Lazy Samoas

27 Jul

A few Christmases ago I received Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and it sat on my shelf for months before I finally opened it up. Once I did, I baked as many of the recipes as I could and sent them off to work with my husband. The consensus thus far is that the caramel pecan bars are the best, but these are a close second. Here’s where to buy it!!

I decided to try using aquafaba instead of flax egg in these and I wasn’t quite sure it would work. To my surprise, it worked perfectly and resulted in a fluffy and chewy cookie, as opposed to the dense flax – egg cookie. If you loved the covered shortbread girl scout cookies by the same name, you will love these, plus they’re way easier to make!

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Vegan Lemon Thyme Macarons

24 Jul

I was really intrigued by the idea of infusing aquafaba with different flavors and I have some beautiful thyme growing in my garden this summer. These macarons combined the savory flavor of thyme with a sweet lemon filling and are a perfect light treat.

Be sure to check out my macaron troubleshooting guide for a step by step with pictures!

As always, a big thanks to Charis at Floral Frosting for the vegan macaron recipe and inspiration! Check out the aquafaba Facebook group for more recipes involving aquafaba!

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Review: Non Dairy Evolution Cookbook

22 Jul

The Non Dairy Evolution Cookbook by Skye Michael Conroy has become one of my favorite cookbooks in my kitchen.  I rarely use cookbooks; I’m a self-admitted splash-of-this and pinch-of-that cook. However, I am constantly pulling out this one.

Everyone always says giving up cheese is the hardest part of going vegan – if I had had this book years ago, it never would have even been a question. I remember discovering Daiya, and the excitement of having “real cheese” again. I think Skye’s cheeses far surpass Daiya, although Chao is still a pretty serious contender. While I’d love to share recipes, I’m respecting the author’s wishes that people will purchase the book if interested. Here’s a link!!

Spaetzle in jarlsburg melt with broccoli greens and onions.

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The no yolks sauce on scrambled tofu (our Sunday breakfast now!)

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Again, no yolks sauce on tofu.

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A wheel of the mozzarella fior di latte.

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Mozzarella fior di latte in a Chicago style pizza.

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The mozzarella melt on a grilled caprese sandwiches.

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Blue Tahini Macarons

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Heather at Let’s Go Bake A Cake shared these macarons almost two months ago and I’ve been wanting to try them ever since. I love the idea of tahini filling, as it’s one of my favorite flavors. I thought I’d make them aqua colored and photograph them on top of chickpeas as my little joke on aquafaba. Admit it, it’s pretty funny.

I went back to using the measurements created by Floral Frosting as I’ve had more success with her recipe than any other one.

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Lentil Soup

13 Jul

Some days I really love cooking and I enjoy spending the time chopping and sautéing and preparing something fresh for my family. Other days I really enjoy throwing everything in a pot and watching Netflix. This recipe is for the latter days.

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The “Cheese”

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If you are offended by anything involving by breastfeeding or breastmilk, please do not read any further. I understand that it is a squeamish subject for some, but by posting this publicly I’m attempting to help other mothers, it does not mean I’m opening up my blog to hate. You had a mother once too-imagine how she would have felt.
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Vanilla Macaron with Chocolate Whiskey Ganache

5 Jul

I started these macarons with intention of filling then with a rum ganache, but the bottle that I thought was rum was whiskey instead. Definitely a sign of as new parent-I don’t even know what alcohol we have anymore!! I figured whiskey would work just as well as rum and if nothing else they were still chocolate and delicious.

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