Easy Vegan Options

The road to vegan living isn't all paved with arrowroot powder, flax seeds, and a degree from a culinary institute. It is a matter of making daily choices in what we buy and consume. Sometimes, you'll be jonesing for junk food or too exhausted to cook and that's okay. Don't give up when temptation strikes. The world is full of easy vegan options!

When I first mentioned my Vegan at Walt Disney World series, all I heard about from fellow vegans was BabyCakes Bakery at Downtown Disney.  You told me to go and you were, of course, absolutely right. 

While its location in the lobby of the Pollo Campero restaurant is off-putting, the all-vegan offerings are worth the visit.  You can special order a cake for a special event or choose from their two ready-made cases.  On a Friday evening, they had cupcakes, donuts, and breads available.

Since admission and parking at Downtown Disney are free, you can go anytime you are in the Kissimmee/Orlando area making it a very easy vegan option.  Look for Pollo Campero’s entrance next to the T-Rex restaurant.

The cinnamon-sugar donut is a dream.

Vegans visiting Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will feel welcome and well-fed at the Crystal Palace buffet.  Alert the staff to your dietary needs at the time you make your reservation or once you arrive and the chef will personally walk you along the buffet line, pointing out the vegan options, and then arrange for your own vegan dessert buffet to be delivered to the table at the end of your meal.

While the buffet featured a lovely cold salad and fruit bar, I steered almost entirely towards warm comfort foods and was never short on food choices.  For dessert, the waiter delivered a vegan brownie, raspberry sorbet, and two Enjoy Life cookie packages for the road.

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!

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!

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!  :)

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! :)

Vegan Makeup Remover?

Does anyone have suggestions for a good vegan makeup remover? I’m tired of soap in the eye.

Thanks!

There’s no easier option than to visit a vegan restaurant and let the experts cook for you!  Loving Hut, an international chain of vegan sit-down restaurants, is a fascinating place to visit with each location crafting their own menu.  I wasn’t as impressed with the food in their Tampa, Florida location but everything we tried in Naples, Florida was *amazing*.  We ordered:

  *  Blueberry Fresh Fruit Smoothie

  *  Spring Rolls (fresh rolls filled with steamed jicama, tofu, carrot, cilantro, and lettuce wrapped in rice paper and served with a peanut sauce)

  *  Dumplings (wheat dumplings stuffed with cabbage, carrots, and vegetable protein and served with a house dumpling sauce)

  *  Indian Curry Bowl  (rice noodle, vegetable protein, sweet potato, carrot, bell pepper and tofu in rich coconut curry soup)

  *  Loving Hut Fried Rice (brown rice fried with diced tofu, vegetable protein, peas, carrot, corn, onion, and green bean)

  *  Guru Curry (an exotic blend of curry, vegetable protein chunk, tofu, sweet potato, onion, carrot, and spices in a rich coconut curry sauce)

  *  Flan (vegan, of course)

You can find locations in the United States at:  www.lovinghut.us

vegansofig:

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.
Leaping Bunny and PETA have the most comprehensive lists, so check out their sites, because I’ve left out a lot. I also recommend checking out Vegan Store (Pangea) and Vegan Essentials.
Here are the brands:
1⃣  Seventh Generation 
2⃣   Method 
3⃣  Nature Clean 
4⃣  Earth Friendly Products.
✳ You can DYI household products. If anyone would like to do a guest post, I’d be happy to post it. #vegansofig”
http://instagr.am/p/KtE8D0miSz/

vegansofig:

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.

Leaping Bunny and PETA have the most comprehensive lists, so check out their sites, because I’ve left out a lot. I also recommend checking out Vegan Store (Pangea) and Vegan Essentials.

Here are the brands:

1⃣  Seventh Generation

2⃣  Method

3⃣  Nature Clean

4⃣  Earth Friendly Products.

✳ You can DYI household products. If anyone would like to do a guest post, I’d be happy to post it. #vegansofig”

http://instagr.am/p/KtE8D0miSz/

nevillenoms:

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!


☮ Neville

nevillenoms:

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!


☮ Neville