Cabernet Cranberry Jam (sweetened with xylitol)

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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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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Super Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Stop buyin this shit for $5 a bottle and start making it yourself. Don’t be lazy. This barbecue sauce is simple, finger lickin’ good, and darn cheaper than its store bought cousins. No matter if you have all or two of these spices, you can substitute them for something else or just leave them out.…

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Vegan Parmesan

You know it. You love it. And you probably put half a pound of it on every Italian dish you’ve ever ordered. Parmesan Cheese! Except without all that cheese stuff. Ew. This ‘ish right here is savory, salty, irresistible, and worthy of being loaded on top of everything. Ahh, just like you were a kid…

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BBQ Spice Mix

For the quantity of barbecue dishes I make, I realized I should make it easier on myself than breaking out 7 different spices every time I want to rub some goodness on something and just have an all-purpose bbq seasoning mix ready on stand-by. Instead of listing out every single ingredient involved, I’ll likely refer…

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Garlic Sriracha Hummus

Throw two popular trends together and this is what you get. In actuality, this recipe emerged out of necessity. See, if you’ve viewed some of my other recipes, you know that I’m a firm supporter of aquafaba – the liquid from a can of chickpeas. Although, when you continuously use aquafaba, those chickpeas start to…

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Sweet Strawberry Jam

Nut butter and bread walk into a bar… Oh no. I can’t complete this joke. It’s just incomplete! Something is missing from the formula, what could it be? Man, my thoughts are in a jam. Wait a second, that’s it! Jam! This jam highlights the fruit (strawberries, in this case), takes about 10 minutes to…

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Roasted Nut Butter

You know what sucks? Deez nuts. Just kidding, these nuts are fire, especially when you throw them into a food processor for a couple minutes. We have evolved far beyond yesteryear’s peanut butter, and even further beyond yesterday’s almond butter. Enter the age of mixed nut butters. What are the rules? 1. At least two…

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