Teriyake Chick’n Strips

I made some delicious teriyaki chick’n strips from Gardein. Their stuff is so good!

I paired it with some black beans, lettuce, and ripe plantains.

Follow the directions on the bag for the chick’n, very simple, just stir fry it and add the sauce that comes with it.

The maduros, I found at my local grocery store. Just microwave those and that’s it!

Super simple! Enjoy!




Alive! Protein Shake

I have not had good luck with many protein shakes. They either taste horrible or they are expensive. I am trying Alive! Pea Protein. It’s actually not that bad. If you mix it alone it tastes like vegetables. However, I added some berries, a banana, and some splenda and it tasted really good! No after taste either.

I highly recommend it!




Vega Nutritional Shake – Add Cinnamon

I decided to try Vega Nutritional shake. Well, it’s not as good as Isagenix but Isagenix was very expensive and so I decided to try Vega. I am adding an extra scoop of brown rice for added protein since it only has 15 grams of protein for every scoop. The brown rice scoop has about 13 grams, so all in all the added protein helps.

I am also adding some fiber supplement with probiotics and some fruits, usually strawberries and bananas. It helps with the taste.

The taste: I discovered something, maybe it can help you if you are of the protein shake drinker. Cinnamon. Isagenix has a cinnamon after taste which balances the gross after taste of the protein shake. So I decided to try it with the Vega and it worked! It kind of cancels each other out. So when you’re preparing the protein shake, add a few shakes of cinnamon powder. It makes a HUGE difference!

Let me know if it worked for you!







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!




Gardein, Refried Bean, Avocado Salad, and Rice Lunch

Today I had a really great lunch!

I started with a Gardein Chipotle Black Bean Burger, it is made with black bean, corn, and other veggies, lettuce, avocado, refried beans, and white rice.

Most of the things that I make do not require actual cooking, no one has time for that. I opened a can of refried beans, I used instant rice, I heated the veggie patty, and I had an avocado I peeled and added. I also added some Daiya cheese to the salad and some (you guessed it!) ginger dressing. It was really good!



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Karen’s Famous Pasta Salad!

Well at least it’s famous to us!

This very easy pasta salad is great for anyone going to a potluck, having a dinner party, or inviting someone over for lunch or dinner. It’s simple, satisfying, and very light.

What you’ll need:

– A box of tri colored twisty veggie pasta

– 1/3 cup of Olive Oil

– Sun dried tomatoes to taste

– 1 1/2 of frozen broccoli

– 1/2 can of garbanzo beans

– 1 chopped tomato

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Daiya cheese to taste

– 1/3 cup of cubed hard tofu

1. Boil the pasta and defrost the broccoli in the microwave

2. Drain the pasta once the pasta is done

3. Drain the broccoli once it’s done cooking in the microwave

4. Add the olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, garbanzo beans, salt and pepper, tomato, Daiya cheese, bits of tofu, and broccoli to the pasta.

5. Mix everything real well!

6. Taste and add condiments as you see fit and ENJOY!!!