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Lemon Poppyseed Donuts, Vanilla-Frosted


Yesterday I whipped up these vegan, baked Lemon Poppyseed Donuts. They have a light vanilla frosting/glaze on top and taste like little pillows of sunshine. Heavenly treat for summertime baking! I added some fresh blueberries on top to intensify the summery feel...

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Baby Talk.


Hey guys! A bit of a personal post today. Probably one of the most personal I have ever written. I have always felt weird sharing something like this on a 'food blog.' But after a lot of debating, I realized that this is my little space on the internet. My space to use my voice and share my life. And this story. This huge part of my journey in life. If you totally don't care about babies and these types of personal posts, don't worry, I will be back with an awesome recipe tomorrow or the next day. But for now, I am cradling a big mug of steamy matcha, and sharing a piece of me with you...

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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..

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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?

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The 3 Tools for Making Matcha!


*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)..

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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!..

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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..

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Orange Pineapple Sunshine Smoothie


Who wants some instant sunshine for the week ahead? I have the recipe for you!..

Monday. I started my day off with this smoothie and that felt really nourishing and sunny. Today's recipe tastes like a piña cola meets creamsicle - creamy and frosty, yet light, bright and tropical. Nice way to wake up! Looking back on the past few days, my weekend involved some chill time, some ocean air time, some tennis time, lots of kitchen time, some lazy time and a lot of check-ins to the Katy Perry #KPWWW live stream. I was kinda addicted to checking in on it! Did you watch?? Modern day Truman Show. I am so fascinated by live streams! How cool would it be if I just live streamed my kitchen 24/7, ha!

And I have been sipping this Orange Pineapple Sunshine Smoothie all week long. I usually stick to my favorite purple or green smoothies, but the past week I have just been craving this blend. It feels like a tropical vacation in a glass.

I love this blend of ingredients because they are very anti inflammatory in nature. Keep reading to find out why and get the recipe!..

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Matcha Mint Chip Ice Cream (Vegan)


One of my favorite ice cream flavors is mint chocolate chip. I am pretty sure it was my sister who turned me onto it. I remember being kids, sprawled out on the living room floor, sunbeams cascading down the walls as we held cereal bowls filled to the brim with that soup-y, melting green ice cream. I would smash it around until it was the perfect creamy consistency, all as we watched Labyrinth, Dirty Dancing, Adventures in Babysitting or Nadia for the millionth time on video. So while I have so many happy memories associated with this flavor, I have to say that this dairy-free version satisfies like nothing else. I actually feel good after eating it. Cashew-based ice creams are my favorite - so creamy, silky, dreamy.

So in the name of warm weather and summer-is-coming vibes, I bring you my vegan recipe for Matcha Mint Chip Ice Cream. This ice cream is perky green with a refreshing mint flavor, accented by ripples of finely chopped dark chocolate chunks.

I hope you can scoop some into an ice cream cone or bowl very soon! (And laying on the floor with your sister or other favorite people, giggling your heart out while watching favorite movies, is a nice serving tip..)

Video included with this recipe..

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Vegan Broccoli Black Bean Enchiladas, with Homemade Sauce


I made these Broccoli Black Bean Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce last weekend and have been eating them all week long. And I have a theory. Enchiladas are good the first day. Great the second day and amazingggggggg the third day or re-heated after frozen. After a few days, all the sauces marinate the tortillas and everything gets more flavorful and tender and sings comfort food perfection.

As I was eating these on day three I proclaimed to my husband, "Yup, enchiladas, the way I make them, they are definitely my favorite food." I said holding my steaming hot plate of warmed up enchiladas. "..I mean, like savory food, not like fruits and smoothies, obviously."

Enchiladas were always a fave of mine. I remember going out to Mexican restaurants every week with my family when I was a kid. I would always order the spinach enchiladas with rice and beans. Red rice, so good and flavorful, fluffy and cozy. And the beans all melty and rich. Then the enchiladas with layers of dense, soft spinach leaves inside tortillas coated in sauce and cheese. Ahhhhhhhh.

And yup. Today, my vegan versions of enchiladas win all the points for me. And today's recipe is my way of helping myself eat more broccoli! I did a skillet broccoli "taco meat" before loading the mixture into the enchiladas with black beans. I am absolutely making this recipe again this weekend because they were finished Thursday night and I am still craving them! I hope you can try them too..

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