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Vegan Home Cooking with Gillian – Toasted Couscous Salad

7 Jul, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

In the summer, nothing is more appealing than a fast recipe that requires little cook time and big flavor. This salad is perfect for making ahead of time or throwing together for a quick lunch (you’ll have plenty of leftovers!) I love pairing it with some grilled tofu to make it more of a complete meal or mixing in some mixed greens to make a big salad. This recipe is super easy and takes about 15 minutes from start to…

Vegan Home Cookin’ with Gillian: Banana Carmel Cream Pie

6 Jun, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft
Vegan Banana Carmel Cream Pie 1

It has been in the nineties for most of the last two weeks here in Denver, so cooking has been kept to a minimal. I set out to create a pie that requires minimal time in the oven (or none – if you decide to use a pre-made crust!) and very little ingredients. I have been dreaming of making something between a bananas foster and a banana cream pie and I’ve done it, and I’m in heaven. Ingredients: Banana “Cream”…

Vegan Home Cookin’ with Gillian: Breakfast Pockets

6 Jun, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

Working full-time, I’m always skipping the most important meal of the day, breakfast. One weekend we made a little too much tofu scramble and I decided to try my hand at making something like a breakfast hot pocket. I tried a few different doughs before I landed on the one below, it’s soft but still gets a little crunchy and it holds up great to the stuff inside. This is totally customizable, I used the tofu scram recipe from my…

Vegan Home Cooking with Gillian: Tofu Scramble

6 Jun, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

Breakfast and brunch foods are definitely my favorite things to eat. Pre-vegan, breakfast usually included eggs, potatoes, and some sort of protein. After I went vegan I was confused as to what I could eat for breakfast that wasn’t just oatmeal & fruit. That’s when my partner introduced me to tofu scramble – and my whole world changed. We play around with the recipe often but this one is a basic tofu scramble that we find ourselves using all the…

Vegan Home Cooking with Gillian: Potato Salad

5 May, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft
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I have never been a picky eater, there are only four things I refused to eat growing up; olives, green peppers, celery, and potato salad. The last one is weird, I know, but something about mustard/mayo/cold potatoes always seemed gross to me and I never cared for it. I think it’s because the only potato salad I had ever tasted was from a supermarket. I still hate all but one of those things, and assuming you’ve read the title of…

Vegan Home Cookin’ with Gillian: Popsicles

5 May, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

When the days get longer and the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air, the only thing I can seem to think about is popsicles. Here in Colorado, our weather comes and goes, but lately it’s been consistently above 50 and we had a couple days last week that were in the 80s. That meant I got to pull out all of my sundresses and resurrect my favorite popsicle recipes from last summer to share with you guys! I love experimenting…

Vegan Home Cookin’ with Gillian: Chocolate Pie

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

Have you ever had a daydream about pie? I have. More than once if I’m being honest. Some of those times were about cherry pie or my grandma’s apple pie but a lot of them are about a chocolate pie I had at a bakery when I lived in Chicago. Sadly, I don’t live there anymore and sadder still, it wasn’t vegan. Something about that rich silky texture with the whip cream bewitched me and I haven’t stopped thinking about it…

Vegan Homecooking with Gillian – Soft Pretzels

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

I got a serious craving for pretzels with mustard the other day and those store-bought frozen ones weren’t cutting it so I decided to try my hand at baking pretzels. I’m blaming my short stint at Wentzel’s Pretzels when I was 16 for my sometimes insane pretzel cravings, and for teaching me how to twist the perfect pretzel (no lies) Anyways. These pretzels are SUPER easy and the dough isn’t too sweet or too savory so you can do a…

Vegan Home Cookin’ with Gillian: Bánh Mì Steamed Buns

3 Mar, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

The Vietnamese Bánh mì has been in the food spotlight for some time now, with chefs adding their own twist on the classic sandwich, or making amazing dishes inspired by it (I’ve even seen Bánh mì pasta and tacos!) One thing is certain, it is taking over the scene and I am a HUGE fan. Today I’m doing a slightly different take on the Bánh mì — and it’s vegan! We have an Asian market in town that sells frozen steamed buns…

Vegan Home Cookin’ with Gillian: Oatmeal Cream Pies

3 Mar, 2015  |  by Gillian Kreft

If you’re a vegan, you have probably heard of the holy mecca that is Native Foods. If you haven’t, it’s an all-vegan chain restaurant that serves up some great vegan food that can fool even the most devoted of meat eaters. The restaurant has a dessert aptly named the oatmeal cream pie: two cookies, about the size of your face, filled with twice as much cream as one person could consume in a sitting. It’s their most popular dessert, proven by…