Category Archives: Breakfast

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Mix & Match: Vegan Breakfast Bowl

When I first transitioned to a vegan meal plan, one of the most challenging parts was figuring out what the heck to eat for breakfast. Eggs are out. And you won’t find cream cheese, milk, bacon or sausage in the fridge. What’s left? As it turns out, there are a ton of yummy foods left on the table (no pun intended) that you can combine to build a balanced, nutritious, and oh-so-delicious meal to start your day. One of my … Read more

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Forego the Egg Cracking and Veganize Easter Brunch!

There’s something really great about a holiday that’s pretty much over by lunchtime. Wake up, hunt some (faux) eggs, have a nice brunch and everyone is home in time for an afternoon nap. Whether you’re in the position of hostess or guest this year, I put together some suggestions for a veganized Easter brunch that won’t disappoint. You can simply make one of these and call it good, or go all in and make the whole shebang if you have … Read more

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Breakfast in a Jar: Overnight Muesli

I’m always looking for a new and easy (vegan) breakfast, and there’s one thing I have to admit I have never tried: the overnight muesli soak. It just felt odd, like it was going to be all cold and mushy in the morning. Cold and mushy is not my thing. Warm and creamy is fine, but eh, I’ll leave it to the Swiss. So you can imagine my surprise when I finally made it happen. Well, to be honest I … Read more

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Smoothies 101

The weather is warming up. Pack away those rain boots, dust off that blender and get to making some smoothies. They are the perfect way to jam pack your day with all sorts of healthy stuff in a special frosty, summery package. They’re so easy to put together and everyone just loves them. Am I right? I can put anything in a smoothie and my kids will drink it with a smile and not one of those little fake crooked … Read more

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Egg Substitutes

Long before I was a vegan, I was not a fan of the egg. Well, that didn’t come out quite right. I think eggs are great for making baby chickens, but at its core it’s kinda a gross thing to think about eating—it feels like something only a raccoon would do. In the same way that my brother had to bait my hook with that red wiggler when we were kids, my mom had to crack the eggs into my … Read more

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No Scones About It

Growing up in the Midwest, the weather was far from what I’ve come to expect in California — weeks of snow, sleet, hail and rain. Early on I began to pass the time indoors indulging in one of my first loves; baking. With one of those little blue boxes of Jiffy cake mix, I would have a sugary production line moving through my Easy Bake oven that would’ve had even a Keebler elf envious. Decades later, there’s something completely relaxing … Read more

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An Ode to Trader Joe’s

In honor of Valentine’s Day, my love letter this year has to go to Trader Joe’s—convenient, affordable and oh so vegan friendly. This week I found so many new vegan foods at Trader Joe’s I had to say something! I usually don’t spend a lot of time in the frozen aisle, but this week was an exception. The very friendly woman at the sample booth lured me in with her Chickenless Morsels and highly suggested I investigate a few of … Read more

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Green Smoothies

This is one I’ve kept off the meal plans until now, but I’m going to challenge you to give it a try next week. I know kale can be a tough sell as an anchor to a beverage, but the fruit sweetens it up and hides the taste of the kale. It really is amazingly good and packed with all sorts of super healthy bits. I would make one of these every morning if it weren’t for neighbors! We live … Read more

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Make Your Own Bagels, Seriously

It’s no secret that I tend to be on the frugal side. Perhaps that’s an understatement—I can be down right cheap, especially when it comes to things I think I can make myself. I also tend to be a little particular and enjoy having things just so. This holiday my husband tapped into both of these neurosis and got me a great book, “Make the Bread, Buy the Butter.” The author, Jennifer Reese, assesses, based on both effort and cost … Read more