Okay, I have just entered the realm of social media by introducing the Pinterest Button and the Facebook “Like” and “Share” Buttons. The Pinterest button will appear when you hover your mouse over any of my pictures, which will then open a new window where you can pin the photo to your selected board. The Facebook buttons will be right under the title of my posts. The Facebook buttons may take a couple of seconds to appear after the page loads, so don’t freak out if you don’t see them in the first two seconds. I hope these new features will make my blog a little more interactive, so be sure to test them out by pinning and sharing one of my posts.
Most of the Immaculate Baking Co. Products are not vegan, but I think that their refrigerated cinnamon rolls are vegan. The package does say that the cinnamon rolls “may contain milk”, but as long as animal products are not specifically added as an ingredient, I personally consider it vegan. There are a lot of people that wouldn’t agree with this thinking, but I would rather convince more people to go vegan by showing them that they can still have some of their favorite foods. As you can tell, I have already printed this coupon and have reached my printing limit of 2 per computer.
I tried out a new vegan product, Falafel by Veggie Patch. I have never had Falafel before, so I don’t know how this would compare to other brands or a homemade version. They weren’t what I was really expecting, but then again, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Overall, I thought that the Falafel was pretty good. It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I didn’t use the Falafel in a traditional way, instead I ended up using them as if they were meatballs.
I made me a quick lunch with some pasta, olive oil, garlic, thyme leaves, Sriracha, spinach, and frozen green peas. I also sprinkled some flax meal and nutritional yeast flakes on top. Below is a picture of what the Falafel looked like right out of the package and before I put it in the oven. You only have to bake the Falafel for ten minutes, so it made for a pretty quick addition to my meal.
While I am at it, I will also review the pasta that I used, which was Ronzoni Garden Delight. The pasta is enriched with carrots, tomatoes, and spinach. But, the best part is that the pasta is vegan! The pasta tasted just like any other pasta, but with a smidgen more veggies in it.
As a total meal, it was all pretty good. I usually don’t use this much food that is highly processed, but when I am cooking for just myself and I don’t have a lot of time, processed food tends to win. I did try to make the meal a little bit healthier by adding some spinach and peas. Overall, the pasta tastes just like any other kind of pasta and I will definitely be buying it again. I will also be buying the Falafel again in the future, but I wish that the other Veggie Patch products were vegan. Sadly the only product made by Veggie patch that is vegan is the classic Falafel and the red pepper Falafel. But the stores around me only carry the classic Falafel. Here is my total meal that I made today. When I am cooking just for myself, I tend to combine a ton of things that don’t really go together, but I really enjoyed it.
My first few shopping trip posts are going to be a little all over the place because the holiday season tends to make everything crazy around here. I wanted to get a few more things during this shopping trip at Kroger, but I guess that everybody is getting ready for their holidays, so most of the produce that was on sale was all gone. I didn’t purchase a whole lot of sale items and I wasn’t able to use a whole lot of coupons, but I am just trying to get through the holidays unscathed. I am planning on making another trip in a couple of days to get a few more items, so I will post them later. This shopping trip was really chaotic and I didn’t have a plan going into it, so the items I purchased don’t really go together. Later tomorrow, I am planning on posting one of the throw-together meals that I made tonight. But for now, here are the items that I bought so far this week.
I wasn’t able to get a very good picture of everything, so I posted a picture below that shows how large the packages of the kale and spinach compared to the half gallon of almond milk. There is a ton of spinach in that package and the kale is packed in that bag, so that values are pretty good, especially the kale. I am hoping to figure out a better area to take pictures every week, but this will have to work for now.
Simple Truth Organic Almond Milk $2.99 regular price *I normally pay less, but none of the other brands were on sale this week and I didn’t have any coupons, so I settled for the store brand.
Spectrum Organics Spread $2.84 clearance price *This is a really good price for this spread, it is normally around $6.00, so spending less than $3.00 is a great deal.
Veggie Patch Falafel $2.49 final price *This was on sale for $3.99 and I used an Ibotta offer to get $1.50 back. I have never tried this product, so I may do a review once I try it.
Bird’s Eye Frozen Peas and Corn $2.00 sale price together
Bird’s Eye Frozen Rice $0.25 price after sale and $0.75 digital coupon from Kroger’s website. The coupon was sent to me in an email from Kroger based on what products I normally buy.
Kroger Frozen Broccoli $0.60 price after $0.40 digital coupon from Kroger’s website. The coupon was sent to me in an email from Kroger based on what products I normally buy.
Kroger Brand Frozen Hash-browns $1.59 price after sale and $0.40 digital coupon from Kroger’s website. The coupon was sent to me in an email from Kroger based on what products I normally buy.
Simply Orange Juice $1.99 price after sale and
$1.00/1 – Simply Orange Juice – (coupons.com) The coupon is no longer available.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips $3.00 together after sale and $1.00/2 – Kettle Brand Potato Chips – (coupons.com)
Annie Chun’s Wasabi Roasted Seaweed $1.25 sale price
Toufayan Pita Bread $1.99
Bananas $1.48 final price *I used a Checkout 51 offer to get $0.25 back.
Yellow Onions $2.29
Zucchini Squash $1.35
Barilla Tomato Sauce $2.67 together after sale and $1.00 digital coupon from Kroger’s website. The coupon was sent to me in an email from Kroger based on what products I normally buy.
Colavita Olive Oil $6.99 sale price This is a pretty good sale price for this products, it is normally around $12.00 at my Kroger.
Brussels Sprouts $2.99
Simple Truth Organic Baby Spinach $4.39 price after sale and $0.40 digital coupon from Kroger’s website. The coupon was sent to me in an email from Kroger based on what products I normally buy.
Russet Potatoes $2.99 sale price
Packaged Kale $2.00 sale price
Total Prices Together $51.65
If you have a smart phone and love to save money, then the Ibotta App is just for you. The free app is available to download to your Android, iPhone, or other iOS supported devices. You can earn money back when you make purchases from any store that is included in their participating stores list. Most national stores are included, such as, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kroger, Walmart, and Target. I love using this app to get more money back on the purchases that I am buying regardless of coupons. At first, the app may seem pointless because you only get $0.50 to $1.00 back for the purchases you make, but you will be surprised how quickly it adds up. Lately, there have been more and more vegetarian and vegan products available on Ibotta, so keep your eye out for products that you may want to try.
To Get the Ibotta App:
- Visit Ibotta and register to download the app to your phone.
- Once registered, open the Ibotta app on your phone.
- Choose a store from the list that you shop at most often.
- Now you can scroll through the offers that are available right now, the offer change every so often.
- Complete the tasks for the offer that you would like to use. Each task that you complete is worth a specified amount. The tasks include watching a video, viewing a recipe, learning a fact, or posting to your Facebook page. Once you complete the tasks, you will be eligible to earn that money once you have bought the product.
- Go shopping and purchase the items that you have completed offers for. You can scan the bar-code of the product you are purchasing to make sure that it is the correct product.
- Take a picture of your receipt and upload it to Ibotta. The picture of the receipt must be of good quality in order to receive your money.
- Once you submit the receipt, you will have to scan the bar-code of the product you bought.
- If the transaction is successful, then the money will be added into your account within 24 hours.
- To get your money, you have to earn at least $5.00 into your account. If you have reached the $5.00 minimum, then you can withdraw the cash from the main menu and transfer the money to your PayPal account. You can also donate your money to a school of your choice.
I chose to review the recipe that I found on Pinterest for Vegan Basil Cornbread. The recipe is originally from Nutritionist in the Kitch. I altered the recipe, but I have a feeling that the original recipe is really good. The original recipe uses healthier options, including whole wheat pastry flour and organic cornmeal, but I replaced them with unhealthy, but cheaper items. I did leave all of the other products though, just adding jalapenos and zucchini. I really liked my remake of this recipe because it had extra veggies and was moist and yummy. It kind of tasted like a mix between a casserole and cornbread. It was really really good.
Vegan Jalapeno and Zucchini Cornbread
(Adapted from the Vegan Basil Cornbread recipe from Nutritionist in the Kitch)
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1 cup white flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup organic coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup grated or finely chopped zucchini
- 2-4 finely chopped jalapenos (depending on how spicy you want it)
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- Combine the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar in a medium-sized bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
- Combine all dry ingredients together (cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt) in a medium-sized bowl and stir until well combined.
- Add the melted coconut oil and maple syrup to the non-dairy milk mixture and wisk until foamy and bubbly.
- Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. (The batter will be thick).
- Stir in the zucchini, jalapenos, and the frozen corn.
- Use a spoon or spatula to transfer the batter into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish (or small ramekins like I did)
- Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 – 35 minutes.