My Vegan Life | Gardein Mandarin Chick’n Bowl

I thought that Asian inspired dishes would be my ultimate craving when I went vegan, but one of the reasons why I don’t miss meat at all is because of the wonderful alternatives provided by animal friendly companies like Gardein! The first time I purchased meat alternatives was a teriyaki stir fry, but when I saw this orange chick’n I knew I had to give it a try, and was not disappointed. It’s honestly BETTER than actual chicken (as I’m finding with many recipes)! I could seriously eat this every day! Here’s what I did:

1/2 packet Gardein Mandarin Orange Chick’n and 1/2 included sauce. I cooked it in a stir fry pan for the recommended time, while simultaneously cooking white rice and steaming broccoli. When the Chick’n was about done I added some chopped green peppers and red onion to the stir fry and the sauce. I put the rice in a dish, then added the stir fry pan contents and the broccoli.

I can’t wait to cook this one for my boyfriend, I know for sure he will love it!

This post was not sponsored by any products mentioned and everything was purchased with my own money. (But I mean, I’m happy be sponsored if Gardein is listening 🙃).

Happy Eating!

Alicia

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My Vegan Life | Summer Salad and Refresher

In January I completed the Blogilates 28 day reset and started my journey to weight loss and health. I have since lost 20 lbs, and while I still have more to go, I feel great and have also turned my diet to vegan shortly after completing the challenge. The hardest things to give up for me were fish, eggs and the amazing sweet and sour chicken from our local Chinese restaurant. I was never one for beef, and there are so many great alternatives out there that it is really easy not to miss meat. Even better, my boyfriend adopted the vegan life last year so it’s so easy to go out for date nights with someone who gets it! Eating at family party’s (my family loves to grill) has also been fairly easy. I usually just eat the sides (potatoes, corn on the cob, pasta salad, and veggies) but if I know I’m going to a cookout I will bring my own veggie burger or make a vegan dish for us to eat.

I have since discovered so many delicious recipes that I figured I’d start sharing them here along with dance since it all goes so well together.

Today’s recipe is a lovely tofu salad!

I started by grilling some tofu while preparing the veggies. Kale and spinach as a salad base, cucumber, tomato, red onion, black olives, chickpeas, green pepper and half an avocado. Olive oil, pink salt and pepper as dressing. Mix in the tofu and you’re set for a yummy lunch!

I also had a large mason jar of cold water, with fresh mint leaves from the garden and a squeezed lemon slice!

Next post I’ll update on how my summer dance and workout have been going!

Happy eating!

Alicia