Simple Gouda and Sage Biscuits

Simple Gouda and Sage Biscuits // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

When you’re a vegetarian at Thanksgiving, it’s really all about the sides and the bread. Sometimes they are one in the same, like with my mom’s ridiculously buttery and carbalicious stuffing. My plate usually fills up with that stuffing, green bean and artichoke casserole, and a big buttered roll. Carbs beside buttery cheesy vegetables beside carbs.

This year I’m going to hopefully add a little healthy goodness with a lentil loaf, which I’m already being made fun of incessantly for because “lentil loaf” sounds about as appealing as “nutritional yeast,” but I’m giving it a try anyway.
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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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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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Double-Glazed Vegan Pumpkin Scones

Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // veggieandthebeastfeast.com #vegan
Happy Halloween! BoOoOoOo.

I used to love Halloween. My friend Anna and I would start talking mid-summer about what our costumes would be. My favorite costume was a garden gnome, for which I wore green tights, an oversized blue shirt (that I rubbed with bronzer so it would look dirty), a doctored santa hat (took out the white sections), and a beard. A couple years ago I went as an emoticon; I wore all black and stuck tape to myself into a :P face. The whole “sexy” halloween costume was never really my thing.
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