Let's Go Vegan in 2015! *No More Excuses*

I think real change happens when we make smart, daily decisions that compound over time.

This is sooo true when it comes to starting and maintaining a vegan lifestyle....especially with a family.

I was a vegetarian for 2 years before deciding that vegan life was best for our family.
It took time for me to make that change.

What steps will you take to change the way you eat in the new year?

Will you improve your diet for your health, the planet & to protest animal cruelty?
 
Let me help you finally go vegan in 2015! 
 
On next Thursday (Dec 18th) I will host a FREE call with strategies on how to start and stay on a vegan journey in 2015. 

No more excuses!

Why You Should Transition Your Family to Vegan Life with Their Favorite Meals- A Conversation with Nichole Berry

I laughed a lot in my latest podcast episode with Nichole Berry. She was a lot of fun!

Nichole started a vegan journey in Sept 2012 after doing the Daniel Fast at her church and watching the documentary, Earthlings.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why veganizing what you're already eating is so important
  • Our love/hate relationship with cooking
  • Why you should watch Earthlings
  • Some of our favorite vegan junk food

Listen here....

Connect with Nichole:

Berryvegan.com

Instagram

Facebook

Resources mentioned:

Earthlings

PETA.org for recipes

Almond Dream Salted caramel ice cream

Gardein meatballs & burgers

Native Foods

Earth Balance sour cream and onion chips, cheddar squares & popcorn

Daiya frozen pizza

So Delicious ice cream

Beyond Meat chicken strips

Forks over Knives

The China Study

Annette Larkins-64 year-old vegan

Vegucated

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Bernando LaPallo-vegan over 100 years old, Age Less Live More

Fed Up

 

Rosemary Garlic Potatoes Recipe (VIDEO)

When I interviewed Shantelle Gary last month about her vegan journey, we discussed her love for accessible recipes that everyone will love. After our talk, I downloaded a copy of her cookbook and it didn't disappoint.

I took her rosemary garlic potatoes to Thanksgiving dinner with my extended family and they ate it up without question.

Yes ma'am! Who doesn't love garlic and potatoes?

Make this for your fam and let me know what you think. :-)

Order Shantelle's Vegan for the Holidays here 

Check out the full recipe and video below....

Rosemary Garlic Potatoes

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 35 mins

Keywords: bake vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

  • 2 lbs of baby potatoes, cleaned and cut into halves
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven at 375º

In a large bowl, mix the potatoes and olive oil together.

Then mix in the garlic, rosemary, salt & pepper.

On a baking sheet, spread the potatoes in an even layer and bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping them over after 15 minutes.

Season with more salt and pepper, if necessary.

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Small Grocery Haul & Recipes (VIDEO)

I hope you're having a great week!

We moved last month and it opened my world up to a lot more natural grocery stores (expect more reviews on vegan products on Instagram). 

I been playing around in Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and a local store called Mom's Organic Market

Click the picture to watch the grocery haul video 

Click the picture to watch the grocery haul video 

Mom's Organic Market is where my latest haul is from.

I do like this store a lot and plan to shop there more because they carry a lot of local produce (which is more important than organic to me).

Watch the full grocery haul video here 

Quick info about the haul:

  • I spent $130 on this grocery trip
  • I can usually get a lot more food for that price at Wegmans (my usual store). Mom's is all organic, so I didn't have a choice if I only wanted certain items to be organic.
  • Also, buying a lot of meat alternatives drove up the price too (I don't usually get so many on the same grocery trip).
  • This food lasted about a week because I already had many ingredients at home.
  • We spend about $650-$700 a month on groceries for a family of 5 
  • We ate more meals than I listed below...these are the ones that I remembered to write down and take pics of 

What I cooked with the ingredients:

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*** Field Roast meatloaf (very good!), mashed potatoes (I didn't measure but I used almond milk, Earth Balance vegan margarine, salt, black pepper & oregano to make these) & steamed broccoli

*** Stew from The Divine Hostess So simple, filling & delicious! 

***  Roasted potatoes recipe

*** We had smoothies (I skipped the peaches), pears, hummus, carrots & celery for snacks

*** Broccoli & vegan sausage recipe

*** Simple salad with carrots, onion & tomato

*** Spaghetti with Beyond Meat crumbles

*** Butternut squash-barlett pear soup from Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen-Delicious!

*** Chickpea salad recipe

Brands mentioned in this video:

Beyond Meat crumbles

Field Roast hotdogs, meatloaf & sausage

Veganaise

Check out previous grocery hauls here.

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Q&A: Where Can I Buy Vegan Speciality Ingredients?

Q: Hi, just found you today and have enjoyed your site. I just went vegan about 3 months ago, so everything is new and I have lots to learn. I would love to know where you bought your vegan roast from. It looked amazing and delicious. Thank you for your kindness!

A: Welcome to the vegan life! Are you referring to the roast in this blog post?
I got it from Wegmans but you can find it at Whole Foods. The brand is Field Roast and here's their store locator

Fortunately, you don't have to live near Whole Foods and other health food stores to get vegan speciality ingredients these days.

With companies like Amazon & Vegan Essentials, you can get everything from vitamins, agave nectar, nutritional yeast and boxed vegan macaroni & cheese shipped to you without the hassle.

I love testing out all the new vegan products, but you can definitely enjoy vegan life without a lot of specialty products.

Try to eat mostly whole ingredients like kale, tomatoes, rice, bananas, beans and seeds and you'll be good to go. 

I hope this helps!