Ultimate Vegan Toast – Homemade Butter & Jam

Vegan ToastToast is my all time favorite food. I can eat it morning, noon or night. It is the ultimate comfort food in my book. While I like almond butter and strawberries on toast or avocado toast, my favorite toppings are simple. Good (vegan) butter and good (not too sweet) jam can’t be beat. To make the ultimate vegan toast I bought my favorite bread and made my own vegan butter and jam.

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Vegan Nachos for Game Day

We love to have sports parties in our house. During football season we have football parties, basketball season brings basketball parties etc. Lately we have been having lots of basketball parties as we watched the Golden State Warriors win the NBA Finals. Congrats Warriors! During these sports parties the 3 of us pile on the couch and eat snacks and/or dinner while we watch the game. Trey’s favorite game time food in vegan nachos. On Sunday night we watched the game with a big platter of vegan nachos. I make my own cheese sauce with Beyond Meat crumbles (recipe below) and pour it over warmed chips, melted Daiya shreds and black beans. On top we add salsa, olives, guacamole, vegan sour cream and pickled jalapenos. It is great game day food, whatever game you are into.

Vegan Nachos Pintrest

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Ranch Saltines – salty & savory snack

I was diagnosed with an autonomic disorder last year and it has thrown my life for a loop.  One of the side effects is low blood volume so I need to eat a lot more salt.  Another side effect is poor digestion which means I need to eat lower fiber foods when I’m not feeling well.  Enter saltines…salty and very easy to digest. I have taken to doctoring up the “mini saltines” to make them more interesting.  Recently I created a “ranch” version that is delicious. Trey loves having them as a small snack if he is hungry before dinner.  I have brought them to parties and barbecues. Both kids and adults enjoy these vegan ranch saltines.

Vegan Ranch Saltines Close Up

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Vegan Chex Mix Methodology

One of my favorite things about high school was the access to vending machines.  My mom fed us healthy food at home and packed our lunch every day.  When I arrived at high school and realized I had access to vending machines anytime I was hungry I was in heaven. I loved to buy a Diet Coke and Chex Mix for my morning snack. In retrospect I can’t imagine why I was so damn tired by lunch, but hey I didn’t know any better. Now that I do know better I like to recreate healthier versions of my old favorites.  I came up with a basic Vegan Chex Mix recipe that I like to use with whatever cereal, snacks or nuts I have on hand.

Vegan Chex Mix Bowl

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Vegan Chili Cheese Dip

Do you have any recipes that are so easy to make they are almost embarrassing?  This vegan chili cheese dip is mine. People go crazy for this dip.  It is perfect to bring to parties that will be filled with non-vegans or vegan skeptics. No one ever guesses that it is vegan and people inhale it.  The catch is that there are exactly 2 ingredients and it takes 5 minutes to make.  So while everyone raves about this fantastic recipe you will cringe a bit knowing exactly how much effort you put into making this dip.

Vegan Chili Cheese Dip

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Homemade Tamari Almonds

As I mentioned in my “Why Vegan?” post I was diagnosed with an autonomic disorder in October of last year.  I have post orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).  One of the lifestyle modifications I have to make for this form of dysautonomia is to increase the amount of salt in my diet.  Eating more salt helps increase my blood volume, which is typically low.  I love salty snacks like chips, pretzels and pickles, but obviously they are not very nutrient dense.  I came across Tamari Almonds in Whole Foods and thought they would be a nice salty snack for when I am out and about.  Unfortunately they cost a fortune!  I did some research and developed my own Tamari Almond recipe that I love, and that is much more affordable.

Tamari Roasted AlmondsThis recipe starts with a 12 oz package of raw almonds.  I typically buy my almonds at Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market.  You begin by toasting the raw almonds for 10 minutes at 300 degrees F.

Raw AlmondsThen take the warm almonds from the oven and add them to a heat proof bowl.  Stir in 1/4 cup of Tamari and stir until the almonds and Tamari are well combined.  The almonds soak in the Tamari for 20 minutes.  I usually stir the almonds 2-3 times while they are soaking.  After 20 minutes the almonds will have soaked up most of the Tamari.

Almonds mixed with TamariThe final step is to pour the soaked almonds back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.  Put them back into the 300 degree F oven for 20 minutes.  At this point the almonds will have a dark brown coloring. They will seem a little soft, but they crisp up as they cool down.  If you find that the almonds are not crisp enough after they cool down just pop them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Tamari Almonds 2I love these almonds and so does everyone in my family.  I brought them to several holiday gatherings and received many requests for the recipe.  I try to always have them on hand for snacking or to top salads.

Please give them a try and let me know what you think.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Tamari Roasted Almonds
 
These homemade tamari almonds are a salty, savory snack. They are a perfect on the go snack or item to bring to your next gathering.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 16 oz Raw Almonds
  • ¼ cup Tamari
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 300 degrees F
  2. Place raw almonds on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Cook the almonds for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  4. Remove almonds from the oven and pour into a large bowl. Pour tamari over the warm almonds. Stir completely and soak in tamari for 20 min. Stir 1-2 times over the 20 minutes.
  5. Place soaked almonds back on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake soaked almonds for 20 minutes.
  6. When the almonds come out of the oven they will still be a bit soft. Almonds will firm up as they cool.