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Italian Bean Soup, because winter is not over yet

Italian Bean Soup, because winter is not over yet

This week, thanks to warmer temperatures, even if we’re still one month away from the actual arrival of Spring, I really started feeling vernal. Blame it on the birds just outside our windows that wake up in the morning the same time as me – making me feel like in an old-school Disney movie; blame it on the daylight that starts to linger a little longer before giving in to twilight… Anyway, today I was about to share with you my most colorful, flower-filled, spring-themed smoothie you’ve ever seen… And then this happened.   I don’t usually share soup recipes, even though we cook and eat at least one each...

Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes

Vegan Valentine's Day Recipes

Happy Valentine’s day to all lovers, singles & undecided out there. Whether you celebrate it or not, love it or hate it, once again I could not refrain from bringing you another incredible round-up of all the marvelous Vegan Valentine’s Day recipes out there after last year’s epic post. These recipes will be particularly useful if you: A) forgot all about Valentine’s Day and are in need of a last-minute gift; B) previously decided not to give into the consumerism-based gift-giving tradition but still want to make something special for someone special; C) are looking for a fun activity to do together with your loved one – and cooking is...

Last minute gift idea: homemade Vegan Irish Cream Baileys + freebie

Vegan Irish cream Baileys

Booze is not something you’ll find anywhere else on this blog, nor in my life. I don’t know exactly why, but somewhere during my life I made the unconscious decision of simply not liking spirits, wine, beer nor any other alcoholic drinks. Some people think that’s kind of lame, or boring – but those are not my kind of people so I don’t mind. I often joke that my taste buds haven’t evolved much since when I was 12, as it’s pretty much the case (besides the fact that now I like things like garlic which I used to hate during my childhood). But there is one exception, and that...

50+ Epic Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

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It’s that time of the year again, the golden colors of Autumn and slowly leaving space to the first snowflakes and that means only one thing: the holiday season is about to begin! What, already?! So once again, I’ve gathered the BEST of the best Vegan Thanksgiving recipes in order to give you, my friends, 50+ Epic Vegan Thanksgiving recipes. I’ve asked some of my fellow blogger ladies that belong to the fantastic “Finding Vegan” project to share with me and my readers (you!) their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. The response was overwhelming and I had to select a few among the 100+ recipes that I received. So, whether you’re Vegan...

A perfect holiday lentil loaf

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It’ still early November, and for the second year in a row we’re having snowfalls already! I can’t believe I’ve longed for snow most of my adult life, and now I finally get to experience the magical beauty of seasons in the perfect place. Yay for changing seasons! So, while October was all about comfy Autumnal treats, come this cold temperatures and I’m already thinking of the Holiday season, gift giving and gatherings around the table. Whether you’re Vegan like me or you want to include a meatless dish for your friends and family this holiday season, welcome! Take a look around and make yourself at home. I’ve prepared for...

Easy Vegan lasagna

Easy vegan lasagna

You guys, it doesn’t get easier than this. Who doesn’t love lasagna? Lasagna is such a festive dish to me, perfect for family gatherings, holiday meals, lazy Sunday lunches and so on. My mom used to make it during the holidays, when “pasta al forno” (baked pasta) is always a pleasurable main dish, hearty, yummy, and whenever it was brought to the table you could hear many “ohhh!” “ahhh!” from everyone. Traditionally, this type of tomato-sauce based lasagna wasn’t a meat-less version, but so many versions exist even in the Italian cuisine! For example, zucchini lasagna, or mushroom lasagna are implicity meat-less. In that case you can just sub the...

Lunch in 10: Vegan Alfredo with hemp seeds and tomatoes

Vegan Alfredo with hemp seeds and tomatoes

Now that the days are getting warmer, simple, quick lunches are a must in our household. This is the perfect example of a balanced meal packed with proteins and that will keep you full for hours: a creamy pasta dish loaded with tomatoes complete with super-healthy hemp seeds. The “Alfredo sauce” is ridiculously easy to make and delicious, too – it’s rich, flavorful and velvety: it’s made from a packaged organic rice cream for convenience, garlic powder and nutritional yeast. The idea for this recipe came from an amazing soy-based Swedish fettucine pasta. Fettuccine are probably among my favorite types of pasta, but as the Italian tradition wants, they often contain eggs,...

Rich and creamy Vegan coffee ice cream

creamy and rich Vegan coffee ice cream

  One thing that you’ll find out once you go Vegan, is that you will want to experiment with food much more than before, most people agree on this. Your taste buds get “detoxed”, you become curious in the kitchen and you’ll try ingredients you’ve never tried before. In this sense, a Vegan diet is much more varied than a “standard” one. I could give you hundreds of examples, but I’ve never thought I’d make my own version of a Vegan cream cheese (super easy, too, stay tuned for the recipe soon) or my own Vegan ice cream at home. And yet here I am, happily churning away to my...

Welcome Spring smoothie

Welcome Spring smoothie

Welcome Spring smoothie It’s in honor of the days that get longer and the sweet vision of flowers blooming that I’ve made this healthy and delicious Welcome Spring smoothie. I just love its color! As I’m writing this, it’s not Springtime yet: we’ve just had 4 or 5 days of non-stop snow. Rooftops are still covered in morning frost, and most fields are still under a white coat, but you can feel Spring approaching, in some particular moments, when the wind carries the scent of distant flowers and the sun rays caress your hair in the delicate light of the early mornings. And especially because I’ve finally had such a...

Valentine’s Day Vegan recipes roundup ♥

Valentine’s Day Vegan recipes roundup ♥

So Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Love it? Hate it? I so want to hate it (and I do dislike the commercial/cheesy side of it) but I always end up preparing at least one special dish, usually a dessert, not because it’s a special day (when you’re in love, everyday is a special day) but because cooking is a way to express my love (again those Italian roots, you know?). Whether you love it, hate it, loathe it, if you love vegan foods, and you want to spoil someone (your other half, your best friend, yourself?) I’m sure you’ll find one good reason to spread some Vegan love...

Vanilla custard pots

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Custard is one of the most famous desserts of the world, and it can be easily declined in many flavors: classic lemon, sweet vanilla, naughty chocolate, sophisticated green tea and so on. The majority of people still thinks you need eggs and dairy products to achieve that perfect luscious texture, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Just like you don’t need eggs to make a perfectly fluffy cake (ladies and gentlemen, proof 1 & 2) you don’t really need any animal-derived ingredients to cook just about anything, in this case you only need to take advantage of what ingredients such as cornstarch can make for you in order...