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Almond Butter–Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Almond Butter Jam Vegan Thumbprint cookies gluten-free

Back to blooog, back to reality; back to this here giveaaaawaaaay. Yes, I did just write that to the tune of an En Vogue song. But really, getting back on the blog wagon is hard when there’s so much exciting stuff happening! (That’s for another blog that won’t be posted a month from now, I pinky-promise). For now, I have finally got a recipe and giveaway for Kathy Patalsky’s stunning book, Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen!

DIY Oat Flour

I picked this cookie recipe to make from her book, one: because cookies are awesome, two: I love thumbprint cookies especially, three: these are cute as hell. If I was to pick a few other ones from her cookbook to show you guys, they would be the Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Avocado, the Blueberry Farro Spinach Salad, or the Peanut Butter Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be!

Gluten Free Vegan Thumbprint cookie dough

Not only are there some intriguing recipe titles, there are plenty of bright, beautiful photos to go along with many of them. These photos match Kathy’s personality perfectly, as she is a wonderful, bubbly, woman who is super sweet and talented. I’ve followed Kathy’s blog, Healthy Happy Life since I first started blogging, and she has always been a huge inspiration to me in terms of photography and being a motivated and savvy persona in the vegan blogosphere.

Vegan Gluten Free Almond Butter Jam Thumbprint Cookies

So, please, check out this cookbook and make sure to whip up these delectable thumbprint cookies! Enter the giveaway after the recipe; the contest is open to US residents, 18 & older. Cheers!

Vegan Gluten Free ALmond butter thumbprint cookies

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Spicy Teriyaki Chick’n Tacos

Spicy Teriyaki Chick'n Tacos Vegan

I’m back! I don’t think I can properly word how I feel about being able to actually post on the blog. I’ve missed playing around with my own recipes and interacting with readers here, and on social media. The last time we connected, I mentioned that I was shooting photos for two cookbooks, simultaneously and that’s still kind of going on. I’m about to wrap on Jason Wrobel’s cookbook and am ecstatic about how it’s turning out so far!

Pickled Daikon Radish

After I get done with these books, it’s time to finally start on my own, but before then I’ll be heading to Vida Vegan Con in Austin, TX! Let me know if you are going to the vegan blogger conference as well, as I’d love to meet up with you; plus, I’ll be speaking and I’m excited/nervous about that.

Pickled Daikon Radish and Carrots

There’s a lot more going on in my life, but what’s more important are these freakin’ amazing tacos. I’ve always been a fan of Gardein — their fishless filets are my JAM — but I’ve only done one or two recipes with it on my blog. This has got to change! If you’re not familiar with Gardein products they’re plant-based, meatless proteins that can replace animal products in traditional dishes. They use non-GMO soy and wheat, vegetables and grains, are high in protein, and have a large variety of products from meatless balls, to beefless ground, tasty chick’n sliders and the great Teriyaki chick’n strips that I used in this recipe.

Spicy Sesame Sriracha Sauce

Aside from all that, these products make ditching the meat easier than ever because they are super convenient and can be found in stores all over the country, in the freezer section. I’ve tried out several of their products on non-vegan friends as well as my parents and all are surprised (in a good way) by the great flavors and textures.

Another reason I’m stoked on Gardein is because they’re giving you a chance at a $1.00 off coupon (offer over) because I’m working with their products for this post! So, free recipe plus a discount? I believe you’re making out on this deal. 😉 The coupon ends May 31st so snap it up quickly!

Vegan Spicy Teriyaki Chick'n Tacos

Back to the recipe, though. I wanted to do a spin on teriyaki/banh mi sandwiches and do an Asian taco-type dish. In this recipe you’ll find quick-pickled daikon and carrots, plus fresh herbs, spicy jalapeños and a delicious sriracha/toasted sesame oil/vegan mayo sauce (inspired by my good friend Joni!). Basically, these tacos kick ass and are great for a weeknight dinner.

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Mint Chocolate Chia Parfait

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chia Parfait

Now that all of the high-pressure holidays are over (ha!), it’s onto the Spring-y “holidays”! St. Patrick’s day will be here soon, so we can celebrate all things green, boozy, potato-y and mint chocolate! This time, I have a treat that is healthy, delicious and celebratory; so, you can serve it up as dessert or maybe a brunch-bite and not worry about crazy ingredients. Before we get into that, there are some fun things going on over here.

fresh mint

It’s the weekend! Yay, right? Today and tomorrow are especially awesome because Vegan Street Fair is happening in North Hollywood on Sunday and it is going to be freakin’ bonkers. I’m an official blogger of the event so if you want to follow all of the awesome food happenings, check out my Instagram or Facebook! Today, I’m meeting up with some local bloggers/amazing people for a potluck/prop-swap get together and I can’t wait to socialize. Another massive event that I’m looking forward to is Natural Products Expo West, March 5-8! SO many awesome vegan products and companies will be there, along with vegan bloggers from all over the country to cover it. Will any of you be there? Let me know so that we can meet up!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

I’ve been shooting photos for Jess Nadel’s second cookbook, while gearing up to start the photos for Jason Wrobel’s cookbook simultaneously! This means even more time in the kitchen, but also less time for the blog. I’m very excited about these two books and have two others that I tentatively be shooting later this year. Hopefully, I get to actually do my own? I’ll let you know when that comes to fruition!

mint chia pudding vegan

Back to the recipe, which was seriously yummy. There are no dyes, nor highly-processed sugars, plus there’s an actual vegetable (spinach) in it! As always, there are the nutritional benefits from chia seeds, being that they are high in fiber, omegas and protein. Most of my readers know that I’m a huge fan of chia puddings/parfaits, as I’ve made quite a few of them for the blog. There’s the Blueberry Peach Parfait, Peanut Butter Banana ParfaitBanana Cream Pudding, Vanilla Latte Parfait, Pumpkin Pie Pudding, Apple Pie Pudding and Mixed Berry Pudding. Holy crap, that’s a lot of chia!

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding

This recipe makes two full-sized servings, but you could also divide the parfaits between 8 small glasses for brunch hors d’oeuvres or post-colcannon dessert. Since this is St. Patty-themed and all. 😉

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Vegan Kluski for Grandma

Vegan Kluski Polish Food

As some of you may know, half of my family is Polish, so certain Polish/Eastern European food is special to me. One dish in particular is Golabki, which I’ve veganized before for Rika’s beautiful blog Vegan Miam. So, when Rika asked if I could do a guest blog for her this month, we both agreed that another vegan Polish recipe was in order!

Me and My Grandma

Let me give you a little background on this recipe: Kluski is really just a simple noodle/dumpling that is boiled and then traditionally served with a meat sauce; for a low-cost, filling meal. When my family and I would visit my grandparents in Michigan, this dish was made for us by my grandmother almost every trip. She would always serve it with a side of sliced tomatoes and maybe some corn or peas. Really colorful meal, right?

Well, one of the last times that I saw my grandmother, it was actually for my grandfather’s funeral. She was suffering from dementia, almost to full-blown Alzheimer’s at that point, she had macular degeneration (terrible vision) and couldn’t hear too well. It was nice to spend time with her, even though there were some rough moments. During that visit, I followed her around in the kitchen, helping her make Kluski for everyone and jotting down a recipe so that I could recreate it later on (this was a few months before I went vegan).

As you can see, I took some photos of her doing her thing, and I’ve always kept those memories near to my heart when I think about her. Clearly, it was time to find that scribbled mess of a recipe and veganize it for everyone! It was much easier to do than I had originally thought and the final product was seriously dead-on. I even had my parents try it to verify authenticity and they both are really excited about how it turned out.

To be honest, after getting the thumbs up from everyone and while I was taking the photos, it all felt a little bittersweet. I was stoked that I had recreated this recipe successfully, but it also made me miss my grandparents immensely. My dad now owns their property, so I’ll be happy if I get to go out to Michigan this year and go to their old house to get a little nostalgic while being amongst beautiful scenery.

Sorry for the long post, but I thought I’d share a little bit of why this simple dish means so much to me. You can find the recipe over at Vegan Miam, and while your there check out her entrancing photos from traveling all over the world!

Vegan Kluski

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