(((From a previous post mirrored on my Blogspot blog in June 2016)))
What’s for Dinner, Grandpa?
Vegan ‘Plant Strong’ Burgers and Potatoes with Cucumber and Celery Salad
Proper!! (with a small apology for the Velveeta slice) 😦
Dinner tonight was brought to you by Beyond Meat’s “Beast Burger” ™ weighing in at 23 Whopper ™ grams of protein and ZERO Cholesterol or Trans Fats. My Burger’s bun was ‘dressed’ with FDA/Unilever Fighting Egg-less and Dairy Free ‘Bad Boy’ and Vegan Industry Champion “Just Mayo” ™ from Hampton Creek and topped with Red Leaf Lettuce and Sweet Pickle Relish. (yes, that IS a small, thin slice of Velveeta ™ you see there. But hey, I’m not Vegan yet! Give me a couple more days till my 50th Birthday on Wednesday. I’ll get there). Included in the mix tonight playing ‘back up’ to the Beast’s Lead were Roasted smallish Yukon Potatoes and a refreshing side salad of Cucumbers and Celery for the save…
Beyond Meat’s “Beast Burger”
and Amy’s “Black Bean Burger”
A Few Words about our Meal and it’s Constituent Contributors
For the last few years we have been trending… leaning… moving towards a more Plant Based, Vegetarian/Vegan Diet and Lifestyle. As my 50th Birthday has drawn closer and we learned more and more about the effects of regular consumption of Animal Sourced foods and other items in our normal everyday lives on the Environment, our Health and the extreme and unnecessary Cruelty, Torture and Deaths that Animals endure, we started in a direction of removing as much of these items as “possible and practicable”.
We started with our Bath items and soaps. We went to Dr. Bronners Soaps for showering and handwashing stations, changed our laundry detergents and cleaning supplies to be more environmentally and Animal Friendly (no Animal Testing “Body Shop” vs “Bath and Body Works”), moved to my now shaving with an Old School DE Safety Razor, brush and natural shaving creme/soap, then worked our way to our Diets. Admittedly, this is the toughest part of our lives to deal with from a Health and Social POV. We already didn’t eat a lot of meat, eggs or dairy… well probably FAR less than most. I stopped eating Red meats in the late 90’s and had scaled down to chicken, fish, and occasionally eggs. When we went Vegetarian in January of 2015, The Wife’s ™mom was somewhat less than fully supportive, but she did respect our decision.
Our primary reason for going Veg was health and it paid off in Spades. My BP and Cholesterol both went down dramatically. If we had actually followed this up with regular exercise, my weight most likely would have also Gotta work on that bit.
Finding Different ‘Substitutes’ for Old Friends
Since we started looking for Meat, Cheese and Dairy Substitutes, we have found a few that fit the bill and MANY that didn’t.
- We didn’t care for Daiya Cheese. (tastes like Feet)
- Tofurkey Sausage was only passable.
- and a couple of others that were apparently not that memorable
Winners of course did appear…
- Field Roast Sausages and Burger Patties
- Chao Cheeses
- “Benevolent Bacon” from Sweet Earth, (Tempeh Bacon)
- Soy and Coconut Yogurts
- and of course the Blackbean Burger and Beast Burger will be keepers.
- “Just Mayo” Vegan Mayo for the Win!!
As we head towards our Vegan Experiment I am much more confident than I was last January about finding Vegan Alternatives that don’t suck, getting the variety and nutrition my body needs and making even deeper commitments to lessen my impact on the lives of Animals, our Environment, and our Health by reducing and eliminating Animal Products from our Diet and Lifestyle in an ever increasing manner.
We are not perfect by a long shot as you can see by the Velveeta still present on my Vegan Burger, but we ARE moving towards the goal. Why not come along with us for the ride? Why not start reevaluating your consumption and use of Animal Based Foods and Lifestyle Items? Reduction is the name of the game for a start. No one is asking for immediate “5th level Vegans” to begin with. Just try something. “Meatless Mondays” for example or going thru your bath and beauty items. Start small and educate yourself with all the Videos and Information freely available and waiting for you at the click of your mouse and the typing of your keyboard.
Come on now… we can do it.
- For your Health
- For your Family’s Health
- For the Environment
- For the Animals
- For Life