Veggies Don’t Bite Follower Favorites of 2014!

Top 12 favorite recipes on veggies don't biteAnother year comes to a close and I just can’t believe how fast time is flying. Last new year, I had just started this blog and was so new to it all. I have learned so much over the past year, have had the time of my life, and feel so blessed and lucky to be in this community of food bloggers. I have started some wonderful friendships, that I know will only grow better and stronger, and was even able to meet some of those friends in person this holiday season. I honestly could not be more thankful for life right now.

I have so much I want to do, learn and grow in this coming year and am so excited to see what 2015 brings! I created a lot in 2014, but I have also changed in many ways in how I cook and bake. I look forward to seeing how much more I learn and grow this next year. Here are the top 12 all time follower favorites from 2014 based on traffic to each recipe!

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Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & a Veggies Don’t Bite Menu Roundup

Christmas holiday recipe roundupI love Christmas. It is hands down my favorite holiday of the year, with the lights, smells, cooking, family, parties…it’s so festive, feel good and fun! I love cooking for others and giving gifts, so this holiday was meant for me. We host Christmas day dinner every year and this year, for the first time, we are hosting a meat free dinner!

It’s our third Christmas with this diet of ours, the first one we were barely a few months in, so we decided it is time to make the full transition and get everyone used to this new tradition of seeing the holiday as a time to spend with loved ones with delicious healthy food being an added bonus. Last year, we allowed people to bring their own meat dish but requested everything be ready to serve so nothing was prepared at our house, but this year it’s going to be a veggie filled, but definitely glutenous, holiday feast and I am SO excited! I would say all in all our plans were met with positive happy people, although we did get a little resistance. But here’s the thing, it’s our house and we want to feel comfortable and happy, so meat free it is! We are in no way offended or judge others when we go out and visit homes where meat is served, but we just prefer to keep things within our zone of food when here at our home. But one thing I can promise is that no one will leave hungry or unsatisfied. Some of these recipes you saw on my Thanksgiving post, but we were away for that holiday, so I’m making them for Christmas because they are that delicious and I can’t miss out! So here it goes, the official Veggies Don’t Bite Christmas Recipes roundup:

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Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Milkshake

Yes, you read that right. Chocolate and peppermint all in one glass. It’s amazing. Just look at it?! The deep dark flavor of chocolate combined with sweet spicy peppermint gets me every time. And the colors just go fabulously, so I was left with no choice but to make them live in harmony right inside my mason jar.

Chocolate covered candy cane milk shake

Truth be told, I was planning on posting all about my fabulous, well almost fabulous, main dish I am serving this year for Christmas dinner. But it’s just not blog ready yet. I need one more trial, Christmas, before it will be perfect and I don’t want to share the amazingness of it unless it’s just right. So lucky for all of you, this little treat that I’ve been playing around with for some time made it’s way in instead. And I definitely don’t regret it! My kids told me I was amazing when I surprised them with this as a pre dinner snack, so in the end, even if everyone else thinks this is crazy, my boys don’t and that’s my goal! They couldn’t keep their hands off!

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The Best Roundup of Vegan Holiday Recipes by Finding Vegan Bloggers!

It’s the “Season of Sharing: Virtual Vegan Party with the FindingVegan.com Bloggers” and it’s amazing! Just look at all the recipes here. I dare you to say you don’t know what to make this holiday season…This is literally my favorite time of year, not only because I love to cook and bake, but because it brings everyone together to create amazing magic like this. I feel so blessed to be where I am right now and can’t even explain how happy I am to be on this blogging path. I love what I do and I love sharing it with all of you! So head on down and check out all these awesome recipes from amazing bloggers, I’m number 19! Happy cooking!!

Vegan Link Round-up!
There are some amazing vegan recipes, books, features and more out there on the internet, but it can be challenging to track down great content sometimes! That is where FindingVegan.com comes in. FV features recipes and more from the best vegan-friendly bloggers on the web! And this year, we FV asked some of its contributors to share their best content in a MEGA-amazing vegan round-up! Check out all that is going on in the vegan community!..

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Greek Holiday Rice Stuffing

When I think of the holidays, this stuffing is top of my list. I didn’t grow up eating bread based stuffing, in fact I don’t even really like traditional bread stuffing, all I knew was that my mom’s stuffing was one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. So it’s pretty fitting that I get this recipe veganized and on the blog! It didn’t take much, just a few swaps and vegan it became. The incredible taste is still there, and the health factor just went up a notch!

Greek Holiday Rice Stuffing

Traditionally this was put into a turkey. However, my mom often made it as a side dish as well since we weren’t always the ones making turkey for the holidays. I love this dish and once we went meat free, it was turkey stuffed no more! I can’t even explain how flavorful and unique the taste is. I love that we only make it during the holiday season because it keeps me wanting more all year long! It’s a fairly easy side dish to put together, and you can definitely do some prep the day before to make it even easier. If you’re looking for a unique dish for your Christmas dinner, or any holiday you may celebrate, then this is your dish! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Greek Holiday Rice Stuffing

As always, I love comments on the blog if you make it, so make sure to let me know! You can also tag me on Instagram at veggiesdontbite #veggiesdontbite so I don’t miss it! Hope you enjoy!

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Veggies Don’t Bite Just Made Overnight Oats Even Easier!

I am so excited to finally be able to share this new product of mine with all of you! I have been working on this since I started my blog. It has been a long process and one in which I have learned a lot. So what is it that I have created you ask?

The Veggies Don’t Bite Overnight Oats Jar

*patent pending*

It’s a quick, easy and convenient way to prep overnight oats without having to wash any other supplies! I have created a jar with pre-measured lines and sections, into which you add several types of ingredients. It moves away from the traditional “follow a recipe” mode of cooking and more into the “create as you go” mode. Each section can be filled with ingredients of your choice for that specific part, there is no need to measure how much of each, just continue to fill until you reach the designated line. Mix and match flavors and ingredients to get a different meal each time!

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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Pretzel Frosting

So I’m doing something super fun! I’m participating in my first virtual vegan potluck, although this is the 5th year that this particular one is happening. What is a virtual vegan potluck? I didn’t know either when I was first presented with the opportunity. This event is basically a chain of recipes, starting from appetizers and moving through each category of meals all the way to dessert. Every post links to another post so that others can gather a whole slew of amazing recipes! With the holidays coming up, this is definitely awesome to have access to! I feel super blessed to be part of it and I look forward to participating each year.

This year I opted to create a holiday dessert, I’m 6 months pregnant so no surprise there! My pregnancy seems to have taken over my creations these days, so if they are a little out there don’t hold it against me…this recipe was definitely inspired by my need for both sweet and salty these days. I decided, why not put them together?! And there is no better way than chocolate and cupcakes. After the success of my Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting, I was determined to create a chocolate cupcake with the same delicate moist texture. I trialed many versions to get it just so. I wanted a deep dark chocolate flavor that wasn’t too sweet because the salted caramel pretzel frosting I was creating, was going to take center stage in the sweet decadent department. Dark chocolate is my absolute favorite, so I really enjoyed the many versions I just had to taste to get to that perfect one!

Dark chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel pretzel frosting

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Frothy Hot Chocolate with Pistachio Milk

Hot chocolate, the worlds best indulgence on a cold cozy day. There is so much you can do with it: flavors, toppings, thickness…The combo of ingredients here came as an experiment with making some different types dairy free milk using my beloved Vitamix 750. I love pistachios, and pistachio milk does not disappoint. It’s super creamy with a slight underlying sweetness, which makes it a great base for hot chocolate!

I wanted something thick and frothy with this recipe, so I made the whole thing in my Vitamix. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you can use a regular blender but it may not come out as smooth, thick or frothy. This turned out really rich and indulgent, but without all the added processed ingredients that you usually find in these fun drinks. Everything here is whole food based, but the taste is just as good, if not better! Looking to cozy up? Give this one a try for sure!

Frothy hot chocolate with pistachio milk

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“Bite” of the Month- Miyoko’s Creamery Vegan Cheese Review!

I was so excited a few weeks back when Miyoko’s Creamery sent me a pack of their new vegan cheeses to taste and review for the blog. I had been drooling over them for quite some time! I even own her book, Artisan Vegan Cheese, and there is so much in it I want to try. But to have it delivered to me, ready to go, is even better! All the cheeses are organic and dairy free with a nut base. I love that these are based on whole foods versus the additives of many vegan cheeses out there. Please note that other than receiving these cheeses to taste test, I was not compensated in any way to write this review. These are all my original thoughts on each cheese I tried and were not influenced in any way.

I was given 5 flavors to try: Classic Double Cream Chive, Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic, High Sierra Rustic Alpine, French Style Winter Truffle, and Fresh Loire Valley in a Fig Leaf. I wanted the opinion of both vegans and non, so I had a few different tastings to get everyone’s take. I loved hearing all the results!

Miyoko's Creamery Vegan Cheese

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Korean Chickpeas, Carrots & Potatoes over Quinoa

After a few weeks of creating and eating many Thanksgiving inspired dishes, I’m happy to post about a different type of meal. Super easy, really tasty and made in a crockpot so the house smells amazing! I got inspired to recreate this one after seeing it on the amazing blog MJ and Hungryman. If you haven’t seen her blog, you need to. It’s awesome! She isn’t vegan, but has some great recipes that are and many that can be veganized. Plus, she’s just a super cool person and anyone that’s super cool is someone to follow in my book!

The original recipe that MJ made had chicken in it, but the sauce and general idea just sounded so good, that I had to find a way to recreate it for the vegan crowd. I love chickpeas, and just knew they would be great in this dish, so that’s what I went with. When looking at her recipe, I didn’t have any of the Korean spices she used (the chili flakes and paste) and also wanted others to be able to make this if their kitchen was stocked like mine, so I did some research on what each thing was and made my own versions with what I had. It turned out SO good! I literally wanted to drink it like soup. But I refrained long enough to get it into my crockpot and let it do it’s magic. I also didn’t make my version very spicy. I love spice more than anything, but I really wanted my kids to eat it since it’s packed with protein and some delicious veggies. My husband is a bit of a wuss when it comes to spice as well, so I held back. Although not spicy, the sauce is very flavorful and awesome! You can definitely double the sauce recipe and save some to pour on top of the meal as extra!

Korean Chickpeas, Carrots & Potatoes

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