Nutritional yeast, tempeh, seitan……..what the hell is all of this?   Are these foods, fads, weirdo ingredients, or just plain evil stuff?

Where do I begin?

I became a vegan almost four years ago.  I took the leap for the love of animals after my soul was awakened with the sad truths of animal agriculture.   I didn’t become a vegan for my health, but OMG, did my health get a huge boost.  If only I didn’t drink Jack Daniels, I’d live to the age of 200!!  We all know that isn’t the truth, but it is a nice bonus that my health picked up a bit too.


Veganism rocks, big style!  Transitioning into the lifestyle can be daunting.   Words, foods, newbie thingies are flying at you left, right, and center.  Add to that, the outside nutritional experts (once they find out you’re vegan) who question your every move. How do we keep up?


I am going to show you how easy it is to become a vegan.  Words, foods, ingredients, product reviews, you name it, will become second nature.  Cooking will become a second nature.   For now, I’d like to introduce you to a few of the superstars.



This is a Biggy.  This flaky, nutty, cheesy, power punch of vitamins and minerals kicks ass on anything and everything.

  • Popcorn
  • Cheese recipes
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta


Loaded with lots of B vitamins, including B12, a great source of complete protein, and a provider of trace minerals, nutritional yeast is a super food of greatness.  As an added bonus, it’s also

  • Fat free
  • Gluten free
  • Sugar free
  • Vegan

You used to only be able to find this great stuff in health food stores.  Now you can pretty much find this in most places.  Kroger, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, and Trader Joes all carry nutritional yeast.



It is pronounced (SAY TON), not SATAN, like I used to call it.  Seitan, Satan, or even satin, who cares what it’s called.  Just remember this vegan product is awesome.  It comes precooked and just needs heated, but absorbs all flavors and spices.  This is a great meat alternative.

  • Zero cholesterol
  • 28g Protein per serving
  • Low fat
  • Low carb
  • Low sugar
  • Nitrate free
  • Antibiotic free
  • Cruelty free
  • Plant-based


We had seitan this morning for our breakfast.  We bought the Sweet Earth Brand strips.   I tossed it in a frying pan with just about a ¼ c of syrup and served them with mushrooms, tomatoes, and toast.  Great breakfast.




Tempeh is so versatile.  We use tempeh as a meat substitute in many dishes.  Yes, it’s a soybean product, a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia.  Fermentation of the soy beans is what makes this product special.


  • High protein
  • Fiber
  • Vitamins
  • Low carb
  • Minerals
  • Nutty flavor



We love to use tempeh sliced, marinated with a great rub and grilled with barbecue sauce.  Check out our videos on You Tube.

We are finally starting a video series on EVERYTHING VEGAN, beginning with nutritional yeast this afternoon.  Tune in for info, fun, and complete and utter chaos.



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