Why we should leave goat products off our plates/an ode to my best goat pal, Bartleby

Hey everyone!! Who here likes goats?

I recently have become a BIG goat fan. Like so big that when I come home from work, I can usually be found laying on my bed watching videos of the goats from the Sanctuary that I work at. They are just so FUN. And spunky! And have SO much personality. The free-range goats at the Sanctuary all travel in a herd, and get into the cutest trouble. They’re always sneaking into pastures that they’re not supposed to, and chowing down on plants that they should be leaving alone.

So it was only a matter of time before I told you guys the breaking news… I literally have fallen in love with a goat. His name is Bartleby and he is a riot. When I met him on my first day at the Sanctuary, I was told that he is always getting into trouble, and loves to headbutt little kids. Every day since, I have found this to be absolutely true.

Now if there is one thing I can really sympathize with, it is a misunderstood animal. The look in this goat’s eyes is just TOO deep for me to explain. I know he’s got so much going on in that mind of his, and I love that he has a bit of a mischievous streak.

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But that’s the thing about him, he doesn’t look particularly mean or menacing, he just looks like a cute messy haired goat with a stocky body who enjoys (slow!) walks around the Sanctuary. ❤

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The thing that (unnecessarily) breaks my heart is that he is such a loner. While all the other free-rangers will be in a pasture together, he’ll be alone eating in a separate area. I’ve been told that he likes to be alone, and you can tell because even when he is in a group, he always breaks off to do his own thing.

I, being someone who loves alone time, should understand him, but I think I’ve portrayed this persona on him so much that I now feel so bad whenever he’s alone! I shouldn’t because he’s probably having the time of his life, but I do love to keep him company ❤ So, to make myself feel better, I make sure to spend some time with him everyday, and give him a face massage. (He loves to rub his face all over your hands when you put them on his cheeks, it’s SO DARN CUTE.)

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And when I say that he loves to have his cheeks rubbed, I mean that he LOVES to have his cheeks rubbed. Untitled-2.jpg

 

So my love for Bartleby really got me thinking, and I (stupidly) realized that people exploit goats for their bodies and that they are included in the species that us humans eat. I forgot that goat’s milk and cheese are super trendy right now, and realized that I knew literally nothing about goats in regards to animal agriculture.

ALSO – people eat goats. Who knew! I am someone who doesn’t get appalled when discussing eating dogs or other companion animals because, to me, all animals are equal. I am equally as disgusted when someone eats a chicken as when the dog meat festival occurs, eating a chicken is just waaaay more socially acceptable. So eating any type of animal literally baffles me, and eating goats is no exception! They are such lovely animals. Really, they’re full of fun and personality and they are so obviously amazing companions that I don’t know why anyone would eat them.

Anyway, I decided to do a little research about goats in the animal agriculture industry. Like dairy farming, in the goat farming industry, baby goats (kids) are removed from their mother usually within 24-48 hours and sold off/ “discarded of.” The girl kids are usually used for dairy production, and the boy kids are deemed useless for the dairy industry and sold off to slaughter.

When my dad visited the Sanctuary recently, he asked if we ever milk the goats. I completely understand why he asked, because I too used to think that all animals need to be milked, whether they recently have given birth or not. But this is not the case! I told him that an animal will only produce milk if they’ve recently had babies, and sadly, in the animal agriculture industry, they almost never get to keep their babies and are milked far beyond the amount of time that babies would be feeding off of them.

Plus, in order to get animals pregnant, they almost always are artificially inseminated, which is done using something called a rape rack. I kid you not, I did not make up this term! Aka, “artificial insemination” is a polite way of saying they are forcefully impregnated against their will.

A good way to remember this is to think of us humans. Women only produce breast milk after they’ve had a baby, and animals are the same way! When I was a vegetarian (which was for 8 years of my life) I genuinely thought that cows always produce milk, and that it was fine for me to drink their milk because they “had to be milked.” I am a PERFECT example of someone who should have done her research looooong ago. Maybe now I’m a little too heavy on the “I gotta learn my stuff and research as much as possible!” but a girl’s gotta stay informed!

There are a million and a half other disgusting things wrong with exploiting goats for food production, but you can look all that up on your own. I want to keep this post light and positive because it’s about GOATS for crying out loud!

So back to the happy stuff tho, more on Mr. Bartleby!

He’s such a wide guy because he can always be found eating. Come to think of it, it seems like all goats can always be found eating, but this guy especially.

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He is also always doing the strangest things. I see him in this position many, many times a day:

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Such a little crazypants!

Like me, everyone who meets him falls in love with him. There’s something about him that is just so sweet, hilarious, and enchanting. If ANY of you live near upstate NY, I really recommend visiting the Sanctuary, and you can see sweet little Bartleby free-ranging around!

If you at all think that Bartleby is a little character in his own, I hope y’all recognize that he is a character and he does have a personality, and that we should leave goats and goat byproducts off of our plates.

And while you’re at it, if you feel sympathy towards goats, research veganism because if your heart is so big that you feel compassion towards goats, there is no telling how much room you have in your heart for other species as well! ❤ I feel that all of us as humans have the capacity to love animals so much that we shouldn’t eat them, so spread the love and educate others on why animals are here on this earth with us, not for us. ❤

 

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We could all use a little banana bread in our lives!

For as long as I can remember, my mom has always made AMAZING banana bread. Like different from any banana bread I’ve ever had before kind of banana bread.

My boyfriend Jon and I were both recently talking about how all we’ve been wanting lately is banana bread, so I was determined to veganize my mom’s old recipe. So I’ve always had a bit of a problem with baking without eggs. I’ve tried all the replacement tricks, applesauce, smashed up bananas, you name it, but my cake/bread always comes out flat. I did a little Googling around, and realized that I was missing a key ingredient in my egg substitution, baking powder!

How many of you are aware of this necessary ingredient for egg substitutions? It’s a real game changer.

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The second key ingredient in this recipe? Tofutti sour cream! Instead of a nut milk in this recipe, it’s all sour cream which makes this banana bread DENSE.

This is the mother of all banana bread recipes. Everything about it is perfection. Also, both a warning and an FYI: the batter is ADDICTIVE. Plus, it’s vegan so you don’t have to worry about eating it!

A quick note, this recipe is written up as if the 6 TB mashed banana and 1 ½ tsp baking powder are the 2 eggs that are in the original recipe. As in, I add part of the banana and baking powder first, like you would with the eggs in the original recipe. Not too sure if it makes any difference to treat the 6TB of banana and baking powder as eggs, but hey, baking is a science so I’ll stick to the original recipe as much as possible!

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So let’s get to it!

Ingredients:
½ C vegan butter
1 C vegan sugar
6 TB mashed very ripe banana
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C mashed banana
½ C Tofutti sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
½ C chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and grease your pan. For this particular batch of banana bread, I used a 9x9x2 pan because I didn’t have a loaf pan, but a loaf pan is what my mom always uses to make this recipe.
  2. Melt the butter (I do it in the microwave) in a large bowl, and combine with sugar.
  3. Add the 6 TB mashed banana and baking powder, and stir well.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and stir well.
  5. Add 1 C mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla, and stir.
  6. Fold in chopped walnuts, and pour into greased pan.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here’s a little way to spruce up your walnuts, I use cinnamon maple walnuts from my local health food store instead of just regular ones! They’re a delicious mix between plain walnuts and candied walnuts cause they’re not tooooo sweet but they are AMAZING.

I love this recipe cause the inside stays super moist, and the outside gets dark and a little crisp around the edges. Just how I love my banana bread!

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Banana bread is so fun cause you get to use super ripe and old bananas that probably wouldn’t have been eaten otherwise, and the fun part is the riper the banana, the better! I like to freeze bananas when they’re almost too ripe, and then defrost them when I’m ready to make banana bread. Quick, easy, and almost feels like the ingredients were free cause you’re using bananas that would have gone bad otherwise!

Disclaimer about the photos: sorry for the strange settings that these photographs are taken in, I’m aware that a piece of banana bread doesn’t really look its best next to wood chips. My apartment gets awful lighting, so I’ve gotta resort to the great outdoors!

Do you guys have a go-to banana bread recipe that you swear by? Recipe swap anyone?!

Goodnight y’all! ❤

 

To all the meat eaters out there: I get you

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think meat tastes good.

I used to be a huge meat eater myself, and one who would proudly state that I was a carnivore (yes, I was that uneducated asshole, but I was only 11 so give me a break! 😉 ) I used to say that I would never stop eating meat, and then one day I did the proper research on my own and realized that maybe it was time to change my beliefs, even though my family was pretty against me giving up animal products at first, and almost all of my friends didn’t understand why I was doing it. (Again, we were kids.)

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think it’s going to be really hard to go vegan, and that it will alienate you from the rest of your friends.

Maybe they won’t understand for a little bit, but as long as you come from a kind and polite place and explain why leaving animal exploitation out of your diet is the lifestyle for you, chances are they’ll understand. And if they don’t, do you really want someone in your life who is bothered by your diet and wants to control what you eat? Especially when your diet has been scientifically proven to be healthier in thousands of ways, not to mention good for the environment, and obviously optimal for the animals.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think animal agriculture is sad, but that it’s going to go on whether we stop supporting it or not.

I used to feel very helpless about this. I used to watch videos on my family’s first computer and cry my eyes out because I couldn’t stand to watch animals be hurt in the ways that we hurt them. What made me even more sad was that I felt like there was absolutely nothing I could do to help.

I wish I could go back and tell my 12 year old self that there is something each and every one of us can do to help, no matter how young we are, or what background we come from, or what our gender is, or what our cultural background is.

If nobody stood up for what they believed in, especially when what we’re standing up for isn’t exactly the most accepted opinion at that time, then what kind of a world would we currently live in? Exploitation goes on in so many different forms, and it’s our responsibility to stop it. Especially when it comes to animals, because they do not have voices of their own.

If something is so horrible that we can stand to even be looking at it, we shouldn’t be tolerating it.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think your diet will consist of only salads.

If there is one thing I can promise you though, it is that your diet will almost certainly blossom into the most diverse plethora of foods you could ever imagine . I know SO many vegans who were minimalist eaters when they ate meat, and then after going vegan and exploring new options, are now these worldly eaters who will try (and love!) anything. (I am one of them!)

Maybe it’s because I gave up meat at a young age and didn’t really have a chance to branch out yet, but the foods that I used to eat compared to the foods I eat now aren’t even on the same playing field.

My dad always tells me “Meredith, if you want someone to go vegan, all you have to do is cook for them,” and while not to toot my own chef-horn, he is right. He is right about any of us! I always love to show people who eat meat that I don’t eat just salads, (I actually hate salads so none of that is in my diet!) and that my diet is JAM PACKED with the most delicious foods.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think you won’t get enough protein.

BUT YOU WILL! My boyfriend Jon and I always have this joke that as vegans, we get too much protein. It’s true though, protein has NEVER been an issue. Ever.

So I am someone who needs to be eating every few hours in order to feel like my healthy, functioning self. I’m a very hungry girl, and I like my food to be hearty and filling. Green smoothies and raw veggies for every meal? Noooo thank you. The reason Jon and I think it’s hilarious that non-vegans think we get no protein is because ALL we eat is protein. (I eat my veggies too, don’t worry mom!) What’s in my diet that is also jam-packed with protein? Quinoa, pecans, dark leafy greens, tempeh, seitan, tofu, dark chocolate, beans, chia seeds, edamame, almonds, broccoli, chickpeas, peanut butter, the list literally goes on and on. Not to mention all of the delicious meat replacement products that I adore that are literally packed to the brim with protein!

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you think  you will never eat a fun, delicious meal again.

I really do get it, considering the fact that typing in “vegan sources of protein” on google gives you some of the most boring looking recipes known to man. When I ate meat as a kid, I never ate plain, unseasoned chicken, so why would I do that with my tofu, tempeh, and seitan? The vegan diet is the lesser known compared to the American omnivore diet, so of course there aren’t as many recipes out there. And I hesitate to say that, because there are BILLIONS of vegan recipes out there. The internet is a crazy place, kids 😉 . And like recipes that contain meat, some can be real stinkers. It’s all relative, and you adapt to it and learn the ins and outs just like we adapted to an omnivorous diet as babies.

To all the meat eaters out there, I get that you want to live in blissful ignorance.

I really, really do. When I had first learned all of the devastating information about animal agriculture, I so badly wanted to turn a blind eye and forget what I had seen, what I had read, what I had heard. But I couldn’t, and you shouldn’t either. As consumers, it is our responsibility to know this stuff. Whether it’s hard to stomach or not, we need to know the facts. Stating “I didn’t know!” isn’t a good enough reason for why we are blindly supporting and giving money to cruelty, every day of our lives. That reason just doesn’t cut it. Especially in this day and age, almost all of us have access to the internet. Get on the internet and educate yourself, learn about what you personally are contributing to and learn about the mark you are making. And I don’t just mean in terms of animal agriculture, I mean in all aspects of our lives. There is no excuse to be uneducated.

So to all the meat eaters out there, get out there and at least learn about the millions of benefits of veganism and try to understand why so many people are currently vowing to never consume animal products again.

Because what’s the worst thing that could happen? You may just change your mind on a few things and in the process of it all, help make the world a little bit more of a better place.

I love all of you, goodnight ❤

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Step aside, there’s a new hair oil on the block

I feel like I’ve been talking up a storm on the subject of hair oil lately, so it would only make sense for me to update you guys on my newest hair oil obsession!

I present to you…

VO5’s Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil

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First things first, it’s technically not just a hair oil, it’s a body oil too! So I bought this oil when I was browsing the beauty aisle of my local Rite Aid, and saw how cheap it was. It was like 4 bucks! I bought it instantly after seeing the price, and decided to give it a go.

At first I was confused how to use it. I would spray it liberally to my damp hair afer a shower, and it made my hair SO oily. It looked like my ends were still soaked. I was baffled as to how to use this product, and quite frankly, I was ready to deem it a “bad hair oil.” But this hair oil was just misunderstood, not a “bad hair oil,” and I now understand its ways and cannottttt live without it.

Alright, so here’s the down low: This oil has some GREAT ingredients in it. Some of the ingredients include: sunflower seed oil, burity seed oil, honeysuckle flower extract, macadamia seed oil, argan oil, shea butter, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and biotin. And the biggest perk of the ingredients in this oil? NO ALCOHOL!

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With my other hair oil  that I recently talked about, it sometimes felt like my ends were constantly drinking it up yet not getting nearly enough hydration, and that’s because my old hair oil has alcohol in it. So no matter how much oil I sprayed, there was still a hefty amount of drying alcohol that came with it. This Vo5 oil has no alcohol in it, so the reason it was making my hair SO greasy is because I was applying the same amount that I would with my old hair oil, yet there was no alcohol to neutral out the excessive amounts of oil.

You barely need to use any of this oil for it to hydrate your ends, so basically this bottle lasts FOREVER. And it’s already cheap to begin with, such a win/win!

Also, let me just mention that this product is (obviously) cruelty free! Gotta LOVE a product that doesn’t come at the price of animal testing!

It also smells like heaven, so that’s another major plus!

So as I mentioned above, I now understand the ways of this oil and I want to share them with you guys! First off, I never spray it directly onto my hair, event when it’s wet. I always spray 2 spritzes into my palm, rub my hands together, and then work it through only the ends of my hair. Also, every night before bed on the nights that I don’t wash my hair, I spritz one spray into my hands, and work that through my ends so they stay nice and hydrated. By morning, all of the oil has nicely worked its way through my hair without looking greasy!

Sometimes I even use this oil as a hair mask, and a little goes a long way! I only use about 10 spritzes and then brush it all through my hair. It leaves my hair SO silky after I wash it!

You can use this oil on your skin too, which I think is SO cool. I have used it on my legs after I shaved, and it left them SO SOFT. I feel like there’s a loooooot of things you can do with this oil if you get a little crafty!

So go out and get this oil ASAP cause it’s cheap as hell, cruelty free, lasts forever cause you barely need to use any, and does such a good job at hydrating dry ends!!

Goodnight everyone ❤

Stressful week? Watch Sister Mary Frances rub her belly on the fence!

WOW it’s been a hectic week! How have you guys been??

The big annual event for the Sanctuary that I work at, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, is on this Saturday and this week has been a whirlwind preparing for it!

For any of you in the NY/NJ/tri-state area in general, you should come to the event! It’s called Shindig and it is going to BE. A. BLAST.

Seriously, I went 2 years ago with my boyfriend Jon and I actually think it was the happiest day of my life…

Working to prepare for Shindig has been quite a lot, as to be expected, so I wanted to share a video with any of my fellow stressed out friends that will ABSOLUTELY put a smile on your face and make you forget about all the work you have!

The video features Sister Mary Frances who is one of the free-rangers at the Sanctuary. She is a gem and a half, and is a SUCKER for belly rubs. Seriously, I have never seen anyone love a belly rub more. Which is why she also loves a fence rub!

(Yes I did create a YouTube channel just to post this… It’s the price I was willing to pay to share this darling video with y’all!)

There is something about the pure joy that Sister Mary Frances gets out of scratching her side on a fence, and watching her precious belly swing side to side that really takes all of the stress out of me!

Sister Mary Frances is a pot bellied pig, the same breed as “mini-pigs.” As we can alllll see, there is nothing mini about her! She’s quite a big one, and a beauty at that!

So good luck with the end of your week everyone, and I’ll talk to you all soon! 🙂

Let’s hear it for… GRAPE SALSA

Last summer in Cape Cod, my boyfriend Jon and I went out to eat at a cute little restaurant by the bay. Little did we know, this dinner would CHANGE OUR LIVES.

Okay, maybe not soo dramatic, but we discovered a pretty fantastic and life changing thing! That thing?

Grape salsa!

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Never had I ever heard of such a thing as grape salsa before this dinner, and we were both very intrigued. It ended up being SPECTACULAR, so we asked the waitress what was in the salsa and she told us the chef’s recipe. Ever since, we’ve been making our own version of this salsa and after eating a whole batch of it recently, I realized I had to share it with y’all!

Ingredients:
2 C whole grapes
1/2 C minced cilantro
1/4 C diced jalepeños
2 TB apple juice
1 tsp lime juice

So this is an eaaaaasy peasy recipe, let’s start with the grapes. Cut your grapes into four pieces, I do them into quarters but you can honestly cut your grapes however you’d like! Add your minced cilantro, diced jalepeños , apple juice, and lime juice to your cut grapes, and mix. And then you’re done!

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One thing I love about this salsa is that it’s sweet, and compliments a nice salty tortilla chip so well.

In my photos, I only used green grapes (that’s because it would have cost me $7.50 to buy a bag of red grapes. $7.50!!!! And they weren’t even organic…!) so I settled for just green instead. In the past, I’ve made this with both red and green grapes, and it not only looks pretty but tastes DELISH.

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I wonder what this recipe would be like with cotton candy grapes? Speaking of, have any of you ever heard of cotton candy grapes? I hadn’t until last summer and now they’re pretty much all I think about. They’re to. die. for. I kinda feel like they came outa nowhere and came in HOT cause first I had never even heard of them, and then next thing ya know they were all over!

Once when I made this salsa, I was dealing with some really tiny grapes, so I only cut them in half once. I’m curious to see other ways that the grapes can be cut though, I’m sure some of you could get really crafty with it!

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This salsa has been a big success when bringing it to BBQ’s and other summer-y events. It travels well and is just as delish, if not better, the next day. Plus it’s SO easy to make on a whim, yet is pretty different and a convo starter. I once brought grape salsa and cauliflower wings to a BBQ and they were quite the dynamic duo to bring to a non-vegan BBQ, because they’re both SO YUM and showed the non-vegans that vegans eat delicious food too!

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What would you add to this salsa recipe? I’m very curious to see if there’s anything that y’all think could spice it up a bit!

Enjoy the salsa! xo

Kylie Jenner’s Ramen Recipe…VEGANIZED!

So who here follows Kylie Jenner on Snapchat?

I’m sure we all have our personal reasons for following her, I for one enjoy seeing what color hair she has at any current moment. So she recently snapped a picture of what she puts in her ramen noodles, and her post got me thinking.

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I am a ramen LOVER. LOVE LOVE LOVE those curly noodles that stick together no matter how many veggies you try to stir in with them. I know they have no nutritional value, but I don’t care, I love em.

Fun fact about me, I’ve actually never added the included spice packet to my ramen! I love using the noodles as a base for spicy peanut noodles, stir frys, and other Asian noodle dishes, but that spice packet is so not appealing to me. Too much sodium! But if it’s your thing and you enjoy a good spice packet addition, then whatever floats your boat!

So vegan wise, ramen can be tricky because of the spice packet. Obviously, the chicken, the beef, etc., are not vegan, but what about the oriental flavor?

Nissin Top Ramen oriental flavor is vegan (woot woot!) but I gotta warn you! Maruchan, the other very well-known ramen brand’s oriental flavor contains “beef extract!” Whatever beef extract even is, I will never know/want to know, but how not cool! So stick to Nissin brand if you want to be cruelty free, and don’t be fooled by Maruchan.

So back to Kylie’s “inspirational” and “life changing” snapchat. I got to thinking how I LOVE ramen noodles, and equally LOVE buttery garlicy noodles, and ALSO equally love Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg. So what’s not to love about Kylie’s ramen recipe?

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I gave her recipe a go, vegan style, and guys… I’m HOOKED! It’s only been a week and I think I’ve made this dish 5 times now? Not the healthiest cause of the whole no fresh veggies thing and all, but I don’t care cause it’s ALL I want to eat!

So obviously I had to share this recipe with you guys, because I NEED to share the quick, easy, and cheap dish that has seriously changed my life/past week.

Kylie Jenner’s Ramen Recipe, Veganized!

Ramen Ingredients
1 pack oriental Nissin Top Ramen
1 TB melted vegan butter
1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder, depending on how garlicy you like it
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

VeganEgg Ingredients
2 TBS VeganEgg powder
1/2 C ice cold water
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Pepper to taste
Vegan butter for pan

Alright, so let’s start with the noodles. Boil some water as you usually would, and cook the noodles for about 3 minutes, or until they are as tender as you like them. Strain the noodles, and pour (is pour the right word? Feels weird to say “pour the noodles”…) into a bowl. Drizzle melted butter over the noodles, and sprinkle the garlic powder and red pepper flakes over them as well. Stir to incorporate all the buttery-garlics-spicy goodness!

Now it’s time for the VeganEgg! Melt vegan butter in a pan over medium-high heat.  Whisk your 2 TB VeganEgg powder with 1/2 C ice cold water, and pour into pan when you think the pan is good and hot. The VeganEgg should sizzle when it hits the pan, so don’t do it tooooo early. Sprinkle the garlic powder and pepper over the freshly poured VeganEgg, and SCRAMBLE! They say you should cook the VeganEgg for about 8 minutes, but I like to do it a little quicker. My method is to do a quick high-heat cook so the outside gets super crispy, and the inside is still a little creamy. Either way, cook for however long you’d prefer.

Once the VeganEgg is done cooking, stir into your already prepared noodles and there ya go! You have yourself an A+ din.

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I LOVE buttery garlicy noodles. YUM. Nothing better. Seriously, are you guys as big of a fan of butter and garlic together as I am?

ALSO. Just to throw this out there, from the looks of her picture, I’m pretty sure Kylie makes hers into a soup. I like mine to be more stir-fry-y, but I’m sure it would be just as good with some added veggie broth!

Ramen has a weird way of being sticky and kinda creamy on its own, do you get me on that? So the added butter makes them luscious. Jeez I’m like drooling over here talking about these noodles…

I LOVE the addition of the VeganEgg too, for a few reasons. Reason 1 is that I think the VeganEgg is freaking DELICIOUS (not to mention brilliant!) Another reason is that I love anything that replaces the cruelty of the egg industry with a cruelty free alternative. Such a win/win!

Additionally, this meal is one of the cheapest things you could make so that’s always a huge bonus for those of us on a budget!

You can add whatever you like to it also! When I made this for my boyfriend Jon, he asked me to add sesame oil to the VeganEgg. You can add fresh veggies (scallions perhaps?!) different spices, different oils, whatever tickles your fancy!

Try this bad boy out and lemme know what you think! As always, I’m always open to many, many suggestions.

Gonna go fall asleep and dream about this ramen, goodnight y’all!

 

“You don’t LOOK like a vegan!”

Hey everyone!! Happy Monday!

So last Friday night I was out with my friend Bianca, and had a semi-strange encounter with someone that I wanted to share with you guys for a few reasons. One reason is that I think what happened was pretty funny, but another is because I want to see if this has ever happened to any of you before…

SO!

Bianca and I were at a bar chatting with some people, and I mentioned how earlier that day, a goat had made his way into my office. (Pictured below!)

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(The photo is a little blurry cause he was on the prowl! Trying to eat paper bags and such, so I could only snap a quick one of him!)

After I mentioned that this sweet goat made an appearance in my office, everyone asked where exactly it was that I worked, and I told them the whole spiel and that I worked at an animal sanctuary.

Okay, so next part of the story…

A few hours later on in the night, a guy who was in this initial group of people who I told about my goat pal, we’ll call him “Bar Guy 1,” asked me how exactly I got to work at an animal sanctuary. I explained to him that my last 3 jobs have been in animal rights/for vegan organizations/companies, and that it’s the only movement/field I want to work in.

Okay, so he knows that I work for an animal sanctuary that rescues farm animals, and that I have worked in the animal rights field before and that it’s the only area I want to work in for the rest of my life. Wouldn’t you at least be a little clued into the fact that I’m vegan? Even if not so, open to the idea that I could be vegan?

So a little bit later, my blog got mentioned. He asked the name of my blog, so I (obviously) replied “Conveniently Vegan!”

So here’s the kicker.

The look on his face after I told him my blog’s name was pure shock. He then said to me, “Oh, you’re a VEGAN?!” like I had just told him that I was a murderer or something.

So when people say this to me, it’s so easy to get defensive, but I prefer to view this as a lil educational opportunity! (Plus, it usually is pretty funny!) One of my favorite things to say to someone is to casually mention that I’m vegan, because it shows them that most vegans aren’t super IN YOUR FACE about the lifestyle, like the stereotype paints us as. So after I explained super nonchalantly that I am, in fact, vegan, and that since I want to devote my life to the animal rights movement, I don’t contribute to the injustices I’m against, he said one of my FAVORITE things anyone can say to me.

“You don’t LOOK like a vegan!”

First off, what exactly does a vegan look like?

I couldn’t tell ya, cause all of the folks that I know who live a vegan lifestyle look so different! Second off, this always comes as a bit of a shock to me. It’s a shock because as bad as the world is, it still genuinely surprises me that some people literally have no clue what a vegan diet is or that it is actually possible to be vegan.

And that’s not their fault in the least bit!

They just don’t know! And it’s our job to politely inform people and show them that it’s soooo easy, heathy, fun, all that good stuff, to be vegan.

So when I meet someone who has never encountered a person who lives a vegan lifestyle before, I love to do a little bit of “research.” I asked Bar Guy 1, “Did you think I’d be pushy and all in your face?” and he very quickly replied, “Yes!”

And that was the golden ticket.

That’s when I really lay on the cool girl attitude just to reallyyyyy show people that you can be vegan and not contribute to the typical stereotypes that everyone seems to have in their head.

Bar Guy 1 actually ended up being quite lovely and even referred to my lifestyle as “compassionate,” all on his own too, I must add. He seemed to really get the gist of it, and that’s sometimes all I can ask for.

So this post is NOT meant to be mean or to make fun of this Bar Guy 1. He was very lovely and receptive about a vegan lifestyle, though we didn’t talk about it much cause I don’t particularly love preaching to strangers at bars about why they should be vegan. I just wanted to share this with you guys to see if it’s ever happened to you before, people being shocked that you’re vegan and all!

As crazy/funny as I find these instances, they happen less and less to me as the years go on! (LOL I just sounded SO old.) Of course we are going to encounter people who have never even heard of what the word vegan means, but there are SO many people who understand that the lifestyle is super accommodating and easy to follow, even if they themselves are not vegan.

HOW COOL is it that people are getting to know more and more that vegan simply means compassionate?

So I wanna hear your stories about when someone told you that you didn’t “look like a vegan,” cause those stories can sometimes, quite frankly, be the best.

Now let’s just hope Bar Guy 1 didn’t miraculously remember the name of my blog and is reading this as we speak 😉

In the rare event that this is happening, hi Bar Guy 1!

Goodnight all you lovely bunnies ❤ xo

Easy breezy 2-ingredient homemade hair mask

Hello everyone!

How has this week been treatin’ ya? Do anything new and exciting?!

So how many of y’all do frequent hair treatments? I’m someone who prefers to always use deep conditioner as opposed to regular, has a few spritzes of hair oil in my hair at all times, and takes biotin vitamins like it’s my job. Soooooo it should be no surprise that my new beauty obsession is currently my

2-ingredient homemade hair oil mask!

I’m definitely not breaking ground with this hair mask because it’s quite simple, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is AMAZING for your hair.

It’s super simple and easy to make, and I would pretty much bet each and every one of you money that you already have these ingredients in your house! Plus, making your own masks and such guarantees that they’re cruelty free, which is always the biggest check plus in my book!

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(Yes I know this looks like a jar of pee, get your minds out of toilet people!)

So the two main ingredients are:

2 parts coconut oil
1 part olive oil

And some optional added “flare” that I sometimes like to throw in:
3-5 vitamin E capsules

So the base of this mask is just 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part olive oil, so 2/3 C coconut oil and 1/3 C olive oil is an example of the measurements you can do. The vitamin E capsules are just a little “added flare,” but they’re SO great! Sometimes I use them, and sometimes I don’t, so it’s up to you!

(I’m sure you all know this, but you have to poke a pin through the capsule to get the liquid out, don’t just add the capsules to the other oils. Just an FYI!)

Vitamin E is so good for repairing your skin and hair. When I was a kid and would have a bad sunburn, my mom would always put vitamin E on my burn and it would go away SO fast.

In terms of applying this mask, I apply it to my dry hair with my hands, comb it through, and you’re good to go! I like to leave it on for as long as I possibly can, so honestly there is noooo time limit on this bad boy. You can also apply as much or as little as you want. Sometimes I just want to hydrate my hair a little, other times I literally pour it all over my head and hair until my hair is actually dripping with it. When I choose the latter dousing method, putting my hair up in a bun while I leave the mask in is necessary, or else it would be messyyyyy!

Then, shampoo and condition as you usually would do and enjoy your new silky locks!

One of the many things I love about this mask is that after you shampoo it out, there is no reside or oil left behind. As penetrating as it is, once you shampoo, it is out of your hair. Which I prefer because I hate doing a hair mask, and then the next day having it be soooo obvious that I deep conditioned the night before because my hair still looks like it’s soaking wet.  Happened a few times in high school when I was going through an “experimental” hair phase….

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It’s liquified in these photos because it’s a fresh batch that I had just made before taking the photos, but when I store it in the fridge it solidifies because of the coconut oil. I like to keep some of this in a glass jar in the refrigerator at all times so that I can throw the whole jar (lid excluded) in the microwave when it’s time for me to use it, that way it’s all always in one container as opposed to a plastic container that can’t go in the microwave.

Plus, heating up the oil is always GREAT because hot oil treatments are soooo penetrating and good for your hair!

Added bonus: Throw on a shower cap over this mask for good measure, it keeps the heat in and makes your hair absorb even MORE of the benefits these oils have to offer.

Do you have any oils that you swear by for hair care that you think would be a great addition to this recipe? Any “added flare” that you think could really spice up this simple recipe and make it all the more fab? Let me know and let’s collab to make a mega mask!

Enjoy your night everyone! xo