Melissa

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…

vegan mushroom fettuccine alfredo

This is definitely the time of year when I need my comfort food. Hearty soups and stews, chili, lentil loaf with a pile of buttery mashed potatoes, and for SURE creamy pasta dishes! There’s nothing quite like a warming, cozy, meal at the end of the day. Especially if you’ve been out and about in…

best homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest

This cranberry sauce is sweet and tart and sparkles with the flavors of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and fresh orange zest! It reminds me of a cosmopolitan cocktail. In our house we call these Cosmo Cranberries. They’re so delicious and wonderful paired with whatever holiday goodies you have cooking in your kitchen. And… have you ever…

best vegan banana bread

Who doesn’t love the smell of banana bread baking in the oven? I have a hard time waiting for it to cool all the way before slicing off a thick piece and slathering it in vegan butter. This banana bread is wonderful as a tea time treat, or after school snack. Kids love it with…

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…