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This certainly has been a week of rip offs…. (((sigh)))

First I get to the medical facility, unpack and spend the night then the next day before dinner I’m told my insurance decided I don’t qualify.

So back home I went. I think I have found another solution which does not require me to be overnight away from home. Which is nice.

Then today, I drive an HOUR to Whole Foods. JUST to get Candle Cafe’s frozen meals and a few other items I can only find at WF.

WHERE WERE THE ENTREES???  I looked everywhere. I also couldn’t find seitan but then found it after I asked the cashier. It was in a weird location.

I inquired about my missing morsels and apparently “…if they’re not there, there’s no label, then we don’t carry that any more and replaced it with new items….we can order something for you by the case if you like…”


So I sent CC a message via their website advising them of this situation and asked if I could buy online. I’ll let you know what the gig is as soon as I hear.

The other rip off has been happening for a couple of months. My favourite stir fry dish that’s vegan (and I add to it see my “Road Tests” or “To Eat or Not to Eat” tabs) is this Peanut Stir Fry by Snapdragon Foods. I could not find it at Fresh Market, Wegmans and Whole Foods. I have searched high and low.

I finally succumbed and ordered a bunch of their vegan box stir fry stuff for an $11 shipping charge. I felt this was reasonable since I no longer have to drive all over the planet searching for them. Watch…..now I’ll find them back on the shelves.

I love these products because I add all sorts of things to them to make them more healthy and to add variety.

Anyway…that’s my deal for this week.

Have a fabulous weekend!




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   …..in, sir/ma’am!!



Okay…the TofuXpress is AMAZING!! OMG after like ten mins I had more water out of the tofu than I ever had waiting for an hour w/it being weighted down. I seriously am in love.





Tonight I made a seitan/ramen noodle/kale thing w/Thai spices, garlic, peanut butter and fake chicken stock for my dd’s dinner. It tasted okay. She LOVED it. So that made my day.  I used the press to squeeze out the water in my frozen kale! OMG.

My dh decided not to eat his portion (he tasted it and it was good to him) and just save it for her, since she is the one w/special dietary needs.

I’m about to go pan saute some tilapia served with tarragon dressed harticot vert (just for you, Maya) for his din din.

Thanks for reading!!


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…one, two, three


I feel like my patience and sanity are being tested every where I turn in the past couple days.  Let me ‘splain, Lucy.

Well obviously I didn’t post on the 26th as I said I would…doesn’t look like anyone is totally upset by this LOL

Christmas dinner went well. I made my daughter TVP chicken cutlets. She loved them. I found the recipe on vegweb.com and specifically here… vegan fried chicken … but I will also be starting a recipe tab as soon as I post this, I am trying to think of a name for the tab.  

She LOVED it. My son liked it, he ate the last 1 1/2 patties. My husband, the one whose support I count on…made a face. Sigh. I swear, as he gets older, he totally deteriorates in maturity. This concerns me mostly because all my life growing up girls were told that boys mature at a slower rate in both body and emotional levels. When they finally get to an age like, let’s say 47, you would expect the male figure to be, well a little MORE mature than he was at let’s say, 17, right? HA! Just wait, you’ll see what I mean.

But I digress…

The rest of us hunkered down on a standing rib roast, baked potatoes, and glazed carrots. The two sides my daughter ate as I made the glazed carrots with vegan friendly ingredients.

All in all it was a good Christmas until…. dessert time. I bought a vegan friendly, frozen apple pie. You bake it frozen so it’s kind of like a fresh pie.  Well I thought I’d be a little fancy pants and brush the top crust with “butter” and sprinkle pretty sugar crystals…the bigger kind, you know, that sparkles, etc. So I did that and popped it back in the oven to brown up a bit.

My daughter takes one look at the slice of pie she served herself and FREAKS! Apparently sugar crystals have confectioner’s glaze in them (not all but most) and that is made from a beetle secretion much like a bee makes honey. This is an animal product in a vegan’s eyes. I guess finally she decided she could just scrape off the little crystals off the top of the crust and eat the pie. Success!


Then came MONDAY. Well…drove her to the pediatrician’s office in NJ…a 90 minute ride but I’m not taking my kids anywhere else for their annual physical. They’ve had the same doctor since the day they were born and I trust her. She knows them better than anyone else. If they’re sick, which is rare, I take them to an MD here. Anyway it turns out she’s lost 16 lbs since last year. OMG! She is a stick anyway. So she’s 5′ 7″ and 105 lbs. The MD is NOT concerned about an ED at all. She is concerned that she eats properly and that she eats very little, if none at all, soy. Why?

Apparently soy is not good for women*…I had read about this a few years back and I forgot why but I do know I made sure I stayed away from it as much as I could. BUT now the other thing is the thyroid. Young women will find that if they consume large amounts of soy, they will have issues w/their thyroid years later in adulthood. I have been busy the past couple of days finding alternate sources of protein. The MD also told her to eat WHATEVER I make her and she must have beans or nuts w/every meal. *evil laughter*

Now to today. I was having coffee with a very good friend and relaying her the information about my daughter. She said she wonders if that’s why she had to have her thyroid removed years ago. She said that when she was born, she couldn’t tolerate milk and for several years she lived on soy products. Interesting. (At least to me.)

Tonight I made a fake stroganoff type thing for her using seitan. I will post that in my new tab and EVEN add a link to take you there on this post!

Turns out she really doesn’t like the texture of a meat product. It freaks her out. My husband tried it and said it was more mushroom like than meat like. But to a person who has not had any meat whatsoever for almost four months, it would taste like meat.

ANYWAY, that’s how things are going here.  I will revisit this post to add the proper Lancelot links for you 🙂


*Also not good for boys either due to the estrogen level found in soy.

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