The trick to creating a deliciously vegan & EASY charcuterie board is knowing the vegan meat/cheese world – and knowing what you like. I am obsessed with Daiya’s smoked gouda cheese. It does not have that nasty Daiya taste – it slices easy, looks pretty and doesn’t have any over-powering flavours. I also love Field Roast’s smoked apple sage sausage. These two products are almost always the stars of my vegan charcuterie boards. (For my local friends – I always buy the smoked gouda at Save On Foods and the sausages at Save On Foods or The Real Canadian Superstore).
During December, one of my favourite things to do is watch cheesy Christmas movies at my house, with my tree turned on and a cozy holiday drink. It’s so relaxing and puts me right in the holiday spirit!
Before I went vegan, I don’t think I had ever actually tried egg-nog. The thought of it completely grossed me out. But, now that there are so many vegan options out there – I thought I’d try Almond Nog by Earth’s Own. It’s super delicious, spiced-to-perfection and it tastes like Christmas in a cup!
This recipe calls for a few additional ingredients to be mixed in with any vegan eggnog (I’ve also tried the Holiday Nog by So Delicious and it’s amazing too!) This recipe perfect for Christmas Eve while you’re relaxing with your families.
I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but I love a good sweet-and-salty combination. There’s something about chocolate and pretzels that I have always, always loved. But, of course we had to add a holiday twist to it. So, adding candy cane dust makes them so pretty, and they taste like a Christmas-heaven!
This is probably the easiest recipe that I have ever created, but it tastes so decadent and would be perfect for Holiday gifts, dessert tables, or even as an element of a charcuterie board (yum!)
Growing up, I loved cheese. I ate it all the time. But when I went vegan and found out about how cruel the dairy industry was, I stopped craving cheese altogether. (If you haven’t seen it already, watch Dairy Is Scary on YouTube. I promise, there’s a great life after cheese!) I have, however, wanted to create charcuterie boards for parties and sometimes don’t have time to stop at Vegan Supply for one of their (expensive) pre-made cheeses. They have tons that are delicious and add amazing flavour to a charcuterie board, but they are definitely more expensive than this one – and it’s a tad out of my way.
A few weeks ago, I realized it was finally autumn in British Columbia. The trees are starting to change colour, the air is cool, the rain has been consistent and the smell of pumpkin spice has me feeling all the feels. While we were out grocery shopping last week, I picked up my first (of many!) cans of 100% pumpkin. It sat in my pantry for a few days until the idea of pumpkin spiced energy balls popped into my head. I figured I could replace any oils/nut butters with the pumpkin and that it would act as a binder, and then I could pack in as much flavour (and healthy ingredients) as possible. So, I did, and now I have a delicious snack waiting for me in the fridge filled with healthy plant protein and flavour! I’m working on a few autumn drink recipes to use up the remainder of the pumpkin and will update this blog when I’ve completed them!