Vegan, Gluten Free and Sugar Free Grub for Guys. Really?

Yes, I’m a recent vegan convert. It started out as a 30 day challenge to go vegan, give up caffeine, sugar, alcohol and gluten. After 30 days I felt so good (lost 18 lbs, sleep way better, have more energy, etc.) that I’ve decided to keep it up! Of course now I’ll sneak a couple drinks in here and there. Oh, and I’m trying to add a partial Raw diet in there too.

I lead a fairly busy life, I work hard which includes a lot of travel, I enjoy working out, and I value my personal time with my family and friends. So I needed an quick and easy way to be vegan, gluten free and sugar free. I’ve been searching around and there are a lot of good recipes to be found, but not all of them are easy or fast. This is the collection of some of my favorite things that make my vegan, gluten free and sugar free life a little bit easier.


Matthew Kenny’s RAW Express Cookbook

I can’t make enough of these recipes! Finally someone has come out with a raw cookbook that uses everyday ingredients and has a prep time of 30 minutes or less. He’s like the Rachael Ray of raw eating. I dog eared the recipes that I wanted to jump on right away and there are about 15 in my queue. Once I get those done I’ll work my way through the rest of the book. Here’s the cover and a link to Amazon:


Everyday Raw Express: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

My Badass Vegan Sugar Free Caramel Corn

Okay, so this started out as a plan to make popcorn balls for my daughter, but it wasn’t as sticky as I hoped and wouldn’t hold shape. So instead I put it on a sheet pan and damn, it turned out as some pretty badass caramel corn!

Recipe and Directions:

1. Make a thing of air popped corn

2. Blend all this stuff in a Vitamix or food processor until smooth:

Six or so soaked dates for about 4 hours (Do this before you pop the friggen corn okay? Or use the dates and a bit of water to smooth it out.

1/2 Cup Agave Syrup

2 TB Raw Peanut Butter (I might use more next time)

1 tsp Vanilla

3. Pour the mixture over the corn and gently stir, fold or whatever until it’s all coated.

4. Put it on a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper because I hate cleaning) and cook for 45 mins or so at about 200 degrees.

I took it out when a sample just tasted right. It got crunchier as it cooled. But after a few hours it wasn’t as crunchy so eat it right away.

My First Vitamix Smoothie

I just unpacked my Vitamix and made my first smoothie! When you select “Smoothie” mode it starts out slow to not make a mess, gradually speeds up into haul ass mode, then shuts down when it’s finished. This is going to be fun!

I just used what I had laying around. A banana, a handful of ice cubes, a cup of Silk Coconut Milk, a scoop of Vega plant based protein powder and a fat tablespoon of peanut butter. Yum! It’s green because of the protein powder I think.

Two Moms in the Raw

I found these at a coffee shop in Santa Monica. The ingredients are things I like and it tastes pretty good too. Find them here:

My Baddass Vegan Street Tacos

Okay, these may exists somewhere, but I’ve never seen them anywhere so I’ll take credit for now. The idea hit me while looking at a picture of taco meat and thinking that the meat looks a lot like quinoa.

So I cooked up some black quinoa, since it looks the most like ground beef. I used a little less water than normal so that it was stil a bit less cooked and chewy.

Then I put the cooked quinoa in a frying pan like I would have with ground beef. Then I mixed up taco seasoning like I would have with meat and simmered it until the liquid was absorbed. These are unreal good. My daughter ate them up!

For the first batch I just used my taco meat, tomatoes and onions on corn tortillas. My second batch I added vegan refried beans and had some guac. Yum. Next time I might add the taco seasoning to the water when I cook the quinoa and see how that goes. What do you think?

Badass Bars

These bars are badass, kind of raw and used just about everything I had laying around as leftovers from other recipes.

I coursely chopped most of the larger nuts in the food processor:

Uh… I’ll get back to you. I can’t remember the ingredients and the amounts! Sorry!

Badass Vegan Ceviche

I was taking a mini vacation in Scottsdale, AZ and stayed at the fabulous Valley Ho. People at the pool kept ordering Ceviche so I came home and made my own version. It’s amazing!

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