I wanted to make a post to highlight my best vegan recipes of 2018! There’s a great mix of sweet and savory, healthy and comfort food. I want to say a personal thank you to everybody who enjoyed my recipes, articles, and services this year. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much!
I’m pretty sure this is my all-time favourite recipe from 2018. I LOVE cream cheese and I don’t often eat bagels, but a good bagel and cream cheese is the key to my heart… It’s definitely a very nostalgic recipe since I loved bagels and cream cheese as a kid. The balance of herbs in this recipe is absolutely perfect, and this cream cheese is so thick and luscious. If you don’t want to have bagels, no problem, because you can totally eat this cream cheese as a dip with veggies, or use it in other creative ways.
Ok now that I think of it the S’more Ice Cream is probably tied with the cream cheese, and it’s for sure my favourite sweet recipe. GUYS IT’S SO GOOD. Anybody can make home made vegan ice cream, with out without an ice cream maker with the right ingredients and techniques. This S’more Ice Cream was featured on the cover of Ontario Vegans Magazine Summer 2018 edition and it’s my favourite recipe from my ice cream recipe e-book, We All Scream For (Vegan) Ice Cream!
My absolute favourite recipes are the ones that transform a typically non-vegan dish to a vegan one that uses simple, wholesome ingredients, like this chickpea omelet! Nothing artificial or simulated here to re-create this classic! One secret to make this dish extra yummy is the cheese sauce. This is my classic cheese sauce recipe that I’ve been making for years. You are absolutely welcome to completely omit the cheese sauce, because this recipe still tastes amazing without it! But the cheese sauce just adds that creaminess and delicious cheesy flavour you would miss with cheesy omelets. It just makes it extra special.
Personally, I don’t like store bought vegan mayo because I haven’t found one that doesn’t have tons of refined oils and unhealthy ingredients. Also, the taste just never lived up to the real thing. I was on a mission to create a vegan, healthy, oil free, and clean mayo recipe. I don’t just go throwing around words like “life changing” every day. This is by far the best vegan mayo that I have ever tried! For those that like to eat oil free, this will also be life changing for you. This recipe is made of real ingredients, is totally healthy, and is ready in 5 minutes! This recipe is AMAZING on vegan BLT’s and can be used in any recipe that calls for mayo.
Rawnola is a raw version of granola that has very simple ingredients and can me made in a food processor in under 5 minutes. It is very versatile and can be added to smoothie bowls, eaten with milk and fruit, topped onto desserts, and more! My recipe includes buckwheat groats. This is not always a common staple food, so you can leave it out if you don’t have access to this ingredients. You will need to add additional oats to compensate. I love the buckwheat for extra crunch and nutrition!
Mango salsa is such a great fresh recipe that’s perfect for the summer time. The sweetness from the ripe mango contrasts perfectly with the spicy jalapeno and red onion and the tangy lime juice. Don’t be fooled by the jalapeno because it’s not actually too spicy. If you like more spice though, you can add a few seeds from the jalapeno to your taste.
This somewhat fancy vegan strudel is actually really really easy to make. I used a natural puff pastry that is vegan, from the brand Maison, which I found at my local whole foods. I went with this puff pastry because it has simple ingredients and is free of preservatives. The star of the dessert is the vegan brie cheese. You can use any vegan brie, or another neutral tasting vegan cheese. I used my favourite brand of cheese, Nuts For Cheese vegan brie, and it pairs beautifully with the berries and the flaky pastry.
I wanted to make a fall themed trail mix with delicious fall inspired ingredients like pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds. I candied the pecans with some maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and they are to die for. I love trail mix but I find it can get a bit boring always making the same kind. So switch up your snack routine, make this delicious trail mix, and go for a beautiful hike!
You can’t beat the flavour of fresh herbs on a summer day. This Avocado Basil Pesto is the perfect condiment to have in your fridge all summer long. Spread it on bread, eat it with crackers or veggies, pour onto pasta, drizzle on a baked potato… there are so many possibilities with this versatile Pesto that packs a punch of summer flavour. This recipe is creamy, fresh, earthy, lemony, and cheesy. There is seriously nothing like goodness of fresh herbs!