10 Homemade Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes: Quick, Healthy and Foolproof. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

Do I need to prove to you that salads are healthy? Most likely, you already know that a variety of fresh, raw vegetables served on a bed of greens is almost always a good idea as a healthy meal or a side dish. Why ‘almost’? Because it’s often easy to sabotage the healthfulness of your salad by drenching it in oily store-bought dressing that has a laundry list of unpronounceable … Read the rest of the post

Homemade is Better! 10 Delicious Ideas for Homemade Versions of Everyday Vegan Kitchen Staples

How to make homemade vegan staples

Cooking at home may be more labor-intensive than, say, picking up the phone and ordering takeout. But if we want to know exactly what goes into our meals, then making our own food at home is the way to go. Plus, let’s not forget that homemade food is always better! 🙂 This is why today I’d like to share a list of 10 homemade vegan kitchen staples that not only … Read the rest of the post

How to Replace Butter and Eggs in Vegan Baking and Not End Up with Cardboard

Replacing butter and eggs in vegan baking

Welcome to the third episode of Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are going to talk about replacing butter and eggs in 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. … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified. Natural Liquid Sweeteners: Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup and Molasses.

Welcome to the second episode in the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are talking about such natural liquid sweeteners as agave nectar, maple syrup, and molasses. Why these liquid sweeteners? If you’ve ever expressed interest in eating healthier, you’ve probably wondered about the alternatives to the common white sugar and corn syrup that are widely used in mass-produced foods and in the conventional home cooking. (I’m not going to talk about artificial … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified: How to Bake Tofu with Little to No Oil

How to bake tofu with no oil

Welcome to the first post in the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! I talked about this series in more detail yesterday, and I’m excited that today’s the day to start! In today’s post, I’m going to talk about baking tofu. Why tofu? Tofu is one of the ingredients common to vegan/plant-based cooking that often gets a lot of bad rap. While some people declare it terrible for our health to the extent … Read the rest of the post

How to Make Easy and Cheap Homemade Veggie Broth: a Step-by-Step Tutorial

I’ve got a confession. Until recently, whenever a recipe I was making called for vegetable broth or water, I almost always used water because I just didn’t have any homemade veggie broth around the house. Did the flavor of my dishes suffer? Probably, but I didn’t know since I’ve never made those dishes with the broth before. Why didn’t I have any broth? Two reasons: 1. I did’t want to … Read the rest of the post

How to Cook Dried Beans 101: the Healthy, Tasty and Cheap Way to Prepare Beans from Scratch

Today I’d like to share a few tips on how to cook dried beans from scratch. Let me say this loud and clear: I LOOOVE BEANS! I love them so much that the majority of the recipes I make at home feature some kind of beans. My tender feelings towards these protein-loaded gems have led me to devote today’s post to the secrets of their optimal preparation. First off: why … Read the rest of the post

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe from Scratch: Easy, Delicious, and Healthy

How to make homemade peanut butter from scratch

Today I’d like to share my homemade peanut butter recipe that’s been our go-to lately. Making your own peanut butter is a good way to make sure it’s always fresh, plus you get to control the ingredients! A few months ago I brought home a two-pound bag of raw, locally grown peanuts. I wanted to make homemade peanut butter, but didn’t exactly know where to start. Searching the internet gave … Read the rest of the post

Classic Vegan Pizza with Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini

Classic Vegan Pizza Recipe with Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini

Rejoice pizza lovers who recently switched to a vegan diet! The painful choice between healthy plant-based cooking and sinful deliciousness is resolved! And I’m not even talking about stepping away from the wholesomeness of fresh ingredients towards highly processed stuff – for this pizza, we’re even making the dough ourselves! Vegan pizza oftentimes can turn into a high-maintenance disaster. Even if it tastes okay, it might still call for too … Read the rest of the post

10 Essential Plant-based Pantry Staples That Make Your Diet Nutritious And Healthy

Health benefits of nuts and seeds in plant-based diet

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 essential plant-based pantry staples that all health-conscious vegans stock in their homes? It’s a well-established fact: if you want ‘thy food to … Read the rest of the post