Crunchy Confessions

So I just took a “How Crunchy Are You?” quiz from Mama Natural and I am disappointed to report that this was my result:



I mean come on, I’ve been “Kinda Crunchy” for almost two years now and I haven’t even made it past “Newbie” status?? I’m sad.

Buuuuut…. Reality is, I have some crunchy confessions to make.

If something is on sale and I mean, it’s like a really good deal, I’ll buy it even if it’s not organic. UNLESSĀ it’s in the dirty dozen… but usually, I just can’t pass up a really good deal, it’s torture. This goes for pretty much anything, not just produce. I’ll buy the super soft non-recycled toilet paper. I do feel kind of bad about that, but it’s so soft.

And as for beauty products… Oy. I’ve tried to convert to the all-natural, all-organic stuff but it’s either really expensive or it doesn’t work or both. My hair looked like I put mayo in it the last time I used an all natural conditioner. Not cute. Unless you’re married to Oscar Meyer, that’s not going to fly.

Now, in my defense, I have really crunched-up in other ways. My husband can attest to the fact that we’ve had recycled toilet paper (“Why does our tp look like the kind from my Elementary School?”) and I am now a huge fan of essential oils (aka “White Witchcraft”). So while I may not grow my own food and go out in public sans shoes, I think I’ve become a little more than Kinda Crunchy.

What about you? How do you fare on Mama Natural’s quiz?


Feeding Carnivores: Vegan Meals That Will Please Meat Eaters

I get asked all of the time, “So, what do you eat?” I totally get it. Before we started cooking vegan, I had no idea how people went without eating meat. I just assumed that vegans made the same meals but with soy-meat-replacements… That didn’t really sound that appealing. Honestly, it still doesn’t. (Although, there are some very yummy meat-replacements, not gonna lie.)

There are some big football games coming-up and if you find yourself hosting, you’re going to want to have something nice and tasty right? So, what does an herbivore do when we are expecting Meat Eater company? How can you make sure these people will not leave hungry??

Fear not! Here are some tested recipes that are sure to delight the bellies of even the most hard core carnivore!

1. Black Bean & Spinach Enchiladas– Now, this recipe isn’t vegan but it’s very easy to make it

From "The Garden Grazer"
From “The Garden Grazer”

so. Simply replace the shredded cheese that goes in the filling with Tofutti “Better Than Cream Cheese” (which totally lives up to it’s name btw) and the shredded cheese topping with Daiya shredded Pepper Jack cheese. I also make a box of spanish rice and include that with the filling. These enchiladas are our number one favorite recipe. Serve with chips and guac and your guests will be very full!

From “50 Shades of Green”

2. Rosemary Sweet Potato & Quinoa Burgers– Just trust me on this one, these are AMAZING! One of my friends likes to make them as sliders and she said they were really fun and still delicious. Sliders would be an awesome choice if you were feeding friends for a game. Don’t skip the searing the buns step and make sure you have avocado to top them with. Follow this recipe to the “t” and you won’t regret it. Serve with a side of fries and enjoy!

3. Vegan Tortilla Soup– It’s hard to go wrong with a good hearty soup. This one is bursting

From "Oh She Glows"
From “Oh She Glows”

with flavor and very filling. Again, make sure to take her advice on the garnishes, they really makes the dish complete!

Well, I hope this is a good starting place for you! I’ll post some more later as my list gets longer. Please add any recipes you might know of in the comments section so the other readers can benefit! Thanks!

Crunchy Mama Fun

Vegan Unicorns?? Bahaha!!!
Vegan Unicorns?? Bahaha!!!

Perhaps you need a little chuckle today in the midst of holiday madness?? This will do the trick for ya!

You read my blog so I’m guessing that you are either a family member and feel obligated to do so or you are kinda crunchy yourself. Either way, you’ve got to check this out.

Have you ever wondered just how crunchy you really are? Maybe you’ve had horrifying moments that have led you to question whether you’re even crunchy at all! Well, now your questions will be answered FOREVER.

My friend posted a hilarious quiz that she found on the website “Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.” This quiz will help you to determine your crunchiness in a very scientific way. So go ahead, take the quiz. Then share your Crunch Score with pride!


PS In case you were wondering, I’m a TOPAZ ;-)