Matcha Green Tea FAQs

Disclosure: This post part of my Encha-sponsored video series, all opinions are my own.

You have matcha questions. I have matcha answers.

Frequently asked. Today I bring you guys the final video post in my Kathy's Matcha Chat Series. Wow, I am so proud to have done twelve videos about matcha and chatting about my life and random things and lots of fun and a few kitty cats and so much m-a-t-c-h-a! This series has been sponsored by my friends at the most amazing matcha company, Encha Organic Matcha. So without much more pause, I am excited to share with you guys some Matcha Green Tea FAQs.

Matcha Fans + Matcha Curious. These frequently asked questions are some that I personally had when I first started out drinking matcha, as well as questions that I have received from the HHL community over the past few years. If you are a long-time HHL reader, you know I have been swooning over matcha for yeeeaaars now. I even have a good handful of matcha recipes in my cookbooks.

Matcha Green Tea FAQs. So, if you are any sort of matcha fan or matcha drinker or if you are just curious about this silky spring green beverage / ingredient, this post is for you..


Lentil Bolognese

This vegan Lentil Bolognese Sauce, served over top spaghetti, or any favorite pasta, is a delicious go-to comfort food dinner. This is a rich, hearty tomato sauce, studded with tender lentils, garlic, onion and carrots. This version tosses in a few extra veggies too. Those (optional) bonus veggies add more texture, color and nutrition.

Lentil Bolognese is a great way to make your pasta into a one-bowl meal. We completely fell in love with this dish as we taste-tested it for dinner. I hope you can give it a try and start swooning over it too...


Peanut Butter Tofu

This easy vegan Peanut Butter Tofu over fluffy rice is the perfect comfort food, family-style meal. The peanut sauce is rich and sweet with a hint of heat from garlic and curry. Plump cubes of tender tofu are loaded with plant-based protein. A sprinkle of spring onions on top completes the centerpiece-approved dish....


Vegan Sugar Cookies

I am obsessed with these Valentine's Day-perfect, Vegan Sugar Cookies. I love the buttery, orange-speckled, soft and lovely cookies all on their own, but when you add the most amazing, velvety, coconut, naturally pink, (not too sweet) sugar cookie frosting on top, well my heart gets all fuzzy warm and I know these are the perfect "I love you!" treats to make with or for your favorite person. Aka, Valentine-gifting approved.

Get the recipe, including my swoon-worthy, naturally pink, naturally sweet frosting...


TTLA Sandwich (Whole Foods Copycat Spin)

Things that usually go viral: cat videos, cute kids, animal rescues, tearjerking feats of humanity and celebrity social media hijinks. But a sandwich? Let alone, a vegan sandwich? Oh yes. That is how it went for the Whole Foods spin on a TTLA.

The truth is, most vegans have been eating and making TTLA sandwiches for years now. The TTLA acronym stands for Tempeh, Tomato, Lettuce and Avocado. Of course, if you have tried the Whole Foods sandwich you know that they use a dreamy garlic aioli that takes the sandwich to the next level. And adding a pickle is a wise flavor upgrade as well.

But guess what guys, if you are stuck at home or miles from a Whole Foods, you can absolutely make a TTLA in your very own kitchen -- in a flash. And you will finally understand this "gone viral" quote from Tabitha Brown..

“If you got a Whole Foods by you, go to their deli, ask for this TTLA, add a pickle, and watch your life change."

Click ahead to get my Whole Foods Copycat TTLA Sandwich recipe...


Roasted Garlic Aioli (Dairy-Free)

My last post was about this TTLA sandwich. Well, as I chatted about in that post, the real game-changing ingredient was that garlic aioli. And this time I bring you an even bolder, creamier, dreamier aioli recipe with my vegan, dairy-free, easy-easy Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli. Get the recipe and slather it on everything....

ps. Don't like "mayo?" I never liked it either. But this stuff is crazy good, bright and fresh and lovely...


Power Plates Cookbook by Gena Hamshaw + a recipe from the book.

Today I get to share with you guys an awesome new cookbook by my good friend Gena Hamshaw, Power Plates!

Power Plates is a hearty, power-packed vegan cookbook filled to the brim with colorful and nourishing meals. It is loaded with creative ideas for all your favorite plant-based ingredients. Today, I also get to share a recipe from the book: Sweet Potato Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice and Black Beans and a flavorful Hemp Chimichurri Sauce and/or Cashew Queso. (pictured at top)

This beautiful hardbound book is perfect for flipping through when you need some healthy-delicious inspiration, in a flash. Learn more about Power Plates, get an awesome recipe and more...