I cannot believe that next week is Thanksgiving. How?! When?! Can someone please explain this to me?! My new cookbook, The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, was released at the end of last month and I've been busy book-touring and yoga instructing, so things have been absolutely flying by around here! Before we know it, it's going to be CHRISTMAS. But not so fast - for now, we've still got a Thanksgiving dinner to plan for, and I've got you covered. I've rounded up 33 of my best, Thanksgiving-worthy dishes that're totally vegan and good enough to impress your (or my) cranky grandma. Dishes like my Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing, Garam Masala Roasted Acorn Squash, and Purple Sweet Potato Pie Bars are sure to please everyone at your table this year!
I'm thankful for everyone that's on this journey with me: whether you're here because you're vegan, trying to eat a little healthier, or just stumbled across the page this morning - I'm happy you're here. Now, get your stretchy jeans ready and let's get cookin'!
SWEETS + TREATS
10 Must-Have Pumpkin Recipes for Fall!
Fall is HERE my friends, and we are so excited! While we don't get quite as much cool, crispy father here in Southern California as I might like, the temperature are still dropping slightly and Pumpkin Spice-EVERYTHING is available wherever you go. We've got a solid collection of some really great, tried + true Pumpkin-lover's recipes around here, so we assembled our favorites into one post for your enjoyment. We've got all the bases covered - everything from cookie, brownies and fudge to donuts, steamers + fresh pumpkin juice. You'll find something to make your mouth water + curb your Fall cravings for sure. Scroll on for the goodies!
1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
I'm gonna get really real with you for a second: these are fucking delicious cookies, but they're packed with butter and sugar. Again, SERIOUSLY SCRUMPTIOUS, but not seriously healthy. Just maybe don't eat 6 per sitting? I'm not even apologizing, just a warning for the haters. These are celebrating your birthday cookies. They're follow with a glass of champagne cookies. They're decadent and rich and insanely delicious. If you're on a diet, these are not for you. If you wanna have a fall-flavored mouthgasm, then these are definitely for you.
2. Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
These Baked pumpkin donuts are rolled in cinnamon sugared are literally are SO EASY to make that I thought I must be doing it wrong. From start to finish this was maybe a half-hour project, and I was so happy with how they came out. They so remind me of getting fresh donuts at apple farms when I was a little girl. These are the kind of donuts that give you street cred for being such a great cook. And you'll be like "Oh these easy things? I whipped these up lickety split!" and feel like a badass. So grab a donut pan and come bake with us!
3. Glowing Pumpkin Juice
Packed with citrus and seasonal pumpkin, this juice will brighten your day...and your skin! The beta carotene in the pumpkin is a powerful antioxidant crucial for normal skin cell development healthy skin tone. The Vitamin C found in the oranges, apples, and lemons not only builds a strong immune system and helps blemishes heal properly but also helps firm & tone skin, prevent free-radical damage, protects skin cells, and prevents signs of aging (like wrinkles!). And the mango? Delicious, yes, but also packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A- giving you that extra soft, smooth skin you CRAVE in this cool fall weather. Plus, what could be easier than cutting up your fruits and letting the juicer do all the work?
4. Pumpkin Zucchini Bread
Its stuffed full of zucchini and pumpkin so its basically just a vegetable. Or at least, that's what I told myself after eating 3 slices yesterday. We're really trying to cut back on the amount of sugar we're eating lately too, so like our recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies, this recipe has about half the amount of sugar you'll find in a traditional zucchini or banana bread recipe. The pumpkin adds some sweetness and helps keep it moist, and if nuts are your thing I bet a sprinkle of walnuts before you tossed it in the oven would be kind of amazing. Either way, we think you're gonna like it.
5. Pumpkin Chocolate Freezer Fudge
Now as an adult, and one who watches my sugar intake at that, fudge isn't something we make often. But with this crazy hot weather we're still having in Souther California, I was CRAVING some fall. That being said, we all deserve a treat, and being freezer fudge, its easy to eat just a piece of week and preserve the goodness for months to come. Plus, I'm a SUCKER for pumpkin/ chocolate combos, and the velvety, rich pumpkin layer compliments the dark chocolate beautifully.
6. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are perfectly fluffy and moist, and have an almost muffin-like texture. They're soft, chewy, and packed with oats and pumpkin spice. Plus, we cut the sugar way down so you can eat like six instead of one. (That's how that works, right?) They're easy to whip up and perfect for serving at parties or just binge-eating while you watch Hocus Pocus. They're also about to become your new favorite oatmeal cookie. Let's bake!
7. Pumpkin Spiced Steamer
A frothy, foamy, sweet, pumpkin-y cup of steamed dairy-free milk blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It's fall, all wrapped up in a mug. Topped with a spoonful of coconut whip would be lovely, but this drink stands just fine on its own. Its the perfect fall drink for those avoiding caffeine or who just want a kid-friendly version. We know you're going to love it.
8. Spiced Pumpkin Bread with Maple Vanilla Icing
This sweet, spiced loaf is the perfect breakfast OR dessert! And the maple vanilla icing makes the perfect topping. It screams Fall, and whips up super easily - it's a nearly fool-proof loaf. Perfect for taking to Holiday gatherings and sharing with the people you love...or hoarding for yourself - we're not here to judge!
9. Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
These brownies make me think of words like rich, ooey-gooey, and decadent. And those are words I love. I also love chocolate, which is why we used bars of dark chocolate, cacao chunks, and rich cacao butter to make these brownies a trifecta of chocolatey heaven. The pumpkin was a brilliant addition. I mean it! It adds a soft, gooey pumpkin layer to an already sweet, fudgy bottom layer. The combination creates an almost cheesecake-like brownie that will make an appearance at Halloween, Thanksgiving, and daylight savings day too.
10. Pumpkin Oat Muffins
Don't these look scrumptious? Trust me, they are. We had some leftover pumpkin puree and some browning bananas to use up and came up with these little buggers. The fruit keeps the muffins moist and flavorful, while the muesli topping adds just a little crunch and texture. Ready to start your day off the right (and delicious) way?
30 Healthy Vegan + GF Recipes for the New Year!
The New Year is almost here and we're all making resolutions. Mine are focused on improving my photography skills and paying off all my student loans, but for many the New Year is the perfect time to jumpstart their health by eating heathy, working out, and maybe even going vegan! We've compiled 30 of our most popular, healthiest vegan & gluten-free recipes to help get you started. There are even some raw recipes in there! From breakfast smoothies to late-night sweet treats, we've got you covered. Let's eat!
Mexican Chickpea Scramble (pictured above)
Healthy Homemade Granola
Glowing Pumpkin Juice
Strawberry Blonde Smoothie
Pineapple Mint Smoothie
Corned Bean Hash
Picante Black Bean Hummus (pictured above)
Hemp Seed Basil Pesto
Buffalo Sriracha Hummus
Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Strawberries 'n' Cream Chia Pudding (pictured above)
Choc-Oat-Nut Granola Balls
Extra Chewy Chocolate Steel Cut Oat Bars
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (pictured above)
Southwestern Black Bean Salad
Kale Salad with Ginger Tahini Dressing
Tangy Curried Chickpea Salad
Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Bake (pictured above)
The BEST Spicy Vegan Chili
Moroccan Chickpea Soup
Crispy Cauliflower Nuggets
Baked Black Bean Burgers
Cinco de Mayo is TOMORROW! A holiday celebrated in honor of the Mexican army's win in the Battle of Puebla, most people think it's the date of Mexico's Independence Day. It's not. But its IS a celebration of Mexican heritage & pride, which is why we're celebrating by whipping up some of our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes. This round-up can work as inspiration for your own celebration or as a list of great ideas to get you started. My favorites will always be the Cauliflower Queso & the Baked Jalapéno Poppers, but there are recipes on this list for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or post-bar late-night snackin'. Whatever you do to celebrate, enjoy it!
1. South of the Border Scramble
The perfect easy-to make breakfast to start your day. Made with tofu, tomatoes, & onions, and kicked up with a little spice!
2. Cauliflower Queso
Seriously one of my favorite recipes EVER. Creamy, flavorful, and as close to the original as I've had since I've gone vegan. Highly recommended, and lasts great in the fridge for multiple snacking sessions.
3. Cheezy Baked Polenta Fries
Made with cornmeal, these fries would make an incredibly tasty addition to vegan 'carne asada' fries (like nacho toppings on FRIES-YUM!), and are great dipped in a spicy mayo or salsa, too. Great for sharing!
4. Picante Black Bean Hummus
Spicy, packed with protein, and a perfect spicy side for chips or alongside guacamole. Easy to share as an appetizer-as long as you're not sharing with double dippers.
5. Baked Jalapéno Poppers
Maybe my second favorite behind the Queso dip. These are BETTER than any restaurant version I've had, and are baked -not fried- so you can feel a little better about eating a bunch of them, too. Lightly breaded and stuffed with vega cheese, this is an appetizer that will impress your friends and cement your status as resident awesome vegan chef.
6. Baked Black Bean Burgers
Less Mexican-inspired than the rest but full of flavor and hearty enough to fill you up. Make the patties now and freeze them to use whenever you're ready. Topped with avocado and a little salsa- olé!
7. 6-Layer taco Pie
6 layers of beans, tortillas, cheese, salsa, and rice. A great family meal, this is like a baked burrito. Overstuffed and full of protein, this pie is a crowd-pleaser for sure.
8. Spicy 3-Bean Chili
This chili recipes has been my go-to for years. It is seriously simple to put together and makes enough to last a few meals. Plus, chili is hearty and great re-heated later, which is why I so often make a double batch and bring it work for a few days. Plus, its easily customizable and can be tweaked to include your favorite veggies or beans.
9. Spicy Foil-Baked Stuffed Peppers
One of my earliest recipes (apologies for the weak photography), but one of the simplest meals. Simply pack peppers full of your favorite spicy goodness and bake until soft! Looks like you spent hours assembling them, when really they may be the easiest thing you make all day.
Here's to a safe, happy, and healthy Cinco de Mayo! Don't drink too many margaritas, and be sure to eat way too much guac. Olé!
Happy Valentine's Day! Still looking for a sweet treat to share with your awesome Valentine? Impress them with your cooking skills and whip up one of these easy vegan & gluten-free treats! We have a range of fruit based desserts, all things chocolate, and even a smoothie. Scroll down to see the full list!
1. Chocolate Cookies and Cream Milkshake The easiest way to anyones heart? Ground-up chocolate cookies.
2. 4 Ingredients Dark Chocolate Fudge Frosting Because the second easiest way to your partners heart is by giving them a massive bowl of fudge frosting, trust me.
3. Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream In case you like pink things...and delicious things. Plus, its guilt-free!
4. Chocolate Orange Macaroons Bite-sized things are the best things. Thats just science,
5. The Beet of my Heart Smoothie And in case you're not a chocolate person, its beet season!
6. Strawberries 'n' Cream Chia Pudding If your Valentine is a health nut, this one is for you- because real love is running 6 miles together.
7. Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Because your Valentine deserves a rich, decadent treat without the guilt. And also, you'll look like gosh darned Martha Stewart after this one.
Well thats all, folks! I hope your Valentine is wooed by your cooking prowess, if not by your general total awesomeness, which I can assume since you're here reading this. May love be all you need.