Vegan Buttermilk Waffles {VIDEO}

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Happy Holidays!!

Once again I’m completely caught off guard by the fact that it’s mid-December, and Christmas is just a week away. Where––I ask you––did the time go?

Oh time! I haven’t shared a video with you in a while because I got super busy with holiday work, planning for the new year, and to be honest, a little bit of laziness sprinkled in. I’m expecting big changes in the new year, and what better way to contemplate change than over a plate of warm sweet waffles! I’ve been eating waffles a lot these last few weeks, even on the weekdays. Like pancakes they are my breakfast comfort food.

Thankfully vegan waffles are just as fantastic and delicious as their non-dairy cousin. In the video and recipe you’ll see how I substitute animal-based products for simple vegan alternatives. Eggs become ground flax and water, butter becomes Earth Balance vegan butter, and buttermilk is soy milk with a teaspoon of vinegar. All of the ingredients come together to make the most satisfyingly delicious waffles!

I admit this recipe isn’t the healthiest, so I recommend saving this recipe for weekend waffle feasts or Christmas brunch. I have a healthy teff waffle recipe that I plan on sharing with you very soon. In the meantime whip out that waffle iron, and give these babies a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Life-Changing Cinnamon Tahini Cookies

Vegan Tahini Cookies

photo by Sidney Bensimon

I’m a cookie monster. A sweet tooth mama. A sugar fiend. I love my cookies soft, hearty, and moist. They get extra points if they’re healthy. Even more points when they take less than 15 minutes to make.

These life-changing tahini cookies are the answer. I can have my cookie AND eat it too!

Vegan Tahini Cookies

photo by Sidney Bensimon

This recipe is one of 25 in my e-book 5 Ingredient Vegan. I’ve been making them for almost a year now, and I have no intention of ever stopping. The recipe I’m sharing today is the 5 ingredient version, but I also like to have some fun and toss in extra goodies like chocolate chips and shredded sweet potato. Mmmmmm! Most often when I bake these addictive cookies I end up eating at least a quarter of the batter before they enter the oven. Sometimes I totally skip the oven part and eat the batter with a spoon. Crazy? No way! You’ll understand once you’ve tried these.

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Smokey Tempeh + Kale Salad

Massaged Kale Tempeh Salad

If you’re looking for a light, tasty, and nourishing side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, look no further. This smokey tempeh kale salad has it going on! It will look great on your holiday table along with the other dishes, and can even be eaten as an entree salad (in case you’re taking a dish to a non-vegan celebration).

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be cooking for a handful of clients, and celebrating the holiday with Maxx’s family. I plan on taking my butternut squash lasagna and a sweet potato dessert (or 2) to the dinner. What will you be making?

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Pay It Forward Friday: PAWS NY

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This week’s Pay It Forward organization is PAWS NY, a group that helps senior citizens and the ill and disabled care for their pets. Living with animals can bring so much happiness, and PAWS NY enables people all over New York City to experience that amazing feeling! When you join my 21-Day Vegan Blueprint today, I will donate 20% of proceeds to PAWS NY!

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As I’ve written about many times on this blog, living with pets has been so important to me throughout my life. I cannot imagine living without the many animals companions I’ve had. What PAWS NY does to allow people to keep pets is so valuable! Here’s how they describe their mission on their website:

“The mission of PAWS NY is to preserve, support, and nurture the human-animal bond for New York City’s most vulnerable residents. Our programs help keep pets in their homes while protecting and promoting the human-animal bond that is so physically and psychologically valuable to our clients.  Thus, our motto: helping people by helping pets.”

Amen!

Join the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint today to improve your health and to improve the lives of people and pets all over NYC!

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Autumn Zuppa di Fagioli (Bean Soup)

Vegan Vegetable Bean Soup Vegan Zuppa Fagioli

I’m writing from magical New Orleans this morning. I once visited the Crescent City as a child, though my only memories are of walking down Bourbon Street with my mom and Nana seeing scantily clad women standing in doorways. That was long before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and resiliency rebuilt it.

Despite not having visited New Orleans or the state of Louisiana in nearly 20 years, I have felt a constant tug to this place. I used to fantasize about raising a family on the bayou in a big creaky chic house, just like the one in the movie Eve’s Bayou. And though I hadn’t thought about it much lately, that home on the bayou still calls me.

As the airplane descended to Louis Armstrong International Airport I started feeling that little tug again. I feel like I’ve left something here, and like I know this place. Perhaps it’s an ancestor’s call or some dream from a previous life. Whatever it is, I intend to spend more time here in coming years. Since the plane touched down on Tuesday, I’ve felt compelled to figure it out.

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