Chef Del’s Better Than Vegan

Better Than Vegan

Chef Del Sroufe managed to reach 475 pounds on a vegan diet high in processed foods such as pastries, soda, potato chips and soy ice cream. After joining the Wellness Forum and working with Pam Popper, he cut out processed foods, sugars and oils, and he began eating a whole foods vegan diet rich in vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains. He lost 240 pounds and in his new book Chef Del’s Better Than Vegan: 101 Favorite Low-Fat, Plant-Based Recipes That Helped Me Lose Over 200 Pounds, he shares is weight loss story along with his favorite recipes. With the recipes in Better Than Vegan, Chef Del proves that the healthiest diet can be the most delicious. The book also contains cooking tips, health advice and a pantry primer. If you’re new to vegan cooking, are trying to lose weight, or want to improve your overall health, Chef Del’s Better Than Vegan is for you!


Chef Del makes a stop here on his blog tour today with his recipe for Breakfast Burritos and copy of his book Better Than Vegan for one lucky reader.



Breakfast Burritos

Serves 4


This tofu scramble is made with lite firm tofu and then baked instead of fried, so the fat content is greatly reduced.



  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 pound lite firm tofu, pressed and mashed to the consistency of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 10- or 12-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup salsa (store-bought or your favorite homemade)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sauté the leeks, red bell pepper, and mushrooms over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until the leeks are translucent and tender. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper, turmeric, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast, and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add the tofu and mix well. Spread the mixture on a large parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the scramble from the oven and stir in the cilantro. To make the burritos, divide the scramble between the four tortillas and spoon some salsa over the filling. Fold the ends of each tortilla over the filling and roll it up.


I have a copy of Chef Del’s Better Than Vegan for one lucky reader. Follow the instructions below to enter. US and Canadian residents only, please. The contest ends at midnight eastern time on Sunday, January 12th. Good luck!

119 Responses to “Chef Del’s Better Than Vegan”

  1. Alison says:

    I’m going to stick to a plan and finally get the weight off once and for all. This book could help me in that regard!

    • Carlota says:

      Having Gestational Diabetes has opened my eyes that I want sticking to eating more healthy but a lot of processed foods as well. I wasn’t exercising like I should been also so 2014 I will do just that&continue to watch what I eat! I love Vegan food.

  2. Annie C says:

    I’m cutting out white bread and foods made from white flour-trying to focus on whole grains more.

  3. Ben says:

    I will continue working out, aiming to get stronger and stronger

  4. Sher says:

    Continue with exercise and a clean, plant based eating plan, which has so far lost me over 130 pounds and reversed type II diabetes and high blood pressure.

  5. Leah Tedesco says:

    In 2014 I will eat more whole foods.

  6. Pebbles says:

    In 2014 I’m eating better! No doubt

  7. This year, I will continue with my plant-based eating… and will start switching out our typical household cleaning & hygiene products with natural, non-toxic ones.

  8. Sarah McLaughlin says:

    I will continue eating a plant based diet but focus on trying to buy more locally made products and locally grown foods. Also try to cut down on any processed vegan foods an focus more on whole foods! I’m also currently switching all my cosmetics to cut out anything with synthetic fragrances, aluminums or harsh chemicals.

  9. sonja says:

    This year I am going to work on forgiving fully …unconditionally loving…. letting go and keeping a can of laughter really close by

  10. Rachel says:

    I want to eat less processed food and become an even better vegan and get back on a great work out routine!

  11. Patricia says:

    I’m getting out of my car and walking or biking everywhere I can.

  12. Joyce B says:

    Continue vegan/plant-based (five years). Just started lifting. Going to stick with that to build a little muscle and definition.

  13. elizabeth findlay says:

    Just keep trucking along and not hurt anyone.

  14. Katelyn says:

    In 2014 I plan to eat better (vegan!) and exercise with our pups more!

  15. Martha says:

    I’m going to try and remove all “processed” veg foods (frozen burgers, etc). :)

  16. Kathy Martorano says:

    Stop eating processed foods with the help of this cookbook!

  17. Janelle Humphreys says:

    Cut out sugar and Chinese food!

  18. Sonya A. says:

    Continue to work on my body from the inside/out. I have got to find an answer to all of my pain issues regarding my Fibromyalgia. I want my life back! If you only put good in…you have to get good out! Right?!

  19. Fanie says:

    I will eat more raw food (I’m already vegan) and exercice more!

  20. Brooke says:

    I want to cut WAY back on sugar. After giving up smoking years ago, sugar has become my new addiction, and it has to go!

  21. Diana says:

    I want to increase exercise.drink more water.expand my vegan cooking and live my life with compassion.

  22. Amelia Tobias says:

    Do more yoga daily!

  23. Cheri Gillean says:

    I will continue to strive for a completely whole foods, plant based diet….. and will incorporate more movement into my life so I can get to a healthy weight. I also plan to be more creative and spend more time working on my gourd crafting.

  24. Linda Scherer says:

    I want to cut out processed “food”

  25. Deb E says:

    I’m building more muscle by using my kettlebells consistently and eating more protein. Very inspirational story from Chef Del. Thanks!

  26. Gloria Kersh says:

    I’m going to start walking and be a better me!

  27. donna says:

    I lost 23 pounds switching to a plant-based diet and exercising, so I’m going to continue to chip away at it by eliminating as much processed food as I can and doing more strength training! This book sounds like it would help me with some great recipes!

  28. Angela C. says:

    I will push myself to exercise more, do more yoga, make time for meditation and stretching…and I will keep cooking and baking vegan!!! = )

  29. I’m going to keep doing what I have been for my health. I will increase my contribution to the charity program that I volunteer.

  30. Staci says:

    Cut out sugar & simple carbohydrates.

  31. kao says:

    continue with my vegan, processed free, refined sugar free
    existence :)

  32. robin says:

    I will try to do more random acts of kindness when I am out and about!

  33. Danielle says:

    Think of how choices will affect me in the future, like eating after I’m full, skipping a workout, or putting off homework.

  34. Lauryn Linley says:

    Staying on a vegan diet and dropping the weight for my upcoming wedding!! Yay!!

  35. Kelly says:

    More exercising and cut eating out by 75%!

  36. Mrs. Becker says:

    Read more books. Take more walks ;) .

  37. Megan says:

    I started the new year with cleaner eating and a plank challenge

  38. Julia says:

    I am increasing my workouts gradually, and eating more green smoothies.

  39. veronica romero says:

    I will keep trying to lose weight

  40. Amy says:

    I’m focusing on more whole foods and getting more exercise.

  41. Candace C. says:

    I went vegan! :)

  42. Nicki says:

    Everyday I try to learn new things on how to keep being as healthy as I can <3 yourself and yourself will love you back Happy 2014 xoxox

  43. MS Barb says:

    reading labels to eliminate processed sugars!

  44. Cynthia says:

    Eat clean and green and try something new e very day!

  45. Dorothy says:


  46. Rita says:

    I am embracing a plant based diet and practicing yoga on a daily basis. Taking it one day at a time…

  47. Kathy says:

    I just turned 52 and my goal this last year was to be fitter and healthier than I was 10 years ago. Well, I injured my shoulder (torn a muscle and tendon) which I am going to have surgery on in 2 weeks. Because of this injury I have slipped physically and want to improve greatly after the physical therapy is done. One major step before this would be to better my diet and this book looks like it would be very helpful in reaching part of my goal. Food is major in our health!! Thank you Chef Del Sroufe for writing this book!!

    • Cynthia says:

      Good for you Kathy!
      You are absolutely right in saying that food is key when it comes to our health. I for one only wish I had realized it when I was much younger. Good luck with your surgery and all your endeavors to do better this year!

  48. Susan says:

    I am going to eat more plant based foods and give up animal products!

  49. April says:

    In 2014, I’m cutting processed foods from my diet and focusing on whole foods.

  50. Sharen Sammons says:

    To better myself this year, I truly want to be more positive and more uplifiting to others.

  51. Brandon says:

    I’m quitting smoking (day 6 and still going strong!), cutting out sodas, loosing at least 20 lbs, and committing to meditate daily.

  52. Lori says:

    I’ve been Vegan for 1 1/2 years. It’s time to get back to the fundamentals and refocus on me to continue my weight loss journey.

  53. Sassy says:

    In 2014, make the final leap to Vegan. Only few more items to trade out. Slow process but so much happier :)

  54. jinny says:

    I am continuing to eat gluten free, healthy, vegan meals but will add more exercise- swimming, walking and yoga.

  55. Lydia Claire says:

    Still eat vegan but try to eliminate the processed foods.

  56. Law says:

    Keep trying to be a better man everyday.

  57. BadWolfRunning says:

    Tracking my nutrition to make sure I’m eating the healthiest I can!

  58. Krista says:

    Going to re-establish my meditation practice.

  59. Corrine Greenfield says:

    I plan on eating healthier vegan food and giving up most of the convenience and junk vegan foods.

  60. Johanna says:

    Listen to my body more when it comes to when and what i should eat.

  61. Julie says:

    I will lose 30 more pounds.

  62. Jess C says:

    More yoga, less processed foods. ☺

  63. Christi Flint says:

    We’ve gotten lazy on our vegan diet so it’s time to eat healthier and skip the convenience.

  64. Cheryl says:

    I will become a nicer person overall.

  65. Alyssa Richey says:

    Had had to eliminate wheat dairy & gluten from diet, & this year have now gone vegan in a effort to feel better get healthy & lose some weight

  66. Brandy Kaufman says:

    I am making more art!

  67. Julie says:

    I quit smoking and am losing weight through a non processed vegan diet sans wheat.

  68. Grey says:

    I plan to run a 10K in 2014. I’m trying to stick to a whole-foods approach to support my running habit.

  69. Laura Johnson says:

    The change began back in November 2013. I have started preparing smoothies and eliminated all meats. I feel lighter and have lost some pounds. I will continue living the vegan lifestyle, but I would like more recipes to change it up a little.

  70. Stephanie says:

    More yoga, less stressing!

  71. Amy B says:

    I’m buying a juicer!

  72. Ivy Q says:

    I’m definitely going to go fully vegan this year. I’ve been trying to fully transition over the last year and I really feel like I’m ready to make the commitment. I’m excited to see how I do and this book would be a great help :)

  73. Annette says:

    Looking into adding more raw vegan foods to my diet to increase whole foods and limit processed foods. Also adding a daily 30 minute walk.

  74. Robert says:

    I’ll be pushing myself to avoid the easy premade and processed foods to cook full meals.

  75. michelle says:

    back to exercise ..I took the last two months off and I feel it…

  76. Mary says:

    I’m moving to Missouri, and will be able to grow my own organic vegetables. Yahoo!

  77. Kelly says:

    I’m going to push myself to try new vegan recipes each week so that I don’t get in a rut

  78. aurora says:

    I will fall in love with my self all over again.

  79. Terri Cole says:

    I will be continuing on my path of healthy weight loss via a plant-based diet. I have lost 60 pounds, still need to lose 50-60 more. Chef Del’s story is so inspirational and I would love to have his book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  80. Mon says:

    In 2014, i plan to effectively heal my Hashimoto’s disease with diet and lifestyle.

  81. Kelly says:

    So many changes to tackle… but first things first… healthier, less processed meals for my family!

  82. maria christina salazar says:

    To transition my little family of 4 to a raw vegan diet & lifestyle

  83. Sarah Rosowski says:

    Will try to convince more of my friends to become vegan by cooking for them delicious meals and answering their question. I also want to cut down on sugar and get more stable in doing Yoga and teaching it to people and telling them about how veganism helps not only them but anyone in this world (animals, people….)

  84. Judy Defabrizio says:

    I am going to do more hiking, walking and plant a big vegetable garden!

  85. Marci F says:

    In 2014, I plan to start cooking more and eating fewer processed foods – this will be a BIG challenge for me!

  86. Tiffany says:

    I plan on taking better care of myself, mind body and soul!

  87. Marie-Eve says:

    I will finally start to do some work out!!

  88. Kayle says:

    I’d like to go back to a more raw diet than I have been on for the past few years. Juicing and smoothies here I come. Yeehaw!

  89. Jenna says:

    I am going to walk for 30 minutes everyday with my husband.

  90. Siobhán says:

    I am going to recover from the anorexia that has held me for six years, since I was twelve.

  91. Robert Monroe, Jr. says:

    To better myself in 2014 I have transitioned to a plant-based diet and exercise everyday. My son has joined me and we’re supporting each other.

  92. Carla says:

    In 2014, I am eating more green leafies. I really believe greens are a cure all, and can help me manage my blood sugar, which was too high last year.

  93. Lisa says:

    do the best I can to live compassionately… including being compassionate to myself!

  94. Christiana says:

    This year I’m focusing on a theme of Fulfillment. In everything I do I am going to aim to find fulfillment & sense of peace. One way I plan to do this is to teach classes in my community about plant-based eating. This will be out of my comfort zone , but I want to share what has brought me health and happiness.

  95. Cindy says:

    I’m on a good path now, so I will continue to eat vegan and exercise regularly. I’m leaning more towards 80% raw vegan. one cooked meal a day.

  96. Sue K says:

    I’ve been vegan 3 years now and initially lost 36 pounds but have gained a little back due to inactivity, too much pasta and bread, processed vegan foods, and yes pastries too. This year I want to show MYSELF more compassion by eating healthier and getting active.

  97. Susan says:

    I’m going to try the McDougall plan. It seems practical and affordable.

  98. Marlene says:

    Keep the vegan lifestyle and try to convert others

  99. Kim says:

    Instead of “Meatless Mondays” my family will be going meatless all week! Training for the ToughMudder and NorthFace Challenge and anything else to challenge myself physically! :)

  100. Linda says:

    i am eating healthier, vegetarian, and exploring more vegan options weekly. Am looking forward to learning how to cook vegan.

  101. Carmela says:

    Eat Healthier! Cut bake on the faux “meats”

  102. I want to help people with their whole foods vegan diet and lifestyle.

  103. Shannon Gona says:

    In 2014 I am going to better myself by focusing on my health and fitness. After going vegan in 2013, now it’s time to focus on my total body health.

  104. Linda says:

    I want to eat less processed foods and desserts and more whole plant food choices.

  105. Celai says:

    I’m going to try to exercise. Really.

  106. Amber says:

    I’m going to further my photography career and I plan on learning new recipes and making some of my own! And, hopefully, convince my husband to take the next step from vegetarian to vegan!

  107. Nikki Botha says:

    I will be a better vegan advocate.

  108. gloria kersh says:

    I’d love to have a good, healthy vegan cookbook!!

  109. Lola Bradshaw says:

    To better myself in 2014, I plan to continue to learn more about eating a plant based diet. I’m excited about cutting out processed food that I grew up eating, and taking control of my health through great food. Although I have the support of my family, I’d love if they joined me on this delicious journey. Thank you for the opportunity to win Chef Del’s cookbook.

  110. Audrey says:

    Stick to my new vegan diet!

  111. Hazel Zhang says:

    I’m starting to meditate everyday upon waking in the morning and before bed. I also started to focus more on what I do in the moment, get things done one at a time, and let myself be less anxious.
    I also want to finish one full marathon this year, and try to exercise everyday.
    I want to read more books this year.

  112. Emily L. says:

    I’m going to train for and complete a 10 K in 2014!

  113. Jennifer says:

    I’m already doing a 8 day juice cleanse/fast, I’m on day 5 today. I will continue on my journey to health by getting back to work out with my personal trainer for the next 6 months (at least) and I am excited to learn some more vegan recipes and use the raw cookbooks that i already have.
    I also am learning less toxic cleaning and personal care so that when my husband and I start trying to have children, my body will be as healthy and clean as possible.

  114. Sarah says:

    I’m going to try to make time for myself. Something I always find hard to do. I’d rather give it to others and sometimes leave myself behind as a result. :)

  115. Michelle Medina says:

    I’m going to try to eat less processed foods.

  116. Ilene says:

    Make easy whole food snacks so I’m not tempted to eat vegan “junk” food.

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