Vegan Speculaas Cookies (Dutch Spiced Cookies)

biscoff cookies

When I was planning my recipes to share with you over the holiday period, I wanted to share recipes that many of you love. Ones that aren’t typically vegan like eggnog and meatloaf. When I started thinking of what kind of cookie I love, I couldn’t go past the Speculaas cookies (aka Dutch spiced cookies or Speculoos). Crunchy, fragrant biscuits that are perfect to dunk in your tea, coffee or even hot chocolate

I’ve had these in Slovenia when I was growing up and I loved them. I’ve also been enjoying the storebought variety here in Australia that happen to be vegan as well, particularly in the past year.

I notice that within minutes I can inhale a large amount of these cookies. It’s like I blackout and next thing I’ve eaten ten of them! [continue reading…]

The Ongoing Fight For Simplicity – Episode 040

The ongoing fight for simplicity

Just when you feel like you’ve simplified, complexity has an uncanny way of creeping back into your life.

Even though some situations call for things to be complex. More often than not, complexity manifests as overwhelm, clutter, burn out and a lack of results.

Simplicity is beautiful but elusive. You need to continually fight for it as the world is designed to make your life complicated.

In this conversation, we discuss our ongoing battle for simplicity. We know how good it feels to live simply, which is even more motivating to get back to that feeling. But why is it so hard?

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A Letter To Vegetarians From a Vegan

A letter to vegetarians from a vegan

Dear vegetarians,

The difference between vegetarian and vegan may seem insignificant to you. Is there much of a difference?

Vegetarian, vegan—it doesn’t matter. We’re all doing our part to reduce the exploitation of animals.

I hear you—and I have a lot of respect for you.

There was a time where I thought vegetarianism was extreme. [continue reading…]

Vegan Lentil Loaf With a Maple-Balsamic Glaze

Vegan Lentil Loaf

I’m really excited to share this recipe for a vegan lentil loaf (aka vegan meatloaf) with you. It’s a hearty, comforting recipe that’s full of nourishing ingredients. 

I did quite a bit of research and testing on this to make sure I brought something different to the table since there are so many lentil loaf recipes out there. It’s the perfect main dish to serve at your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or on any occasion really! [continue reading…]

Updates on Slovenia, Health & Productivity – Episode 039

We’ve been working full-time in The Minimalist Vegan for seven months now, and we thought we’d give you an update on our progress so far. It’s only been such a short amount of time but feels like so much longer. 

In this conversation, we talk about if Michael is still eating one meal a day, an update on our plans to move overseas, our overall health, how we stay productive, and how we’re feeling about the podcast.

Sometimes it’s helpful to pause and check-in with yourself to see if you’re living with intentionality or reacting to your environment.

We hope you enjoy this raw discussion and just know that we’re still figuring these things out.

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How To Declutter Your Sentimental Items Without Feeling Guilty

At the beginning of my minimalism journey, I found it relatively easy to let go of things that weren’t essential to me. However, like most people, my momentum slowed down when I was presented with the challenge of decluttering sentimental items.

These items included things like:

  • My Disney branded pillow
  • Certificates, ribbons and trophies from high school
  • Old watches I bought when I was travelling overseas
  • Letters and cards from friends and family
  • Drawings from when I was a child

For you, it might be old records, books, silverware, clothing, or just about any possession you can think of. That’s because there are so many emotional considerations when it comes to the things we own. [continue reading…]

Homemade Vegan Eggnog

Homemade Vegan Eggnog

I’m continuing the holiday spirit this week with this delicious, smooth and simple homemade vegan eggnog recipe. I’ve had eggnog only twice in my life and they were both vegan versions.

I can’t compare to what the ‘real deal’ would have tasted like, but after reading dozens of traditional recipes, I can imagine how it would be. 

I can see how you can either love or hate eggnog. It’s one of those recipes that can eek people out because of the use of raw eggs. And oh, there are so many eggs in eggnog.

Yes, I can see you all saying “but Maša, it’s called EGGnog!!” but I’d like to propose that you can have your eggnog without the egg and the cruelty that comes along with it! [continue reading…]

Shopping Second-Hand vs Buying New: What’s Better?

Shopping Second-Hand vs Buying New- What’s Better?

Admittedly, I haven’t been one to appreciate the art of shopping second-hand, or wait, is it called thrifting now?

The thought of buying something used was always a little off-putting to me.

Since becoming a minimalist, this didn’t change much, as I associated people who shop second hand, with people who have a lot of things.

It’s the constant “looking” for bargains, that separates frugal living and minimalist living.

Beyond that, I just like new things. I like knowing that I’m the first person to use a product fresh out of the packaging. It makes me feel like I’m in control of my purchase.

But the mentality of wanting new things hasn’t served me or the environment well over the years. My desire for new, led me to debt and supporting industries that generate waste and unethical practices. [continue reading…]

Vegan Bruschetta Toppings Done Four Ways

Vegan Bruschetta Toppings Done Four Ways

If you’re looking for wonderful homemade vegan bruschetta topping ideas (which in this case have been done four different ways), then you’ve come to the right place!

I could have just made the classic tomato and basil bruschetta recipe, but I wanted to share more with you. So that if you want to mix things up or have multiple options, you can do so. 

The recipes that I’ll be sharing in this post are a classic tomato and basil bruschetta, a mushroom and thyme bruschetta, an olive and oregano bruschetta, and lastly smashed peas and mint bruschetta.

How does that lineup sound? 

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How To Enjoy The Holiday Season as a Vegan – Episode 038

How To Enjoy The Holiday Season As A Vegan

The final quarter of the calendar year represents holiday season or festive season in many cultures around the world.

Consumerism is at it’s highest as this is the money-making quarter for many businesses selling consumer goods.

Not only that, but this is also the quarter where most animals are exploited and slaughtered for human consumption. 

In such a confronting time of the year, what can you do to have a good time as a vegan? And if you’re not a vegan, how do you ensure you continue to have a good time with friends – family and colleagues, who are vegan?

In this episode, we discuss how this time of the year has changed since we became vegan, and some tips for both vegans and non-vegans alike to ensure everyone continues to have a great time.

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