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Vegan Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

I am a garlic fanatic.

Being Italian and Spanish, I grew up eating many non-vegan dishes with garlic – meat sauce with spaghetti, pizza, meat stew, and garlic chicken, for example. Back then, I watched my mother create delicious garlic meals. I did not appreciate Mom’s cooking as much as I could have as a child, but now she is the inspiration behind most of my cooking – vegan style!

I also remember on a particular trip to Spain before I decided to live vegan, I discovered garlic chicken while visiting my cousins. I vowed to try that recipe once I had returned to the States, but somehow that never happened. Now, as a vegan, I have finally created my own version.

So, if you are a garlic lover like I am, and if you want a vegan version of garlic chicken and vegetables, look no further! Here is the recipe:

vegan / gluten-free / peanut-free / soy free


2-3 potatoes, chopped

2-3 carrots, chopped

1 sweet potato, chopped

1 small onion, sliced

1 small green pepper, sliced

2 cups frozen green beans

5-6 garlic cloves, minced

1 package Beyond Meat Chicken Strips (9 oz.)

1 Tbsp. sea salt

1 Tbsp. Jamaican Jerk chicken seasoning (you can substitute any other spicy vegan chicken seasoning)

I Tbsp. Italian herb seasoning (oregano, parsley, thyme)

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil


  1. Prepare all vegetables. Mix all together with garlic, oil, and spices.
  2. Place in large cooking pot and bake covered for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. At 45 minutes, remove cover, stir, and bake for an additional 15 minutes, uncovered.
  3. During the last 15 minutes of baking, cook the chicken according to instructions on the package. Set aside.
  4. Once chicken and vegetables are done, add the chicken strips to the vegetable mix and stir them in. Serve over rice or noodles.


© 2018, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals


World Vegan Day

October 4, 2017 — Leave a comment


Today is World Animal Day, and I have time for a very short blog (lol).

Animals are sentient beings, who want to live, feel emotions, have families, and love to experience life like we do. Guess what you can do to honor, respect, and help the plight of animals worldwide: GO VEGAN! It’s worth it, it will improve your health, it will save our dying planet, and it will stop the needless torture of animals worldwide. The only thing I regret about going vegan is that I did not do it sooner!

Find out why and how here: I want to GO VEGAN.

I love to give my body what it needs to heal when I am ill, so as usual, I experimented and recently created a very nutritious soup that helped me tremendously, so I am sharing! This is a very “green” and nourishing broth that is easy to digest, and your body will thank you for it.  This recipe is for a large pot of soup that will feed 8-10 people. I suggest freezing the left overs.


vegan / gluten-free / soy free


1 large zucchini, chopped

8-10 brussels sprouts, stemmed and cut in half

1 large leek, chopped

1 handful of fresh parsley

1 handful of baby spinach

3-4 kale leaves, chopped

3 Tbsp vegan broth powder

5-6 garlic cloves, chopped

¼ tsp coriander

1 Tbsp turmeric

1 Tbsp ground sage

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

12 cups water


  1. In a large pot, add a ½ cup water and cook the zucchini and leeks on medium high for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the brussels sprouts and another ½ cup water (or more if it is becoming dry). Cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining water – about 11 cups and all the remaining ingredients, except the kale and spinach. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 40 minutes.
  4. Add kale and spinach and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from stove. Carefully add soup mixture into blender to puree. Make sure not to fill the blender or the mixture will spill out when you blend. You will not be able to blend all of the mixture at once. Blend for about 10 seconds until it becomes a puree. Set aside in a large pot or bowl. Continue this process until all the soup is pureed.
  6. The broth will be green. Serve immediately.


© 2017, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals



There is nothing better than delicious, warm soup on frigid winter day! Having experienced an unexpected Arctic blast here in the Rockies yesterday, I decided to stay home and create this new recipe. This will feed 6-8 people, is gluten-free and of course, vegan.

Vegan Soup

I added turmeric to this recipe, and the taste is phenomenal. Turmeric has many health benefits and has been used in India for over 2500 years. Researchers have discovered that turmeric is known to help with eye health, weight loss, Parkinson’s disease, depression, liver health, leukemia, skin cancers, prostate cancer, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, a natural pain-killer, helps you sleep better and more! Below is the recipe.



Large soup pot


1 large zucchini, peeled and chopped

4 large carrots, peeled and chopped

4 potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 Tbsp. turmeric

1 Tbsp. fennel

1 Tbsp. sea salt

¼ tsp crushed red pepper

4 Tbsp. vegan bouillon

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

8 cups water


  1. Prepare above ingredients.
  2. In a large pot, cook the carrots and onions in olive oil for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add zucchini and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add more oil or a dab of water if the mix is becoming dry.
  4. Add 8 cups water, potatoes and spices.
  5. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 40 minutes.
  6. Carefully add soup mixture into blender. Make sure not to fill the blender or the mixture will spill out when you blend. You will not be able to blend all of the mixture at once. Blend for about 10 seconds until it becomes a puree. Set aside in a large pot or bowl. Continue this process until all the soup is blended and pureed.
  7. Serve and garnish with a dash of black pepper.


© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals

It feels so good to get a warm meal in your stomach on these cold winter days! Yesterday, I was pressed for time but wanted to eat a healthy and easy, hearty meal. I created this vegan sausage stew in the crockpot and served it over rice. This takes about 20 minutes to a half hour to prepare, will serve 6-8 people and is delicious. Give it a shot!



1-2 vegan sausages (any type), sliced

4-5 carrots, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2-3 small potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2-3 small yams, chopped into bite sized pieces

1-2 celery sticks, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 large green, red or yellow pepper, chopped

1 1/2 cups frozen peas

I cup of any kind of premade pasta sauce (I used a garlic-roasted blend)

2 – 3 cups water

3 Tbsp Italian spice blend (I used a combo of oregano, thyme and basil)

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp black pepper


  1. Prepare above ingredients.
  2. Place all chopped ingredients into a large crockpot. Add herbs, spices, sauce, water and mix. There should be enough water in your crockpot to reach the top of the ingredients but not cover them. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with rice or noodles.


© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals

I had a bountiful harvest this fall! In the late spring, I had planted all kinds of squash, which grow abundantly here in Colorado. Tonight, I decided to stuff a summer squash with a delicious mix of vegan sausage and spices! This is a perfect recipe for a mild winter day. This will feed two to four people if supplemented with asparagus, a salad, brussels sprouts or another tasty side dish.

Vegan Stuffed Summer Squash


I large summer squash, cut in half lengthwise

2 Tofurky spinach-pesto vegan sausages (usually in a pack of four), chopped into pieces

1 small red pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

5-6 green olives, chopped

1 Tbsp vegan parmesan

¼ tsp salt

1 Tbsp olive oil

Dash of Cajun seasoning


  1. Place all ingredients except the squash into a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Cut the summer squash lengthwise in half and remove all the seeds.
  3. Optional: brush the sides of the squash with a bit of olive oil.
  4. Carefully place the sausage mix into each half of the squash.
  5. Cook covered with tin foil in a 400 degree oven for 50 minutes. Then cook uncovered for 10 more minutes. Done!


© 2016, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I celebrate differently than most people, however, because I live vegan. I celebrate all that is good in my life and spend the holiday with other vegans. I do not partake in eating turkey or animal products like milk, honey, eggs or butter. I believe, as vegans do, that the violence that is perpetuated onto turkeys (or other animals) is unnecessary and cruel. I believe that there is a better way to live that would include life, peace and compassion for all living beings. And, I believe that living vegan is the first, necessary step to transforming this very disturbed world into more sustainable place for all of Earth’s inhabitants. So, for this Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to pass on some information. Here are three reasons why a vegan Thanksgiving is the way to go!

  1. Animals – Turkeys are beautiful animals who want to live like we do. Read here about turkeys and Thanksgiving.
  2. Alternatives – You do not have to sacrifice anything by eating a vegan meal for Thanksgiving. There are delicious, vegan versions of all the meals you are accustomed to eating on the holiday! There is even scrumptious version of turkey called, Tofurky, that is cruelty-free! Check out these recipes!
  3. Abundance – Living a vegan lifestyle is nothing less than abundance! As a vegan, you do not partake in adding violence (a dead carcass of a tortured animal) to your body. Remember, we are what we eat. A vegan lifestyle is healthier, easy, and less costly. Vegans live longer, increase their chances of living disease-free and feel lighter. And, veganism is the best way to alter the ongoing destruction of the only planet we have to inhabit. Below is a short and fun video by EVOLVE Campaigns about the vegan lifestyle! Enjoy!


Wishing you a wonderful, cruelty-free, vegan Thanksgiving!

© 2015, Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.


Looking for some healthy and vegan recipes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday? Here is a great resource and website for a variety of options! I am going to try some of these recipes myself this year.

Here’s to a cruelty-free and healthy vegan holiday with your friends and family! Click on the photograph below for mouth-watering recipes by chef Ricki Heller.

Ricki Heller

Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.comVEG out: go Vegan, save Earth. be Good to animals.

Copyright, 2014, Vilma Reynoso

Green Smoothies

When I first started drinking green smoothies, I had no idea what I was doing! My goal was to radically improve my health. Over the years, I had been suffering from uterine fibroids, chronic fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, asthma, intestinal problems, sinusitis, foggy thinking, and even depression. I researched the vegan diet and found some green smoothie recipes to follow. Eventually, I learned to create delicious smoothie concoctions myself; however, as I consumed the smoothies, I was surprised at how delicious they tasted, how easy they were to make, and that I did not taste the greens! The best part, however, was noticing how much better I started to feel each day, how I had more energy, how the extra weight came off easily, and how my ailments started to diminish!  Green smoothies were the perfect start to my goal of improving my health. They can help you alter your health as well!

What are Green Smoothies?

Green smoothies are all natural, blended, delicious, cleansing, nourishing, life-giving concoctions of raw fruits and vegetables. They are nutritional powerhouses because they contain all of the nutrients the body needs for optimal functioning. Green smoothies contain protein, minerals, vitamins, fats, and sugars. Fruit and leafy greens as the main ingredients in green smoothies also contain fiber, which aides in the elimination of stored toxins in the bowels and tissues. Consumed as a blended drink, the fiber is broken down and allows for better absorption in the body. The high water content in fruit found in green smoothie recipes naturally hydrates the body. Green leafy vegetables also contain chlorophyll, which is liquefied sun energy. Chlorophyll cleanses all our organs and destroys free radicals, pathogenic bacteria and fungi in our bodies, and has been shown to destroy cancer cells.

Green Smoothies

Those are fantastic advantages, but there are also even more! Here are 10 fabulous benefits of drinking green smoothies:

1. More Energy! A green smoothie a day fills your body with needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

2. Weight Loss. Because of the low-calorie and high nutrient value, green smoothies will actually cause you to lose weight.

3. Better Sleep. Drinking green smoothies regulates your body’s systems which will help you sleep better.

4. Disease Elimination. As nutritious healing concoctions, green smoothies are a cure for unhealthy eating habits.

5. Disease Prevention. As nutritional powerhouses, green smoothies help to keep illnesses at bay.

6. Inexpensive to Create. There are many combinations of green smoothies. All you need are a few healthy and organic ingredients, and you are on your way!

7. Unlimited Ingredients. You can make a green smoothie with just about any fruit or vegetable; you are at liberty to experiment for different tastes.

8. Quick and Easy Preparation. Green Smoothies take about 5-7 minutes to create.

9. Quick and Easy Clean up. The blender, cutting board and knife are cleaned in no time!

10. Wonderful Taste! Green smoothies are very tasty, and even though leafy greens are a significant part of any green smoothie, the beauty is you only taste the fruit!

As highly nutritious and delicious drinks, a green smoothie a day, I believe, will keep the doctor away!

Vilma Reynoso, www.VEGoutwithVilms.comVEG out: go Vegan, save Earth. be Good to animals.

Copyright, 2014, Vilma Reynoso

To learn how to make delicious and nutritious green smoothies, book a green smoothie class or host a class! Or, purchase my eBook: Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality.

Albert Einstein, Vilma Reynoso

The vegan lifestyle has changed my life profoundly. It has opened my eyes, my heart, my compassion and my spirit more than any other experience in all the years I have lived!

My eyes were opened when I discovered that animals experience unimaginable torture before they are killed for our palates.  I learned we are polluting our earth by the ramifications of factory farming, we are destroying the oceans, and harming the air we breathe. Wanting to refrain from contributing to such brutality on all levels opened my heart. My compassion grew. Finally, my spirit became at peace knowing that when I sit down to a meal, I am choosing to eat the best diet possible for the animals, for the planet, and for the people. Learn more.  You can, too!

Here are some of the benefits I experience as a vegan:

  1. I am healthier.
  2. I have more energy.
  3. I am lighter.
  4. I feel younger than my age.
  5. I am stronger.
  6. I am more alert.
  7. I reduce my chances of getting a degenerative disease.
  8. I am increasing my quality of life.
  9. I do not contribute to torture and murder of animals worldwide.
  10. No animal had to suffer for me to nourish myself.
  11. I am not ingesting death, fear, and suffering.
  12. I am not contributing to global warming, since animal farming is the number one cause of climate change in the world.
  13. I am not contributing to the contamination of the oceans and the annihilation of sea life.
  14. I am not contributing to the elimination of the planet’s forests and fertile land to make room for livestock that is tortured and killed and then fed to populations who are dying from animal-based diets.
  15. I am using less of the earth’s precious water supply: it takes twenty five gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of grain. It takes 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of meat!
  16. I am not contributing to world hunger: seventy percent of the grain grown in the U.S. alone is used to produce meat; if that grain were fed directly to people, no one on the planet would go hungry.
  17. I am not contributing to excessive waste from factory farms which pollutes our rivers and land.
  18. I am eating delicious vegan cuisine.
  19. I am receiving all the nutrients my body needs.
  20. I am eating healthy, whole vegan food without cholesterol, processed sugar, excessive sodium, GMOs, and added damaging and disease-causing chemicals.
  21. I do not smell foul odors in the kitchen when I cook or prepare my food.
  22. It is easy for me to clean up after preparing and eating vegan food.
  23. I am less irritable, anxious, fearful or worried.
  24. I acknowledge that humans are herbivores and eat what an herbivore is designed to consume.
  25. I have a minimal chance of buying or consuming contaminated food.
  26. I am more spiritually connected to all life.
  27. I am spreading compassion and love.
  28. I respect all life as it is.
  29. I am at peace.
  30. I am living my spiritual truth.

Vilma Reynoso,, VEG out: go Vegan. Save Earth. be Good to animals.

Copyright, 2014, Vilma Reynoso