Vegan

How To Make the Ultimate Frozen Margaritas — Drinks Lessons from The Kitchn

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My love for a margarita knows no bounds — I love a very classic fresh lime juice and tequila over the rocks margarita just as much as I love the sweet pitchers that our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant serves up. Frothy blended margaritas have a distinct appeal on a warm patio in the middle of summer — icy cold with a strong flavor that melts into a refreshingly mellow drink that keeps you from drinking too much.

On a mission to recreate what I love about a blended margarita without using sour mix or a can of limeade concentrate, I discovered an ice cube tray was the secret ingredient to making a blender margarita taste just as good as a fresh one with all the laid-back ease and hospitality the pitcher varieties offer.

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How To Make Vegan Meringue Cookies — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Let me preach the meringue cookie gospel for a moment here. Meringues are light and airy, with a just-right sweetness, and they melt in your mouth with their crisp-tender texture. They are made with just three ingredients, one of which is a leftover byproduct of a kitchen staple.

If you were thinking these pretty, tasty things were made from egg whites, you were wrong. These meringues are made from the leftover liquid from a can of chickpeas, whipped and baked up much like their namesake cousins, but made for vegans. It's not quite magic — it's thanks to the starchy science of aquafaba.

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Recipe: Balsamic Glazed Veggie Kebabs — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

This really is the only recipe you need for grilled vegetables now through summer and into fall. Any vegetable wins when it's soaked in a sweet, tangy, and garlic-packed balsamic glaze and grilled on skewers until caramelized and tender. Grill Brussels sprouts now, while they still linger, and then move on to the summer bounty of eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and more. Serve them with other grilled fare, like burgers, dogs, or chicken, or bask in their heartiness and make them a vegan main course. Yep, it just might be time to start stocking up on wooden skewers.

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How To Make Date Caramels — Make More Good

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Date caramels are one of those culinary magic tricks that you can't even believe works until you try it. You pulse whole dates with a few other ingredients, press them into a pan, and top with a bit of flaky salt. Just 30 minutes later you can cut out soft, chewy caramels that are free from added sugar (not to be confused with the loads of sugars naturally occurring in dates) and high in dietary fiber.

You didn't even have to turn on the stove.

But the ease of preparing date caramels is hardly the best part. These date caramels are incredibly delicious. Rich and creamy like classic caramels, they don't have any actual cream, making them a vegan-friendly treat. Sweet, chewy, and just a touch salty — they're the perfect little treat to share with friends or give as a gift.

Ready to try this culinary feat of flavor? Here's how to make date caramels at home.

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Recipe: One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

This side dish is so smoky and fragrant, you may find yourself pushing aside the main course so that you can focus your attention on it. Smoked paprika not only lends its intense flavor to the couscous, but it also adds color, creating the most beautiful golden hue. Toasted sliced almonds add textural crunch to the dish (something that is all too often missing in plain ol' couscous), and a slew of chopped fresh parsley brings its pop of green freshness to the equation. Enjoy this as a bed for roast chicken, grilled steak, or even just a pile of juicy roasted vegetables for a simple, satisfying meal.

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How To Make Date Syrup — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Date syrup is a thick, caramel-colored sweetener made from dates. You may have seen it on the shelves in your local health food store, as many cooks embrace it as an alternative sweetener. Date syrup is incredibly easy to make at home, can be more affordable than store-bought, and has the lush caramel hue and heady date flavor of its namesake fruit.

Here is everything you need to know about making date syrup at home.

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