A Little Trip And Vegan Taco Soup

July 31, 2010 by Keri

I’ll keep this post short and sweet because I know it’s Friday night, but when I haven’t blogged for a couple of days I miss you all!  My mom and I took a little trip to Shipshewana, Indiana to check out the flea market.  We didn’t really find anything while we were there, because what I remember being rows of tents filled with handmade Amish crafts has since been replaced by a lot of people selling the same As Seen On TV stuff over and over.  It wasn’t quite what I was looking for, so I purchased a few jams and fruit butters- rhubarb, pepper, and cherry, apple and pear butter- from an old Amish man and figured that was all I was going to buy.  When I inquired with the soy candle man as to if his candles were 1oo% soy and free of beeswax, etc., my mom proudly exclaimed to him that I was vegan.  He looked a little surprised and then said something to the effect of “You don’t meet many people like that.”  After asking a few questions which I happily answered, he continued to stare at me as I sniffed through the candles.  My mom bought us each three candles and we miraculously found the car and began to make our way home.  As we were driving down the main road, Mom noticed a bulk foods store.  And after a quick legal U-turn, we were bulk shopping!

Now, you all know how much cooking and baking I do, so when I eyed the giant bags of flours, sugars, spices, anything I could possibly need, I got a little over-excited.  I ended up hauling out a 25 lb. bag of whole wheat pastry flour for under $8 and 10 lbs. of vital wheat gluten flour for under $10, among a lot of other things.  We couldn’t have come upon that store at a better time, since I’m making it my mission to avoid purchasing anything that is within my ability to make!  I won’t have to worry about running out of essentials during my recipe creating for quite some time.  With a few produce stand stops thrown in, I managed to come home with a ton of ingredients and quite a bit of fresh produce.  At one stop, the man thought I was crazy. “You brought your own bags?!”  He said he’d never had that happen before!  Wow- never?!

Vegan Groceries

Vegan Groceries

Yesterday, I visited a close friend who lives in that area, and had the pleasure of tasting his taco soup.  Since it was delicious, I of course asked for the recipe to share with my fellow tree eaters.  He was kind enough to send me the recipe, along with a couple of photos, so enjoy!

Jameson’s Taco Soup

  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 15 1/2 oz. can dark red kidney beans, not drained
  • 1 15 1/2 oz. can pinto beans, not drained
  • 1 15 1/2 oz. can corn, drained
  • 1 14 1/2 oz. can tomatoes w/chilis, not drained
  • 1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 4 1/2 oz. can green chilis, not drained
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix

In a large pot, sauté onions in a very small amount of oil, water, or cooking spray until tender and translucent.  Add all other ingredients and simmer covered for one hour.  For a thicker soup, simmer uncovered.

Vegan Soup Recipes

Vegan Soup Recipes

I feel like I spent a lot of time driving over the last few days, so it’s nice just to stretch out and relax on my own couch.  Hope you had a great week!

Do you have any driving-related pet peeves?

HealthBlogger Network
Get To Know Keri

I Eat Trees is a blog featuring my adventures in all things vegan. My favorite recipes, snack food finds, and restaurant trials are all on the menu so enjoy!


  1. I’ve been to that flea market! Years ago ( my aunt lives near Angola IN). The soup looks great!

  2. Vegmom says:

    Funny, My In-Laws just mentioned that place today… How Odd? then I look at your blog and there it is… They are deciding to go or not and I’ll have to provide your feedback before they make their decision.

    NOW for that STASH! WOW!!! Look at everything you brought home. Makes my farmers market Saturday look teensy tiny!

    • Keri says:

      It’s really a beautiful area. The flea market isn’t anything to travel for, but to see the scenery, eat huge home-style meals (unless you’re vegan…), and visit the actual shops, it’s very nice. And hey- they could come home with 35 lbs. of flour…. 😀

  3. Ha! I have been so meaning to go to that flea market and especially that bulk foods place. A friend in MI told me about it and we are supposed to do a road trip. Soon I hope!

  4. Jenna says:

    Wow! I wish I had a bulk shopping place like that by me!

  5. Lacey says:

    It looks like you had some GREAT FINDS!!! I love going places like the bulk store your found. They have incredible deals!