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Vegan Jackfruit Crab Dip

Vegan jackfruit crab dip

This vegan crab dip, made with jackfruit, is so creamy and mild in flavor, perfect for spreading on crackers or for dipping with your favorite veggies. Our vegan version is every bit as good as the conventional version. Shredded young jackfruit is surprisingly similar in texture to crab, and the flavors of the Dijon, Old Bay seasoning and the other spices are spot on.

In case you’re not familiar with Old Bay seasoning, let us acquaint you. Old Bay is a fragrant mix of spices, such as celery salt, mace, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and more. It’s what gives most crab cakes their flavor, and it’s what brings this crab dip to life. more→

De-Bugging Your Beauty Routine: Vegan Makeup

Pacifica makeup

Not all women wear makeup, but for those of us who do, we often devote a lot of time and energy to putting it on, especially when we’re going on a date. I usually begin to plan what cosmetics I’m going to wear when I pick out an outfit for a special occasion. For many of us, it is a fun and important part of preparing for a big night out with a partner or meeting someone new.

Although many cosmetics contain animal products, or were tested on animals, there is an abundance of cruelty-free and vegan makeup available. There’s no need to worry—with an all-vegan makeup collection, as Prince said, “U Got the Look.” Excerpted from Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal by Maya Gottfried © 2018. Published by Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission. Photo at top:  Pacifica Cruelty Free Vegan Makeup. more→

7 Nearly Recipe-Free Flavor-Packed Veggie Pizza Ideas

Eggplant, fresh tomato, and olive pizza

When you start with a good-quality whole-grain prepared pizza crust and an all-natural sauce, honestly, you don’t need to follow an exact recipe to make creative, delicious veggie pizzas. Vegan mozzarella-style cheese is optional in any of these variations. 

If you make too much of a topping, no worries, you can use it as a side dish, stir it into a grain, or make into a wrap with fresh greens the next day. As with most pizza recipes, preheat the oven to 425º F for standard pizza crust, or 400º F. for flatbreads or Italian bread. Read on and enjoy your veggie pizza improvisations!
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Vanilla and Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake

Vanilla Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake

This raw cheesecake is much lighter and fresher-tasting than a dairy cheesecake and the cashew topping is such a good medium for color and decoration. Even though it looks stunning as a whole cake, we sometimes make individual ones in a silicone muffin tray.

It makes a fantastic light dessert, or, with a bit of imaginative decoration it makes a tastefully subtle celebration cake too—with a bit of planning needed for the freezing time. Freeze-dried raspberry powder may seem like a futuristic ingredient, but it is well worth having in your pantry as it has so many uses. Try stirring it into oatmeal and adding to your smoothies.

Recipe and photos from Super Loaves and Simple Treats: Modern Baking for Healthier Living by Melissa Sharp © 2018, Avery Publishing. Reprinted by permission.

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Cold Cucumber–Chile Noodles

Cold Cucumber Chile Noodles from Hot for Food by Lauren Toyota

I tend to add megaflavor to everything I cook, but in this dish I embrace the minimalist trend and really like the simplicity of green onions with spice, sesame, salt, and refreshing crunchy cucumber. It was inspired by something I ate a couple of years ago at Xi’an Famous Foods in Brooklyn.

A friend claimed this menu item, known as A-1, was her favorite thing ever, which I mistook for hyperbole. But I was curious. Well, after ordering it and taking one bite, I was in love and certainly wasn’t prepared for a long-distance relationship with this noodle dish so I made my own version of Cold Cucumber–Chile Noodles.

Reprinted with permission from Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics, text and photography copyright 2018 by Lauren Toyota. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→

Arsenic in Rice? What You Need to Know

Brown rice in a bowl

Within the last few years, there have been analyses that show that all rice varieties contain at least some minuscule level of arsenic. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element. It’s found in soil, water, plants, and animals. Going beyond a certain threshold, arsenic is a toxin and exposure to it should be minimized. 

There was much discussion about this in the media in the last several years. A fair amount of the concern was that rice cereal is often an infant’s first food. Even lots of healthy food enthusiasts draw a blank when it comes to arsenic in rice. No need to panic, but it pays to have some solid information. 

Few experts have suggested avoiding rice altogether, but rates of arsenic vary depending on variety, but more importantly, where it’s grown. Rice from Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas in the U.S. lead the way in terms of arsenic levels due to the soil in which they’re grown. Whether you buy in bulk or at the supermarket, you can always see where the rice comes from on labels and on the bulk bins. You may want to find alternatives to varieties from those big rice-producing states. more→

How to Burn Off 9 Nutrient-Dense Foods That Are High Calorie

Trail mix

A healthy lifestyle is fueled by nutrient-dense foods that give your body the energy it needs. But some of the most nutrient-dense foods come with high-calorie counts. Keep your calorie count in check by moderating your serving size. And for those days when you really need to fuel up? Dial up the activity level to burn off that excess energy.

Here we’ll look at how much activity is needed to burn off 9 healthy but high calorie foods, including: fruit-and-nut mix, raisins, hummus, coconut milk, muesli bars, chia seeds, rice cakes (or rather, what you put on them), almond butter, and quinoa.

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Sweet Cocoa Avocado Toast

Cocoa Avocado Toast

In January of 2018 there were near-riots in France as a grocery chain knocked down the price of Nutella, the popular chocolate-hazelnut that’s gathering a following here in the U.S. But is it really worthy of that kind of devotion? After all, the first two ingredients are sugar and palm oil — not ideal fuels to start the day. This sweet cocoa avocado toast has got it all — protein, good fats, whole-grain carbs, and the potassium boost of banana.

While avocado may have seen its day as a trend, it still has plenty of devotees (yours truly included), and has become a fixture on countless breakfast and lunch menus everywhere. After the recent “Nutella riots” as they were dubbed by the press, I merged the concepts of avocado toast and Nutella into one super-simple spread. Using only a handful of real food ingredients, this “Not-ella” spread is oil- and dairy free and sublime. It’s an easy, filling breakfast and a good after-school treat. more→

Gloria and Adam’s Prize-Winning Vegan Mac & Cheese Collard Green Bake

Mac and cheese casserole with collard greens

Mac and cheese casserole with collard greens

My name is Gloria Clay, and I won Vegan Outreach Mac Down Competition in Columbia SC. I was the only person who isn’t chef or an owner of a food truck or restaurant. I’ve never gone to culinary school, so I was surprised and thrilled to win the competition with my original Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole with a healthy dose of collard greens, and topped with tempeh bacon.

I entered the competition to bring awareness to cruelty free eating and to let people know that they can still enjoy their favorite comfort foods without the use of animal products. more→

Vegan American Cheese Slices

Vegan American Cheese Slices from Vegan Cheese by Jules Aron

The same classic American cheese taste you grew up with: mild, firm, and satisfying. These creamy golden-hued vegan American cheese slices are perfect sliced on sandwiches and crackers. Recipe and photo from Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious Plant-Based Recipes by Jules Aron, ©2017 by Countryman Press, reprinted by permission. more→

12 Easy and Fun Vegan Super Bowl Snacks

Mushroom and bell pepper vegan quesadillas

Here are 12 easy and fun vegan snacks for your Super Bowl gathering, starting with Mushroom and Bell Pepper Vegan Quesadillas. These make a great snack served simply with salsa and can also accompany well-seasoned chili.  more→

Tofu and Green Beans Teriyaki Dinner

Tofu and green beans teriyaki dinner

If you’d like to complete our Practically Effortless Tofu and Green Beans Teriyaki as a full vegan teriyaki dinner, here’s a fun way to do so with hardly any more work. Add store-bought veggie sushi and a few raw veggies and you’ve got a crave-worthy meal. When my partner is out of town and I’m dining solo, I daresay that this is one of my favorite vegan dinner hacks!

About that sushi — you didn’t think I expected make veggie sushi rolls from scratch, did you? Making rolls at home is a time-sucking food project, not to mention messy. It’s not called sticky rice for nothing, and we’re not messing around when we call these dinners “hacks.” more→

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