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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  • December 20, 2010
    1:04 am

    Please make me this when I come!Tatjana Rhodes

  • December 20, 2010
    1:14 am

    We'll make it together. xo

  • December 20, 2010
    11:43 am

    The pictures of Tatjana remind me how fast kids grow up, adorable(I want my 6 year old to stay little forever)! I'll have to put my thinking cap on here Julie Anne…Cupcake

  • December 20, 2010
    2:30 pm

    This looks so good! And, not too difficult, that's a good thing. I can only imagine how busy you must be right now. Take care of yourself! I'm guessing you and Tatjana have a lot of things to do over the holidays and you want to be in top form. Cyber hugs to a special lady!

  • December 20, 2010
    3:02 pm

    I don't know what you have for meat replacement as far as brands in the US, but in the UK we have something called Quorn. Although not very nice on it's own, it can be delicious in your favourite recipes. I use it in chili or in lasagne and many people didn't know the difference! I grew up on a farm so I'll never stop eating meat altogether but I have cut down, especially on red meat and pork, considerably. I started drinking goats milk several years ago and it made a real difference for us.

  • December 20, 2010
    5:20 pm

    Very cute piccie of Tatjana with the pigletRachel Day

  • December 20, 2010
    6:04 pm

    Gardein is the best vegetarian alternative to chicken that I've ever tried. I love spring rolls, so I'm definitely going to make some of these.

    • December 30, 2012
      2:24 am

      I love these videos !!! . just had gaierdn boneless beef tips (added my own sugar snap peas) for dinner last night soooo good but their mandarin orange crispy chicken is the best =)

  • December 21, 2010
    3:33 am

    Bacon wrapped dates and bacon wrapped water chesnuts. A hit every time.Amanda Pants

  • December 21, 2010
    3:33 am

    I'm daft today…lol…stuffed mushrooms either with or without sausage are a fave that goes quickley around hereTerri Berri

  • December 21, 2010
    3:34 am

    My grandma's "Artichoke Nibbles"2 (six oz) jars of marinated artichokes1 small onion, finely chopped1 clove of minced fresh garlic4 eggs1 c. fine, dry, breadcrumbs1/4 tsp salt1/8 tsp black pepper1/8 tsp oregano1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce1/2 lb shreddded sharp cheddar cheese2 tbsp fresh, minced, parsleyDrain liquid from one jar of artichokes into pan. Discard liquid from second jar. Chop artichokes and set side. Add chopped onion and garlic to pan and saute in artichoke liquid to soften. In bowl beat eggs w/ fork, add breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, oregano & tabasco, stir in grated cheese, parsley, chopped artichokes and the onion/garlic mixture. Pour into 9×13 pan, bake @ 325 for 30 minutes or until set. Cool in pan, serve warm or cool. I prefer warm. :)Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • December 21, 2010
    3:35 am

    Tiny, party meatballs. I saute garlic and onions in butter, mix that in with ground beef, bread crumbs, and faux egg. I make tiny meatballs, brown them on the stove and bake them to medium-well. Served with marinara sauce, ranch dressing, and sweet & sour sauce for dips.Lane Morris Buckman

  • December 21, 2010
    3:36 am

    we do the mini smoked weenies in Hawaii sweet and sour sauce in the crockpot! Kiddos love em! I thought this year since we are staying home for New Years to do a mocktail party for my boys with sparkling cider in plastic flutes and all kinds of finger foods!! :)Josie Elder- Chow

  • December 21, 2010
    3:37 am

    The men seem to devour the Buffalo Chicken dip (Frank's wing sauce receipe) with tortilla scoops and then there's our favorite stuffed mushrooms…Chop onion, pepperoni, green pepper, garlic, stems and sautee till tender, then add parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, oregano, chicken broth and 2 cups ritz crackers (processed). Stuff and bake 325 for 25 ;o) MmmmmmJen Roth