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 measurements 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 (drain the juice)
  • 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 (drain the juice) 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 rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.

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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.

Vegan Family Grocery Haul (VIDEO)

Vegan grocery haul alert!

In this haul, I use Instacart to bring groceries to our house while I worked on a project.

Instacart is amazing! You just use the app to order and pay for your groceries, and they send someone to shop and deliver the food to you.

In this grocery haul, I spent about $200 at Whole Foods.

Of course, you don't have to shop at places like Whole Foods to be vegan -- Wal-Mart, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Kroger and Aldi all have vegan options. 

Related: Check out this podcast episode I did sharing tips on how to save money on your grocery bill. 

Click below to watch the full video...

Did you notice how I butchered "Worcestershire" in this video? After filming, I watched a YouTube tutorial, and practiced saying it for 15 minutes. I can finally pronounce it right now! At least I think so lol

Resources mentioned in the video:

Where do you grocery shop the most? Leave me a comment below.