Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You won’t be able to resist these ultimate chocolate chunk cookies! These babies have crispy edges, a chewy middle, and oozing pools of melty chocolate. Yum!

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Crispy Vegan Fried Calamari

I had a blast whipping up this incredible crispy vegan fried calamari! Believe it or not, I achieved the PERFECT calamari-like texture by using a blend of oyster and shiitake mushrooms. With a generous sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning, a pinch of salt, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, these little morsels are a crunchy and tantalizing treat for everyone to enjoy!

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Lemon Cheesecake with Fresh Blueberries & Granola Crust

Inspired by my favorite breakfast, this luscious Lemon Cheesecake with Fresh Blueberries perfectly captures the essence of summer. Savor the luscious combination of a zesty, no-bake, lemon cheesecake filling, with bursts of juicy blueberries, all nestled in a crunchy granola crust. This not-too-sweet treat is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without going overboard.

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The Best Vegan Meatballs

These amazing little vegan meatballs truly embody what a meatball should be. Crafted with exceptional ingredients, like mushrooms, oats, and walnuts, they maintain their perfect shape, boast an incredible texture, and delight the taste buds like no other. Whether you’re adding them to a rich tomato sauce or creating delectable meatball hero sandwiches, these vegan meatballs are destined to become the ultimate crowd-pleaser!

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Tomato Tart Tatin

This exquisite Tomato Tart Tatin is the perfect way to celebrate the bountiful summer tomato season. To create a stunning mosaic of colors, that are certain to brighten up your table, use a variety of sliced and/or cherry tomatoes. The salty, briny olives, and creamy vegan cheese, provide a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the tomatoes.

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The Ultimate Vegan Moussaka

I am thrilled to share with you The Ultimate Vegan Moussaka recipe, a truly exquisite culinary creation that holds a special place in my heart. This is my Grandmother’s recipe that has been passed down through generations in my family. I have carefully revamped this traditional moussaka recipe to create a lighter and entirely plant-based version, while still respecting its roots.

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Vegan All-Butter Pie Crust

Discover the ultimate recipe for a flawless vegan all-butter pie crust! Whether you’re aiming for a delectably sweet fruit pie or a savory masterpiece like a quiche or vegetable pot pie, this tried-and-true method guarantees a flaky, mouthwatering crust every single time.

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Almond Toffee Crunch

My mom absolutely adored nuts! Knowing this, every time someone from Greece would pay us a visit, they brought her bags of pistachios and a big box of an irresistibly crunchy honey almond brittle confection from one of the local patisseries. It was an absolute treat, sweet and nutty with a satisfying crunch. It was dangerous to have around the house!

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Fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownies

Indulge in the sheer delight of these decadent Fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownies! With their rich, gooey texture that simply melts in your mouth, these brownies are a true indulgence that is bound to satisfy any chocolate lover. Enjoy them on their own, or get fancy and serve them alongside a generous scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, or a burst of juicy berries.

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Plant-Based Paradise: Unleashing the Flavors of Vegan Poke!

Introducing a tantalizing twist on the classic poke bowl: a delightful vegan version that showcases all the vibrant flavors of the sea without any animal products. Soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and green onions, along with a generous sprinkling of seaweed flakes, come together in perfect harmony to infuse cooked Chioggia beets with authentic poke flavor. This Plant-Based Paradise creation brings together fresh ingredients & colorful veggies, resulting in a bowl that’s both visually stunning and incredibly satisfying!

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Steak-less Fajitas

These mouthwatering vegan Steak-less Fajitas will surely make your taste buds dance with delight. Sizzling strips of tender and juicy beefless steak tips, (or thinly sliced tempeh strips), caramelized onions and tangy peppers are infused with a zesty tequila marinade that is bursting with flavor.

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REVIEW – Trader Joe’s Korean Beefless Bulgogi

I must admit, I’m usually not a big fan of those incredibly meat-like, plant-based alternatives, like Beyond or Impossible burgers and sausages. But, there’s always an exception to every rule, and these Trader Joe’s Korean Beefless Bulgogi strips are definitely it for me. They’re seriously delicious, and might just convince a carnivore that they’ve stumbled upon the holy grail of vegan deliciousness.

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Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Who ever said you couldn’t throw a mouthwatering BBQ party with just veggies? Let me introduce you to the star of the show: a Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Sundried Tomato Pesto that will blow your taste buds away! Picture this: layers of succulent grilled eggplant and zucchini slices, generously topped with a sundried tomato pesto and vegan provolone on toasted ciabatta rolls. Trust me, this beauty is a solid proof that you don’t need meat to have a seriously delicious BBQ experience. So, let’s fire up the grill and let the veggie feast begin!

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REVIEW – Impossible Chicken Nuggets

If you have ever tried any of the Impossible products, you’ll know how ridiculously close they taste and feel to actual meat. Personally, they’re almost too realistic for me, so I don’t really enjoy most of their stuff. But these Impossible plant-based chicken nuggets, are surprisingly tasty. They have the same flavor and texture as regular nuggets, so kids would totally devour them, without even noticing the difference. But hey, you’ll be the one who knows!

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Sundried Tomato Pesto

When we hear the word pesto, we usually think of the traditional basil variety. However, the word pesto means to crush – originally with a mortar and pestle, (although these days a food processor or blender is easier and faster).

This Sundried Tomato Pesto is a lovely variation on traditional pesto, and incorporates sundried, as well as fresh tomatoes, in addition to nuts, garlic, basil, and olive oil. It is a delightful sauce that will transform any dish it accompanies. Serve this pesto just as you would basil pesto, and watch as your taste buds dance in delight.

Indulge in its rich and vibrant flavors over pasta, spread it generously on a perfectly crisp pizza crust, stir it into soups, blend it into a smooth and creamy hummus, or use it as a spread on your favorite sandwich, elevating it to a whole new level of deliciousness. Let your imagination run wild with the endless possibilities!

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Frozen Mango Lassi

This super refreshing and healthy Frozen Mango Lassi is lusciously thick and creamy. You only need some mangoes, dairy-free yogurt, dairy-free milk, a touch of cardamom, and maybe a little maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy during those hot summer days!

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REVIEW – Hillary’s Breakfast Sausages

I stumbled upon Hillary’s brand which I never heard of before, and I thought to myself, why not give it a shot? Turns out, it was a decision I won’t regret!

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REVIEW – boursin dairy-free

I recently picked up this boursin dairy-free garlic & herbs cheese spread alternative at Trader Joe’s, and we loved it!

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Rustic Apricot & Pistachio Tart

This is a gorgeous, rustic Apricot & Pistachio Tart made with juicy sliced apricots and a rich homemade pistachio paste layered on top of a flaky, buttery vegan pie crust.

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Vegan Almond Paste

This almond paste recipe is super quick and easy, and it only needs four simple ingredients. Plus, it’s sweetened with delicious maple syrup and totally free of eggs and dairy. Enjoy!

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Vegan Bloody Mary

Brace yourself for the grand unveiling of the ultimate vegan Bloody Mary recipe. We’re talking about a drink that’s bursting with so much flavor, it’ll make your taste buds do the tango. You can even skip the vodka and still enjoy a drink that’s just as delectable– slightly tamer but very still delicious. So go ahead, embrace your inner mixologist, and let the vegan Bloody Mary magic unfold!

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German Chocolate Cake

I stumbled upon this delightful German Chocolate Cake in an old edition of Gourmet magazine. And once I veganized it, it became an instant crowd-pleaser! The cake itself is a no-fuss chocolate masterpiece that can be whipped up in just one bowl. The filling is a heavenly blend of luscious, homemade coconut dulce de leche, mingled with toasted pecans and coconut flakes. And to top it all off, we slather the whole thing with a thick, glossy, seductive dark chocolate ganache. This cake is the definition of dessert perfection!

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Coconut Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche, which translates to “sweet milk”, is a sweet sauce (similar to caramel), made of caramelized sweetened milk – or in this case coconut cream. Coconut dulce de leche is thick, creamy and tastes like sweetened toasted coconut, which in my opinion, tastes heavenly, and is even better than the original version.

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Vegan Caviar

Today, prepare yourself for a delightful lesson on Spherification, which, contrary to its serious name, is really a barrel of laughs. Why, you ask? Because it involves the creation of these marvelous little orbs of vegan caviar that sparkle and shine like gems. This technique is not only a breeze, but also kind to your wallet, allowing you to dive into a limitless world of creativity. Imagine any color or flavor you desire, whether sweet or savory. But the real cherry on top is how much fun it is to bring these tiny pearls to life, making it an absolute hoot for kids and adults alike! So, let’s jump into this fascinating adventure together!

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Beer Battered Onion Rings

These beer battered onion rings are incredibly light and crispy. You don’t have to limit yourself to just onions rings either. This batter will work incredibly well on any vegetable you like!

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Cottage Pie

This hearty vegan Cottage Pie, made with high-protein textured pea crumbles and topped with creamy smashed Yukon Gold potatoes, is the classic comfort food, and a definite crowd pleaser!

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NY Flagels

Flagel? What’s a flagel? If your favorite part of the bagel is the chewy, crunchy crust, you’re going to love NY flagels, which are basically flattened out bagels with a much larger crust to bready interior ratio!

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Reuben Sandwiches

These vegan Reuben sandwiches are made with thinly sliced, seasoned beets layered on toasted rye bread, melted plant-based cheese, lots of tangy sauerkraut, and creamy Russian dressing.

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Brioche French Toast

Who knew that you can make fantastic French Toast without any eggs! This vegan French toast tastes possibly better than the traditional. It’s creamy on the inside, with the thinnest layer of crackly, caramelized, cinnamon-sugar crust.

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Vegan Gyro

Traditional gyro is cooked on a vertical spit, and thin slices are shaved off and served on pita bread with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki. Growing up in Greece, I had my fair share of gyro and souvlaki as a child. Going vegan does not mean I never get to eat gyro again. This, even better, and definitely healthier vegan gyro, is made with seitan, and is incredibly similar in taste and texture to the traditional recipe.

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Vegan Tzatziki

This creamy, garlicy, vegan tzatziki dip is perfect for serving with seitan gyro wraps! It is made exactly like the traditional version, except with the dairy swapped out for some plant-based sour cream or yogurt.

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Vegan Brioche

This rich, soft and tender vegan brioche does not contain a hint of dairy or eggs! The brioche is perfect with butter and jam, toasted, and it makes incredible French toast.

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Better Than Tuna Salad – Vegan

This vegan Better Than Tuna Salad is like a fishy magic trick! Instead of actual tuna, we’ve got artichokes and chickpeas doing their vegan voodoo. But wait, there’s more! We’ve added a secret ingredient that will teleport your taste buds straight to the sea! Prepare to be amazed, because not only does it taste incredible, it’s also healthier for you and of course, it’s fish-friendly!

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Tostones – Twice Fried Green Plantains

CJ’s mother’s side of the family is from Puerto Rico, and these Tostones, or twice fried green plantains, are a recipe from his childhood. His aunt showed me the technique she uses to get the lightest, crispiest tostones that are never heavy or greasy. They are a unique substitute for anytime you might serve french fries, or as a snack, and are incredible dipped in our mouthwatering Pio Pio sauce.

Just a word of caution, though…these tostones are seriously addictive!

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Peruvian Aji Verde (AKA Pio Pio Sauce)

We used to go to a Peruvian restaurant in NYC called Pio Pio, that had the most incredible green sauce! It was worth going there just for the sauce, so I had to make a vegan version. You are going to want to pour this spicy, garlicky, herby and creamy aji verde on everything – burritos, tacos, Buddha bowls, pasta, empanadas, scrambles, rice, sandwiches, samosas…you might even want to just eat it with a spoon.

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Carrot Birthday Cake For Your Pup

Ok, yes…I admit we spoil them. But nobody deserves it more than these guys! So, for Finn’s first birthday with us, I made them a Carrot Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, and decorated with their favorite dog biscuits and some crushed peanuts!

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Fluffy Healthy Pancakes

These vegan pancakes are incredibly fluffy, healthy and easy to make. No one will know that they are made without eggs, dairy, or oil. They are fantastic with just some good maple syrup and vegan butter, or topped with caramelized bananas & walnuts, berries, fruit, chocolate chips, dairy-free nutella, or nut butter.

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Tiramisu – Vegan

This creamy vegan Tiramisu is irresistible, with espresso and coffee liqueur soaked “ladyfingers”, nestled in rich, lightly sweetened cream layers. This dessert tastes just like the original version, but it contains no dairy, and no raw eggs.

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Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast, also known as nooch, is a healthy superfood full of protein and nutrients. It tastes cheesy and nutty, but it’s completely dairy free and vegan! Nutritional yeast can be used in hundreds ways to add fantastic flavor to dishes.

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Vegan BBQ Rib Sandwich With Rainbow Slaw

These succulent “ribs” are slathered in spicy BBQ sauce and topped with creamy rainbow slaw. The ribs are made with seitan, a very popular vegan meat substitute.

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Hail Seitan!

Seitan (pronounced say·tan), is a popular vegan, high protein meat substitute, which has been around for centuries. Made from vital wheat gluten, seitan is a healthy meat alternative that can be transformed into plant-based meats like chicken, deli meats, sausages, burgers, bacon, and more.

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This luxurious Vegan Chocolate Mousse is creamy, fluffy and chocolaty. Serve the mouse plain, with berries and a dollop of whipped cream, or use it as a filling for a decadent chocolate mousse cake.

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Baklava – Vegan

This is a veganized version of the baklava my grandmother, who was an amazing cook, always used to make for us in Greece. I had been under the wrong assumption that phyllo pastry was made with butter, and therefore not vegan. Once I realized that phyllo is actually made with oil and is actually 100% vegan, the rest of the recipe was easy.

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General Tso’s Crispy Tofu

Crispy tofu chunks and vegetables are glazed in a delectable, sweet and spicy vegan General Tso’s sauce, that’s so much better than take-out Chinese.

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Rainbow Slaw

This creamy, crunchy slaw is bright, colorful, tangy and delicious. It’s fantastic with so many dishes, including veggie burgers, tacos, pulled jackfruit sandwiches, rib sandwiches, or as a side.

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Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?

Nine times out of ten, when we mention to someone that we are vegan the first question always is, “But where do you get your protein?” The irony is that this question is often asked by people who don’t know how much protein they are currently eating, or even how much protein they actually need to be healthy. The idea of not eating animal products terrifies people, who really do believe that if all they eat is plants they will surely become weaker and weaker until they just shrivel up and die. This is completely understandable since we are constantly bombarded by the media and by big businesses with the idea that as humans we must rely on eating other animals in order to be healthy.

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10 Tips For Surviving The Holidays As A New Vegan

Keeping the peas this holiday season!

When we first became vegan, we were eager to share our new found knowledge with everyone…but we got some mixed results. Of course this will depend on your particular family and friends. Some families will be very supportive and want to listen to everything that you have to say. Some will genuinely not understand, some will tease you, and others may be worried that you’ll die from some nutrient deficiency.

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