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Creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Almond Crumble Topping

Every family has their own special Holiday menu. And the idea of taking any of those special dishes and turning them into something “healthier” can be slightly unappealing… Since becoming vegan, I’ve had to bite the bullet and change almost all of my usual dishes because they all contained animal products of some sort. And slowly I’ve developed a new successful menu full of great HEALTHY vegan Holiday dishes!!

The BEST Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Along with this Sweet Potato Casserole, I always serve a creamy Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole. When I was a child my Mom would make the simple bean casserole, consisting of canned beans, canned mushroom soup, and fried onions to top. And I LOVED it.

The BEST Vegan Green Bean Casserole

But now that I am so food-conscious of what goes into mine and my family’s bodies, I knew that wasn’t going to cut it.

The BEST Vegan Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole is the perfect solution!! It is creamy and flavorful with a delicious nutty topping :D

The BEST Vegan Green Bean Casserole

It’s a complete dream.

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Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies- Naturally sweetened and VEGAN!

I've been really big into making my own Pumpkin Purée lately. It's not too terribly difficult and you get such great flavor. Plus!! It's always nice to not eat something that comes out of an aluminum can when you can... Read More

Savory Pumpkin-Walnut Pie

Savory Walnut-Pumpkin Pie. Perfect main dish @ Holidays for vegetarians and vegans! #vegan

November is upon us and sooner than we always expect so will be the Holidays! I, for one, am jumping for joy. This is the first year in five years that I have been home for the Holidays. Granted, I would... Read More

Chocolate Almond Butter Spread

Chocolate Almond Butter- all natural

For months I was roasting and skinning hazelnuts to keep a constant supply of Homemade Nutella in my house. Scarlett had become addicted to Peanut Butter-Nutella Sandwiches during our diet change. And who was I to stop such a beneficial love affair??... Read More

Maple Vanilla Muffins

Maple Vanilla Muffins - Naturally Sweet Vegan Muffins

Once upon a time, muffins were my favorite treat. I used to love going to the grocery store bakery and picking up one of those over-sized muffins to treat myself. Blueberry, specifically. I'm a big fan. I still really like... Read More

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie @ #vegan

I've only ever had Empanadas once. They were little flaky, pastry pockets filled with seasoned ground beef, raisins, and olives. It sounds crazy but they were actually delicious. And I am pretty sure- authentic. Needless to say, now that I... Read More

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust {Raw & No Bake}

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust. Naturally sweetened with apple cider and maple syrup only! @ #vegan

I went apple picking for the first time with my kids this past weekend. We made some AMAZING memories. And ate some incredibly delicious, fresh-from-the-tree apples. Boy, sometimes I find it hard to believe that people argue with the wonderful taste... Read More

Pumpkin Nog

Pumpkin Nog! Creamy, HEALTHY, and totally perfect for this Holiday season. @ #vegan

I imagine that most of you are as SUPER excited about Autumn cooking and baking fun as I am! Pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and spices... ohhhhhhhh boy :D And to bring in the new season I whipped up a really yummy... Read More

Potato-Kale Gumbo

Potato-Kale Vegan Gumbo. Creamy and chunky. Loaded with nutrients! @ #vegan #healthy

It's been a loooong time since I've made a soup. I used to make soups at least twice a week. When Dave was home it was his 'go-to' meal option for lunch. It's actually been kind of nice having that... Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars! Naturally sweetened and vegan. @ #vegan

Can I tell you something? I just made the most delicious, worth-every-single-bite, vegan treat that I have ever eaten! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. That's right- chocolate chip cookie dough topping a cheesecake filling, loaded on a perfect graham... Read More

Vegan Chocolate-Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch fine-grain sea salt, 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, 3/4 cup oat flour @ #vegan #healthy

One day when I was flipping through one of my old recipe notebooks (trying to sort through the vegan/non-vegan recipes) I came across one of my girlfriend's favorite cookies- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes. You know the ones. They're those... Read More