It all started with a sauce, or should I say, the memory of a sauce… I recently had a craving for a Thai dish that I haven’t had since going vegan. I’m being generous when I say that I was craving the “dish”, because in actuality, the sauce is the only thing that has stuck in my mind. It’s bright and herbaceous and spicy and funky. With my flavor memory, and the help of Google, I’m pretty sure I’ve been able to approximate the sauce enough to satisfy my palate for whenever I get that craving again. As I vehicle for the sauce, I have also created an easy mushroom and tofu filling for making lettuce wraps. Sub out the mushrooms and tofu for other veggies or proteins of your choice, or serve over rice, if you’re wanting a dish that’s a bit more hearty.
Finding inspired vegan sushi can be a challenge, unless you are blessed to have an amazing vegan sushi restaurant in your town (shout out to SHIZEN!). I find that most of the time I’m limited to rolls containing various permutations of avocado and cucumber. I miss the days when I could get all sorts of crazy Americanized sushi rolls, covered in spicy mayo sauces and filled with a variety of textured ingredients. This recipe is a first of what I hope will be many veganized sushi rolls. The “crab” mixture I use here can be used in so many other rolls, and even makes a great topping on an English muffin.
Celine once sang about her heart going on…. And when you love someone, you want to make sure that their heart will go on…beating. So, what better way to celebrate someone you love then my making them a heart-healthy dessert that will not only satisfy their cardiovascular system, but their taste buds as well. This raw, vegan blueberry cheesecake recipe was given to me by a friend, and out of my love for you, I’m sharing it with you here today. Don’t be put off by the “crunchy” sounding title. This is a truly decadent dessert that will make you feel guilty and indulgent even though it’s pretty much just a smoothie in a pie pan.
Who doesn’t love having all of their favorite savory breakfast foods wrapped up in a tortilla and grilled? I know I do. So, that’s why I decided to take a crack at veganizing Taco Bell’s Breakfast Crunchwrap. I went on their website, found out everything they stuff inside, and then I came up with vegan alternatives for everything that wasn’t already vegan (the tortilla). In this video, I reveal all of my secrets. This breakfast contraption is seriously epic, and comes together in no-time flat. Faster than you could drive to Taco Bell (and then back home again, disappointed because they don’t have a vegan breakfast option) you could be chowing down on this wrap in the comfort of your very own home.
I have to give 100% of the credit for this recipe to Lauren Toyota at Hot for Food. Her vegan “crab” cake recipe was the first recipe I made when I went vegan. And fast forward to today: I’m still vegan! I have taken her original recipe and ran with it a bit; turning the artichoke heart “crab” cakes into delicious sliders that are perfect to serve to your carnivorous friends at your next get together. To balance out the brightness of the cakes, I have created a spicy maple-dijon sauce that turn these already profound cakes into disappearing party food.
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Hi! I’m Michael, and I’m obsessed with cooking vegan food and developing vegan recipes. I love reinventing my childhood (and even my adulthood) favorite foods into vegan works of edible art. I’ve been vegan for just over two years now, so join me on this journey of discovery in the plant-based world of incredible food. Click the YouTube link above to watch all of my videos, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.