The Veggie Hating Vegan

A Picky Eater's Journey Toward a Adopting a Plant-Based Diet and Cruelty-Free Lifestyle
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Incredible Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Field Roast Smoked Tomato Deli Slices and Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup

I haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich in the 1.5+ years I’ve been vegan… until now!  My boyfriend likes the processed vegan cheese slices (like Tofutti and such), but I don’t.  That’s why I set out to make my own, homemade vegan cheese! 

I bought all three varieties of the Field Roast Deli Slices last week, and was looking for some creative ways to use them.  I thought the Smoked Tomato variety would pair very well with this vegan moxarella cheese recipe I found, and I was right.  ;)  The moxarella recipe was super easy to make, and incredibly delicious!  The preparation of the rest of the meal was easy, too.  I simply placed the deli slices on one piece of bread, spread the “cheese” on the other, sprinkled some basil over the cheese, and grilled the sandwich in a pan with Earth Balance Buttery Spread.  I served it with a bowl of Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup (store bought; I was going for an easy weeknight meal).

The first bite was heaven, taking me back to the many grilled cheese sandwiches I enjoyed throughout my childhood.  Talk about comfort food; I didn’t think I’d ever enjoy a grilled cheese this much again!  I’m so excited to find more uses for this moxarella recipe.  :)

Cruelty Free on a Budget

e.l.f. (eyes lips face) is a certified cruelty free cosmetics brand sold at many major retailers including Target, Walgreens, K Mart, Walmart, etc.  I picked these up at my local Target store today.  This was my first time purchasing e.l.f. products and I couldn’t believe the incredible prices!  

  • Concealer - Originally $2.73; $2.04 after Target’s Cartwheel smartphone app discount
  • Oil Blotting Sheets - Originally $1.02; $0.91 after Cartwheel discount
  • Lip Stain - Originally $2.04; $1.02 after Cartwheel discount
  • Ex-tra Lip Gloss - Orginally $2.04; $1.83 after Cartwheel discount

Cruelty free does not necessarily mean more expensive!  

I’m so glad the major retailers are carrying this inexpensive, cruelty free brand, considering most drug store brands (such as Revlon, L’Oreal, Cover Girl, Almay, Neutrogena, etc.) test on animals.  Click here to discover which companies do and do not test on animals.

Pretty proud of myself for having a salad for lunch today considering I used to gag at the sight of lettuce! Spinach, dried cranberries, hemp hearts, and sweet balsamic vinaigrette. It was delicious!

I whipped the sweet balsamic vinaigrette together at my desk at work by mixing a basic, store brought balsamic vinaigrette with some Bee Free Honee. Yum!! 

This was also my first time trying hemp hearts!


Omg the most beautiful moo calf ice ever seen! #moo #cow #ocfair 🐮

(via thinkveganworld)

“It’s never really been that hard for me. I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all.”

-Actor Toby Maguire

From BuzzFeed’s “23 Hot Guys You Didn’t Know Were Vegan”

“It’s a new vegan diet. I’m just trying to live forever.”

-Actor Samuel L. Jackson

From BuzzFeed’s “23 Hot Guys You Didn’t Know Were Vegan”

“I’m a really big lover of animals, and, at the risk of sounding like a total hippie, I do feel more connected to the world at large and to animals.”

-Musician Micky Madden of Maroon 5

From BuzzFeed’s “23 Hot Guys You Didn’t Know Were Vegan”

“At least do it for yourself. I would rather spend money on food now than on doctor bills later. The health reasons are staggering! Do it also to take yourself out of the cycle of killing and abuse to living things. Show some compassion, and act on it.”

-Skateboarded Ed Templeton

From BuzzFeed’s “23 Hot Guys You Didn’t Know Were Vegan”

“You shouldn’t eat animals, it’s mean to them.”

-Comedian and Actor Russell Brand

From BuzzFeed’s “23 Hot Guys You Didn’t Know Were Vegan”

“Our society is centered around meat consumption, and our society fucking sucks.”

-Musician Ian Mackaye of Fugazi

From BuzzFeed’s “23 Hot Guys You Didn’t Know Were Vegan”