Is Pasta Vegan?

A few weeks ago someone asked me whether or not pasta is vegan, so I want to answer that question right here.

The way this vegan life is set up, you can make everything vegan. Seriously.

Ice cream. Cake. Pizza. Scrambled Eggs. And yes, pasta.

The great news -- most of the pasta brands in the regular grocery store aisle is already vegan -- made out of just wheat and water.

On my YouTube channel, I did a review of pasta made out of black beans. I swear they have everything these days. lol

Others options for vegan pasta are ones made out of: 

  • Quinoa (my fave)
  • Spelt
  • Brown rice
  • Corn
  • Lentils
  • Black beans

The black bean pasta featured in this video is made by Explore Cuisine. I was able to find it in the natural section of a regular grocery store.

When buying pasta, be sure to always check the ingredient list because some brands contain eggs. Fresh pasta in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and at authentic Italian restaurants usually contain eggs.

Need a couple of quick meals featuring pasta for this week?

Spaghetti recipe here


I hope this is helpful!

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February 2017 Intentions

One of my mom's favorite sayings is, "time waits for no one."

She's right!

January was busy, exciting, exhausting and rewarding. I swear it feels like late April (not February) because of everything that happened. 

Not only did I work hard on this brand, I also shifted my focus to my other brand, This Biz Life.

2017 is going to be about planting seeding and watering my soil.

I can feel it!

Reflections from the month:

  • I gave myself permission to not be perfect. I will work hard, but I have to put my ideas and products out if I want to improve. Also, I was okay this month with putting out 2 videos on my YouTube channel that weren't heavily produced. 
  • Genuine connections are everything -- I opened myself up to connect more and it feels amazing!
  • Focusing on one thing at time until completion is key to maximizing my productivity. I have to focus on one thing at time if I want to win!
  • I really need to hire someone to help with behind the scenes work. 


Update on My Intentions for January 2017:

  • Pre-sale the hell out of Zero to Vegan DONE! Listen to my takeaways from that launch on this podcast episode.
  • Make therapy appointment NOT DONE
  • Take 2 days off from work during the last week of the month (sleep, catch up on shows and chill hard as hell) DONE

Update on My Consistency Goals for January:

Intentions for February 2017

  • Focus on ONE project at a time (my brain is spinning with so many ideas)
  • Write detailed outline for vegan family course
  • Go for a 30-min walk Tuesdays & Tuesdays
  • Make a therapy appointment
  • Pre-sale Simple Side Hustle workshop on This Biz Life site


Consistency Goals for February





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Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Pasta Skillet Recipe (Video)

Guess what we ate for dinner a lot before going vegan?

Hamburger Helper and those Birds Eye Voila Skillet Meals. 

Don't judge me.

I liked the convenience of those meals and really thought cooking a homemade meal would take too long.

I was wrong.

As you can see in the dinner recipe video below, this meal will only take about 30 minutes and its filling, simple and delicious.

I usually double the ingredients to serve my family of 5.

The ingredients listed below are for 4 people.

This meal should take you about 35 minutes and you can serve it with vegan garlic bread and a salad.

Don't like mushrooms? I think more vegetables, black beans or vegan sausage (from a brand like Field Roast) will work as a good replacement.

Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Pasta Skillet Recipe

by Brown Vegan

Keywords: vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (Serves 3-4 people)

  • 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 12 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • (2) 15 oz cans of coconut milk
  • 1 lb farfalle/bow-tie pasta (uncooked)
  • 3 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste


In a large skillet, saute the onion for 5 minutes on medium heat.

Add in mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.

Mix in red bell pepper, garlic, cumin and vegetable broth.

Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Shake the cans of coconut milk, open and pour into the skillet along with the bow-tie pasta.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium.

Be sure to mix the pasta every 2-3 minutes to ensure that it doesn't stick together (should be ready in 20 minutes).

Mix in spinach and cook for about 1 minute.

Season to taste with salt & pepper.

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December 2016 Recap and Going Forward with 2017

So ummm, yeah.

See my last monthly intentions post here

I knew about 10 days into December that all of my plans for the month were out the window.

Instead, I spent that time reflecting and planning for 2017.

Christmas was nice. The kids are healthy. Eric is thriving in his business (he's still adjusting to self-employment) and I worked a ton on Zero to Vegan.

As a matter of fact, I finally launched Zero to Vegan!

Life is good.

What I Will Leave Behind in 2016

  • Only working when I feel "inspired" -- The truth is, I usually only feel inspired about 8 days out of the month. This is exactly why I don't get my work done. I will be disciplined and consistent.
  • Vague ass goals -- Instead of saying, "I will make 3 videos this month" I need to know what those videos will be and work on a plan to get it done.  I will make my monthly & weekly goals specific and actionable.

Going Forward

  • Schedule breaks from social and the internet (UNPLUGGING is good for the soul)
  • I refuse to be afraid to put myself out there! I've been doing this more by going live on Facebook & Instagram (I'm loving IG live the most).
  • Making real money from both businesses (so tired of scraping by) -- more disposable income to save, travel and give. I wrote down income goals and recalculated all of my expenses during my time off in December.
  • No more major work after October of each year -- I will use November to reflect and plan and December to celebrate, rest and reflect some more in the coming years.
  • More date nights with Eric and solo dates with the kids

Intentions for January 2017:

  • Pre-sale the hell out of Zero to Vegan (super excited to get this out!)
  • Make 1st therapy appointment
  • Take 2 days off from work during the last week of the month (sleep, catch up on shows and chill hard as hell)

Consistency goals for January:

  • Upload 4 YouTube videos (Small Grocery Haul, "Meaty" Lasagna,  Black Bean Spaghetti review, One Pot Weeknight Dinner)
  • 1 free workshop (4 Steps You Must Take to Go Vegan in 2017)
  • 2 podcast episodes (Where to Start & Jos interview)
  • Film "meaty" lasagna & What We Ate Today videos

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