Veganism doesn’t have to be that hard to understand and using some vegan processed foods, some easy helpers that aren’t always the best for you, shouldn’t stress you out.
Captain UK and I love that we are vegan. We have the same love and compassion for animals, love love love food, and try to eat healthy and kindly.
We aren’t vegans for our health, but our health has improved tremendously. What a great side effect of taking the positive vegan plunge.
Like everyone else, we have busy days, crazy days, and don’t feel like cooking very much kind of days.
We want to eat healthy, but we are also tired and hungry after a long day (week) of work sometimes, like most of us. The entire family is starving and usually start grabbing at all the snacks and junk food. We all want quick and easy and we want it now.
So it’s the end of the week. I figured out what I had on hand at home and picked up a few supplies at one of the main grocery stores (Kroger) on the way home from work. I was NOT in the mood to shop, but knew we had plans tonight, a football game tomorrow morning out of town, a Halloween party to attend on Saturday night, another party/get together on Sunday afternoon, and all of that is in addition to the normal, house, dishes, yard, cats, etc.
So what did we do?
We threw together an easy meal, that was sort of healthy, sort of not, but it met (at the time) all of our current needs.
We had semi homemade Sloppy Joes (or Sloppy Jeremy’s as Captain UK calls them), Fries (again or chips per the Captain), and Brussels sprouts. The meal was easy and satisfying.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO COOK ALL DAY, MAKE AN EXOTIC MEAL THAT TAKES UNHEARD OF OR HARD TO FIND INGREDIENTS, AND YOU ALSO CAN EAT MUCH MORE THAN SALAD EVEN IF YOU DON’T PLAN THAT FAR AHEAD.
The point I am trying to make is that going vegan doesn’t have to be a chore and once you get a feel for it after eating meat, dairy, and eggs most of your life, it becomes second nature.
WE JUST DON’T EAT ANIMALS OR ANIMAL PRODUCTS! IT’S REALLY THAT SIMPLE!
Here is the easy, DIY guide to this quick and easy meal. Enjoy! Crack a beer while you’re at it. You deserve it.
2 12 oz. Pkgs Lightlife Meatless Crumbles
3 Cans Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce
1 Large Sweet Onion Diced
1 Pkg Hamburger Buns
Dice the onion and throw it into a large frying pan. Turn your stove to medium. I add water to steam the onion instead of oil to save a few calories and make it a bit healthier.
Use whichever one you want. When the water has evaporated, add the crumbles. The great thing about Lightlife Crumbles is that I just cut the package in half once I’ve removed the cardboard outer layer. I use my hands to crumble them perfectly into the pan.
Stir the meat and onions for a few minutes incorporating them together.
Add the Manwich and stir again, turning to simmer while all of the ingredients get hot.
While you’re preparing this easy dinner, grab a bag of frozen French fries or Tater tots and put them into an air fryer. Cook on the fries setting. Don’t have an air fryer? Bake them in the oven on a greased cookie sheet according to directions on the bag. Easy!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Take a frozen bag of sprouts. Pour into a large bowl. Coat with a Tablespoon or two of olive oil. Pour onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake until a golden brown flipping a few times during cooking. These usually take about 20-30 minutes.
Open a bun (or whatever bread you have on hand). Put some Manwich mixture on your buns to make your Sloppy Jeremys. Add some vegan cheese if you’re in the mood.
Add the fries and some sprouts and you have a satisfied family without spending all day and night in the kitchen.
Time to crack another beer!