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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

The original recipe was taken from the site: http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/chocolate-chip-cookies/

I love that site! They have awesome vegan recipes and they’re all very easy to make. Even though I started with the original recipe, I have added a few ingredients of my own. This is my edited recipe.

The batch you see in the pictures is half this recipe.

Preheat to 350 degrees.

For the full batch – about 6-10 cookies, you’ll need:

– 1 c brown sugar (I use light brown but you can also dark)

– ¼ c Agave Grade A Dark Amber Maple Syrup

– ½ c of coconut oil or grape seed oil

– ¼ c sweetened or unsweetened applesauce (I have found it makes no difference)

– 1 tsp vanilla

– 2 c of whole wheat or all purpose flour (whatever your preference)

– ½ tsp baking soda or baking powder (either will work)

– ½ tsp salt

– dash nutmeg

– Chocolate chips – I bought vegan chocolate chip cookies at my neighbor whole foods.

– Butter flavor pan greaser (It’s actually vegan)

Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, syrup, and oil. Beat together. It will become kind of grainy and that’s OK.
  2. Beat in vanilla and applesauce.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt, and nutmeg.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet; mix well.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Form into 1″ balls (or whatever size you prefer) and bake on greased sheets at 350 degrees for 6-10 minutes.

It took me many tries to get them right, so don’t be discouraged. It helps to flatten the dough when you’re placing it on the baking sheet for a thinner cookie. Don’t fret! Let me know if you need advice!!!

Enjoy!

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SUPER SIMPLE Vegan Apple Pie

I love apple pie but all the store bought ones have dairy. Forget them! This apple pie will make you wonder why we would ever need to put dairy on anything ever again!

What you’ll need:

– 6 cored, peeled, and thinly sliced/chopped apples (I use red apples because I like it sweet but you can use green apples for a more tart taste or a you can use a combination)

– 1 tbs of powder cinnamon

– 1 tbs of vanilla extract

– 1 cup of Splenda

– 1/3 cup of brown sugar

– 1/2 tbs of nutmeg

– 1/2 cup of apple pie crisp (optional)

– 1 tbs vegan butter (optional) – you can find this at your local grocery store

– 1 ready made pie crust (check the ingredients but they’re usually vegan!)

**Preheat oven to 350 degrees**

1. Core, peel, and thinly slice/chop the apples and put them in a bowl.

2. On a separate bowl mix in the splenda, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and vegan butter. Mix it well so that everything is combined.

3. Add apples to the mix and stir well so that everything is covered in the sugar mix. Don’t skip out on this step! Make sure your apple slices are all covered in the sugar mix!

4. Add the apples to the pie crust.

5. If you decided to go for the apple crusts, add that to the top of the apples.

6. Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

7. Let it cool down and ENJOY!!!

Please let me know how it went! I want to hear from you!!

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Karen’s Famous Pasta Salad!

Well at least it’s famous to us!

This very easy pasta salad is great for anyone going to a potluck, having a dinner party, or inviting someone over for lunch or dinner. It’s simple, satisfying, and very light.

What you’ll need:

– A box of tri colored twisty veggie pasta

– 1/3 cup of Olive Oil

– Sun dried tomatoes to taste

– 1 1/2 of frozen broccoli

– 1/2 can of garbanzo beans

– 1 chopped tomato

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Daiya cheese to taste

– 1/3 cup of cubed hard tofu

1. Boil the pasta and defrost the broccoli in the microwave

2. Drain the pasta once the pasta is done

3. Drain the broccoli once it’s done cooking in the microwave

4. Add the olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, garbanzo beans, salt and pepper, tomato, Daiya cheese, bits of tofu, and broccoli to the pasta.

5. Mix everything real well!

6. Taste and add condiments as you see fit and ENJOY!!!

 

 

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Chik’n, asparagus, and rice dinner

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If you’re looking for a meat replacement, I have found that Gardein has the best tasting ones. Don’t get too excited though! Some of their meat replacements have dairy in them, so if you’re a vegetarian, go nuts! but if you’re a vegan then slow down and read the ingredient list. This particular chik’n is vegan and tastes amazing! I cooked it with some olive oil, italian seasoning and I added some salt but you can most definitely add your own seasoning! The type of chik’n is supposed to be cooked with a marinera sauce, which is why it’s kind of red, and the sauce comes with the package so all you gotta do is open it and cook it.

I also made the asparagus with some olive oil, italian seasoning, and salt. The secret is to let the asparagus cook enough where it is soft and it tastes like the seasoning. The white rice is instant made white rice. I would have gotten brown rice but I got this box of instant rice at a whole sale type of place and they only had white rice. I added some soy sauce for flavor.

I finished it with a fruit popsicle! (see the ice cream blog) It was a really good meal!

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Butter

So you really like butter and the way it makes the food taste. Well while your arteries are getting clogged and your heart is trying to keep up, there are better alternatives.

You can try smart balance or earth balance. They cook like butter and are spreadable like butter but without all the animal stuff in it! You can probably get it at your local supermarket!

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Restaurants

Ok, most restaurants do have a selection of a veggie option. Most have vegetarian options with cheese. However, finding a vegan option is a little harder. Once you’ve done this for a while, you know what to ask for. Either veggie burger replacement, hold the cheese, replace meat for beans, add beans, no chicken instead add tofu, add tofu remove chicken, and any other kinds of combinations. I will post what I do when I go out as I do.

Most Chinese restaurants will give you the hardest times if you want to switch chicken for tofu. For instance, if there is a sweet and sour chicken and I want sweet and sour tofu, their heads explode. You gotta either tell them to bring the sauce separately and you pour it on the tofu or go with the tofu dishes they have. Side note: P.F. Changs has the best tofu ever. You can replace any dish with tofu. You just have to ask!!! Be pushy! It’s for the animals!