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Stupid Vegetable soups!   4 comments

Why does vegetable soup need to have chicken fat or milk in it?  Do the makers not think about the fact that people who buy vegetable soup might only want vegetables?  How annoying!  It took me 20 minutes in the grocery store just to pick out a soup.   When I finally found one with out animal, I realized it had soy bean oil. 

I know soy bean oil isn’t the biggest deal, but I’m really trying to avoid soy.  But just like corn in this country, it’s pretty hard to get away from it.

Why oh why can’t we just have a vegetable soup with just vegetables?

I finally found a soup from Select Harvest  that had no animal product but it did have some things I had to go home and research like Locus bean gum and Xanthan gum.   After my research, I decided it’s okay as much as process food can be okay.

Basically the best thing we can do is just make our food our self.  Maybe I’ll just make a whole bunch of home cooked meals from scratch and freeze them until I need them.   Because it’s rediculous the way things are.

I stopped at a grocery store to quickly pick up some soup because I didn’t want to spend 20 minutes cooking something.  But it ended up taking me 20 minutes just to find a real vegetable soup and another 7 to get home.   At the end of the day, I still had to eat locus bean and Xanthan gum.

All I wanted was vegetable soup!

Seitan Sandwich!   Leave a comment

Here’s a calivegans recipe for a quick, delicious seitan sandwich.

Here’s what you need:



alfalfa sprouts


sun dried tomatoes

I sliced a couple of pieces of a whole wheat roll, used Follow Your Heart Soy Free Vegenaise® and soy sauce free seitan that I made a couple of days ago.

Toast your bread.  Heat up your seitan.  Slather on some vegenaise.  Alfalfa sprouts next.  Then sun dried tomatoes and top with sietan.  This sandwich is so tasty, so healthy and it’s quick!  On the go?  Grab a tortilla and make a wrap!

Bon appetit!

Posted November 13, 2011 by calivegans in protein, quick meals

Win Free Food!!!!   12 comments

 Hey guys!  We just created this awesome combo with a Stonehouse 27 sauce and Lundberg Heat and Eat Rice Bowl.  We enjoyed our dish, but we would love to hear what you would add to make your killer combo.  So use your imagination and let us know, and you could win a free rice bowl and 12 oz sauce!

Our combo?  We used the Stonehouse 27 dates & tamarind sauce and Lundberg Heat and Eat Organic Long Grain Brown Rice Bowl.   We added grilled eggplant, yellow squash and baby bella mushrooms, which came out awesome! 

The dates & tamarind is a sweet and spicy sauce that has a bold flavor with a unique lightness to it.  It’s important to keep that in mind when imagining your combo.  We found that the Lundberg Brown Rice Bowl was a great balance with the sauce.

You can go to and to find a retailer near you should you decide to purchase one of these great items.  Lundberg Family Farms and Stonehouse 27 Co are on facebook too, if you want to check them out.

Contest entrants must:

Post a comment with your killer combo.  The combo is what you think would be great to add to the brown rice bowl and dates & tamarind sauce.

Use no more than 3 other ingredients.

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Contest ends Monday 10/17 so don’t delay!!!




Posted October 11, 2011 by calivegans in quick meals

Alfalfa is back!   3 comments

When I was a little girl, I was friends with two sisters who were vegetarians.  At the time, I couldn’t comprehend the thought of not eating meat.  That meant no hot dogs, no pepperoni pizza, no Bologna!  What would life be like, I wondered.  Why would anyone want to do that?

I remember one day my friends came over to play and they had their lunch with them, which was peanut butter and Alfalfa Sprouts.  I was very confused.  “What the heck is an Alfalfa Sprout?” I said to myself.  My friend let me taste a piece and I actually liked it.  I really liked it!   I had a new love, Alfalfa sprouts!  I asked my mom to buy some, but she frowned saying she wasn’t going to waste money on that.  So there went the end of my new love.

But eventually I became an adult as well as a vegetarian and saw them at a salad bar.  Alfalfa Sprouts!  I cheered out loud.  Yes I know, child like behavior.  But It was Alfalfa and we go way back.  So I was able to enjoy them again until they raised the price of the salad bar.  At the time having money to party was more important to me.  So out went that old flame again.

But don’t fret people.  I found them again today!  I also decided to jazz them up a bit.  So I put a special sauce on them and made a sandwich.  Fabulous!

Alfalfa is officially back in my life!

Oh yeah, Alfalfa contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K.  If it is harvested right it can even produce chlorophyll.  Don’t even get me started about the benefits of chlorophyll.


Snack Whore   Leave a comment

One of the most critical components to my newfound veganism is snacking.  Oh how I love to snack!  Snacking keeps my stomach full and gives me the necessary calories that just veggies and fruits three times a day wouldn’t do.  Plus, snacking is soo much fun!  Who doesn’t love a snack?

As a vegan, I think it’s an absolute necessity to incorporate snacking into your daily routine.  Us vegans, not consuming any meat and dairy, tend to burn right through our meals.  While vegan meals are very filling at the time and for a couple of hours thereafter, I find that the full-o-meter tends to be on “e” way before it’s time for my next big meal.  This, is where snacking comes in.  Figure out what you like.  Sweet?  Salty?  Both?  Then hit your local grocery, health foods store or farmer’s market.

For sweet there are a bunch of vegan treats I love.  I’ve just discovered vegan, soy free (which is great for me and those with soy allergies) brown rice crispy treats courtesy of Trader Joe’s ®.  I also love their kettle corn.  Try dried fruits, like banana chips.  Mmmmm!  Vegan ice cream?  There are a whole range of dairy free ice creams made from soy, rice milk and coconut milk.  Choose the one that suits your tastes; and there’s always sorbet.  Nowadays, there are plenty of vegan versions of the sweet treats we love.  Uncle Eddie’s® is a great brand.  A lot of great snacks can be found at your local farmer’s market too.  Remember fruit roll ups?  Well, they still exist, in a healthy fruit wrap version.  Don’t forget good ol’ fashioned fresh fruit, too!  Grapes, cherries, oranges, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries…you get the idea.

In the mood for something salty?  There’s a slew of options on the salty side, as well.  My new fave, plantain chips.  Sooo good!  Pita chips, try to get whole wheat ones, with hummus are fantastic.  Nuts, nuts, nuts!  Nuts are not only delicious and nutritious, but they are super filling.  Grab a couple of handfuls of pistachios or almonds on your way out the door and your stomach will love you for it.  While they’re not the healthiest, potato chips are salty 🙂  Howeva!  Make sure they are organic, low sodium chips if you can and read the ingredients.  All the ingredients should be something that wasn’t made in a lab, like oh I don’t know… potatoes, salt and oil?  These are just a few ideas when it comes to snacking.

One of the best parts of snacking is discovering the snack.  When shopping, vegans can’t be in a rush, so make sure to have time on your hands to explore and read labels.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the interesting things you’ll find.  Remember, you’re a vegan now.  Living off of three meals a day, isn’t as easy as it was when you were tearing up chicken legs in your meat eating days.  So put on your cruelty-free shoes and go snacking!


I Heart Smoothies!!   Leave a comment

Since I began this venture into veganism, one of the essential tools I’ve come to appreciate and love is SMOOTHIES!  I was first introduced to smoothies by my co-author here on calivegans a little while back, when I used to sucker her into making them for me on occasion.  However, having my blender die on me months before, I never ventured into the world of smoothie making myself.  That all changed when, “by chance” (I don’t believe in “chance”) the day before we were to start our full body cleanse, we ran across blenders for sale at Target®.  We jumped on them and thus began my love affair with smoothies.

Smoothies are a great breakfast, especially if you’re on the go in the mornings, as most of us are.  They are quick and easy to make, full of nutrients, energy-boosting, surprisingly filling, and dee-licious!  They can also be a great midday snack or an evening sweet tooth soother.  No matter what time of day you enjoy a smoothie, you are always getting a great meal full of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Sold?  Perfect.  Now all you need is obviously, a blender.  Once you’ve got that, head to your grocery store freezer section.  Pick out your favorite frozen fruits.  Mango chunks, strawberries and blueberries are my faves.  You can find almost any fruit you love in the frozen section.  Another favorite new pastime I have picked up on my vegan adventures is freezing my own fresh fruit.  This may also be more cost effective, if there are sales in the fresh fruit aisle, or when choosing organic.  Just rinse the fruit, cut it up, put it in a freezer bag and throw it in theeee… you guessed it, freezer.  Voila!  Frozen fruit.

Now that you have your fruits, fresh or frozen, it’s time to head to the juice aisle and pick out your favorite juices.  Now, here’s where you have to focus.  Make sure you are buying 100% juice, none of that kinda’ sorta’ stuff; defeats the purpose.  I would also suggest going a step further and making it organic.  Orange juice is a great base for your smoothie.  Another favorite base of mine is green drink/juice.  Depending on the brand, these can be very tasty, contrary to popular belief.  I love Trader Joe’s® Green Plant Green Food Juice Blend.  I would also recommend adding a vegetable juice to your smoothie for extra nutrients.  I like carrot and beet juice.  Make sure to mix it with a sweet juice base so the smoothie is still deelish.  Electrolyte-rich coconut water is another great “juice” to add to a smoothie, but I would mix another juice with it as it may water down the flavor.  Definitely, try out your favorite fruit juices and if you’re in a creamy mood, add some almond, soy or rice milk.  Mix, mingle and experiment.  Your taste buds will love what you discover!

Now, you’re home with your frozen fruits and juice staring at your blender.  All you do is pour in your juice(s); about 1.5 cups, for a good-sized smoothie.  Throw in your frozen fruits, do NOT thaw.  (I also add some unfrozen banana for extra sweetness and more nutrients, depending on the juices I’m using).  You should see some of the fruits peeking out of the top of the juice. You can also add protein and green food powders for more nutrients and well, protein.  Next, hit the switch aaaand… smoothie!

**For breakfast, I suggest drinking a full glass of water before or after your smoothie (a) because water is good for you duh! and (b) it helps keep you feeling  full and satisfied even longer.

Welcome to the woooorld o’ smoothies!  Enjoy!


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