Vegan, Jane Austen student, Minimalist, Reader, Librarian

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Vegan Inspiration

Music: Edie Brickell, Picture Perfect Morning

On Tuesday night, we attended a very interesting and inspiring lecture at the Troy Public Library, called "Diet as Disease Prevention." Presented by Dr. Kerrie Saunders (a Ph.D not an M.D.), she outlined the causes of a lot of chronic disease. She illustrated how a plant-based (vegan) lifestyle affects the body in a positive and healthy way, how one can meet all the daily nutritional requirements needed to be healthy, and provided resources as well as handouts of tons of useful information. I really enjoyed it. It was sponsored by VegMichigan and the next day I joined because they provide opportunities for vegan education, informational speakers and retreats, and potlucks and cooking demonstrations, not to mention the huge VegFest annually and their presence at local events including the upcoming Green Cruise on August 8th.

This is some barbecued seitan I made for us the night we attended the lecture. Mine is stuffed in a pita with lettuce, onions, & roasted zucchini and a side salad. Sooo easy:

Take a package of seitan (I used West Soy brand from Trader Joe's) and cut into chunks. Saute in skillet in tiniest bit of vegetable or olive oil then pour lots of barbecue sauce (to taste). The seitan is already cooked so you're only really warming it. Serve hot or cold.

To cut his calories, Jim opted for just a big salad with his seitan. Beautiful and delicious. Oh, and those are roasted green beans from his pole beans in the garden! We're picking them by the bag-full now. He made a dressing of white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, agave nectar, & Vegenaise with sea salt & pepper.

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