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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The Best 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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