This sticky pot of goodness is a great version if you are looking for less sugar and more caramel. Although it is still comprised of sugar, you are not going to be overwhelmed by the sugar, as most caramels can have. This homemade caramel is great for dunking apples or even making a caramel peanut brittle, the options are endless.
Yields 1 large mason jar
1 cup butter
1-1/4 cups brown sugar + 1/4 cup water (DIY light corn syrup)
This Tomato Basil Soup is perfect for those indoor days when you just want a big bowl of soup! Combing an array of herbs, spices, tomatoes, and coconut cream makes for a delicious and flavorful recipe. Tomato soup is a great comfort food alone, but an even better one when paired with a well-toasted grilled cheese sandwich or French bread rounds. Taking the time to get fresh ingredients and boiling them down to release all of their flavors is really something you don’t get out of a can which is why I highly suggest to always make your own food as much as possible. I hope that you enjoy this recipe with your friends and family!
Cashews are such a universal ingredient that can be used to make countless recipes. This cashew cream cheese is made with fresh spices, probiotics and other nutritional ingredients. At the beginning of each week (typically Sundays), I try to make one of these variations: a veggie, plain, or herb cream cheese. This recipe is a good base to use to create other cream cheese flavors, just be sure to switch up the herbs and other added ingredients.
Im sure we all know this classic soup-n-sandwich duo, but if not, id be happy to introduce you! This plant-based grilled cheese uses two slices of bread spread with butter (on one side), Chao cheese, and a drizzle of truffle oil. During these colder months, this dynamic duo will warm you up in all the right places. Just after one measly dunk-n-bite, you will never want any other grilled cheese than then you see before your eyes. Ive been wanting to get this recipe created and I am so happy I get to share one of my top 10 favorite comfort foods!
Burger alternatives are something I really enjoy creating. Here we have a falafel burger that will leave you full and satisfied. The added freshness of parsley and lemon give this meal a real special touch. If you are looking for something without the added carbs or want to lose the buns- you can! Just grab a large iceberg lettuce for a wrap and roll or fold it over the burger.
How simple and easy it is to grab a bunch of carrots from your local farmers market, lightly drizzle them in oil with a dash of seasoning, and roast them to perfection. The versatility of this recipe is endless as it can be paired with other dinner party sides, appetizers, or holiday feasts. This recipe is super easy but I do have a secret to make them even better. Make sure that these carrots have their own room, are completely coated in the seasoning and oil, and you slightly roll them around periodically as they cook. This ensures that you get a nice roast on all of the carrots.
Yields 2-3 servings
1 bunch of carrots, with green tops
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
On a baking sheet, drizzle carrots with oil and season lightly with onion powder and garlic powder (add salt and pepper).
Roast for 40 minutes or until slightly charred.
Chef’s tip: Add 2 rosemary sprigs while you roast to add additional flavor.
Potato leek soup, or as the French call it potage parmentier, is a classic dish that can be found in many restaurants. In my plant-based version, I added parsnips, which pair well with the subtleness of the leeks, potatoes, and shallots. Not only does this meal taste delicious, but it is ready in under 30 minutes- double score!! Being able to have meals that are healthy and quick at your disposal help keep you on track. Be sure to give this one a try, my tip to make this real special is to drizzle truffle oil on top.
Yields 6 servings
3 Tbsp. vegan butter
5 cups leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped
Are you tired of putting out chips and dip for your family parties and looking for an alternative to the “unhealthy” snacks we load up on during the holidays? Well look no further, because I have this amazing plant-based cashew cheese board with five cheese wheels. This recipe shows you how to take one plain (scrumptious and delicious) cashew cheese and turn it into crafted artisan cheese that will have your guests asking where you purchased it from. Although this recipe does take a bit of time to make, it is well worth every bite.
I know what you are thinking, “these cookies are unbearable to look at without a taste”.. Id have to agree myself! In the spirit of giving this holiday season my good friend shared her spiced polar bear cookies with me, so I wanted to share my plant based rendition of her famous cookie with you all. Slightly dusted with powdered sugar and finished with chocolate chips and a red hot candy, this fun recipe is perfect for any snow day or even rainy day.
What do you get when you mix almond milk, cacao powder, sugar and spice with everything nice? The best hot coco while rockin’ around the Christmas tree, that’s what! This spiced hot chocolate is easy to make and extremely creamy and decadent with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Warming up any cold day, top this with an almond whipped cream for an after dinner treat!
Yields 4 servings
4 cups almond milk
4 Tbsp. cacao powder
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
In a pot on medium-high heat, add the almond milk. Once heated, add the cacao powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Heat until completely melted.
Serve with whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon on top.
Chef’s tip: For the adults, add a shot of vegan baileys!