Posts Tagged ‘vegan’

Crispy Tofu Tacos

When everyone in the house kept walking past sneaking tofu bits BEFORE we assembled the crispy tofu tacos, I knew this vegan taco recipe was a winner!

Crispy Tofu Tacos - Vegan, but totally omnivore approved! Recipe on

Full disclosure, we made this recipe two weekends in a row once I decided to add it to the blog because there wasn’t enough tofu available to take pictures after the first round. This is how good we find these tacos. I feel the need to stress this because 1. I know some of you got this glazed look in your eyes when you read the word “tofu”, and 2. If you haven’t had particularly good tofu, you might be a bit wary of trying another recipe. I get it, but trust me, if the Godfather told me he’d gladly eat these whenever I make them, this is one tofu recipe worth making. (more…)

Chocolate Coconut Crazy 8 Cake

With no butter, milk, or eggs, this chocolate coconut crazy 8 cake is my variation on the popular one pot style depression cake! You mix and bake all in one pan and the resulting cake is super moist, delicious, and made extra special with a vegan chocolate ganache topping! 

Chocolate Coconut Crazy 8 Cake - A one pan cake with no eggs, milk, or butter. Mix and bake in the same pan! This recipe is extra decadent with a vegan ganache topping. *

I may (or may not) have mentioned before that I’m part of a recipe club where we get together once a month, cook dishes based on some theme, and then eat them and share the recipes. If I haven’t sorry. If I have, then can I just encourage you to get some friends together and start one? I think the idea hearkens back to the 1950s or so – at least that’s the decade I picture when I think of recipe clubs – and it’s so much fun! We always end up having a wonderful time together and the food is delicious! In fact, this cake is from one of my recipe club meetings. (more…)

Soft Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s no joke, these soft vegan peanut butter cookies contain no oil or butter, but still manage to be everything you want in a soft peanut butter cookie! 

Irrisistable, these soft vegan peanut butter cookies have a secret ingredient to make them just a bit better for you. ;) Recipe on

I was craving peanut butter cookies one day, but I had some pumpkin puree I needed to use, and it was February, so making pumpkin cookies felt a little odd. Also, it wouldn’t have solved my craving for peanut butter cookies, so would have been pretty pointless. I was also trying out a 100% vegan diet, so my usual peanut butter cookie recipe was a no-go too since it has eggs. But I really really really really really really really wanted peanut butter cookies.  (more…)

Yuca con Mojo

Yuca con mojo – yuca with mojo sauce – is a great substitute for a mashed potato dish. The yuca is satisfyingly starchy and delicious when topped with the garlicky onion-y mojo sauce. 

Yuca con Mojo - a delicious Cuban dish that makes a great alternative to potatoes! {vegan, gluten free, paleo friendly} *

Yuca con mojo is a dish you’ll find at almost any Cuban party and around the family dinner table at least a few times a month. Yuca, a starchy, inexpensive, and versatile edible root found in the Americas is a staple in the diet of many Caribbean and Latin American cultures. It’s slowly working its way into the mainstream American diet because it’s delicious. You can fry yuca, boil it, steam it, mash it, roast it… it’s like a potato without being a potato. My two favorite ways to enjoy it are fried and boiled with some mojo with extra garlic on the side.  (more…)

Cuban Style Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a fabulous garlicky green sauce that makes the flavor of so many dishes pop! Originally from Argentina, it is also found in other Latin American cuisines, like in many Cuban dishes, which is how I was first introduced to this versatile condiment.

Cuban Style Chimichurri Sauce - a garlicky, fresh-flavored condiment perfect to have on hand for a variety of dishes. Ready in minutes with the recipe on

The first time I recall having chimichurri, even though I know it wasn’t actually the first time, was after I took either the ACT or SAT my junior year of high school. My dad took me to the test, and then he took me out to a Cuban restaurant for lunch afterward. I ordered palomilla I think (a thin cut of steak), and it came with a side of chimichurri that seemed just magical after sitting through a standardized test. I don’t remember much about the test other than I did well enough not to worry about taking it again, and that I was annoyed at the kids who were super stressed. Oh, and the lights cast a rather yellowish tint in the classroom, which I didn’t like either. The lunch date with my daddy after was much appreciated, and I still distinctly remember the chimichurri sauce. It was amazing, and I vaguely remember telling my mom about it I think and wondering if we shouldn’t find some at the store. Only, store bought versions aren’t as good as this one, and chimichurri sauce can be made in literally less than 5 minutes at home.  (more…)

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