I just had a birthday. And you know what that means? Total life evaluation! I mean, not really, but kinda. One thing that I reflected on was my health and my diet. I do love delicious food, and I do have a cooking channel on YouTube, but I do, as my metabolism slowly grinds to a halt, need to be more conscious of what I put into my body. At least a little bit more than I am now.
Are you feeling like you’re not getting enough refined sugar in your vegan diet? Do you feel like you’re missing out on your favorite sweet treats because you no longer want to purchase candies with milk, eggs, fish bits, or boiled bones in them? Then this is the video for you. Ben and I sit down and try a grip of certified vegan candies and treats. Which ones tricked Ben’s omnivorous spidey senses? Which ones should be left on the grocery store shelves? Watch and find out as we undertake the ULTIMATE VEGAN CANDY TASTE TEST!
Before we begin, I just want to present a bit of a disclaimer: There are a lot of quotation marks in this post. They are all intentional. They help me process my thoughts on the subjects of “real” food, versus “fake” “meat” “alternatives” and “substitutes”. These types of words are often contested, but more over, they have connotations that I want to think critically about. What is “meat”? What is a “substitute”? What is “real” food? What does it mean for a food to be “fake”?
I want to change my paradigm.
I’m composing this post on August 4th, a few days after the time was up on my Plastic Free July “adventure”. I still don’t know the right word to use for it, whether it’s an adventure, or a journey, or an experiment, or all of the above. The bottom line is that it’s up, so I need to reflect on what my experience was like, and to set a path as to where I go from here.
This is what most of my meals actually look like. This is how I actually cook… After returning home from the farmer’s market, I realized I had a few items in my fridge that needed to be used up. Instead of cutting into my new produce, I decided to cook some quinoa and brown rice, and then lay out everything I needed to use on the counter. This video is the process and the result of what I did with those items. I was inspired by Well Your World’s quinoa and vegetable bake, however, since it was 110 outside when I filmed this, I decided to just eat it as it was. And it was amazing. Turn up the sound and enjoy.
It’s a new year, and many people are making their way towards a vegan lifestyle. I just wanted to give you a tour of my kitchen, and share with you what I keep on hand in order to make a vegan lifestyle work for me. Below I have linked a list of pantry ingredients that I try to keep on hand. Don’t get scared-off by the list. What works for me might not work for everyone, but once you do get your kitchen set up in a way that works for you, being vegan becomes much easier.
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Vegan Food for Everyone!
Hi! I’m Michael, and I’m obsessed with cooking vegan food and developing vegan recipes. I love reinventing my childhood (and even my adulthood) favorite foods into vegan works of edible art. I’ve been vegan for just over two years now, so join me on this journey of discovery in the plant-based world of incredible food. Click the YouTube link above to watch all of my videos, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.
- Pumpkin Spice Ramen with Spaghetti Squash Noodles and Char Siu Shiitakes (WFPB + Gluten Free)
- The Best Way to Cook and Cut Spaghetti Squash (Whole Baked Spaghetti Squash)
- Vegan Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Haul and Taste Test
- Vegan Thai Coconut Soup (Vegan Tom Ka Kai)
- Thai Style Vegan Garlic Noodles with Tofu (Gluten Free + Oil Free Option)