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Best Ever Vegan Vanilla Custard

Best Ever Vegan Vanilla Custard

There‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌few‌ ‌recipes‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌struggled‌ ‌with‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌vegan‌ ‌chef,‌ ‌and‌ ‌vanilla‌ ‌custard‌ ‌has‌ ‌definitely‌ ‌been‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌them.‌ ‌Either‌ ‌the‌ ‌texture‌ ‌came‌ ‌out‌ ‌too‌ ‌gelatinous‌ ‌(it’s‌ ‌supposed‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌thick‌ ‌and‌ ‌creamy,‌ ‌not‌ ‌jiggly!)‌ ‌or‌ ‌too‌ ‌runny,‌ ‌or‌ ‌the‌ ‌color‌ ‌was‌ ‌off.‌ ‌I‌ ‌see‌ ‌no‌ ‌point‌ ‌in‌ ‌making‌ ‌something‌ ‌if‌ ‌it‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌both‌ ‌taste‌ ‌and‌ ‌look‌ ‌good,‌ ‌so‌ ‌the‌ ‌experimentation‌ ‌continued…‌

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Cheesy Garlic Bread- the Ultimate Comfort Food

Cheesy Garlic Bread- the Ultimate Comfort Food

With everyone baking sourdough bread these days, I figured I would try my hand at something a little bit different. I often get the question “What do you miss most since going vegan?” and I can honestly say I have gained so much more than I’ve “lost” (no, I don’t miss eating dead animals) but one thing I do remember fondly is a slice of cheesy pizza. Nowadays, we’re so lucky that we have several amazing vegan cheeses out there and I’m using one of them in today’s recipe; an ooey-gooey cheesy garlic bread that is to die for! And I don’t say this lightly.

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A Flavorful Falafel Plate with Tahini Sauce and Tzatziki

A Flavorful Falafel Plate with Tahini Sauce and Tzatziki

Falafel is one of those universal foods everybody eats and loves. Nobody even gives a thought to the fact that it’s vegan (ooh the charged ‘v’ word…) It’s simply delicious. Versatile. Simple. It’s food. For some reason it’s the one vegan food non-vegans will accept and eat without judgment or wonder where they will get their protein… and falafel is a common item on many restaurant menus across the world.

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A Flavorful Vegetable Pot Pie

A Flavorful Vegetable Pot Pie

Today’s recipe is for those times when you feel like a hearty dish that looks impressive but that you really have to put minimal effort into. If you have some leftover vegetables like carrots, onions, celery, broccoli and/or mushrooms that you are needing to get rid of but have no idea what to do with – read on.

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A Chocolate Chip Cookie Worth the Calories

A Chocolate Chip Cookie Worth the Calories

At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I’ve made a lot of cookies in my life, and this recipe I’m sharing with you today is my absolute favorite and one I think could win over a lot of fans. Personally I’m not a huge cookie fan, but my husband is. He particularly loves these and begs me to bake them at least every other week (maybe a little more often now during these quarantine times)…Everyone has their favorite recipe, but I encourage you to try this one out too and let me know what you think.

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Spanish Albondigas with a Spicy & Smoked Tomato Sauce

Spanish Albondigas with a Spicy & Smoked Tomato Sauce

Coming from a chef background, I typically love to make everything from scratch and as a vegan, I’m a fan of whole, plant-based foods when cooking. On the other hand, I’m a vegan married to a non-vegan, who is also a chef and happens to be a meat-lover. While you may think that may pose challenges…I am here to tell you as long as you get a little creative and resourceful and stay dedicated to your desire to eat more plant-based foods, your significant other, children, friends and family will make big strides towards eating more plants too! (it’s contagious 🙂

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Broccoli-Cheddar Soup In Quarantine

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup In Quarantine

One of my favorite comfort meals is a creamy soup paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. In the summer I love a good tomato soup made from fresh tomatoes I’ve grown in my garden, but in the winter there’s nothing quite like a broccoli-cheddar soup. The green color makes me happy too, which I find particularly welcome on a cold and grey day.

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SHAKSHUKA – An Exciting Alternative Breakfast for Egg Lovers

SHAKSHUKA – An Exciting Alternative Breakfast for Egg Lovers

The food that a large number of people have the most difficulty giving up when going vegan, is not read meat—but in fact, eggs. Shakshuka is a one-skillet recipe traditionally made with eggs baked in a tomato and red pepper sauce that is spiced with cumin, paprika, and cayenne. I’ve replaced the egg with both tofu and sliced sweet potato before with great luck, but this time I used Just Eggs and was incredibly happy with the result.

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Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup)

Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup)

I am feeling so much passion for today’s blog post as it has to do with a country I care very much about; Italy. I was inspired to re-create a dish called ribollita, a classic I eat almost daily when in Italy.

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Roasted Yellow Trumpet Steak

Roasted Yellow Trumpet Steak

Living with a meat-eater, I am constantly trying to find dishes that will appeal to someone who is used to eating animal meats. That dish has to be hearty, have a similar texture and of course be flavorful and tasty. I find that mushrooms, when prepared correctly and the right type of mushroom is used, often fulfills these criteria.

read more
Best Ever Vegan Vanilla Custard

Best Ever Vegan Vanilla Custard

There‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌few‌ ‌recipes‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌struggled‌ ‌with‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌vegan‌ ‌chef,‌ ‌and‌ ‌vanilla‌ ‌custard‌ ‌has‌ ‌definitely‌ ‌been‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌them.‌ ‌Either‌ ‌the‌ ‌texture‌ ‌came‌ ‌out‌ ‌too‌ ‌gelatinous‌ ‌(it’s‌ ‌supposed‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌thick‌ ‌and‌ ‌creamy,‌ ‌not‌ ‌jiggly!)‌ ‌or‌ ‌too‌ ‌runny,‌ ‌or‌ ‌the‌ ‌color‌ ‌was‌ ‌off.‌ ‌I‌ ‌see‌ ‌no‌ ‌point‌ ‌in‌ ‌making‌ ‌something‌ ‌if‌ ‌it‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌both‌ ‌taste‌ ‌and‌ ‌look‌ ‌good,‌ ‌so‌ ‌the‌ ‌experimentation‌ ‌continued…‌

read more
Cheesy Garlic Bread- the Ultimate Comfort Food

Cheesy Garlic Bread- the Ultimate Comfort Food

With everyone baking sourdough bread these days, I figured I would try my hand at something a little bit different. I often get the question “What do you miss most since going vegan?” and I can honestly say I have gained so much more than I’ve “lost” (no, I don’t miss eating dead animals) but one thing I do remember fondly is a slice of cheesy pizza. Nowadays, we’re so lucky that we have several amazing vegan cheeses out there and I’m using one of them in today’s recipe; an ooey-gooey cheesy garlic bread that is to die for! And I don’t say this lightly.

read more
A Flavorful Falafel Plate with Tahini Sauce and Tzatziki

A Flavorful Falafel Plate with Tahini Sauce and Tzatziki

Falafel is one of those universal foods everybody eats and loves. Nobody even gives a thought to the fact that it’s vegan (ooh the charged ‘v’ word…) It’s simply delicious. Versatile. Simple. It’s food. For some reason it’s the one vegan food non-vegans will accept and eat without judgment or wonder where they will get their protein… and falafel is a common item on many restaurant menus across the world.

read more
A Flavorful Vegetable Pot Pie

A Flavorful Vegetable Pot Pie

Today’s recipe is for those times when you feel like a hearty dish that looks impressive but that you really have to put minimal effort into. If you have some leftover vegetables like carrots, onions, celery, broccoli and/or mushrooms that you are needing to get rid of but have no idea what to do with – read on.

read more
A Chocolate Chip Cookie Worth the Calories

A Chocolate Chip Cookie Worth the Calories

At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I’ve made a lot of cookies in my life, and this recipe I’m sharing with you today is my absolute favorite and one I think could win over a lot of fans. Personally I’m not a huge cookie fan, but my husband is. He particularly loves these and begs me to bake them at least every other week (maybe a little more often now during these quarantine times)…Everyone has their favorite recipe, but I encourage you to try this one out too and let me know what you think.

read more
Spanish Albondigas with a Spicy & Smoked Tomato Sauce

Spanish Albondigas with a Spicy & Smoked Tomato Sauce

Coming from a chef background, I typically love to make everything from scratch and as a vegan, I’m a fan of whole, plant-based foods when cooking. On the other hand, I’m a vegan married to a non-vegan, who is also a chef and happens to be a meat-lover. While you may think that may pose challenges…I am here to tell you as long as you get a little creative and resourceful and stay dedicated to your desire to eat more plant-based foods, your significant other, children, friends and family will make big strides towards eating more plants too! (it’s contagious 🙂

read more
Broccoli-Cheddar Soup In Quarantine

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup In Quarantine

One of my favorite comfort meals is a creamy soup paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. In the summer I love a good tomato soup made from fresh tomatoes I’ve grown in my garden, but in the winter there’s nothing quite like a broccoli-cheddar soup. The green color makes me happy too, which I find particularly welcome on a cold and grey day.

read more
SHAKSHUKA – An Exciting Alternative Breakfast for Egg Lovers

SHAKSHUKA – An Exciting Alternative Breakfast for Egg Lovers

The food that a large number of people have the most difficulty giving up when going vegan, is not read meat—but in fact, eggs. Shakshuka is a one-skillet recipe traditionally made with eggs baked in a tomato and red pepper sauce that is spiced with cumin, paprika, and cayenne. I’ve replaced the egg with both tofu and sliced sweet potato before with great luck, but this time I used Just Eggs and was incredibly happy with the result.

read more
Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup)

Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup)

I am feeling so much passion for today’s blog post as it has to do with a country I care very much about; Italy. I was inspired to re-create a dish called ribollita, a classic I eat almost daily when in Italy.

read more
Roasted Yellow Trumpet Steak

Roasted Yellow Trumpet Steak

Living with a meat-eater, I am constantly trying to find dishes that will appeal to someone who is used to eating animal meats. That dish has to be hearty, have a similar texture and of course be flavorful and tasty. I find that mushrooms, when prepared correctly and the right type of mushroom is used, often fulfills these criteria.

read more

DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT

MY TOP 10 RECIPES

 

DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT

MY TOP 10 RECIPES