The Throw-Together Vegan

The Throw Together Vegan | RecipesMy friend has been telling me I should write a cookbook of vegan recipes for a couple years now and I have resisted for many reasons, the main one being that I don’t like to cook.

I see amazingly delicious recipes all the time for vegan dishes that I know I would love to eat, but wouldn’t enjoy preparing, so I never do.

I share them with all my vegan and vegan-ish friends and followers on social media and in my 7 Day Vegan Challenge ( and my Vegan Recipe Group (

I want to give people the most delicious and exciting recipes I can find to give them a great plant-based experience. But the truth is, I won’t ever make most of these meals myself because it seems like a lot of time, energy, and effort I would rather put into another part of my life.

Now if I had a personal chef, it would be an entirely different story!! I would have him make me these incredible and thoughtful dishes 24/7. But as it stands, it’s just me and it’s just not going to happen!

Like I said, I post fun and creative vegan recipes I find online daily as well as posting pics of my own “throw-together” meals. I have been doing this consistently for the past couple years and it always surprises me that more people respond to the pics/recipes of my throw together meals, so one of these two things is true…

1. There are more lazy people like me than I had thought
2. My pics look fancier than the meal actually is

Either way, my “recipes” are more in demand than I had thought, so I wanted to share a couple with you!

Here are 2 of my most common easy vegan meals…

Brown Rice (or Quinoa) Curry w Broccoli

Mix together…

  • Can of Amy’s coconut Curry Soup
  • Packet of microwaveable brown rice, quinoa, or my fave is a mix of the two
  • Bag of cooked broccoli (frozen or fresh)
  • Garlic (I use a lot)
  • Ginger (I use a lot)
  • Turmeric (I use a lot)

Brown Rice w Avocado, Tomato, and Pumpkin Seeds

Mix together…

  • Packet of microwaveable brown rice
  • Avocado diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Vegenaise to get it all wet

Each of these meals take about 5 mins to prep and my non-vegan, junk food hubby loves them both…bonus!!!

I would estimate each meal costs me about $10 which may be too much for some people, but is on par with what I typically spend on meals I prep at home.

Also neither require much clean-up, which is possibly the main reason I don’t like to cook/prep anything complicated or fancy.

So there you have it, my two fave throw together vegan meals. I may make a “cookbook” after all!!!

Here are more easy vegan meals…

Here is the link to hundreds of vegan recipes, some fancy, some simple…

Join our 7 Day Vegan Challenge w 5 different meal plans to choose from…

See you next week!!

My Favorite Vegan Meals

My Favorite Vegan MealsPeople are always asking me what I eat and what my favorite meals are, so I wanted to share my top 5 favorite meals.

To be clear…there are 2 categories of favorite meals, my favorite FAVORITE meals are all from restaurants, which are…

1. Vegan Saag
2. Panange Curry
3. Vegan Sushi
4. Vegan Spring Rolls
5. Veggie Burrito from Roberto’s

I have tried making each of these at home and they turn out OK.

So here are my 5 favorite “at home” meals…

The ingredients are pretty specific so I have included some alternatives if you don’t have my “first choice” ingredients at your local store.

1. Grilled “Cheese”

This is my #1 fave! My most comfort food. I have to be careful because it’s also a trigger food and I can easily eat an entire loaf in one day! Plus my bod doesn’t love bread so this is reserved for special occasions or serious bribery!!

  • Dave’s Power Seed (my fave) or another seeded bread like Rudi’s.
  • First choice “cheese” is Field Roast Original, then Field Roast Herb, then Follow Your Heart Provolone, the Follow Your Heart Cheddar, then Daiya Cheddar. Daiya is now in most grocery stores, the other 2 are only in Whole Foods or some other specialty health food stores.
  • Earth Balance “margarine”…I get whichever flavor is on sale. They all taste the same to me. Luckily Earth Balance is now in most regular grocery stores!!
  • No sugar added organic ketchup. Hard to find. If you can’t find it at least go with one sweetened with sugar or agave, not corn syrup!! OR…if you have a high speed blender you can make your own with tomatoes and sea salt!

I love dipping my grilled cheese in ketchup, but if that doesn’t sound good to you, skip the ketchup!!

2. Vegan Ravioli w “Ricotta”

This one may be hard unless you live near a Whole Foods as all the ingredients I have ONLY found so far at WF. But it is worth the trip when you find one!!

  • Vegan Ravioli. The ones I get are handmade and in the refrigerated section. There may be other vegan raviolis out there but I haven’t seen them. Just make sure there is no egg in the pasta part and no dairy in the filling.
  • Kite Hill Ricotta, I haven’t ever seen any other vegan ricotta anywhere. I’m sure there are recipes to make it, but that seems like a lot of work to me  and I can’t promise it will be as amazingly delish as Kite Hill’s. Here is a map of where they have their stuff…
  • Fresh Garlic. I use 2 cloves, but I’m wild! You can use more or less depending on your love for garlic…and what you have going on after!
  • Fresh Basil. Again, I use a ton, use however much you think you would like.

Cook the ravioli, mix in the ricotta, garlic, and basil.

PS…I make my hubby’s with red sauce. I just cook his ravioli, mix in the red sauce and add ricotta as a topping instead of the main stuff.

3. Mashed Potatoes

  • 8 Red Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp Vegenaise
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance
  • Sea Salt to taste

Cut the potatoes in quarters, put in a pot, cover with water, turn stove on high and start timer for 30 minutes. When timer is done, mash potatoes, add all the other stuff.

4. Vegan “Burger” Salad

This is another one I love and eat often as my hubby LOVES the vegan burgers I get so I can make him a burger “normal” style (with bun and such) and I can make this for me!

  • Vegan Burger (my fave is BY FAR Field Roast Hand Packed burgers. You can get them at Whole Foods in the refrigerated section with vegan cheeses, vegenaise and such)
  • Vegan Cheese (check out my faves above)
  • Crinkle Cut Potato Chips (I like either Boulder Chips or Kettle Chips with Sea Salt only)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Vegenaise optional

You can grill your vegan burger, I’m lazy so I just put mine in the microwave with the cheese for 1 minute and then cut into small pieces.

Cut up 2 tomatoes, cut up the avocado, and then put EVERYTHING on top of a bed of Potato Chips. If you want it gooey-er or juicy-er, add vegenaise.

5. Grape Salad

Ahhhhh…the old family favorite made vegan! Just a note, my non-vegan, junk-food hubby LOVES the previous 4 meals, he won’t get behind this one, but it’s one of my faves. I rarely make it because it’s another trigger food and I end up eating the entire batch!

  • 1 lb rice pasta shells
  • giant bag of green grapes
  • vegenaise
  • Potato Chips (same as above is my first choice)

Boil the noodles until al dente, drain, cool, mix in grapes and enough vegenaise to moisten the mixture.

Cool completely in fridge. When ready to eat, take a scoop, mix with enough vegenaise to make it gooey like potato salad or coleslaw, and then smash up potato chips and sprinkle on top.

That’s it! Those are my 5 faves. As you can see I am a simple “cook”. I consider myself more of a “throw-together” vegan but it works for me. Hope you like these as much as I do!

More easy vegan meals…

Hundreds of AMAZING vegan recipes (some easy, some not so much)…

Join our 7 Day Vegan Challenge…

And share your fave vegan meals with me here…

See you next week!

50 Plant-Based Snacks under $1 | Vegetarian Snacks

50 Plant Based Snacks | Vegetarian SnacksI travel all the time and people (including me at times) use that as an excuse to eat crappy. These healthy plant based snacks are available on the road at most gas stations, airports, and truck stops.

Almonds ¼ c *: Raw, unsalted nuts are the healthiest for you. Also check added ingredients as some brands add oils, flavorings, MSG, etc.

Apple*: Not only are apples packed with nutrients, they are also a natural mouth freshener and will clean your teeth with every bite.


Avocado (on sale): This is a healthy alternative when you are craving something smooth and fatty like ice cream.

Baked Potato.

Baked Sweet Potato: Packed with SO many vitamins and minerals. Could be considered one of the healthiest foods out there. Plus they are very filling if you are a little hungrier than usual.

Banana*: One of the least expensive fruits out there. Go ahead, eat two or three!

Berries ½ c: Frozen berries are just as healthy, last longer, and are usually less expensive. So you may even get 1 c for your $1.

Broccoli 2 c: As with berries, frozen work well too. I just got a bag with 5 cups of broccoli for $2.

Can of Black Beans: Or any kind of bean you like. Make sure you read the ingredient list as some brands will add salt, sugar, MSG, oils, and other additives.

Can of veggies or fruit*: As with beans, check for un-necessary and unhealthy additives.

Cantaloupe 1 c: About half the calories of most fruit so if you are cutting calories, this is a great option.

Carrot Sticks: Another cost effective snack, you can typically get about a pound of carrots per dollar.

Cashews ¼ c*: If you want a softer, sweeter nut, cashews are the answer. Also see notes on Almonds

Cauliflower 2 c.

Celery Stalks: Very low calorie, great for hydration and digestion.

Clementine: Easy to peel if you are traveling and if you get them on sale, you can eat a few.

Cucumber: Hydrating with electrolytes for a post-workout snack.

Dates ½ c: High in minerals and calories if you need energy to get through your workout or work day.

Figs ½ c: A great snack to curb your “sweet tooth” and like dates, great boost of energy.

Garden of Eatin’ Chia Chips 1/3 bag: Organic, non GMO, and at most health food stores and big grocers. You can also buy on their website where you can find specials and coupons too.

Garden of Eatin’ Multi Grain Chips: 1/3 bag.

Grapefruit: Lots of healthy and disease fighting qualities. On the go? Peel like an orange!

Grapes 1 c: One of my favorites but can get expensive. In season you can get a much better price.

Green Beans 1 c: Eat cold for a crispy, fresh, healthy, low cal snack.

Green Pepper: Much cheaper than red, orange, and yellow peppers.

Honey Dew 1 c.

Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter packet: Great to take on airplanes, road trips, and bike rides.

Justin’s Maple Almond Butter packet: You can buy online in bulk.

LaraBar (on sale)*: LOVE these convenient bars made only of nuts and fruits. You can also buy online in bulk.

Mandarin Orange.

Mixed Nuts ¼ c*: Mixed nuts are your healthiest nut option since you get the benefits of different nuts. Again check packaging for added crap.

Mojo Bar (on sale)*: Super delicious treat for when you are craving something sweet. Double check ingredients as I am not sure all are 100% plant-based.


Orange*: Easy to find and packed with vitamins.

Peanut Butter on a celery stalk: For the salty and crunchy craving.

Peanut Butter on a piece of Ezekiel Bread: Check ingredients as some PB have added trans-fats, sweeteners, and other oils.

Peanut Butter on an apple slices: For the sweet and salty craving.


Peanuts ½ c*: Especially check ingredients on package, peanuts tend to attract the most additives since they are the least expensive to manufacture.

Pear: Add a pear to your snack list every once in a while, they provide a unique set of nutrients.

Pineapple ½ c: Aids in digestion and low in calories. I love pineapple, but it can get expensive if not on sale.

Pistachios ¼ c*: High in calories, but you can get shelled version to work off the extra calories!!

Raisins ¼ c*: Great for digestive issues as raisins are very fibrous.

Red/Yellow/Orange Pepper (on sale): I am so happy when these are on sale. Otherwise I stick with green.

Snow Peas 2 c: One of the most nutritious of the vegetables and contain protein.

Sugar Snap Peas 2 c: Also great for a crunchy and sweet…but low calorie snack.

Terra Sweet Potato Chips ¼ bag: All natural, no trans fats, and delicious.

Terra Sweets and Beets chips ¼ bag: Can get coupons from website too!

Watermelon 1 c: High in electrolytes, low in calories, and full of anti-oxidents.

There you have it! 50 Plant-Based Snacks under $1…please leave a comment below if you have any others you would like to add!!!

My Fourth Raw Monday | Raw Salad Recipes

My Fourth Raw Monday | Raw Salad RecipesIf you are looking for weeks 2 and 3, don’t bother. They were a lot of learning and lessons that can be summarized here…

1. I was making eating raw WAY TOO DIFFICULT

2. I was making eating raw WAY TOO EXPENSIVE

3. I was making eating raw WAY TOO CALORIC

So here I am at week 4 and here are my NEW “Raw Monday Rules”…

1. I only make ONE meal from a recipe

2. The other meals/snacks are either fruit, veggies, salad, or nuts

3. I eat primarily whole foods and not store bought raw packaged stuff

4. I look for meals where the MAJORITY of the meal is fruit/veggies

5. I look for meals with lower caloric count (unless it’s dessert I make raw that day of course)

6. If the meal does call for large amounts of nuts, dates, oil, or other calorically dense foods, I use a tad less

Armed with my new rules and lessons I have learned over the past month, I feel confident in my raw journey ahead.

So today I made a DELICIOUS recipe from…

Curry Carrot Salad

4 cups grated carrots, (approximately 10 medium carrots, grated)
2 cups snow peas, sliced into 1/2-inch long pieces
2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1/2 to 1 cup raisins
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin

Curry Dressing

1/2 cup cashews, soaked for at least 6 hours and drained
1/2 cup fresh almond milk (you can use water but it won’t be as flavorful)
2 teaspoons sweet yellow curry powder
1/2 teaspoon nama shoyu
1 tablespoon liquid sweetener of choice
Himalayan salt to taste

I also added cilantro to the “salad” and garlic, turmeric, and ginger to the “dressing”

1. Toss carrots, snow peas, pineapple, raisins and scallions together in a large bowl.
2. Place all dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour dressing over salad and mix through to coat all pieces.

This salad is seriously AMAZING, the only problem is that is serves 6 and I ate the whole thing. YIKES!!

So now the only RAW MONDAY issue I am having is over-eating. Any suggestions?? I have been posting recipes and pics here…

I would love to get some raw-dvice from any experts out there!!!

Crockpot Meal #4: The Women’s Bean Project

The Womans Bean ProjectThe Women’s Bean Project is where a woman earns her future – for herself, her family, her community and our economy.

Products made by Women’s Bean Project over the last 25 years include handcrafted, limited-edition jewelry and gourmet food items for bean soup, chili, cookies and brownies, corn bread, dips, mixes, salsas, gluten-free items, and more. Products are sold through their website, as well as through various online retailers and stores across the United States.

My mom and I have been buying the Chili and Bean Soups from The Women’s Bean Project for the past 20 years. My mom gave me the 6 Bean Soup as a Christmas gift this year, so I decided to crockpot it as soon as I was back in the RV.

Here’s how it went down…

Cost of Soup Mix (includes beans and spices): $6.00
Onion $.50
Garlic: $.50
Can of Tomatoes: $2.00

The directions call for overnight soaking of the beans, but I forgot until this morning that I wanted to make it, so they ALSO have directions for impatient chefs (YAY! Thanks!!) so I put them in water into the microwave for 15 mins (don’t judge me monkey!)

Picked up the ingredients last time I was shopping so shopping didn’t take any extra time since it’s so simple.

  • 12:00 pm Friday: Cut the onion and garlic, opened the can of tomatoes, and put everything in the crockpot WHILE the beans were in the micro.
  • 12:15 pm: Stirred it up and put it on HIGH
  • 3:15 pm: Stirred it up and turned it down to LOW…smells DELISH in here!
  • 5:00 pm: Tasted it and beans were still hard-ish. Want to have it for dinner so turned back up to HIGH.
  • 7:00 pm: Too lazy to make the Quinoa I bought for it, so I broke open the crackers ($4.00) and we enjoyed our soup with crackers this time.

I give it an 8 out of 10…only because beans make se feel heavy so they are never my first choice.

Hubby gave it a 9 out of 10…WHAT? That is an AMAZING review coming from him. He said he would eat meals like this every night! Be careful what you wish for…

After we ate it, I turned the crockpot to low, added a bit more water, and went to bed.

If you have read my past crockpot meals, you know I eat more than an average person, but even so, our soup lasted us 3 meals each. On Friday I ate 3 c and Rick ate 2 c, Saturday we each had 2 c for lunch and 1 c for dinner. I did end up buying Rick saltines which added $2.50. This crockpot made a total of 11 cups of soup…WOWZERS!!!

Total cost was $15.50 which comes to $1.41 a cup (which is probably a normal serving once you added the crackers or quinoa).

Total cost per serving: $1.41

Total time to make: 15 minutes work, 24 hours sitting in the pot.

Sounds like a success story to me!

Here are my other crockpot meals…

Here is the Women’s Bean Project website…

Crockpot Meal 3: Sweet Potato Masala

crockpot-recipe-sweet-potato-masala-veganI am super excited to make this because one of my favorite meals at a restaurant I love is Sweet Potato Masala!! This may be one of my most successful vegan recipes yet!

Tuesday 10am: Grocery Shopping…10 mins…only needed a couple things I didn’t already have…

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes $2.85
  • Large Can of Crushed Tomatoes $1.19
  • 2 Cans of Low fat Unsweetened Coconut Milk $3.58
  • Cilantro $.34
  • Basmati Rice $5.29 (and will last me all week for sure)

Ingredients I already had…

  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 3 Cloves Crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Coriander
  • 1⁄2 tsp. Cardamom
  • 1⁄2 Tbsp. Chili powder
  • A few Cloves
  • A few Fennel Seeds
  • Salt to taste

Spices are pretty expensive up front, but last a long time. Even the Cardamom that was like $12 only comes to pennies each serving. So I would guess for this meal all the spices would total $2-$4.

Tuesday 11am: Prep time 10 minutes

Combine the ginger, garlic, tomatoes, coconut milk, spices, and cubed Sweet Potatoes in your Crock Pot.

Cook on high for 3 hours and then low for 3 hours. Or high for 4 or low for 8 or whatever combo works with your schedule.

Tuesday 5pm: Made Basmati Rice…took 20 minutes total

Let it cool a bit and sprinkled cilantro leaves on top.

My Taste Test…8 out of 10. I thought it was DELISH! And very spicy which I love. I didn’t really measure my spices out, I just tossed them in so not sure which of the spices actually made it spicy but it’s perfect for me.

Hubby’s Taste Test…8 out of 10…WHAT??? I may be a good wife yet!! He said if it was creamier it would be a 10. The recipe I adapted mine from had yogurt and corn starch in it to thicken and cream it up. I live in a small town and there wasn’t vegan yogurt at our store and for some reason corn starch scared me, so I just omitted them both. I will try it again next time with the vegan yogurt for my hubby! YAY!

Total Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cost: $16.25

We each had 2 giant bowls of it for each meal and it fed us a total of 6 meals (3 each) so we paid $2.71/meal

Like I have said before, we eat twice as much as a normal person so you guys could probably get it done for about $1.35/meal.


Crockpot Meal #2: Saag Paneer

Crockpot Meal Saag PaneerI am super excited for this vegan crockpot recipe because Indian Food is my FAVORITE and we spend about $50 every time we eat out (which used to be a couple times a week, but now we have scaled back to once a month). MAN…I hope this is good!!


4 large garlic cloves, chopped…already had but prob cost about $.50
3 tbsp. minced ginger…$.40
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce…$1.49
1 tbsp. garam masala…couldn’t’ find it so I skipped it
1 tbsp. ground coriander…$2.99 for bottle
1 tbsp. ground cumin…already had, but approx. $.10
1 tsp. salt…already had but prob like $.01
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper…already had, approx. $.05
1 can low fat coconut milk…$1.59
3 10 oz. boxes of spinach, thawed…$4.17
1 bag fresh baby spinach…$3.59
12 oz. firm tofu, chopped into cubes…$1.69
Basmati Rice…$5.59 for enough to feed a small army!!


  • Add everything to the slow cooker except for the fresh spinach and tofu
  • Cook on low for 3 hours.
  • Open and add the fresh spinach. Cook for 1 more hour.
  • Blend everything using an immersion blender or blending batches. Return to the slow cooker.
  • Add the tofu and cook for 1 more hour. Serve over quinoa, rice, or with Naan.

Recipe from Healthy Girls Kitchen

Sunday 5pm: Shopping for ingredients (20 minutes)
Sunday 6pm: Prep time 10 minutes max
Monday 2pm: Finished Prep (10mins)
Monday 7pm: Made Basmati Rice (30 mins)
Monday 7:30pm: EAT!

My Taste Test…this was a CHALLENGE for us as our favorite food ever is Saag Paneer from a local Indian Food restaurant. I thought it was GOOD as long as I didn’t compare it to our fave. I would give it a 6 out of 10. It was a little bland but I don’t know Indian spices enough to know what to add.

Hubby’s Taste Test…he ate it but didn’t like it. He won’t eat leftovers like I will. He said it was bland and even though I told him NOT to compare, I know he did. He gave it a 1 out of 10.

I added cilantro to one of my servings and that helped give it some zip! I would love to hear from experienced Indian Food peeps as to what other spices I could add to help!!

Total Prep Time: A little over an hour
Total Cost: $15.27 new stuff+ $.66 ingredients I already had on hand=$15.93
Lasted us 7 meals (and we eat a LOT so you will probably get double that)
Total Cost per Meal=$2.28


So far my biggest “complaint” about cooking all these vegan crockpot recipes is cleaning all this mess up!!

Crockpot Meal #1: Vegan Chili Recipe

Crockpot Meal #1 - Vegan Chili RecipeHow to make amazingly delicious Vegan Chili in your crockpot. Check out this Vegan Chili recipe including costs and ingredients.

Monday 5pm: Went to grocery store and bought ingredients… (time shopping 10 minutes)

  • Bag of Red Beans $1.39 (used half the bag)
  • Bag of Pinto Beans $1.39 (used half the bag)
  • Can of Organic Diced Tomatoes $2.69 (regular ones were $1.19)
  • Yellow Onion $1.07

Already have at home…

  • Quinoa (cost about $5.00)
  • Garlic (cost about $.50)
  • Spices (cost about $4.00 for an average jar of spices that can last for a very long time)

The spices I used this time were…

  • Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Tumeric

Sunday 6pm: Soaked beans in water overnight (time prepping less than five minutes)

Monday 2pm: Sautéed Onion and Garlic in Olive Oil (time prepping was five minutes)

Put half of each type of bean in the crock pot and added onion mix, can of diced tomatoes, an extra can of water, and spices and stirred it together. The thing that took me the longest was digging out the crock pot! Poor fellow hasn’t been used in years!!

Turned it to HIGH until I have to leave in an hour and then will turn it to LOW until I get home tonight…

Monday 7pm: I got home and was TOO hungry to make our quinoa so I had a packet of Microwaveable Brown Rice so 90 seconds later dinner was served.

BOO! Not ready! Beans were still hard-ish, I’ll try again tomorrow.

Tuesday 7pm: UGH! This was silly for me to start this journey during the Summer. It’s hot out and the thought of eating chili doesn’t even sound good! Oh well…I’ll do it anyway!

Making Quinoa…this took 25 mins with boiling and cooking, but I made the entire box which will last all week!

My Taste Test…DELICIOUS!! It is SOOOO good. Even had seconds! I like it with the quinoa WAY better.

I’ll give you my hubby’s opinion when he gets home. I’m too impatient to wait for him…Hubby’s Taste Test…He LOVED it…had it 3 dinners in a row. He gave it a 7 out of 10. That is a HUGE success in my book! Oh…and BTW…he doesn’t lie to make me feel better. He has told me numerous times how crappy my cooking is !!

Total Prep Time: Under an hour

Total Cost: $5.15 new stuff+ $9.50 ingredients I already had on hand=$14.65

Lasted us 6 meals (and we eat a LOT so you will probably get double that)

Total Cost per Meal=$2.44