Monday, August 15, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
My dad is pressuring me to become an omnivore again, we're trying to move out to "the farm", eighty acres of awesome in the middle of nowhere. We're raising all our own food... I'd have to make my own tofu, which, as I previously mentioned, I now know how to do.
But when I first became a vegetarian, I said that I could stand for humanely raised meat. But I'm not sure how I feel about it now...
I feel like I would be letting people down, though no one's been really supporting me in this. I'd be letting myself down a little.
So I don't know. I'm at the point where one little comment from a stranger would completely change my mind either way. So if I get a comment (that's telling me to) I will decide your way. Really. I promise, my nonexistent reader. :(
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I've been making tuno lately, vegetarian tuna casserole.
One can of chickpeas
One scoop of mayo, soy version if ur vegan.
A pickle, crispest you can get, chop it up chunky and pour a little of the vinegar juice in too.
Mash up the chickpeas with a fork or food processor, add the mayo and pickle and mix well. I like it on those Nature's Own sandwich rounds, the multi-grain ones. They taste awesome. Plus they're half the calories, for those of you who are doing this for your health.
I've also found a recipe for homemade tofu, which I will post on here as soon as I find some soybeans to test it out with. I'm having some trouble with this though, I've checked both of our local health food stores. Any suggestions? I'm dying for my first comment on here.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I woke up this morning coming down off a sugar high. It was awful!!! I was soooooooooo tired. I feel asleep in the van, which I haven't done in two years. Then I woke up to my annoying brother telling me I had snot in my nose. Gross. Him, not the snot.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Another issue is that the kids have spent their small lives feasting on chicken TV dinners. We all eat at the same table, me being the only herbivore it gets kind of awkward when curious eyes stare at my tofu, call it gross, and offer me some of their dead chicken with endless questions about why I won't take it. I sincerely want to convert someone (she really liked tofu when she tried it) but fake meat is more expensive, and trust me, when you can't even pay your light bill, the extra quarter costs a lot.
For the first time ever, I got paid to Christmas carol!!! We averaged about twenty cents a house each. My jerk of a brother rudely declined when we invited him (even though he has a great voice) so I shared some of the Oreos that a compassionate neighbor who has a soft spot for people who walk around in the Christmas weather singing at the top of our lungs gave us.
Merry Christmas to all and Happy Birthday Jesus!!!!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I found this awesome food blog; http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/, that has a ton of actually good vegan recipes. A lot of them don't even have soy in them, which is awesome because I've found that soy isn't the perfect wonder food that a lot of vegans say it is. Our liver is too weak to process it correctly or something.
My job-getting has progressed slightly; I actually made it to Publix the other day and waited in line for a half hour to find out how to apply. The gum-smacking creature behind the counter pointed to a large computer-like contraption, and told that after I filled out the application on that machine I'd need to get back in line, which had stretched about a mile behind me. With a heavy heart, I headed to the machine. Right at that moment, my ride honked the horn and with a mixture of despair and relief I headed to the car.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
1) Become a vegan. Full out. No more Cheetos, no more mozzarella, no more microwave omelets. To support this resolution however, I must;
2) Finally get a job!!! I've been asking around, sort of halfheartedly, but I have a new vegan habit to support and another sibling soon to be born which I will hope to convert. I highly doubt it though... I've never converted anyone yet. Except for fifteen minutes, and that doesn't count, she was convinced she was fat and it wasn't the complete lack of exercise that was at fault (btw, she was tiny as shark).
(btw btw, shark is my new online censor. I like to write everything I think, but I try to never spew horse crap all over my actual words)
3) Stop calling my brother a chauvinist pig. It's an insult to pigs, who are scientifically considered smarter than dogs and three year old children. My brother is scientifically considered an idiot.
I hope to think of seven more before the new year, I'll edit them back down to three, it's about all I can manage at one time. If anyone reads this; comment for once! I'm insulted!!!
A website for questions:
Websites for answers to said questions:
Scroll down to older posts to answer 1
2 and 3 are found athttp://www.nutrition.for-vegans.co.uk/
And there are some other answers at the how to do things website too, I should visit that website more often.
As for the pig's butt, I believe that was listed in my resolutions. If this is confusing, note that I'm running on little sleep.
Good night all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Friday, December 10, 2010
On a more relevant note, CELEBRATE!!!! NASA has freed the monkeys. It was the first protest email I ever did, and I was so psyched to hear that the radiation experiments that they were planning to do have stopped. I didn't do extensive research, but if the articles I read were correct, they've done similar experiments before, and they've resulted in serious brain damage. This new experiment used more radiation, as in "last time we tested with some radiation, it hurt them badly. If we test with more, it might hurt them worse, but finding out is more important than their lives". That's the impression I got. Anyway, they grounded it so there are a few more alive monkeys out there now.
Arguing with omnivores is soooooooooo annoying!!!! My dad always brings up a scripture. I am a Christian, I believe the Bible is true. He starts with:
Acts 10:9-18 (The Message)
9-13The next day as the three travelers were approaching the town, Peter went out on the balcony to pray. It was about noon. Peter got hungry and started thinking about lunch. While lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the skies open up. Something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. Then a voice came: "Go to it, Peter—kill and eat."
14Peter said, "Oh, no, Lord. I've never so much as tasted food that was not kosher."
15The voice came a second time: "If God says it's okay, it's okay."
16This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the skies.
And then proceeds to say they ate mostly meat in those times.
I counter with:
Romans 14:2 (The Message)
2-4For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ's table, wouldn't it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn't eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God's welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.
And then say that they used to treat animals a lot better than factory farm animals are treated today.
He answers describing the cruel method in which the animals used to be killed, hung upside down and their throat slit, bleeding to death. I describe the cruelty in the factories, graffiti painted on the walls with torn off heads, the chickens made into poop squirt guns, the pig with the leg that was left to rot for two weeks because that's when she would be slaughtered, it wasn't considered worth it. He counters by saying we were given dominion over all the animals. I said that we shouldn't rule like this, ignoring the suffering like Marie Antoinette, look what happened to her?
This goes on for a very long long time and both of us walk away secure in our positions, never changing our minds.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The choices are usually in one of these categories:
Vegan: No meat, of course, of any kind, and no animal bi-products. That includes no wearing or owning leather, no eggs, no dairy, and a little known one, no jell-o. Jell-o is made of gelatin, which is basically crystallized animal fat. Ew, right?
Lacto-Vegetarian: Nothing above, but you can drink milk and eat cheese and cheese cake and ranch dressing and certain yogurts, and ice cream. Part of the reason some people are vegan is that some dairies, even organic ones, still use male dairy calf babies for veal. For more information, just Google it. You could've just Googled this, but then again you might have.
Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian: Eggs and milk, still NO MEAT! AT ALL! Thus the term, VEGEtarian. Egg laying hens are often kept in tiny cages with bad conditions. You have to choose eggs carefully, there are cage free, and vegetarian raised, though how do they control that if they're cage free? Any ideas? This isn't a problem for me because my family owns chickens and so do many of our close personal friends. So this is my choice.
Also, this category is only sort of a vegetarian; Pescetarian: No red meat, and maybe no poultry. Fish and/or shellfish is allowed.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
There are a number of brands out there, I think Quorn is my least favorite, it is very very particular in how it has to be cooked, though if done right isn't completely gross.
Gimme Lean is the vegan Jimmy Dean, (fake sausage meat, not formed) it makes really awesome ground beef replacement, and can be cooked many ways while still looking realistic.
Tofu Pups are also particular about how they're cooked, grill them and they are both disgusting looking and tasting.
I've had these awesome vegan hot dogs before, but I can't remember the brand, sorry.
Boca makes vegan burgers, I'm having one for dinner in a few hours, so I don't know how they taste yet. I've made homemade veggie burgers before, they taste really good if you have the right recipe, form them thin, and fry them, not grill.
This is the extent of my experience with fake meat, sorry if it's not very helpful.
One last tidbit, Google is a vegetarian's best friend.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I'm an ovo-lacto vegatarian, meaning I eat chicken fetuses and dairy products. I also eat seafood, which I will stop eating as soon as my conscience hits me hard enough. I don't like that I like to eat fish.
The whole point of that is that probably a lot of my recipes include cheese, which I love. Vegan fake cheese is available though, and isn't much more expensive. I don't really like eggs but they are in a lot of food, I like to have my cake and eat it too.