Little Essays on Being Vegan: Veganism Isn’t Just For Rich White Girls

Some might find inspiration in celebrities of all kinds: professional athletes, musicians, and actors. However, I often cringe when I find a celebrity has publicly announced their decision to go vegan. Not because going vegan is a bad thing (it should be obvious I don't think that veganism is a bad thing) but because I fear it furthers the perception that it's difficult and...

Little Essays on Being Vegan: Am I Tempted?

The short answer is no. No, I am not tempted. I do not crave meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or other animal flesh or products. I only rarely buy the fake meat products made for vegans. Have I enjoyed many culinary pleasures made of animals and animal products? Damn right I have. Do I miss them? No, not really; and when I do, it is the rare conflation of sentiment, tradition, smell, and memory that...

Little Essays on Being Vegan: Do You Cheat?

Tucking into my three tacos from Veggie Grill (my favorite vegan chain restaurant), a family friend asks me, "Do you cheat?" The rest of my meat, dairy, and egg-eating in-laws fell silent as they strained to hear my answer. This was our annual family barbecue, and never one to burden others with my different eating habits, I always bring my own meal. Veggie Grill allows me to order and pay...

Little Essays on Being Vegan: No, There’s Nothing Wrong With Me.

We have all met the people who were forced to make lifestyle changes to save their health, or even their life. Maybe that person is you. Most people would happily go on eating the way they always have and doing what they have always done if it weren't for that pesky heart attack that almost killed them, or a grim cancer diagnosis. It takes a pretty significant crisis to get people to radically...

Roasted Stuffed Squash [Vegan]

This recipe is adapted from "Reboot with Joe" site. Makes 4 servings. Ingredients 2 Kabocha Squash 1 1/2 tsp. Sea, Kosher or Himalayan Salt 1 1/2 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper 6-8 Tbsp. Olive Oil 4-8 Garlic Cloves, minced or pressed 2 Large Portabella Mushrooms, chopped 2 medium onions 2 medium leeks 4-6 tsp. Fresh Sage, finely chopped Pinch Red Pepper Flakes Directions 1. Preheat oven to...