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Vegan Sausage

I tried LightLife Gimmy Lean Ground Beef Style Sausage and I must say I am impressed. I haven’t tasted animal sausage in about six years but this really reminds me of the taste. It comes mushed together so you have to build the size of the patty but it’s very easy. Then you pan fry it for a few minutes with some olive oil, and voila! You’ve got sausages!

I have to say it’s very yummy!

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Homemade General Tso Tofu & Spring Rolls

Tonight we made a full chinese dinner!

Serves 2

Turn on the oven and follow the instruction for the type of spring rolls you bought. Any brand will do fine as long they’re SPRING rolls and not egg rolls. Big difference.

I started with cubed firm tofu, Simply Asia General Tso stir fry sauce, broccoli, and frozen spring rolls.

In a medium pan with some oil put the tofu to cook. After a few minutes add the General Tso sauce and let it cook.

Let it simmer until the tofu is cooked and add the broccoli to cook on top of the tofu.

You can make some white rice to go along with it. It was delicious! 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Latin Food Restaurant

Coming from a hispanic background, everything that has to do with latin food, also has to do with meat. Well, with a little bit if creativity and by asking some questions, it doesn’t have to be that way.

When we go into latin restaurants, I immediately go to the ‘sides’ section and start looking at those. You might find a side salad, plantains, yuca, black beans (usually made vegan but ask if it was cooked with meat), rice, bread, etc. My usual meal is black beans, rice, and plantains.

We also went to a fast latin food restaurant called ‘Pollo Tropical’ which literally means Tropical Chicken, but don’t let the name fool you! They have a vegetarian dish. You can choose between rice, rice and beans, yellow rice, rice and lettuce, with corn, grilled onions, tomatoes, and grilled peppers. They also have some yummy sauces such as guava bbq. If you have one near your house, you should check it out!

Enjoy!

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Vegan in Las Vegas

So I have been in Las Vegas this whole week and I didn’t take a single food picture! Can you believe it?? I took LOTS of other pictures but didn’t think to snap a picture of the food I was eating. I hope my narrative and the stock pictures help!

Well we went because my boyfriend presented at a major convention and so, of course, I tagged along. So besides all the shopping and the beautiful hotels, what’s there to eat if you’re a vegan that won’t cost you your mortgage and your first born child? Well let me tell you what I ate.

We stayed at the Palazzo/Venetian hotel, which is a fabulous hotel, fancy, and very expensive…We ate at some of their restaurants as well as other restaurants outside.

We started with the Grimaldi’s Pizza. This place is very nice and very accommodating. I asked for a cheese-less pizza with some mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes. It was OK, I mean, I’ve had better pizza and I don’t think the cheese should have made that much of a big deal. My boyfriend enjoyed his pizza a lot though, so maybe the cheese is a breaking factor.

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I also had some sweet sorbet from Cocolini. They offer Gelatos and smoothies as well. They sorbets were really good!

We also had some burgers at I love Burgers. They have a great veggie burger, we really enjoyed it.

We had breakfast at the Grand Lux Cafe inside the hotel, which was really delicious. They have a buffet with some vegan options such as whole wheat bread, fruit, orange juice, and  hash browns. There was also a bar of toppings for omelets that I used for my hash browns  I added mushrooms and tomatoes for some protein. They also had oatmeal with brown sugar and dried fruit, just the way I like it! We recommend this place, but be aware, it is pricey, but what isn’t in Vegas?

We also did a tour of the Grand Canyon, it is very impressive so if you ever have a chance, please visit. In the guest area, they have a little restaurant where they offer a cheese and veggie sandwich sans the cheese for me of course. Don’t get too excited about this offering though. Two slices of bread with some lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions with a side of fries. Not great, but better than not having anything at all. So I was content (I had a lot of fried on this trip, it’s easier to order veggie burgers and veggie sandwiches when you’re a vegan and they usually come with fries.

I also had some meals in the Grand Canal Shoppes, which is the shopping mall for the Palazzo and Venetian Hotel. There was a small burger place, I forgot the name, where they offered veggie burgers. It was an OK veggie burger, nothing exceptional. I also had some spaghetti with marinera sauce and some roasted potatoes, which were also OK.

We also went to the Aria to watch a Cirque du Soleil show and had dinner there before the show. We ate at a Tapas place called Julian Serrano, which had a whole selection of veggie tapas. We had never had tapas before so we didn’t know what to expect, but in the end the food was very good. We had the roasted potatoes with the aioli on the side, the asparagus, and bread with chopped tomatos.

We also went to downtown vegas where we ate a Mediterranean place, right next to the heart attack restaurant (I’ve seen it on TV), horrible, horrible and it says that if you’re over 350 lbs, you eat free. We didn’t go in there because we were sure they wouldn’t have anything veggie friendly options. The Mediterranean place was ver delicious. We had a falafel pita bread combo and it was great! We enjoyed our meal a lot!

All in all, vegas was pretty good. We didn’t get to go to the more expensive restaurants because we weren’t about to spend $40 on a plate of food. However, we managed to find some spots in the strip and downtown LV where I could eat and be a happy vegan!

I hope this was helpful if you’re looking for some inexpensive restaurants to indulge your vegan goddess!

Enjoy! =)

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Isagenix Isa Lean Shake

Remember how I said I drank a protein shake as breakfast. Well the one I was drinking, the Raw Vegan one, is just so gross…It’s really a trial and error when it comes to protein shakes. I am trying the Isagenix brand new vegan protein shake. It has 8G of fiber, 22G of proteins and is soy free. I blend it in my ninja blender (I LOVE that blender) but I think a regular blender wil work too. Besides the already 8G of fiber, I add an additional scoop of fiber I purchased at a local vitamin shop.

It is a Berry Harvest taste and I must say, I really like it! I only added a 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk and a bit of splenda (You don’t have to) and it tasted really good! For the raw vegan one I had to add so many fruits and splenda to make it taste “ok”. But this one is really yummy!

I am also trying to stay away from Soy as much as I can. I have read and heard that too much soy is not good for you so I am experimenting with other soy-free products.

At $46 a box with 14 packets (about $6 a meal) it’s not too bad for a healthy, vegan, and tasty meal!

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Seiten – Gluten Meat Alternative

Seiten is a wheat gluten meat alternative. So if you’re sensitive to gluten or wheat, stay away from this! If you’re not then come on in and enjoy the eats!

I like to find this product at my local oriental store. You should venture to one, they have great vegan stuff! They have vegetarian curry chicken, sweet and sour vegetarian chicken, tofu, and all sorts of sauces.

What I made here was the vegetarian curry chicken but I cooked it on some soy and teriyaki sauce. This sauce is super tasty! You can add it to any dish and it will really make the food taste good!!

You can find the seiten mostly at oriental stores but the sauce, you can find anywhere.

Enjoy!

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Vegan Meat Empanadas

Today I made some meat patties. They’re very simple, just like the cheese ones, but they need more preparation because everything has to be cold before you bake them.

You’ll need:

– 1 bag of BOCA Soy Crumbles (Morning Star is NOT vegan)

– Empanada dough (already made)

– 1 can of tomato and garlic medley

– Seasoning

– Olive oil

– 1/2 cup of mushrooms

1. Cook the soy crumbles in a little bit of olive with the tomato and garlic and seasoning. Cook until it looks cooked.

2. Put the soy crumbles in a container and put in fridge to cool for a couple of hours. If the meat is hot then the dough will melt and it will not stick. The soy crumble mix has to be cold.

3. Grease some aluminum foil on top of a baking pan

4. With a spoon, place some of the “meat” on the empanada dough **Side note: If you want to add some Daiya cheese for an extra flavor you can! It tastes really good!**

5. Close it and with a fork indent the edges of the empanada

6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

7. EAT!

Enjoy!

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If you have some left over “meat”, you can eat it with some pita chips and hummus. You wouldn’t think the combination would taste good but it works wonderfully!!