Labor Day Eats & Vegan Tips

I just wanted to hop in and give you a few last minute recipes for your Labor Day vegan cookout (or cookouts…if you’re greedy like me lol).
 
For the grill: Our favorite homemade vegan burger, Field Roast sausage and hotdogs (check their site for where to buy near you)

Dessert: Peach cobbler
 
Did you see my How to Eat Vegan At Cookouts blog post? I give you some tips on how to feel a little more comfortable.

Be safe and enjoy your weekend, fam!

                                        Dame said don't drink too much! lol

                                        Dame said don't drink too much! lol

What We Ate Today #7 | Vegan Family Meals (VIDEO)

Breakfast: Roasted potatoes, strawberries & blueberries and chocolate milk (using almond milk)

 

Lunch: Falafel (pre-packed vegan brand from Whole Foods) on pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber & So Delicious Greek-style yogurt and watermelon

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Dinner: Macaroni & cheese, sauteed spinach (in garlic, salt, black pepper & olive oil) and Gardein crispy tenders

Need more vegan family meal ideas? Check out the other What We Ate Today posts/videos here.

Eat, Sleep and Get Serenaded by Boyz II Men | Vegas Recap

I was in Vegas for my cousin's bachelorette trip and I did a lot of sleeping and a little eating.

Who goes to Vegas to sleep? I do! With 3 boys at home, my idea of vacation these days is moments of silence. lol Plus, I was having a wack week, so the timing of the trip wasn't the best.

Anywho, we caught some shows (including the Chippendales- guurrl! lol), rode on the High Roller and partied at a couple of night clubs.

I didn't eat nearly as much as I usually do because I was traveling with 8 other women and ummm, being the only vegan left me out of the meal planning mix. lol They were all about the seafood, burgers and wings on this trip! *sigh*

I ate a few salads, Nutter Butter cookies, peanuts and french fries, but I didn't care...you know being that I sipped on rum and caught up on some sleep.

My gut tells me that there's butter on that bread and NOT oil...I didn't notice until I looked at the picture

A couple of times I went to the food court in Paris Hotel and had vegan burgers and fries at Johnny Rockets. I ordered the Streamliner burger with a vegan Boca patty, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles & mustard.

I didn't notice until afterwards, but I think they toast their buns with butter. You may want to double check before placing your order.

I used to stan for Boyz II Men back in the day! We saw them perform at the Mirage hotel and they still got it!

During I'll Make to You, Wanya pulled me on stage and gave me a rose. lol

Good times!

On our last night, my mom suggested a Japanese restaurant hoping they would have more vegan options than the Italian one everyone else wanted to go to.

Right before dinner at Japonais restaurant

Right before dinner at Japonais restaurant

I ate an avocado roll, sesame seasonal vegetables & rice. I was surprised that there weren't many vegan options on the menu outside of these items and asparagus. The service was amazing though and the server tried to accommodate me the best she could. She knew the menu inside out and even the miso soup had animal products. Can you believe that?

This is definitely one of those times that I could see a new vegan feeling pressured to eat like everyone else. I had to ask the server so many questions because the most basic side dishes...like sweet potato puree and shiitake rice casserole had dairy. *sigh*

The food was fine but yeah, I was hungry afterwards. lol

 

It just wouldn't be Vegas without posting a picture of this.....

Ha!

Quick Vegan Travel Tip:

*Happycow.net is bomb for finding local vegan-friendly restaurants around the country. Check them out!

Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Vegan Cuts is a monthly subscription service that brings you the latest in vegan snacks and beauty products. Our fam loves trying new vegan products, so this is a perfect way to get to sample the goods.

I'm just going to list each item, tell you a bit about it and share our experience.

Guarana Energy Drink - This 11 oz drink is made using coconut water, organic guaranå seed extract and coconut extract. I drank it cold and thought it was just okay. There was a slight aftertaste...likely from the guaranå.

Nakd - This bar is gluten & wheat free and made from dates, cashews, raisins and raspberries. It's delicious and I would definitely buy it if I saw it in the store. :-)

Samadhi Bliss - is a dietary supplement that claims to brighten your mood & relieve stress. We all can use some of that! I've only used it once so far, so I'm not sure about the results.

Date Lady - is an organic caramel sauce topping for ice cream and other desserts. We used some on So Delicious ice cream and it's pretty good! It only has 3 ingredients - dates, natural caramel flavor and sea salt.

Ziggy Marley's Coco'Mon - This organic, non GMO certified coconut oil came in the orange almond flavor. I used it to saute some vegetables.

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Heartland products - Omega greens dietary supplement blend is rich in omega 3's and vitamin C. I added it a cup of cold water and the taste was great. Even the boys tried it...despite the green color.

Ocean's Halo - are all-natural seaweed chips that are gluten-free, and has 5g of protein per serving. Umm, so yeah...I love seaweed but these chips taste like a dog treats (like I would know lol). Ocean's Halo was the worst snack in the box.

Cherry Man - All natural, non-GMO cherries for ice cream. I've never been a fan of maraschino cherries, so I didn't try these. The kids said they're good.

I saved the 2 faves from the box for last!

Beanitos puffs - Instead of being made from corn, this snack is actually made using white beans! It's non-GMO, no preservatives and crunchy. In one word-Yummy!

Bambooee - This eco-friendly reusable towel is made of bamboo and perfect for cleaning counters. You can even machine wash it!

Which items are you interested in trying?

The next Vegan Cuts box is coming out soon!

Vegan Cuts boxes are $19.95 per month. Order yours here!

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Disclaimer: I am a Vegan Cuts ambassador and received this box for free to review. I was not paid (a flat fee) to review the box, however the links above are affiliate links. All opinions are honest and my own.

Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe (VIDEO) Family-Friendly & Vegan

When Eric and I were in L.A. back in May, we had buffalo cauliflower for the first time at Sage Organic Bistro in Culver City (beautiful restaurant!). He couldn't stop talking about the buffalo cauliflower!

I procrastinated for a while at making a version for him at home, so guess what he said?

He would eat regular chicken if I didn't make it. Ha! He knew exactly what to say to get me going.

He play too much! *side eye* lol

Up until enjoying buffalo cauliflower at the restaurant, I wasn't interested in trying it because it sounded weird like that carrot dog recipe. Chile! Gardein makes great chicken alternatives, so I figured I didn't need to make cauliflower taste the same.

Anywho, I've made this several times and it's amazing! Eric and the boys love it, too!

I think often it's not the meat that we're craving but it's the sauce that is drenched on that meat.

This is a more compassionate and healthier alternative than chicken wings. I haven't tried it with BBQ sauce (or any other sauce) but I'm sure it would be just as good if you're looking for variety.

Quick notes:

*I know the picture looks crispy but the cauliflower is NOT. Don't get me wrong, the texture is great, but you'll probably have to deep fry it to truly get a crunchy texture. I haven't fried it yet, but I would assume you need to double the batter if you decide to.

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*I'm surprised the boys love it so much...being that it's spicy. I notice Texas Pete hot sauce is milder than Frank's RedHot in this recipe, so you can experiment with that if the babies (your kids) are eating it.

Let me know what you think once you make it! Tag me your picture on Facebook or Instagram

Song playing while I baked: Freddie Jackson- "Have You Ever Loved Somebody"

Recipe adapted from The Lean Clean Eating Machine & MindBodyGreen

Buffalo Cauliflower

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 40

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into bite sized pieces
  • ½ cup rice or all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegan margarine, melted (Earth Balance is a good brand)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, garlic powder and water.

Mix in cauliflower, being sure that all the pieces are coated.

Place cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer (use parchment paper or oil to prevent it from sticking).

Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the hot sauce and margarine.

Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl.

Pour on the sauce, being sure to coat all the cauliflower pieces.

Place the cauliflower back on the baking sheet and roast for 18-25 more minutes.

Let it cool for 10 minutes and serve with vegan ranch dressing.

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