Cheese folks…Nacho Cheese…I almost feel like I could stop there! Those couple of words are so descriptive and swoon-worthy!! But then, I might be a bit biased. I mean, I’ve been eating this Nacho Cheese since I was a tiny-tot. (That’s no joke.) And since that time, I’ve tried a ton of vegan nacho cheese recipes, but I always come back to this one. It’s creamy, it’s simple, it’s good for you…and it’s kinda addicting! Continue Reading “Vegan Nacho Cheese”
Love is in the air here…uh, I mean sunshine, liquid sunshine 😉 and lots of it!!! But I’m not going to let all this premature rain dampen my spirits!! One of my favorite holidays is coming up. Yeah, I like Valentines. I know it’s sappy and over-commercialized but we don’t have to let it be so superficial! And it doesn’t have to be just about couples! I like to think that it is a great day to show and share love and good will with all those you meet! Ok, Valentines rant over. But speaking of love….you are going to be smitten with this Vegan Chocolate Mousse – because you just won’t be able to help it! 😉 Fluffy, sweet, light, chocolatey…and you can feel guilt-free about this crush because it’s REFINED sugar FREE! (It’s also, gluten/dairy/soy/nut free too!) Yipppeee! I mean with all the illness bouncing around out there, we all need a decadent dessert that we can feel good about eating and feeding our families, right???
I almost can’t believe how good this dip is…creamy really only begins to describe it!! And while I would rate this recipe as decently healthy, it has a truly indulgent taste to it that really makes it seem, well, not vegan!! I’m not trying to sound renegade here or anything! There are days where I totally crave salad and fresh food and all that wonderful goodness! But sometimes I just need that satisfying, rich, flavor of something….like this! Totally a crave-satisfier, crowd-pleaser, and a great date-night munchy snack! I know this is going to be my go-to party recipe from NOW ON! All you my friends, be warned. Rebecca is bringing Hot Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip to all get-togethers for the next great while! LOL. Ok, I’m done ranting, let’s share the secrets! Continue Reading “Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip”
Ahh, yes, I’m totally in love with this soup!! It takes literally just a few minutes to throw together and the flavors are just…wonderful (yeah, I’m totally underwhelmed at my adjective use there! Should-a gone with ‘smagdoovious’ 😉 ). At any rate, the truth is that I could literally eat this three meals a day for a loonnnggg time! And despite the fact that variety is the best for our bodies, I’d still be getting decent nutrition because this soup is power-packed with protein and greens! Yummers!!!! Now onto the making of this wondrous soul-satisfying soup!!
I feel like a cook can never have too many quick and tasty crowd-pleasing entrees in his/her go-to recipe list!! (Right??) It’s my goal to add this to your quick-list of favorites this holiday season!! While it’s a great meal for anytime of year, my sis-in-law shared that Stroganoff is her go-to for big family gatherings. AND she let me in on a little secret that totally inspired me…
All those bags of fresh cranberries in the stores… Don’t they just make you feel super festive? I practically adore those iconic little red orbs! Don’t you just want to break the bag open and pop one in your mouth? Ok, NO! They taste terrible – at least I’m not a fan! For me, they are limited to being as wonderful as they look when they are dried, found in cranberry-grape juice, and when they are in this quick and amazing fresh cranberry sauce. You have GOT to try this. It is that good!
Are you ready to carve up some amazing vegan steaks?? 😉 I sure hope so because these are super tender, a little chewy, and a whole lot-a tasty!! You won’t need a knife to cut these steaks, but if you have guests who like to use all their utensils, these don’t just fall apart either! I served these last Thanksgiving to a mixed crowd and as far as I know, every one was thankful for them!! 😉
Granola should be called the
breakfast meal of champions!! I mean, after all that’s what it is! Yummy oats combined with power packed nuts and seeds that are toasted and ready to give you super-energy (I definitely need that right now!) Yeah, it’s the fancier, healthier version of a help-yourself breakfast. At my house we use it to dress up smoothies, cover oatmeal, create parfaits, or (mostly) just eat it straight from the bowl with our favorite non-dairy milk. Hey, it’s even good as a snack – except the kids are too messy with it when it’s dry!! 😉
In the vegan diet there is one thing that I miss more than any other single thing. It’s cheese. Real cheese. I’ve been vegan/vegetarian for over 30 years (crazy, right?!) and though I have few other cravings, cheese is my worst enemy. In fact, truth be told, sometimes the enemy wins and I eat pizza, and then I hurrttt… I’m not lactose intolerant; my body just doesn’t like cheese. This summer I finally found a vegan cheese that I am totally in LOVE with! I really can’t stress this enough. I feel like waving my arms and shouting from the rooftops! This cheese is totally life-changing – and all it takes is about 10 minutes of kitchen prep/cook time!
Summer and Zucchini. They were both here in such glorified abundance, and now they are both almost gone. What happened to summer? I’ve been outside trying to catch those last few warm rays of sun and get my garden harvest in before a hard frost. I don’t think the eventual lack of squash will make my kids sad tho. 😉 “Squash again mom??” So in these final days of gardening with monster zucchini (read small baseball bat size) and yellow squash invading my fridge, we are getting creative.