Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MidWeek Munchies: Dollar Tree Edition

It's MidWeek Munchies Time!  Everyone is invited to link up below thru Tuesday, December 1st, to any vegan post that has to do with grocery store hauls, garden or farmers market finds, munchies that you created in your kitchen, online purchases, or products that you have come across otherwise that happen to also be vegan!

Today I would like to share with you my haul from my local Dollar Tree!  Because I went with my hubby who isn't vegan/vegetarian I will say that together we spent $41 and bought over 41 items with that $41!!!!  Here's a look at some of MY stuff...

Frozen items!  Including frozen spinach!  YAY!  I also found Tater Rounds and Pepper Stir Fry (as you can see the blend also includes onions)!

I looked at these items over and over again and couldn't find any ingredient that wasn't on the safe list of vegan finds!  I think I scored pretty good this past weekend!

There were additional canned items and frozen items that I didn't include in these photos but they were pretty plane-jane items like canned beans, for example...and frozen and canned corn, too!

Eventho these are labeled 100% vegetarian...they seem to also be vegan!  I'm always excited to find 'breaded' items that are made WITHOUT egg!  So I had to scoop them up!

I also saw these veggie burgers that I never tried before this last trip to the store!  I have tried one already and the flavor is tasty but I have to work on the texture.  I did them with grapeseed oil in a frying pan and they were still a little mushy...I will certainly work on that SOON.  The important thing is that the taste was good, eh!?

Next up and from the same company are Vegetable Empanadas and Vegetable Samosas.  The Empanadas are Black Bean based and take well to my small toaster oven.  The Samosa's are yummers and I have pan fried them.  They have whole seed spices within that pack that lovely punch, too!

I enjoy coming up with different vegan sauces to pair with these and I am sure to do more in the near future.  I ended up getting TWO of each of these as well as the Beans and Burgers you see above, too!

And FINALLY...Jennifer Garden Vegetable Spring Rolls!  Again, no egg!  YAY!  I had these as a part of my hubby's family's Thanksgiving Dinner this past weekend and made a dipping sauce for them which consisted of soy sauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic powder, etc.  It turned out pretty good!  I LOVE these because they are so small and cute!  I also pan fried them.  I think they would be mushy if microwaved.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Random Foods Without Appropriate Recipes!

Last week I was notified that one of my writing gigs has come to an end.  This was one of my FAVES.  It's because of this that I have been in a funk.  I spent a lot of time writing for this place and eventho I understand the need to end it at the moment I am missing it very much!  I have been a little 'off' because of it I guess.  So today I thought I would post a few random vegan dishes I have eaten the last few weeks and have yet to blog about here.

First up is this lil diddy!  It's Multi-Colored CousCous topped with a Veggie Burger cubed up.  I added Wildtree Golden BBQ Sauce to the CousCous and on top is a blop of Garlic Just Mayo!
An interesting tidbit about this pic...Shannon Elizabeth LIKED it on Instagram. You remember Shannon Elizabeth from the American Pie Movie?  Yup!  Her!  She's a Vegan!!!  AND she LIKED my photo!  Woot!

Next up is one of the many attempts at a vegan mac and cheese.  This wasn't my best work but it was still edible.  It was VERY cheesy and I added vegan bread crumbs but it made it a bit salty and a strange texture.

Another side note...I have been putting a sprinkle of nutmeg on just about everything these days!

These are some of the Cacao Balls my mom and I made a while back and I will probably be blogging about them more in length in the future because I used the Indigo Herbs Cacao Powder and they turned out yummers but I don't have the recipe with me at the moment.

We rolled some of them in Cacao Powder some of them in a combo of Coconut Shreds, Red Pepper Flakes, and Sea Salt.

This was a great base recipe and I'm looking forward to trying out more toppings!

And last but not least...a simple pasta with vegan marinara!  I got the sauce from Wegmans and sprinkled - you guessed it - Marinara on top!

So sorry I don't have the recipes for these dishes at the moment but I will have some soon!

And don't forget tomorrow is a NEW MidWeek Munchies Week!  Tomorrow I will be featuring my haul from Dollar Tree!  I couldn't believe everything I found there!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Calling Like-Minded People...

I wasn't going to post this but the thought keeps coming back to me over and over so here goes!

A fellow blogging buddy and I started something special today and I'm wondering if anyone else might be interested in getting involved.  It's a PRIVATE Blog of Like-Minded People with a focus on COMPASSION.  I don't discuss politics on MyBlissfulJourney and I'm going to keep it that way.  I will say that this PRIVATE Blog we started is liberal leaning but we are talking about world issues - not complaining about politics!  If you are someone who has a lot to say but feel like the 'odd man out' and looking for others sharing the same feelings and opinions please let me know in comments along with an email addy.  Remember this is a safe haven and a private blog.

One of the reasons I wanted to start this private site goes back to my college days. I was a journalism student. I had a passion for Foreign Affairs. I guess that's what my professors called it anyways. I just looked at it as caring about others from all over the world...not just here in the states. I could never figure out WHY we only heard about SOME of the issues in the world and not the others. As if SOME of the people from SOME of the countries were more important than others. That is complete RUBBISH. From that point on I tried to educate myself in world events and/or conflicts.

Over the last several years I have lost sight of that. I'm ashamed of myself at times because I seemed to be just like everyone else...I was out of the loop and aloof. I don't want that to be the case. Not only is this place a spot were like-minded, compassionate people can come to read and write about things going on in this world, it's a place to remember those who are no longer with us, AND a place to continuously LEARN about what's really happening out there.

MyKind Organics Organic Plant Calcium Giveaway!

It's time for another giveaway!  MyKind Organics and Garden of Life is letting me giveaway a bottle of their Organic Plant Calcium!  It's VEGAN and made of organic whole foods!  It gives you an extra boost of Vegan D3, Vitamin K2 (MK-7), and Magnesium!  I have yet to try these myself but I am a fan of MyKind Organics sprays, etc.  I was not compensated for this post but am able to try Garden of Life products in exchange for honest reviews.  I'm just posting this because I want people to know that there ARE Vegan and Whole Food/Plant-Based Supplements out there if you so choose to use them!

All you have to do to be entered to win a bottle of these is to be a US resident, leave a comment, and let me know your email addy!  I will choose a winner on Wednesday and contact the winner via email.

Thanks so much for playing along!  I hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful Thanksgiving for those who celebrate!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Working with Cacao!

As many of you know I'm not a baker.  I'm not very good with desserts and such.  Lately I have been working with Cacao.  I have found that I enjoy creating Raw Vegan Fudge!  Here's a take on Freezer Fudge but it's more like a Dessert Cup!  This is part of the Indigo Herbs Recipe Campaign!  I used their Cacao Powder when making these!  This recipe contains...

5 Dates
3/4 C Cacao Powder
1/2 C Agave
1/3 C Melted Coconut Oil
Pinch Sea Salt
Golden Raisins for Topping

I put all ingredients (except Raisins) into a blender until smooth then added the raisin as topping and put in the freezer for about a half hour.

The aroma of the Cacao Powder from Indigo Herbs is out of this world.  It's so fine and fluffy and easy to work with.  I'll tell you the more I work with the products from Indigo Herbs and realize just how many products they offer - it's impressive!  I hope I can continue working with them!  I was sent some of their Cacao Powder to work with in exchange for an honest review and recipe post.  I will tell you that I will certainly be posting more recipes using the Indigo Herbs Cacao Powder in the coming months!  This is a great product!  And I am loving this company!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

MidWeek Munchies & Shame On Me!

It's been a weird few weeks! I know I have been spotty with my posts! So sorry! Shame on me! Now that I am so far behind I have tons and tons of stuff in the works! 

Today is Wednesday and that means it's time for MidWeek Munchies! I hope you will participate - we had a great week last week! So if you have anything VEGAN you would like to share and link up with we welcome you and your posts! It can be a grocery store haul, garden or farmers market trip, online purchase, or anything you made and munched on that happens to be vegan! 

As for me...this particular post is a boring sorry! This past week I didn't buy all that much. I did, however, get some Earth Balance and Chickpeas. With the Chickpeas I made what you see's one of the many Chickpea Spreads I have whipped up. This one has sun-dried tomatoes in it, too, and it was YUMMERS!

I also met up with one of my best friends on Monday. I took a vacation day from work. Her and I went to Wegmans and grabbed some Polenta and Salsa. She had never had Polenta before so I got some that was packaged and used a little of the Earth Balance and did it up in a frying pan and topped it with Salsa. We both enjoyed it! She and I met in college and have had a connection ever since. I wish I could spend more time with her! She told me that she is back to being a vegetarian again! Lacto-Veg! I thought that was wonderful! She was in college for a while, too, and she's really excited to start back up again! She might just be reading my blog she is...HEY GIRL! 

The winner of the MyKind Organic's Vegan D3 Spray was Emily! CONGRATS! There will be another chance to win a prize from Garden of Life this weekend so stay tuned!

Tell me...what have you been munching on?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Another Weekend Vegan Giveaway! MyKind Organics Vegan D3 Spray!

Happy Weekend everyone!  I have...Another Weekend Vegan Giveaway from MyKind Organics and Garden of Life!  This weekend they are allowing me to giveaway their Vegan D3 Spray!  How awesome is that?

I wasn't paid for this posting but I wanted to give other people a chance to win a pretty awesome vegan product so Garden of Life will be sending the winner of this contest a bottle of this spray at NO COST!

If you are a US Resident and would like to 'enter to win' all you have to do is comment on this post with your email addy and I will choose a winner at random on Monday.

This product is VEGAN, USDA Organic, Certified Gluten Free, and part of their Non-GMO Project.  This is a vegan form of PLANT Omegas.  It's base is from Sunflower Oil and it's Vanilla Flavored.  Even the vanilla flavoring comes from a organic vegan source!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Indigo Herbs Recipe Campaign 2015 & Vegan Cheese Sauce!

TGIF!  It's been another stressful week but as I move onward and upward I'm excited to announce that I am one of many bloggers participating in Indigo Herbs Recipe Campaign!

Indigo Herbs sent me product to try, review honestly, and come up with some recipes while using some of their vegan products!  How cool is that?

I've already worked with 2 of their products and will be testing out some of their others ones VERY soon!

I have some wonderful Cacao Recipes coming up but today I thought I would share a Vegan Cheese Sauce using their Hemp Seed Butter.

YUMMERS!  Their Hemp Seed Butter is pretty amazing!  It's on the more 'solid' side than some of the other hemp seed butters I have tried from a jar.  I prefer the Hemp Seed Butter being more solid because I have found that it's easier to spread and/or scoop for teaspoon and tablespoon measuring.

Indigo Herbs offers a Organic, Raw, Vegan Hemp Seed Butter that is rich in minerals, Vitamin B1, Protein, and Dietary Fiber!

The flavor is bold yet creamy!  Their product description says that its flavor is comparable to Rocket Leaves or Watercress.  I actually had to Google what Rocket Leaves were and they are what us Americans call Arugula.  "Learn something new everyday!"

So here's a photo of the Vegan Cheese Sauce I made using Indigo Herbs Hemp Seed Butter!  I LOVE how it turned out and it's such a versatile cheesy sauce that is for sure!


1/4 C + 2 T Nutritional Yeast
1/4 C Garbanzo Bean Flour
1 C Almond Milk
2 T Indigo Herbs Hemp Seed Butter
1 Clove Garlic
1/2 t Smoked Paprika
Up to 1 t Black Himalayan Sea Salt
Sprinkle Nutmeg

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day & Buffalo Bills Game Day

Happy Veterans Day!  Special THANKS to all the veterans out there on this and everyday!  My father was in the Navy during the Vietnam years and he was on the USS Kitty Hawk during that time.  His father served during WWII and was in the Army.  I have other friends and relatives that have served too!  I appreciate them everyday!

This past Sunday my mom, dad, sister, and I went to the Buffalo Bills Game and this was a memorable site to see.  Soldiers HUNDREDS of them bought out a flag that stretched the entire length of the field.

This was one of the few games I have attended that we actually WON.  We were in a box which is always nice!  I piled up on Nachos and topped them with various veggies, salsas, and even a dry coleslaw with a subtle vinegar base.

It was a wonderful fall day for a football game, too!  The sun was shining brightly and it wasn't all that cold considering what time of year it was and us being in Buffalo, NY.

It was nice spending time with my mom, dad, and sister.  This upcoming weekend I will have more time with my mom and dad (and maybe sister) as we will be going to see Meatloaf LIVE in concert!  I'm excited to see him perform!  As you can see here we are all decked out in our BILLS gear!  And YES I am still rockin' the glasses!  My eyes are feeling better overall but I'm still not loving the fact I am wearing glasses instead of contacts.  I think it's probably better for me and my health in the long run having NOT to put plastic IN my eyes - if you know what I mean.

I'm trying to get more family photos these days!  Starting at the game and flowing on to the car ride home my sister and I 'got a little silly' and took pic after pic of the two of us.  It was pretty fun.

As you can see my sister is more of a girlie girl than I am.  She LOVES the color pink whereas I can't stand to wear it.  Even though my sister and I have a lot of opposites we are still very much a like in other ways.

I keep coming back to this photo that we took in the car and I filtered it black and white.  It's not the most clear photo but I love the way it turned out with our smiles and the sunlight.  I love how we are being a bit goofy, too!

We all have to be a bit goofy from time to time, don't you agree?

If you are looking for MWM (MidWeek Munchies) keep scrolling...I did TWO posts, today!  I also would like to say CONGRATS to Kelsea who was the winner of the MyKind Organics Multi-Women's 40+.

MidWeek Munchies Wegman's Mini-Haul

It's been another rough week but I'm choosing not to focus on that.  What I have been pretty excited about and thankful for are some of the FINDS I located at Wegman's over the weekend.

This post is part of a weekly link-up called MidWeek Munchies!  As long as it's vegan and it's a munchie of some sort it belongs on our link-up!  Won't you join us?  If it's a munchie you made or products you located let us know about them!  Link-up below!

Here's what I grabbed so far this week!  Mini Gnocchi, Tostones - which are frozen mashed plantains you can bake or fry, some Ghost Pepper based Salsa I grabbed for a co-worker's hubby, Seaweed snacks, Daiya Moz Shreds, Daiya Cheddar - block in new packaging, 4 small Tomatillos, 6 Large Red Bell Peppers, and Marmite - which I didn't even know I could get in the US.  I've heard from a few UK Friends about Marmite and that's pretty cool that I was able to find some here.  I found this and a few of these other items in the International Foods row - including these Plantain Chips that you see here.  It's funny...I'm NOT a fan of bananas but plantains are A O K especially if they are dried with a bit of garlic and sea salt.  YUM!  I'm looking forward to trying the Tostones and I'm looking into some vegan sauces to create for the mini gnocchi.

It's YOUR turn!  Tell us about your MWM - MidWeek Munchies!  Link-up Below!