One of my go-to soup recipes comes from a cookbook I bought when my kids were young. This cookbook was used so often that is literally falling apart at the seams. Most people think Italian Wedding Soup gets its name because it combines all the leftovers from an Italian wedding but the truth is it comes from the Italian phrase, minestra maritata meaning married soup. Much like the Costa Rican casada, it is said to create a “marriage” of flavors.
The original recipe calls for meatballs and chicken broth but it was very simple to veganize. I used Gardein brand meatballs but any pre-made vegan meatballs will work. This recipe is so easy that I’m almost embarrassed to share it. Buon appetito!
I have been a big fan of Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman’s award-winning blog Vegan Mos since the first time I heard about it on the Our Hen House podcast. Miss M. begs me to make their Piña Colada Smoothie (Green Smoothie), I always make the Tzatiki Sauce when we have falafel, and the French Onion Soup would fool any omnivore! I even blogged about the Avgolemono Soup back in 2014!
Vegan Mos has always been the first place I’d turn to find a tried-and-true recipe for any occasion and I left many comments on their site asking when a cookbook would be written. When that time came and I was asked to be a recipe tester I agreed faster than a New York minute! Continue reading NYC Vegan→
This week marks my 3rd veganniversary. Three years ago I decided to remove all dairy, eggs, and aquatic animals from my diet. I had eliminated land animals back in 2011 making the change much easier. But still, going vegan was a pretty big deal.
“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” ~Mother Theresa
I know a lot of you feel the same way I do.
And you’re frightened about what is happening in our world and in our own backyards.
This election season has seen family member pitted against family member as they choose sides. We watch hate speech and hate crimes escalate and get caught up in the noise that is our egos clashing.
My heart grows heavier with each bad news report. On a daily basis I allow myself to get caught up in the cacophony and it weighs on me. I find myself surrounded by a negative energy so strong it’s palpable.
But tomorrow night, that changes.
Tomorrow night I will stand for peace. From 4:30 – 5:30 pm, I will be at the Federal Courthouse in Binghamton with other peace seekers sending out energy of peace, love and unity.
A worthless and ineffective act? Not to me. Because for one hour peace will fill my heart; a peace that extends to everyone in the world.
Please join me and if you can’t please consider spending that hour in a quiet space of your own thinking thoughts of peace and love; add your energy to mine to create a movement that can change the world.
Now that’s a pro-peace rally of which even Mother Theresa would approve.
I am a career dieter. I have been on so many diets since high school (when I discovered mayonnaise) that I’ve lost count:
Jenny Craig – I lost 38 pounds but I firmly believe the processed crap I ate led to my thyroid disease 4 years later
South Beach Diet – not a bad way of eating and could be made vegan
Mediterranean Diet – I think I lasted a day on that one
NutriSystem – made me sick as a dog!
I have never thought of veganism as a diet but I do think of my diet experiences often when talking to others about eating plant-based. The best advice I can give a new vegan is the same advice I’d give anyone on a diet:
I made a decision in January that I would start to focus more on animal welfare and the environment in my vegan outreach. As much as I enjoy the social aspect, cooking and of course, the FOOD, my heart is with the animals.
Now that I’m back on track with weekly blog posts, I want to hear from you. What topics do you want to read about? What issues do you think will spark discussion? What recipes or types of recipes are you curious about?Continue reading I Want To Hear From You!→
On my first day of training at Coming Home Animal Sanctuary, I was shown the animal cemetery. This is the place where all the animals near and dear to the sanctuary founder have been laid to rest. They are given a proper burial and a stone to mark their time on earth.