Anytime I’m traveling, I map out the nearest Whole Foods. The grocery chain sells vegan versions of everything you could ever want to eat. Even easier, their self-serve hot and cold bars are stocked with well-labelled prepared foods, soups, and salad fixings priced at a flat per pound rate. My local store offers an interesting variety of vegan dishes. This time, the big surprise winner was the cashew cream kale. So decadent!
While there are rumors about many unfrosted versions of Pop Tarts being vegan, one look at the ingredient list is enough to convince me that we’re better off without. Amy’s Toaster Pops, in the freezer section, are an impressive addition to a vegan breakfast lineup. The apple flavor has the simple ingredients and spicy delicious taste of fresh apple pie. Decadently good stuff!
Gardein’s Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n on a bed of black quinoa with steamed fresh green beans. (Gardein is the best thing that’s happened to vegans since the invention of the avocado. Try some!)
There are some hugely talented vegan chefs and bakers in the world. They win Cupcake Wars and awards and produce the cookbooks we all hang over in delight. I am not one of those wizards of cuisine. I’d rather buy cupcakes than fill my sink with dirty dishes making them. I like meals that involve boiling water, simply sautéing, or hand shredding. Luckily, vegan meals can be as easy or as gourmet and complex as you like!
Boiling quinoa, steaming green beans, heating up Gardein? Crazy easy and delicious to boot. This isn’t rocket science, after all. Just food! :)
Does anyone have suggestions for a good vegan makeup remover? I’m tired of soap in the eye.
I did a post on the vast amount of personal and household products that are tested on animals. So today I’ve put together a list of vegan, cruelty free household products.
Please note: The products I’ve included are ones that will be most accessible. Meaning, you don’t have to go to a small organic shop 50 miles out of your way to find them. Yes, they are available online, but you can find them at larger chain grocery stores and pharmacies.
Here are the brands:
3⃣ Nature Clean
✳ You can DYI household products. If anyone would like to do a guest post, I’d be happy to post it. #vegansofig”
So many to try! I love unsweetened coconut and vanilla-flavored almond milks the best.
Lunch Today: Veganized Mexican Lettuce Wraps from the Cheesecake Factory.
My family absolutely adores the Cheesecake Factory, and when we’re all together in Florida, we eat here with astounding frequency. This occurs for many reasons, the main ones being a) it’s quite convenient to our home, and b) we are all very different in terms of food preferences, and with their massive menu, the Factory has at least a few things for everyone. I ate at a Cheesecake Factory with Michael a few days ago and wrote about my usual go-to, Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta (read: http://nevillenoms.tumblr.com/post/23040972128/cheesecakefactorypasta ); this, a heavily-modified item from their new-ish “Skinnylicious” menu, has become my favorite for the rare times when I don’t feel like burying my face in a huge pile of pasta. To get the Factory to make this, order the Mexican Chicken Lettuce Wrap “Tacos,” subtract the chicken, subtract the crema, and add black beans for totally nommable and cruelty-free protein. Presto, healthy vegan tastiness! They really are tasty, too; lots of wonderful fresh veggie goodness (corn, cabbage - different but tasty - romaine, tomato, and my beloved avocados) combined with zesty lime and spicy salsa give these fabulous flavor. I highly recommend these fresh, crunchy bad boys!