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What The F**k Do Vegans Eat?

Some people think vegans have a limited diet. But in reality, you can veganize just about anything you want to eat. It takes time to make things at home, but it’s so worth it! Then you can use fresh and organic ingredients. Plus, there are some great frozen vegan options that I recommend buying.

To me, the worst thing to hear is “Ewwww!” and “Gross!” from an omnivore when we discuss vegan food. That’s offensive! I care about my body and my health and I prepare damn good food. To insult someone’s cooking/food before even trying it shows how closed off they are to new ideas, to new tastes, to anything! It’s just FOOD! Like real food.

One thing I have discovered over the past few years is that tons of people are on a plant based path, some further along than others, and for several different reasons.

Most people switch to plant based for their health. That’s why I did it in the beginning. I wanted to be slimmer and have clear skin and better digestion. I’ve met some vegans through meetup.com and they also cut animal products in order to get healthier.Their success stories are wonderful to hear. We know that animal products clog us up. It is better to avoid them for good health, plus they are full of antibiotics and hormones.

Others are cutting back on meat and dairy to help the environment. My dad watched some documentaries on how factory farms produce more toxic emissions than all modes of travel combined. So now he wants to purchase less. I think that’s a great start! I also want to continue a plant based diet for the planet!

And also there is the factor of animals rights and lives. They obviously don’t want to die. They obviously have feelings and emotions. Many animals are very intelligent and social. And all animals deserve respect.

Anyhow! Here are some AWESOME meals that I have made recently. I haven’t blogged in a couple weeks but I have been taking photos! 🙂

Oh, mama! Let’s start with this burger and kabobs! HELLO! I make my own salsa — yum! And I added mustard cause I love mustard!

burger-kabobs

VeganEgg is a good product to keep on hand. I scrambled up some and cooked the veggies too. Served with Follow Your Heart better than mayo and of course mustard!

eggsanwich

When I am lazy, I cook frozen “hot pockets”. The Fresh and Natural store carries several vegan varieties. This here is “pepperoni pizza”. I do recommend them!

pepperonipocket

Stuffed bell peppers are a classic favorite! Easily veganized by using Boca Crumbles instead of beef.

bell-pepper

Mac & Cheese with hot dogs in it. Just like I ate as a kid but now plant based 🙂 And pickles wrapped with imitation deli slices covered in better than cream cheese! Fabulous! And my twice baked potatoes (I used the recipe from peta) – I make a bunch and store them in the fridge and reheat when hungry! Yay!

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Simple. Buy in the freezer section. Bake in the oven 🙂

gardein

This is my attempt at vegan chicken fettuccine. It turned out amaze-balls. It started by me finding this tub of Heido Ho smoky chia cheeze at Fresh and Natural in the refrigerated section. I bought it and figured I would cover noodles with it! Pretty good idea if I do say so myself. I of course added imitation chicken and some steamed veggies cause that’s how I roll 🙂 DELICIOUS!

fettuccine

I added broth to the cheeze to make it more creamy..

fettuccine-bowl

This is a pasta I threw together in a crock pot – Noodles, tomatoes, veggies and Boca. I love crock pot meals because I can let it slow cook and it’s ready to go by dinner time and there are usually leftovers to eat for lunch.

pasta

Tofurky roast and gravy. Both worth the purchase. They keep in the freezer for a long time so they’re great to have on hand. And I made corn bake. Good food!

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One of my favorite meals, lasagna. Full of spinach and veggies!!

lasagna

Spaghetti squash and imitation chicken! Yum Yum

squash-dinner

Eating vegan can be really simple. Like a sandwich. Which by the way was so good! I HIGHLY recommend Follow Your Heart better than mayo. All of their products are very good.

sandwich

TACOS!!!!! Who doesn’t love tacos? Use black and refried beans and imitation sour cream!

tacos

My supreme grilled sandwich. Broccoli, carrot shreds, pickles, lettuce, bell pepper, tomaoes ……

turkey-sandwich

And pumpkin pie. Mmmmmmmmm

pumpkinpie

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Save Planet Earth

Recently I went to the Science Museum of Minnesota and watched A Beautiful Planet on their huge omni theater screen. It was an amazing film. Earth, without question, is beyond amazing. It’s the only planet we know of that supports such a variety of life. The only planet that grows trees. The perfect home for animals, plants, humans, insects.

So what’s the problem? Does the Earth need saving? What can the average person do? Won’t scientists and the government save planet Earth? Or is it up to us?

The world is talking right now about Donald Trump being elected as the next President for the United States. Donald Trump has said that global warming is a hoax. This is really dangerous for the planet. We need people in the government that care about the planet and will work hard to protect our water, trees, and wildlife.

Unfortunately we cannot always reply on the government to help us and to have the best interest for the people and the planet. Several politicians are siding with large oil companies. They’re in it for the money! Of course they don’t want to discuss the possibility that burning fossil fuel is contributing to destroying the planet. They aren’t interested in loosing money or changing their way of life.

Unfortunately the cattle companies are cutting down massive amounts of forests to create land for grazing and growing crops for cattle to eat. Trees clean our air and provide oxygen to breathe. If oil companies are going to pollute the air, at least leave the trees to help clean the air! Also, the run off from factory farms is destroying our water. The methane released from all the cattle we raise is also contributing to air quality problems.

This is real. This is happening now.

There are several ways to help lessen your carbon footprint though. First of all, decide that you care enough to change. And then get started!

  1. Consume less meat. No human needs to consume meat 3 times a day, every day of the week. We are out of control and it is killing the planet. Reduce how much meat you buy. Then we can lessen how many cows we raise. And of course the best option is not eating meat at all. This lessens animal suffering as well as pollution to the Earth.
  2. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Seriously. Cans, bottles, cardboard, paper. Don’t throw it in the trash. Reuse what you can, donate, and recycle. Make smart purchases. Buy items in glass instead of plastic. Don’t buy produce wrapped in plastic. Don’t use plastic bags at check out.Reduce the amount of plastic you use. Plastic is a huge threat to our planet!! Plastic has completely polluted our water. Micro beads and broken down pieces of plastic never ever go away. They are eaten by sea life.
  3. Be an educated consumer. Don’t purchase beauty products with micro beads in them. Don’t purchase animal products. Don’t purchase more than you need. Buy local. Talk to the farmers at farmers markets. Get interested! Do your research.
  4. Walk instead of drive, when you are able to. Using less gas is important. Then we can stop drilling for more oil! Oil spills are a disaster to the planet! Plus, think of all the pollution that comes out of your car every time you drive. Ride share!
  5. Watch documentaries to learn more! Netflix and Youtube have some AWESOME shows to watch!
    1. Before The Flood
    2. Cowspiracy
    3. Plastic Island
    4. Forks Over Knives
  6. Follow vegan, vegetarian, and other environmentally friendly sites on social media. Instagram and Facebook have some great pages to follow:
    1. VeganStreet
    2. Greenpeace
    3. oneplanet
    4. gasanature (give a shit about nature)
    5. mercyforanimals
    6. peta
    7. March Against Monsanto
    8. Veganism Worldwide
    9. Wake Up World
    10. asapSCIENCE
  7. Have small families. The world is really over populated. Too many humans is an issue. We all have to share the water, air, and land. If someone decides to have more than a handful of kids, that’s selfish. Everyone loves family. But there are not enough resources. We can’t have more births than we have deaths. The population will just grow and grow. That is not sustainable.

It’s taken me a long time to get to where I am at. My biggest regret is not making changes faster. I am thankful for all the educational information on the internet and instagram. I have learned a lot about environmental issues, animal cruelty, plant based protein, my health, the planet, pollution, etc. Another great resource is meetup.com where I found several groups with people who care and want to make a change for the better for our planet.

It is up to us. We have to fight for the planet. It’s too incredible to destroy.

 

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