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Vegan Kale Tacos

vegan kale tacos

In the midst of a meat-crazed pregnancy, I did something a little crazy. I made vegan tacos. On naan bread, of all things.

It all started at my 9 month check-up, when the doctor declared that our baby was looking large. In fact, I think she repeated that sentiment several times throughout the appointment. She didn’t seem concerned, but she’s also not the one who’s going to do the pushing here. So from that point on, I’ve been trying to be a little more conscious of what I eat. And clearly a sleeve of Thin Mints doesn’t count, because everyone knows Girl Scout cookies are practically calorie free. Or something.

Back to my healthy kale tacos. Continue reading


Chocolate Coconut Cookies {Vegan + Gluten-Free}

Chocolate Coconut Cookies {Vegan + Gluten Free}

Do you ever wonder what happens to all the food showcased on this blog? I absolutely hate to waste, but I’ve gotten in the habit of offloading many of my recipes – particularly bite-sized desserts, which have a habit of disappearing far too quickly. This recipe for Gluten Free + Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cookies was no exception, and I was happy to bring a tupperware o’ treats to share with my colleagues. Not only because Mondays are hard, and cookies make it better, but also because these cookies are simply delicious. If I do say so myself.

And speaking of saying so… so did my manager’s manager’s manager (the director of my whole department!), who promptly shouted across the office: “YUM! You’ll always have a job here, Marisa!”

SO I thought I’d get it down in writing. *wink* Continue reading


Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten Free AND Vegan!)

I think I may be the only person in Portland without dietary restrictions. I swear, everyone here is either vegetarian or flexitarian or gluten intolerant… it’s like an episode of Portlandia. But real life.

I recently made dessert for a get-together where I knew there would be vegan and gluten-free eaters. Now, I make tons of recipes that are gluten free. Or vegan. But not both – and I figured out why when I was trying to decide what to bring to the party. It’s hard to find a good recipe that follows both restrictions! Luckily I found a yummy-looking thumbprint cookie recipe after some intense google searching, and put my own twist on it – including adding the homemade apple butter that I can’t get enough of.

And seriously, you wouldn’t have known these treats were vegan or gluten free! They were a huge hit, and I can’t wait to make them again with different jam and butter flavors.

Gluten Free Vegan Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten Free Vegan Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten Free Vegan Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten Free + Vegan Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

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2 1/2 cups Arrowhead Gluten-free all purpose baking mix
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp course salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 T vanilla extract
1 T agave nectar
2 T Bob’s Redmill egg replacer mixed with 6 T warm water until frothy (should be equivalent of 2 eggs)
3-5 T vanilla almond milk (can replace with soy or whatever you have on hand)
About 1 cup of apple butter for filling

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat in shortening, sugar, vanilla, agave and egg replacer. Add in almond milk as needed to make dough smooth. Cover dough and let chill for 1 hour. In the meantime, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350F. Once dough is chilled, roll small balls of dough (approx 1 heaping T) and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Gently press down on the ball with your thumb to form an indent, and dollop your apple butter – or jam of any kind – into the indent. Bake for 20-23 minutes until cookies are golden. Cool on a wire rack.

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Recipe adapted from the Gluten-Free Goddess’ Thumbprint Cookies with Buckwheat Flour and Brown Sugar.