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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.

Stay Tuned

Exciting new “stuff” is coming to VBCC!  The Best of the Best  Product Reviews will keep coming at ya! Our version of banana, peanut butter, chocolate Nice Cream Bars will be be in the next blog and added to the web along with super cool salads and grilling recipes and tips.  Our vegetable garden is kicking ass.  Lots of greats ideas to share.  It’s summertime on our hands now! I will show you how to wrap it up, vegan style.  Who doesn’t love to grill?  Just because we don’t eat smoked meat, doesn’t mean we have to suffer.

The biggest changes coming are a complete kitchen remodel so we can start videos and live feeds.  That might get a little hairy, but fun as fuck, I’m sure.  Add some Jack Daniels and super tasty ingredients and you may just have a recipe for inspiration (or disaster) .  The entertainment factor should be mind blowing alone.  So please stay tuned as I work my paying job a million hours this week, but always thinking about my passion of vegan cooking and showing the world that we aren’t missing out.

Monday Vegan Blues

 

Today is Monday.  The usual inspiration for writing a great blog post was just not happening. I believe I was trying too hard.  I was ready to give up when an occasional coworker intervened.  I rarely work with this person and hadn’t seen him in over a month.  He came into my facility today and asked me if I was attending the next week’s committee meeting.  Lunch was being provided to the committee members and he needed a head count.  He said that he had heard that I was a vegan, but all he could find was a veggie pizza.  I replied that we could just order my pizza without cheese to make it vegan, as long as the restaurant didn’t add cheese to their pizza sauce.  “Why would you do that, “he asked? Can’t vegans eat cheese? He looked perplexed.  The conversation went as followed:

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Him: I heard you were a vegan, but I could only find a veggie pizza.

Me: That’s ok! We will just order it without cheese!

Him: Why?

Me: Because vegans don’t eat cheese!

Him: Wait, don’t vegetarians eat cheese? Aren’t vegetarians and vegans the same thing?

Me: No, vegans eat no animal products.

Him: But you eat fish, right?

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Me: No, no animal products at all.

Him: But why?

Me: The animals, compassion, the environment, my health, etc.

Him: Well……..ah……….what’s wrong with cheese?  No animals are harmed for cheese.

Me: Animal Agriculture is ugly.  The Dairy Industry is violent.

Him: But we have to milk the cows or they’d get sick and be in pain.

Me: Don’t worry about lunch.  I’ll bring my own food.

Him: Are you sure?

Me: Absolutely!

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With the growth of veganism, I don’t know why I am still so blown away at people’s ignorance on the movement.  The funny thing is, four years ago, I was right there with those ignorant people. How could they be anything but, with all the advertisements and happy farms thrown in their faces?   If our parents ate this way, how could it not be good for you?  I really didn’t have a clue, nor did I want one.   It was too easy to eat what I wanted without thinking about the consequences.  Didn’t my government back that up with the Food Pyramid and the more recent MyPlate?   Grocery stores make sure all the cuts of meat are packaged nice and neat and oh so clean for our eyes.  What a convenience!  If everyone is/has been eating this way, why change?

ONE DAY, I WOKE UP!  As intelligent as I perceive myself to be, how the hell did it take me so long?

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I’ll make a fantastic vegan dish to share for the meeting.  Will some stupid jokes come up?  Probably!  If I can open up anyone’s eyes, even slightly, that day will be a better day.  Sometimes we have to remember that most of us were at one time, as uneducated as that next person.  Maybe we just need to help them take the steps to get them underway!

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HOPE

HOPE

We are headed to a costume party tonight!  What could go wrong with a bunch of adults dressing up, eating, drinking and being merry? Adults that have worked hard for weeks, months, and years. We are looking for an outlet to escape from the harshness of reality.  We are going to have a blast chatting with friends, eating great food, and most likely overindulging!  We will laugh, tell stupid stories and look like idiots to the outside world.  We can’t wait!

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Guess what?  We will most likely be the only vegans there.  So what the fuck are we going to do? Are we going to eat ahead of time and shy away in the corner? Will we feel like outcasts or weirdos?  Hell no!  This crazy bitch and her wonderful hubby, aka Captain UK are taking this as an opportunity to shine.  We want to have a great time just like everyone else.  We will take a killer vegan dish to share and everyone will be shocked and awed that it truly has no “real” meat or cheese included.

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At the moment, I am whipping up some delightful nice cream sandwich bites.  Bananas, peanut butter, sugar, rice cereal, and vegan chocolate chips are the winning ingredients.  These people will fall in love with them.  The kids and Captain UK ranted and raved over them, but that’s only the second course.

First up is the vegan Mexican dip I’m making; home baked tortilla chips included.  Lots of spice, black beans, “cheese” and all the fixings of onions, tomatoes, avocados, sour cream and peppers will make even the most hardcore meat and cheese eaters salivate for more.

I’m taking the cheese sauce recipe from the website and making a great dip to share.   Who could resist?

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I’m not out on a mission to change the world tonight. We can only hope to put an idea, maybe a little questioning in someone’s head.   I’ve worked all week putting in almost 70 hours. I want to relax, get dressed up, be silly, have a great time with my husband (who has also been working too much), chill with my neighbors and friends, and eat, drink, and be merry.

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I will showcase how easy and awesome eating veganism can be.  Happy Saturday night!  Check out my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for lots of great pictures and updates; hopefully none too damning!  I’d write more, but it’s time to go!

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Latest and Greatest Product Reviews

Wow!  New vegan products are entering the market at a fevered pace.  What a great time to be a vegan.  What a great time to take the leap.  I love snatching up the new food products as soon as I spot them in the stores.  Ahead of time, I salivate over advertisements with their promises of “Coming soon to a store near you”!  I always want to pop into a new store just to see what vegan products they offer.  Sometimes, I have been pleasantly surprised.  Other times I have been greatly disappointed.  The day that vegan meat, dairy, and egg alternatives are common place will be a celebration for the consumers, the animals, and the planet.  Until then, we will try to introduce and review as many vegan products, food and other, as possible to make your life perhaps just a bit easier.

Today we are shouting out about a few great vegan food products that were recently tried by us for the first time.

Captain UK made us gardein chipotle black bean burgers the other day!

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Why am I just now trying these awesome burgers? We love gardein products and buy them regularly.  When in the mood for vegan burgers we usually choose gardein’s Ultimate Beefless burgers.  The grocery store was currently out of those so we chose the black bean burger instead.  These were delicious.  Captain UK pan fried them, but I bet they’d be great on the grill. Unlike some vegan/veggie burgers, these would hold up nicely.

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  We served them with grilled onions, avocado, tomatoes, and peppers.

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They are only 150 calories each and have 6 grams of protein.  They are also gluten free.  At only 7 grams of fat and 6 grams of fiber, these are a perfect choice.

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Hemp Heart Toppers

What the fuck are these? I bought these at Kroger grocery store after finding them in the clearance bin.  I swear Kroger puts some products on clearance just to get the people to try a new product at a discounted price.  Whatever their reasoning, this hemp seed mix is really good.   There are different flavors.  We’ve had them on salads, mixed with chickpeas as a quick side dish, and sprinkled on garlic toast.  They are a good source of Omega-3 and 6, fiber, and protein.

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We’ve also tried the garlic and rosemary flavor.  I added that to some homemade Italian dressing.  We will definitely be buying more.  They even have a coconut and cocoa flavor which I can only imagine would be great on nondairy ice cream.

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The next product is by no means a newbie.   It’s just a newbie vegan product for me and Captain UK.  Food for Life Baking Company, the makers of Ezekiel Flax Bread have been in business since 1964.  Their breads are all sprouted grains and are non GMO, and no artificial anything.

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   Some of their other vegan products are 7 Grain Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Ezekiel 4:9 Sesame Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, and Genesis 1:29 Sprouted Whole Grain and Seed Bread. We tried the Ezekiel Flax Bread, The Original Flour-less Sprouted Grain Bread.

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  One slice contains

 

  • 80 Calories
  • 1 g Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • 70 mg sodium
  • 14 g Carbohydrates
  • 4 g Fiber
  • 0 g Sugar
  • 5 g Protein

This bread is found in the frozen bread section at our supermarket.  The bread is great for sandwiches.   It’s even better toasted.  We love to slather it with Miyoko’s Vegan Butter and Marmite from England for breakfast.  This is a good hearty bread.  Our first loaf didn’t last long.

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I hope you enjoyed the reviews.   Much more to come.  Grocery shopping made easier for finding vegan products is coming soon.  Have a great weekend. Hope this helped. Enjoy.

VBCC VEGAN BITCH CAN COOK

VBCC

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.

nacho bake

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.

cropped-taco-dip.jpg

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.

It’s All About You

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

What do you want to see? Yes, I am talking to you!

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As a new vegan or even a “seasoned vet” sometimes we have questions. Sometimes we need new recipes.  We also want advice, tips, new product reviews, and maybe even venting and feedback.

We want to try new things. Taking the leap into veganism is a wonderful adventure, but at times we need a place to go and gain advice. We might want to veganize an old favorite normally loaded with meat and dairy.  We might be unsure of certain ingredients and need help.  We may just want some comfort in numbers knowing we aren’t alone. We may just want to laugh at funny vegan memes. Advice might be needed on how to deal with an annoying coworker who won’t stop making jokes about your lunch or what you’re missing out on.

I started this website to help other vegans, want to be vegans, and even the haters. Four years ago, I would have laughed at vegans.  I’ve come a long way. I want others to come a long way.  I want people to look back and say, I wish I would have become a vegan sooner.   I have been a vegan for about 3 ½ years now.  Captain UK has been a vegan for much longer than that!  He introduced me to this wonderful freedom.

The freedom of knowing you aren’t aiding the animal slaughter is enlightening. The freedom of taking your health in your own hands is empowering.

So my shout out is that I want to hear from you.  I want to know what you would like to see more of!

 

 

 

Product Reviews

Tips

Recipes

Blogs

Pictures

Questions and Answers

Videos

Advice

All of the Above

Anything and Everything in Between

 

Numerous product reviews coming this week; Boca Falafel Bites, Liquid Smoke, Ezekiel Bread and more.  Check it out!

One day, the whole world will be vegan and the thought of eating animals will be unheard of.  Until then, I’d like to help in any way I can.

Newest Vegan Product Reviews

Who wants to become a vegan? Who already is one?  Who loves being one?  Who is nervous or worried about becoming a vegan? We are here to make it an easy transition for even the most hardcore meat and dairy lover.

I have put up some more fantastic vegan product reviews on the website.  Anything to help another vegan or want to be vegan out is always a good deal.  If you’re not a vegan, but just checking out some great information, welcome!

We are in awe of the new products we keep finding every time we shop.

It truly is a perfect time to become a vegan. One day, you’ll say, I wish I would have taken the leap to veganism sooner.

Tonight we are trying out a new product from Meijer grocery store.

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They have started a new line of vegan burgers.  We are excited and hope they rock.  We will keep you posted.

We have found some lovely salted almonds at Kroger that I keep promising to turn into almond butter, but they are so good, we eat them all before I get a chance.  These are the best we have had, by far.  You would think that salted almonds are just what they are….salted almonds! We have found a huge difference in brands.

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Next up in our culinary vegan product journey is these cheap vegetarian corn bread muffins.  Of course we will veganize these too. Our kids love corn bread.  We do too. We shall see. We will be adding vegan milk and either no eggs or egg replacer.

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Check out our future posts!  We will continually be posting new products to make it easier for all of us to eat, drink, be merry, and be as compassionate as fuck!

We finally found the Beyond Meat Burgers the world has been raving about.  We loved them too.  Our blog post tomorrow will be all about these wonderful burgers.

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In the mean time, check out all these great new products.  Take a peek on the blog.  Lots and lots of great stuff to help you on your journey. Leave us a comment, suggestion, review, or opinion.  We are always open to listen. Have a great weekend.