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Coconut Bacon Collard Greens (15 minutes!)

Coconut Bacon Collard Greens (15 minutes!)

Coconut Bacon Collard Greens (15 minutes!)

Collard greens are one seriously underappreciated vegetable (hello, health perks).

I used to overlook them all the time. But, once I figured out what to do with them, they became a mainstay in our kitchen. Let me show you how.

This dish is simple, requiring just 1 pan, 20 minutes, and 8 ingredients to make!

My version is modeled after traditional, Southern-style collard greens, which typically require bacon or ham.

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Tahini Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

Tahini Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

Tahini Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

I’m sure by now you’ve tried the 1-ingredient magic that is banana “soft serve” ice cream?

If not, you must. It’s just frozen, ripe bananas whirled into creamy soft serve. In other words, it’s what a healthy foodie’s dessert dreams are made of.

Flavor options are endless! But, for this particular recipe, I went with a recent favorite: Chocolate tahini!

It’s no secret that I have a thing for tahini and chocolate.

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Grain-Free Tabbouleh Salad (6 Ingredients!)

Grain-Free Tabbouleh Salad (6 Ingredients!)

Grain-Free Tabbouleh Salad (6 Ingredients!)

I make this salad at least once a week. How am I just now sharing the recipe?

It’s such a healthy, easy, and versatile dish that pairs perfectly with all things Mediterranean. Without further ado, my take on tabbouleh salad!

This recipe is so easy, requiring just 6 ingredients, 10 minutes, and 1 bowl to make.

The base is fresh, chopped parsley, red bell pepper, and red onion.

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Vegan 7-Layer Salad

Vegan 7-Layer Salad

Vegan 7-Layer Salad

Raise your hand if you A) are from the Midwest, B) have ever been to a church or community potluck, or C) have eaten at your grandmother’s table.

Hand raised on all three.

If you answered yes on any one of these, you’ve likely experienced a 7-layer salad. Say hello to its vegan cousin.

This recipe was actually a reader request, and seeing as I just mastered Vegan Mayonnaise and Coconut Bacon (and Eggplant Bacon), I figured it was perfect timing.

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1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Crackers

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Crackers

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Crackers

This recipe is for the carb and cracker lover who is ready to up their game and make their own at home. (Trust me. It’s not as scary as it sounds.)

Or, if you ever make your own almond milk, you likely have leftover pulp! You can put it to good use in these crackers. (Yet another reason to try this recipe.)

What I’m saying is: These delicious crackers make excellent use of ingredients you likely have in your pantry right now.

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Healthy Vegan Fudge (30 minutes!)

Healthy Vegan Fudge (30 minutes!)

Healthy Vegan Fudge (30 minutes!)

This recipe tested my patience. I almost threw in the towel. Aren’t you glad I didn’t?

This fudge started as avocado truffles, which then morphed into avocado fudge, which inevitably ended up being a flop because, as hard as I tried to ignore it, I could always taste (and smell) the avocado in the background. Back to the drawing board.

Next, I went for a vegan chocolate-inspired approach with cocoa butter and coconut oil.

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Spicy Tempeh Breakfast Sausage

Spicy Tempeh Breakfast Sausage

Spicy Tempeh Breakfast Sausage

If you follow us on Instagram, you know I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while now with ample excitement.

I’d been pondering how to make this recipe work for weeks, and after finally giving it a try, I’m SO pleased with the results.

If you’re plant-based or trying to eat more that way, this breakfast “sausage” is going to satisfy that savory morning protein craving like no other.

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Vegan “BLT” Sandwich

Vegan “BLT” Sandwich

Vegan “BLT” Sandwich

As promised, my take on a vegan “BLT” sandwich! Trust me, it was worth the wait.

This sandwich is seriously easy once you have your Eggplant Bacon (or Coconut Bacon) and Vegan Mayo prepared. And it only requires 6 ingredients!

The base for this beauty is bread, such as my Easy Vegan Seeded Whole Grain Bread! Next comes a spread, either vegan mayo or hummus! Then comes the “B” (bacon), “L” (lettuce), and “T” (tomato) and onion.

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Vegan Aquafaba Mayo (with a Hand Mixer!)

Vegan Aquafaba Mayo (with a Hand Mixer!)

Vegan Aquafaba Mayo (with a Hand Mixer!)

It’s happening: Easy vegan mayo without any fancy equipment! You can do this.

This recipe requires just 10 minutes and 8 ingredients to prepare. It’s also a 1-bowl recipe, and it doesn’t require an immersion blender like most vegan mayo recipes.

I don’t own an immersion blender and thought I’d give aquafaba mayo a try with a hand mixer.

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Crispy Eggplant “Bacon”

Crispy Eggplant “Bacon”

Crispy Eggplant “Bacon”

After trying my hand at coconut bacon and loving the flavor, I was left hoping for a texture that was closer to the real thing.

Enter: Eggplant.

We’ve used eggplant to make delicious things like Baba Ganoush, Harissa Eggplant Dip, Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups, and Cashew-Less Vegan Queso, but bacon may perhaps be its most brilliant use yet.

This recipe is simple, requiring just 10 ingredients (and it comes together in about 40 minutes).

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