Category Archives: Vegan

Have you ever tried Vegan cheese?  It’s actually quite yummy!  I was hesitant at first….is it expensive?  Is it going to taste good?  What if I hate it?  Does it melt? And so many more questions crossed my mind, but I went for it and really enjoyed it. My go-to brand of choice is Vegan Chao Slices.  You can find the Creamy Original and Tomato Cayenne flavors at your local Festival Foods.  Both are sold in a 7oz package and the cheese is pre-sliced.  It’s delicious on its own if you want to enjoy a slice right out of the package but also tastes lovely in the few dishes I’m about to share with you. I admittedly started by trying each flavor on its own, so I knew what I was getting myself into.  The Creamy Original tastes like provolone cheese and the Tomato Cayenne tastes like a spiced cheddar … Continue reading

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Vegan Buffalo Mac & Cheese will make your dreams come true one bite at a time.  It’s the ultimate comfort food!  Each bite is creamy, loaded with buffalo spice, and has the slightest crunch from toasted breadcrumbs.  It’s the perfect recipe to take your dinner game to the next level.   The recipe can be found here. The first step is to bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to package instruction.  Drain and set aside.  I like to use chickpea noodles because they are packed with protein and fiber but use any noodle you prefer.  I think the texture of chickpea noodles is very similar to regular noodles, as well as the taste. Next, bring a small pot of water to a boil (you can also do this while the noodles are cooking).  Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat and … Continue reading

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Last night we tried our hand at Vegan Vegetable Enchiladas.  The difference between these enchiladas and “traditional” enchiladas is the lack of meat and dairy.  We substituted both with vegan alternatives.  I’ll admit, the end result doesn’t look very pretty but it tasted amazing! These are packed full of vegetables and have incredible flavor.  We replaced ground beef with chopped mushrooms, added additional vegetables, and used a vegan cheese that tastes very similar to provolone.  If you did a blind taste test, I don’t think you would be able to tell the difference! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Add about ½ cup of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread around.  I used canned enchilada sauce but feel free to use a homemade recipe if you have one. Next, … Continue reading

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Vegan Lasagna is a flavorful and hearty dish that’s packed with protein.  Yes, it is vegan but even meat lovers will enjoy it!  It’s layered with tender noodles, cashew ricotta cheese, marinara, spinach, and topped with mozzarella cheese. The recipe can be found here. The ricotta cheese is thick, creamy, and is a great recipe to use in lasagna, pasta, pizza, and more.  I was skeptical when making the ricotta because this was my first attempt, but it did not disappoint.  I didn’t know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised and admittedly didn’t know vegan cheese could taste this good!  It was also very easy to make and only requires a few ingredients, most of which are pantry staples if you lead a vegan lifestyle.  It has a lovely texture and amazing cheese flavor. The mozzarella is stretchy, creamy, and very smooth.  It’s a wonderful substitute to dairy mozzarella!  … Continue reading

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It’s a great time of year to break out the grill and spend more time outdoors enjoying a meal.  Kabobs are a quick and easy meal to make and are very customizable; you can add any meat, vegetable, or seasoning of your choice.  We make kabobs more often than I want to admit because they are so simple! Today I want to share with you 2 recipes for vegetarian/vegan kabobs.  The first is Grilled Jackfruit & Vegetable Kabobs and the second is Grilled Vegetable Kabobs.  Both are packed with tender vegetables, are healthy for you, and incredibly tasty to eat.  Even if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, you will enjoy these kabobs.  They also make a great side dish for any other grilled meal; pair a vegetable kabob with a juicy hamburger or chicken breast. For the Grilled Jackfruit & Vegetable Kabobs, I chose to use bell peppers (in multiple … Continue reading

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Have you ever had a spring roll before?  If not, I’m sure you’ve noticed them on menus or seen pictures online.  They are sometimes called Vietnamese spring rolls or rice paper rolls and are similar to egg rolls but are unfried.  They are loaded with fresh vegetables and fruit and taste amazing!  They are also vegetarian/vegan and oh so healthy. The recipe I want to share with you today is for Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce.  These make a great lunch, dinner, or appetizer.  All you have to do is follow the instructions on the rice paper package…and maybe make a practice roll to familiarize yourself with the texture and feel of the rice paper 🙂  The taste is so light and refreshing! The recipe can be found here. The first thing you want to do is prep all your vegetables and fruit.  You will have a lot to … Continue reading

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When most people think of cauliflower, they probably don’t get excited.  It’s just another vegetable with a bland flavor…blah blah blah…but it’s so much more!  It’s packed with fiber and B-vitamins, is incredibly versatile, and is one of my favorite vegetables to create meals with. You can create a full meal with one head of cauliflower.  Roast it, put it in soup, make pizza crust or rice, etc.  I however, like to make Chinese inspired dishes with cauliflower.  We did “Chinese Food Week” at our house and created some amazing meals!  You can’t tell the difference in the substitution of vegetable for meat, and the flavors were out of this world. These make great Meatless Monday meals, are all vegetarian, and are also vegan. We made the following dishes.  Recipes and instructions for each are below. Cashew Cauliflower Kung Pao Cauliflower Orange Glazed Cauliflower Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Sweet & Sour … Continue reading

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Potato Tacos with Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce are a delight!  They are vegetarian as well as vegan, so they make the perfect meal for Meatless Monday (or any day of the week).  Plus, they are delicious!  And who doesn’t love tacos? The Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce is a wonderful condiment for these tacos.  It add a citrusy, tangy, flavor to the tacos.  You’ll have plenty of leftover sauce as well to enjoy later in the week on more tacos, rice, chicken, salad, etc. The recipe can be found here. Start by making the Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce.  Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend on high until smooth; jalapeno, cilantro, garlic cloves, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil, vegan mayo, and salt. I like to lightly chop the jalapeno and cilantro, and mince the garlic before adding it to the food processor so it’s easier to blend.  I … Continue reading

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Vegan Vegetable Noodle Soup is packed with fresh vegetables and is incredibly tasty and healthy.  It’s a spin on traditional chicken noodle soup but without the chicken.  Don’t let the word vegan scare you away.  Yes, this is a vegan dish, but it is also vegetarian, meatless, and delicious, so give it a try! If you are missing the chicken texture in each bite, add some chickpeas.  You can also mix and match the vegetables to your liking or to use up anything you have on hand. The recipe can be found here. Start by prepping the vegetables.  I like to chop everything ahead of time to make assembly easier once I start cooking.  Slice the carrots, celery, onion, and potatoes.  Mince the garlic.  You can also play around with quantities.  If you like carrots but not celery, add more carrots and less celery.  You want to enjoy the soup … Continue reading

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Greek Lemon Rice with Chickpeas is an amazing one-pot dish!  It is full of great Mediterranean flavors and is packed with so many herbs and veggies.  You’ll think you’re somewhere warm and sunny when eating this dish 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Make sure you have a large ovenproof skillet to use.  You will start by heating ingredients on the stove and will eventually move the skillet into the oven, so you want to make sure you are using something rated for oven use.  I used a large cast iron skillet, but a Dutch Oven would also work well. Prep all of your ingredients.  Chop the onion, mince the garlic, drain and rinse the chickpeas, chop the sun-dried tomatoes, chop the dill, slice the lemon, slice the olives, and slice the tomatoes.  Whew!  I think that covers it all!  Set all the … Continue reading

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