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Blogger Spotlight: Travis Piper, an Ultra-Marathon Runner Who Makes Incredible Vegan Food!

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Travis Piper makes fresh, original, delicious vegan food that can be made while balancing the demands of a busy lifestyle. He’s a full-time teacher, father, and ultra-runner obsessed with vegan food, recipe development, and photography. His blog “Vegan Magic Time” is dedicated to sharing food-related experiences while living as an expatriate in Nicaragua.

He has been vegan for over 5 years. It started with his long-term dissatisfaction with industrial agricultural and the western diet. He realized food was making people sick. Safran Foer’s book ‘Eating Animals’ was another powerful impetus for his decision to go vegan. 

Travis works really hard to produce the most original, delicious vegan food that we absolutely love! His favorite staples are his homemade tempeh, sourdough, and seitan every week, so he always has a solid stock of flour, soybeans, and vital wheat gluten in his pantry. Of course, he also has tons of fresh produce! 

Travis has been a star recipe contributor with us for many years and we are always looking forward to seeing what he will share next. Here are 10 of our favorite recipes made by Travis Piper, all of which can be found on the Food Monster App!

1. Homemade ‘Cheese’ Ravioli With Roasted Vegetable Marinara
Vegan Homemade ‘Cheese’ Ravioli With Roasted Vegetable Marinara

This Homemade ‘Cheese’ Ravioli With Roasted Vegetable Marinara recipe will be a success with children and adults alike. Hearty homemade pasta is stuffed with vegan mozzarella and then topped with a rustic, roasted vegetable marinara that’s easy to customize to your own tastes. While making the ravioli is a bit time-consuming, this recipe makes it very well worth your while.

2. Wild Rice and Tofu Dumplings With Spicy Glass Noodle Salad
Vegan Wild Rice and Tofu Dumplings With Spicy Glass Noodle Salad

Making your own veggie and tofu dumplings from scratch is much easier than you think! These Wild Rice and Tofu Dumplings With Spicy Glass Noodle Salad can be whipped up with minimal ingredients thanks to the simple and flexible recipe. The vegetables used in the filling can be swapped out for whatever you like and the spice level of the sauce is customizable!

3. BBQ Seitan
Vegan BBQ Seitan

This BBQ Seitan recipe has delicious barbecue sauce recipe to slather your seitan in and throw on the grill. Enjoy this simple, tangy barbecue sauce that will take your seitan to the next level!

4. Tempeh Tikka Masala
Vegan Tempeh Tikka Masala

This Tempeh Tikka Masala dish is creamy, tomato goodness! The meatiness of the tempeh adds great texture and the coconut gives it a delicious creamy base. Serve this up over rice or your choice of carb.

5. Roasted Tofu Parmesan Sandwiches
Vegan Roasted Tofu Parmesan Sandwiches

A classic Italian sandwich made vegan with these delicious and soft, homemade rolls and super filling marinara sauce; Roasted Tofu Parmesan Sandwiches! The chicken or eggplant in this parmesan is replaced with a thick slice of breaded tofu topped with vegan cheese and sauce.

6. Black-Eyed Pea and Leek Sausages
Vegan Black-Eyed Pea and Leek Sausages

Infused with an abundance of spices and aromatic leeks, these Black-Eyed Pea and Leek Sausages are best served with a plate of vegetables and a side of sauerkraut or with pasta. They’re a cinch to make, too! Wheat protein flour gives them a delightfully meaty texture that’s reminiscent of classic sausages.

7. Roasted Tofu and Grilled Seitan Dumplings
Vegan Roasted Tofu and Grilled Seitan Dumplings

Roasted Tofu and Grilled Seitan Dumplings?! A little out there, we know. Mixing the two kings of the vegan protein world into tight little packages of perfection is one of the best culinary discoveries. Add in some sautéed, minced bell peppers, white onion, tons of garlic, and scallions and you’ve got something truly transcendent. Make as many as your heart desires because you will never regret having made too many dumplings.

8. Coconut Flan With Caramel Sauce
Vegan Coconut Flan With Caramel Sauce

This Creamy, Dreamy Coconut Flan With Caramel Sauce, served with a drizzle of sweet caramel sauce, is the perfect dessert for the holidays! Traditional flan is made from eggs and gelatin but in this recipe, it is made from coconut milk, tofu, and agar agar powder. Making the flan might seem like a science, but it’s a simple process that can be mastered by anyone.

9. Crimini Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Deep Dish Quiche
Crimini Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Deep Dish Quiche

If you’ve got fresh mushrooms, you’re ready to rock with this Crimini Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Deep Dish Quiche. Don’t go about messing with inferior table mushrooms. Get crimini, oysters, baby bella, or something with a bit of flavor and extra B vitamins. Then buckle up. Here’s the deal.

10. Mango Black Bean Tacos With Fresh Pico de Gallo and Guacamole
Vegan Mango Black Bean Tacos With Fresh Pico de Gallo and Guacamole

Want an amazing and delightful lunch? Have some refreshing Mango Black Bean Tacos With Fresh Pico de Gallo and Guacamole! Simple grilled tortillas, custom-made smokey black beans, pico de gallo with the freshest blood red tomatoes ever, mango puree, and fresh guacamole. Add lime juice and minced onion for a fresh and bright zing. We always eschew chemical coloring and added processed crap, but these? These were something more.

For more amazing recipes by Travis, check out his author page, or his blog “Vegan Magic Time!” All of his recipes (as well as thousands of recipes) can be found on our app, Food MonsterWith over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead Image Source: Roasted Tofu and Grilled Seitan Dumplings

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