Gardein Beefless Hoisin Ginger

gardein beefless hoisin ginger

Gardein products are some of the most handy, delicious shortcut items I keep on hand for quick weeknight meals.

Ever tried them? They’re pretty amazing. And no, I don’t have any relationship with the company. I just like their products and what they’re doing.

Gardein specializes in plant-based chicken, beef and fish products and offers gluten-free and seasonal ‘holiday’ options. They’re made from soy, pea and wheat proteins, as well as grains. (All of their products are vegan). But the taste of many of Gardein’s products is realistic enough to stop a vegan in their tracks, and fool 99.2% of meat eaters (according to my in-depth research). You’ll find Gardein in the frozen food section at major chains throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in restaurants and other food service establishments.

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Best Cookbooks for Easy Vegan Recipes

easy vegan recipes

On a recent trip to Oregon, one of my goals (besides relaxing and getting away from the computer screen) was to prepare some simple vegan meals that my omnivore parents would love. And I wanted to be able to have these meals ready in under 30 minutes. My folks are open and curious eaters who enjoy a variety of foods, so I knew they would be receptive. But to add to the challenge, I wanted to see if I could source all of the ingredients from a local, traditional grocery store, as opposed to a health food or specialty store.

I started by picking out a few cookbooks I thought might have some quick, easy vegan recipes. I can usually wing it, and create simple vegan meals by improvising. But I wanted to try out some different published recipes so I can better recommend cookbooks to my readers and others who need suggestions.

What’s important to me is that the recipes work, since I don’t want to recommend books that overreach or are badly edited. I prefer foolproof recipes written by experienced chefs with a solid track record. It’s also important that recipes are full of flavor, so no one, regardless of their dietary preferences, would feel like they’re missing out on anything.

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Quick & Easy Vegan Cooking Methods

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Vegan cooking on a busy schedule can be a challenge. So many times I used to come home from a busy day and said, “Yeah, there’s no way I’m cooking.” But there are certain vegan cooking methods that lend themselves to whenever you're short on time … [Continue reading]

Tips On Going Vegan For Busy People

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One of the most common concerns I hear from prospective vegans is that they don’t have time. The idea of figuring out what to eat, where to shop and what to cook seems daunting. They’re usually afraid that this vegan lifestyle they’re considering … [Continue reading]

5 Surprising Myths about Veganism

Surprising Myths About Veganism

The longer I’m vegan, the more I realize that so many people have goofy perceptions about what vegans eat and what life on a vegan diet is like.Whether they think we subsist on cardboard or soylent green, or live with hunger and regret for the … [Continue reading]

Non-Vegan Ingredients To Avoid

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Don’t worry about the little stuff. That’s what I always tell people who are just starting out going vegan. Focus on the larger areas of your diet and the positive impact you’re making and don’t get too concerned with the minutiae until you’re … [Continue reading]

Healthy Vegan Snacks On the Go

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Believe it or not, I’m a little ‘Type A" about my snacks. Whether I’m commuting, or just running from one place to another throughout the day, I *always* carry a snack. Usually two. Luckily, if I find myself stuck, there are a fair amount of vegan … [Continue reading]

Types of Vegan Diets: A Diverse Mix

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If you put a group of vegans in a room, do you think they’ll agree on what to have for dinner? If your answer is ‘no,’ then you’re probably right. From a dietary perspective, what vegans have in common is eating foods that come from plants. While … [Continue reading]