Curry-Spiced Rice & Sweet Potatoes

Feeling adventurous, I decided to experiment outside of the Vegan Cookbook I have and utilize the variety of spices in my cupboard to whip up this mildly spicey yet satisfying concoction of vegetables.

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Hot Salsa Lentils & Rice

This recipe is GREAT over cooked rice or quinoa, so if you have some on hand, dinner can be ready in minutes. Or, instead of serving over a grain, you may spoon the beans or lentils into a warm flour or corn tortilla before adding the toppings. Making well with the several bags of groceries, my excited friends brought back from their Darmstadt adventure, a slight twist-packed quite the punch. Throwing in some finely cut chili pepper given to me by an adventurous friend who had traveled to Indonesia along with some lentils, and mixed in chia seeds with some vegetable broth to add flavor to the rice this was surely a step in the right direction towards improving my cooking.

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Die Wahrnehmung

The way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted.

Concluding the grand-visit of guests from the States were three very contended, anxious and enthusiastic friends from Bill-rica or the “Dirty-Ric” as they call it.

After many hours of being “Wow-ed” on their sleepless, hungry, yet economical flight there was no time to be spared in preparing “One-dish Vegan’s” second meal: Black bean soup with kale and potatoes.

Considering this recipe for another try, sweet potatoes and additional ingredients such as cumin, coriander and cilantro would be much appreciated.

Taking inventory of this trip, I start to feel more foreign (re-socialized) than I probably would like to comfortably admit. Given a fresh burst of curiosity into my guest’s view of their new and exciting environment my classmate who studied German with me a few moons ago jokingly called me his new exchange student. To his disbelief, possibilities to not attend another lesson of German school are slim…meine Meinung nach 😉

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Tuscan Pasta & Beans

The people of Tuscany are known as “bean eaters” because beans are an important component of their cooking. Although Tuscans favor chickpeas, favas, and borlotti beans, I made do with the weiße Bohnen I had in my kitchen and chopped up a few tomatoes and a red pepper to give the sauce a hardy texture. Drizzle some extra olive oil on top and this meal will certainly fill anyone up, even those who pretend they’re from Italia.

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The Vegan Plate

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Depicted in the image above, is a terrific resource for learning how to adopt a vegan diet in a balanced, wholesome and healthy way.

There’s no doubt that people eat animal products because they’re tasty. But that tastiness comes from processing and preparation. Sugar, oils, sauces, and spices are added to make these disgusting items palatable. Then, of course, we have to bake it, fry it, grill it, barbeque it or sauté it—add onions, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, avocados or mushrooms—and put it between two slices of bread to make it even more appealing. If you could sink your jaws directly into a cow’s belly, do you really believe her flesh would taste like a hamburger?

A vegan plate shows that sources of calcium are found in many food groups. It draws attention to the importance of beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, and seeds in a healthy diet. It also highlights that it is essential to get enough vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega-3 fat, and iodine. You will notice that there is no mention of high fat, high sugar processed foods. There are many animal-free items that fall into this group, but they are not an essential part of a varied and balanced vegan diet. Limiting your intake of processed food will help you to maximise the quality of your diet.

For a more comprehensive list of nutritional sources please see ADAPTT’s page.

Eating for a greater cause

Finding time to do the things we truly desire seems to become more challenging as technology has developed distractions to be more prevalent than ever in today’s society.

From wanting to maintain personal well-being to the health of this planet and it’s species these goals can sometimes feel overwhelming in a world that hands out multitudes of decisions like candy to trick-or-treaters. Surely, living a fulfilled life could be much simpler and it can be by deciding to Go Vegan.

Animal Cruelty

Most animals raised for meat comes from factory farms were poor conditions include tight living corridors were animals often can’t turn around and are slaughtered by stunning them with an electric shock or shooting them with a bolt gun, tied upside down and then have their throats slit.

If you haven’t seen the reality of what you support when you consume animal products please watch the documentary Earthlings and Food Inc.

Climate Change

Whenever the causes of climate change are discussed, fossil fuels seem to always top the list. However, in considering other sources of human activity, the supply chain of domesticated animals also plays a major role in accounting for how livestock makes its way from the farm to the dinner table.

 Food accounts for 23% of humanity’s ecological footprint and the food we consume effects many important, sensitive ecosystems such as the Amazon, Borneo, Sumatra and the Mediterranean basin.

Livestock production has the largest impact accounting for 70% of all agricultural land and 30% of the land surface of the planet. Livestock farming leads in most cases to a range of direct and indirect environmental stresses like habitat conversion, greenhouse gas emissions, eutrophication and soil erosion, water scarcity and drought and various forms of air pollution.

Health

Most chronic health diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be cured with a plant-based whole grain diet.

For more information about the effects of an animal-based diet check out the documentary below.

Livestock are also given massive amounts antibiotics to keep them alive contributing to global antibiotic resistance.

The only challenge about being Vegan is being socially misunderstood by people who don’t understand the implications of eating a vegan diet. In a world consumed by animal products such as beef, fish, eggs, milk, and cheese implementing more fruit and vegetables full surely wouldn’t hurt to try.

I hope you also plan to make the decision for the animals, the environment and for yourself.  If you’re not convinced check out 101 other reasons why you should go vegan.