The nicest thing you can do for the mom in your life is to make her a tasty and healthy brunch. But if you wish to get her a little something as well, here are a few of our favorite recommendations for books and products that make great gifts. From handcrafted vegan chocolate to cookbooks to kitchen tools, have fun exploring this list of affordable and useful gift ideas.
Weighing yourself regularly can help you to lose or maintain weight, and has been shown to be a great incentive to keep you eating sensibly and striving for an ideal weight. Once a week works better for some, as small weight fluctuations from day to day can be discouraging. Others find it helpful to do a daily weigh-in. It comes down to doing what works best for you as an individual. First thing in the morning is the best time to weigh yourself. A healthy, plant-based diet plus regular exercise plus getting real about my weight has proven a successful formula for me!
Commercial salad dressings, even the “natural” brands, are often ridiculously expensive and high in fat. Making salad dressing at home is so easy, but I often get lazy about it because several items need to be messed up and then washed — bowl, whisk, measuring cups, spoons. And then I need to find a clean bottle with a tight lid to pour it into. Now, the Dressing Shaker* that Progressive International sent to VegKitchen to sample throws all my excuses to the wind.
Sometimes the smallest things can make life in the kitchen easier and more fun. Take for example the Nut Chopper by Progressive International. Chopping nuts isn’t a big deal, right? But here’s how I did it before they sent us a sample of their handy dandy Nut Chopper to try out: I took a bunch of nuts, placed them on a paper towel, covered them with more paper towel, and then beat them into submission with a mason jar. more→
Step back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking and baking with authentic, handcrafted housewares for the kitchen, fireplace and campfire, from Jacob Bromwell — made in the USA since 1819. As America’s oldest housewares company, we offer a select group of timeless products that are hand-built to last generations. You’ll find everything from unique frying pans and mini-grills for the campfire to old-fashioned flour sifters and cheese graters for the kitchen, as well as shovels and dust pans for the fireplace. more→
As a huge fan of salads of all kinds, I can’t believe that I lived this long without a salad spinner. So when Progressive International sent me their collapsible salad spinner* to try out, I was interested, but not not exactly excited. After one try, though, I was sold! I might never have put a salad spinner on a list of “must-have” kitchen gadgets, but I think I’ve changed my tune. I’m thinking about all the paper towels I wasted blotting delicate leaves or pressing liquid from kale. more→
Turmeric is often referred to as the queen of spices, as its medicinal powers (healing, antioxidant, cleansing) have long been valued. Its bright yellow hue adds a ray of sunshine to Indian curries, and its warm flavor is beloved by many. I’m not one of them. Its kind of woodsy, odd flavor puts me off, and if I use it at all, it’s quite sparingly. So it came as somewhat of a shock to me how much I loved the samples I received from Tumeric (yes, it’s spelled without the “r”): The Elixir of Life. In fact, I was crazy for the flavor, and soon became hooked. more→
I’m not generally a “bar” person, so bars reaaaalllly need to be good to motivate me to want another. Keen-wäh Decadence Bars definitely pass the “I want more” test. What’s most amazing is that these rich-tasting bars are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and valuable omega-3s. At their heart, they are made of quinoa, whose nutritional profile is stellar. Who knew it could translate into something so desserty and delectable? more→
Contributed by Allyson Kramer of Manifest Vegan. Recently, I was sent a lovely package from Emmy’s Organics, an excellent up-and-coming company dedicated to producing delicious goodies that are made in a dedicated vegan and gluten-free facility. more→
Especially during the warmer months, it’s good to add more raw food to your daily fare. Making raw “noodles” from zucchini and other vegetables is a fun way to do just that. There are several kinds of spiralizers (AKA spiral slicers) on the market as this pursuit has become so popular, but here we’ll give an in-depth review of the World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer. This brand seems to be the most popular and well-rated on Amazon.com. The people have clearly spoken! more→
One of the perks of running a big vegan site like VegKitchen is receiving all kinds of goodies to review. One such special treat arrived recently in its own little foam reusable cooler. Blue Mountain Organics makes a line of raw cashew-based ice creams, and I’m here to tell you that they are amazing. more→
Some time ago, I wanted to develop some new recipes for grilling veggies and plant-based proteins for the summer entertaining chapter of Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* When I first developed grilling guidelines for Vegetarian Celebrations, many more years back than I care to admit, I had a somewhat basic charcoal unit. When it came time to retire this barbecue, I found myself less willing to stand over hot flaming charcoal—and even less willing to putter around with a gas unit. more→