Posts tagged vegan comfort food
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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Banana Nut Bread

Whenever I want to make something really simple, that is sweet but not overly sweet, which means it would be perfect for both dessert and breakfast or brunch, I think of banana bread.

I grew up on this stuff because at my house, my mom always overestimated the number of bananas we could actually eat, which meant many were overly brown by the end of the week. This meant two things, over the weekend we would have our fair share of my mom's famous bananas foster, and the smell of homemade banana bread (which in my house was served with salted butter and jam on the side... go figure!) would fill every corner of the house. It's the perfect use for bananas that have gone over to the dark side.

What's not to love about banana bread? It's moist, dense, sweet, and with that perfect pairing of banana, walnuts and cinnamon that go together so well.

Today we're teaching you how to make this baby thanks to our partnership with our lovely friends at Vegan Outreach who we made this video for. Make sure to follow them through their blog and youtube channel, they produce so much great content for new vegans and seasoned vegans alike, and we just love the work they're doing to help animals!

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Vegan Mac and Cheese Basics

Last week was dedicated to teens who are trying to make more vegan choices or have gone vegan when perhaps their family doesn't want to make this change. It got me thinking about my teenage years and how even when I started cooking, opening a box of mac and cheese and ripping open that cheese powder packet gave me such a thrill. Even though I could already make delicious treats, mac and cheese was one of my favorite foods, and I had an endless supply of the boxed stuff in the pantry. Nowadays you can even find the same boxed equivalent, orange packet and all, in its vegan version, but in case you're like me, and you live in an area where some of these products aren't available, or you simply want to make it at home, today we're having a vegan mac and cheese architecture class!

Yup! Vegan mac and cheese architecture is a thing!

There are so many mac and cheese recipes out there that you can follow to get great results, but you know me and how my teacher brain works. I have to teach you the basics so that you can understand mac and cheese, breathe mac and cheese, cook mac and cheese, love mac and cheese.

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