Absolutely not! Our recipes are for anyone looking to include more plants in their life. We believe everyone has the right to make their own dietary choices, we just want to help shed some light on how nutritious, delicious, and affordable plant-based eating and veganism is.
Start slow and be kind to yourself. We have actually made a detailed guide that should answer this question, along with many others.
We personally use a Vitamix blender. While it is an expensive investment initially, we believe a blender like this pays for itself in the long-run. We use it for the majority of our recipes and honestly couldn't get the same results without it.
As for the food processor, we recommend the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro. Again, it is an initial investment, but one that is well worth it.
We have always been mindful of our finances. Food is an especially big portion of our monthly budget because we eat every day! When we started tracking our monthly spending, we saw how expensive some ingredients. We began paying more attention to which stores carry certain items for the cheapest price. Why pay more for the same brand? We thought it was important to spread this advice so more people can save money too.
We use the same method of calculating recipe costs used by commercial foodservice operations - adding the costs of each ingredient used, in the amount used, rather than adding the full price of items purchased.
Some argue that you can’t just buy 1 tbsp of peanut butter, so the recipe should actually cost more. Our answer to that is you wouldn't buy an entire jar of peanut butter every time you make a recipe, nor would we consider an ingredient free if we already had it in our pantry. Both methods have their pros and cons, but the method we use is the most accurate indicator of what you'll actually spend in a month.
While we are Canadian, we love to travel and don't actually live in Canada. We wanted to use a currency that was as widely accepted as possible, which is what made us choose the United States Dollar. It's the currency most other currencies are compared to, which makes it easier for others to convert to. In addition, the large majority of our traffic comes from the states, so we want to make price breakdowns as easy as possible.
We get asked this question all the time, and what it really comes down to is where you purchase it. We buy ours at either Mediterranean markets or in the international food aisles of grocery stores. We stock up when it goes on sale, and can sometimes get 32oz (907g) tubs for $3.60 USD. The brands we love are ARZ Fine Foods, Tamam, or Alkanatar.
Yes, our recipes are all 100% vegan.
No, not all of our recipes are gluten-free. We label the ones that are though.