Hello Fresh Thoughts and $40 Discount/Coupon Code- with Pics!

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The subscription box industry has exploded lately with probably over a dozen different players joining. Everyone from Hello Fresh to Blue Apron to Home Chef and many more all wants to get in on the action. All have their pitch to sell and have their pro’s and con’s. Home Chef is actually one of our favorites (Our thoughts on it Here) but another solid box that is vegetarian friendly with easily veganizable recipes (for those meals that are not already vegan) is Hello Fresh.

Hello Fresh meals tend to be simpler, more common ingredients and the meals are very recreatable for those who like to get inspired in your day-to-day cooking. A number of our current staples that we make weekly originally came from a Hello Fresh meal. The portions tend to be smaller/less caloric than some of the other boxes so if you are big eaters, I would consider some other boxes like Home Chef. However, if you don’t want to overeat and have more portion control, this is a plus. Continue Reading…

Home Chef Thoughts and $30 Discount/Coupon Code- with Pics!

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Thoughts: Wifey and I love cooking, we love eating well and we love trying new things to eat. Unfortunately, between having two kids, jobs, furry animals and everything that has to do with the joys of owning a house, we tend to inevitably cook the same few quick (but yummy!) meals all the time. This is where food delivery boxes come in like Home Chef come into the picture.

For at least 3 meals every week, more if we order a larger box from them, we eat 3 new great meals. Like anything else, some dishes we like more than others but for the most part we have a blast learning new recipes and eating new delicious meals all the time. One great thing about Home Chef is they often use ingredients that are either harder to find in our local supermarket, or we flat out never knew about, so we get to explore that way too.

Vegan Home Chef? Home Chef actually used to have a Vegan menu to choose from each week but have since limited their options so that those ordering 3 meals a week need to pick a mix of vegan/vegetarian meals (at least one meal is usually fully vegan and you could always order multiples of that meal instead of the vegetarian options). We simply swap any dairy items for vegan alternatives we keep stocked at home. I know this really bothers some vegans but the more interest the vegan/vegetarian meals get, the more likely they are to increase those options and offer excursively vegan ones. We just give the non-vegan items to a local food pantry or to someone who would better appreciate them.

Long story short, it’s totally worth it, I highly recommend them. Anyway, enough talking, let the pictures speak for themselves. Here is just a sample of some of the deliciousness that we enjoyed thanks to Home Chef:

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Baby Tips: Getting Prepped (Food-Wise) for a Newborn

Food is such an important part of pregnancy. And as your due date approaches you want to be thinking more and more about getting your home stocked with food for when the baby comes. Mind you, the newborn does not need the food as they just need their mother’s breastmilk for the first 6 months, but the parents definitely do.  Seeing as both parents will not be sleeping a ton, they will be burning off more calories just by being awake more. Add to that the stress of caring for a newborn and breastfeeding (which burns about 500 calories extra each day!) and you will have very hungry parents who have little time to cook or shop. Now this is where the prepping comes in handy, very handy!
Stock the Freezer as if it were doomsday

Kale Rice Casserole - Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

Kale Rice Casserole – Easy, Vegan, and Delicious!

Editors Note: This was written right after the baby was born but is being posted 7 months later because babies. You. will. have. no. time. Make the food! 🙂

Okay so I exaggerate, but you still get the point. One awesome thing that we did was get a stand-alone freezer. Even though our refrigerator is relatively large, it was still extremely limiting in terms of how much food we can store. We would shed a rueful tear every time we were in Costco and couldn’t get a bunch of the frozen goodies because we knew we didn’t have enough space in our freezer. Now we are able to take much better advantage of sales on frozen foods since we have room for them. Pro tip: get an upright freezer instead of the chest freezer. Reason being is everyone I’ve talked to who owns one says that you end up “losing” lots of things at the bottom of the freezer because you can’t see or reach them easily. Having a vertical opening freezer allows us to see everything we have effortlessly and also just makes it much simpler to use each time.
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Butternut Squash Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

If you want a very decadent tasting meal that’s actually super healthy, look no further. This is a recipe that wifey and I have been making for a couple of years now and we absolutely love it. There are tons of vegan mac and cheese recipes but few are even close to healthy as this one and it tastes great!

Butternut Squash Vegan Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Vegan Mac and Cheese

1 small chopped onion or shallots
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Cloves of garlic
16oz chopped butternut squash
2 large carrots
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11 Common Ingredients and Foods that are Not So Vegan

11 Common Ingredients and Foods that are Not so Vegan

In the world of nutrition and ingredients, things are not always what they seem. We are so used to seeing random ingredients on the labels of our foods that we don’t even pay too much attention to them anymore. Here is a handy little list to have for ingredients and other foods that are not so vegan but are commonly found in everyday foods.

  • Casein (also Caseinate and Sodium Caseinate)
    Casein is a milk protein. Milk is not vegan. Comically enough, it’s actually found in a lot of soy products, which seems counterintuitive to me. It’s also the addictive part of cheese that makes you want to come back for more.
  • Gelatin
    Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments or bones of cows and pigs. Jello and marshmallow is generally made with gelatin. Some vitamin capsules are also made from gelatin
  • Cochineal. Carminic Acid.
    This is actually crushed female cochineal beetle. It makes a red dye that is used as food coloring and can be found anywhere from apple sauce to hard candy.
  • Lactose
    Milk sugar that is a common and well known allergen. Oddly enough it is still added to baked goods and other food products.
  • Whey
    Also a milk protein. Whey is found just about everywhere including breads, cookies, cakes, etc.
  • Caesar Salad Dressing
    Caesar salad dressing actually has anchovies. Turns out the that “original” Caesar dressing recipe did not have anchovies but were added at some point when the kitchen ran out of ingredients and the chef made do with what he had (which included anchovies). Somehow it stuck and is now a common thing.

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Kiwi Citrus Smoothie Recipe

Kiwi Citrus Smoothie Recipe

After purchasing about 5 pounds of kiwi’s from Costco (their smallest size), I realized that I need to figure out some new ways of eating them. So I came up with this super simple but very light and delicious smoothie. It still has my signature high calorie content from the oatmeal, but you can always take it out for something less filling.

3-4 Peeled Kiwis
3 Peeled Clementines
1 Unpeeled diced Apple
1 Cup rolled oats
1-2 Cups water or almond milk
1 Cup of ice

Add the oatmeal, clementines, kiwis, cut up apple, water/almond milk and then ice in that order. You always want to fill up the blender from smallest to biggest sized pieces, with anything frozen at the end for best results. I also add in some hemp hearts and wheat germ for added protein and nutrition. Blend on high until the smoothie is light, airy and smooth. It’s very refreshing and different from the usual smoothies.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: ~555
Fats: ~8g
Fiber: ~21g
Protein: ~16g

 

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Mushroom Soup Recipe

With the temperatures dipping faster than oil prices, it’s a great time to make warm delicious soup. One of our more recent recipe acquisitions has quickly become a favorite, and for good reason too. It takes very little time to make, packs a mean nutritious punch and tastes so damn good. The flavor is rich and the texture is extremely light. Highly recommended.
1 Large chopped onion
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Cloves of garlic
8 oz fresh mushrooms (any kind)
16 oz fresh or frozen broccoli
1 Can white, navy or pinto beans
2 Cups veggie stock
1 Cup water
Nutrition Facts:
Calories: ~900
Fats: ~32g
Fiber: ~32g
Protein: ~47g

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Strawberry Oatmeal Spinach Banana Smoothie Recipe

By Donat a/k/a The Vegan Hubby

I like nice hearty but delicious smoothies. A lot. Mainly because they have more calories and actually fill me up instead of just leaving a pleasant taste in my mouth. So I devised this little concoction for a scrumptious and satisfying smoothie. Serves about 4 people, or 1 of me.

1 Cup old fashioned oats
2 Tbsp. flax seeds
½ Packet of tofu
2 Cups fresh spinach
1 peeled banana
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger
1 ½ Cups frozen strawberries
1 Cup of ice
2 Cups water or almond milk
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Funny Vegan: New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year's from the Vegan Wifey! Cheers!

Written by Donat a/k/a The Vegan Hubby

How many years in a row have you promised yourself that THIS year your diet is undergoing a complete transformation? How many New Year’s Resolutions have you broken at the first sight of a cheeseburger? Make this year count with these (somewhat) helpful Resolution tips!

1) Fake it till you make it!

When people ask you how your New Year’s Resolution is going, tell them it’s going better than you ever imagined, even if it couldn’t be further from the truth! Yes you said you weren’t going to eat dairy anymore but you just chowed down enough cheese to feed a small French village. If the person you’re talking to did not directly see you do it, it never happened! The key is in the details. Make sure to let them know about all these exotic foods you’re eating. Name every green vegetable you can think of. Tell ‘em you feel like a million bucks, even if couldn’t run up a flight of stairs without wheezing like a freight train. If you make the story real enough, it will become a reality… if you live long enough.

2) It’s not your fault. Ever!

And it never was! All those previous years had nothing to do with you. Disregard any and all “new age” folks who keep trying to push their “personal accountability” beliefs down your throat. What do they know anyway? Sure they might be in great shape, can bounce a quarter on their back sides and have enough energy to power a city block. So what? They don’t have all the roadblocks that you do. I bet they’re not even subscribed to Netflix. And you still have a fridge full of frozen pizzas that simply cannot go to waste. They don’t have to know that you’ve been restocking those pizzas weekly. Accept no personal responsibility for where you are in life. Period.
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Vegan Kids Miss Out on Traditional Foods

Written by Donat a/k/a The Vegan Hubby

With our baby’s due date fast approaching, we are getting lots of questions about what foods the baby will eat. Will we feed the baby meat and dairy or will we deprive him/her of so many time-honored foods?

Food is such an interesting thing, it honestly fascinates me. Being extraordinarily hungry since birth, I can’t go more than a few hours without food unless I want my stomach to start pondering which neighboring organs would be most filling. Needless to say, a large part of my life revolves around food. However, now that a baby is soon to come into our lives, we have to decide not only what we eat but also what another human being who is yet incapable of making decisions will be eating. I feel that this is a very important responsibility and I take it seriously. So what will we be feeding our newborn?

Thankfully, the first 6 months of food-related decision making has basically been taken care of by both nature and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Babies are recommended to be exclusively breastfed until 6 months, and significantly supplemented with afterwards. Once the baby is 6 months old, solid foods are introduced one at a time to reduce the chances of any allergic reactions. These first foods will be grains, vegetables and fruits, regardless of whether the parents are vegans or not. Eventually the kids will move on to bigger and more complex foods. So what about the eggs, milk, cheese and meats that we remember growing up eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
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