3.31.2010

Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (a book I reviewed here on the blog before), said the following quote:

"Recall that whatever lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of the dirt."

Such a simple thought, but so true on so many levels. This brings new meaning to the word nutritious. The very core basic need (aside from water) is food. That is really what gets us through each and every day. Remember to put only pure, quality food in your body. It is the fuel of your life. Happy Wednesday!

3.30.2010

Stop Sarah Palin's Reality Show

So, this is my second blog for today and the most urgent.....Please visit the following link, read the article and sign the petition to stop Sarah Palin's reality show http://www.defenders.org/
This "reality" show will present her as a savior of the Alaskan wildlife instead of a "killer" of wildlife which is what she really is. And to make it worst, it will be shown on one of the Discovery Channels' stations....this makes me wonder, who is really behind these channels?!!!

Farm Sanctuary Challenges USDA's "Natural" Labeling Standards

Photograph of a cute duck, resident of Animal Acres.

Following is an article from Farm Sanctuaries magazine, Winter 2010. It proves that we have the power to speak up and make changes. Get involved, sign petitions, do whatever you can to help.....every bit counts!

Article:
What is "natural" food? The vast majority of U.S. consumers believe that the "natural" label on a meat or poultry product indicates something meaningful about how the animals whose bodies constitute the product were raised. In fact, in a national survey, 73% of consumers said they consider it inappropriate to label as "natural" meat from animals denied access to the outdoors, confined in crowded cages, or forced to stand on metal or concrete floors. Yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) standards for the label allow all that and more. Currently, "natural" animal products are evaluated using only two criteria: the presence of artificial additives and the degree of processing.
In response to a 2006 petition from Hormel Foods, the USDA has proposed regulations that would only further codify these standards. But in 2007 we submitted out own petition, accompanied by the aforementioned consumer survey, asking the agency to issue regulations for "natural" labeling that address the treatment and living conditions of animals raised for food. In September 2009, the USDA finally responded by formally acknowledging our petition in the Federal Register. And based on our urgings and similar feedback submitted by other parties, the USDA solicited public comments through min-November 2009 on the issue of whether it's "natural" labeling standards should include criteria on how animals are raised.
We are grateful to all of you who answered our call to action and contacted the USDA to speak up against deceptive labeling that whitewashes animal abuse and exploits consumer trust. Together, we can create meaningful change. Find more opportunities to make a difference and lean more about our Truth Behind Labels Campaign at farmsanctuary.org/truthbehind.

3.29.2010

Vegan Dinner in Milwaukee



So today I found myself starving in Milwaukee! What is a vegan girl to do! I was with my colleague, who is NOT vegan and nowhere near vegan. Also, she is the checkbook, so we are sort of at her whim, but luckily she is supportive of my lifestyle choices and always keeps me in mind. Granted, in downtown Milwaukee, the bulk of the restaurants are "steakhouses" and what I like to call "good old American restaurants". So I called the Capitale Grille, which is an upscale steakhouse chain that is right across the street from our hotel. The hostess was very accomodating and said that the chef would gladly cater to my vegan needs and even had tofu on hand that he could prepare to my liking. Normally, I don't like to patronize those types of restaurants, but you don't always have a good alternative option.

We arrived and had a wonderful waitress named Sophie. She suggested a Capitale Chopped Salad, which was a wonderfully flavorful chopped salad of lettuce, radishes, asparagus, celery, artichoke hearts, corn, etc in a green olive dressing. For my entree I was able to "design your own tofu". I ended up with a sesame ginger glaze over my pan fried tofu with a side of sauteed roasted toamtoes, asparagus, baby broccili, and mushrooms in the same glaze. It was delicious. Sophie also rcommended an EXCELLENT pinot noir (Belle Glos Meromi, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir '08) that was just delectable with my dinner. Dessert was a black currant sorbet and an incredible biscotti sliver that I am not 100% sure was vegan, but it was delicious.

Overall, I would say a very successful vegan meal in Milwaukee. That's Algonquin, you know.

3.26.2010

Quote from Hippocrates

"Let Food Be Thy Medicine And Let Thy Medicine Be Thy Food"
Hippocrates, Father of Medicine 460-377 B.C.

3.25.2010

The Office:the Vegan Lunch episode

hi folks!

Currently I find myself in a new social situation: the workplace, an office to be exact.

I'm back at my old job temporarily and although my coworkers have known me for years, they haven't spent much time with me since I became vegan (to no fault of their own, I've simply been living in another city).  So, now I'm faced with daily social lunch time--gone are the days of me in my cave making a quick lunch around noon--and with it come some questions, some jokes, some concern for my nutritional wellbeing, and some commentary about vegetarianism.  It's mostly respectful (fortunately!) and with that gracious attitude I'm more compelled to laugh off  a joke or two, state a few facts about my own experience with veganism, and let the conversation drift into another topic. I rather not make things uncomfortable for the people I'll be seeing day in and day out, especially around lunchtime!

But perhaps this isn't the best approach.  My friend & coworker (who in the past has been moderately condescending about this matter) is showing a general interest in the topic. By no means do I expect him to become vegetarian, but I greatly appreciate his openness.  What's more, he has asked me to take him to have a 'vegan lunch' one of these days! And with that comment I finally realized that the best way to get people to simply understand and accept our lifestyle choice is to share it with them firsthand.

Sharing a meal has always been a very sacred act, for a variety of reasons, and in many cases it doesn't matter what the meal consists of. With vegan meals, the food on the table doesn't HAVE to be the meaning behind the gathering, but it definitely makes the event more peaceful--it presents the opportunity for us to share our passion for compassion with others and revel in the land's bounty of vegetables that keep us healthy and satisfied.

So, whenever you would like a way to positively express your interest in veganism without preaching or prodding too much, make or purchase some delicious food without any other pretense. Your guest(s) are sure to appreciate it and they might even be willing to hear a thing or two about your lifestyle.

cheers,
EcoVegan

3.24.2010

Peruvian Potato Salad

Today I went to a free vegetarian cooking class at Whole Foods in West Los Angeles. The chef cooked 3 dishes and I am going to share one with you tonight. This was a wonderfully flavored potato salad that truly stood out as such a unique potato salad. Most Most potato salads have a relatively predictable flavor profile, but this one was a symphony in my mouth! Below is the "loose" recipe, as the chef didn't share with us exact measurements.

2 lbs purple potatoes (boiled and quartered)
French green beans (blanched and shocked in cold water)
Flat leaf parsley (roughly chopped)
Fresh dill (roughly chopped)
Fresh tarragon (roughly chopped)
White truffle oil (drizzled)
Maple syrup (or agave nectar)
Juice of a Lemon
Honey mustard (a couple tablespoons)
Olive oil

In a bowl combine the green beans, the fresh herbs, the truffle oil, maple syrup, lemon, honey mustard, and olive oil. Toss all together and then fold in the potatoes.

Enjoy!!

3.23.2010

Free Tilikum!!

Tilikum has been a captive killer whale at Sea World since 1983, captured when he was 2 years old. About a month ago he took one of his trainers, shook her around and dragged her into the water where she drowned. This is a horrible incident and hopefully it will be one that we can learn from. The link below is an article that was written right after this unfortunate incident, along with a petition. I also wanted to share some more current information, as to what is happening in Tilikum's life now.....is he finally free in the ocean where he should have been all along? But, I am sorry to say I could not find any.....hopefully you can!! and hopefully he is free!

Meatless Monday: Original Recipe, Split Mung Bean & Miso


Hi Everyone, this is another meatless Monday recipe, created by me. This particular one I made so the ingredient quantities are pretty much non-existent. You decide!!

Ingredients:
mung beans
miso paste
1 carrot finely chopped
mushrooms
bay leaves

Garnishes:
green onion
garlic, finely chopped
fresh sage
hemp seeds
ground flax seeds

Soak beans for a few hrs. Cook beans in water (add bay leaves for taste). Add mushrooms and carrots once the beans are almost done cooking. In a separate bowl, dissolve the miso paste in hot water. Add miso and all other fresh garnishes to the beans and soup up!

3.19.2010

Two Years of Quique, Ziggy and Xica

 Rza and Quique's brotherly love

Two years and a few days ago on March 13th my sister rescued a stray cat and her litter of six kittens from her work. All six were beautiful, just like their mother, and we're lucky enough to have kept some in our family: Quique and Xica live with us and Ziggy lives with FoodieVegan. Below are some cute pics that I found of our beloved troublemaker and cuddler-extraordinaire (Quique) from when he was a wee kitten of only a few weeks in honor of their second birthday that just passed (Foodie, you'll have to post some of Ziggy too!)

Enjoy the pics and have a great weekend everyone!

 
then:
now:

3.18.2010

day dreaming of Vegan Dad

He's vegan, he's a university professor, Canadian (if that makes a difference), loving husband and father to 3 boys, AND he cooks, bakes, and blogs about it. I think I'm in blove (blog+love, as in "I blove him").

Honestly, this man can cook up a storm. He surprises me time and again with Indian and Cajun recipes, and now he's baking his way through "The Bread Baker's Apprentice," vegan style.  How does he constantly challenge himself in the kitchen and have time to live (what can only be) his incredibly busy professional & family life? How? This guy is pure magic!

Do yourself a favor and subscribe to his amazing blog: vegandad.blogspot.com. His recent St. Patty's post might not be a jaw-dropper, but take a look at his archives. You are bound to find something interesting and new, or a veganized-classic.

Good eats!

3.17.2010

Fluffy? Spot? Hamburger?

So lets say you have a cat named Fluffy and a dog named Spot. You love them, right? You are a parent to them and they rely on you for very important things such as food, water, shelter, warmth, love, affection. So what makes that type of relationship different that your relationship say with your hamburger? Lots of people eat hamburgers every day......in fact, millions of people eat hamburgers every day. And those same people have Fluffy and Spot at home and will take care of them every day to the best of their ability.

Lets look at three different hypotheticals. Lets say you stopped at McDonalds and picked up a hamburger to eat on the way home from work. You pull onto your street and you see ahead that your dog, Spot, is laying in the street. He must have gotten out somehow from the side gate and a car came by and accidentally hit him. You'd rush to his aid, right? He is your pet, your child, and you will do everything humanly possible at that moment to save him. Scenario number two. Lets say you're driving down a main street near your home (maybe on your way to get that same hamburger from McDonalds) when, in an instant, you see a random dog get hit by a car on the street. The driver of the car panics and drives away. You'd rush to his aid, right? Even though it's not your pet, you know it is someones pet and besides you feel for the little thing. Scenario number three. Lets say you're at a petting zoo and there is a cow who is one of the show animals. Lets say you and your child are the only ones in the pen and are having your turn petting him. Then instantly the cow looks to be in a lot of pain, is struggling, and then falls over (lets say it's a heart attack). You would rush to his aid, right? You obviously know nothing about cows and how to help one in need, but you'd be genuinely concerned and would rush to get the person in charge to help the cow.

My point is that humans, as a general rule, inherently have it in them to want to help others (especially something as helpless as an animal) when in need. It just feels like the right thing to do to help another living creature in pain or in need. What is the difference in your feelings for your pets than in your for your feelings for a cow? Why would you most likely try in some way to help an animal in need in the situations above, yet you would eat eat the dead flesh of that very same animal? I have a very hard time understanding people who claim to be "animal lovers" and yet continue to eat the dead flesh of animals. Isn't that logic inherently flawed?

As a former meat eater, I can say that I was always conflicted about the topic. I am definitely an animal lover, in fact, some would say an animal fanatic, yet I would intentionally distance myself from what I truly was eating. It was a hamburger, not a cow. It was a filet, not a salmon. It was coq au vin, not a chicken. Then I accidentally came across some disturbing material when reading a book....it described some of the horrors that take place at slaughterhouses, and I found that I could hide no more. What I had been sweeping under the rug for so long was now staring me straight in the eye. I could no longer be the hypocrite that I was.....I had to make a change. And I did. It's as simple as that. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. All change start somewhere.

3.16.2010

Animal Acres and Ethiopian Vegan Food Experience





Hola!! This past weekend our family took a trip to Animal Acres (pictures above). A farm animal sanctuary located in Acton, CA. The visit and tour were so great. We got to hang out with chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs, bulls, sheep and goats. They have such personalities. The chickens were totally checking us out and were not so into petting...unlike some of the turkeys who were so sweet, and the goat were more like dogs...pet me all the time!! We shared good laughs and at the end of our visit we felt very happy. Afterwards we went out to a late lunch to an Ethiopian/Vegan restaurant located in LA. We tried many new foods and flavors, and got to eat with our hands!! Definitely would like to repeat that experience in the near future. I have shared some pictures above along with the links (below) to both Animal Acres and Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Restaurant.




3.15.2010

Meatless Mondays-Info and Recipe!




I first heard about Meatless Mondays from my email Inbox. A few weeks ago I received the Goop newsletter in my Inbox, and was pleasantly surprised at the topic. Goop is a newsletter that is put out by Gwenyth Paltrow weekly and it discusses topics of food/eating, spirituality, travel, etc. It is pretty interesting, so check out www.goop.com if you'd like to subscribe. The first sentence below was pulled directly from the Goop newsletter.

In 2006, the United Nations issued a report which stated that the livestock industry as a whole was responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole of the transport sector put together. Can you believe this? Most of us socially conscious, eco-friendly people have heard this fact many times, but what about everyone else? Does your neighbor know this? What about your best friends mom or the server at your favorite restaurant? This fact is worth sharing with someone new every day, because it is just staggering. The meat you ingest in your body is WORSE for the environment than that Hummer you see driving around. CRAZY.

For vegans or vegetarians, this "Meatless Monday" idea doesn't mean anything extraordinary to us personally, because we eat meatless every day! But this is a great way to share a part of your lifestyle with those around you. Instead of feeling like you have to tell people all about being vegetarian, why you do it, why they should do it, etc. This is an easy, tangible way to say "hey, why don't you try this for the environment?". And you can slip it in that the animals will thank them. Who knows, this idea of "Meatless Mondays" might even get some otherwise carnivores to consider the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle? Food for thought! Please visit the Meat Free Mondays website (www.meatlessmondays.org) to get more information about this movement and to find out what you can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (hint: is has something to do with not eating meat!)

Also, just a quick “recipe” that I’d like to share. And it really isn’t a recipe, it’s just a simplified version of a very common and much loved salad called, Caprese. According to Wikipedia, Insalata Caprese is as follows:

Insalata Caprese (salad in the style of Capri) is a simple salad from the Italian region of Campania, made of sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, plum tomatoes and basil. It is seasoned with salt, black pepper, and olive oil. [1] This dish is also known as a Tricolore salad due to its three colors, which mimic the Italian flag.

I like to make mine without the mozzarella and with some balsamic as well. Also, if you have a nice kosher or rock-type salt, it can really kick it up a notch. The picture above is my dinner tonight: a mushroom/asparagus risotto drizzled with truffle oil (recipe courtesy of Colleen Patrick-Goodreau) and my vegan version of the Insalata Caprese. Simple, light, and fresh.

-Foodie Vegan

3.12.2010

Foodie Vegan-The Truth as Her Boyfriend

Hello all. Today I did something a little unconventional.....I am letting my boyfriend be a guest blogger. He expressed some interest a couple of weeks ago......and what better day than Wildcard Friday to make his debut! I will warn everyone that he is NOT vegan, or really even Virtually Vegan. He has reduced his meat and animal product consumption because of my lifestyle though, which is a drastic improvement. I will also say that there is some here that I agree with and some here that I do NOT agree with:) But isn't that the beauty of relationships?

The truth is as her boyfriend, even though she will never admit it, I believe I can take full responsibility for “Foodie Vegan” becoming a vegan in the first place. After a long weekend of Argentine meat and potatoes, we decided to go vegetarian for a month. Now when I say meat and potatoes, I’m talking about a mouth watering asado (Argentine BBQ galore) done by the master chef himself, the vegan sister’s father, Daddy Meat bucks! Now after you ingest tons of chorizo, steak, and the rest of that glorious mooing animal and gorge on homemade pasta and pizza you feel disgusting. So that weekend is what I believe led to the inevitable VEGAN assault on life and my kitchen. I mean, at the time it sounded like a brilliant idea. No full stomach and no constant urge to lie down and do nothing but complain, “I’m so full, uhhhh!” If any of you out there know who I am, then you know that this observation isn’t that far from the truth. I mean when you grow up eating brisket, Hollywood sandwiches from Nate & Al's, In & Out Burgers, and macaroons from your overly Jewish mother, then you end up gaining some kind of dependency on animal flesh. I can’t say I have stopped eating meat, but I have definitely learned about other ways to curb the addiction of ANIMAL. There are those times though, when you just need a good meat burrito or burger. After a night of boozing, what else is there besides a “Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger!”

Over this past year as an outsider to this world of animal awareness, kitty parties (yes I said it, these girls have gone goo goo ga ga for fur balls), and living a more Earth-friendly lifestyle I realized it isn’t that bad. I think I can live off a diet of tempeh tacos, coconut rice and curry, and homemade sushi. The food definitely has a more bland taste, but living in the South made me realize anything is better with some Red Rooster! What baffles me is everything else that goes into being a vegan. The homemade herb contraptions, the alternatives, and the constant fight for animal rights. Although it’s all good intentions, why can’t we all come to a happy medium? If the Indians of America could live a spiritual life and only take form the land what they needed, why can’t we? Treat animals with respect as we would treat one another. I mean, I’m not going to go milk my sister, but I have used her before. She did my homework for me in junior high, I used her, but I didn’t kill her. If I can go milk a cow and use them for a good cold beverage, why do I have to drink almond milk?

Overall, I see what the goal is, and how extreme people can get. My opinion is that there is no black or white! Everything is negotiable, everything is compromise, and there is give and take on every subject out there. Our society has learned (at least my generation) that everyone has a voice and a reason. I see how wrong it is to kill a cow out of sheer greed for meat, and why waste a chinchilla’s life just to look like you’re important? But there are ways to enjoys things you love in life and help the plants and other things. Even the vegan’s aren’t perfect! Everyone has one guilty pleasure, be it a burger, burrito, or pretty shoes. Just appreciate what you love and use it in moderation. I pose this question to all you vegan people out there, if you were stranded on a island, and you had to survive for 6 weeks and you only had water what would you do? The island was surrounded by water and the only company you had was your mother and a cow. Would you crack after your stomach takes over the thoughts of your brain?

3.11.2010

cheese is cheese is cheese?

Hi friends,
Yesterday a vegetarian friend of mine brought up the subject of human breast milk cheese. You read that right. Pregnant or previously pregnant ladies pumping their milk and making it into cheese.
What's your reaction to this? Does your face tense up like you're sucking a lemon or are you completely at peace with the idea?

I ask simply because it's an issue not many people think about yet many of the reservations people have related to it are completely hypocritical when translated to cow's milk and cheese.

Both have to be pregnant to develop and maintain good quality milk.  Both are mammals (duh) and as such sentient beings with feelings of pain, pleasure and motherhood. Both long to have their youngin' suckling at their breast to take in this sacred food. So, what's the difference?

Think about it, I want to know your thoughts on the matter since I think it's hugely important if we are consumers of cow-goat-sheep-dog-human milk on a daily basis.

merci beaucoup
EcoVegan

11 Minute Vegan Video

Hi everyone. I posted this yesterday, but it disappeared!!!! I need a Virtually Vegan Technical Assistant!?!?!? In any case, enjoy again!

Here is a video I came across because of my e-newsletter subscription to VegKitchen. This is an 11 minute video about why becoming vegan is important. It is a powerful message conveyed in a gentle manner. Enjoy.

You can see the video at http://www.veganvideo.org

-Foodie Vegan

3.09.2010

A short and sweet little word of advise....EAT!!!!

Howdy! Today's post is going to be short and sweet....Yesterday I was hanging out with a friend and discussing vegetarianism/veganism. She mentioned to me that one of the reasons she broke down and started eating animals again was because she was hungry all the time. I do agree about the hunger and it's something that I have experienced myself. When we eat more veggies and good wholesome food overall, our bodies are working better, more efficiently and are able to digest food faster than when we ate animals. Animal flesh takes hours and hours to go through our bodies, making them work harder than they need to. In my case, I have been known to eat a lot of food at once...I have a big appetite....and now that I am vegan I eat more than I used to and I have not lost a pound or gained one. Everyone's bodies are different, so listen to your body and if it's asking for more food, eat!! or try drinking water because we sometimes mistake thirst for hunger.

3.08.2010

Meatless Monday Idea: PIZZA!

Whew, it's Monday already and before you know it you'll be wanting to pick up the phone to order dinner--but wait! There's a simple way to be prepared for this inevitable day when you don't feel like spending much time in the kitchen, and it's as custom as it gets:
Keep a ball of pizza dough in the fridge (available at grocery stores, or ask your favorite pizza place if they'll sell you one, it can even be the raw variety to keep it super-healthy). 

When you don't feel like cooking, simply prepare the dough (roll it out, cut open the plastic seal, whatever), preheat the oven, and layer fresh veggies and herbs to your heart's content.  Be creative, this is a great way to consume lots of veggies in one meal.  Even though it takes some getting used to I highly recommend not adding cheese--seasonal, organic vegetables will provide tons of flavor and none of the fat or digestive-sluggishness.

I particularly love fresh tomato, basil, and garlic combo (Pizza Margherita, named after an Italian queen) but make it with whatever you have on hand--even leftovers (mashed potatoes + rosemary are great toppings)!

Get creative! and have a great week

3.05.2010

Quote from Bradley Miller

"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar."

3.04.2010

pets and food

For those of us that have pets, we LOVE them, as should be. I've had a variety of pets in my lifetime and can't really imagine life without them. Animals somehow remind us of our primal connection to nature, to the non-verbal, to dependence and unconditional love.

Why, then, can we so easily separate the animals we keep as pets from those we label 'food'?

I never really asked myself this question until my vegan odyssey.  I happily had a pig as a pet, and then had another's flesh on my plate. I knew the two were somehow similar, they were pigs after all, but their differences in appearance and their immediate relation to me made me absent-mindedly accept Chiqui = pet, Bacon = food.

The way I see things now is that a life is a life. It's shocking to some people that I equate human life with animal life, but after much thought that's the conclusion I've arrived at and that is what keeps me committed to a vegan lifestyle. If we wouldn't (and don't have the need to) harm another human being for food, why should we harm another sentient-living-being for it? 

Even if you can't jump on the human=animal bandwagon yet you have pets, I would think that you can appreciate that animals are sentient beings--they have emotions, they feel pain, pleasure, experience love and family relations. However different from our own definitions of these terms it doesn't deny their capacity to experience them, right? I hope we're all on the same page here, because I really want this to sink in as far as possible.

For what reason do you accept some animals in your life to be pets in your home and for others to be food, or entertainment, or clothing? 

If you have an opinion that differs from mine I would love to hear it! ("There are as many ways to live as there are people in this world Harriet, and each one deserves a closer look" Gully, Harriet the Spy)

The idea from this post came from a TV ad for premium dog food so I'll address that topic in the future; it simply required an introduction to the pet vs food debate. Therefore, please do your homework and give this issue some serious thought (for your own peace of mind mainly) and we'll return to this later.

It's almost Friday people...look alive!

EcoVegan

3.03.2010

NY Restaurant Review-Spring Street Natural



This week I had the opportunity to check out a vegan-friendly restaurant for dinner. It was the very pleasant and very welcoming, Spring Street Natural, which is in SoHo. The menu is an ecclectic mix of cuisines with one thing in common: natural, fresh, organic, and sometimes vegan ingredients.

They start you with a basket of their fresh, homemade rosemary tomato bread that is to die for! We opted to start with the vegetable spring rolls which were brought to the table with a wonderfully tangy dipping sauce. These were definitely the highlight of my meal, and clocked in at an impressively affordable $6. In regards to entrees, they had about 3-4 vegan choices. What I LOVED about this restaurant is that everything that is vegan is delineated with a "v" on the menu.....makes my life so much easier! I opted for the rice and vegetable dinner. It was a hearty serving of brown rice with tahini, black beans, tofu, seaweed, and mixed vegetables. I really enjoyed everything except for the seaweed (too fishy for my taste) and the kale. The dish had mixed steamed vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, squash, and oddly included what I believe was raw kale. It didn't fit the dish.....it somehow felt like they tried to throw a kale salad on my plate. Weird. Other than that it was great. At a very vegetarian-friendly spot, I was surprised that the dish wasn't perfect (especially since it was so simple), but I was grateful to have options and also have it be budget friendly at $12.50 for the entree.

Till next week! Foodie Vegan

3.02.2010

Animal Testing Letter from PCRM

Crafty Vegan again....I listed these links at the top and bottom of the blog just in case it's too long for you to read. Please do your part by researching the companies you buy products from, whether that is make-up or cleaning supplies and make sure they have the "jumping bunny" logo, which means no animals were abused to make that product. For a listing of companies that DO test on animals, please visit:
For a listing of companies that DO NOT test on animals, please visit:

Some of the more familiar companies that DO test on animals are: Johnson&Johnson, L'Oreal, Clorox and Crest. So scary! If people only knew. I hope you can pass this info along to your family and friends and spread the word. Thank you.

I could give my thoughts and feeling about the horrible practice of animal testing, but I thought that sharing this letter with you would do a much better job and also provide honest information without my emotional strings attached. This information was taken from sections of a letter I received yesterday from PCRM's (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) president Neal D. Barnard, M.D. Here is part of that letter....

Dear Friend,

In the last six months, nearly 200,000 animals have been tortured or killed in the US by experimental drug tests. It's disturbing, but true. And our own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is largely responsible. Here's why...

These animals are victims of the FDA's refusal to act on a petition filed by the PCRM and a coalition of scientists, doctors and other groups calling on it to demand that companies use alternatives to animal testing whenever possible.
The FDA's failure to act on our petition has been a virtual death sentence for thousands of animals. The FDA could save millions of innocent animals each year and simultaneously create safer drugs for Americans who have seen a growing number of drugs turn out to be fatal for humans, even though they "passed"their animals tests. The FDA's continuing refusal to act on this issue is simply unacceptable.
The US is far behind the rest of the world in practicing more ethical science. While animals testing is still the rule in the US, Europe is years ahead of us. The European Commission already has laws on the books protecting animals from extraordinarily cruel treatment...laws that require alternative non-animal testing, when possible.
This change in Europe only happened because concerned people started a grassroots movement that was unstoppable....the same kind of grassroots movement PCRM is now leading in the US.
PCRM knows that when enough people realize how much animals suffer in testing laboratories the vile practice will end. So PCRM is changing hearts and minds with compelling evidence...in a shocking undercover video, a terrified monkey struggles to free herself from two lab workers. Seconds later, a tube is cruelly jammed up her nose forcing toxic chemicals to her stomach. The monkey cries out in pain, but they keep pushing harder.
I wish I could tell you this terrible act of cruelty caught on camera is an isolated incident. Or report that it isn't happening. But it is. And on a truly massive scale.
But that's only part of the cruelty to animals that goes on in this country every day....only part of why PCRM's efforts to end this unimaginable suffering are so critically important.
PCRM fights animal abuse wherever it is happening in the name of science. We work hard to shut down live animal labs in US medical schools. "Standard" lab practices often call for locking up defenseless pigs in tiny cages....cutting into their bodies with scalpels...injecting them with drugs...and then killing them and bagging their bodies for waste.
We're making real progress to end this atrocity. Since we started our campaign, more than 90 percent of US medical schools have closed their live animal labs. Most schools are now using non-animal teaching alternatives with good results.
In so-called "routine" lab work, animals can experience profound stress. An animal living in a lab....confined to a crowded cage....is an animal living in constant fear for it's life. Many corporations and educational institutions have a lot of money invested in business as usual, even if that business means bloodying their hands in the torture and killing of animals. They just hope most people are looking the other way, not thinking about all those animals locked up in cages awaiting the next drug test....the next experiment...the next forced feeding...which may very well be their last unless we come to their rescue.
It's time for America to stop the killing-to stop animal testing once and for all.

Crafty Vegan again....Please do your part by researching the companies you buy products from, whether that is make-up or cleaning supplies and make sure they have the "jumping bunny" logo, which means no animals were used to make that product. For a listing of companies that DO test on animals, please visit:
For a listing of companies that DO NOT test on animals, please visit:

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3.01.2010

Meatless Monday Original Recipe: Rawlicious Green Soup

Hey all! The following recipe is meatless!! And the author of this recipe is my boyfriend, oh, what a good cook! You will need a blender for this soup.

Ingredients:
2 avocados
1 lemon
a big hand full of spinach
3 celery stocks
a hand full of cherry tomatoes
1 small tomato, any kind
some fresh cilantro, as much as you'd like

Place everything in a blender, of course cut the tomatoes and celery, remove the pit and skin of the avocado and remove the peel from the lemon. Turn it on, blend, blend, blend until creamy and eat, eat, eat and enjoy!!
Sorry I forgot to take pictures, but this was so good I just ate it and didn't remember until afterwards.