A Friendly Fourth

By Kristy Draper / July 1, 2019 /

Beyond Meat Burger ​The Fourth of July and all of the celebrations are only a few days away! Family gatherings, outings with friends, BBQs (vegan, of course), and splashing in the pool are great ways to celebrate. ​I have spent many Fourth of Julys poolside, next to a BBQ grill, or spending the day at…

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Basic Vegan Cheese Sauce

By Kristy Draper / March 13, 2019 /

There are countless ways to make a vegan cheese sauce. You can use vegetables, nuts, or commercially available vegan cheese shreds to create a creamy and delicious sauce. I love experimenting with different base ingredients; in fact, roasted butternut squash is still one of my favorite base ingredients for a cheese sauce, but has been…

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Happy International Women’s Day!

By Kristy Draper / March 8, 2019 /

From Women’s eNews March is Women’s History Month, first recognized in the United States in 1987, and March 8th is International’s Women’s Day. Events and recognition for International Women’s Day date back to 1911, in which we started celebrating the advancements and achievements of women in the social, economic, cultural, and political outlets.  A call to action…

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Cocoa Date Bites

By Kristy Draper / February 27, 2019 /

I love these easy dessert bites! I make them about once a month for me and Steve to have in the evenings, or to take to parties or potlucks. They are easy to make and are a great snack when I am craving something sweet. I have made them using different nuts, but I recently…

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Gingerbread  Cookies from Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats

By Kristy Draper / November 19, 2018 /

I have fond memories of gingerbread cookies. As a youngster, my kindergarten class learned how to make gingerbread men cookies, and then they mysteriously took off on an adventure through the school! ​We went on a scavenger hunt throughout the school looking for them using the clues they left behind at each stop. It took…

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Pumpkin  Spice  Pumpkin  Pancakes from Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats

By Kristy Draper / November 15, 2018 /

I love all things pumpkin this time of the year (yes, I am one of those people). Even though I eat pumpkin year round, I have a nostalgic feeling while cooking or baking around this time.  I love this recipe in Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats by Marisa Alvarsson for Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Pancakes. Even more so…

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Veggie Patch Brownies from Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats

By Kristy Draper / November 6, 2018 /

The folks at Page Street Publishing have been releasing some great vegan cookbooks lately! One of their latest, Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats by Marisa Alvarsson is no exception.  I love baking and all things dessert related, but there are many times where I want a treat that is not too sweet or too heavy. Plus…

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A Taste of Thanksgiving Meatballs from Mindful Vegan Meals

By Kristy Draper / September 7, 2018 /

It is never to early start thinking about your Thanksgiving and holiday menus. I am so happy to be able to share this recipe by Maria Koutsogiannis’s, founder of FoodbyMaria, new cookbook, Mindful Vegan Meals.  This recipe drew me to this book instantly! The depth of flavors and the heartiness of this dish is magical! It…

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Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

By Kristy Draper / September 3, 2018 /

I will be the first to admit that I hated broccoli. I didn’t like the texture, taste, or smell. Then one day, I roasted some for my husband, Steve, for dinner, along with whipping up a quick cashew cheese sauce for it, and decided to give it a try again. Well crap, it was actually…

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Tamale Pie Filling and Cornbread Waffles

By Kristy Draper / September 1, 2018 /

Tamale pie filling…taco filling… enchilada filling… burrito filling… it can really be used to fill almost anything. I was hungry and hadn’t been to the grocery store in almost a week, but I wanted to find something creative to make. I threw open the cabinet doors and started pulling out everything I thought sounded good.…

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