Holy cow. The past few days, my 11-month-old has been waking up every morning at around 5:27am instead of 7:30am. This means that I can’t get up in time to wake up for the day, and I usually stumble into her room without even putting my glasses on (I’m blind as a bat, by the way) because I have to address the “MAMA!!!!!” cries. I’ve tripped over a book and stubbed my toe getting to her. Oh, and she’s teething… Read more »

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 »

You know those bright pink-colored, artificially strawberry-flavored milk drinks you had when you were a kid? This is NOT that. This is subtle strawberry, slightly sweet, extra rich cashew milk. I LOVE making cashew milk, because it requires no brains, effort, or straining as in other nut milks. Anything that requires minimal prep, quick, and is homemade gets bonus points in my book. Enjoy! Strawberry cashew milk Print Recipe CourseBeverages Servings Prep Time 4 cups 2 minutes Passive Time 6… Read more »

My family LOVES this shake – it really just tastes like a chocolate milkshake, and you wouldn’t even think that it’s good for you! I make this when I am having a sweet tooth and have some frozen, sliced bananas ready for me in the freezer. It’s full of good stuff like calcium (from fortified almond milk), potassium (bananas), hemp seeds and almond butter (plant-based protein), cocoa powder, maple syrup, and cinnamon. I love lots of cinnamon in this milkshake,… Read more »

We went to a Strawberry Festival the other week, and naturally, you buy tons of strawberries! I was back in the kitchen after an almost two-month hiatus (see previous post) and so glad to uncover these 4-inch tart pans from my baking arsenal. Because I moved to a new area, I spent a lot of time the past few weeks figuring out where to buy my groceries. I discovered a Mother’s Market nearby, and this vegan strawberry Jel seemed interesting… 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 »

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 »