Thanksgiving was spent with my sister who is roommates with the woman who runs the Sacramento chapter of the Weston A Price Foundation. So I ended up eating a tofurkey sausage my sister heated up along with salad and roasted potatoes and listening to a woman talk about being “raised vegetarian” going vegan for a “couple of months” and how the Westen A Price diet completely changed her life.
We ate dinner next to a display of multilevel marketed supplements and “nutrition” pamplets. I thought it was interesting that someone who firmly believed soy was dangerous had no qualms about feeding her children my soy filled pumpkin pie and topping it with her “natural” whipped cream containing wholesome ingredients like carrageenan and polysorbate 80.
Christmas will probably be pretty low key for me. I’m going to a gathering at my dance studio and may try some recipes from the copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar I got for my birthday.
I’m between paychecks right now so most of my meals lately have consisted of legumes and pulses. Last night I started soaking split peas and right now I’m making curry split pea soup from memory because my copy of Vegan With a Vengeance is in storage. Not sure if it will taste as good as last time but it smells great.
So my 30th birthday was June 30th and my mom decided to take my sister and me out for brunch a few days late. My birthday got lumped in with 4th of July a lot when I was a kid too.
We were supposed to go to Orphan but left the house late and there was a line down the street by the time we found the place. While mom was trying to think of a different place to go my sister suggested The Fox & Goose so we went there.
I hadn’t been there in several years but aside from being loud (4th of July and a World Cup game playing) I had a pretty good time.
They have “creative tofu” on the menu which is basically a tofu scramble you can add all the stuff you can add to an omelette. I ordered the tofu with salsa and avocado, toast with jam, potatoes and a cup of Earl Grey. Next time I may have more stuff in my “omelette” and see if they have any vegan beer.
Sorry for not posting pictures, I still don’t have a working laptop or camera.
Someone on facebook shared a youtube video that was an interview with Lierre Keith who wrote The Vegetarian Myth, saying “I implore each and every one of you to take the time to watch this invaluably important video. I do not wish to start any kind of debate. But this information could save your life.” I rolled my eyes and shared a link to a review by a Registered DIetician and was completely dismissed as having an agenda. It was fallowed by comments saying how grains are horrible for you and you NEED meat to be healthy and Weston Price is awesome. I shouldn’t be surprised, I did make the choice to comment with a different opinion and the comment section on any site is not a great place for discussions of any kind.
I’ll be honest I do get very angry when people insist you need meat and claim veganism or vegetarianism is inherently unhealthy, but I do try my best to provide accurate information on the subject. It bothers me that people makes all these claims citing her book or Weston Price neither of whom have training in nutrition, but imply that I’m just clinging to an ideology or have an agenda when I share a link to the site of a Registered Dietician who does have an actual background in Nutrition.
My main problem with Lierre Keith is the fact that she admitted in interviews that she ignored research that didn’t fit her ideology when she was vegetarian, claimed to be vegan while admitting she frequently ate eggs and dairy but still blamed veganism for her health problems. She also claims that agriculture and grains are horrible for people and the environment, but neglects to mention that most of those evil crops are grown to feed the animals (even organic ones) that she advocates eating.
Links from people refuting Lierre Keith and The Vegetarian Myth:
Money has been rediculously tight for me the past few months, tight like this afternoon I spent the the last $4 in my checking account on a bag of dry lentils and some day old rolls so I can have stew for dinner tonight. The past week beans have been a godsend for my meal planning. I’ve come across several people who seem to think beans are horrible for you either because they’re a dreaded carbohydrate, people don’t trust the cans they come in, or because the have “anti nutrients”. I usually just make sure to rinse them off if they’re canned to get the salt or any additives off and the supposed antinutrients can be taken care of just by soaking the dry beans before cooking them.
Beans and other legumes like lentils are wonderful and should be a dietary staple whether you’re vegan or not. They ARE a staple in most cultures. They are high in protein, fiber, iron, and folic acid. They are also low in fat, low glycemic index, a COMPLEX carbohydrate and low in cost. They’re one of the best foods for someone on a budget.
When people say going vegan is too expensive, I assume they’re thinking of packaged veggie burgers, quinoa, soy milk costing more than cow milk. In my experience soy milk cost more than regular milk but less than organic “grass fed” cow milk. I can understand thinking that when you see a pound of quinoa for $7.78 (that’s the exact price I saw when I bought the lentils) and chicken’s $2.99. If you’re worried about cost I’d go for regular food you’re familiar with that happens to be vegan before fancy “health food” like quinoa. I have no problem with eating quinoa. When I compared labels it was more nutrient dense than the brown rice but less nutrient dense than the lentils. I just don’t think the benefits outweigh the price tag when I can get five times the amount of rice or legumes for the same price.
Links on beans and vegan diets:
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I was at the Grocery Outlet in Midtown yesterday and found blocks of Go Veggie rice based cheese for 99 cents, so I decided to try some of the cheddar kind. This morning I chopped some up and put it in a burrito that I made for breakfast, taking a bite before heating it up. Later on I grated some and fried a tortilla. It tastes just ok cold, better melted. It seems to melt better grated than sliced.
It’s not bad as far as fake cheese goes, although I prefer Daiya. It melts ok, there’s no soy or gluten if you’re trying to avoid those particular things. It’s also calcium fortified, something I like that doesn’t seem to be done with other cheeses.
Another cheese related thing my sister tried a few days ago is a cashew mac & cheese recipe from Isa Moskowitz that turned out pretty well. http://youtube.com/watch?v=aSCctmKFgUO
Other vegan cheese links:
http://nacheez.com Locally made cashew based spicy cheese
http://buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/vegan-cheeses-that-will-make-you-forget-about-the-real-th Recipes I keep meaning to try.
If anyone wants to share a favorite vegan brand or recipe, feel free to post in the comments.