Category: Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics are methods, short cuts, and best practices to use when cooking – tips and suggestions in the kitchen. We also include basic staple recipes that you will use time and time again.

easy homemade croutons
All Vegan Recipes, Breads, Kitchen Basics, Salads, Soups

Kitchen Basics: Easy Homemade Croutons

You’ll want to keep these easy homemade croutons on hand once you’ve made them for the first time. Any time you have bread that’s a little bit old, you can cut it up and make croutons. Once cooled, they keep nearly forever¬†in an airtight container or ziplock bag. We always have some on hand for […]

easy homemade ketchup
All Vegan Recipes, Gluten Free, Kitchen Basics, Sandwiches, Savory Sauces & Dressings, Stove Top Dishes, Summer Holidays

Kitchen Basics: Easy Homemade Ketchup

This easy homemade ketchup is so full of flavor – I don’t think I’ll ever use store bought ketchup again! And you can make this ketchup just the way you like it. Making it at home, you control the levels of sweetness and saltiness. After you’ve made it once or twice, you can see how […]

cooking rice like pasta
Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics: Cooking Rice like Pasta

In the past, I’ve always cooked rice the traditional way. But many times it was too sticky, not done, or burned to the bottom of the pan. I didn’t enjoy cooking rice. Until now. Now, I use the “overwater method” for cooking rice: cooking it in a pot with extra water, like you cook pasta. […]

roast or toast nuts
All Vegan Recipes, Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics: How to Roast or Toast Nuts

Knowing how to roast or toast nuts will come in handy when you want to use raw, organic nuts for toppings on hot cereals and desserts, or would like a crunchy snack.¬† You can roast nuts in as little as eight minutes, with no oil needed, using your oven or stove top. Roasting or toasting […]

vegan parmesan
All Vegan Recipes, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free Option, Italian Cuisine, Kitchen Basics, Pasta & Noodles, Pizzas, Spice Mixes

Kitchen Basics: Three Variations on Vegan Parmesan

I love having cheezy vegan parmesan to sprinkle on pasta, pizza and veggies. It just adds that little bit of “oomph” to a dish. And since it’s made with nuts and nutritional yeast, it actually adds nutrients to your meal! I made vegan parmesan for the first time this week – I’m so glad I […]

easy vegan sugar glaze
All Vegan Recipes, Birthdays, Desserts, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free, Kitchen Basics, Sweet Sauces & Dressings

Kitchen Basics: Easy Vegan Sugar Glaze

This versatile, easy vegan sugar glaze is quick to make and can be used to sweeten many desserts. Drizzle it over cakes, cookies, muffins and more. With an addition of a little lemon juice and lemon zest, you can make a delicious citrus glaze. Orange and lime juice can be used, too! If you don’t […]