Thursday, August 30, 2012

Yummy Mini Pizzas

These are so simple and so delicious! And really you can use anything you have on hand that sounds good. Here is how I made my mini pizzas:

3 English Muffins, cut in half
6 thinly sliced tomatoes
3 slices Tofutti American style cheez
2 Gardein seasoned chik'n "breasts", thawed and chopped
6 Tbsp marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the 6 muffin slices on a cookie sheet. Add 1 Tbsp of marinara sauce to each muffin and spread. Top with halved slices of cheese, 1 tomato each, and chik'n. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheez is melted. Ready to eat right out of the oven, and great for a snack!

Friday, June 8, 2012



Speciesism involves assigning different values or rights, or special consideration, to individuals solely on the basis of their species membership. The term was coined in 1973 by British psychologist Richard D. Ryder to denote prejudice against non-humans based on morally irrelevant physical differences.
The term is mostly used by animal rights advocates, who argue that species membership has no moral significance, and that it is both irrational and morally wrong to regard sentient beings as objects or property. Philosopher Tom Regan argues that all animals have inherent rights and that we cannot assign them a lesser value because of a perceived lack of rationality, while assigning a higher value to infants and the mentally impaired solely on the grounds of membership of a certain species. Peter Singer's philosophical arguments against speciesism are based on the principle of equal consideration of interests.
One argument used to show that speciesism is an arbitrary discrimination is called the argument from marginal cases. This says that if marginal-case human beings – such as infants, the senile, the comatose, and the cognitively disabled – have a certain moral status, then non-human animals must have it too, since there is no morally relevant ability that the marginal-case humans have that non-human animals lack. "Moral status" may include a right not to be killed or made to suffer, or a general moral requirement to be treated in a certain way.

Please feel free to read more at the link provided above. Speciesism has caused as much harm as racism in this world, and neither are on their way to ceasing to exist.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baked Tofu Filets

This recipe is written in case someone is preparing tofu for the first time. This was another spur-of-the-moment creation - hope you like it as much as I did!

Baked Tofu Filets
  • Drain water from firm or extra-firm tofu square and squeeze as much water out as you can. This can be done by hand or by placing it on top of an upside-down bowl and placing something heavy on top.
  • Place tofu in a shallow bowl. Marinade - to taste - with soy or tamari sauce, cajun seasoning, and a little liquid smoke. Let it set 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove tofu square from bowl and cut into 4 even slices. Place on non-stick or sprayed baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes on each side, or until edges are slightly crispy.
  • Serve straight from the oven. Feeds 2.

    Served here with sweet potatoes boiled with nondairy butter and sprinkled with paprika. (There is a bit of steam in the photo)
  • Monday, May 28, 2012

    What's Behind the Brands We Trust

    Or, "Brands That Animal Test." This is by no means a complete list, so I urge you to do your research when checking out a new brand. Gathered from different resources (listed below), I have compiled known brands/products that test on animals. I've also provided a list of known brands that do not animal test, though this does not mean that they are necessarily "natural" products. Please feel free to comment if you see anything I've missed. I know I've been using many of these for years, and have started weeding them out of our lives.

    Brands That Animal Test
  • Actonel
  • Always
  • Asacol
  • Aussie
  • Avon
  • Bounce
  • Bounty
  • BrAun
  • Camay
  • Cascade
  • Chanel
  • Charmin
  • Christian Dior
  • Clairol
  • Clinique
  • Colgate
  • CoverGirl
  • Crest
  • Dantrium
  • Dantrium IV
  • Dawn
  • Didronel
  • Dove
  • Downy
  • Dreft
  • Dunhill
  • Duracell
  • Era
  • Estee Lauder
  • Eukanuba
  • Febreze
  • Fiber-sure
  • Fixodent
  • Folgers
  • Gain
  • Garnier
  • Gillette
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills
  • Gleem
  • Gucci
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Home CafĂ©
  • Hugo
  • Iams
  • Infusium 23
  • Ivory
  • Jeyes
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Joy
  • Lancome Paris
  • Lever Faberge London
  • L'Oreal Paris
  • Luvs
  • Lynx
  • Macrobid
  • Max Factor
  • Metamucil
  • Millstone
  • Mr Clean
  • Noxzema
  • Olay
  • Old Spice
  • Oral-B
  • Palmolive
  • Pampers
  • Pantene
  • Pert Plus
  • Physique
  • Pringles
  • Puffs
  • Puma
  • Revlon
  • Safeguard
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Scope
  • Secret
  • Sk-II
  • Sure
  • Swiffer
  • Tampax
  • ThermaCare
  • Venus
  • Vicks
  • Wella
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Zest

    Brands Not Animal Tested
  • A Mano Bath
  • ABBA Products
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Abra Therapeutics
  • Advantage Wonder Cleaner
  • AKA Saunders, Inc.
  • Alba Botanica
  • Aloe Vera of America
  • Bamboo (Aesthetics, Aromas, Elements, Minerals, Zen)
  • bareFaced Mineral Cosmetics
  • Basic Elements Hair Care System
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Best Bath
  • Body Butter Factory
  • Calvin Klein
  • Cambria Soap Co.
  • Carma Laboratories
  • Carmex
  • Cassini Parfums
  • Christian Dior
  • Colorsilk
  • Cutex
  • Nature's Gate
  • Seventh Generation
  • Tom's of Maine
  • Zuzu Cosmetics
  • There are so many more, but I urge you to check out the resources below and to look for products that label "No Animal Testing." If they do not, be wary!

  • And my own personal shopping experiences! Plus, you can find any of this stuff with a search engine.
  • Monday, May 21, 2012

    Possibly the Best Pasta You'll Ever Have

    This one takes some shopping (unless you just have random things on hand for such an occasion) and perhaps 45 minutes prep and cook time. But, it's worth it. I used the "kick" sauce (see below) and it was super scrumptious. AND it was introduced to me by a non-veg friend. She wanted to make a meal we could both enjoy :)

    Pistachio "Pesto" Pasta & Kale
  • 8 oz whole grain pasta
  • 2/3 cup toasted pistachios
  • 1 medium garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bunch of kale, washed/stemmed/chopped
  • for tangy/sweet sauce - the seeds of one pomegranate; for sauce with a little kick - red pepper flakes to taste
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While water is heating, break pasta in 1/2" segments and make pistachio sauce by pureeing 1/3 cup of the pistachios, garlic, salt and olive oil with a food processor. Set aside.
    Once the water is boiling, salt it generously and cook the pasta per package instructions. At the very last second, add the kale to the pot of boiling water, and immediately drain the pasta and kale. Using your hands, work the pasta and kale under cool water. Toss gently with a spoon of pistachio sauce and either spin the pasta and kale dry in a salad spinner or continue to toss in a colander. Toss again with the rest of the mixture before serving.

  • Monday, May 7, 2012

    Pauls Valley Artist Kent Stewart

    Local artist J. Kent Stewart is creating quite the pleasing array of paintings and they're actually available to buy. View his site here or visit some of his works in person at Your Framer on the corner of McClure and Chickasaw.

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Delicious Vegan Sloppy Joes

    I made these last night for a couple that came for dinner. They were definitely a hit, and definitely delicious. If you are, or were, a fan of sloppy joes, you will love this supremely healthy alternative. I got the recipe from the April 2012 issue of Parenting magazine. Find more recipes like this at

    Black Bean and Salsa Sloppy Joes
    Serves 4
  • In a skillet, heat 2 tsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add 3 minced garlic cloves and saute for 1 minute.
  • Stir in 2 1/2 cups (2 cans) rinsed and drained black beans, 1 15-oz. jar mild chunky salsa, 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Spoon onto whole-wheat buns and top with shredded (daiya) cheddar.

    We also enjoyed ours with romaine lettuce for a few more vitamins and texture. I cannot wait to make these again. Yum!

    (I forgot to take a picture, so here's a snapshot of the picture from the magazine.)

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