Today’s a very exciting day for me — my 1 year blog-iversary! I never guessed a year ago how much fun I would have with this little blog and how many fantastic other bloggers I would meet along the way. More important to me than my blog-iversary, my 14th veg-iversary is on January 30th. Yup. FOURTEEN years. If you count it back, you can figure out that I was 11 and it was Super Bowl Sunday 2000. Weird day to pick? Probably.
The question I (and probably EVERY vegetarian in the world) get the most is “Why?!”. This is something I never like getting in to — people either get offended or just straight up don’t want to hear the answer. I will say that, now, my reasons are rooted in health, science, compassion, and ecology. The reason I stopped eating meat to begin with was entirely compassion. My family had all kinds of animals, adorable animals were always on TV, it just made sense. It floated around in my mind for a while until Super Bowl Sunday when my dad tried to serve pork tenderloin. Being 11, I wasn’t really sure what “tenderloin” was, but I knew it sounded not right. Loin? Seriously? I knew then and there that I didn’t want to eat something’s loins or any other part of it. Later that night, my cousin was roasting marshmallows and I decided to eat my last marshmallow and burnt the hell out of my lip. Like seriously, huge blister on my lip. Totally reinforced it in my mind that this was NOT something I should be putting in my mouth.
To celebrate my blog- and veg-iversaries, several fantastic companies have teamed up with me to give away some of my favorite vegetarian things! Here’s a list of what I’m giving away and why I love it!
- Bob’s Red Mill‘s TVP, Nutritional Yeast, and Flax seed — TVP makes a GREAT swap for meat. It rehydrates quickly and you can flavor it any way you want, making it perfect for TVP tacos. Though I eat cheese, nutritional yeast is my favorite cheese swap. Nacho cheese sauce made in minutes, and there’s no need to spend forever sourcing your cheeses to make sure they don’t contain rennet. If you’re a vegetarian that doesn’t eat eggs, flax can swap out for them in baked goods. Even if you eat eggs, flax is rich in protein and fatty acids. I find my TVP, nutritional yeast, and flax at my regular grocery store (in the baking aisle), but your local organic market should have it. If not, you can order through BRM’s website.
- Nasoya: Coupons for free Tofu, Nayonaise, Recycled Tire Jar Opener — Everyone knows that vegetarians eat tofu <3 Nasoya is my preferred brand — treat it right and it’s always delicious. I think most people have a problem with tofu because they don’t treat it right — you need to press it and marinade it. Tofu doesn’t have much flavor on its own, but like TVP can swap in for meat or be delicious in its own right. I love it in buffalo “chicken” tacos (excuse the poor pictures). Nasoya also generously offered to send 3 jars of Nayonaise and a recycled tire jar opener. Nayonaise is great if you’ve taken the plunge into full-fledged vegan, if you’re a vegetarian that doesn’t eat eggs, or just like mayo and want a healthier option (like me!). And for the jar opener? They send me one, and it’s pretty awesome. My regular grocery store carries a variety of Nasoya tofus and a local organic market has Nayonaise — you can always check before you go out here.
- Theo Chocolate Classic Library (10 bars) — Okay, I get it. Most chocolate bars are vegetarian, why is this here? BECAUSE I LOVE IT. That’s why. Theo Chocolate’s passions align with my passions. They were the first chocolate company to be certified organic and fair-trade, and it doesn’t hurt that they have delicious stuff. But you already know that I love Theo. They’re also amazing to work with and I don’t just say that because they send me the same Classic Library as a blog- and veg-iversary gift <3 You can buy Theo Chocolate on their website, Whole Foods Markets nationwide, and Meijer locations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. They just started carrying them at my local Meijer –> cue my excited face. I can reliably find the dark chocolate coconut.
- Amy’s Kitchen Coupons for beans and any Amy’s product — Let’s get real here, vegetarians eat a lot of beans. When first making the switch, it’s nice to rely on a great source or protein that’s still familiar. I also think their frozen meals are fantastic. Being a vegetarian can often be very inconvenient, but being able to find healthy, frozen, no fuss dinners when you’re in a hurry makes life a million times better. I love cheeseless roasted veggie pizza, Indian paneer tikka, and the veggie loaf meal. Check out the store locator if you haven’t seen Amy’s in your local grocery store (all the stores in my town have at least a handful of options in the freezer plus soups and beans on shelves).
- Happy Herbivore Light & Lean courtesy of BenBella Books — If you aren’t familiar with Happy Herbivore, I’ll wait a minute while you go check her out. Lindsay’s recipes are easy to follow and customize, plus they’re vegan and don’t have any added fats. I have always cooked and have loved cooking, but I truly started to feel more confident in trying new things when I picked up Lindsay’s first book. Light & Lean is her most recent book. I was sent a copy to review and am in LOVE with it. If you’re just starting to eat less meat or have been meat-free for years, I think it’s important to mix things up and push yourself to try new ingredients to keep yourself interested.
- Stubb’s liquid smokes — How much do I love liquid smoke? Let me count the ways! It’s great for adding a meaty flavor, while keeping a meal vegetarian or vegan. Granted I haven’t had beef in 14 years, but I think it helps give foods a convincing flavor. You can find Stubb’s in with the BBQ sauces (they make those too) or buy online. My favorite is the hickory.
In addition to everything above, I’m also providing the following:
The total value of this price pack is approximately $175! Woah, right? There will also be a second winner receiving another Bob’s Red Mill prize pack, because they know how to celebrate! To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18+. Other than the bottom list, all items will be shipped directly from the sponsor.
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Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. All of the listed businesses have provided me with free product to giveaway and some have provided items for review. I was not compensated in any other way.
Special thanks to all the lovely ladies who’ve helped me promote this giveaway — I owe them all candy and cookies and vegetables and stuff 😉
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