hot for food is hands down one of my favourite vegan sites! Lauren is impossibly cool, making anyone more inclined to want in on the vegan lifestyle. The first time I stumbled across one of her recipes (it was their Ridiculously Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Cups), I knew we were gonna get along just fine.
What I love about their food is that it’s accessible to everyone. It’s not all about kale and quinoa…think Cinnamon rolls, breakfast tacos, and pierogies. Comfort food with a vegan twist. Personally, I didn’t become vegan in order to eat “healthy” food all the time. Of course I try and eat a balanced diet, but I want the food to taste good and I want to enjoy cooking it. I also want recipes that my non-vegan family and friends can enjoy too. So stop what you’re doing, visit their site and sign up for the hot for food YouTube channel. You’re welcome!
I was lucky enough to connect with Lauren Toyota for a few minutes and have her answer a few burning questions for me. Read on:
- What’s the last thing you ate?
Mary’s Crackers with hummus
- Which vegan chef do you most admire and why?
Probably Chloe Coscarelli because of the empire she has built. She now has 2 restaurants, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. Baller!
- What’s the one dish you’ve created that’s scored you the most high fives?
Nacho cheese sauce and cauliflower buffalo wings
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What’s the one ingredient can’t you live without?
- Do vegans have more fun?
- What kitchen item do you most often buy for wedding gifts?
I have never bought a kitchen item as a wedding gift! Haha I usually give money because it’s so easy.
- Where’s the last place you went to on a date? (and what did you order?)
Tori’s Bake Shop. But 3 nights out of the week they do a late night dinner menu and it’s the best. We had a cheese platter, gnocchi, and some kind of salad with apple and spring peas.
- Did becoming vegan bring out any unexpected character traits in you? i.e. are you funnier now than ever before?
I think the most impactful part of becoming vegan is just how it’s affected my well being physically, emotionally, and mentally in so many positive ways. It sort of connected a lot of dots for me.
- What’s the one thing you wish more people knew about vegan food?
That it isn’t always raw, gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, taste-free or fun-free and that there is more than one way to be vegan and eat vegan.