Fire-Roasted Chickpeas & Rice Recipe(VIDEO)

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I don't know about you, but I live for quick and easy meals on busy days.

Hell, I like my meals quick and easy even when I don't have a lot going on. lol

Here's a quick lunch recipe with chickpeas, fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic, coconut milk, cumin, salt & pepper...and served with rice & (you can garnish with cilantro).

This meal took under 30 mins and the flavor is amazing!

Get the measuremenets and full video below..

Fire-Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 5

Cook Time: 20

Keywords: vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 teaspoon oil or vegetable broth to saute
  • (3) garlic cloves, minced
  • (2) 15 oz can of fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • (2) 15 oz cans of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • (1) 15 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • To serve: rice & cilantro

Instructions

In a large rimmed skillet, saute garlic for 10 seconds on med-lo heat.

Add in tomatoes (including the liquid) and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.

Mix in cumin and chickpeas.

Cover and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Shake the coconut milk can before opening.

Stir in coconut milk, salt, and black pepper.

Reduce heat and cook for another 5 minutes

Adjust seasoning, if necessary.

The sauce should thicken as you allow it to sit (about 5 mins).

Serve with brown rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.

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Does Your Boo HAVE to be Vegan?

Last month on the podcast (listen here), I had a chat with my girl DeChantell about her transition to raw veganism and struggles with dating as a vegan.

Being in a relationship as a new vegan or while dating can be...interesting.

When I started my journey back in 2010, Eric looked at me like this when I told him I wasn't cooking meat anymore...

At the time, I was a vegetarian, so he was expecting me to continue cooking multiple meals for him and the boys.

Ummm, no.

Going vegan was all good until he realized my decision would affect himDoes this sound familiar? lol

It wasn't an easy transition, but worth all the time that went into making this lifestyle as delicious and family-friendly for us as possible.

These days he's loving vegan meals at home (the kids, too!) and is glad that we made the shift for the animals and better health. :-)

With only about 2% of Americans identifying as vegan, it really does narrow down the dating pool when you're looking for a boo who is already vegan. Instead of limiting your options, I think it's best to find someone who is open-minded.

If I were to ever date again, the new guy wouldn't "have" to be a vegan, but he would have to be genuinely open-minded and respectful of my decisions.

He would have to be willing to try the food or cook for himself (I refuse to go back to cooking two meals lol), and we would have to share many of the same values.

Think of it this way, my husband Eric wasn't interested at all but came around once there was more education, consistency, and love.

What are your thoughts? 

Related posts: How to Date As A Vegan

 

Do you need the exact strategies I used to go vegan with my family? Check out Ready Set Go Vegan here.

 

 

 

Good Morning Washington Interview | Brown Vegan

I did something incredibly uncomfortable this week!

I went on Good Morning Washington and did not one, but two segments on how to go vegan.

Even though I was stressed the hell out leading up to these interviews (I only had about four days notice), I think they came out pretty good. This was my first time on TV!

I had to take my nerves out of the equation and instead focus on what I can do to get more people to eat plant-based meals. 

It was all about the vegan love!

Check out both segments in the vid below...

In the first segment, I went over some tips on how to go vegan (not in this order, but here are the talking points I gave the producer):

  • Get clear on WHY you want to go vegan -- health, protest factory farming, protect the planet, etc.
  • Make the decision that this is the lifestyle for you -- You will always flip back and forth or make excuses about why you can't do it.
  • Explore your grocery store in a new way -- Try to spend the majority of your time in the produce department and shop the perimeter.
  • Always make sure you have a plan -- what will you eat at home/work and how you will handle eating out.
  • Always focus on what you CAN eat and not what you CAN'T eat -- There's so much variety as a vegan.
  • Get support -- use social media & YouTube for recipes and tips and/or have a friend/family member join you.
  • Be gentle with yourself - Understand this is a process and will take time to get used to grocery shopping, meal planning & cooking in this new & exciting way.

In the second segment we did a quick food demo:

Vegan fried chicken recipe

Vegan macaroni and cheese recipe

Kale salad recipe

Resources mentioned:

My podcast

Vegan Starter Kit

 

I'm so thankful and excited to continue to do this work!

How to Co-Parent Vegan Kids | Q&A Video

One of the ladies on my Instagram asked what to do if you co-parent and want your child to be vegan while visiting the other parent.

This question is very personal to me because my two older kids visited their dad several times a month when we started our journey (he lives in Texas now, so they only see him during the summer and holidays).

Click below to watch my response to this question...

Tips mentioned in the video:

  • Have a conversation with the other parent -- let him/her know what you're doing and why you're doing it.
  • Pack meals to make it easy for the other parent and the kids
  • Set an example for your child -- Educate him/her on how you're eating vegan meals, shop together, cook together and be a positive influence.