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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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The Perfect Vegan Waffles

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we thought we would teach you how to make one of those quintessential breakfast staples which can also moonlight as a snack or as dessert! To me nothing is more fun or romantic as a yummy breakfast shared together, and I also happen to love making a great delicious breakfast for myself when Carlos has to work early. It’s a great form of self love and self care to take the time to prepare and serve a breakfast you really feel like eating, so in this month of celebrating love, we’re making these scrumptious waffles. Perfect whether you’re celebrating the love of having friends around a big brunch, a romantic breakfast for two, or the perfect party for one.

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3 Easy Weekday Vegan Side Dishes that Require no Measuring!

There's this restaurant I love in Madrid where you basically get to assemble your own meal. Their kitchen is in the center of the restaurant and you get to see all the different sides and components they have, and you get to pick and choose like a kid in a candy store. 

I love to recreate this feeling whenever I can at home, making several smaller components, setting them out and having everybody pick the options they love and make their own combinations of flavors.

When I do this at home, I opt for simple sides that I know so well, I can practically make them in my sleep! That way there's no stress added, and I can focus on making a special recipe, or a delicious dessert, and all my components are taken care of. 

For today's quick fix I thought I'd give you a 3 for 1!

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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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Simple Vegan Picnic Potato Salad

You've heard about the book of poetry I've written inspired by my love for potatoes right? Well, ok, I haven't actually written it, but if I ever became a poet laureate, you could place all the blame on the potato.

It's hard for me to choose my favorite way to cook and eat potatoes. Let's face it, we've got roasted potatoes, French fries, braised potatoes, potato latkes, potato pancakes, hash browns, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes with vegan sour cream and onion... oh boy. They're all delicious! There is however, one that is near and dear to my heart and that is the potato salad.

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"Chupe": Vegan Corn and Potato Chowder

Every New Year's Day, at my mother-in-law's, they make chupe. It's the perfect comfort/hangover/post-late night food on the planet, but it was only when we moved from Venezuela to Spain when I truly understood the reason this soup was meant to be eaten in January, and why it's a dish originally created in the mountains of Peru, it's the perfect hearty and filling soup for those winter blues or for whenever there's a little chill in the air.

Although this is a Peruvian specialty, many families across Latin America prepare this dish, with multiple variations, meaning they make chupe in a completely different way at my grandfather´s house than they do at Carlos's grandfather's house. I love it when dishes start changing in small ways to create even more delicious creations.

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Tempeh No-Chicken Salad Stuffed Pitas

One of the most exciting things that has happened since we started Brownble was teaming up with the awesome folks at Vegan Outreach to create videos for them and their audience, with delicious recipes, lifestyle tips, meal ideas and more. Once a month, we get the chance to film something really special for them, and the recipe you're about to watch and read, has been one of my favorites! 

For those of you who don't know about the fantastic work that Vegan Outreach does, they're one of our favorite non-profits, one of the recipients of our Brownble Gives Back program and they're out there, day in and day out, in college campuses and online, spreading the word about veganism, helping people transition and stick to it, and all under the guidance of their founder and vegan RD Jack Norris (who you already know we love!). You can check out their work by visiting their website and blog, and don't miss their awesome youtube channel where you'll be able to see lots of upcoming videos by yours truly (meaning me!).                  

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Smoky Tempeh Bacon

Let me start this recipe off by saying that yes, you can be vegan and eat your bacon too! By bacon I mean the smoky, crispy delicious varieties we can make at home, are minimally processed, don't contribute to animal suffering, heart disease and are non-carcinogenic! It's a win win win right?! 

We can be so attached to some animal based foods, and the only reasons are habit, and the fact that they taste good. Bacon in particular is all about that crispy and chewy texture, the saltiness and of course the fat and smokiness. We can recreate all of these tastes and textures in a much healthier way that also protects our fellow beings and keeps our doctor wondering what on Earth happened to us that we never went back.

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