Cheesy Vegan Lasagna

Growing up, my aunt used to make a famously delicious lasagna. It tasted amazing and was everyone’s favourite at all of our family gatherings; but it was packed with dairy & cow products so it definitely made you feel tired, sluggish and just plain-old gross afterwards. I’ve been considering trying to veganize lasagna for a while now, but I really didn’t want to add a bunch of veggies to it. I think maybe I’ll do a healthier lasagna, maybe made with eggplant and mushrooms, but for now – we’re making a deliciously cheesy, decadent vegan lasagna with a red crumble sauce (like a meat-sauce, but no harmed animals) and a cheesy, creamy sauce (again, with no harmed animals). I’m not joking, I was literally licking the spoon clean after I finished spreading on the cheese sauce. It was so good, I might just have to update my vegan mac and cheese recipe! My husband is my certified taste-tester and he said it was the best thing I’ve ever cooked, better than my aunts (sorry Aunt Rachel!) and he wants me to meal-prep it for him next week. Kinder words have never been spoken!
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Vegan Spinach Dip

When I was in university, we used to go to Wilf’s at least once a week and always ordered their spinach dip. It came hot out of the oven with pita and chips (but you could also request just one or the other) and I swear it was sent from heaven. It was salty, cheesy, goo-ey and delicious. It was also packed with unhealthy ingredients (& very cruel ones) – so as soon as I went vegan I needed to find a replacement that was much healthier, and didn’t contain vegan versions of those unhealthy ingredients. This is one of my favourite recipes and would be perfect to bring to a holiday party, family gathering or potluck. You can even create it a day in advance and heat it up in a small crockpot or in the oven before you’re ready to serve.
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Vegan Flatbread Three Ways

These flatbread recipes are perfect for weeknight dinners or Friday night parties. Each can serve one person as a main entrée, or can be used as an appetizer for 2-3 people. They are quick and delicious, but look beautiful and elegant! They are easy to double or triple to serve more people. The Big Mac Flatbread is savoury and delicious, like an open-faced Big Mac. The BBQ ‘Chicken’ Flatbread is perfect to serve company on Saturday nights and tastes like vegan pub food. The Onion & Pear Flatbread is fancy and elegant and would be perfect for a romantic date night.
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Sweet Garlic ‘Beef’

A few days ago, I was craving something quick and easy that felt like take-out food, but I didn’t feel like going to a restaurant to order something. So, I came up with this quick recipe and fell in love! It’s sweet, salty and garlic-y, and so delicious!
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Easy Pan-Fried Gnocchi

Gnocchi is one of my new-found loves. Growing up, we never had gnocchi. I had never even heard of it until my husband (way before we were married) started buying it at the grocery store. Now, I’m obsessed with it for quick and easy meals! We buy this brand of pre-made gnocchi (because who has time to hand make it?) and it is accidentally vegan (it doesn’t say it’s vegan, but the ingredients are all safe for vegans!)

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Crunchwrap Supreme – Veganized!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m obsessed with Que Pasa Sweet & Spicy Ranch chips. They’re almost like a cool ranch dorito, but with a bit of a heat kick (and vegan, of course!). They’re packed with flavour, made in British Columbia, and so yummy! I had 1/4 of a bag left, and most of them were broken, so I decided to add them into a flour tortilla – and now we have this glorious recipe! It’s almost like the Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme – I think. I’ve never actually had it. But this crunchy, gooey and comfort-foody recipe is perfect for an easy Friday night snack!

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Vegan Mac and Cheese

I’ve decided to start a new series on my website called the Vegan Comfort Food Challenge – and here is my first recipe! I’ve taken the classic creamy, cheesy and definitely not vegan mac and cheese, and veganized it! This recipe is so easy, so delicious and only requires 8 ingredients! If you have a comfort food that you loved before vegan, or one that’s stopping you from going vegan now, leave it in the comment section below or on my Instagram and I will try to add it to the series!

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5 Layer Vegan Nacho Dip

When I was younger, I loved nacho dip with sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese and salsa – especially when it was premade at the grocery store. I haven’t had it in years, but last week I was driving and the idea for this recipe came to my mind out of nowhere – and I couldn’t get it out of my head. The next day I tested this recipe and it was so delicious, my husband and I couldn’t believe how good it was. I tested it a few more times making minor changes, and now I am convinced this is the tastiest layered nacho dip, ever! It would be perfect for family gatherings or potlucks, or any event that you’re expected to show up with a side-dish. Plus, it only takes 25 minutes to make (as long as you have soaked cashews on hand) and it sits well in the fridge overnight!

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DIY Vegan Sushi

When I first went vegan, I found myself craving vegan sushi rolls but not feeling comfortable enough going into non-vegan sushi restaurants and requesting vegan options. I don’t eat at a lot of non-vegan restaurants, because you never really know what goes on in the kitchen. There are no vegan sushi places near me, or even places that advertise that they have vegan options, so I was determined to make my own. After doing a bunch of research, I was convinced that I didn’t want to add rice vinegar to my rice and I didn’t want to use a bamboo mat (only because I didn’t have one, and didn’t want to find one!)

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