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By Aurelia d’Andrea If there’s one culinary cue worth taking from the Europeans, it’s that chocolate is a perfectly acceptable way to begin the day. And why not? Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, and some studies show it might even be good for our hearts. Ready to test that theory? Then consider smooth [...]
by Aurelia d’Andrea Annie’s Non-Dairy Spread is a mealtime game-changer. This light and creamy concoction—made with simple ingredients including cashews, red bell pepper, and nutritional yeast—is not only absolutely delicious, but amazingly versatile. You can use it as a dip for veggies, a bread spread, a taco topper, or a sauce for pasta. Feeling [...]
Guys, vegan Cheeze-Its exist and we have Earth Balance to thank! The company launched these square-shaped cheddar crackers and they are delicious. Salty and flavorful, the crackers are crave-worthy. Even better, the non-GMO, trans-fat free crackers are completely dairy-free, though I’m still wondering how they taste so cheesy. I had a tough time finding the cheddar [...]
by Aurelia d’Andrea Budapest, Hungary, seems an unlikely place to discover a dairy-free cheese made in Greece, but it was here, in the refrigerator case at vegan restaurant Napfenyes Etterem that I first stumbled upon the wonderfully delicious Violife brand. Soft, smooth, and amazingly meltable, these Vegan Society-certified cheeses come in 10 varieties, including [...]
By Aurelia d’Andrea Taifun Tofu Rosso has a few things going for it. #1, it’s organic; #2, it’s 100-percent vegan; and #3, it’s absolutely delicious! The ingredients are pretty straightforward: Tofu, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and a heap of tasty spices, including paprika and oregano. The Italian vibe (and taste!) make it an ideal match [...]
by Aurelia d’Andrea If you’re new to the world of plant-based eating, you may not have heard the good news yet: When you go vegan, you definitely don’t have to say goodbye to chewy chocolate-chip cookies, decadent fudge, or even gooey brownies. Just ask Allison Rivers Samson, the maven behind the Allison’s Gourmet [...]
By Aurelia d’Andrea Wander the aisles of any French supermarket and eventually you’ll arrive at the bio (organic) section. Here, between the agave nectar and the dark chocolate-covered rice cakes, you’ll find the vegan pâtés, or, as they’re often called, terrines végétales. Sold in little cans with pull-top lids, they’re perfect for picnics and [...]
By Aurelia d’Andrea If you’ve never tried a TLT, be forewarned: One bite will render you an instant addict. The secret to this simple, sensational sandwich is the smoked tempeh. When paired with lettuce, tomato, and a bit of Vegenaise, the combination takes the simple art of preparing lunch to new, irresistible levels. For [...]
Vegan salted caramel sauce is here! I want to pour it on everything. This new sauce is the perfect combination of salty and sweet without tasting too sugary. Sweet Ritual, a vegan ice cream parlor in Austin, TX, created this delectable topping, ideal for sundaes, smoothies, on top of pancakes, or swirled in coffee. The [...]
By Aurelia d’Andrea Judging by the dozens of varieties available throughout la belle France, it’s fair to say that French folks really like pudding. Who’d have guessed? The stuff is just a little old-fashioned, but one spoonful of Sojasun’s chocolate dessert and it’s easy to see why the creamy stuff has retained its popularity over [...]
If you’ve been wanting a Starbucks Frappuccino on-the-go without the dairy, there’s a new vegan coffee drink hitting stores that will be your new addiction. So Delicious launched its new Cococcino Coconut Milk Iced Coffees in two flavors—Mocha and Latte. Coconut milk is the perfect match for coffee because of its rich, creamy taste. Even [...]
By Rebecca Gilbert I just tried and LOVED a brand new vegan frozen dessert treat: So Delicious Mini Organic Dessert Bars! These new mini bars come in three super yummy flavors: Fudge, Simply Strawberry, and Just Java. And since they’re only 80 calories per bar, I didn’t mind trying more than one flavor [...]
by Aurelia d’Andrea Gardein Chick’n Scallopini’s biggest selling point isn’t its delicious taste, or the fact that it’s GMO-free and low-calorie, or even that it’s 100-percent vegan. What makes these easy-to-prepare cutlets so fabulous is their versatility. Sandwich stuffers? Check. Mashed-potato companion? Yes! Chicken salad stand-in? You bet. They also taste great layered [...]
I was very excited to find VEGAN CHEESE PUFFS on the shelf! Earth Balance, well done! These puffs are light, fluffy, gluten-free, “buttery,” “cheesy,” and 100% vegan. I love this vegan snack! I fond them at the local Whole Foods. But if you can’t fine them in a store nearby, you can buy Earth Balance [...]
Every month Vegan Cuts sends out lovely treats of sweet and savory vegan snacks. The contents vary each month but the quality and taste are consistently super yummy! There are usually 7-9 products in each box… sometimes more! And each box is all vegan and palm-oil free. The Vegan Cuts monthly snack boxes cost [...]
by Aurelia d’Andrea Chocolove has been on many a compassionate chocolate fan’s radar for years, not only because the Boulder-based company tucks a little love poem inside of each wrapper, but because there are so many delicious dairy-free flavors to choose from! Among the tastiest vegan offering is Chocolove’s Almond and Sea Salt bar. [...]
Reviewed by Shandel Gilbert Whether you want a little spicy tidbit to go with your eggnog now or some delightful, creative (and often exotic) recipes for later, Chef Alan Roettinger’s Extraordinary Vegan Cookbook offers a cornucopia of delights. The gluten-free cookbook offers tips on stocking an extraordinary pantry and fridge. The recipes are [...]
By Shandel Gilbert Befriend the faux. Beyond Meat is an amazing plant-based product which has the taste and texture of chicken. These chicken-free strips, created from non-GMO soy and pea-based proteins, contain 18 grams of protein per serving and take just minutes to heat. Dinner prep with these pre-cooked strips is a working [...]
Celebrate with delicious vegan holiday drinks from So Delicious Dairy Free! As part of its limited time holiday offering, So Delicious is offering non-GMO, certified gluten-free coconut milk beverages in Mint Chocolate, Nog and Pumpkin Spice. Here’s what I LOVE about these holiday coconut milk products from So Delicious: Certified organic, gluten-free and non-GMO. Free [...]
Vegan product review for Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter: Can you believe that all of this chocolate-hazelnutty goodness is vegan???! I happened to meet Justin from Justin’s Nut Butters at the DC airport when we were both flying to Pittsburgh. (Justin is one of the nicest guys in the world! Watch our [...]