Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing
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by Gena Hamshaw
4d ago
This homemade vegan ranch dressing will transform your salads, wraps, and bowls. It’s also the perfect dip for vegetables and a great choice for vegan appetizer spreads or boards! Made with cashew nuts, this creamy condiment beats any ranch that you could buy in a bottle. I’ve never had a hard time making dressings from scratch. Half the time, homemade salad dressings taste better to me than store-bought ones. They’re fresher, less artificial, and less aggressively salty. There are some store-bought dressings, however, that I have, or used to have, a big soft spot for. Ranch dressing used to ..read more
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Perfectly Fluffy Vegan Mashed Potatoes
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by Gena Hamshaw
1w ago
These are the best fluffy vegan mashed potatoes! Soaking and rinsing the potatoes prior to cooking and use of a potato ricer will ensure that ultra fluffy, yet smooth texture. Steaming the potatoes, meanwhile, helps to lock in flavor. If you don’t have a potato ricer, don’t worry: this post gives an alternative, along with other tips and tricks for creating a perfect, versatile batch of vegan mashed potatoes at home. There’s just nothing like a heap of warm, fluffy mashed potatoes. For years, my mom and I would debate holiday side dishes. I would insist that mashed potatoes—her favorite—were ..read more
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Zesty Vegan Italian Chopped Salad
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by Gena Hamshaw
2w ago
If you’ve ever fallen in love with a zesty, colorful bowl of greens, radicchio, tomatoes, and yellow peppers, then this vegan Italian chopped salad is for you! It’s a plant-based spin on a classic, and it incorporates chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes for heartiness and umami without meat. An herbed Italian dressing and cashew “Parmesan” cheese ensure that the salad is packed with flavor. Today’s vegan Italian chopped salad is posted in honor of an annual event: my winter salad craze. Yes, summer is usually hailed as salad season. But without fail, come January or February, I start to find mys ..read more
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5-Ingredient Vegan Soy Curl Chicken Strips
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by Gena Hamshaw
2w ago
These easy vegan soy curl “chicken” strips are a versatile, nutritious and affordable homemade vegan alternative to chicken—and they’re made with only 5 ingredients! You can use a batch of them to make chili, tacos, sandwiches or wraps, stir fry dishes, and so many other meals. Let’s talk about soy curls. I still become surprised when I realize that more people don’t know about, let alone cook with, the wonderful plant protein that is a soy curl. Soy curls are extremely versatile and easy to work with. They’re also affordable in comparison to many commercial vegan meats. On top of that, they ..read more
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Homemade Vegan Italian Dressing
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by Gena Hamshaw
1M ago
This homemade vegan Italian dressing is so quick and easy to prepare, and it’s even more flavorful than the store-bought version! Herbs, good olive oil, and a nutritious vegan parmesan cheese, which is made with cashews and nutritional yeast, contribute to its savoriness and complexity. A lot of the recipes that I posted on this blog last year could be categorized as vegan basics. What’s a “basic” within the world of recipes? In my mind, basics are kitchen staples. They’re things to make often and keep on hand regularly. Basics are recipes with a lot of utility. Examples might be a favorite s ..read more
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Protein-Rich Vegan Overnight Oats
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by Gena Hamshaw
1M ago
These protein-rich vegan overnight oats will set you up with solid morning nourishment. They offer nearly twenty grams of plant-based protein, along with fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. This is a perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy folks or for anyone who struggles to make a nutritious morning meal a habit. Mix, refrigerate, wake up, and enjoy! Last week, when I posted some cute vegan meal prep lunch boxes, I mentioned that consistency with lunch can be hard for busy professionals and parents. The same can also be said of breakfast. And that’s why I’m sharing these protein-rich vegan overnig ..read more
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Meal Prep Cucumber Kimchi Chickpea Lunch Boxes
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by Gena Hamshaw
1M ago
If you’re feeling stumped on what to meal prep for lunch, these meal prep cucumber kimchi chickpea lunch boxes will add flavor, texture, and variety to your routine! They feature my kimchi smashed chickpea salad along with spicy marinated cucumbers, rice crackers, and greens. You can enjoy the combination of ingredients in a bowl or pack them up in your favorite lunch box or bento box for a portable meal. For me, vegan meal prep isn’t unique to January, or back-to-school season, or any other time of year that’s associated with getting organized. Meal prep is my way of remaining consistent wit ..read more
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Vegan Coffee Cake with Cashew Sour Cream
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by Gena Hamshaw
1M ago
This vegan coffee cake with cashew sour cream is a classic! It’s so tender, with an irresistable ribbon of cinnamon sugar running through the center and big, buttery crumbs of vegan streusel topping. The cake is made with homemade, plant-based cashew sour cream, which contributes to its moist texture. We’re nearing the end of the first week of 2024. Many folks have returned to their offices or places of work this week. Others are busy planning and strategizing for the year ahead. Parents might have their hands full looking after kids who are still on winter breaks from school. Whether it’s fo ..read more
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15+ Easy Vegan Vegetable Side Dishes
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by Gena Hamshaw
2M ago
If you’re trying to eat more vegetables or to create more balanced and complete meals, these 15+ easy vegan vegetable side dishes are for you! No matter which type of vegetables you love to eat, you’ll find a low-stress recipe to add color, flavor, and texture to your plate. As a recipe developer, I tend to place a lot of emphasis on meals. When I wrote my cookbook Power Plates, that was actually the whole hook: a book in which each “recipe” was a balanced meal. The reasoning behind this choice is simple: practicing as a dietitian has shown me that many people are prone to skimping or skippin ..read more
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Vegan Swedish Meatballs
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by Gena Hamshaw
2M ago
These cozy vegan Swedish meatballs are made with protein-rich tempeh and simmered in a creamy sauce. Served over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice, they’re a perfect comfort food! Oh, how I love a classic comfort food meal. I’m half Greek, and the home cooks in my life when I was growing up were my mother and grandmother. They did prepare some Mediterranean and traditional Greek dishes. But they both had a real soft spot for classic comfort foods, and they passed that love on to me. My passion for veganized comfort food extends to vegan salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, mac and cheese, ski ..read more
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