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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!

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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 🙂 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 🙂

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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 🙂 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.

sandwich

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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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:

whole vegan roast

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!

hazelnut cranberry roast

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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Meat-Free Ribs

Once again, my delicious meatless meat came from the Herbivorous Butcher shop in Minneapolis. (https://www.facebook.com/theherbivorousbutcher/)

This was the second time I had their “ribs”. The first time I cooked them in a pan on the stove. The second time on the grill. Both ways cooked easily and tasted great. One rib is big enough to share, although I ate mine on my own! One rib was six dollars and some change. Well worth the money. Share it, save some for leftovers, or devour the rib yourself! Can’t go wrong.

I’m big on sides. I like to have a variety when I eat. LOL. So I made mashed potatoes:       Peel and cut up several potatoes, boil them about 10 minutes or until soft, mash them with a fork or masher, mix in vegan butter or a milk alternative and consume! 🙂 YUM

And I steamed carrots and broccoli as well. I LOVE steamed veggies. They smell so good, taste great, and get that bright color! No butter needed! But add some if you like. (vegan)

The ribs have this perfect crunch on the outside. They were the right texture. They’re plant based protein that tastes awesome. Totally recommend trying imitation meat. There are a lot of great options from local places that make meat free meats, places that sell vegan food online (I ordered my vegan turkey online for Thanksgiving last year), even grocery stores and Target carry vegan options in the freezer section. Look around and give it a try. An animal will be so thankful that you did 🙂

There is no right way to kill someone that doesn’t want to die. Animals are incredibly smart. There is no difference between a pet and a farm animal. All animals are deserving of love and respect. I can’t even imagine torturing an animal. But every day, that is what is happening to animals that are raised for food.

“If humans were superior to animals, they’d take better care of the Earth.”

The consumption of meat has gotten out of control. Our population has gotten out of control. We have the power to switch to a plant based lifestyle. We need to save the Earth from being destroyed and feel good about being cruelty free ❤

 

 

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Vegan “Steak”

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A nice plant based “steak” from the Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis makes for a great dinner. Easy to grill, cook on the stove or in the oven.

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Add some delicious sides to make it a meal big enough to share! Steamed vegetables are always a great option! Broccoli, beans, carrots, cauliflower … And of course I made corn bake, one of my favorites. The possibilities are endless! 🙂

Corn bake: Cream corn, sweet corn, organic bread crumbs or stuffing, onion, diced tomato, bell peppers or chile peppers – mix in a casserole and bake till warm

Eating at home allows you to make the best choice about the food you consume. You can purchase organic, local, or grow your own! You can add any veggie you have at home to any dish and change it up each time.

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The steak was DELICIOUS! And massive! I had leftovers the next day with bbq sauce 🙂

Feel good about the food you eat. Know where it comes from.

Three reasons to try a vegan meal:

  1. Your health
  2. The animal’s life
  3. The environment

“We use vast amounts of land, water, and other resources to grow grains and other plants to feed animals who are then used for food, instead of more efficiently feeding humans directly with plants.” http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/reasons-go-vegan/

 

 

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Dinner is served

This is for sure one of my favorite meals! Maybe because I love variety. I tend to mix all my sides together and make a heaping pile of deliciousness 🙂

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Mashed potatoes are super easy to make. Do people even use box potatoes? I don’t know why they would. I peel and wash the potatoes, cut them in half or into big chunks, and then boil them in water. Once they are soft, I mash them with some almond milk or other milk alternative. Sometimes I add a vegan butter or top them with vegan sour cream. For this meal however, I used the vegan gravy.

The Turk’y (imitation turkey that tastes wayyyyyy better than a real dead bird! Ew!) is super easy to make in the oven. One frozen package comes with 2 and they only take 30 minutes in the oven. They’re filled with stuffing and taste really good! They also come with packets of gravy to thaw in a bowl of warm water. All vegan! Yay!

I made corn bake in a casserole dish. I use canned cream corn, regular sweet corn, and chopped bell peppers, onion, and this time I added a can of diced tomatoes! OMG super good idea. I also add organic bread crumbs or you can use stuffing. Then I bake it in the oven about 30 minutes, or till heated.

Green bean casserole is my favorite! Although cream of mushroom soup is not vegan, so this side is vegetarian. I use fresh green beans (canned will work but not as tasty!). I trim the ends of the beans and then steam them for a short while. Then I mix the beans with cream of mushroom and french’s onions. Bake about 30 minutes and enjoy!

Then I also have some bread rolls as yet another side 🙂

Cooking at home lets me buy the freshest and organic ingredients. And allows me to chose Vegan or Vegetarian options.

Eating at home is a great way to spend time with those you love 🙂 And feel good about what you’re eating!

Thanks for stopping by to read about my amazing meals. I hope you’ve been inspired to make something new for you and your family. Look around your local grocery or health food store for fresh organic ingredients. We are what we eat! Don’t be fast, cheap, or easy 😉

Visit me on facebook where I discuss everything from cooking vegetarian, crocheting, sewing, and paper crafts, as well as gardening and growing food: https://www.facebook.com/rosieroyalty.storenvy/

Thank You! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

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