If I'm not in the kitchen creating new plant-based recipes, I am either taking photos of food, eating food, or talking with someone about food. What can I say, food is not only the fuel that keeps me moving but it's also the inspiration for how I choose to live my life. I take what I put in my body very seriously because what you put in determines what you get out via energy levels, mood, and overall health. For this reason I prepare most of my own food, and have been doing so my entire life. When I was younger I actually did most of the cooking for myself and my siblings. But let's be real, life is busy and it's not realistic to make every meal at home from scratch.
When you dip, I dip, we dip! Say hello to my new fave creamy artichoke and chive cashew dip, here just in time for the holidays. It's the perfect vegan alternative to your average spinach dip. You know, those ones that come in a bread bowl, nothing against bread bowls but this dip is plant based perfection and will be the shining star on your seasonal spread.
As every good Greek person knows, hummus should be considered as an essential, right up there on the list next to toilet paper and water! Infact, I think my body is made up of 80% water and the other 20% is hummus. For anyone who is trying to eat more plant based, hummus is such a versatile vegan spread. For that reason I have made many different versions of the classic chickpea hummus and wanted to mix it up by using fava beans as the base for this delicious dip!
I know I have talked about this amazing vegan cheese, but not cheese sauce before in a recipe but it is just so damn good that I think it deserves its own very short and sweet blog post. I get so many questions about vegan cheese: "But Maria, how do you make vegan cheese? How is cheese vegan?" Well let me tell you... it's a lot simpler than you think.
Who doesn't love a good salsa? Especially in the summertime when the tomatoes are fresh and flavourful, and you're outside enjoying the hot weather barbecuing, yum, salsa is the perfect summer snack. Don't you think? This vegan salsa recipe is so easy to whip up and perfect to snack on on your own or bring to your next gathering or pot luck.
 I bet you would never imagine you'd see a recipe for how to make chocolate sauce with chickpeas that is healthy and vegan? Well add this sauce to your list of dessert recipes because this might become your new fav. Warning! It's addictive, but disclaimer, it's healthy! Win win.
So I've always had a mega obsession with hummus and other easy-to-make vegan dips that are perfect for snacking. They're usually really simple to make, healthy, and perfect when you're a busy bee like me and just want a quick snack. Also, they can be super great to bring to or have at a party. Who doesn't look a good platter of vegetables, crackers, dips and all that fun stuff? This red lentil hummus dip is one of my favs and is 110% plant-based. It only takes a few ingredients to make, and you'll have it whipped up in ten minutes or less! The best part that makes it better than regular hummus? The magical addition of red lentils. Yum!
Oh yes you guys! I made the best damn "Big Mac" sauce using Maille Canada Gherkins and holy shit, IT WAS AMAZING! I know a lot of us have cravings in the kitchen and for some reason mine are always related to dips and sauces, like I could put them on anything and basically replace them as a meal - oops.