Nude by Nature Vegan List!

Price: From $29.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.nudebynature.com You guys know I am a sucker for pretty packaging and that's the first thing that struck me when I was recently sent some Nude by Nature products to try. Sleek, nude, white and rose gold tones create a super luxe look that had me super pumped to try what was on the inside. Nude by Nature is an Australian brand committed to creating dope cosmetics that look and feel good without containing any harmful ingredients like talc, silicon, phthalates, sulphates, PEGS, siloxanes, triclosans, phenoxyethanol or parabens. It's worth noting that not all Nude by Nature products are vegan (some contain products like lanolin and beeswax) but I've done the hard work for you -...

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WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY! Wanna Win Over $550 Worth of Vegan Junk?

Of course you do, who doesn't?! August is my fave time of year to thank all of you for your ongoing support of Like A Vegan, while showcasing some premo vegan-friendly businesses. It's Like A Vegan's 7th Birthday ExtraVeganza! And yeah, I know it's September but I've been hella busy OK? Plus I promise this one is worth the wait! So what do you win? One lucky major prize winner will score a two Skin Treats from esmi worth $130.00 to treat and nourish your skin. My mates from Kester Black have chucked in 6 nail polishes worth $120.00. You'll also get some sweet beauty swag from Dusty Girls worth $89.50 including their brand new brushes. The legends at Animals Australia have sent through...

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Fresh to Death Spring Recipes

For a winter-lover like myself, the beginning of spring can be a pretty huge bummer. The one thing I can get posi about are all the delicious foods you can get stuck into in the warmer weather and thanks to Lyst, I've wrapped up some of my faves in a neat little package so you don't have to go hunting for 'em. Fresh AF Rice Paper Rolls w/ Peanut Dipping Sauce Spring rolls, summer rolls or rice paper rolls; whatever you want to call them, they're the perf food to chow down on in the warmer months! You can stuff them full of anything you like but I have nailed an excellent flavour combo in this recipe. Tomato + Parsley Salad I made this dish...

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Treat Dreams Come True!

Price: From $4.75AUD Where to Buy: www.treatdreams.com.au for stockists Ooooooh boy, hold onto your hats for this one folks, cos Treat Dreams have dropped a whole new range of outta sight chocolate this month. The legends sent be a big ol' box of chocolates to try and I've selflessly decided to taste them all before sharing my thoughts with you. The theme of this range is filled chocolate; think classics like caramel but wildcards like PB & J and speculaas too. All with that signature Treat Dreams colourful drizzle that will drive kids wild! Forget frogs and koalas, the Dream Bears (2 for $4.75) are the only chocolate animals you need and come in caramel, peppermint and strawberry. I'd say buy 'em for the kids but...

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Crumbed Brussels Sprouts

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 If you're saying you don't dig Brussels sprouts, do me a solid and try this recipe first. Deal? I've teamed up again with my friends at Orgran to hit you with yet another recipe banger you can enjoy all year round. Thanks to Orgran's Crispi Crumbs - amazing crispy babies that are: Gluten free Wheat free Nut free Dairy free Egg free GMO free Yeast free and of course; Vegan Ingredients 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup Orgran Crispi Crumbs 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 12 Brussels sprouts Olive oil spray Method Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. ...

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Kat Von D – First Impressions

Price: From $30.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.sephora.com.au Did you hear the collective cheer from vegans everywhere when Kat Von D announced that her entire cosmetics line would be transitioned to all vegan formulas? As a huge fan of Tattoo Liner, I was one of many super stoked to hear the news from a brand that already made great efforts to easily let customers know which of their products are vegan. I was recently sent a few Kat Von D products to try and really wanted to give you guys the lowdown on what I think about 'em. I had heard premo things about the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($30.00 AUD) so was stoked to take two shades for a spin. I...

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Butterscotch + White Chocolate Blondies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 It's your girl here hitting you with another effing amazing recipe in collaboration with Nature's Charm! You guys have shown a lot of interest in my sweet recipes so I thought it was time to bless you with another one of those. This time it's Butterscotch + White Chocolate Blondies using two of Nature's Charm products: their CRAZY good Coconut Butterscotch Sauce and the amazingly versatile Evaporated Coconut Milk (this stuff has become a staple in my kitchen, fam). If you want to learn more about Nature's Charm you can check out my posts here, here, here and here. Ingredients Spray oil 1 1/2 cups Nature's Charm Evaporated Coconut Milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon...

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Eat Chocolate, Take Selfies, Save Orangutans

Price: From $1.70 AUD Where to Buy: www.thechocolateyogi.com.au If you're yet to hear of The Chocolate Yogi, let me school you on some of the most delish raw chocolate I've ever tried! The gang recently sent me a bunch of their treats to try and not only do they have a fantastic range of flavours but all chocolate from The Chocolate Yogi is raw, organic and of course, vegan. The Fun Bars ($3.75 AUD) are for those of us who like their chocolate extra, with flavours like Frothy Toffee (crunchy toffee and whyte chocolate), Happy Thoughts (creamy mylk chocolate), Astral Caramel Crunch (dark chocolate with salty caramel) and my two faves; Hunny Bumbly (bee-free hunnycomb with creamy mylk chocolate) and Peppermint Jazz (creamy mylk chocolate...

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My Sleep Tips

Y'all know I am a huge fan of sleep. Like, the HUGEST. Since I spend a lot of time sleepin', I have a great amount on perspective when it comes to catching as many z's as possible within a short space of time. I'm no sleep expert and hey, some of these tips may not actually work but they work for me. Note: If struggling to sleep is an ongoing issue for you, there may be something else going on. I recommend seeking medical advice if you're catching a very low z count on a regular basis because you're missing out on premo sleep time, fam! White Noise Ever since I can remember, I have slept with a fan going in my room to...

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Get My e.l.f. Look

Price: From $3.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.elfcosmetics.com.au If this is the first time you're hearing about e.l.f. I am glad that you've finally decided to move out from under that rock to a more spacious living situation. Even though they are so well known, I've found that a bunch of people don't know a couple of really important things about them: All of their products are vegan (excluding some brushes in the Essentials range which are made from cut natural horse hair) They're so easy to find online at the e.l.f. website and at Kmart stores e.l.f. products are so freaking affordable! e.l.f. hooked your girl up with a bunch of their products to create my perfect look! Face We all know how effing...

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Nacho Sweet Potato Fries

Difficulty: Easy Serves 1-2 If there's one thing better than sweet potato fries, it's regular potato fries but sometimes that's just not possible so we'll settle for the slightly less better thing; loaded sweet potato fries. Stuff my Nacho Sweet Potato Fries in your gob and you'll want to make them whenever regular potato fries aren't an option. All jokes aside, they are bloody delicious. I promise. Ingredients Baked Sweet Potato Fries (recipe here) Mince Mixture 1/2 cup TVP 1/2 beef style stock cube 1/3 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1 cup cooked red kidney beans, drained 1/4 cup passata Guacamole 1 avocado 1 tablespoon...

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My De Lorenzo Hair Routine

Price: From $17.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.delorenzo.com.au for stockists If there's one thing I usually get complimented on, it's my hair. That's partially due to the magic my hairdressers work on it but also how I maintain it in between visits (not at all to do with genetics because my hair would probably fall out if left to its own devices). I love De Lorenzo products because they're 100% Australian made and owned, environmentally responsible and use plant-based vegan ingredients that aren't tested on animals, of course! Now that I work full time, I have even less time to devote to my hair routine so over the past few months I have got it down to a fine art. Step 1: Wash I only...

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My Latest ColourPop Order

Price: From $5.00 USD Where to Buy: www.colourpop.com You guys know I'm no newbie to the magic of ColourPop Cosmetics and every so often I place an order to treat myself. I thought I would share my latest order with you and let you know what I think of my latest ColourPop haul! I was so stoked when ColourPop announced their new No Filter Concealer ($6.00 USD) and couldn't wait to get my little hands (seriously, they're tiny) on some of my very own. I got shade Light 20 and this is perf for under the eyes on my fairly light skin. It blends seamlessly and provides great coverage without looking cakey or gross, plus it lasts pretty bloody well throughout the day! As I've...

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Easy Pumpkin Curry

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 Hey you! Do you love stuff that tastes crazy good, is hella healthy and super easy to make? My Easy Pumpkin Curry is here to make all of your dreams come true! You're gonna need to have my Easy Curry Paste on hand (don't worry it's easy to make too). This is a perf meal to make for freezing and the leftovers make for the dopest lunch. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion, roughy chopped 1/4 cup Easy Curry Paste 6 cups chopped pumpkin 2 cans diced tomatoes 2 cups vegetable stock 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons soy milk 2 cups chopped greens Chilli and parsley to serve Method Add the olive oil to a stock pot...

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My New Koala Mattress

Price: From $750.00 AUD  Where to Buy: www.koala.com In a world where you can buy just about anything online, it's probably no surprise that mattresses are taking the online shopping world by storm! Having a mattress delivered in a box may seem like a crazy concept, but with brands popping up all over the place, buying mattresses in a box is the new trend. One brand specialising in these mattresses is Koala, a mattress company started in Byron Bay by a couple of mates less than two years ago. Not only does the Koala mattress have the Good Environmental Choice Certification and exceed international and global environmental regulations, each mattress is also: 100% Australian Made 100% recyclable 100% vegan and cruelty free (you don't see...

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Difficulty: Easy Serves 1-2 Someone once said to me that sweet potatoes are great because they taste better than normal potatoes plus they're better for you. One of those things is a lie but sometimes we make sacrifices for our health. You don't have to sacrifice it all though, and my Baked Sweet Potato Fries will almost have you believing that sweet potato is better than its non-sweet cousin. Almost. Ingredients 500mL water 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 large sweet potato, cut into chips 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon cornflour 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 2 teaspoons salt Method Dissolve the baking soda in the water and add to a large bowl with...

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Fill Your Makeup Bag for Under $150 with Designer Brands

Price: From $8.99 Where to Buy: www.dbcosmetics.com.au There's simply no excuse to be using products tested on animals these days, especially with companies like Designer Brands hitting you with affordable and easily accessible beauty products. I've teamed up with Designer Brands to show you how to create a vegan and cruelty free beaut kit for under xx. You've gotta start with a great base and you can't go past DB's new Rise and Prime Luminescent Primer ($19.99). Slap this stuff on your face and give it a dose of green tea, aloe vera and vitamins A, C and E. It's hella easy to apply and is quickly absorbed into the skin to keep your morning routine on schedule. Pair this with the amazing DB Luminous...

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Lamington Mug Cake

Difficulty: Easy Serves One I've teamed up again with my friends at Nature's Charm to hit you with some more premo recipes! This series is going to featch the range of deliciously versatile Nature's Charm sauces and first up you gotta check out this hella easy Lamington Mug Cake! Don't be fooled by how easy this cake is to make - the richness of the Coconut Chocolate Fudge Sauce takes this simple dessert to an outta this world level. Ingredients 1/3 + 2 tablespoons Nature's Charm Evaporated Coconut Milk 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons Nature's Charm Coconut Chocolate Fudge Sauce 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 teaspoon desiccated...

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Brett’s First Bath with Morrocco Method

Price: $27.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.encompasshealthclinic.com.au There's so much to consider when you first adopt your little friend and one thing you'll need to decide upon is what kind of shampoo you'll use. I wanted something vegan (obvs) but I didn't really know what else to look for. That's when Morrocco Method got in touch and asked me to trial some of their range of pet shampoo products. They're gluten free, sulphate free, raw, vegan and paleo which makes them suitable for just about any furry friend! The Morrocco Method 5 Elements Foam Free Dog Shampoo ($27.00) is perf for pets with skin sensitivities because it's non-foaming and contains no harsh ingredients. What it does contain is green tea, minerals and botanicals to gently...

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Easy Curry Paste

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 cup If you're not making your own curry paste, I don't know what the hell you're doing with your life. Turn things around by keeping a jar of my Easy Curry Paste in your fridge and whip it out when it's time to make a bangin' curry dish! Ingredients 2 large red chillies, roughly chopped 2 shallots, roughly chopped 6cm x 6cm cube ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 5 cloves garlic Handful of continental parsley (you can also use coriander) 3 tablespoons peanut or olive oil Method Chuck the chillies, shallots, ginger, garlic and parsley in a food processor. Process on high, adding 1 tablespoon of oil at a time. Continue to process until smooth. Transfer to a jar...

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Cacao Oats

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 The weekend means that you can spend a little extra time in the morning preparing something hella tasty for breakfast. These Cacao Oats won't take up too much of your chill time though, they'll be ready to take back to bed in under 15 minutes! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 2 tablespoons raw cacao 2 - 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk 2-4 tablespoons agave syrup (or any sweetener you choose) 4 tablespoons tahini Raw chocolate and chocolate chips to serve Method Chuck the oats and raw cacao in a medium saucepan and pour in 2 cups of the non-dairy milk. Cook on medium-high heat for a few minutes while stirring, adding extra milk to achieve your desired consistency. Add...

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Sprout Market Snack Attack!

Where To Buy: bit.ly/SproutMarket_LikeAVegan (Use this link to get 15% off + free shipping on your first order) Guess who's back, back again? Me, with another Sprout Market roundup and this time around we're dealing with one of my FAVE things - snacks. Sprout Market send me a box of some of their premo snack offerings and I'm pumped to tell you all about them! If you're a chocolate lover, you're for sure gonna be a Sprout Market lover with their amazing range of vegan chocolate options. From the classic Loving Earth 30g babies (normally $2.95 but with the SM 19% discount they're only $2.40), to the new and freaking incredible Vego Bar (a huge saving of 21% at $6.30 instead of $7.95!)...

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A Vegan Degustation at Margan Restaurant

You may remember last year when Jane and I were invited to Margan Restaurant in the Hunter Valley to sample some of their offerings and take a tour of the winery. Well, I was lucky enough to be invited back to try their special Vegan Degustation menu and because I am a rational human being, I jumped at the chance to head back to one of my fave spots. You'll find Margan Restaurant about one hour's drive from Newcastle, in Broke located in the Hunter Valley. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, the drive is almost as dope as what awaits you! The thing I love about degustations is that there always just seems to be food before...

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Dusty Girls Has A New Look!

Price: From $12.50AUD Where to Buy: www.dustygirls.com.au You may remember a little while back I introduced you to the dope vegan makeup brand Dusty Girls. Well, the brand has had a makeover and dayamn this new packaging is fine! The legends at DG sent your girl a selectch of their newly designed products through for me to try and as expected, I'm hella impressed. By using the natch clays and minerals of the earth, Dusty Girls are able to create a super collection of vegan cosmetics for all skin types at a totally affordable price. Check out what I thought of my little haul below. Mineral Eye Shadow in Paper Bark - $15.00 I've recently been getting into eye shadow more and more so I...

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Jalapeño Falafel Waffles

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 I've teamed up with my friends at Orgran to make a bunch of hella tasty recipes using their easy to find, super affordable products. The best thing about Orgran though? Their stuff is a-ok for just about anybody to eat because they're: Gluten free Wheat free Egg free Dairy free Yeast free Nut free GMO free and Vegan For my first recipe, I've decided to marry together Orgran's Falafel Mix with my waffle maker to create a mind blowing treat perfect for your next party, picnic or gathering. Thanks to this amazing mix, you can whip these babies up in no time and even make them in advance to reheat in the oven when your pals arrive. My Jalapeño...

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6 Ingredient Healthy Mango Ice Cream Bars

Difficulty: Easy Makes: 9 I love a good ice cream, even in winter but sometimes I've gone a little OTT on the indulgence and need to dial it back a bit. My 6 Ingredient Mango Ice Cream Bars are the perfect solution to those times where you want to treat yourself without getting hella crazy on junk food. Plus, you can whip them up in minutes and enjoy them within a few hours! Ingredients 1/2 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup desiccated coconut (plus a little more for the top) 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 1 cup frozen banana 2 cups frozen mango 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk Method In a food processor, combine together the almonds and desiccated coconut. Process until fine. Add the coconut...

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Miso Ramen w/ Vegan Egg + Fried Tempeh

Difficulty: Medium Serves 2 Hello, do you like making deceptively easy meals to impress your friends? Or even just to prove to yourself that you're a badass vegan cook? Well then, I think I have found your holy grail! My Miso Ramen w/ Vegan Egg + Fried Tempeh is really all you need to make for an impressive dinner party but simple enough to whip up during the week. Feel free to mix up the toppings as you wish - that's the funnest part! Ingredients Tempeh 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon miso paste 1 tablespoon brown sugar 300g tempeh 1 tablespoon olive oil Broth 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons miso paste 2L chicken-style or vegetable stock 3 cloves garlic,...

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There’s Someone I’d Like You To Meet

One of my main motivations for buying my own home was pretty much that I really REALLY wanted a dog of my very own to hang out with as much as humanly possible. I was planning on waiting til next year, to give me time to settle in to my new place, but very quickly I realised that I wouldn't be chill until I had a little friend hangin' with me. I started my search probably 6 weeks ago and applied for a stack of different dogs but got knocked back (I'll post more about that later) until I spotted this little guy all the way in Ballina! So last Thursday, I set off on a secret mission (you may have...

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Creamy Coconut Carbonara

Difficulty: Easy Makes 2 large serves The truth is that I'm not a massive pasta fan but when Nature's Charm asked me to develop a recipe using their Evaporated Coconut Milk I just couldn't take my mind off making a creamy pasta sauce! I'm so bloody glad I did because this pasta is off the effing chain. With a little help from my friend arrowroot powder, the sauce is wonderfully thick but hella creamy thanks to the amazing texture of the Evaporated Coconut Milk and who the hell needs pancetta when you've got my Smokey Tempeh Crumbles?! The milk itself has a hint of sweetness to it, a little coconutty in flavour and is a bit thicker than regular coconut milk which lends...

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Esmi Loose Mineral Foundation Powder

Price: From $50.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.esmi.com.au You may remember a little minute ago I posted about Esmi Skin Minerals Foundation. Well, the gang have dropped a new product set to make your beauty routine even easier; the Loose Mineral Foundation. Oh man, and isn't this stuff a dream! Made from crushed up minerals, this powder formulation provides a medium coverage and an all-day glow in a matter of seconds. As always, Esmi products are cruelty-free and vegan, 100% Australian made and formulated using natural products. Application is best achieved using the soft AF Esmi Kabuki Brush ($30.oo or $70.00 in a bundle with the foundation) to press down on the fancy mesh and pick up some product. Dust over the skin and...

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Eco Cleaning Heroes

Where To Buy: http://bit.ly/SproutMarket_LikeAVegan (Use this link to get 15% off + free shipping on your first order) Note:  Sprout Market have listened to customer feedback and are working to make some improvements - read below for some more deets. As a new homeowner, I'm conscious of the fact that the stuff we often clean our houses with aren't always the dopest choices for the environment. Luckily, Sprout Market stock a whole bunch of cleaning products that are better for the us, the environment and of course, the animals. The greatest thing about this being my own home is that I can make the choice about what I clean my house with. While in my day-to-day life I'm not always the most natch gal, I happen to care...

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Vegan Boiled Eggs (this is no yolk!)

Difficulty: Easy Makes approximately 16 halves Sometimes you make a meal and you just know something is missing. In the old days you may have chucked some boiled egg on that salad or ramen but now that you've gone vegan, what do you do? You make my Vegan Boiled Eggs! With a few basic ingredients, an egg mould and a little creativity, these little guys will take your meals to the next level. The texture of the egg white is firm but soft when you bite into it, while the yolk has a slightly eggy taste that holds when cut - give them a go! (BTW, they're gluten and soy free too!) Ingredients Whites 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 2 teaspoons agar agar powder ...

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Secret Green + Cacao Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 2 There are greens in this smoothie. You wouldn't know it though because the sometimes unpleasant greeny taste is covered up by the much more pleasurable chocolatey taste of raw cacao. By doing this, you're nailing a serve of fruit and a serve of veggies before your day has even started. I love lookin' out for you guys! Ingredients 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/4 cup water 2 small, ripe bananas 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 1 tablespoon vegan sweetener (optional) 2 cups non-dairy milk Raw chocolate to serve (optional) Method In a small cup, whisk together the chia seeds and water. Set aside until it thickens. Chop up the bananas and chuck them in your blender...

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Hyped on M.O.T.D Vegan Makeup Brushes

Price: From $9.00USD Where to Buy: www.motdcosmetics.com (use code likeavegan for 10% off your purchase) If there's one thing I love (but there are many things tbh), it's a damned good makeup brush. You've used terrible ones right? Or maybe you haven't used one before but you're looking to get into the makeup brush game? Either way, you might want to pop M.O.T.D brushes on your list! The gang at M.O.T.D recently sent me a bunch of their brushes to try as a new member of their affiliate program. Did you know that M.O.T.D Cosmetics were the first makeup brush line to go against the industry standard of naming makeup brushes. Creator Chantal Azamian used her experience in makeup artistry and teaching others to actually provide...

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Gluten Free Oat + Choc Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 Choc chip cookies are indisputably the ultimate cookie you can get your greasy little mitts on but man, I love an oat cookie too. So I've done something bold, wild and crazy - I've combined oats and choc chips to create a super cookie that even my gluten free peeps can ram into their gobs. I'm sweet like that. Note: You gotta use GF oats if you're making these intentionally GF (otherwise plain ol' oats will do!) Its also worth noting that those with severe intolerance to gluten sometimes can't handle GF oats either - worth noting, I don't want your friends to hate ya! Ingredients 2 tablespoons chia seeds 1/3 cup water 1 cup vegan margarine 3/4 cup brown...

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Is this Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Worth the Hype?

Price: $65.00AUD Where to Buy: www.sephora.com.au I dunno about you, but how the heck did I live before highlighters?! I've been pretty loyal to my BECCA but when I started seeing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit poppin' up on my feed I knew I had to get in on this shit. Y'all know I love a bit of packaging and this kit doesn't disappoint with its perf pale pink and holographic type - it'd make the dopest gift too. But what about the inside? You're hit with 6 different shades to make all of your highlighting dreams come true: Kitty Kat - A shimmery dusty pink Forever Young - A muted taupe Daydream - A creamy peach Forever Lit - A frosty white Glo Getter - A...

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Jackfruit Halal Snack Pack

Difficulty: Easy Serves Two The Halal Snack Pack or HSP as it is affectionately known, has really taken off over the past 12 months or so, thanks in part to the current Australian political climate (who would've thought, right?) The other reason though is that HSPs are a taste phenomenon, one that vegans rarely get to enjoy thanks to the overall meatiness of the dish. Thanks to the Young Jackfruit in Brine by Nature's Charm I have managed to create an insanely good vegan Halal Snack Pack: Crispy chips and marinated jackfruit slathered in my quick and easy garlic sauce and sriracha before being topped with chilli and spring onion for that final tasty touch. Don't get me wrong, I love a good mock...

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2 Ingredient Choc Hazelnut Cups

Difficulty: Easy Makes 16 Have you ever been in the situation where you need to whip up some kind of chocolatey treat but only have hazelnuts and chocolate on hand? No? Oh. Well next time that sitch occurs (and it will) remember this recipe and also remember to thank me/apologise to me later. These babies have a little bit of a Nutella-y slash Ferrero Rocher vibe going on, minus the obvious grossness that comes along with drinkin' cow's milk. Ingredients 200 grams vegan chocolate, broken into pieces 1/3 cup hazelnuts Method Preheat your oven to 180°c and line a small baking tray with baking paper. Spread the hazelnuts over the tray and roast for 10 minutes until they start to brown. Remove and allow to cool. ...

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Where You Been At?

You may have noticed that over the past month or so posts haven't been as frequent as they normally are. Don't worry - I'm still here and still doing stuff! Now that things are settling down a bit, I thought I would take a little minute to let y'all know what I've been doing and where I've been at. Buying a House Yep, you read it right - I bought a mother-effing house! It has been a long time coming; I certainly didn't expect that when I moved back from Sydney that 6 years later I would still be at home with my parents. My financial sitch at the time didn't lend itself to taking on a massive debt but this year I was lucky...

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7 Ingredient Seed + Nut Crackers

Difficulty: Easy Makes 36 I'll admit it, I'm one of those people who sometimes sees that something is described as healthy and go "nup, that'll taste like shit". Sometimes I am wrong and if you've already assumed from the title that these don't taste good, you're wrong too! Somehow with only 7 ingredients (none of which are oil or wheat-based) these bad boys are delicious and full of flayvah. For a crispier cracker, get them as flat as you can before baking (highly recommended!) Go on and make 'em, I dare ya! Ingredients 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup chia seeds 3/4 cup raw almonds 2/3 cup sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons salt Method Line a baking sheet with...

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Easter Eggs Worth Hunting For

WTF is up with Easter eggs starting to roll out in January/February, do we really need that much prep time to  buy a bunch of chocolate? Anyway, shopping for vegan Easter eggs in Australia seems to be getting easier each year, with random vegan eggs popping up all over the place! These are just a few of the things I've come across this year but trust me, there are a bunch more! Some of these can be found in y0ur local grocery store however for some you may need to hit a speciality chocolate shop or vegan store. Moo Free I love Moo Free because they make really delicious, affordable and accessible vegan chocolate. I'm loving this Easter egg because it reminds me of...

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Brush Up – Luxie Beauty’s Rose Gold Collection

Price: From $13.02 AUD Where To Buy: www.luxiebeauty.com It was my birthday a little minute ago (yes, you forgot and yes, I'm still mad about it) and one of the item's on my wishlist was Luxie Beauty's Rose Gold 12 Brush Set. Being the sweet angel that I am, my wish was granted and no thanks to you, my birthday was not ruined. TBH I have no real idea what all of these brushes do but there are twelve of them and I have every intention of using them all. Maybe all at once. I haven't decided yet. This set is a great place to start to get your basic brushes in bulk because you get: Large Powder Face Brush 502 Large Angle...

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Garlic, Chilli + Lemon Mushroom Scallops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 (approx.) Before I went vegetarian, I wasn't a huge fan of seafood unless it had the heck fried out of it and that has somewhat carried onto my feelings around mock seafood. If it's too fishy tasting, I ain't gonna go near it, fam. Despite that I have always wanted to do a scallop recipe with king oyster mushrooms ever since I knew it was a thing, however I could never bloody track some down. Luckily for me, on a recent trip to Sydney I found a stack of king oyster mushrooms at an Asian grocery and was pumped to finally realise my scallopy dream! My fave thing about this recipe is that not only is it quick and easy but it makes...

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Nature’s Charm – Banoffee Tapioca Pudding

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Serves Four I'm a huge fan of coconut stuff and jackfruit stuff, so when Nature's Charm asked if I'd like to team up with them to create a series of recipes using their products I was like "hell yes!" Over the coming months I'm going to hit you with a few dope recipes to give you some #inspo for how to use your Nature's Charm products. I don't mess with tapioca pudding often, but when I was sent Nature's Charm Condensed Coconut Milk to try I just knew that's what I had to make with it! Creamy, sticky and sweet - this is everything you remember from classic condensed milk without the gross animal cruelty associated with dairy. You thought...

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You’ll Love Sprout Market

Where To Buy: http://bit.ly/SproutMarket_LikeAVegan (Use this link to get 15% off + free shipping on your first order) Do you love avoiding crowds, getting discounts and awesome vegan products? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're gonna love Sprout Market - a new way of shopping online to score great discounts on your fave brands and discover some new ones while you're at it. Sprout Market (SproMar - that's my new name for 'em) stock a whole bunch of stuff like food, health products, beauty, body care, homewares and even stuff for pets with easy filtering options so you are finding what suits your values (vegan, gluten free, raw etc.) I recently got my first order from Sprout Market, which the legends kindly...

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Easy Immunity Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 Y'all know that if I'm making a soup like this, it's because I feel like I'm getting sick or it's too bloody late! Packed with the healing powers of garlic, ginger, turmeric, chilli and lemon plus filling and nutrient rich beans, lentils and vegetables - this soup is just want you need as the weather starts to cool down. Quick! Make it before it's too late! P.S. Summer is over and I'm really happy about it. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large red onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 5cm x 5cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 piece fresh turmeric, finely chopped 1 large fresh red chilli, finely chopped Juice and grated rind of one lemon ...

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Sweet Sesame Tofu

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Anybody who says they don't like tofu has either never tried it cooked the right way or they're just plain wrong. This Sweet Sesame Tofu is so easy to make, tastes delicious and you can add it to just about anything your little heart desires; try it in your fave salad, stir fry or buddha bowl! Ingredients 250g high protein, firm tofu 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2cm cube ginger, grated 1/4 cup kecap manis 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds Method Preheat oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the tofu into 3cm x 3cm cubes and pop in a shallow container. Mix together the garlic, ginger, kecap manis,...

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Level 5 Vegan: Make Your Own Almond Milk

Been wanting to take your veganism to the next level but didn't know how? You know I got you fam! This post is all about making your own goddamn almond milk - that's level 5 shit! You may be surprised to learn that almonds do not have nipples, so you cannot extract milk the traditional way. The best part about that is (other than the obvs lack of cruelty) is that you don't have to wake up at 4am to milk your cows or whatever. TBH making your own almond milk is actually super easy and you don't really need anything too spesh or weird to pull it all together. This guide will yield about 1L of almond milk but since it...

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Sweet Potato + Brown Rice Burgers

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Burgers are LIT but when I eat them, you'll usually find me chomping on some kind of mock meat variety. Every now and then I like to tuck in to a true "veggie burger" and this one is so freaking easy you'll find yourself doing the very same. Prep 'em in advance, pop 'em in the fridge and with a little salad and/or a bun you've got a quick lunch or dinner option ready to go. Ingredients 300g sweet potato 1 cup cooked brown rice (ain't no shame in using microwave rice - so quick!) 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley stalks 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon soy sauce ...

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Kombucha Made Easy

Kombucha is one of those things that has really taken over the health industry and with good reason. It's full of antioxidants, probiotics which help keep your guts health AF but also help with immunity, energy and general wellbeing. Plus it tastes hella good - the only problem is that buying kombucha is kinda spenno, with a litre in Australia costing upwards of $8. If you drink as much booch as I do, that adds up pretty damn quick! If you’re like me, you love the booch but don’t love the freaking huge price tag that can come along with it. That’s why about a year ago I started making my own kombucha and I’ve never looked back. With a few basic...

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Big Sound, Small Price – Dearear Headphones

Price: $78.00USD Where to Buy: www.dearear.co.nz I’ve spent a total of 8 hours in New Zealand, all of that spent in Auckland airport so I can’t really tell you much about the place itself. What I can tell you though is that I like a lot of things from New Zealand; South Gin, Whittaker’s Chocolate and Flight of the Conchords just to name a few. I now have another thing to add to the list, Dearear headphones! The guys at Dearear sent your girl a pair of their Buoyant In-Ear Wireless headphones to take for a spin and spin I did (not like a spin class on a bike, ew, do you even know me?) First up, let’s take a look at the packaging...

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7 Ingredient Cheesy Sauce

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre We all love a good cheesy sauce, right?! There are so many different ways to make a bangin' vegan cheese sauce but this one is my fave by far. It's lower in fat, carbs and calories than many others, it's nut free and gluten free plus it's super easy to make without compromising on taste because fam, you know I ain't given up taste for NOTHIN. Coat your fave pasta to make mac 'n' cheese (like I did below), make cheesy fries or fondue - do whatever you want with it, it's your life! My tip: add extra miso for a more tangy sauce! Ingredients 2 x 425g cans butter beans, drained 4 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons miso...

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3 Ingredient Pomegranate Froyo Pops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 What the actual heck is up with the weather in Australia rn, you guys?! I know it’s summer but your girl isn’t coping with these 30+ degree days. To help cool down, I’m pumping out loads of frosty treats like these Pomegranate Froyo Popsicles. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain vegan yoghurt (I prefer soy) 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 1/2 cup pomegranate arils Method Blend together the vegan yoghurt and pomegranate juice until well combined. Sprinkle some pomegranate arils into the bottom of each ice block mould. Fill each mould half way with the yoghurt mixture and sprinkle in the remaining arils before filling to the top with the yoghurt mixture. Add a couple more arils and then the sticks and/or...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 Real talk: there is nothing pretzel-y about these cookies other than the shape but to be honest who cares because they’re cute AF, right? There is something chocolate-y and peanut butter-y about them though – and call me crazy but I think that might be because of the peanut butter and chocolate in them. P.S. You can get a similar cookie cutter here. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup peanut butter powder 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1 cup vegan chocolate 1/2 cup granulated nuts Method Cream together the vegan margarine and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the soy milk and vanilla extract and mix until...

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What I Learned on My (Forced) Blog Break!

Oh hello there, it's been a while! My site crashed just after Christmas so this is the first time you're hearing from me in 2017 - I've missed you guys! While having zero access to the site was frustrating for me and all of you who couldn't access my recipes or enjoy my humorous banter (definitely the latter, right?) it actually turned out to be a pretty dope experience for a number of reasons. This cloud had several silver linings. You legends actually use my recipes Like, a lot of you. I guess I always knew that you did but it was hella obvious as soon as you couldn't get a hold of em! I got so many comments and messages across different platforms and a bunch...

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2016 Recipe Roundup

Time flies when you and everyone you know are having the worst year in memory, amirite?! For the most part 2016 has been a pretty big write-off IMHO but that doesn't mean there haven't been some truly excellent moments. I went on two overseas trips, completely redesigned the website and had my stuff shared in some hella cool places. Plus I made some delicious eats and discovered some dope vegan products so it ain't all bad. Let's try and focus on the positives and end the year on a good note, shall we? P.S. I'd love to hear what you think! Let me know if you had any fave Like A Vegan recipes posts of 2016 in the comments below. Basil Seed,...

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Festive Feast – Scalloped Baked Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 No festive feast is complete without a hefty serving of potatoes and this year is no different. By thinly slicing the potatoes into discs, not only do you get delicious crispy edges but you also get a hella tasty and good lookin' side dish that makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal. Ingredients 4 white potatoes, washed 4 red potatoes, washed 2 small red onions 1/3 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a shallow baking dish that is suitable for cooking and serving. Very thinly slice all of the potatoes as well as the red onions; you want all of them to be in discs...

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Grapefruit Gin + Tonic

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Well, we've somehow survived 2016 (nearly) and that means we have bloody earned a drink or two (or ten). My Grapefruit Gin + Tonic is such a fun drink to whip out over the festive season cos it's fresh, fruity and bright. Plus you can whip up a batch in a few minutes, meaning you can spend more time drinking and less time prepping. Bonus. Ingredients 200mL gin 120mL Cointreau 1 1/2 cups red grapefruit juice 4 cups cubed ice 1 cup tonic water Red grapefruit and red currants to decorate Method Mix together the gin, Cointreau and grapefruit juice together. Fill 4 short glasses nearly to the top with cubed ice. Chuck a slice of red grapefruit on top...

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Crispy Pomegranate Waffles

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Waffles While waffles are all the rage in the US, it seems like they don't get their fair share of credit Down Under. I've been a major waffle fan for years but TBH I don't see them popping up on menus very often so I end up making my own. I'm always tryna better my waffle-making technique and these guys are definitely the best so far - loaded with golden syrup, pomegranate and vegan Greek yoghurt to sorta balance out the fact that this isn't the healthiest brekkie goin' round (really tho, it's not that bad either). Ingredients 1 cup soy milk (room temperature) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon cornflour 2 teaspoons baking...

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Change Lives with Thankyou

Price: From $1.99 Where to Buy: www.thankyou.co for stockists With so many companies out there makin' all kinds of crazy things that can often add little-to-no value to the way we live, it's nice to find brands who actually give a shit about stuff. Thankyou is one of those brands, changing the world one product at a time through their social enterprise. Thankyou kicked things off in 2008 in response to the World Water Crisis as a way to get in on the $600 million per year Australian bottled water biz while actually tryna do some good at the same time. It's now 2016 and not only are Thankyou doing some good with their water range but their food, bodycare and baby ranges too! So...

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Festive Feast: Whole Cauliflower with Cranberry Stuffing + Mushroom Gravy

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 You wouldn't think cauliflower could be a holiday showstopper but try your hand at this recipe and you'll understand why 2016 seems to be the year of the cauliflower roast. Taste aside, the best thing about this dish is that it's so easy to make, meaning you've got more time on your hands to unwrap gifts or hide from your family. While the cauliflower itself is pretty good, it is still a cauliflower so I must insist that you make my cranberry stuffing and mushroom gravy to have with it, ok? Ingredients Cauliflower Whole head of cauliflower 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup vegetable stock 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/4 cup almond meal 1/2 teaspoon...

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Festive Feast: Tomato + Parsley Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 It's kinda easy to go HAM on the treats over the festive season, which is why I've decided to throw a fresh and hella healthy recipe into the mix. This salad makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal and almost cancels out all that super carby, fatty sugary stuff you've been eating (kinda). Ingredients 500 grams mini heirloom tomatoes 1 bunch parsley Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon agave syrup Method Roughly chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and chuck them into a small bowl. Follow that up by roughly chopping about 1/2 bunch of parsley and toss through with the tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive...

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Charcoal is the New Whitener

What if I told you that charcoal (yeah, the black stuff) would be the key to whitening your teeth and improving your overall oral health? Well, I'm tellin' ya! While the use of charcoal for dental hygiene may be new to us, charcoal has been used since as far back as 30,000 BC to absorb and clean. By harnessing the natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of charcoal, you can make your mouth healthier than ever before without using gnarly chemicals. WARPAINT ($55.00) is a new, 1o0% natural teeth whitening product made from our new friend, charcoal! This magic ingredient, combined with bentonite clay, organic sweet orange peel, organic peppermint and organic lemon myrtle not only whitens your chompers but it'll strengthen your gums,...

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Festive Feast – Ginger Carrots

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 The rules of Christmas are that you simply must add at least  one vegetable to your plate for health reasons as these counteract the tonne of shit food you've eaten over the past couple of weeks. These Ginger Carrots are super tasty and kinda sweet so you can basically just pretend they're Christmas candy. Ingredients 500grams Dutch Carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons agave syrup 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger Salt to taste Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and prepare a baking dish. Trim the tops off the carrots and set aside as garnish for later. Wash the carrots and place in the baking dish. Whisk together the olive oil, agave and freshly grated ginger. Coat the carrots...

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Festive Feast – Pomegranate Trifle

Difficulty: Medium Serves 10 Remember that time on Friends when Rachel made that heaps gross trifle and put beef mince in it? This is nothing like that time. Nothing says Christmas like a trifle and you all know how much I love pomegranate so I've allowed the two to join forces to make the world's most perfect festive dessert! Layers of pomegranate jelly, vanilla sponge, pomegranate arils, custard and coconut cream make this a freaking must-have for your Christmas table - if for nothing else to show your non-vegan family that you don't spend your days nibbling on grass and cardboard. Ingredients Sponge 3 cups soy milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 3 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda ...

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2016 Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

There was once a time where Christmas shopping for a vegan would have been more nightmarish than the Boxing Day sales and trust me, that time wasn't so long ago. But not anymore! We're being hit with new and amazing vegan products every damn day, so much so that it can be hard to keep track of it all. Each year I like to put together a little collection of my fave gift ideas to make things hella easy and keep your Christmas merry, bright and cruelty free! The Big Gifts How much cash you've got to drop can often depend on how much you love the recipient (don't act like it's not true). Sometimes you're looking for a sweet gesture, other times you're looking...

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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If somebody tells you that they don't like roasted potatoes they're either lying or their tastebuds are broken because potatoes are one hundo percent the best thing on the planet. Chuck 'em together with garlic and you've got yourself the most ultimate side dish. Ingredients 1kg mini red potatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast Salt to taste Vegan sour cream and chives to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Chop the potatoes in to bite-sized chunks and either par boil or microwave on high for 4 minutes. Throw the potatoes in a large bowl, drizzle with oil and then coat with the garlic. Pour...

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Hello Popolo!

Popolo Artisan Gelateria Address: 172 King Street, Newcastle 2300 Website: www.popologelateria.com.au If you're staying woke, you'll know that while I'm not a hardcore dessert lover, your girl is a huge fan of iced confections and I swear I have a sixth sense when it comes to sensing a new vegan dessert option hitting a Newy business. Recently my sweet sense started tingling and that's because Popolo Artisan Gelateria had opened its doors! In one of King Street's cutest little cluster of buildings, Italian owned and operated Popolo is the perfect partner to the family's other business - Napoli Centrale (they've got vegan pizza too!) Perfectly designed signage and exterior give you a hint at what's to come when you step inside this clean and cosy little shop. Growing...

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Table of Plenty + Dukkah Crusted Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

Price: From $3.50 Where to Buy: www.tableofplenty.com.au You guys know I have a close and personal relationship with snacks, so when Table of Plenty hit me up to review some of their stuff and create a little recipe, you know I jumped at that chance! I reckon you can always pick up the vibe that a business is doing good and when you learn the Table of Plenty story, it all starts to make sense. Owner Kate Weiss started the biz after the struggle of a challenging full-time job started to compromise the care of her Amy, who was born with a disability. Kate and her team have now grown Table of Plenty into a major national biz with a range of products including muesli, snacks,...

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L. Yucel Handbags + Giveaway

Price: From $75 USD Where to Buy: www.thevspot.com.au I stopped wearing leather not long after I became vegetarian, so it's been about 15 years since I've bought a leather bag. Over the years I've always struggled to find good quality, yet affordable vegan accessories but lately a few dope options have been popping up on the scene and I couldn't be more pumped! One of those brands is L. Yucel, a new vegan accessory brand dedicated to creating top quality, ethically conscious handbags. Designer Leyla Yucel knows her stuff too! She's worked with Kate Spade, Charlotte Ronson and Ralph Lauren but is now creating her own brand that sits in-line with her personal values - yay! These bags are made from polyurethane or PU, a PVC...

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Fresh AF – Rice Paper Rolls w/ Peanut Dipping Sauce

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 You know that feeling when you're hella hungry but it's so hot and you can't be effed making a huge meal? Pretty sure rice paper rolls were invented for that very reason (no need to Google it, trust me). You really can stuff these babies with whatever you want but I've included my fave combo for maximum health and crunch. Once you try 'em with my super quick peanut dipping sauce, your summer fling will be locked in. Oh, they make an awesome picnic/pot luck contribution too! Ingredients 1 baby cos lettuce 1 small carrot 1 small red capsicum 1 small Lebanese cucumber Fresh basil 150g high protein, firm tofu 10 large rice papers Peanut Dipping Sauce 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter ...

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Spicy Jackfruit Tacos w/ Lime Slaw

Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 Much to my dismay, the warmer weather is insisting on creeping in. In an effort to tolerate and accept the unwanted increase in temperature, I'm turning my attention to what's most important - food! Jackfruit is the most excellent taco filling because you can flavour it basically whatever you want plus it has the greatest meaty texture, the perfect pal to the crunchy lime slaw you're going to stuff into those bad boys. Ingredients Jackfruit Filling 2 560gram tins of young jackfruit in brine (you should know by now to NOT buy ripe jackfruit in syrup) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 cup vegan chicken or vegetable stock 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon garlic powder Up to 1 tablespoon of the sauce from...

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Spring Green Vegetable Quiche

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 You know, I wasn't really a massive fan of quiche in my non-vegan days but somehow since losing animal products I've gained the taste for it. Recreating this classic dish is really so simple and TBH you'll wonder why you ever made quiche with eggs in the first place! Feel free to use store bought pastry if you can't be effed with making your own, it'll be just as good. Ingredients Pastry 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup vegan margarine 2 tablespoons chilled water Filling 300g silken tofu 1 cup raw cashews 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk 2 tablespoons arrowroot 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon black salt (optional, but it does give that "eggy" taste) 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 spring onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup green peas (fresh or frozen) 1/2...

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Get Nude with Kester Black + Trophy Wife

Price: $20 AUD Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com I bloody love it when a Kester Black package arrives on my doorstep and lemme tell you guys, this is the best one yet! Kester Black and Trophy Wife are back at it again with the collabs, joining forces to create the Birthday Suit collection; six nude shades that'll get you in the mood to strip down and treat yo'self. This collection has me shook because I'm having a major love affair with nude shades at the minute. Plus, with a spectrum of neutral shades from deep to light, there's finally a vegan brand providing a nude polish for just about everyone! Brazilian is a deep DEEP brown, perfect against darker skin but it also looks dope against all...

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Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 I know how bloody hard it can be to avoid pre-packaged snacks while wanting to stay stocked up on delicious treats throughout the work week. That's why my Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins are the perfect work or school companion with their slightly sweet, lemony berry goodness! Not only are they damned tasty but you can have them ready to go in less than an hour with very minimal clean up. Note: these are intentionally not as sweet as your usual muffin but feel free to add more agave if that's what your little heart desires. Ingredients 2 cups almond milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups plain flour 2 cups polenta 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup canola oil Rind and juice of one lemon 2/3...

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Go Nuts for Hrvst St Raw Organic Nut Mylks

Price: From $8.00 Where to Buy: www.hrvstst.com.au I'll have a coffee or a tea but at heart I'm a cold drink kinda gal, so Hrvst St's new range of Raw Organic Nut Mylks are relevant to my interests. Big time. The legends even managed to have some shipped down to me from Brisbane because they knew how badly I wanted to try them. Nawww. Activated Almond + Date is a simple yet tasty flavour combo, subtle enough to add to your morning coffee (or just add a bit of cold brew!) If you're tryna get fancy, Cashew Salted Caramel will sweeten things up for ya. The tastiest of the bunch IMHO is the Choc Cacao Butter because it packs the most punch flavour-wise without going OTT. These bad boys aren't the...

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Lemon Meringue Tart

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 8 Spring has sprung (ok, kill me now for saying that) and people are going to start asking you to go outside and do stuff. DO NOT PANIC. Outside can be alright, as long as you have delicious treats to keep your mind off the fact you're not inside watching Netflix. My Lemon Meringue Tart is the perfect outdoor companion but be warned: people will invite you outside more often just so you bring this bad boy along with you. Don't blame me. Ingredients  Crust 1 cup hazelnuts 1 cup macadamias 1 cup walnuts 1/3 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup agave syrup Filling 100g pack silken tofu 3 large lemons, juice and grated rind 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon agar agar powder Meringue 1/3 cup chickpea juice (the less salt, the better) 1/2...

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esmi Skin Minerals Foundation & Brush

Price: From $60 AUD Where to Buy: www.esmi.com.au I bloody love it when new vegan-friendly cosmetics brands holla at your girl to try out their products so I was stoked when esmi got in touch to take their Mineral Foundation and Foundation Brush for a spin. I'm lucky enough to have had pretty chill skin for most of my life, so with the exception of a little dryness and the odd blemish, I don't need to worry about my skin getting too heccaz on me but that doesn't mean I don't want to treat it right. esmi Mineral Foundation is formulated to be anti-acnegenic with an SPF 15 formula that hydrates, treats and protects the skin using a unique combo of ingredients like: Hyaluronic...

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No-Rice Stuffed Capsicums

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 I love cooking as much as the next person but there comes a time when you simply cannot be effed to put in the hard yards to scrape together a decent meal. Stuffed capsicums are a perfect solution to that problemo because they take no time at all, look like you put in a bit of effort and they're dope for using up all the bits and pieces you have left in the fridge. What's your quick and easy weeknight meal? Let me know in the comments! Ingredients 2 capsicums (any colour you like) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cups vegan mince (I used Gardein but you could also use finely chopped tofu, tempeh or beans) 1...

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Roza’s Gourmet & Pesto Pasta Recipe

Price: From $9.50AUD Where to Buy: www.rozas.com.au Sure, it's fun to make your own sauces but sometimes we vegans do it out of necessity because there ain't always a ready-made vegan sauce option nearby. That's why I was hella stoked when I was asked to try Roza's Gourmet, a range of chutneys, pestos and sauces made with all natural ingredients and zero artificial preservatives. Roza's Gourmet started in Brisbane in 1991 and has been around for 25 years. After Roza's death, her daughter Jasmin took the wheel and has turned the company into a thriving business, using primarily local ingredients and manufacturing in Australia to keep jobs within the local community. Hot Lover is made from a selection of spicy ingredients like cayenne, habanero and curry powder...

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Bloody Good Banana Bread

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 8-10 First things first: banana bread is cake that we call bread to make us all feel better about the fact that we're eating it for breakfast. In saying that though, this version of BB is actually not that bad, so you don't need to lie to yourself if you chomp down on it prior to 10am. Plus it's gluten free and refined sugar free (you can really use whatever sweetener you like!) Ingredients 3 large, very ripe bananas (I'm talking black AF) 1 cup nut milk (I used macadamia) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups GF plain flour 1 cup almond meal 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup canola oil (you could use melted coconut oil if that's more your jam) 1...

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Epic Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Serves 8-12 My niece always says "Chels, you're the best cooker of sweets" and while she's not entirely correct, I can usually produce pretty dope results when I put the effort in. You can too with my monster Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; a rich brownie-like cake covered with two types of fluffy frosting, teensy blocks and peanut butter cups made from dark, white and peanut butter chocolate (OMG). If you don't have moulds, use whatever chocolatey bits and pieces you can find to turn a simple cake into a baking masterpiece. It's really not that hard to do but I threw that difficulty rating up there because mustering the time and effort to do it is half the battle. Worth it tho. Just...

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Vegan Nail Extensions by Bio Sculpture

Price: From $50.00 AUD Where to Get It: www.biosculpture.com.au I'ma be straight up and say that my nails usually look ratchet and that's mainly because I don't treat 'em right. Years of biting my nails and cuticles have left them hella weak, brittle and short AF. When they're short I don't feel like painting them but painting them is the only way I can grow them, it's a vicious cycle. Don't believe me? Check out what my nails usually look like...

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Banana Choc Chip Cashew Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If you managed to wrap your head around that bitch of a recipe title, wait til you wrap your mouth around what the recipe makes! The cashew base makes it soy free and when you throw in that banana and choc chip combo, Craig David wouldn't be able to handle all that flavour. Now, I've been trying to chill a little on the sugar lately (dw fam, I'm not gonna go all IQS on your asses) so I sweetened this guy with stevia which you can tastea little bit, but feel free to use agave or maple syrup if it's more your jam. Hint: Make sure you leave plenty of time to cool the cashews! Ingredients 2 cups raw cashews 1 1/3 cups nut...

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Apple Pie Granola

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 cups Crunchy granola is just about the only cereal-type thing you'll get me near. When you add all the bits and pieces to make the damned thing taste like apple pie, well dayaaamn you've got me hooked! Easy enough to quickly whip up on Sunday for the week ahead but let's be honest, it ain't going to last beyond Tuesday (if that). If you had signed up to my newsletter you could have been making this for months now, don't make the same mistake again by signing up here. Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup raw macadamias 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 green apple 1/3 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup sultanas Method Preheat the oven to...

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Treat Yo’self to Kester Black’s Summer Shades

Price: $20 AUD Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com It may not seem like it with this frosty air but summer will be here before we know it and if you're like me, winter can be a time where you kinda shrug off some of the fun beauty stuff for more important regimes like making sure your skin doesn't dry out to some scaly, lizard-like thing. Nothing kicks you back into gear more quickly than a bright new set of nail colours so when Kester Black sent me their new summer range to review I felt inspired to stop biting my fingers for a little minute and prep them for a makeover. You'll have a bunch to choose from too, with 4 new shades ripe and...

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Like a Vegan is Six!

Awww my little blog is growing up! Six years ago this month I started Like a Vegan as a virtual cookbook to share recipes with my friends. Nowadays I still share my recipes but a whole bunch of other things too, with tens of thousands of pals from my real life and the WWW. Hey, it ain't the biggest following in the world by any means but it still means a hell of a lot to me that y'all give a damn about what I'm doing and I appreciate every last one of you. To celebrate this milestone, I've got a couple of surprises lined up but the biggest one by far is my 6th Birthday ExtraVeganza! Thanks to a bunch of my fave...

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Cherry Banana Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies So smooth that Rob Thomas and Santana wrote a song about it. If you pay attention to my Instagram, you'll know that recently I made the best smoothie of my life. It seems like a pretty big call, and it is, especially for someone who ain't too fussed on smoothies in the first place. The best thing about it? It takes a few minutes to throw together and all of the ingredients are things you should already have lying around. Ingredients 1 large banana 10 fresh cherries 1/2 cup crushed ice 1 1/2 cups soy milk 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt (I used Nudie Vanilla Coconut 'cos it's vegan now!) Method Rip up the banana and chuck it into...

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Treat Yo’Self to Apple & Cinnamon Poptarts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Growing up there were 3 ultimate breakfast scenarios; going out for breakfast, being allowed sugary cereal out of one of those tiny boxes, and Poptarts. You know, those little pastry things that were filled with delicious unhealthy stuff and covered in the most delicious frosting known to man-kind? Now you can make your very own vegan version that tastes like tiny little apple pies. Now that's an ultimate breakfast scenario. Ingredients Pastry 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups vegan margarine 1/3 cup chilled water Filling 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 4 green apples, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup almond milk Frosting 1 cup icing sugar 1/2 tablespoon cornflour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 tablespoons...

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The BEST Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle

Method: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Sometimes (AKA all the time) you've gotta give your body what it asks for and this weekend my body was begging me for pasta. Not just any kind of pasta, oh no, creamy mushroom tagliatelle; packed with flavour thanks to the roasted garlic and porcini powder, plus with the cashews and soy milk you've got maximum creamth (there I go with that word again). I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probs the best pasta sauce I've ever had. Note: Use GF pasta and you've got yourself one helluva gluten free pasta dish, my friends! Ingredients Creamy Sauce 2 cups raw cashews 3 cups button mushrooms, thinly sliced 5 large garlic cloves Spray olive oil 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon garlic...

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Jam Filled Donuts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 If you ask me what my fave sweet treats are you're going to hear two things: ice cream and donuts. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but put either one of those in front of me and I'll polish it off quick smart. Making badass doughies is one of my fave things to do, espesh because vegan donuts are bloody hard to come by in Newcastle, and I decided to stuff 'em full of sweet sweet raspberry jam. Ingredients 6 tablespoons warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast 1/2 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted 2 cups plain flour (plus extra for dusting) 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons caster sugar Oil for frying 1 jar raspberry jam for filling Method Chuck...

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Loaded Chickpea Pita Pockets

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I really dig a pita pocket every once in a while but I effing hate making felafel and the store-bought ones ain't usually my jive. I decided to solve this problemo by filling the pockets with something else; chickpeas! Pan-fried and spiced to perfection with salad, homemade quick pickles* (quickles?!) and hummus make these guys a healthy, satisfying and bloody easy meal to whip up in no time. These guys make the perfect addition to a BBQ and how convenient that I've chucked them out into the bloggersphere just before the 4th of July?! * If you have time to pickle the cabbage properly please do, or feel free to use store-bought! Ingredients Quick Pickles 1/4 red cabbage, shredded 1 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup...

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Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 21 pieces Fudge is one thing that I had never really bothered with because replicating the condensed milk thing was so damned hard and the vegan ones on the market were so freaking difficult to get a hold of. Now that condensed coconut milk is pretty easy to pick up at your local supermarket (I get mine from Woolworths), both of those problems are solved and I can now make shitloads of fudge on the regular. This time around I went for a less intense but no less delicious combo of white chocolate and raspberry because the fruit cancels out the chocolate #fact. Ingredients 1 320ml can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 250g...

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