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Is It Vegan? There’s An App For That




This is a really cool and useful app!

I used this app  fairly often when I first became vegan. I have it installed on my smart phone and it came in very handy when I was grocery shopping.  It’s super easy to use!

There are three ways you can use this app.

Bar Code Scan:  This is my favorite. All you do is tap on the word scan up in the left hand corner, scan the bar code on the item and this scale comes up with an arrow that shows you if it’s vegan. It brings up all the ingredients in the product and tells you how many are vegan or non vegan.


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Manual: You can manually type in the numbers on the bar code to bring up the information.

Products: Here you can type in the name of the product and it will tell you if it’s vegan or not. This you can do from the comfort of your own home. You could go crazy typing in all kinds of yummy, healthy, or not so healthy products.

Here are some pictures of the Bar Code Scan process.

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This app is very handy if you are just beginning your vegan life style and want to eliminate any non-vegan products from your home.

If you end up with a lot of unopened products that aren’t vegan don’t throw them away. You can give them to your non-vegan friends or donate them to your local food pantry.

Install the app and give it a try.  I think you will find it very useful.  If not you can always uninstall it, that’s the great thing about apps.  I wish it was that easy getting rid of other unwanted things in your life!?

If you try it let me know what you think.

Happy vegan product hunting!?



The Vegan Pantry Series: Vinegar


Sorry for the long wait. I got sidetracked with all my other posts. I almost forgot about The Vegan Pantry Series…you can’t have a series with only one post. ? So here is the next post in the pantry series…Vinegar (now we can call it a series…yay!)

I really only use three types of vinegar. Kind of minimalist but these three seem to work best for me.  You can certainly add different vinegars to your own vegan pantry.

Here is my list of vinegars, some information and recipes for each one.


Apple Cider Vinegar:  I pretty much use apple cider vinegar in place of distilled white vinegar.  It’s great in salad dressing, marinades, slaws, and for pickling (not to be confused with tickling).  It’s anti-inflamatory, reduces cholesterol, and is good for the digestive system.

Throw some peeled sliced cucumbers, about 6 cups, 2 tbsp sea salt,  1  1/3 cups sugar, and 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a mason jar.  Screw on the lid.  Place in the fridge and after two days you have….pickles!


Rice Vinegar: I use Rice Vinegar when making Asian inspired food, dressings, sauces, and noodle bowls with some toasted sesame seeds, yum!  Rice vinegar has a nice tart and tangy flavor.  It contains  a good amount of acetic acid which aids in boosting digestive health. Rice Vinegar also helps the body soak up more of the nutrients from the foods we eat.

Rice Vinegar is great for making sushi rice.  Head on over to my Pinterest board: My Every Day Vegan Life, for a great sushi rice recipe.


Balsamic Vinegar:  This vinegar is from Italy.  Made from the reduction of cooked grapes. Full bodied with a rich sweet flavor.  Great for use in salad dressing, dips, sauces, roasted vegatables, and marinades.  Balsamic Vinegar assists in digestion. It retains most of the nutrients present in the grapes such as iron, calcium, potassium, and manganese.

Head on over to my Pinterest board: My Every Day Vegan Life, for a great balsamic vinegar roasted mushroom recipe.

The more you use these vinegars you will discover which foods go well with each one. Before you know it you will be creating your own vegan recipes!

When purchasing your vinegars try to buy: certified organic, all natural, non- GMO, and vegan, whenever possible.

Hope you found this post helpful. Please feel free to ask me any questions or leave comments.

If you try any of the recipes or even come up with some of your own, drop me a message in the comments section, I’d love to hear about it.

I read and reply to all questions and comments I receive ?

Oh, I promise it won’t take me as long to post the next Vegan Pantry Series article.

What will it be next!?







Vegan Nacho Pizza



Some nights you just don’t feel like cooking a big meal. That’s exactly how I felt Saturday night.  Frank and I did a lot of running around that day so I decided to make something quick and easy, oh, and yummy too.

You may have read in my page, A Day in The Life Of The Everyday Vegan, that I like to keep Trader Joes frozen pizza crust in my freezer. They are vegan and taste really good.  Well Saturday night it came in handy. Thanks Joe!

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I surveyed my fridge to see what other veggies and stuff I had on hand that I could work with.  I had some Trader Joes Pizza Sauce, mushrooms, yellow bell pepper, spinach, and a red onion. Looking pretty promising so far.

Next I checked my pantry. There I had some black beans and some vegan tortilla chips.


That’s it’s!  I’ll make a Nacho Pizza!

It turned out really good!  So I decided to share it with you.

Here we go…


  • 1 vegan pizza crust ( I use Trader Joes )
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce any brand as long as it’s vegan or make your own
  • 1/2-1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 of a small red onion diced
  • 1/4 of a yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • A small handful of spinach
  • Vegan tortilla chips broken into pieces
  • Dried Oregano
  • chili powder
  • Garlic powder.
  • You can leave out any of the ingredients  you don’t want or add more or less of anything


Preheat oven according to crust directions

Prepare your pizza crust according to package

Spread in a circular motion as much pizza sauce as you like on the crust. But don’t get too crazy with it

Add a few dashes or chili and garlic powder on the sauce. Add more if you want your pizza on the spicey side

Now add your mushrooms, diced onion, diced yellow bell peppers, black beans, spinach, tortilla chips and a few shakes of oregano

Bake in the oven according to the pizza crust package directions.

Once pizza is done, remove from oven and shake on some more oregano if desired.

Slice and enjoy!


Original recipe created by Linda Schmidt

If you like this recipe let me know.  Your questions and comments are always welcomed?





Vegan Carmelized Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal


Summer is right around the corner, especially here in Florida☀️

I start getting in the mood for more summery types of food. Colorful fruits and tropical flavors.

Fruit salads are great and you can do so many different varieties of them.  I just like something more hearty and filling for breakfast.  I’m a big fan of oatmeal. It’s so versatile, it goes pretty much with anything.  It’s a great base for creating a yummy healthy breakfast.

So keeping with my summery, tropical feeling I created a a summery, tropical oatmeal recipe…Yay!!!

And as always I’m sharing it with you!

Its pretty easy and quick. It makes one serving but easily doubled.

So here is the starting lineup



  • 1/2 C  rolled oats
  • 1/2 C  almond milk ( you can use soy or coconut milk )
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Pineapple Coconut Sauce:

  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 C  fresh or frozen pineapple cut into  1″ chunks
  • 1/2  tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, divided
  • Toppings ( optional ):  coconut flakes, cinnamon, chopped walnuts


Start making the oatmeal. In a small sauce pan on medium heat mix together almond milk, oats, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt.  Cook until it starts to boil then turn heat down to low.  You can add more milk to the oatmeal if you like it more soupy.

In another small sauce  pan, melt  coconut oil on med-low heat, once melted add brown sugar. Keep stirring until sugar starts to carmelize. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want it to burn.

Add pineapple chunks and cinnamon to the brown sugar mixture, mix together until pineapple is well coated. Cook for a couple minutes until pineapple is soft, add half the coconut flakes mix to incorporate then remove  from heat.


Spoon the oatmeal into a bowl, then spoon the pineapple coconut sauce on top. Sprinkle the top with the rest of the coconut flakes if desired

Optional:  Sprinkle the top with additional coconut flakes, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts…Yummy!!!!!

Original recipe created by Linda Viola


If you try this recipe, I hope you do it’s really good, let me know hat you think.

Your comments and guestions are always welcomed ?








Vegan2Go – Vegan Food Made With Love

Vegan 2Go is this great little place in Gainesville FL to get really awesome vegan food.  They have a great menu selection.  No it’s not all tofu and wraps. What it is is pizza, salads, sandwiches that are to die for, soup, rice combos, drum sticks with edible bones, noodle combos, pasta, curry and soooo much more.  They even have a great selection of vegan desserts and really good Thai Iced Tea, made fresh to order.

One of mine and Frank’s favorite things at Vegan 2Go is their Avocado Smoothie…YUM

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They seal them up with the cutest lids, which makes them spill proof and perfect for on the go.


All gone and Linda won’t give me any of her’s…


Vegan2Go even offers a weekly meal plan that is so good and very reasonably priced.

When I first became vegan I wasn’t sure what to eat or how to cook. I decided to try the meal plan.  It was wonderful!  My younger son, who isn’t vegan, really liked it too.  I would definitely recommend giving the meal plan a try.

Everything at Vegan2Go is made fresh, no premade or frozen stuff.

V2G Manager Michael Garrett

Definitely one of my favorite places to eat!

Check out their website – Vegan2Go

Then swing on over to their Facebook page

Then get in your car or on your bike, or even walk to Vegan 2Go and get yourself some awesome vegan food made with love! If you think of it; tell them you heard about it here.

You will definitely be thanking me for the advice. So…you’re welcome! ?

If you take my advice and go to Vegan 2Go let me know what you ordered and how you liked it.   Always love to read your questions and comments!!!!!




Ben & Jerry’s Fudge Brownie Non-Dairy Dessert Review


Here we go my last review of Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert.

The only flavor left is…drum roll please. Fudge Brownie!  Who doesn’t like fudge?  Who doesn’t like brownies?

This one had to be a win.  Right!?

Ok at least I wanted it to be.  I really truly  did.

It looked pretty good.  I didn’t really see many brownie pieces, sometimes they’re hiding under a thin layer of ” ice cream”


Now for the first spoonful.

Hmmm.  It was chocolatey but not in a fudge kind of way.  I took another spoonful, this one actually had a brownie piece in it.  The brownie piece was good.  I had to dig for more brownie pieces in my next spoonful.  It would be much better with more brownie pieces.

Over all it was ok.  Definitely need to have both fudge and brownie in each spoonful to make it taste better.  The brownie pieces taste better than the fudge ice cream. It just didn’t have a fudge taste, more like fake flavored chocolate.  Yes I did just say that?

I don’t think I will be buying this flavor again any time soon.

So I guess that means P.B. & Cookie remains my all time favorite Ben & Jerry’s No -Dairy Dessert flavor. Yay!!!  I knew it would

This is how the Ranking would go, favorite being first

P.B. & Cookie (yum)

Coffee Carmel Fudge

Chunky Monkey

Fudge Brownie

Now feel free to do your own taste test. You may agree with my ranking or yours may be completely different.

Either way is great and I’d love to hear how your taste test goes. Please leave me your results in the comment sections.

Can’t wait to hear from all of you.  If I get enough taste test sent to me I’ll do a post listing all the different results and comments.

It will be a post about all of you….how cool is that!?  I think pretty darn!





Vegan News Flash! Baked Babes Have Gone Public On Social Media


Allie and Jordana, the creators of Baked Babes, have been busy the last few weeks.  They have been creating new recipes, taking business courses, and going public. One step closer to their dream and one step closer for Gainesville having a place to get some really awesome vegan baked goods!!!!   I know I’m excited!

Hopefully,soon, we will be seeing them at Gainesvilles local farmers markets.

Until then you can check them out on:

Facebook- BakedBabes Gainesville

Instagram- Bakedbabesgainesville babes Gainesville

Please check out their Gofundme account, you could be a part of making their dream come true and supporting two young,  very dedicated,entrepreneurs.

Give whatever you can, every little bit helps.

Visit them on Instagram and Facebook, say hi and send them a few words of encouragement and support.

Hopefully very soon I will be writing another post with more  great news on Allie and Jordana and Baked Babes.

Hmmm… Suddenly  I’m craving baked goods.





You’re Vegan? Where Do You Get Your Protein?!


Why? Why do people all of a sudden care about your protein once they find out you’re vegan?  No one ever cared about my protein intake prior to being vegan.  Do these same people even know where they get their own protein?

Well I happen to know where my protein comes from…imagine that!  But even better, I’m going to share with you common everyday foods I eat that are loaded with protein.

I’m sure most of you eat foods that are on this list.  So now you will be armed with the answer to that protein question… you can thank me later.?

Ok here we go.  These are in no particular order. Just food I like.

Name         Amount of protein       Serving size

Brussel Sprouts   6 g.    1 cup

Spinach.   6 g.   1 cup

Potato.  4 g.   One potato

Black beans.   8 g.    1/2 cup

Green beans.  4g     1/2 cup

Tempeh  12g     1 cup

Peas   8g     1cup

Chia seeds.   5 g     2 tbsp

Tahini   8g     2 tbsp

Peanut butter ( yum ) 8 g     2 tbsp

Chick peas   7 g     1/2 cup

Sweet yellow corn   4.7 g     1 cup

Nutritional yeast    8 g     2 tbsp

I could keep going and going and going, like the Energizer bunny, but I think you get the point.

I did this post  to make everyone, not just vegans, aware that there are so many wonderful natural plant based food options out there loaded with protein.

I eat these foods and so many others that aren’t on this list every day.  I don’t worry about my protein, I know I’m getting plenty of it and I also know it’s coming from a natural and healthy source.

So yes I’m vegan and I know exactly where my protein comes from.  Life is good!



Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Stack


What is a Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Stack you say?  Well let me tell you. It’s like a peanut butter banana parfait but instead of one of the layers being non-dairy yogurt it’s, wait for it…a whole wheat vegan pancake.  Crazy I know.  But it works in the most delicious way.
It all started one morning when I made myself some vegan whole wheat pancakes.  They were good. But I wanted more.  If you read some of my previous post, you know how much I love peanut butter. So I decided to put peanut butter between each of the pancake.

Oh, but I didn’t stop there, I wanted more. So I called on my second love…bananas. I sliced up a nice ripe banana and put the slices on top of the peanut butter.  Yum!

Now all this stack of yumminess needed was some warm maple syrup poured on top.  Breakfast utopia!


I couldn’t keep all of this goodness to myself.  So being the nice person that I am, I decided to share it with you.

Here is the recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Pancake stacks

Makes 4 pancakes



1/2 C whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2-1 tbsp sugar ( I use coconut sugar )

A pinch of sea salt

1 tsp chia seeds

1/2 C almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract



1 banana sliced

2 tbsp all natural creamy peanut butter ( feel free to use more )

maple syrup as much as you like



Prepare your toppings,  get out your peanut butter, slice your banana, and pour you maple syrup in a microwave safe bowl.  The pancakes taste great with warm syrup.


Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

Add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Don’t over mix.  The batter may seem a little thick but it’s ok. if you feel yours is too thick add a little splash of almond milk.

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Place a nonstick skillet on medium heat on the stove.  Either spray or melt some coconut oil on the skillet.  ( you can use any oil you like )

Once oil is melted pour the pancake batter on the skillet, don’t make your pancakes too thick. You should get 4 pancakes

Cook until the batter starts to firm up a bit, lift an edge of one pancake to check if the bottom is a nice golden brown flip the pancakes. Cook until the other side is golden brown


Once pancakes are done, place them on a plate.

On another plate is where you will start your stack

Place one pancake on the plate spread peanut butter on top then top with some of the banana slices. continue this pattern until you reach the last pancake.


Now the choice is yours, you can either chose to put peanut butter, banana slices, and warmed  maple syrup on  top of the last pancake or just warmed maple syrup.  I know, tough choice.

Now all that’s left to do is dig in!


original recipe created by Linda Schmidt


I hope you enjoy this recipe!

If you try it let me know what you think?

Your questions and comments are alway welcomed!!!









Ordering Vegan At Blue Highway A Pizzeria


Last night we went out to dinner to celebrate my son’s 25th birthday.  Since it’s Derick’s special day he got  to pick where we went.   It’s kind of a family tradition.

Blue Highway A Pizzeria was his restaurant of choice.  They have really  good food and a pretty good selection from pizza, to sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes.   They also offer some vegetarian options.

I knew ordering wouldn’t  be too difficult.  I could very easily  order from the salad section.  But I was in the mood for something a little more hearty.

So I headed over to the sandwich section of the menu.  This is usually a good place to start when you are eating at a non-vegan restaurant.

A lot of places have at least one sandwich that has a variety of veggies on it.  Yes there will probably be things on the sandwich you don’t want to eat, mainly cheese.  Restaurants like to put cheese on everything.   Just tell your server you are vegan and to leave off all dairy items and of course meat if there is any.  They are usually very accommodating.  Some times they may even offer to add on extra veggies or some type of condiment.  My sandwich of choice was the Roasted Vegatable Panini. All I had to leave off was the cheese.  It came with sweet pickles on the side so I added them to the panini which really added a nice flavor boost and some crunch factor.


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Most restaurants are willing to work with you or give you suggestions for food that may fit your needs.  The sides section of the menu is another great place to find food you want to eat.  There is usually several veggie options along with rice, baked potatoes, sweet potato fries, and some times applesauce.  You could make a loaded baked potato or mixed veggies over rice.   You just need to think outside the box and don’t be afraid to tell your server your vegan.  Most of the time they are very eager to help put together a meal for you.

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It was a beautiful night, we sat out on the patio. Everyone had a good meal of their choice, lots of good conversation, and tons of laughs.  Derick, the birthday boy, even got a birthday cannoli complete with a birthday candle.

Hope all your wishes come true Derick!


Love to hear from you!  Questions, suggestions, comments, or just to say Hi?