I think the Vegan month of food is the time to give kudos to those Vegans who are out promoting not only a cruelty free lifestyle but also a healthy one. Those many people whom we only have contact with and who are able to spread their healthy word because of the Internet. One of those who has influenced me is Lindsay Nixon of Happy Herbivore fame. Face it, there are a lot of not so healthy vegan choices out there, I’m talking oreos, fritos, and what about a can of Duncan Hines Classic Chocolate Frosting, no animal products there my friends. But good for you, I think not. Enter the Happy Herbivore – – Lindsay promotes a low-fat vegan diet and if you don’t already own one of her two cookbooks you can get her third, Happy Herbivore Abroad, in December. Put it on your Christmas list (is anyone listening?) Not only does Lindsay host her wildly popular blog she provides weekly menus for those of us who may want to lose a couple of pounds. The thing I like about these meal plans is that they come with a shopping list and you can buy the individual plan if you’re just cooking for yourself or you can buy the family plan if you have a few more at your house. There’s no obligation, so you can buy 1 week every month or 1 plan every week. When you’re cooking for 1 it’s sometimes hard to portion control when you make a casserole sized for 6 people, before you know it you’ve eaten half of it and are still pretending that what’s left is servings for 3 (three puppies maybe, right?) With Lindsay’s plan there is no leftovers and the bonus is you get to eat the whole thing yourself. For those of us who have issues with sharing this is what’s it all about!
I’m certainly a day late and a dollar short. I just spent the morning catching up on the Veg News Scandal. It seems that the preeminent vegan magazine has been using non-vegan stock photos in their publication and in one case even photoshopping out the bones in real pork spareribs. Read Quarry Girls breaking story here if you’re as behind the times as I am. Veg News reacted by posting a kind of odd non-apology in PDF format; in a nutshell, they claim because they are a small independent magazine they have to resort to stock photos sometimes and there just aren’t that many vegan photos out there. Really??? Have they even looked at the number of Vegan blogs with food porn just oozing out of the computer…those lick your monitor kind of pictures that tell you, “I have to make this right NOW”? Kind of a lame excuse IMHO. So there has been outcry in the Vegan blog world and rightly so…people feel duped by an institution that was supposed to be championing their beliefs. The posts go from the angry to the cutesy, to the mildly offended. My question is, if they use stock photos for their recipes are they even trying the recipes? I made a frittata once from a Veg News recipe and it was horrible. Now I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
On a lighter note…look what I bought last weekend…
A Blueberry bush