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VEGAN SIMPLIFIED WITH GREAT SIMPLE RECIPES
April 15, 2011
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book "Bite by Bite." I have it marked up, post-its falling out, arrows drawn, multiple circles and a rainbow of highlight colors....everywhere!!!!
I stopped eating meat about 15 years ago. Not only because of cruelty but because of my love for all living things. Whenever I looked at meat on my plate I saw a face of what used to be a perfectly created animal made by the hands of God and it made me sick. However, I kept eating cheese and egg "whites" and drinking milk. My justification, which I really believe to this day, is that an animal did not have to die to give it to me.
But then, about a month ago, I stopped carrying my designer purses made of leather, threw out all leather shoes, leather pants and jackets. The smell made me think of cruelty.
Still, milk, cheese, eggs, butter. No one died. I never replaced the meat I stopped eating and never stocked a "vegan" pantry because I had the misconception that I could never afford those expensive replacements. How wrong I was. Since then my skin was bad, I am out of shape (okay just fat)!! and in my heart I know I am not doing enough. What can I do? I don't have money. I don't live on a reserve. I cannot house a hundred animals. Then I looked at my 3 little doggies that I foster from rescues and said out loud "one by one"!!!
So, I heard good things about this book, and now I am proud to say that this morning, out went the butter, the eggs, the milk and the cheese. Then I went through my cabinets and read all of the labels. Even my pancake mix had egg in it. YUCK. Well, thanks to you my cupboards were bare!!! So, I went to the store today and was shocked at how much stuff the regular grocery store has that is considered vegan. Soy milk, tofu (in the ethnic aisle), and the Sesame oil was really no more expensive than the Olive oil.
But first, I searched all of the terms and made myself a "vegan" glossary: Tempeh, Seitan, Casein, Tahini, GMO and others. Then, I wrote out a "NO-NO" list and included whey, GMO, artificial flavoring, additives, food dyes, white sugar, white flour and others.
I then made myself a list of foods and marched to the store. I can now say I AM A VEGAN. COMPLETELY. TOTALLY. AND I love animals enough, that my shopping today I hope I saved at least one chicken's baby, or the imprisoning of a cow.
Thank you Marilyn for taking an old pro like me "step by step" so that I can see in plain black and white that it really is not difficult or expensive. This will be challenging because I am single and will only cook for one person; but, the mutilated, tortured and butchered animals I would say find their conditions much more challenging.
I am so excited to make the "Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup" from your recipe section. I love that it can be frozen in bulk. This way, when hungry I won't be tempted to eat snacks.
Thank you Marilyn for changing my life!!!