My family may not support my decision to transition into a vegan lifestyle, but I support myself- and that’s what matters most. I’m taking control of MY life.
1.5 Cup of Soymilk
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
And I added a bit of ice since my fruit was fresh and not frozen, but it’s absolutely delicious and incredibly filling. The cinnamon adds a really nice aftertaste to it.
I tried this recipe out with my girlfriends yesterday, and it turned out absolutely delicious. And the best part is that you can substitute a lot of the ingredients, or add more of your own. Next time I make them I think I’ll add some corn too!
1 (20 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 egg replacer
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons olive oil
salsa, to garnish
alfalfa sprouts, to garnish
guacamole, to garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan. In a large bowl, mash black beans then add onion, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, egg replacer, vegan bread crumbs and cilantro.
2. Blend until all ingredients are mixed well. Form bean mixture into patties and place on prepared pan.
3. Bake for 10 minutes. Alternatively, fry them in olive oil. I recommend baking them. Serve with garnishes, if desired.
Serves: 6, Preparation time: 30
I’ve recently decided to make a big change in my life, maybe the biggest change I’ll ever make. I was talking with one of my best friends about our weight problems. 19 year old girls wishing they were skinnier, how unique right? Well this time, it was. She told me that she was thinking about going vegan, taking total control of her lifestyle and the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.
I’ve always been overweight, but everyone always said to me, “You carry it well, you’re just curvy.” Which is true. I don’t look as overweight as I am, and I am curvy. But that doesn’t make me feel any better about myself. I diet, lose motivation, then convince myself it’s better to eat what I want and not care. It’s a vicious cycle. But it’s time to stop.
In the winter I got the opportunity to see Alicia Silverstone speak at my university about being a vegan. At the time I scoffed at the idea, why would anyone do that? Only fruit and vegetables? I mean, I used to be vegetarian for a few years, but I couldn’t imagine cutting out dairy. But she was such a compelling speaker that I decided to order her book and look into it, which I finally did… Last week. Better late than never right?
I realized that being a Vegan was more than just eating fruit and vegetables and losing weight. It’s a complete life style change, one that makes perfect sense. If I had the choice to eat natural fruits, vegetables and grains or fried, processed food that’s been shipped all across the country, why would I ever choose the second? I always thought being vegan would mean having too think too much about what I’m eating, and putting too much effort into what I’m eating. But why would I spend more time choosing the clothes that go on my body than the food, the fuel, that goes in it?