Melissa

best vegan oatmeal raisin cookies

These giant, chewy, delicious, oatmeal raisin cookies could (and sometimes do) double as breakfast! We like them with a tall glass of vanilla soy milk, coffee, or tea! My oatmeal raisin cookies go together quickly and only take about 10 minutes to bake. Feel free to substitute dried cranberries or cherries for the traditional raisins.…

vegan philly cheesesteak

I love how my beefy seitan can be used in place of thinly sliced beef in so many different recipes. It’s a truly delicious, versatile meat substitute. So far I’ve used it in these vegan recipes: Banh Mi {Saigon Subs}, Greek Gyros, BBQ “Beef” with Creamy Sriracha Kale Slaw, as taco meat, as salad topping,…

awesome mega falafel wrap

This falafel wrap isn’t your usual falafel wrap. The kind where you basically make a vegan gyro by subbing falafel for gyro meat. Yeah, this isn’t that. It’s surprising and different and worth a blog post to show you you don’t have to have another boring falafel sandwich. I came up with this by using…

grandma’s easy 15 minute chunky marinara sauce

This is the recipe to make when you’re craving REALLY good sauce for pasta, but only have a small amount of time to prepare it. This sauce has it all. Chunky, tangy tomatoes, lots of fresh, zesty, garlic, fresh herbs, and a little bit of wine to take it from ordinary to extraordinary. Just boil…

vietnamese sticky tofu

This is a quick, easy recipe for sticky, sweet, garlicky tofu! A great meal to whip up when you’re in a hurry, but still want to make something delicious and fabulous! Make sure you are working with extra firm, pressed tofu. Pat it dry, and then proceed with the recipe. If your tofu is too…

chocolate peanut butter truffles

Oh myyyyyyy. Made this delicious little candies of chocolaty goodness for Christmas and everyone absolutely loved them. This recipe is a keeper! These chocolates are better than any you can buy in a store. I personally don’t enjoy store bought chocolates anymore because I think they all have a faint flavor of chemicals and plastic,…

vegan italian antipasto skewers

We cooked up a vegan Italian Christmas this year and it was so incredible. My vegan lasagna turned out better than ever and I can’t wait to go in and tweak my recipe so you can all try this new version. The old version is great, but ohmygosh. Every non-vegan loved it which I consider…

candied pecans

Candied pecans make a wonderful addition to salads and desserts. They also make a wonderful snack! I like to make up big batches around the holidays for hostess gifts and as an addition to Christmas gift baskets. They’re easy to prepare and so delicious! 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg…

kimchi & franks fried rice

Fried rice is quickly becoming my go-to breakfast. It’s right up there with my Ultimate Tofu Scramble Skillet, Vegan Benny, Vegan Bagel & Carrot Lox, and Vegan “Egg” Salad. They’re all so very tasty and healthy. I’m big on protein in the morning and then having a lighter lunch. Sometimes I’m not even hungry for…

best vegan banh mi {saigon sub sandwich}

Before I went vegan I was a banh mi FANATIC. I made my own version of the traditional banh mi, and a crock pot banh mi. Also knows as the “Saigon Sub,” the banh mi sandwich is one of those unforgettable, delicious, and oh-so-addictive flavor combinations. People who love them are passionate about them. I…