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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.

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My Honest Review of Imperfect Produce


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.
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.


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. :-) 

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Easy Vegan Chicken Rice and Lime Soup Recipe


I’ve been making this vegan chicken rice and lime recipe for about three years.

This recipe takes about 30-minutes and is very family-friendly.
The measurements below is enough soup for 3 people. 
You can easily double the ingredients to serve up to 6 people.

Check out the full recipe tutorial below…

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Easy Vegan Chicken Rice and Lime Soup

by Brown Vegan

Cook Time: 30

Keywords: saute vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (serves 3)

  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 9 oz vegan chicken (you can find @beyondmeat brand in the frozen section at Target)
  • 1/2 juice of lime
For serving:
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Red chili flakes (if you want a little heat)
  • Cooked rice (about 4 cups)


In a medium pot, sauté the onions and garlic for 3 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Stir in celery, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano and salt.

Cook for 3 more minutes.

Next, add diced tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil.

Chop vegan chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Once boiling, mix in vegan chicken, cover and cook for 5 more minutes.

-The vegan chicken is already cooked, so you only need to warm for about 5 minutes.

Don’t overcook it.-

Squeeze in lime juice (about 2 teaspoons) and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Serve soup with chopped avocado, cilantro, red chili flakes and rice.

Inspired by Laura in the Kitchen

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Recipe adapted from Laura in the Kitchen's recipe

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Realistic Vegan Grocery Haul for Families


I spent about I spent about $300 at Wegmans on this vegan grocery haul for my family and the food lasted about 2 1/2 weeks.

Watch the full video here…

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