beyond expectations.

“Nobody’s perfect. We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

 I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back here. Back to this place of sharing, of responsibility. I’ve been lost. I’m still lost, but I think I found a compass. It’s been so long since I’ve been here, writing, holding myself accountable. I’ve said it before, have you missed me? I think when I start to veer away from what I think I should be I panic and quit all together. Well here I am. I’m holding myself accountable. I haven’t been eating vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter. I’ve been eating crap, a lot of sugary crap. My mood, my body, my mind, they’ve all suffered. I think it’s all tied together. I don’t normally get into this sort of thing on here but I felt I needed to. It’s part of the reason I’ve been absent.


Shame, Shame, Shame. I was honestly a bit afraid to come back and give you a vegan recipe [which I still eat a lot of the time, and prefer, ’cause, well, duh, it’s tasty stuff] when I had eaten sausage that morning, Y’all have been kind enough to take the time to read what I have to say, and I felt like a fraud. Well enough, it’s not getting me anywhere, it’s not making me any happier so here I am saying yeah, I’m not perfect, and it’s okay. I like the taste of chicken but I don’t want to eat a chicken, I don’t need chicken, chicken no more!

Well it just got a bit easier. [smooth transition right?]

I’ve been keeping an eye on a company that’s been making HUGE waves in the vegan world. This company is not a new concept but has absolutely revolutionized it. They have been all over every media platform, yet still have a very homegrown feeling about them.  They contacted me and wanted to know if I was interested in doing a review, and with the closest retailer at the time being 45 minutes away, I don’t think I could have responded any quicker. Beyond Meat was sending me samples to try!

[Sorry, you may have already had an opportunity to try it. I, on the other hand, had checked their wonderful online map to see where the next retail location was going to be for over 6 months.  I watched as they rolled out along the west coast, anticipating, waiting. Thank God the wait is over, it is now available close by… finally!]

Now, I really wanted to see if the flavor of the Beyond Meat is all it’s cracked up to be. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just simply looking for a meat alternative [rock those meatless Mondays] and have been severely disappointed with other meat substitutes [as we all have] here comes your hallelujah moment.


I wanted to try simple recipes that really focused on the flavor of Beyond Meat, rather than what it was added to. I tried two different wraps.

Chicken Salad:

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Ok, so chicken salad is one of my favorite things ever. I don’t know what it is, but it makes my heart soar. It’s all rainbows and puppies from here on out kids. Beyond Meat’s texture is a bit eerie [ in the best sense of the term]. It’s so similar to actual chicken its frightening. It has that “pull” effect when its pulled apart, I’m not sure I’m describing it right but I don’t know how else to. But it will make for a wonderful Beyond Buffalo Dip [coming soon].

Making the dressing for this is beyond [ I just love puns] easy.

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Get yourself some delicious tortillas, I prefer gluten free so my tummy stays happy.

I used two tablespoons of Vegenaise [ the best vegan mayo on the market, seriously, I’ve tried them all] to a tablespoon of local honey [easily replaced with agave for a vegan option] and salt and pepper to taste.

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Mix those together, toss the Beyond Meat [ I used the lightly seasoned flavor] in it and voila! The best damn no chicken chicken salad there ever was.

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It even LOOKS like chicken! Now I had spinach on hand so I tossed that in, but I really love no chicken chicken salad with lettuce and pickles, odd, but fan-freaking-tastical.

The second wrap was even simpler, but just as scrumdidilyumptious.

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With mixed greens, cucumbers, and artichokes, topped with some Mediterranean dressing, also BOMB.

I was given the three different flavors of Beyond Meat [lightly seasoned, grilled, southwest style] all of which are gluten free [seriously how did they do it?], all were really amazing. Lightly seasoned was perfect for the no Chicken Chicken Salad, and the grilled was amazeballs in the Mediterranean wrap, however, the southwest barely made it out of the box. By that, I mean that I ate it cold, straight out of the container, and it never made it into a recipe because I ate it all. It’s that delicious.

Anything can be delicious if you add tons of fillers and seasoning, yet they haven’t . That’s the glory behind this. I’m not scared to eat it. I recognize all the ingredients, it’s vegan, there’s no gluten, and it is GMO free. Those are the ingredients to what I like to refer to as


See? This is my winning face:

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All in all I should be buying stock right now, and stocking up, once vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores realize how tasty this stuff is, not to mention healthy, it’s going to be flying off the shelves.

I’m glad to be back, I had lost my voice.  Now I’m singing [what would you like to hear next?].


  1. says

    I ALWAYS miss you!! WELCOME BACK! I hope sharing your meat eating journeys felt cleansing for you!! You have to do what works best for your body..I am super intrigued by this vegan stuff though!! I will have to look for it next time I am at that market. WHOO GO VEGANNNNSS!


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