C’mon Baby (Don’t Fear the Vegan)

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A recent Wall Street Journal article quoted a vegan baker in Columbus, Ohio as saying, “Middle America is turned off by   vegans,” and, well, I think she’s probably right.  At least my personal experience tells me that she’s right.  So, what is it about vegans that so scares (read: turns off) people?  Is it the pleather shoes?  The “meat is murder” t-shirts?  Tofurkey?  Sure, there is a militant segment of the vegan population out there and in my humble opinion, they play a necessary role, but really, when the dinner bell rings, all of us just like to eat good, satisfying and tasty food, right?

An Unrefined Vegan is not about militantism, though I may sneak in one or two posts that give voice to our animal friends.  I’m so passionate and happy and feel so good with my plant-based, low-fat, low sugar diet that I want to share the really delicious, easy and healthful recipes that I make in my own home.  If along the way you stop and think about the welfare of all of the cows, chickens, turkeys, fish, pigs, etc., etc. out there – well, that’s just icing on the (vegan) cake!

You don’t have to go vegan all at once (unless you want to) – incorporate an animal-free meal or two into your week.  You might find that A) you like it, and B) you feel great afterwards, and C) you get dinner on the table a lot faster than when cooking with meat.  Hey, I didn’t say I wouldn’t try to convert non-believers!  To break the ice, here’s a quick and easy salad dressing that contains no oil.  You won’t miss it.  Really.  It coats the greens in sweet and tangy yumminess.  This is a slight riff on a dressing in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD.

salad dressing

No Oil Salad Dressing

2 tbsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. vinegar (I use the white wine or rice wine sort)
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional, but it gives the dressing a nice creamy thickness)
dash ground pepper

Whisk everything together and toss with your favorite salad ingredients.  Experiment for yourself – a dash of soy sauce might be nice or a couple of shakes of chipotle Tabasco sauce.

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  1. [...] To take a look back with me…One year ago today: C’mon Baby, Don’t Fear the Vegan [...]

  2. Isobel Morrell says:

    Goodness me – how the time does fly! Congratulations on the milestone! As ever, all the best! Isobel

  3. GiGi says:

    Yay. Congrats a benchmark for sure. And a great blog to boot!!!

  4. the bear and the blackberry says:

    What an awesome intro post to such an awesome blog! : )

  5. Somer says:

    Aw shucks. Love this Annie :)

  6. Cauldrons and Cupcakes says:

    Wow. Your first post. :D Glad I came back to see the beginning of your awesomeness. Now will you hurry up and write that book?! xx

  7. Starr says:

    You sold me with the nooch. Sounds yummy :-)

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