Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Food Lion

In Virginia at least, the two grocery stores you can find in rural areas are usually Walmart and Food Lion. My town of Ashland is no exception. Although just outside the city of Richmond, the town itself can only claim these two as real groceries. Sure, we’ve got a great farmer’s market in the summerContinue reading “Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Food Lion”

The Power of Music

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Victor Hugo From a young age, I was captivated by music. My church, in particular, was very musical, as most are. We had a very strong music program, especially for the children, with multiple youth choirs. Even as teenagers,Continue reading “The Power of Music”

Grocery Store Tour Series for Vegans: Target

Yes. That Target. The same one with the fancy designer clothes and home goods and the super fun dollar section. And although not every Target has the real grocery department, granting it the title of PFresh Target, we do have two close to me that have that distinction.  Of course, one can’t possibly do theirContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour Series for Vegans: Target”

Vegan Chickpea “Chicken” Salad

Oh, behold the versatility of the chickpea! Where would vegans be without them? Of course they turn into delicious hummus, but you can also mash them to become a nice substitute for chicken. Much like the recipes I’ve shared for Vegan Tuna Salad and my Buffalo Chickpea Salad, this one is the same method, justContinue reading “Vegan Chickpea “Chicken” Salad”

Vegan Spanish Rice

The other day I had a craving for this most delicious side dish at Mexican restaurants. Unfortunately, most restaurants make this with chicken broth, and I really wanted to create a vegan version. I also wanted to add some substance to this dish, so adding more texture with diced onions and tomatoes was purposeful. TheContinue reading “Vegan Spanish Rice”

Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Publix

In the Richmond market, Publix is a relatively new player. As a national chain, they have steadily migrated north. As a kid, I remember shopping there with my mom every time we visited my grandparents in Florida. They have always been nice, clean, bright, and friendly stores. When Martin’s decided to leave the stores theyContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Publix”

Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Fresh Market

Last week on the Outer Banks, I found myself in need of vital wheat gluten for a recipe for vegan Salisbury steak from Rabbit and Wolves that my friend and fellow blogger Britany shared with me. Well, the Harris Teeter didn’t have it. Of the remaining grocery stores at the beach, I figured the FreshContinue reading “Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Fresh Market”

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday! We are on the Outer Banks of NC still, but leaving tomorrow. This is a trip that almost didn’t happen. Maybe it shouldn’t have happened. But we’re here. Just our immediate family in our quarantine cluster, and we traveled by car. It’s been our tradition for over 30 years,Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving!”

What Came First: The Chicken or the Vegan Egg?

Yeah. That answer should be obvious. I know… this groaner of a title was a cheap trick to get you to read my post. But, seriously, let’s talk about egg substitutes! Of the things I miss most being vegan, it’s definitely not meat. I’ve never been the type to crave a steak. (Well, at leastContinue reading “What Came First: The Chicken or the Vegan Egg?”

Going Old School Vegan: Lentil Pasta Sauce

I’ve mentioned before that I’m growing weary of meat substitutes. Although I love that there are so many available on the market, at times, I worry that making these the center of my diet is taking me away from one of the very reasons I chose to go vegan in the first place: eating healthy.Continue reading “Going Old School Vegan: Lentil Pasta Sauce”