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Taco Soup Time

Taco soup is one of our favorites because it’s super easy, packed with flavor, and makes enough leftovers for lunch the next day. It’s basically your favorite beans, some seasoning, tomato sauce and you are ready to go! Here’s what we put in ours:

Soup's on!

There have been times we’ve done green beans or pinto beans, too! We realized we wanted it to be a little more “soupy” so we’ve begun to add diced tomatoes (with liquid) to make it that way. The seasoning packets can be any taco seasoning that’s your favorite. If you happen to find a ranch packet that’s vegan (they do exist!), you can sub that out for one of the seasoning packets.

Taco Soup

3-4 cans beans of your choice

1 can tomato sauce

1 can corn

1 can diced tomatoes

2 cups water

1 package of taco seasoning

1 package of ranch seasoning (or 2 of taco)

Drain beans in large colander. Put in large pot. Add all other ingredients, stirring to mix well. Simmer about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Yep, that’s it!

Warms the tummy.

Serve with corn chips, Tofutti sour cream, avocados, or a vegan cheese of your choice such as Daiya.

Meow.

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“Hamburger” Helper and Ice Cream (Or Preggo Food)

So, this being pregnant business has been interesting for a number of reasons. Yes, there’s the weight gain, the morning (afternoon and evening) sickness, and the mood swings (as if I wasn’t emotional enough?!). The one that’s taking the trophy for the “Oh Dear Goodness When Does the First Trimester End?” award, though, is the cravings — namely the cravings on the non-vegan variety. The one I’ve had pretty consistently has been craving Hamburger Helper (and McDonald’s Filet o’ Fish but let’s not even go THERE). I lamented this via my Twitter account and my pal, Mylene, over at My Face Is On Fire was sweet enough to send me this link to a vegan friendly (and much healthier) version of Hamburger Helper! After craving it for about the fifth day in a row, I gave this recipe a whirl!

Yummy!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve had Hamburger Helper (and Kit Kat has never had it in his life), but I do know that this version contained far less ingredients than what’s listed on the side of the store bought box! I followed the recipe for the most part but below is exactly what I did and what brands I used to make this yummy dish.

Healthier Hamburger Helper

1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
1 package burger-style crumbles (I used Smart Ground Mexican Style)
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup soy milk (I used Tempt hemp milk)
1 cup vegan cheddar shreds (I used Daiya Cheddar)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon of hot sauce

Cook the macaroni, drain and set aside.

In a saute pan over medium heat, mix together veggie burger crumbles, tomato sauce, hot sauce and spices.  Add “milk” and “cheese”, stirring until smooth.

Mix in macaroni and cook until just thickened.

The only change I think I’ll make next time around is to add even more cheese. I actually doubled what the recipe called for initially but I like cheesy so I think I could go for at least a 1/2 cup more. And I might add some nutritional yeast, you know, just for kicks. 😉 Outside of that, it was pretty gosh darn good and Kit Kat said he would definitely do it again. I told him that was good because it’s what’s for lunch tomorrow since this recipe made a TON. hee hee

The fact it made a ton is good though because when this pregnant gal gets hungry it’s bottom of my stomach hungry. I want food and I want it NOW. There have been times at work where I swear I was going to chew my arm off waiting for the lunch hour to arrive.

Also, I have no idea if pregnant women crave ice cream and pickles because I craved those both before the little Dot took over my body so it’s hard to say. Still, I present to you the yummy dessert that was our Sunday night sundae.

Where's the cherry?

This sundae totally hit the spot. It’s made with Tempt Vanilla Bean ice cream, bananas, strawberries, chocolate sauce, Let’s Do Confetti Sprinkelz and topped with Soyatoo vegan whipped cream. Completely delish.

Did any of you vegan moms have particular cravings? And what did you make to meet those urges? Please do share!

Meow.

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Amy’s Macaroni and Cheeze

I am in complete love with a frozen dinner. You read right, I did indeed say a frozen dinner. I never thought I’d utter the words “love” and “frozen dinner” in the same sentence but never say never, my friends, because I am indeed head over heels in love with Amy’s Rice Macaroni and Cheeze. This stuff is simply amazing!

Love.

Take a good look at the picture on the box because that is truly what this yummy dish looks like after it has been prepared. Warm, creamy, and downright cheesy! It’s made with Daiya cheddar cheese (that yummy stuff is a post for another time, but soon!) and could easily fool anyone into believing that it’s actually dairy by its look and taste. I actually got some raised eyebrows at work while I was warming this up today. The looks that said “Hey, isn’t that girl a Vegan?!” Someone even marched over, picked up and box and started reading ingredients. 😉

So if you ever take any recommendation from me, please take this one: Go out and get some of this NOW! It’s super noms and you will not regret it. Oh, and extra special love to my pal, Keri, over at I Eat Trees for introducing me to this tasty little number. Keri, you are in the running as my new BFF for this. 😉

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Sushi in the Park

I look forward to the noon hour every work day because that’s when I get to log out of Outlook and head to a nearby park with my sweetie, Kit Kat. We do lunch picnic style and enjoy a full hour away from the hustle and bustle of the cubicle nation.

The view is always nice:

The only thing that could make a gorgeous day even better is one of my favorite meals on the entire planet: avocado rolls with copious amounts of sushi. Since I’ve yet to dive into making my own, I’m thankful that Sunflower does the job for me.

I could eat mounds and mounds of that stuff every single day. Happy me.

Where do you enjoy your sushi?

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