Vegan Pumpkin Sugar & Spice Donuts

This weekend was a friends 40th birthday, and when we were asked to bring a vegan dessert, I knew that I couldn’t wait to make Alicia Silverstone’s Chocolate Peanut Butter cups– until I got word that the cake was going to be chocolate too. I was back to square one, and stressed at the prospect of finding an easily transitable recipe that feeds 40! Luckily, while perusing the web, I stumbled upon this recipe for vegan pumpkin donuts, I knew it’d be the perfect introduction to fall.

These donuts were a breeze to make, and we were left with a spongy and moist donut, with just enough pumpkin and spices to hint at fall. The only thing I might change from this recipe was the process of dipping the donuts into earth balance prior to shaking them with cinnamon and sugar. My donuts ended up COATED in cinnamon and sugar, and while I just thought that was delicious, some of us that aren’t complete sugar fiends (ahem, Jason), weren’t as crazy about it. Ah, well, all the more for me!

September Vegan Challenge- First Weekend

This past week, I began my September vegan challenge. I know I briefly wrote about it here, but there were a few things I had forgotten to mention. The truth is, that my vegan month, probably won’t be fully vegan. I know it’s sad and a bit contradictory, but there are a few things I am keeping in my diet for convenience sake.

The first is eggs. Now, I love eggs, and I always have, but the reason I’m keeping them in this month is more about food waste than anything. As part of my CSA share I get 1/2 dozen eggs every week, and unfortunately, Jason just does not eat them. I have already looked into giving some away, but considering I know the farmer I get my eggs from and have already paid for them, I feel strongly about not letting them go to waste. Although, I will be drastically cutting down my consumption.

The second exception is butter. Now, I’m not cooking with butter at home, so this is more of a rule for when I go out to eat. Last time I did a vegan challenge, Jason and I found it super frustrating to go out and eat, and considering this is one of our favorite things to do together, it caused much more harm than good. While I still aim to eat as vegan as possible when I’m out, I feel like butter is one of those battles I just can’t win, but I’m really going to try to moderate it and order food that will naturally be butter free!

I started eating vegan slowly last week (I was at about 75%) with my first day of actually trying to eat vegan being Friday. I spent the past couple of weeks finding recipes, and stocking up on ingredients. And although the first half of my weekend was so, so busy, I managed to spend a ton of time in the kitchen during the second half of my weekend prepping food for the week.

The first thing I made was the Radicchio Pizza from Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet. It was super simple, and so, so delicious. I added some sauteed garlic and shallots to the pizza in addition to the radicchio and it was so insane I could not get enough of it.

Jason is going to hate me for posting this picture, but I can’t help it! It was great to see him enjoying the vegan fruits of my labor as well!

I also made the oyster mushroom, leek, and pea risotto, ginger baked tofu, a big batch of lentils, and even a quick vegan mac n’ cheese for lunch one day. I gotta say, I’m really starting to enjoy it!

Entertainment Playlists

Once upon a time, I used to be cool. At least I thought I was. I thought I was cool because I was always discovering new bands, always watching movies I found inspiring and interesting, and having book after book to read. I told Jason recently that I felt like I lost a little bit of me in the past couple of years. Call it growing up, call it getting busy with real life, whatever it was, it was starting to get me down.

So in the past few weeks, I’ve started to change all of that. I’ve taken a bit of a break from my Dawson’s Creek Netflix fest and I’ve given my workout playlist a rest, and have started to reconnect with what made me so happy a few short years ago. Here are my current entertainment playlists:

Music: Beirut, The Spring Standards, At Sea, Moonface, Little Dragon

Movies: God Bless America, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, Kumare, Moonrise Kingdom

Books: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

What is on your “entertainment playlists” right now?