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Vegan Jalapeño Poppers

jalapeno poppers

You’ll never guess how easy it is to make vegan Jalapeño Poppers! This is a very simple (and very delicious) recipe made with just three ingredients that is fun to serve at a party, grill up at a barbecue, or make on game day. And shhh…if you don’t announce that these are vegan, your guests will never know!

Ingredients:

  • 12 green jalapeño peppers
  • 1 package of vegan shredded cheese (we recommend Follow Your Heart’s Fiesta Blend)
  • 1 tub of vegan cream cheese
  • Optional: Breadcrumbs or crushed tortilla chips to sprinkle on top

Directions:

  • Slice each jalapeño pepper in half (lengthwise), and scrape out all of the seeds until each piece is clean and smooth inside. The seeds and ribs are the spiciest parts of a pepper, so this will make them more palatable.
  • Lay them out on a baking sheet with the hollowed bellies facing up.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and shredded cheese together.
  • Scoop the cheese mixture into each halved pepper and fill to the brim.
  • Optional: Sprinkle bread crumbs or crushed tortilla chips on top.
  • Grill until the cheese is melted and the jalapeños are lightly browned. Then serve and devour!

Note: Be careful not to touch your eyes after handling jalapeño seeds! The oils will remain on your hands for a while so be careful. You can use gloves while removing the seeds to prevent any problems.

Step It Up: To create a more complex flavor profile in your poppers, you can add finely chopped parsley, cilantro, green olives, cumin or a sprinkle of finely chopped Jalapeño to the cheese mixture.

Chia Pudding Parfait

Chia Pudding Parfait

Chia seeds are super foods widely recognized for their high Omega-3, calcium and antioxidant content. When you are looking for a filling, nutritious and delicious treat, chia pudding has you covered. It is easy to make and fun to turn into a creative build-your-own parfait by adding toppings like fresh fruit, dried fruit and chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

This recipe makes two generous servings as pictured. You can easily adjust the recipe. 

  • 1/3 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Nut Milk (Almond, Soy, Coconut, Rice, Hemp…)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Agave or Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Optional: 1/2 Teaspoon of Almond Extract
  • Your favorite toppings

Vanilla Extract
For an fun twist, make chocolate pudding by adding one tablespoon of cocoa powder or chocolate sauce. Once you have the chia pudding base, you can flavor it is a million different ways with all sorts of creative add-ins! Move over Ice Cream Sundays, there’s a new player in town.

Hurraw! Vegan Lip Balm

Hurraw Vegan Lip Balm

Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and surely you treat them with tender love and care. But if you find that your lips get chapped from time to time, you’ve got to try Hurraw! This vegan lip balm is the cream of the crop (minus the cream), and contains none of the nasty animal ingredients that generic lip balms contain, such as beeswax, lanolin, and carmine.

Hurraw! Balm comes in a wide variety of flavors, from chai spice to black cherry (our favorite). They have SPF sun protection balm, night protectant balm, Ayurvedic balms, and tinted lip balm. Essentially, they’ve got you covered.

To become an expert on vegan lip balm in three minutes, read our full Vegan Lip Balm 101 article.

Chloe’s Kitchen Vegan Cookbook

Chloe's Kitchen

As the winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars TV show (with her vegan cupcakes), it’s no surprise that the young vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is becoming a rising star in the culinary world. Her first cookbook Chloe’s Kitchen is one of our favorites. There are more than 20 vegan cookbooks lining our book shelf, but Chloe’s Kitchen is the book we go back to the most, and recipes from this book have become staples in our household.

From the best spinach artichoke dip you will ever taste to creamy avocado pesto, Chloe’s Kitchen is loaded with beautiful photos that will make your mouth water and will keep you inspired in the kitchen. Chloe’s creative yet simple-to-make dishes contain everyday ingredients that can easily be found at any grocery store.

We highly recommend this cookbook for both beginners and long-time vegans looking to spice up their recipe repertoire. If you fall in love with this book, you can also check out her other cookbooks including Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen and Chloe’s Vegan Desserts!

What are Meatless Mondays?

Meatless Monday is the growing tradition of giving up meat on Mondays. Celebrated world-wide, this pledge to eat meat-free meals on Mondays is a great way to kick-off the work week with meals that are healthier, more sustainable and most importantly do not take the lives of animals.

This video from the Humane Society of the United States shows just how simple and important the Meatless Monday concept is. Take a look and be sure to share it with friends!

TIP #1: Buy Ugly Produce

Vegetables

Today’s tip is a simple but counterintuitive way to ensure that you’re eating the very best produce. By putting this tip into action, you’ll be optimizing the nutrients and flavor you get from your fruits and vegetables.