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"The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically,
much of the world's food and land resources are tied up in producing beef
and other livestock--food for the well off--while millions of children and
adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation." -Dr.Walden Bello
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WE ARE SO PLEASED TO OFFER EVERYONE A TASTY AND COMPASSIONATE MENU, PERFECT FOR ANY MEAL, but especially for the Holiday times of the year!
SAVE A LIFE EVERY DAY !
IS OUR MOTTO FOR MEALTIMES. THINK HOW WONDERFUL IT WILL FEEL TO KNOW THAT ANOTHER SENTIENT, FEELING, LIVING BEING AS WELL ARE YOU WILL PROFIT FROM YOUR EVERY MEAL!
TALK ABOUT A WIN-WIN SITUATION!
YOU BECOME HEALTHIER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL, YOUTHFUL, AND FLEXIBLE,
YOUR SOUL FEELS FULL OF LOVE AND GRATITUDE AND A LIFE OR SEVERAL WILL BE SAVED
BY YOU EVERY DAY BY GOING VEGAN!
INSTEAD OF ENGORGING YOUR BODY AND VEINS WITH THE CLOGGING EFFECTS
OF SATURATED FAT AND GREASE, BY EATING A VEGAN MEAL YOU WILL FEEL INSTANTLY LIGHTER AND MORE SATISFIED, KNOWING YOU'VE DONE THE RIGHT THING FOR YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND FOR AN INNOCENT, HELPLESS ANIMAL. YOU ALSO WILL HAVE SENT A MESSAGE TO THE SUPPLIERS OF THE FOOD CHAINS, WHO WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THAT A HEALTH REVOLUTION IS UNDERWAY. YES, EACH AND EVERY HEALTHY, VEGAN MEAL
YOU EAT HELPS TO SAVE LIVES, AND SENDS A MESSAGE TO RAISE THESE ANIMALS BETTER AND TO VALUE THEIR LIVES MORE AND GIVE THEM BETTER TREATMENT.EACH BY EACH, WE WILL ALL DO OUR PART TO SAVE THE ENTIRE PLANET!
SO HEALTHIZE, SLIMMIZE, HAPPYIZE, AND BEAUTIFIZE, LET ALONE
YOUTHIZE YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES, AND SEND YOUR BLESSINGS OUT TO THE VERY LEAST OF THEM, TO HELPLESS AND SWEET ANIMALS WHO OTHERWISE WOULD BE DOOMED.
BY SAVING A ANIMAL'S LIFE EACH MEAL, THINK OF ALL THE LIVES JUST ONE PERSON AND YOU WILL HAVE SAVED SINGLE-HANDEDLY IN JUST o nE YEAR! AND THINK OF THE BEAUTY, THE VIBRANCY, THE YOUTHFULNESS AND THE GREAT HEALTH YOU'LL ENJOY DURING THAT AND ALL OTHER YEARS YOU WILL LIVE.
THINK OF THAT AS A WONDERFUL LEGACY TO CREATE AND THAT YOU,
BY MERELY LIVING, HAVE SET A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW, AND THAT YOU HAVE SAVED LIVES RATHER THAN CAUSING THEM TO BE TAKEN.COMPASSION BUILDS JOY.
"I am vegan in diet, for ethical reasons. And
the health benefits probably help, along with a regimen of supplements, such
as women's formula vitamins (NF Formulas "Women's Formula", vegetarian)
vitamin C, green algae capsules, etc,".
- this quote is from our EcoCelebrity EcoInterview with the beautiful, vibrant, energetic, vegan - of course - multi-talented art and skateboard star, Peggy Oki.
Read more about the vegan food she adores here - Eco Interview with Peggy Oki !
ANGELS' FOOD, OUR VEGAN RECIPE BOOK, WILL BE IN
OUR OWN BOOKMERMAID SECTION IN THE COMING MONTHS, AND WILL BE OFFERED HERE AT VEGANIZE.COM, TOO.
MEANWHILE, PLEASE ENJOY OUR FREE GIFT TO YOU, THIS FABULOUS
VEGAN MENU, PLUS RECIPES, TO MAKE EVERY DAY A KINDHOLIDAY, AND A HEALTHY ONE.
KIND AND DELICIOUS DISHES
SELECT ONE OR MORE OF THESE MENU ITEMS AND HAVE AS MANY COURSES
AS YOU DESIRE ! CELEBRATE SAVING LIVES AND GETTING HEALTHY!
Veganize ! Healthize ! Slimmize !
FIRST OF ALL, A PRAYER IS ALWAYS NICE. WHETHER YOU'RE HAVING A BANQUET FOR ONE OR SHARING YOUR MEAL WITH OTHERS, PRAYING IS THE GREATEST WAY TO START A MEAL. WHEN IT'S A COMPASSIONATE, VEGAN MEAL, IT FEELS WONDERFUL TO COMMUNE WITH THE UNIVERSE, KNOWING THAT YOUR SOUL AND BODY ARE OPEN COMPLETELY IN LOVE FOR ALL BEINGS, KNOWING THAT THERE IS NO REASON FOR GUILT IN YOUR MEAL. DRAW EVERYONE CLOSER, HOLDING HANDS AROUND THE TABLE, OR JUST TAKING A MOMENT TO QUIETLY THANK GOD FOR THE BOUNTY AND THE BANQUET WHICH IS OUR LIVES, FOR THE CHANCE TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR ALL BEINGS.
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We strongly urge everyone to get acquainted with the closest
health food store, in order to buy organically grown produce and to obtain cruelty-free, healthy products, like Rice Dream rice milk products,etc., and the Sour Supreme,
Tofutti brands, and Vegan Rella Cheese. Rice Butter is marvelous, and everything
everyone is used to can be substituted with its' healthy counterpart. Explore
your health food store today!
We suggest our favorite choices for drinks and an iced beverage
made with fruit juice and sparkling water. We prefer Perrier or another naturally
For kids, a great soda is made by combining soymilk or ricemilk, stevia( a sweet herb which does not affect blood sugar , rot teeth, or have calories), or other sweetener,(avoid refined sugar- there are many sweetening alternaties at your health food store) and fizzy water, plus some cinnamon or ginger or both!
Petite Sandwiches or Cracker TreatsFor little hors d' ouvres, we like health food store brand whole
wheat bread or crackers, soy or rice cheese, and organically grown olives, plus
some vegan mayo, flavored with chopped garlic or o nions, paprika, and other
herbs. A fine grated vegan cheese with permintos is always great, and we like
vegan cream cheese rolled into balls with chopped nuts for other little delicacies.
Combine these ingredients into little finger sandwiches or cracker canapes.Latin Style Canapes
Another suggestion is to get baked, organically grown tortilla chips, top with vegan sour cream, (we like sour supreme brand), grated vegan cheese and garlic, toasted in the oven and served with freshly homemade salsa, (recipe will be o n this site soon, too), with plenty of fresh cilantro, too!
CruditesFor starters, VMermaid suggests crudites a gorgeous ensemble
of the freshest organic veggies and both beautiful and healthy ! Prep them,
after washing thoroughly, by slicing and arranging them attractively, showing
off the wealth of colors.
Scandinavian Fruit SoupA wonderful Scandinavian fruit soup would be superb with this
Kind Holiday meal . Choose an assortment of fresh fruit, or frozen, including
berries, wash, chop, and simmer o n a low setting for awhile, until the fruit
blends and the colors darken. Serve in soup bowls or mugs with a dollop of sour
supreme on top !
Pumpkin or Squash Soup
A nice alternate would be to either buy a ready-made pumpkin
or squash soup from the health food store and organic, of course, and to serve
it with fresh herbs, but a better way would be to cut up either pumpkin or squashes,
or both, simmer with o nion, if desired, some sea salt, and serve as is,
or puree, if you'd prefer.
Angel AmbrosiaAn angelic ambrosia is made with fresh fruits, or canned, (buy o nly fruits in water, never in syrup to be healthy), nuts, non-refined sweetener or stevia ( a sweet herb we love which does not affect blood sugar or have calories), and sour supreme, (vegan sour cream from the health food store). This is truly food for the Gods! Delectable !
Green Garden Salad
Fresh baby greens from the health food store are usually sold in a bag, and are attractive as well as nutritious and great-tasting! We like to add arugula for itsÃ bitter taste, and some fresh nuts. Serve with cherry tomatoes, apple cider vinegar and extra virgin, cold-pressed virgin olive oil.
Tofurkey with Vegan GravyFor ease and for a great presentation, buy a Tofurkey meal from the frozen section at your health food store. These are great meals and offer a familiar transition from flesh foods to fresh foods.
Served with vegan brown gravy from the health food store, sold in powders and in jars or cans, this is an easy and fun way to enjoy a traditional meal.Tofu Turkey Slices on Cornmeal Dressing with Vegan Gravy
This is a bit more involved, but has the great appeal of being a meal o ne has made at home.
Buy tofu turkey slices from your health food store.
Slowly heat them before serving. For cornbread, combine organic
cornmeal, a bit of baking powder and baking soda, salt, and a handful of a prepared,
organic, multi-grain pancake mix, (like Bob's Red Mill brand), add soy or rice
milk to a thick batter consistency, add nuts, mushrooms, chestnuts, o nion
and garlic, spices, herbs, celergy, a few teaspoons of Bragg's Liquid Aminos,
(like a soy sauce), a bit of lecithin if you like (no oil! Heated oil is o ne
of the main carcenogins in our culture),spread or spray just a bit of olive
oil in your baking dish Bake at 350 degrees until cooked through,(although since
this is a vegan dish, it is safe even if not thoroughly cooked), then turn oven
to 400 or 450 degress to brown the top.
Serve with the heated tofu turkey slices, and with a prepared vegan brown gravy. Magnificent!
Cranberry SaladSome will like the ease of buying cranberry sauce, ready to serve from the health food store.
For the more adventurous, join us for a wild cranberry dish which is sure to delight.
Buy organic, fresh cranberries, or frozen ones. Boil them, if fresh, until they are soft, and keep the juice.
Add tons of stevia ,(a sweet herb we love which does not affect blood sugar or have calories), or another sweetener, (avoid refined sugar at all costs- there are alternatives at health food stores), some spices, like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Now, add chopped nuts, mandarin and other types of orange slices, pineapple sections, and grapes. Sweeten to taste with enough honey. Serve alongside the tofuturkey and dressing. Superb !Fresh Steamed Veggies with Lemon
Simple dishes are always the most elegant. Select whatever looks
freshest at your health food store among the organic veggies. Whether it's green
beans, or asparagus, kale, or some huge artichokes, choose a green veggie, and
a nice yellow one, like squash, if you haven't used it for the soup, and
serve with a sliced lemon. Perfection!
Baked Potatoes and Yams
Everyone's favorites, potatoes and yams always make popular
side dishes for Holiday meals !
Serve them with Rice Butter, or another vegan brand of butter substitute from the health food store, and a little sour supreme.
Another crowd-pleaser, either on the cob, served with rice butter, or even from a can, corn is always sure to be a sought-after side dish.
After all those dishes, a little presentation of fresh fruit before dessert will always be met with praises. There's a reason that all of the Beautiful People of the world dine o n fruit as dessert at the finest, 5-Star Restaurants - fruit is the ultimate nectar of the Gods, and a simple, perfect melon adorned with fresh raspberries, for instance, or a simple dessert glass filled with strawberries cannot be matched by sugary, contrived dishes.
Save a few strawberries for the chocolate or carob sauce below.
Strawberry Glace with Soy Whip! Superb!
DESSERTS AND CAFE¦ OR HOT BEVERAGES
A healthy and scrumptuous dessert is made by using fresh fruit juice, preferably, or bottled or frozen, combining it with a bit of rice milk and fizzy water, like Perrier, and freezing it will give you a great block of frozen glacier-like thing. To serve, use a fork and scrape it, fluff it, make it into strands of snowy mounds and serve in dessert cups. Marvelous!
Vanilla Rice Dream with Chocolate Sauce
Our must have desert is, simply, a bowl of rice dream vanilla
frozen ice cream substitute (it's so much better ! I promise! ), with my own
simple chocolate (or carobl if you prefer), sauce. Buy a block of unsweetened
chocolate. In a saucepan, heat it with water to cover. Add water as needed until
it melts into a sauce-like consistency.
Add stevia to taste. We like it bittersweet.
Either use organically grown, shade-grown, free-trade coffee,(sold
at health food stores, and even at Starbuck's), make yourself a smoothe cup
and cream it with Silk brand creamer. It's better than cream!
Add nutmeg, if you like, or cinnamon.
Grain Beverages or Teas
There are wonderful assortments of coffee-like, caffeine-free,
beverages, like Raja's Cup, which also has the added benefit of filling you
up with antioxidants. It tastes heavenly!
There are, of course, numerous healthy and tasty herbal teas to choose from.
Always buy organic products, and buy from your health food store. Also, ask your local supermarkets to carry more organic produce and other products. They like to stock what we all ask for!
Of course, many will want wines. We prefer the delicious non-alcoholic
wines. Alcohol has deleterious effects which we'd like to avoid. Enjoying the
grape can be healthy, going non-alcoholic!
AFTER MEAL PRAYER
We at EcoMermaid would like to join you all in prayer of Peace
and Kindness for all beings, and we'd like to honor all of you who have chosen
to be kind and compassionate with your food. Thank you for the innocent lives
you've saved, and we wish you well on your journey of self-discovery, healthiness,
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Suppose you met a soul who was unable to speak quite legibly, who was naive,
trusting, and not quite as bright as yourself.
Would you treat him with kindness? With respect?
What if he were in fact helpless. Would you offer sympathy, compassion? Pity, at least?
Treat him with mercy?
You meet him every day in many forms- this innocent, helpless soul,
As the innocent and helpless victims of the most horrendous aspect of our society, the most helpless of all beings, the victims of the meat industry.
The most shameful legacy of our shameful era, factory farming has taken the already cruel practice of eating fellow mammals and taken it to a level far beyond evil.
In the interest of profit for the handful of owners, every shred of decent behaviour extended to these utterly dependent and feeling beings has been stripped away.
Few laws protect them, and of those, most are ignored.
In many states, even inspection in to their torture chambers is not allowed.
Why would they - the growers, the ones who make profit off the untold misery of totally innocent animals - why would they not want for their warehouses, their transporters, and, particularly, their butcheries, to be seen? o nly if they are not complying with the minimal laws which are in place would they seek to hide their doings like criminals.
One does not act guilty if there has not been a crime.
The fact that they do not ensure either that the animals in their care are either raised humanely, transported humanely, or even killed humanely.
We, the people, we, the Americans, have a voice in this.
We must use it to aid the sentient, suffering beings at the very bottom of society- the animals raised and murdered for food.
We need to make sure that the cruelest of people are not allowed to continue their clandestine outrages against the o nes who, in Issac Bashevis singer's words are 'totally inoffensive' animals.
We must be their voice.
'If ye have done it unto the least of them, you have done it unto me.'
The words of Jesus apply to all these souls, the very most helpless of our world. Jesus himself chose not only to be born among them- the barnyard animals, the least of society- our greatest victims, - but he also chose to be called ,'the Lamb'.
Perhaps the saddest of all, babies, veal calves, and lambs. However, the lambs at least are not crated for months on end, in constant turmoil, tortured by drugs which induce thirst which is not assuaged, unable even ever to turn around.
These are infants! As feeling as you and I!
Boycott restaurants, at least, which serve veal!
So many great people have advocated veganism, from Gandhi to Einstein, who had stated that he wished that he had, instead of pursuing science, instead pursued helping the world become vegetarian. From Michaelangelo to, so many geniuses, so many have elected to be vegetarians or vegans that that fact alone should persuade most of us to follow their examples.
Everyone is born knowing love.
Everyone comes into the world naturally loving all other animals.
We, even the very worst of us, all assume that animals- even those raised for consumption- are at least offered decent lifespans, and more, respectful slaughter.
We, as Americans, especially, where the brutality to our farm animals is increasing, must demand that common decency be extended to all helpless beings.
We must raise our voices together and protect those who cannot protect themselves.
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