Is there such a thing? Well, no. But there are some meat choices that are better than others.
My research is showing less fat = less cholesterol. Plus, there are some meats that are more responsibly grown than others. Recently, I saw an ad saying buffalo meat is cholesterol-free which prompted this blog. I thought perhaps I was wrong, but my research says I'm not. So, if you're looking for cholesterol-free buffalo ... it doesn't exist.
In the 'numbers world' buffalo or bison is not a whole lot better cholesterol-wise, but it is better in other ways. Before I get to that, here's another thought: is there a difference between bison and buffalo? It turns out there is, but overall the numbers seem to be very similar. What's the difference?
To continue, buffalo is ...
As one who chooses to eat most plant-based foods, we do eat sustainably caught wild salmon, tuna, and sardines. I think it might be time to add some buffalo once in a while.
Me! I do! I do! I cannot tell a lie! While my hands are, by far, my best tool, there are some tricks of the trade that warrant a gadget. I enjoy a well-stocked kitchen! In today's world of convenience foods, it's so easy to fall into opening a package, but I still prefer to do it the old-fashioned way ... manual labor. It relaxes me and I enjoy it. If you do, too, I have linked some of my favorites to Amazon for a picture; some items can be found at dollar stores, WalMart, etc. Here are some of my favorites:
The benefit for us is that I can share the list with my husband. Then, he can add to the shopping list or menus, too. I can't tell you how often I have left my shopping list on the kitchen counter forcing me to go aisle to aisle hoping to not forget anything. Is that successful? What do you think? :(
Once I arrive at the store, I just pull up the Google Keep app (and, yes, I have bookmarked it to the homepage on my cell phone) and I can check off those items as I add them to my cart.
I even use it to remind me to return an item, if needed. There seem to be few limitations, which I like. I can move stuff around to change the order. It's easy to add notes, too, like "coupon" or "BOGO" to ensure I don't forget to use the discounts.
Check it out if you're looking to simplify your shopping and to-do lists!
We have enjoyed the tuna, salmon, sardines, goat cheese, and eggs of late. Nothing extreme, but a couple times a week we add those foods to our salads or whatever we're eating.
I have always loved salmon, but the farmed variety never reaches our plates! Why? Read this and make your own decision.
Much like choosing head lettuce or spring greens - both are available, both can be organic, but there is a difference in nutrition. Again, read this and make your own decision. Bottom line regarding lettuce is mix it up! Try new varieties and don't forget spinach and kale!
So many vegetables, so little time! I often find some vegetables in my refrigerator that I had good intentions to use, but failed, leaving them to be fast approaching a science project. Of late, I've gotten better with looking through all our veggies and have had fewer science projects and the results have been some amazing soups!
One of Tom's favorites soups is vegetable and this recipe is especially healthy!
In a previous blog, "Is Eating Vegan Cheaper?" I mentioned the lack of coupons available. Well, I was a little off because after Googling Vegan Coupons I learned how to do it. And, yes, I'm going to tell you how!
It's a wee bit time consuming and you have to often give up your name, address, and email, but so far it has been working for me.
So, here's what you need to do and for the record, it doesn't always work, but I have had some luck.
When you return from the grocery store with your treasures, note the companies you use. Driscoll's Berries, Gardein Products, Organic Girl produce, Califia Non-Dairy milks, Silk, SoDelicious, etc. Go to their website and sign up for their mailing list. Then, when you receive their email they often include a coupon plus specials, recipes, new products, etc. It's a win-win!
Bummer, again I forgot to snap a pic before eating! So, I'll have to just wing it.
Since going vegan, the one thing we bend the rules on is pizza. While we don't load it on our pie, we do stray from being vegan on pizza night.
Our pizzas are all vegetables and mine usually includes mushrooms, spinach, onion, black olives, diced tomatoes, I also sprinkle on some vegan Parmesan and a little drizzle of olive oil. Tom adds peppers and red pepper flakes to his and skips the olives.
NOTE: You can also make the Rosemary Focaccia Bread, omitting the rosemary and adding Italian Seasoning. Once you've baked it, remove from the oven and build your pizza. Unlike the recipe above, this one is NOT low carb!
One of our favorite repeats is a stirfry. First, it’s a great time to clean out the frig - today I had some leftover broccoli - always a great start. One of the Gardein product we have come to love in our stir-fry is the Szechuan Beefless Strips.
Of course, I forgot to get a picture of the finished product, but the picture shows how it all began.
Get creative … there are tons of other veggies you can use, but be careful … your stir-fry can go from serving two to ten rapidly.
To make fried rice, just dribble some oil (I like to use toasted sesame oil), and saute some onion, celery, garlic, and carrot (finely diced) until almost cooked through. Add the rice and stir. Heat through stirring often and adding Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce).
Not being a Southerner, I was unfamiliar with green tomatoes let alone fried green tomatoes so this was a new one for me. Veggie burgers are fine, but this takes on a fresher approach to a normal burger type sandwich. My husband, Tom, prefers his on the side of the entrée, but I was good with it as a 'burger.'
Cooking your own beans is not only healthier, but cheaper! Making these chickpeas couldn't be easier.
First of all, no this does not taste like chicken. But, on the upside, this is way healthier! The consistency is great for sandwiches and I really enjoyed my sandwich. Tom? Well, he ate it, but didn't ask for more. I ate it as a sandwich, on whole grain crackers, mixed with pasta and some Kalamata olives, and I even ate the last bit of it on a spoon. Top it with extra veggies - like a slice of tomato, some nutrient-rich greens, and whatever you like!
This raw pasta marinara with walnut pesto is one of my go-to raw dinners because it's low in carbs, loaded with nutrients, and really delicious. It took me awhile to get used to eating this raw - I mean, really, spaghetti should be served hot, right? But once I tried it I could just taste all the nutrients! Mixing it all up really blends the flavors. My husband, Tom, cannot wrap his head around eating raw food … so since I have my dinner alone (he works 2nd shift), raw food it is!! Interesting, I think that when I eat raw vegan at night, my evening cravings went away. Hmmmm……………..
Walnut Pesto: (taken, in part, from Simply Nourished Recipes)
Zucchini Noodles or Zoodles, as they’re often called:
To serve, stir the marinara sauce through the zucchini noodles, and top with the pesto.
Note: For added flavor you can sprinkle some vegan Parmesan over the top.
Well, in my experience, I only see a slight decrease in our grocery budget. I think the real solution to saving money at the grocery store is how you shop, cook, and eat. Tom and I love good food and I prefer organic - pricier, but I have always purchased organic food when possible. Check out the Dirty Dozen / Clean 15.
I had to ask myself how I can make the most of our money at the grocery store on a weekly basis without getting into a meal rut. I decided that in order to make our money work the hardest, I needed to be aware of how I shop. Here's what I do:
These vegan French dip sandwiches are made with sautéed portobellos, dressed in spicy horseradish mustard and served ready for dipping in savory vegan au jus.
Tom and I committed to going vegan last summer and I have enjoyed cooking and experimenting with all kinds of food. Tom has been a gracious and willing tester. Some recipes pass, others do not. One thing we consistently miss is the robust flavor of beef broth. Enter Better than Bouillon. This amazing concoction of vegetables took our stir-fry to a new level and Tom loved it. There are many recipes that are faux meat like the French Dip Sandwich using mushrooms. I thought the flavor was very doable, but Tom's palette had him looking for a beefy flavor. I think Better Than Bouillon will enhance the mushroom flavor substantially and will try it next time.
So, if you're vegetarian or vegan or want to boost the beefy flavor, I can, without hesitation, recommend this product.
Where to buy: Better Than Bouillon
The problem with going vegan is getting stuck in what used to be. Vegan French Toast, for example, offers the promise of the buttery, milky, eggy, beautifully browned piece of white bread slathered with butter and maple syrup, right? So, the vegan version without dairy poses a problem. Leave it to the vegan gurus to make every attempt to bring French toast to our breakfast table. Success? You tell me.
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This coleslaw is great on top of the BBQ Jackfruit.
I often find myself in the kitchen. It is my goto place. It brings me comfort. It inspires me.
But, there are those days when something quick and easy is what I need. Those days happen so I prepare myself by having some vegan options available that require little of me. Like turning on the oven is about it. I had already made saffron mashed potatoes and a salad is a given my 'entree' was my cheat food. Gardein offers many very meatlike foods like turkey cutlets (my choice for today's lunch), BBQ 'chicken', fish sticks, chicken strips and crunchy chicken strips, and a host of other options. My caution lies in that the main ingredients for these foods is soy. As a woman who researches, I have learned the dangers of excessive soy. Granted these products use a non-GMO soy, which makes me feel a little bit better, but I still eat these products in moderation and am sure to eat other foods with them.
So, if you're struggling with 'going vegan' or just adding more meatless meals to your menus, Gardein can help.
Clean and simple eating is my goal. I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes. All recipes included cover several diet types...raw vegan, vegan, vegetarian, low carb, and ketogenic. I have tried to remember to tag the recipes appropriately, but it is what it is.
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