How to Make Blanched Almond Butter and “Do Almonds Have Lectins?”

Maneuvering your way through what nuts you can eat and what nuts you can’t is a tricky talent on a lectin-limited diet. For one, nuts that are actually legumes – peanuts & cashews – are definitely “restricted.” Most tree nuts –  walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and more – are accepted, but you gotta be careful, because…

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Ingredient Insights: Tempeh, Tamari, Tofu, & Miso

Here’s a topic to talk about at brunch: Do you think soy milk is heart-healthy, eco-friendly, and overall better for your body? Is the entire anti-soy propaganda simply funded by the dairy industry to scare us away from consuming soy milk or is it actually bad for you? Welcome to Ingredient Insights. As you can guess…

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Ingredient Insights: Green Banana Flour, Aquafaba, Erythritol, & Xanthan Gum

Is it just me or did the week go by super duper fast? I mean, wow, it’s already Sunday… Again. Anywho, to those of you who are new to the blog, welcome, this is “Ingredient Insights,” where we explain four ingredients that may seem foreign to some. We do our best to explain where these…

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Ingredient Insights: Agar, Shiratake Noodles, White Rice Flour, & Pine Nuts

Happy Sunday and welcome to the conclusion of April! Long story short, we use quite a lot of ingredients that may or may not be foreign to some of you guys, and fully explaining the ingredients in each recipe post can be overwhelming. Therefore, Ryan and I have decided to start doing something a lil’…

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Nut-Free Vegan Mozzarella (lectin-free & gluten-free)

You guys, I didn’t think we could do it either. I didn’t think we could make a vegan mozzarella that stretches, browns, and melts just like real mozzarella without the use of cashews, but I’m here to report that we’ve done just that. Please hold your applause for the end, thank you. If you’ve tasted…

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Large Cassava Tortillas (grain-free, vegan, & lectin-free)

My goal when making these tortillas was simple: make a tortilla that’s large enough to make a burrito out of that doesn’t fall apart when stretched out thinly. I’m happy to say: mission complete! These tortillas are easy to make, only take about 20 minutes, require 6 ingredients, and are perfect for making grain-free burritos…

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Fermented Vegan Coconut Sour Cream (lectin-free)

Recently, I let y’all know that I was working on a cream cheese… “But the title says sour cream?” “Okay yeah! I wanted cream cheese but I ended up with sour cream instead. Jeez, leave me alone – you know how hard it is to make everything vegan, lectin-free, & sugar-free?” Ehem, my apologies… but…

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Vegan Blanched Almond Ricotta (lectin-free)

It’s been dawning on me for a while now that I’ll have to start experimenting with homemade vegan cheeses. *sigh* It’s not that vegan cheeses are tedious, even though they are, it’s not that they’re time consuming, even though they are, and it’s definitely not that the results are often iffy, even though they are.…

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Keto-Vegan White Chocolate (sugar-free, gluten-free, & Plant Paradox-friendly)

White Chocolate is kind of that one food that’s forbidden by every single diet ever. It’s high in fat, it’s full of dairy, it’s mostly sugar, blah blah blah. You know how it goes. Well I say: fuck that. We can make anything fit our lifestyle – white chocolate is no exception. Thus, it’s my…

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30-Minute Sweet & Sour Chick’n (Vegan, Plant Paradox-friendly, Sugar-Free & Grain-Free)

Hello friends! What was your favorite thing to scoop up onto a plate at a Chinese buffet as a kid? Sesame Chicken? Egg Rolls? Crab Ragoons? Yeah, those are cool and all buuuttt… DO THEY STAND A CHANCE AGAINST THE ALL MIGHTY SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN? NO. NO THEY DON’T. Oh, woah, sorry. I don’t…

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General Tso’s Eggplant (vegan, gluten-free & sugar-free)

Hello friends (and March)! A couple of days ago I put up a poll on our Instagram story inquiring about what type of recipes you guys want to see from us. The questions went something like this…. Would you prefer more Asian dishes or Southern Dishes? Would you prefer more pastries or savory dishes? Would…

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Blanched Almond Vegan Parmesan (Plant Paradox friendly)

This our go-to replacement for parmesan. It’s quick to make, cheesy, salty, free of most allergens and totally free of lectins. Enjoy on vegan broccoli cheddar soup, spaghetti & meatballs, lemon caper pasta, one-pot chili, or on anything you’d usually put parmesan on! Go Forth & Parm, Ryan & Kim

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Lectin-Free Chili Garlic Paste (Plant-Paradox friendly)

Hopping into the world of lectin-limited eating can be intimidating, especially if your like me and have a fiery passion for spicy foods that’s hotter than habaneros themselves.  Fortunately, there’s an easy way around this dilemma: remove the seeds & skins of chilis. Pretty simple, huh? Those are the only two components of chilis that contain…

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Cabernet Cranberry Jam (lectin & sugar-free)

Unlike many children, I loved cranberry jelly growing up. You know, the jiggly one from the can? Clearly, there’s always been a few screws loose in my head. Nevertheless, I grew up to realize that not many people like cranberry jelly, which is a real shame, because cranberries are an overlooked fruit packed with antioxidants,…

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Homemade “Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce” (sugar-free, lectin-free, gluten-free, & vegan)

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Vegan Fish Sauce

Fish sauce is an important element in Thai curries, as it adds depth of flavor, a lot of saltiness, and that special stench of the sea. Fish sauce normally contains two ingredients, and two ingredients only: fish and salt. It’s made by fermenting generous amounts of salt and fish (typically anchovies) together in large barrels…

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How to Roast Chilis

Roasting chilis is an imperative technique in lectin-free cooking, as roasting allows for the peel and the seeds to be removed easily. If you’re familiar with nightshades, the peel and seeds are the only parts that contain lectins; remove the peel & seeds, remove the lectins. As simple as that. Spice is a crucial element…

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White vs Brown Rice & How to Make Perfect White Rice

  Rice is a topic of controversy among internet bloggers, health groups, chefs, and traditional cultures. And from what I can tell, the popular rice debate revolves around a few main questions: “Should I eat white or brown rice?” “What strands of rice should I use?” “What’s the best way to cook white rice?” We’ll…

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Queso’s Vegan Cousin

We were originally going to call this “vegan queso,” but on second thought, we found that name to be misleading. Because, while that’s the inspiration for this dip, it doesn’t taste like melted, moldy cow’s milk. Big disappointment, right? I’m going to rant for one tiny second here, but if you’re not in the mood…

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How to Use Coconut Butter (make coconut milk or cream in 30 seconds)

What is coconut butter? Coconut butter is thick, creamy, coconut puree, made from finely blended shredded coconut. It has a similar texture to creamy peanut butter with a lightly sweet, subtle coconut flavor. Coconut butter is 80% fat; 1 tablespoon has roughly 9 grams of fat (8 grams of which are saturated), 3 grams of…

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Hoisin Sauce (Made with Dates!)

Hoisin sauce is essential to Vietnamese dining – it has a place at every table in most Vietnamese restaurants. Why? Aside from being delicious, hoisin sauce is the needed cherry on top for many Vietnamese dishes. And did I mention it’s delicious? If you’ve never had hoisin sauce, it’s sweet, very salty, dark brown in…

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The Perfect Pinto Beans

THE MORE YA EAT, THE MORE YA EMBARRASS YA DANG SELF. I take no shame in that however, because beans are damn near essential for a plant based diet. They’re great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacking – you name it, you can eat beans with it. I put up a recipe for “from scratch” black…

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Vegan Cream Cheese (gluten & added-oil free!)

I love cream cheese, you love cream cheese, we all love cream cheese! That is until we stop eating dairy, of course. While there are some vegan cream cheeses out there on the market, some of the ingredients popular brands contain are quite horrifying, such as partially hydrogenated soy oil, defatted soy flour, and so…

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Pressure-Cooked Black Beans

If you follow a vegetarian/vegan diet, you probably know how to make black beans from scratch. And if you don’t, you should. There’s an entire populations that live off the stuff (it’s the breakfast staple in Guatemala) and if you ever run out of money or fancy vegan foods, then what are you gonna do?…

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Crispy Mushroom Bacon

3 ingredients. 30 minutes. No oink. Let’s get it. These baked shiitake mushroom slices are reminiscent of the thin, crispy, bacon my Dad made as a kid. Each slice is subtly chewy, golden brown, and laden with salty juices. Use mushroom bacon like you would nutritional yeast – on top of everything. Perfect on top…

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Flax Egg

1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal (ground up flax seeds) mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of water left to rest for 3 minutes = flax egg. Use in place of chicken eggs to help bind your baked goods. If you’re looking for something to bring fluffiness and a lighter to your confections, aquafaba is likely what you’re looking…

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Plant Based Milks

Ready your glasses folks, this post is loaded with heart healthy information. If we’re being honest, soy and almond milk seem to get all of the attention, but other milks such as cashew, walnut, coconut, and more may deserve a spot in your kitchen as well. After settling in to a vegan diet, I started…

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Aquafaba

What the who is that? Aquafaba is the brine/liquid from a can of chickpeas and it possesses the same properties as egg whites. It can be whipped up into peaks or it can be added in to a batter or dough in its liquid state for its excellent binding qualities. Many vegan/gluten-free delights such as…

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