Two Tart Muffins

Submitted by HayGurl on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 21:57
Two pink gluten-free rhubarb apple muffins, one cut in half to show interior texture.

These muffins get their name due to two springtime seasonal treats: rhubarb and sour cherries, both which happen to pack a pucker of tartness. Despite the tartness, this recipe calls for only half of the sugar in similar muffin recipes, relying instead on the sweetening power of applesauce and naturally sweet sorghum flour for sweetening.


Ingredients

Vegan Banana Bread

Submitted by HayGurl on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 20:31
Close up of banana bread

Well I continue to suck at blogging/my “webmaster” aka partner who is attending coding camp is a little behind in her free labor. But the good news is not only that (1) my primary employer recently took on a month-long Veganuary initiative, but also (2) I have a great recipe to share as a result!

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.

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!)

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!

Tofu Taco Dip!

Submitted by HayGurl on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 22:31
Actual text from a friend reading "Erika! I have an emergency! I need your Taco Dip recipe for the game on Sunday. You know, the pinkish one with lettuce and black olives that everyone in WI makes."

I don’t know where it originated but my friend is right; Wisconsin is crazy about “taco dip.” If you are not from Wisconsin, it’s almost what it sounds likeyou’re your idea of a taco is closer to that of Taco Bell’s that Danny Trejo’s. Subtract any meat, substitute corn chips for the shell, and put all the fillings into neatly arranged casserole layers and you have yourself a taco dip. Perhaps an appetizer to some, but my family used to have this as a main course. I never really cared for it too much until I started making a vegan version when I was in high school.

Green Shakes

Submitted by HayGurl on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 16:10
Green shake surrounded by spinach leaves

Hello internet! It has been a long time since I have last written. Blogging for me is a lot like journaling these days, I vow to write more often and I’m basically the only one reading it. But once I renewed my domain and paid for the web hosting I realized I really need to do it or I am just throwing money in the garbage, and I really hate throwing things out.