Rum Balls Recipe – Vegan

Rum ballsWho doesn’t love rum balls?! Combining rum and chocolate is like the ultimate dessert, right? These vegan rum balls were actually inspired by a complete failure in the kitchen I experienced last weekend. We’ve been watching the olympics the past few weeks and I was inspired to try to make a traditional brazilian dessert, brigadeiros (but make them vegan). They are usually made with butter, sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder. I recently found vegan sweetened condensed coconut milk in Sprout’s and really wanted to use it in a new recipe. Brigadeiros just seemed perfect. Continue reading

Vegan Enchiladas

Vegan Enchiladas
We’ve been on a Mexican food kick lately and I think these vegan enchiladas are my favorite so far. I don’t really like the vegan cheeses that you can buy from the grocery store so I decided to stuff these with with a potato filling and a tofu filling. Let me say that these enchiladas really hit the spot.

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Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Bites

Cheesecake Bites

Since getting  back from Brooklyn life’s busy busy busy and these cheesecake bites were the perfect quick and easy treat to satisfy my sweet tooth! After dinner my taste buds beg for a little bite of sugar, so we are constantly looking for new treats that are easy to grab. When we don’t have anything planned we usually just default to cashew ice cream, but it is nice to switch it up. I really like these bites because the filling is super creamy and a chocolate coating makes everything better! Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake (Vegan)

Vegan Strawberry ShortcakeStrawberry shortcake is such a refreshing spring/summer dessert.

And I’m so excited it is finally summer! Summer time means strawberries and strawberries mean strawberry shortcake! When I was little my Great Grandma took me strawberry picking every year. We even went picking after she lost her leg to diabetes! We brought her a stool to sit on and her and I would crawl through the field picking and picking. I remember rummaging through the fields with the smell of fresh strawberries filling the air. After we picked to our hearts content we took our bounty back home to make strawberry jam. To this day whenever I smell strawberries I think back to those days spent in the fields and in the kitchen with my Great Grandma.

Eric and I usually make jam around Christmas time, so I wanted to make a cake during the summer instead of jam. And thus this vegan strawberry shortcake was born! The cake and frosting work perfectly together along with the fresh strawberries. Look at these deliciuos berries and creamy frosting!

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Vegan Pot Pie

IMG_0388 (1)Happy Pi Day! This year I had a hard time deciding between a sweet pie and a savory pie. Ugh those decisions are always so tough :-p Originally I was going to do a savory pie for dinner and a sweet pie for dessert. I could bring the dessert pie into lab for pi day, but then I realized most of my group members would be at the ACS conference in San Diego so I settled on just one savory pie instead. Pot Pie! Continue reading

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Red Pepper PastaAbout 12 years years ago we had a vegan visitor come stay at our house and my mom and I scoured the internet looking for a nice meal to make her. We finally settled on a roasted red pepper pasta and it turned out so great I can still remember the taste. Since then I’ve searched and searched for the recipe but have not been able to find it. This recipe is my recreation of that awesome roasted red pepper pasta. We’ve made it a couple times and each time I realize something else that’s great about this dish. One thing is that it makes quite a bit of roasted red pepper sauce. I usually use half for the meal the night I make it and then vacuum seal and freeze the other half. This is great to have in the freezer so that when we get home super late and no one wants to cook we just heat up the sauce in a pan, cook a pot of pasta and have a homemade meal.

Another great thing about this recipe is how versatile this is. You can do so much with a bowl of pasta. We’ve topped it with roasted cauliflower once and tofu another time. You can top it with any protein (the cashew sauce already contains some protein) or mix it with some veggies.  Continue reading