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Wicked Good Vegan Breakfast

Breakfast

Tofu Scramble, Pancakes, and Hash Browns

For a hearty Sunday morning breakfast, I made pancakes, Trader Joe’s hash browns, and a tofu scramble. If you can brave the crowds in Trader Joe’s, head to the frozen foods section for their crispy hash browns.  Buy many packages. Hoard them. You will devour them in no time.

The pancakes are made with a regular mix, substituting soy milk and flax seed for milk and eggs. I topped them with a dollop of Earth Balance and drizzled with maple syrup.

A tofu scramble is an excellent alternative to scrambled eggs. Packed with protein, the dish looks and feels like eggs, but contains no cholesterol and it’s easy to toss in your favorite veggies. You can also use turmeric to spice if you don’t have the mustard or curry powders.

Tofu Scramble with spinach and tomato

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
  • 1/2 block firm tofu, drained
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat olive oil over medium heat in pan. Add onion and crumble tofu into medium pan. Add spinach, garlic, and spices. Sautee 5 minutes or until spinach is limp. Add tomatoes last. Enjoy!

TOP 5: Vegan Frozen Meals

1. Amy’s Non-Diary Vegetable Pot Pie (360 cal/4g fiber/10g protein)Amy's Pot Pie
Who doesn’t love a good pot pie? It’s your whole meal in one perfect little package, and this vegan version is just as crispy and delicious as any I’ve ever had. This pie is packed with organic peas, carrots, potatoes, and tofu, surrounded by a creamy cream of mushroom-soup-like sauce. It’s a filling meal, but not ideal for work lunches because it has a 20 minute minimum oven cooking time.
Morningstar Sweet & Sour Chicken
2. Morningstar Farms Sweet & Sour Chik’n (340 cal/4g fiber/14g protein)
Morningstar Farms recently came out with two new meals featuring their yummy soy protein “Chik’n” in Sweet & Sour and Sesame flavors. The Sweet & Sour is my fave because of the tangy sauce and little chunks of pineapple.
Kashi Black Bean Mango
3. Kashi Black Bean Mango (340 cal/7g fiber/8g protein)
Oh Kashi, why are you so expensive?? I freaking love this company – everything I have tried is great, especially their frozen entrees. It doesn’t feel like you’re eating a microwaved meal at all, and seven grams of fiber is pretty awesome. This Black Bean Mango meal has slices of roasted onion in it that I love. I just wish these were a little more affordable. I never see them on sale at Kroger nor have I seen ONE coupon for Kashi. Otherwise, I would eat these all the time.
Amy's Black Bean and Vegetable Enchilada
4. Amy’s Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada (320 cal/6g fiber/10g protein)
Another great meal I eat at my desk at work. Corn tortillas stuffed with corn, black beans, tofu, and veggies, and topped with mildly spicy enchilada sauce. Filling and delicious.
Amy's Indian Vegetable Korma
5. Amy’s Indian Vegetable Korma (310 cal/7g fiber/9g protein)
By now it’s no secret that I’m an Amy’s fangirl. Their Vegetable Korma meal is truly magnificent. There are whole cashews and raisins in the curry, and it is so creamy and not very spicy and just perfect. Bonus tip: try the Amy’s Vegetable Samosa, it makes a great snack.

Big Meows at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger

On Saturday, I went to the Carolina Tiger Rescue with a group of friends. Formerly called the Carnivore Preservation Trust, the sanctuary boasts 55 acres of land for about 60 wildcats. We saw tigers, ocelots, a bobcat, a serval, binturongs, and a kinkajou, all of whom seemed to enjoy their large and unique habitats. While we observed one tiger, a worker came by with a burlap sack full of beef and newspaper, which she swung over the high fence for the tiger to nosh on. The workers are dedicated to making the animals’ lives as rich as possible, and one enrichment activity is making a meal into a game; the tigers enjoy ripping through the burlap and paper to find their prize.

Our tour guide told us that the main reason wildcats are taken to the sanctuary is the exotic animal trade. People buy these animals when they are little and cute, but once they hit 100 lbs, suddenly the owners realize it’s not so practical to keep a  tiger in the backyard. Did you know it’s legal to own and sell tigers in North Carolina and eight other U.S. states; you don’t even have to get a wild animal permit! Our guide said there are about 5,000 privately owned tigers in the state of Texas. WTH are these people thinking?! Why didn’t the mauling of a three year old Apex boy encourage harsher laws? Seeing these beautiful cats up close is enough research for me to know that they are not meant to be owned by humans. Luckily there are places like the Carolina Tiger Rescue that help rehabilitate these animals. The CTR website says,

Carolina Tiger Rescue is working toward the day when:

  • wildcats are not owned by individuals as pets
  • wildcats are not used for entertainment purposes
  • no trade exists for wildcats or their parts
  • all wildcats prosper in sustainable, native habitats

If you live in North Carolina, plan a trip to the Carolina Tiger Rescue. It’s only $12 a ticket, and you won’t forget the amazing cats you will meet!

Kinkajou

The Kinkajou is Level 4 Aggressive – same as a tiger!

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