Vegan & Sugar-Free English Bread Pudding

Good bread pudding is like good french toast. It’s a careful balance of thirsty bread, rich custard, and just the right amount of cooking. Like all simple things, nailing good bread pudding requires a solid understanding of how each element interacts with each other. Let’s get to it, shall we? Advertisements

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Viet-Cajun Pineapple & Shrimp Fried Rice (vegan & gf)

“Wait wait wait… WAIT. Did you just say “Viet-Cajun” followed by “Vegan Shrimp? Are you guys insane?! Like, I literally don’t understand food anymore – things are and are not at the SAME TIME. How can Vietnamese and Cajun food have any similarities… and… and… HOW CAN SHRIMP BE VEGAN?!“ Ahh, the food confusion of…

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Shiitake-Miso Broth Soy Milk Ramen (vegan)

In my eyes, ramen is a complicated food. Specifically shaped noodles that are perfectly cooked, broth with such depth it’s almost impossible to tell what it’s made out of, and the right amount of the right kind of toppings that overwhelm neither the noodles or the broth, yet bring new flavors and textures into the…

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Honey Glazed Tempura Oyster Mushrooms (vegan)

Tempura. You love it. You may get your sushi rolls coated in it. And you’ve probably never made it yourself. Obviously, this is a food best left to the professionals, right?  Maybe, if you don’t like having fun at home or don’t like being able to coat whatever you want in tempura batter and frying…

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Vegan Belgian Tripel Beer Cheese

Of all the things that people thought couldn’t be vegan AND good, I imagine beer cheese is pretty high on the list. That’s why I’m happy to report that this beer cheese is gooey, rich in beer flavor (and beer for that matter), stringy, lightly smoky, and intensely cheesy. I daresay it’s undetectably vegan too……

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Battle of the Avocado Toast: Ryan vs Kim

“Two ordinary dishes. Two semi-ordinary humans. Going head to head in a battle of… toast? I’m supposed to say toast right here? Okay okay. Going head to head in a battle of toast!” “Aha, thank you announcer. Yeah, that’s right. Today, we have Kim and Ryan, a young couple living in sunny Los Angeles, fighting…

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5 Kitchen Essentials We Can’t Live Without

Happy Sunday and happy September! The end of the year is just around the corner and it’s almost time to start thinking about what to ask Santa (aka your significant other) for Christmas. With that being said, it’s time to step up your kitchen game. This week’s post is all about five things Ryan and…

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Chocolate Marble Tart with Toasted Hazelnut Date Crust (vegan, gluten-free, lectin-free)

Little words can describe this tart. It’s one of those recipes that was carefully concocted in my mind over the course of two months, each piece awaiting to be assembled into its rightful spot. We even got a pan specifically for this dessert – now that’s dedication to the cause. And it all started out with…

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Vegan Mushroom Risotto

So I recently caught word of one of the Ten Culinary Testaments and it goes a little something like this: “Risotto… is really hard to make.” WELL GUESS WHAT CULINARY BISHOPS, I DON’T BUY IT.  You see, a strange thing happened when we made this risotto: it came out perfectly. On our first try. And…

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Cheesy Vegan Penne Alfredo w/ Crisp, Smoky Veggie Bacon

Combine alfredo, mac ’n’ cheese, and buttered pasta into one and this is what you get. Oops, don’t forget to wipe the drool off your phone screen. Here, we have al dente penne – we used white rice penne – in a thick, silky, and savory vegan cheese sauce made using full-fat coconut milk and…

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Sweet & Salty Cinnamon Toasted Granola (Plant Paradox-friendly, vegan, and sugar-free)

For some reason, making granola has always been an intimidating task for me. Maybe it’s because most granolas are pre-packaged, thus hinting “you can’t make this shit at home.” Well guess what: we did, and it’s really easy.  Although, before we get to the “how easy it is part,” few successful things come without a…

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Roasted Chili Verde Braised Jackfruit (vegan & gluten-free)

In the same vain of Mexicali food (peep them nachos from three days ago), we present to you Jackfruit Chili Verde! It’s 100%… kind of… sorta… not really lectin-free. SORRY GUYS. In all honesty, I set out to make this a lectin-free dish but little did I know that tomatillos are pretty much all seeds; “roast,…

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Loaded Nachos w/ Avocado Strawberry Pico, Roasted Jalapeno Queso, Meaty Oyster Mushrooms, and Tangy Sour Cream (lectin-free, vegan, and grain-free)

These nachos are bursting with flavors that touch on each little tastebud & sensory node: savory, fruity, spicy, tangy, meaty, creamy, and cheesy. Combine all of these on one crispy tortilla chip and you have a mouth orgasm – wait, can I say that? Is mouth orgasm ok? It’s not? No problem, I’ll just use…

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Creamy Seaweed-Infused Mushroom Chowder (vegan, lectin-free, and gluten-free)

One of the follower requests we received this month was for soups & chowders made with seafood. While we’re definitely not going to post a recipe containing actual seafood, we do like the idea of a play on clam chowder with flavors of the sea, silky texture, creamy broth, and hearty fillings. Upon going out…

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Vegan Chick-fil-A Sandwich

“Let’s take a quick moment of silence for the fact that we may never eat Chick-fil-A again…” “Eh-hem… What uhh, what if we could still eat Chick-fil-A?” “That’s preposterous Jimmy, you know that if you eat Chick-fil-A, the vegan police will come and lock you up forever.” “You don’t think I know that? I’m just saying,…

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1-Pan Cheesy Scrambled Chickpeas (vegan, Plant Paradox-friendly, & gluten-free)

Tender chickpeas are browned in sautéed garlic olive oil and mixed into a thick, cheesy sauce with a mustard kick. This meal takes 15 minutes to whip together, making it an easy, protein-packed breakfast for a morning on-the-go. At the end of July, we sent out an email and asked one of those question things…

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Chinese BBQ Jackfruit Fresh Spring Rolls (vegan, gluten-free, lectin-limited)

This month we saved the best recipe for last, because this Chinese BBQ Jackfruit is out this world guys. It’s burnt in parts, it’s sweet but with intense umami depth, and oh God, it just satisfies everything you want from an entree. Springs rolls looks intimidating, you know, because the see-through wrap and pretty fillings,…

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Savory Oyster Mushroom Banh Mi

This sandwich doesn’t need too much explaining. She’s a boss ass bitch who does what she wants and everyone knows her for it. Who is she? She is Banh Mi, the most iconic Vietnamese street food. Banh Mi is a simplistic sandwich that lets its ingredients do the talking. The “meat” isn’t heavily seasoned, it contains…

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Ca Phe Sua Da – Vietnamese Iced Coffee w/ Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk (sugar-free, vegan & Plant Paradox-friendly)

Ca Phe Sua Da is the crack-cocaine of the coffee world. A few sips of this strong espresso mixed with sweetened condensed milk and your head will be buzzing, heart racing, and you’ll be walking back up to the counter to order more. I think of Vietnamese coffee kind of like I do edibles: I…

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Banh Xeo w/ Nuoc Mam Cham – Vietnamese Crepes w/ Sweet & Tangy Fish Sauce (gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free)

There’s not a dish that highlights France’s influence on Vietnam more than Banh Xeo – a golden Vietnamese crepe, colored with turmeric, that’s typically filled with steamed pork or shrimp and plenty of bean sprouts. Just think about it: a crepe in Vietnam. This food is the direct result of French colonization. Sure, there’s evidence…

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Crispy Hemp Tofu w/ Sweet Chili Sauce (sugar-free, vegan, & lectin-limited)

I applaud you for being brave enough to click on a recipe that starts with “hemp tofu.” If you’ve ever had hemp tofu, then I tip my hat to you two times because you probably know how bleh it can be. But stick with us friends – we’ll show you that hemp tofu can actually…

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Lemongrass Cauli-Rice Bowl w/ Sweet Ginger Mushrooms (vegan, lectin-free, & sugar-free)

We love traditional dishes as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s cool to take those flavors and use them in different ways. Take this bowl, for example. We took many of the flavors commonly found in Banh Mi (a Vietnamese sandwich, incase ya didn’t know) and applied them to the low-carb Jesus: cauliflower…

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Sugar-Free Pickled Daikon & Carrots (Do Chua)

Anyone that’s ever ate Banh Mi has probably had pickled carrots & daikon. They probably also know how amazing these fermented veggies are. Just like pickles that you may be more familiar with, Do Chua is tangy and contains the perfect balance of salty & sweet. Unlike some fermented veggies, Do Chua only takes a…

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Vegan Fish Sauce & Honey Glazed Jackfruit Wings (on a stick)

In June, we gave you guys a BIG taste of the foods that I grew up with – a.k.a. barbecue barbecue barbecue. This month we’re diving into the foods that infatuated Kim’s heart as a kid – namely, all the Vietnamese dishes her Grandma made. You might be thinking, “her grandma made vegan jackfruit wings??”…

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Creamy Dill Sweet Potato Salad (Plant Paradox-friendly & Vegan)

Sweet potato salad is the best thing since potato salad. Wait, scratch that, sweet potato salad is the best thing since itself, because this is way better than regular potato salad. Because it tastes just like Southern potato salad, only there’s no harmful lectins, the mayonnaise is made from avocado oil, and no one would…

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BBQ Tempeh Ribs (Vegan & Plant Paradox-friendly)

Today we’re bringing in the game changer. The type of food that makes you say “fuck meat, I got this shit!” This tempeh is smoky, full of deep savory flavor, crusty on the outside, tender on the outside, and – get this – there’s no pesky bone to deal with! Isn’t it so relieving knowing…

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Barbecue’s Slave History & Its Effect on Culture + Vegan Baked Beans

A couple weeks ago on our coleslaw post, I mentioned that barbecue has its roots embedded in slavery. You didn’t actually think I’d leave you hanging without more to the story, did ya? Because I’m here to go a ‘lil deeper into that history – as well as share this sweet, smoky, and tender baked beans…

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Good Ol’ Southern Raspberry Sweet Tea (sweetened with Swerve!)

Did you guys have a go-to diner spot growing up? You know, the one that was a little sketchy, had the cheapest food with the largest servings, was open 24/7, and had really nice, older waitresses who probably smoked a lot in their youth and went to church every Sunday? I know we did, and…

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Easy Vegan & Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (lectin-limited & mostly sugar-free)

‘Hol up, let’s pause our barbecue train for an early Summer sweet, ya fig? Oh wait, that’s a late summer treat. I berry even caught my mistake! We thought you might like something to do with all those in-season, antioxidant powerhouses, other than popping them in your mouth by the handful (guilty).   These blueberry…

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Chewy BBQ Jackfruit + THE BEST SANDWICH EVER? (vegan, Plant Paradox-friendly & sugar-free)

All Hail the Queen of Vegan Barbecue: Jackfruit. This massive, spikey bomb lookin’ fruit is so good in barbecue form that my Dad uttered “you could fool a redneck with this stuff” after eating a few bites. That’s coming from a guy who’s maybe tried three vegan restaurants in his lifetime – trust me, its…

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