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Category: Vegan Alternatives

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Popcorn Tempeh

These little poppables make great nibbles’n’bits for snack time, plate well for lunch or dinner and go great on salads.  Dip ’em.  Pop ’em.  Share ’em!  …or don’t.  We’re not telling. Ingredients  2 packages Tempeh 2 Tbsp Whole Wheat (Bread) Flour or Coconut Flour (may be omitted, if desired) 1.5 tsp Sea Salt 1 tsp Chili Powder 1/2 tsp Paprika 1/4 tsp Onion Powder … Read More Popcorn Tempeh

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Sneaky Chickpea Burgers

Jazz up classic meals with pops of color and flavor!  Sneaky Chickpea Burgers” please the palates of even the pickiest eaters.  What a fun way to get more veggies!  Seriously, even though most kids don’t like things like dijon or heavy herbs, they won’t notice them in these burgers! Makes 7-8 Burgers Ingredients 1 cup carrot, cut in discs ½ cup chopped red bell … Read More Sneaky Chickpea Burgers

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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burgers

Makes 4 patties. These are incredibly simple and a great alternative where you’re trying to add more plant-based nutrition into the family’s diet. Our family loved these! I really love how ridiculously easy they are to make. Ingredients 1 can Organic Black Beans OR 1 1/2 cups prepared Black Beans, rinsed and drained1/2 cup Sweet Potato Puree (simply pre-bake a sweet potato and mash … Read More Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burgers

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Veggie Max’n’Cheeze

I’ve been trying to tell y’all.   This chick isn’t playing! Veggie-rockin’ is serious business.  You’ve got to eat your plants!  So, yeah, we tossed it in a cheesy sauce that’s not really cheese but tastes like cheese to give you a veggie-licious dish remniscent of traditional American dishes, but, you know, with a ton of nutrients. Hey.  I did what I had to do. … Read More Veggie Max’n’Cheeze

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All-American Cheese Sauce

This cheese sauce has a great flavor that pairs well with veggies and pastas alike.  Kids love it and you don’t even have to tell them it’s not really cheese.  Your secret is totally safe with me! I have enjoyed this in a number of raw-friendly ways but haves also tossed some I had left over with tuna, peas and pasta for a quick, … Read More All-American Cheese Sauce

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Cinnamon Pecan Mylk

Enjoy a sweet harvest twist to non-daity milk substitutions. {Confession:  The pecan mylk was consumed well before the picture was nabbed.   So, in effort to “spice things up,” your lovely blog author totally dropped a sub-in-a-cup photo above to do just that.  Actual pecan milk is richer in color and flavor.  Note to self:  snap the pic before you glug, chug and devour the … Read More Cinnamon Pecan Mylk

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Almond & Brazil Nut Mylks

Just for clarity, I kindly mean almond OR brazil nut milk.  The method and the recipe is the same for either, you just get to pick what kind of nuts you want as your base. Obviously, almond is presently the most popular choice but don’t shy away from venturing into new flavors.  Brazil nuts are rich in selenium (great for the liver), magnesium, phosphorus, … Read More Almond & Brazil Nut Mylks

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Vanilla Flax Mylk

Flax seeds are a great source of omega 3’s, lignans and fiber.  There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. I totally recommend using the whole seed ground and added to recipes (it actually makes a great egg substitute in breads and can be added to smoothies as well.) This flax milk can serve as a … Read More Vanilla Flax Mylk

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Hemp Mylk

Small but mighty, hemp hearts are loaded with protein, essential fatty acids, fiber and more.  They are so easy to add to all sorts of things too – like salads, smoothies, sandwiches…you name it.  Another way to enjoy the awesome benefits of hemp in an easily assimilated package is to blend them into a hemp milk. Not everyone likes straight hemp milk so if … Read More Hemp Mylk

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Coconut Milk & Heavy Cream

Let me tell you, you haven’t tried coconut milk until you have tried the real deal made with fresh young thai coconuts!  You have to make sure you get them FRESH.  This can be easier in some locations than others. If you open it up and the water is tinged purple or gray, it’s turning on you.  Fresh coconut water should be close to … Read More Coconut Milk & Heavy Cream

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Buttermilk Alternative

This buttermilk substitute actually works well in lots of recipes that call for buttermilk.  I use this when I’m making my family homemade biscuits (cooked, but healthy) and any other recipe that calls for buttermilk. Ingredients 1 cup Almond Milk 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar Instructions Stir together.  Set aside 5 minutes before using. B

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Raw Vegan Almond Ricotta

This is an excellent alternative where you’re looking for something that hits on the flavor and texture while power-packing in nutrition. Ingredients 2 cups Raw Almonds, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained 1 cup Water ¼ cup Lemon Juice Scant ½ cup Nutritional Yeast 1 tbsp Garlic Powder 1-1½ tsp Fine Sea Salt Instructions Optional: start by slipping the skin off the of the almonds.  … Read More Raw Vegan Almond Ricotta

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Laughing Now Cheeze

What?! This cheese is so good and totally makes you think of the Laughing Cow brand of soft cheese wedges. Enjoy this on crackers, with fresh fruit or straight  fridge-to-face. Serves 6. Ingredients 1 cup Cashews, soaked 2 hours or more and drained ¼ + ⅛ cup Water, plus up to ¼ cup as needed to make it VERY creamy but not quite a … Read More Laughing Now Cheeze

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I-Ain’t-Got-a-Goat Cheeze

That’s not my goat.  It’s somebody else’s goat but it’s a picture of a goat nonetheless.  You may think this weird but admit, you weren’t exactly expecting to see a goat when you clicked that link, were you? See, it’s the little things that bring joy. …like a random nanny goat popping in to brighten your day when you least expect it. Oh, come … Read More I-Ain’t-Got-a-Goat Cheeze

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Nacho Cheeze Sauce

Yields approximately 1¾ cup. Drizzle it up and rock it out with the powerhouse nacho cheese sauce alternative. Ingredients 3/4 cup Sunflower Seeds (DO NOT SOAK!) 1 Orange or Red Pepper, coarsely chopped 1 Garlic Clove 2 tbsp + 1 tsp Lemon Juice 3 tbsp + 1/2 tsp Nutritional Yeast 2 tsp Onion Powder 3/4 Chili Powder 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper 1/8 tsp … Read More Nacho Cheeze Sauce

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Cranberry, Thyme & Pecan Cheese Ball

This is a beautiful cheese ball that would be a perfect addition to any holiday spread; not that you need a holiday to have an excuse to make this.  Easy and impressive, I love the combination of the sweet flavors of the cheese and cranberries paired with the slightly savory flavor of the thyme. I know it may seem like a lengthy process but … Read More Cranberry, Thyme & Pecan Cheese Ball

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Scallion & Dill Herbed Cheese Ball

This recipe is fairly basic and flexible. You should be able to easily adjust the herbs or switch them out to suit your tastes.  It requires no time for fermentation; but rather, it needs only a couple hours to set up and allow flavors to fuse together and blend throughout the cheese. Ingredients 1 cup Cashews, soaked 2 hours or more and drained 1½ … Read More Scallion & Dill Herbed Cheese Ball

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Garden Fresh “Pepperoni”

Makes approximately 3- 14×14 trays.  I know you’re probably thinking, “squash?  pepperoni?  how on earth?” No, I can’t make the squash meat but even my pepperoni eating husband and his non-squash eating friend enjoyed the pepperoni flavor of this vegan-friendly treat. Whether you’re vegan or not, most store-bought pepperoni’s are HORRIBLE in terms of health.  Fat, preservatives, whatchmacallit add-ins…no thank you. Have flavor.  Have … Read More Garden Fresh “Pepperoni”

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Mediterranean No-Meatballs

We’ve got protein.  We’ve got healthy fats.  We’ve got vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and enzymes. These little babies boast a dynamic flavor and nutritional profile. These make perfect little party poppers but can also be enjoyed in more traditional ways, as on spaghetti or in a bun as a meatball sub. Ingredients ¼ cup Black Olives ¼ Red Onion, chopped ½ Red Pepper, chopped … Read More Mediterranean No-Meatballs

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Raw Vegan “Deli” Slices

 I love this!  It is quick, easy, and delicious!  I left out the gill portion for presentation.  Stacked on a sandwich, it looked like sliced deli meat.  The presentation is perfect and the flavor is amazing! Ingredients Portobello Mushroom Caps (1 per person) “Meaty” Marinade (May substitute with any savory sauce you like but this one, frankly, rawks!) 1/8 cup + 1 tsp Extra … Read More Raw Vegan “Deli” Slices