Quick Pickled Red Onions

Adding a pungent and tangy flavor dimension, these pickled onions are one of my favorite toppings for my DIY Salad Bar. So easy to make and even more amazing with vegan bacon bits!

Quick Pickled Red Onions
By Allison Rivers Samson 

Makes: 2 cups

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced (try my easy DIY Salad Bar technique!)


  1. In a mason jar, combine vinegar, water,...
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Luscious Vegan Lasagna

A classic comfort casserole, lasagna can be highly individual, and mine is no exception. With soy-free and gluten-free ingredients, even those with food sensitivities can enjoy this rich, creamy dish. 

As with most flavorful dishes, this recipe is even better the next day when the flavors have a chance to merge in the fridge.

Luscious Vegan Lasagna
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

12 lasagna noodles
4 quarts boiling water

Marinara Sauce
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 large...

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Recipe: Homemade Frothable Almond Milk

I'm so excited to share this tip with you!

A few weeks ago, Olivia was really wanting to froth milk for me. As a surprise, I bought an aerolatte frother for under $20. Using Trader Joe’s soy milk, which has only two ingredients: organic soybeans and water, it worked like a charm!

Even though I know there are barista-style vegan milks on the market that are formulated to froth, they have more ingredients and sugar than I'd like.

Always up for a kitchen challenge, I wanted to take it a...

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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

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

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3-Ingredient Vegan Bacon Bits

With all the running around you do for everyone in your life, do you think about how you feed yourself? When I coach my clients, we talk about eight aspects of life that when addressed allow us to generate energy, create time, have fun, feel great, and increase joy. Yes, please!

One of these eight areas is consumption, which includes not only what we eat and drink, but also what we read, listen to, and watch. Today, we’ll focus on food. So often, we think that eating well involves...

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Readers' Favorite Love Letters

You have plenty to do and your time is valuable. I'm dedicated to sharing simple, potent information, so I’ve made sure that you can read (or watch) each one of these Readers' Favorite Love Letters within 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!


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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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How to Save Time and Still Eat Healthy

At the base of everything we do, our goal is to be happy. It may not always look that way on the surface, but if you really drill down, you'll see that it's true.

Here’s a little experiment I’ve done with my clients and in my classes. First, I ask someone to tell me a small goal they have and then follow with a series of questions. Here’s an example:

Goal: I want to volunteer at an animal shelter.
Question: Why?
A: I want to help animals.
Q: What does it do for you to be...

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Cheesy Vegan Ziti

Just before the explosion of the Grunge Scene in Seattle, I left for New York with my then-boyfriend's rock band.

On a Greyhound Bus, we rode to the place where they would become rock stars. I went not as "the girlfriend," but to learn to be a band manager. After days on that bus, I discovered that it was possible for my derrière to be equally sore and numb.

We landed in Harlem in 1989 where I shared a studio apartment with five long-haired guys. Yes,...

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Easy Homemade Vegan Yogurt Recipe

I've been on a quest for my favorite vegan yogurt ever since Wildwood stopped offering theirs. What I loved about it was that they used all organic ingredients (even the fruit) and had very little sugar. I love my yogurt tart!

Over the years, I've had varying results as I played with various bases like almond, coconut, and a blend of coconut and cashew using my Instant Pot. I stayed away from soy since I had a sensitivity to it. Thankfully, after avoiding soy for a few years,...

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