Stop! Don’t Eat That

Last night, my son sent me information on McDonald’s latest burger. The burger came out in late December of 2017. It is the McVegan Burger. Curious, I started reading articles about their new product, and the burger received positive reviews. It was introduced in Sweden and Finland. The burger is now available at their Chicago Headquarters. Following my research on the new McVegan burger I remembered this story. My friend dropped a McDonald French fry underneath her car seat, and she discovered the lone chip a year later. It still looked the same. What is in those fries that would keep them from deteriorating? The discovery of this video by Michael Pollan answered the question. He wrote the Omnivore’s Dilemma and produced several documentaries about the food on our plates. The video is a little over 3 minutes and worth your time.

Yikes! That is scary but enlightening.

Back to the McVegan burger. I would be concerned about the sourcing of the McDonalds McVegan burger. Also, I could not find any information on the bun and whether it is vegan. Most hamburger buns receive an egg or dairy wash to give them a shiny top. If one is craving a burger, I would save a buck, go home and cook a vegan burger. It will taste fresh and delicious, and you will know the ingredients.

Tips:

  • Make vegan patties ahead of time and freeze them for those cravings.
  • Careful to choose vegan hamburger buns (make sure they are vegan).
  • Use lettuce or vegan bread instead of buns.

Recipes:

Vegan hamburger Recipes

Thirty-five Vegan hamburger recipes

Vegan Burger Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Vegan Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar

Compassion on your plate. Sending you love and light.

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A Vegan Speaks About Love

Affection for those that give one joy is natural, but loving those that cause you pain is difficult. Nevertheless, it is essential to try and understand even the most challenging behavior. One never knows what another is going through. 

One needs to be mindful of what others are going through even if they behave poorly. Some individuals pretend that life is perfect, but as humans, each of us copes with struggles. Life is in constant flux, and some of these changes can be extremely difficult. Be there to give a needed hug or a good listen for a friend. When I say listen, I mean put down whatever you are doing, and be in the moment with that individual. So often individuals listen to others while doing other things. It is not possible to be connected if one is not present. Show empathy. Another person’s issue may not match up with what you consider distressing but remember it is important to them, and that is what counts. 

Nevertheless, one needs to be aware that there are some humans with cruel and hurtful intentions. One needs to protect themselves from harm. There is a fine line between loving and supporting those suffering and protecting oneself from getting hurt. One will not be able to encourage others if distressed. The combination of protecting oneself and loving others is essential to compassion.

May Valentine’s Day remind you to show compassion toward all living creatures.

Sending you love and light. 

Chain Restaurant with *Secret* Vegan Menu

Yes, On the Border (OTB) offers a vegan menu. Can you believe it? OTB is now offering Vegan and Vegetarian dishes. The menu is still a bit of a secret. Look at the following link before you go and show your order to the server. 

Realizing I’m in Cowtown, I was probably the first customer to order off the vegan menu. It was necessary to show them my request on my phone. However, they have a nice selection of vegan items.

I chose the two corn tortillas filled with fresh avocado slices and roasted triple chili blend. The enchiladas were smothered in tomatillo sauce and topped with pico de gallo. They were served with lime cilantro rice and black beans which made a perfect match. The meal was scrumptious.

I highly recommend these enchiladas if you don’t mind the heat. I cannot wait to try another dish from OTB. Let them know how much you appreciate the vegan options.  

Sending you love and light.

Super Bowl Game Day Dip

Vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip

Whether you are cheering on your favorite team or favorite commercial, the biggest score is the food supplied during the game. You can be the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in your home with this Vegan Artichoke Spinach dip.

Vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Add the following to a food processor with a chopping blade.

14 oz. artichoke hearts drained

3 oz. of baby spinach

Let the processor run for about 20 seconds to chop the artichoke hearts and spinach.

Then add the rest of the ingredients.

1/2 cup of Follow Your Heart Vegenaise

1 cup of Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds 

8 finely chopped Green Onions

8 drops of Tabasco sauce

½ cup of Follow Your Hear Vegan Parmesan

https://followyourheart.com/vegan-cheese/

Blend all ingredients in food processor for about 30 seconds.

Then pour into pie pan to cook. Bake uncovered for 40 to 50 minutes and bubbly.

Serve with toasted French Bread or crisps.

Sending you love and light.

A New Vegan Documentary

If you haven’t seen the new documentary, The End of Meat, I hope you will watch. It deals with a world without meat. You can watch it now on Amazon Prime, Youtube, Google Play and more. The movie interviews vegan product producers, farm sanctuaries, and of course the environmental movement of our world. One day our children and grandchildren will ask us why we killed an animal for food. What will you say?

Humans can understand that killing animals is not compassionate, not healthy, and not good for the natural world. Love can spread with the connection between humans and other creatures. Individuals can reach for the alternatives other than dairy, eggs or meat products. Humans are omnivores and do not have to eat meat to exist. I hope you will try a vegan plant-based lifestyle.

Sending you love and light.


Vegan Vacation Planning

January is the perfect month to plan one’s summer vacation. With the dark days of winter looming over one’s spirit. It is fun to envision the future filled with sunlight and an assortment of relaxing days. This month is the best time to determine a break alone or with family and friends. Here are a couple of vegan vacation ideas.

Baltic Sea in July 2019

Planning one’s vacation can start with the vegan Baltic Sea Cruise. Never worry about carting luggage, when a ship with one’s room follows from city-to-city. This vegan voyage is an eleven day and ten-night cruise where one will visit eight cities in seven countries. The price includes all the vegan meals and snacks, and a host of other amenities. The best part is meeting new vegan friends. The ship MS Vasco Da Gama cruise will depart on July 22, 2019, and returns on August 1, 2019. One will want to rush and book their vegan dream vacation now. Below is the link.

https://www.vegan-cruises.co

Holistic Holiday at Sea

If one would rather stay closer to stateside, then the Holistic Holiday at Sea is the cruise for you. This vegan cruise happens once a year and departs from Miami. Holistic Holiday cruise only takes place once a year, and the lineup of educational speakers on the vegan lifestyle is fabulous. One’s itinerary will include all vegan meals and snack all the time, plus so many events. The Holistic Holiday at Sea offers an opportunity for one to take excursions and have the adventure of a lifetime. Below is the link to Holistic Holiday at Sea.


These two cruises are tailor-made for the curious vegan that does not want to lug their baggage with them from city to city while trying to find vegan meals. Also, one can relax knowing that the meals are compassionate, and then one can focus on learning, living, and exploring other cultures.

Enjoy life and plan one’s vacation to lift the spirit. Sending you love and light.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

It looks like a cold weekend for most of the country. Make some delicious chocolate chip muffins and then bundle up with a good book. I used my food processor with the dough paddle and they turned out scrumptious. 

  • Preheat oven 400 degrees
  • Place paper muffin cups into pans. Mix makes approximately 22 muffins.
  • Place dough paddle into food processor, and then place the four dry ingredients into food processor.
  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of organic sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Turn on food processor and let it keep running while you add the following ingredients.
  • 1/2 cup of Miyoko’s Vegan Butter – 1 tsp. at a time
  • 2/3 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • Let the food processor continue to mix while preparing the egg replacer.
  • Two tablespoons of egg replacer in another cup mixed with four tablespoons of water. Let sit one minute before adding. After a minute add egg replacer to mixture. (Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer)
  • Stop food process and scrape down sides. Then turn on food processor again.
  • Finally add 1 package of Enjoy Life ChocolateChips. https://enjoylifefoods.com/our-foods/baking-chocolate/
  • Turn off machine and scoop dough into muffin pans. Fill each with approximately 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter. Then bake 15 – 20 minutes.

If these bites are not sweet enough, make a simple glaze with this Epicurious Recipe. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/basic-sugar-glaze-51157020

Cuddle-up and don’t forget one’s pets need warmth. Sending you love and light.