“There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds.  And for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills.  If only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.”
~ Calvin Coolidge

Good day friends.  I hope this finds you hurdling over hump day.  And I can’t help but share yesterday’s sunrise.  It was truly spectacular … One of the best I’ve seen this year.  And no, those colors aren’t photoshopped!

My  motto for the day would become:  “I am rich today, with autumn’s gold.”

If we just take a moment to stop and appreciate nature’s beauty and count our blessings, how rich we truly are …

Roasted Portobello stuffed with a Sprouted Lentil “Bolognese” Sauce

Portobello-Bolognese1I did not have a chance to post yesterday, as I had an early morning meeting.   By the time I got home, I was pooped.  And I was highly grateful that my dinner menu last night required very little cooking:   Roasted Portobello stuffed with a Sprouted Lentil “Bolognese” Sauce.

As I looked at my recipe for the Bologese Sauce, the ingredients were so similar to the Puttanesca Sauce from the other night, I just decided to use up my leftover puttanesca sauce.

I started my lentil sprouts late last week:

  • 1 Tablespoon dry lentils = 1 Cup of lentil sprouts
  • The sprouting took 3 days.


  • I had the lentil sprouts waiting in my refrigerator.    
  • Marinated the Portobellos in liquid aminos, olive oil and agave (equal parts)
  • Roast the marinated portobellos at 375 for 10 minutes. 
  • Warmed up the leftover sauce, then tossed it with the lentils.
  • Serve sauce over the portobello.
  • Dinner was served.  Simple and satisfying.

No, I’m not going to GoVeggie !!!

Portobello-Bolognese2At some point though, I started to wonder if this dinner would be filling enough for Spencer.  He decided to serve his on a bed of pasta (tossed with earth balance & garlic seasoning).  I figured he also might want his topped with a bit of “cheese”.

I pulled out the GoVeggie! cheese Spencer purchased at the market last week.  As I nibbled on it, I thought again how “cheesy” it really did taste.   I’ll be honest, I don’t sit and eat Daiya out of the bag by the handful.  Low and behold, I look at the ingredients.  And guess what?  It’s not vegan.  It is NOT even dairy free.

I was pissed beyond belief !!!

Now I truly do only have myself to blame here.  I’m an avid reader of labels, as all vegan’s must be.  

And GoVeggie! brand was written off my list long ago.

And it’s always irked me that GoVeggie! seems to be the most popular brand carried by many supermarket chains.

I mean really … What’s the point?   A cheese substitute – made from dairy products ??

I began to wonder why they seem to be “the brand.”  And when I went to their website recently, I was surprised that Galaxy Foods is now offering a vegan version of their GoVeggie! cheese.  I wasn’t impressed and thought:  Probably nothing more than a very late attempt to catch up with their competition such as Daiya and Tofutti.

So when Spencer called me from the store the other day, to say all they had was the GoVeggie! and it was vegan, I never questioned it.  Shocked that my grocery store here actually got in something new, and vegan!!  But didn’t ever think to look at the ingredients.  But my tastebuds never let me down ….

Well, as you can surmise, Spencer read the front of the label “Lactose Free” and assumed “Vegan”.

So be on the lookout friends …

DairyFreeShreds-mozz1111 Veggie-Shred_MZ11Their Green label contains dairy (casein), but is lactose free.  Nothing more than cheese removed of lactose.  Like fat-free milk.

Their Purple Label is marketed to be Vegan.  I can’t personally confirm this, as I have yet to see the product anywhere.



Who is Galaxy Foods, I asked myself this morning ??

Never mind that the word “galaxy” is derived from the Latin word for “milk” !!!

Wisconsin-based Schreiber Foods makes, supplies, and delivers Galaxy’s products. The company was taken private in 2009 when its shares were acquired by majority owner Galaxy Partners and private investment company Mill Road Capital.

This is nothing more than big agri-business looking to make another buck.

So I don’t care if Galaxy is now offering a Vegan product.  I’m boycotting …!!!

Or maybe my attitude should be one of gratitude?   Big agri-business actually is pushing a vegan product on the market.

What are your thoughts … ??  How do you feel when you get bamboozled and eat non-vegan food by mistake ?

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