Shepherd's pie has always been my favorite hearty and satisfying recipe for cold, winter nights. Ever since the Beyond Burger has been increasingly available, I've wanted to integrate it into my vegan shepherd's pie recipe. I finally did it, and found that it makes it extra rich and hearty. Trust me, this recipe will please carnivores and vegetarians alike. Plus, it's pretty easy, and is essentially gluten-free as is (just be careful about which specific ingredients you use). You could also skip the soy and miso to make it soy-free, if desirable.
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This vegan banana bread is healthy, perfectly moist, and irresistibly delicious. Everyone who tries it is shocked to learn that it is low in fat and completely whole grain! While most banana bread recipes require a lot of butter or oil for moisture, this recipe is completely oil-free. Instead, I opted for reduced-fat coconut milk, providing softness and preventing the bread from being overly dense, a common issue with oil-free baked goods. Coconut milk is surprisingly rich in numerous minerals including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. I know you will enjoy this healthy banana bread as much as we do!
I recently picked up painting and wanted to share a few tips for getting started. I've always been artistic (mainly into drawing), but had let the hobby dwindle in recent years. After picking it back up again, not only does my house look more fabulous, but I feel more creatively fulfilled and excited to pursue new things. I'm looking at the world through a "could I paint that?" lens. Here are my tips for getting started.
Discovering that dates can replace refined sugar in many recipes has been life changing! While I still use lightly processed sugars sparingly, medjool dates are by far my favorite way to sweeten all of my favorite treats! Surprisingly, they do not impart any noticeable flavor when mixed with other ingredients like chocolate, pumpkin, or peanut butter. They are the healthiest and most versatile sweetener I have come across.
From mixing them into baked goods to blending them into my favorite matcha latte, I incorporate medjool dates into my diet on a daily basis. I’m excited to share with you 10 of my all-time favorite date sweetened recipes. All of these recipes are vegan, healthy, and incredibly delicious!
Being an environmental scientist, I've spent years of my life living out of a tent in the field, and through extensive trial and error now have a pretty solid and stable repertoire in my pack. If you're new to backpacking and are planning a trip, here are my recommendations for reliable but affordable gear (just the basics!). These have all been field-tested by the pros (i.e. me and my field assistants :) ).
Click through after the break for many more gear recs!
When I went vegan five years ago, there were very few animal friendly purse brands to choose from. Over the years, it has been amazing to see vegan accessories enter the mainstream fashion world! Still, when it comes to leather-free bags it seems that most brands are either very high-end and overly expensive, or very low-end, à la Forever 21. It took me years to find high-quality vegan bags that don’t break the bank, and I am incredibly excited to finally share my go-to vegan-friendly purses with you. I am frequently stopped on the street and asked about my bags and people are consistently shocked to hear that they aren’t real leather. I’m here to tell you that you most certainly do not need to sacrifice fashion to live cruelty-free! Read on to see six amazing bags that are animal-free, affordable, and chic.
When first adopting a plant-based diet, it is common to experience intestinal discomfort and severe bloating. It takes time for your gut bacteria to adjust after a major shift in lifestyle, so these symptoms are completely normal and expected.
Packed with beta-carotene, manganese, potassium and fiber—there are numerous reasons to add sweet potatoes to your meal rotation. While I adore sweet potatoes prepared any and every way, the following recipes are not exclusively for sweet potato lovers. The beauty of these recipes is that nobody will have any idea that the nutrient-dense vegetable is hiding in these delectable (and completely “normal” tasting) treats!
These are currently my family’s favorite muffins—we can’t get enough! This version of pumpkin spiced gingerbread muffins is healthy: completely whole grain, oil-free, and vegan! Yes, it does have some refined sugar, but it also has mineral rich blackstrap molasses, which is one of the healthiest sweeteners.
The secret to the fluffiness of these oil free muffins is aquafaba (canned garbanzo bean liquid). I find that aquafaba is superior to every other vegan egg substitute (chia/flax eggs, powdered egg replacers, bananas, etc.). You’ll be amazed at how much these muffins rise and how perfectly soft they are, despite being low fat. These delicious muffins are bursting with pumpkin spice flavor. We have been enjoying them every morning with tea and they make for the perfect fall breakfast! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
This take on pad thai is healthy, fresh, and - most importantly - super easy. It's also super flexible, so feel free to sub (or add) any other veggies for the mango and bean sprouts (e.g. bell pepper or carrot would work well). But the mango does make it super fresh and a little different from your traditional pad thai. Here's what you need:
Easy and Healthy Mango Pad Thai (serves 4)