Well not completely animal free – we couldn’t live without our pets, and animals are pretty lovable. They just don’t always need to be our dinner.

Tatjana makes an adorable new friend
I’m going to be completely honest with you – I am not vegan or vegetarian, and probably will never be. However, I did recently do a three week vegan cleanse and certainly felt the immense benefits of an animal free lifestyle.
Moooooo cow!
I’ve cut waaaaaaaaaay back on my meat and dairy intake by replacing at least one meal a week with animal free meals, and Gardein products made the transition for this card carrying meat and potatoes Midwesterner much easier. The people at Gardein have kindly given me five coupons to giveaway, so why not start the New Year trying something new?
The gentle touch
Post your favorite New Years hors d’oeuvres recipe under comments here or on facebook under discussions, be sure to “like” Jewels from The Roving Stove, and email me at trsmember@gmail.com. I’ll post a poll on New Years Day, and YOU will decide who the winners will be. The poll closes, and winners will be announced at midnight on January 14th.
Chick’n Spring Rolls

recipe and photo courtesy of Gardein
Servings: 16 pieces (serves 6-8 people)


1 package Fresh GardeinChick’n Filet or frozen Chick’n Scallopini (thawed) cut into 2″ strips
4 tablespoons Hoisin sauce (vegetarian options are available)
4 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
16 rice wrappers (8.5″ diameter)
4 ounces of rice vermicelli
1 cup carrot, julienned
1 cup green onion, cut thinly on the bias
4 tablespoons fresh mint, chiffonade


1). Place rice vermicelli in bowl and cover with hot water for 3-5 minutes or until al dente and drain.

2). In a non stick pan over medium-high heat add canola oil, cut Gardein chick’n and garlic and sauté 3 minutes until caramelized. Stir in Hoisin sauce and sesame oil and remove from heat.

3). Fill a large bowl with warm water dip one wrapper into the hot water for 1 second to soften. Lay wrapper flat. In a row across the center, place 2 strips of chick’n, a handful of vermicelli, carrot, cucumber, green onion and fresh mint, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. Fold uncovered sides inward then tightly roll the wrapper. Using a wet knife cut spring roll on a bias to appropriate size.

Serving Suggestions: Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce or sauce of your choice.

Gardein products are stocked at:

United States: Whole Foods Markets, Safeway, Ralphs, Publix, Kroger, Food Town, Fresh & Easy, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, Shop Rite, A&P and Schnuck’s

Canada: Loblaws, Sobeys, IGA, Metro (Ontario), Whole Foods Markets, Quality Foods, Longos, Thrifty Foods and Choices Markets

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