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I’m a Meatatarian

Sooooooo this weeks blog is all about VEGANISM! Just in case you are curious, I am most definitely NOT a vegan. I love meat, eggs, down sleeping bags, wine and cheese and especially leather vintage coats and boots! moom32 There is no way that I would be able to become a vegan because my entire lifestyle would change and I would change into a completely different person. Now before you stop reading, I’m not here to bash veganism……..like some people do. I’m writing to look at the differences between  the vegan, the vegetarian and the meat eater!

1. Animal rights- the Vegan Will not eat or use any animal product. Good bye leather boots, sushi and feather pillows. Hello PETA meetings, hemp clothing and surprisingly delicious vegan food. The vegetarian will not eat animals but can still use animal products. Some vegetarians will eat fish or eggs and dairy products. Good bye Teenburger hello veggie burger. As for the meatatarian….Mmmmmm Bacon! I think I have made my point!bacon5

2. Health:

The Vegan is your best bet here, as long as you follow a healthy diet and get enough B12 and calcium. Fruit and veggies do not have any cholesterol in them where as meat does. If you combine exercise with a vegan or vegetarian diet you can actually reduce the cholesterol level in your blood. If you are an Ovo-lacto  vegetarian then you can still get cholesterol from dairy and eggs. It is also true that vegans and vegetarians are less likely to get diabetes. Guess I cant really fight this one can I?

3. The environment:

This is a sticky subject because whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or a meatatarian the environment is damaged through the mass production of food.  It is true that more water and fuel is used to raise cattle compared to vegetable and crop growth. On the other hand, chemicals that are sprayed on crops do not go into the ground because they run off into the groundwater. Either way, we all need to work on being more environmentally friendly. ist2_5186448-recycle“Please take those bottles back and set up a recycling system people!”

Okay back to the food blog!

Whether your a vegan, a veggie or a meathead, enjoy your food and enjoy your life. If fall off the bone ribs make you smile then good on you, but if the thought of eating and animal makes you sad then become a veggie! If the thought of snuggling up with a good book, chai tea and you down comforter makes you cry for the poor duck that is walking around with no feathers well then become a vegan and change your life for the better!rachachurosduck

As for me, I’m going to indulge in some leftover Swiss steak!

Peace

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The Vegans are Coming!

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Veganism isn’t just a diet but is a lifestyle choice that prohibits the use of animal products of any kind (food, clothing, products test on animals). If you’re a meat (or cheese) lover, having the vegans over for supper can be a scary proposition.

Depending on the person, vegans can be relatively relaxed about other people’s eating habits while maintaining their own personal choices. I have a friend who is vegan is delighted when we include vegan choices for supper. She’s known for traveling with her own snacks just in case, and is happy to graze the kitchen, piecing together her own meal. But if you’re inviting someone for dinner it’s only polite to make sure you can offer foods they will actually eat.

There are lots of ingredient substitutions that help to make regular recipes into vegan friendly dishes. For example, 1 egg can be substituted with Ener-G Egg Replacer, or 1 banana (cake recipes), or 2 Tbsp corn starch (these and others via Vegan Action).

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Below is a recipe for vegan chili (adapted from The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen). It can be served with hearty bread or baked potatoes.

If your animal-loving friend is comfortable with other’s food choices then grated cheese or burgers can be served on the side (just make sure the vegan & non-vegan dishes are kept separate from start to finish). If you have lots of people to please at your table then this compromise may be necessary. Pasta dishes can also easily be made vegan (and give you the option of serving meatballs on the side).

But planning a full vegan meal can be easy. This chili is hearty enough you won’t even miss the beef. The Vegan Chef also has tons of delicious recipes you can try and combine to make a completely vegan meal.

Vegan Chili (adapted from The New Moosewood Cookbook)

Preparation Time: 1 ¾ hours. Serves 6

Ingredients
3 or 4 19 oz. cans of kidney beans (drained and washed)
1 cup tomato juice
1 cup uncooked bulgur wheat
2 tbs. Olive Oil
2 cups chopped onion
6 to 8 large cloves garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 medium stalk of celery, diced
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp basil
2 tsp. chili powder (or more to taste)
1.5 tsp. salt
Black pepper and cayenne, to taste
1 medium bell pepper, chopped,
1 – 14 oz. can tomatoes
3 tbs. Tomato paste
Finely minced parsley (optional)

Heat the tomato juice to boiling. Add it to the bulgur wheat in a small bowl, cover, and let chilistand 15 minutes.

In a large pot heat olive oil, add onion, half the garlic, carrot, celery, and seasonings. Sauté over medium heat about five minutes, add bell pepper, and sauté until all the vegetables are tender.

Add tomato juice and bulgur wheat and drained kidney beans to pot. Simmer over lowest possible heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes or longer. After about 15 minutes, add remaining garlic.

Taste to adjust seasonings, and serve hot.

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