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Tempeh breakfast wraps on a stone countertop

Vegetarian Meat Alternatives Ranked From Best to Worst

To say I’ve had my fair share of… questionable vegetarian meat alternatives is an understatement. Finding the best meat substitutes has been an ongoing journey since I went meat-free seven years ago. Believe me when I tell you that I’ve tried every meatless, vegan, tofu-based alternative out there and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that you can mimic any type of meat with the right consistency and flavour profile. Here, a ranking of the 10 best and worst meat substitutes on the market!

1. Texturized Soy Protein

This is a no-brainer – texturized vegetable protein, also known as texturized soy protein, wins in overall meat-like texture and taste. When I embarked on this veggie-first lifestyle, the options were very limited and the flavours weren’t quite there yet. Fast forward to present day, I find myself at my local grocery store staring at a massive wall of veggie meat substitutes. So I scanned through each row and through trial and error, came across my absolute favourite brand: Gardein. Their vegan beefless ground is my go-to whenever I’m making Tex-Mex tacos or a vegetarian lasagna. The best part is that each serving has a whopping 18 grams of protein and it’s gluten-free.


Get the recipe: The Perfect Vegan Lasagna

2. Tofu

Next up we have tofu, also known as bean curd. A fan favourite for many. If you’ve had tofu, but thought it was bland, underwhelming, and disappointing, then I’m convinced you haven’t jazzed it up enough. Made well, tofu is one of the most versatile meat alternatives out there. If you’re just starting out, try this tofu-based vegan Nashville hot “chicken” sandwich that’ll make you think twice before calling tofu bland.

Vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich on bun
Get the recipe: This Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich Tastes Just Like the Real Thing!

3. King Oyster Mushrooms

There are mushrooms, and then there are king oyster mushrooms. These meaty mushrooms deserve their own category in the world of fungi, being largest in the oyster mushroom family. These mushrooms pack a punch when it comes to texture, flavour, and overall satisfaction. For anybody on the fence about these, I dare you to try a big, slurpy bowl of udon noodles with chunky sauteed king oyster for your next decadent dinner.

Bright Asparagus and Mushroom Yaki Udon on a plate
Get the recipe: Asparagus and King Oyster Mushroom Yaki Udon

4. Seitan

It’s the texture for me! Seitan is a wheat derived protein – basically gluten. You may have seen a few viral TikToks showing off its chewy consistency, but seitan has actually been around for a long time. It’s been used as a meat substitute for centuries, dating back to ancient China where it was developed by vegetarian Buddhist monks. When cooked properly, seitan can mimic the juicy texture you’d get in real fried chicken, roasted turkey and even steak.

Vegan steak with broccoli, sweet potatoes
Get the recipe: Vegan Seitan Steaks

5. Jackfruit

Fun fact: Jackfruit is actually a part of the fig family and grows in tropical regions around the world. Notorious for its stringy texture (when cooked properly), jackfruit makes for the perfect vegetarian “pulled-pork” alternative. Whether you’re having a BBQ night or whipping up some jerk jackfruit sandwiches for lunch, don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to this succulent fruit. You’d be surprised by the many ways you can incorporate it into your meatless meals.

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches on a plate
Get the recipe: BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

6. Tempeh

Often confused with tofu, tempeh is more like tofu’s nutty cousin. It’s a plant-based protein that originated in Indonesia, made from soybeans that have been cooked, fermented and molded into a cake-like block. I find that tempeh requires a little more time to prepare but with a little TLC, you can make some of the most flavourful vegetarian dishes, like this chorizo-flavoured breakfast wrap. Need more inspo? These fool-proof ways of cooking tempeh will make you forget about meat altogether.

Chorizo Tempeh Breakfast WrapsGet the recipe for Chorizo Tempeh Breakfast Wraps

7. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a bold option – controversial, even. Some may not consider this a meat substitute and to that I say, challenge accepted. Cauliflower may not deliver on meat-like texture but it does offer a mild crunch and sweet, nutty notes that makes it so easy to season. Personally, Wholly’s Buffalo Cauliflower Wings were a turning point for me. The crispy bite-sized snacks are perfect for lazy late-night cravings, or toss them into your next “chicken” caesar salad for an extra kick. If you’re looking for a creamy, cheesy cauliflower dish, this cacio e pepe will do the trick.

Close-up of a cauliflower roasted with cacio e pepe sauce on it
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Cacio e Pepe

8. Beans and legumes

Protein-packed lentils and chickpeas to be more specific. When baked or fried they have the most crunchy texture. Yes, seasoning can take these to another level of flavour, but don’t expect these to deliver the same chewy texture as jackfruit or mushrooms. These can be prepared in the most delicious dishes like in an authentic falafel or creamy curry, but rank lower on actual meat alternatives as they create a whole other experience that’s worth appreciating in itself.

Spicy lentil curry in a bowl
Get the recipe: Easy Spicy Lentil and Vegetable Curry

9. Eggplant

If you’re an eggplant parm, keep scrolling, this doesn’t concern you. Okay, pivoting to a not-so-favourite – eggplant. Honestly, I just don’t buy the hype as a meat alternative. There are delicious eggplant recipes, don’t get me wrong. But for anybody starting their meat-free journey, the naturally creamy texture you get out of these veggies may not be what you look for in a meat substitute. That said, this Vegan Middle Eastern Casserole recipe is so delicious, it’ll make you forget meat altogether.

layered eggplant and tomato middle eastern casserole in white rectangular dish with scalloped edges and overturned spoon. side dishes of white sauce and rice, with dish of salt.
Get the recipe for Vegan Middle Eastern Casserole

10. Quinoa and rice

Tied for last place – quinoa and rice. I nominate these as best supporting actors. These are arguably two of the best binding ingredients and bases for any good vegetarian dish, they just need a little help from other plant-based protein sources and veggies (like red wine glazed tofu and miso-mushroom gravy in this gorgeous grain bowl recipe) to level up as an actual meat alternative.

Healthy Vegan Grain Bowl With Red Wine Glazed Tofu and Miso-Mushroom Gravy on white plate

Get the recipe: Healthy Vegan Grain Bowl With Red Wine Glazed Tofu and Miso-Mushroom Gravy

Related: The Best Non-Dairy Milks to Meet All Your Needs (From Baking to Latte Frothing)

A slice of vegan lasagna on a white plate.

The Perfect Vegan Lasagna

Layered with tangy lentil mushroom sauce, tofu “ricotta” and melty vegan mozzarella, this vegan lasagna recipe is a sight to behold.  It’s a must-have comfort food for cozy weather and has all the flavors you love about lasagna with a vegan twist. Now the real question is: do you go for a crispy corner slice, or a melty middle slice?

A slice of vegan lasagna on a white plate.

The Perfect Vegan Lasagna Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 48 Minutes
Total Time : 1 Hour, 3 Minutes
Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients
12-16 vegan lasagna sheets
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
114 g oyster mushrooms, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
227 g vegan meat patties or crumble
1 ½ cups cooked red lentils
28 oz canned tomato sauce
450 g soft tofu
1 tsp garlic powder
3 cups shredded vegan mozzarella
Chopped parsley, for garnish]

Ingredients for the perfect vegan lasagna

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil and boil lasagna sheets according to the package instructions.

2. To make the lentil tomato sauce, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and sauté onion, garlic and mushrooms for about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add in the vegan meat and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in red lentils and tomato sauce, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for another 5 minutes. Set aside.

Lentil tomato sauce for the perfect vegan lasagna.

3. To make the tofu ricotta, strain the tofu and press out any excess moisture using a paper towel. Crumble the tofu in a large bowl; you can use your hands or a spatula. Add garlic powder, plus salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Related: This Yummy Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip is the Perfect Appetizer

Tofu ricotta for the perfect vegan lasagna.

4. In a 13×9 baking dish, assemble the lasagna. Start with ½ a cup of the sauce, then layer with 3 lasagna sheets. Top with a ⅓  cup of the vegan ricotta, then ⅓ a cup of vegan mozzarella. Repeat the layering process until you have four layers. Generously top the final layer any additional vegan mozzarella.

Layering process for the perfect vegan lasagna.

5. Cover the dish with foil and bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Once baked, remove lasagna from oven, remove foil, set the oven to broil and return to the oven for another 5 minutes uncovered. This will ensure that the vegan mozzarella melts.

Related: This Cozy Weeknight Cassoulet is Given a Spicy Vegan Makeover

The perfect vegan lasagna topped with melty vegan mozzarella.

6. Garnish with parsley and serve.

The perfect vegan lasagna topped with fresh parsley, ready to serve.

Love Valerie’s vegan lasagna? Try her vegan stuffed Portobello mushrooms next!

a mug of adaptogenic hot chocolate

This Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe Will Blow Your Socks Off

A velvety, delicious beverage to keep you warm and cozy, this is not your average hot chocolate! Featuring adaptogenic spices like superfood chaga and ashwagandha powder, it’ll nourish you with its calming benefits (both are known to reduce stress and anxiety) while also boosting your immune system.  Plus, it’s dairy-free and low in sugar thanks to the use of unsweetened almond milk and monk fruit sweetener. Bottom’s up!

a mug of adaptogenic hot chocolate

Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 squares dark chocolate
2 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener
1 tsp chaga powder
1 tsp ashwagandha powder

Ingredients for adaptogenic hot chocolate

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over high heat and whisk continuously until the hot chocolate starts to bubble. Remove from heat and serve. Top with dairy free whipped cream if desired. 

Related: These Sisters Are Changing the Dessert Game with Their Stunning Gluten and Dairy-Free Vegan Cakes

A pot of adaptogenic hot chocolate

Related: How to Make Oat Milk 5 Ways

Sesame Soba Noodles with Kale and Edamame

Super Easy Sesame Soba Noodles with Kale and Edamame

Soba noodles are quick to cook and they work well at room temperature, making them a natural choice for a quick or make-ahead vegan lunch. You could even whip up this dish before leaving the house, as it comes together in one pot in under 10 minutes. Although it includes only a few ingredients, it is very flavourful— soy sauce and sesame oil bring so much to the table.

Sesame Soba Noodles with Kale and Edamame

Sesame Soba Noodles with Kale and Edamame

Ingredients
6 oz soba noodles
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
¼ cup soy sauce
1 ½ Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp Sriracha or other chili-garlic hot sauce (optional)
2 cups finely chopped kale

Directions
1. Boil the noodles and edamame together until both are tender, 3 to 4 minutes (double check your packages to make sure this is the correct cooking time, as there may be some variation). Drain and rinse under warm water to prevent clumping.

2. Toss the cooked noodles and edamame with soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce (if using), and kale. Taste and adjust the flavours.

3. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 2 to 3 days.

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Love this soba noodle recipe? See our guide to alternative pasta for more noodle options.

gluten-free sweet potato, beet and apple galette on parchment paper

A Rustic (and Gluten-Free!) Sweet Potato, Apple and Beet Galette

In blustery cold weather we tend to crave heartier, carbier dishes and this gluten-free sweet potato galette fits the bill. If you’ve never made a galette it’s like a you-can’t-get-it-wrong pie. The crust is forgiving and welcoming to bumps, cracks and craggy bits. This crust has that grounding, dense carby taste, but is actually gluten-free and grainless. We’ve swapped traditional flour for a combination of almond flour and tapioca starch. When baked, almond flour becomes crisp, golden and subtly sweet, while tapioca starch makes the dough more flexible and elastic. The filling combines seasonal sweet potato, apple and beet so you get both sweet and savoury hints. If you eat dairy, the addition of goat or feta cheese crumbled on top is delightful.

gluten-free sweet potato, beet and apple galette on parchment paper

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Apple and Beet Galette

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
Total Time: 65-70 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients
Crust:
1 ½ cups almond flour
½ cup tapioca starch
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ cup cold butter, sliced into cubes
1 egg

Filling:
1 beet
1 apple
1 small sweet potato
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
6-8 fresh sage leaves
1 lemon, zested
Goat cheese or feta, to taste (optional)

ingredients for Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Apple and Beet Galette

Directions
1. Set up your food processor with the “S” blade. Pulse the almond flour, tapioca starch, sea salt and butter cubes until a crumbly mixture forms.

Related: This Heirloom Tomato Galette is a Show-Stopper

ingredients for gluten-free galette pastry in a food processor

2. Then, add the egg and pulse again until it becomes a sticky dough. Use your hands to form it into a ball, cover it with a towel and place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, prepare the beet, apple and sweet potato. Slice into thin circles or semi-circles depending on the shape of the produce. You can use a mandolin or a sharp knife. Keep the beets in a separate bowl if you don’t want your sweet potato or apple to turn purple.

4. Now, preheat the oven to 350 F.

5. Season the produce with oil, sea salt, thyme and sage and set aside.

6. Take the dough ball out of the fridge, place it between two pieces of parchment paper and roll it out using a rolling pin until it is ⅛ of an inch thick.

7. Lift the bottom parchment paper and place it on a baking sheet.

8. Layer the veggies and fruit in the center of the dough, leaving about 2-inches on the outside. If you’re using dairy, crumble goat cheese or feta on top.

a Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Apple and Beet Galette in progress

9. Carefully fold the edges of the dough toward the center and use your fingers to pinch the areas of the dough where it’s needed.

Related: You Won’t Believe These Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies Are Totally Gluten-Free

an unbaked Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Apple and Beet Galette

10. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.

a Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Apple and Beet Galette

Love this gluten-free galette? See our best Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes That Are Seriously Delicious.

garlicky tuna salad with kale in a white serving bowl

Sugar Detox: A Nutritionist Explains How to Reset Your System

Although some cleanses rely on fasting and calorie restriction as the primary focus, that often isn’t the healthiest approach. The main aspect to focus on during a sugar detox is keeping the body well fed and hydrated. Sugar imbalances hormones, mood, energy, blood sugar and suppresses the immune system. It’s well known that sugar feeds bad bacteria, and it has even been compared to cocaine because it’s so addictive—yikes!

It’s now time to crush that sugar habit once and for all. Follow this 3-Day Sugar Detox and you will start feeling the effects immediately.

What to Focus On:

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Keeping the body properly hydrated encourages oxygen to flow freely throughout the body. This allows you to be more attentive, alert and focused. Water itself is a powerful detoxifier because it assists the kidneys and colon to eliminate waste. Hydration means drinking water (not coffee, caffeinated teas or energy drinks). Although these drinks are comprised of water, they can also be dehydrating for the body. Drink 6-8 glasses (250mL) of water per day. Don’t drink water with meals because it dilutes stomach acid and leads to poor digestion. Add a squeeze of lemon into your water for added benefits and some flavour.

Related: These are the Best Foods to Help Aid Digestion

2. Protein & Fat Are Your Friends

Eating tons of sugar creates a cycle of low blood sugar and intense “hanger” (hungry + angry). One way to break the cycle, besides eliminating sugar, is to eat meals that contain tons of good protein and fat (nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, etc). Protein and fat are more difficult to digest, making you feel full for longer periods of time.

3. Taste the Rainbow

Focus on eating colourful foods. When you eat vegetables and fruits in a rainbow-bright assortment of colours, you are getting a whole array of antioxidants and phytonutrients that all have specific jobs to keep the body healthy, skin vibrant and eyes strong. Again, this detox is not about deprivation, so when you’re hungry, eat! Just make vegetables the star of the plate.

Related: Nutritionist Reveals 10 Best Natural Foods for Dewy, Glowing Skin

4. Prepare Yourself

The key to any good detox is to be prepared. Look over the menu below and see which ingredients you need to buy, and which foods you need to prep ahead of time. Prepping lunches the night before is a great way to save time in the morning. It’s only 3 days—you can do this!

3-Day Sugar Detox Plan:

garlicky tuna salad with kale in a white serving bowl


Day 1

Wake Up: Drink Lemon Water (250mL)
Breakfast: Celery, Cucumber & Kale Smoothie
*Add a scoop of protein powder or nut butter to increase fat and protein content
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Morning Snack: Chia Pudding Cup
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Lunch: Tuna Salad With Tomatoes, Basil, Beans, Kale and Garlic Chips
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Afternoon Snack: Bright and Beautiful Beet Hummus with Sliced Carrots, Cucumbers & Celery
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Dinner: Slow Cooker Chicken Breast with a Healthy Grain Salad
Water Break: Hot Water with Lemon

Day 2

Wake Up: Drink Lemon Water (250mL)
Breakfast: Blueberry Ginger Kale Smoothie
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Morning Snack: Handful Roasted Spiced Almonds
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Lunch: Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Afternoon Snack: Apple with 2 Tbsp Almond Butter
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Dinner: The Perfect Veggie Burger (no bun) with Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Salad
Water Break: Hot Water with Lemon

sheet plan chicken dinner with sweet potatoes and fennel


Day 3

Wake Up: Drink Lemon Water (250mL)
Breakfast: Cold-Busting Citrus Smoothie
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Morning Snack: Handful of Strawberries and ¼ cup Almonds
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Lunch: Citrus Rainbow Trout and Middle Eastern Bulgur, Pomegranate and Almond Salad
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Afternoon Snack: Guacamole with Sliced Veggies
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Dinner: Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie Dinner
Water Break: Hot Water with Lemon

Looking for more healthy recipe inspiration? Here’s how a nutritionist meal preps every Sunday!

A variety of pasta shapes and sizes on a grey countertop

The Definitive Guide to Alternative Pastas

Whether you prefer it smothered in a hearty Bolognese or kissed with a delicate cream sauce, pasta is a comfort food favourite for good reason. Many of us turn to pasta when we’re in the mood for a quick, soul-warming dish, but it probably doesn’t top your list of better-for-you meal options. When nothing but noodles will do, however, a growing range of pasta made from flour alternatives is making it possible to enjoy your favourite recipes regardless of your health goals and dietary restrictions. From gluten-free noodles to high-protein varieties made from lentils, these are some of the best pasta alternatives to try the next time a spaghetti craving strikes.

A variety of pasta shapes and sizes on a grey countertop

Chickpea Pasta

Try it in: Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo

Made from ground chickpea flour, these nutrition-filled noodles can contain up to double the fibre and double the protein of wheat-based pasta. In addition to these potential personal health benefits, legumes like chickpeas have a low ecological footprint, making chickpea pasta a more sustainable meal choice than its grain-based counterparts. Chickpea pasta’s mild, slightly nutty flavour goes best with creamy carbonara and alfredo sauces, as well as with dishes featuring plenty of veggies.


Get the recipe: Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo

Black Bean Pasta

Try it in: 30-Minute Pasta with Green Garlic Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes

Another protein-packed alternative that’s ideal for fitness-minded eaters, black bean pasta has a distinctive dark colour and a pleasantly earthy taste. It’s typically made from dried black soybeans beans and its high fibre content makes it extra filling, so it’ll keep you feeling satiated for longer than wheat-based noodles (no late-night, post-dinner snacking needed). Black bean pasta is also gluten-free and high in iron. Try mixing it with simple, classic sauces like pomodoro or pesto. As with most gluten-free pasta, black bean pasta tends to become mushy when overcooked. It’s therefore best not to completely rely on the cooking time recommended on the packaging and, instead, start testing the pasta a few minutes before it’s supposed to be done in order to get the texture right.

Related: The Best Non-Dairy Milks to Meet All Your Needs (From Baking to Latte Frothing)

Brown Rice Pasta

Try it in: 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

Like chickpea pasta, brown rice pasta offers higher levels of fibre and protein than traditional noodles. Nutritionally, brown rice pasta is similar to whole wheat pasta but, unlike whole wheat pasta, it’s also suitable for those with gluten sensitivities. With a fairly neutral flavour and a chewy texture, it’s a great go-to when you’re looking for a no-fuss nutritional boost on pasta night. Brown rice pasta takes a little more time to cook than classic pasta, with its naturally al dente consistency helping it to hold up particularly well in hearty sauces and noodle soups.


Get the recipe: 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

Quinoa pasta

Try it in: Spaghetti Puttanesca with Cauliflower

Containing all nine essential amino acids, as well as high levels of magnesium, iron, riboflavin, and calcium, quinoa is a health-conscious foodie favourite for good reason. Quinoa pasta delivers the better-for-you benefits of the classic grain plus its dense texture makes it less likely to turn into a sloppy mess if you overcook it by a minute or two. Many types of quinoa pasta are blended with other bases, such as white rice flour or corn flour, so take a good look at the ingredient label if you’re hoping to get the full nutritional benefits of a quinoa serving or have dietary sensitivities to consider.

Related: Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes That Are Seriously Delicious

Spelt pasta

Try it in: Pappardelle Duck Ragu

Spelt is a form of wheat that’s high in protein, fibre, magnesium, and B vitamins. Many people find it easier to digest than the durum wheat flour used to make traditional pasta, but keep in mind that spelt pasta does contain some gluten (although less than classic noodles) and it’s fairly high in carb content. Spelt pasta’s nuttier flavour pairs best with bold, meat- and tomato-based dishes, rather than creamier sauces. It’s also good at retaining its al dente texture when used in soups like minestrone or chicken noodle.

Corn pasta

Try it in: 15-Minute Cheesy One-Pot Pasta

Gluten-free and high in fibre, corn pasta has a subtle flavour with a touch of sweetness. Its texture tends to be a bit grainier than traditional pasta, but it holds up well in sauces and can therefore be substituted easily into a range of different pasta dishes. Le Veneziane (italianmarket.ca, $2.99) is a non-GMO option that’s made in Italy, giving it that authentic Bel Paese-feel in spite of its non-traditional corn flour base. You can play up corn pasta’s natural flavour by adding it to a dish featuring fresh corn kernels or draw inspiration from corn’s frequent culinary partners-in-crime by creating a Southwestern-inspired pasta dish.

cheesy one pot pasta in a blue pot
Get the recipe: 15-Minute Cheesy One-Pot Pasta

Looking for more pasta inspo? Check out these Macaroni Recipes That Will Satisfy All Your Pasta Cravings.

vegan scalloped potatoes in a glass casserole dish

The Creamiest Vegan Scalloped Potatoes with Thyme Almond Crumble

These creamy, hearty potatoes topped with crispy thyme and almond crumble are sure to be the star side dish of your next holiday meal. In the past, vegans were often forgotten or completely neglected when it came to holiday dinners, but not anymore. This dairy-free take on classic scalloped potatoes leaves out the heavy cream and butter but not the classic flavour, so you can guarantee that everyone at the table will be satisfied.

vegan scalloped potatoes in a glass casserole dish

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes with Thyme Almond Crumble

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Ingredients:
For the Scalloped Potatoes
1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
½ cup vegetable broth
2 ½ tsp arrowroot starch or powder
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
2 pounds Yukon or russet potatoes
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

For the Almond Crumble
½ cup raw almonds
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
¼ tsp sea salt
2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

For Garnish
Fresh thyme sprigs

ingredients for vegan scalloped potatoes on a white countertop

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a 11 x 7-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Place a small pot over medium heat, pour in the coconut milk, broth and arrowroot starch. Whisk to combine.

3. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, whisking often, until the sauce thickens. Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper.

4. Thinly slice the potatoes into discs and toss with extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme.

a pot of creamy "cheese" alongside thinly sliced potatoes for vegan scalloped potatoes

5. Spread half of the potato discs in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Pour half of the sauce on top.

6. Layer the rest of the potato discs on top, and pour over the remaining sauce.

Related: This Vegan Pumpkin Soup Has a Super-Secret Immune-Boosting Ingredient

thinly sliced potatoes in a casserole dish for vegan scalloped potatoes

7. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

8. As the potatoes bake, make the almond crumble. Pulse all crumble ingredients in a food processor until the almonds are small and crumbly. You can roughly chop by hand if you don’t have a food processor.

almond crumble in a food processor for vegan scalloped potatoes

9. After 40 minutes, take the dish out of the oven, uncover it and evenly sprinkle the almond crumble on top. Bake for an additional 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Related: Vegan Grain-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi with High-Protein Pesto

a closeup of vegan scalloped potatoes with almond crumble

Love Tamara and Sarah’s vegan scalloped potatoes? Try their vegan cornbread next!

vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple

Rosemary Maple Vegan Cornbread is the Perfect Sweet and Savoury Combination

Fall weather and cornbread go hand-in-hand, and this vegan recipe is sure to become your new go-to. All you need is one bowl, (yay for fewer dishes!) and ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry and fridge. With a perfect moist center and the crispiest edges, it’s the perfect vessel to lather vegan butter onto. Combining maple syrup with fragrant rosemary lends this classic recipe a punchy twist that complements its sweet and earthy flavours.

vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple

Rosemary Maple Vegan Cornbread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes
Total Time: 40-45 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:
1½ cups spelt, whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1½ cups cornmeal
½ tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp baking powder
2 cups unsweetened almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
½  cup maple syrup
1 heaping Tbsp fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary, plus 1 sprig fresh rosemary for topping (optional)
Vegan butter, to serve (optional)

ingredients for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sea salt and baking powder and mix thoroughly.

Related: 5 Genius Ways to Use Cornbread Mix (Hint: Buttermilk Pancakes)

dry ingredients for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple in a bowl

3. Make a little well in the center, then pour in the almond milk, olive oil and maple syrup.

4. Whisk the dry and wet ingredients together until a batter forms, then fold in the rosemary.

Related: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Crispy Cauliflower Crust

batter for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple in a bowl

5. Oil a 9-inch cast iron skillet thoroughly. You can also use a brownie tin or a pie plate. Pour the batter in and top with a sprig of fresh rosemary (optional).

6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Related: Savoury Pumpkin, Feta & Sage Muffins

batter for vegan cornbread with rosemary and maple in a cast iron skillet

7. Enjoy on its own or with vegan butter.

8. Store on the counter for 1-2 days and toast before eating. You can also store it in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Love Tamara and Sarah’s vegan cornbread? Try their herby green soup next!

herby green spinach soup in a beige bowl

Herby Green Goddess Soup with Avocados and Feta

We all know we need to eat more greens, and oftentimes that means eating lots and lots of salads. But as the weather cools down, a raw salad just doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s time to blend up those greens into a refreshing and creamy soup, and we have just the recipe. The fresh herbs add a wonderful aromatic scent and flavour, while the avocado lends the soup a gorgeously creamy texture. Don’t forget to top with feta for the perfect salty finish!

herby green spinach soup in a beige bowl

Herby Green Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
5 oz or 1 small box of baby spinach
1½ cups fresh parsley, leaves and stems
1 cup fresh mint, leaves
½ cup fresh basil, leaves and stems
Sea salt and pepper to taste
2 cups vegetable stock
2 avocados, 1 reserved for garnish
½ lime, juiced
¼ -⅓ cup crumbled feta

ingredients for herby green soup on a white countertop

Directions:
1. Heat a soup pot over medium heat, pour in the olive oil and swirl around the pot.

2. Add in the onions and cook until translucent.

3. Next, add in the spinach, parsley, mint and basil. Mix around until slightly wilted. Season with a pinch of sea salt and pepper.

Related: This Yummy Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip is the Perfect Appetizer

ingredients for herby green soup in a stock pot

4. Pour in the vegetable stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

5. Carefully blend the soup with 1 whole avocado, squeeze in the juice from half a lime, re-season with sea salt and pepper to taste.

Related: This Creamy Green Hummus is Made for Avocado Lovers

6. If it’s too thick, add more broth to get your desired consistency.

7. To serve, pour into individual bowls and garnish with crumbled feta, diced avocado and cracked pepper.

herby green soup topped with feta and avocado in a bowl

Love Tamara and Sarah’s herby green soup? Try their sourdough toasties next!

The Best Non-Dairy Milks to Meet All Your Needs (From Baking to Latte Frothing)

The list of non-dairy alternatives is extensive, and no longer are the days when soy milk was your only dairy-free option. Non-dairy milk can be made from almonds, cashews, oats, hemp, rice, chickpeas and even peas! Dairy is delicious, but it can also be incredibly challenging to digest, and consuming it may conflict with your moral and environmental principles. Luckily, there are so many non-dairy alternatives out there that you won’t miss dairy at all, whether you’re vegan or intolerant to it.

three dairy free milks on a white countertop

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Calcium: Pea Milk

Pea milk is pretty new on the non-dairy alternatives scene. Soy milk used to be the dairy-free milk of choice for this category, but pea is now winning by a landslide. One cup of pea milk makes up 45% of your daily value of calcium. It actually has 50% more calcium than 2% dairy milk. It also contains 8 grams of protein per cup, which is quite hefty for a non-dairy milk.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Baking: Almond Milk

Almond milk may be the most popular of the non-dairy alternatives, and can be found pretty much everywhere. We love it the most for baking because it cooperates nicely as a one-to-one milk substitute and is naturally sweet, so it’s fabulous for making desserts. It doesn’t have a strong flavour, so it won’t overpower any other flavours of the baked goods you’re making. You can also easily turn it into a “buttermilk” by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to one cup of almond milk.

vegan carrot cake on a white plate
Get the recipe for The Ultimate Vegan Carrot Cake with ‘Cream Cheese’ Frosting

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Coffee or Tea: Oat Milk

Oat milk is hands down our favourite non-dairy alternative to pour into coffee or tea. It doesn’t curdle, like most non-dairy milks, and has a really smooth taste and consistency. Other milks are too thin so they immediately separate upon entering your hot beverage, making it a beige coloured piece-y mess. Oat milk has about 16-25 grams of carbohydrates per cup, depending on the brand, and because of this, it’s stable in your coffee and functions similarly to cow’s milk. The higher carb count also makes it naturally sweet and a really pleasant addition to coffee and tea.

Related: How to Make Oat Milk 5 Ways (And Why It’s the Best Non-Dairy Option)

Best Non-Dairy Milk for a Latte/Frothing: Coconut or Oat Milk

This one is a tie between a carton (not can) of coconut milk and oat milk. Both of these are also available in “barista blend” making them even better for frothing and foaming. Oat milk has a neutral and sweet taste, and contains a fibre called beta-glucan, which allows it to foam really nicely. Coconut milk, also naturally sweet, has a higher fat content that lends itself to a nice froth. Coconut also has a distinct taste that you either love or hate, so if you’re not a fan of coconut, choose oat milk instead.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Cereal: Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is one of those versatile non-dairy alternatives that lends itself well to a variety of dishes, from smoothies to savoury cream sauces. Our favourite way to use it is to pour it over cereal, because it’s naturally creamy, subtly sweet and has a slightly thicker consistency than other nut milks, resembling cow’s milk. Nutritionally speaking, it’s almost identical to almond milk with only one gram of protein, one gram of carbs and two  grams of fat per cup.

oats, coconuts and cashews on a white countertop

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Oatmeal: Rice Milk

Rice milk is our top pick for making oatmeal into a delicious, creamy porridge. It’s thinner than many of the other non-dairy alternatives, but because it’s higher in carbohydrates, it has a really nice natural sweetness that adds wonderful flavour to the oats. Most people start cooking their oatmeal with water and then add milk for flavour and extra creaminess; since rice milk is thin and milky at the same time, it plays double duty in oatmeal.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Pancakes: Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is the winner when it comes to making pancake batter, especially since most pancakes call for buttermilk. Hemp milk has a higher protein content than many other non-dairy alternatives, so when it’s combined with an acid, like lemon or vinegar, it helps with leavening. The higher protein content will also add moisture and tenderness while giving the batter structure. You can easily make your own hemp milk at home by blitzing up hemp seeds and water.

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Smoothies: Pea or Almond Milk

This is a toss up between pea milk and almond milk. Pea milk boasts a fair amount of protein and calcium, and since most people make smoothies to drink their nutrients, pea milk is a great addition. We also love almond milk for making smoothies. It’s a classic non-dairy alternative and it has a really neutral taste so it won’t imbue any unwanted flavours.

Related: 7 Ways to Make Your Soups Creamy Without Dairy

Best Non-Dairy Milk for Soups: Coconut Milk

Cream-based soups have a thicker and richer consistency compared to brothy ones. We’ve found the best substitute to be full-fat canned coconut milk, and have swapped it in as a dairy substitute for many of the classics, like cream of broccoli, creamy tomato and cream of mushroom. Coconut milk is higher in fat, similar to cream, so it gives the right viscous texture. It does impart a coconut flavour, which we’ve found to be a delicious addition to many of these soups.

Vegan Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk
Get the recipe for Vegan Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk

Best Tasting Non-Dairy Milk (to drink on its own): Soy Milk

Soy milk is the grandparent of non-dairy milks. About a decade ago if you didn’t drink milk, your only option was soy. Although there are many alternatives now, we find that soy is still the best to gulp down on its own. This is because it has a well-rounded flavour that isn’t too strong. It holds up well when chilled or even when heated, so whether you’re drinking it as a refreshing cold drink or as a warming hot beverage, it will perform.

Want more? See here for 12 Surprising Foods You Won’t Believe Are Dairy-Free.

Shot of healthy, oven-baked doughnuts

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Vegan No Sugar Do-Nuts

Fried doughnuts? Not here. These doughnuts are baked in a doughnuts mold.

Healthy vegan oven do-nuts

The Oven Do-Nuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12

Ingredients:

½ cup date puree
1 small can of coconut milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1½ cups pastry flour

Decorations of your choice (such as unsweetened shredded coconut or chopped nuts)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, thoroughly combine all of the ingredients.
  3. Lightly grease the doughnut pan  — otherwise, everything will stick.
  4. Fill the doughnut cups three-quarters of the way up (the doughnuts will puff up upon baking!).
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes
  6. Let cook, then remove from the pan.
  7. If desired, decorate the doughnuts as desired, then make another batch.
  8. Enjoy!

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These Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are Jam-Packed with Sweet Potato and Black Beans for a Hearty Vegan Main

Grilled portobello mushrooms are the star of this filling vegan dish that comes together in just 30 minutes. With a nourishing filling of sweet potatoes and black beans, you’ll be hooked on the satisfying mix of textures. Plus, the salsa verde herb sauce lends a tangy hit of acidity to the dish that’ll have you scraping your plate clean.

a stuffed portobello mushroom on a white plateSweet Potato Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Salsa Verde

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients:
Salsa Verde:
1 cup cilantro leaves
½ cup mint leaves
1 tsp capers
Juice from 1 lime
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1½ tablespoons honey dijon mustard
2-3 mini pickles, or 1 regular sized pickle
Salt and pepper to taste

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms:
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup canned unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed
Avocado, to serve
Arugula, to serve

Mise en place for stuffed portobello mushrooms on a marble countertop

Directions:
1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients for salsa verde. Puree until smooth and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.

3. Once sweet potato is cooked, drain the black beans and season with salt to taste. Place sweet potato and black beans in a large bowl, then add in salsa verde and toss gently until the sweet potato and black beans are coated. Set aside and keep warm.

Related: This Easy Ethiopian Mushroom Stir-Fry Will Be Your New Fave Weeknight Meal

A mixture of sweet potato and black beans in a white bowl beside a small bowl of salsa verde for stuffed portobello mushrooms

4. Brush both sides of portobello mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a grill pan over medium heat and brush the pan with olive oil. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.

5. To serve the portobello mushrooms, top with avocado slices and arugula, finishing off with sweet potato and black bean filling.

Related: One Humble Can of Black Beans, Six Different Meals to Remember

A stuffed portobello mushroom on a white plate

Like Valerie’s stuffed portobellos? Try her vegan steak or vegan spinach and artichoke dip next.

halloumi burgers with a side of rainbow coleslaw

Eat the Rainbow with These Halloumi Burgers and Colourful Veggie Slaw

If you’re looking for the perfect vegetarian burger, this is it. Halloumi cheese has won the hearts of many because of its salty nature and high melting point, making it the perfect choice for grilling and frying. Pairing it with a fresh, colourful slaw that’s loaded with vibrant herbs brings out a symphony of complex flavours and textures. While you can certainly season the halloumi burgers any way you like, we chose to add a Middle Eastern spin with the sumac sauce and quick drizzle of pomegranate molasses at the end. If that’s not your thing, try replacing the sumac with oregano and the pomegranate molasses with a squeeze of lemon. Although there are a few moving parts to this recipe, it comes together very quickly, making it an ideal weeknight meal.

halloumi burgers with a side of rainbow coleslaw

Rainbow Veggie Halloumi Burgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:
Rainbow Veggie Slaw:
½ cup shredded purple cabbage
½ cup shredded green cabbage
1 carrot, ribboned
⅓ cup cilantro and mint leaves, roughly ripped a part
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon, squeezed
1 tsp sumac (optional)
Pinch of salt and pepper

Sumac Sauce:
⅓ cup Greek yogurt or labneh
½ tsp sumac
½ clove garlic, minced

Halloumi Burgers:
1 brick halloumi cheese, sliced into 4 equal pieces
2-4 burger buns

Garnish:
Drizzle of pomegranate molasses
A few sprigs mint and cilantro leaves

Ingredients for halloumi burgers with rainbow veggie slaw

Directions:
1. For the rainbow veggie slaw, toss cabbage and carrot together with the cilantro, mint, oil, lemon, sumac, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Related: This Grilled Halloumi Salad Will Be Your Go-To Summer BBQ Side

rainbow veggie slaw in a large bowl

2. For the sumac sauce, whisk the Greek yogurt or labneh together with the sumac and garlic. Set aside.

Related: This Grilled Halloumi Salad Will Be Your Go-To Summer BBQ Side

Creamy sumac sauce in a large white bowl

 

3. For the halloumi, heat an oiled grill on medium-high.

4. Slice the halloumi in half down the center, and then halve it again to create 4 pieces.

5. Place it on the hot grill for 2-3 minutes per side, until crisp grill marks form.

6. Place the buns on the grill for a few minutes to lightly toast.

Related: Grilled Za’atar Carrots with Halloumi & Mint

Rainbow veggie halloumi burgers being prepared on a white plate

7. To assemble, spread the sumac sauce on the bottom of the buns, top with a small handful of the rainbow cabbage slaw, place 1-2 pieces of grilled halloumi on top, drizzle a small amount of pomegranate molasses, and finish with a few sprigs of fresh mint and cilantro.

8. Serve immediately with remaining slaw on the side of the halloumi burger.

For more vegetarian dinner ideas from Tamara and Sarah, try their vegan antipasto skewers or spicy sautéed cauliflower and chickpeas.

This Creamy Green Hummus is Made for Avocado Lovers

Combining edamame and green peas along with ripe avocado, this take on hummus is bright, fresh, and creamy!

Avo-Mame Hummus

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blend Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1½ cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed (see note)
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed (see note)
1 cup cubed ripe avocado
¼-⅓ cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1 medium clove garlic (use more if desired)
1¼-1½ teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Few ice cubes for blending
Handful fresh basil or cilantro leaves (optional)
½ teaspoon grated lemon or lime zest

Directions:

1. In a high-speed blender (see note), combine the edamame, peas, avocado, lemon juice (starting with ¼ cup), garlic, salt (starting with 1 ¼ teaspoons), cumin, black pepper, and 2–3 ice cubes (as needed to get the puree moving, but not too much to thin out).

Related: Best Ways to Ripen Avocados

2. Puree until smooth, stopping to scrape down the blender as needed.

3. Taste and season with extra salt or lemon juice if desired. If using fresh herbs, pulse them in now, then pulse in the zest.

Related: Bright and Beautiful Beet Hummus

4. Serve or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2–3 days (see note).

Edamame/Green Pea Note: To thaw, put the edamame and peas in separate bowls and cover with boiling water. Do them separately, since edamame will need to soak longer (or require draining and a second soak), whereas green peas will thaw in just a minute when covered with boiling water. Drain well.

Blender Note: This hummus works best blended in a high-speed blender, because it will better pulverize the skins on the green peas. You can use a food processor for this recipe, though the hummus will not be as smooth and you may notice the flecks of green peas.

Refrigeration Note: Since this dip has a fair amount of avocado, it will oxidize some, and so the dip is best when eaten freshly made. However, you can keep it for a few days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. I prefer to use a deeper, narrower jar or container, to lessen the oxidizing. After refrigerating, you can scrape off the surface layer of the dip where it has discolored and serve the fresher layer of the dip.

Excerpted from Dreena’s Kind Kitchen: 100 Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Every Day by Dreena Burton. Copyright © 2021 by Dreena Burton. Published by BenBella Books, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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This Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie is The Perfect Combo of Sweet and Salty

If you enjoy peanut butter cups, you’ll absolutely love this decadent and creamy pie. The best part? The recipe is super easy to make and doesn’t require any baking, so it’s perfect for those hot summer days. But instead of a traditional peanut butter pie, we’ve swapped in some healthier ingredients, like maple syrup instead of refined sugar and coconut milk instead of cream cheese, to make a dairy-free and refined sugar-free version. Using walnuts and dates to form the crust creates a subtly sweet and crumbly alternative that’s gluten- and grain-free. You’ll love the tasty indulgent combo of salty peanut butter and rich dark chocolate. Most of all, you can truly enjoy this no-bake pie knowing it’s made from good-for-you ingredients.

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie about to be served

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Prep Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 ½ cups walnuts
¼ cup dates
¼ cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
2 Tbsp coconut oil
⅛ tsp sea salt

Filling:
1 ½ cups peanut butter
1 ½ cups full-fat coconut milk
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ tsp sea salt

Chocolate Topping:
½ of a 70% dark chocolate bar (40 grams)
1 Tbsp coconut oil

Ingredients for Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie in a food processor

Directions:
1. You’ll make the crust first. If the dates are dried out or a bit tough, it’s best to soak them in a bowl with warm water to soften, around 5 minutes. Drain the dates out of the water. Then combine the walnuts, dates, cacao powder, coconut oil and sea salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for a minute or two until the mixture is crumbly and begins to stick together.
2. Grease a 9-inch pie dish with coconut oil. Then press the crumbled crust mixture flat across the bottom of the pie dish with your fingers so that it’s evenly spread out.

Ground crust ingredients for Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie in a pie dish

3. After rinsing out the food processor bowl, make the filling. Add the peanut butter, coconut milk, maple syrup and sea salt to the bowl and pulse several times to combine. The mixture will be thick and creamy.
4. Pour the filling over top of the crust and use a spatula to spread out evenly.
5. Place the pie into the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. You can also chill the pie overnight and finish the rest of the steps the next day.

A creamy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie in a glass serving dish

6. Set up a double boiler to make the chocolate topping: Add around 1 cup of water to a small pot, and place a small stainless steel bowl over top. Place the chocolate bar and coconut oil in the bowl. Heat on the stove top, stirring the mixture as the chocolate melts. Once the chocolate is fully melted and a smooth mixture, remove from the heat.
7. Take the chilled pie out of the fridge and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate mixture over top.
8. Place the pie back in the fridge so that the chocolate topping solidifies. This will only take about 5 minutes.
9. Slice the pie and serve! It is best served chilled. Make sure to store leftovers in the fridge.

A finished Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie in a glass serving dish

Love all things peanut butter? Try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies next.

keto arancini in white bowl with parsley

Try This Keto Cauliflower Arancini for a Healthy Snack

Yes, you can absolutely enjoy cheesy arancini and wine with a keto twist! Unlike traditional arancini which is often deep-fried, this arancini with a garlic butter wine sauce is a feel-good alternative packed with tons of flavour, texture and of course, good cheese. You can also easily make this vegan by swapping in vegan dairy and eggs.

keto arancini in white bowl with parsley

Keto Cauliflower Arancini

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cups riced cauliflower or cauliflower crumbs
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
⅔ cup Parmigiano Reggiano, shredded
2 egg yolks
⅓ cup almond flour
¼ coconut flour (optional)
½ cup almond flour
¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
½ stick of unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ dry white wine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

keto arancini ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a saucepan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Once the pan is hot, add in cauliflower, oregano, sea salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Related: Keto-Friendly Snacks That Are Simple to Make (and Super Satisfying)

2. Transfer cooked cauliflower into a bowl. Add mozzarella, Parmigiano, egg yolks and almond flour and mix until smooth. Now check the consistency of your batter. If your batter seems a little loose or too sticky, add in coconut flour and adjust as needed. You want to be able to form the shape of a ball without it flattening.

keto arancini ingredients in white bowl

3. Using an ice cream scoop or a ⅓ cup, scoop the batter onto the lined baking sheet until you have 6-8 medium sized balls. In a separate plate, combine almond flour and parmigiano cheese. Roll each arancini ball in the almond-cheese mixture and return to the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add butter. Once melted, add garlic and saute for about a minute. Add wine and simmer until reduced, about 1 minute. Turn the heat off and stir in fresh parsley. Pour the garlic butter wine sauce over the keto arancini. Top with additional parsley, if desired.

keto arancini in white bowl with parsley

Like Valerie’s keto arancini? Try her air fryer corn “ribs” or healthy oven-fried chicken.

Falafel sliders on blue serving platter

Summer Feast! Baked Falafel Sliders With Tabbouleh and Tahini Sauce

You’ve probably heard of falafel before — but what about falafel sliders? They are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside and they’re shallow fried (or even baked) to make the process easier. Serve them on flat breads with tangy tabbouleh salad and a lot of tahini sauce, and you have the perfect summer feast.

Falafel sliders on blue serving platter

Baked Falafel Sliders With Tabbouleh and Tahini

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 10 falafel patties

Ingredients:

Falafel
¼ yellow onion
3 large garlic cloves
1 cup dry chickpeas (approx. 2 ½ cups after soaking)
1 cup parsley, packed
¼ cup cilantro, packed
1 ½ Tbsp olive oil + ¼ cup for frying/baking
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
¼ tsp black pepper

Tabbouleh
½ cup fine bulgur (can substitute with couscous)
2 cups parsley, packed
1 tomato, finely chopped
¼ cup green onions, finely chopped
¼ cup mint leaves, loosely packed
½ cup lemon juice
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp chilli powder

Tahini Sauce
½ cup tahini paste
Juice of ½ lemon
½ tsp salt

Falafel slider ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Make the falafel: add onion and garlic to a food processor and process for a minute. Next add the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, olive oil, baking soda, salt, cumin and black pepper and process for a few minutes until well combined and the mixture holds together well.

Falafel slider mixture in food processor

2. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. Once they’ve rested, form the patties ensuring they are not too thin (approx. ½ – ¾ inch thick).

3. Shallow fry the falafel for 1 minute on each side until golden brown. You can also bake them at 400°F for 25 minutes, flip, then bake for a further 15 minutes.

Falafel sliders being baked on baking tray

4. Make the tabbouleh: soak the fine bulgur in ½ cup of hot water and cover. Let stand for a few minutes, then fluff.

Related: Healthy Middle Eastern Recipes You’ll Make on Repeat

5. Finely chop the parsley, tomato, green onions and mint. In a bowl, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and chili powder. Mix the bulgur, parsley mixture and dressing together. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Tabouleh salad in yellow mixing bowl

6. For the tahini sauce: mix together the tahini paste, lemon juice and salt. Whisk everything using a fork continuously until you achieve a smooth consistency. The sauce may seize up when whisking, but continue to whisk until it smoothens out. Thin with a bit of water if required to achieve desired consistency.

7. Serve sliders on flat breads with tabbouleh salad and tahini sauce.

Like Amina’s falafel sliders? Try her 20-minute salmon or her Middle Eastern bulgur, pomegranate and almond salad.

Vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich on bun

This Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich Tastes Just Like the Real Thing!

With this Can You Vegan It? recipe, I’m turning everyone’s favourite spicy chicken sandwich into a vegan-friendly dish. What makes the Nashville hot chicken sandwich unique is that it is deep-fried to maximum crispiness and then dipped in a spicy hot oil mixture. To make this easy for the home cook, I’m pan frying the sandwich twice (vs. deep-frying it). Once to cook throughout and once to coat in a mixture of spices. Instead of traditional chicken breast, this sandwich features extra-firm tofu as the protein. Be sure to press out any excess moisture from the tofu before getting started.

Vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich on bun

Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 pound extra-firm tofu, pressed
2 to 3 dashes of hot sauce
½ cup vegan egg substitute (if vegetarian, use traditional eggs)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
½ cup canola or vegetable oil, for frying
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
4 sesame buns
Vegan mayonnaise
Bread and butter pickles
Shredded lettuce

Vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Slice the block of tofu into 4 equally sized patties. Add a few dashes of hot sauce to the egg substitute mixture. Put the flour in it’s own bowl and the panko in it’s own bowl. Season the egg substitute mixture, as well as the flour and panko with salt and pepper to taste.

Related: You’ll Never Guess the Secret Ingredient in This Vegan Steak Recipe

2. Dip each tofu patty in the flour, followed by the egg substitute, followed by the panko bread crumbs. Set aside until ready to fry.
When ready to fry, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, cook patties for 2 minutes on each side, until crispy and golden.

Tofu for vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich being coated in panko

3. Turn heat off and whisk brown sugar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and paprika into the pan. Fry the patties once more over low to medium heat until coated, about 15 seconds. Once you remove them from the pan, drain any excess oil onto a paper towel or two.

Vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich being cooked in pan

4. Slather buns with mayonnaise and add patty. Top with pickles and lettuce. Enjoy!

Person holding vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich

Like Marcella’s vegan Nashville hot chicken sandwich? Try her vegan egg salad recipe or her vegan eggnog.

Vegan spinach dip in bowl with toasted pita chips next to it

This Yummy Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip is the Perfect Appetizer

You definitely won’t miss the cheese in this Can You Vegan It? spinach and artichoke dip. The traditional asiago cheese is swapped out for creamy pureed cashews and flavoured with garlic, Dijon and bell peppers. It’s a perfect crowd pleaser (and so quick to whip up!).

Vegan spinach dip in bowl with toasted pita chips next to it

Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups unsalted roasted cashews
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
½ yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp chickpea flour
Juice of one lime
1 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard (optional)
2 tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
4 cups fresh spinach
¾ cup canned artichoke hearts, drained

Vegan spinach dip ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Soak cashews in 2 cups of boiled water for about 5 minutes. Strain and set aside.

2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic powder until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat off and transfer the mixture into a blender.

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3. In the blender, also add in cashews, almond milk, chickpea flour, lime juice, Dijon, sea salt, pepper, spinach and artichokes. Pulse until semi-smooth.

Vegan spinach dip ingredients in blender

4. Transfer the puree into a 9-inch round baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown around the edges. Serve with toasted pita chips or veggies.

Vegan spinach dip in bowl with toasted pita chips next to it

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