The library is a great resource to try out cookbook before you buy (or, if you’re like me, a great way to feed your cookbook addiction without going broke!). I put Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day, Vegan Eats World and Crazy Sexy Kitchen on hold a while back, and they all became available on the same day. Happy day! Just browsing the pages I quickly fell in love, and I’m pretty sure all three will find a permanent place in my ever-growing collection. Now that I’m mostly recovered from my wisdom tooth extraction, I’m looking forward to testing them out. What are your favorites? Any recommendations?
Our Hen House published an article last week titled, “Veganism is about More than Food.” With all the focus on food, many forget (or they never realize) that diet is only one component of a vegan lifestyle. This article is a great reminder that other components can be a great way to advocate for the animals and to introduce people to veganism. Changing their diet may sound overwhelming to some at first, but giving up fur or wool or changing their household cleaning products may sound more manageable (every step counts!). Check out the article to read more and to see some ideas for spreading the word that avoiding exploitation and cruelty means more than changing what we eat.
Super Bowl recipes. With that said, though it’s not the whole picture, I still believe that good vegan food is one of the best forms of activism. People eat three times a day — at least. Demonstrating how satisfying an animal-free diet can be, and how it’s not a sacrifice at all, is a great way to win people over. You will likely be gathering together with friends this Sunday night, if not to watch the game, and if not to watch the commercials, then definitely to enjoy some tasty party food. Looking for something to bring to the big game? Here are a few ideas:
- Three Bean Chili
- Pizza Poppers
- Savory Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Puffs
- Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Spread)
Trader Joe’s recently launched its own line of vegan mozzarella style shreds, which melt and stretch (and come in a resealable bag). I’ll admit that I didn’t have high expectations, but I was excited to try them nonetheless. The shreds are finer than Daiya’s and have a slightly different taste and a firmer consistency as well. When it comes to melted cheese, Daiya still reigns supreme, no question. The Trader Joe’s shreds have a gritty and stickier texture when melted, which I generally didn’t like (although they weren’t too shabby when melted in a very thin layer on some garlic bread — see how they melt and stretch?). Unmelted, however, I have to say I was fairly impressed. I’ve enjoyed the shreds added to wraps and sprinkled over salads. Also appealing? It’s price — locally, it’s about 25% less than Daiya.
When it comes to defending our eating choices, many people, mostly meat eaters, justify their habits by calling them a personal choice. To a certain extent I agree. But to excuse the killing and consumption of animals as “personal choice” is overlooking the obvious: a voiceless victim. A victim that, given the choice, surely would have chosen to live. This quote/poster I found on Pinterest puts it perfectly.
Yes, I realize that WHAT we eat is a personal decision. But WHO we eat is not.
Thanks for reading! :) Any fun plans for the weekend?