Noodles & Greens with Gingery Almond Sauce

This satisfying alternative to traditional peanut sauce I was honored to share with Robin Robertson for her cookbook, Nut Butter Universe, blends ginger, garlic, and sesame, to create a robust flavor combination that will have everyone in your family (including kids!) clamoring for more.


Noodles & Greens in Gingery Almond Sauce
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
Noodles
12 ounces whole-grain gluten-free spaghetti or rice noodles

Greens
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1...

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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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How to Go Vegan Guide

Lately, many people have been asking me for help and resources to learn how to go vegan. Since this has been a passion of mine since 1997, I’m overjoyed at the request.

I’m all about efficiency, and I know that if ten people are asking, at least five times more folks have the same question. If you're one of them, here are my hints to help you on your way. And if you're already there, please share!

IS IT HARD TO GO VEGAN?
One of my friends recently wrote to me feeling...

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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

Ingredients
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!)

Directions

  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

Ingredients
Pasta
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

Ingredients
Baked Potatoes

8 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 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
2 cloves garlic, minced
1...

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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!

SELF-CARE GOODIES

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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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