Monday, September 2, 2013
The best day of the week has surely got to be grocery day. The day when all the planning, budgeting, and deal hunting is done. When you can finally drag your reusable bags up the stairs, put all of the groceries away, open up your fridge and stock it with food.
My grocery shopping is basically done in three stages. I first look to see what food I have left. I then plan a weeks worth of menus around what I currently have. Finally I do my shopping at just two stores Food 4 Less and Whole Foods. Food 4 Less carries more reasonably priced items and Whole Foods of course for my vegan staples (such as nutritional yeast and vegan ice cream). I currently do not have a car, so although I would enjoy adding variety to my store its not really as feasible on public transportation.
Lucky for me a Trader Joe's is opening up in my neighborhood this week (right next to my local Whole Foods) so I can add that to the mix. One place I regretfully do not shop at enough are my local farmers markets. My neighborhood has one every Saturday and Wednesday morning. They are both great farmers markets and I love being able to actually speak with and ask questions of the people who grown my food, but my Saturday mornings are usually reserved for Arbonne trainings and cartoons with my son. This is one area that I am going to make a change in.
Where are your favorite places to shop for vegan goodies?
Saturday, July 27, 2013
When was the last time that you licked your plate clean? When was the last time that you ate something so good you went back for seconds and thirds? When was last time that you enjoyed a dish so much you made it again for two weeks in a row?
Well my friends the last time for me was when I made my favorite recipe from the cookbook Vegan on the Cheap "Blushing Alfredo Fettuccine. OMG!!! This dish looks and tastes very similar to its non-vegan counterpart and at ~$1.50 per serving your pockets will love it to. The sauce it made with raw cashews, soy milk (I used almond milk), silken tofu, and nutritional yeast. I paired mine with tempheh to make the ultimate dinner.
This recipe alone is worth buying the book, it's a must try, and yes in case you were wondering I did lick the plate clean!
Friday, July 12, 2013
I have been so busy lately (good things to come!!) that unfortunately my habit of cooking good, healthy, vegan foods has been slacking. I have started to feel the effects as I have not felt as energetic and light as I usually do and I been bored with my meals which is a big no no :-)
So I went to my favorite place (the public library!!) and picked up a new cookbook to try called Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson. The premise of this book is "delicious vegan food that costs no more than $2 per serving". Vegan, good, and cheap?! Sounds good to me! I skimmed through the book and saw some really great recipes that I will be trying over the next couple of weeks.
The first recipe: Cheapamole
Since avocado can be expensive Robin made a recipe that looks like guacamole and has a great taste, but is less expensive, has less fat, and more protein. The secret: she replaces the avocados with peas and white beans. So tasty!!! The best part is that is did not take long to make. All you basically had to do was put the ingredients in a blender and you're done :-)
I am really excited to get back into the kitchen and try some new recipes. As I work my way through the book I'll post pictures and give my let you know how I liked them.
Have you tried the recipes in this book? What are you're favorites?
Monday, May 27, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
|Nikki Pig and yours truly|
Holy CRAP!!!! I have been a vegan for 4 years (vegetarian for 6 years in August). I can not believe it. I remember when I first decided that I would take the jump to become a vegan. I had thought about it for a long time (just like before I became vegetarian) and when I was accepted in the Farm Sanctuary internship program I knew that this would be the time for me to make the change. Who knew that 4 years later I would be so involved in the vegan community. Who knew that I would be a vegan mentor to so many people? Who knew that my eating/lifestyle habits would become a catalyst for people to examine their own relationship to animals used for food? Who knew that I could give up nachos at the movies?
I am so happy and proud of that decision that I made years ago. Life is a little bit clearer when you begin to live your life aligned with your beliefs and my moral objection to using animals for food, clothes, etc. always has and always will be my reason for my veganism.
I am so excited about the next 4, 10, 20 and more years of my vegan journey. I have a son who I look forward to educating about this important aspect of my life. I plan to instill in him compassion for himself, other people, animals and the planet.
I look forward to growing my vegan army. Living my life in a manner that influences people to adopt this lifestyle as a means to better their health, protect our environment, and save lives.
I look forward to aligning myself with the Farm Sanctuary. This organization has made a such HUGE impact on me Gene Baur (co-founder and President) has no idea. The Farm is my happy place. When I am having a bad day I just think of the beautiful landscape with 100s of animals and it makes me smile. I look forward to taking my son there and having him get chased by roosters. I do not know how this will happen, but I am into speaking things into existence.
I also look forward to writing an article(s) for VegNews Magazine. Same as above I do not know how but I speak it with the faith that the opportunity will arise.
Most importantly, I look forward to continuing to save the life of hundreds of farm animals every year by choosing to eat with compassion.
Thank you for continuing to follow me on my journey. I hope that you are enjoying the ride as much as I am.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|My two favorite men!|
Its that time of year again for the second annual Chicago Veggie Pride Parade. This years parade will be held on June 1, 2013 in Grant Park in the wonderful city of Chicago!!!
I am so excited about this year, because the planning committee has really worked on reaching out to the whole community and educating people on the various benefits of a veggie lifestyle.
If you are in the Chicago area we would love for you to join us for this event. For more information visit: Chicago.veggiepride.com
Friday, April 19, 2013
Last week (which will now be referred to as the best day of my life!!--after the birth of my son of course) I won a contest in which the prize was one of each of the very tasty Go Max vegan candy bars!!! For those of you who don't know, Go Max makes vegan version of very popular candy bars.
They come in Jokerz (Snickers), Buccaneer (3 Musketeers), Twilight (Milky Way), Cleos (Reece's Peanut Butter Cups), Mahalo (Almond Joy), Snap (Nestle's Crunch), Thumbs Up (Butterfingers) and they taste as good as the non-vegan candy bars.
If you have not tried them you can buy then at your local veg* friendly store or at the Go Max website.
Your sweet tooth will thank you.
Disclaimer-I was not paid to give this review, but will gladly accept payment in the form of Jokerz and Thumbs Up candy bars.