Do you have FOMO?

As a  chronic over-thinker, I notice that sometimes I can feel stressed out before I've even begun to take action, even if it's no action. I think it stems from something called FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. It's a plague in our culture and most of us have it. This is why I'm such a fan of "less."


Opportunities to feel FOMO abound. Just today, a dear friend asked me if I could do a project that could begin a relationship with a company that might eventually hire me as...

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Shifting "I'm sorry" to "Thank you."

As we open a new calendar, it's common to have thoughts about letting go of what no longer serves and to invite with intention new ways of being. I recently saw a post from FeministVoice that struck me with its beauty and simplicity.

For nearly three decades, I've been an avid student of practicing impeccability with my speech. That is, being clear about what I say and saying what I intend. I first learned this from Louise Hay. She talks about the implications of using words like...

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The Easiest Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is quickly becoming one of the most popular dairy-free milks in the U.S. and with good reason—it's delish!

Easily made at home, the most common method is this ultra-smooth technique that employs a nut milk bag. But...I've got a secret ingredient that requires no soaking or straining so that you'll have your own fresh almond milk in minutes!

Bonus—any blender will do!

Check out my secret:



Super-speedy DIY Homemade Almond Milk

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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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Hearty Vegan Meatloaf

An exceptionally fulfilling loaf loaded with brown rice, lentils, and mushrooms for a toothsome texture with a flavorful sauce that's slightly sweet, salty, and smoky. Perfect for any dinner, or top with gravy for a delectable Thanksgiving entrée!


Hearty Lentil Meatloaf

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Ingredients
Smoky Tomato Topping
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons tamari
1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or dark brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 clove garlic,...

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Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

This hearty recipe offers several chances to decide just how “from scratch” you want your baking to be. The vegetable broth can be either homemade or store-bought, as can the non-dairy milk. Even if you decide to make everything from scratch, the preparatory steps including cooking the potatoes, cooking the lentils, and making the broth, can be done well in advance.

Once those steps are done, the rest of the recipe is fairly simple and comes together quickly.


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Garlic Brussels Sprouts

If you think you don't like brussels sprouts, try this recipe and see if it changes your mind.


Garlic Brussels Sprouts

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, quartered and sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups fresh brussels sprouts, washed and halved or quartered
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water

Directions
1. In a deep skillet over medium heat, add oil and onion. Sauté for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

2. Add garlic and brussels sprouts,...

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David's Cranberry Sauce

My husband, David, is a pretty great cook in his own right, and Thanksgiving is one of his favorite holidays. Along with several other delicious dishes, he's famous in our family and a few others for his amazing cranberry sauce—and he’s allowed me to share it with you! 
 

David's Cranberry Sauce
By David Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
8 ounces fresh cranberries
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3 whole cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 whole bay...

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Vegan Nog

Growing up I remember that adults always drank this thing called “Egg Nog” during the holidays. I was never quite sure what it was, but it had a unique yellow hue and a wonderfully spicy smell. One time I snuck a sip of my mom’s and thought it was one of the most interesting things I’d ever tasted, second only to the rum balls I helped her make (and occasionally tasted). I have yet to veganize the rum balls, but the egg nog, I am definitely working on. Most vegan...

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Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie

Buttery pecan crust filled with a smooth and spicy pumpkin pie filling make this vegan Praline Pecan Pumpkin Pie a dessert your guests will remember and request every holiday meal.

As a (recovering) perfectionist, it took years to perfect my pumpkin pie recipe. The secret turned out to be blind-baking the crust (baking it empty) and cooking the filling on the stovetop for a reliable, crack-free custard every time. Using two secret ingredients as thickeners (instead of the...

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