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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! πŸ™‚

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!

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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!

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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!

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

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Mac & Cheese with hot dogs in it. Just like I ate as a kid but now plant based πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚ DELICIOUS!

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

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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.

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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!!

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Spaghetti squash and imitation chicken! Yum Yum

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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.

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

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

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And pumpkin pie. Mmmmmmmmm

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A Vegan Thanksgiving

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A meat and dairy free Thanksgiving! It was SO good! So filling! All homemade and incredibly delicious.There is never a need to worry that you wont have anything to eat if you go vegan. Seriously.

1.) Green Bean Casserole – I make “cream of mushroom” using soy milk, vegetable broth, flour, diced mushrooms, and a diced shallot. Heat over the stove in a large skillet until desired thickness (use more or less flour). I steam the green beans, toss in a casserole dish with the vegan homemade cream of mushroom and add Fried Onions. Bake for about 30 minutes in the oven. YUM!

2.) Corn Mix – I heat up canned corn, diced onions, diced bell peppers, and diced tomatoes on the stove. Sometimes I add bread crumbs. You can bake it in the oven or just heat it up on the stove.

3.) Tofurky – There are several imitation meats out there. I think they are all really good. For this Thanksgiving meal I cooked a Tofurky Roast. It comes in a box in the freezer section of the grocery store. It can be cooked frozen or thawed. There is a yummy rice stuffing inside!

4.) Carrots, Onions, Stuffing, and Bread Rolls – What is a meal without some additional sides? Any steamed veggie would have been perfect. We chose carrots.

5.) Pickle Wraps – I used two different types of vegan deli meat to wrap around pickles. I have a layer of vegan cream cheese between the meat and pickle. These are so good! I enjoyed the imitation turkey and also the imitation ham. Both worked great!

6.) Baked Potatoes Deviled Egg Style – I cut potatoes in half. Baked them in the oven for half an hour. Then scooped out the middle of each potato. I mixed that up with some vegan mayo, vegan sour cream, mustard, dill, salt and pepper. Then filled the potatoes back up. Delicious cold or warm! I prefer eating them heated up. I put leftovers in the fridge and re baked them the next day! Perfect!

7.) Mashed Potatoes – So easy! So delicious! Simply boil the potatoes till tender. Mash them with some vegan milk and vegan butter. Done!

8.) Vegan Gravy – We used Tofurky. It comes in a tub and I find it in the freezer section of the grocery store.

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Bon appetite!

I think eating Vegan is easier than people think. It feels healthier. I take my time to prepare delicious homemade meals. I care about what I put into my body. I have noticed a big change over the past few years. My digestion is better. My skin is clearer. I feel better by not consuming animal products πŸ™‚

I am always so excited to meet other plant based eaters. So hello to all of you and great job!

I am always so happy toΒ  hear when people are switching to a plant based diet. So hello to those of you that are interested in being healthier, helping the planet, and stopping animal cruelty πŸ™‚

Meetup.com has some awesome groups for vegans and aspiring vegetarians/vegans.

Community support feels so great. Feel free to leave any comments. I love hearing from you! Thanks for stopping by!

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Crock Pot Lasagna

This was my first time making lasagna in a crock pot. It was incredibly delicious! The Follow Your Heart cheese was perfect! The noodles were perfect. Everything was perfect.

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I used Beyond Beef (imitation ground beef). Diced onions and bell peppers. Diced mushrooms and tomatoes. Cut spinach (I used a frozen bag). Noodles (I used oven ready/No boil). Pasta Sauce. And Vegan cheese.

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I layered the crock pot with all the ingredients, layer after layer. I had to snap the noodles to get them the correct length to fit inside the crock pot. Then I let it cook for a few hours.

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Wow. Amazing.

 

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A Girls Gatta Eat

I love food. If you follow me on instagram you probably already know that! I love to cook and eat good food. And all of it is vegan πŸ™‚

I want to share some of the meals I’ve made because often times people don’t really know what vegans actually eat. It’s not difficult. It’s healthier. And the meals really are so good! Plus I take pride in a meal I made at home.

  1. Shepherd’s Pie — crock pot style

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I love to use a crock pot because it’s easy, the house smells amazing, and there are leftovers for lunch the next day! For this meal I used imitation beef crumbles (there are several brands to chose from that come in a bag in the freezer isle). I also added, corn, carrots, peas, and tofurky gravy. I made mashed potatoes (peel and boil potatoes, mash them with some soymilk) and put them on top and then let it cook for about 6 hours. Super delicious!

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2. Breakfast Burrito

I used chorizo style imitation meat, tortillas, Vegan Eggs, hashbrowns, peppers and onions and also maple syrup.

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I cook the chorizo with diced onions and bell peppers. Cook the vegan eggs. Cook the hash browns. Then make a burrito! I like to drizzle Maple Syrup over mine. It’s really good!

3. Crock Pot Chili

I love chili. I eat it a lot. It is so easy to make and can be done several ways. I like to add v8 vegetable juice (spicy hot), potatoes, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, celery, onion, tomatoes, corn, bell peppers and chili powder.

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Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

4. Mostaccioli (Pasta)

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I used pasta sauce, noodles, veggies, and vegan Follow Your Heart Parmesan Cheese. I absolutely love the Follow Your Heart line of foods. They make awesome salad dressings, imitation sour cream, mayo, cheeses, etc. All taste great by the way! So try that brand. I prefer Follow Your Heart over Daiya. You have to try yourself and see what you like though.

5. “Meat” and Veggies — So many easy variaions

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Tofurky and Gardein have some great imitation meats available in the freezer sections. I like the roasts, fillets, strips, crumbles, etc. Add any veggies you like and you have a meal. Buy tofurky gravy or make your own vegan gravy.

Vegan gravy: Heat a milk alternative in a large skillet (soymilk/almond milk), add vegetable broth, gradually add flour, dice up a shallot, you can add garlic, I love to add diced mushrooms — add more/less flour to make it thicker or thinner.

Animal products clog up your arteries, your digestive tract, and they can be bad for your skin. Go plant based. Try meat free options. Enjoy what you eat and take pride in making it.

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Vegetarian Corn Dogs

Sometimes a meal takes a lot of effort and some planning ahead. Sometimes it comes right out of the freezer. LOL.

I love a variety of super easy frozen meals. These corn dogs are one of them. I usually make myself 2 doggies. The texture is perfect.

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The package comes with 4 corn dogs. Easy to freeze and bake when you’re hungry! πŸ˜€

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I love ketchup and mustard …

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Such a simple way to eat vegetarian. Tastes great too! So even if you can’t cook, they have ready made vegan and vegetarian options out there!

Peace

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Vegetable Soup

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I LOVE veggie soup! It’s super easy to make and the house smells amazing!! Plus it gets switched up each time you make it because you can add whatever vegetables you have at the house or garden.

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I always buy vegetable broth and/or vegetable stock. Usually organic brands. Then add onions, broccoli, lemon, bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes… whatever you want πŸ˜€

Mmmmm! Cook in a crock pot or on the stove until the veggies are soft to your liking.

 

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Hazelnut Cranberry Roast

I want to talk about how easy and how hard it is to eat vegan and/or vegetarian. I was watching Vegucated and the girl who recently switched to a vegan diet was in tears because this meant she couldn’t eat her dad’s cooking and she felt left out and made fun of. But she struggled with it because she said knowing what she has learned, she can’t go back! And her one wish was that everyone was vegan so it would just be the normal thing!

I totally get it. I was asked today, “Do you eat bacon?” I am the odd one out. Most people have no clue. It can be frustrating. No, I don’t eat bacon! Pigs are incredibly smart and factory farms treat them like crap.

It takes thick skin and persistence to keep at it. It takes passion and willingness to learn more to educate yourself and others about the affects of factory farms.

Anyhow. That’s my mini rant for the day!

Eating vegan is incredibly easy if you have some time to shop around for the right ingredients. Or, in this case, buy a frozen vegan roast! It was soooooooo delicious! Check out the photos:

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Perfect flaky crust! Bake till the right temp is reached (follow directions on the box).

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Slice it open and enjoy! No animals harmed here. No blood and bones. Just plant protein!

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Doesn’t that look yummy? Mmmmmm! This roast was about $20.00 but it serves a lot! And makes good leftovers! I had leftovers twice from it. Would be excellent for holidays!

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Add some sides and you’ve got yourself a great meal!

Yes! I made mashed potatoes, again. Probably because they’re easy and delicious! This time I used a ToFurky gravy. It’s in the freezer section of the grocery store. Just heat it in a pot on the stove. Easy! And very good.

I would like to encourage any meat eater out there to try an imitation meat. They are quite tasty! They make imitation chicken, beef, ribs, roast, hot dogs, etc.

Peta says a vegan saves over 100 animals a year by not eating them.

Do it for the animals, your health, and the planet.

Your favorite meals are easy to veganize or make vegetarian. I know because I am doing it.

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