Mock Buffalo Chicken Salad

Every now and again I find an item I like so much I decide to make it myself because either it is not easy to acquire due to distance or it is more costly than it should be. Whole foods mock buffalo chicken salad is one such item, and I would like to show you how you can easily make it at home knowing everything that is in it and spending less money.

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The base of the salad comes from the folks at Beyond Meat and in this recipe, I use their Southwest strips and though they are a soy product it is non-GMO and also contains pea protein. In addition to the mock chicken, it contains carrots, celery, either vegenaise or mayo, hot sauce, garlic, onion and smoked chipotle powder.

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The “chicken” needs to be shredded in a food processor to the size above using the S blade. Once completed empty it and then install the adjustable slicing blade to use on the carrots and the celery. Once complete add it all to the bowl along with the mayo/vegenaise, hot sauce, and seasonings.

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In this recipe, I have not added amounts of anything other than a photo of how much celery and carrots I use with two containers of the southwest style strips. I almost always use the entire bottle of hot sauce and If you need exact measurements try one teaspoon each of the garlic, onion, and smoky chipotle flavors until it suits your taste buds.

The bonus of using a mock meat is no worries about food safety like with raw flesh, and nothing had to die for you to eat it. If you don’t have a food processor, and you have the time you could certainly cut everything up into small pieces and have at it.

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This Buffalo mock chicken salad goes great on lettuces or spinach, with crackers, on bread or in a lavash wrap as pictured above with spinach. I hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy your weekend! Please share as you like, subscribe and Be Well!

Did you hear the one about the Vegan Butcher?

A few weeks ago I did a blog on Americas very first Vegan Butcher Shop opening up in Minneapolis named the Herbivorous Butcher. Business has been busy for them ever since they opened their doors. I recently placed an order with them and will cover that in a sec.

First I had to share a zany write up about this Vegan Butcher Shop that was written on the National Hog Farmers Blog, and it is a doozy! Even more interesting are the comments that follow. Both are found HERE.

The press release from the National Hog Farmer mentions how unethical it is for the shop to call themselves butchers when they don’t kill anything. They also spoke of how much more water is used to grow vegetables than hogs and with a little research, one can see this is not the case at all.

Living in their world may explain such erroneous statements and besides if your paycheck is coming from such an organization chances are you have bought into whatever the organization is up to. In America, we harvest over thirteen thousand pigs per hour per day or 3.61 swine per second, all day long.

With it now confirmed that bacon and most pork products are a known carcinogen at the end of last year I can understand why the industry would bristle at anything outside the norm and replacement foods without having to slaughter a living critter is unthinkable. Turns out the alternate choices for pork are amazing!

I received my Vegan starter kit two days ago and could not be more pleased with the offerings. From a porterhouse steak to Cajun seasoned jerky each product is better than the next! My kit also included Korean Ribs, Sriracha and Italian Brats, maple breakfast sausage, pastrami, teriyaki jerky, and smoky ribs.

Each one I have tried thus far has been wonderful, and the base for many of these is wheat gluten. The spices are key outside of the texture, and this place knows what they are doing. As more folks learn about the ability to avoid heart disease and cancer through diet, I would expect the demand for compassionate, safer and tasty solutions only to grow from this point forward.

I expect Herbivorous Butcher Shops will one day be in many cities and while one may purchase these types of products at the local healthy grocery store nothing beats the taste of, fresh, small batch, locally sourced, handmade foods. And this will happen no matter what anyone inside the critters for food industry or anyone else has to say about it.

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The tide is turning in America the last few years as we are consuming fewer cows and pigs, and they don’t mind a bit. If you have never tried a meat alternative product then I invite you to try one and don’t stop there, try another. Let’s make it easy and you just go to Chipotle and try their Sofritas (tofu) rather than beef or chicken and enjoy! Feel free to share this with others and Be Well!

New Butcher Shop opens to the applause of cows, pigs, sheep and chickens!

OK I’m not sure how those critters could actually clap but they certainly would if they could. For the very first time in America, a Vegan Butcher Shop is opening this weekend and is very likely the first of many. A brother and sister who started out selling their style of critter free meats and cheeses at the local Farmers Market a few years ago will be opening the Herbivorous Butcher tomorrow.

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While many folks become vegan from a point of compassion many more or now coming around to it as a way to better avoid cancer and heart disease. And better still folks who have lived their whole lives as committed carnivores are now trying meatless meals. Yes beans, seeds and veggies all have protein.

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No matter one’s reasoning, the ability to consume a meal that didn’t take thousands of gallons of water to produce and nothing had to die for it, just makes it more enjoyable. Remember we kill on average 100,000 animals every day in America for our consumption. Kind of crazy when you think about it but that’s been part of our culture since the beginning.

So Aubry and Kale (Yes that’s his name, Kale) Walch decided to upgrade from a 6-foot table at the local Farmers market to a storefront at 507 1st Ave NE in Minneapolis by successfully using Kickstarter to raise over $60k to make it happen! Now after months of building it out and lots of press the fun begins!

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Having already ordered their Vegan starter kit so we may try their various “meats” as soon as possible. Most of their meats main ingredient is vital wheat gluten, so if you’re avoiding gluten, then stick with their amazing cheeses made of soy milk and other wonderful things until their GF meat options make it to market.

I have read countless reviews of their products, and even the hardcore regular meat eaters enjoyed most everything they sampled! While, in healthful stores everywhere, there are many meatless options but to have a locally sourced and made a product with helpful information, etc. is a gift to Minneapolis and the world!

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I’m excited for them as they further their commitment to cruelty-free nourishment! You can find them on Facebook, and their website is at http://www.theherbivorousbutcher.com. Feel free to share with everyone, may your weekend be a wonderful one and Be Well!