Easy Vegan Meal Planning Tips for Dinner

I know how overwhelming it can be to plan all your vegan meals for the week.

In this video, I share some tips on how to save time (and hopefully some coins) in the kitchen.

Recap of the tips:

  • Veganize your favorite meals — Love spaghetti? Use vegan crumbles instead of ground beef.

  • Save time on grocery shopping and cooking by using services like Instacart (someone else can shop for you) and Purple Carrot (use discount code “brownvegan” to save $30) will eliminate some of your overwhelm.

  • Be open to experimenting in the kitchen and expect to fail a bit too!

  • Use Pinterest, YouTube and cookbooks from the library for recipe inspiration.

  • Keep a list of all the recipes that worked well, so you can refer back to them when you get too busy to look at Pinterest or YouTube for inspiration.

  • Theme your dinners — Taco Tuesdays, leftovers on Saturdays, pasta on Wednesdays, etc.

  • Plan for leftovers, so you don’t have to cook daily.

  • Establish 3-5 go-to meals that take less than 30 minutes to cook.

Resources mentioned in the video:

  • Brands that have vegan crumbles (to replace ground beef): Beyond Meat & Gardein

  • My t-shirt is from https://www.healthywholealive.com/hwa... 20% of the price will be sent to the Evangelical Church of Liberia who is committed to feeding hundreds of children in need. Support this dope cause!

  • Evernote is the free software I mentioned to clip and save recipes

Yes, vegans can eat scrambled eggs! | JUST Egg Review & Demo

I'm finally trying the vegan JUST Egg!

In the video below, I test out the product in scrambled eggs, cheese eggs, and french toast.

I purchased 2 bottles for $7.99 (each) from Wegmans.

Check justforall.com to find out where you can purchase the vegan eggs in your zip code.

Resources mentioned in the video:

  • The french toast recipe was adapted from here

  • Violife vegan cheese

Have you tried it? Share your thoughts!

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I QUIT Being Vegan Last Year

In this YouTube video, I talk about my vegan story (started back in 2010), struggles with being vegan in 2018, insecurities about not having the life & relationships I want (yet), and being held back by shame. ⁣⁣⁣

I have to admit, I almost didn’t post this (or this podcast episode with more details). ⁣⁣⁣

It’s so hard to come to terms with your life not being where I want it to be...BUT releasing my truth is a part of my healing.⁣⁣⁣

This level of candor will help me do the REAL work necessary to help myself and others have the lives we’ve always wanted. ⁣⁣⁣

I truly appreciate all of the love & support I’ve received over the last several days. ⁣⁣⁣

I have THE BEST audience on the internet. I’m overwhelmed by the kindest emails, DMs, voice memos & videos.⁣⁣⁣

I still have so much work to do, but I’m up for the challenge. ❤️

FYI: I’m still a vegan. I just want to share my story because I have a feeling I’m not alone.

My Honest Review of Imperfect Produce

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Last year I saw Plant-Based Brotha do an unboxing from a company called Imperfect Produce.

His haul looked great, so I checked out the company’s site and was drawn in by its mission to reduce food waste in the U.S.

FACT: 20 billion pounds of fruits and veggies go to waste on farms every year, oftentimes because they don’t live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores.”

Even though I was interested in trying Imperfect Produce, I didn’t place an order because the service wasn’t available in the DC area yet. This changed a couple of weeks ago when I saw an ad on my Instagram feed for Imperfect Produce and placed my first order.

Here’s a short video of me opening my first box…

Recap of my experience:
*I ordered a small box and paid $13 (including shipping) for a variety of produce - check out the video to see everything I got. They offer mixed (fruit & veggie) boxes, fruit only and vegetable only boxes. Since this was my first box, I did save about $6 on my order.
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I customized my box with organic and conventional produce to fit my meal plan for the week and paid about 30% less than the grocery store on “ugly” produce. I’m so glad they allow you to customize your order, because I didn’t want to receive a lot of stuff I wouldn’t eat (which is counterproductive if the purpose of the service is to avoid the trashcan). As you can see in the video and pictures, nothing about these produce are ugly.

*I loved that I received a text message when my driver was in route to drop off my delivery. It even included a map to track the driver.

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Overall, this was a dope experience! They have an option to set up weekly or biweekly auto deliveries.

I plan to use the biweekly option going forward.

Of course, you can skip boxes and cancel at any time too.

I know Imperfect Produce isn’t available everywhere yet, but have you used them, or a similar service?

P.S. When I posted about Imperfect Produce on Instagram and used the #cookingugly hashtag, they donated 5 lbs of produce to a local food bank. :-)