879. Discovering New Forms of Lasagna

In my previous mind, the first requirement of lasagna was lots of stretchy cheese, 3 layers thick.  When I made the vegan commitment I decided I would never even try to duplicate lasagna, especially after trying many vegan cheeses.

I know, some of those cheeses are supposed to be so wonderful –  tasty and even melty!  But not for me – nope, I don’t think so. I know plenty of people that like them, I just haven’t developed a liking to them.  And so I’ve been happy to not have cheese, for there is a lot of great food to eat without cheese and I really don’t miss it.  But this isn’t about cheese, it’s about lasagna.

A walk into Real Food Daily in West Hollywood changed my lasagnaless mind.  I was hesitant, very hesitant, but it was the special of the month and the server said it was very popular. Why not?

To my delight, great lasagna does NOT require cheese!  Sure, there was some kind of soy “cheese” product they make that was a little like ricotta, but that was the only cheese resemblance.  I found layers of carrots, mushrooms, pasta, and other miscellaneous vegetables spilling onto my plate bite after bite.  It was all delicious and so worth the risk!

And so I thank you, veganism, for again opening my mind to try new, delicious foods and discover not all meals need to come from the same cookie cutter.

Lasagna at Real Food Daily

 

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881. Discovering Neighborhoods and Hangouts

I know it’s not unique to vegans to explore a city, but it is for me!  In my “before” days I did not venture out to find good food. I travel a lot for business to new cities and would  just eat at the nearest chain, I never ventured far in a new city except to find a tourist attaction.

Since becoming vegan I search out vegan or vegetarian restaurants in every city I’m in.  This sometimes takes time  going from one side of the city to the other during rush hour, but I don’t care. And sometimes, as in south Chicago, I end up in some neighborhoods that are questionable for a single woman but I really enjoy the exposure to all of it!

I love the new neighborhoods I discover all in the name of a vegan dinner!  Last week I travelled to all ends of the Los Angeles area, finding cute little neighborhoods and of course great food.  In fact in Athens Greece I discovered a lot of the city I otherwise would have missed, and talked to people (tried to) to find my way back.

I’m truly glad to go out of my way to discover little gems of a city.

Michael and I at Voodoo donuts in Portland

882. Standing in solidarity with Blake and all dairy victims.

Male calves born to mothers in the dairy industry have little hope for a good life. Very little. They are ripped away from their mothers at birth and taken away amid their mother’s cries for them.  If they receive any food it is simply to get them through until auction at which time they might sell for $2 or $3 to a farmer that will raise them for veal or low-quality beef.

Of course they might just die right there on the farm.

Little Blake is an individual that has every right to live a life without humans causing him pain and suffering.

I know that every day I choose no milk, butter, cheese – because it “tastes good and I love it” – I stand with these precious beings. 

Because they deserve a better life.

887. Eating Miang Kum at Thai Pen

What a treat!  A food I had never tried before this week.

Open spinach leaves served to fill as I desired.  Ingredient options included toasted coconut, red onion, ginger, lime, peanut, chili, something that tasted like lemon grass but wasn’t,  and a house sauce of some kind.  Put a little on the spinach leaf, wrap and eaat – a true flavor explosion just as they promised!

It’s so great to look for the new and healthy options at restaurants when I go out.  I try not to get stuck on the same item over and over because really, almost no vegan food is bad!  I’ll be back for these as well as creating a home recipe for them!

Yummy!

Reason 888. I can sleep at night knowing no animals were harmed in the making of me.

888.  I can sleep at night knowing no animals were harmed in the making of me.

I became a vegetarian because I didn’t want the blood of any living being on my hands when I die. I then became vegan when I discovered that thousands of precious baby cows are left to die or bred for veal as a result of eating dairy.  It’s a very

I have no right to take anothers life if it’s unnecessary, and in this day and age it’s so not necessary.  In fact it’s healthier and better for everyone, including Mother Earth, to not raise animals for the sole purpose of then being tortured and put to death so a selfish human can eat it.  Just because a human CAN do something does not mean they should.