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Crunchy Lentil Dip Wraps

A couple of weeks ago we talked about easy meal ideas you could whip up when you’re tired of eating beans. Legumes are such an important pillar of eating a vegan diet, but sometimes we’re craving a little variety when it comes to cooking them. Since in my opinion there is nothing as satisfying and fun as handheld food, I thought today I’d take you along the process of cooking lentils from scratch all the way to flavoring them and transforming them into the most delicious dip that you could eat with veggies, or turn into these scrumptious crunchy veggie wraps.

I also love any recipe you can batch cook during the weekend and just assemble throughout the week. These wraps are perfect for exactly that reason, as you can quickly make the dip on Saturday or Sunday, keep lots of crunchy vegetables and avocado on hand, heat up some tortillas on busy weekdays and create the most delicious wraps in just minutes.

This recipe is also filled with yummy umami in the form of that roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes, and it’s so tasty and satisfying. I hope you love it!

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Chipotle Breakfast Sausages

The magic of vegan cooking is you can now enter the world of making so many delicious goodies at home from start to finish.

I know vegan sausages are sold everywhere these days, and I certainly love their convenience, but when I serve these sausages to people and tell them I make the sausages in my very own kitchen, something really cool happens. Their eyes do this weird thing that says "wait...really?". It's that moment of noticing that first, they've never slowed down to think of how one actually begins to make a sausage (whether vegan or not), and then, they start wondering what the actual "meat" component is (the answer in this case: seitan!).

Today I'll teach you how to make this version of my homemade sausages, which uses chipotle chilies in adobo, and lots of delicious spices to make these extra flavorful. I recommend making a ton, freezing them, and taking them out as you wish to eat them, sautéing them right before serving. You can make these for brunch, but also for lunch or dinner. They're so hearty and satisfying, perfect as a high protein vegan meal, and full of flavor.

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Venezuelan Arepas

If there's something Carlos and I grew up on it's these little pieces of Venezuelan street food heaven called arepas. These vegan arepas are gluten free by default, they can be served for a yummy vegan breakfast or even as a vegan main dish for lunch or dinner. If you haven't tried these before, you'll fall in love instantly, this quick vegan recipe is a regular at our house for sure.

Every family back home has their own way of eating and serving these, and although most of the traditional fillings are not vegan friendly, all you need in my opinion for a top notch vegan arepa is some ripe avocado, tomatoes and some vegan cheese shreds. In fact plain avocado is a perfect filling in and of itself!

Want more ideas for fillings? The arepa is always a savory dish, so here are some ideas:

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Vegan Cheese Fondue!

If there was one favorite recipe I thought I'd never be able to veganize when I decided to go vegan, it was cheese fondue. I'm not Swiss, and yet, growing up in Venezuela, one of our favorite treats as teens who couldn't cook, was to open a box of vegan cheese fondue, rip the little foil packet open with its wonderful aroma of white wine and all that cheesy goodness, melt it, and dip some bread in it. It was such a huge tradition at my house, and my mother in law who wasn't as lazy as I was when it came to fondue, had the perfect recipe for it, using wine, brandy and a whole bunch of cheeses, garlic and of course, a fondue pot and bread for dipping.

When I decided to go vegan I thought I was saying goodbye to this favorite dish of mine, but as it happened with every other dish I've ever had, there was a vegan version ready to be discovered and made... 

...and so I did, and today I'm teaching you how to do it too!

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Red Lentil and Mushroom Spaghetti Bolognese

Who doesn't love a good bowl of pasta? Carlos's favorite pasta is a simple spaghetti with no sauce, just olive oil, lots of garlic, sautéed kale and mushrooms and lots of vegan parm, mine is pesto and definitely anything with tomatoes as a base (assuming Mac and cheese doesn't count because that's its very own food group right?). Add to that lots of chunkiness in the case of spaghetti bolognese and I'm extra happy. 

Ok fine, I love any and all forms of pasta.

Of course, we can make a delicious bolognese without using any meat, either with vegan meat crumbles, crumbled tofu or tempeh, chopped seitan, TVP, or, in the case of today's recipe, with something anyone can find at their regular store: lentils and mushrooms.

So here's the deal, red lentils (which are actually a cute pink/orangy color, are actually quite strange, they don't keep their round shape like other lentils do, which means they're not the best choice for cooking and eating whole or using on salads or veggie bowls. They're best in soups, dahls or curries, and in today's recipe and here's why.

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Maple and Mustard Glazed Tempeh with Crunchy Pistachios and Scallions

I've received a lot of awesome little gifts since going vegan. Most have to do with the meaning of this journey and the things it started to shift in my life. Others are in the culinary department. What people don't know before going vegan, myself included, is that you actually start discovering lots of new foods you had never tried before and that will soon become your new besties. Forget deprivation, after going vegan our meals were bursting at the seams with new foods and ingredients we had never cooked before.

Were it not for gong vegan I would have never discovered the magic of a gooey chia seed which makes my yogurt parfaits so much more fun. I wouldn't have discovered the culinary magic that is kale, or that tofu wasn't the initial bland blob I thought it to be. Another discovery I will forever be grateful for is tempeh. 

For those of you who might not know about this magical little ingredient which has its origins in Indonesia, it's a very firm "cake" made out of fermented soybeans. I know, it doesn't sound like anything you want even touching your fridge, but trust me, it's one of the most delicious sources of vegan protein out there!

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Leek, Mushroom and Fig Tart

Just in time for Thanksgiving, and with the Holiday season in front of us, I thought it was time to teach you how to make the most gorgeous tart ever! First, you have the flakiest crust, one that will make any sweet pie totally jealous. Then you have a delicious savory and creamy cashew filling with perfectly charred oyster mushrooms, leeks and chives. Then you get to top that beauty with the brightest and sweetest figs. Trust me, everyone will "ooh" and "ahh" over this one, and it's perfect for when you want to take a vegan dish to your holiday gatherings, or serve it as part of your holiday meal. It's also secretly the perfect fancy recipe for an elegant brunch or lunch, since it's a little twist on a quiche. Yup! you can have vegan quiche y'all!

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Spaghetti a la Caesar

I love hybrids and I'm not just talking about the car. Although many people think it's a culinary cop out to make an existing recipe into something unexpected, I think as cooks it's the chance for our inner child to come out to play.

Who wouldn't love a cinnamon roll cupcake? Or lasagna meatballs? Not to mention sushi burritos, or jackfruit taco-esque temakis. It's just plain fun!

Although I´m all for creating new flavor profiles and recipes that have never been done before, almost everything we create in the kitchen comes from previous things we've made, eaten and loved. We take flavors that go together and make them into something new. This is why whenever we make my crazy Caesar salad with tofu croutons (recipe is in our online program!), Carlos would always say, this sauce would go great on spaghetti.

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