For reasons that are very near and dear to my heart, all of my recipes are free of animal products. Instead I use quality plant-based and mostly organic ingredients.
Why I choose to follow a vegan lifestyle: For my health; to end the violence, exploitation and mass-slaughter of farm animals; to stop the devastating impact animal agriculture has on world hunger, our wildlife, climate and environment; for peace...
I would absolutely love to answer any of your questions and help those of you who are interested in embracing this wonderful lifestyle.
Here are a few links to speeches and documentaries that have changed my life. I highly recommend them if you'd like to find out more:
Beyond Carnism by Melanie Joy: Short and sweet, easy-listening TedTalk about our food choices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg&t=12s
101 Reasons to Go Vegan: Humane educator James Wildman expresses simple truths and 101 reasons to go Vegan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4HJcq8qHAY&t=92s
This speech is your WAKE UP CALL: James Aspey is a vegan animal-rights activist. He explains the importance of being vegan and how to communicate the vegan message effectively. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHOcox2lvQo
Best speech you may ever hear: Gary Yourofsky gives an extremely straightforward, honest and charismatic speech on the myths in the animal food industry. No sugar coating here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4&t=110s
Farm to Fridge (warning: very graphic): "this powerful film takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the nation's largest industrial farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants -- revealing the often-unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge." : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju7-n7wygP0
Earthlings (warning: very graphic): This documentary, narrated by Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix, shows the naked face of animal cruelty in society at large. It takes you inside slaughter houses in the United States and around the world, exposing the way animals are treated and the "life" they're subjected to for human consumption, a reality that begs analysis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms7yoerGaPU&list=PLv7whYPHSlwTVb06qz0XrrLikH40cGdhs
Most of these can be found on Netflix
Forks Over Knifes: "Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.."
Cowspiracy: "Filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn address the effects of cattle on the environment"
Live and let Live: "Six people who have switched to veganism, including former butchers and factory farmers, share their stories to examine the relationship between animals and people"
Food Choices: "A feature length documenter that explores how food choices impact our health, the health of our planet and the lives of other living species on Earth."
Peaceable Kingdom: "Certain farmers begin to question certain traditions and assumptions regarding their way of life, especially their relationships with and treatment of the animals in their care."
Speciesism: "Filmmaker Mark Devries investigates factories that raise animals for consumption."
Hot For Food: "Lauren & John are cooking up vegan love and breaking all the misconceptions of what it means to be vegan one drool worthy recipe at a time" https://www.youtube.com/user/hotforfoodblog http://www.hotforfoodblog.com
Edgy Veg: "Candice & James choose to re-purpose familiar favorites, by recreating childhood cravings for an audience with sophisticated palettes and food-nerd obsessions": https://www.youtube.com/user/stillcurrentstudios http://www.theedgyveg.com
The Vegan Corner: "A cookery Youtube channel devoted to delicious food with no compromise." https://www.youtube.com/user/thevegancorner/about
That Vegan Couple: "As former meat eating, corporate office workers turned vegan Yogis, we've journeyed through a myriad of experiences and want to share these with others. We're here to help people help themselves, and in turn, help animals and the planet." https://www.youtube.com/user/MoveMeYoga/about
Mic. the Vegan: "A mixture of scientific and humorous coverage of the health, animal, and environmental gains of a vegan diet with an emphasis on dispelling myths that perpetuate the idea that we require animal products." https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJq0eQZoFSwgcqgxIE9MHw/feed
Minimalist Baker: "Hi, I'm Dana! I create simple, delicious recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare." http://minimalistbaker.com
Oh She Glows: "Hi, I'm Angela and this is my recipe blog where I celebrate my love for plant-based food. In addition to being meat and dairy-free, most of my recipes are free of gluten, soy, and processed foods." http://ohsheglows.com
I LOVE VEGAN: "a healthy vegan lifestyle blog with a focus on wholesome, simple recipes." http://www.ilovevegan.com
Hell Yeah It's Vegan!: "This blog is dedicated to disproving the hordes of people who think vegans can’t eat anything, that being vegan means you can’t eat the foods you grew up with, or that vegan food is not as good as non-vegan food." http://hellyeahitsvegan.com