How to Make Homemade Vegan Butter

Want to know what to use instead of dairy butter? I've gotcha covered! While several commercial vegan margarines and shortenings are available (and they are certainly much better than dairy butter), I prefer to create my own version from scratch for most recipes.

I do this for several reasons. For one, most vegan margarines use palm oil, a product that has been linked to some major issues in the countries that produce it. Ranging from human rights abuses to climate...

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Serving up kindness along with your gratitude...

Your outpouring of love, comfort, and words that you found meaning in the very personal Love Letter I sent a couple weeks ago soothes my soul. Thank you. I'm sad that many of you share a similar pain. 

It's been a rough week here in California. My attention is extra close to home as Paradise is just 90 miles away. We've heard from friends and their families who have lost everything, many of whom barely escaped. There's no way to really know what that's like from...

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Vegan Recipe: Mango Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait

A 30-foot mango tree. 1977. Coral Gables, Florida.

One of my favorite things to do at my grandparent's house was gather mangoes from their 30-foot tree. At least that's how big it seemed in my kid mind. Funny how different our perspective can be when we're smaller. Maybe it was only 20 feet, but it was HUGE!

One day, I decided to collect the juicy treasures and sell them on the side of the road. Lemonade stand? Bah! I was 7 and my entrepreneurial genes had been activated....

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Tropical Green Smoothie

 

If you've ever wanted an easy way to get more greens into your diet, this is the recipe for you!

With tangy sweet pineapple, the goodness of greens, antioxidants like vitamin C and bioflavonoids, superfood chlorella, and some surprise ingredients, this smoothie is every bit as delicious as it is healthy.

I've also got some great kitchen tips for you on keeping greens fresher longer, how to prevent your coconut milk from molding, and a way to make sure you're not throwing away a valuable...

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Grilled Tempeh Reubens

Easy to prepare and relatively quick to make, these flavorful Reubens take about 40 minutes from prep to assembly.

I recommend serving these hearty sandwiches with a crisp, fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.

Grilled Tempeh Reubens
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Tempeh
1/2 teaspoon vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil
16 ounces tempeh, sliced width-wise, and then into thirds to make 12 thick sheets total

Caramelized Onions
1/2 teaspoon vegan...

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Vegan Scallops in Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

Braised in an oceany broth, these pan-seared King Trumpet mushroom stems are the perfect flavor and texture for vegan scallops. Tossed with spinach, and a rich, garlicky cream sauce brightened with lemon zest, this classic pasta dish is every bit as fulfilling as the original, Coquilles St. Jacques, while keeping the sea creatures in their rightful place—off the menu and in their habitats.


Creamy Garlic Scallops
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
Scallops
4 sheets...

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Epic Burritos Mojados

Get ready for the most epic of Mexican comfort food—the burrito mojado—or "wet burrito." Filled with garlicky pinto beans and quinoa, this loaded burrito is smothered with two fragrant sauces: cocoa-infused molé and chipotle-lime cashew cheese. Oh yeah, I've got this baby co.vered!


Burritos Mojados
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
Pinto Quinoa Filling
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons...

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Smoky Fried Tofu Bacon

Tired of hearing "But I could never give up bacon"? Feed 'em this recipe!

Whether for breakfast, as bacon bits on a loaded potato, or in a vegan BLT, this delicious vegan bacon really satisfies!


Smoky Fried Tofu Bacon
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
10 ounces extra-firm vacuum-packed tofu
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon tamari
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon natural smoke liquid (hickory or mesquite)
2 tablespoons onion, minced
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Deep-Dish Vegan Pizza

With its steaming hot, crisp, perfectly-tanned, chewy crust, one of my favorite meals has always been deep dish pizza. Crowned with your choice of toppings, this pizza is the perfect addition to Friday movie nights, friends, and family.


Divine Deep-Dish Pizza

By Allison Rivers Samson

Make 2 pizzas, serves 8

Equipment
Two 12-inch cake pans

Ingredients

Pizza Crust
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
4 1/4 cups unbleached flour, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
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Amazing Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Unlike the buttery and heavy Alfredo many of us remember from childhood, this oil-free recipe serves up an amazingly elegant, creamy and easy-to-make sauce! Capturing all the rich deliciousness of Alfredo without the cloyingly oppressive dairy, this is one our family's favorites. Try it over veggies, mixed with tomato sauce, or even as a creamy soup base!


Amazing Alfredo

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Pasta
4 cups cooked fettuccine (or other pasta of your choice)

Alfredo...

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