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Ranch BBQ Pasta Salad


Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of picnics and potlucks to attend. Yeah, neither are we. Try this AMAZING BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad. It’s got all the comfort and love of noodles, but the surprise of savory BBQ sauce and Ranch. As written, this recipe is vegan and gluten free.

We do use a very local ingredient in this, This is Vegan Foods Bleu Cheese Crumbles. You can mail order from TIVF, or just skip the ingredient. We haven’t run into ANY other brand that makes a bleu crumbling cheese like TIVF. Try it, if you can.


BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad

1 bag Tinkyada pasta spirals, cooked per directions and cooled

1 can kidney beans, rinsed

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 can chickpeas, rinsed

1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced

1/2 red onion, minced

1 can chopped tomatoes, drained

2 jarred roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

1 bag Beyond Meat or Gardein chicken strips, thawed and chopped

1 cup frozen corn, thawed and drained


1/2 cup vegan ranch salad dressing (Hampton Cree/Just, Daiya or Vegenaise brands)

1/4 cup Annie’s BBQ sauce

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 Tbs. A1 sauce or vegan Worchestershire

splash sriracha, or to taste


smoked paprika

1/2 block This is Vegan Foods Bleu cheese crumbles


Cook pasta per package directions and set aside to cool.

Mix together sauce ingredients in a bowl.

When pasta is room temp or chilled, add in kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, fresh parsley, red onion, chopped tomatoes, roasted red peppers, Beyond Meat chicken strips and corn. Pour pre-made sauce on top and gently fold all ingredients together.

Top with smoked paprika and crumbled TIVF Bleu cheese. Serve cold.


Oh, here is that amazing vegan cheese – if you wanna see it up close and personal. We love it…

Farm Day at Burleigh Manor!



Let’s face it. You can’t get a much better dining companion than a rescued alpine goat. Like this guy. He is happy to share your cookies, crackers, sandwich, fruit. Pretty much everything. Which is one of many good reasons to head out to the Day at the Farm on August 17th from noon to 4pm at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City. This special day is hosted by the sanctuary and your friends at Baltimore Vegan Drinks. Don’t be scared by the “vegan drinks” thing – this isn’t a drinking event (though you’re welcome to BYOB). It’s a family-friendly day where EVERYONE can enjoy their time on the farm together. Especially the goats. Tickets for children are FREE; adults pay $15 each and 100% of that money is for the animals.

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In addition to farm tours at noon and 3pm, there is a lot of other fabulous-ness happening! You are invited to pack your own veg-friendly picnic and BYOB to eat and lounge on the estate lawn. There will be a volleyball court set up, as well as a jumping castle for children. (Ahem… did you notice we recently hooked you up in a post a few days ago – with loads of picnic ideas! What a coincidence!)

So Delcious is providing a ton of vegan frozen treats, available for a donation to the sanctuary…

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Do you prefer Tofutti Cuties? Not to worry – they’ve got those too. Both companies were excited to sponsor this fun, family-friendly picnic day!

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But there’s more!  How about locally-made kombucha to drink and delicious krauts, kimchi and pickles from Hex Ferments? Yes, that’s right, you DID see them in Martha Stewart. They’re that darn good.

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Want more? Yes, there’s more. How about a variety of fun crafts, for both kids and adults? Kids can make piggy penny banks from upcycled water bottles. For kids and adults, make signs/plaques from upcycled barn wood! Great for kitchen decor like this sample or kids bedroom name signs – your imagination is the limit!

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This cute “Animal Friendly Kitchen” sign was made by Gita Devi, from the Ginger Cat B&B. Thanks Git a- your ideas were good ones for crafts! 🙂 Join us at the farm to make your own sign like this!


You want give-aways? Duh! It’s the Bmore Vegan Drinks crew we’re talking about! OF COURSE there are FREE door prizes – for kids and adults – all you need to do to enter is SHOW UP! And there’s free, cute gear from Beyond Meat, too. Who can resist a cow keychain? First come, first to get the keychains and buttons.


Got a sweet tooth? Decorate a vegan cookie with Good & Kind Bakery! She will have various cute shapes available, as well as frosting and sprinkles. Fun for grown-ups and little ones. Everyone likes art you can eat! $3 for one, 2 for $5. Sounds like a project!!



Shop for later, too. Relay Foods will be set up to introduce folks to their local, organic and tasty produce and vegan goods. Personally, we can’t get enough of the locally made tofu and veggie burgers they have! YUM! Did we mention Relay also delivers to your door?

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We’ve saved the best for last. Cuz Gene Baur is coming! Yep, the man himself will be there! He’s gonna be at Burleigh, hanging out and taking a tour. You can get him to sign a copy of his book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, as well – buy your copy at the event, so all funds go to the animals!

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If you just can’t get enough Gene Baur at the end of the day, join him and the owners of Burleigh for a VIP Dinner. It’s $100 a plate and ALL proceeds from this event also go directly to the animals. The vegan, wheat-free meal will be prepared by Chef Sarah Dunn and includes – get ready for this – Chilled Carrot Bisque  garnished with chili infused oil, cashew cream, and chives;  Veggie Napoleon on a Lentil Cake with Sautéed Greens and Sweet Potato Mash, garnished with Fried Basil Leaf, Roasted Red Pepper Ribbons, Toasted Coconut, and Balsamic Glaze. For dessert, a Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie with Coconut Whip, Spun Sugar and Chocolate Drizzle. Wine for the meal is all vegan and organic, and donated by V-NO Wine Bar in Baltimore. Bite into that! Eurkea!



What’s that? You’re still on the fence? You need to get your ticket right now for a Day at the Farm with Baltimore Vegan Drinks at Burleigh Manor.  If all these awesome activities don’t inspire you, perhaps the residents of the farm will…


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Now you’re wondering where that link was to get your ticket. We know. Here it is again$15 per adult, children are free. Noon to 4pm on Sunday August 17th. Rain or shine. And the Gene Baur VIP Dinner is at 5:30pm, $100 per plate; 8 seats remain. Don’t miss this one folks, it’s going to be amazing!



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