Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series. How to Replace Butter and Eggs in Baked Goods and not End Up with Cardboard.

Welcome to the third episode of Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are going to talk about vegan baking. I’ve always been a huge fan of homemade baked goods thanks to my mom: she used to bake delicious (but not vegan) treats all the time when I was little. As I got older, I embraced baking at home myself but rarely tried to experiment with unfamiliar recipes. Once I became vegan, a whole new world of amazing vegan baking opened up to me. I was surprised to find out that vegan baked goods could be not only much healthier than their conventional versions, but also quite delicious! I mean, why do people even bother baking with butter and eggs if the same desserts can be successfully made without them?! What Butter and Eggs Do in Baking, and How We Can Replace Them Here’s the deal: butter/margarine/shortening and eggs are widely used in conventional, non-vegan … Read the rest of the post

Easy-Peasy Vegan Waffles from Scratch – Get Your Breakfast on in No Time!

When it comes to breakfast in my house, we usually go pretty low-key during the week – overnight oats, a slice of toast or a bagel usually do the job. Once the weekends roll around, it’s a different story – bring on the fancy breakfast! Does this mean I want spend a lot of time making it? Nope: Most Saturday mornings Rob and I do a 7 am boot camp with a group of friends, so we are starving by the time we get home. The quicker I can throw something together that still feels like a nice weekend-y breakfast, the better! Enter my Easy-Peasy Vegan Waffles – no eggs/milk/oil, etc., but a whole lotta flavor! You may think that waffles from scratch are quite an elaborate undertaking, but trust me: these waffles can be put together in no time! Only 10-12 minutes pass between the moment when I start putting … Read the rest of the post

Easy Breakfast: Overnight Oats, Served 4 Ways (Chocolate, Pumpkin, Swamp Monster-Style, and Plain).

Overnight oats for breakfast have been all the rage in the blogosphere lately, and it’s no wonder: they make for a delicious, filling vegan breakfast that takes very little effort to make. Just soak the oats overnight in your favorite non-dairy milk, add a few ingredients in the morning, and voilà! I’ll tell you a secret, however: I’ve been eating this stuff for literally half of my life, since middle school, long before overnight oats became trendy. To this day this is my default breakfast for the mornings I don’t feel like making anything complicated. Today I’ll share with you four delicious ways I love making  overnight oats, and a few tips on getting them just right. Clockwise from to left: Pumpkin Oats, Plain Oats, Chocolate Oats, Swamp Monster Oats When I first started making overnight oats for breakfast before school, I used the same combination of ingredients: rolled oats soaked in water, walnuts, raisins, … Read the rest of the post

Stuffed Italian Rice Balls: How I Veganized My Husband’s Family Recipe for Thanksgiving.

Did everyone have fun this Thanksgiving? We sure did! This was our first Thanksgiving since going vegan. As if this wasn’t challenging enough, we also traveled to our friends’ house in Panama City Beach, Fla. What was the challenge, you might ask? Well, I had to make sure my husband and I had plenty of vegan food choices at the overall non-vegan Thanksgiving table our friends were planning to have. To make that happen, I spent the entire afternoon on Wednesday cooking one vegan dish after another, and then packing the entire spread to travel. I know, people do that all the time for Thanksgiving, but honestly, this was my first time of doing that, so it seemed challenging. Did we end up having enough vegan food? More than enough! Clockwise from top left: sautéed kale, stuffed rice balls (today’s recipe!), curried butternut squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes, creamy mushroom gravy, Hippie Loaf … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Pantry: 10 Essential Foods That Make Your Plant-Based Diet Nutritious And Healthy

Whether you are new to a plant-based vegan diet, have been plant-strong for a while, or just stumbled upon my blog out of curiosity, you’ve probably wondered how to stock your pantry and fridge with foods that are the most beneficial for your health. So what are the essentials that can be found in pantries of almost all vegans? And is it true that you’ll have to start cooking at home, even if you’ve never been a fan of it? Yes, it’s a well-established fact: if you want ‘thy food to be thy medicine’, as Hippocrates proposed, you’ll have to cook the majority of your meals at home from whole, fresh ingredients, takeout be damned. If your average at-home cooking adventure used to include microwaving a store-bought frozen pizza, and now you’ve decided to become a vegan out of health concerns, you’ve probably noticed that there are very few options … Read the rest of the post

Oatmeal-Banana Pancakes with Quick Blueberry-Peach Compote

Let’s agree: pancakes are the ultimate breakfast comfort food. Not many other breakfast dishes can compare with pancakes in versatility: they can be big, they can be small, they can be topped with maple syrup or honey or bananas or chocolate syrup, they can have chunks of fruit or chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter chips baked into them – and that’s even before we dig into all the varieties of pancake batter! For a lot of us, homemade pancakes have always been made from some kind of boxed pancake mix with eggs+butter+milk, etc. – unless you felt adventurous on a Saturday morning and decided to experiment with making them from scratch. I’ve always preferred to make everything from scratch, but honestly, pancakes were never on the list of things that I routinely made for breakfast. However, Rob had always loved them (and waffles) as a weekend breakfast option, so every now and then … Read the rest of the post

My (Almost) First Track Workout, and a Swamp Monster Breakfast Smoothie!

Today on the agenda: a track workout I did this morning, and my favorite vegan breakfast smoothie recipe! You know that feeling when you complete something you didn’t know you were strong enough to do? And the feeling of accomplishment that immediately follows? Well, that’s just what I feel today! Here are my immediate reasons: – got up early: at 4:50 am to be exact, long before the sunrise! – left the house when the sun still wasn’t up, and ran towards my gym (1.2 mi) to – meet up with a couple local runners; – ran with them towards our high school track (1.1 mi) to do a quite grueling but very satisfying running workout of 8 by 400 m ( 400 meters of hard running followed by 400 meters recovery jog; repeat eight times – 4 miles total); – ran back to the gym (1.1 mi) and got … Read the rest of the post