Going from being a committed meatarian to a plant-based food fanatic!

“Not eating meat is a decision; eating meat is an instinct.” ~Denis Leary

I come from a household of true meatarians! There was never a day where we didn’t consume meat, fish, or poultry. You couldn’t have survived in our house as a vegetarian even if your life depended on it. Being a vegetarian meant being weak because strength only came from eating meat. I remember feeling sorry for the kids in my class who were vegetarian. At that young age, it seemed like an atrocity to not be able to consume chicken nuggets, hamburgers, pepperoni pizza, and sometimes even cake. How could one be okay with a lifestyle of eating only plants and vegetables? Up until even a few years ago, I could never eat a salad unless there was a big juicy chicken breast topped on it.

As much as I would have loved to have kept meat in my diet, I knew I had to make some serious changes for a healthier lifestyle. It wasn’t until early last year that I decided to cut down on my meat intake because of the inflammation and bloating it was causing my stomach. As meat-eaters, we hear the stories and reports of the negative effects meat has on our health, but we choose to ignore it in disbelief because the sacrifice seems larger than the risk. And who can blame us? Once you’ve tasted a big juicy steak, how in the world is any plant or vegetable going to matchup? So, trust me when I say that the struggle was real when trying to go vegan, but you’ll be happy to know about the great finds I found on my plant-based journey.

Beyond Meat Burger

I’ll be the first to say that plant-based foods usually taste plant-based. They taste as boring as they look. Time after time, no matter how many times I’ve given plant-based foods a chance, I have always been dissatisfied with their blandness, dryness, and tastelessness. So you can imagine when I bought these Beyond Meat burgers, I had the same supposition. But to my tasty surprise, these burgers were nothing like the plant-based burgers I’ve been accustomed to. No, these looked, cooked, smelled, and tasted like real beef patties. They were juicy and delicious. In fact, I was in such disbelief that I had to read over the packaging to confirm if they really were plant-based. I highly recommend giving these a try, especially if you are trying to cut back on your meat intake. I promise these plant-based burgers will not disappoint. I will not be going back to meat burgers anytime soon!

Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls

I’ve never really been a fan of spring rolls, so to think one day I’d be obsessed with the vegetarian kind is a bit ironic. These spring rolls are easy to make; just pop them in the oven for about 18–20 min, and ta-da they are baked to crispy perfection, ready to be served with the plum sauce that is included. I try to have these as often as I can. They are unbelievably delicious, possibly better than any restaurant-style—hands down, one of my favorite discoveries.


We’ve all heard of the studies time after time that has shown the mishmash of meats found in sausages. The disturbing and unhealthy ingredients that are in these “supposedly” beef, pork, chicken, or turkey links are most likely mystery meat from an animal that’s probably not a part of your food group. Now, what if I told you could enjoy the same taste, smell, and even appearance of a real sausage without the terrifying ingredients? These Beyond Meat Sausages are the real deal and super easy to cook/grill. You are making zero compromises with the taste or quality. I personally find these plant-based sausages taste better than any meat sausage I’ve had.

Rojo’s Black Bean 6 Layer Dip

This bean dip is a real game-changer for nacho lovers. Each layer is just as good as the last, if not better. Combining all the different flavors will have you licking your fingers, if not accidentally biting them. Movie nights at our house have been changed forever, and popcorn has been shelved ever since this bean dip has made an appearance. A fair warning to the wise, once you start eating, there is no stopping. At least not until the entire tub is finished. So please, eat at your own risk!

Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup- Spicy Kimchi Flavor

This spicy kimchi soup is a must add to your shopping list. For those that are sensitive to spice, you might want to build up your tolerance for this soup because it’s that good. Just add water to the bowl along with the soup mix and microwave for 3–4 minutes and enjoy! Perfect for those days where you don’t want to or simply don’t have the time to cook. What I like to do is pair this soup with the vegetarian spring rolls above and call it a day.



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