pear and a Chao Creamy Original cheese slice.
  4. Brush with agave and top with another pastry dough star.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet, brush with dairy-free butter, and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.

Pesto Cream Cheese Crostinis

  1. Brush the baguette slices with the olive oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes.
  2. When crostinis are toasted, spread them with the cream cheese first, and then the pesto.
  3. Garnish with the arugula.

Entertain with ease with these recipes for beautiful and delicious holiday appetizers. #vegan #dairyfree #holiday #appetizers

What is your favorite easy holiday appetizer?  Please share in the comments below.


November 20, 2017
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Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Thanksgiving is just days away! If you haven’t already started, it’s time to finalize your menu!! In case you need some help, I have rounded up some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that would be tasty additions on your holiday table. Whether you’re looking for a main dish, savory side, or sweet treat, I have a few options below to consider for your holiday menu.

I’ll be doing my shopping Monday night and taking the day off Wednesday to cook all day. We’re spending the holiday with my parents this year, and then having a second Thanksgiving the next day with my parents so I will be making lots of extras to ensure I have leftovers to share.

Whatever you’re serving on your holiday table this year, I hope you are surrounded by your loved ones and filled with gratitude. Enjoy these Thanksgiving recipes – wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

 

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Mains:

Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf

Three Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Sides:

Herb Roasted Potatoes & Butternut Squash

Dairy-Free Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Salads:

Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Kale Harvest Grains Salad

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Dessert:

Dairy Free Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse


November 13, 2017
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My excitement and anticipation for Thanksgiving is growing each day! The holiday kicks off “the season” for me, where the magic of the holidays infuses my spirit – and kitchen! I look forward to cooking seasonal family favorites this time of year, as well as creating new ones. There’s my mom’s cookie baking day, and “won ton wars” at my dad’s house. I also look forward to my havurah’s annual latke competition each year with fierce determination to bring home a trophy!

Thanksgiving is the start of it all, a welcome call to the season ahead that is full of amazing, mouth-watering food and recipes. I have already started sharing a few this month: There’s my Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf and my 3 Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf. I also have a delish Dairy-Free Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe, and a Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad that is a favorite at my holiday table. Yum! My tummy is ready for Thanksgiving!

Inevitably, I always make too much food. It doesn’t matter the occasion, although Thanksgiving is as good as any. My worst fear is running out of food at the table. If there aren’t leftovers, I didn’t cook enough! Thanksgiving leftovers are the inspiration behind today’s post and the recipe ideas I have rounded up. My favorite of them all is the Thanksgiving Bowl with my Quick & Easy Savory Gravy. You can throw it together with whatever you’ve got extra of from the big feast. What is your favorite recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers?

10 Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

1. Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Casserole by Oh She Glows

Let’s start with dessert! I love this creative idea for using up leftover pumpkin pie. It’s a very simple recipe to pull together, and a fun, sweet treat to start off the morning.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

2. Sweet Potato Biscuits by Home Cooking Memories

My grandma’s sweet potatoes are a mainstay on my family’s holiday menu so I love this idea for whipping up a batch of biscuits! Yum!!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

3. Gluten-free Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich by Keepin’ It Kind

This colorful sandwich stacks tempeh cutlets, green bean casserole, sweet potato bake, cranberry sauce, and gravy between gluten-free sourdough bread for a mouthwatering meal that will have you feeling stuffed all over again!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

4. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread by Oh My Veggies

This tasty bread is a moist and delicious alternative to eating your cranberry sauce. With just a few ingredients, you’ve got a festive loaf you can snack on for days.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

5. Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie by The Veg Life

This is a great recipe for eating up leftover veggies. Layer them with gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, and top with mashed potatoes for a savory mouthful of Thanksgiving in every bite.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

6. Vegan Thanksgiving Waffles by Hot for Food

These savory waffles are genius. I can’t wait to try this recipe the morning after Thanksgiving in my stretchy PJs!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

7. Leftover Mashed Potato Patties with Swiss Chard by the Spruce

Wilted greens and leftover mashed potatoes are the base for these yummy pancakes. Yes and yes!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

8. Vegan Thanksgiving Leftovers Wraps by This Savory Vegan

These wraps make a quick and easy lunch the next day that have all the flavors of the festive feast.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

9. Leftover Cranberry-Soy Sauce Tofu by Happy Healthy Life.com

This is such a clever recipe for using up extra cranberry sauce!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

10. Leftover Thanksgiving Bowl from I Love Vegan with my Quick & Easy Savory Gravy

I love my vegan bowls! This is a super easy way to eat up leftovers, or a great meal to get all the flavors of Thanksgiving even when it’s the middle of summer! My Quick & Easy Savory Gravy makes a great sauce on top!

Quick and Easy Savory Gravy

Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan on high heat, whisk the yeast and the flour together.
  2. Whisk in the soy sauce and garlic powder and continue until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in the broth. Whisk constantly until smooth.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer 3-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.


November 6, 2017
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Get an inside peek at the 101 vegan comfort foods in Sam Turnbull's new cookbook, Fuss Free Vegan, including her Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies.

Who else is craving comfort foods? It’s crisp and cool (finally!) outside and my body is begging for hearty foods like creamy casseroles, chunky soups, and indulgent baked goods. If you’re feeling the same, I am excited to share Sam Turnbull’s new book, Fuss Free Vegan. It is full of 101 fuss-free vegan comfort food recipes. She’s got all your favorites covered in this fun and beautiful cookbook.

Sam is the blogger behind It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken and has an easy-going, no-nonsense approach to vegan cooking. I wish I had this book when I went vegan! The recipes here are approachable, made with homemade whole foods. You won’t find fancy or expensive ingredients here, nor will you have to search for hard-to-pronounce ingredients at specialty stores. Instead, you can cook easy breezy dishes like fluffy pancakes, pizza pockets, and macaroni and cheese.

I really like how Sam has focused on classic favorites with doable plant-based options that aren’t loaded with processed products. She’s got a creamy Caesar Salad and Rice Paper Bacon recipe that are amazing, as well as lots of soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches to choose from. For “fancier” fare, she has tons of flavorful recipes like 15-Minute Peanut Noodles, Sweet Potato Pot Pie, Sun-Dried Tomato & Walnut Bean Balls, and so much more!

And don’t forget dessert! Sam has 21 sweet treats in her cookbook. My favorite is her amazing Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies recipe. Check it out below!

Sam also includes a whole chapter on vegan staples, like homemade mozzarella, nacho cheese. feta, Parmesan, ricotta, sour cream, and lots of other recipes that will become go-to’s in your recipe arsenal. These recipes are quick and easy, with no more than 3 or 4 steps. You will love the gorgeous photos in the book, all taken by Sam herself!

Try out her Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies recipe to get a taste of Fuss-Free Vegan and let us know what you think!

Get an inside peek at the 101 vegan comfort foods in Sam Turnbull's new cookbook, Fuss Free Vegan, including her Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies.

Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk such as soy or almond
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt together the chocolate chips and butter, making sure to remove the sauce pan from the heat just as it’s finished melting to ensure you don’t burn the chocolate.

  3. Pour the melted chocolate into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, non-dairy milk, and vanilla and mix well. Now add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined. Finally, add the walnuts(if using).

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30–35minutes, until the brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it. Let the brownies cool and set overnight.This is the key to perfect gooey brownies.

  5. To store, let the brownies cool completely, then cover with foil or plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for the best texture. For longer storage put in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Get an inside peek at the 101 vegan comfort foods in Sam Turnbull's new cookbook, Fuss Free Vegan, including her Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies.

Excerpted from Fuss Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized. Copyright © 2017 Samantha Turnbull. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.


October 30, 2017
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Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids of all ages! Although I do enjoy a good costume (and love outfitting my kids), I really enjoy the opportunity to create themed food. That goes for any holiday, but Halloween has so many spook-a-licious options! To prove my point, I have rounded up a few of my favorites below to inspire your Halloween menus this week. With all the candy out there, I focused on healthy dinner and snacks options with a twist. Put several of these together for a Halloween buffet to chill your family to the bone!

1. Vegan Mummy Dogs

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

These mummy dogs kill me! Mustard eyes? Love them! Get a DIY tutorial from World of Vegan here too.

2. Skull Pizzas

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

I love everything Fork & Beans serves up for Halloween, especially these skeleton head pizzas. They are also the perfect entree for Dia de los Muertos.

3. Mummy Quesadilla Polenta Bites

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

These bites from Vegans Don’t Bite are perfect for small hands. They are one of the most creative takes I have seen on the classic quesadilla.

4. Graveyard Taco Cups

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

I LOVE the presentation of these taco cups. Fork & Beans does it again!!

5. Spooky Black Bean Hummus

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

This tasty dip from Fat Free Vegan is perfect for the occasion, and would look great next to a skelton face made of crudite.

6. Bloody Falafel Fingers 

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

Vegan Richa creeps me out with these realistic looking fingers. It’s a deliciously disturbing way to serve one of my favorites – falafel!

7. Lentil Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers

YumUniverse shows us the spooky side of stuffed peppers (and gives it a yummy lentil filling) in this festive recipe. Older kids will have fun “carving” their peppers!

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

8. Skull Vegan Pot Pies

I think these spooky pies from Healthy Slow Cooking are incredible. She has a full pie version too, if you are feeding a crowd.

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

9. Eyeball Pasta

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

This eye-popping (hee hee) pasta from Spend with Pennies is vegetarian, and can easily be veganized by using a dairy-free cheese.

10. Vegan Mummy English Muffin Pizzas

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.

Pizza gets a fun Halloween makeover from Veggies Save the Day. I love how quick and easy these are – a great option before trick-or-treating.

What are you serving your family for Halloween?

Select one of these plant-based Halloween dinner recipes for a spooky holiday meal, or create a boo-licious buffet with several of them together.


October 9, 2017
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Try any of the 80 flavorful vegan soups from Vanessa's Croessmann's new cookbook, Awesome Vegan Soups, for a healthy and delicious family meal.

In celebration of National Cookbook Month, I am giving away a copy of Vanessa Croessmann’s Awesome Vegan Soups! A big pot of soup is a mom’s best friend as the weather gets cooler. Savory soups are one of my favorite meal ideas for busy weeknights to feed the family. Make a pot over the weekend for dinner on Monday (and lunch leftovers all week!), or prep a pot while making breakfast and all you have to do is reheat for dinner.

I am all about helping families cook and eat healthier, and this cookbook does just that! Full of vegetables and whole foods, soup is comfort and nutrition in a steaming hot bowl! I often enjoy a cup for lunch each week, as well as dinner. Soup is one of my favorite meals for the fall, but as Vanessa shows us in her cookbook, it’s easy to eat all year-long. She’s divided up her book with soup recipes for every season! Her collection of healthy and plant-based awesome vegan soups includes 80 different recipes, plus extras for homemade vegetable broth and powder, as well as toppings such as vegan sour cream, pestos, and croutons. Awesome Vegan Soups is soup-er! Yes, I went there!!!

Try any of the 80 flavorful vegan soups from Vanessa's Croessmann's new cookbook, Awesome Vegan Soups, for a healthy and delicious family meal.

Enjoy this recipe for Autumn Vegetable Minestrone, one of my favorites from Vanessa’s Awesome Vegan Soups. Then, read on below, to enter to win a copy of the cookbook!

Autumn Vegetable Minestrone

Minestrone is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s also a great way to empty out your fridge with any excess vegetables you may have lurking about. I really like getting my kids involved when I make minestrone. I let them dig through the fridge and pick out which veggies they want to add and then which type of pasta. I’ve had to make minestrone before with three different type of pasta thanks to my toddler.

Servings 2 quarts
Author Vanessa Croessmann

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp 15 ml olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 ribs celery roughly diced
  • 14 oz 400 g sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 oz 115 g deseeded and peeled pumpkin, diced
  • 2 cups 480 ml tomato puree
  • 4 cups 960 ml vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup 170 g cannellini beans, soaked and cooked or rinsed and drained from a can
  • 1 cup 116 g uncooked whole grain small pasta (mini farfalle, elbows, pipettes, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive in a large pot, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until they are translucent. Add the minced garlic, basil, oregano, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Cook the vegetables for 5 minutes, stirring often, then add the tomato puree, vegetable broth and bay leaf.
  2. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the beans and pasta. Cook until the pasta and all the vegetables are tender. This will vary depending on the type and size of the pasta.
  3. Remove the bay leaf and season the minestrone with salt and pepper to taste before serving it with some fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

Per 1 cup (240 ml) serving without garnishes: Calories 303, Fat 3.3 g, Carbohydrates 55.9 g, Fiber 14.2 g, Protein 14.4 g

Try any of the 80 flavorful vegan soups from Vanessa's Croessmann's new cookbook, Awesome Vegan Soups, for a healthy and delicious family meal.

Try any of the 80 flavorful vegan soups from Vanessa's Croessmann's new cookbook, Awesome Vegan Soups, for a healthy and delicious family meal.

Reprinted with the permission from “Awesome Vegan Soups” by Vanessa Croessmann


October 2, 2017
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My burgeoning collection of plant-based cookbooks is always growing. I can never say “no” to a new cookbook! The latest ones on my wish list are: Vegan Meal Prep by J.L Fields, The Super Fun Times Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and 15 Minute Vegan by Katy Beskow.

I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to cookbooks. I read them cover to cover like a hearty novel, and pour over each page indulgently. It’s an “event” and I savor the time it takes me to go through a new cookbook.

Before I commit to a new one, I have a few criteria I measure it up against:

  • The majority of the recipes need to be meals that I will easily and regularly make for my family. It’s a cookbook after all, so if it’s just a pretty book, I am not interested.
  • Any cookbook on my shelf also has to offer me a little something different. With so many cookbooks in my arsenal, I am thoughtful about any additions. I curate variety in my collection and look for each cookbook to add something new to my repertoire that I don’t already have.
  • The ingredients must be readily available and the recipes shouldn’t take me more than 45 minutes. I’m a busy mom so I want the recipes to be practical and doable for my schedule during the week (when I do most of my cooking).

This list of plant-based cookbooks has it all. From the slow cooker to the cookie jar, the recipes in these cookbooks are ones I turn to again and again to feed my family. These cookbook authors not only offer delicious recipes in their books, but they also present them in fun, eye-catching layouts (another thing I look for in a cookbook).

Browse my list below for a new plant-based cookbook to add to your collection and enjoy some new recipes with your family!

My Favorite Plant-Based Cookbooks To Feed A Family

Celebrate National Cookbook Month with a selection from this list of my favorite plant-based cookbooks to feed your family.

The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick Goudreau

Colleen is kind of a vegan fairy godmother. She makes veganism easy and accessible for everyone with her 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She has about a dozen cookbooks, but I especially love this one because it offers mouth-watering, inventive recipes for entertaining family and friends at every occasion.

The book’s chapters are organized by types of menus – Romantic Dinners for Two, Feasts for the Holidays, Casuals Meals for Four to Six, and so on. It’s fabulous and one of my go-to resources when I am entertaining for a holiday or special dinner.

Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli

I go major fan girl over Chloe Coscarelli. I met her once at her former Silverlake restaurant when it first opened and I couldn’t stop talking about her for weeks.

An Italiana, she’s a vegan after my own heart. I love how she’s deliciously created vegan Italian recipes that are full of all the classic flavors. Her meatballs are the best I have ever had!

I recently added Chloe Flavor to my collection (I also have Chloe’s Kitchen and it’s great too!) and have been cooking my way through it. There are some great weeknight dinners in there that my family and I have loved. I highly recommend adding it to your collection of plant-based cookbooks.

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

These ladies are the authors of Veganomicon (the first vegan cookbook I bought) and individually have some wonderful cookbooks to their name.

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar is a must have on my list. With kids in the house, you’ve got to have the perfect chocolate chip recipe – and this book has THE best one and so much more. They’ve got drop cookies and fancy cookies, and slice and roll cookies.

It’s the book you want on hand for your annual holiday cookie exchange, and the one you’ll turn to for a familiar oatmeal cookie on a rainy day.

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Dana is one of my favorite vegan bloggers. Her recipes are always inventive and mouth-watering, and the pictures are always stunning.

I turn to these recipes for my every day cooking and weekly meal plans because they are straightforward, and only require about 10 ingredients with no more than 30 minutes to prepare.

Her book also is a great resource for basic vegan staples, like flax egg, DIY almond milk, vegan parmesan, gluten-free flour blend, whipped cream and many others.

Celebrate National Cookbook Month with a selection from this list of my favorite plant-based cookbooks to feed your family.

Spork Fed by Jenny Engel and Heather Bell

The Spork Sisters are the first vegan cooking teachers I had when I went vegan. They are a dynamic duo and I adore their intimate cooking classes in West Hollywood.

This is their first cookbook and I love it for so many reasons. First, the recipes are de-licious, and they are easy to make. They demystify tempeh and tofu and provide really stunning recipes that are fun to make. I especially love the fun food facts on each page. The suggested menus are also a big plus for me in this cookbook.

I also recommend their second book, Vegan 101 which I have been turning to lately for new recipes to rotate into my weekly dinner plan.

Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas

As vegan mom who loves to entertain, I don’t know what I would do without this cookbook. I’m a Jewish convert with Hispanic and Italian roots so we celebrate a lot in my home, and this book is a feast for all of the holidays, each chapter organized by occasion.

I’m the only vegan in my extended family so I turn to this plant-based cookbook for every celebration to create a meal that everyone will enjoy.

Oh She Glows Every Day and The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

Clearly, I am an Oh She Glows fan! Both of Angela’s books make my list of favorite plant-based cookbooks for the family.

Her recipes are always beautiful and delicious, and both of her cookbooks are bursting with whole foods and fresh ingredients that always nourish me and my family.

Celebrate National Cookbook Month with a selection from this list of my favorite plant-based cookbooks to feed your family.

Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson

Robin is kind of amazing. She has written more than twenty cookbooks, of which I own several.

As a busy working mom, the slow cooker is one of my strategies for getting dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Robin’s book is the one I open again and again when I’m cooking in my crock pot (and Breville Fast Slow Pro, a recent gift from my hubby).

She has so many wonderful options for soups, stews, beans, main dishes, and even dessert. She also has appetizer, snack, and beverage recipes. It’s a must-have for your library of plant-based cookbooks.

Vegan Casseroles by Julie Hasson

I own several of Julie’s cookbooks but this one is my favorite because it breathes new life into the ordinary casserole, which I depend on often for family meals because of their practicality and ease.

She breaks down the casserole into a formula and sets you with up several recipes for sauces and toppings, but also has wonderful recipes for everything from pasta bakes and gratins to pot pies and desserts. I love this cookbook!

Real Food Really Fast by Hannah Kaminsky

This book is one of my weeknight favorites. I promise it will quickly become your go to source for delicious plant-based meals ready in 10 minutes or less.

What Hannah takes away in prep and cook time, she adds back in flavor! Each of these recipes passes the “lick your plate” clean test and they are all original and unique in flavor. This cookbook breathes new life into my weekly meal plan when I’m stuck in a rut.

Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton

This is the first book I bought by Dreena (and have since purchased several of her others), and I turn to it often. She has three girls around the same age as my kids so I identify a lot with her life, schedule and cooking challenges. Her recipes are full of whole foods and kid friendly ingredients. I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone feeding kids.

Do you have a favorite cookbook that I should know about? I am always in the market for a great find! Let me know in the comments below.

 


September 25, 2017
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Autumn is officially here and although the weather doesn’t quite feel like it yet, I am ushering in the season by breaking out my slow cooker and cooking heartier dinner fare. Pumpkins and squash are making big displays in my local market and I am craving stews and soups with crusty bread and simple green salads. This season is one of my favorites because family cooking is so easy. My Le Creuset dutch oven and slow cooker get lots of use with meals that I prep in the morning and forget about until a delicious dinner is ready for us. Comfort foods like pastas with homemade sauces, and casseroles are also big favorites of mine this time of year.

These make-ahead and one-pot meals make it easy to cook for the family. The prep is minimal. All you need is a bit of time to do some meal planning the week before to make sure you have the right ingredients on hand. This list of my favorite plant-based fall family recipes will ensure your family is well fed this season. If you make any of these recipes, please tag @VeegMama and #VeegMama. I love to see your creations with my recipes.

Cheers to Fall!

My Favorite Plant-Based Fall Family Recipes

1. Dairy-Free Three Cheese Rigatoni

This recipe has been passed down from generations and generations on the Italian side of my family. It’s served at almost every family gathering and is always a crowd pleaser. I have given the family recipe a plant-based makeover with delicious results.

This list of my favorite plant-based Fall family recipes will keep your family well fed this season with minimal work and time in the kitchen for you.

2. Easy Bean Soup

I love making this soup again and again. You can change it up a bunch of different ways by varying the beans you use. Top with fresh spinach leaves for extra green power!

Easy Bean Soup

4. Lentil Tomato Soup

This is my all-time favorite comfort soup. I love to top it with avocado.

Lentil Tomato Soup

4. Lasagna Rolls

This is my fun riff on lasagna because everything is more fun in a roll! They are a little more work than lasagna, but I love that I can prep and assemble everything ahead of time, and then pop in the oven a half hour before I want to serve dinner. Make it on the weekend and bake it for a great Meatless Monday meal.

This list of my favorite plant-based Fall family recipes will keep your family well fed this season with minimal work and time in the kitchen for you.

5. Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

You’ll love this “throw it all together” slow cooker recipe. Serve alongside the traditional toppings – dairy-free cheese, sour cream and green onions. I like to add a dollop of salsa on top too!

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

6. Tamale Pie

This Mexican casserole is an oldie but goodie. I veganized my mom’s recipe that I loved as a kid. It still comforts and satiates me all these years later.

This list of my favorite plant-based Fall family recipes will keep your family well fed this season with minimal work and time in the kitchen for you.

What are your favorite things to cook in the Fall?

This list of my favorite plant-based Fall family recipes will keep your family well fed this season with minimal work and time in the kitchen for you.


September 18, 2017
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These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

The Jewish New Year is just a few days away and I am excited about all of the ways to eat apples! Traditionally, Jewish people eat apples and honey between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to celebrate a sweet New Year. As a vegan, I swap out honey for agave or maple syrup. This year, I am kicking up the “apples and honey” tradition with some adorable apple snacks that scream party! Why have a plate of apples and honey, when you can have apple nachos, apple stacks, apple rings, apple pizza, and apple purses?!!! These apple snacks are almost too cute to eat (I did say almost!). I love that they are fun and interactive, getting the kids in on the fun. With that being said, these apple snacks just aren’t for kids. I hope you will give them a try to sweeten up your Jewish New Year or any time of year, for that matter!

5 Apple Snacks Perfect For Ringing In the Jewish New Year

1. Apple Nachos Supreme by Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen

This recipe from Dreena’s cookbook, Plant-Powered Families is such a clever and cute sweet take on nachos. This is a great snack for the holiday season, as it is layered with apples and a gooey caramel topping that are perfect for ushering in a sweet new year!

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

2. Apple Stacks by Fork and Beans

Apples have never been so well dressed as they are in these apple stacks! Trail mix and nut butter are slathered between apple slices for a skyscraper snack that I know my kids (old and young) will love to demolish!

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

3. Apple Ring Pizzas

Cara inspired me with her recipe above to see my apples in a different light. Instead of slicing them in wedges, I have a new appreciation for the apple ring! These snacks are high protein and raw, and can really be topped with whatever you have in the pantry. I like the idea of serving the rings on a platter alongside various toppings, (such as nut butters, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds), for everyone to spread and top their apple ring pizza any way they want!

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

4. Apple Pizza

This “pizza” uses phyllo dough as a crust, (my favorite Aussie’s Brand). It is brushed with melted Earth Balance and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Apple slices, walnut pieces, and shredded coconut are the sweet toppings for this “dessert” pizza. For added sweetness, drizzle some maple syrup or agave over all of the toppings and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

5. Apple Walnut Pastry Puffs (Apple Walnut Purses)

These cutie “pies” are a bite-sized snack for little mouths. Filled with apples, walnuts, and pomegranate juice, they evoke all of the flavors and ingredients that are traditional during the Jewish New Year.

These fun and delicious apple snacks are perfect for celebrating the Jewish New Year and the Fall season (vegan and dairy-free).

The more ways to celebrate with apples, the better!! What’s your favorite apple snack! Tell me in the comments below.

What's your favorite apple snack!


September 11, 2017
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Now that my kids are back in school, parent meetings and activities are filling my calendar. The evening hustle to get dinner on the table while I juggle carpool is real! Getting a healthy, home cooked meal on the table during these busy nights never happens by chance, but I do make sure it happens. I plan ahead and build a few dinner hacks into my family meal plan on nights when I know I will have only 30 minutes or less to get a meal on the table. This way, I can make sure I get the ingredients during my weekly shopping trip to throw a quick meal together.

These dinner hacks are not fancy, but they are healthy and tasty. They each include about 5 ingredients and minimal prep. The recipes take some help from the store with canned or prepared ingredients, which I am happy to take when the thought of making dinner just feels like too much. The assurance that one of these meal hacks will get dinner on the table in about 20 minutes is a gift from the dinner gods.

5 Plant Based Dinner Hacks for Busy Weeknights

1. Vegetarian Canned Chili + Russet Potato + Chili Toppings = Chili Potato Bowls

This is one of my kiddos’ favorite meals, and it’s so simple. I use the canned veggie chili from Trader Joe’s. Amy’s Kitchen also makes a great one. Bake (or microwave) potatoes. Split and carve them open into a bowl-like shape and top with a ladle full of chili and your favorite accompaniments.

These plant-based dinner hacks get a healthy and delicious homemade dinner on the table on busy weeknights when you only have 30 minutes or less to spend.

2. Bag of coleslaw mix + broccoli florets + baked tofu + Asian sauce + frozen Jasmine rice = Tofu & Veggie Stir Fry

The teriyaki baked tofu from Trader Joe’s is a tasty choice for this stir fry. I get jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s. Saute a few cloves of garlic in your oil of choice, along with the vegetables. Cook until desired tenderness. Drizzle in Soyaki (or your favorite sauce). Stir in chopped baked tofu. Serve over the rice.

These plant-based dinner hacks get a healthy and delicious homemade dinner on the table on busy weeknights when you only have 30 minutes or less to spend.

 

4. Can of chickpeas + chopped veggies + salad dressing + pita = Greek Pita Pockets

Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas and combine them in a bowl with chopped cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and Kalamata olives. Drizzle with your favorite Greek dressing (or red wine vinaigrette). Serve alongside sliced pitas.

These plant-based dinner hacks get a healthy and delicious homemade dinner on the table on busy weeknights when you only have 30 minutes or less to spend.

5. Linguine + bruschetta + can of artichoke hearts + olives = Italian Pasta Primavera

My kids love for bruschetta and olives inspired this quick and easy dinner hack. We love the bruschetta from Trader Joe’s in the refrigerated section. Combine cooked linguine with the bruschetta, artichoke hearts and sliced Kalamata olives. That’s it and dinner is served. Sometimes I add cannelinni beans to the mix. The most time consuming part of this meal is cooking the pasta. If you’re feeling fancy, toss together a salad and slice some ciabatta while the pasta cooks.

These plant-based dinner hacks get a healthy and delicious homemade dinner on the table on busy weeknights when you only have 30 minutes or less to spend.

What are some of your favorite dinner hacks for busy weeknights?

These plant-based dinner hacks get a healthy and delicious homemade dinner on the table on busy weeknights when you only have 30 minutes or less to spend.

 


September 4, 2017
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As a multi-tasking mom with a never-ending to do list, I appreciate some help from the store whenever I can get it! Before kids, my husband used to make us the most decadent pizzas with homemade dough from scratch. Three kids later, we don’t have time for that! Refrigerated pizza dough is a time saver and super versatile gift from the grocery store gods. I use it to make a variety of family-friendly meals. My local Trader Joe’s offers three types – whole wheat, white, and herb. The opportunities for playing with pizza dough are limitless!

Pizza dough is for so much more than pizzas. Don’t get me wrong. I have major pizza love and my family eats it more than I’d like. However, with a little creativity, you can break out of the pizza rut and create a bunch of new recipes for family meals. I recently made the trio below and served them with a DIY salad bar. It was one of my kids’ and husband’s favorite weeknight meals to date.

The list below is some pizza dough inspo for getting you started on your own creations. Use the recipes as templates and add or substitute your favorite ingredients. Have fun and get your family in on the pizza dough action!

Pizza Dough

3 Things to Make with Pizza Dough Besides Pizza

1. Dairy-Free Parmesan & Herb Breadsticks

Homemade breadsticks are scrumptious straight from the oven, still warm and plump with doughy deliciousness! These breadsticks take me back to my high school days when my friends and I would cruise around Friday nights and order the highly addicting breadsticks from Little Caesar’s. They always came with a side of marinara. I highly recommend serving these with some for dipping too!

Pizza Dough

 

Ingredients:

1 package of herb pizza dough

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup Follow Your Heart shredded Parmesan

Sprinkling of Penzey’s Spices Pizza Seasoning (or any Italian Herb seasoning and garlic powder)

1 teaspoon sea salt

Marinara sauce, for serving

Directions:

1. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour to allow to rise.

2. Divide dough into four even sized balls. Roll each ball into 4 sticks. Twist each stick and place on a greased baking sheet.

3. Brush the sticks with the olive oil and sprinkle with the seasoning and sea salt.

4. Sprinkle cheese on each stick. Lightly press the Parmesan shreds into the pizza dough.

5. Bake at 475 degrees for 8 minutes.

6. Serve with marina sauce for dipping.

 

2. Vegan Ham and Olive Stromboli

If you’ve never had this Italian stuffed bread, you must try this recipe! It’s a family favorite in my house. Olives and pepperoncinis are a wonderful complement to the vegan ham, (which I purchased from The Herbivorous Butcher.) The mildness of the Chao regular slices worked really well for this recipe. My kids are not a fan of dairy-free cheese but this one melts really well without a strong flavor, which they enjoyed in this dish. A dairy-free mozzarella would be delicious too.

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Ingredients:

1 package of whole wheat pizza dough

3 Chao Creamy Slices (Field Roast), sliced in half

1/2 cup olive tapenade

1/4 cup sliced pepperoncinis

3 slices vegan ham (or other plant-based “meat”)

Sprinkling of Penzey’s Spices Pizza Seasoning (or any Italian Herb seasoning and garlic powder)

1 1/2 tablespoons Go Veggie! grated Parmesan Cheese

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Marinara sauce, for serving

Directions:

1. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let sit 30 minutes to an hour to allow to rise.

2. Roll out dough on a floured service into a large oval.

3. Brush the dough with 1 1/2 tablespoons olives oil and sprinkle with the seasoning.

4. Layer the cheese slices down the length of the pizza dough, leaving a 1 inch border around the entire oval.

5. Add the vegan ham on top.

6. Spread the olive tapenade over the cheese and ham. Sprinkle the pepperoncinis on top.

7. Bring both sides of the dough together and fold over each other to make a seam. Tuck and seal each end.

8. Turn the roll over and place on a greased baking pan. Brush with remaining olive oil and dust with the Parmesan cheese.

9. Bake at 475 degrees for 10 minutes.

10. Allow to sit 5 minutes and slice. Serve with marina sauce for dipping.

 

3. Vegan Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza Turnovers

This is my bite-sized take on the calzone. I love to make those too! This smaller version is perfect for little hands and a lot more fun to eat. Why do finger foods bring so much joy to meal time?!!

Pizza dough

Ingredients:

1 package of whole wheat pizza dough

1/2 cup pizza sauce

1/4 cup dairy-free mozzarella shreds (such as So Delicious, Parmela, or Daiya)

Vegan pepperoni slices

Directions:

1. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour to allow to rise.

2. Roll out dough onto a floured service. Using a 2″ cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough. Continue rolling and cutting out circles until all of the dough has been used.

3. One at a time, hold each circle at the edges and “toss” around to allow the dough to stretch a bit.

4. Spread a tablespoon (or less) of sauce in the middle of each pizza dough circle, topped with 2 pepperoni slices and 1 teaspoon of cheese.

5. Fold the circle in half (forming a half moon), and seal the edges.

6. Place the pizza turnovers on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 475 degrees for 10 minutes.

What pizza dough creations have you made?

 

These fun and delicious pizza dough recipes show off how versatile this ready-made, store-bought ingredient can be to make way more than pizza.

 


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Smoothies are my new favorite breakfast! I have been alternating them with my green juices in the mornings. As summer nears and the kids start begging me for popsicles, I’ve been inspired to turn my favorite smoothie recipes into pops. Why not? Green smoothie blends are too tasty to restrict to just sipping. It’s easy to pour the sweet and fruity liquid mixes into your favorite molds and freeze for an afternoon or dessert treat. Or why not mix it up even further and enjoy one of these smoothie pops for breakfast? My kids might think I’ve really gone nuts. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes!!

I’ve rounded up a few slurp-worthy smoothie recipes that would taste just as refreshing frozen on a stick as poured in a glass. I dare you to try one for breakfast!

5 Smoothie Recipes That Make Great Popsicles

1. Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Green Smoothie

5 Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great As Pospsicles

This kale-riffic smoothie by The Blender Girl, Tess Masters, is full of nutrients and flavor! It gets its sweetness naturally from pitted dates. As its name suggests, this blend is perfect for standing in as a popsicle.

2. Mint Chip Superfood Smoothie

5 Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great As Popsicles

Blissful Basil has taken my favorite ice cream and turned it into a powerful protein and health booster. With superfood ingredients like spirulina and hemp seeds, this smoothie would make one powerhouse of a popsicle!

3.  Cherry Limeade Smoothie

5 Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great As Popsicles

The Minimalist Baker’s refreshing blend is a natural pop pick. Cherry lemonade is always a favorite summer treat. This smoothie freezes that popular drink on a stick!

4. Piña Colada Smoothie

5 Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great As Popsicles

Yuuuumy! This tropical treat from Foodie With Family is perfect for summer days and nights…and for making us feel like we’re on vacation!

5. Vegan Chunky Monkey Smoothie

5 Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great As Popsicles

A smoothie named after a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor has to be a popsicle winner! The gals from Veganosity add spinach and hemp seeds to this recipe for a rich and creamy dessert treat that is packed with health benefits.

 

Who else is eating smoothie popsicles for breakfast?!!


June 12, 2017
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Happy Memorial Day! I am so grateful for this holiday weekend!! Although I have been working a bit over the last few days, I have been having lots of fun too! We celebrated yesterday with a BBQ at my aunt and uncle’s house. Memorial Day weekend always feels like the kick-off to grill season to me!

As much as I love a good veggie burger, by the end of my third BBQ of the season, I am ready for anything but! Many people think a plant-based diet is restricted but with this recipe round-up, I hope to show how diverse, vibrant and creative vegan food can be. The 10 choices below will ensure you’ll have no shortage of foods to grill besides burgers this grill season!!

1. Vegetable Stack

foods to grill

This is one of my favorite meals to grill. It’s easy to make with whatever vegetables you have on hand, and makes a beautiful presentation. I use hummus between the layers, but it would taste delicious with whatever dip or spread you choose.

2. Tempeh Kabobs 

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I love kabobs! They are fun and colorful – and quick and easy to put together. These kabobs have a tropical taste profile, but you could change these up a dozen other ways depending on the seasonings and marinades you choose.

3. Portobello Steaks With Avocado Chimichurri

This recipe from Minimalist Baker is my go-to option for the grill any day of the week. The avocado chimichurri is to die for!

4. Grilled Avocado & Romaine Caesar Salad

Instead of tossing your salad, try grilling it! This recipe from Blissful Basil is such a flavorful way to enjoy a Caesar salad – and fun too!

5. Grilled Tofu Steaks with Pistachio & Garlic Scape Pesto

Foods to Grill

Tofu steaks are easy to prepare on the grill and super versatile. Just marinade or top with whatever sauce or condiments you’re in the mood for. This recipe from Steph in Thyme is perfect for grilling season.

6. Portobello Asada Tacos

 

These tacos from Leslie Durso aren’t just for Taco Tuesday. My extended family loves to break out the carne asada for BBQs so this is a great plant-based option for me to keep with the menu theme.

7. Grilled Polenta and Zucchini Salsa

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Polenta makes a delicious entree. It is delish with this zucchini salsa from Love & Lemons. It’s a beautiful, elegant dish for those nights when you want something a little fancier from the grill.

8. Mediterranean Grilled Avocado with Tahini Sauce

This recipe had me at Mediterranean, but stole my heart at avocado – two of my favorite things! Food Faith Fitness has won me over with this one!!

9. BBQ Cauliflower Steak

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If you haven’t tried grilling a cauliflower steak yet, you are missing out. I typically go for a citrus marinade, but this recipe from All Roads Lead To Healthy is super easy with your favorite BBQ sauce.

10. Grilled Vegan Dirty Rice Stuffed Peppers

These peppers from Veganosity are stuffed full of flavor. This is a great template for creating your own stuffed pepper.  Just switch out the grains and veggies for a variety of recipe options.

What are your favorite foods to grill besides burgers?

 


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