#LunchBreakLIVE features Georgia raised BJ Hollifield of Vogue Vegan making a series of inexpensive, 5 minute vegan meals with tofu! Fast, easy, cheap and delicious! Shopping at Trader Joe’s with the Trader Joe’s Vegan options, mixing up firm tofu, frozen veggies, fried rice, and country potatoes. These recipes are so simple and tasty!

The easy, fast, and cheap ingredients used in today’s LunchbreakLIVE!

Bj’s story about how she became vegan started when she was a child. She realized something didn’t feel right about eating meat. Her mother told her she would die if she did not eat meat because she was such a thin child. During her early modeling career, she promised herself that if she ever didn’t need to maintain her weight for her job, she would stop eating animals. One day her outfit was too tight at a photoshoot and she was told she needed lose five pounds. To BJ, that was her ticket to stop eating animals or animal products. Now she has been vegan for twenty years!

Vegan fried rice in 5 minutes! Yum!

BJ Hollifield says this meal may be fast, easy, and cheap but she is not. Hilarious! She starts off her cooking by making scrambled tofu. Then she adds some vegetable fried rice premade from Trader Joe’s Grocery Store. Add a few spices and mix it all in one pan and there you go, vegan fried rice!

Tofu and country potatoes. Easy vegan never looked so good!

Jane gives the rice a thumbs up and points out because it is egg-free, it is also cholesterol free. Most importantly, animals were not harmed to make this meal! By deciding to eat plant-based meals you automatically choose healthier options for your body and you don’t support the systematic torture and death of billions of animals per year.

These dishes look so festive with a couple decorative pumpkins.

The next recipe is tofu with country potatoes. Again, BJ starts sautéing the tofu in a pot. This time it is in cubes. Then, she adds a premade Trader Joe’s country potato and mushroom mix and lets it cook. These recipes cater to new vegans especially, showing them that it can be easy, inexpensive, and flavorful to eat plant-based meals. So make your own fast, fun, and cheap vegan meals at home with the recipes below!

BJ holds her two 5-minute finished dishes up for display.

Jane Velez-MItchell reporting for Jane Unchained News Network.

Report Edited by Ellen Dent.

Photos courtesy of Jane Velez-MItchell.

Bj’s 5 to 10 MINUTE MEALS

TOFU FRIED RICE

Ingredients

1 package of FIRM Tofu 14-16 oz.

1 package of Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

¼  teaspoon Turmeric

Garlic Salt to taste

Place 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil in a pot or skillet large enough to hold the ingredients and stir. Drain Tofu.  Place Tofu in the pot.  Mash the Tofu with a fork until it is the consistency of scrambled eggs.  Sprinkle the Turmeric and Garlic Salt on the tofu and stir it in.  Cook on Medium until most of the water has cooked out of the Tofu, stirring often.  Pour the Vegetable Fried Rice into the pot.  Stir continuously for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly to 165 degrees F. Serve.

 FRENCH COUNTRY TOFU AND POTATOES

 Ingredients

1 package of FIRM Tofu 14-16 oz.

1 package of Trader Joe’s Country Potatoes with Haricots Verts and Wild Mushrooms

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

Garlic Salt to taste

Place 1 Tablespoons of Olive Oil in a pot or skillet large enough to hold the ingredients and stir. Drain Tofu. Place Tofu onto cutting board.  Cut into cubes.  Place Tofu cubes into the pot.   Sprinkle the Soy Sauce and Garlic Salt on the tofu and stir it in.  Cook on Medium High until most of the water has cooked out of the Tofu, stirring often.  Pour the Country Potato mix into the pot.  Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly to 165 degrees F. Serve.