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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



VeganMoFo: Recent Eats

Dinner: Volcano Seitan

Volcano Seitan

My husband has been asking for over a year for me to make a vegan version of Volcano Beef, his favorite chinese meal at one local restaurant. I finally got around to it a month ago and he was thrilled with the results. I’ve made it two times so far, each different ways and feel if I combine the best of both ways I’ll have a new recipe to post soon! There is just a technique or two I need to perfect first. 

BBQ seitan and mushroom tacos.

BBQ Seitan and Mushroom Tacos

We could eat taco’s everyday. This was a quick meal before heading out to Brooklyn to visit friends one evening. Mushrooms, seitan, garlic, onions, red peppers sauteed in olive oil and coated with a store bought BBQ sauce at the end until heated through. Topped with some mesclun greens. We liked this meal to much I made it again for us the next night. 

Chickpea Bolognese

Chickpeas Bolognese 

I’m currently working on a Seitan Bolognese recipe, but since we tend to eat a lot of seitan (see above two pictures) I made it one night with chickpeas to cut back on the full on gluten meal. This one can also be filed under Dinners With My Sister. She ate with us that evening and was very happy with this meal. Hopefully I’ll be posting both the Seitan and the Chickpea versions of the recipe during VeganMoFo.

VeganMoFo: Puff Pastry Pockets


Puff Pastry Pockets

I don’t want to call these Hot Pockets. Puff Pastry Pockets seems more appropriate. There is a brand of store bought puff pastry that is accidentally vegan. Good for you? All healthy ingredients? No, but once in awhile isn’t going to hurt you. Dinner needs to be fun sometimes and this a fun meal.

Lentil Chili with Garlicky Greens Puff Pastry Pocket

Whenever we have a leftover stew or chili I like to use them as a filling for these pockets. The last batch I made with a Lentil Chili that my Maa made for a surprise birthday party for me. I sauteed some spinach with a lot of garlic to add a green element to the pocket. 

I spoon some filling onto half of the puff pastry and then fold over the other half and press down on all four sides with a fork to seal the filling inside. Then it’s baked according to package directions. 

Mixed Salad

This particular meal was served with a salad, for even more greens and some roasted potatoes. 

I really want to fill these pockets with a mixed vegetable and bean curry next time. I’m also working on a Broccoli and Cashew Cheese version as well since that was my favorite Hot Pocket growing up!


VeganMoFo: Dinners With My Sister

Chicken fried Seitan and Waffles w. Brussels Sprouts

Seitan Chicken and Waffles 

When your sister works from your home to watch your kids when you have to go to work and then requests breakfast for dinner you go all out. This was so much fun to make. We’ve never had the omni version of this meal so I think some of us were a bit skeptical, my husband mostly. We all loved it. Since I was in a pinch I used Van’s GF Waffles. Next time I’ll definitely be making my own waffles. Frozen waffles tend to be thin and crispy. I would love something with more texture. 

Her favorite vegetable is Brussels Sprouts so I made them in her honor. They were the perfect side for this meal according to she and I. My husband hates them but to his credit he tried them because they smelled so good. My son didn’t even look at them and my daughter was bribed, by my sister, into eating 2 of them for $1. I think she ended up liking them. They are delicious dipped in maple syrup! 

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Chickpea Piccata and Zucchini Noodles

Chicpea Piccata over Mashed Cauliflower and Zucchini Noodles

 She has actually been minding my kids a lot lately so one night she said she wanted something healthy. I asked if she could bring her Veggetti over. I’d been hearing a lot about this contraption from her. Everyone is her building seems to be using one. I made a simple Chickpea Piccata with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. She Veggetti’d 4 zucchini for the meal. This time I was the skeptical one but ended up loving it. The texture of the raw zucchini went great with the rest of the fully cooked meal. I couldn’t stop eating it. My daughter couldn’t stop eating the Mashed “Potatoes”. After her second helping I broke the news that it was more cauliflower then potatoes. Her eyes may have bugged out a bit but she continued eating. 

Seitan, Mushroom and String Bean Tacos with Chipotle Cream and Kale

Seitan, Mushroom and String Bean Tacos with Cilantro Cream

One night we dined on tacos. I quickly threw these together. We had some packaged seitan that needed to be used and some random veggies so I sauteed them all together for the tacos. Served them with some chopped heirloom tomatoes and a quick cream made with Just Mayo, chipotle sauce and lime juice. These tacos definitely had some heat to them and I loved the crunch of the string beans inside the taco.  Some simple sauteed kale rounded out the whole meal. 

These were all delicious meals that I can’t wait to make them all again! 


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