vegan sandwich spread

I tried this out recently. It was way cheaper than all the other vegan mayo/sandwich spreads out there, from what I’ve seen, and I was making veggie cheese steaks and wanted some mayo to go on them. I really like the stuff. Imo it’s just a hair too salty, just a teeny tiny bit, well to me anyway. Overall it’s really cost effective considering jars of vegan mayo this size are normally around $9-12 and I got this for like $3-4 and the other vegan mayos in that price range come in jars significantly smaller. So for the time being Hellman’s will be my mayo of choice!

Chickpea Smash Salad

This is a super easy, vegan sandwich filler/cracker spread that I make all the time. I think it’s similar to tuna or egg salad.

All you need is:
1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans),
2 tablespoons each of veganaise and mustard,
and chopped pickles & dill if you want.

Method:
open the can of chickpeas and drain. Using a fork, smash as much of the peas as you can, then pour into a bowl. Add veganaise/mustard and pickles&dill and continue mashing until there are very few whole beans left. After that, toast your bread and slather it in chickpea smash salad. I like to eat this with spinach and sliced tomatoes on warm toast as a snack.

Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairies

Saw a comment in a facebook group asking about the ethics of buying vegan ice-cream from a primarily non-vegan company. My input:

I feel like both sides of the argument have merit: while buying non-dairy foods from dairy suppliers sends a clear message, it also provides them with the revenue to continue supporting their animal-based business. If large-scale dairy corporations didn’t start offering non-dairy alternatives, they’re soon to be bankrupt since the dairy industry is one of the fastest decreasing animal agribusinesses. You can be certain they WILL use their profits from non-dairy sales to support their dairy practices for as long as possible since people still have a hard time seeing completely animal-free foods as equal to animal-based ones. They still see vegan ice cream vs. “real” ice cream, vegan leather vs. “real” leather, etc. They still believe that the merit and authenticity of production depends on the exploitation of another species.

Given the option, I’d definitely buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream, but on average I’d like to buy from companies who make the majority of their profits from animal-free foods. After all, I want vegan companies to do well enough that THEY send a message to the dairy farmers about changing their ways, which is clearly what’s happening here! Just like Hampton Creek’s success with vegan mayo and how it convinced Hellman’s to join the vegan sandwich spread game - we’re already sending a message by buying from vegan companies.

Ideally, I’d spend 75% of my money on companies that focus on animal-free foods. And I don’t necessarily feel like spending 25% of my money on companies that prioritize animal-based foods is unethical, as it tells them to continue down the path of eliminating animals from new products, but I don’t want to give them all my money just so they can use it to support what I’m vocally against.

Ultimately, I’d like to drive the vegan discussion away from consumer brand loyalty and towards changing the minds of society in general as well as calling for serious legal intervention concerning animal exploitation. I do want to see vegan companies do well, but at the heart of it, this isn’t about choosing which company succeeds or fails, it’s about having our society shift towards animal-free living on every platform. A struggle like this has to transcend the whole “conscious consumerism/capitalism” thing about being aware of what we buy and focus on being aware of what we condone as a species. I want to make it clear that the argument isn’t “making money off of animal suffering is wrong” but that exploiting them for any purpose is simply unnecessary.