Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad PinThis Cucumber Salad is a fresh and delicious summer favorite that tastes great year round. It’s very easy to make with lots of tasty leftovers. One serving only has 18 calories, so you could eat as much as you want!

My mom has made this recipe my entire life, but I never liked cucumbers until going plant-based. A lot of vegans and plant-based eaters talk about how much their tastes change over time as they eat more plant foods and less of the addictive, taste numbing sugar, salt and fat.

Cucumbers are one of those foods that I tried numerous times throughout my life, but never liked. In fact, you could say I had an aversion to them…they tasted AWFUL! But after about 6 months of eating a healthy plant-based diet, they finally started tasting like food, and now I really like them.

I encourage you to continue trying new and old things on your plant-based journey. As your tastes change, you just might start liking things you used to hate.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant-based eating.

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Vegan BBQ Sauce

Vegan BBQ Sauce PinThis Vegan BBQ Sauce is thick, sweet, spicy and a little sweat inducing. It reminds me of the BBQ sauce I grew up eating in Kansas City. I guess that makes it a Kansas City style BBQ sauce.

We made this specifically for our BBQ Jackfruit, but it’ll go well on any type of BBQ dish if you like KC-style BBQ. It even tastes great as a topping on Baked or Boiled Potatoes, or as a dipping sauce for your Vegan French Fries.

We like our BBQ sauce thick, but you can add a little extra water if you like yours thinner. If it’s too spicy for you, cut back on the black pepper a little.

We used our Vegan Ketchup recipe to minimize the calories, preservatives and potentially non-vegan ingredients.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant-based eating.

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Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler

Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler PinThis amazingly delicious Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler recipe comes to us from Kristie Middleton, Senior Director of Food Policy for the Humane Society of the United States. She’s also the author of the widely popular book, “MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live – One Meal at a Time.”

Amelia and I had the pleasure of meeting Kristie at a Humane League Gala here in Denver, and also at her book signing at the Tattered Cover. Her mission in life and with the Humane Society is to help people transition to a “meatless” diet.

With tons of recipes like this Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler in her book, she’s doing a great job of showing people how to eat a more humane diet without sacrificing any of the flavor they’re used to with more traditional, less humane ingredients.

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If you’re concerned about your oil and salt intake, you can reduce the vegan butter by half and eliminate the salt. We made it both ways and it was delicious both ways.

Note: This is not a health food recipe. It’s meant to be a rare, special occasion treat. If you’re trying to lose weight or lower your cholesterol, just eat the peaches and skip the cobbler.


MeatLess by Kristie Middleton

Kristie-Middleton-Meatless_cover_lo A great resource to have in every transitioning vegan kitchen!

This book is loaded with concrete rationale for reducing or eliminating meat from your diet, as well as showing you how to make the transition easier. Kristie provides substitutes for common animal ingredients and dozens of plant-based recipes that will tease the tastebuds of any standard American food eater.

You don't have to sacrifice flavor for compassion. You can have both!


Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies PinThese Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are perfect for your holiday parties. The sweetness of the chocolate combined with the peppermint give them a refreshing mouth feel. The stark contrast between the dark brown chocolate cookie and the snow white sugar is visually stimulating. They truly are finger licking good.

One trick we learned from My Darling Vegan is to dip the cookies in granulated sugar before the powdered sugar. Somehow, that creates a barrier between the moist cookie dough and the powdered sugar so it doesn’t melt into the dough. Very ingenious.

PLAN AHEAD: The dough needs to be refrigerated for 4 hours before you can bake it. Or, you can also put the dough in the freezer for 1 hour if you’re short on time. We discovered this trick when we forgot to plan ahead while making these cookies with our niece. Necessity is the mother of invention 🙂

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Bookmark this recipe in your holiday vegan recipes folder so you can find them next year.

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