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National V-licious Cheese Lovers’ Day!

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day (Jan 20)! Think it’s impossible to celebrate without dairy? Think again! These 5 plant-based cheeses are so good you’ll never know they’re totally dairy-free. Try them in all of your cheesy favorites, from melty grilled cheese sandwiches, to creamy mac and cheese, to the perfect slice of pizza! Or, keep it simple and enjoy them with your favorite crackers.
1. Miyoko’s Creamery
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Miyoko’s Creamery offers artisan dairy-free cheeses in varieties like Classic Double Cream Chive,  High Sierra Rustic Alpine, and Aged English Smoked Farmhouse. Pairs perfectly with baguette or crackers (and wine!).  Find it here.   

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2. Kite Hill
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Kite Hill gourmet plant-based cheeses were developed by an expert culinary team, including Tal Ronnen, celebrated chef and owner of Los Angeles’s Crossroads restaurant. You can find them in any Whole Foods– and be sure to look for their spreads, yogurts, and cheesecakes too! Find it here.

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3. Chao
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The Chao trio of rich and creamy non-dairy cheeses are the latest offering from Field Roast Grain Meat Co. Their new and innovative flavors include Coconut Herb, Creamy Original, and Tomato Cayenne. Find it here.

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4. Daiya

 

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Daiya’s deliciously dairy-free shreds in varieties like Cheddar, PepperJack, and Mozzarella are the perfect melty, cheesy addition to your pizza, grilled cheese, or quesadilla. A favorite a vegans everywhere, Daiya also offers blocks, spreads, and a number of other products. Find it here.

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5. Tofutti
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Tofutti is a pioneer in dairy-free cheese, serving up plant-based options for over 30 years. Their Better Than Cream Cheese, Better Than Sour Cream, and Better Than Ricotta cheese varieties are available in many grocery stores across the U.S. Look for their slices too! Find it here.
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Photos courtesy of, from top: Chicago Vegan Foods, Miyoko’s Creamery, Kite Hill, Field Roast Grain Meat Co., Daiya, and Tofutti

Find Plant-Powered Options at Your National Park!

As the National Park system celebrates its Centennial, more people are making plans to visit. If you are heading to either your local park or another on your bucket list, you can consult this guide to the plant-powered options in and around each park. From a tofu taco at Glacier National Park to vegan pizza just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are plenty of options.

For these trips and any others, be sure to check out the V-lish guide to travel for more hints and options found at popular chains.

 

10 Ways to Eat Quinoa

Quinoa. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing: This super-food is packed with protein, dietary fiber, iron, essential amino acids, and vitamin B6. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of delicious dishes. Quinoa can be enjoyed hot or cold and in breakfasts, dinners or even desserts. Here are 10 terrific ways to enjoy quinoa!

 

1. Thai Quinoa Fried Rice

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Neither fried nor rice, this version might be even tastier than the classic Asian dish! View full details

 

2. Quinoa Chickpea Tabbouleh Salad

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Adding quinoa to this delicious Mediterranean side dish makes it hearty enough for a quick and easy main course. View full details

 

3. Dark Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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Quinoa takes on a porridge-like consistency in this tasty, chocolatey breakfast dish.  View full details

 

4. Vegan Quinoa Chili

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The best kind of comfort food! This chili can feed you in under an hour and provide leftovers for days! View full details

 

5. Vegan Gluten Free Quinoa Paella

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Transform your quinoa into a gorgeous, aromatic Spanish dish with this vegan paella recipe. View full details

 

6. Breakfast Quinoa Rice Pudding

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Quinoa makes the perfect substitute for rice in this morning-friendly pudding. View full details

 

7. Buffalo Quinoa Balls with Ranch Dipping Sauce

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If you love tangy Buffalo sauce, have we got the unexpected spin on hot wings for you. Roll out a guilt-free batch of spicy quinoa balls and a side of cooling ranch dipping sauce – the perfect combination! View full details

 

8. Spaghetti with Quinoa Meatballs

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This recipe combines beans, tomato paste, spices and quinoa to make delicious meatless meatballs that can be enjoyed over a spaghetti or on their own! View full details

 

9.  Six-Ingredient No-Bake Quinoa Peanut Butter Crunch Cups

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Quinoa is the secret ingredient in these nutty treats, delivering a delicious crunch to every bite! View full details

 

10. Quinoa Pizza Bites

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These tasty and nutritious pizza bites with a melted Daiya center are perfect for sharing on game day or movie night!  View full details

New Video: Pasta with Chick’n & Broccoli

We teamed up with Gardein in their Los Angeles tasting kitchen to bring you this fast and delicious pasta dish, loaded with fresh veggies, zesty spices, and hearty Chick’n. View full recipe

 

Cooking Demo with Kevin Archer

Learn to Make Tempeh Tacos, Caesar Salad, and More!

Chef Kevin Archer treated a group of volunteers at Farm Sanctuary to a private cooking demo, where they learned to make Spanish Rice Pilaf, Tempeh Chorizo Tacos, Grilled Tofu, and a Caesar Salad. Once you see the complete dishes, you’ll be excited to try making them for yourself. And luckily, you can — we filmed the full demo!

 

About Kevin Archer

Certified chef Kevin Archer leads Peace Meal Supper Club, a series of fine dining events focused on socially progressive themes. Through the use of multiple media forms — word, food, music, and film — these immersive events explore the ethical impact of our eating choices.

Kevin has worked as culinary director, executive chef, and general manager at several landmark vegan restaurants across the country. He is a frequent presenter at festivals throughout the eastern United States. A nationally recognized humane educator, YES! Magazine includes him among their “Chefs We Love.”

He can be contacted via kevin@kevinrayarcher.com.

Easy Recipes for Back to School

This month, as the little ones head back to school, we say goodbye to the warm, carefree days of summer and welcome backpacks, freshly sharpened pencils, and of course, lunchboxes. As family schedules change, meal prep may need to change as well. Whether you’re looking to fill your child’s lunchbox, create a nutritious after school snack, or pack an adult-sized meal, these recipes will provide the inspiration!

 

1) Five Vegan Sandwiches

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Try these five delicious ideas for lunchbox-ready sandwiches, like the mouthwatering T.L.T (tempeh, lettuce and tomato). Blogger Sam Turnbull provides a different option for each day of the school week! View full details

2) Waste Free Vegan Lunch Ideas for Kids

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These waste-free ideas are so much better than individually wrapped lunchbox items, which often create unnecessary trash. DIY meals are perfect for eliminating waste, and hunger! View full details

3) Chickpea Nuggets

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Pair these plant-powered nuggets with BBQ sauce and the kids will be dipping away in no time! View full details

4) Carrots in a Blanket

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Who want’s to eat a cute little piggy? Not us! Try this fun idea instead for an instantly lovable after-school snack! View full details

5) Six Kid-Approved Vegan Lunchbox Ideas

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A sprinkle of soy cheese and veggie pepperoni over an English muffin is sure to be a hit with adults and kids alike! These super easy ideas are all-around crowd-pleasers. View full details

6) Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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Get out the food processor and a cup of chickpeas because this chickpea salad sandwich is for foodies who love everything about tuna salad sammies — except the tuna! View full details

7) Froggy Sandwiches

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Have you ever seen a cuter sandwich?! The adorable googly eyes are reason enough to add these to your shopping list. View full details

8) Zucchini Tater Tots

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Yet another wonderful use for this year’s zucchini harvest! Add to any sack lunch for a sneaky serving of veggies. View full details

V-Lish Video: Waffles, Two Ways

Have you had a chance to see our plant-based recipe round up featuring eight incredible ways to celebrate national waffle day? We’ve put together a video of how we celebrated so that you can follow along at home! These light and fluffy vegan waffles with blueberry sauce by The Pretty Bee and Trader Joe’s cinnamon roll waffles (that happen to be vegan!) were a huge hit, and filled our office with the sweet scent of vanilla and cinnamon as we put together these amazing recipes. Let us know what you think!

 

 

Happy National Waffle Day!

Did you know that today is the anniversary of Cornelius Swarthout’s patent on the waffle iron invented over a century ago? If you don’t own a waffle iron, this might be the perfect time to get one, because it is National Waffle Day! Today we celebrate his delicious invention with eight amazing waffle recipes. As if we needed an excuse to whip up a batch of this scrumptious breakfast favorite! Whether you like them sweet, savory or somewhere in-between, we’ve got you covered with this yummy recipe round-up. So grab the maple syrup, coconut whipped cream and get ready to stack ’em high!
1. Light and Fluffy Vegan Waffles with Blueberry Sauce

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The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C found in fresh blueberries make them the perfect topping to these light and fluffy vegan waffles. View full details
2. Organic Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Matcha Waffles

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Encha’s Organic culinary-grade matcha will turn your waffles a beautiful shade of green with this easy waffle recipe. Coconut perfectly compliments the subtle toasty matcha flavor! View full details
3. Vegan Snickerdoodle Waffles

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Indulge in these totally crave-worthy waffles made with aquafaba and topped with a date-made caramel sauce! View full details
4. Pizza Waffles VEGAN

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Use your favorite pizza toppings, like meatless pepperoni, and turn your waffles into custom homemade pizza hot pockets! View full details
5. 7 Ingredient Vegan Gluten Free Waffles

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Make these simple, perfectly crisp waffles with only seven ingredients. Freeze the extras and pop them in the toaster for breakfast all week! View full details
6. Vegan French Toast Waffles

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Woah! Why haven’t we thought of this before? Dip in a coconut milk blend and then cook in a waffle iron for a truly magical hybrid! View full details
8. Healthy Vegan Waffles

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Bananas add the perfect amount of moisture to these tasty and healthy vegan waffles. Top with a drizzle of almond butter, sprinkle of cacao and your favorite berry medley! View full details 

 

Stay tuned to see our V-Lish crew put a few of our favorite waffle recipes to the test in our Waffles Four Ways V-Lish video! Show us how you’re celebrating national waffle day on Instagram using the tag #vlishwaffleday and tagging us at @V_lishious

 

Happy Birthday Julia Child!

Today we celebrate the birthday of the beloved icon Julia Child! Child’s cheery enthusiasm and passion for the art of cooking touched the hearts of many and inspired them to enjoy their time in the kitchen. Since the release of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961, the world has exploded with master-chefs and food-lovers who have embraced the joy and art of the vegan meal! While Child herself may never have focused on the delicious possibilities of plant-based cuisine, plenty of creatives have since paid tribute by “veganizing” her treasured recipes. With the recipes gathered below, all can enjoy the artful process of some of Julia Child’s favorite meals with the added joy of a cruelty-free dish!

 

1. Vegan Tarte Aux Pomme

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Julia says this traditional French apple tart consists of “a well flavored applesauce spread over a partially cooked pastry shell…over which you place thinly sliced apples in a design of overlapping circles.” Enjoy this beautiful baked good hot out of the oven or serve cold! View full details

 

2. Julia Child’s Le Cordon Faux Boulangere Potatoes

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This blogger took to the kitchen after being inspired by Child and created her own version of this French potato dish by subbing out butter and chicken stock with some veg-friendly alternatives! View full details 

 

3.  Cool Cucumber Soup

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This delightful tribute to Julia substitutes tofu for heavy cream and delivers a remarkable stand-in for her chilled cucumber soup. Perfect for enjoying in the hot summer month of August! View full details 

 

4. Truffled Seitan

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The art of French cooking is admittedly more high maintenance than our usual recipes, but if you’re feeling up for the challenge and want to produce a five star vegan meal try Miyoko Schinner’s recipe for truffled seitan! View full details

Our 6 Favorite Ways to Use Treeline Cheeses!

V-lish recently had the chance to sample Treeline’s line of artisanal cheeses. Our verdict? These are a must-try! Grate them atop pasta, crumble over salads, simmer into sauces, smear on a bagel, or serve on an elegant cheese plate. As if the flavor wasn’t enough to get excited about, Treeline’s products are free from dairy, lactose, casein, gluten, soy, and added oils. Put one (or all!) of the six tangy, rich, and spreadable varieties of Treeline Treenut Cheeses on your grocery list asap!

Here are our top six ways to enjoy this game-changing dairy-free cheese:

 

1. Herb-Garlic Soft French-Style

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Spread the creamy Herb-Garlic Soft French-Style cheese on rustic toast and top with chopped tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. This Italian-inspired snack is the perfect party appetizer.

 

2. Scallion Soft French-Style

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The Scallion Soft French-Style is perfect layered with slices of cold beets and finished with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and chopped chives. And don’t skip the simple pleasure of smearing this flavor on your morning bagel, or serving alongside fruit and veggies.

 

3. Chipotle-Serrano Soft French-Style

The Chipotle-Serrano Soft French-Style is delicious on top of a cracker, or added to sauces (think mushroom sauce or a smoky mac-n-cheese) to make it extra creamy with a hint of spice!

 

4. Green Peppercorn Soft French-Style

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Create a delicious Mediterranean spread with the Green Peppercorn Soft French-Style, olives, and pistachios. Or, for a refreshing sweet and savory summer snack, blend with a dash of agave and top with sliced strawberries. Yum!

 

5. Classic Aged Artisanal

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The aged classic is an incredibly versatile cheese, delicious with fresh fruit, or stirred into a risotto. This variety is the perfect replacement for grated Parmesan in almost any recipe!

 

6.  Cracked Peppercorn Aged Artisanal

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The Cracked Peppercorn Aged Artisanal turns any soup or chili into something special. Hint: try it topped with a balsamic-fig compote and baby arugula. This combo will wow your taste-buds, and your guests!

When you eat Treeline, you support rescued cattle like Cashew, a small calf who came to Farm Sanctuary from a Pennsylvania dairy farm.

Treeline’s products are currently available in a wide variety of stores nationwide, from Whole Foods Markets, to independent health food stores, to local grocery stores and small chains. Come September, Treeline’s dairy-free alternatives will appear on shelves across the country within the Kroger family of stores – including Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, Dillon’s, King Sooper’s, Quality Food Centers, Fry’s, Smith’s, and of course, Kroger. This expansion makes compassionate choices more accessible than ever before.  Visit their website to find Treeline near you!

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