Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I'm a PCRM Certified Food For Life Instructor

 August 2015

I'm soooo excited to announce that I am now a PCRM Food For Life Instructor!  Stay tuned for my future class schedule!  In the meantime, check out pcrm.org for valuable information!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sharing My Vegan Journey

My husband, Forrest, suggested that I start a blog to share information obtained on my journey as a vegan. I have found some wonderful recipes, visited delicious restaurants and met incredible people along the way.  It is an ongoing journey and I welcome new opportunities to explore and share. 

The implications of going vegan are more significant than I realized when I embarked on this amazing opportunity that collectively will change the world.  I strongly recommend this wonderful, well-rounded, eloquent and informative book on the subject, "The World Peace Diet", by Dr. Will Tuttle.  To be clear this is NOT a diet book, as the title may imply.  Rather, it's an exploration into the history of our food choices and the present day affects, all tied together with a spiritual bow.  

No living being should be subjected to the abuse many animals experience every waking moment of their lives.  There are tremendous negative environmental and deadly health consequences that arise out of the present (but shifting) american diet and consumer habits.  Passive participation in the atrocious ritual of killing for food and products is unnecessary when we can eat food and use products that are cruelty-free.  We are all in this world together and with a little effort, we can make it a better place.

Enjoy the information and I look forward to your feedback.  Feel free to share this with others! Contact me at veganvick@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants & dessert shops:

graciasmadreweho.com Amazing mexican food.  Trendy West Hollywood space.



www.realfooddaily.com  In addition to various restaurant locations, Real Food Daily is located at the American Airlines terminal at LAX!



www.hugosrestaurant.com Vegan friendly


www.woodranch.com Vegan friendly.  Their vegan burger is outstanding (and messy), but get it wrapped in lettuce as the bun is not vegan.

Garden Wok (no website found, but they have fantastic Chinese food):
6117 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91335
(818) 881-8886

Cooking demonstrations:

www.theveganzombie.com Fun and delicious Youtube cooking demonstrations during a zombie apocalypse!

www.sporkfoods.com  Sister chefs Jenny and Heather are delightful and the recipes they teach and serve, unbelievable!

Information and articles regarding animal advocacy and the vegan lifestyle:







Vegan friendly businesses:

www.arbonne.com  Vegan cosmetics, skin care and various other products.

sjaaks.com  Amazing sweets, including "Melk" Chocolate Peanut Clusters!  




miyokoskitchen.com  Artisan vegan nut cheeses.

                       Recipes I have made:

Mexican Pizza - Premade crust from Whole Foods Market. You can add whatever toppings you like such as: pizza sauce, polenta, black beans, peppers, corn, soy chorizo, Smart Bacon and non-dairy cheese.  I make it different every time and oftentimes leave off the non-dairy cheese.  It's fun to be creative.

Amazing "Not so Cheese Sauce".  Recipe at  
Spinach, Artichoke, Pesto Pasta from The Everything Vegan Cookbook.  

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies from Vegan Planet.  I used Raw Agave instead of sugar and gluten-free flour, as an experiment (no issues with gluten).  My son told me that these are some of the best brownies he's ever had.  In fact, he ate this one right after I took this photo!

Zucchini and Fresh Basil Pomodoro with whole wheat pasta from The Everything Vegan Cookbook.  Can you tell this is one of my very favorite cookbooks?  Thanks to my wonderful son, Bryan, for giving me this book!!   I bought the produce at a wonderful fairly local farm in Moorpark, CA - Underwood Family Farms.  Yum!!!