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.
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.
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.
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 http://meatlessmondays.com
Black Bean and Salsa Sloppy Joes
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.)
A dear friend has relocated her coffee house/boutique/custom framery in Pauls Valley, OK. Amber is very environment-conscious and also vegan-friendly. Her hard-to-find products are a breath of fresh air to this artsy little community. Pictures posted below were taken April 28. The shop has not yet had its Grand Opening, but it's sure to be something you don't want to miss. Duck in for a custom latte or house drip after dining at the Boomerang Grill across the street ;)
View more photos on Facebook and visit the shop's page here.