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My Five Favorite Vegan Food Blogs

My Five Favorite Vegan Food Blogs

While I usually share a recipe with you on Monday’s, today I wanted to take some time to recognize my favorite sites for vegan cooking and recipes. These are the blogs that I visit when I need some food inspiration or a recipe to make for dinner.

  1. Vegan Yack Attack – Jackie and I both share a love of buffalo sauce and mac’n’cheese. Naturally, her site is my favorite go-to for cooking inspiration. Not only are the recipes amazing, but the food styling and photography is inspiring.
  2. Southern Blonde Vegan – If you’re looking for healthy and simple recipes this is a great place to look. Most recipes Sarah creates are simple and healthy, which I love. It’s a reminder that a dish doesn’t need to be complex to be delicious.
  3. Oh She Glows – I won a copy of Angela’s cookbook from Vegan Yack Attack some time ago and have been following her blog ever since. Her recipes are clean, simple, and delicious.
  4. The Vegan Stoner – This site is worth checking out for the adorable illustrations alone! I love that they veganize a lot of classic items, like the BLT, Waldorf salad, and peanut noodles.
  5. Go Vegan with Sarah Kramer – This is an iPhone app and not a blog, but there is no way that I could not mention it! It’s through Sarah’s cookbooks that I first discovered vegan cooking well over a decade ago. Her app is one of my favorites because it’s easy to use and the recipes are perfect for any occasion.

These vegan food blogs are my five go-to resources for vegan cooking. Are any of these your favorites?

 

Lifestyle, Recipes

Pressed Juicery Launches a New Menu

[maxbutton id=”1″]Pressed Juicery Launches a New Menu

In October, California based Pressed Juicery announced the that they were going to launch a new menu. Pressed Juicery is known for their amazing raw, cold-pressed juices that come in a variety of flavors. The new menu contains new classic juices, new flavors of coconut water, and cold-pressed coffee. For Pressed Juicery lovers like me, hearing that they were launching a new menu was exciting news!

I have always loved their juices, thought FREEZE was amazing, and am excited to be able to make their juices in my own home. I absolutely couldn’t wait to try out the new menu items. Pressed Juicery was kind enough to send me some of them to try out! I also picked up some of the other new flavors from my local Pressed Juicery shop because they sounded so amazing.

The flavors that have been added to the new menu at Pressed Juicery are:

  • Watermelon (100% watermelon juice)
  • Orange (100% orange juice)
  • Apple (100% apple juice)
  • Rose Coconut Water (coconut water and rose water)
  • Green Coconut Water (coconut water, parsley, romaine, and spinach)
  • Cold-Brewed Coffee (coffee and vanilla bean)
  • Brazil Nut (brazil nut, dates, kale, romaine, sea salt, spinach, and vanilla bean)

The three classic juice flavors are all delicious. The Watermelon juice was so refreshing. It is the perfect pick for when you want something sweet or when you are missing the warm summer months. The Orange juice was some of the best that I have ever had. I would say that it rivals fresh squeezed orange juice. The Apple juice was actually really tasty too. Coming from me, this is very high praise of their apple juice. Typically “dislike” is not a strong enough term to describe how I feel about apple juice. It tasted like fresh picked apples and reminded me of fall afternoons spent apple picking with my family. They used perfectly ripe fruit to make these juices and you can really tell in the flavor. By cold-pressing the juices and not heating them, not only are the vitamins preserved but the flavor is as well. They all taste just like the best watermelons, oranges, and apples out there.

The coconut waters were a fun twist on traditional coconut water! Pressed Juicery had already been selling a traditional coconut water that was hydrating and refreshing. The Rose Coconut Water had a sweeter and slightly floral taste. I enjoyed it because it was something different. The Green Coconut Water was definitely my favorite. I love green juice, and this mix of coconut water and greens was perfectly balanced. The coconut water added the hint of sweetness that was needed to balance the greens. I loved it! I was also send an Alkaline Water, which I found to be very hydrating as well.

At my next visit to a Pressed Juicery location, I couldn’t resist picking up the other two new flavors as well. The Brazil Nut juice was also wonderful. Most green juices with nuts that I have tried contained almonds. The Brazil Nuts gave it a unique flavor that I was surprised to really enjoy. The cold-brewed coffee was so good! The vanilla beans made it slightly sweet and, since it was cold-brewed, it was not at all bitter or acidic. I also ordered the Vanilla Coffee (coffee, almonds, dates, and vanilla bean) and thought it was delicious as well. For those who like sweet and creamy iced coffee, this would hit the spot perfectly.

The Pressed Juicery new menu is available at all Pressed Juicery locations as well as online. If you have a location near you, definitely stop in. You can often try a sample of any of the juice flavors before you purchase. If you order online, the juices are shipped directly to you in cold-pack packaging. They arrive to your door and taste just as fresh as if you had purchased from a Pressed Juicery location.

Have you tried the new menu items from Pressed Juicery? What did you think of them?

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Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez.

Recipes

How to Make Persimmon Salsa

How to Make Persimmon Salsa

One of my favorite things about fall is that it’s persimmon season. This year I am lucky enough to have a surplus of them (which means expect more recipes soon!). One thing that I really wanted to try making was persimmon salsa. Similar to mango salsa, it’s a great way to incorporate seasonal produce into your favorite dishes. This persimmon salsa is sweet but has a spicy kick thanks to the peppers involved.

What you will need to make Persimmon Salsa:

  • 1 chip diced persimmon (about 1 large persimmon)
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomato or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalepeno pepper
  • 1 mirasol pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1/2 of a medium lime, juiced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to make Persimmon Salsa:

  1. Prepare and chop the persimmon, tomato, red onion, and garlic. There two different ways that you can make this salsa – using a food processor or chopping everything by hand. I personally prefer to chop everything, aside from the hot peppers, by hand. For the tomatoes, I like to use heirloom cherry tomatoes. They come in a variety of colors, so the persimmon salsa comes out more vibrant.
  2. When it comes to the peppers, it’s your call if you want to keep in the seeds or not. Chop them by hand or in a food processor. You can also feel free to only use one pepper. I used one jalapeno and one mirasol pepper. The mirasol pepper is about as hot as a jalapeno, but it’s red in color and has a slightly sweeter spice to it.
  3. Add in the salt and lime juice. Mix well.

Persimmons are high in Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, folic acid, potassium, copper, and B complex vitamins. Combined with the tomatoes and peppers in this persimmon salsa, and this condiment packs quite a health punch. Eat with chips and veggies, add to salads, put it in wraps, or on the side of any dish.

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag Logical Harmony on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

Styling by Justin M.G. Mendez

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Garlic Mayo

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Garlic Mayo

We all have our weaknesses when it comes to food. One of mine comes in the form of fries with rosemary sea salt and garlic sauce from a local food joint. The other day I had a huge craving for their fries but wanted to find a way to make a healthier alternative at home. These baked sweet potato fries are seasoned to give them a lot of flavor.

While my favorite spice combination is rosemary, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper you can spice these any way you like! Curry powder is delicious. So is a kick of cayenne. These baked sweet potato fries are really easy to make and, with the seasonings and sauce, come out feeling so fancy. They are great alone or with a salad or your favorite vegan burger.

What you will need to make Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

  • 6 small sweet potatoes (about palm sized)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • Optional additional seasonings: 1/4 teaspoon curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1/4 teaspoon paprika.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Garlic Mayo

How to make Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes well. Use a vegetable scrubber if you have one, or use a wet towel. Dry and cut into wedges, slices, or chunks. Whatever style you prefer. I usually trim the ends off mine as well.
  3. Combine the salt, garlic powder, pepper, and rosemary in a small bowl. Mix well.
  4. Put the sweet potatoes into a small bowl and add just enough olive oil to coat them – about 1 tablespoon. Toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle with the seasoning mix and toss more.
  5. Lay the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven to broil and bake for another 1-2 minutes per side, until the fries are a bit more browned and crisp.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

How to make Lemon Garlic Mayo Dipping Sauce:

  • 1-3 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl or food processor and mix

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag Logical Harmony on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.