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Bucks County based Sweet Megan Bakery is a top-8 allergen free bakery based in Southampton, Pennsylvania. The bakery was founded in 2014 by owner Patti Lerner to offer healthy treats and desserts that more people could safely enjoy. Sweet Megan products are now made free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, shellfish, fish, preservatives, gums, and dyes.
The bakery distributor offers several tasty prepacked snacks like cookies, cakes and cookie sandwiches. Aside from traditional dessert offerings, Sweet Megan Pizza Dough and Sweet Megan Cookie Dough have also become favorite staples especially in households that want to steer clear of the top-8 food allergens.
Currently Sweet Megan Bakery's desserts and cookie doughs (which come in edible chocolate chip, chocolate brownie and sugar cookie) can be found all around Bucks County at locations like Organnon's Newtown and you can purchase on the company's website and Amazon. Additionally, Sweet Megan Bakery has now partnered with Wawa stores to offer their Cookie Dough throughout all 800 Wawa locations starting February 11th, 2019.
As of the week of the February 11th, 2019, Wawa customers can expect to see the cookie dough in many Bucks County Pennsylvania and nearby New Jersey locations, while more distant Wawa locations such as those in Florida should be receiving the cookie dough sometime in mid-late February.
Sweet Megan delivers their treats as a wholesale distributor and does not currently have a brick-and-mortar location open to the public.
Top-8 allergen free products do not necessarily imply that all animal products are excluded, but many top-8 allergen free products are animal free and safe for those who want to eat a vegan diet as well. Always check the label. Good news! Sweet Megan's Cookie Dough is labeled Vegan!
To learn more about Sweet Megan Bakery you can visit www.sweetmeganbakery.com.
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New Jersey based restaurant Seed to Sprout celebrated the debut of a new complimentary market location this weekend in Avon-by-the-Sea. The new Organic and Plant Based Market, 'Seed to Sprout Pantry' is located directly adjacent to their Avon-by-the-Sea restaurant location at 408 Main St.
As the restaurant's website explains "Our Newest Labor of Love, Seed to Sprout Pantry is Open! We'll be fully stocked with a curated selection of your favorite packaged staples, premade offerings, homeware collections and some amazing local makers and more! We are SO excited to share this new space, right next door to our Avon-by-the-Sea Location..."
Seed to Sprout currently has two restaurant locations in Avon-by-the-Sea and Fair Haven New Jersey (right outside of Red Bank's shopping and restaurant district) as well as a bakery located in Wanamassa, New Jersey. The writers at Bucks County Vegan have visited both and can attest that they are well worth the trip. The signature staples like homemade coconut butter and other preservative-free and vegan ingredients make the meals absolutely delicious and the team is so helpful for visitors and first time customers!
The new pantry now carries an efficient assortment of many of the favorite cooking and baking ingredients the restaurant's expert plant-based chefs use to create the delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and pastries available at the restaurants.
At Seed to Sprout Pantry, raw vegan margherita pizza, homemade bagels, vegan cookie-dough, red lentil soup and macaroons stood out among the delicious-looking assortment of carry-out options on opening weekend. Toppings and dressings to take home included plant-based tahini, ranch, and 'Cashew Chedda' (which was sold out), as well as marinara, sauerkraut and more. Another cool favorite at the pantry - Vegan Cashew 'Parm.'
We absolutely recommend a trip to Seed to Sprout for a day-trip from Bucks. Now you can visit the Avon-by-the-Sea restaurant location as well as stock up on some of your favorite vegan goods and baking supplies right next door. ...or grab a delicious vegan bagel to-go at the pantry and head down to see the ocean.
UPDATED: March 23, 2020
There are many meal delivery services out there today. Many of the most popular meal delivery services offer a variety of meal plans for a variety of diets including general, paleo, keto etc. In other words, many of them do offer, support and profit from meat and dairy.
This is not a concern for everyone, but for vegans who want to support a meal delivery company that does not support animal agriculture industries like meat and dairy, there are options. They can be a bit harder to find but there are several companies throughout the United States offering fully plant-based and vegan meal delivery service for the convenience of your family. The companies below offer meal delivery service nationwide and / or within parts of the state of Pennsylvania.
Plant-Based Only Meal Delivery Services
Try Vegan NJ - Try Vegan will soon be offering delivery to PA. Their introductory meal package starts at around $100 per week and includes 6 main meals, 4 breakfasts, 2 sides, and 2 sweets. Each meal or side is delivered already prepared and ready to heat and serve. Delivers to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. No contract or commitment required. Make your selections for the week by Thursday. Meals are made fresh and shipped on Fridays. No gluten, oil, or refined sugars as well as all vegan.
Veestro - Offers breakfast, lunch, and dinners fully prepared and ready to heat. You can subscribe or order a-la-carte. The minimum order is about $35. Shipping is free with orders over $199. Order one week ahead or subscribe.
Purple Carrot - Offers dinner ingredients with cooking instructions. You'll get new curated-for-you ingredients weekly along with accompanying recipes. Plans vary by goal but each plan includes enough ingredients for 3 dinners serving 2 people each week.
Vegin' Out - Offers a new menu weekly of entrees and sides. Entrees and sides arrive frozen with no preservatives. These entrees and sides can be used for lunch or dinner feeding about 1-2 people for the week. Based out of California but delivering nation-wide. Outside of California allow 3-5 days for delivery once prepared. Order one week ahead or subscribe.
Splendid Spoon - Offers breakfasts, lunches and soup cleanse options. Choose a weekly or monthly plan / one-month reset. Meals are fully prepared and delivered ready to heat and enjoy. Approximately $95 for the week includes 5 breakfast smoothies and 5 lunch bowls. Order one week ahead or subscribe.
Plant Perfection Foods - Offers a seasonal al-la-carte simple soups and sides that can be used for lunches, dinners, or for plant-based dishes at events. Based in Minerva, Ohio and delivers nationwide. Plan to order 2 weeks ahead. The minimum order in most east coast states is $225 and shipping is free.
Sakara - Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and detox teas. Meals arrive prepared ready to enjoy. Choose from 3 day per week plans or 5 day per week plans. Each plan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and detox teas. $239 is the cost of the 3 day plan and is meant to feed one person for 3 days of the week. Shipping is approximately $20-$25 dependent on area.
MamaSezz - Offers breakfasts, lunches, bundles, dinners, snacks, sides. Order a-la-carte or choose from bundles like the 2 week plant-based challenge, family, just-for-me, starter, senior, lunch box, or heart healthy. Meals are shipped fully prepared ready to heat. There is no minimum order but shipping is free with orders over $89. Otherwise shipping is approximately $20. Based out of Keene, NH and Pennsylvania is shipping zone 1 for them. Meals are oil and sugar free, as well as gluten free with no preservatives.
Chip & Kale - Offers lunch, dinner and desert ingredients with cooking instructions. A new curated-for-you menu is added each week. Ingredient proportions are intended to yield family size meals for a small family. Order by Sunday at Midnight any week or subscribe. Based out of Pittsburgh, PA, Chip & Kale ships to all of Pennsylvania.
BoyceMode - Local NJ based weekly , plant based meal prep service Full body cellular cleanses and customized health coaching . All conveniently delivered. New Menu each week.
Sprinly - Weekly meal delivery service serving Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Delaware, West Virginia, Buffalo and Nashville. No cooking required just heat and enjoy. Each meal is meant to serve one. Choose a weekly plan and customize your box each week by Tuesday at 11:59 PM EST. Meals are delivered Monday-Wednesday depending on your location. Meal plans with 6, 12, or 18 plans per week are available. Delivery is free / included. Skip a week or cancel any time. Gluten-free as well as vegan and plantbased.
Aratham Meals - 100 % plant-based and organic. 5 meals per week. 69.95. Select your favorite meal of the day from our weekly menu. Meal delivery to your home or office. 10 meals per week. 119.50. Select your favorite meals for the week from our weekly menu.
PlantPure - Build your own 20 packs or 10 packs of plant-based meals and have them shipped to your door.
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You've read the articles, you've listened to friends and you've done the research. By now you're thinking something like "I should transition to more cruelty-free products..." but you quietly mutter to yourself, embarrassed "...it seems impossible."
First off, don't be embarrassed. We've all been there!
Making one product switch seems easy enough but the mounds of products in your household and in your life start to add up to seemingly endless piles in your head.
When you drill it down, there's your diet and your clothing and of course your makeup and cosmetics... and then there's shaving cream and shampoo and dish-washing detergent and dish-washing pods and even things like comforters and winter quilts. "Is it even really possible to make more cruelty-free choices on everything?"
By now you may have learned that better cruelty-free and vegan brands and companies exist, but then there are 'parent companies' and that some of those you can't morally totally agree with or trust. Inevitably, if you're at this point you've experienced the all too familiar wash-over of hopelessness followed by confusion followed by exhaustion.
To top it all off... maybe you've found a new option for a product but it isn't yet available or available in that exact formulation in your country or region! Yes it's true. When it comes to both foods and cosmetics, brands do sometimes vary the ingredients and standards by distribution region - crazy, right?
Firstly, hug yourself because if you're at this point you are a truly awesome person. There's really no other way to put it. This stuff isn't easy and it's not for the faint of heart.
Next, breathe! There is hope ...and while you're at it remind yourself that it's okay to do one thing at a time if that is the only way to make your transitions work. There is such a things as 'phasing something out' and we all go through it as new more conscious buyers!
One of the best ways to start is to think about the rooms in your house. For most the main rooms are:
as well as any living areas.
You can make a list all your own.
We recommend starting with just one room and then going for one product at a time within that room and so on. Of course if you happen to find something you love and it's a more cruelty-free replacement for a product associated with another room in the meantime, by all means go for it if you're ready. ...but that aside, pace yourself. It's okay to take your time and do your research when you're making a truly conscious effort. It doesn't always seem like it, but it will all come together and before you know it your household will become kinder and kinder to animals and the environment.
Here on the blog, we're going to get into exact product recommendations for how you can make the switch with products available or easily ship-able to Bucks County Pennsylvania soon - room by room.
Vegan pancake recipes (and pancake recipes in general) can range from "yum!" to "ouch!" in our opinion... so we're always on the lookout for the best of the best. You might say this recipe took us a bit off-course in our search, as it's not technically your typical pancake recipe. However, being that we love cinnamon buns and pancakes and the recipe looked so very simple we thought, why not give it a go... and boy are we glad we did! (or not, depending on how you look at it - be wary - these not exactly a health food breakfast).
This recipe comes from Chef Chloe and Tasty Vegetarian. Find the full recipe + an easy-to-follow video here: https://tasty.co/recipe/cinnamon-roll-pancakes-with-chloe-coscarelli
Here are a few photos from our real-life cooking experience:
These would be fitting as a dessert-like snack or a brunch treat. Slicing them up into rectangular cinnamon pancake bites to be used with the cinnamon or vanilla icing as dipping sauces could be done as well - think Domino's cinnamon bread sticks or Auntie Anne's cinnamon pretzel bites... only homemade, vegan and cruelty-free. Oh yes, we love that.
A few of our recommendations and heads-ups for making this recipe:
- We would recommend cutting the vanilla icing recipe in half unless you want a WHOLE lot of icing. You could also use almond milk or other plant-based milk in place of the water at this part of the recipe for a richer icing.
- If you don't wish to use single use plastics like a plastic bag, you can utilizing a reusable pastry bag to add in your cinnamon swirl. We just dabbed a little on our pancake while it was cooking and lightly (key words lightly and gently) whisked it in and it worked just as well.
- We utilized a griddle pre-heated to 450 to cook our pancakes, flipping just when the first side started to show bubbling and the edges looked good.
- Don't pour your vegan pancake on the griddle too 'thick-ly' or you will risk too long a cook time / having it not fully cook in the middle.
- For a plant-based but palm oil free butter to use in your pancake recipe, you can look to Miyoko's brand.
- The 'cinnamon plant-based butter' portion of this recipe can stand alone as a decadent dipping sauce or spread.
- These stored great for us in the refrigerator for a couple of days!
Bethlehem PA VegFest 2018 Offers Vegan & Vegan-Curious the Chance to Try Great Plant-Based Dishes & Treats
Bethlehem PA VegFest 2018 is coming up this July 14, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Note the brand new location for this festival below.
Now in it's 8th season, this VegFest is a special one because it was founded with help from world-famous bakery Vegan Treats. That's right we're lucky to have treats that are coveted world-round right here in Pennsylvania just a drive north of Bucks County. Hey, we know we love it!
...But come hungry for more than just dessert! Other vendors will be serving up other delicious plant-based dishes and good eats too! At VegFest visitors can expect a festival setting complete with food trucks, music, and both food and non-food vendor tables to check out. There's a little something for everyone. Check out speakers, crafts, and even cooking demonstrations!
New 2018 Location
According to GetDowntownBethlehem.com, note that Bethlehem VegFest has a brand NEW LOCATION this year. The festival will be held at Daniel Rice Field, 100 W Lehigh Street, Bethlehem.
The Vendors (Complete list available via Get Downtown Bethlehem)
Some of our favorites from past years include The Cinnamon Snail, Mo'Pweeze Bakery and Pig Placement Network (Oh this one is a MUST-SEE!)
We're also especially excited to check out Heavenly Hot Dogs LLC, Moon Dawg Sundaes LLC, Freakin' Vegan, Nuts About Granola and all of the other great new vendors who are new to us this year! Though we haven't named all of the vendors here, we recommend you visit Get Downtown Bethlehem to check all of the rest out and make your plan!
Fun Bonus: Not familiar with Bethlehem-based Vegan Treats yet?
We'll let you in on the scoop. People have been known to wait in line at other VegFests across the country just to get a look at some delicious indulgences from the shop. You can try them right at Bethlehem VegFest in an intimate near-local setting. If you head out to this VegFest, you can even take the short trip from the festival field to see the shop in person! Many Bucks County residents and NJ / PA locals head there regularly.
Event Details at a Glance (Source: Discover Lehigh Valley)
Presented By: Downtown
Dates: July 14, 2018
Location: Daniel Rice Field
Address: 100 W. Lehigh St., Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: (610) 739-1775
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
If you love a plant-based diet, this event in Bethlehem is a classic mid-summer treat and the entry is free. If you're vegan-curious (and we hope you are!) or just really like good food that is friendly to all, why not plan a day to check out Bethlehem VegFest and even sight-see in the historic Pennsylvania town of Bethlehem? It's one of our favorites!
We always look forward to this great event! Try new vegan, plant-based and animal-free dishes to see just how good they can be and just have a great time!
Learn more at: Get Downtown Bethlehem
Buying wraps that are verified as truly vegan at your local grocery store can be tricky. While some wraps may indeed be vegan or 'accidentally vegan' they are often not labeled. Things would be much easier if all vegan wraps and breads were labeled with the certified 'v' that makes it easy to ascertain... but alas, they aren't just yet. It is helpful to note that some breads and wraps, while notably free of egg or dairy may may contain vitamins and enzymes derived from animals ('hidden' behind ambiguous ingredient names) unless otherwise stated.
We expect more and more vegan verified breads and wraps to become available in our local markets in the coming years. In the meantime, one thing a committed vegan can do is put in just a bit of time to learn the old art of making items like breads, wraps and tortillas at home. This is one way to ensure your lunch-time favorites are vegan... and fortunately, in many cases it's not nearly as hard as we think
There are several wrap recipes (along with bread and tortilla recipes etc.) on the internet that are quick, easy and vegan. This is something a quick Google search for 'vegan wrap recipe' will reveal. ...A big bonus? Many are arguably much healthier than a lot of their store-bought counterparts.
One such recipe is the genius two (okay, three if you count the pinch of salt!) ingredient Flaxseed Wrap recipe that can be found over at Nutrition Refined. This recipe makes approximately 6 healthy Flaxseed wraps that you can make easily and have ready for you for the rest of the week.
When we came across this recipe, it looked and sounded so astonishingly easy that we just had to give it a try. We'll admit we were skeptical but we put it to the test. What we came out with was something we hope to make a staple in our kitchen. These flaxseed wraps are vegan, easy to make, and store well in the refrigerator just as normal store-bought wraps would. While it is our first concern that they are made free of animal products, they are also remarkably healthy and have a great taste when paired with many things... hummus, plant-based cream cheese, raw veggies, salsas or hot sauces etc... pretty much anything can go with these light, almost neutral, but pleasant tasting flaxseed wraps.
Get the Vegan (+ Glutenfree and Raw) Flaxseed Wrap Recipe Here. Ingredients simply include flax seed, water, and salt.
A few of our recommendations and heads-ups for making this recipe:
USING FLAXSEED PRE-MILLED VS. GRINDING YOUR OWN
If you don't want to grind the flaxseed yourself, consider buying flaxseed mill. Flaxseed mill is simply already ground flaxseed that is commonly available in the grocery store baking section. This will make the recipe even quicker to make and save you time finding the perfect blender to make your own mill. If you don't like to clean things like blenders and food processors and the like (we don't if we don't have to), buying the pre-ground milled form of flaxseed can help! If you take this shortcut, just be sure to note that you'll have to used the ready-milled equivalents to the measurements in any recipe that uses plain flaxseed. This is because flaxseed 'expands' when milled. In other words, it becomes more 'fluffed' and so 1 cup of flaxseed does not equal 1 cup of milled flaxseed. Also if you're looking to use the pre-milled shortcut without losing any of the nutritional benefits, many bloggers suggest you look for 'whole milled or 'full flat,' otherwise your meal will be oil-pressed losing some of it's healthy Omega-3 content. The choice is yours but not to worry, in a simple recipe that simply blends ground flaxseed and water, you'll start to simply be able to feel out how much mill to water your need. Basically you want only enough water to make a pliable 'dough ball,' no more no less.
ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH
Step 4 in the Flax Seed Wrap recipe is when you get to roll out each soon-to-be wraps. While you can roll out your flax mill dough ball between two sheets of wax or parchment paper, we found this can get a little sticky. Have a nice metal spatula on hand to gently pry the rolled out wrap from the paper to prevent sticking and paper ripping. We made it work, but things got a little sticky. Be sure to let your dough cool first, that is one factor that can prevent some of the sticking. In the future, we may suggest some more dedicated non-stick rolling mats rather than a paper. These would be a nice treat but are certainly not required as of course parchment paper will do if you're being careful.
THE COLOR / APPEARANCE OF THE WRAPS
While we used brown flaxseed to make our wraps, the wraps shown in the original Nutrition Refined recipe are made with golden flaxseed. While both work great, golden flaxseed creates a color of wrap more people are used to. Brown will create a darker 'pumpernickel' color wrap. When buying your flaxseed, just be sure to choose the color you want in your finished wrap. Concerned mostly about the nutritional content? You can read more about flax seed varieties here.
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"Kind to Skin, Kind to All' is the motto of Christine's Garden Beauty, a company you might be surprised to find is based right out of Yardley, Bucks County PA.
Owner Christine Mauro is a mom, grandmother, social worker, organic gardener and the creator behind a line of vegan (and most everyone) friendly products that feature USDA certified organic ingredients.
Christine's Garden offers everyday and luxurious skincare & petcare products that also give back. The company notes "We actively advocate against animal cruelty, and partner with local animal rescue farms [and we] donate to community homelessness initiatives, and domestic violence shelters for women and children. We provide vocational work experiences to teens and young adults with Autism."
The line, expertly handcrafted in Bucks County, includes items like deodorants, body butters, facial scrubs and serums, natural insect repellents, lip balms and more. For your furry friends, you'll find Pure Pups shampoo and even hard-to-find specialty products like nose and paw balm.
Happy customers love the feel of this Bucks County based beauty and care company's products. One customer noted:
"I consider myself a bit of a lip product expert/addict. I have tried them all! Christine’s Garden of Beauty lip balm is hands down one of my favorites. It feels soft but never waxy, stays put on your lips, and has just the right amount of shine. The mint flavor is refreshing, and not artificial or overpowering as others can be. This product is my favorite everyday lip accouterments, leaving my lips happy and fresh all day long. I recommend it to all my friends with hesitation!"
Shopping local, cruelty-free and vegan, and USDA organic is like a dream body-care trifecta. You can find Christine's Beauty products in shops including Bucks County based Dutch Treats Newtown, The Market at DelVal, McCaffrey's Food Market, Lou's Farmer's Market of Bensalem, Doylestown Coop, Noble Earth in Bristol and YogaLove and ShadyBrook farm in Yardley...
or Shop right online at Christine's Garden Beauty.
- Melissa @ BucksCountyVegan
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Vegan & Vegetarian in & around bucks county pa
NooMoo Cookies (Baked goods by special order), Pipersville PA
Sprig & Vine, New Hope PA
Luhv Vegan Bistro, Hatboro PA
Sweet Megan Baker, Southampton PA
Doc Bakers Farmulations, Doylestown PA
Noble Earth, Bristol PA
Vegan & Vegetarian
Nelli Rae's Kitchen, Revere PA
Pulp Cafe, Frenctown NJ (just over bridge)
Clean Roots Vegetarian, Quakertown PA
World of Falafel, Newtown PA
Greenstraw Smoothies, Newtown & New Hope
Blue Sage, Southampton PA
Vegan Favorites Just Outside of Bucks
Vegan Treats, Bethlehem PA
Chloe's Clean Cuisine Meal Service, Flemington NJ
Taste Vegan by Sand Castle Winery, Phoenixville PA
Looking for more? We recommend HappyCow.net
We have just launched our first simple go-to directory of vegan or plant-based (as well as vegetarian) restaurants throughout Bucks County. In an effort to make it easier for plant-based eaters and those who are looking to try something new, we've compiled this list as a very quick go-to reference. Spend less time searching by zipcode and radius or asking around!
Visit our list of vegan restaurants in Bucks County Pennsylvania.
Currently, there are just a little under 10 establishments throughout the county identifying specifically as vegan and / or vegetarian and we hope to have more updates to this list soon.
For a list of vegan and vegetarian restaurants outside of Bucks County, we recommend checking out happycow.net.
Know of a restaraunt that we missed? Let us know by emailing email@example.com.
To keep up with current Bucks County Vegan news & finds follow us on Instagram @buckscountyvegan.
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