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Pumpkin Risotto with Sage


Pumpkin Spice Risotto with sage is my pick for a simple seasonal fall entree that is loaded with comfort food vibes. Risotto, in general, is one of my all time favorite recipes to make and eat. It takes a bit of time in the kitchen, stirring continuously, as the rice simmers and plumps and everything gets creamy and cozy. But to me, the process is meditative, since there is not much thinking involved. You just stir and inhale the delicious aromas rising from the skillet. Forget pumpkin-spice candles and potpourri, this is my version of fall-flavored aromatherapy. And it is so satisfying to watch simple white rice turn into this creamy-velvet, dense and fluffy entree dish.

Get the recipe and curl up to a bowl while you watch Hocus Pocus or dream up Halloween costume ideas. (I mean, it is almost October, right?)

Video of this recipe too, so you can see risotto in action...

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Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


These vegan Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are super fudgy and rich with peanut butter cup flavor in every bite. Rich chocolate cookies have peanut butter blended into the batter, and for a bonus surprise you can stuff a peanut butter cup in the center of the cookie, or you can chop cups into pieces and fold into the batter, your choice! I like the sweet surprise of the stuffed cookies, but the melty cup pieces also look very inviting and delicious.

Get baking this month with this irresistible dessert recipe!..

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52 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes (Updated 2017)


This is one of my favorite round-up posts.. all things pumpkin!

Vegan Pumpkin Recipes. From pumpkin cinnamon buns, pumpkin fritters, cozy soups, rice dishes, ice cream, donuts, quesadillas and multiple versions of vegan pumpkin pie - these are all my pumpkin-y recipes.

These recipe posts are both recent and vintage. Savory and sweet. A few that are super healthy - and plenty that are quite decadent and sweet. There is something for everyone on this list - so if you have a can of pumpkin sitting in your kitchen pantry, give this list a look and hopefully find some inspiration!

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Fall Flavor in a Flash! Salad


If you think summer is the season for amazing salads, think again!

Fall is one of my favorite salad seasons! This Fall Flavor in a Flash! Salad has it all. Crunchy walnuts, juicy apples, chewy raisins, fresh baby spinach, caramelized red onion, spices, maple, cider vinegar and just loads of sassy-sweet flavor. Get ready to devour this because it tastes so darn good.

Get today's recipe + video!..

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Mushroom Marinara Melt Sandwich


I had been dreaming of this sandwich for a while now. Then I saw some gorgeous, giant, pillowy portobello mushrooms at the store and I had to scoop them up and make this recipe for a vegan Mushroom Marinara Melt Sandwich.

The inspiration for this recipe is a sandwich I used to get at a cafe called Aroma, when we lived in NYC. It had fluffy bread, thick, flavorful fingers of portobello mushrooms, marinara sauce and fluffy sprouts crammed in there too. I loved that sandwich so much, I even did a post about it here. That was back in 2009! And eight years later, I still dream about that simple, unique sandwich. It certainly leaves an impression! And after my first bite of THIS recipe. I certainly remember why! The flavors are rich and vibrant with Italian flair. Get the recipe for my spin on this marinara-mushroom sandwich..

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My BIG Guide: Vegan Milk Reviews!


My BIG Vegan Milk Review. I love doing these BIG review pages here on the blog! Today, I am tackling the wonderful, wide world of plant-based milks. Aka, non-dairy, vegan, "plant" milks. Made from things like soy, rice, almonds, hemp, coconut, peas and many more. I hope these reviews give you some insight into the differences, benefits and pitfalls of some of the options out there.

If you love my BIG reviews, also check out my Matcha Review, Vegan Cheese Guide, Protein Powder Reviews and even my vegan yogurt reviews.

In today's post, I also share a featured video where I share my personal top three fave vegan milks for a matcha lattes, as part of this month's Kathy's Matcha Chat.

And don't worry, if you do not see your fave brand/flavor yet, please let me know in the comments! I will be adding to this list as much as possible.

Let's start pouring!...

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4-Day Oahu Hawaii Itinerary


Soft tropical breezes, turquoise water, salty ocean waves swooshing back and forth at your feet, cold drinks, hibiscus flowers, lush green landscapes and a feeling of escape. One destination always delivers all this and so much more: Hawaii! Growing up in California, Hawaii holds a special place in my heart, with so many memories of family vacations. And now as an adult, Hawaii is still one of my favorite places to get away from it all.

My husband and I have been to Maui and Kauai, but this time we decided to try Oahu.

Today I am sharing my 4-Day Oahu Itinerary with you!

In just four days, three nights, we were able to immerse ourselves in three spots: Ko Olina (where we stayed), Waikiki Beach and even a trip to the North Shore where I swam in Banzai Pipeline, something I have always wanted to do!...

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Zoodles a la Kathy, BELLA Electric Spiralizer

disclosure: This post is sponsored by BELLA, but all opinions are my own.

Today I am sharing my recipe for Garlicky Zoodles with Chickpeas and Onions, aka Zoodles a la Kathy. I am also sharing an awesome appliance for DIY spiralizing - the first spiralizer I have tested that I really love. Get the recipe, my insight for loving your zoodles, and all about this machine..

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My Best Vegan Mac 'n Cheese with Broccoli.


Vegan Mac 'n Cheese is one of my favorite meals to make for anyone curious about plant-based cuisine because from my experience, everyone loves a big steamy bowl of cheesy elbow pasta! And adding veggies helps make it a complete meal. I adding love broccoli or green peas because they add a good dose of plant-protein. Broccoli has 17g per bunch and peas about 8g per cup. Kale is also a great leafy-green add-in, as I did in this cheesy mac recipe.

This sauce is my best cheese sauce yet. With a hint of spiciness mingling with a creamy, cozy, rich cashew and sweet potato base. This pasta tastes even better the next day, as warmed-up leftovers, because the sauce marinates the pasta so nicely.

I hope you can try this soon and make it a staple go-to vegan dinner in your household! Get my recipe for creamy, cozy, dairy-free, Best Vegan Mac 'n Cheese with Broccoli..

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