Easy Vegan Baked Cheesy Meatless Meatballs

Easy Vegan Baked Cheesy Meatless Meatballs

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 Wow!  That’s a mouthful, but once you make and eat these saucy cheesy delights, you will see there is no other title for them. You don’t have to spend a million dollars and slave in the kitchen all day to make a perfect vegan meal.  Not everything has to always be completely homemade.  Let’s face it, we are busy people with jobs, and families, and schedules to uphold.

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Yesterday was your typical Monday! Neither the Captain nor I were in the mood to go to work.  The weekends just fly by.  By the time we both arrived back home, the dinner hour had come and gone.  We, along with our 13 year old son who had just returned from football practice in the 90 degree heat were exhausted and starving.  We were all craving cool showers, our air conditioned home, and comfort food, but no one really felt like cooking.

Then I remembered our haul from Trader Joe’s over the weekend.  I had the perfect solution to please everyone and not take up the rest of the evening cooking all night.

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I grabbed a few ingredients, did a little prep work while the oven was preheating, and threw it all together for a delightful vegan meal.   It turned out lovely.  It was the perfect comfort food; saucy, cheesy, meaty. Adding the nutritional yeast not only kicks up the flavor a notch, but gives your B12 a boost. The meatballs are a great source of protein.   Happy campers all around.

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We all want to eat healthy, include as many fruits and vegetables as we can, but sometimes we might just have a hankering for some plant based meat and cheese alternatives.

No need to feel guilty because no animals were harmed to allow us to enjoy our meal.  I am happy to share this recipe with you! I know you will enjoy it as much as we did.

 

 VEGAN BAKED MEATBALLS

1 16 oz. Pkg Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs

1 24 oz. Jar Reggano Marinara Pasta Sauce (Aldi’s)

1 24 oz. Jar Reggano Mushroom Pasta Sauce (Aldi’s)

1 Onion Diced

8 oz. Mushrooms Diced

1 t Garlic Salt

1 t Italian Seasoning

½ c Nutritional Yeast

¼ c Fresh Basil

¼ c Fresh Chives

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

Lots of Cracked Black Pepper

 

Preheat oven to 400 F

Layer diced onion and mushroom on bottom of 9 x 13 pan.  Next layer the meatless meatballs on top.  Pour both jars of sauce into pan and slightly mix to get the sauce to the bottom layers too.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes.  The sauce should be starting to bubble.  Take out of oven.

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Sprinkle nutritional yeast, garlic salt, some black pepper and the Italian seasoning evenly over the meatballs and sauce. Next spread the mozzarella shreds and top with the basil and chives. As usual, I added more cracked black pepper.   Bake an additional 15 minutes at 400 F until melted and starting to brown.

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We ate these on some leftover hotdogs buns from our grilling adventures the night before.  We had to eat them with a knife and fork. They were a messy delight.   You could just eat them out of a bowl, or add pasta.

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We love Aldi’s pasta sauces as most of them are vegan without a lot of additives.  They are cheap too which is always great for our family budget.  These 24 oz. jars were only 97 cents apiece.  What a deal!  We usually have a stockpile on hand for quick meals, including using for pizza.  You can use whatever sauce you like.  Homemade would be the best, but I just didn’t have the time last night.  Trader Joe’s meatballs are another favorite of ours, but again, use the brand you like.  Their Vegan Mozzarella Shreds are one of the best melting cheeses alternative products out there.

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I wish I could say you will enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day, but I swear if I would have allowed it, the Captain and the kid would have licked the pan clean.   The meatballs were gone in a heartbeat.  Guess we will have to head back to Trader Joe’s soon.  I should have bought more packages of meatballs.

 

 

GARDENING 1,000,000

GARDENING 1,000,000!

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You see a lot of people post about their gardens; their green thumbs, their abundant rewards, their everlasting skill of maneuvering weeds, water, bugs, and birds and just how fucking perfect it all comes together. Who does that shit?

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We all love fresh produce, especially summer fruits and veggies.  Who doesn’t love biting into a ripe red tomato or a handful of juicy strawberries?

To some, it can seem daunting; to others a piece of cake.  I am going to show all of you how easy gardening can be to anyone.  I say that with complete sincerity as a kid growing up who didn’t even know how to plant a flower, let alone tend to a vegetable garden.

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Why should anyone bother to have a garden?  Why would anyone want to take their precious time, when we are all too busy anyways to pull weeds, deal with pesky bugs, or dig in the dirt?  Wouldn’t it be easier to just go buy the shit at the grocery store?  Let someone else do the “dirty” work!

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Everyone should have a garden.  Yes, I know that some people have apartments, live with their parents that don’t want their lawns annihilated, or just don’t know where in the hell to start.  This blog is going to show you the way.

First up…..get out of the mindset that you can’t grow a fucking thing.  You can! If you don’t have a yard to do it in, throw those seeds/plants in a pot.  It can be done. We are all afraid of the unknown.  We need to take that leap of confidence to change our mindset.  I am going to give you all the steps you need to make it super easy.  You will thank me later (specifically at the end of the growing season when you’re eating all these tasty healthy plants and you’ve done it yourself with no pesticides or chemicals).

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I am going to give you some specific steps to get started.

 

# 1

Find some kind of fruit or veggie you love.  Research it enough to know if you can or can’t grow it in your climate.

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Once you find that perfect fruit or veggie (or certainly more than one is even better) figure out where you are going to plant it.  If you have a yard to plot out a vegetable patch, great!  More power to you.  We will get back on tilling your garden patch before planting in a bit.   If you are using a pot or pots, we need to make sure you have dirt to put into said pots.  You don’t need Miracle Grow, tons of fertilizers, or pesticides to keep away the critters.

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Tilling the ground if the plants are going in your yard is an easy task, if you have a tiller.  If you don’t , buy one, borrow one, rent one, or just start off small and overturn your soil with a shovel and chop up to make the soil softer and more manageable.  Think of how great your toned arms will be.  Make sure this location gets plenty of sunlight.  Plant your plants.  Water!

 

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If you are planting in a pot, it’s a bit easier.  Pour in some potting soil. Move into the sun.   Add plants. Water!

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Watch these fuckers grow.  If you have tomato plants, you will need to tie and stake them.  I will show you how.  Easy peasy.  If you have other plants, it just depends.   Peppers don’t need staking.  Beans need a “fence”.  Zucchini and squash need tons of room, as do cucumbers and melons.

Again, why go through all the “pain” of doing your own when you can pop down at your local grocery store and shop until you drop.  Drop you will.   When growing your own, you control the environment.  You are giving your family healthier foods to eat by growing your own food.  What a win win deal for everyone.

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Make sure these beauties have plenty of water, sun, and tender loving care.  It’s not too much of rocket science.  If it’s dry, water them. Rain water, or pond, or lake or any water is better than the chlorinated water out of your tap, but tap water is better than no water.   Keep the plants in the sun if they are mobile.  Pull out weeds that suck water and nutrients from the main plant.  We put a lovely cheap bird bath in the middle of our veggie patch to keep the birds around eating the unwanted bugs.  It has worked awesome.  You will still have some bugs and possibly other critters.  Don’t fret!  Everyone deserves to eat. A nibble here and a nibble there won’t kill anyone.  If the problem persists see tip #7!

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If you must spray for pests, spray a water based pepper spray to ward off the insects. Check out the internet.  Dish soap mixed with cayenne, jalapeno, or habanero and some water goes a long way.  Just don’t stick your fingers into yours eyes afterwards.  You have been warned.   Please do not put chemicals on the plants.  If you are going to do that, you don’t need your own garden.  Go to the store and buy the shit.

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Find lots of great recipes online for when your plants are ready to pick.  Share with your family to get everyone in the groove.  Eggplant Parmesan, Zucchini Bread, pickles, stir-fry’s, pastas with homemade marina, pizzas on the grill, jacket potatoes, you name it.   You will not only love your new found foods, you will revel in trying new recipes with them.

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Enjoy all your new healthy foods.  Love what you are doing.  Make plans for next growing season to include even more options for your garden.   Start planning now because you are so excited. Be the crazy bitch who runs in the house screaming, “We have our first cherry tomato!  OMG!  I love summer!”

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Tell everyone you know about your great healthy experience.  Get others to follow your lead.  Cook for your work potlucks with your freshly grown produce to show people the way.   Pat yourself on the back for your efforts.  Enjoy your new found freedom.  Go Vegan or for fuck sake, at least eat and grow more fruits and veggies.  Your body will thank you.  The family will thank you.  Animals will thank you. Mother Earth will thank you!

 

 

Gardening is really much simpler than non-gardeners think.  I went from “no thumb” to a “green thumb” all on my own with a little research and lots of patience.  The rewards are numerous.  I love to spend my day outdoors in my garden picking the fruits of my labor.  I kind of merge with nature, enjoy the sunshine, water/weed the garden, and sip on my Jack Daniels while thinking up fabulous new vegan recipes to whip up.  Life is good when you have a garden!

 

GAR1Message me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Happy digging!

 

 

You Must Be Posh to Be a Vegan

You Must Be Wealthy and Posh to Be a Vegan

 

Vegans ARE wealthy and posh.  We see it all the time.  Certainly no one can afford the luxury of being a vegan unless you have bank rolled a million dollars.  I should know.  I am one of them. My husband is also.

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I met my husband, Captain UK about five years ago online.  He was vegan.  I was not.  With lots of questions and inhaling all the information I could, I went vegan ASAP.  But of course it was easy for us rich white folks.   We both had homes, jobs, and money in the bank. We had money to burn.   Through the proper immigration channels, we married, and legally moved the Captain to the United States.  Life was full of unicorns and rainbows. I worked for NASA.  The Captain is now a Program Coordinator for a federally funded program to help the disadvantaged.  Life is good.  Why wouldn’t it be?

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Being vegan is a piece of cake for us. With vegan foods being so expensive and extreme, it would be hard for most people to embrace the vegan lifestyle.  Not so for us wealthy vegans.  We have two homes in two different countries.  We have four vehicles amongst the five of us. We have great jobs.  Remember, I work for NASA!!! We travel the world.  We enjoy the most gorgeous sunsets and eat the freshest of foods.  We are living life to its fullest. Veganism is amazing, but only if you can afford it.  We feel heartbroken for the rest of the world that veganism is out of their reach due to financial status.

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I wanted to showcase a “daily life of a well off vegan” to allow most of you to strive to achieve the wealthy vegan status.  Maybe one day, veganism will be comfortably available for ALL people.

Today is a Monday.   I don’t know of anyone who loves a Monday, but today was a pretty good day.  I woke up at my usual 4 am start to fresh coffee, central air conditioning cranking, and all three boys comfortably sleeping in their memory foam beds.  The cats were curled up at our feet and soon the morning would break through the skylight in our ceiling.  Life was just perfect.

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I packed a lunch of leftover vegan burgers and corn on the cob.  On my way out the door, I double checked the massive amount of garbage I set out at the curb for pickup from our kitchen demo project.  We are putting in a $20,000 kitchen remodel for our posh lifestyle.  Cabinets are in, just waiting on our countertops.

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I headed to work, cranking the music as my early morning therapy.  It’s hotter than hell outside and I knew that would radiate at work.

I arrived at work and ate some leftover corn for my breakfast. That’s the benefit of being wealthy.  Who needs toast or cereal?

Work was hot hot hot today.  We were rebuilding valves and had to do a lot of painting and cleaning of parts after wrenching on them for hours.  The sun was brutal, along with the humidity.

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In the midst of trying to cooperate with a long Monday at work, I realized my middle son had a doctor’s appointment today two hours before he was due.  I couldn’t get ahold of him.  How do I forget these things?  Did my assistant drop the ball?

Next up, I had to work on immigration paperwork and make some copies of important documents on my lunch break.  I was running late this morning, tired from working in the garden, lawn and porch areas over the weekend, so I had packed a not so great lunch.  Where was my maid to make this all happen?

After working my long hot day, I retired home to my estate to relax in the pool I don’t own.  Not really, but I did get the garden hose out.

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I arrived home, noticing the garbage men hadn’t taken all the garbage I had laid out. I walked in the house and saw the mirror in the bathroom was down.  Someone had apparently, accidentally knocked it off the wall and nails were missing.  I fixed, cleaned, and rehung. I wiped some mold that was starting to settle on the ceiling from all the hot showers we had taken.  I also changed cat trays.  I will spare you the pictures.  I emptied garbage.  I turned off fans left on.  I thanked the gods of winter for keeping my air conditioning running in this heat wave.  I checked the kid’s bedrooms and removed empty cups and half eaten food items.

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  I started a load of laundry.  I made sure the kitty cats had fresh food and water.  I pulled up the empty garbage and recycle bins to the house.  After I noticed the smell, I rinsed them of maggots and scrubbed them clean.garbage Thanks to the always wrong weather people and this heat, I had to water our large garden and refresh the bird bath.    Just what I wanted to do after work on a hot Monday! I took dishes outside and washed them with the hose since we are in limbo with our kitchen; our kitchen which has been overdue for three years as the oldest went to college.  Rotting, leaking, and a broken oven were the norm for the entire time.  We watched every penny to make this finally happen. I worked a zillion hours of overtime.     I whisked away wet clothes near the washing machine. chick At the end of my adventure inside and  outside, I talked the neighbor’s chicken into walking back into their fenced in yard.

I am no different than the rest of you.  Outside perceptions are the worst.  We are not loaded and rolling in dough.  We have to send $$ back to England every month to pay the bills.  We not only have two car payments, but the kids’ father bought the cars for the boys and pay for their auto insurance.  They are far from new, but very much appreciated.  Our amazing sunsets and freshest of foods come from our vegetable garden which I spend hours and hours in trying to provide for my family. garrI am constantly watering, weeding, and tending to the garden in one way or another.   Our traveling journeys have mostly been back to England, my husband’s home town, to connect with family and friends and keep an eye on his English residence.  It’s never been about lavishness and jet setting around the world.

We are not posh, even though we have been called it more than once.  We are hardworking “normal” people just like the rest of you.  We work too much. Both of us have two jobs.   We cut coupons and try to catch the deals to save us a penny.  We turn off lights when not in use. We go without.   We worry about medical bills.  The Captain won’t go back to the doctor about a kidney stone because he is worried about the price after receiving a $1000 bill for his CAT scan alone.

Veganism isn’t posh.  Misconceptions are always around.  It isn’t only for the wealthy and misconceived notions never help the movement. This is a myth created and pushed onto the general public by Animal Agriculture.  As you can see, on the outside, we look as financially comfortable as the Royals. We aren’t.  We are struggling as much as the rest of the world.    When it’s all laid out, you see we are just a working middle class trying to make ends meet.  That’s just proof that veganism is for everyone.  Food is not too expensive.  Veganism is a compassionate, cheap, easy, lifestyle for everyone.

Check out our other blogs for cheap, easy ideas.

I need to run.  My chef hasn’t prepared our evening meal yet.  Guess I’ll have to eat leftovers over the not yet finished kitchen. dindin.jpg     The nerve.

 

 

New Vegan Product Reviews

New Vegan Product Reviews

Every day we are buying and trying new vegan products.  Some are awesome; some not so awesome.  We’re not here to run down the shitty products, but to showcase the great ones, giving you a heads up on what to go out and try if you haven’t already. We will continue to drop new product reviews in your lap to make your busy life just a little bit easier.

First up today is Dave’s Killer Bread.  Now this is what I call great bread.  This is not only the best of the best bread out there, their company rocks too.

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Dave’s Killer Bread Company produces healthy, tasty, seedy, whole grain, bread.  They also employ great people who are working on their second chances.  You may notice the cheesy guy on the package, but look past that for great taste.

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Nothing artificial, all organic, non GMO, and no high fructose corn syrup are just a few added bonuses to the consumer. This latest purchase of ours was the Good Seed version.  Fantastic! Some of their varieties are as follows

  • Good Seed
  • Power Seed
  • Blues Bread With a Blue Cornmeal Crust
  • White Bread Done Right
  • Thin Sliced

That’s just their bread line.  They also do a line of bagels which include

  • Plain
  • Epic Everything
  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Bloomin Berry

Check out their website and their breads and bagels.  You can’t go wrong.

 

Biscoff Cookie Butter

 

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What the fuck is this?  OMG, be very careful of this product.  Do NOT buy if you’re willpower is not at a super human strength.  This vegan product is delightful.  How can you go wrong with sweet crunchy cookie butter?  If you’re not careful, you’ll scarf down spoonful after spoonful before realizing that ½ the jar is already gone.  This lovely product is made from Lotus Biscoff Cookies from Lemeke, Belgium.   No artificial colors or preservatives.   Non GMO and nut free also.  This product is a special sweet treat.  You can use this as a dip for pretzels or spread it on toast.  We prefer to eat it right out of the jar.  First come, first serve. Hide it if you can.

 

Walkerswood Plenty Hot Jamaican Fire Stick Pepper Sauce

 

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What a great Jamaican hot sauce.   This bottle is tiny, but a dab will do you.  This is a flavorful hot sauce that is definitely on the hotter side.  Cheap too.  Only $1.09 for 3.38 oz.  We love to dip our peanut butter toast in this sauce for breakfast.   Originating from the Caribbean, this company has earned its success through their wonderful sauces.   We love their Hot Jamaican Scotch Bonnet sauce just as much.

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Caribbean Dreams Coconut Milk

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I have fallen in love with this milk.  Tonight I used this coconut milk to make a divine ranch dressing for our salad on this super-hot summer day.  I put the can in the refrigerator, keeping it cold to thicken it.  I add equal amounts to Just Mayo, whip, and spice it up with onion powder, cayenne pepper, chives, garlic salt and black pepper.  This product is a perfect base to add to potato salad, dressings, vegan sour cream, dips, and many other milk based recipes.

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More great product reviews on the way.  Experiment! Try something new.  Research the new products out there.  The more we try and buy, the cheaper the great products will become.  Maybe, just maybe, one day meat and dairy will become a thing of the past.

 

 

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

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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.

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.

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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.