June 3, 2012
Is this a trick question? There are so many wonderful vegan things to eat that it's hard to say what's a favorite. Tonight I baked a batch of tofu-nut balls, a recipe I've made several times from "Ecological Cooking: Recipes to Save the Planet," by Joanne Stepaniak and Kathy Hecker, and served it with a quick peanut sauce from Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone." Most days, I look forward to fixing dinner, because I find it relaxing and creative, and usually my husband and I like the results.
I have been a vegan for eight years and vegetarian for 13 years before that. My concern for animals is what attracted me to becoming vegetarian, but I couldn't imagine the vegan life without ice cream, butter and cheese. When I read John Robbins's "The Food Revolution," all my excuses faded into the background, and I was able to change. I can honestly say that, from my decision to become vegan on, I've never missed those staples from my past life. Robbins's book and others I've read since then gave me so many new reasons--health, ecology, world hunger and human rights--to stick to a plant-based diet, but compassion for animals remains my primary motivation.
Cook, sew, walk, hike, watch movies, brush our cat, think about art and occasionally make it.
Vegetarian was weird when I started in 1987, and pretty weird to be vegan as lately as 2004 when I finally gave up dairy and eggs. Living in Portland in 2012, vegan is almost mainstream, but I gain resolve by meeting up with other non-animal-eaters.
Best Compassionate Thanksgiving ever!