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Friday, December 16, 2011

Compassion Over Tradition...a Vegan Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone!
I know, we're a little past Thanksgiving, but I thought that I would post some pictures of the vegan thanksgiving my sister and I made. Our menu consisted of roasted broccoli and cauliflower, an incredible yam dish (steamed yams sauteed with raw almonds and unsweetened dried apricots in light coconut milk),  black bean and pea veggie burgers (http://sketch-freeveganeating.blogspot.com/2011/06/black-bean-pea-burgers.html), steamed brown rice, and a simple yet wonderful kale salad (green kale with purple cabbage, sliced carrots, raw almonds, and dried cranberries tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar). The kale salad was the perfect light side to balance out the heaviness of the meal. This was probably one of the best meals I've ever eaten! I have a pretty sizable sweet tooth, so my sister and I took on the challenge of making one of the greatest desserts I've ever consumed. Using a recipe from the blog, "The Tolerant Vegan", we made a chocolate brownie/chocolate chip cookie dough pie! Here's the link...I highly suggest that you try making it! (http://thetolerantvegan.com/2011/01/cookie-brownies/). 

As we ate our completely animal-product-free Thanksgiving meal, my sister and I discussed how ironic it was that on a day dedicated to giving thanks that the majority of people feel completely content eating the meat of animals whose life have been sacrificed for our own carnivorous needs and desires. Instead of showing our gratitude for our lives by eating the meat of living/breathing animals, let's celebrate the incredible produce that our own Earth provides us with. 

Bean burgers before they were baked.

Yam-Coconut milk Sautee 

Chocolate Cookie Dough Brownies

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