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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!

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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 🙂 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.

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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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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 🙂

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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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 😀

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

 

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Food

We all have to eat food. We need to eat to live. But we can make educated choices about what we put into our body. We can try our best each day to limit our impact on the environment and make good choices about food and products that we purchase.

I was watching a documentary called “Vegucated”. It’s on Netflix and it’s worth watching. The host is a vegan and she enlists 3 average people to go vegan for several weeks. The show follows them on their lifestyle change. They film everyone’s fridge in the beginning before agreeing to eat vegan and then show the fridge again after eating vegan for several weeks. So I thought I would go see what the heck is in my fridge and cupboards 🙂

Do you remember when MTV Cribs would always look inside famous people’s refrigerators? LOL. Well let’s see what is in mine:

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Vegan mayo, fruits, veggies, soy milk, vegan cheese, jelly, garlic, brown sugar, V8, guacamole, tofurky vegan gravy, spinach, and yes, pop! Which is not good for you.

I love to eat raw garlic for health benefits. It’s great for your body and naturally fights infections and colds. Plus it’s great to have when cooking! And it’s full of nutrients. So I always have some on hand. It can be harsh on your breath but it’s totally worth putting into your body and chewing it raw for full effect.

Garlic Health Benefits – Why You Should Eat Raw Garlic Daily

I’ve heard vegans say that cutting out dairy and meat has cleared up their skin and helped them lose weight.Plus, think of the animals.

I always love to see what celebs are vegan and vegetarian (Alicia Silverstone, Ellen DeGeneres, Woody Harrelson, Russell Brand, Betty White, James Cameron, Alanis Morissette, Kat Von D ……)

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Netflix has some great documentaries on going vegan/vegetarian, on traveling, plastic, environmental concerns, on space, technology, history, everything! There’s no harm in watching and learning and being open minded 😀 Some to check out are:

PlantPure Nation

Vegucated

Zeitgeist

Tiny: A Story About Living Small

TEDTalks

Cowspiracy

Plastic Island

YouTube.com is another great place to watch amazing videos. Such as:

Earthlings :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpPRi7st8pY

If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4TON3BxTxg

When we have so many other options to buy animal free products, why not? It’s good for your health, the environment and animals. Even cutting back on consuming animal products can make an impact. Start small. Do some research. Ignorance is not bliss.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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