Meatless Monday: National Grilled Cheese Day 🥪

Hey my friends!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! Yes, you read right. Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich…well maybe those that don’t eat cheese because they’re vegan or dare I say it…lactose intolerant.

I absolutely love cheese and one reasons I always said I couldn’t commit myself to a vegan lifestyle is because I would miss it too much.

But guess what, you no longer have to miss out on certain meals, such as a grilled cheese sandwich. Just to put it out there…

Of course there will never be a 100% substitute for cheese, but there are products that come real close.

So to celebrate this day, I wanted to create one of my favorite ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich and it’s vegan. Your probably scratching your head and wondering how is this really going to taste. Will it give that same ooey gooey effect? Trust me…

Here’s what you need:

  1. Vegan cheddar slice (Violife is my absolute favorite vegan slice cheese)
  2. Plant butter
  3. Jalepeno slices
  4. Baby spinach
  5. 100% whole wheat sliced bread

I don’t need to tell you how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. I will say that I don’t use a ton of butter when making my grilled cheese sandwich. There’s just no need. I lightly butter the outside of the bread with the almond plant-based butter. No need to butter the inside, as we want to keep this somewhat healthy and thus the reason for adding the baby spinach. I like a little kick to my sandwich, so I cut my jalapeños into pieces and spread throughout the sandwich.

One of the reasons I love Violife cheddar cheese is the fact that it melts (and this is not sponsored by the way).

Whether you are vegan or not, I guarantee that you will love this. I’m curious to know if you’re not plant-based and decided to try this. Please let me know what you thought about it.

Until next time, night night 💋

International Autism Awareness Day 🧩

Hey my friends!

For those of you that don’t know, today is International Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness month.

1 in 54 children are on the Autism spectrum. A child is usually diagnosed between the age of 2 or 3. If you are wondering about the signs, there are many signs, but one sign that I remember is that child will begin to stop communicating. It’s almost as if one day they just go into this shell.

A person with autism has difficulties with their communication and as a result they tend to get frustrated when people cannot understand them. The one thing we can point out is that people living with autism are generally extremely smart individuals and have great memories.

Autism is not a disability, it’s a different ability”
~Stuart Duncan

To learn more about Autism and help raise awareness, go to the link below:

https://www.autismspeaks.org/world-autism-awareness-day

Let’s continue to raise awareness about Autism. This is a cause that is so personal for me.

Meatless Mondays: Easy Chik’n Tika Masala recipe 🍽

Hey my friends 👋🏼

Today I was craving Indian food, but one problem I have with eating certain foods is that I don’t eat rice. One dish I do enjoy eating is tika masala, but I always eat it with naan and it’s always the vegetable version.

So I decided that I would change up the recipe a bit for my taste palette. And let me tell you…

This dish turned out so good 😋

Here is what you need:

  • 1 block of firm tofu cut into strips or chunks
  • 1 1/2 cup of couscous
  • 1 cup of kale chopped
  • A dash of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bottle of tika masala sauce (make sure it’s the vegan version)
  • Paratha (optional)

Set the oven to 400 degrees. Add the tofu pieces in a glass dish.

Add the tika masala sauce to the tofu. Mix the tofu and sauce, them cover with foil.

Set the timer for 15 minutes.

Now let’s move onto the couscous. Add 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 cup of finely chopped kale and a dash of crushed red pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Now add a cup of couscous and stir it into the kale. Turn the heat off and cover the pot. After 5 minutes, use a fork a fluff the couscous.

Now it’s time to go back to the tika masala…

After 15 minutes, remove from the oven

Now this is optional, but in my opinion very necessary to complete the meal. Put a little pat of vegan butter (I like to use country crock almond butter) in a frying pan. Heat a piece of paratha for 2 minutes on each side. Cut into 4 pieces.

Now let’s assemble our plate.

Enjoy 😋

Let me know if you tried this recipe and what you thought about it.

Until next time, stay safe my friends 💋