How Vegan Are You?

22 01 2013

Alicia Silverstone eats cheese occasionally at parties, and Ellen DeGeneres eats eggs and was a spokesperson for cover girl. Both consider themselves to be vegan and have become a spokesperson for the cause. Do those flaws make them less vegan?

Personally, I would never cheat with food. Occasionally my husband does, but only with incorrect orders at restaurants. If the chef forgets to omit the cheese from his order he will remove what he can and eat it, to save the plate from being tossed. I have also seen him play the ignorance card with things like crackers or wine at parties.

My biggest vegan challenge is with TV and movies. Sure it’s easy to boycott shows like Animal Practice and Luck. But, what about the new Hobbit movie and its 27 deaths? For an avid fan this is a hard boycott to keep.

As for the shows that don’t have accusations of animal abuse, is it against the vegan code to catch Must Love Dogs on cable? Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind until recently. Now I feel a sense of guilt when watching shows containing animals. I have held up signs outside of the circus with the hopes that maybe one person in attendance would realize that animals deserve a life outside of being used for human entertainment. How is watching a movie that uses animals any different?

Of course there are huge variances for the use of animal as actors. Some sitcoms may have a family pet pop on for only an episode or two. There are even shelter dogs whose lives may have actually been saved because they were cast on Broadway. Those may be easy to overlook for some vegans. For me it is the equivalent of buying free range eggs from well treated chickens, sneaking some cheese at a party, or supporting the local zoo; it doesn’t follow the fundamentals of being a vegan, and it is a really easy change to make.

Unfortunately, my current TV and movie habits do not support my moral beliefs. I may not be able to give up my entertainment entirely, but for now I can commit to reducing my media consumption by cutting out shows and movies with non-human animals in them.


Fast Mini Cinnamon Buns

6 09 2012

My husband always asked me to make him pancakes.  Eventually I responded with “why can’t you make them?” It turned out he didn’t have a clue how to make them, but was willing to learn.

I walked him through the steps- and even book marked the recipe for him. Boy was that a mistake!

Every Saturday and most Sundays he would ‘try’ to  make pancakes.   He would burn them frequently, some would be under cooked, and he made them even if we were out of syrup and fruit. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that he wasn’t very good at making pancakes (I fed them to the dogs on several occasions!)

So how did I stop the pancakes without hurting his feelings? I offered to make cinnamon buns!

Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 3/4 C Soy Milk
  • 1 T Baking Soda
  • 2 T Apple Sauce
  • 2 T Vegan Butter (softened)
  • 1 t salt


  • 1.5 T Apple Sauce
  • 1 T Oil (or melted vegan butter)
  • 1.5 T Cinnamon
  • 1/3 C Sugar


  • 1/2  Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2  Tablespoon Water
  • 1/4  Teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat the over to 425. Combine the flour, salt , and baking soda. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the particles are smaller than a pea.
Combine the soy milk and apple sauce and slowly add to the dry ingredients to form the dough.
Roll dough on a floured surface into a thin rectangle (roughly 9″x18″).

Mix the oil, apple sauce, and cinnamon for the filling and spread over the flattened dough.
Sprinkle the sugar over the dough, and roll the dough (from the long side) into a log.
With a sharp knife cut the log into 1 1/2 inch pieces and add to a greased pie pan.

Bake for 12-15 Minutes (until golden brown), top with the combined icing ingredients and serve.

Adapted from recipe for Cinnamon Buns.

Frozen Coffee on a Budget

22 06 2012

Looking for a way to cool off with a frozen drink for less?

Fill an ice-cube tray with strong brewed coffee and freeze it over night.

Empty the ice-cube tray into a high-speed blender along with:

  • 2 Cups Soymilk
  • add Sugar to your taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Run the blender on high until smooth, pour, and serve.

Pasta Salad

30 05 2012

Vegan Pasta Salad

  • 3 C cooked & cooled whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 C baked tofu cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 C chopped spinach or defrosted  veggies 
  • 1/2 C+ vegan mayo 
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 C chopped scallions
  • 1 T hot sauce or curry paste
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients but the pasta. Mix well. Add pasta and serve.

Breaded Zucchini

25 05 2012

I was recently able to harvest the first fruits from my garden!  The next challenge was how to prepare them.  For those of you who don’t know me- I’m frugal, and don’t have much time to spend ‘cooking’.


2 medium zucchini
1/2 C breadcrumbs
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1T nutritional yeast
pinch salt & pepper
1/2-1C soy milk

  • Preheat the over to 425
  • Combine the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  • Cut the washed  zucchini into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Drop the slices into the bread crumbs, lightly coating them.
  • Next drop them into the soy milk, and again into the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Add the coated zucchini onto a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  • Bake  in oven for 20 mins (or until breadcrumbs are golden brown). Turing the zucchini halfway through baking will result in crisper pieces.
  • Serve with a dipping sauce, or over whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce.