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Simple Vegan Pumpkin Pie! Cheesecake too.

Today I share a holiday favorite, Vegan Pumpkin Pie. This one with two recipe options (cheesecake-infused or traditional) and you can totally pull this off in just about five ingredients. Easy, delicious and classic for the holiday season!

Pumpkin Pie was always my favorite part of the holiday season. We would eat leftovers for breakfast and lunch and I would get so excited to be eating dessert for breakfast with my mom's permission. Heck, she was diving in too! I mean, we usually didn't do the whipped cream on top and then yeah, totally breakfast-worthy fare. Add the whip and it becomes dessert. Pumpkin Pie is like the little black dress of desserts. You can dress it up or dress it down. Vegetable pie daywear and decadent spiced dessert, creamy things on top for the twilight hours.

Ok, but really, pumpkin pie is just a staple for most people during the holidays. And usually recipes call for eggs and condensed milk - very non-vegan things. So for everyone looking to veganize their pie - or just hoping to make it a bit healthier - this post will give you the tools and tips you need!

Recipe updates. Here on the blog, I have loved playing with pumpkin pie recipes over the years. And before I really whittled things down in my 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie recipe, I kept things simple and deliciouswith today's recipe, which I am updating a bit with new photos and a video and a recipe tweak. Let's make my 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie. (With a Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake option too!)

Hope you love these pies and make them year after year like we certainly do!..


Maple-Pumpkin Vegan Quesadilla

I made this Maple-Pumpkin White Bean Quesadilla for lunch a few weeks ago with some leftover pumpkin I had in the fridge and I still cannot stop thinking about it! These flavors may not seem obvious to traditional savory quesadilla lovers .. I mean, smashed beans, pumpkin and maple? But yes! The savory sweet appeal of this quesadilla is so memorable, cravable and super delicious.

Melty vegan cheese mingles with the creamy pumpkin and sweet maple syrup. A few smashed white beans add texture and savory appeal. A few spices add even more flavor, try cayenne for heat or cinnamon for warmth. Make these toasty triangles just once and I am sure you will be dreaming of them again too!

Plus, I just added a video that I did with my friend Vince. So fun to share this recipe with him, even years after first posting it. I still make this every fall and fall in love with the flavors ... no pun intended...


Sochi Cat + Kitty Teeth.

I have been writing this post all week as I took a little break from cooking to care for my healing kitty cat! Hope this post can also help shed some light on kitty (and dog!) teeth / cat oral care for any pet owners out there...

Monday: Today I baked a pumpkin pie all day. All day? Yup. I needed a full-day activity and pie baking + video shooting always does that for me. But I wasn't working because #MotivationMonday. I was working because I needed a distraction from feeling so worried for my little Sochi face kitty cat.

Today I share Sochi's oral health story and why he landed in surgery


And if you just scroll through for the random kitty pics, I totally understand too..


Favorite Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I updated one of my favorite recipes with a video + some more pics! Make my Favorite Stuffed Sweet Potatoes tonight!

I was feeling like a super easy comfort food recipe today, so I whipped these cuties up. About an hour of baking time for the potatoes then the rest takes about five minutes. So easy!

These sweet potatoes are my favorite, with their golden flesh all stuffed with salty, garlicky hummus and topped with buttery avocado and perky red onion and smoky, spicy spices. Make a platter of these for your dinner or serve them to your family as a side dish. Load them up even more with hemp seeds, chopped nuts, shiitake bacon, tempeh bacon or skillet chickpeas.

Hope you love this easy go-to recipe for Favorite Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes.

Plus, I have updated this post with a few new photos and a recipe video!..


My Go-to Matcha Latte Recipe + 7 Tips

updated post - 10/17

I am a big matcha green tea fan, as you may already know. So today, I am sharing my favorite Matcha Latte recipe, plus seven tips to help you prepare the best matcha latte. Skip the trip to Starbucks and show off your DIY latte skills.

Go-to Latte Recipe. I make this latte just about every day. I just lovvvvvvve it. I usually make it a few hours after I have woken up. I like to let me body wake up on its own as much as possible. Then let the matcha do some extra Zenergizing magic.

On Coffee.
About eight years ago, living in NYC, I was a straight up coffee addict. But not even in an 'I enjoy this addiction!" sort of way. Over time, it was actually making me feel worse..

My coffee habit was fine for a while. I drank coffee a few days a week in college - back and forth from black tea. But then we moved to New York and coffee became a bit part of my day. My coffee break was fun! I would take a stroll, grab my latte and come home to work. At first I would order a latte a few days a week, when I needed a perk up. I would skip a day if I started to feel too dependent, or just yucky. But suddenly, when I was going through a busy time period, I was ordering 1-2 triple grande soy lattes from Starbucks every day. (There are so many Starbucks in NYC, it was easy to pop in a few times a day!) And I started to resent my beloved coffee breaks.

I personally think that caffeine is wonderful, but only when it is working for you and not against you. So, eventually I gave in and tried to ditch my coffee habit. I tried subbing in chai lattes for a bit, but those were too sweet most of the time and just didn't do it for me. Then I discovered matcha and I was happily hooked! This habit felt like a good fit for my body.

Coffee Can Be Great. Even though I choose matcha, I have nothing against coffee. It is wonderful, delicious and a worthy daily habit if you can drink it without 'over-doing it' like I was. But sometimes, it is nice to take a break and try something new too! Switch things up. I still love coffee and drink it occasionally, maybe a few times a year. And coffee-flavored vegan ice cream is one of my faves. But I am also really happy with my matcha habit these days. I just do not crave coffee anymore. It is surprising to me, believe me!

Is Matcha for Everyone? Yes for sure! But as a daily habit? Probably not. I have observed society in regards to this question a lot over my past few matcha-drinking years, and I just think everyone interacts with caffeine so differently. And in America and many other countries, coffee is so mainstream, it is the first beverage we reach for (out of habit and culture) - these days anyways. So with coffee, some people literally have no reason to ditch it! They simply thrive on coffee/espresso, and can find it just about anywhere, and that's fine.

Like my husband for example, he will probably not abandon his one small cappuccino a day habit anytime soon because it just makes him feel good, and his coffee habit is easy to maintain with the plethora of high quality coffee shops around - and that's totally cool. But the exciting thing for matcha drinkers like me is that more and more coffee shops are starting to offer matcha lattes.

How does caffeine effect you? Everyone interacts with foods, beverages and even things like herbs, alcohol and supplements so differently. And caffeine is a stimulant. It has a mood and energy changing effect on your body for sure. Some people like quad-shot Venti lattes and others can barely do a small one shot espresso drink without feeling overly stimulated. (My sister for instance cannot tolerate ANY caffeine at all, so maybe it runs in our family to be a bit more sensitive.)

So if you feel like you are curious about coffee alternatives, give today's recipe and 7 tips a try!...