Lazy vegan eats

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by JL Fields on March 26, 2012

I haven’t been cooking much, which is why you haven’t seen too many new recipes here lately.  And you won’t be anytime soon, as I’m going on vacation in a few days. Though, as I’ll be staying with my folks in Florida, I suppose I’ll need to whip up a vegan dish here and there, so stay tuned.

Though I haven’t been cooking, I’ve certainly been eating!

Saturday night I dined out again for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

Vegan eats at Sweet Grass Grill in Tarrytown, NY: spaghetti squash with spring veggies, tofu roll and chocolate cake


Sunday my friend Megan and I had brunch at Fig & Olive in Scarsdale (Eastchester, if you ask me) for the first time.  When I made the reservation I indicated that one of the guests was vegan.  They confirmed that there was a vegan in the party when we checked in and they handed me this menu.

Swear to Buddha, this is the vegan menu. They indicated, with a marker, which items were vegan, or could be ordered vegan.  Gotta love it!

I started with the mushroom soup.

Which was positively, sodium-filled, delicious.

For the entrée I simply ordered three vegan sides.

Skinny fries, haricot verts, and fennel and orange.

Such a wonderful brunch! The restaurant is located near (steps away) very good shopping (clothes, Trader Joe’s and Mrs. Green’s Natural Market) which means I will probably be back – often!
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We did a little power-shopping before I went home and crawled into bed for an afternoon nap.  The snooze-fest didn’t happen, though, because I ended up watching chick flicks (Hope Floats and Sliding Doors).  Hours later I was hungry. And lazy.  So I made a Naughty Girl Sandwich for dinner.

Oh it’s really not all that bad, but it was so tasty that it felt decadent and, yes, a little wanton.  I toasted two slices of bread and, in a skillet, fried up shallots and Upton’s Naturals limited edition seitan bacon in a dab of avocado oil.  Since the “bacon” didn’t get all that crispy, but nicely supple, it call for some type of BBQ sauce.

Creamy Vegan BBQ Sauce

by JL goes Vegan: Food & Fitness with a side of Kale

No measurements here! Tap into your intuition and make this sauce your own!


  • Ketchup
  • Vegenaise
  • Liquid Smoke (a teeny, tiny amount)
  • Agave nectar (or maple syrup)
  • Cayenne pepper


Mix everything together!

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Naughty girls need love, too.

While I ate my way through the weekend Emily of Jersey City Vegan volunteered at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary to help get ready for opening weekend at the Farm – that’s right, next weekend you can visit the animals!  Read all about Emily’s experience volunteering at the farm.

  • feedthebf

    Hope you have fun on your vacation!

    • JL

      Thank you – I’m really looking forward to it!

  • Bianca-Vegan Crunk

    That sandwich looks delicious! And so does that plate of brunch sides! So jealous of all your options there.

    • JL

       It seems to get easier and easier to eat out as a vegan these days!

  • I want one of those sandwiches right. now. And I just finished dinner!

    • JL

      Thanks! That Upton’s bacon is pretty incredible!

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