Vegan Guidance

Vegan Guidance

 

This is the website to come to for great recipes, product reviews, guidance, tips, and even serious shit.  New products reviews were posted today along with new recipes. Many more are coming soon.   Stay tuned for some serious shit about applying for a job at a slaughterhouse later this week.

When I first became a vegan over three years ago, I wasn’t sure where to start.  Of course I knew that fruits and veggies were staples, but there was a lot I needed to learn.

What vegan food products were out there? Where could I find them? Did only the health food store carry them?  Where were vegan meat and dairy alternatives located in the stores? What ones were any good?  Which ones sucked?

How was I ever going to learn to cook again?  My dietary life of cooking revolved around meat and dairy.   What about sour cream, cheese, and deli meat? Speaking of cheese, why was it so bad for people to eat it?  What was I going to pack for work lunches? Were potlucks ever going to be possible again? Would I be able to eat out at a restaurant? What about holiday celebrations?

What about all the questions I was surely going to receive. Would I have all the answers?  How would I handle the jokes?

I wasn’t sure where to start. I learned the hard way.  I threw myself in 110% and have happily never looked back. I have hit road bumps and made mistakes.  I grew from those.  I read every label, every ingredient.  I have tried the shitty products and fallen in love with the great products.

I learned to cook all over again.   I have veganized just about any recipe that I used to love and now love them even more so.  People are blown away how great my food tastes.  I love to wow them.

Veganism is not hard.  It’s far from impossible.  Most of us have just been tuned to do what we grew up doing, eating what “everyone” else ate.  We just need to learn the compassionate way.

There is no better time to be a vegan.  The animals need us.  The earth needs us.

New products are coming out daily.  Our movement is growing rapidly.  I am here to help with my big fat mouth of facts and opinions.  Much more coming your way.

VEGAN JUNK FOOD

Vegan Junk Food (Shit You Had No Clue Was Vegan)

 

Vegans love their fruits and vegetables, but sometimes we just want some junk food.  Munchie, crunchy, sweet or savory.  Bring it on.  Homemade treats are awesome, but often we just don’t have the time to start from scratch.  Lucky for us, we have go to junk food that’s as vegan as fuck.  Some of the following might surprise you. No animals harmed here, so don’t feel too bad.

 

OREO COOKIES

Oreo cookies are an American staple.  I couldn’t believe they were vegan.  You would definitely think milk would be in their creamy centers, but NO! Remember, we call this junk food for a reason.  They are far from healthy, but oh so good.  Double stuffed are my favorites.

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SUPER PRETZEL BAKED SOFT PRETZELS

These pretzels rock.  They are a great treat.  We love to dip them in our homemade vegan cheese sauce, slather them with Kite Hill vegan cream cheese with chives, or spread on Colman’s English mustard.  Normally, we have to fight the kids off with a stick so they don’t eat all these up immediately after we’ve purchased them.

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DORITOES SPICY SWEET CHILI

OOOOOOHHHH, these are good.  Just as their title claims, these Doritos are spicy and sweet.  We love the chili goodness. These are addicting.  We throw them on vegan lunch meat sandwiches, melt vegan cheese shreds over them, and eat whole bags on their own.

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DUNCAN HINES CAKE MIXES

Many of their cake mixes are vegan.

  • Classic White
  • Moist Deluxe Butter Golden
  • Classic Carrot
  • Coconut Supreme
  • Swiss Chocolate
  • Devil’s Food
  • Lemon Supreme

 

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DUNCAN HINES FROSTINGS

 

 

  • Classic Chocolate
  • Buttercream
  • Vanilla
  • Coconut Pecan
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Lemon Supreme
  • Strawberry Cream

 

 

Pair them up.   Remember, its junk food, not nutritious for you food.  Indulge when you get the rare chance.  I made a Classic White Cake yesterday for Mother’s Day.  I found a recipe where you add a can of soda pop instead of the oil and eggs.  I added a can of Sprite.  It turned out super good and was super easy.

 

PILLSBURY CRESENT ROLLS

 

I have found that most crescent rolls are vegan.  They are buttery and flaky.   You can wrap them around Field Roast sausages and make pigs in a blanket. There is no butter.  They aren’t healthy.   They are fun.  Spread on some vegan butter when warm for a wonderful feeling.

 

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HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE SYRUP

Add it to hot chocolate.  Mix it with peanut butter.  Melt in microwave. Pour over nondairy ice cream.  Add to a glass of Almond milk.  Squeeze into frosting mixes.  Drizzle some over strawberries.  Pour it on a spoon and lick until gone.

 

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NATURE VALLEY GRANOLA BARS

These guys pack a punch of crunch.   There are a variety of flavors.  Some are vegan. Some are not!   Read the ingredients list. New varieties always seem to pop up.

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GIRL SCOUT THIN MINTS

Lucky for us, these dark chocolate minty addiction cookies are only for offer once a year.  We try not to buy too many, as we can crush a sleeve of them in one sitting.  As a bonus tip, keep them in the freezer.  The cold makes them even better.

 

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LAY’S POTATO CHIPS

 

Remember the old advertisement? No one can eat just one! Beware! They are that good.  I love putting them on sandwiches to give them extra crunch. I even put them as a secret ingredient (until now) into my Thanksgiving stuffing recipe.

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AIRHEADS

 

All varieties are vegan!

  • Cherry
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Watermelon
  • Orange
  • Green Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Mystery Flavor

 

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MARIE CALLENDER’S FROZEN PIES

 

  • Apple Pie
  • Razzle berry Pie
  • Cherry Crunch Pie
  • Lattice Apple Pie
  • Lattice Peach Pie

 

Pie anyone?

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CAPTAIN CRUNCH PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH

 

Enjoy your bowl of cereal, but I love to snack on these by themselves or crumble them on top of my nondairy ice cream.

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NABISCO GRAHAM CRACKERS

 

You can spread Miyoko’s Vegan Butter on for an easy treat.  Spread on peanut butter, dip in ice cream, and melt dark chocolate on.  As a kid, my mother would spread them with buttercream frosting and make them like little frozen sandwich treats.  Cheap and amazing.

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BREYER’S NONDAIRY ICE CREAM

 

I just happened to stumble across these creamy vegan delights one day, always on the lookout for new vegan products to try.  We tried the Cookies and Cream version first.  Youi could not tell that the ice cream was vegan.  The kid’s loved it as much as we did.  The next flavor was their Vanilla Peanut Butter! My Oh My!  Just as delicious.  These products are so good that we rarely buy them.  Why? We can’t stop shoving this ice cream down our throats.

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NUTTER BUTTER COOKIES

 

Who doesn’t love peanut butter cookies? These peanut cream filled delights satisfy any sweet tooth.

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TWIZZLERS

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All varieties are vegan.  These are made primarily with corn syrup, flour, and artificial flavorings.  All sorts of flavors to choose from including strawberry, green apple, and raspberry wild berry lemonade.

 

CRACKER JACK CARAMEL COATED POPCORN

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Popcorn, sugar, salt, peanuts, molasses, and corn syrup are the main ingredients.  An American favorite for 120 years.

Remember, these are delightful, but they are junk food.  Enjoy!

VBCC VEGAN BITCH CAN COOK

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VEGAN BITCH CAN COOK

 

How in the Hell did you ever arrive at that name?  That’s a question I get asked all the time!

Years ago when I was a meat eating dairy glutton, I considered myself an excellent cook.  I was very talented at taking whatever ingredients I had on hand and turning them into incredible meals for my family.  My boys would come home from school to amazing meals that I had thrown together that afternoon.  They would ooh and ahh over their food and thank me profusely.  They loved what a great cook their mother was and I loved cooking for them.  Their friends were always over, hoping for an invitation to eat with us.  I took great pride in my cooking abilities and my knack for turning nothing into something special.   Eggs, cheese, meat and butter were common ingredients.

One particular day, the boys popped in from school to yet another delicious meal.  As they started tearing into their food, I said to them, “What do you say?”  With their mouths full, the boys said in unison “Thank you!”   “No,” I said.  They looked at me in bewilderment and said cautiously, “It’s really good?!” Again I said “No!” Now I really had them stumped.  They were completely confused.  I repeated “What do you say?” As they stared at me with their silent questioning faces, I said, “Bitch Can Cook!” We all busted up in laughter.  The new phrase became a family joke.

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From that time on, whenever we had dinner guests and I would serve the food, the kids would inevitably and collectively chant “Bitch can cook!” There was the usual questionable looks followed by laughter.  The catchphrase became a silly ingrained way to thank me for my food offerings.

Fast forward a few years.  Captain UK and I hooked up!  Not only was marrying him one of my best decisions ever, so was leaping into the wonderful movement of veganism, with his guidance.

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The only problem that dropped anchor with becoming a vegan was I had to learn to cook all over again.   I relished the opportunity.  An entire new world of cooking opened up for me. We tried new products.  Some were great.  Some were good.  Some were awful.   There were hits and there were misses.

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One evening, a few months in, I veganized one of our favorite dairy containing dishes.  Normally, sour cream and shredded cheddar were staples in the dish.  It was my “famous” taco dip that the boys couldn’t get enough of.  After they chowed down about half of this vegan version, I informed them that it was, in fact, vegan.  They could not believe how great it tasted.  Like the pros they are, my youngest (about 10 at the time) quickly chimed in with “Bitch can cook!” and just as quickly said, “No!  Wait! VEGAN Bitch Can Cook!”

Captain UK still won’t utter the phrase, but that’s another blog post.

The rest is history.

Newbie Product Reviews

NEW PRODUCT REVIEWS

 

I have three new product reviews for you.  We have Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast, Soy Yay Spicy Korean BBQ Simmer Sauce, and Emerald Dill Pickle Cashews.

We liked them all, some more than others.

 

First up is the Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast.  We love the stuff.  We have tried a wide variety of nutritional yeasts and have never been disappointed.  We love the stuff.  Bragg is a great brand.  We found it at Kroger.  We put it in all our “Gary” recipes, on pasta dishes, and always on popcorn.  It’s nutty and wonderful.

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Next up is the Soy Yay Spicy Korean BBQ Simmer Sauce.  I bought it on sale at Kroger a few weeks ago, always on the hunt to try something new.  It did not disappoint.  The sauce was similar to a teriyaki sauce, but a bit spicier.  I fried tofu, boiled rice, and sautéed vegetables in this really good sauce for a great dinner.  We would definitely do this again.

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Last up is the Emerald Dill Pickle Cashews.  We love nuts.  Why?  Probably because we are nuts.  These were good and not overpowering of dill flavor.  I took a bag to work to let the guys try them.  They liked them even more than me.  They were good, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy them.  I prefer plain old cashews. That being said, none went to waste.

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Enjoy the new product reviews.  If there is anything you want to try, but are too afraid, let us know.  We will do the tasting for all of us.

CON QUESO

CON QUESO

Who the fuck doesn’t love con queso dip? Before becoming vegan, it was as simple as taking a slab of crappy Velveeta, a can of Rotel, and melting them together.   You couldn’t stop munching on this golden, horrible for you concoction.

 

Guess what?  Along comes vegan con queso.   You will enjoy the fuck out of this recipe.  It’s easy, cheesy, can’t stop eating goodness.

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Vegan Con Queso

 

2 C Potatoes, diced large

1 C Carrots, diced large

½ C Water

1/3 C Olive Oil

2 t Garlic Salt

1 ¼ T Lemon Juice

½ to ¾ C Nutritional Yeast

½ t Onion Powder

¼ t Garlic Powder

Dash of Cayenne

1 Can Rotel

 

Boil potatoes and carrots together until soft.  Add all ingredients to food processor, except Rotel.  Blend until smooth.  It will be a gorgeous cheese sauce.  Add Rotel and mix.   Eat immediately and try not to make a pig of yourself.  Super good, especially for those craving dairy.

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How to Date a Vegan 101

How to Date a Vegan 101

 

Four Years ago, I was a steak grilling, cheeseburger loving, pepperoni pizza eating  mother of three carnivore boys when I fell for a vegan!  How the Hell does that happen?

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We had been friends online for a year.  I knew he was a vegan, but it didn’t affect me.  What did I care what he ate or didn’t eat?   Once we became more than friends, I began to care.  I didn’t know much about veganism, except that it was some sort of diet that excluded animal products.  Weren’t most vegans hippies? Weren’t they all sickly thin and undernourished? What had I got myself into?

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Even though I didn’t understand at the time that being a vegan was not a diet, but a lifestyle, I just started asking questions to get a better grasp on the do’s and don’ts of this craziness.   If I admired and respected this man enough to start a relationship with him, I needed to open myself up to understand his lifestyle.  But, who doesn’t eat meat?  What’s wrong with cheese?

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I asked question after question.  Where do you get your protein/iron/B12?  Yes, I actually went there.   What do you even order at a restaurant?  Are all pastas vegan? I even asked him what was wrong with my beloved cheese.

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I received answers that shocked me into opening my eyes.  I listened, truly listened intently to his answers.  My curiosity peaked even more.  I researched the vegan movement so I could gain even more knowledge.  I bought a vegan cookbook.  I tried new vegan meat and dairy alternative products.  Just by listening, I went vegetarian within the first month of wrapping my head around the horrors of animal agriculture.  The impact of a non-vegan society on our climate and Mother Earth surprised me.  The health benefits of veganism were outstanding in their own right.  I never ridiculed his lifestyle decisions.  Listening and understanding vegan life, whether you practice it or not, goes a long way.  How could anyone be against an informed, educated, factual, compassionate life?

The more I learned, the more I questioned my own lifestyle.   Mr. Vegan was nonjudgmental of me, but his eye opening answers showed me the way.

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He ended up becoming my wonderful husband, vegan and all.  He even moved almost 4000 miles away from the United Kingdom to be with me and the three carnivores.  We have been married coming up on three years now.

The boys aren’t vegan (yet), but they fully understand the compassionate lifestyle it envelopes.

 

As for this steak grilling, cheeseburger loving, pepperoni pizza eating mother, she’s now a proud vegan and has been for over three years. I still eat steak, burgers, and pizza, but they are all vegan now!

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Bottom line…….. Don’t let your prejudices or misunderstandings of veganism deter you from dating someone just because you don’t “get it”!

You may just lose the double best decision of your life.  I’m thankful I didn’t.

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DELUXE VEGAN NACHOS

What’s better than deluxe nachos?  Deluxe VEGAN nachos!

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 I picked up some great vegan products from Trader Joe’s and Kroger’s last weekend to make these smashing nachos.  We literally licked the platter clean.

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Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef crumbles, Green Dragon Hot Sauce, and Mozzarella Vegan Shreds are awesome buys. We love Trader Joe’s!

We added a package of Kroger brand (37 cents) taco seasoning to the crumbles as they were cooking.  These beef-less crumbles are tasty, low in fat, no cholesterol, and a good source of protein.

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Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds are top notch.  They melt perfectly in the oven.  Microwaving is not recommended.  They’re gooey, cheesy, and they even brown when baked.  I would definitely rank this product high on the list of vegan cheeses.

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We also picked up some Daiya Cheddar shreds for variety.

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Trader Joe’s Green Dragon Hot Sauce is hot, but not too hot.  We poured this delicious sauce over the top of our nachos after baking them.  Great flavor and something a little different than traditional red sauces.

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We added home baked Tortilla Land chips.  These chips make the difference from a great dish to an “over the top” excellent dish.  The chips are super easy to prepare, season, and bake.  You can flavor them any way you want.  We mostly just use a dash of garlic salt and pepper, so we don’t take away from the multiple contrasts of the dish.

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The corn and beans are simple.  Open cans and set aside.

We dumped the beans into the Ninja and added taco seasoning, a dash of parsely and crushed them.

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We topped the baked nachos with Tofutti Sour Cream.  I am not a huge fan, but I didn’t have the ingredients for my homemade sour cream.  I added a few dashes of onion powder, garlic salt, dried chives, and cracked black pepper.  It worked!

Once all the individual foods were prepared, we took a small baking dish and started layering, adding onions, tomatoes, lettuce, Kroger’s Sweet Hot Jalapenos, and a fresh diced avocado.

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Rave reviews for the Kroger Sweet Hots!

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DELUXE VEGAN NACHOS

1 12oz Pkg Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef

2 Pkgs Kroger Taco Seasoning

1 19.6 oz. Pkg Tortilla Land Fresh Uncooked Tortillas

1 8 oz. Pkg Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds

4 oz. Daiya Cheddar Shreds

1 15.25 oz. can Kroger Black Beans

1 15 oz. can Kroger Corn

1 Avocado diced

1 Large onion diced

1 Large tomato diced

½ Head of lettuce shredded

1 Jar Kroger Sweet Hots Jalapenos

1 Jar Trader Joe’s Green Dragon Hot Sauce

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Cook the Trader Joe crumbles in a frying pan over medium heat until warm.  Add 1 pkg of Kroger taco seasoning and water according to package directions.  Turn on low, cooking until incorporated, about 10 minutes, stirring often.

Open Kroger beans and corn.  Drain and rinse corn.  Set aside. Pour beans (do not rinse) into Ninja or other food processor.  Add a ½ package of Kroger taco seasoning.  Crush until smooth.

Dice onion, tomato, lettuce, and avocado.

Use a baking dish.  Use any size you want. It depends on how thick or spread out you want them.

Start by layering beans and crumbles. Add layers of cheeses, corn, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and the chips. Do it your way.  Bake for about 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted.  Keep an eye on it.  We layered the chips, but you could certainly leave them out.  You decide.  As soon as it’s out of the oven, add lettuce, sour cream, diced avocado and hot sauce.  Serve immediately!  You won’t be able to stop eating this.  Enjoy Bitches!

 

 

Home Baked Tortilla Chips

 

Slice the tortillas into bite sized pieces, like you would cut a pizza.  Spray vegetable oil on baking sheet. Place uncooked chips on sheet.  Add seasoning.  We add just a bit of garlic salt and pepper.  Bake at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes.  Keep an eye on them.  They are finicky.  So worth the trouble.

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