To the animals, it’s all the same. They want to live. If they have wings, they want to fly. If they have legs, they want to walk. If they have voices, they want to communicate. If they have offspring, they want to nurture them. To the humans who perceive animals as tools and playthings, their lives are here for us to end, their bodies are ours to eat, their voices are ours to silence or ignore, their reproductive organs are ours to manipulate and use. It’s not the animals but our *perception* of the animals that enables us to mutilate and massacre them, violating not only them but our own code of moral values.
—  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

“Once a human makes a connection with non-human animals, it’s nearly impossible to kill them. It’s why those in the slaughter industry do everything they can to disconnect themselves from the terrified animals whose lives they end. If every one of us could see the individuals we pay to have killed for us, if we could name them, if we could hear their voices and watch their babies being born, we’d beg for their lives to be spared and realize how quickly our palates and tastes …can change.

My hope is that the billions of animals brought into this world only to be killed won’t have to wait much longer for us to make the connection. Time is running out, and our hearts are dying as we stop theirs. May we have the courage to open our minds and hearts to those we cannot see, to those we have not named, to those we have not loved. It is only through human consciousness that animals will be free from harm.” ~Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Photo: Esther the Wonder Pig

Your right to throw your fist ends at my nose…
Just because we developed a desire to eat [animals], doesn’t mean we’re exhonerated because we say ‘that’s our personal choice, that’s our personal preference to do whatever we want’. Once there’s harm, once there’s a victim, it’s not personal anymore.
—  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on the argument that eating meat is a “personal choice”
Every time we say, ‘Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know,’ we limit the potential for growth, for change, for making possible everything we want to be and everything we want this world to be. So we walk around with blinders on, complacent in our comfort zones because we’re afraid to change. To me, that’s limiting. That’s restrictive.
—  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Being Vegan In A Non-Vegan Family ft. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Are you the only vegan (or non-vegan) in your family?  Are you in a relationship with someone of differing dietary inclinations?  How do you navigate this challenging and complex landscape?  In this video, I sat down with author, speaker, and joyful vegan Colleen Patrick-Goudreau to get her input on this matter. [Tweetables: Animals have their own families:, Respect for choosing vegan:, Your impact:]

Videos Referenced:

Gary Yourofsky on Dealing With Non-Vegan Friends & Family:

Why Your Dietary Choice Matters:

Would I Date A Non-Vegan?:

The muffins that make people crazy (aka banana chocolate chip)

I’ve made these muffins a few times now, and the alarmingly enthusiastic response from family, friends and acquaintances alike has made it impossible for me to stop. No seriously… people won’t let me. I will, myself, admit that they are beyond delicious, but I now have people begging me, bribing me with money, and dropping hints more than is welcome to make these. 

You could make this as a banana bread if you prefer, but I like muffins because they’re easy to pack for brown bag lunches and the spontaneous summer picnic. Once again the recipe came from Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s first book The Joy of Vegan Baking. I’ve loved all of her cookbooks and I highly recommend picking them up to add to any cook’s library, vegan and non-vegans alike.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoons salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup canola oil

4 ripe bananas, mashed (I purée these in my magic bullet)

¼ cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup nondairy chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a muffin tin (I like using coconut oil). In a medium sized bowl thoroughly mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. In large size bowl beat together the sugar and oil. Then add the smashed bananas, water, and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients to wet until just combined, over mixing makes a tougher muffin. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Fill each muffin tin, and bake 20 to 30 minutes (40 to 45 for a bread pan). They should be a deep golden brown and a toothpick should come out clean. Served with fruit and coffee these are perfect in every way.

nom nom.


Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: From Excuse-itarian to Vegan (by PacificVegan)

Wonderful presentation! Colleen talks for 50 minutes about everything to do with our consumption of animals and their secretions. Compassion and well being in an honest, friendly way and she’s so funny :’) Watching her reminds me why I’ve chosen this path. (and that the decisions I’m making are right)

We are now carrying The 30-Day Vegan Challenge in our store…and every time you purchase a copy, $10 goes directly back to the care of the animals!

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is a one-stop, comprehensive guide to making the vegan transition healthfully, confidently, and deliciously with over 100 nutritious plant-based recipes and meal ideas.