Chicago Vegan Guide for the Cali “Vegan-ish” Gal

Chicago Vegan Guide for the Cali "Veganish" Gal -HeDoesXrayIDoFood.com

Although I’m not vegan, healthy food is healthy food. What does that mean? I can see a lot of great qualities that come out of veganism. However, I don’t have the willpower, nor desire, to forever say goodbye to French butter with chunks of Fleur de sel, freshly whipped Chantilly cream, or stinky soft cheese. But I’ve always believed everything good and indulgent should be consumed in moderation. That includes things like veganism, vegetarianism, or a meat eating carnivorous lifestyle.

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Low fat & Healthy Turkey Picadillo Sandwiches; Inexpensive, Kid Friendly, and Perfect for Weeknight Dinner

Low Fat & Healthy; (Turkey) Picadillo Sandwiches-HeDoesXrayIDoFood.com

This Cuban staple is a hearty dinner or lunch option full of flavor, but not of fat. My version features a tomato laced sauce that permeates the lean ground turkey in place of the traditional fat/grease laden ground pork chorizo and 80/20% fat ground chuck. Briny green olives and fragrant capers are balanced by touches of tart golden berries or raisins. This easy to make, one pan meal will quickly become a family favorite. Serve with a side of Quick and Easy Cuban Style Black Beans (from canned) and dinner is done!

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Quick and Easy Cuban Style Black Beans (from canned!)

Quick and Easy Cuban Style Black Beans (from canned)- HeDoesXrayIDoFood.com

These quick black beans are flavorful, fiber-ful, and just pretty! Smokey cumin compliments the combination of onions, garlic and bell peppers known collectively as “sofrito”, or “the Holy Trinity”. Despite seeming to be too quick to be true, these legumes make a delectable nutrient rich side dish.

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Philly Cheese”Fakes”; Vegetarian Cheese Steak sandwiches, a healthier option to satisfy the craving

Philly Cheese"Fakes"; Vegetarian Cheese Steak sandwiches

These hearty vegetarian sandwiches nevertheless have a beefy quality thanks to Gardein’s “beefless tips”. The meatiness is complimented by a covering of creamy, guiltless, cheese sauce. Just for good measure, a topping of sauteed bell peppers and mushrooms provide a good dose of vegetables. Make Philly Cheese “Fakes” any time of year, any day of the week.

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