All posts tagged: Vegetarianism

good reads from this week

Hello!  I haven’t had much time to write lately, so I’m pointing you to a few other great reads that I stumbled upon this past week.  I’m making it a point to take the time to read a few bits each day during lunch or my morning coffee. First, there are a few new posts up at my other site, 1veggie mom! A visual tour of my very favorite room, Anderson’s nursery, along with my suggestions for your baby registry.  HERE A few thoughts on the importance of a name and how Anderson’s name came to be.  HERE For you animal lovers and vegetarians If you don’t already know about Kris Karr, you should take a moment to visit her site.  She makes being a healthy vegan look very sexy.  I discovered an older post of hers via twitter that is meant to help you deal with friends and family if you are planning any big life changes (like going vegetarian or vegan for example, or giving up refined sugar, or quitting smoking, literally anything …

I’ve been gone for a while…

and how I’ve missed blogging.  You wouldn’t even believe it.  I’d still blog in my mind and take photographs and compose new and interesting posts in my thoughts.  Yet, they didn’t even make it to my fingertips. So, where do I start?  A recipe for tomato salad I made with homegrown tomatoes and my beautiful shiso?  My last harvest where I pulled up all of my lovely carrots?  The day after Thanksgiving when I found myself outside with my family tearing down the garden and putting it to bed for the winter?  The series of photographs I took to discuss seed foraging?  These things aren’t exactly timely anymore. I don’t think I can actually go back now.  I think I have to move forward.  There is so much ahead. So, I truly could blame a huge chunk of my blogging negligence on work.  My job changed which added significantly more responsibility, longer hours, and more stress. However, I’d be lying to you if I used that and only that as an excuse. I could tell …

vegan convenience: Amy’s and gardein

There are so many vegetarian and vegan meats out there now, which is GREAT!  But…some are better than others.  As I stumble upon different products that taste really yummy, I’ll share them. First up, gardein bbq pulled shreds.  This product is perfect if you come home late from work and need something substantial and filling to eat, yet you just can’t be bothered to cook.  Get this–only 160 calories and 19 grams of protein!  And it tastes really good!  I mean, really good!  Vegetarians constantly get asked the question: “Where do you get your protein?”  Well, here is a prime example.  Amy’s makes a ton of quick, good food.  My friend Eli’s favorite is the Tofu Scramble and before I started to cut way back on dairy, I loved the very naughty Cheese Enchiladas.  One day I begrudgingly tried a slice of the Roasted Vegetable No Cheese Pizza (cheese-less pizza?  really?) and I ate my words.  It was unbelievable.  The crust, the caramelized onions, the artichoke hearts, and everything else is just perfect.  Cheese would have ruined it.  I now have it …

3 veg restaurants in 3 days

I grew up outside of Binghamton, New York and I just went back for a visit.  I found myself feeling really proud of my hometown. Though Binghamton is not a huge city, it was quite easy to find vegan/veg fare. Now, two of these joints I will tell you about are not solely vegetarian restaurants, but they clearly cater to that crowd by making a substantial part of the menu veg instead of the traditional one veg option that many restaurants have (which is usually some lame, overpriced pasta dish). My 3 day vegan journey began in Allston, which is just outside of Boston. We were scrambling around, running some pre-trip errands and decided to head over to The Grasshopper, which is Asian vegetarian bliss.  The “beef” lo mein was so out of this world. The next morning, we set off on our 5 hour drive to Binghamton.  Black coffee, trail mix, peanuts, and Twizzlers sufficed for the trip.  Once we arrived, we stopped by a favorite of mine called The Lost Dog Cafe in the center of …

herby onion veggie gravy

I was telling my friend, Becky, about my vegetarian gravy yesterday and she encouraged me to post the recipe.  Becky is one of my very first vegetarian friends and though I didn’t know it back when we first met, she was one of the inspiring people that–without trying–encouraged me to become a vegetarian.  She never pushed me not to eat meat.  She didn’t criticize my turkey sandwiches or tell me all of the ethical reasons I should give it a try.  She was simply healthy and had conviction about the food choices she made, which can be an even more powerful tool than steamrolling someone into giving up something that has been a foundational part of their diet for a lifetime. Thanksgiving, to me, is all about returning home to a warm place full of family and friends, yummy food, late night games of Pinochle, crunchy leaves, crisp air and sweaters, red wine, and stuffing and cranberry sandwiches for breakfast the next day. There are also mixed feelings because of the main food choice on this lovely and non-commercial …

to start…

 I grew up in Upstate New York on 14 acres in the middle of nowhere.  Nature was a huge part of my life.  Other kids had real neighbors and we had deer, turkeys, rabbits, birds, squirrels, and all sorts of wildlife as fellow members of our neighborhood.  My parents were gardening junkies and every year our garden grew dramatically, incorporating crazy kinds of squash, potatoes, string beans, lettuce (not just one kind, but every kind known to man), herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and everything you could think of that grows in Zone 5.  My father can attribute his love of gardening to my grandfather. I attribute my love of gardening to my parents. I, too, have the gardening junkie gene.    It was evident that I’d always have a soft spot for animals as a child when I became obsessed with a book called The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader (first published in 1949), which tells the story of animals surviving winter.  I worried and cried about how deer would find food and wondered where …