Want your family to GO VEGAN? BE the Example!

I went to my parents' house yesterday and was so excited to see tofu and coconut milk in their fridge!

My dad wasn't exactly sure what to do with the tofu (I gave some tips lol), but he was open to trying it when he saw it in the store.
Dad has taken gradual steps to replace some of his meat with vegan options. I'm so excited!

He does all the cooking at home, so when he eat well, so does my mom. :-)

Here's a quick video I did while there...

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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Let me know what you think once you try the recipe.



December 2016 Recap and Going Forward with 2017

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.

$100 Whole Foods Grocery Haul | Vegan Family Meals

How is your week going?

I feel so accomplished already because I got a new YouTube video up for you and the outline is done for a free virtual workshop going down next week (you can sign up for the workshop here).

One of the things that has skyrocketed my productivity this week is taking overwhelming/big projects and breaking them down (on paper) into digestible steps.

I know this may sound easy, but so many of us spend a lot of time in our heads and don't take the action we need to go to the next level.

This same method can be applied to starting a vegan journey.

Some people can go vegan overnight, but the majority of us need manageable steps to make it happen.

What will your next step be to get closer to a compassionate and more healthy vegan life? It can be as simple as switching your dairy milk to almond milk or using coconut oil (or Earth Balance buttery spread) in place of dairy butter. 

Break the big goal down into baby steps and make it happen!


In the latest YouTube video (watch below), I show you what I was able to get for $93 at Whole Foods and how I plan to use these ingredients. This food only lasted a couple of days, but I wanted to share because it's been too long since I've posted a grocery haul video for you.


These days, I don't go the grocery store as much as I used to. I'm so thankful for services like Instacart and Amazon Fresh! They deliver groceries right to your home.

This is what dreams are made of! lol

PLUS, I can use that shopping time with my family and  to grow my biz. 

You know, the important stuff. :-)

Don't ever feel like you have to shop at stores like Whole Foods to be vegan. You can literally get vegan options at any grocery store.

Rice, beans, potatoes, greens, bananas, etc. are all vegan and accessible.

I also put together a shopping list with a list of vegan options for categories, such as: protein, fruit, vegetables, snacks, condiments and grains to make grocery shopping easier.


Recipes mentioned in the video:

  • Lasagna (video & blog post coming soon)
  • Chickpea salad sandwich
  • Grilled cheese (used Rudi bread and Field Roast chao cheese slices)

Brands mentioned:

  • Instacart
  • Just Mayo
  • Amazon Fresh


There's so much variety in a vegan lifestyle, so get started and have fun!