I woke up at 4:47am this morning. My sleep has been really erratic with a 9-month-old, so it was no big surprise that I couldn’t go back to sleep. Then my stomach started growling, and as any mom knows, when you have a chance to eat, you eat, because you don’t know when else you’ll have a free minute! I started thinking that it would be a great treat for my 6-year-old to wake up to some baked vegan doughnuts…. Read more »

I love the tapioca-like texture that chia seeds impart to a food. Here, the chia seeds gel overnight in the coconut and almond milks. This makes it reminiscent to my childhood, when my mom would make Vietnamese chè (dessert soup) out of tapioca pearls and mung beans in a syrupy coconut milk “soup.” I add matcha powder and maple syrup to this, because lately, I’ve been making lots of matcha lattes out of non-dairy milks, and I love it. I probably don’t… Read more »

I’d be the first person to tell you that I LOVE donuts. Something about the fried, crispy exterior and cakey inside is my foodie weakness. Maple cake donuts, to be exact. There are no vegan donuts around where we are in the Bay Area, but if I go to Whole Foods earlier in the day, they have just what I need if I’m craving it – vegan maple cake donuts! Obviously, I can’t be eating donuts often. Even though foods… Read more »

Yesterday, I posted this Thai tofu scramble up on my Instagram account (@this_veglife). I’ve made this tofu scramble for a couple of years now, and even taught it to a vegan breakfast cooking class at the Whole Foods Culinary Center in Annapolis, MD. This is an old recipe, but one that I have been using for a long time. I never measure, so when I have to write a recipe, I have to buckle down and jot things down on… Read more »

The past year, I was in the habit of buying a package of Medjool dates every week, to make my energy bites to fuel my hubby for his Ironman training. Well, he pretty much rocked the Ironman on a plant-based diet, but now that it’s over, the training is scaled back a lot. Even though he’s still swimming/biking/running, now it’s just to keep up his fitness level and to feel great. I don’t have to be super-involved in planning his… Read more »

When I first ventured into eating more plant-based, I thought I would have to just say goodbye to flavors such as bacon for good. But the more I cook vegan food, the more in awe I am of how flexible this way of cooking can be (as long as I eat in; when we eat out in Annapolis, it’s hard). Some things I’ve learned to cook with: I’ve discovered that there’s such a thing as liquid smoke seasoning, to impart… Read more »

For the past 8 months, my husband has been embarking on a crazy journey towards training for the Ironman in Texas. It has consumed our lives as a family. He trains for hours a week, and my 5-year-old daughter sometimes will run over to his bike trainer, to hang out with her daddy or feed him an energy bite made out of dates. I have taken over his nutrition plan, making sure he gets adequate macronutrients to perform and recover…. Read more »

I made these yesterday when I met up with my sweet and funny friends, Alexis and Sarah, and they told me I had to post the recipe to the blog. Well, here ya go, ladies! This turned out to be way better than running out to get donuts, because that would have been slightly out of the way. Ain’t nothing wrong with donuts, though! Maybe next time. 😉 These muffins are great – moist, not cloyingly sweet, fresh with bananas… Read more »

When I first became “super plant-based,” it wasn’t hard for me to not eat meats like chicken or beef, and I haven’t craved the taste or texture of those meats in over a year and a half. I do, however, order shrimp or other seafood every once in a while, especially if the restaurant’s vegetarian or vegan option is a total rip-off and sounds disgusting (which happens). This is why I can’t call myself 100% vegan, but I am fully… Read more »

These date and coconut bars are pretty amazing. I love pretty much anything with a streusel topping, and didn’t want to make the usual jam or fruit crumble. I had a package of dates in my pantry, brought them back to life by hydrating them in a little warm water, pitted them, and proceeded with the recipe. Eat them cold (personally, I just like them that way). They’re crumbly, remain moist when packed in a plastic baggie, and are not… Read more »