|World Vegan Day Logo|
"A common criticism is that the time is not yet ripe for our reform. Can time ever be ripe for any reform unless it is ripened by human determination." - Donald Watson
It's November 1 and though many of you may still have the excitement of Hallow's Eve running through their veins from all the costume-theme parties and trick-or-treating activities, this day also is the start of World Vegan Month.
The World Vegan Month is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world. It started in the year 1994 by the President and Chair of the Vegan Society UK, Louise Wallis. This year's celebration will mark the 68th anniversary of The Vegan Society. The World Vegan Society goes with the tagline, "Living vegan is good for you, other humans, other animals and our planet."
So what is a vegan? Vegans are the term coined for those who believe in the concept of veganism. The word itself is invented in November 1944 by Donald Watson, the founder of the World Vegan Society itself as well. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the word "vegan" means "a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products" or "one who abstains from using animal products". It originally mean "a non-dairy vegetarian"; which also opposed to the consumption of eggs.
Although not all of us may embrace the concept of veganism, we may take part this month and observe this celebration to show our support to our vegan friends. Veganism takes a lot of discipline and commitment, and actually, it's hard to imagine the effort they put in avoiding meat and dairy products everyday. So this month of November, why don't you insert some vegan dish in the menu.
Here are the top three Vegan dishes, I will definitely recommend:
|Portabella Mushroom Burger|
- Mushroom Burger - a great alternative to those whole love meat patties. Just with the help of a nice recipe, mushroom burgers can satisfy you more than hamburgers. Believe me, I tried them myself, and you can't really tell the difference between the meat burgers from the ones made from mushroom. But if you want a special vegan burger then I definitely recommend the Portobella Mushroom Burger with Avocados. You can check out its recipe in this link: Portabella Mushroom Burger Recipe.
|Crispy Fried Tofu|
- Crispy Friend Tofu - is a Chinese-inspired fried tofu which is both vegetarian and vegan. Tofu as we all know it is called the vegetarian's meat and this will surely suffice any cravings you have for meat during your meal. Friend tofu tastes well especially when it is dipped in any kind of sauce.
|Vegetarian Lentil Soup|
- Homemade Lentil Soup - with the chilly air brushing on your skin, who wouldn't love a nice warm soup for breakfast or dinner. The Vegetarian Lentil Soup is said to be one of those dishes that every cooking book has. With its varied spices, you'll surely never get tired of its taste, plus lentils are high in protein as well and healthy.
Sources for Recipes: Top Vegetarian Food from About.com
If you want to see the recipe just click on the links to direct you and if you're planning to print them, don't forget to use remanufactured toner cartridges or ink cartridges on your printer to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.
Happy Vegan Month!