Vegan Ventures

Vegan Meatball Subs

Hey Y’all! Welcome Back! 
It has been such a crazy month here in Central Florida! Between Hurricane Irma and several threats since then of hurricanes, I’m way past over hurricane season! We finally gained our internet back after two weeks without due to power lines and grids being out of service and cell towers being down, it’s been a wild ride. But I figured what better way to celebrate getting back to normal than a blog post?! 
Over the past two years Gared (my hubs) and I have become extremely health conscious about what we eat. I’ll post a whole different blog on that change later. 

So back to the good stuff! My husband LOVES, when I loves, I mean really loves Meatball Subs. I think part of that is because it was his Mama’s favorite sub from Publix and she always made them when he was growing up. So sweet! And as we’ve been changing our eating lifestyle to more vegan options, I wanted to make Meatball Subs. Off I went to the grocery and got my ingredients. I needed hoagie rolls, vegan meatballs, spaghetti or marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella style cheese. For our side we had Alexia brand crinkle cut French fries seasoned with sea salt. These are also non-gmo and vegan. 

This is what I used! All these ingredients above are vegan and non-gmo! I used butter for toasting the hoagie buns, it just helps create a crispier crunch. If you don’t have a non-stick sauce pan you can use s little butter and spread it around in the pan so your sauce and vegan meatballs won’t stick or burn. What isn’t pictured is the hoagie buns or fries we used. I’ll try to add that soon. 

I’m still new at vegan recipes and I always think they take longer than they do. But this didn’t take much time at all. Seriously it took us 25 minutes from start to finish, and that’s mostly because the fries in the oven took the longest. I first put my fries in the oven to crisp up and brown a little bit. I knew they would take a long time. About ten minutes into the fries baking, I turned to stovetop on to medium high heat, poured half of the spaghetti sauce in and began heating it up. Once it was bubbling and warm I added the meatballs. This specific package comes with 9 pre-made meatballs. So realistically you could make 3 subs using three meatballs in each sub. I simply followed the package instructions. I let them cook on medium heat for about 8 minutes, then I turned the stovetop off and left the pot on the eye. You need to continually stir it because you want your meatballs to be heated thru evenly. Nobody wants to bite into a cold Meatball. 🤢 
Side Note: here’s one thing I’ve learned about vegan pre-made product is that if you cook it too long it has a tendency to taste and feel rubbery. So cooking at exact times gives the best possible results. 
After all ingredients we cooked properly and hoagie rolls were toasted, I plated the meal! 

We didn’t use a lot of cheese as we aren’t used to eating vegan cheese anyway, but honestly, for me I think it’s more of a mental thing because I couldn’t really taste the cheese anyway. 
Final result: we LOVED this meal! We are so happy to eat something that isn’t a soup! We have thoroughly enjoyed making the slow change to vegan lifestyle. We feel more full, we probably are eating more protein and this change has nothing to do with eating something with a face. We aren’t weirdo vegan hippies. This was a lifestyle change for health reasons and we love it so far! I hope to continue adding more vegan options in the future! 
Enjoy Cooking! If you like this please comment, share, engage with us! We wanna know what you think! 

K&G 

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Recipes from my Kitchen

Chicken & Waffles 

Hello Fam and Friends! 

It has been such a sweet minute since I’ve been on here! We all know I’m all about creating easy meals that are delish and delightful! I also absolutely love finding things and using things already here in the house. So today after church I stopped by good ol’ Publix! And I picked up some chicken tenders that are already pre-made, hot and ready to devour and some strawberry syrup! I already did some grocery shopping earlier last week so I had frozen waffles…I don’t own a waffle maker…but one day I will. So I put the waffles in the toaster oven and cut up some tenders. I spread a little butter on each waffle and put the chicken on top of one waffle and poured some syrup on top and put the other waffle on top. Made a sandwich out of it. 


Let’s be honest! Doesn’t it look so adorable placed on this Mickey Mouse plate?? 😍

Oh and that syrup…it’s local from Georgia and only has 3 whole ingredients! That’s right! 3 ingredients from the creators at Blackberry Patch! Look em’ up! You won’t be disappointed! 


And this is what it looks like with syrup on it. Y’all! Praise God for the South! 

Feel free to adapt this to the way you want! Use all from scratch ingredients if you want and please let me know all about your experiences! 
Have a good rest of the weekend y’all!

-Katie 

Recipes from my Kitchen

Packaged Dinners???

Yep! You read correctly! I used packaged dinners two nights in a row! Why?? Because Sunday, the hubs and and I napped almost all day long! We got up just in time to eat dinner, watch a movie and go back to sleep. Because let’s face it, Monday comes every week without hesitation! On Monday, we finally got our car back from the shop, that process was lengthy, I was able to complete all my Monday errands and that includes the grocery. Well wouldn’t ya know I did all this grocery shopping and planned on making steaks and salad with some veggies, but I totally forgot the marinade for the steak. So we settled on pasta! 

I’m sure there’s a part of you still saying yuck to packaged dinners. Especially when I almost always post the opposite. However, a lot of companies are making the shift to using organically based and natural food products even in their dozen packaged meals. 

This brand happens to be one and can be found in most grocery stores. They do not state that they are organic or USDA inspected for organic based food product, but they do use all natural. And to clarify: Gared and I have made the switch to organic food products and even regular products for cleaning and such. However, sometimes we falter because we’ve created such poor habits in the past. So although Bertolli is not USDA Organic, they use natural products and are one of the best we’ve seen so far as far as frozen food meals are. If there are others please by all means comment below and let us know! We’d love to try! 

Got a little distracted, back to reality! This was a super easy meal to make, the first night on Sunday I made a spinach and alfredo bow tie pasta which had a few chicken pieces in it. The only picture I have is: 


It was actually pretty delicious! Cannot lie! But, beware! It had so much spinach in it, so if you are not a spinach person, you should forego this meal. This is also Bertolli brand.

On Monday night, I had Gared all to myself! Y’all. This was a big dang deal! He’s usually in class on Monday night’s where he is in the process of completing his associates degree and will be graduating in May!!! I’m so proud of him! Needless to say, we usually don’t get Monday nights together. Like I said, my intention was to make steak, but we settled for a quick made meal and quality time at the dinner table! 

This was my tablescape! Super simple and yes those are pretend flowers! But so gorgeous! Guys, I cannot stress the importance of having a meal at the table! Like it’s incredible how much we miss out on if we don’t! Especially if you are a married couple! 

This is a closer look to what’s inside. The piece on my spoon is actually a chuck on cheese. The cheese melts and the steam from the veggies helps melt the noodles and softens them up so there’s no need for water. 

Just another look.

And another…hahaha!

Key note: the package says “pour ingredients into a non-stick skillet and cook until hot and tender.” Well I don’t own a non-stick skillet. So I use a few tablespoons of butter and that’s that! 

All in all, it was quick, tasted delish, the veggies were soft enough to bite through but solid enough to get that good snap. I would absolutely recommend this if you are needing a quick meal, it says it’s a meal for 2, but it could easily be a meal for 4. And it’s so affordable! It was only 8$. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you plan, if you live on a budget, you could make this stretch into leftovers. 


I leave you with this! The view I had from my side of the table! I was so glad to share dinner with him! He will always be my favorite person to share a meal with! ❣️❣️❣️

If you try other flavors or find any brands that are USDA organic, by all means please comment below and let me know, we would love to know what’s going on and let you know what we think! 
Happy Cooking Y’all!

Recipes from my Kitchen

Spinach and Cheese Tortellini 

Hey Y’all! It’s me again! I have not posted this much in one weekend much less, ever! I am so happy to have such amazing time off! Well when I say time off, I mean nothing to really do because I’m happily in a season of being a housewife/homemaker and counsel my clients part time! So it has been an amazing blessing being able to take care of our small home and finish my master’s degree! 

But let’s be honest, finding recipes can be tough! There’s so much effort that goes into finding the right recipes that your family will eat. Then if you are like Gared and I, over the past 8 months or so, we’ve made a huge transition into eating organic foods and non gmo foods. So buying storebought things can just be flat out tough simply because not all brands have made the verified organic non gmo transition. So your eating habits have to sort of make a drastic change. But we’ve found so many things we enjoy now. 
I know I post a lot of recipes that a person with a busy schedule may look at and be like what the crazy?! But it’s not impossible. Dinner time doesn’t have to be crazy tough to make or stress you out! In fact, dinner time shouldn’t stress you out at all. That’s why I found this! And no it was not from Pinterest! Bahahaha! 


And guess what?? It’s a non gmo product! Yay for store bought! Mostly because I do not know how to make pasta, and this would be way too time consuming and I have so many more things to do than roll pasta and fill it. 

So basically I just followed the package directions! It takes 8 minutes to boil until the pasta is soft and ready for consumption! This brand is Butoni and they have a lot of choices, we chose the spinach and three cheese obviously. 


After it cooks, you drain the pasta water 💦! I used s glass bowl because glass tends to keep things hotter longer than other types of bowls like plastic. Really, you could eat the pasta with pasta sauce and forget additional toppings because it’s just absolutely delish! However, I added cheese 🧀 to the top of each bowl! I had a little bit of mozzarella left from a previous recipe and bought som parmesan also. But if you have Public where you are, they sell a three cheese combo of parmesan, asiago and romano. I think that would’ve been good as well. Lastly, my favorite sauce is Vodka Sauce! To me it has a creamier, tame taste. 


After I drained the pasta, I poured a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the bowl so it would be easier to toss and coat the pasta. Oh, not pictured is when I sprinkled a little bit of mozzarella and parmesan on the top while in the big bowl. And tossed it to coat the pasta.


So here’s the final result! This is with the flash on, and below is without the flash. 


We had enough left over for each of us to have another full bowl! It was so filling and so amazing! From start to finish, including boiling the water was about 20 minutes! The pasta package was 7$ and the pasta sauce was $1.89! A less than ten dollar meal and 20 minutes to make! Don’t make dinner stressful! Enjoy your family dinners y’all! 
Happy Cooking!