31 Days to Veganize:Day 22

Nightly Meal: vegan tacos with all the fixings.

I’m getting used to saying no to cheese and dairy ingredients. For instance, today I went out to eat for a friend’s birthday lunch. When it came time to order, I had a soy pumpkin latte and veggie sandwich(hold the cheese).

I’m learning that changing a diet takes practice and encouragement from friends and family.

31 Days to Veganize: Day 20

My friend left today. It’s hard to be the one left behind, as the one leaving is ready to be home to see their family and sleep in their own bed. I always feel such loss when she goes, because even though I have friends here, my best friend has known me longest and is more like my sister.

I made this Mac n cheese for my friend and I think she liked it!

31 Days to Veganize: Day 19


With my best friend

With my best friend



My best best friend is visiting from North Carolina this weekend. She has been great supporting me in my efforts to veganize by trying(with me) new foods and interesting plant based restaurants. Everyone needs a best friend, one that gets you and loves despite. I am blessed by my best friend.

31 Days to Veganize: Day 17

thiry-one-bigNightly Meal: Busy day = Vegan Corn Dogs and Sweet Potato Tots for the kids

For lunch today, I veganized a creamy jalapeño soup! Here’s how I did it.

The recipe I used it from here and I just did an ole switch-a-roo on a couple of ingredients.

Here is the list of ingredients:

  • 4 green jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and chopped (roughly 2 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup onion, peeled and chopped (roughly 1 small onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened (I used Earth Ballance butter)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable) (Switched for Better Than Bouillon, No Chicken Base)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or milk (Used coconut milk instead of)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped and peeled (I mixed in a tablespoon of tomato paste)

Simple easy conversion to make this dish vegan friendly.


31 Days to Veganize: Day 16

thiry-one-bigNightly Meal: Vegan Organe Chicken, Chow Mein Noodles, Veggie Stir Fry


Forgive the short post today, I have been poorly managing my time this week. Last night, I made Chinese for dinner. We enjoyed our meal so much from the restaurant the other night, I worked to recreate some of our dishes. Trader Joes has a delicious already made vegan orange chicken, and with that I made noodle and a sweetish soy sauce and mixed them together, and then I stir fried an assortment of veggies to go with the noodles and rice. It was pretty delicious and the family enjoyed it very much.

This is a little off topic, but I’ll bring it full circle and point to becoming a vegan. I can safely say that I am a runner. I don’t say that with pride, but with conviction. I run about 14 miles a week and have been consistently running for about 3 years. It took a long time for me to be able to call myself a runner. I don’t find myself to be athletic or geared toward sports, so to say that I do a sport feels a little out of place. Here is what I have learned from running, I have learned to push past the walls. Runners, while running, hit walls or mental blocks(running is all mental). A runner can easily talk themselves our of running and to start walking instead. It takes a lot of perseverance to keep running when faced with a wall.

I have felt this wall with changing my diet to becoming vegan. I am at that point where I have to keep moving, keep lifting one knee up then the other. I have to keep shopping, preparing, and cooking like a vegan. The wall will pass and it will soon feel easy and manageable.

See, full circle.


31 Days to Veganize: Day 15



Nightly Meal: Speghetti Squash with Marinara sauce


This has been a pretty good journey, with little ups and downs, as do all changes. Last nights dinner of spaghetti squash and marinara sauce was not such hit(with the kids), but such is life. Sometimes, we like things and sometimes we don’t. My kids are learning good lessons on expanding their palates.

As my journey to a natural lifestyle unfolds, I have found myself making lotions and candles. I have a good friend who has opened her kitchen up to me and shared with me her skills on making all natural moisturizers.

A lavender Lift Massage Candle, Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars, and Vanilla and Sandalwood Perfume Bars and Tubes.

A lavender Lift Massage Candle, Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars, and Vanilla and Sandalwood Perfume Bars and Tubes.

My lunch is in there too!

31 Days to Veganize: Day 14



Nightly Meal: We went out to eat to a vegan Chinese restaurant! So fun and good.


Last night we ventured out to an all vegan Chinese restaurant and I have to say it was pretty delicious. It’s pretty close to our home and beside the restaurant is a vegan cafe with vegan pastries. A dream come true.

We ordered “beef” and broccoli, vegetable chow mein noodles, and orange “chicken”. The textures were pretty similar to the real things and the sauces were delicious. The prices are the same as any ole Chinese restaurant and they served fortune cookies at the end too.


Green Wok Vegetable Chow Mein, Orange "Chicken", and "Beef" and Broccoli.

Green Wok Vegetable Chow Mein, Orange “Chicken”, and “Beef” and Broccoli.