Killer Vegan {Restaurant Review}

My husband and I were child-free for the afternoon so we had a delicious lunch at Killer Vegan in Union, NJ. I had the Killer Panini for the first time. It was so delicious and reminded me of the seitan wraps I made for road trips. My husband had the Guns Killer Vegan Panini

Killer Vegan is a diner and delicatessen in Union, NJ. I love this place. They started off small with only a few sandwiches and sides and a twice a month all you can eat brunch. Yes an ALL YOU CAN EAT VEGAN BRUNCH! They have burgers, panini’s, sausage and meatball sandwiches, new dinner specials every week, disco fries (!), cheese fries (!) homemade cakes, cookies, milkshakes and more!  I’ve been here a handful of times already and it’s been fun to see their menu and hours of operation grow.  My last visit their I had the new Killer Vegan Panini. Filled with Country Fried Seitan, avocado, arugula, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo.  It was perfectly paired with the kale slaw. The seitan was so delicious I wish I had a plate of it to myself!

1st of 2 identical plates of food at the all you can eat opening brunch at Killer Vegan in Union. I stole bites of pancakes and French toast from my kids plates.

All-You-Can-Eat Brunch

Brunch at Killer Vegan is alway’s All-You-Can-Eat and alway’s amazing. A buffet filled with homemade sausages and tempeh bacon, biscuits and a cashew sage gravy, tofu scramble, steamed greens, arroz con gandules, pancakes, french toast and home fries. On one or two occasions I’ve also spotted and dined on some deliciously sweet plantains.

One time a woman on line asked me what to put the cashew gravy on and I just said “Everything. Just put it on everything.”  

Delicious KV Burger and Kale Slaw at Killer Vegan in Union NJ today with the Montclair Vegans meetup! Not pictured: Mint Chip Milkshake, it was awesome. Thanks @diannewenz !! KV Burger

Their burger menu has grown from 1 burger to 4 different burgers including the original KV Burger (pictured), the Gunslinger Burger, which my husband enjoyed on our last kidless visit there, a Pizza Burger and The Killer, which I’m looking forward to trying the next time I visit. Its 2 burgers, cheese sauce, sauteed onions and coconut bacon. I can’t say no to Coconut Bacon! The burgers are house-made, delicious and they don’t fall apart. I’ve never been disappointed.

Lunch from Killer Vegan today: Sausage and Peppers w. Kale Slaw. Miles's fries in the top left corner. Not pictured: Butter Pecan Milkshake #vegan

Sausage and Peppers

One of my favorite things about Killer Vegan is that they make their own sausages. I love store-bought vegan sausages and buy them all the time for convenience but when a restaurant goes out of their way to make their own it’s special and I notice and I eat them. Nothing beats a house-made sausage and pepper sandwich!

If you can’t tell by these pictures I really dig Killer Vegans Kale Slaw. When you order a sandwich it comes with chips or you can upgrade to one of their sides. I alway’s upgrade to Kale Slaw. It tastes exactly how I make my own Kale Slaw at home and I really should go for one of their other sides like Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Fries or Mashed Potatoes but I just really love Kale Slaw! 

Not pictured are the vegan Milk Shakes and desserts I’ve tried at Killer Vegan. Nine different Milkshake flavors from Mint Chocolate Chip to Butter Pecan and desserts like Red Velvet cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mini Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake and a Cookies and Cream Cake. I could live happily eating at Killer Vegan forever! 

If you are in the area take a peek at their menu and plan a trip to eat here!

Summertime Eats

Firework sandwiches! Ciabatta, cashew cheese, pesto, roasted zucchini and onions w, spinach and tomato #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganbloggerVegetable and Pesto Sandwiches w. Cashew Cheese (for the fireworks!)

I’ve been having a very busy summer so far with the kids home and no summer camps lined up. I regret it a little bit each day but we are also having a lot of fun together. We’ve been to the beach, put up a pretty big pool in our yard, saw some fireworks, went to the State Fair and are gearing up for our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore in a little bit.  In between all of this I’ve been cooking up a storm. I have a new museli recipe ready to go, some smoothies, a blended coffee drink, a protein packed tomato sauce that is delicious on pizza and the kids have no idea what’s in it, a kale salad and a quinoa salad. I’m pumped about all of it. I also have to finish my eating out recap of Austin, Tx. I’m still dreaming of Bouldin Creek Cafe and Arlo’s.  In the meantime here are some of our summertime eats from the last month. We’ve been eating quite well and I desperately need to get back to the YMCA! 

Veggie loaded Caesar Salad with a #vegan Caesar Dressing #whatveganseat #vegansofig #veganfoodshare

Veggie Loaded Caesar Salad

Romaine, cucumbers, orange bell peppers, red onions, sunflower seeds, capers, nooch and a Just Mayo based Caesar dressing. This was very refreshing on a hot day.

Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Banana Milkshake #vegan #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #vegansofig

Vanilla Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

We enjoyed these Milkshakes after the Caesar Salad above. 

4th of July: field roast sausage, chickpea and zucchini quinoa salad, balsamic kale salad, potatoe salad and baked beans #vegan #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganblogger

4th of July plate

 We celebrated the 4th of July, at home, potluck style with my parents. I made the kale salad and quinoa-chickpea salad along with Field Roast Sausage Rolls and my mom made the potato salad (alway’s leaving some without mayo for me so I can add my own vegan mayo) and some delicious baked beans. You can find the baked beans recipe here

 

 

Dining out in Austin, TX Part 1

Philly Seitan Cheesesteak and Pac Man Salad #vegan

Counter Culture

At the end of May to the very beginning of June I was in Austin, Tx attending the third and final Vida Vegan Con. I’ve been lucky enough to attend the last two. I wish VVC would happen again. Its been a great way to get myself out of NJ for a couple of days but I understand what an undertaking it is for the 3 lovely ladies who organize everything. 

I’ve never been to Texas and I’ve heard so many good things about Austin that I couldn’t wait to go. I wanted to eat all the food!  

We arrived in Austin around 10 am on a Thursday. After checking into our hotel room we decided to go to Counter Culture for our first meal. Everything on the menu sounded so good! Eventually I settled on the Philly Seitan Cheesesteak with a Pac Mac Kale Salad on the side. It took me a bit to realize the carrots were purposely cut into little pac man shapes! The meal was delicious and it left me wanting to come back and try something else..which we eventually did.

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Right down the road from Counter Culture is the famed vegan bakery Capital City Bakery! I couldn’t wait to see this place! I’ve been following the owner Kristen Davenport on various social media outlets for quite some times now…before she even started the bakery as a food truck. It was so nice to see someone’s dream realized and in such a cute space. Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of the cuteness only the one dark photo above. The space isn’t dark at all! I was so tired from being up at 4 am for our flight that I just didn’t think to take more pictures. I ended up buying a brownie to bring back to the hotel. It was one of the best brownies I’ve ever had from a bakery! 

We ended up back at the hotel and had a quick nap and rest before heading out to the unofficial official meet and greet at The Buzzmill. I’ll blame jet lag or maybe it was just the incredible Texas heat but I somehow didn’t take a single picture! I felt like I was melting it was so hot. I assure you that the vegan eggrolls I ate for dinner, at the Golden Spike Rail Cart, which is in the backyard of The Buzzmill, were amazing and worth sitting in the sun for! 

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Mother’s Cafe

I’ll admit now that this was my least favorite meal during my entire trip. The company and conversation was lovely and I truly enjoyed myself. I just could have done without this meal. It wasn’t terrible. It just wasn’t memorable. I ordered the Spicy Tempeh Enchilada’s. For me..more needed to be done to the tempeh for my liking. I did however really like their Spicy Cashew Chipotle Sauce that topped the Enchilada’s and their black beans were good too. What I liked about Mother’s Cafe is how easy they make it to veganize almost anything on their menu and I would go back and try something else if I ever find myself in Austin again. 

Part 2 of Dining Out in Austin, Tx will feature my new all time favorite restaurant anywhere in the world: Bouldin Creek Cafe! I might have eaten there 3 times while in Austin. :) 

 

Recent Eats: Sweets Edition!

Lavender Cupcakes #vegan

Testing out Lavender Cupcakes for a first day of spring birthday tomorrow.

Lavender Cupcakes

If it’s your birthday I’ll pretty much make anything you want. My sister requested Lavender Cupcakes. She envisioned them being lavender in color as well as flavor. I just stuck with the lavender flavor. I’ll use food coloring sometimes but would rather just stick with non dyed foods especially if a recipe would need A LOT of dye, which, this would have. They definitely tasted like lavender and were very pretty to look at. I’m not sure if I would make them again. A little too herb-y for a sweet treat I think. 

Reno and I created a cookie recipe today: Oatmeal Chocolate Covered Pretzel. They aren't bad! Need to tweak a few minor measurements. #vegan

Reno’s Cookie

My daughter is very into learning how to bake. She wants to own a bakery when she is “a teenager”. :)  So we’ve been experimenting with our own recipes every once in a while. Our latest, which needs more testing, is and Oatmeal Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookie. We were big fans of these! 

#vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

When your banana’s start to go you make Banana Bread/Muffins. We always add chocolate chips to ours. I have some bananas that are perfect for muffin making on my counter right now!

Pi Day Mini Key Lime Pies for a Pi Day potluck later today. Fingers crossed that they firm up by then! #vegan

Mini Key Lime Pies

This was a Pinterest recipe that I pinned awhile ago. I’m one of those pinners who pin but never do anything with those pins in real life. 

 

Easter Meal

Gluten Free-Vegan Carrot Cake is frosted! Just have to add Reno's handmade decorations :) #vegan #gluten free

Carrot Cake

This past weekend we celebrated Easter. For me, as a non religious person, it’s just another food holiday, which are my favorite! I love making new and special meals to share with family. After a backyard Plastic Easter Egg Hunt for the kids I got to work in the kitchen preparing 2 dishes to bring to my Mother In Laws house. 

First up was a Gluten Free/Soy Free/Nut Free-Vegan Carrot Cake. We have some allergies in our family (!) and as the only vegan in the family I wanted to make sure we had a dessert that everyone could eat. I’ve never made a full size Gluten Free cake before so I was a little nervous at how it would come out. As is my nature I tend to not test new recipes out before hand for holidays or events. Its a terrible habit but one that I’ve been able to get away with and managed to get away with again…phew! The cake was a huge success! It was full of hand shredded carrots and a ton of spices. The spiciness of the cake was everyone’s favorite part of it. It was loaded with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. 

To decorate the cake I made a peachy pink vegan buttercream that I spread out as smooth as possible and piped some little decorations around the edge of the cake. I found some unsweetened coconut in my baking cabinet and sprinkled that on top. 

Our gluten free-vegan carrot cake with Reno's decorations! #vegan

Just before serving the cake my daughter and I added some handmade decorations that she made for the cake earlier in the day to make it more festive. It was adorable. I highly recommend letting your kids help decorate a cake with some of their drawings taped to long wooden skewers. 

My husbands Aunt declared that this cake will be her new birthday cake. She loved it that much and I will be happy to make it for her again. 

Easter Dinner: Seitan and Mushroom Roulade, asparagus and roasted veg #vegan

Seitan and Mushroom Roulade

For the vegetarian main entree I made a Seitan and Mushroom Roulade. I only had half a plan for this part of the meal. I know I was going to saute onions, seitan, carrots, mushrooms, garlic and spices and then deglaze the pan with tamari and red wine and then do something with filo dough. First I was going to make individual “cigars”. Then I was going to make individual wrapped pockets. In the end I didn’t have time for anything “individual” and a roulade was just to thing to speed things up! I saved some of the seitan simmering broth and we used that as a jus sauce. It was a nice a festive main entree. 

On my plate next to the roulade were Thyme Infused Spring Vegetables and Asian Sauteed Asparagus, both made by my mother. I didn’t eat a lot because I was saving room for the cake! Which we served with Trader Joe’s Soy Vanilla Ice Cream. It was the perfect Holiday Meal. 

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