Vegan Food Review: Field Roast Breakfast Sandwich

Field Roast Classic Style Sausage, Egg & Cheese Plant-based Breakfast Sandwich

Would I buy it again? No.

The good: In my opinion Field Roast has the best breakfast sausage I’ve tried. It has great texture and taste and most of all is the correct size (large) to fit nicely in a bagel or English muffin. They did a fantastic job on this. The “egg”; Just Folded Egg is your only option. It is simply the best vegan egg on the market. It has no challengers as far as I am concerned.

The bad: It’s the cheese. That is where this falls apart. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been vegan for 2 years, I know good plan-based cheese is hard to find, but this stuff just has a bad flavor that ruins the rest of the sandwich. I think they would be better leaving it off. The English muffin bun did get hard in the microwave, that could have been user error, but in my experience it happens to most of these breakfast sandwiches when microwaved. So no points off for that.

Summary: I would not buy this again, but I would buy all the components separately save the cheese. Field Roast makes a delicious breakfast sausage and Just Folded Egg does not disappoint. Buy your favorite plant-based cheese (if at all) and make your own.

Vegan Oatmeal Bake

Adapted from My Little Pony Baking Book by Christi Johnstone. Emily and Jason veganized it.

9 Servings


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 oat milk
  • 1/4 real maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal, 3 tbsp water)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mixed berries, washed, dried and cut


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray 2- quart baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make flax egg, mix and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, baking powder and salt. Mix well to combine.
  4. Add oat milk, syrup, flax egg, and vanilla. Mix well to combine. Gently stir in berries.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and bake 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes prior to serving. If desired serve in a bowl and top individual servings with oat milk.

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  • A Way with Words – A fun radio show and podcast about language examined through family, history, and culture.
  • The Adventure Podcast – An ongoing series of long-form conversations with pioneers of exploration and discovery, filmmaker Matt Pycroft speaks to the most knowledgeable, accomplished and respected voices in the field. From mountaineers to Arctic scientists, tree climbers and polar explorers, Terra Incognita is a unique podcast that allows you to get up close with those who live extraordinary lives.
  • After Hours – Harvard professors discuss news at the crossroads of business and culture.
  • The BikeRadar Podcast – The BikeRadar Podcast is brought to you by the team here at BikeRadar, in collaboration with our colleagues from MBUK and Cycling Plus magazines. Want the latest news, tech, interviews and insight from the world of cycling? We’ve got you covered.
  • The Daily – This is how the news should sound. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
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  • Outspoken Cyclist – One of the longest running and most popular bicycling podcasts in the industry.
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Book Review | The Joyful Vegan

The Joyful Vegan
The Joyful Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

I first discovered Colleen through her podcast. Her podcast is very popular and it came up when searching for vegan. Through the podcast, I learned that she has also written some cookbooks. In the book, she tells us that she is giving the animals a voice through her work on the podcast, cookbooks and she also does virtual vegan cooking lessons through her website for a charge.

In the book, The Joyful Vegan Colleen walks us through the stages of becoming vegan and helps us understand that it is really all about compassion. Compassion to all beings, not just the animals. As anyone who is vegan knows we get a lot of questions and most people think veganism is extreme. Colleen reminds us all that we were once meat-eating folks ourselves and we all awaken in our own time. Be patient with those asking questions and making comments about our new lifestyle as we were once like them.

If you are so moved she also lays out what you can do to help be a voice for the animals by being an advocate. The book is well laid out and Colleen writes well. I wish I would have read this book sooner as it helps remind us that compassion is really about humanitarianism not just for the animals but for all people. By being good to the animals we will be good for the people as well.

Book Review | How to be Vegan

How to Be Vegan: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Cruelty-Free Eating, Living, Dating, Travel, Decorating, and More by Elizabeth Castoria

I like this book a lot so I have a lot of notes to take here. For you and for me later.

Five “start-here” books:

Eating Animals, by Jonathan Sarfran Foer – I’ve read this, and I really enjoyed it. I was already vegetarian when I read it and it has just pushed me to go further. Wonderful book. I agree with it being on this list and being the first one on this list!

The Face on Your Plate by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson – I have not read this but it is on my list now!

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll – No, not Rick Roll. The whole title helps here: …Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. Yep, adding to shortlist.

The Lean by Kathy Freston – Rest of the title… A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss. I’m not into diet books. I don’t need them anymore and I may be missing something, but I think I’m good here.

The average man in the United States has a 50 percent chance of having a heart attack. The average for vegan men? Four percent.

Books by Nutritionist:

Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina – 611 pages and only 8 ratings on Goodreads. Hmmm. We will see about this one.

Q: Where do you get your protein? A: From plants. Protein deficiency is essentially unheard of among people who are consuming enough food to meet their daily calorie needs.

Q: What about omegas and iron? A: You guessed it: you can easily get these from plants as well. Spinach is a powerhouse iron provider; omegas are easily found in flax and other seeds.

Q: What about calcium? A: Again, plants….dairy actually drains calcium from your bones as it is digested. Leafy greens are packed with calcium as are sesame seeds and tofu.

What about clothes? Some links to online places to get vegan stuff:

Vegan Shampoos:

  • ABBA
  • Adama
  • Alba Botanica
  • Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Giovanni
  • John Frieda
  • Kiss My Face
  • L’Oreal EverPure
  • Nature’s Gate
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Peter Lamas


  • Desert Essence
  • Jason
  • Nature’s Gate
  • Tom’s of Maine

Cleaning Product Brands:

  • Bon Ami
  • Ecover
  • Method
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
  • Seventh Generation

More Books:

  • Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals by Rory Freedman
  • Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat by Howard F. Lyman, Glen Merzer
  • Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Brazier
  • Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris, Ginny Messina


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