SW Style Salad Sliders

Call it hardship due to the pandemic. Call it procrastination. Call it frustrations.


Call it a mixture of all, but after 25 months my 2016 Trek CrossRip Elite, also known as Darth Vader, is up and rolling. We won’t get into the components differences right now.


Like me some of that their 105. (bike terminology)


An easy, quick and raw Southwestern style Salad was created in comfort food fashion – being sliders.



Pasta Salad

With ease, a simple and quick Salad was developed. After the Chickpeas are cooked of course, a matter of putting things together was only needed.


Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic, Sea Salt, Peppe & Chipotle Powder mixed/stirred/shooken was created.


Tri-color Rotini was cooked and mixed with the Chickpeas, Green Pepper, Onion, Radish, White Onion and VEGAN Parmesan. Just a quick reason to post a few pictures:)



Ensalada de Cinco

Garlic, Onion, Riced Cauliflower and Jalapeño were panfried in Olive Oil. After color was obtained, Sea Salt and Pepper was mixed in with Cheican.


In a mixing bowl, sliced Lettuce, chopped Arugula, Pico de Gallo, Olives and Mushroom were standing by.


Kidney Beans, Corn and Carrot slices were ready and drained.


Mixed all together with Ⓥ sour cream, Guacamole and Tortilla Chips, a magnificent Salad was built and enjoyed.



DaiyaMelt Salad

A new Veggie patty was experienced and enjoyed the other day, differently.


The All-American Ⓥ patty was pan-fried in light oil to be set aside. Good Bread was fried appropriately with Earth Balance “butter” before being crafted with Daiya, Ketchup, Mustard, Grilled Onions and Pickles. Lathered with more Earth Balance, the patty was added and pan-fried, lastly.


Lettuce, Sunflower Seeds, Tomato, Northern Beans, Cucumber and grilled Jalapeno were topped with a Plant-Based protein-heavy Daiya Melt Sandwich, cubed.


A different take on an American ‘burger’ to be eaten with a forking fork without animal harm or discomfort.





Fingerling Good BrusselSalad

A brewpub, Destihl Brewery and Restaurant out of Peoria, Illinois, offered a carnivorous BrusselSprout Salad. They influenced me to prepare a Vegan Salad utilizing Brussel’s Sprouts.


After a few Beers, I was brainstorming a salad and all of its fixin’s. Choosing to use packaged shaved Brussel’s Spouts, time and energy was on my side. Homemade Italian dressing was made with all of that time and energy from not slicing the Sprouts.


Two parts Olive Oil to one part Red Wine Vinegar was combined. One Bay Leaf was added for many hours before being removed. Also, Salt, Pepper, Oregano and Garlic Cloves were added.


Fingerling Potatoes were sliced, roasted and slightly broiled.


Garlic and Pine Nuts were briefly sautéed prior to adding Cherry Tomatoes and Sugar Snap Peas. A small amount of Italian Dressing was mixed in, also.


The shaved Brussels Sprouts were tossed in the generously mixed Italian Dressing before being topped with greatness.


The fingerling Potatoes were basically on the side like retaining blocks to contain a tower of Salad.


Julienne sliced Red Onion and Radish were piled on to create a tasty work of art.


The sky is the limit. Cheers and I hope you make something creatively great today!

LBⓋ 15 Salad Sliders

Salad finger food is here because I’m too lazy to use a knife unless I’m on a plant killing massacre rampage. I mow my lawn with a steak knife. Nothing gives me more pleasure than plant genocide. Kill ’em all!


I’ve mentioned before (blogged in your eye) that spontaneous thinking is my lifeline and it helps my luck with cooking or in this case, cutting and arranging.

Low Budget Ⓥeganism 15



Salad Slider ingredients:

  • Tomato, vine ripe and sliced halfly (4.5) @ $3.98 = $0.88 per serving
  • Spinach, baby and sliced (12) @ $2.99 = $0.25 per serving
  • Avocado, sliced (3) @ $0.49 = $0.16 per serving
  • Cucumber, sliced (7) @ $0.99 = $0.14 per serving
  • Onion, sliced (10) @ $1.99 = $0.20 per serving
  • Balsamic Vinegar (32) @ $2.97 = $0.10 per serving
  • Sea Salt (357) @ $1.99 = $0.01 per serving

Slice and arrange. At $2.73 per serving, this is worth it and fun to pop salads.


Pairs well with clean hands and an IPA.

Ⓥaco Salad

I’ve blogged it before and I’ll blog it again. Improv cooking sometimes allows truly great ideas to flourish. And having fun with your food is unreal, interesting and extremely entertaining. Perhaps, not always a success, but worth it most of the time.


From time to time, I do not wanna go to the grocery store. And that alone (maybe a beer or two, also) is my spontaneous/improvisational motivation. Cook and create with what you have on hand. I have strong belief that in a prior life, I was a Mexican chef. Furthermore, I always non-subconsciously almost hoard Mexican cuisine ingredients. A past life is the only way that I can explain it.




I’ve had some good beers in the last weeks. I had enjoyed my first ever Hopslam on draft. I’ve had it in bottle before, which is great. The preservation and balance in keg is unbelievable. Hopslam is made out of Bell’s Brewing in Galesburg, MI. It is a DIPA (double india pale ale) made with honey. FIND IT. ENJOY IT.


Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Corn Meal
  • Rosemary/Cayenne/FennelSeed, crushed together
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Veggie Broth
  • Turmeric/Thyme/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Bay Leaves/Celery/Peppercorn/Fennel/Rosemary, for baking
  • Vegan ‘Cheese’ cloth


Domino Effect:

  • Mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘cheese’ cloth.
  • Put Seitan loaf into Lasagna pan and put Herbs/Veggies with Broth filling halfway.
  • Bake for two hours, flipping loaf in between.
  • Remove from cloth immediately and put in foil or use.
  • I broiled slightly after out of ‘cheese’ cloth.


Relish ingredients:

  • Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, diced and slightly charred
  • Radish, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Lime, juice
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Oil/BalsamicVinegar/RedWineVinegar/Sriracha



Rice ingredients:

  • Rice, Basmati – browned and cooked
  • Broth
  • Leftovers (mostly beans)
  • SeaSalt/Pepper


Veggies ingredients:

  • Potato, chopped
  • Celery, sliced
  • Carrot, sliced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, mmmm
  • Corn, browned
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Daiya, slices for garnish
  • Rice


Ⓥaco Salad ingredients:

  • Tortilla, baked as taco bowl
  • Lettuce, iceberg – sliced
  • Spinach, sliced
  • Jalapeno, roasted and deseeded/skinned
  • Vegenaise, mmmmm
  • Seitan, chopped
  • Relish, mmmm
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Cilantro



Happy Friday! Spring is approaching!


Be safe.

LBⓋ 12/10 Insalata Minima


I picked up a few vines full of attached ripe tomatoes yesterday. And I’ve never had better raw store-bought tomatoes ever in my life. I almost ate all of them. Here’s the mathematics. I bought 15, I ate ten and threw out two vines. I did not feel sick, but did become dependant of these tomatoes. Consuming a surplus of raw Tomatoes is not at all dangerous. Please try them if you come across them!

Bushel Boy

Insalata Minima translates from Italian to Minimal Salad in English, I believe. It was easy to prep, cheap and delicious.


LBⓋ = Low Budget Vegan


LBⓋ 12/10 Insalata Minimalist ingredients:

  • Lettuce, Iceberg shaved (6) @ $1.38 = $0.23 per serving
  • Spinach, baby & sliced (3.5) @ $1.99 = $0.57 per serving
  • Tomato, fresh & quartered (4) @3.34 = $0.84 per serving
  • Green Olive, Garlic stuffed (8) @ $3.98 = $0.50 per serving
  • SeaSalt (357) @ $1.99 = $0.01 per serving
  • Chipotle seasoning (105) @ $5.99 = $0.06 per serving

At $2.21 and the number of good sized salads that can be constructed, awards this a great starter for a hot date with a nice bottle of red or white wine. Vino, that is! No dressing needed, the natural flavor and texture minus the oil and other shit normally destroying salads is truly unbelievable.

I also made a sandwich…


  • Lettuce, Iceberg shaved (6) @ $1.38 = $0.23 per serving
  • Spinach, baby & sliced (3.5) @ $1.99 = $0.57 per serving
  • Tomato, fresh & quartered (4) @ $3.34 = $0.84 per serving
  • SeaSalt (357) @ $1.99 = $0.01 per serving
  • Chipotle seasoning (105) @ $5.99 = $0.06 per serving
  • Vegenaise (64) @ $9.98 = $0.16 per serving
  • Wheat Bread, whole wheat (10) @ $2.28 = $0.23 per serving

A delicious sandwich ringing in at $2.10 per serving and literally falls apart in your (my) mouth with the minimalist of chewing needed. A lazy mans sandwich. Enjoy a good beer and take a hike or explore a new route on a bicycle! Happy weekend.