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This glorious veggie medley was spawned from the delicious CSA my brother gifted us. Pre-soaked goji berries and pistachios topped this lightly sauteed treat. Experiment with whatever veggies you have on hand.

Ingredients:

Farmers’ Market Veggies or CSA veggies – whatever you can get your mitts on

1 Tbs Coconut Aminos

1 can or jar crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Coconut Oil

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Pre-soaked goji berries (optional)

Pistachios (optional)

Instructions:

Sautee veggies and add sauces and spices. Cook for 5-20 minutes, depending on how cooked you like your veggies! Garnish as you please.

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I became vegetarian at age 12, right after my family spent the summer in the south of France. That trip, I remember my family ate lots of dead animals that were often served in forms that did not try to hide what these animals had looked like while alive: fish and lobsters were served with their eyes bulging out of their poor steamed heads, cooked frogs were served in frog shape, etc. In the United States (and elsewhere) our food culture tends to disassociate meat consumed from its living animal origin. Carol J. Adams, one of my personal heroines and author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, points out in SPOM that our culture has specific language that renders dead animals “absent referents,” and thus keeps us from acknowledging the life and creature who suffered before reaching the dinner table. This defense mechanism keeps people from feeling what I felt in France–uncomfortable with eating animals after realizing the connection between what was on my plate and the cruelty it endured to arrive there.

After one particularly creature-filled meal eaten while traveling in the Loire Valley, my brother took me aside and told me why he thought I should become a vegetarian like him. My brother became vegetarian at age 11. When I was 12, he helped me realize that in order to live in accordance with my beliefs, I needed to be vegetarian (Note: later, I realized that for the reasons I became vegetarian, it was hypocritical for me not to be vegan. I wrote a post about this, if you want to read it here.) My brother became vegan around the same time I did, and now our parents largely eat vegan, too. He and I have both been vegan for more than six years, and our parents eat almost 100% vegan when we, the spawn, are visiting them, which I think is just about the most respectful, kind thing a family can do to support their vegan offspring (and animals, and the planet!)

This weekend, my brother hosted an engagement party dinner for two of his lovely women friends who just proposed to each other a little over a week ago. Eight of us vegans and vegetarians enjoyed an entirely vegan, delicious home-cooked meal. I met a vegan fashion blogger who was as worldly and interesting as she was kind, and shared great conversation and laughs with some old friends. While our gay friends can’t yet get married in California at the time, they have been together for more than three years and are committed to being engaged in the hopes that one day the government will honor their union and right to equality. In the meantime, they will be honored by the friends and family who love them.

A friend serves the home-cooked plated vegan dinners prepared by my brother.

It felt fitting, this vegan lesbian engagement party. On this blog, I attempt to illuminate some of the connections between human- and non-human animal rights and welfare, and so it made perfect sense that a night of celebrating our hope for equality for our friends naturally involved compassionate cuisine. As I sipped kombucha out of a champagne flute, and later ate the delicious braised kale-beet salad, white bean mash, pan-seared citrus marinated tofu strips and Kind Kreme vegan ice cream that my brother so lovingly prepared for us, I felt deep gratitude for the family and friends and compassion this meal represented.

Whether our vegan family is blood-related or otherwise, the connections we create and sustain with those around us have the potential to elevate our activism, and inspire us to live truthfully and earnestly. I am so proud of my extended vegan family. Whether individuals are totally vegan or not, it helps animals and the environment to seriously reduce animal product consumption.  I am totally vegan (Note: I am 100% vegan to the best of my ability–I recognize that by driving cars I support animal products in the tires, etc. but I choose to not use animal products in anything I wear, consume, use or own to the best of my ability), but I also honor those in my life who are not fully vegan but support the vegan cause through eating mostly vegan and supporting the vegans in their lives.

May we all be blessed to be surrounded by folks who really understand and appreciate our mission and purpose to spread compassion for human- and non-human animals! I would love to hear about your family, vegan, blood-related or not, or whatever group supports you on your path in the comments.

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Long ones are rutabaga, pentagon-shaped ones are parsnip!

One of the greatest losses the world faces is the rapidly diminishing availability of heirloom produce. While I’m no fan of Michael Pollan’s hypocritical and, in my humble opinion, very misguided perspectives on the so-called virtues of omnivorism, it was his book The Botany Of Desire, which I read in my high school botany class, that first alerted me to monocrop issues when I was 17. Through Pollan, I learned how plant diversity has been seriously undermined in the past century by human preferences and influences. I am disappointed that Pollan’s nostalgic foodism (for more on this topic, I suggest checking out Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s excellent podcast on the subject of “pasturbating”) contributes to his erroneous and dangerous conclusions about eating animals and animal byproducts, but I will forever remember and be grateful to him for being the person who showed me the importance of heirloom produce.

Last week, I found myself at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market buying heaps of gorgeous produce. I just moved to Los Angeles a little over a week ago, and my friend Josia was determined not to let any significant amount of time pass before we hit up the mecca of beach-side produce. It was amazing to breathe in fresh Pacific Ocean air as I filled my canvas bag with purple carrots, heirloom root vegetables, thick and robust curly kale, and more.

Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Image via: Dripwear.com

A few days later, our friend Puki came over to the little apartment Court and I share in Hollywood for dinner and we made spirulina salad. We decided that we wanted something a bit heartier in addition, when I thought I would make some raw parsnip rice (note: this is an amazing dish, I highly recommend it!). Then, it dawned on me that I could make parsnip into fries, and use the rutabaga I got as well. It worked out beautifully! Here is the recipe:

Heirloom Rutabaga-Parsnip Fries

(Serves 1-3)

Ingredients:

Rutabaga

Parsnip

Coconut Oil

Salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 385 degrees. Cut rutabaga and parsnip into desired shapes, and then thinly coat with coconut oil and salt. Roast for 40-50 minutes, depending on desired texture. Enjoy!

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Nutritionist, raw vegan health blogger, editor and fabulous woman Gena Hamshaw posted an article my partner Courtney Pool and I wrote on links between sexuality, veganism, self-esteem on her blog Choosing Raw. Thank you for sharing our writing with your readers, Gena!

Click here to read the article…

Green Recovery: Exploring the Link Between Sexuality, Diet, and Self-Esteem

The post mentions our forthcoming book on holistic health for women who love women. If you’re interested in contributing your story, please contact queerveganfood [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

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This vegan daal and brown rice dish incorporates tomato, ‘cheesy’ nutritional yeast, gluten-free, wheat-free tamari, broccoli, carrots, and the unexpected sweet-savory flavor pairings of maca and fresh mint. I often use maca in raw smoothies and desserts, so it’s fun to add it to this otherwise pretty simple daal and rice dish.  Here’s the recipe–let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

Daal (lentils)

Brown rice

Tomato powder concentrate (or fresh or canned tomatoes)

Wheat-free tamari, Nama Shoyu or Braggs Liquid Aminos

Broccoli

Carrots

Nutritional Yeast

Turmeric

Paprika

Fresh Mint

Raw Maca Powder

Instructions:

Cook brown rice in a rice cooker or on the stove. Cook daal on the stove, then add all seasonings except maca and mint. Take daal mixture off stove and add in raw broccoli and carrots (this step avoids over-cooking these veggies and keeps them at a nearly raw state), toss in cooked brown rice and add cold water until mixture is desired texture. Garnish with fresh mint and maca. Enjoy!

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