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vegan snacks

  1. Smashed Potatoes with Garlic and Vegan Parmesan

    Smashed potatoes, where have you been all my life? Fluffy inside and crispy outside, filling but also snackable, these have become a go-to in my kitchen. I tried a few recipes that were on the bland side, so I upped the flavor level with garlic, rosemary, vegan parmesan, and vegan butter. And they are sooo good!

  2. Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

    These vegan mozzarella sticks have all the flavor of the original, and even some of the stretch, too! If you're missing this cheesy appetizer, no worries, I've got you! Just whip up a batch of my tangy, salty vegan mozzarella, coat it in a batter and seasoned breadcrumbs, and fry it! (Or bake it, your choice, but I like them fried). The mozzarella doesn't have the exact mouthfeel of original mozzarella (I have yet to find one that does), but it does stretch a little, and the flavor is really close.

  3. Vegan Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop-Tarts

    I'll admit that these homemade brown sugar and cinnamon Pop-Tarts don't taste exactly like the original. But they do taste like what I always wished the brown sugar and cinnamon Pop-Tarts tasted like. While the original crust was underwhelming (am I the only one who used to break off the edges just to get to the filling?), the flaky crust in this recipe is flavorful and delicious.

    The biggest challenge in this recipe was the filling. Other recipes all seem to use very similar fillings which lack flavor, and get hard and chewy when they cool a little. But this filling tastes perfect, and even better, it stays soft and moist when it cools. (A combination of vegan butter and coconut cream is the secret!)

  4. Vegan Queso Dip

    One of my favorite things in life is hosting parties, dinners, and gatherings at home. Cooking delicious, indulgent foods that everyone loves is a big part of that. This vegan queso is so cheesy that no one ever believes it's vegan! But it is! Even better, it's healthy! The main ingredients for this dip are cashews and vegetables--much better than dairy-based dips.

    This recipe uses a cashew cream base, and nutritional yeast, tomato paste, carrots, butternut squash, and powdered seasonings bring the flavor. For texture and flavor, I included chopped tomatoes, corn kernels, and a diced jalapeño pepper (but you can use any veggies you'd like for this, or leave them out for a smooth cheesy dip).

  5. Jalapeño Dip with Chili Potato Wedges

    At parties, this appetizer sometimes gets overlooked for flashier, more visually interesting dishes. But it always gets finished, because the few people who try it end up eating the whole thing.

    I love making this recipe because it's so easy and delicious. The dip can be made in a blender and doesn't need to be heated. And the potatoes just get coated with oil and seasonings, then put in the oven to get all crispy and delicious, while I do practically nothing. That makes it perfect for parties or game day.

  6. Vegan Jalapeño Poppers with Lemon Cashew Cream

    When I was a teenager, jalapeño poppers were one of my favorite appetizers. There's just something about a jalapeño pepper stuffed with a creamy filling and wrapped in a crunchy breaded crust. Recently, I was reminded of my beloved snack, and decided to make a vegan version.

    When I looked around the internet, all of the vegan recipes were open-faced stuffed jalapeños, without the breaded coating that I remember. While those stuffed jalapeños do look pretty, they just weren't quite what I was looking for. So I set out to make my own. And I soon realized why all those recipes were made without the coating: it's not easy to get jalapeños perfectly coated! However, after weeks of trial and error, I've finally come up with a method that creates the perfect crunchy coating.

  7. Cranberry and cashew goat cheese crostini

    Cranberry and Cashew Goat Cheese Crostini A Vegan Holiday Appetizer

    You've planned your entire Thanksgiving feast. But did you plan on what you and your family are going to snack on while Thanksgiving dinner's being prepared? In years past, we've snacked on my delicious spinach & artichoke dip. This year, I'm adding vegan cranberry and cashew goat cheese crostini! (This recipe is also a great option for holiday parties.)

    The most time-consuming portion of these crostini is the cranberry sauce, but that can be made ahead. (You could also double or triple up the cranberry recipe and serve the cranberry sauce along with Thanksgiving dinner). Then, when you're ready to serve, you can just toast the baguettes for 4 minutes under the broiler, and assemble the crostini!

  8. Vegan Cookie Butter Cake Frosting

    A few weeks ago, I woke up with three words in my head: cookie butter frosting. I'm not saying that God herself tasked me with making a vegan recipe for cake frosting for you. But I'm also not saying that she didn't.

    For those of you who don't know, I used to sell cupcakes many years ago. So veganizing my cupcake recipes has been on my to-do list for a while. But cookie butter frosting wasn't ever on my radar. I've seen some recipes for traditional (non-vegan) cookie butter frosting, but so far I haven't seen any vegan ones!

  9. Just having good vegan options makes me happy!

    Vegan Disney World Dining On A Budget A Review of Disney's Newest Plant-Based Offerings

    Back in October 2019, Disney World announced new plant-based offerings all throughout its parks and resorts. I couldn't wait to try them, so I saved up my coins and headed to Disney earlier this year (pre-COVID). Together with a friend, we sampled vegan eats and treats throughout all four parks. Over three days of dining, we each kept our food spending under $70! Here's a list of what we ate, and what I thought about it.

    I cut costs by bringing my own water flasks to the parks to avoid buying bottled water throughout the day. It does add weight to your bags, especially in the morning when the flasks are full, so you'll have to decide if that's worth the savings. I also brought breakfast foods to eat in the hotel before heading to the parks. At Disney World, I shared almost every dish with my travel partner, so we got to sample twice as many foods!

  10. Vegan spinach and artichoke dip

    Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip A Healthy Recipe that Tastes Indulgent

    I don't know about you, but spinach dip was one of my favorite indulgences before I went vegan. For me, it's associated with lazy Sundays watching football with my friends, eating only the yummiest and unhealthiest of appetizers.

    Like so many of my other recipes, this one came about after I tried other people's recipes and was met with disappointment. So I created the most deliciously creamy, cheesy vegan spinach dip... and then I ate the whole pot of it in several days. I decided to get on the scale to see the damage I'd done with my overindulgence. To my shock, I had lost 3 pounds. Now I'm not saying this is a miracle recipe, but... it might be. It tastes sinful, but the ingredients are actually fairly healthy. So go ahead and indulge, guilt-free!