15 Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes

September 14, 2014 by Ali

Happy Sunday to you!

This week’s recipe round-up is dedicated to all of you vegan friends who are looking for some simple and creative new dinner ideas. And hey — to all of you out there who aren’t vegan — don’t change the channel because I’m pretty positive you’re going to love all of these recipes too. Most of you know that I eat vegan and vegetarian food at least half of the time, and then (yes) happily indulge in all things cheese and bacon-y on the other days. But on my vegan days, I love experimenting and learning from other bloggers who have translated some of my favorite comfort foods to their vegan (and dairy-free) alternatives.

So today I’m happy to be featuring some favorites from some of my fellow talented food bloggers! We have everything from vegan bourguignon to mac and cheese to black bean soup and even to my favorite…vegan nachos. So whether you’re cooking for yourself, or bookmarking some recipes for when you entertain and cook for vegan friends, or just any ol’ time you feel like going meat and dairy free, I’m pretty sure you are going to clean your plate with these tasty dishes.

Check em’ out!

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Italian Seasoning

September 13, 2014 by Ali

Just popping in today for a quick post on something I recently just made out of necessity — Italian seasoning!

Yes, necessity.

I realize that Italian seasoning falls in the category of those generic seasoning blends that “real cooks” claim to never use, such as seasoned salt and lemon pepper. But you know what? I use them all the time. Proudly.

Heck yes! Those dollar-bin seasonings were a big part of how I learned to cook back in the day. They were quick, reliable, and darned affordable when I wanted to try seasoning a chicken breast for dinner instead of ordering take-out. And even today if I’m whipping up a quick soup or my favorite flatbread or even if I just want to add some extra flavor to a pizza, I will still happily reach for a jar of Italian seasonings in a heartbeat. Because let’s be honest, when you’re in a hurry, who really wants to get out the marjoram, and the oregano, and the thyme, and the basil, and….

Well, actually the other day I did. Because when I reached for my trusty jar to make a quick Italian salad dressing (for a salad coming on Monday!), it was basically empty. So I decided to pull out all of the spices that were listed on the container and figure out how to whip up some Italian seasonings of my own. So today I thought I’d share my findings with you.

I will admit, it’s definitely easiest to just buy this stuff at the store. But if you ever find yourself in a pinch, or even if you’d just like to tinker with the specific spice amounts or make a batch with better-quality spices, then you can give it a try. Ahem – proudly give it a try, because there’s no Italian Seasoning Shame on this blog. ;)

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French Press Coffee

September 12, 2014 by Ali

Hey coffee lovers! I thought it would be lovely to round out my coffee tutorials today with my first love. The place where my coffee-making journey began. The method I still use at least once a week, especially when pressed (get it?) for time.

Oui.

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Coconut Margarita

September 10, 2014 by Ali

Oh my goodness…I actually did it.

You know, that token thing I added to my 31 Things life list (remember me talking about this last week?) to make me sound all adventurous and fearless…even though the adult in me was pretty certain that it could end with a not-so-classy digestive “upset” or, eh, you know, sudden death.

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Easy Hoisin Shrimp

September 9, 2014 by Ali

This shrimp is straight-up awesome sauce.

Want to know how I know that word? Because I watch 95% of my tv on Hulu. And any Hulu-watcher will know what that means – I also watch the same commercials over, and over, and over, and over again. Ad nauseum. (Pun intended.)

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Carrot Pineapple Smoothie

September 8, 2014 by Ali

I have to be honest. Most of the smoothies happening in my kitchen over the past few years are all green. (Or if berries are involved, a not-so-appetizing color of brown.) I’ve just gotten in the habit of blending up whatever fresh ingredients are on hand and then tossing in a handful of spinach or kale, since it’s such an easy way to eat my greens.

BUT.

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BlendTec Giveaway + 7 Favorite Smoothie Recipes

September 8, 2014 by Ali

It’s giveaway day!

I know, I’ve been slacking on the giveaways these past few months. But I’m making it up to you today by teaming up with some lovely bloggers to give away one of my favorite kitchen appliances — a beautiful BlendTec Blender (valued at $479.99).

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15 Coconut Oil Recipes

September 7, 2014 by Ali

Raise your hand if you had a jar of coconut oil in your pantry ten years ago.

Now raise your hand if you have a jar of coconut oil in your pantry today. (Ooh! Me!)

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