Melissa

best vegan ranch dressing on the planet

I have been searching for really GOOD vegan ranch dressing and have yet to find one that meets my standards. I’ve bought them all, and they’re all pretty meh. Just brand made a decent one that was the best one I could find as far as the store-bought stuff goes, but I haven’t been able…

{vegan} fried green tomato BLT

Ohmygosh. Have you ever had a fried green tomato BLT? I had one a few years ago (before going vegan) and I was craving one like crazy a couple weeks ago. I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I had just made a batch of my VEGAN SEITAN BACON and, as fate would have it, I…

best vegan bagel & lox

I had a craving. Bagels with cream cheese and lox with a cup of French press coffee. One of my absolute favorite things to eat. Since I don’t eat fish anymore, what in the heck was I supposed to do? I looked up vegan lox online and found a bunch of recipes for carrot lox.…

grandma’s vegan hamburger macaroni soup

I had a craving for hamburger soup a couple days ago and decided to make up a batch without hamburger (of course.) How did I do it you may ask? Well, there are some amazing vegan “beefy” crumbles out there that add that same texture and protein to soups without (you guessed it) the cow…

zhoug

Being an adorer of Italian pesto for most of my life, I’ve recently been playing with new recipes for similar condiments. Mind you, they all taste vastly different. The process is much the same though. Throw some fresh herbs, some sort of nuts or seeds, extra virgin olive oil, something citrusy and/or acidic, and a…

vegan seitan bacon

I made vegan bacon. That happened. Fun fact: Did you know that pork bacon (and other processed meats like hot dogs, sausage, ham, corned beef, beef jerky, canned meats, and many others) have been classified as class one carcinogens? Other carcinogens in this category are tobacco, pesticides, and arsenic. Yum, yum. Eating just two slices…

california vacation ~ 2019

Here’s a photo-heavy post full of scenes from our latest vacation. I still have to post scenes from our Up-North vaca too, but thought I’d share this one with you first since it’s still so fresh in my mind, and so many friends and family members are asking for photos. We had SUCH a great…

vanilla pudding pumpkin pie cups

Craving pumpkin pie but also in a hurry and don’t have time to make one? Have no fear. This little dessert will save the day. Just make these in the morning and let them chill while you’re at work. Top with vegan whipped cream (Reddi Wip makes an almond whipped cream and a coconut one!…

minnesota state fair 2019 ~ some vegan options

Lots of fun at the Minnesota State Fair this year, and LOTS of yummy vegan food! I would have tried more, but as you can see I ate plenty. I even saved room for dessert which almost never happens. We had a perfect day for walking around and stayed for around six hours. The weather…

sexy sun-dried tomato cranberry pesto

It’s not that I don’t ADORE classic basil pesto, because I do… but sometimes it’s nice to try a different condiment. I’ve literally made four batches of pesto this summer. Pretty big batches too, and none, I repeat, none, of the jars were frozen. To be fair, I did give some away to friends and…