Raw Cereal Bowl

This Raw Vegan Cereal Bowl is super easy, super tasty and SUPER healthy!

It's even better topped with my Homemade Cashew Milk - which just so happens to be raw too!

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- RAW CEREAL BOWL -

Ingredients:

- 1 apple (I use Honeycrisp)
- cinnamon
- oats
- dried, unsweetened coconut shreds
- walnuts
- blueberries (bananas are good too!)
- raisins
- raw buckwheat groats
- cacao nibs
- non-dairy milk (I use homemade cashew milk)

Directions:

Add all ingredients (or whatever ingredients you'd like) to a bowl and top with your choice of non-dairy milk.

Enjoy!

xx Kristen
 

Vegan Crab Cakes

These vegan crab cakes are 100% AMAZING!

And that creamy remoulade sauce??  

Mmmm. So good.

They seriously taste like the crab cakes I remember from childhood trips to the Oregon Coast.

Make these for sure!!! You'll love 'em.

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- VEGAN CRAB CAKES -

Recipe inspired by Kris Carr

(serves 4)

Remoulade Sauce Ingredients:

1 c. vegan mayo
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. vegan worcestershire
juice from half a lemon
1 tbsp. capers
1/4 c. parsley, not chopped
1/4 c. red bell pepper, roughly chopped
2 tsp. minced shallot (or 1 tsp. onion powder)
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Crab Cake Ingredients:

1 sheet of nori, toasted (or 2 tbsp. toasted nori flakes)
2, 14-oz cans hearts of palm (whole, not diced)
1/4 c. finely diced red onion
1/4 c. finely diced red bell pepper
2 tsp. old bay seasoning
3 tbsp. vegan mayo
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast (aka nooch)
2 tsp. cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 c. Panko bread crumbs (use GF if needed)

Directions:

1. Toast nori sheet over electric burner and grind (if not using toasted nori flakes).

2. Drain the hearts of palm and press in a towel to dry.

3. Pulse the hearts of palm in a food processor gently, until it looks like crab meat.

4. Sauté the red onion and bell pepper in a little bit of vegetable broth or water until soft.

5. In a large bowl, combine hearts of palm, onion, bell pepper, mayo, 1 tsp. old bay seasoning, nori flakes, nutritional yeast, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 mins.

6. Portion the chilled mix into small crab cakes.

7. Combine breadcrumbs with 1 tbsp. old bay seasoning. Coat the crab cakes with the breadcrumb mixture. Form and let sit in fridge for 1 hour.

8. On medium-high heat, sauté the crab cakes for 2-3 mins on each side in a couple tablespoons of oil. (see note for oil-free version)

9. Remove from pan and place on parchment paper.

10. Place finished crab cakes in a warm oven (~200F) until the rest are finished. Serve with the remoulade sauce, some fresh lemon and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Enjoy the shit outta these!

NOTE: If you want to make this recipe completely oil-free, then you can try baking the crab cakes in a 400F oven for around 15 minutes. FYI: I haven't tried baking these yet, so if you do, let me know how they turn out!

xx Kristen
 



 

 

Instant Pot Black Beans & Rice

Making black beans & rice has never been so easy!

I love this recipe because it's quick, it's simple and it's HELLA tasty! 

You're definitely gonna want to try this at home. 

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 - INSTANT POT BLACK BEANS & RICE -

Ingredients:

- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup black beans
- enough water to cover the rice and beans by about 3/4 of an inch
- 1/4 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1/2 - 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Optional add ins: your favorite salsa or hot sauce
 

Directions:

1. Put the rice and beans into the Instant Pot and cover with at least a half inch of water.

2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

3. Set your Instant Pot for 25 minutes on the manual setting (make sure the valve is turned to sealing and the pressure is on high).

4. Once the 25 minutes is up, wait until the timer counts up to 10 minutes and use a towel to turn the valve from sealing to venting. Be careful - that shit is hot!

5. Let the pressure release for another minute or so, open your Instant Pot, give the rice and beans a good stir, and boom - perfect rice and beans for all your burrito bowl needs. Enjoy!

NOTE: Cooking time may vary depending on your location, the age and size of your beans and rice, how they've been stored, etc. So keep that in mind! Play around with this recipe until it's just right for you!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! 

xx Kristen

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CHOCOLATE ZOATS (aka Zucchini Oats)

OMG. These zoats are my new fave! 

They're vegan, they're delicious, and they're packed FULL of nutrients.

They straight-up taste like brownie batter and I LOVE it!

 

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- CHOCOLATE ZOATS -

Ingredients:

1/4 c. non-dairy milk

1 tbsp. chia seeds

2 dates, pitted and chopped

1/2 of a small zucchini, grated

1 small banana, mashed

1 c. water or non-dairy milk, add more as needed

1/3 c. oats

2 tbsp. cacao (or cocoa) powder (add more if you want it super chocolatey)

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. maca powder (optional)

Topping Ideas:

fresh or frozen fruit
nut or seed butter
hemp seeds
walnuts
coconut shreds
cocoa or cacao nibs
your fave non-dairy milk

Directions:

1. Whisk together 1/4 c. of non-dairy milk and the chia seeds and set aside to thicken up.

2. To a pot on medium-high heat, add 1 c. of water (or non-dairy milk), the chopped dates, and the grated zucchini. Bring to a low boil.

3. Once boiling, stir in the oats, turn the heat down to med-low, cover and cook until the oats are done - usually around 5 - 7 minutes. FYI: This will depend on the type of oats you're using.

4.Turn the heat down to low and add in the cacao powder, mashed banana, cinnamon, maca powder, and the chia seed mixture you set aside earlier. Mix well, adding in more water or non-dairy milk if needed.

5. Cook for another minute or so on low heat to let everything come together and get all nice and yummy.

6. Top with your desired toppings and enjoy!

xo Kristen
 

RAW VEGGIE WRAPS + Creamy Wasabi Sauce

You guys, these Raw Veggie Wraps are OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD delish!

They remind me of sushi, and I effing LOVE sushi, so I'm totally stoked on these!

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RAW VEGGIE WRAPS + CREAMY WASABI SAUCE
 

Ingredients for the Sauce:

1/2 c. raw cashews, soaked, drained & rinsed
1/2 of a zucchini, peeled & roughly chopped
juice from 1 lemon
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp. hemp seeds
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/2 - 1 tsp. wasabi powder
3 tbsp. tamari
3 tbsp. coconut aminos
splash of water, if needed
squirt of Sriracha (optional)

Ingredients for the Wraps:

nori sheets
cucumber
red pepper
avocado
romaine
alfalfa sprouts
hummus (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

1. To make your sauce, add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until super smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.

2. Pour into a container and store in the fridge until you're ready to eat your wraps.

3. To make your wraps, chop the cucumber, red pepper, avocado, and romaine into long, thin strips.

4. Place one of your nori sheets, shiny side down, in front of you. Make sure the lines are vertical.

5. Gently spread a thin layer of hummus on the nori sheet.

6. Top with your veggies in whatever order you'd like.

7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

8.  Roll the wrap with your hands, making sure to keep everything nice and tight. (See the video for examples.)

9. Wet the end of the nori sheet with a bit of water to seal the roll.

10. Wet a sharp knife and cut your roll into 6 pieces.

11. Dip the pieces into your sauce and enjoy!

NOTE: You can use whatever veggies or fruit you'd like in these rolls! FYI: They're really good with mango in 'em.

xo Kristen
 

EASY VEGAN HOLIDAY GUIDE | w/ FREE Shopping List!

Have you been wondering what you're going to eat as a vegan during the holidays this year??

Wonder no more!

I've created this Easy Vegan Holiday Guide to make this your easiest vegan holiday yet!

Oh, and there's a FREE downloadable shopping list to go with!

That's how much I love you guys. ❤️

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I hope you have the VERY BEST holiday season ever!!! 

xx Kristen

Easy Vegan Sour Cream

If you're looking for a delicious and super-easy vegan sour cream recipe then look no further!

This stuff is #LegitneySpears.

Use it however you would 'normal' sour cream!

Nachos, burritos, tacos...you name it.

It's 150% DELISH!
 

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- EASY VEGAN SOUR CREAM -

Ingredients:

- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
- 1/2 - 3/4 c. water (as needed)
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 - 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt (to taste)

Directions:

1. Drain and rinse your soaked cashews and add them to a blender with the rest of the ingredients

2. Blend until super smooth and creamy. This usually takes my Vitamix about 3-4 minutes total.

3. Make sure to scrape down the sides a few times throughout the blending process!

4. Adjust everything to taste.

5. Enjoy right away, or put it in the fridge for a few hours (overnight is best) to thicken up and get all sorts of delicious. Enjoy!

FYI: This will last in the fridge for about 5-7 days.

xo Kristen

Chili-Lime BBQ Jackfruit

Mmmm. I absolutely LOVE this stuff!

It's perfect in burritos, tacos, and vegan 'pulled pork' sandwiches!

I like making a big ol' batch of this at the beginning of the week and keeping it on hand for all sorts of yumminess. 

I promise you'll love it too! 

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- Chili-Lime BBQ Jackfruit -

Ingredients:

- two 20 oz. cans of jackfruit (in water or brine)
- 1/2 c. vegetable broth
- 1 white onion
- 3 - 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp. chili-lime seasoning (chili powder works too)
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 2 tbsp. taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke (optional)
- juice from 1 lime
- 1/2 - 3/4 c. your favorite BBQ sauce
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 c. cilantro, chopped (optional)

Directions:

1. Drain and rinse your jackfruit.


2. Smash each piece and pull it apart with your fingers until all of the jackfruit is nicely shredded. Some bigger pieces are totally okay - they'll break down as you cook the jackfruit.


3. Heat a large pot on medium heat.


4. Slice your white onion into half moons (aka semi-circles).


5. Once your pot has heated, add 1/2 cup of vegetable broth as well as the sliced onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until onions are soft and slightly golden.


6. While the onions are cooking mince up your garlic cloves.


7. Add the garlic to the pot, stir well, and cook for another 30 seconds or so.


8. Add in the shredded jackfruit as well as the chili-lime seasoning, cumin, oregano, taco seasoning, salt, liquid smoke, and lime juice and mix well.


9. Let this cook for about 5 minutes to let all of the spices get nice and toasted and soaked into the jackfruit.


10. Now it's time to add the BBQ sauce! So add that in, stir everything together, pop a lid on, and let it simmer on med-low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


11. Add the black pepper and chopped cilantro and mix well.

Enjoy!

xo Kristen
 

How To Deal With Non-Vegan Friends & Family - Especially Seeing Them Eat Meat

Dealing with this shit isn't easy.

Especially around the holidays.

But it's definitely do-able.

So watch this video to hear all of the little tips and tricks I've learned over the past 6 years of being vegan at non-vegan get-togethers and holiday parties. 

HINT: Be YOU! 
 

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Does anyone else struggle with this as much as I do?

Let me know in the comments below so we can chat about it! 

xo Kristen

Easy Overnight Oats

These Easy Overnight Oats are absolutely delicious.

They're perfect to take to school, or to work, or whatevs! 

I was skeptical about the whole overnight oat craze, but once I tried them, I was hooked.

We bring these with us EVERY single time we go camping too!

They're just the best.

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- EASY OVERNIGHT OATS - 

(makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

- 1/2 c. oats

- 1 - 2 tbsp. chia seeds

- 3 chopped dates

- 1 tbsp. raisins

- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

- 1 - 1 1/2 c. of your fave non-dairy milk

Easy Cashew Milk

Homemade Almond Milk

Directions:

1. Put all of the ingredients into a jar (or whatever you're going to store it in) and pop the lid on.

2. Shake the shit out of it until everything is mixed well. 

3. Place in the fridge for at least a few hours (overnight is best - hence the name 'Overnight Oats' hehe). 

4. Top the oats with your fave toppings (I love banana and walnut) and eat it!

Enjoy! 

xo Kristen