Vegan Confetti Cupcakes

Vegan Confetti Cupcakes

Just like you remember from childhood. Perfect for birthdays, holidays, Tuesdays…

Makes 12 cupcakes. Double recipe for two 9 inch layers.

1 c. non-dairy milk (such as almond, soy, cashew or coconut) + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
½ c. (1 stick) Earth Balance vegan butter, softened
1 scant c. granulated sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t baking soda
¼ t salt
Optional: 1/3 c. rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils for Confetti cake

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Top Posts of 2015 in Recipes, Travel, Review, Giveaway, and More + What’s Coming in 2016

Top Posts of 2015 on The Vegan Wifey Blog

2015 was a great year for us despite the lack of sleep (new baby, new home will do that). As we get ready for 2016, I thought it would be fun to highlight our top 5 posts of 2015 in different categories:

Vegan Matcha Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Vegan Matcha Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

This was our most popular “sweet” recipe of 2015. Nothing sweetens the day like homemade goodies so we’ll be sure to bring you lots of healthy versions of cookie, muffin, scone, cake, and pie recipes in 2016! Matcha is one of those “super food” ingredients that it’s hard to know what to do with so stay tuned for more recipes in that area!

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Mushroom Soup Recipe

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One of my favorite recipes, Donat’s Creamy Vegan Broccoli Mushroom Soup was the top savory dish for 2015. It’s perfect for cold wet days (like today!) so give it a try. We have many more healthy vegan dishes to share with you in 2016!

Top Signature Restaurants for Vegan Diners in Walt Disney World

Vegan Tasting Plate at the California Grill

Vegan Tasting Plate at the California Grill

Our top travel post of 2015 was our review of the Top Signature Restaurants for Vegan Diners in Walt Disney World. This post combines two of my passions – vegan food and Disney – so you can definitely expect more where this came from. If you’re a vegan (or vegetarian or other special diet diner), also check out my other vegan Disney posts, Top 5 Vegan Snacks in Disney WorldTop 5 Standard Table Service Restaurants for Vegans in Walt Disney World, and Top 5 Tips for Vegan Dining in Walt Disney World.

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Vegan Kale-Rice Casserole Recipe

Kale Rice Casserole Recipe on The Vegan Wifey

Casseroles are amazing because oftentimes you can double a recipe, adding two minutes to prep time, and have another full meal ready for later. We love to freeze one batch and have a delicious dinner ready by just popping a casserole right in the oven. This recipe we like in particular because of its ease, short prep time, incredible nutritional value and awesome flavor. We’ve given many non-vegans this dish to try and they all LOVED it! Try it out, you will not be disappointed.

Kale Rice Casserole - Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

Kale Rice Casserole – Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons EVOO
2 14 ½ cans organic diced tomatoes
Basil, Oregano, Garlic powder, Salt and Pepper to taste
1 packet of tofu, drained
4 cups cooked brown rice
1 10-ounce package of fresh chopped kale
1 cup nutritional yeast
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Amazon #Giveaway + Home Chef Review and $30 Off Coupon Code!

Vegan Meal from HomeChef

Wifey and I are slowly but surely getting hooked on the awesome convenience of subscription food boxes like Home Chef and Hello Fresh (see our Hello Fresh Review and $40 off discount code). I can’t stress how awesome it is getting fresh food delivered to us saving us the trip to the grocery store with a newborn. Home Chef has an interesting spin on the subscription box too, you get a lot more customization with them including options like vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and paleo to name a few. If you like eating restaurant quality food, you’d enjoy this one! Use the link below for the $30 discount!

Sage and Brown Butter Pumpkin Gnocchi  With Kale and Sweet and Spicy Candied Walnuts

#Vegan Sage and Brown Butter Pumpkin Gnocchi
With Kale and Sweet and Spicy Candied Walnuts from HomeChef

Features:

  • Choose the number of meals you want each week on their website
  • All ingredients needed for those meals come straight to your door with free delivery on orders over $50 and no sales tax!
  • Flexible subscription so you can skip any weeks you want
  • The recipes are pictured and explained on color cards with step by step instructions, making even tricky meals seem easy to make
  • All ingredients are pre-measured so you only have to chop and toss in, no guesswork required
  • Choose what day of the week you want your food to arrive
  • You can choose from specific diet options, including vegan- something other subscription boxes don’t do
Asian Hot Pot With Rice Noodles, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Sesame Oil from HomeChef #vegan

Asian Hot Pot With Rice Noodles, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Sesame Oil from HomeChef #vegan

My Thoughts:

  • At less than $10 per meal, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than going to a restaurant to eat
  • For just $5 per person you can also add a nice bunch of fruits to your box!
  • It saves us from going to the grocery, which is SO nice
  • You basically make restaurant quality meals with Home Chef so it can save money from going out
  • We have actually learned a ton of interesting new cooking techniques and have recreated many of the recipes on our own already
  • Feels like a date night every night we make one of these
  • Totally worth a try for $30 off- 3 free meals basically

$30 Discount:  simply follow the link Here


Bottom Line: 
Signing up to Home Chef has been a ton of fun and I highly recommend it. This may just be our favorite subscription box yet I’ve already got my parents hooked on it! You can skip or cancel at any time so it’s a great idea to have a little fun and at least try it out for a week, especially for 3 free meals using the discount code! Warning: you may get addicted 😀 Continue Reading…

KPKitchen Pancake Batter Dispenser Review!

KPKitchen Pancake Batter Dispenser Review

I. Love. Pancakes. Always have and always will. (See: Can’t Believe It’s Vegan Pancakes, Double Chocolate Vegan PancakesVegan Butter Pecan Maple Syrup) Something about them is just fantastic in every way. I was thrilled to have the excuse to make more pancakes using the KPKitchen Batter Dispenser. This is their new model, which improved on some of the previous flaws and made for an overall better experience. Turned out that I was in for a very pleasant surprise. Here is some of what I found out:

Making Pancakes with the KPKitchen Pancake Batter Dispenser

Making Pancakes with the KPKitchen Pancake Batter Dispenser

Product Features:

  • The new model has a new handle bar, which lasts much better and is less likely to break with continued use
  • Makes for a less messy pancake experience
  • Makes perfect pancakes
  • Makes it easy to make different shapes (i.e. Mickey!)
  • Makes for easy cupcakes, muffing and waffles too
  • 100% Money back guarantee  for a full refund if not satisfied

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HelloFresh Review and $40 Off Coupon Code!

HelloFresh Review and $40 Discount Code!

Wifey and I love cooking. Did we ever mention that? So when we found out that there is a way to cook new fresh home cooked recipes without having to even get the ingredients from the supermarket, we said, “Yes please!” We decided to try out the HelloFresh subscription food delivery service with a sweet discount code (see below for the code). Long story short… we loved it! Read below to find out why!

Warm Grain Salad - Already Vegan and Super Easy and Flavorful

Warm Grain Salad – Already Vegan and Super Easy and Flavorful

Features:

  • Choose 3 delicious recipes on their website each week
  • All ingredients needed for those 3 meals come straight to your door with free delivery!
  • Everything is farm-fresh and the produce is delicious
  • Flexible subscription so you can skip any weeks you want
  • You get a very nice preprinted color booklet that include the recipes, cooking instructions and even a step by step picture that shows you how to prep the meal- the booklets are higher quality than other services we’ve tried
  • All ingredients are pre-measured so you only have to chop and toss in, no guesswork required
  • Choose what day of the week you want your food to arrive
  • Vegetarian options are always available and we veganize them with ease.
Mushroom Stroganoff - Made Vegan!

Mushroom Stroganoff – Made Vegan!

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11 Common Ingredients and Foods that are Not So Vegan

11 Common Ingredients and Foods that are Not so Vegan

In the world of nutrition and ingredients, things are not always what they seem. We are so used to seeing random ingredients on the labels of our foods that we don’t even pay too much attention to them anymore. Here is a handy little list to have for ingredients and other foods that are not so vegan but are commonly found in everyday foods.

  • Casein (also Caseinate and Sodium Caseinate)
    Casein is a milk protein. Milk is not vegan. Comically enough, it’s actually found in a lot of soy products, which seems counterintuitive to me. It’s also the addictive part of cheese that makes you want to come back for more.
  • Gelatin
    Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments or bones of cows and pigs. Jello and marshmallow is generally made with gelatin. Some vitamin capsules are also made from gelatin
  • Cochineal. Carminic Acid.
    This is actually crushed female cochineal beetle. It makes a red dye that is used as food coloring and can be found anywhere from apple sauce to hard candy.
  • Lactose
    Milk sugar that is a common and well known allergen. Oddly enough it is still added to baked goods and other food products.
  • Whey
    Also a milk protein. Whey is found just about everywhere including breads, cookies, cakes, etc.
  • Caesar Salad Dressing
    Caesar salad dressing actually has anchovies. Turns out the that “original” Caesar dressing recipe did not have anchovies but were added at some point when the kitchen ran out of ingredients and the chef made do with what he had (which included anchovies). Somehow it stuck and is now a common thing.

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Love With Food Subscription Tasting Box Review – October 2014

Love With Food Box - October 2014

Continuing my quest to feed the never-ending appetite of my wonderful vegan hubby, I was super excited to try the Love With Food Taster Box this month. Love With Food subscriptions start at $10 a month and focus on natural and organic snacks. While they don’t have a vegan-specific box, I was comfortable enough after looking over prior box reviews to give them a try.

Included in the October 2014 Love With Food Tasting Box:

Butter Shortbread Squares by Clairesquares**

Cinnamon and Sugar Bananinha Banana Bar by Nutryvitta – This is billed as a healthier alternative to candy. I think it’s a little too sweet but at least it’s made with fruit.

Honey Almond Nut Butter and Chocolate Almond Nut Butter by Justin’s – Love these! I do eat honey (not all vegans do) and these are great to take on the go and have with a banana or on some Ezekiel toast.

Organic Jelly Beans by Surf Sweets – These do have confectioner’s glaze (not typically vegan) but are definitely a step up from your average jelly bean. Super sugary and yummy so I was more than satisfied with just the little sample pack.

Organic Original Falafel Chips by Flamous – I usually don’t like Falafel flavored products but the spicing on these was right on.  They are also non-GMO and gluten free as an added bonus. Continue Reading…

Vegan Weightlifting (Part 3)

Pulling the sword from the stone

Written by Donat a/k/a The Vegan Hubby

I found the perfect diet for the physique that I always wanted, which is a vegan diet. Let’s talk about the physical or bodily image aspect of vegan weightlifting since I think it’s a very important one.

There is so much that you can do physically on a vegan diet. Are there limits? I think so, sure. If you want to take steroids and look like characters from the 90’s cartoon “Street Sharks”, I think a vegan diet is the last of your worries. In fact, there is virtually zero chance that someone like that would ever visit this blog so let’s stop talking about them.

Like I said before, my goal was always to be fit, strong and what I deem to be physically attractive. I always wanted to have the body and physique that women find attractive, not what guys do. From a young age I got the sense that guys love extremes and tend to go over the top with most things, including physical image. I thought that the average guy had a warped view of what looked good. Bigger always seemed to be better, regardless of any other factors. This does make sense on a crude evolutionary level because the male needs to be dominant and physically intimidating to his rival males. I also noticed that women generally had a more moderate view on the male body that included looking healthy. This also makes sense on an evolutionary level because the woman needs someone who is both strong AND healthy to live long enough to take care of babies and be the provider. A healthy look is sexy to woman because it will help their offspring to survive. A competitive male on the other hand will not be intimidated by how healthy another male looks or how clear his skin is. Having biceps the size of grapefruits and squatting 6 plates will likely impress a guy, but highly unlikely to impress most women (unless you’re one of the girls from the Jersey Shore, but is that what you’re really going for? Honestly.)

With the knowledge that we no longer have to revert to our caveman ancestry, I chose to go the healthy route. How many people do I need to intimidate on a daily basis in a modern society? Thankfully little to none since we evolved past that (or so one would hope at least). I preferred to have that healthy but definitely fit look and luckily for me so did the healthy and fit women such as my gorgeous wife. Additionally, my body tended to naturally go toward that direction anyway so I had everything going for me to go lean and everything against me to going “huge”. Continue Reading…

Vegan Weightlifting (Part 2)

Written by Donat a/k/a The Vegan Hubby

If you are a “Summer weightlifter” who only works out to look good on the beach for 2 months out of the year, this is probably not for you. I live, eat and work out in order to look and feel great every day of the year, rain or shine.

There is no end to diet advice and information that you hear from people at the gym, friends, assorted magazines and websites. A common theme that you will undoubtedly hear about when discussing weight lifting is protein. Weightlifters have an absolute obsession with protein. One of my favorite things to do at the gym is to listen to someone who looks dreadfully unhealthy tell me about diet. I don’t really care if you could life more weight than me, you still look like a heart attack waiting to happen and the advice that you are all too willing to share about food is awful. They will generally start telling me about “high quality proteins”, namely meats. When someone starts talking about high quality proteins, it sounds so good right? Who doesn’t like high quality things? Except these high quality proteins are more of a marketing gimmick from meat and dairy producers than actual realities.

One argument that I’ve heard that makes people think that meats have “higher quality” proteins is that they have a higher bioavailability. Again, sounds like a good thing at first. What it really means is that meats force your body to use these proteins, regardless of whether or not it actually needs them. While plant proteins have lower “bioavailability”, they are utilized by the body much better in places and ways that the body actually needs them. Complete proteins are the important kind, and you can get tons of them from non-animal sources. As a couple of quick examples, peas are a complete protein in themselves, and combining rice and beans has been a fantastic way that people have consumed complete proteins for thousands of years. The beauty of these plant based proteins is that they come without the cholesterol, saturated fats, hormones or antibiotics while still doing the same job or better. Continue Reading…