Tag Archives: vegetarian

How to Make the BEST Vegan Cheese Sauce Ever (Feese!)

Mac 'n' Feese

Mac ‘n’ Feese

We have a tradition in this family of renaming vegetarian/vegan products with a sort of short-hand. If it’s fake chicken, it’s ficken; if it’s fake crab, it’s fab; fake bacon is fakin’.

We do this will all sorts of meat replacements. And… as my husband found out the hard way… one should not do this with duck, particularly in front of one’s 8-year old daughter. Fake duck = …. oops!

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Sloppy Bellas: A Vegan Version of Sloppy Joes!

Sloppy BellasOne of the things my husband and I have both noticed since changing our diet to full-on vegetarian (i.e., we eat no meat/flesh though we do still eat eggs, dairy, and honey) is that you start to miss certain things. Comfort foods. Childhood classics. Those hearty (often naughty) stick-to-your-ribs meals that feel like a real “treat.”

Which is why I was thrilled to discover a vegan take on the super-classic “sloppy joe” sandwich recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, Quick-Fix Vegan, by Robin Robertson. It’s meaty, rich in flavor, and fully satisfying… and feels like a naughty indulgence rather than a healthy, meat-free meal!

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5 Green + Easy Resolutions for the New Year

Green ManHappy New Year everyone! I’ve been a bit MIA with all the crazy weather, canceled schooldays, and general household-type-busy-minutia (with a few unexpected mini-crises thrown in).

To kick things off as I get back in the routine of posting regularly, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on some of the most significant things you can do to help green things up this year. Most of these ideas not only save you money, but they also ensure you have a less toxic home, an increased amount of self-sufficiency, and are actively engaged in planetary stewardship through sustainable efforts.

All of which should make for a pretty rewarding 2014!

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How to Save a Turkey for Thanksgiving

Adopt A TurkeyRecently, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she had adopted a turkey. Intrigued, I followed the link and stumbled upon something that will now be a Thanksgiving tradition in our household.

Farm Sanctuary, with three locations nationwide, runs an “Adopt a Turkey” program every year to enable people to sponsor turkeys in the organization’s shelters. You get a certificate of adoption, info about your turkey, and all manner of fuzzy feelings in return.

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Go Meatless and Save Money: 9 Essential Vegetarian + Vegan Cookbooks

Mango Eggplant Lentil SaladOne of the best reasons in the world to go meatless at least one day a week is because it saves you so much money! Meat prices seem to have sky-rocketed lately… and if you want to eat organic, local, grass-fed, or the like – you’re paying  a pretty penny for the privilege of noshing on animal protein.

I am a firm believer that everyone has to figure out how their body wants to eat. We aren’t all made the same, and I do not advocate for a one-size-fits all diet. So I suggest going meatless now and then more as a money-saving, Earth-stewardship, eco-friendly, mindful-consumption sort of option. It just makes common sense – on multiple fronts – and with the right tools can be entirely painless… one might even say surprisingly enjoyable.

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