First of all, I’d like to say happy holidays to everyone! At this point, you’ve either gotten all your gifts weeks ago (like a responsible, smart adult lol) or you’re scrambling to get some last minute shopping done (like me). As a result, traffic becomes more of a hassle, people can become more unbearable, and you become Ebenezer Scrooge! Before you become this negatively-spirited Christmas icon, remember all the wonderful and magical things about the holidays…primarily all the yummy food and sweets!
I first encountered this bite of deliciousness a couple of years ago at a Spanish tapas restaurant and immediately fell in love. I found myself reaching for more and more little breads as the night progressed and I remember thinking I can eat these all day and every day because they were that good!
For Thanksgiving, I posted some bomb side dishes made vegan, but now it’s time to start thinking about the end-of-the-year holidays, gatherings and what you can possibly bring to the table…literally. I wouldn’t say quiche is necessarily a traditional holiday food item but it definitely is a great option to keep in mind. It’s easy to make, conveniently packaged (no dish needed), and quite tasty in a savory and creamy kind of way. My favorite quiche, even before I gave up meat was always a simple spinach quiche. Nowadays my version is not only vegetarian but also vegan!
What comes to mind when you think of lasagne? My mind immediately thinks, “meaty and cheesy.” Back in the day, that thought made me excited and happy but when I first changed my diet the same thought made me sad and frustrated. I thought I would never be able to enjoy that perfectly layered combination again. Then I realized I was being mellow-dramatic and not thinking outside the box. I quickly slapped myself silly and decided to take action and attempt to make a vegan lasagne.
So now that we are in December you are probably in the midst of “bulking” season (a.k.a. annual weight gain due to holiday eating and not giving a fuck) LOL! And guess what we are just going to keep it going all through December because I have a bunch of sweets and delicious meals planned for this month! Today’s recipe is one of my all-time favorite desserts which I learned to make from my grandma. If you are Hispanic or are familiar with Latino culture (primarily food culture), you know that rice pudding, or arroz con leche is a classic sweet, loved by all! So if you are excited to see this turned vegan or you are simply intrigued, keep scrolling for the full recipe!
I love soups! Now that we are moving into December and the temperature is cooling down even more, soups are the perfect meal to warm you up. One of my favorites has always been butternut squash soup. Its heavier than a broth, its healthy because its literally pureed squash, and its simply super tasty and delicious!