Is going vegan a “challenge”? Totally, says the New York Times! »
Tara Parker-Pope took to the Well blog to have a brief chat about adopting a vegan diet. Is it easy? (NO.) Is is awesome? (NO.) Is it full of surprising pitfalls including “tastebud-shocking” and “expensive” substitutions, and “condescending” friends and relations? (YES, DEFINITELY.)
Here’s the thing, TP-P: The benefits of being vegan far outweigh the surprise tastes of non-dairy milks and the continued weirdness of vegan cheeses. That’s the kicker, right? That’s the thing that keeps us forever soaking cashews and spending hundreds of dollars on blenders and making wheat-meat: We know our dietary choices have positive effects on ourselves, our society, our environment, our fellow creatures. Plus, Earth Balance tastes just like butter, and now we have marshmallows and the Vegg? We basically run this show. I would politely request a vegan alternative to cashmere, if anyone’s on the wool-substitute tip.
I would like to know, though, since we have a fairly diverse* readership, what keeps you vegan? What are your biggest challenges, and how do you overcome them?
True confession: I miss eggs, and plain yogurt, and I would spend a lot more money on shoes if the idea of wearing dead cow skin on my feet didn’t make me feel like a horrible person. Because what kind of jerk are you, that you can know about the horrors of the egg and dairy and leather industries and still enjoy their products? Being vegan is a way I can stop perpetuating such violence and cruelty. It’s not much, but it’s something I can do every day that I know has a direct effect. So what about you?
*”Diverse” meaning, not everyone’s here primarily for the animals. I know you’re all white upper-middle-class ladies ages 18-45 (vegans of color and alternative genders don’t exist, duh!) (And “men” are too manly for veganism!).
[photo by Night-thing via Flickr]
Another vegan meat cake! Yes! Thanksgiving keeps on giving and giving and giving! From the pounds on my ass, the debt on my credit cart (vegan marshmallows ain’t cheap!) to this, another vegan meat cake by Betsey! She (adorably) writes:
The inside, which I very cleverly did not photograph, was two layers of garlic-sage tofurkey, maple-ginger sweet potatoes,
walnut/cranberry/baguette/thyme-of-your-life stuffing, and cranberry sauce from a can! There were no recipes because the internet mysteriously disappeared right before I started cooking! IMPROV CAKE.
The outside, as was pointed out by my cousin-in-law’s mother (between glasses of cranberry wine) features THE TREE OF LIFE!
I am proud to say that I got two elderly grandmothers who love them some brisket to try this cake and enjoy it. And my pescatarian mom was a really good sport not to pitch a fit when I showed up to the house and said “GUESS WHAT THIS IS OUR DINNER.”
Thank you, Vegansaurus, for inciting this project and introducing me to my new favorite food. The only question that remains is, can I sell it from a food truck?
Another vegan meat cake! This one is a meat bundt cake from That Pain in the Ass Vegan. It looks freaking amazing and I want to wear it around my neck as a necklace. A new one every day! It’s fashion AND a meal, that’s THE FUTURE.
AND WAIT! There’s one more! BAM:
My other new hero over at A Fresh New Stomach made the meat cake BUT WITH RICEMELLOW CREME TOPPING. Hello, you are so smart, our babies would surely be in MENSA. Or at least smart enough to be in MENSA but too cool to be in MENSA, you know?
Another Thanksgiving meat cake! Yes! »
Janet sent us this crazy-looking thing:
Love it! She says her method was as follows:
I went with a tempeh meatloaf base, the traditional layers of mashed potatoes, orange-cranberry sauce, pumpkin bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, and (slightly burnt) Dandies to top it off. Green beans, corn, fried onions, candied walnuts and pecans to decorate!
Sounds freaking delicious!! I think I might have to try my hand at making a meat cake, soon. Looking at all this insanity has truly inspired me.
Two more vegan Thanksgiving meat cakes!! »
You guys, seriously. This was set to be a kinda shitty week and now it’s a kinda AWESOME week because there are two more vegan Thanksgiving meat cakes in the world! I love everyone!
First up, the most excellent Mo of Mo Betta Vegan, made this really glorious creation:
I know I’m in the minority with meat cakes but DAMN, THAT LOOKS GOOD. Mo also has a recipe for putting the insanity together and some of you have been asking for that so here you go!
If there is a god, these vegan meat cakes will keep coming. They’re a very strong factor in whether or not I can get out of bed and face the day. Honestly, I was just lying in bed and now I am not and that is all thanks to vegan meat cakes.
[photos by Mo and Leinana, respectively]
If anyone else takes this on, we will post it! Holler (via email) at your girl!
Dude, that’s an entire Thanksgiving meal in one insane cake. WHO WILL VEGANIZE THIS FOR US!?!? Who here amongst us is vegan enough to pull off such a feat!? Seriously, we will post it and then create a shrine to you in our closets and pray before it every holiday season. You will become The Vegan Saint of Crazy-Ass Food and seriously, I’ll have a baby for you. Or not have a baby for you, if you’re anti-breeding. The point is, I’ll do something crazy in return…maybe I’ll shower two days in a row! Things could get nuts!
[At the very least, we will feature you on Vegansaurus! Every one of you who attempts this cake! Yes those are mini marshmallows on the top (because yams) but don’t let that intimidate you, BE BOLD.]