veggie medley

FFXV: Veggie Medley Stew

@poeticboy16 asked me to make this and I have to say I am so glad he did because this was soooo good! Yes the ingredients may appear a bit involved as far as finding them goes but as long as you have an Asian grocery store of some kind near you, you should be able to get some of the less common ingredients (fresh oyster mushrooms, enokitake, and pea sprouts, at the very least). I also decided to make this recipe completely vegan by including coconut milk, but you can also use the same amount of goat’s milk to use as the “sheep’s” milk.

Let’s go!

~Ingredients~

  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 can (12 - 14 oz.) Coconut Milk
  • 1 White Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 medium - large Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 bunches Baby Bok Choy or 1 large bunch Bok Choy
  • 12 oz. Oyster Mushrooms
  • 1 large bunch Enoki/Enokitake Mushrooms (depending on your market, may also be labeled as soup mushrooms or seafood mushrooms)
  • 1 - 2 handfuls Pea Sprouts
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Paprika and (optional) Cayenne, to taste (I used at least ½ tsp. each)

Prep Time: ~15 min.  |  Total Cook Time: 30 - 40 min.

Makes: 6 - 8 servings

~Instructions~

Step 1.) Prep your veggies: dice and mince the onion and garlic, respectively. Separate the bok choy between the whites and the greens (set the greens aside with the pea sprouts), making sure to cut into bite size pieces if necessary. Peel and cube the sweet potato (set aside with bok choy whites.) Rinse and cut away the root portion of the enokitake, and rinse and cut any tough stems on the oyster mushrooms.

Step 2.) Heat the olive oil in a soup pot and cook the garlic and onions until they begin to turn translucent. Add in the paprika and (optional) cayenne to coat the onions and garlic, and slowly whisk in the vegetable broth. Add in the sweet potato and bok choy whites and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer for 5 - 10 minutes (you don’t want your sweet potato to be too soft just yet!)

Step 3.) Add in the coconut milk and mushrooms and bring to a boil one more time before allowing to simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust the broth with salt and pepper (or paprika and cayenne), to taste. Add the pea sprouts and boy choy greens to wilt. 

Step 4.) Serve immediately. Enjoy!

~Results~

This was so yummy and satisfying! I’m honestly so used to soups with a thicker broth, I wasn’t sure I would like the texture of this, but I was delighted to be proved wrong!

anonymous asked:

Always appreciated to find more Ignis' lover ^^ he deserverd all the love he can get! Soo, what about an older chocobros whose s/o is courted by a teenage hunter who is in a desperate love for them (well, he thinks is love)?

[ISEB Author’s Note: My take on your prompt, Anon, is that this takes place sometime during the ten year timeskip; with that in mind, I went ahead and omitted Noctis from this particular headcanon (sorry!).]

Prompto: With as much work as it takes for him to successfully court a paramour—much less keep them around in miraculous perpetuity—it goes without saying that Blondie can get a wee bit insecure when he feels his territory is being encroached upon, even when said challenger is a skinny, teenaged, wannabe daemon hunter with a better chance of bagging a berserked Red Giant than wooing someone else’s partner from under their nose. Prompto plays off the juvenile’s flirtations as harmless banter, but his jealousy is obvious; he bemoans to himself that ever since turning thirty, his freckles that were once so endearing now just look like the ugly liver spots of a geriatric. It’s only when his lover finds him alone nursing a root beer at Takka’s diner and wallowing in self-doubt that they reassure him of his rightful place by their side: “You have nothing to worry about,” they tell him with a wink. “There’s only one daemon hunter in Hammerhead I’d let shoot me through the heart.“

Gladio: The big man laughs when a teenage daemon hunter tries to make a move on his paramour; he laughs at their comically immature pick up lines—“Are you a Chocobo? Because you’re im-peck-able”—and their cringeworthy attempts at flattery—“Only the Astrals could have created a creature as divine as you”—and he continues laughing at their reckless efforts to impress his lover when they take on a Daemonwall singlehandedly only to be sent flying nearly all the way to Niflheim from Leide. His laughs falter slightly, however when the teenager’s broken and mangled figure is carried into Cid’s garage on a gurney; amusement at the expense of another’s (admittedly self-inflicted) misfortune is a bit insensitive even for the likes of him, and he watches with mild concern as his partner prepares a series of curatives for the unlucky mercenary. But when they lean over the youth’s body to administer an antidote, and Gladio spots the teen’s hand gradually reach around their backside to cop an unsolicited feel, the big man’s laughs abruptly cease. “Watch it,” he growls, as he hefts his broadsword, “or that Daemonwall is going to be the least of your worries in a minute.”

Ignis: Specs scarcely has a jealous bone in his body, but that doesn’t mean he won’t grow irritable at the persistent and moderately annoying presence of the teenage daemon hunter currently hanging on to his paramour’s every word. He’ll ask the youth to accompany him to Keycatrich Trench on his research assignment to the Tomb of the Wise in an effort to tear them away from his lover’s side for longer than five seconds; when they decline in favor of remaining within spitting distance of their dubious object of affection, he’ll take a different tact and offer to whip them up a helping of Veggie Medley Stew using questionably sourced sheep’s milk, hoping that an ill stomach may confine them to their bed for a time. But in a rare lapse of judgment, the strategist underestimates the shameless perseverance of an infatuated adolescent on a wanton mission; the teenager still lingers ardently, only now they smell like the inside of Longwythe Rest Area’s bathroom. Desperate times call for desperate measures, Ignis finally decides, and sends the youth on a wild Cockatrice chase to the other side of Lucis; when his partner inquires into the disappearance of the lovesick daemon hunter, Ignis plays demur. “I told them your favorite gemstone lies at the bottom of Pitioss Ruins,” he quips. “Turns out, Pitioss Ruins doesn’t exactly have a bottom.”

Honey, Stay out of the Kitchen

Author’s Note: This drabble is about Gladio attempting to cook for Ignis after the events at Altissia. This story does contain spoilers, and now you have been warned. It’s humor with a very small bit of angst. Also, I tend to use italics for lines said from characters in the story or to emphasize stuff. Please enjoy under the “keep reading” section!

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MEAT, EGG & DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

Meat, Egg, and Dairy Alternatives

Meat Substitutes

Below are just some of the faux meat products available at many supermarkets, health food stores, and co-ops. Some grocery chains, such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market, also offer store-brand options.

 Hot Dogs

Cincinnati Chili Dog by Field Roast

The Cincinnati Chili Dog by Field Roast

Cedar Lake  Deli Franks, Tofu Links, Tofu Franks

Field Roast Frankfurters

Lightlife  Smart Dogs, Smart Dogs Jumbo, Tofu Pups

SoyBoy  Not Dogs, Vegetarian Franks

Tofurky  Hot Dogs, Jumbo Hot Dogs

Yves  Meatless Hot Dog, Meatless Jumbo Dog, The Good Dog, Tofu Dog

Hamburgers

Gardein Burger

Gardein Burger With Vegan Cheese (via Mike Hipp)

Amy’s Kitchen  All American Burger, Bistro Burger, California Veggie Burger, Quarter Pound Veggie Burger, Texas Burger, Sonoma Veggie Burger, Black Bean Veggie Burger

Beyond Meat  The Beast Burger, Beastly Sliders

Boca  Original Vegan Burgers

Gardein  The Ultimate Beefless Burger and Sliders, Garden Veggie Burger, Chipotle Black Bean Burger and Sliders

Gardenburger  Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burgers, Veggie Medley Veggie Burgers

Quorn  Vegan Burgers

Sol Cuisine  Burger and Sliders

Yves  Meatless Beef Burgers

Cold Cuts

Sandwich with Tofurky Deli Slices

Sandwich with Tofurky Deli Slices

Field Roast  Thin Deli Sliced Field Roast (Lentil Sage, Wild Mushroom, Smoked Tomato)

Lightlife  Smart Deli (Ham, Pepperoni, Turkey, Bologna)

Tofurky  Deli Slices (Oven Roasted, Peppered, Hickory Smoked, Italian Deli, Bologna Style, Roast Beef Style, Smoked Ham Style, Pepperoni)

Yves  The Good Slice (Ham, Turkey, Salami)


Bacon

Frontier  Bac’Uns Vegetarian Bits

Lightlife   Smart Bacon, Fakin’ Bacon Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips

Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon

Turtle Island  Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh

WayFare  Pig Out Whole Grain Bacony Bits

Yves  Meatless Canadian Bacon

Sausage

Skillet Pizza with Field Roast Sausage

Skillet Pizza with Field Roast Sausage

Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Sausages

El Burrito  Soyrizo

Field Roast  Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage, Sausage Links (Italian, Mexican Chipotle, Smoked Apple Sage)

Gardein  Breakfast Patties

Lightlife  Gimme Lean Ground Sausage

Sol Cuisine  Veggie Breakfast Patties

SoyBoy  Tofu Breakfast Links

Tofurky  Beer Brats, Italian Sausage, Kielbasa, Artisan Sausage (Spinach Pesto, Chick’n & Apple, Andouille), Breakfast Links, Chorizo Style Ground

Yves  Veggie Chorizo, Meatless Breakfast Patties, Veggie Brats (Classic, Zesty Italian)

Beef

Vegan meatballs

Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Meatballs

Beyond Meat  Beyond Beef Meatballs (Swedish, Italian), Beyond Beef Crumble (Beefy, Feisty)


Boca  Ground Crumbles

Field Roast  Classic Meatloaf

Gardein  Home Style Beefless Tips, Classic Meatless Meatballs, Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips, The Ultimate Meatless Ground, Home Style Meatless Meatloaf

Lightlife  Gimme Lean Ground Beef, Smart Ground (Original, Mexican)

MorningStar Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets

Nate’s  Meatless Meatballs (Classic, Savory Mushroom, Zesty Italian)

Sol Cuisine  Veggie Crumbles, BBQ Tofu Ribs

Tofurky  Ground Beef Style

Yves  Meatless Ground (Original, Taco Stuffers), Classic Veggie Meatballs

Chicken and Turkey

Beyond Meat  Beyond Chicken Strips (Grilled, Lightly Seasoned, Southwest Style), Beyond Chicken Poppers (Feisty Buffalo, Sesame Ginger), Beyond Chicken Tenders (Homestyle, Southwest Style)

Boca  Chik’n Patties (Original, Spicy), Original Chik’n Nuggets

Butler Foods Soy Curls

Field Roast Celebration Roast, Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

Gardein  Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini, Teriyaki Chick’n Strips, Zesty Marinara Crispy Chick’n Filets, Crispy Chick’n Patty and Sliders, Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers, Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Wings, Savory Stuffed Turk’y with Gravy, Holiday Roast, Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlet with Homestyle Gravy

Lightlife  Smart Strips Chick’n

MorningStar Farms Grillers Chik’n Patties

Tofurky  Roast & Gravy

WestSoy  Chicken Style Seitan

Yves   Meatless Chicken Burgers, Meatless Ground Turkey, Veggie Breast in Vindaloo Sauce

Pork

Match  Vegan Ground Pork

Gardein  Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites

Seafood

Sophie’s Kitchen prawns and scallops

Cedar Lake Vegi-Scallops

Gardein  Mini Crabless Cakes, Golden Fishless Filets

Match  Vegan Crab

May Wah   Vegan Tuna, Vegan Squid, Vegan Crab Steak, Vegan Shrimp Roll, Vegan Fish Cake Tempura, Vegan Belt Fish, Vegan Fish Ball

Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Crab Cakes, Breaded Vegan Scallops, Breaded Vegan Fish Fillets, Breaded Vegan Calamari, Breaded Vegan Shrimp, Vegan Prawns, Breaded Vegan Fishless Sticks, Breaded Vegan Coconut Shrimp, Vegan Smoked Salmon, Vegan Toona (Sea Salt, Black Pepper)

 Worthington Vegetable Skallops


Eggs and Dairy

Eggs

Ener-G  Egg Replacer (for baking only)

Follow Your Heart VeganEgg

Vegg  Vegan Egg Yolk

(Our cooking section contains more tips on baking without eggs, and our foods glossary has additional info on egg substitutes.)

Milk

Califia Farms Almondmilk (Original, Original Unsweetened, Vanilla, Vanilla Unsweetened, Vanilla Protein, Chocolate, Chocolate Protein, Holiday Nog, Barista Blend), Coconut Almondmilk Blend (Toasted Coconut, Chocolate), Horchata with Almondmilk (Classic Cinnamon, Vanilla Coconut)

Eden  Edensoy Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Chocolate, Carob, Unsweetened Original), Edensoy Extra Soymilk (Original, Vanilla)

Good Karma  Flax Milk (Original, Unsweetened Original, Vanilla), Protein+ Flax Milk (Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Vanilla)

Silk  Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Chocolate, Very Vanilla, DHA Omega-3), Organic Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened, Original), Light Soymilk (Original, Vanilla, Chocolate), Almondmilk (Original, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Vanilla), Light Almondmilk (Original, Vanilla), Coconutmilk (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened Original), Almond Coconut Blend (Original, Unsweetened Original), Cashewmilk (Original, Unsweetened Original, Vanilla, Chocolate)

So Delicious  Cashew Milk Beverage (Original, Vanilla), Coconut Milk Beverage (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Nog, Pumpkin Spice, Sugar Free Original, Sugar Free Vanilla), Almond Plus 5X Almond Milk (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened)

Taste the Dream   Rice Dream Enriched Rice Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original, Vanilla, Chocolate), Rice Dream Organic Classic Original Rice Drink, Rice Dream Horchata, Rice Dream Horchata, Soy Dream Enriched Soymilk (Original, Vanilla) Soy Dream Organic Classic Soymilk (Original, Vanilla), Coconut Dream Coconut Drink (Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened), Almond Dream Enriched Almond Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Dream Blends Enriched Almond, Cashew & Hazelnut Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Dream Blends Enriched Coconut, Almond & Chia Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Dream Blends Enriched Rice & Quinoa Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Organic Sprouted Rice Dream Rice Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original), Cashew Dream Cashew Drink (Original, Unsweetened Original)

WestSoy  Organic Soymilk (Original, Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Chocolate, Unsweetened Vanilla, Unsweetened Almond), Soymilk Plus (Plain, Vanilla), Low Fat Soymilk (Plain, Vanilla), Non Fat Soymilk (Plain, Vanilla), Soy Slender Soymilk (Vanilla, Chocolate, Cappuccino), Chocolate Peppermint Stick Soymilk

ZenSoy  Soymilk (Plain, Vanilla, Chocolate, Cappuccino)

Creamer

Califia Farms Almondmilk Coffee Creamer (Original, Pecan Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla)

Silk  Soy Creamer (Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut), Vanilla Almond Creamer

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Barista-Style Original, Barista-Style French Vanilla)


Butter

Earth Balance buttery spread

Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread (Original, Soy Garden, Olive Oil, Soy Free), Organic Buttery Spread (Original Whipped), Vegan Buttery Sticks, Organic Coconut Spread, Organic Culinary Spread (Sweet Cinnamon, Garlic & Herbs)

Smart Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread

Spectrum  Organic All Vegetable Shortening (Original, Butter Flavor)

 Cheese Daiya Foods Shreds (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepperjack, Classic Blend), Wedges (Cheddar, Jack, Jalapeno Garlic Havarti, Smoked Gouda), Slices (Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone), Cream Cheese Style Spread (Plain, Chive & Onlion, Strawberry)

Field Roast  Chao Slices (Creamy Original, Tomato Cayenne, Coconut Herb)

GO Veggie!  Rice Vegan Slices (American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella), Vegan Blocks (Cheddar, Mozzarella), Vegan Shreds (Mexican, Mozzarella), Parmesan Flavor Vegan Grated Topping, Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative (Classic Plain, Chive & Garlic, Strawberry)

 Miyoko’s Creamery Artisanal Nut Cheeses

Teese  Vegan Cheese Alternative (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Creamy Cheddar Sauce, Nacho Sauce)

Tofutti  Soy-Cheese Slices (American, Mozzarella), Better than Cream Cheese (Plain, Nonhydrogenated Plain, French Onion, Herbs & Chives, Garlic & Herb), Better than Ricotta Cheese

Treeline  Artisanal Nut Cheeses

Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative Block (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Nacho, Mozzarella), Cheese Alternative Shreds (Cheddar, Fiesta Blend, Mozzarella), Cream Cheese Alternative

WayFare  We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Spread (Cheddar, Hickory Cheddar, Mexi Cheddar)


Mayonnaise 

Earth Balance Mindful lMayo Dressing and Sandwich Spread (Original, Organic, Olive Oil)

Follow Your Heart Vegenaise (Original, Grapeseed Oil, Organic, Reduced Fat, Soy Free)

Hampton Creek  Just Mayo (Original, Garlic, Chipotle, Sriracha)

Nasoya  Nayonaise (Original, Light, Whipped)

Spectrum  Light Canola Mayo

Sour Cream

Tofutti  Better than Sour Cream (Sour Supreme, Nonhydrogenated)

Vegan Gourmet  Sour Cream Alternative

Vegenaise

WayFare  We Can’t Say It’s Sour Cream


Yogurt

Almond Dream  Almond Non-Dairy Yogurt

Amande  Cultured Almondmilk

Nancy’s  Organic Cultured Soy

Silk  Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative

So Delicious   Cultured Coconut Milk, Greek Style Cultured Coconut Milk, Cultured Almond Milk

Ice Cream

Mocha almond bar

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk Cool Scoops (Chocolate, Vanilla, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip)

Double Rainbow  Soy Cream Pints

Luna & Larry’s   Organic Coconut Bliss (Pints, Bars)

So Delicious Coconut Milk Frozen Desserts (Pints, Minis Sandwiches, Minis Bars), Almond Milk Frozen Desserts (Pints, Minis Sandwiches, Minis Bars), Soy Milk Frozen Desserts (Pints, Quarts, Minis Sandwiches)

Taste the Dream Rice Dream (Pints, Quarts, Bites, Frozen Pies, Bars, Nutty Bars), Soy Dream (Pints, Quarts), Almond Dream (Pints, Quarts, Lil’ Dreamers, Bites, Bars)

Temptation  Vegan Ice Cream

Tofutti   Cuties Sandwiches, Bars, Premium Frozen Dessert Pints, Yours Truly Cones

WayFare  We Can’t Say It’s Ice Cream

Whipped Cream

CocoWhip

So Delicious CocoWhip Original Coconut Milk Dessert Topping, CocoWhip Light Coconut Milk Dessert Topping

Soyatoo!  Soy Whip Whippable Soy Topping, Soy Whip Whipped Soy Topping, Rice Whip Whipped Rice Topping

With thanks to Vegan Outreach.

Low-budget, no-waste shopping list

This is my fallback for when I know I’m going to need to cook at least 3 nights a week and won’t be able to order in or drive thru for meals.  

Cooking Supplies

  • Pam nonstick spray or extra butter/olive oil
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper

Meal Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of linguini and/or spaghetti noodles
  • 1 box rotini pasta
  • 3 jars pasta sauce
  • 1 large bag shredded mozzarella
  • 1 large bag shredded or grated parmesan
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bags frozen veggie medley in steamer bags
  • 1 gallon of milk
  • 1 gallon of vanilla almond milk
  • 6 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 lbs ground spicy Italian sausage/breakfast sausage
  • 1 package hot italian sausage links
  • 2 or 3 baking potatoes
  • 1 package bacon
  • 12 eggs
  • unsalted butter
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder

Snacks, Sides, and Quick Meals

  • 1 bag frozen french fries
  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 loaf sandwich bread
  • 1 package English muffins
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • honey
  • saltines or Ritz crackers
  • 2 boxes cereal (for variety)
  • 1 bag M&Ms
  • 1 bag Skittles
  • deli meat (sliced lunch meat)
  • cheese slices
  • block of cheese for snacking
  • grapes
  • bananas
  • apples
  • pepperoni
  • ground coffee

What to make with this list?

  • Broiled chicken seasoned with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, served over pasta and alfredo sauce with steamer veggies on the side
    2 spoons, 2-3 meals
  • Half-arsed lasagna (I submitted this one recently, not sure if it’s up yet - if mods approved, please link?) with garlic bread
    4-5 spoons, 6-8 meals
  • Spaghetti with garlic bread (add in ¼ lb of ground beef browned and mixed in sauce for extra iron/protein)
    1-2 spoons, 2-4 meals
  • Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on English muffins
    2-3 spoons, 1 meal each
  • Breakfast patty sandwiches (sausage patty made from ground sausage and a slice of cheese) on English muffins
    2-3 spoons to prepare, 1 spoon to reheat, 1 meal each
  • Lunch meat and cheese slice sandwiches
    1 spoon, 1 meal each
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
    1 spoon, 1 meal each
  • Grilled sausages with onion and potato, baked potato and garlic bread on the side
    3-4 spoons, 2-3 meals
  • Naked chicken tenders (grilled with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper) or breaded chicken tenders (flour, egg white, salt, and pepper fried in olive oil) with baked french fries and veggie medley
    4-5 spoons, 4-5 meals

Snacks/Desserts

  • Coffee
    1-2 spoons
  • Frozen Coffee/Specialty Coffee
    2-4 spoons
  • Peanut butter and banana and/or honey sandwich
    1-2 spoons
  • Grown-up lunchables (ritz crackers, cheese block, pepperoni, and grapes)
    2-3 spoons
  • Baked from frozen french fries (season if you want!)
    1 spoon
  • Baked potato with butter, salt, and bacon
    2 spoons
  • Cereal with milk or as a crunchy snack
    1 spoon
  • Candy (put it out in big bowls so you grab it in handfuls instead of eating it out of the bag to reduce urge to overeat, if you want to avoid that)
    1 spoon
  • Apple, grapes, or banana
    1 spoon

I hope this helps.  :)  This feeds me and my boyfriend 2-3 meals a day (he sometimes eats lunch at work) plus snacks for about 1.5-2 weeks, normally.  We often have a friend over on the weekends who eats with us, so take this with a grain of salt.  You could probably make it stretch for 2 people and 1 child.

Vegan Substitutes for Meat

Here is a list with some alternatives/substitutes suitable for vegans. They are divided by type. If you have any product to add feel free to message me and I’ll update the list. Each one has a direct link to the corresponding websites so you can check the ingredients and where those are available. 

  • GF: Gluten Free
  • SF: Soy Free


General Alternatives

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Thai Spring Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Vegetable Egg Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Potsticker | Health is Wealth
  • Veggie Munchees | Health is Wealth 
  • Ground Crumbles | Boca
  • Vegan Prepared Foods | Amy’s
  • Asian Ground Round Lettuce Wraps| Yves 
  • Organic Soy Tempeh | Tofurky (GF)

Vegan Alternatives to Chicken

  • Chik’n Veggie Patties | Morningstar Farms®
  • Garden Veggie Nuggets | Morningstar Farms®
  • Chicken-Free Buffalo Wings | Health is Wealth
  • Vegan Chicken-Free Patties | Health is Wealth
  • Vegan Chicken-Free Nuggets | Health is Wealth
  • Spicy Chik'n Patties| Boca
  • Original Chik'n Nuggets| Boca
  • Original Chik'n Patties {Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Spicy Chik'n Patties{Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Original Chik'n Nuggets{Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Smart Strips Chick'n | Lightlife  
  • Meatless Smoked Chicken Slices | Yves
  • Heart’s Desire Meatless Chicken Strips | Yves
  • Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers | Yves
  • Tofurky® Chick'N Pot Pie | Yves
  • Mandarin Crispy Chick’n | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Seven Grain Crispy Tenders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chick’n Scallopini | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Teriyaki Chick’n Strips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Marinara Chick’n Filets | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Crispy Chick’n Patty | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chipotle Lime Fingers | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chick’n Sliders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Barbecue Wings | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Grilled Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Southwest Style Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Lightly Seasoned Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Ground Chicken | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Chicken Drumsticks | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Ginger Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Half Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Kung Pao Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Orange Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Teriyaki Chicken Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Thai Curry Chicken Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Meat/Beef

  • Nate’s Classic Flavor | Nate’s
  • Nate’s Savory Mushroom | Nate’s
  • Nate’s Zesty Italian | Nate’s
  • Hickory BBQ Riblets | Morningstar Farms®
  • Veggie Loaf Whole Meal | Amy's 
  • Gimme Lean Beef | Lightlife
  • Smart Ground Original | Lightlife
  • Smart Ground Mexican | Lightlife
  • Vegan Grain Strips With BBQ Sauce | Yves
  • Vegan Grain Meat with Sweet Chili Thai Sauce | Yves
  • Meatless Ground Round Original | Yves
  • Meatless Ground Taco Stuffers | Yves
  • Meatless Breakfast Patties | Yves 
  • Meatless Roast without the Beef Slices | Yves
  • Heart’s Desire Meatless Beef Strips | Yves
  • Roast Beef Style Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Ground Beef Style | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Chorizo Style | Tofurky
  • Meatless Veggie Meatballs | Amy’s
  • Beefless Ground | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Beefless Slider | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Meatless Meatballs | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Breakfast Patties | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Beefless Tips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Szechuan Beefless Strips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Meatless Meatloaf | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Beefy Crumbles | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Feisty Crumbles | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Celebration Roast | Field Roast
  • Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute | Field Roast
  • Quarter Loaves | Field Roast
  • Classic Meatloaf | Field Roast
  • Ground Beef | MATCH® (Non GMO) (GF) 
  • Vegan Black Pepper Steaks | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Korean Sesame Beef Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Kung Pao Beef Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to SeaFood

  • Golden Fishless Filet | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Crab | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • New England Style Crab Cakes | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Fish Fillets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Shrimp | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Thai Lemongrass Fish Fillets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Tuna Rolls | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Pork

  • Smart Bacon | Lightlife
  • Meatless Canadian Bacon | Yves
  • Ground Pork | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Stuffed Pork Chops | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Citrus Sparerib Cutlets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Ham Roll | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Turkey

  • Smart Deli Turkey | Lightlife
  • Meatless Ground Turkey | Yves
  • Meatless Deli Turkey Slices | Yves
  • Tofurky® Feast | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Roast & Gravy | Tofurky
  • Savory Gravy | Tofurky
  • Savory Stuffed Turk’y | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Holiday Roast | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Turk’y Cutlet | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Turkey Roll | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Whole Turkey | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Slices

  • Smart Deli Bologna | Lightlife
  • Smart Deli Ham | Lightlife
  • Smart Deli Pepperoni | Lightlife
  • Smart Dogs | Lightlife
  • Smart Dogs Jumbo | Lightlife
  • Tofu Pups | Lightlife 
  • Veggie Brats Classic | Yves
  • Veggie Brats Zesty Italian | Yves
  • Meatless Pepperoni | Yves
  • Meatless Deli Salami Slices | Yves
  • Meatless Ham Slices | Yves
  • Smoked Ham Style Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky  
  • Pepperoni Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Italian Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Bologna Style Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Hickory Smoked Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Peppered Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Oven Roasted Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Hot Dogs | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Jumbo Hot Dogs | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Breakfast Links | Tofurky
  • Deli Slices | Field Roast

Pre Made Vegan Pizzas

  • Tofurky GF Pesto Supreme Pizza | Tofurky (GF)
  • Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Italian Sausage Pizza | Tofurky
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Amy’s  
  • Rice Crust Spinach Pizza | Amy’s
  • Single Serve Non-Dairy Rice Crust Cheeze Pizza | Amy’s
  • Single Serve Rice Crust Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Amy’s
  • Cheeze Lover’s Pizza | Daiya  (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Margherita Pizza | Daiya (Non GMO) (GF) (Soy Free)
  • Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Daiya (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Pizza | Daiya (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Pizza Pizzaz | Tofutti (Non GMO

Vegan Burger Alternatives

  • Spicy Indian Veggie Burger | Morningstar Farms®
  • Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burger | Gardenburger®
  • Veggie Medley Veggie Burger | Gardenburger®
  • Original Vegan | Boca
  • Vegan Burger {Non-GMO} | Boca
  • California Veggie Burger| Amy’s
  • Smart Patties Black Bean Burger| Lightlife 
  • Smart Patties Original Burger with Quinoa| Lightlife 
  • Meatless Chicken Burger | Yves
  • Quarter Pound Veggie Burger | Amy's 
  • Meatless Beef Burger | Yves 
  • Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Burger | Morningstar Farms®
  • Organic Five Grain Tempeh | Tofurky  (GF)
  • Black Bean Sliders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Garden Veggie Burger | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Chipotle Black Bean Burger | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Ultimate Beefless Burger | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • The Beast Burger™ | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Hand-Formed Burger | Field Roast 
  • Stuffed Mushroom Burgers | MATCH® (Non GMO) (GF)

Vegan Sausages & Hot Dogs

  • Meatless Hot Dog | Yves
  • The Good Dog | Yves
  • Tofu Dog | Yves
  • Original Meatless Jumbo Hot Dogs | Yves
  • Tofurky® Sausage & Veggie Quiche | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Kielbasa - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Italian Sausage - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Beer Brats - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Chick'N and Apple Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Spinach Pesto Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Andouille Sausages | Tofurky 
  • Veggie Sausages | Amy’s
  • Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage | Field Roast
  • Sausage Links | Field Roast
  • Frankfurters | Field Roast
  • Italian Sausage | MATCH® (Non GMO) (GF)
  • SoyBoy
yummy veggie medley

This side dish has become one of my favorites; it is healthy, tasty, and only costs a couple dollars to make. It is a tasty way to get more veggies if you don’t know many ways to cook them. You can adjust the specific vegetables, add different spices, or anything else to make it suit your tastes.

Ingredients:

  • one small/medium zuchini
  • one small/medium yellow bottleneck squash  
  • sweet potato (should be about the same weight as your squashes combined)
  • one or two tablespoons margarine
  • salt/pepper/seasonings

Supplies:

  • knife and cutting board
  • aluminum foil
  • small baking sheet

Directions:

  1. Wash your veggies/cut out any bad spots.
  2. Cut your veggies into bite-size pieces. For the squash, start by cutting off the stems. Then I cut them in half length-wise and then slice them into half moon shapes.
  3. Sweet potato is harder because you have to cut all the skin off first; I don’t know if a potato peeler would work. Get the skin off and then cut it into small cubes.
  4. Get a large piece of aluminum foil. I usually do big enough to cover the baking sheet. Put your veggies in the middle; add your butter and seasonings. Then fold the foil together to make a packet. Try to close it pretty well so the veggies don’t dry out.
  5. Bake the veggies in the oven at 350/400 degrees. I cook them for anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour; they get softer and tastier the longer they cook.

I really enjoy this dish as a side or even by itself; I like the sweet potato because it adds bulk and sweetness to the meal, but the squash is tasty on its own or you can mix in sliced onions or other veggies if you like. Spices like garlic or chili powder also make a good addition. This recipe will usually serve 3-4 people if I am using medium sized squash, but you can adjust the amounts depending on how much you want.

Story prompt: knife

“Hey.”

Carol stopped slicing the cucumbers at the familiar voice and smiled as she turned around. “Came to try a taste? I’m making a sort of veggie medley tonight.” She gestured to the various piles of vegetables on the cutting board.

“Don’t need to. Everything you make tastes good.” Daryl shrugged in the doorway. He had an uneasy air about him as crossed the floor of the prison kitchen, glancing around at the walls and cabinets. His hands fidgeted from grazing the counter, to grabbing his back pocket, onto the wall, and then up to his mouth where he chewed on his thumbnail. Carol raised an eyebrow at his spastic behavior, at least for Daryl. If he was trying to deliver bad news, he had never done it this way before. He would be hesitant, but he had never so anxious.

“Daryl?” She crossed her arms and asked lightly. “What is it? Is everyone okay?”

Her query caught him off guard. “Mm, yeah. Everything’s fine. We got more people along the fence to keep up with the walkers. Michonne should be back by tonight, too.” He said offhandedly. His mind was absorbed with whatever it was he really wanted to say. His hand kept retreating to his back pocket, too.

Her whole body relaxed and she uncrossed her arms once she heard everyone was fine. “That’s great.” She said sincerely as she went back to the cutting board and popped a cherry tomato in her mouth. “Now why don’t you tell me what’s on your mind before you pace a hole in the floor.”

Daryl’s feet went still, but his thumbnail was back in his mouth. She wanted to let out a smile, but she knew if she kept grinning at his behavior, he would go on the defensive from being embarrassed and might not tell her at all.

He finally sauntered up next to her and removed at item from his back pocket. When he placed it on the counter, she saw rolled up newspaper and a shoelace string in the mix. Her breath stilled when she realized what it was.

“A present? What’s the occasion?”

“I remember you sayin’ you had an October birthday. I haven’t kept track of the months for a while, but the leaves started changin’, so I figured it had to be soon.”

Carol’s grin could’ve split her face in half. “Daryl…”

“You gonna open it or let someone else have it?” He asked impatiently. She chuckled and gently grabbed the parcel off the counter. It was heavy and felt cold, even through the paper. She wanted this moment to last as long as possible. Her birthday hadn’t been celebrated since the apocalypse made its way into town, and even so for years before that when she was still married to Ed. And to have the present be from Daryl made it all the sweeter.

“Come on now.” He gently pushed. This moment was already lasting forever to him—her waiting wasn’t helping the anxiousness.

Her fingers undid the shoelace knot, and she peeled the paper off what had to be the most beautiful knife she had ever seen. Once she pulled the weapon from its holster, she reveled in its radiance. The long silver blade glinted in the light and the brass knuckles attached at the bottom made her feel more invincible just holding them in her hand. Once her fingers slipped into the holes and she made a fist, she felt like Cinderella slipping on her glass slipper.

It was absolutely perfect.

She slid the knife back into the holster and clipped it onto her belt. The right words were unable to come to her to describe how utterly flawless his gift was. He actually broke the silence before she could.

“Found it on our run last week. Someone had a big ol’ collection under their bed, and-“Suddenly her arms were around his neck and she was pressed up against him. Her cheek was nuzzled into his neck and he was quickly becoming warm while his heart seemed to be going thrice its normal speed. He completely forgot what he had been saying.

She pulled back, her hands now resting on his wide shoulders, and placed a quick peck on his cheek. He was looking down but his mouth was tilting up.

The weight of his gift hung on her belt. Every time she felt the end of the holster bounce against her leg, a wave of pure joy surged through her. It was like a safety blanket, a piece of him always with her. 

“I love it. Thank you so much.” Her eyes were locked with his, and she was surprised at how long he held her gaze.

“Yeah, well, here’s to hopin’ you never have to use it.”