Not much is better than a well done Mac and Cheese. As a vegan, I have tried tons of Mac and Cheese recipes, and the majority have tasted like a floury roux with a dash of nutritional yeast. Most likely this is because they WERE a floury roux with a dash of nutritional yeast. The best cookbook recipe I have found is Isa Chandra’s Mac Daddy in Veganomicon, but even that leaves a lil sumpin sumpin wanted. (More on that later.)

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This chocolate mousse may be the best thing I have ever done. I can die now knowing I have contributed something amazing to the universe. Not to toot my own horn or anything (toot, toot), but this recipe only has 3 ingredients, is totally raw, low in fat and sugar-free. Yep, you read that right. Raw, sugar-free chocolate mousse with only three ingredients. I know! It’s basically a culinary unicorn.

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As someone who grew up in New England, my favorite season has always dutifully been fall. The foliage, the sweater-and-boots combo, the scarves, the fires, and the food! Ahhh, fall. Well now that I’m living on an island, I have no more traditional fall, but that won’t stop be from making traditional fall foods. (Hello, squash and cinnamon!)

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Not sure if it’s because I’ve been bumming with a nasty head cold, or what, but I’ve been feeling super domestic lately. My rare mood for baking, coupled with all of our banana trees going off at once, sprung the creation of this yummy banana muffin recipe topped with preserves. Do not swap jelly in for the preserves, as jelly tends to be a bit loose (no offense, jelly) and spreads out all over the muffin top creating a soggy mess instead of a nice tight fruit puddle. Although it does contain a bit of sugar, the recipe is whole wheat so feel free to be self-righteous when you eat them.

Coconut Banana Raspberry Jammer Muffins

Time: 30 Min | Makes: 12 muffins, or 24 mini muffins

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securedownload-10Cashew ricotta is my go-to omni pleaser. No one seems to find the tofu element too aggressive; It’s “cheesy” enough to make everyone happy. So you will find the filling moonlighting in a variety of different recipes on here: pumpkin ricotta is a particular favorite of mine.

This week I was celebrating my boyfriend’s last day of work before we jet set to our island, and I made him a baked eggplant dish with spinach and pepper cashew ricotta. By spinach and pepper ricotta, I mean GREEN CHEESE!

Also, it is grain free. I did serve it over quinoa for my man friend who likes to be all grainy. I don’t, because grains make my skin real pissy.

Here it is, in all of it’s glory:

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Recently, I sat on a bench with my darling omni boyfriend enjoying frozen yogurt (and frozen soy-yogurt for me). I was being silly and rambling on, per usual, about our looming cohabitation date. I said something along the lines of “when we move in together, I will be cooking, and so you will be eating vegan, and then you will feel so great you will want to go vegan, and then we can truly be soul mates.”

This was said in the jocular, babbling tone I take on when playing pretend. Similar statements have included “And then I will buy a barn, and go to the shelter, all of the shelters, and rescue the puppies, all of the puppies, and they will live in the barn. The end.”

Or my orgasms for breakfast regiment. It sounds great in theory but not so much in reality.

When it comes to vegans in search of romance, I am not of a “vegan-sexual” party. I am also not of the “veduction” party. You know: hook an omni, seduce them, demand they eat your seitan sammy, and BAM they are vegan. I am not for making people change when they don’t want to.

Say it with me: I can never change the person I am with. I should not expect my partner to change because I want them to. The only person I can change is myself.

Circling back to soul mates; I don’t even actually believe in soul mates in the one-for-one sense. However, I do believe in finding others with spirits and energies that mirror and match your own. This applies just as much in your friendships as it does in your romantic connections. And it is with this idea that I do harbor hope of having a vegan partner one day.

What I mean is that if someone truly matches your own sense of being, and your sense of being is compassionate through-and-through, then there is a better chance of them making an independent decision to live cruelty-free than if you lecture them for hours on end or make them watch Earthlings for the fourth time.

You can’t bully someone into thinking your way is the right way. And why would you want to? So you can have some vegan arm candy? They will probably only resent you.

Instead of focusing on finding a vegan partner (who could easily be wrong for you in many other ways), or changing the partner you’re with, focus on finding the person who is right for you in as many facets as possible. If their level of compassion truly reflects your own, then they may be curious about your lifestyle, excited to learn, and eager to adapt. But they have to want it themselves.

Maybe they will make the change. Maybe they won’t. Hopefully they will support and respect you regardless. And if they don’t end up embracing veganism on their own terms, well then you have a decision to make. You can show them another path, but you can’t force them to (happily) walk down it.

Last night I had dinner with my lovely friend Hannah (She is so inspiring! Check out one of her cookbooks or her award-winning blog!), and we stumbled onto this topic. Ever the well spoken one, she managed to boil down my entire ramble into two short, succinct sentences: “People can change. You can’t change them, but they can change.” Chew on that for a little.

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securedownload-9Spring is here, and soon I will be graduating to salads and lighter meals. But last night was particularly cool and rainy, so I wanted to eat something comforting. I had some of this awesome creamed coconut in my cupboard, so I decided to make a curry. If you don’t have a similar product, no worries, just use 1 cup coconut milk in place of water. The addition of smoked paprika makes it even more swoonable, I think.

Smokey Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Serves 3 / Time: 35 minutes

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