Showing posts from November, 2016

Recipe!! Sauteed Lemon Green Beans

Hello everyone! Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, I have developed a whole bunch of new favorite foods. One of the first food to make it's way to my list was green beans. This was ironic in a way because when I was younger I hated green beans! Let's be honest, I hated anything that was green (except broccoli and cheese casserole!). Every time I cook up a batch of green beans I laugh to myself about how times have changed. Anywho, the recipe is definitely a keeper. My husband requests it all of the time and he is not even a big fan of green beans.
I thought this recipe would be perfect to share with you guys is because it is quick, simple and delicious. It takes a total of 10 minutes to make. These green beans came ready to go as soon as I opened the package. If you buy them not pre-packaged like these were you can prep them ahead of time. I like to make a plan for the week at the begging of the week and prep all of the food I can then. I find that this helps us stay …

Recipe!! Holiday Addition: Mashed Potatoes With Mushroom Gravy

Hello everyone! We are going to wrap up this holiday recipe series with a traditional mash potato and gravy recipe. The issue with most gravy recipes is that they are almost always made with a meat broth or stock. I have found that this recipe is the best vegan friendly one I have come up with.
The mushrooms give this recipe a “meaty” texture. I find that without adding some type of mushroom to it, the recipe is lacking flavor and texture.
With this recipe, I encourage you to play around with it. Try it with garlic or onions. Pretty much every gravy recipe is the same at its core. Butter, flour, stock/broth. With such a flexible recipe one can’t help but have a little bit of fun with it!
I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season! If you try any of our recipes please show us on our social media, links and tag names are below! If you have any suggestions, loved this, hated this, or just want to say hello leave it in the comments below!
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Recipe!! Holiday Addition: Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Hey guys! It’s time for another holiday recipe. For me, cranberry sauce has always been a staple in my holiday dinner. My Mother used to buy a much of the canned jelly cranberry sauce and she would always have it on the table as part of our holiday meal. For the longest time, I thought that this was the only way to have cranberry sauce. One year I decided to make cranberry muffins and this was the first time I had ever dealt with “real” cranberries.
I learned how to do different things with cranberries in culinary school, but they did not make a big comeback in my life until a few years ago. My Step-Mother's Mother (Step-Grandmother?) makes the best cranberry sauce! Hers is great because it is not over sweet and complements everything else served at the meal.
Although, this is not her recipe I promise that this recipe will not disappoint. This is my go to cranberry recipe because of its flavor profile. It has the sweetness that we have all come to know and love as well as a nice de…

Recipe!! Holiday Addition: Brussel Sprouts with Maple-Mustard Sauce

Hey guys! I wanted to take a moment to apologize for the lack of recipe posts last week. We had a lot going on all at the same time, I am sure most of you can relate! Over the next week, we are going to concentrate on bringing you recipes that will be perfect to share with your meat eating or veggie family and friends this holiday season. 
This recipe actually came to me on accident. The other night I was talking to on of our writers, Dahlia, about the groceries I had just purchased. One of the things I had purchased on a whim was Brussel Sprouts. I had only had them one time before and was not a big fan. After asking Dahlia what how I should cook them,she said that her favorite way was to eat them with a honey mustard sauce.
As yummy as this sounded, I no longer eat honey. So that is when it came to me, I would try to make with pure maple syrup instead. This is a replacement I use frequently for honey in recipes. After throwing it together, I thought how delicious would this be with…

Tips To Survive The Holidays As A Vegan

Hey guys! We are about half way through November and we are getting very close to the holidays. This time has always been my favorite time of the year! I love being able to spend time with my family and spreading love and joy to everyone around me.
This is my first holiday season eating a plant based diet. I have found myself spending a lot of my mental energy on the food part of the holiday. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to bring and what everyone else is bringing.
It is important to me that the holiday season is about spending time with family and not about what I am eating. This has been my goal for every family event since transitioning to a plant-based diet. So far it has worked out in my favor.
Before I go into the tips I have to offer I wanted to talk about one thing. Part of the reason I have been so anxious for the holidays is because I have heard so many horror stories about holidays and family get together going disastrously because of someone's…

FEATURED POST: Urban Foraging: A Beginner's Guide

Hello, I'm Amanda! I live in Louisville, KY, with my husband and our two pets. I'm a storyteller, photographer, fledgling gardener and avid reader. I'm involved in the Louisville TimeBank and several other local non-consumerist organizations, as well as volunteering to serve the homeless. I'm an omnivore but I love cooking and trying vegetarian dishes.

I'd noticed the crabapple trees the week before as I drove past the apartment complex.  The familiar rosy fruit was so laden on these trees, they looked in danger of tearing themselves apart.  I made a mental note of their location and returned a week later with a couple of large buckets.  As I started to pick fruit, I looked for unblemished skins, both ripe and underripe fruit.  I worked quickly, smiling and greeting anyone who walked past.  In a half hour, I’d picked maybe three gallons of fruit, all destined to become crabapple jelly.  Later, I answered an ad on Craigslist offering for someone, ANYONE, to please co…

Recipie!! Spinach and Tomato Stuffed Mushrooms

Hey guys! Today I am going to share a stuffed mushroom recipe! This one literally came to me in the middle of the grocery store. I saw these portobello mushrooms on manager special and that was all she wrote!

This is my version of a stuffed mushroom, the best thing about this recipes is that it is so flexible! another combination you could do is kale and roasted peppers. Recipes that are flexible depending on what is in the fridge are the best in my opinion! I mean, how many times do you find an awesome looking recipe on Pinterest and then go to your pantry to discover that you do not everything you need? For me, it happens all of the time!

This recipe can be done in the big portobello mushrooms or in 2 or 3 of the smaller ones, this is a perfect replacement for meat. Everything in it is nutrient rich and delicious, if you are a new vegetarian then you won't even notice that the meat is missing.

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