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First things first:  Happy Easter!

What a difference a month makes.  March started out with massive snow on the ground, but we are ending it with beautiful sunshine and springtime weather.  After four long and cold months, we were finally able to pull the bikes out of storage and hit the trails today.  I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful it was to smell the fresh air and to feel the warm sunshine on our faces and the wind in our hair.

Spring Ride

In one of her newest Vegetarian  Food for Thought podcasts, Colleen provides tips on keeping a vegan home.  “Afraid of being considered controlling, extreme, insulting, rude, or ungracious, some people are afraid to ask friends and family to not bring animal products into their home. Things get more complicated when you live with non-vegans who don’t share your desire to draw that line. Join me [Colleen] today as I share some stories about how we can set reasonable boundaries unapologetically and with grace.”  It’s a great listen and one that I found very helpful.

Blog love.  It has been a while since I have shared a little blog love around here!  If you haven’t heard of Kathy Patalsky and her website Healthy. Happy. Life., you are missing out, my friend.  Kathy regularly dishes up tempting recipes and photos.  We recently tried her BBQ Peanut Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers Yes, you heard that right, and, yes, they do taste as incredible as they sound!

BBQ Peanut Sweet Potato Veggie Burger - Healthy Happy Life

And a few days later, we tried her Creamy Baked Potato Soup.  We topped it with caramelized onions, Kathy’s cheesy roasted potatoes and tempeh bacon crumbles (from The Vegan Table).  Outstanding, and perfect for a cool night.

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup - Healthy Happy Life

I found so many inspiring articles and posts this month!  Here are a handful.

  • I’m often confused when people turn up their noses to vegan food because *everyone* eats vegan food, they just don’t call it that.  They simply call it what it is, “food.”  Cadry’s Kitchen explores this idea more deeply and with humor in Vegan Food:  It’s Just Food.
  • I was laughing as I read this list of The 17 Weirdest Things I Do Now that I’m Vegan by No Meat Athlete.  I could identify with many, such as no microwave, weird smoothies, tofu in my desserts, trying to live with fewer things/simplifying, drinking kombucha and eating sprouted things.
  • Have you ever had someone question whether veganism is sustainable long-term?  If so, feel free to point them to this compilation of long-term vegans.  Read and be inspired by the stories of numerous people that have been vegan for decades!
  • Jasmin Singer wrote a blog post over at Our Hen House titled, “Commitment Issues:  On Veganism, Priorities and Marrying Ideas.”  If you read nothing else, read this.  It is a moving and beautifully written piece.

Justin Timberlake hosted SNL a few weeks ago and in a hilarious skit ranks right up there with my all-time favorites (such as this one and this one), JT dressed up as a dancing piece of tofu to “bring it on down to Veganville.”  Classic.

Oh, you can also now get your own Veganville t-shirt, with your choice of quote on the back — my personal favorites are “Did someone say Veg-Out?” and “Legumes all in my plate, Spirulina all in my shake, No eggs all in my cake!”  What about you?

Justin Timberlake – Bring It On Down 2… by IdolxMuzic

Veganism is about something much bigger than ourselves. It’s about equality, it’s about justice…veganism is about the animals – both human and non – who are incomprehensibly oppressed by a society that is utterly blind to their suffering and its own privilege. It’s about them, not us.
-Jasmin Singer

Have a great week, everyone!

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  1. CJ says

    LOL, I love that skit (I know what I’m dressing up as for Halloween this year)! Love the t-shirt, too. The one about finding love in a meatless place is my favorite!

  2. says

    I envy you hopping on your bikes already! It hasn’t quite warmed up quite to that level here yet. (Although, I have seen a few bikers out and about. Maybe I’m just not hardcore enough!) Later this week it may reach 60 degrees, though. Thank goodness!

    Those sweet potato peanut veggie burgers sound so good! I love the combination of peanut & sweet potato together.

    Thank you for including my post in your line-up! I’m glad that it resonated with you!

    • says

      Hope you can get out on the bikes soon! We put on gloves and layer up if we need to. Generally I don’t like riding unless it is at least in the 50s, but after a long hiatus, we’ve been known to ride in the upper 30s (entirely way too cold!).

      The burgers were fantastic. Easy to make and, with the beans, sweet potatoes, rice and peanuts, they’re pretty healthful as well.

  3. molly says

    That’s a beautiful quote. I enjoyed her article very much. I love Kathy’s blog too. I need to stop pinning and actually get in the kitchen though! I think I’ll try the barbeque burgers first!

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