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Vegan, Gluten Free, and Delicious! Oranges Glacees (glazed or candied oranges)

This recipe, honoring Julia Child’s 100th birthday, is so simple that it is astonishing. This dish epitomizes simple elegance and is a perfect time saver for a big dinner party. Don’t let the ease of this dish fool you – it is a beautiful and refreshing dish, especially if following a heavy dinner. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Bacon Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Cheese

This dish has become quite popular, making the rounds on Pinterest, and with good reason: it is unbelievably delicious. The brussels sprouts are roasted to a crispy perfection, and the sweet balsamic is perfectly rounded out by the salty parmesan and bacon. While this is a side dish, it is easy to eat this dish alone, just try not to gorge yourself! Continue reading

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The Best Vegan and Gluten Free 3 Ingredient Marinara Sauce that Will Knock Your Socks Off

The recipe for 3-ingredient marinara has gotten huge on the web, especially on Pinterest. At first glance, you think that the recipe is simply for easy marinara, but then you read the rave reviews that describe this sauce as “velvety,” “buttery,” and “the best marinara I’ve ever had.” What is a vegan to do? We want delicious buttery, velvety, marinara, too! Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Sopa Seca de Fideo (Browned Noodles in Delicious Broth)

“What is Sopa Seca de Fideo?” you may ask? Be prepared to fall head over heels in love with this classic Mexican side dish, vegan and gluten free style, of course! Traditionally, this dish is made with vermicelli and chicken broth, but we are preparing this dish with a vegan and gluten free flair and, trust us, you are not sacrificing taste by any means. Be prepared to delight your tastebuds with garlic, onions, chiles and tomatoes.

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Vegan and Gluten Free BBQ Tempeh Hoagies with Chipotle Mayo for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here and one of our favorite cookbooks for festive food is Quick & Easy Vegan Celebrations by Alicia C. Simpson. To many, Memorial Day means gathering with friends and family to have time together, cherish the ones you love, and remember those who have served our country. Delicious food often plays a major role in these gatherings, and those who are vegan and gluten-free can still enjoy delicious food to mark the occasion. Continue reading

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Kolat Vegan and Gluten Free Superfood the Fast Food That Nourishes Your Body

Sometimes it can be difficult to follow a perfect diet. Even for those who know the importance of a pure organic diet of whole foods, it can be difficult to maintain that during times that are busier than normal. When a busy schedule kicks in, the need for convenience can take over. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice health for convenience. Continue reading

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Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Simple Breakfast Porridge from the Conscious Cleanse

We’ve recently been singing the praises of the Conscious Cleanse, the cleansing program that aims to not only cleanse the body, but also the mind. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Savory Rice from the Conscious Cleanse

Warm savory rice is a comfort food appreciated by many. It offers a hearty and delicious addition to any dish, and is pretty simple to make. We’ve been devouring the Conscious Cleanse book, which is a gentle cleanse that purifies the mind and body without starvation, like many cleanses. Continue reading

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The Conscious Cleanse’s Vegan and Gluten Free Caesar Dressing

We mentioned last week how we are in love with the Conscious Cleanse. It is a cleanse that detoxifies your body, inside and out, as well as your mind and your environment, all while letting you eat all kinds of delicious food. Continue reading

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Review of the Conscious Cleanse and Sherpa Spinach Dip Recipe

We’ve been excited to get our hands on the Conscious Cleanse book ever since we heard about it. The cleanse isn’t the kind you may be used to, where you feel deprived, and end up hungry and miserable. What it does do is take certain foods out of your diet that you may not even realize you are reacting to, so that you have a full picture as to how your body reacts to those foods. Continue reading

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Review of Kite Hill’s Vegan and Gluten Free White Alder Artisanal Cheese

Vegan and gluten-free cheese has come a long way. Gone are the days of unpalatable soy cheeses with crumbly or rubbery textures. Not only are delicious every day vegan cheeses available, but so are artisan vegan cheeses such as those made by vegan cheese company Kite Hill. Continue reading

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Parmela’s Creamery Vegan and Gluten Free Cheese

We love our vegan and gluten-free cheese, especially when it’s non-GMO. Parmela’s Creamery, which started out with their signature product, parmesan-style cheese, will not disappoint. Their vegan cheeses are fermented like regular dairy cheese, offering a whole new vegan cheese experience. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Egg Salad Sandwich with Hampton Creek Just Mayo

Vegenaise has long been the choice for many vegans when it comes to vegan mayonnaise. New player on the block, Hampton Creek, is changing the game with their new vegan mayonnaise, Just Mayo. Continue reading

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Neat Meat Gluten Free and Vegan Meat Replacer

Natural Foods Expo West has come and gone in the city of Anaheim, and it did not disappoint. This yearly conference is a who’s who of natural foods and it did not disappoint this year. From cashew ice cream, to coconut fake bacon, to the finest organic and vegan juice cleanses, the offerings were delicious and bountiful. One product that stood out is the gluten-free, vegan meat called Neat. Continue reading

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The Easiest, Most Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Fire-Roasted Salsa You’ll Ever Make

Naturally vegan and gluten-free, this salsa is so delicious, and quick to make. It’s great to stock up on cans of the below organic tomatoes to keep around the house, so that you can make salsa whenever the mood strikes. It keeps for weeks in the refrigerator when tightly stored. Continue reading

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Simple Vegan and Gluten-Free Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Saffron Cauliflower Puree

Cauliflower steaks are getting quite popular, and we understand why: they’re vegan, gluten-free, hearty, easy to make, versatile and absolutely delicious. We decided to try our hand at making cauliflower steaks with our own little twist added: saffron cauliflower puree. Not only was it as delicious as we expected; it exceeded our expectations.
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Insanely Simple Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Sweet Cashew Cream and Poached Cherries

If you find you’re in a pinch for a quick dessert, or have a large dinner on which to focus, this delicious recipe will make it look like you spent hours on it. Part of the reason it is so simple is because the base, the vegan and gluten-free chocolate cake, is pre-made by Amy’s Organics and available at Whole Foods and the frozen section of most grocery stores. It is delicious, and doesn’t even need to be baked! Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Low-Fat Chipotle Cheese Sauce From Miyoko Schinner’s Artisan Vegan Cheese Cookbook

We’ve been having fun with Miyoko Schinner’s cookbook, Artisan Vegan Cheese. So far we’ve made vegan and gluten-free sour cream, from a base of vegan and gluten-free rejuvelac. One of the things we love so much about this next recipe is how quick and easy it is. This is the perfect option for when you’re running late starting dinner, or just want something quick and easy so that you can relax the rest of the evening. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Sour Cream From Miyoko Schinner

Last week we brought you a recipe for vegan and gluten free rejuvelac from the recipe book Artisan Vegan Cheese Cookbook by Miyoko Schinner. Rejuvelac is the base of many of the recipes in Schinner’s book, which cultures the dishes. Continue reading

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Miyoko Schinner’s Vegan and Gluten Free Rejuvelac from the Artisan Vegan Cheese Cookbook

Miyoko Schinner, author of the book Artisan Vegan Cheese, is being hailed as the queen of vegan cheese. In addition to being vegan, her recipes can easily be made gluten-free, and are delicious. These recipes are for vegan food-lovers who are looking to take their vegan culinary experiences to the next level. Schinner’s mouth-watering recipes make a slew of cheeses, including gouda, cheddar, parmesan, monterey jack, mozzarella and smoked provolone. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Cold & Flu Care Kit

While we normally focus on vegan and gluten free meals, books, and food products, it can be challenging to find other consumables that are both vegan and gluten-free. For instance, what do you get to cheer up your favorite vegan and gluten-free loved one who is ill? We have all the products you need to put together a vegan and gluten free cold and flu kit that will put a smile on anyone’s face. Continue reading

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Fast and Easy Gluten-Free and Vegan Banana Pudding

What to do when bananas get a little ripe, or you have hungry kiddos who want a quick snack? Make some fast and easy banana pudding. This is so very easy and delicious, that anyone who tries it will be shocked that it is so simply made. But no one says that you have to tell! Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Vinegar and Dijon Potato Salad

Potato salad is so woefully misunderstood. So many assume that it is laden with Miracle Whip or mayonnaise, and that it is not vegan friendly. The truth is, potato salad can be so delicious, fresh and simple, that its usual … Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Disneyland Dole Whip Recipe {with Bonus Adult Version}

Most who have been to Disneyland are familiar with the Dole Whip: the soft, creamy pineapple sorbet that is actually vegan, even though it is belied by its creaminess. People will stand in line for as long as an hour to get their hands on this delicious, frozen treat. Continue reading

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Outstanding Vegan and Gluten Free Broccoli Gratin

When we say that this dish is outstanding, we are not saying that lightly. This dish is so decadent and rich, that you will question whether or not it is truly vegan and gluten free. It is the perfect dish for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or any potluck you may be attending. Of course, we like it for any meal that needs a side dish. And to be honest, we’d eat the whole tray as dinner if we wouldn’t feel like we were being extremely naughty. Continue reading

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Make Your Own Healthy, Vegan and Gluten Free Sparkling Apple Cider

We love sparkling apple cider, but many commercial products are made with high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. It’s actually quite easy to make your own with your at-home soda machine, or store-bought carbonated water. This is perfect for New Year celebrations, or any other celebration where you’d like a little non-alcoholic bubbly to sip. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Pear Rosemary Soda Syrup

We love unique flavor combinations, especially when made as a soda syrup. It takes the soda to a sophisticated level, and offers a surprise for guests. The combination of pear and rosemary offers a delightful combination with light pear flavor, with an unexpected depth brought by the rosemary. Continue reading

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Mango Chili Soda Recipe {Vegan, Gluten-Free and Organic}

Soda doesn’t have to be nasty colas with high fructose syrup, it can be delicious beverages that can be a special treat, without feeling gross after you drink it. One of our favorite discoveries is Nature’s Flavors, which crafts USDA Certified syrups with no toxins, chemicals, or synthetics. Their syrups are vegan, gluten and alcohol-free, as well as kosher. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Cucumber, Mint, Orange Syrup for Soda Stream & Other Soda Makers

Soda makers, such as Soda Stream, are hugely popular and can be found in homes across the country. As fun and delicious as homemade soda is, store-bought soda syrup is commonly full of nasty chemicals, such as sucralose. The good news is that it is quite easy to make your own soda syrup, with ingredients that you probably already have laying around your house. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Crockpot Green Bean Casserole

Happy No Turkey Day! Jess, here, from Caviar Taste on a Vegetarian Diet. One of my favorite parts of No Turkey Day (AKA, Thanksgiving) is strategizing how to cook for the day. I know, sounds lame to some, but I love making the whole day as simple and stress-free as possible. As such, I lug out my trusty slow cookers, and cook as many dishes as possible in them, to keep burners and the oven free. Continue reading

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Creamy Vegan and Gluten Free White Chili

We are in the thick of chili season, and we love to mix things up by making a white chili. White chili uses white beans and a white base, which is typically sour cream and heavy cream. We’ve switched this recipe up to make it both vegan, and a bit friendlier on the waist line. Continue reading

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Unbelievable Gluten Free and Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

This time of year is perfect for soup, and broccoli cheese soup is one of our favorites. Unfortunately, commercial broccoli cheese soup is neither vegan nor gluten free. In fact, many canned versions contain MSG – yuck. This savory soup is so creamy, you won’t believe that it is vegan. The spices and seasonings make for a heavenly aroma, and the taste is unbelievable. Continue reading

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Unbelievably Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Crockpot Apple Cider with a Secret Ingredient

Nothing beats the smell of apple cider when you come home after a long, cold day. The blend of cinnamon, ginger and clove is the quintessential scent of fall. While it is easy to buy apple cider, absolutely nothing beats the taste of homemade cider that is seasoned with fresh ingredients rather than dry powders. And it really couldn’t be easier to make. Continue reading

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Gluten-free and Vegan Roasted Chickpea Garbanzo Snacks

Finding snacks that aren’t bad for you is hard enough, but finding quick and easy vegan and gluten-free snacks can be even harder. We love roasted chickpeas because they are delicious and unprocessed, not to mention ridiculously simple to make. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

This recipe is so delicious, it is like pumpkin cheesecake in a bowl. It takes a little preparation because, whereas traditional pumpkin cream cheese dips call for sour cream or Greek yogurt, we are using our own vegan cream recipe. While it is easy to make, it is an extra step, so factor in a little extra time into your preparation. Continue reading

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Fast and Easy Vegan and Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce

We love red enchilada sauce, whether it be on burritos, tacos or actual enchiladas. The spicy tomato flavor is so warming, and the perfect element to hit the spot when you’re craving mexican food. The problem with most pre-packaged enchilada sauces on the market is that, not only do they contain gluten, but they contain MSG. Yuck!
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Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spread

We clearly can’t get enough of pumpkin recipes! This recipe is so easy and delicious, that it makes it a prime candidate for a holiday party or potluck. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Black Bean Chipotle Enchiladas

It’s fall, which means pumpkin EVERYTHING is upon us. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread will be filling bellies everywhere. We love all things pumpkin, but wanted to bring you a bit of a twist: a savory pumpkin dish. Continue reading

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Quick Vegan and Gluten-Free Snack: Apple Slices with Vanilla Cinnamon Dip

The beginning of fall means that apples are coming to harvest, which means endless possibilities for many delicious recipes. We love how quick this delicious dish is, making it perfect for an after-school snack, a study snack, or for one of those days when you’re running on empty and need a quick, tasty pick-me-up. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-free Fudge

We love chocolate, who doesn’t? And fudge is one of our favorites! Rich, decadent, smooth and creamy, it is the perfect indulgent snack. While many of grew up with the fudge made from condensed milk, it is actually delicious when made with fresh ingredients that didn’t come from animals! Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Potato Cakes with Tomato and Wilted Spinach and Decadent Vegan, Gluten Free Beurre Blanc Sauce

Potatoes offer a heartiness to any meal that helps it stick, and keep you full for a long time. We love all things potato, and love them cooked and prepared in just about any fashion. One of our favorite vegan cookbooks is Vegan Celebrations by Alicia C. Simpson. It’s full of delicious recipes for a slew of holidays and celebrations such as Easter, Mardi Gras and football game days. Simpson offers a delicious potato recipe that is versatile and simple. That’s our kind of recipe!
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Vegan and Gluten-free Mock Tuna Fish

Chick peas are a good source of protein, fiber, iron and vitamin B-6, making them an excellent food for vegans. Chick peas also make an excellent mock tuna salad, which is perfect for lunches, quick dinners, or hearty snacks. Continue reading

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Delicious Vegan and Gluten-free Caesar Dressing

We love a good caesar dressing, that perfect blend of salty, creamy tang. While the vegans of many years ago may not have had the best ingredients for a delicious vegan and gluten-free caesar dressing, the development of delicious products such as Vegenaise makes it a snap to whip up this tasty dressing.
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Gluten Free and Vegan Parmesan, or Pangritata

Parmesan cheese lends a delicious touch to pasta dishes, but when you think about it, it’s the texture and extra bit of saltiness that makes it so delicious. Luckily, it’s ridiculously easy to recreate the delicious texture and taste while on a gluten-free and vegan diet, thanks to what many call “Poor Man’s Parmesan,” or, Pangritata. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Fizzy Orange Cooler Aguas Frescas

Aguas frescas, which translates to “fresh waters” in Spanish, combine a variety of ingredients such as fresh fruit, flowers, seeds and cereals, with sugar and water. Continue reading

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Jessica’s Quick Prep Vegan and Gluten-Free Chili con Corney, with a Secret Ingredient

When my husband’s aunt laughed at the idea that I could create a vegan chili that was worthy of entering into the family’s annual, meat-laden chili cook-off, I knew I wanted to enter it as a contender. After all, chili really revolves around the seasoning and, I think, a well-seasoned pot of beans stands on its own merits. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free De Piña con Chile Paletas, or, Spicy Pineapple Ice Pops

Last week’s recipe for Vegan and Gluten-Free Paletas de Aguacate, or, Avocado Mexican Popsicles was a hit, so we’re bringing you another recipe that packs a little kick. Paletas, mexican popsicles, are a traditional frozen sweet treat sold throughout Mexico. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Paletas de Aguacate, or, Avocado Mexican Popsicles

If there is one thing that most of us can agree upon univerally, it’s that it is hot! Temperatures like this make us all seek out some fun, frozen treats to cool us down. Paletas, or, Mexican popsicles, are wildly popular in Mexico. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Marinated Green Bean Salad

Green beans are everywhere right now, and the ways to prepare them are endless. We love green beans and can eat them just about any way: raw, cooked, by themselves, and with dips and dressings. Continue reading

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Artichokes With Gluten-Free Lemon Basil Vegenaise

We’re crazy for artichokes, but we’re sure you all agree. We’re also crazy for Vegenaise when we get the hankering for a little indulgence, or want to bring a delicious dish to that summer potluck. We love Vegenaise because, not only is it vegan and gluten-free, it’s non-GMO. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Summer is definitely here and most of us are contending with record-breaking temperatures. That is why we were elated to get this month’s copy of Veg News and find it full of vegan ice cream recipes. The best part? You don’t even need an ice cream maker. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Cauliflower Steaks with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Cauliflower steaks are all the rage right now. A thick cut of cauliflower sauteed, and then baked, offers a filling and delicious main course that is not a dish that strives to be vegan and gluten-free, but rather a gourmet offering that just happens to be vegan and gluten-free. The addition of the vegan, gluten-free beurre blanc sauce makes this a meal worthy of 5-star restaurant. This is the perfect dish for a romantic evening in, or a holiday feast. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Coconut Clusters

It seems that the biggest challenge in eating both vegan and gluten-free is finding recipes that are both, and that is where we often have to get creative. One of our favorite gluten-free cookbooks is Cooking with Coconut Flour by Bruce Fife, N.D. Unfortunately, while all of the ingredients are sans gluten, most of his recipes contain eggs and honey. Continue reading

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Really Easy Vegan and Gluten Free Peanut Butter

Did you know that it is really easy to make your own peanut butter? It is! And best of all, you can control what does, or doesn’t go into it. While we are going to give you an easy recipe to make a basic peanut butter, there is a lot of room to get creative and play around with what you add! Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli soup has been a kitchen staple for decades, but the most popular brand is neither vegan or gluten free. It is such a great ingredient to have on hand in the kitchen because it is versatile; it can be eaten alone or added to a casserole. It can be poured over rice, or poured over a baked potato. The possibilities are endless! Continue reading

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Gluten Free and Vegan Crispy Polenta Croutons

One of the things that people have to give up when they go gluten free, about which they are saddest, is croutons. It’s especially hard if they are also vegan, because salads are a go-to favorite of vegans. Croutons add a delicious crunch and burst of flavor to a salad and they are often sorely missed when they have to disappear. Continue reading

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Our Top Five Favorite Vegan and Gluten Free Stocking Stuffers

It’s that time of year to get in your last minute holiday shopping. As both vegan and gluten free lifestyles are growing in popularity, and necessity, so are new products that appeal to both worlds. Vegan and gluten free sweets and treats are now increasing in popularity and make an excellent stocking stuffer. Continue reading

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The Vegan Conscious Box: One of the Hottest Vegan Holiday Gifts of 2012!

Looking for a Christmas gift for that tough-to-shop-for vegan? Vegan chef and YouTube show host Vegan Zombie has teamed up with Conscious Box to create the Vegan Conscious Box for conscious consumers. Continue reading

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Gluten Free and Vegan Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes

No-Turkey Day is coming and we can already taste the delicious food that is going to grace dinner tables across the nation. If Thanksgiving Day dinners are tough and time consuming, vegan and gluten free Thanksgiving day dinners can cause a unique challenge. Well we are here to make your No-Turkey Day food preparation a little easier. Continue reading

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Vegan Frozen Coconut Whipped Cream Dollops, the Gluten Free Way to Make Your Hot Chocolate Exciting

What is better than delicious, creamy vegan whipped cream? Delicious, creamy vegan whipped cream frozen dollops! Make these ahead of time to keep in your freezer, and whip them out the next time you make hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or any other warm beverage that you want to enhance with a little creamy deliciousness! Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Walnut Pumpkin Cheesecake

Thanksgiving, or No Turkey Day, is barreling upon us with lightning speed, and pumpkin cheesecake is a staple on many holiday dinner tables. A vegan and gluten free cheesecake can be difficult if you are used to making your own crust because pre-made graham crackers and ginger cookies that are both vegan and gluten free are incredibly difficult to find. In fact, we scoured the internet and we kept coming up with one or the other, but not both. Continue reading

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Decadent Vegan and Gluten Free Beurre Blanc Sauce

Beurre Blanc sauce, which is “white butter” when translated from French, is the epitome of decadence. The non-vegan version is made from plenty of butter, heavy cream and white wine. Legend has it that it was invented by accident at the French restaurant La Buvette de la Marine, by the owner, chef Clémence Lefeuvre. According to the legend, Lefeuvre was making a Bearnaise sauce to go with a fish dish, but forgot to add the egg yolks and tarragon. Continue reading

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Truth in GMO Labeling Law: Who is Supporting and Who is Fighting Laws Requiring Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods such as California’s Prop 37?

All any even slightly health-conscious eater need do to decide if they want to support a GMO (genetically modified organism) truth-in-labeling law such as California’s Prop 37 is to look at the major donors to both sides of the campaign. For example, the major donors for and against California’s Prop 37 GMO truth-in-labeling initiative include… Continue reading

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What is a Flax Egg? Why it is a Vegan and Gluten Free Egg Substitute!

Do you know what a flax egg is? Us either, until recently. After learning what it it is, it seems like something we should have known about this whole time! When we searched “flax egg,” there were tons of recipes using the vegan and gluten free egg alternative! “What is a flax egg,” you ask? Well it is a vegan binder used in the same way that an egg is used. It can be used in breads, crusts, heavier doughs and other foods where eggs are needed to bind. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies for National Vegetarian Day

Happy World Vegetarian Day! We are bringing you the easiest peanut butter cookies to make in the world! Seriously, four ingredients (one of them being water) and that is it. We defy you to bring us an easier peanut butter cookie recipe that is both vegan and gluten free (although if you know of one, please let us know!). Continue reading

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The Creamiest Vegan, Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese

We came across this way of cooking macaroni and cheese that just made us flip. Of course, it was the gluten-full, dairy version, but we thought we may just try it catered to our diet. Boy are we glad we did! The key is to cook the noodles not in water, but right in the milk alternative! In this case we used almond milk. We tried this with two different types of gluten-free noodles, rice and a quinoa/corn mix. Continue reading

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Makers of LFTB Beef Filler, Pink Slime, Sues ABC for Damages

Beef Products Inc. (BPI), makers of lean finely textured beef product (LFTB) that has been dubbed “pink slime,” has slapped ABC News and three of its reporters with a $1.2 billion lawsuit. Many have seen the pictures of LFTB making their way around the Internet after it made headlines for being used in fast food restaurants and millions of school lunches, nationwide. BPI is claiming damages, including revenue and job losses, due to ABC’s coverage of LFTB. Continue reading

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Vegan Beyond Meat Announces Availability in Rocky Mountain Region

Beyond Meat, the revolutionary vegan meat alternative, has announced that the Rocky Mountain region is the newest area to start offering Beyond Meat. Encompassing Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas, the veggie world is abuzz, as vegetarians in those regions make a mad dash for their nearest Whole Foods store. Continue reading

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Gluten Free, Vegan Artichokes with Lemon Butter Sauce

Artichokes are popping up in farmer’s markets, and the ways to prepare them seem endless. They make an excellent appetizer or light lunch. Artichokes are very low in fat and cholesterol, and chock full of Iron, Niacin, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese, fiber, and Vitamins C, K, and B6. This recipe for artichokes is simple and effortless, so an excellent option if you are having lunch guests, or need some good appetizers. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Sloppy Joes

Our mouths were watering when we read this delicious recipe for vegan, gluten free sloppy joes in this month’s edition of Veg News. Sloppy Joes are such a fun dish and remind us of childhood! Whether you prefer to eat these wrapped in lettuce, or with your favorite gluten free bread or hamburger buns, this yummy recipe is sure to bring back fond memories of summertime! Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Ketchup made from Tomatoes and Plums

We defy you to read a copy of the Inspired Vegan and not get hungry. All of the recipes are distinct, but relatively easy to make. This recipe caught our eye because it is such an unexpected marrying of flavors. Tangy tomatoes and red wine vinegar are paired with sweet plums and agave nectar. It is rounded out with red onions and lemon juice. A smattering of sea salt tops off this dish for a wonderful medley of some of nature’s best offerings. We hope you enjoy it! Continue reading

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Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Celebration Week: Today is Julia Child’s Birthday! Vegan and Gluten Free Pea Soup

Today is Julia Child’s 100th birthday! Happy Birthday Julia! Today we are bringing you a vegan, gluten-free version of her famous split pea soup. It is going to be fall before we know it, so time to start gathering delicious recipes such as this one, to get us through the cool evenings. While Julia’s version of this soup contains ham, we are altering the recipe to instead have a dash of liquid smoke to offer a similar smokey taste for which ham is known, but without the actual pig. Continue reading

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Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Celebration Week: Vegan and Gluten Free Rice Soubise

August 15th would have been Julia Child’s birthday and so we are celebrating Julia Child this week the only way we know how! Turning some of her wonderful recipes into vegan and gluten free versions for all to enjoy! While some purists may think that Julia Child would roll over in her grave to know that her recipes were being altered to be both vegan and gluten-free, what we do know about Julia is her extraordinary passion for delicious food and that others enjoy it. And while some are vegan and gluten-free by choice, many are vegan and gluten-free out of necessity. Continue reading

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Raw Vegan, Gluten Free Almond Ginger Sushi Rolls

Almond lovers and growers are rejoicing with news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that almonds have around 20 percent less calories than previously thought. It seems that food scientists have found that the way we have been measuring calories for over 100 years may not be very precise in cases where the food is both high in both fiber and fat, such as nuts. What scientists found is that, those who consume nuts excrete a higher amount of fat in their waste, which means that our bodies are not actually absorbing all of the fat and calories that are in the nuts. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Fried Pickles with Better Batter Gluten Free Seasoned Flour

No matter how healthfully you normally eat, sometimes you just need to indulge in something decadent. We went crazy for this gluten free seasoned batter mix by Better Batter and immediately started thinking of everything we could bread with it. Pickles were one of the first things we thought of and we were not disappointed. Make a big batch of these as a snack or for a barbecue; they are sure to be a hit! Continue reading

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Faerie’s Finest Vegan and Gluten-free Flavor Extracts

One of the biggest obstacles that those who are vegan and gluten-free have to overcome is finding ingredients that are both. Flavor extracts often contain ingredients that are neither vegan (carmine from beetles) or gluten-free (wheat derivatives). This can be tough for those who love to bake, but who need to be sure that their ingredients are safe for them to eat. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Garbanzo Bean and Avocado Salad

We love a colorful salad! The more colors in a salad the more nutrients the salad contains. This salad does not disappoint, with vibrant red tomatoes, bright orange carrots, pretty red onions and bright green avocados. With the added vitamin C of the lime and lemon juice, this salad is like a bowl-full of good nutrition! Continue reading

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Gluten Free and Vegan Bacon Flavored Olive Oil by Queen Creek Olive Mill

The bacon craze has hit America full swing, and it seems that everyone is jumping on board. Bacon, and bacon flavoring, can be found in just about everything – from lip balm, to ice cream, to cake frosting. Naturally we have not jumped on that bandwagon, although we are in love with these vegan, gluten-free bacon bits. But we were intrigued when we came across Queen Creek Olive Mill’s vegan, gluten-free bacon flavored olive oil. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Black Beans and Rice

Now that we’ve given you a recipe for delicious vegan, gluten free taco shells (link), we are going to give you something with which to fill them! Black beans and rice are quick, easy, delicious and good for you. Black beans are tiny little powerhouses of vitamins and protein. This is a great way to feed your family on a budget, and you can add just about anything to them. The base recipe we are giving you is wonderful as is, but feel free to play around with it and adjust seasonings and spices to suit your family’s taste. Continue reading

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Quick Vegan, Gluten-Free Taco Shells

The great thing about most Mexican dishes is that they are gluten-free by accident. Because so much Mexican cooking uses corn, instead of flour, all you really need to do to make a Mexican dish edible is to use vegan products such as vegan sour cream, refried beans and your favorite vegan cheese. Continue reading

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Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Peach and Plum Cobbler

We flipped for this recipe in August’s edition of VegNews magazine. When we read “vegan creme fraiche” was part of the recipe (and it included the recipe for vegan creme fraiche), we were hooked. If it’s creamy and vegan, we’re there! And it is raw to boot! Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Organic Fruit Sorbet without an Ice Cream Maker

Sorbet is one of the best desserts for summer. Not only is it light and cold, but to make the freshest, most delicious fruit sorbet, you need to only go to your local farmers market and grab whichever fruit is in season. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, blackberries, raspberries – you name it! If you are unable to go to your local farmer’s market, don’t have one near you, or want to hasten the process, just buy some frozen organic fruit from your local grocers. If you go the fresh fruit option, you will want to freeze it overnight before using them in this recipe. So wash them, peel and chop (if necessary), and put in a container and freeze.
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Gluten-Free, Vegan Truffles

When looking for a vegan, gluten-free dessert that is rich and decadent, truffles are the way to go. Whether you are looking for a dessert dish to bring to a potluck, or something to make for that special someone in your life, you can’t go wrong with a truffle! The great thing about truffles is that they are versatile – you can add just about anything to them to suit your taste: sea salt, coconut flakes, gluten-free crushed pretzels, crushed nuts, dried fruit, crushed candy canes, or even vegan bacon bits. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Bacon Bits

We like making our own bacon bits because, like many of the food items we make ourselves, we can control what is goes in them. While many bacon bits on the market are actually “vegan by accident,” they are still full of chemicals we cannot even identify half of the time. We know, at the very least, that red dye is in most of them. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free, Vegan Spicy Italian Sausages

Nothing beats a delicious vegan, gluten-free spicy italian sausage. A barbecued spicy Italian sausage reminds us of summer, baseball games, cool lemonade and running through the sprinklers. We found this delightful recipe on The Vee Word blog and knew as soon as we saw it that it would be simply scrumptious. As the author points out, the key to this recipe is Xanthan Gum. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Breakfast Sausage

Sometimes breakfast just doesn’t feel complete without some delicious vegan, gluten free sausage. The best parts of sausage (omitting the nasty meat products) are the yummy, aromatic blends of herbs and spices that just dance on the tongue in a mixed flavor bouquet. It can be difficult to find recipes for vegan breakfast sausages that don’t contain vital wheat gluten. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Sausage or Meatballs

We flipped when we saw this recipe for “Beetballs”; vegan, gluten-free sausage balls. This recipe comes courtesy of the Fat Free Vegan blog. With a dash of hot smoked paprika, cheesy-flavored nutritional yeast and liquid smoke, these delicious beetballs are perfect atop a plate of squash spaghetti with lovely marinara sauce. Continue reading

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Urge Aveda to Help Stop Cruelty to Roosters by the Feather Hair Extensions Industry

One of the biggest reasons that we are vegan is out of concern for animals. While some are vegan by necessity, say because of allergies, the vast majority of vegans feel that animals should not suffer and die for food when there are plenty of other delicious, sustaining foods. Because animal welfare is a concern of vegans, we are particularly disheartened to hear about instances when animals suffer and die for other needless purposes such as entertainment and fashion. Continue reading

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Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup

We were so excited to come across this delicious recipe from the Feasting Freds website, adapted from Cooks Illustrated. We love black beans because they are filling, versatile and good for you. If you like a Latin flare to your food, this dish is for you! It is extremely versatile, and you can feel free to take full liberties in adding different ingredients. This dish is delicious with chunks of avocado, vegan sour cream and vegan cheese piled on top of it. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Egg Yolks

We’ve got to thank the folks at Better Batter Gluten Free Flour company for this great recipe for vegan, gluten free egg yolks. How often have you come across a recipe, such as this delicious aioli, that called for egg yolks and you were at a loss as to what you could use? While there are great vegan, gluten free egg replacers out there, such as Ener-g, they are meant to replace eggs in foods such as cakes, cookies and pancakes. Continue reading

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The Only Vegan, Gluten-Free Aioli Recipe You’ll Ever Need

We are nuts for aioli, but it is woefully *not* vegan. The main staple of aioli is egg yolk and, without it, you don’t get that deliciously whipped consistency for which aioli is known. Well we have you covered! This unbelievable aioli recipe will have you singing out loud. It is pure deliciousness and we have to confess that we have been eating it with everything. Our favorite way to enjoy this aioli is with oven-baked home fries, but you can also use this as a dip for veggies and sweet potato fries. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Cheesy Horseradish Twice-Baked Potatoes

We love potatoes because they are the ultimate filling vegan, gluten-free food. Potatoes are also very versatile, so you virtually can’t go wrong with whatever you do with a potato. Twice baked potatoes are so yummy and you can put just about anything you like in the filling. We like vegan chili, black beans, salsa, you name it! This recipe is absolutely scrumptious because it pairs creamy vegan sour cream with gooey vegan cheese. Continue reading

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The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide: Which Produce has the Least Pesticide, and Which has the Most

It seems like every time we turn around these days we are hearing another reason why our produce is compromised. From pesticides to genetically modified organisms (GMO), it seems that very little food is safe these days. Well thanks to the handy “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides”, created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), shoppers can now view a full line-up of which produce is the safest to eat, and which they need to make sure they are buying in organic form only. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

We don’t know if there is some sort of cauliflower council that has been brainstorming new ways to promote cauliflower, but it seems to be popping up a lot lately! Low-carb dieters are going crazy for it because it is lower in carbohydrates than potatoes, but we love it simply because is is delicious and nutritious! Cauliflower is chock full of vitamin C, manganese, beta-carotene, vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6 and B9. For those of you keeping track, that means that cauliflower has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is great for digestion. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Hickory Smoked Tomato Soup with “Cheese”

This weekend was particularly dreary around these parts and, though it is technically summer, it was perfect soup weather! One of the things we do miss about our non-vegan days is onion soup! We loved the traditional kind of onion soup, with the cheese bubbling over the rim. Well we decided to do a little vegan and gluten-free spin on this yummy soup! We had some tomato soup on hand and thought a smokey tomato soup with cheese melted on top sounded perfect. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Hungarian Cherry Soup

We have been on a kick buying cookbooks from around the world. While cooking cuisines from different cultures is fun, adapting them to be vegan and gluten free is even more fun. It is a great challenge to find the vegan, gluten-free equivalents of some of the ingredients, and we love all of the different recipes that combine ingredients we would have never considered. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Aged Feta

We recently brought you a fantastic recipe for vegan, gluten-free feta, which is quick and easy to make! Well we’ve been playing around in the kitchen and took it one step further by slightly aging and pressing the tofu. While the quicker feta will always be our go-to in a pinch, this aged feta is so worth the wait and work! The key to making this feta is to press it for at least 5 days, wrapped in clean towels (we used paper towels, but you can certainly use a lint-free, clean kitchen towel), and changing out those towels daily. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 31: Vegan, Gluten-Free Mango Peach Salsa

We’re bringing you a light little recipe today for National Celiac Awareness Month. Farmer’s markets and grocery stores everywhere are brimming with fresh mangoes and peaches, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to make this mango peach salsa recipe from Quick & Easy Vegan Celebrations. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 30: Vegan, Gluten-Free Salad with Edamame and Arugula

Yesterday we brought you a delicious salad dressing recipe for National Celiac Awareness Month, so today we will give you a salad recipe to go with it! This recipe is adapted from Salads for Every Season: 25 Salads from Earthbound Farm and originally called for a grain called farro, in place of wild rice. Farro is a grain about which there is much debate. The confusion seems to lay within the fact that it means something different depending on which country you are in. Spelt, wheatberries and barley are just a few of the grains referred to as farro. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 29: Vegan, Gluten-Free Creamy White Balsamic Vinegarette Dressing

We want to show some love to the vinaigrette for National Celiac Awarness Day because we love a good vinaigrette and, sadly, not all are gluten-free. Some balsamic vinegars contain caramel coloring and some caramel coloring contains gluten. In general, the more pricey balsamic vinegars are true vinegars, and won’t contain coloring. It is important to check the label to make sure that it is strictly vinegar. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 28: Vegan, Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Cookies

We couldn’t let National Celiac Awareness Month go buy without some chewy chocolatey baked goods! This sumptuous recipe, adapted from the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam, offers a heap of cocoa powder, offset with sweet agave nectar. The recipe book offers a vast array of delicious, gluten-free recipes, but it is not a vegan cookbook so, like many cookbooks, we have to adapt. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 27: Vegan, Gluten-Free Lavender Lemonade and New Uses for Ice Cube Trays

We wanted to bring you both a recipe and some of our favorite quick kitchen tips for National Celiac Awareness Month. This article centers around ice cube trays; a long underused kitchen tool. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 26: Vegan, Gluten Free Wild Rice Salad

We thought we’d bring you a recipe for National Celiac Awareness month that contains maple syrup because it can be a wonderful alternative for vegans who prefer to not use honey. We recently were gifted a half-gallon of fresh Vermont maple syrup and have been going a bit crazy with recipes containing this sumptuous sap; any excuse to eat it! We have to stress that, when cooking with syrup, it makes all of the difference to cook with real syrup, not the stuff that is commonly hawked on Saturday morning commercials. A lot of the commercial syrup sold isn’t even true maple syrup at all, it’s just high fructose corn syrup. True maple syrup is a bit more watery than the commercial stuff, and has a much richer flavor. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 25: Vegan, Gluten Free Feel Better Allergy Tea

Doesn’t it figure that National Celiac Awareness Month coincides with allergy season? It seems the perfect fit, really. For those of us who are allergic to gluten we get to deal with both internal and external allergies! Well those allergies have hit us particularly hard and we have been walking around in an allergy-induced haze; fogginess, coughing, wheezing. It is the season for general discomfort! In scouring the Internet for ways to manage allergy symptoms naturally we were overwhelmed with all of the different remedies out there. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 24: Vegan and Gluten Free Corn and Basil Rice

Today’s recipe for National Celiac Month is a rice dish. Today’s recipe comes from the I Love Trader Joe’s cookbook (link). We are such big fans of rice and the there are so many different kinds with varying flavors and aromas. For this recipe you can use one of two of our favorite types of rice, basmati or Thai Jasmine. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 23: Vegan and Gluten Free Warm Almonds and Olives

Your next party is brought to you by National Celiac Awareness Month! Well, ok, we won’t go that far, but you know you go to those house parties and the host or hostess seems to entertain so effortlessly? Well we are going to help you become that host! This little dish is so elegant, yet so effortless. We pulled it from our new favorite cookbook, the I love Trader Joe’s cookbook. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 22: Vegan, Gluten-Free Feta Cheese

Today’s National Celiac Awareness Month recipe comes to you from Veg News magazine. Veg News magazine, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is a fantastic monthly magazine that is full of all things vegan and vegetarian. It has everything from recipes and product features, to spotlights on compassionate beauty products and articles all about well-known vegans and vegetarians. This month’s issue was devoted to amazing vegan Greek dishes and we were giddy to see a recipe for vegan, gluten-free herbed feta. This mock feta is made from extra-firm tofu and is seasoned with basil and oregano. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 21: Vegan, Gluten-Free Avocado, Orange and Olive Salad

We are so excited for today’s recipe for National Celiac Awareness Day! We found out about, and quickly got our hands on, the I love Trader Joe’s cookbook by Cherie Mercer. It is aptly name because we do love Trader Joe’s. Walking into a Trader Joe’s is like an adult playground; they always have fun and exciting new products that rarely disappoint. Trader Joe’s does a great job of buying for flavor and quality, and their prices are unbelievable. The other thing we love about Trader Joe’s is that they label their food. Whether you’re Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Gluten-free, they will let you know which of their products are safe for your diet. We also appreciate that about this new cookbook! Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 20: Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Cups: Homemade Vegan Almond Joy

We can’t let National Celiac Awareness Month go by without more dessert recipes and a recipe that is essentially like vegan mounds or almond joy is right up our alley! The response to National Celiac Awareness Month has largely been awesome, but some people still scratch their heads, wondering how a person can eat both vegan *and* gluten-free. It does sound very limiting, which is in partly why we started this site! You can still eat delicious food on a vegan and gluten-free diet and, in fact, it can challenge you to be a more creative cook! Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 19: Vegan, Gluten-Free Beer-Battered Green Beans

We thought we’d have a little fun for National Celiac Awareness Month and this recipe for vegan, gluten-free beer-battered green beans fits the bill! Adapted from Quick & Easy Vegan Celebrations this is the perfect dish for a game day party, potluck or any other gathering. Use your favorite vegan, gluten-free beer, we like Bard’s beer. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 18: Vegan, Gluten Free Risotto with Summer Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Basil

We thought we’d bring a touch of elegance to National Celiac Awareness Day with this lovely risotto dish, adapted from one of our favorite cookbooks, Fields of Greens. This recipe combines some of the best fresh summer produce, such as green beans, tomatoes and delicious basil. We are topping off this recipe with a dash of saffron to bring an extraordinary flavor and color to the risotto. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 17: Vegan, Gluten-Free Chana Masala

We thought we’d continue our tribute to beans for National Celiac Awareness Month with a delicious, aromatic Chana Masala. Chana Masala is a dish most popularly known as an Indian dish, but it is also widely served in Pakistan. The main ingredient in Chana Masala is the chick pea, or garbanzo bean. Garbanzo beans are considered a legume and, as their alternative name implies, they are a member of the pea family. Continue reading

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The Unveiling of Beyond Meat Chicken Substitute: A Revolution in the Meat Alternative Industry?

For vegan foodies who still love to play with the texture of alternative meats, Beyond Meat chicken alternative is the newest player in the alternative meat game, and they are promising to become a top contender. Creating a product that is both vegan and gluten-free, Beyond Meat claims that their fake chicken will blow the competition out of the water in both taste, and price. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 16: Vegan, Gluten-Free Warm Cannellini Beans with Sage

Today’s recipe for National Celiac Awareness month continues our tribute to beans! Since we covered black beans with yesterday’s recipe, we decided to go to the other end of the spectrum with a white bean. This aromatic dish is pulled from the cookbook Fields of Greens and we can’t top their description of this recipe: “Cannellini beans make their own rich sauce as they slowly simmer in their broth with onions, fruity olive oil, and sage.” Cannellini beans are related to the kidney bean and sometimes referred to as “white kidney beans.” Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 15: Vegan, Gluten-Free Warm Black Beans with Chilies and Cilantro

Beans are an excellent way to celebrate National Celiac Awareness month, so we are devoting the rest of the week to the lovely legume. Beans are a staple in the diet of many vegans and vegetarians because they are packed full of fiber and protein. When we think of beans, often we think of bland or overly-seasoned varieties that come in cans, ready to plop on the barbecue while still in the can. Blech! Beans are much more versatile than that and deserve a ton more credit! Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 14: Vegan, Gluten-Free Grilled Potatoes with Herbs

We can’t let National Celiac Awareness month pass without paying homage to the potato. Delicious and filling, this root is a staple on many dinner tables and we can see why – their versatility is amazing! A recent study completed by nutritionist Sigrid Gibson on behalf of the Potato Council found that potatoes are chock full of fiber, vitamin C and the mineral selenium. What’s more, eating spuds twice a day can lower blood pressure. While we always have to keep a critical mind anytime a study is done on behalf of the interested party, we can’t deny the fact that we are fans of whatever grows out of the ground – Mother Nature knows best! Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 13: Vegan, Gluten-Free Zucchini Filled with Corn, Chilies and Vegan Cheese

This dish sounded like the perfect light summer dinner for those days that are just too hot to eat anything too filling. We are huge fans of stuffed zucchini, and the addition of fresh corn, spicy chilies and creamy vegan cheese adds a sumptuous, robust flavor to this light vegetable. If you want to go really light and leave out the vegan cheese, it will not detract from this dish one bit! You will still experience a savory medley of this seasons gorgeous produce! Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 12: Vegan, Gluten-Free Fettuccine with Spring Vegetables, Meyer Lemon, and Chive Blossoms

Today’s recipe for National Celiac Awareness Month will warrant a trip to the farmer’s market! Combining fresh asparagus, sugar snap peas, bell peppers and delicious Meyer lemon, this is truly a treat to eat! We got this beautiful recipe from the recipe book we spoke of yesterday, Fields of Greens. This is a vegetarian book, it is not vegan or gluten-free, so we do have to adapt certain recipes to make it fit within our criteria. Luckily, with the recipes being at least vegetarian, this is not hard! Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 11: Vegan and Gluten-Free Basmati and Wild Rice Salad with Tangerines and Pine Nuts

Today’s lovely recipe for National Celiac Awareness month comes from the amazing cookbook, Fields of Greens. This book comes from premier San Francisco-based vegetarian restaurant, Greens. Greens opened in 1979 and was one of the first upscale vegetarian restaurants in the country, paving the way for vegetarian cuisine to be accepted as a major player in a fine dining experience. Head Chef Annie Sommerville has led the way with decadent, plant-based dishes from the beginning, and brings her expertise and mouth-watering recipes to this generously-filled cookbook. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 10: Vegan, Gluten-Free Spinach and Potato Curry

This unbelievably fragrant and delicious vegan, gluten-free spinach and potato curry recipe is a satisfying and hearty dish. We pulled this recipe from the amazing book, the Ayurvedic Cookbook (affiliate link). Ayurveda originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is the traditional medicine practiced there still today. It focuses on achieving and maintaining a balance through exercise, lifestyle and, as highlighted in this book, diet. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 9: Vegan, Gluten-Free Summer Berry Compote

With yesterday’s recipe on vegan, gluten-free ginger ale, we thought we needed a light little snack to go with it! This beautiful dish is rich with berries and sweetness, cut with a slight tart flavor. Now that we are headed into summer, farmers markets and other organic markets are brimming with beautiful vibrant berries at the peak of perfect flavor. This dish is served cold from the refrigerator and so is perfect on a hot day for a refreshing treat. This dish is from one of our favorite recipe books, Raw for Dessert by Jennifer Cornbleet Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 8: Vegan, Gluten-Free Ginger Ale

We thought a fun way to celebrate National Celiac Awareness Month would be to include a delicious drink! While many beverages are gluten-free, they are often made with white sugar, which is usually not vegan. For a little exotic flare, we turned to one of our favorite Brazilian cookbooks, Brazil: A Culinary Journey. This drink, called Alua de Milho in Brazil, is very similar to what we call ginger ale in America. Made with simple ingredients, you can easily cut this recipe in half if you want to make a little less. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 7: Vegan, Gluten-Free Vegetable Chips That Won’t Go to Your Hips!

It wouldn’t be a thorough celebration of National Celiac Awareness month if we didn’t include some snacks! We love snacks, and tend to be grazers; grabbing a bit of this and that throughout the day. The problem with grazing is that those calories can add up quickly! So we’ve gotten much better about ensuring that we are grazing on food that is not going to make us weep when we get on the scale!
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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 6: Vegan, Gluten-Free Berry Vanilla Almond Muffins

With today being the first Sunday of National Celiac Awareness Month, and the first Sunday that we have published a post, we thought it would be appropriate to include a dish for breakfast or brunch! Sunday breakfasts and brunches are among our favorite meals, and nothing welcomes a new Sunday like the smell of delicious baking muffins, wafting through the house. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 5: Vegan, Gluten-Free Lima Bean Salad

After last week’s delicious and filling gluten free and vegan Mexican meals for Cinco de Mayo, we decided to go with a lighter dish today. We found this recipe in Brazil: A Culinary Journey and were instantly intrigued by the combination of veggies and herbs; it sounded absolutely delicious. Once we made it, we were instantly glad that we did, it did not disappoint! Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 4: Gluten Free Vegan Cinco de Mayo – Vegan, Gluten-Free Mexican Rice

We love rice in just about any preparation, so we will find any excuse to make it. Cinco de Mayo week is a perfect reason to make it! Mexican rice is a favorite of many because it is delicious blend of tomatoes, green peppers, onions and garlic. Add the fresh cilantro and this is a dish is a burst of flavor! We adapted this dish from one of our favorite Mexican cookbooks, Aprovecho: A Mexican-American Border Cookbook. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 3: Gluten Free Vegan Cinco de Mayo – Vegan, Gluten-Free Jalapeno Lime Mango Slices

Today we thought we’d add a delicious dessert into the mix! But to stick with our Cinco de Mayo theme we are bringing you a dessert recipe with jalapenos. You read the right, jalapeno dessert! Jalapenos originated in Mexico and we typically see two types in our supermarket produce section: red and green. What many don’t know is that they are the same jalapeno, it’s just that the green ones were picked before they fully ripened and turned red. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 2: Gluten Free Vegan Cinco de Mayo – Vegan, Gluten-Free Soft Tempeh Tacos with Lime Crema

It is day two of our celebration of both National Celiac Awareness Month and Cinco de Mayo week! To keep the celebration going we are featuring delicious vegan, gluten-free tempeh soft tacos with lime crema from Vegan Celebrations (affiliate link). We are huge fans of lime crema, so gleefully made this dish solely thinking about the lime crema. The recipe calls for soy yogurt, but we prefer almond yogurt and used that instead. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 1: Gluten Free Vegan Cinco de Mayo – Vegan, Gluten-Free Huevos Rancheros

It’s Cinco de Mayo week here at the Happy Gluten Free Vegan and we are so excited to start making some delicious vegan, gluten-free mexican food! Mexican fare is often the staple of those who are newly vegan and/or gluten-free because it is one of the easiest cuisines to eat when following this dietary lifestyle. With a base of corn, rather than flour, and plenty of delicious veggies and spices as the mainstay of their dishes, it is the perfect option for the conscious consumer. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month Kickoff

May marks National Celiac Awareness month! This is a month that is near and dear to our hearts as we have many readers who are gluten-free due to celiac disease. Celiac disease is a condition that affects the digestive track and is exacerbated by the consumption of foods containing gluten such as bread, pasta, cookies and cakes. When gluten-containing foods are consumed, the inner surface of the small intestines is damaged and can cause a variety of issues such as diarrhea, gas and bloating. Continue reading

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Kids’ Week: Delicious Vegan, Gluten Free Kids’ Drinks

We are closing out kid’s week here at the Happy Gluten Free Vegan, and we decided to devote today’s post to drinks! Delicious beverages are a great way to give your child a treat outside of water, juice and soy milk. Treating them does not have to mean filling up on sugar and high fructose corn syrup-laden sodas and fruit beverages! Even so-called juices contain surprising ingredients. Next time you are at the supermarket, take a moment to look at the labels on juice bottles; some of the juices that call themselves “natural” are still full of sugar. They often try to make it sound nicer by calling it “pure cane sugar”, but a rose by any other name is still a rose! Continue reading

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Kid’s Week: Nate’s Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream

We can’t have a kid’s week without an ice cream recipe! Kid’s *love* ice cream, and as adults who remember ice cream so fondly from childhood, we want to give it to them. Obviously there are tons of great non-dairy ice creams available, but there is a great sense of satisfaction in making it yourself. The great thing about making your own ice cream is that you can put whatever you want in it: fruit, candies, nuts, whatever strikes your fancy! Continue reading

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Kid’s Week: A Few of Our Favorite Vegan, Gluten Free Products

This week is kid’s week, and while we are aiming to bring you delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes, we are not completely oblivious to the fact that, while many of you may wish you did, you don’t have a ton of time to cook up recipes from scratch AND be mommies and daddies. Between classes, after school lessons and play dates, there isn’t always a ton of time to channel your inner Food Network chef. Continue reading

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Kid’s Week: Vegan, Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese

With this week being kid’s week here at the Happy Gluten-Free Vegan, we are gathering all of our favorite recipes for kids who are vegan and gluten-free. We realized that one of the key foods that kids love is grilled cheese! And we cannot blame them, it is one of our favorite comfort foods! Sadly, the reason that gluten free, vegan kids can’t have this dish is because literally every ingredient doesn’t agree with this type of diet! Continue reading

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Kid’s Week! Vegan, Gluten-Free Banana-Buckwheat Pancakes

One of the toughest dietary lifestyles to lead is that of the gluten-free vegan; but perhaps tougher is if it is not you leading that lifestyle, but your child having to do so out of necessity. One of our close friends recently had to switch her child to a dairy-free, gluten free diet due to allergies and is now finding herself having to rethink the entire way she prepares food. While many who are vegan and gluten free by choice were able to make a gradual switch to the diet as they learned more about how to cook within the guidelines, people who suddenly have to switch because of dietary issues with their kids are often left scrambling for diet-appropriate foods that will also be kid-approved. Continue reading

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Crushed Beetles and Carmine – the Hidden Places Where You May be Consuming it

Do you love the color pink enough to consume bugs in order to have pink food or drinks? Well Starbucks, and many other food retailers, think the pink is important enough to sneak crushed-up beetles into your consumables for the purpose of, ironically, making them seem more appetizing. That’s right, if you are in love with any of Starbucks strawberry-based drinks, such as the Strawberries and Creme frappuccino and strawberry smoothie, as well as their popular Birthday Cake Pop, mini donuts with icing and Red Velvet Whoopee Pie, you have been consuming bugs. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free, Vegan Starbucks Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino Copycat

We were disgusted to learn that the Starbucks Strawberries and Creme frappuccino contains bugs! Yuck! While Starbucks has thankfully announced that they are going to phase out the beetle usage, in favor of tomato-derived lycopene extract, it was a great reminder to us that sometimes it is just better to make treats yourself so that you can control what goes into them. Continue reading

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Gluten Free, Vegan Classic Macaroni and Cheeze

We hit up one of our favorite vegan cookbooks, Quick & Easy Vegan Celebrations because we were in the mood for some comfort food. We noticed that macaroni and cheeze was one of the most popular recipes in the books by customer rating, and the only thing that needed to be tweaked in the recipe was substituting the macaroni and bread crumbs with gluten free options. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Broccoli Frittata

Mother’s day is one of the most popular “breakfast-in-bed” holidays, and mothers everywhere will wake to delicious treats in the comfort of their own bedrooms. If you are looking for something fantastic to make the gluten free, vegan mama in your life, we have the perfect dish for you! Straight from one of our favorite cookbooks, Quick & Easy Vegan Celebrations, this delicious frittata is made with silken tofu instead of egg, and features a colorful bouquet of drool-inducing vegetables and spices. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Mango Chutney

With mangoes in season, the juicy fruits that are a universal favorite are making their appearance in markets everywhere. People are snapping them up to enjoy as-is, or in their favorite recipes, such as mango salsa. For today’s recipe, we decided to take a page from one of our favorite recipe books, Indian Vegan: 300+ Recipes. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Stuffed Cucumber Salad

We came up with this delicious salad after learning of the amazing health benefits of sunflower and sesame seeds, especially in the area of women’s health! We’ve now made it a point to toss a handful of both seeds on to any veggie dish we are eating. In this recipe, the seeds lend a delicious crunch to accompany the yummy, garlicky tartness of the dressing. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Shakarkandi Chaat – Sweet Potato Salad

Today’s vegan, gluten free salad is offering a bit of an ethnic flair. Recently we grabbed a copy of the Healthy Indian Diet by physician Raj Patel. Dr. Patel looks at the latest medical research to explore how so much of it is pointing back to the fact that traditional diets, as opposed to modern diets, may be the key to reversing the incidences of obesity, diabetes and heart disease that are rising at disastrous rates. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Fountain of Flavor Salad

Today’s delicious salad recipe comes from one of our favorite healthy living books, Detox for Women by Natalia Rose. While the recipes in Natalia’s book are not all vegan, there are some that contain fish, raw goat cheese and yogurt, the non-vegan recipes are thankfully few and far between. The other bonus, is that all the recipes are gluten free, just be sure to use gluten-free condiments in areas where she calls for them, such as dijon mustard. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Three-Color Potato Salad

Today in this week’s delicious salad series, we have another recipe brought to you from the awesome Earthbound Farm cookbook, Salads for Every Season. We are particularly excited about this recipe because most potato salads are not vegan when topped with the continuously popular potato salad condiment, mayonnaise. Well what this salad is lacking in mayo, it more than makes up for in a bounty of delicious, pallet-pleasing vegetables, herbs and spices. Continue reading

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Summer Salad with Butter Lettuce, Raspberries, and Raspberry-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

With spring here, there are so many delicious produce options coming into season. Farmers markets seem to be overflowing with different varieties of fresh fruits and veggies on a weekly basis, and the options of recipes to make from springs bounty are nearly dizzying. With that in mind, we were delighted to come across a cookbook made by the folks down at Earthbound Farm, Salads for Every Season. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free One Bowl Brownies

We thought we’d close the week out with chocolate! We took another recipe from one of our favorite dessert books, Raw for Dessertby Jennifer Cornbleet. The bonus to this recipe is just how easy it is to make it! If you want to get really fancy, make a brownie sundae by topping off the brownie with your favorite ice cream alternative, such as coconut or rice cream, and our delicious coconut whipping cream. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Top Ramen Copycat Recipe

Recently we got a big craving for Top Ramen, or maybe it was for those poor college days. Either way it got us thinking, how can we recreate a vegan, gluten free ramen, sans the high sodium, msg and animal flavoring? Of course the answer lays in our new obsession: shirataki noodles! Continue reading

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Raw Vegan, Gluten Free Mousse

For the week in desserts we needed a break from all the pure sugar! Is it too much to ask for a delicious dessert that also offers nutritional value? With this recipe, we learn that it is not! With nutrient-rich ingredients such as vitamin-packed avocado, anti-oxidant packed cacao and vitamin and mineral-packed coconut milk, this delicious mousse does not disappoint. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

It is the week of desserts! And as we said last week, we excitedly got our hands on a copy of Susan O’Brien’s Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food cookbook. We all grew up with our favorite comfort food staple, and many had to give it up when they went vegan and gluten free. Continue reading

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Gluten Free, Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream

With all of the desserts we have planned on our “to try” list, there is one staple that is inevitably going to make an appearance on most of them: gluten free, vegan coconut whipped cream. There are many variations out there, and we have played around with most of them. It can be tough to get that balance of taste and texture just right. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Toasted Coconut Banana Marshmallow Tartufo

If we haven’t mentioned it enough, we are beyond excited about our discovery of marshmallow root. After what seemed like a month (which was in actuality about 5 days), our marshmallow root has finally arrived. Needless to say, this weekend is now reserved for cooking up everything marshmallow root that we can think of. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Mushroom Stroganoff

One thing we missed sorely as vegan and gluten free eaters is stroganoff. While we don’t so much miss beef stroganoff, we absolutely love mushroom stroganoff. This is no easy feat to achieve when you are vegan AND gluten free. Well we fell head over heels in love with this recipe from Lux Hippie. Every bite proved to be a delicious dance on our tastebuds. We modified it slightly by substituting our beloved shirataki noodles for the rice noodles, and instead of seitan we used browned mushrooms. Continue reading

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Gluten Free Vegan Comfort Food by Susan O’Brien

We were thrilled when our copy of Gluten-free Vegan Comfort Food by Susan O’Brien arrived! With well over 100 gluten free, vegan recipes for comfort foods, ranging from macaroni and cheese to chocolate cupcakes, we cannot wait to begin cooking our way through this book! Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Mousse with Marshmallow Root Fluff

Not long ago, one of our dear friends sent us a few recipes for vegan, gluten free marshmallow desserts using marshmallow root powder. Today’s recipe comes from a pair of adorable, fellow vegan, gluten free food blogger twins, over at Sketch-Free Vegan Eating. Needless to say, we went nuts for the idea and hopped onto the website Mountain Rose Herbs to order some marshmallow root powder, and are now (im)patiently awaiting its arrival. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Slow Cooker Borscht

We recently signed up for one of those services that delivers fresh, local organic produce to your door on a weekly basis. While it has been great so far, it has been challenging in areas where we are being faced with cooking produce we don’t normally use, or particularly like. Take beets, for example. We are not big fans. We have tried every variation of beet recipes offered to us by someone who perks up when they hear our beet-disdain and proclaims that we MUST try their beet recipe. Continue reading

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Gluten Free and Vegan Shirataki Noodles: the Weight Loss Wonder Noodle

We could barely contain ourselves when we started to hear the buzz about gluten free, vegan Shirataki noodles. Not only do they meet our dietary restrictions, but they can help us lose weight? This sounded too good to be true. The key to Shirataki noodles is their main ingredient, Glucomannan fiber. Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Salt and Vinegar Potato Chip Recipe

Part of being gluten free is learning the surprising foods that contain gluten. When one is newly gluten free there are bound to be slip-ups and accidental gluten consumptions because foods that don’t seem like they should contain gluten, do in fact contain it! Aside from foods like canned baked beans, couscous and some ketchup, we were shocked to learn that some of our beloved vinegars are not gluten free. Continue reading

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A Week of Vegan, Gluten Free Easter Desserts: Gluten Free, Vegan Sweet Stewed Rhubarb

Yesterday we took a look at the fruitful April orange bloom, and how to turn that into a delicious vegan, gluten free Navel Orange Confit with Orange Sorbet (link). Today we are looking at another April harvest, rhubarb. While most are familiar with this plant in its most famous preparation, the rhubarb pie, it is technically a vegetable, although in the 1940‘s the US courts decided to classify it as a fruit since that is how it is most commonly used. Continue reading

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A Week of Vegan, Gluten Free Easter Desserts: Confit of Oranges Filled with Orange Sorbet

With traditional Easter desserts being full of both animal products and gluten, we thought that, instead of trying to conform ingredients to those traditional desserts, we would introduce some fresh ideas to become future traditions. Celebrating the time of year, the current harvests from the earth and appreciating the bounty that the earth has to offer sounds like one of the best ways to honor Easter! Continue reading

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Purple Cabbage with Apples and Candied Almonds

We have given you a week of savory St. Patrick’s Day dishes, now time for a little sweet! This vegan and gluten free dish combines gorgeous purple cabbage with sweet apples. Now this dish isn’t technically Irish, but it does use cabbage so we thought it could pass! Continue reading

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Gluten Free and Vegan Irish Rarebit with Tomatoes

We are continuing our celebration of St. Patrick’s Day here at the Happy Gluten Free Vegan, and today we are featuring vegan, gluten-free Irish Rarebit with Tomatoes! While some also call it Welsh Rabbit, it is most commonly referred to as “Rarebit”. There are many variations of the rarebit meal, including Welsh (“Welsh” as in the country of Wales, not “Welch” as in the grape juice) Rarebit, Scottish Rarebit and Irish Rarebit. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Corned Beef Hash for St. Patrick’s Day

Yesterday we brought you the gluten free, vegan version of green beer. In keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, we found this awesome recipe for vegan, gluten free corned beef hash on lemmingtrail. The interesting main ingredient here is adzuki beans. Continue reading

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Vegan, Gluten Free Green Beer for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and green beer will be flowing! Just because you are vegan and gluten-free does not mean that you can’t partake in the festivities! We have assembled the perfect gluten-free, vegan beer and gluten free, vegan food color combination for you. Continue reading

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Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Italian Dinner Recipes

Last night was, unintentionally, vegan and gluten free Italian night! After finding a delicious recipe for Cheese Crisps using, vegan and gluten free. Daiya Cheese on the Zander’s Vegan Mama blog, I felt inspired to add it to my already-planned vegan and risotto-stuffed portobello caps with vegan parmesan cheese. The risotto recipe comes courtesy of Jolinda Hackett from About.com and is absolutely delicious. The whole thing came together beautifully, so I am going to share the recipes for the whole meal! Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten Free Cheeze Sticks

Today’s recipe inspiration comes from one of my favorite vegan chefs, the Vegan Zombie. If you are not familiar with the Vegan Zombie, you must check out his website and become a fan of his page on Facebook! He has some fantastic recipes, and serves them up with a heavy dose of entertainment, and a dash of zombie battle preparedness. Continue reading

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Zucchini Thai Soup Recipe From the Spunky Coconut Cookbook

With so many desserts featured lately, coming across a delicious Thai soup is a welcome change. Featuring lightly sweet coconut milk, offset by savory garlic, this soup not only offers an exotic Thai flavor, it packs a protein punch with the addition of quinoa. The recipe does call for teriyaki and tamari sauce, so be sure that you use the gluten free version of these. Continue reading

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