Shana Paluba

Vegan1 Protein Shake: A Review

Vegan1 protein shake vanilla

When N53 contacted VegKitchen to see if we would like to sample and review Vegan1, an all-plant-based protein and nutritional shake, I have to admit that I was less than excited. I had yet to try a nutrition shake that I really like — most have some sort of under-taste, after-taste, or chalky texture than I don’t enjoy. But Vegan1 sounded intriguing, with so many benefits packed into each serving that I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did, and I was pleasantly surprised! more→

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VegKitchen’s Top Vegan Chocolate Desserts

Easy vegan chocolate cake

When Valentine’s day is around the corner, or really, any festive occasion, here are VegKitchen’s top reader favorites for luscious vegan chocolate desserts. First up is Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake. It’s a dessert so easy, you can make it even if you don’t consider yourself much of a baker. more→

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Kasha Varnitchkes

Kasha Varnitchkes

Kasha Varnitchkes is a classic Jewish dish of buckwheat groats combined with pasta. I’m not sure that bow tie pasta (farfalle) has always been the traditional choice, but it’s the contemporary favorite. If you’re a kasha fan, you’ll enjoy this simple dish; it doesn’t set of any flavor fireworks, but it’s easy and comforting, like many an Eastern European specialty. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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12 Easy and Fun Vegan Superbowl 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→

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Kasha (Buckwheat Groats) with Mushrooms

Kasha (buckwheat groats)

Kasha, or toasty brown buckwheat groats, is a grain that’s popular in Eastern European cuisines. It’s one of a kind of food that you feel strongly about one way or another, as their flavor and aroma are strong and distinct. If you’re a kasha fan, you’ll enjoy this simple dish. Kasha is highly compatible with onions and mushrooms, which are in abundance here. more→

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5 Easy and Tasty Ways to Use Maca Powder in Food

mocha maca banana smoothie

Maca powder, a superfood that’s derived from a root native to Peru, has numerous health benefits.  Maca is best used without cooking or baking it. The easiest way to use maca powder is to add anything from a teaspoon to a tablespoon to smoothies or protein shakes. The malty flavor works particularly well with chocolatey flavors, as in this Mocha Maca Banana Smoothie, shown above; but it also goes well with fruitier flavors, as in Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie. more→

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Simple Garlic-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thyme roasted sweet potatoes

In this simple preparation, oven-roasting naturally delicious sweet potatoes enhances them all the more. Embellished with a little onion, garlic, and fresh thyme, it’s really all you need to create fantastic side dish. more→

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12 Days of Vegan Christmas Cookies and Bars

Unbaked fig bars by Gena Hamshaw

Unbaked Fig Bars by Gena Hamshaw have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional fig cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs. Truly perfect for the holiday!

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