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A Choice to become Vegan


Making the choice to become vegan doesn't mean tasteless or boring food.  Rather you make the choice for religious or health reasons you still can eat all the things you like without animal products.

I am offering but a sample of everyday dishes for you to try.  At anytime you may expand on any one of them.  Once you learn the basics and that is knowing what is considered "meat" or a "meat byproduct" you will have conquered half the battle.  Also, there are many, many, different levels of veganism you choose what works best for you.  I want you to be as honest and realistic to yourself as you possibly can be.  Will you instantly loose the desire for meat?  Probably not!  But, the effort is the first step!

The word "meat" is hidden under many different names and, the use of "meat" is hidden within many everyday household items. Listed below are but a few examples of products that are incorporate with "meat". 

Caseinate - Casein.  Milk protein which is used in non dairy productions, as well as hair preparations, and facial mask.

Chocolate - or in other words milk chocolate, dark chocolate as well as Carob are good replacements. 

Cholesterol - it is a part of all animal fats and oils. It can be derived from lanolin and is found in all forms of cosmetic products.

Glycerin or Glycerol - a byproduct of soap, it is also found in foods, mouthwashes, chewing gum, etc.....  you can however find vegetable glycerin in most health stores.

Gelatin/Gel - Protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and /or bones with water from cows, and pigs.  Used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics.  Used as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings.  in some candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts.  In vitamins as a coating and capsules. Carrageen, Iris moss, seaweeds, agar-agar, pectin are just a few of good non-animal replacements.

Whey - A serum from milk.  Usually in cakes, cookies, candies, breads, and cheese.

Vinegar distilled (white) - use animal charcoal for filtering, You can use rice, wine, or apple cider vinegar instead.

Maple Syrup - Most companies use lard as a foam reducer (animal fat).  Use organic if possible.

Lanolin, Lanolin Acids - A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool.  It is used in lotions, cosmetics etc..... If at all possible use and plant and vegetable oils.

Bone Meal - Crushed or ground animal bones.  In some fertilizers, as well as a in vitamins and supplements as a source of calcium, as well as toothpaste. Alternative  plant mulch, vegetable compost, clay, and vegetarian vitamins.

At this time I wish not to provide too many more examples so as not to overwhelm or discourage you.  As you move into your own personal seriousness of becoming vegan you will choose to investigate on your own products that house meat, and other forms of meat names.

All the ingredients to these recipes can either be purchased at health food stores or now even most supermarkets.  I personally use organics. I know you are thinking wow that is expensive it really isn't compared to what you would buy in meat.  You do the math and compare prices.

Chocolate chip Bars

This is one of my favorites..  Oh yes I am a snack addict!!!

3 1/2 cups of flour             1 cup of oil

1 1/2 tsp baking powder     1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda           1 cup soy/rice milk or water    

1/2 tsp salt                      1 cup chocolate(dark) or carob chips                          

1 1/2 cups of dry sweetener

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sweetener.  Add the oil, vanilla, milk, and chocolate chips and mix together gently until "just mixed." Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.  Test with a knife to see if done.  Let cool 10 minutes before cutting into bars. Makes 12 bars.  

Coconut Spiced Vegetables

This recipe is to die for.  It is Asian in it's origin and the coconut gives a lovely added flavor to vegetables

1/4 cup almonds                       1 carrot chopped

1-2 tsp Asian chili sauce            1 cup cauliflower, chopped

1 tsp coriander                          1 cup broccoli, chopped

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated        6 mushrooms, chopped

1 small onion, roughly chopped  1 14-oz (398-ml) can coconut milk

 1 tbsp Braggs (soy sauce)        1 cup Chinese cabbage, chopped (bok choy)

1 tbsp dark sesame oil               1 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

In a blender or food processor, blend together the almonds, chili sauce, coriander, ginger, onion, and Braggs (soy sauce).  In a  large saucepan on medium heat, sauté' the almond mixture in oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often.  Stir in the carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, and 1/2 the coconut milk and simmer for 5-6 minutes.  Add the remaining coconut milk, cabbage (bok choy), and red pepper, turn off heat, and let sit covered for 5 minutes.

makes 2 servings

Vegan chicken salad

This is my absolute favorite sandwhich filler or salad topper. 

1 cup tempeh, cubed

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (Vegenaise Grapeseed oil flavor is fantastic)

1 celery, finely chopped

1 medium pickle, finely chopped (the bread and butter are the best)

1/2 of a medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoons parsley, minced (you can use dried shelf parsley)

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

2 teaspoons soy sauce (braggs aminos)

1 garlic clove, minced

1-2 teaspoons of curry powder

Steam tempeh for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  Toss together all ingredients. Refrigerate. 

Tanya's Picnic Wraps (whoever Tanya is)

I have no ideal who Tanya is but, she sure left a wonderful sandwich behind.

4 tortilla shells

1 cup refried beans (pg 114)

1/2 cup carrot, grated

1/2 cup beet, grated

2 stalks green onion, chopped

4 tbsp sunflower seeds

1 cup sunflower sprouts

1/2 cup salsa (which I can also give a recipe for making salsa as well)

Lay one tortilla shell down and place one quarter of all ingredients on top, starting with the refried beans.  Wrap up and lay seam-side down on plate. Repeat process with other tortilla shells. Makes 4 wraps.

Green Salsa

Tomatillos are small green tomatoes.  They are wrapped in a thin paper like covering that should be removed before using.  You should always use them while they are green because once unwrapped they will eventually turn yellow. You can buy them at most supermarkets or health food stores.

8 tomatillos, roughly chopped

3 shallots, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 4-oz (120-ml) can chopped green chili peppers

1/4 cup fresh cilantro (fresh please not dried why because cilantro can be slightly overwhelming in a dish)

1 fresh jalapeņo pepper, seeded

1/8 tsp salt

In a blender, or food processor, blend together all the ingredients until coarse.  Serve chilled.  Makes 2 cups.