Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Donuts

Chocolate Macaroon Donuts // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

When I think of donuts I always end up thinking about my grandpa. The only time I really ever ate donuts growing up, or enjoyed them enough to remember them, was on our annual family beach vacations. My Grandpa, no matter how slow he moved at his older age, would get up early and walk to the nearest donut shop to provide a sugary breakfast for our family. I’d throw on a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, curl up on a chair on the patio, and watch the waves crash in as I dug into a chocolate-frosted and liberally sprinkled cake donut.

Even now, decades later, my happy place would be on that patio, eating a donut with my grandpa and watching the waves come in. These days I’d also want a large cup of coffee on the side, but otherwise that situation would be perfect, Mickey Mouse sweatshirt and all.
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Thin and Crispy Salted Almond Butter Oat Cookies

Thin and Crispy Almond Butter Oat Cookies // veggieandthebeastfeast.com #vegan #glutenfree

I’ve always been a thick-cookie person. Make ‘em fat and chewy and a little underbaked and we are rolling in the cookie happiness.

Then I discovered the joy that is thin and crispy cookies. Somehow my sister and I got on the subject this weekend, and she reminded me about these perfectly thin and crispy cookies from Trader Joe’s. They’re light, buttery, crispy, and just so darn pop-able. Should a cookie be pop-able? I think so.

To be clear, we’re talking intentionally thin cookies. None of those flat and burnt cookies that were meant to be fat. Those have no place here.
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Sweet Potato, Pinto and Black Bean Enchiladas with White Cheddar Sauce

High Protein Sweet Potato, Pinto and Black Bean Enchiladas with White Cheddar Sauce // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

When Ryan and I meet new people, and they learn that I blog about food, they generally say to Ryan something along the lines of, “Lucky you! You must eat so much good food!”

Except he forgets to eat. Like, it’ll be 8:00 at night, I’ll ask what he ate during the day, and he’ll look super pensive for what feels like a LONG time, and then realize he ate NOTHING.

I would not be functional. Actually, I would never be in that situation.
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Sweet and Smoky Baked Tofu Tacos with Coconut Citrus Slaw

Sweet and Smoky Baked Tofu Tacos with Coconut Citrus Slaw // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I’m in a definite tofu phase right now, which is funny because for a long time I wouldn’t touch the stuff. At my college cafeteria, which was great in a lot of ways, there was a salad bar line where they had raw tofu cubes. I tried several times to like that tofu, but the spongey, soft texture and complete lack of any taste whatsoever just didn’t do it for me.

Those experiences in that salad bar line make me totally get how people are put off by tofu. I completely agree that when it’s not prepared right it’s, well, super gross. Ryan makes a face every time I take a block out of the package. I can’t blame him…it’s just so wiggly and white.
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Double Chocolate Black Bean Muffins

Double Chocolate Black Bean Muffins // veggieandthebeastfeast.com
It’s become a running joke when I bring desserts over to my parent’s house:

“Katie, now there aren’t any BEANS in these, are there?”

Usually the answer is “No!” laugh laugh “…of course not! Just regular cookies/brownies/cake,” because ever since I brought those fateful red lentil peanut butter cups, which I’ve mentioned a lot lately because they were NOT GOOD, everyone seems to trust me a tad less over there. Because of that, I’ve taken care to not bring my bean-infused baked goods to that house, even if I’m abso-freaking-lutely certain they’re worthy. More for me and less for the haters, you know?
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