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Meet Quiana “Que” Broden and learn the “Why” behind Cooking With Que

Soooo before you understand “Que” I gotta let you in on some things … ok?

The Why …

I have not been Vegan my whole life.  Surprised?  Don’t be.  It’s been a couple of years now.  And I mean a couple of GREAT, LIFE CHANGING YEARS.

10 years ago, I was a person with chronic sinus issues, always had bronchitis, like seriously; I could catch a full-blown cold in the middle of summer.  After a gazillion tests, copays, skin biopsies and even a lung biopsy – I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis and they found that I was allergic to DAIRY (yeah … tears were shed).  Due to the stage of this obnoxious Lung Disease and the aggressiveness of it, I was told that I needed to be put on steroids and that I would have to take them everyday for the rest of my life.  (WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?!…. were my words.. VERBATIM, to my pulmonary specialist)

My mind couldn’t fathom taking a drug that would deteriorate my kidneys and break me down – and I wasn’t even 30 yet?  All I could think about were my kids.  I refused to break myself down and kill myself with all of the prescribed drugs that I was going to have to take.  NO!!!!!! …… NoThankYou!!

So I did what any person would do … I searched for alternative holistic methods and recipes and that was how my healthy way of life started.

(For the record, I only take meds on occasion when I’m having major Sarcoid flare ups, outside of that… I don’t take STEROIDS DAILY AND I’M HEALTHY AS EVER!!!!  BOOM!!!)

The Vegan Transition … in a Land of MeatEaters

This came about by fluke of nature people! After the normal Thanksgiving – Christmas feasting… I was feeling tired, overly full, completely bloated and I honestly felt like I weighed as much as a Walrus (No Joke).  My body had enough and so I said … NO MORE. I NEED TO GO ON A 10 DAY CLEANSE!!!!! I had to reboot my insides.  I started #ColdTurkey (no pun intended).  It was immediate.  I told my family and I kept my word.

When my 10 days were up, I didn’t feel the need to go back. And guess what? Till this very day, I’m still on my cleanse!  LOL!

This body of mine is happy, healthy and doing it without anything that had a Momma!

My husband and kids are still MeatEaters, but they are healthy MeatEaters. They have minimal dairy (they don’t know it though) and eat chicken, turkey and seafood, No Pork and No Red Meats.  My grandparents … oh … let me tell you … they  sneak the kids burgers every now and then (smh) they think it’s a treat for them (and you can’t really tell an 80 & 83 year old what to do … it DOES NOT END WELL,  believe me I’ve tried!!!).

Now, being Vegan in a house full of MeatEaters is a normal way of life for me.  I cook some pretty awesome meals for my family everyday and “Cooking With Que” is the space I have created to show people from any kitchen, healthy ways to satisfy everyone at the table.

So, Welcome Family!!!!!!!


#357VeganChallenge #Day4

Hi Fam

It’s Friday Eve and my darling you have made it past 3 days into the 3 | 5 | 7 Vegan Challenge!!!!

Whoop!! Whoop!!  (screams yeahh)

You are doing it!!!!  

For those of you who chose 3 days YOU MADE IT!!! You completed the challenge and I hope that you #FinishedStrong

For those who chose to take it further like 5 days or 7 days, keep up the great work!!!

I wanted to make sure that this 3 | 5 | 7 Vegan Challenge was comfortable for everyone.  I wanted each person to be able to make it their own. Try it for 3 days, then the following month push yourself even further by trying it for longer.  It’s completely up to you.  Whatever makes you comfortable 🙂

I posted a video to really get everyone to focus on Why you chose to do this.  Knowing your Why helps you to push towards your goals mentally and physically.  Feel free to reply back to this email and let me know your why!! I included it below.

Just know… I’m super proud of you!!!

I really am 🙂

Til next time, may your tastebuds be forever satisfied!!!!

Que 🙂

P.S.  Snap a pic of your meals and tag me @CookingWithQue and use the #357VeganChallenge hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!!  I’d love to see how you are doing 🙂








Trump, Hillary, & Diets … 3 Things you don’t want to talk about

Hey Family,

Did I get your attention.  I meant what I said.  I’m absolutely not gonna talk about Donald Trump.  I’m not gonna mention Hillary Clinton either.  I’m not even going to say the word DIET (well only to explain why this is not one, stick with me!) Cooking with Que does not do diets!! WE EAT TO LIVE.

So before we start our 357 Vegan Fast, we have to get our hearts ready and our minds right.  This is not a diet.  I don’t even want to call it a diet, because the word “DIET” freaks people out.  Calling it a diet means that we just wanna try this and if it doesn’t work we are gonna just try something else.

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How to Be a Healthy Grocery Shopper

Words of Wisdom: Stay Close to the Perimeter

I say this because along the perimeter of every grocery store lies all of your fresh, preservative free foods. I’m talking food in its natural form. Not canned. Not made to last forever. Just the fresh stuff. Think about it.
Where are the fresh fruits and fresh veggies at your local market. Right on the outskirts of the store! Fresh meats? Around the outside. Fish? You know where this is heading right? There is a difference from the fish you purchase at the fresh fish counter versus the fish in the aisle ... in those cans. (just sayin’)

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I’m Vegan …….. but…. LET’S TALK CHICKEN!!!!!

Who knew shopping for chicken to feed my family would be such a big deal!

I mean seriously. Once you figure out what you’re cooking for dinner you should be able to just go to the grocery store, grab what you need and get out right?
I feel like you need to be a certified nutritionist to even go to the grocery store! It’s ridiculous. I already have to read packages, because I’m the vegan of the family and allergic to dairy!!! (sometimes people think I’m saying “lactose intolerant”….. NO!! THERE IS A DIFFERENCE) Sigh!!!
Have you ever read the back of packaged chicken? I thought it would just say - Ingredients - chicken? Ha! A joke!
Each package had different verbiage. I’m going to give you the basics of what to look for and how it reads.
THE BASICS ... what to look for while you’re shopping.

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