From today on, I’m going to have:
1. A “quote-of-the-post” for you (couldn’t call it quote of the day now, could I, when I don’t even post every day.) It will be something positive, or a quote I believe in and want to share with the world. Actually, scratch that, I changed my mind. It will be called quote of the day anyways.
2. I will also be sharing a word of the day! (It may or may not revolve around food.) For future posts, both the word and quote will be below the post, before the ingredients. I think that would be the best place to put it. So, let’s commence!
This first quote is something I stand by-a vegan diet. I strive to eat vegan as much as I can, but do indulge in dairy products once in a while. (I do eat honey, unlike strict vegans)
Quote of the Day
“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’ – Jeremy Bentham
I feel like this quote really embodies the reason why people choose to go vegan in the first place. I’m going to focus on the dairy industry, because I don’t eat meat at all, and I avoid eggs if I can (in baked goods. I don’t eat them by themselves), although the eggs I only quit eating earlier this year, before I stopped dairy. I never did know where my dairy products were coming from, but just assumed that cows always produce milk like it’s their job. I didn’t realize that cows are forcibly impregnated so that milk will be made, over and over again, for us. They suffer immensely, living in torturous conditions, (very small spaces, no freedom-not to mention beaten and abused by factory workers), and calves are ripped from their mother’s arms when they are born, so that they can be raised for milk as well. (Male cows are of no use, and are sent to the meat industry for slaughter.) How would you feel if you were forced to do what these cows are doing, solely for our sake, when there are myriad vegan options out there for every one of your favorite foods? Did you know that most of the cows living today are not in nature, but are on factories, waiting to be abused as machines? I believe that animals are not ours to use for any type of food. Now that I’ve explained my reasoning for this quote (and why I choose to have a vegan diet), onto the word of the day!
Word of the Day
Abjure (verb): to reject, renounce (If the client refuses, then the lawyer will have to abjure the case)
I don’t know where the term “kitchen sink” evolved from to explain food, because in the culinary world, “kitchen sink” cookies, cake, pie, and so on, imply a food that has “everything” tossed into it. Also called “everything but the kitchen sink” cookies/cake/pie/something. (I don’t know which one is right though…maybe ask Chef Gordon Ramsey?) I wanted to add avocados, but they were green and rock solid-it’s awesome that they just stay that way in the fridge until you want to eat them, then just leave them out for two days and they’re ready to eat! The best thing about “kitchen sink” type foods is that they’re remarkably versatile, and even if you didn’t have one of the foods for the “kitchen sink” part, like the cookie crumbs, graham crackers, pretzels, peanuts, cranberries, or whatever you’re supposed to mix in-you can easily swap it out for another. I didn’t actually make my own veggie patty or hummus, so you may want to buy some, make your own, or swap out the hummus for another dip, the patty for some boiled potato, or really just create your own mix based off of this recipe. (Or not, that’s cool too.) I also used thin whole wheat tortillas because I was out of thick pitas, but truthfully, thicker pitas create a sense of that “falafel pita” with the aluminum wrap, tahini, and falafels (if you know what I’m talking about, high five from over the web!) So use those if you have them. This is the perfect thing to make for a clean-the-fridge-out-we’re-having-guests-tomorrow dinner (or just a fridge clean out, because you can toss whatever you see into these, and they’ll still taste fantastic (as long as you don’t put something like noodles in it…)
-four thick whole wheat pitas
-1/2 cup hummus
-4 veggie patties (I used chickpea veggie patties)
-1/4 cup hemp seeds
-1/4 cup dried cranberries
-1/2 cup boiled and salted/seasoned corn
-1/2 cup boiled (and seasoned if you want) brown rice
-1/2 cup cucumbers, sliced thinly
-1/2 cup tomato slices
-1 cup lettuce, shredded
-1 cup green pepper (sliced thinly)
Toast the pitas, making sure they’re only slightly toasted, otherwise they will get hard. If your patties are frozen, bake them until they are ready, and slice into strips. Put aluminum foil underneath the pita. Split the ingredients between the four pitas. Start by putting hummus as a base down the middle of the pita. Add the lettuce first, then the tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers. Put the corn and brown rice on top. Add the party strips, then sprinkle the hemp seeds and cranberries over it. All of this should be mostly in the middle of the pita. Now take the aluminum foil and fold it up the sides and over the pita, so it will look like an open cylinder. Take the bottom and fold it up, so nothing can fall out. Take the top and fold it down, so you are able to eat it, and keep peeling it down as you eat. Serve warm!
Makes: four servings (four tortillas)
Nutrition Facts (per one tortilla):
Fat: 16 g
Carbs: 87.2 g
Sodium: 642.8 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fiber: 17.1 g
Sugar: 14.5 g
Protein: 21.8 g