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A Spin on Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip This vegan buffalo chicken dip is perfect for any holiday gathering. Many vegans struggle with enjoying comfort foods around the holidays, but this recipe offers a health-conscious spin on an American classic! You might already know that Buffalo Chicken Dip is a modern spin on the classic Buffalo Chicken wing recipe. The original recipe dates back ...

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Recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Pie

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For my classmate Sierra’s birthday I decided to make a celebratory pumpkin pie this past Thursday! I think people were initially turned off by the fact that it was vegan, but as soon as the “health nuts” cut into it that’s all she wrote. It turned out surprisingly well, and everyone that ate a piece – had seconds. A few ...

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Recipe: Vegan Ninjabread Cookies

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Yesterday I had the urge to bake, which I haven’t had in a awhile… I dreamt that I had a cookie company that catered for fashion shows, then woke up dead set on baking gingerbread cookies. So random. Coincidentally it was also National Pastry Day!  I had planned to use my old ginger snap recipe, ...

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Recipe: Vegan Vanilla Cornbread

After my somewhat fail as a vegan, which you can read about here… I had an epic comeback. I was more determined than ever to have a crap free diet (mostly because I was sick of being sick). I was eating vegetable soup everyday and lots of grains. I wanted to incorporate sturdier foods this time around. I had to ...

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Vegan Trials

I’ve always been prone to getting sick this time of year, however I thought living in LA would somehow change that. The Midwest is notorious for sudden temperature shifts, humidity, frost, tornados, the worst of the worst… However, the flu is going around and I wanted to be on the safe side. So for the month of November, I ate ...

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Corn Porn & My Love for All Things Corny

Do you like corn? I love corn. I’m from Missouri, so I’ve always had a lust for corn. I like corn in my salads, on my pizza, tortillas, cornbread, corncake, popcorn, sweet corn, corn grits, and corn chex. Whether grilled, fried, creamed, blue, white, or yellow corn; I don’t discriminate. Dominicans are known for making particularly incredible Corn Pizza. A ...

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6 Things Missing From Your Bucket List

Life is all about, spontaneity, adventure, and passion. So many people put their dreams on the back burner until they retire and end up too unhealthy to fulfill them. The best time to follow your dreams is now. I suggest writing a [bucket] list to keep track of your progress toward achieving your dreams. An average bucket list consists of things like traveling ...

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Recipe: Juice Pulp Muffins

I hate pulp…in my juice, but pulp muffins are bomb! [yumprint-recipe id=’2′]

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Accidentally Vegan: Trader Joe’s Haul

1. Envirokidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs I used to love Reese’s Puffs but THIS takes peanut butter cereal to a whole new level. A photo posted by Katherine Alvarez (@katherinenicolealvarez) on Aug 31, 2014 at 11:19am PDT 2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Who doesn’t like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies? I saw that they added coconut and was sold ...

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Recipe: Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You’ve never seen vegan like this before! I’ve replicated my mother-in-law’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe with only gluten-free and vegan ingredients! They’re so addicting… you should really consider tripling, maybe even quadrupling the recipe!

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Recipe: Paleo Dessert Crêpes

A few years back I ate at this AWESOME restaurant called “Wang Gang.” They only stayed open for a few months, but during that time I had at least 20 chocolate spring rolls. These sound gross, but they weren’t anything like traditional spring rolls. They reminded me of a chocolate phyllo being rolled into little spherical chocolate burritos, and toasted. ...

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20 Most Ratchet Snacks in America

1. Chips Ahoy These bland, cookie-like, ultra commercialized biscuits are at the top of my list for one reason: I ate 1,000s of Chips Ahoy cookies in my childhood. I kept a stash in my bedroom as well as in the kitchen cabinet at all times. Too bad they changed their ultra ratchet recipe… 2. Pizza Rolls Ah Pizza Rolls… I really wish ...

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Recipe: World’s Fluffiest Chocolate Chip Cookie

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? There are SO many different chocolate chip cookies out there, it’s impossible to call mine the best. Don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty damn amazing, but as I always say, the world is better with options! This recipe is for the imagination. If you want a basic, gooey chocolate chip cookie try these. If you want a crispy ...

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Recipe: Banana Pudding the RIGHT Way

Growing up my mom used to make conventional “banana pudding” – complete with boxed vanilla wafers, and jello mix…Oh Snap! AT AGE 20, I finally had REAL banana pudding and my life has never been the same. I was expecting a cold, artificially flavored, cream pie-like dish, but the real deal was warm and literally melted in my mouth. For some reason beyond my understanding, ...

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Recipe: Too many overripe bananas?

Traditional Southern Banana Pudding is quite possibly the most delicious dessert on the planet. However, between the sugar, butter, and chemical crackers (vanilla wafers) you’re asking for medical problems y eating this one. If you’re not into killing yourself slowly, you could always go for my favorite healthy breakfast/dessert, “banana nice cream.” You can find some “nice cream” recipes here. If you’ve had ...

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Imaginary Chef Feature: Miss Universe Canada Finalist, Monika Horvat

FROM IMMIGRANT TO MISS UNIVERSE Recently I had the privilege to interview Miss Universe Canada finalist, Monika Horvat. As part of her preparation for the pageant, Monika is following a workout regime from Peak Nutrition CA, and The Imaginary Chef Diet. Monika was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada at 3 years old. She will graduate with a bachelors in ...

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5 Misconceptions About Food

There are so many misconceptions surrounding food and diet. Like much of what we hear in the media, mainstream information about nutrition is usually someone’s opinion, rather than fact. There’s always a new “healthy” fad (acai, avocado, garcinia cambogia, etc) or weight loss product in the news. There are also products and diet plans that actually help people. In a world ...

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5 Reasons You Should Start Juicing

Juicing is extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables with the help of a machine. It’s a good way to get nutrients if you’re not big on eating fruits and veggies by themselves. There are also many known benefits of juicing such as direct access to immune boosting nutrients, and digestive enzymes that are hard to get to.  Commercial juices also lack the ...

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Is your lifestyle causing an autoimmune disease?

I know first-hand how bothersome dealing with an autoimmune disease can be on a day-to-day basis. I’ve had chronic asthma since as far back as I can remember. Examples of these diseases are: allergic asthma alopecia anemia arthritis autoimmune hepatitis type 1 diabetes Guillain-Barré syndrome multiple sclerosis polymyositis psoriasis scleroderma/systemic sclerosis systemic lupus erythematosus thyroiditis vitiligo As a child, I ...

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I Can’t Cook

I recently read an article that said the number one complaint of millennials is that we “can’t cook.” I’m sure this has something to do with the fact that we grew up in an age of total comfort and convenience. With a booming fast food industry, and rapidly advancing technology at our fingertips – it’s no longer necessary to know how to cook.  

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