“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet – for the sake of hamburgers.” – Peter Singer
This week was much better then last week – No whole milk lattes, but lots of coconut milk lattes! I have been too busy to keep a steady work out schedule (Or so I still tell myself), but I did hit the gym once this week- which is about what I have been doing before August first. Despite not working out, I noticed today that my reflection looks like it has shrunk a bit. A jump on the scale shows that I have lost nearly 7lbs in almost 2 weeks. Seeing this makes me feel amazing (And wish I took before photos) – All I have done differently in the last two weeks is remove animal products. This makes me want to hit the gym – I feel excited and driven to get back into old habits. It’s late at night, but I do some calisthenics and plan to go for a run in the morning.
I started to think about other reasons people have chosen a plant based diet this week. I watched Cowspiracy: The Sustainable Secret and have a much lengthier review here. Cowspiracy is a documentary film that it about the environmental harm caused by the meat industry. I was shocked taking in some of the information, like the fact that 51% of all global emissions of greenhouse gasses comes from animal agriculture. This compared to 18% from cars and other vehicles. I found it so strange that you hear such a wide discussion on how car emissions are ruining the world yet animal agriculture isn’t mentioned at all. It was an overwhelming documentary that for the most part remained pretty unbiased (Minus one large point I discuss in the post here) and offered a lot of great information
This week I kept all the classics from my last post and found some other new staples that have great vegan options. First off was the soyfrites anything from Chipotle. The soyfrites is chopped up soy mixed with a variety of spices. It has a great flavor and texture – some soy products can have a gummy or chewy texture, but this is not like that at all. I love home many different options you have at Chipotle too. You can get soft tacos, then a salad bowl, and then a burrito. This makes you feel like you have a lot more options.
Another option for a quick meal are these Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein ramen packets. These are nice to have around for when you can’t decide what to get and are so starving your’re about to die. They cook up really quickly and are super delicious
I come from a Sicilian family so it was a no-brainer that pasta was going to be on the menu. I looked up recipes on Pinterest and everything seemed too complicated or out of my skill set. I decided to just wing it and make a pasta loaded with some of my favorite vegetables. I love the texture that cooked kale adds to a pasta dish. I cooked the kale over the stove top with salt and pepper, adding garlic once the leaves were about 1/3 of the way wilted down. cook until the garlic is slightly transparent and then place aside.
My mother makes the most amazing garlic portobellos – I could seriously eat them all day! You heat up some olive oil in a pan and add a whole chopped shallot. When they’re crispy, add the chopped portobellos and cook for 5 minutes. Add chopped garlic and cook for 2 more minutes – Then put them with the kale. Cook the pasta and mix everything together. I added a ton of olive oil to my veggies, so I did have to add any more oil to the pasta. If you feel like yours is a little dry then you can add some non-dairy butter or more olive oil.
One of my all time favorite foods in the world is a thick slice of garlic bread – especially garlic bread with cheese on top (WAH – I miss cheese!) I have heard of vegan cheese, but there is no way that you can make cheese out of plants, right? Well, no you can’t, but the Toffuti All American Cheese is pretty delicious and pretty close. It didn’t melt really well, but it had a gooey kind of texture to it that was very cheeseesk. For the garlic bread, I bought a loaf of french bread and cut it in half. I used Earth Balance non-dairy butter and then sprinkled a good amount of garlic powder. I laid down the cheese and baked it for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
I was really surprised that I was able to make this meal. Especially, to have it taste so good and have no animal products at all. I know that I always thought making a vegan meal would be super complicated and take forever. This meal took less then 20 minutes and was under $20.
Do you have any vegan recipes that you love? Comment below!