If you know anything at all about me you know that I LOVE Annie Shannon of Meet the Shannons also the famous author of Betty Goes Vegan. If I hadn’t found Meet the Shannons I am not sure I could have survived year one of being vegan. Annie’s pantry checklist helped me be a smart shopper and her comfort food recipes helped me not miss any meats.

Anyway, when I finally decided to give into my quiche craving, what better source than a recipe from who I believe the be a vegan goddess!!!

So I found this recipe by Annie for quiche lorraine and decided to give it a whirl.

It wasn’t too difficult to make (I used my Kitchen Aid instead of hand rolling the dough,) and we didn’t add any liquid smoke, but somehow we messed it up. It had a funky after taste, which I have NEVER encountered when following an Annie Shannon recipe precisely. I did enjoy it as it had a great quiche like texture but we didn’t devour it like I wanted to because it had an odd taste.

I am absolutely going to try to make this again using my own pie crust recipe, (I also messed up by using butter for 8 tbsp of the required shortening which definitely affected the crust texture,) and following the quiche recipe to a “t” minus the liquid smoke.

The photos are decent and so was the quiche but I still highly recommend trying it out!!

Okay folks…so before we got on the healthy-ful kick we’re currently on, we decided to indulge.  My favorite vegan blogger Annie Shannon over at Meet the Shannons provides us with constant yum.  We found this wonderful Breakfast Bake recipe and it enticed us to eat this on New Years day.  And boy did it NOT disappoint.  Now we substituted out some things, like we used actual hash browns instead of grating out a potato (less work,) and we never use the liquid smoke because it changes the flavor so much and it’s not our go to ingredient.  Instead of green pepper, we had several mini peppers in red, yellow and orange to eat, and I prefer them as they are actually a bit sweeter.  And we definitely used more nutritional yeast…and then my go to ingredient, is ALWAYS Louisiana Hot Sauce on top of everything.  Gosh do I love that stuff.

I am not going to put the recipe below, as I linked it above, and it is quite long.  It’s worth the prep and well worth the wait.  It’s satisfying, not too calorie dense and loaded with protein and flavor!  Eat up people, it’s the perfect Sunday morning treat, or a great Christmas morning or Boxing Day, or New Years Day treat.  It will not disappoint.  Photos below for your drooling pleasure!

Cream Cheese Brownie PieBy now you all know that www.meettheshannons.com is one of the best vegan resources out there.  I was looking for a fun and different dessert to try, while having a massive chocolate craving…and stumbled upon the recipe for the Cream Cheese Brownie pie.  When I saw what it looked like I wanted to jump into the website and devour it!  So, again, I followed AJ’s careful directions and ended up with one sweet brownie pie.  We ended up taking this to my Aunt’s home to share for my cousin Alexa’s going away party.  There ended up being one piece left…It’s truly just THAT good people.  The brownie was moist and light and the cream cheese layer on top was absolutely sinful.

It’s truly one of the easiest desserts to make, since most vegan baking experiments take me the better part of an afternoon and this was about 30-45 mins prep time and 45-50 for baking.

I was the only true vegan eating this brownie pie, and the audience of meat eaters received it and devoured it well.  So head on over, once again…to http://www.meettheshannons.net/2010/06/betty-crocker-project-cream-cheese.html and get baking people!  I loved this pie and so will you!  There sure is nothing about it that TASTES LIKE VEGAN at all J