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The 3 Tools for Making Matcha! (+ giveaway)

*The Kathy's Matcha Chat series is sponsored by Encha Organic Matcha

I am really happy with this month's Kathy's Matcha Chat video (episide 4) because I really get back to basics when it comes to matcha.

Today I share the three main tools you can use for making matcha.

And when I say 'matcha,' I mean both traditional matcha tea (water + matcha) or a matcha latte. I will also share my go-to matcha latte recipe (the one I use every day) and also our monthly giveaway is ahead.

(I also share a pretty matcha iphone wallpaper image)..


22 Vegan Veggie Burger Recipes

updated: 6/2017 - original: 2013

A full-proof way to make your summer weekend amazing? Have a veggie burger night! Veggie burgers of course. Veggie burgers are so flavorful, healthy and easy to make. Have a cruelty-free BBQ or beach burger bash while enjoying of these recipes.

Veggie burger meals are simple. Classic. Fuss-free. Plant-based burgers are free of saturated fat, gentle on the planet and rich in healthy ingredients like plant-based protein, veggies, whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes and more - and yes - when done right, veggie burgers can be totally flavor-tastic.

This summer, reinvent the burger, in your own kitchen! Here are my veggie burger recipes..


Santa Cruz Beach Veggie Burritos

These Santa Cruz Beach Veggie Burritos remind me of being a teenager, grabbing a burrito with my friends on the way to or from the beach. The secret to these burritos is that they celebrate simplicity - nothing too fancy with seasonings. Salt, lime, maybe a few fajita spices for the grains and really letting the textures and flavors of the plant ingredients shine through.

The other secret to these burritos: cilantro. If you don't like cilantro, I have an option for you, but the way I add cilantro to these burritos is unique and it is my favorite signature thing about this recipe. So who is up for a vegan burrito night?


71 Vegan Ice Cream recipes for Summer!

Happy summer everyone! Before I dive into this epic list of recipes, I want to look back on the evolution of vegan ice cream.

Over the past few 10-15 years I have watched vegan/non-dairy ice cream dramatically evolve. I can remember a time when I grumpily dove my spoon into dry and really, not-very-good soy or rice-based ice cream because they were the only options in stores. Just two to three flavors available. Chocolate. Vanilla. Strawberry. Later, soy and almond and soon coconut-based flavors evolved or popped up. More brands. Smarter brands.. Brands started to get savvier with their recipes, and vegan ice cream actually started to taste... good. Then came cashew ice cream. And the coconut milk ice cream got richer and creamier. And I even started to find vegan ice creams in soft serve, swirled form! Vegan fro-yo was finally a thing. Hooray!

Recently, Ben & Jerry's dove in on the game. Boom. Vegan, dairy-free versions of Chunky Monkey, Double Fudge Brownie and Cherry Garcia were real. Whoah. Then Breyer's snuck out vegan Oreo and Vanilla Peanut Butter flavors. Double whoah. Vegan ice cream sandwiches, vegan chocolate-dipped ice cream bars and more are available to consumers. I am just waiting on a vegan Choco Taco. (Has that been veganized yet?) There is really nothing vegan ice cream cannot do these days. And this ice cream-loving girl is very very happy.

And alongside this in-store evolution, bloggers and cookbook authors have been busy little bees, creating the most amazing vegan churn and churn-free ice cream recipes. Pretty much any flavor you can ever imagine has been veganized. And if not yet, I am sure it will be!

Vegan ice cream has come a long way in the past 15 years that I have been vegan. I really never imagined that I would not miss dairy ice cream! It is pretty amazing. So today, I asked my Finding Vegan bloggers to share a few of their favorite ice cream recipes, here they are. Grab a cone or a spoon and enjoy summertime with these 71 Vegan Ice Cream Recipes!..


Try My Sweet Potato Chili via Veestro! + 21-Day Kickstart Meal Giveaway

disclosure: This post is sponsored by Veestro

A while back I gave the plant-based meal delivery program Veestro a test run for a review. I loved their company and their delicious meals. So I was excited when they came to me and asked if I wanted to collaborate on a custom Veestro meal!

During the month of June only, you can order my vegan Sweet Potato Chili directly from Veestro! It comes delivered to your doorstep, just heat, eat and sit back and relax. Info on my chili, a giveaway, promo code to try Veestro and more ahead..