Many of you by now have heard of the company Vegan Cuts which sends out monthly boxes of various vegan products. This October I have partnered with them in showing you a sneak peek of the October snack box.
I have chosen 3 of the awesome snacks to show you which you will find in the October snack box.
1) Tasty brand Fruit snacks – these things fucking ruel
2) Flamous brand Zatar Chips – amazing chip to eat by itself or to dip in hummus
3) TCHO Chocolate Squares – “Because what the fuck would October be without some god damned chocolate squares” – TCHO that bit of marketing genius is on me, hire me for your next big marketing campaign.
Get your Vegan Snack Boxes shipped to you here: http://bit.ly/Black-Metal-Snacks
For those of you also into home audio recording, and also looking to get better guitar tone. I have started a home recording website + youtube channel called MetalHomeRecording.com.
If you are fairly into home recording and “in the box” recording you are probably familiar with guitar cab IRs. These are virtual guitar cabinets/microphones that allow you to record guitar quickly and easily all within the computer. I was frustrated with most current options out there so I invented my own.
Check out the sound samples on the site. Hope it helps you in your home recording, as well as your cooking, journey.
Once again, more doable veganism.
Here we are making 2 types of fast vegan pizza using some store bought pizza dough and crescent rolls. These are fast to make, cheap, and really easy.
You can also use the crescent rolls (or either) to make vegan hot dog rolls.
I like to dip the pizza in a garlic dipping sauce made from melting vegan butter together with garlic powder, and if I feel like making it, to dip the vegan hot dog rolls into a vegan cheese sauce (from the nacho and taco episode)
Here is the full cost analysis of this meal. If you want to skip the technical details, I will put the bottom line at the top.
My actual cost (via watching sales) was cheaper than this but this is the full price cost.
Vegan Pizza (pizza crust or crescent rolls):
Total price of a pan of pizza – 4.85 (no vegan cheese) – 6.45 (with vegan cheese)
A pan feeds 2 for a total of ~2.43 dollars per meal (no vegan cheese) – ~3.23 (with vegan cheese) dollars per meal
Vegan hot dog rolls:
My Cost per meal (eating 3) is 2.46 + any ketchup, mustard or vegan cheese sauce made
Full Cost Analysis
Pillsburry crescent rolls: 2.59 for 8
.32 per crescent roll
Pillsburry Pizza crust: 2.59
Vegie dogs: 3.99 for 8
Approx .50 per dog
vegan chick’n patty 3.99 for 4
approx 1.00 per each vegan chick’n patty
Tomato sauce: 3 jars for 7 dollars @ sams club
approx 2.33 per jar
maybe 8-10 uses
.3 – .23 cents per use
Bell pepper: 1.50
0.37 for 1/4 of it
1 whole pan of vegan pizza
2.59 for crust
1.00 for vegan chick’n patty
.30 cents for tomato sauce
.37 for a quarter bell pepper
~.20 for bananna peppers
~.12 for 1/4 onion
~ .10 for a jalipino
~4.68 with no spices, ~4.85 with spices
with 1/4 – 1/3 pkg of vegan cheese add 1.00 – 1.6
Total price of a pan of pizza – 4.85 (no vegan cheese) – 6.45 (with vegan cheese)
A pan feeds 2 for a total of ~2.43 (no vegan cheeese) – ~3.23 (with vegan cheese) dollars per meal
4x crescent rolls: 1.28
Sauce and toppings (1/2 that of the pizza) – 1.05 (with vegan chick’n patty .55 without)
Total for crescent roll pizza: ~2.33 (no vegan cheese) ~2.83 (wih vegan cheese)
Vegan hot dog rolls
.5 per dog
.32 per roll
.82 per dog roll
I can eat about 3 in a meal so my cost per meal is 2.46 + any ketchup, mustard or vegan cheese sauce made
The main reason I used the vegan chick’n patty was because I got them buy one get one free.
The crescent rolls were also on sale!
My cost was even significantly less than what was calculated, but even at full price… this is still pretty cheap.
Here is the first vlog episode on my series of “Do-able Veganism”
The purpose of these are to show what you can just go into the store and purchase things you might not have known was vegan, or possibly never knew existed.
This is not meant to show a full “from scratch” meal, as very few people eat each and every meal completely from scratch. I will also start doing a cost analysis on the food to break it down on a per meal cost.
This episode focuses on Vegan Dim Sum. Dim sum (also called Yum Cha) is a range of Asian dishes including but not limited to steamed buns, dumplings, spring rolls, and other “tapas” or “light bites” that are often served during specific days or times of days at some restaurants.
The steamed buns are often filled with some kind of filling similar to the dumplings.
I am a huge dim sum fan so I hope you learn something or get some inspiration from this.
Lets say you get the various things in this video. You do not always have to eat them all as a dim sum meal just like this.
Other ideas would be to use each individually as a side dish to another main course. Since they are so easy to make, they are a good candidate for a side dish.
You can also fry up some spring rolls, cut them up into bite size pieces, and just toss them into a noodle stirfry (such as in episode 4). They add an amazing contribution to a dish just eaten right in it.
The dumplings can be quickly tossed in soup to give it more substance and flavor.
Here is a cost analysis of this meal:
Spring rolls $5.99 (24 per package)
cost per roll – .25
Buns: 2.29 (6 per package)
cost per bun – .38
Dumplings 4.99 (30 per package)
Cost per dumpling – .17
Total cost of the meal in video: 2.826
Total cost with sauces… – Around 3 bucks
Here is another Easy Vegan Recipe that really should be illegal. I mean seriously… vegan waffle fry nachos?
First of all, make the nacho beans and vegan cheese from episode 12 (Ultimate Nachos and Tacos)
Then mix them together.
Fry or bake some frozen Waffle Fries, add salt, and dig into that shit!
Holy fuck… Unholy Decadence.
Here is a meal idea for a twist on the standard burger or vegan “chicken” sandwich.
This will use what you learn in Episode 10 and apply it as a quick way to make a vegan burger awesome.
(Note: I typically only eat one of these as a meal, but here are 2 examples)
Start by putting the frozen vegan burger or vegan “chicken” into the toaster oven for about 12 minutes
Next, if it is the burger, take it out and put in your frozen bagles – for another 8 – 10 minutes
(for fresh bagles, they do not need as long to toast)
Leave the “chicken” patty in if you are making that
For The Buffalo Burger: Heat up a pan and pour in some buffalo sauce and a bit of earth balance (just like episode 10).
Do not use a crazy amount of earth balance though or else it will be too salty. Throw your burger in and saute it for a few minutes.
Turn the heat off on your pan and smear some veganaise on your now toasted bagel.
Plop on some lettuce and your buffalo burger. Freak out at how amazing it is.
For the Vegan “Chicken” Sandwich… Again get some vegainaise on an everything bagel. Then put some “Fakon” bits on there (I used Bacos). You can also get some pepper in there if you want.
I like to top this with lettuce and a slice of red bell pepper
This is a response to an email I received on asking advice to overcome creative blocks. I felt it worth publishing here.
“Creative blocks are a natural part of this process as anyone who does anything creative knows. One is not ‘on’ all the time. Here are a few of the things I do to get myself out of a rut.”
Have a purpose -Why are you doing what you are doing? Be sure to begin with the end in mind on what you want. This purpose does not prevent blocks, but gives the power to get through them. If you are not enjoying what you are doing and do not have a purpose for doing it, life is going to suck. Yes your life.
Keep on Keeping on – With that said purpose in mind, when blocks arise… do something, do ANYTHING to just keep hacking at the problem. Even if it is something uncreative, there are usually creative and uncreative parts of any project. Keep doing whatever you can while you think of a solution.
Keep learning something new in your field every day – Seriously, take some time each and every day to sharpen your skills even .001 percent. Years down the road when you have amassed a lot of skill, .001 percent at that level is a lot compared to the person just starting out. Its effects are compounding. Watch youtube videos in your field to get inspiration.
Liberate yourself to acquire the tools you need to have the most fun – If the tools are hardware, software, or education (or all of them), liberate yourself to spend the time, money, and energy required to obtain them.
Have fun in life – The rest of the valley prepares one to climb the next peak. If you are constantly climbing peaks you will come to hate them rather than enjoy their victory. Eventually you may see a peak that is too hard for you to climb at your current worn out level.
Learn how you work best – I have learned that my body has visceral reactions to deadlines concerning creative projects. Every time I have a self imposed or not self imposed deadline, I waste more energy thinking about how stressed I am than I put into the projects. If you enjoy what you are doing (not trying to avoid it) then you will still get things done in a timely fashion.
Alternate creative activities throughout the day with something mechanical if possible. – Doing constant creativity can usually lead to burn out, but if you mix it in with something mechanical, even monotonous uncreative work that keeps leading you toward you goal it provides a good brain break.
One myth that you hear all the time is that “veganism is so expensive”, ”Oh if I could just afford to be vegan”, “Veganism is just a rich folks thing” etc…
If you buy only prepackaged convenience food (which you will get sick of within a month or two), or you attempt to buy every analogue vegan meat and dairy product on the market, and every vegan analogue snack food (especially the one with no nutritional value) than this could be true for you.
I have no problem with buying some analogue meat and dairy products. If they are thought of as components of a meal as opposed to meals themselves they really shine. Not to mention Soy/Almond/Coconut milk lasts a very long time in the fridge.
Instead of thinking that veganism means buying every type of meat and cheese substitute,… instead think… ”what new can I try today from my own or any other culture in the world”.
If this is your mindset, all of a sudden veganism is incredibly inexpensive.
This article will not even get into numbers yet, lets just analyze the ingredients from a few VBMC episodes to see how expensive veganism is.
Episode 1: The infamous vegan pad thai dish.
The ingredients include: Tofu, Bean Sprouts, a tomato, Peanuts, Siracha and Chili powder, Garlic and Garlic Powder, Green Onions, Sugar, Tamarind Paste or Tamarind Soup Base, Salt, Rice Noodles, Cilantro, A Lime is optional, Vinegar
Is anything in there even remotely expensive?
Episode 2: Easy meal ideas of the ages.
The ingredients in meal 1: A can of baked beans, a can of corn, some potatoes, earth balance, salt, garlic, sugar, green onion.
The ingredients in meal 2: Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, bell pepper, canola oil, truffle oil, rice, some soup seasoning, salt, pepper
The ingredients in meal 3: Pasta, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, garlic, red wine (cheap resealable red wine), soup seasoning, salt, pepper, earth balance, bread, Italian seasoning.
WAIT A SECOND! Truffle oil is like 15 bucks!!!!
Yes truffle oil is 15 dollars for a small bottle. However you use so little of it each meal that the bottle lasts me about a year making this dish as many times as I would ever want (and sometimes I eat it a lot!). If something costs 15 dollars a year for many uses… its cheap.
It becomes obvious to see that none of these ingredients are expensive!
Episode 3: Tempura asparagus sushi.
Ingredients include: asparagus, nori (seaweed sheets), jasmine rice, salt, sugar, vinegar, flour, white wine, garlic powder, panko bread crumbs, asparagus, bell pepper, seaweed salad, avocado, and various other shit I do not usually use but this sums up what I typically use.
Nori purchased at an Asian store in bulk is about 10 dollars for 100 sheets. That is only 10 cents a sheet! Panko also purchased in bulk is very inexpensive.
Once again, nothing is expensive! The seaweed salad my be the only item even semi approaching anything to be considered expensive depending on how much you buy.
Please do this exercise in your mind for the rest of the episodes. Except for the tofurkey, nothing in any episodes are remotely expensive.
I personally feel I eat like a king for around 2 dollars to 2.50 a meal on average. And that is because I do not skimp on anything.
Thank you everyone for making year one of the Vegan Black Metal Chef so damn fun and awesome for me. I have had a great time making the videos and songs/look forward to an even better year 2. Every day I attempt to grow a bit in every way to make the videos and the music better and better. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them. If you dig this shit, please consider getting an Album, DVD or Both. I try to keep shit super cheap and work off of numbers. The support with this and even just sharing the videos will propel year 2 onward and upward. Thanks in advance for everything to all of the fans.
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I can hardly think of another way a person can make so much of a difference in the world than going vegan.
One lifestyle path, not needing the actions of anyone else which has innumerable consequences
This article will not site any studies, lay out any disputable statistics, or otherwise suggest anything subtle and hard to detect. When looked at from even an “armchair” perspective, the conclusions are obvious.
Vegansim can solve or help significantly solve several of todays most pressing problems.
1) Cost of Health Care
2) World Hunger
3) Greatly aid in cutting back pollution
First of all lets think about the cost of health care. Now its well known that one can be a junk food vegan and that all vegan food is not necessarily a “health food”. There are vegan cakes, pies, “n-ice cream”, fried food, sugar, preservatives, snack crackers and cookies.
Having said this however, ask yourself this question. Would the cost of health care be far less expensive or far more expensive if everyone in your country were vegan? The answer is still obvious. The cost of health care would plummet.
If everyone switched to a plant based vegan diet and brought consciousness to their actions, it is my opinion that incidences of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, along with many other preventable illnesses would be drastically reduced.
Something strange might arise, health care might become so inexpensive that there might be an abundance of resources to treat all those with genetic and less preventable illnesses of all types.
The debate of universal health care in the united states and other countries is a heated one where people try to distribute extremely limited resources and expensive treatments. The cost of funding this is already astronomical and growing. Even if we only lessened the incidence of heart disease and obesity, just imagine the cost savings.
One does not even have to be a “health nut” while on a vegan diet to overall eat much better and be far more healthy.
Second of all, veganism helps solve the issue of world hunger and the increasing cost of food.
People in western countries only enjoy the amount of meat they currently eat at the current price because of intensive factory farming of animals, and the use of agricultural land to feed these animals that could be feeding many times more people.
Just think about how much more a cow or even a chicken has to eat to make a relatively small amount of food for people. These cows are not being fed grass and grazing upon the open hills, nor are the chickens eating various seeds and insects from the ground. They are both being fed corn and soybeans (among other grains and even ground up pieces of cow and chicken). These plants could be used much more efficiently to feed people instead.
This would create a large surplus of some plant based foods decreasing the prices around the world dramatically. Again, no studies or statistics are needed because its so obvious.
If everyone in India and china adopted the same diet as Americans (as they increasingly are), the current american food model would quickly become unsustainable.
What if this simple action of veganism not only decreased the food prices for everyone in the world… but helped cure one of the most disgusting problems of all… The sad truth is that currently people in the world do not starve because there is not enough food. They starve because they can not afford the food that is available and all around them.
Lastly bring your attention to the cutting back of pollution and use of energy and water sources in general.
Weather you care or believe in human caused global warming or not is irrelevant (I for example personally do not believe in it). Everyone on the other hand wants to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and have energy be affordable to do what they want with it.
The obvious fact is, there is tremendous waste in the consumption of animal products as opposed to a vegan diet. All of the fuel, water, and human labor used to manufacture and transport the food to animal farms, the fuel, water, and human labor to manufacture and transport the animals to make into food for humans would be conserved. The lakes of animal manure and factory farm waste, no more.
Animals must eat may times the weight in food to produce the same amount of food for humans. This means that all of the inefficiencies and use of resources that go into this process is horridly wasted in relation to its plant based alternative.
Just think for a moment of all the meat consumed in the world. All the fast food restaurants, all of the slow food restaurants, all of the grocery stores, everything of that nature. Each bit of meat, dairy, and all animal products represent a mountain of wasted resources. Who knows, with such inefficiency eliminated… there might just be abundance for all.
This is of course just the tip of the iceberg. It does not even touch on such obvious topics as the hormones pumped into meat, non objective topics such as ethics, resistant germs from antibiotics, etc..
There are many other grave problems in the world such as human trafficking and things of that nature that need to be solved. However many of these problems can not be solved without policing, changing of other peoples actions and many things beyond ones immediate control.
In comparison to things like this… all of the problems mentioned in this essay are really an easy fix in which you are either directly part of the cause or directly part of the solution…
What could you possibly have more control over than what you put in your mouth?