Artisan Almond Milk Product

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I found two more Kite Hill cheeses at Whole Foods and had to try them. Much, much, much better than the first one I tried. I must say that the name could be better. “Artisan Almond Milk Product” is odd.

I especially like the truffle, dill, and chive flavor. The original is good too, but the truffle one is great with crackers. Both cheeses were only tried with crackers, so I am unsure how they would work in other options. If you find some, I highly recommend trying them. But, again, skip the aged one. It falls under the “tastes like feet” category.

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Thanksgiving

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It’s Thanksgiving again and I feel compelled to share my thoughts related to being vegan in this time of year. My family is not the most functional, but no one has the perfect family. They try to connect on major holidays and the photo is of me cutting up fresh baked soda bread for Thanksgiving many years ago. I love to cook and I love my family. When I lived closer to them, I would invite everyone over to share the day with me. They knew they would be eating vegan and I am certain some would have loved a giant turkey, but the ones that came were always happy to share the day.

I can’t go to a traditional Thanksgiving meal anymore. Because my veganism began due to intolerances and years of begin sick, all I remember is being sick. In fact, turkey was one of my bigger sickness triggers. Even smelling it today makes me nauseous and want to run screaming from the building. I try to be respectful of other peoples choices so they will be tolerant of mine. It doesn’t always work out this way, but I try. The end result is finding ways to enjoy the holiday that don’t make me sick. Now that I live far from my family again, I just don’t travel during this busy weekend.

Thanksgiving is a celebration of the love of food and family for me. My very best friends are my family too and I will be spending the day with some of them. We will have a big vegan brunch and stuff ourselves silly. On Sunday, Modern Love, our new local vegan restaurant, is having a brunch event for Vegan Omaha, our local vegan social group. I will be there too. The rest of the weekend will be filled with decorating my home and improv comedy. I can’t think of a better way to fill four days.

I hope you can find the happy vegan space this weekend that is also full of love.

Block 16

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I have been very hesitant to write about Block 16. When I first moved to Omaha in 2011, it was a delicious vegan oasis in what seemed to be a sea of steaks. Several vegan options were enjoyed on a regular basis and the restaurant has only grown in popularity. I am very happy that the place is always packed. However, the vegan options are not what they used to be. Sometimes they are good and other times they are not. What’s worse is that I’m not the only local vegan that has noticed this. I have not been to this restaurant in some time and am unsure when I will go again.

The picture is of their vegan ruben and onion rings.

Svelte Protein Shake

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Vegan protein powders truly leave something to be desired. Chalky, bitter, and grainy are only some of the words I use describe most of them. Luckily, I have stumbled upon CalNaturale Svelte Protein Shake. There are several flavors, and so far they are all tasty. Now, don’t get me wrong. This won’t taste like a chocolate milk shake, but the flavor is nice and the other descriptors are absent. Try some for yourself. Hello beautiful!

Brick Oven Pizzeria

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This pizzeria has been in Omaha for over a year now, but I only recently had a chance to check it out. I LOVE that the main sign prominently says “vegan friendly.” Though, I was unsure just how friendly the place would be.

I was happily floored. Not only is there an extensive list of vegan options beyond pizza, the prep area for vegan food is completely separate from where other food is prepared. Again, floored.

We ordered a salad, a grilled cheese sandwich, and a calzone. I was again amazed by the grilled cheese. It is unexpected deliciousness full of vegetables.

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If you are in Omaha, or plan to visit, I highly recommend Brick Oven. The owners are super nice and the food full of yummers.

 

Neat Meat

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“A healthy replacement for meat.”

Hubby stumbled upon these gluten-free faux meat mixes. They are a powder that requires water and eggs, or egg substitute, to cook. It wasn’t bad. I’m not a big faux meat person, but when I added red beans and salsa, the flavor was much improved. It was fun to make Frito Pie with this alternative. Try some for yourself.

My Frito Pie

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I’m from Texas and grew up eating Frito Pie. The one I make today is healthier, but it remains an easy and crowd pleasing dish. What you will need:

Bag of Fritos, preferably the smaller sized Fritos, but any will do

1 can red beans, drained and rinsed

1 jar salsa

1 can black olives, olives drained and sliced into circles

Butter lettuce, torn into bite size pieces

2 tomatoes, seeds removed and diced

Vegan sour cream

Faux taco meat, I used a gluten-free mix that will get a review on Thursday

In a skillet, prepare faux taco meat according to package directions. Add red beans and a cup of salsa. Cook until warmed through. Layer plates with Fritos, faux taco meat mix, additional salsa if desired, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, and olives. Dig in. Yummers!