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How to Make the BEST Vegan Cheese Sauce Ever (Feese!)

Mac 'n' Feese

Mac ‘n’ Feese

We have a tradition in this family of renaming vegetarian/vegan products with a sort of short-hand. If it’s fake chicken, it’s ficken; if it’s fake crab, it’s fab; fake bacon is fakin’.

We do this will all sorts of meat replacements. And… as my husband found out the hard way… one should not do this with duck, particularly in front of one’s 8-year old daughter. Fake duck = …. oops!

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Sloppy Bellas: A Vegan Version of Sloppy Joes!

Sloppy BellasOne of the things my husband and I have both noticed since changing our diet to full-on vegetarian (i.e., we eat no meat/flesh though we do still eat eggs, dairy, and honey) is that you start to miss certain things. Comfort foods. Childhood classics. Those hearty (often naughty) stick-to-your-ribs meals that feel like a real “treat.”

Which is why I was thrilled to discover a vegan take on the super-classic “sloppy joe” sandwich recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, Quick-Fix Vegan, by Robin Robertson. It’s meaty, rich in flavor, and fully satisfying… and feels like a naughty indulgence rather than a healthy, meat-free meal!

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5 Green + Easy Resolutions for the New Year

Green ManHappy New Year everyone! I’ve been a bit MIA with all the crazy weather, canceled schooldays, and general household-type-busy-minutia (with a few unexpected mini-crises thrown in).

To kick things off as I get back in the routine of posting regularly, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on some of the most significant things you can do to help green things up this year. Most of these ideas not only save you money, but they also ensure you have a less toxic home, an increased amount of self-sufficiency, and are actively engaged in planetary stewardship through sustainable efforts.

All of which should make for a pretty rewarding 2014!

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Homemade Slow-Cooker Chex Mix Recipe (just in time for the holidays!)

Slow Cooker Chex MixI have this little addiction to chex mix. I blame my mother. She makes the most glorious, amazing chex mix in the world. My husband is now hooked as well… with our daughter close behind.

And, like many things that come from my childhood, part of the magic of the chex mix is that someone else makes it for me. It is a gift. A special treat. Something that only happens once a year (we get a big batch at Christmas) – so that we can savor it fully and then pine after it for another 11 months.

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BBQ Seitan Sandwich with Dilled Yogurt Slaw

dec1_2013 010Remember that lonely little hunk of seitan you have leftover from the Homemade Seitan Pot Pie you made? Here’s a delicious way to use it up and satisfy any BBQ cravings you may be suffering!

This recipe came together quickly for an incredibly satisfying lunch. Normally I don’t like slaw on my BBQ, but in this case, having  a bit of crunchy, cool veg with a bit of a dill kick really helped pull everything together.

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Delicious Homemade Seitan Pot Pie

Homemade Seitan Pot PieOddly enough, chicken pot pie was one of the dishes I missed terribly once I became a vegetarian. For a long time, I made an all-veggie pot pie, which was perfectly lovely and super delicious… but I missed the “meat” aspect and still felt like, ultimately, something was missing.

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Delicious Homemade Sausage Recipe (that just happens to be vegan!)

dec1_2013 011Okay. I know what you’re thinking. I really do. Meatless sausage is sort of an odd concept: ironic at best and oxymoronic at worst. But I promise you, these patties will make you a believer. A meatless *gasp* vegan sausage convert. Honest.

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