super easy soup:

one can rotel tomatoes (usually near the taco stuff, you can use regular tomatoes, but it’ll take out a lot of the flavor)

one can black eyed peas

chicken broth or water

some kind of small pasta (the picture has mini shells, orzo or macaroni is really good too!)

put the tomatoes, black eyed peas, and broth in a sauce pot on high. when it’s boiling add a handful or two of the pasta. the soup is done when the pasta is done (usually on the package, probably ~5 min). it’s usually good for 2 or 3 meals, depending on serving size. and i top it with parmesan cheese, but that’s up to you! 

Cowspiracy: the environmental documentary with a new message the world needs to hear

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Picture from the premier, from Splice Photography’s FB

Last month, I went to the Cowspiracy NYC premier. I was not prepared to be so moved! I went into the theater like, “OMG I’m tired and work is annoying and now I have to see a documentary and learn shiz” and I left like, “OMG I’M SO GLAD I’M VEGAN HOW CAN WE MAKE THE WORLD VEGAN?!”

The movie starts as a first-person journey to sustainability for Kip Andersen. He’s a self-proclaimed environmentalist, but it’s not until some serious digging that Kip discovers the devastating impact of the meat and dairy industries on the environment. As someone who turns to organizations like Greenpeace and Surfrider for info and guidance, Kip wonders why they have almost no information on the number one cause of environmental destruction (i.e. meat and dairy). He goes to speak to these organizations and films interviews (sometimes secretly). The interviews are nothing short of hilarisad (my own word, you can use it). By the middle of the movie, we have what shapes up to be a very real conspiracy. I know, sounds melodramatic, but watch the movie. There is no more appropriate word than conspiracy. The groups that are supposed to be helping the environment are spitting out more crap than a factory farm. Really, it’s bonkers. 

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This guy was my fave. 

At the beginning of the movie, I was a little put off by the numbers the filmmakers cite, as I know they are all hotly contended. But then it occurred to me, no matter who’s numbers you pick, meat and dairy is still the number one threat to the environment! We can debate the specific numbers all day but no matter where you net out, it’s bad. Here’s a great example from a Beef Magazine article: Why Ranchers Should Care About The Documentary “Cowspiracy”

Of course, Cowspiracy just appears to be regurgitating the common myths the beef industry has worked hard to correct over the years. For example, the Cowspiracy website claims it takes 660 gals. of water to make one hamburger, or the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers.

However, according to Facts About Beef, “In reality, it takes 441 gals. of water to produce 1 lb. of boneless beef…” 

Well! A mere 441 gallons. So there’s my point: no matter who’s numbers you use, it’s bad. 

Oh one thing I should warn you about, while the movie is not very gruesome, there is one slaughter scene. But you know it’s about to happen so you can close your eyes, as I did. Because the main focus is environment and not animal welfare, the disturbing images are of effed up forests and whatnot, not abused animals. So if you close your eyes for the one part, you should mostly be ok. EXCEPT you may be SO ANGRY that this shiz is going down!

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One of the filmmakers, Kip Andersen, at the after party with Noah Gittell and Dania DePas of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Photo by Splice Photography

I also attended the after party, organized by vegan media maven Nell Alk. Suite ThreeOhSix was kind enough to host and eats were supplied by Dr. Cow, juicers PitangaThe Vegan VineDun-Well Doughnuts, and Pipsnacks.

And here is my goodie bag in all its splendor! 

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Featuring: candles from Produce Candles, body lotion from Bulldog Skincare, honey sticks from Bee Free Honee, chocolate bars from Brooklyn Dark, white chocolate medallions from Obsessive Confection Disorder, soap bars and bath bombs from LUSH, protein bars from 22 Days Nutrition, lip balm from Hurraw, and coupons for free products from Beyond Meat and Gardein

Plus everything came in eco totes from Minnesota-based brand Relan. They make their bags with recycled billboards! How cool will I look at the farmers market this weekend?! Spoiler: SO COOL!

Basically, the party was the perfect chaser to the movie. Back to the film: I encourage everyone to see it and organize a viewing in your area if you can! 

Here’s how you can see the film yourself:

-For DVD and digital download pre-sale options, visit the Cowspiracy site.
-For information on how to organize—or attend—a screening in your own community, visit the Tugg site.
-Watch for Cowspiracy on Netflix and iTunes this fall.

And follow them on FB for updates and great graphics like this one (my new favorite image):

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Easy Crispy String Beans

I’ve never been a fan of green beans from the freezer or out of a can, but I absolutely love them fresh. This dish can be used as a side for a bigger dinner, as an appetizer, or as a snack. It’s a great source of veggies, and it can be made to suit all sorts of dietary needs.

Ingredients:

  • At least 1 pound fresh string beans
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spices
  • Some type of breadcrumbs

Tools:

  • A colander
  • Baking sheet
  • Tin foil
  • Cooking spray
  • Bowl

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Dump your fresh beans into a colander and rinse them well with water to get off any dirt or sand that might be there. Remember that it’s important to wash any produce before using it.
  3. If you’re picky, like I am, remove the stems from the end of the beans by snapping them off. If you’d like you can even cut them off, but it’s not totally necessary. If you’d prefer you can just leave the stems on, but I would avoid eating them because they don’t taste great.
  4. Toss your green beans in a mixing bowl and coat generously with your oil. I use olive oil, but I’m sure coconut, avocado, or grape seed oil would also taste good. I would avoid butter because it will burn, and vegetable or canola oil because they don’t really add to the flavor of the dish.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and any spices you want to use and mix them into the beans. I used garlic and paprika and it turned out great. You can use anything though; Mrs. Dash, cayenne pepper, sriracha, or whatever you have on hand. Watch out if your spices contain salt, and adjust accordingly.
  6. Toss in breadcrumbs. These can be any type of breadcrumbs at all; crushed crackers, panko, seasoned breadcrumbs, or even crushed potato chips or corn flakes. I love using crushed up Ritz crackers, because they add a great buttery flavor.
  7. Like your baking sheet with tin foil and spray it with cooking spray. This isn’t totally necessary, but it makes cleaning much easier.
  8. Make sure your breadcrumbs and spices are mixed in well with your beans, then dump them on the baking sheet. Try to get them in an even layer so they’ll all be able to crisp up.
  9. Cook in the oven for about ten minutes, a little longer if you like your beans extra crispy.
  10. Remove from the oven, and you’re done! Enjoy your beans!

Support Your Local Farmer - Hannah Rosengren 2014

So excited to share Part 1 of this project- I’ve been working on it this summer between freelance jobs and am really happy that it’s ready in time for my favorite season. Part 2 coming soon!

anonymous said:

Pt.1 Hi Emily my niece is 7 mo. old & soon she will start to drink milk Im trying to convince my sis in law to give her soy milk instead of cow milk but Its not working can you please help me with a list of cons of milk or something that will

Convince her every time I think about it it makes me want to cry I don’t want my niece to drink cow milk because of how bad it is for you, every time I try telling her I don’t really know how to explain everything that’s why I need your help

Awe omg I hope she doesn’t give her cow’s milk :( Here is a list of HEALTH reasons why milk is bad:

  • it contains so much pus and bacteria
  • it contains so many chemicals and pesticides
  • it is so fatty
  • it clogs arteries
  • it causes acne
  • it leads to osteoporosis
  • it contains so many antibiotics
  • it contains casein, a dangerous carcinogen 
  • it causes gas and bloating
  • it is full of hormones that will make your poor niece develop at a way earlier age than she should be (bigger breasts at a younger age and earlier periods)

If your sister in law doesn’t believe you, try getting her to watch Forks Over Knives or try finding some articles online you can show her! Try your best to explain to her that cow’s milk is for a BABY CALF, not a human baby. Let her know that we are the only species on the planet to drink the breast milk from another species. Would she go and let on her daughter suck on the nipples of a cow? Maybe you could also try explaining to her how the cow was raped to produce that milk, and how her precious calf was stolen away and murdered so humans can drink the milk instead. 

Tell her that if she truly cared about her child, she would not give her cow’s milk. Feeding your children animal products is a form of abuse in my eyes, and it proves you either

a) are uneducated about the dangers or

b) do not care about their health and well being 

I really hope your sister in law will listen to you! You could always just show her my full reply and let her read all this :) 

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