Going Vegan and the Importance of Mindset

In today's post and podcast episode, we'll be talking about the importance of mindset when you switch to a vegan diet. For the past year, in which Brownble has really grown, I've been receiving the most incredible comments and emails from you telling me about your motivations, reasons for wanting to make this change, and especially your struggles. It's in that last one where I really love to linger with you and tell you that what you're going through is normal. That it's hard to give up cheese, meat, fish, and eggs. That it's hard to make the change when you're the only vegan you know, and when often times our closest family members and friends don't understand it or support it. That it's hard to go to social situations in the beginning, that it can be a big change trying to assemble meals in a different way than you did before. That it's hard to quiet down that little voice that is second guessing every step of the way, wondering if you're doing it perfectly right. 

I get it.

Vegan Barbecue Series: Refreshing Drinks and Sweet Treats

It's time for part 3 of our vegan barbecue series! In part 1 we talked all about vegan meatiness and marinades, part 2 was all about the basics of grilling perfect vegetables and making sides and salads to go with your meals, and today, for our last installment, it's time for some yummy drinks (boozy and PG 13 or less), and of course dessert.

Although I'm a firm believer that if you have a barbecue and are in the habit of using it, any meal of the week is an excuse to pop it open and do some grilling. However, today's ideas for vegan drinks and vegan desserts for barbecues are especially perfect for when you're entertaining. 

Asian Seitan Fajitas with Wasabi Avocado Cream

Seitan is one of those things that I thank veganism for. When we go vegan we think it's going to be all about giving up foods you love. The reality is that you're really giving up some foods you love and that taste good, and exchanging them for other foods that you love and that taste good. Once you wrap your head around this new way of eating, you discover that new options abound. Ingredients and combinations you would have probably never had as a meat eater are now filling your plate. Suddenly mealtime is about new discoveries as opposed to the lack you were expecting to find. This was totally the case for me and so many vegans I know. Carlos and I eat a much more varied diet now than we ever did as meat eaters. I'm talking worlds apart!

Vegan Barbecue Series: Vegetables, Sides and Salads

If you read or listened to last week's post or episode you know we're right in the middle of our delicious vegan barbecue series, in which I get to teach you some of my favorite plant-based goodies to pop on that grill this summer. Last week we covered vegan meats and marinades, and today it's time for some of my grilling favorites. Those barbecue sides, those perfectly charred veggies and the salads that will round out grilling season. Sides are a thing of beauty and we all know it. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are the perfect proof of that. Sure, we might have loved these holiday gatherings because of the big roast (which of course you can make vegan) at the center of the table, but usually when I ask people what their favorite part of their family's Thanksgiving was, they all mention their grandma's mashed potatoes or their dad's famous sweet potato casserole. Deep down, we're all side dish junkies. Grilling season is the perfect excuse to indulge in such a vice.

Everything Vegan: A Cruelty-Free Apparel Company with the Best Vegan Message Wear Out There!

Sometimes I come across a brand or company that makes me very excited to be vegan, and to have a space where I can showcase super cool businesses and products like the one I'm sharing with you today. Sometimes it's a new vegan cheese brand, other times it's a new line of vegan sausages, often times it's a company that is giving back to those who need it most, and sometimes, it's a company that helps spread veganism and this awesome lifestyle in a different way. That's where Everything Vegan, an awesome vegan clothing company from sunny California, comes in.

Sometimes being a vegan advocate means answering the hard vegan questions at the dinner table, or simply being the only vegan in the room, but there's something about hearing or seeing the word vegan on a complete stranger on the street, then printed on a menu at a restaurant, on the title of a book at Barnes and Noble, then seeing it in products when you go to the store. 

Vegan Barbecue Series: Plant-Based Meatiness and Marinades

Last week, we helped you celebrate 4th of July weekend with some delicious vegan recipes from across the blogosphere, which you can check out here. We had delicious homemade vegan sausages, red, white and blue fruit tarts and bars, crispy no fry onion rings, yummy burgers, the works! It inspired me to create the series you're going to start enjoying today, all with a friend in mind: the barbecue.

I can't tell you how much we love barbecue season. Partly because as Venezuelans we both grew up with family barbecues every weekend. Carlos would go to his grandparent's house, which was also the house he grew up in, and his whole family would get together on Saturdays for some grilling. We don't have seasons back home, meaning this was a tradition held year round. Talk about a lot of barbecues.

Vlog: Behind the Scenes of our FREE Vegan Breakfast and Brunch Classics Course!

As you've probably heard by now, we've created a brand new (and FREE!) online course, in which I teach you how to make breakfast and brunch classics, all in their vegan versions. This was a totally new and exciting adventure for us since it was the first individual course outside of our big kahuna, the online program.

This meant so many new challenges, a whole lot of getting organized, lots of recipe testing and so much we weren't even expecting, that we decided to make a little video showing you some behind the scenes action, of what goes on backstage at Brownble. 

10 Scrumptious Vegan Recipes for the 4th of July

I've always had a hard time answering the question "What is your favorite season?". Mostly because there's Christmas in the winter and I'm a Christmas-a-holic, also because I've always had a sweet spot for the colors of fall (and the first excuse to wear boots). Whenever I think either of these have beat spring and summer though, I remember... picnics, barbecues and potlucks.

Especially those barbecues at the end of a hot summer day.

During the summer, our grill is on almost every single Saturday, and yes, you can have the meanest and manliest of barbecues and make them 100% vegan. At our house Carlos mans the grill, but I do the marinating, make the seitan sausages or steaks, rub stuff on stuff and make the salads and sides. Yes, there is ALWAYS guacamole, and of course dessert.