Every time someone uses the excuse ‘but they’re going to die anyways’ as a justification for eating animals, I always feel like asking them:
‘And how would you rather die; of old age or murder?’.
A vegan riding a hummer contributes less to greenhouse gas emissions than a meat eater riding a bicycle.
This one goes out to all of my “in search of convenience foods” followers. We all have different preferences, goals, and guidelines when it comes to what we will/want to eat, but I think one thing that most people share is a desire to have a few vegan meals on hand that they can throw together in a pinch without spending hours in the kitchen. Following are three that all take between fifteen minutes and half an hour to put together, brought to you by yours-truly.
Baked Portobello “Pizzas” with a Baby Spinach and Arugula Salad
For these gorgeous bites, I threw together several things that I had in the fridge/freezer, paired them with a crisp and tangy salad, and found myself with a satisfying and simple dinner.
Preheat your oven to 375 F.
Lightly brush the bottom of several de-stemmed portobello mushrooms with (organic, if possible) extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), and place on a baking sheet.
In the “cup” of your portobello, spread on 1-2 tbs of marinara (I used homemade marinara that I keep in the freezer, but feel free to use store-bought or a little tomato paste, if necessary).
If you love your greens like I do, throw on a spoonful of basil pesto (I used my own again, but some fresh basil leaves will do in a pinch).
In a pan over medium heat, cook 1-3 red or yellow onions (depending on how many pizzas you’re doing) in a spash of EVOO, add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1-2 Tbs of a sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup) to the pan and cook until the onions have become very soft and the extra liquid has cooked down. Throw your caramelized onions on top of your basil pesto.
Add any other vegetables you like to the “pizza”, and top with a dairy-free cheese of your choice. Daiya is great if you don’t mind a little processed food in your diet (but keep it to a minimum!), but I decided to mainly use a homemade raw almond cheese that I had thrown together earlier. A cashew-based cheese would be amazing, too.
Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes, and enjoy!
Vegan Mac and Cheeze, Colourful Sprout and Spinach Salad, and Fresh Fruit
Okay, so what are the other two meals you see here? Well, the second top photo is a lunch that my mom and I threw together the other day. We made a vegan mac and cheese dish inspired by Chef Chloe’s recipe, but we used an organic gluten-free quinoa pasta. If you really want to optimize the convenience factor, Road’s End Organics makes an organic vegan mac and cheese that is pretty darn tasty, and just as fast as the childhood KD I wish I never ate ;). I’ve seen this brand in several local health food stores, as well as select grocery stores.
To the meal, we added a quick salad of baby spinach (a favourite of mine) mixed sprouts, red bell pepper, and a bowl of chickpeas to throw into whatever needed a little extra protein (use canned if you’re in a hurry, although fresh/sprouted are, of course, optimal). This amazing brand of raw vegan salad dressing (feel free to make your own, but remember that this is my convenience post) made the whole thing practically irresistible. To enhance the fresh/raw factor, we shared a GORGEOUS dragon fruit (which happened to be on sale) and each chowed down on a banana as dessert.
The Fancy-Schmancy Piggy-Free BLT
The last meal here is the fastest out of the three, but equally tasty! We used organic spelt bread, but feel free to use whatever healthy version you have on hand.
Onto the toasted bread, I smashed half of an avocado and sprinkled it with a little fresh lime juice. To this, I added dijon mustard, basil pesto, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, fresh tomato, sea salt and cracked black pepper, and finished it off with some tempeh bacon. I don’t regularly eat any processed meat alternatives, but I was just too curious to not give this piggy-free version a try.
Anyways, there you have it! Three quick, tasty, vegan meals that are easily customizable and pretty good for you, too! I always suggest to people that they avoid as much processed and pre-made food as possible, and stick with raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds when ever they can for optimal health. I hope that these meals seem attainable as well as offering some new perspective on some old favourites.
All the best, and happy eating! :)
The creative partnership of Liam Healy and Jamie Elliott reintroduced nature back into the experience of gathering, cooking and eating a meal by taking a domesticated object and enabling nature to claim it back.
Clever! I’ve been looking for a way to greenify my dull plastic desk… this could be the answer!
I love this! A green kitchen is a happy kitchen :).
I’m still reminiscing about the amazing breakfast getthisfirefighterfit and I had while camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park this summer. Fresh young coconut, strawberries, juicy peaches, and whole grain toast topped with organic peanut butter and banana. Wash it all down with coconut water, mango juice, and instant coffee for my caffeinated partner, and you have the perfect wilderness picnic. We’re all about roughing it ;).
If you want to read more about our camping trip (and how we did it the healthy vegan way), you can see my post about it here.
By: David StregeIn one of those oddities found in the animal kingdom, a dog adopted a baby deer and the two have become inseparable. According to Isobel Springett, the dog’s owner, the fawn was abandoned by her mother and was subsequently adopted by Springett’s Great Dane named Kate. Springett calls it “a loving relationship.” Thanks to PBS, which has an upcoming feature on “Animal Odd Couples,” we get a look into this odd relationship between Pippin the deer and Kate the dog:“What surprised me the most is when they started to play,” Springett said.
Indeed, as you can see, the dog and deer play together just as a dog would play with another dog.
The strange friendship between a dog and a deer isn’t the only odd couple featured in the PBS special Wednesday night. A goat and a horse have been fast friends for 16 years. A dog and monkey, and a dog and leopard are also among the animals featured.
You never know what might be next in the animal kingdom.
Once again, animals are teaching humans lessons about compassion and unprejudiced friendship. I love this :).
“We’re at a critical point in human history. Our choices no longer have just a local impact. Their affects are felt globally, on animals, people, and the environment. By choosing to eat fewer animal products or going meat free you can protect the planet, your health, and save living beings, both human and animal from suffering. The power to change the world for the better is in our own hands. Together, we can make it possible.”
- Animals Australia’s Make it Possible campaign to end factory farming.
Extreme cuteness coming your way to brighten up your morning :).