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SOMD VEGAN EVENTS, the creators of SOMD Vegan Restaurant Week are now doing a regular series for Leonardtown A&E Online called SOMD Vegan! In this informative show, host Alissa Kircher shares helpful tips and guidelines for living a Vegan lifestyle. Alissa also helps debunk misconceptions and myths while sharing tasty recipes and practices. It's never been easier to make the change to a Vegan way of life.

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We've gathered together some images of some tasty meals we've enjoyed. Want More Info?: Email Alissa 

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Vegan Charcuterie Board
Vegan Fish Tacos
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Vegan Collard Green Carbonara
Vegan Holiday Roast
Vegan Mediterranean Infused Sweet Potato
Current Episode

Current Episode:

Best Brunch Bites
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Best Brunch Bites

Whether it's the weekend or not, brunch is always allowed! Make a point to enjoy these mini-quiches with vegan egg, cheese, and sausage ASAP. Cheers!

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Photo Credit: Melissa Barrick Photography

past episodes

Past Episodes:

Earth Day Everyday

With animal agriculture being a leading cause of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, learn how a plant-based diet significantly contributes to our environmental health, as well as the preservation of vital resources. Alissa also provides a quick and simple comfort-food cooking demo for one of her favorites: Alfredo pasta.

Happy Veganuary: What are the health benefits of a Vegan lifestyle?

It's a new year, new you! Check out all of the many ways an animal-free way of eating may aid in wellness all year long.

Treats for the Holidays
Although most of us are home for the holidays (literally) this year, that doesn't mean we can't still celebrate with all of the animal-free deliciousness! In this video, Alissa shares some of her quick and simple party food faves, from a twist on Mac & Cheese to Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Marinated "Meat"balls and more! 

Perfect Holiday Dish: Pesto Gnocchi & Butternut Squash

Try this delicious holiday side dish for your holiday meal.

Correction: The "Parmesan Cheese" calls for about a 1/4 cup of toasted sesame seeds, not toasted pine nuts (although, I'm quite certain those will work just as great as well).

What's a Vegan Thanksgiving?
Applicable for the entire upcoming holiday season, Alissa highlights all of the traditional dishes and products, minus the animal ingredients, that the whole family is guaranteed to enjoy. There has never been a better time to give them a try and begin making new traditions! 

SOMD Vegan Restaurant Week 2020 + Dining Out Tips (pt 2)

Vegan Restaurant Week returns to Southern Maryland the week of Sunday, November 1, 2020 - Sunday, November 8, 2020. Alissa shares info about the event. She also provides some helpful dining out tips.

It's Soup Season! 

Warm up with some tips on creating hearty, delicious soups that are perfect for all year round as well. Alissa also shares a recipe for one of her go-tos: African Peanut Soup.

Quick & Easy Lunch Series, Pt. 3 
A summer (and super delicious!) staple: Sesame Zucchini & Squash Noodles (aka Zoodles).

Quick & Easy Lunch Series, Pt. 2
Instead of a BLT, Alissa shares her take on the common sandwich with this smoky T(tempeh)LT that's a winner every time. For another lunch dish idea, she also shares a recipe for a cold pasta tossed with veggies and a refreshing white wine vinegar dressing.  

Quick & Easy Lunch Series, Pt. 1
One of the most common requests is for quick, easy and TASTY lunch ideas! In this three-part series, Alissa shares several of her favorites, beginning with Marinated Portobello Mushrooms and Lentils that are drizzled with a Lemony-Garlic Hummus Dressing. The second dish in this video is of Couscous, Beans and Tomatoes tossed in a Vegan Pesto. So delicious!


A Summertime Fave: Fishless Tacos
With so many truly great tasting animal-free meat and seafood products available now, you'll hardly believe this seasonal staple contains NO fish!

Vegan Dining Out Tips

After another local "Vegan Night" event, Alissa shares some really yummy restaurant creations and offers a few tips for ordering animal-free dishes. The options are endless and let's make vegan items a mainstay on local menus!  

Say, "Cheese"

Yes, even vegans are addicted to cheese! Plant-based cheese, that is. And with such an extensive variety of phenomenally tasting ones, it's never been easier to indulge in all things creamy, gooey, tangy, savory and compassionately CHEESY! Alissa covers it all in this video that celebrates National Cheese Day.

Vegan Health & Fitness 

In this video, Alissa interviews local vegan fitness instructor, Starla Maurer. Starla also discusses how her husband's stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis was then significantly impacted by a plant-based diet and how her own health issues drastically improved due to dietary changes. Their remarkable story was also featured in a 2019 VegNews Magazine issue:

​​Quick N' Easy Lunch (Chick'n Salad)
An all-time favorite, Alissa shares this highly versatile + flavorful lunch idea. The whole family will be asking for this one on the weekly!

Earth Day & Impacts of Food Choice

A video made to honor Earth Day, Alissa spotlights the importance of food choice not just on human health, but for the health and sustainability of the planet. A must-watch for all.

Gut Health & Immune Boosters

Our gut controls up to 80% of our immune system, so keeping our digestive tract healthy helps keep the rest of us healthy. Learn more about the importance of animal-free food (especially fiber -- food from animals contains zero fiber!) and staying well all year long. 


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