Lembas Bread Recipe LOTR

December 1, 2013 by Cobi | 52 Comments

“Lembas. Elvish waybread. One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man.” —Legolas

I am a total LOTR nerd-fan girl. In anticipation of the international release of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, I baked up some real life Lembas bread to sustain me through a LOTR marathon. Continue Reading →

How to Make Tomato Jam

November 23, 2013 by Cobi | 14 Comments

When life gives you wonky tomatoes, make this easy tomato jam! This rustic recipe does not require peeling, de-seeding or any of that nonsense.

Enjoy this sweet and savory tomato spread with crackers and cream cheese, take a BLT to the next level or as a delicious glaze for tempeh. Continue Reading →

How-to :: Vegan Fruit Turkey for Thanksgiving

November 15, 2013 by Cobi | 2 Comments

I’m no Ida Frosk, but I thought it would be fun to do a really simple vegan fruit turkey for Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be fun to wake up to this for breakfast?

You will need: Continue Reading →

Roasted Miso Brussels Sprouts Recipe

November 14, 2013 by Cobi | 15 Comments


Brussels sprouts get such a bad rap. Yes, if you’ve only eaten them boiled beyond the point of humiliation, they’re pretty gross. For this recipe, roast the cruciferous bad boys, let them roll around in the vegan miso glaze and you end up with highly addictive carmelized Brussels sprouts veggie crack. It took me two attempts to film this recipe because the first time, I lost my mind and ate the whole tray before I had a chance to finish filming….oops! Continue Reading →

Top Vegan Cookbooks for the Holidays

October 21, 2013 by Cobi | 8 Comments

As to avert early Holiday Meltdown, I’m planning out my vegan cooking strategy for Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. So, I thought I’d share my sources of inspiration in this delicious list of my Top Vegan Cookbooks for the Holidays. These are listed in no particular order. Continue Reading →

Vegan Bibimbap Bites Recipe

October 16, 2013 by Cobi | 2 Comments

Bibimbap is my favorite excuse to eat copious amounts of gochujang. As much as I love piles of perfectly seasoned vegetables atop a mountain of crispy rice, it’s the tasty firestorm I crave.

This recipe was inspired by my recent visit to Hangawi in NYC. I think these vegan Bibimbap bites would be perfect for parties or served up during your next K-drama marathon. Continue Reading →

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

September 21, 2013 by Cobi | 6 Comments

I walked into my local craft store for a little Autumn inspiration. You know I need all the help I can get,since I live in the land of eternal summer. Expecting to see a wall of pumpkins,Fall wreaths,burnt orange and gold, can you imagine my complete horror when I was smacked in the face by Christmas?! In September?!!!! Continue Reading →

Coconut Bacon Recipe + Maple Pancake Bites with Simply Bakings

September 13, 2013 by Cobi | 0 comments

There are a lot of salads and green smoothies in my life. But every now and then, I just want to be bad and give in to a craving…like bacon. Yup,even a gal on a plant-based diet gets a yen for that smokey,salty,savory crunch. Continue Reading →

Thai Coconut Curry Recipe with EcoVeganGal

September 11, 2013 by Cobi | 4 Comments

I invited Whitney from EcoVeganGal to join me in the Tastemade kitchen and show you how to make an outrageously delicious Thai Coconut Curry. Whitney creates amazing videos to inspire people to live healthier lives,while being kinder and gentler to the planet. I saw this dish in her “Extreme Healthy Vegan Cheapskates” video and knew I wanted to give it a try! Continue Reading →

Zucchini Pasta Alfredo Recipe

August 25, 2013 by Cobi | 5 Comments

If you belong to a CSA, shop at the Farmers’ Market or have generous neighbors with vegetable gardens, you know that summer time means zucchini season. My favorite way to enjoy the abundance of squash is to whip up this creamy raw Alfredo sauce and mangia!

Zucchini Pasta Alfredo

by Veggietorials

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: raw entree lunch dinner dairy free gluten-free soy-free sugar-free vegan vegetarian pearl couscous zucchini Italian summer

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 small onion
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt & pepper



For the pasta

Use a spiralizer for angel hair pasta or the spirooli for thicker noodles.Gently press the zucchini noodles between a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water.

For the Alfredo sauce

Soak raw cashews in warm water overnight.This process will neutralize the enzyme inhibitors and help your body digest the nuts better.If you don’t have time to soak,no worries,the sauce will still be super tasty.Drain the cashews and add them to a blender with the nutritional yeast,lemon juice,garlic and onion.Start by adding 3/4 of the hot water and blend on high speed for 90 seconds.If you prefer a thinner sauce,add the remaining water(or more as needed).Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the sauce over the zucchini noodles and garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes and your favorite herbs.

Store unused sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.This sauce can also be used as dip for fresh cut veggies.