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Vegan Lemon Cheesecake
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When Life Gives You Lemons – Make Vegan Lemon Cheesecake

Is it a vegan lemon pie….or is it a vegan lemon cheesecake?!

I guess really, it could be either, but since don’t care for meringue topping and would rather use a vegan whip cream – I call it Cheesecake! Now, if you would rather top with a Vegan meringue run over to A Little Insanity and check out their recipe.

So, it’s time to hit the backyard and start bring in those lemons …or off of the trees hanging over your fence line…or that your co-workers bring in to share -> let’s make something good! This recipe is very easy and can be made into one large Cheesecake or into mini muffin size Cheesecakes too if you’d like.

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Vegan Breakfast – Eggless Chickpea Omelette

One of the things I look most forward to on weekend mornings is breakfast! Especially Vegan “Eggless” Chickpea Omelettes!  There is nothing like starting out the weekend with a healthy and delicious breakfast.

Who’s ready for the weekend AND breakfast??!

Discovering Chickpea Flour (or Garbanzo bean Flour) has been the best thing that has ever happened to me in the kitchen!  You can make scrambled “eggs” using Chickpea Flour, but I have found that omelettes turn out way better and taste amazing!!

Every weekend the veggies I top my omelettes with changes. This is a great way to use up any vegetables in the refrigerator that are about to go bad.  I also like make up some extra omelettes to take to work for breakfast during the week.  Trust me, when your co-workers see you heat this up and you tell them it’s vegan, they NEVER believe you!  LOL! Most people are still convinced I eat nothing but salad 24/7.

What is Chickpea Flour you ask?

If you have never heard of Chickpea Flour -> many recipes call for some type of wheat-based flour, whether whole-wheat or all-purpose flour, but you can successfully replace wheat flour with chickpea flour (you can learn more about Chickpea Flour from my Sweet Potato Pizza Crust Post). It adds a nutty taste and a boost of protein, and it works well in any dish. From baked goods to soups and “egg” dishes (like an omelette!) you are packing in that protein. Chickpea flour also makes a great alternative if you’re following a wheat-free or gluten-free diet.  Chickpea flour is one of the most nutrient-packed gluten-free flours available. It’s made by grinding raw chickpeas, it’s full of healthy protein, fiber, vitamins, and more.   I seriously use Chickpea Flour in most all of my recipes as a replacement for regular flour.

Blog Vegan Main Meals

Vegan BBQ Chickpea Sweet Potato Pizza

I “Heart” Sweet Potatoes – I Admit it!!

My homemade Vegan BBQ Chickpea Sweet Potato Pizza is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy in every bite!  If you are looking for a protein packed pizza – this is it and it will NOT  disappoint. Normally I use my Sweet Potato Crust recipe with my Buffalo Chickpea topping (recipe coming soon), but had this crazy idea of making it more of a BBQ style pizza.  Seriously, I love sweet potatoes and spicy together, the mixture just goes hand in hand.

Vegan BBQ Chickpea Sweet Potato Pizza

A tip when making the crust – the warmer the potatoes when mixing the ingredients together, the better.  It helps make it super creamy and spreads really nice.  You can make your own vegan ranch or purchase, but you HAVE to top your pizza with it, you’ll be drooling before you take your first bite I promise!

Here is my simple recipe for Vegan Ranch (note: I just used dried herbs and it turns out perfect, but you can use fresh if you have on hand) ->

Vegan Ranch DressingVegan Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 1/2 cup Non-Dairy Milk (Original Unsweetened Almond Breeze is my go to)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp dried or fresh Chives
  • 1 tsp  dried or fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried Dill

Mix all ingredients together and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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St. Patrick’s at the Barre – Now available!

We had really hoped to have our online store up and running before launching our March Tank Tops, but we are still working on a few bugs.  HOWEVER I cannot wait so I am introducing TODAY three awesome tops just in time for March and St. Patrick’s day for you barre babes!  Don’t let these limited addition tank tops pass you by, order today!  Please feel free to email me with any questions before ordering.

St. Patrick’s at the Barre

All three of these designs are made to order.  If you are interested in purchasing, please email me at [email protected] with – The item number and size.  I will then email you an invoice through PayPal.  Once paid your order will be produced and shipped in 4-6 business days from Arizona.  All US orders will be shipping USPS for $6.

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Homemade Vegan Black Bean & Roasted Pepper Tamales

What a great rainy weekend here in Arizona. It was the perfect excuse for making Vegan Black Bean & Roasted Pepper Tamales.  I normally only make tamales once or twice a year. They really don’t take that much work, it’s just all of the steaming that takes time.  Note to self: buy a larger pot for steaming tamales!!

Vegan Black Bean & Roasted Pepper Tamales

Roasting Peppers

You don’t have to roast the peppers, you can cook the diced peppers with the onion, but I love the taste and smell of roasted peppers.  This year I was excited to actually use peppers from MY garden.  If you don’t care for spicy food add as little of the peppers as you’d like.  I love spicy food, so the more the better!

When roasting you want the peppers to blacken and blister, trust me you’ll feel like you’re burning them, but it’s all part of the process. The key is after they roast and you put in a bowl, cover with tin foil, WAIT for that 30 minutes!  It makes it much easier to pull the blacken skin off.

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Look at you, you have a baby…in a barre.

Love the movie Sweet Home Alabama, I mean who doesn’t love that move?!?  Every time I think of Pure Barre and see someone bring a baby in I THINK OF THAT LINE! LOL!

One part of my life that I am very passionate about is Pure Barre (please not that I do not work for Pure Barre, just an obsessed fan!).  My normal exercise routine has always been walking, nothing exciting but it got the job done.  Living in Arizona walking is great most of the year, but come June through September, it’s the last thing anyone wants to do.

I am always researching new workouts and gyms in my area, but always too chicken to go try them out my myself.  I was in the mood for something new and something I could actually do.  I am the most NON-ATHLETIC person EVER.  I have NO aerobic skills. Can’t climb a rope.  Can’t catch a ball.  Seriously, I am lucky that I can walk and chew gum at the same time lol!

In May before Mother’s Day last year one of my Facebook friends posted about Pure Barre and a special they were running that day.  $5 for a class, that’s doable I thought.  Since it was for Mother’s Day I talked my 19 year-old daughter into going with me!

Blog Vegan Desserts

Vegan Whirligig Cookies

Before I get into the YUMMY of today’s blog post I really want to take a second to thank everyone for stopping by my new blog and all of the wonderful comments!  It’s exciting and fulfilling to be back to blogging and the support has been amazing!!  So, thank you!  Okay….back to the YUMMY —>

I really had no problem giving up meat when I decided to start eating a plant based diet four years ago.  What I did have a problem with was my love of desserts.  I remember my dad always saying, “It’s the German in us!” We had to have our desserts.

I have this old binder of family recipes and things I collected WAY before the internet and Pinterest, anyone remember those days?  One of my favorite recipes was the Whirligig Cookies my dad would make.  I remember as a kid waiting for them to come out of the oven,  hot and that gooey chocolate as you bite into them, pure  heaven!

Blog Vegan Desserts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

My husband always likes to refer today as “Steak and sex night!” LOL men!  Since we have been eating a vegan diet for 4 years now, maybe it should be “Tofu and sex night??” LOL!  However, he works today (fire fighter), so I’m calling it “Tofu, wine, Netflix in bed with the pups night!”   Works for me! Side Note – yesterday in the grocery store they had EASTER stuff up! What’s up with that?!?

I do enjoy doing something special for my kids on Valentine’s Day, be it buying them a box of chocolate or a cute stuffed animal.  This year though my daughter asked for Red Velvet Cupcakes, yeah I can do that!  AND I’ll do it vegan style!

Anytime I cook something for my kids I swear I put extreme pressure on myself.  I want them to have no idea it’s vegan, that it looks non-vegan and taste like it’s non-vegan.  I want it to be perfect!  This recipe nails it!  Moist cupcake, amazing cream “cheese” frosting, it’s to die for I promise AND pretty darn easy to make!

Blog Vegan Salad Recipes

kale thai salad XO

I adore Valentine’s day, it’s the girly-girly in me that loves it so much.  All the red and pink colors, smell of roses and vegan chocolates…oh yes please!! Normally we don’t venture out with everyone else on Valentine’s day, we prefer to hide out at home with some fresh cooked food and a good bottle of red wine.  However, this year my husband and I made the mistake of not staying with tradition and hit the town Saturday night.  Uber was our friend, all the wine we drank while out was NOT our friend.  Lets just say the only thing I remember about the Uber ride home was praying that I wouldn’t get sick in this dudes car.  Ugh.  Not our best outing!  LOL!  From now on we stick to tradition!

Some how I pulled myself out of bed Sunday morning.  Heck I’m the mom who else is going to cook and prep lunch for the week and do laundry?  Oh the the joy of being an adult.  Time to pull on my big girl pants and get to cooking!

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welcome to kate & kale

Welcome to kate & kale, I’m Katherine (aka Kate) and you might be asking, “who’s Kale?”  Hummm…well no one really, I just really love kale!

I live the life as most of us do – work full-time, have a family, too many dogs (really is there such a thing?), have laundry to do, need to hang up that laundry, grocery shopping, take a dog to the groomer, pick up that dog from the groomer, race off to barre for 55 minutes of getting my butt kicked and still try to make time for ME.  Sound familiar?

I live to be creative!  Love to cook.  Yet, lack the hours to accomplish everything I would love to do.  In my past life, as i like to refer to it, I worked for a great local scrapbook company.  I created fun product, wrote a couple “how to” books, traveled teaching scrapbook classes and even had the opportunity to be on DIY and QVC!  Today I work with corporate companies and merchandise their online stores, which still gives be a little creative outlet but I need MORE! I look forward to sharing this with you with my online store – opening soon!

Why come back to blogging with kate & kale?  The itch to share my recipes, complain about finding that balance in my life, and i encourage any tips that you may share with me on how to do that?!!  In the last couple of years that i have been eating a vegan diet and sharing photos online of my food i have had so many asking for me to share those recipes and how to go about converting their recipes to meatless and dairy free.

Please don’t mind the mess as I work daily on updating my blog and getting my online store up and running!  I am so excited to get started and share my passion with you!!  Again, welcome and lets get started!