Tip #7: Support Your Local Farmers’ Market

When you’re looking for healthy and fresh whole foods, there’s no better place to go than a farmers’ market. These local markets provide an unbeatable opportunity to find the freshest produce at the best price, in an upbeat environment where you can actually get to know the people who are growing your food.

Because the produce at farmers’ markets has most likely been grown within 100 miles and has been picked fresh that morning, it’s going to be so much more flavorful than anything you could find in a supermarket.

I hope that this video inspires you to head out to your local farmers’ market and discover all that it has to offer.

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

spinach artichoke dip

One of our all-time favorite vegan cookbooks is Chloe’s Kitchen by vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli. This spinach-artichoke dip is a big reason why we love her cookbook so very much. Not only is this recipe far healthier than any traditional artichoke dip (it’s totally mayo-free!), but it’s even more delicious as well. This is a great dish to serve a dinner parties, bring to potlucks, or make for a cozy night in. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • One 14 oz package of soft tofu
  • One 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained well
  • 5 ounces of spinach
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1.5 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Bread or tortilla chips

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

vegan buffalo wings

Wings are for flying, not frying! So next time you’re craving buffalo wings, opt for these healthy, gluten-free cauliflower wings.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium heads of cauliflower
  • 1 cup white rice flour (or substitute regular flour)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic power
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

Vegan Ranch Dip:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • ½ cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vegan worcesterchire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Vegan Cookbooks Galore

The vegan cookbook scene is exploding to a point where every specific vegan niche you can imagine has been covered—from vegan slow-cooking to vegan stoner food.

Vegan Frozen Yogurt Explosion!

In honor of summer we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on some exciting frozen yogurt news that is making veganism creamier than ever. Vegan frozen yogurt has left the niche and gone mainstream.

Vegan Favorites | Republic of V

vegan dish

One of the most exciting aspects of vegan living is the glee that comes from discovering new vegan products. Whether it’s a new vegan meaty delight, a cruelty-free deodorant that actually works, or an animal rights T-shirt company that will become a staple in your closet, if you’ve given veganism a chance, you know the delightful feeling I’m talking about.

Today we’re introducing you to the co-founder of the Berkeley vegan shop Republic of V, Noelle Callahan, who is sharing a few of her favorite vegan products that have hit the market recently.

Noelle’s Vegan Favorites:

If you’d like to see more of these favorite videos, let us know!

Easy Vegan Recipe | Cauliflower Steak

Vegan Cauliflower Steak

With this recipe you can enjoy a juicy, flavorful steak without harming any animals! If you think cauliflowers are bland and boring, this recipe will redefine your view. Watch this video and learn how to make the most delicious cauliflower steak on the planet.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice cauliflower into 1/2 – 3/4 inch slabs. Most slices will fall apart into florets, but you should get one or two solid steak-like slices toward the middle of the cauliflower.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and sauté the cauliflower on medium-high heat until each side becomes lightly browned (about 3 minutes on each side). Be very gentle when flipping each cauli-steak over as they can easily break apart.
  4. Pour Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce over the cauliflower in the pan and let sizzle for another minute or so until most of the sauce has been absorbed, or is sticking to the cauliflower steaks.
  5. Turn off heat, move the “steaks” to a baking sheet, and bake in the over for 15 minutes.
  6. Sauté the toppings.
  7. Plate the steaks, top with extras, and serve immediately.

There will be a big portion of cauliflower florets left over after making this recipe. They can be used in stir fries or to make vegan cauliflower buffalo wings!

Tip #6: Everyday Oils

Vegan Oil

Supermarkets are filled with a baffling array of oils: corn, sunflower, safflower, peanut, sesame, soybean, and more. How are you supposed to know the difference and make a good choice?

Watch this video to see why most people really only need to keep two or three types of oils in the kitchen: coconut oil for high-heat cooking, extra virgin olive oil for savory dishes, and canola oil for baking that requires flavorless oil. Also find out what “Extra Virgin” really means!

Anatomy of a Vegan Shish Kebab

Vegan Shish Kebabs

Summer is here, and people everywhere are grabbing their shades and hitting the grill. But no barbecue is complete without veggie kebabs! Shish kebabs are both delicious and fun, and can be customized to every individual’s liking. Plus, they are incredibly easy to make.

Watch our video to see exactly how these are prepared and to find inspiration for your own summer barbecues.

Veggies Perfect for Shish Kebabs:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Pineapple

Vegan Meats Great for Shish Kebabs:

4th of July Stuffed Strawberries

Vegan cheesecake

These red, white, and blue cheesecake stuffed strawberries are festive, simple, and the perfect addition to any 4th of July BBQ, dinner party, picnic, or potluck.  Watch the how-to video below to see how it’s done!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of your favorite vegan cheesecake filling (If you don’t already have a favorite vegan cheesecake recipe, try this one made with vegan cream cheese, which is now easy to find!)
  • 15 strawberries (large and uniformly shaped)
  • 15 blueberries

You’ll need a sharp knife for detailed strawberry carving and a plastic bag to use for piping (simply cut a small hole in the corner and squeeze the cheesecake filling out of it). Don’t worry, it really is as easy as it looks in the video!

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 1 container of vegan cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Chill for at least one hour before piping into the strawberries.

Note: You can also use vegan frosting or coconut whipped cream in place of the cheesecake filling.

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