Avocado Ranch Dressing

With garlicky herb notes and a beautiful green color, this dressing will encourage everyone to eat more veggies. Serve as a dip or dressing and watch the earth candy disappear!

Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing
By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups unflavored, unsweetened non-dairy milk
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large ripe avocado, pitted and flesh removed from skin
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
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Sesame Goddess Dressing

Sure, you can buy Annie’s Goddess Dressing in stores—but why not use more pure ingredients and save money by making it at home? A perfectly delectable mixture of creamy and tangy, this dressing can instantly elevate any salad to a heavenly state.

Sesame Goddess Dressing
By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes: 1 1/3 cups

Ingredients
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup raw tahini (sesame butter)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sunflower or safflower oil
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
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Easy Overnight Steel-cut Oats

Have you ever tried steel-cut oats? Years ago when I first tried them, I wasn't impressed. They were undercooked and unpleasant. All that's changed now. Get ready to turn your breakfast world on end with a new kind of oatmeal that's satisfyingly chewy, healthy, and delicious.

More "whole" grains than oatmeal, steel-cut oats are oat groats that are simply cut, while oatmeal is whole oat groats that have been steamed and rolled. The quicker they cook, the more processed they are.

Most people...

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Homemade Vegan Mocha Milkshake

It's a hot afternoon here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. And it's only May. Please summer, please...let spring have her way with us just a little longer?

The heat inspired me to make a deeelish vegan mocha milkshake and share it with buddha.  You want some too? See how to make it below.

Homemade Vegan Mocha Milkshake
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups ice
1/2 banana (frozen is great, but not necessary)
1/2 cup coconut milk
3-4 tablespoons strong...

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How to Go Vegan Guide

Lately, many of my friends have been asking me for help and resources to learn how to go vegan. Since this has been a passion of mine for 20 years, 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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Ready to save money, eat healthier, kinder, and more sustainably?

Isn't it suspicious that with long lists of unpronounceable ingredients, many of the packaged foods sold in stores are both pricey and made with junk that was never meant to go into a human body? Yeah, I agree. I mean, that stuff hardly deserves the title "food," right?!

What if there was a way you could be liberated you from all that and empowered to make your own vegan staples from better ingredients that actually cost less? There is!

Today, I’m excited to share my new vegan...

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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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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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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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