Fruit-sweetened, Gluten-Free Cake

Submitted by HayGurl on Fri, 01/25/2019 - 18:17
Fruit-sweetened, Gluten-Free Cake

Ok this one was a little weird. I had a friend who by doctor’s orders had to cut out all kinds of sugar and wheat for an allergy test. Soooo after asking her about 100 questions about what was on- and off-limits, I devised a cake that was sweetened with only fruit. That being said, FRUIT IS SUGAR. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it is fibers and gums and water and stuff, but it’s got sugar. The thing is how that sugar is processed in the body blah blah blah.

Besan Fritter with Avocado Tahini dressing

Submitted by HayGurl on Thu, 01/10/2019 - 19:25
Besan fritter pita sandwich

The last time I tried to make homemade falafel it was not pretty—maybe a rookie mistake but I put those bad boys into a deep fryer and next thing I knew they had disintegrated and I was cleaning up hot cumin scented-oil from every surface of my kitchen.

In times like these, it makes me sad to think about all the time I had invested preparing ingredients, all for it to be ruined in a matter of seconds.

Vegan Eats in Nashville

Submitted by HayGurl on Tue, 10/23/2018 - 09:46
Vegan Vee cupcakes and doughnut muffin

Last week I went to Nashville for a conference as part of my day job. I had no idea that Nashville was such a tourist attraction until I got there. I have been to Eastern Tennessee many times as my partner is a native Knoxvillian. Mid-Tennessee, however, appears to be a whole different ball game. I’ve been informed that it is the bachelorette party capital of the USA, and now having been there, can see that part of its draw is for the “let’s get drunk in the middle of the day” crowd.

If you can’t blue ribbon, then Blueberry Muffin!

Submitted by HayGurl on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 08:11
Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffin

Ah… the great Minnesota get together. It’s a complicated place for a vegan to be. My first visit was over 10 years ago and I hated it! From the overwhelmed mommy pigs at the Miracle of Life Center to the random pairings of fried animal things on sticks I just wasn’t super into it. Then something happened: the vegan main dish competition. (Though I can’t give it all the credit – there was amazing seed art and En Vogue this year!)

Simple Sausage

Submitted by HayGurl on Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:42
Sausage pizza

Ok it’s official. I am the world’s worst blogger. I guess I have a lot of things working against me. It started with a website crash which required my IT guy (aka my spouse) to re-publish everything. Followed by a lot of things on my plate including civic engagement (I joined a city commission and publish a very informal voter’s guide every year), starting a new side-gig as a group fitness instructor, and planning my wedding reception (the getting married part was way easier).

Follow Your Heart to Vegan Ranch

Submitted by HayGurl on Fri, 07/06/2018 - 19:38
Vegan Ranch ingredients arranged into the shape of a heart

They say that the way to a person’s heart is through that person’s stomach (actually that’s not quite how “they” say it, but I’m not going to gender it). That’s probably why everyone wants to get their loved ones sweet things for Valentine’s Day. Well, I’m not going to do it. Been there, done that, and you don’t need another blog post on candy this time of year.

I’m talking about ranch!

Salad Double Feature!

Submitted by HayGurl on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 22:46
Creamy Kale Strawberry Salad

OK so I tend to binge—both on food and on catching up on blogging. Luckily my actual food binges tend to be on the healthier side and this time it is salads. Yes! I have not one but TWO salads for you to try! Both involve kale because in about two weeks it will be one of the most readily available locally grown vegetables here in MN. 

Creamy Kale Strawberry Salad

Dressing Ingredients:

Smooth Operation!

Submitted by HayGurl on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 22:36
Top view of a Banana Peach Berry Smoothie

My mouth decided to fall apart in my early 30s so I of course I had to have yet another procedure earlier this month. Naturally that meant smoothie time! This is one that I have been making since I bought some cheap frozen peaches at the co-op like 7 years ago. There’s not much to it, but it’s a real sweet treat!