Vegan Dishes

Brusselized Green Goddess Pasta!

Who else has felt like a super hero when needing to incorporate the almost spoiled veggies into dinner and have it turn out successful?? I had one of those nights tonight, yay me!  I needed to use up a gigantic, family size bag of brussel sprouts for dinner and a handful of ripped avos that were already 6 hours past their prime.  Pasta was on the menu, so I figured some shells with a bunch of greens mixed in an avocado cream sauce would do the trick.

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I roasted about a thousand brussel sprouts that I cut into quarters, at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes.  *I should of trimmed the ends off better in the beginning because most ends were too tough and I had to trim them again before adding them in the mix. 
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Next, I boiled the pasta and steamed some frozen peas and fresh baby spinach.  While that was happening, I blended 3 ripped avos with garlic, basil, lemon juice, water, salt, pepper, and of course some nutritional yeast.  None of this was measured.. I had to play around with the consistency so I say just base your measurements on your taste/texture preferences.  Next time, I’ll add veggie broth instead of water to see if that makes it more flavorful.

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Lastly, all ingredients were ready to be mixed together and I was finally able to apply to face!

Vegan Living

Earth Day Every Day

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Since transitioning to veganism, I have made many small, positive environmental changes along the way and there’s still about a few hundred more I need to strive for.  Aside from my food choices, I’ve been working on reducing my waste and making more sustainable purchases.
To be honest, we all should strive to reduce our waste since our one and only home (planet Earth) depends on it. The amount of plastic and trash we dump into our oceans is heart wrenching to acknowledge.  The fact that meat consumption is this planet’s main threat, yet the majority of humans consume animals several times a day, leaves such a stain on our environment.
Some baby steps I’ve taken so far have been to stop buying plastic ware for the house. I can not believe i used to buy Solo plastic cups and plates every month. I also used to pat myself on the back for reusing the same cup every now and then. I’m so glad that we’ve phased them out completely and just use our glassware now.  In the future, I’d love to phase them out of parties I host as well.  I still have some leftover plastic supplies to last me another year or two, so there’s no excuse why I can’t start investing in more earth friendly options as I replace them.  I’ve also purchased a few stainless steel straws so I can easily refuse the plastic ones. Luckily, I’ve cut way back on the Dunkin Doughnuts coffee runs; reducing plenty of plastic and straws. This doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a bunch of times I’ve forgotten my straws at home when I order on the road. Perhaps a car kit filled with on-the-go sustainable products is an order??
What I’m currently working on is investing in bio degradable poop bags for both my dog and hens. I’m really good at refusing the plastic bags at the stores, however they do come in handy for all our poop scooping needs. Sometimes, I purposely forget my reusable bags when we’re really low on plastic ones. Then I get bummed out because I know better. Convenience gets the best of me and I know I can’t be the only one!
Always strive to do better when you know better but at the same time, let’s not beat ourselves up when we hit a snag. Unfortunately our “normal” living habits have not yet caught up with just how much of a mess we need to clean up. We’re not told on a daily basis just how bad our environmental crisis situation really is. We’re not taught to be held more accountable to do our part on making more ethical and sustainable every day choices.
We must consider the negative consequences our present choices will make on our future generations. On our children’s and grandchildren’s future, since they’ll be the ones impacted by our actions the most.  Let’s aim for baby steps towards honoring Earth Day, every day.
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Activism & Animal Rights

Earthling Ed East Coast Take Over!

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I had the pleasure of hearing Earthling Ed (Ed Winters) speak in person about my two favorite topics; Veganism and Animal Rights.  I found out two days before he would be in town, that he was hosting a speech at Brown University and was touring the East Coast before returning back to the UK.  He has been one of my biggest idols in the animal rights movement since I started my vegan activism journey.  How on earth could I justify missing the legend himself, speak to students in my hometown?!  I’m so very thankful I didn’t.
It was beyond surreal sitting just about 10 feet in front of Ed while he spoke such truth and logic.  Especially since I’ve seen almost every You Tube upload he has ever created.  It was also extremely satisfying to know that this was the first of many times I’ll run into Earthling Ed.  I’ve only been an animal rights activist for just over a year so this is only the beginning for me.  I didn’t have the chance to personally greet him, hug him, shake his hand or thank him for all the amazing work he is doing for the animals.  Mother duties called and I had to leave right before he started his Q&A and meet & greet sessions.  Next time I’m blessed with his presence, I’ll make sure to let him know just how much of an influence he has on my activism for animals. How this entire planet is beyond lucky to have him in the front lines of the vegan movement, for the sake of all Earthlings we share our home with.

 

 

Vegan Dishes

Fancy Vegancy (boxed) Mac & Cheese

To be honest, I’d love to say that I always make my vegan mac and cheese from scratch using purred sweet pots, cauliflower, onions, etc., but that’s just not the case.  Although I most certainly prefer the homemade healthier versions, time is of the essence more than I’d like to admit.  Boxed mac & cheese will just have to do more often than not; but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring!  I feel like mac & cheese is one of the easiest recipes to dress up.  This has always been one of my favorite dishes and was the one I was most worried about “giving up” when I went vegan.  Little did I know just how much better (AND HEALTHIER) the cruelty free versions can be.
I almost always add spinach or broccoli and tomatoes but I’ll switch up the vegan meat with Field Roast sausages or Beyond Meat burgers.  I recently diced up cubed pieces of the QUORN spicy chickn patties and it came out amazing!   Get as creative as you want adding veggies like broccoli, peas, asparagus, or carrots.  Ground up some veggie burgers or vegan meat burgers and mix… Dinner (or lunch) is served!
Activism & Animal Rights

Anonymous for the Voiceless

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I’ve been involved with Anonymous for the Voiceless since April of 2018.  Since then, I’ve done a bunch of demonstrations with them (as pictured above) mainly in the Providence area.  According to their website, Anonymous for the Voiceless is a street activist organization dedicated to total animal liberation. We expose to the public the animal exploitation that is intentionally hidden from them.  Cube of truths are held in public locations where half of the members form a cube and hold either a sign or footage and the other half of the members are on the outreach team and converse with the bystanders.  The masks serve a few purposes; it captures the bystanders attention, helps the bystanders focus on the footage instead of the person holding it and sends the anonymous message that we are there to speak up for the victims (animals) and not for ourselves.

This is by far my favorite form of activism at the moment.  There hasn’t been one cube I’ve attended where I didn’t have an uplifting conversation with a stranger that gives me hope for our future.  The footage is undercover footage from several different “RSPCA approved” factory farms, slaughterhouses, animal testing lab, etc.  It exposes how badly the victims are treated and murdered, as well as highlights the cruelty behind the standard practices used in these animal exploitation industries.

There are chapters (AV groups) in over 1,000 cities across the world; making AV a world wide organization.  Sometimes, local chapters come together for a cube and show strength in numbers.  The photos shared are from my most recent cube that was done in New Haven, Connecticut near Yale University.  AV members from the New Haven chapter, Massachusetts chapter and Rhode Island chapter joined together for an event that was hosted by well known animal activist, Joshua Entis.  It was an amazing event which led to over 50 bystanders leaving with an open mind on taking veganism more seriously.

Vegan Dishes

Cruelty-Less Pizza!

Vegan pizza has been by far my favorite to whip up.  It’s amazing how creative you can get with toppings.  I’ve used mock meats, grounded up veggie patties, jack fruit, you name it!  The ones pictured below are a tomato, basil, spinach, with red onions and mozzarella along with a BBQ jack fruit with roasted corn, green onions and cheddar cheese.  Delicious!

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Vegan Living

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If you enjoy yoga and or meditation, you should totally give Bikram Yoga a shot.  According to Wikipedia- Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques. It became popular in the early 1970s. All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises.  The hubby and I currently signed up for a 21 day unlimited package and we’re scheduling two days a week.  It’s an intense course that helps you focus on breathing, technique and meditation.  My favorite pose is the one we get to do in between poses called savasana.  It means corpse pose and is a relaxation technique.. definitely right up my alley haha! I’m hoping it will help me with my March goal to finally get my splits and overall flexibility.

Vegan Dishes

Eggplant & Red Pepper Chick’n Wraps

 

I was so proud of myself when I whipped this up together last minute.  My entire family loves the chickenless patties and nuggets from 365 so I try and get creative with them.  This time, I diced up the cooked patties and dressed up a delicious lunch wrap.  The base is a spread I found at Trader Joes that consist of eggplant and red peppers.  I’m actually making a version of these tonight for dinner.  They’ll include fire roasted corn and tomato along with most of the items pictured above.   Vegan meals can be fun and kept interesting.  The days of iceberg lettuce and tofu are long gone when it comes to cruelty free dining.  Almost everything and anything can be veganized these days.  So the real question is.. If we can live happy & healthy lives enjoying delicious foods without harming animals, why wouldn’t we???

Activism & Animal Rights

Why I’m Vegan

To sum up, there’s really no justifiable reason NOT to be vegan in 2019.  With so many cruelty free alternatives for meats, dairy and eggs, why would someone continue to pay others to mistreat and slaughter animals by the TRILLIONS every single year??  I truly believe that the generations to come, will look back at this atrocity which such shame and disbelief.  Want to know why many people continue to consume dead animal flesh and secretions?   Convenience, habit, taste and traditions.

There are plenty of health studies out there that prove whole plant based foods are optimal for humans.  And there’s even more studies out there that prove animal products are the leading cause of deaths for humans.  Heart disease is the number one killer in humans and stems from saturated fats and cholesterol which are mainly found in animal products.  Certain forms of cancer are also the cause of too much processed meats and dairy.  Dairy plays a huge role in hormonal cancers (breast, ovarian, prostate and testicular).  Don’t you think it’s weird how we continue to drink breast milk after our early childhood years from another species???  How many people would be grossed out if it were pig breast milk or dog breast milk or better yet, human breast milk??  It’s just all so weird and we’re not baby cows after all.  The hormones found in cow’s milk does a number on our bodies.  “Milk does a body good is not science, it’s marketing.”- Dr. Milton Mills, MD

Ethically speaking, most people are against animal abuse and if they had to slaughter or even witness the slaughter of the animal they want to eat, they wouldn’t do it.  Earthlings and Dominion are two very powerful documentaries that show the truth on how these animals are raised, farmed and slaughtered.  Every single one of them fight until their very last breath to survive.  We all just want to live in peace; human animals and non-human animals.

Environmentally speaking, we’re screwed.  We’ll not so much us but our kids and their kids.  The amount of pollution and waste created by the animal agricultural industry has come to a point of no return.  Deforestation to make room for more animals or to grow the food to feed to the animals is beyond devastating to comprehend.  Dead zones in the oceans with fish-less oceans predicted by the year 2048!  If the fish go, we all go.  We are destroying our beautiful planet by using and consuming other sentient beings.

Being vegan is taking an ethical stance against all intentional animal abuse.  This includes avoiding food and clothing derived from animals along with products tested on animals and using animals for our entertainment (zoos, circuses, etc.)  Just by existing, humans will destroy some life forms by driving, walking, crop farming, etc.  We must do our part to cause the LEAST amount of harm to others (whether directly or indirectly).  I am vegan because we must be the change we wish to see in the world.  Could you imagine how much better off we all would be if we were taught to respect all life forms and not just those we consider pets?

Peace begins on your plate.  #bevegan

*DISCLOSURE* I by no means am posting this to shame non-vegans.  I wasn’t vegan for the first 32 years of my life and it is not my place to judge.  Most people do not know how bad it actually is for the animals nor do they care to witness it.  I called myself an animal lover all my life all while consuming their dead, tortured bodies and sporting Coach purses made of cow skin.  I urge each and every one of you to please do your own research because once we know better, we can do better.  And those that have the privilege to know have the duty to act.  It is my duty to spread awareness as far and wide as possible.  It’s the very least I can do; especially since I contributed to their suffering for most of my life.

Vegan Living

Move it Mondays

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Like 99.9% of people, I made a New Years resolution this year to get in shape.  Not only to get in shape, but to get more flexible.  I have a goal to get both of my splits by the end of February.  Growing up, I considered myself pretty athletic.  I did gymnastics then competition cheerleading through high school and then urban dance in college.  Throughout my life however, I was never able to master both left and right splits.

I envision myself dancing to choreography I make up in my head.  Why is it that I’m so much better at picturing myself dancing than ACTUALLY dancing??  I feel like a complete tool when I try and recreate the moves I envision in real life.  Even more so when I take a dance class… especially hip hop.  That’s the style I feel more comfortable in but only when I free style.  Try and teach me some moves and I forget all my skills.

A long term goal for me is to be able to choreography a dance I actually look good performing so I can incorporate my activism lifestyle with it.  To accomplish this however, I need to take all sorts of dance classes, gym classes, and put in the long hours and hard work myself.  As for gym classes, I take a Balance and Flex class on Tuesdays, a Strength Training class on Wednesdays and a Pilates class on Thursdays.  Mondays are for actual dance classes (either hip hop or modern).  And of course, I can’t forget yoga!  No set days for yoga but it’s so good for the body and mind as well, so I try and fit it in when possible.

I feel so out of my comfort zone on Mondays but it’s a small price to pay in order to achieve my long term dance goal.  Tonight I’ll take one step closer on turning this goal into a reality.  Even if it means putting myself out there and feeling so out of place.

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