Vegan

The 10 Best Vegan Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s — Shopping

If you're vegan and already a die-hard Trader Joe's fan, then it's pretty likely you know just how many vegan-friendly options there are among the aisles. If you haven't been to your local outpost lately, you'll want to take note. Trader Joe's is stocked with a ton of really great vegan-friendly foods. In fact, they even include a section on their website that lists them all out. Narrowing it down was really tough, but here are 10 of our favorite picks.

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My Biggest Vegan Challenge Was One I Didn’t Expect — Adventures in Veganism

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When I decided to take the plunge into veganism, I anticipated some pitfalls. I thought I'd maybe lose my cool and dive headfirst into a pile of cheeseburgers, or maybe sneak some brie at a party. But the hardest part of going vegan hasn't been cravings, which are surprisingly few and far between. For me, the social ramifications of going vegan were far more discouraging. As someone whose social life has more or less revolved around food for the past several years, the feeling of isolation that resulted from my dietary change hit me really hard.

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Recipe: Sweet Tea and Bourbon Pitcher Cocktail — Easy Pitcher Cocktails

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Is there anything more Southern than sweet tea and bourbon? Well, what if you were to mix these two together to make the ultimate Southern sipper? Pretty ingenious, right?

We thought so, too, when we spotted it on the menu at Milkwood Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Even better? It's made for batching up. Summer drinking just got a whole lot easier.

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How To Make the Ultimate Vegan Cashew Cream — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Cashew cream isn't just for vegans and dairy-free cooks. Sure, vegans probably started enjoying this rich, creamy, dairy-free dip long before the rest of us omnivores, but there's no reason that everyone shouldn't have this sauce knowledge in their arsenal. Skeptical? Good — that means more cashew cream for me.

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In the Kitchen with Laura Wright of The First Mess — In the Kitchen With

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Laura Wright's The First Mess Cookbook weaves together approachable plant-based recipes, relatable real food stories, and sumptuous imagery. Recipes run the gamut from nourishing weeknight dinners to beautiful statement desserts, but through it all, Laura brings readers along – explaining ingredients and techniques, and sharing inspiration with the same thoughtful yet laid-back style evident on The First Mess blog.

Like many home cooks, I learned to cook from cookbooks. Over the years, I've made my way from general cookbooks with basic recipes to more specialized ones highlighting complicated techniques or those focused on a single cuisine. No matter the subject, the cookbooks I love most are those that carve out a place in my kitchen and shift my approach. The First Mess Cookbook is just such a favorite. It's one of those instant classics that's transformed my go-to salad dressing (her Creamy Cider and Sunflower dressing is a revelation) and inspired a more thoughtful approach to layering flavor. Laura's book is also rich in fundamentals. Novices will benefit from her depth of knowledge and streamlined techniques and come away with smart, flavorful basics like wonderfully rich vegetable broth.

I recently caught up with Laura to ask about her approach to food and favorite recipes.

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Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Bowl with Sweet Potato Hummus — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Roasted cauliflower is my weeknight staple. It is one of the simplest vegetables to prepare when in a hurry, as it only takes about 20 minutes to roast, and cooking it in a hot oven unlocks its earthy sweetness. This bowl features powerful complements to that sweetness: lentils, cilantro, and sweet potato hummus.

Best of all? Every single piece of this vegetarian bowl can be made ahead of time and tossed together in a flash for a wholesome, delicious meal.

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