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The Path of a Midwestern to an “Extreme” Vegan Diet

The Path of a Midwestern to an “Extreme” Vegan Diet

Growing up in the Midwest, I remember thinking as a teenager that vegans were extreme hippie-like people mostly out in California, and they preferred being barefoot and actually liked granola. I actually new very little about what a vegan lifestyle meant. Now, I know that these were very silly stereotypes. Even if they were true […]

Ginger-Spiced Vegan Pad Thai

Ginger-Spiced Vegan Pad Thai

Do you love Thai food as much as I do? With all the oil, salt and sugar they put in their dishes, who wouldn’t like it? I haven’t been to Thailand yet, but I bet this is exaggerated in American Thai food. Well, it turns out there is a group that does not like going out […]

The Potato Waffle

The Potato Waffle

The potato waffle couldn’t be more amazing – it has great flavor and texture, it’s a fun shape, easy to make, and a worthy bread replacement. I’ve really been enjoying the potato waffle made into a sandwich! Because I’m gluten-free and choose to avoid the gluten-free breads that usually contain oil and salt, I haven’t made […]

A Plant-based Diet Vs. A Vegan Diet

A Plant-based Diet Vs. A Vegan Diet

What is a Plant-Based Diet? Is it the same as vegan or vegetarian diet? What’s the difference? Does this sound familiar? Don’t worry, many others are asking the same questions. There’s a lot of confusion about the difference between plant-based and vegan. There’s a couple key distinctions. Let’s start with the food… A plant-based diet […]

Basil Avocado Pesto

Basil Avocado Pesto

This oil-free pesto has classic pesto flavor, but with a creamy twist. Traditional pesto is made with basil, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Leave out the oil and the cheese; add an avocado and you’ve got a whole food, plant-based pesto! This dip goes great with raw or steamed veggies or oil-free baked french […]

Vegan Sweet Potato Tostada

Vegan Sweet Potato Tostada

This recipe is one of my favorites, mainly because of how delicious it is and how quickly it comes together. For the first couple years I was eating plant-based, I was eating a version of these sweet potato tacos 4-6 times per week. Variations are so easy to incorporate that you’ll never get bored. You […]

Homemade Graham Crackers With No Sugar Added

Homemade Graham Crackers With No Sugar Added

Last month I started working on a whole food, plant-based cheesecake. It’s lemon-flavored, filled with cashews, and the base is a graham cracker crust – making it a truly scrumptious treat. Well, one day I was developing the crust part of the recipe. I found myself snacking on the raw pecan-date dough, one bite after […]

Low-fat Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo

Low-fat Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo

When I was growing up, my family would often go out for Italian. My favorite dish was always Fettuccine Alfredo. I know now that this was my favorite dish because it was full of butter, cream and cheese. I also know that I no longer want to consume any dish with high-fat dairy products. So […]

Love Notes

  • “Thanks Katie Mae!! I love your recipes!! Thank you for providing plant based oil free recipes that are tasty.” :)


    Lisa

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  • “Hi there, I randomly found you online today and decided to try your banana blueberry bars. Not only were they easy, but they were awesome! To top it off my partner loved them! And he’s super critical of anything that’s not “normal”. So, thank you and looking forward to exploring your other recipes since they look just as incredible.”


    Jeff

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  • “Thanks so much for the plant-based cookbook. Everything looks scrumdiddilyumptious delicious!”


    Becky

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  • “I’m so glad to have you in my life, thanks Katie. You’re great…very talented!”


    Marian

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  • “Katie, I just found your website and I’m loving it! Thanks for the tip on the poultry seasoning. I’m definitely making your version of Shepherd’s Pie this weekend! Yum!”


    Nancy

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  • “Thank you so much. I love,love, love your website. I’m new to this and find your tips and wonderful recipes easy and delicious.”


    Jo-Ann

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  • “Hi Katie, I met you at True North during your amazing cooking demo. I cook the recipes all the time at home for my family. The recipes are simple, but delicious, and most importantly you don’t have to worry about portion size, because they’re so healthy, and yet you don’t even notice! Thanks!


    Gemma

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  • “I love Miss Katie Mae! Her recipes are satisfying to the most discerning of palates, yet so simple and easy to create in your own kitchen. In our “super-sized” world of french fries, butter, and extra cheese, Katie’s recipes are a breath of fresh air. She is truly a shining star!”


    Ashley

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  • “Hello Katie – you are the best, thanks so much! I am on a restricted diet still, after my nice long fast this past summer, and luckily every ingredient in this recipe works for me. I really appreciate it. Now I can’t wait to bake.”


    Marci

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  • “Katie is a wonderful teacher – her classes are informative, interesting and the food tastes good! I’ve been stretching to make fat free appetizing, and yet I went back for thirds or fourths on the African Yam Stew and the Banana Blueberry Bars – yum!!”


    Rani

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