V is for vegan

V is for vegan, in my alphabet of feelings.

Wait, you say, I am not vegan.

Yes, but have you ever felt vegan? Have you ever felt vegetarian? Have you felt voracious?

We are very protective of our diets. When people make a big diet change, some become food fascists for a while. They can be very vocal about the change and about how their diet is endorsed by an on line doctor or naturopath or dietician and how everyone else should try it. Not everyone. Some people are very quiet.

Vegan isn’t in Webster 1913, though everything2.com has a number of writeups under the word vegan.  The definition at Dictionary.com:

1. a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet.
2. a person who does not use any animal products, as leather or wool.

3. of or relating to vegans or their practices:  vegan shoes made of synthetic leather.

Have you ever tried being vegetarian? Vegan? Or are you firmly ensconced as an omnivore and sometimes even wish you were a carnivore…. Just for a moment, try being one that you’ve never tried. I have never tried being a vegan. What associations come up with the word and do they annoy you? Are they accurate or are they just assumptions attached to that word and that “group” of people. Maybe some vegans have no choice and not enough to eat.
My daughter is off to college soon and she plans to try being vegetarian. She says that it is partly that she just doesn’t like meat much and partly because meat is costly to raise and partly that she disapproves of eating meat… but she still likes fish and shellfish. “I will be a pescatarian,” she says, “except I may eat meat sometimes if I go to someone’s house, so that they don’t have to cook especially for me.”
My daughter got home from a three day orchestra trip and made breakfast: not vegan.

Lentils with wilted spinach

Made this up yesterday:

dried lentils
2 cans organic garbanzo beans
olive oil
sesame oil
white balsamic vinegar*

Boil the dried lentils until just tender.
While they are boiling, chop the onion and sauteed it in the olive oil and butter. Leave out the butter for vegetarian/vegan folks. Caramelize the onion a little. Add the garlic for the last minute.
Drain the lentils, place in a heat proof bowl, add the onions and garlic, add the two drained cans of garbanzo beans.
Put washed spinach in the heated frying pan and cooked it until it is just wilted. Add that to the salad.
Add vinegar, sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste.

* I used white balsamic because it was in front. Use whatever vinegar you like!
Published on everything.com today too.