The Joy of Glass Jar Storage

After learning about the dangers of BPAs in plastics, I began my search for alternative food storage options for our family.

First, we tested stainless steel food storage containers. Even though they had plastic lids, it was impossible to easily see inside them and in the fridge, out of sight = out of mind, leading to perished food.

The second thing I discovered over time is that wide, shallow containers expose more of the food's surface to air, which tends to make it spoil...

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

Loaded with homemade smoky vegan cheddar cheese sauce and topped with sour cream, these twice-baked potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.


Vegan Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Ingredients
Baked Potatoes

8 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup refined/unflavored coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
1...

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Cheesy Vegan Ziti

Baked Ziti is a dish similar to lasagna, but without the fuss of layering. With fluffy macadamia nut ricotta and creamy cashew cheese folded into pasta tossed with homemade marinara sauce, this succulent dish is as perfect for a cozy dinner by the fire as it is an elegant evening of entertaining.

Rich & Cheesy Vegan Baked Ziti
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
Pasta

12 ounces ziti or penne pasta
4 quarts water

Marinara Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
4 cloves...

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Magic Vegan Cheese Sauce

The story continues with my latest (and dare I say greatest!) version of my Vegan Mac & Cheese. In addition to veggies, this simplified and more nutritious version is made with either homemade vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil, sunflower seeds, and garbanzo beans. I designed the recipe without nutritional yeast for those who are allergic or averse, but if you love nooch, feel free to add 1/2 cup or sprinkle some on top!

This sauce is perfect for pouring on pasta, broccoli,...

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My New Project: The Dairy Detox!

If you've ever struggled with releasing dairy from your diet, I feel ya. It was one of the last things to go for me, and gave me some of the greatest benefits. As a mom who nursed her daughter, I became intimately aware of issues about dairy from a different perspective. My desire to help people feel their best has driven my passion to create The Dairy Detox

Back in 2015, my dear friend Michelle Cehn and I started working on this project that is very close to my heart. I'm thrilled to...

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Vegan Potato Latkes

In the story of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, during the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE, consecrated olive oil that was enough to last for only one night, miraculously burned for eight nights. Hence the tradition of celebrating by lighting Hanukkah candles for eight nights and eating foods fried in oil like doughnuts and potato latkes.

Several years ago, we first tried Robin Robertson’s vegan potato latkes and LOVED them! Over the years,...

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What Happened to Allison's Gourmet?

In 1997, I founded the first online vegan bakery and confectionary. Over the years, the business grew into something I was so proud of. When my daughter was born in 2006, it was the perfect fit for me to be able to choose my own hours, run the business from home (we had a separate commercial kitchen for production), and explore my entrepreneurial DNA.

Ultimately, the business grew beyond the size that was joyful for me, and I wasn't able to spend as much time with my family. It was...

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Vegan Cheese Queen Miyoko Schinner

Miyoko Schinner is an amazingly creative and dynamic force in the world of food. A veteran vegan chef, she's been both an entrepreneur and bestselling cookbook author for many years, and she's a hero of mine. Her most recent inspiration has been revolutionizing vegan cheeses and people everywhere are going wild for her Artisan Vegan Cheese recipes; everything fresh mozzarella to wine-brined aged cheddar. UPDATE: You can now order Miyoko's cheeses to be shipped directly to your...

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Nutrition Researcher, Speaker, Author, and Leader Brenda Davis

Wouldn't we all love to look this good in our mid 50s? As registered dietitian Brenda Davis shows us, it's definitely possible! Brenda is a leader by all definitions of the word. She led amazing work on diabetes intervention research projects in the Marshall Islands, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, and the co-author of nine books! Her work in the field of nutrition is beyond inspiring, and the impact she has on so many lives will soon be as vibrantly clear to you as it is to me....

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Animal Advocate Powerhouse Lee Hall

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How lucky we all are in the animal movement to have someone like Lee Hall on our side! Lee has been active in animal advocacy for nearly 30 years. Lee's dedication and wisdom bring a unique perspective to the movement, often bringing into the discussion ideas about tailoring animal rights or welfare to fit with the respective animal—an idea that reminds us all that we need to respect all individuals who are working to make the world a kinder place for animals to live in.  Lee...

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