Today I am delighted to have a guest blogger - L. Diane Wolfe – thank you so much for your contribution to my blog. Although not a vegan myself I can sympathise with this point of view. I don’t know if some of the products mentioned in the recipe are available other than in the US but I have no doubt other countries have similar products if you are interested in trying the recipe.
Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the NSA and a motivational speaker. “Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting”, ties all of her goal-setting and leadership seminar’s information together into one complete, enthusiastic package. She also conducts seminars on book publishing and promoting, and assists writers through her author services. Her YA series, The Circle of Friends, features morally grounded, positive stories that appeal to both teens and concerned parents. Wolfe travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains a dozen websites & blogs, and contributes to several other sites and newsletters. She is also a professional photographer and has supplied all the pictures for this blog with the exception of the Cheetah.
For the Love of Animals
Where I live in Eastern NC, I’m something of an anomaly. I’m a vegetarian. More specifically, I’m a vegan.
I’m often asked questions. I learned long ago not to get into a debate, so my attitude is this is just what I do and who I am now. I’m not radical about it. I just live my life. Why would I or anyone else choose to be a vegetarian? There are hundreds of reasons, including health, environment, and resources. My reasons include all of those things, but it began with one thing - a love of animals.
We’ve always had pets and I’m sure that’s what spurred my love for animals. We had fish, hamsters, rabbits, cats, dogs, and even chickens. I was drawn to cats because of their agility and power. (I used to add grace, but after years of owning cats, I’d like to debunk the rumor that they are graceful.) My love of cats included the big cats - incredible predators and beauty in motion.
It’s not just cats that are beautiful though. I believe all animals possess increible qualities and features. I’ve spent half of my life as a professional photographer and animals are a favorite subject. Through the ability to freeze the action and get in close, I can focus on that beauty.
The gorgeous texture of alligator skin.
The striking colors and delicate legs of web weaver spiders.
The soft fuzz on a moth.
The myriad of colors represented in black fur in sunlight.
The long eyelashes on a horse.
The playfulness of a cow.
The raw energy and muscle of a running animal.
All of these things represent a living, breathing creature, designed with divine perfection. What I see is a beautiful miracle, one with a purpose beyond our consumption.
I’m not a vegan just because it’s healthier or better for the environment. I’m a vegan because I love animals.
And for those of you who would like to try a dish free of all animal products:
Chop into small chunks and boil in water:
3-4 small, peeled potatoes
Chop and sauté-
1 small onion
Remove from heat and place in bowl. Dice and add-
8 oz. tomato sauce (can add a little salsa for zest)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chili pepper to taste
Drain potatoes, add to mix along with:
1 cup Boca or Morningstar Farms fake beef crumbles
Layer tortilla chips in 8x8 or slightly larger dish, covering the bottom. Add layer of mixture. Sprinkle Galaxy Foods shredded cheddar cheese over mix. Continue layering until mix is gone.
Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes.
Serve with extra chips and enjoy!
Have a great day