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“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” Leo Buscaglia.

Gardein is one of the better tasting vegan substitutes if you need to purchase from a store in the USA. There are other great options if you are overseas but here it’s Gardein. Thankfully these can be purchased at Meijer’s Grocery store in the frozen section next to the vegetables. Sometimes they even have a 20 cents off sale! Savings! ha-ha They are worth it though if you away from your own kitchen and pantry.

This is one of our favorite recipes for breakfast lately. We chop up a ton of fruit and put a little granola in with it. This has banana, peach, nectarine, raspberries, blueberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Delish!

Gardein Chickenless Patty with fresh from the farm vegetables. 1/2 tomato, farm potatoes mashed with a little vegan butter, mixed farm fresh zucchini, onion, garlic and mixed MSG-free/Salt-free herbs.

Gardein Chick’n Patty just pan fried in a little spray coconut oil. It was super juicy. These are supposed to be seasoned but to tell you the truth they don’t have much of a ‘seasoned’ flavor at all.

Just another imagine since it’s so gorgeous….  We had this a few times.

Just another snack/breakfast we have been having. There are a lot of sprinkles on this one since it poured out a bit faster than normal. Oops! It’s bananas blended until smooth with just a bit of water. 1 banana alone is not a good source of a meal but when you put a few together and eat every few hours, it is a great meal. Mmmm Raw Vegan (minus the vegan approved sprinkles).

A raw vegan recipe that we have been loving lately. This was a few bananas blended with water until smooth. Then we topped it with 1/2 peach, 1/2 nectarine, a few blueberries and a little organic ground cinnamon. It doesn’t sound like much but when you figure there are a few bananas in there, it’s a good amount of calories and also enough energy for the whole morning.

Another breakfast of choice (but we also have had it for lunch too). Bananas (a few – not one!) blended until smooth with peaches and nectarines with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.

Naked Juice that has no added sugar. There are two of these available but this one has no added sugar while the other one does. You need to look at the label and double check to assure you get the one without. We only get this while on the road and want something green. It has a healthy dosage of spirulina and other greens so why not? Just wish the first ingredient was not apple juice (yuck!) but it’s okay as long as we don’t have it all the time. It’s pretty good but considering there is a lot of fruit and vegetables in it, there is a high level of natural sugars. Remember though, natural sugars process different than sugar cane and fake sugars.

Pickles can be misunderstood if you don’t study how the body works. Many people will not eat pickles because of the sodium content but you aren’t actually digesting all the sodium into the body. Pickles have natural enzymes that actually help you digest the food in your stomach. Hence, they are helpful to the body and that’s why so many countries eat pickled items on a daily basis and are very healthy.  One does not need yogurt to get enzymes but rather needs pickles!  Yum!  This is pickled green tomatoes and sauerkraut.

Farm fresh dinner, kinda… Vegan homemade mac n chez by the wonderful Genki Husband, made while I got to take a peppermint oil bath. There is hummus with fresh cucumbers, sugar peas and radishes from the farmers’ market.

Boca Vegan Burger grilled with a side of steamed mixed vegetables and a few slices of farm fresh tomato.

Mexican inspired hippie dish by the lake. Japanese rice, refried beans, kale/lettuce mixture, tomatoes, homemade guacamole and some cherries. Not shown- hot sauce. Yum!

This has got to be one of the easiest on the road type of dishes for vegans. Take vegan boca burgers and crumble them (or buy crumble) and mixed with frozen mixed veggies with garlic and onion. Saute or place in the microwave – so simple and still holds a good amount of nutrients.  If you want to be fancy, add some soy sauce or herbs.

Gardein Chick’n patty (vegan) sauteed in a red wine reduction sauce with chopped garlic on top. Side dish of steamed kale and corn from the farm. Also a side of steamed rice.

These are just a few things we have been eating lately in abundance.  We tend to have a good amount of fresh from the farm vegetables along with an extra protein of some sort.  We get the proper amount of nutrients for our bodies (yes, that includes protein).  We love shopping at the farmers market and putting something together off the top of our heads.  There are so many options out there for vegans now that you don’t have to feel as though there is nothing if not in your own kitchen.  I love my own kitchen and can’t wait to get all of my utensils out of storage but for now we are enjoying traveling and eating from the land.


What is your favorite summer vegetable and how to you prepare it?