Posts tagged vegan meats
Easy Meal ideas for When You're Tired of Eating Beans

When I had my first veggie bowl as a vegan I remember thinking “I could eat like this forever, I could never grow tired of eating beans”. I was eating one of my go-to’s, a bowl with brown rice (sometimes millet or quinoa), black beans sautéed with peppers, onions, paprika and tomatoes, pico de gallo salsa and a dollop of guacamole to top everything up. This is still a regular meal for lunch at our house, and I love black beans dearly, but the idea that I could eat beans at every single meal forever and always and never grow tired of them, well, that was an apple of a different color.

Legumes are such an important staple in vegan meals and a fantastic protein source when eating enough of them. For most of us that means 3 servings per day, or a serving at every meal as I like to say. As we get older, or when we’re going through specific life stages, 4 is a great number to strive for. Legumes doesn’t mean beans alone though, peanut butter, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, veggie meats and many other meals made with legumes count, which means you don’t have to have a bean burrito for breakfast, unless you love the idea of course!

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Mini Q & A!: Thoughts on Whole Foods vs Processed Foods, and Vegan Companies Owned by Non-Vegan Ones

We haven’t had a Q&A episode in such a long time! Our last one was to celebrate our 100th episode in The Brownble Podcast (part 1 and part 2), and since you’ve sent me so many questions I’d thought I’d settle down in front of the mic and answer them as best as I can, sharing any additional resources that might help you on your journey.

Since I love having Q&A’s that are as fluid, casual and friendly as a fun conversation with a friend, today we won’t be having the traditional written version of this episode, but I invite you to grab a cup of coffee, get comfy on the couch and listen in.

I’ll be answering a very popular question I see come up again and again in vegan circles: Should we be buying vegan products from brands that aren’t vegan, or from companies that have been bought by non-vegan companies? I’ll also discuss a question one of our darling Sams sent our way, which is related to whole foods vs. processed foods, and some of the specific vegan dietary trends or philosophies that restrict veganism further than excluding meat dairy and eggs.

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The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Sandwiches

I pretty much always have an idea of what to make for lunch and dinner on any given day. All it takes is a glance at my fridge and the ingredients I have and I immediately feel inspired to create something. There's one exception though. One little guy I always forget about, which also happens to be one of the most fun, versatile and delicious things you can eat: the sandwich.

It's so strange that I often think about these bad boys last since I grew up on sandwiches. On our trips to the beach while I was growing up, my mom would pack tuna fish sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches (my personal favorite), ham and cheese, all pretty basic and standard. When it came to sandwiches though, my mother was not the queen.

She had a rival.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Veganism

We've got so many new vegans on board! As I told you in last week's episode in which we talked all about the importance of mindset when it comes to this transition, we've been receiving daily emails from you guys filled with questions, struggles, victories, challenges, and stories when it comes to your transition to a vegan diet. This inspired me to create today's post and podcast episode, in which I show you some of the frequently asked vegan questions we get, and the tips and resources that have helped so many of you and that helped me on my journey when switching to a vegan diet.

We'll cover everything from "where do vegans get protein and other nutrients?", "are vegan meats safe to eat?", "can pregnant women be vegan?", "can infants or children be vegan?", how to build a balanced plate, how to be in a relationship with someone who isn't vegan, questions related to calcium, omega 3s, iron, vitamin B12. Whether or not a vegan diet is difficult to maintain, and so many others.

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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.

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Chestnut and Lentil Loaf

There's a scene in the film The Wedding Crashers in which Will Ferrell's character screams to his mother: "maaaaa!!!!! the meatloaf!!!!!". It's a little funny bit we do at our house whenever I make this delicious dish I'm teaching you how to make today. Meatloaf was always a big part of my childhood. My mom would serve it with mashed potatoes, lots of ketchup on the side, green beans, and the leftovers would be made into sandwiches later on which was possibly the best part.

Today I'm teaching you how to make a classic meatloaf without any meat! Animal meat that is, because let me tell you that lentils and the rest of the ingredients in this recipe will give you nothing less than the meatiest meatloaf. Although there are endless ways to make a lentil loaf, today I've done it using chestnuts, which makes this dish perfect for the holiday season, and really good next to any of our gravies or pan sauces, not to mention the simple addition of a little extra ketchup on the side.

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