My Vegan Kitchen: What Are Vegan Binders?

Have you ever had crumbly cupcakes or removed a sheet of freshly baked cookies from the oven only to find they fall apart easily? How about a pie or casserole with ingredients that just don’t hold together?

This frustrating problem is usually all about the binder. Let’s talk about some various binders and how they’re used:

  1. Agar Agar: Used in place of gelatin, which is a cruel (and gross!) by-product of the meat industry, agar is a sea vegetable. Also...
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My Vegan Kitchen: Staple Baking Ingredients

When you’re someone who likes to bake, one of the best ways to make your life easier is to keep baking staples in your pantry so that they’re on hand when the baking urge strikes. Below are the ones we keep on hand in our house. While some ingredients will be familiar, others may be new-to-you. Enjoy a fun learning experience as you play with recipes using these less processed ingredients.

  • Baking powder – leavening agent used to provide lift.
  • Baking...
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The Most Important Kitchen Tool

Of all the equipment I have in my kitchen, the one tool I could never live without is my knife.

If you've ever endured chopping veggies with a dull blade, a knife that's too heavy, or doesn't fit your grip right, then you're in for a treat when you discover your perfect knife! Suddenly, prepping vegetables for a stir fry goes from being a dreaded chore to a therapeutic end of day exercise.

So how do you find the right kitchen knife for you? Well, there are several factors that weigh in, and...

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How to Make Homemade Beans

Lately, I've been getting lots of questions about how to cook beans from scratch. Since it’s in the air, maybe you'd like to know too. If the only beans you’ve eaten have come from a can, a whole new world is about to open up for you!

First things first. Get yourself a good quality pressure cooker, a.k.a. your new best friend. My favorite is the electric Instant-Pot. I highly recommend it for its versatility (pressure cooking, slow cooking, and everything in between), ease,...

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Video Voice, Michelle Cehn, of World of Vegan

If you were vegan in college, perhaps you remember the days of bland school cafeteria salads and eating in a cramped dorm room. For many students new to vegan eating, it can be challenging to know about all the available vegan resources out there to help them! Michelle Cehn from Vegan Break set out to change this after she graduated. Fast forward a couple years, and now Michelle has a popular series of vegan videos all created with that mission in mind. Michelle's passion, dedication, and...

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Good Morning Smoothies

Lately, people have been asking me what I eat for breakfast. Those who decide to try my morning ritual are excited by how good they feel with this way of “breaking the fast” of the previous night. So, I figured it was time to share it in more detail, especially now that green smoothies and green drinks have rightfully gained popularity.

One noteworthy mention is that my morning smoothies are continually evolving. My husband and daughter make them for me each morning...

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