Greens & Fresh Herb Frittata

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This week’s Vegetarian recipe is a Frittata! A Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche. YUM! 😀 Find the recipe by clicking the link below:

Greens & Fresh Herb Frittata

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The Bird We Call Chicken

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Who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It has eyes, nose holes, feet, ears and more! I happen to have chickens and have seen their ears. Right behind their eyes there are tiny feathers that when pulled back slightly reveal a ‘hole’! So their ears are protected by God-given ear muffs! Unlike hairy animals it has feathers. It’s different. But different doesn’t mean ‘less’ than other animals. Just as people are different from one another..not ‘less’ than one another. There is too much looking down on or fear of what is different.

Notice the photo of the mother hen and her babies. I’ve had hens that hatched baby chicks and the photo is very precise. When I try to pick up a chick, the babies see my hand reaching and they run to the safety of their mother and peek out. The mother clucks as well for the babies to return to her. You’ll notice under her left wing a chick. You can only see the feet. The baby is probably extra scared. Only the inquisitive ones peek out though they are still frightened.

Chickens who are commercially raised for eggs and for people to eat live a life of misery. Usually never seeing grass. Always in a cage their entire life and then to be killed. So first misery, then frightened as they are being killed or perhaps watching others being killed. Remember the photo? They do feel scared and they do love. As noted above: who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It should be no easier to eat a chicken than it does to eat a cow. And actually it shouldn’t be easy to eat any animal. Unfortunately, eating animals has been taught from generation to generation, but we can now stop the cycle, as individuals.

As far as buying ‘free range’ eggs. Take a look at free range:

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For buying eggs try to find a local farm who lets their chickens roam free on plenty of grass. Or look into a local co-op or health food store and find out about where they get their eggs. I like The Happy Egg Company. Look them up on Youtube. If you eat eggs, that is the company I recommend at the moment. They cost more, but my peace of mind is worth the price. Also consider that cutting down on eating eggs and chickens can save many of their lives. That’s because the more we eat them, the more that end up in miserable conditions I’ve mentioned above. It just takes a little educating ourselves about these issues. Look into different types of Vegetarians and look into Vegan as well.  If you can work toward any of them then it’s a kind thing to do for animals and yourself as well. Kind Food, Kind You.

 

Life Itself

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Who told us that we had to eat animals? Unless we are just mean, most people simply grew up eating them because as children, we ate what was placed before us. Then perhaps some people go by the Bible, stating that God ‘allowed’ it. Being adults, we are ‘allowed’ many things, such as alcohol, cigarettes, etc. but just being allowed to do something doesn’t mean we should. The days of the Ark are long gone and vegetation has long returned. Shouldn’t the lives of God’s creatures matter? And what about other religions and cultures, such as Hinduism and Jainism. Their scriptures (the Vedas) promote Vegetarianism. Even some Christian denominations promote Vegetarianism as well, such as Seventh-Day Adventists. There are some groups of Jews too that support not eating animals. So it’s not about a religion nor a command; it’s a choice that people make individually.

We call them ‘slaughter’ houses. We tend to shy away from the words a house of killing or a house of murder. Where is the compassion for these precious animals? Can you imagine what they go through being treated like nothing, abused, and killed?

I was watching a food show the other night and in it they were putting together a carnival food. They started with a hot dog. When most people see a hot dog they SEE a hot dog. In my mind, I saw a cow being killed. Am I being too dramatic? Or am I speaking truth? It takes a person to simply think about it and want to do something to help stop their pain and suffering.

One of the fastest ways to help is eating less meat and drinking less milk. Eating more soybean products for protein and cutting back on milk by drinking more soymilk, almond milk or coconut milk. Try eating no meat for one or more full days a week. If you want to really help animals from being killed, your diet makes a HUGE impact! You can search the internet and find out the different kinds of Vegetarians and find out about Vegan.

Also I will post a future article dealing with chickens. Until then I wrote a little about that subject at the following link: People Tend To Look Away

I saw a photo that said “Meat is a mean way to get protein”. There are many other ways to get protein…..and many kind ways. Kind food, kind you.

 

 

 

Creamy Tortellini Casserole

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Here’s your weekly Vegetarian recipe. I recently made this! As for myself, next time I make it I want to add a bit more liquid and either take out or replace the green peas. Those are my tips! Other than that it was tasty! This is a Vegetarian and hearty dish. It’s not Vegan because of the cheese and milk. But as with most recipes unwanted ingredients can be replaced with something else. Click the link below to get the recipe. Enjoy!

Creamy Tortellini Casserole

Mother Cow Hides Newborn Baby

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A MOST touching story! Most diary cow’s babies are taken away at birth and killed, while the mother grieves and gives the babies milk to be sold to grocery stores. Do your homework on dairies. If you buy milk find out all you can about how they care for their cows. Buying from a local farmer or co-op is good but still research about the farm/farmer. Cows are precious and should be treated with their feelings in mind. Studying the different types of Vegetarianism and Veganism would be a great step in the right direction. Vegans don’t drink/use milk. Some Vegetarians may or may not drink it according to their wishes. Using soymilk, almond milk, or coconut milk part-time instead of cow’s milk is another great option! Let’s make a difference in the lives of these precious ones. The link to the article follows below. The article is based in Australia, but the conditions are the same here in the U.S.

Mother Cow Hides Newborn Baby To Protect Her From Farmer

Target Employee’s act of Kindness Will Inspire YOU to Practice Kindness

Kindness is learned many times. If one didn’t learn it as a child, then witnessing it as an adult will help you learn it as an adult. Never too late! 🙂

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A random act of kindness (and a little patience) goes a long way on the Internet.

Ishmael Gilbert, a Target employee in Glendale, Indiana, inspired many people with his kindness when a customer took a picture of him patiently helping an elderly woman pay for her groceries with coins.

Target Employee's act of Kindness Will Inspire YOU to Practice Kindness

Sarah Owen Bilger wrote on Facebook;

“[I] was frustrated with this woman and the inconvenience she had placed on me…I watched him help her count her change, ever so tenderly taking it from her shaking hands. I listened to him repeatedly saying “yes, mam” to her…Never once did this employee huff, gruff or roll his eyes. He was nothing but patient and kind,”

Bilger was also with her daughter and she was especially happy that her child was able to witness the interaction.

“I realized I hadn’t been inconvenienced at all.That my daughter was instead witnessing kindness and patience and…

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A Healthy Push

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So many of us criticize ourselves. It may sound absurd, but many times acceptance of oneself brings peace with the benefit of ‘change’! By taking the pressure off of yourself, you’re able to breathe and actually be happy!

People have different reasons for exercising. Some want a better looking body where others want good health. Here’s yet another example and it’s about me: I weigh just under 100 pounds and I’m 5’1″ tall. I am very petite. I can wear children size clothes and shoes. I decided to exercise today by walking. I greatly need more muscle and weight. If I were a fruit maybe I’d be considered a raspberry. They are so fragile!! The point is, we are ALL different from one another, but we need to see how special we are as individuals, similar to the photo above.

Now don’t get me wrong. Acceptance is one thing, but our health is another. Exercise is a kind thing to do FOR your body. When you exercise for your health it brings results to your body both inside AND out. So whichever wonderful ‘fruit’ you may be, exercise will just make you a prize specimen! You know what I mean? Such as when you go the market and look at all of a particular fruit and pick the best from the bunch.

So you may be asking, “how do I start”? Well, starting is something you must choose to do. Sometimes it’s the hardest part. But if you are kind to yourself and not put so much pressure on yourself, you’re more likely to make progress! Try exercising for 5 minutes to start with. Some may laugh at this, but sometimes the slower you go the faster you will reach your goal. If you do too much too quickly, many give up.

It’s also good to push yourself a little. And I mean a ‘little’. If you’ve done 10 deep knee bends, then the next time do 11 or 12. You’ll gain strength and lose weight, but you just can’t do it in one day. I’m in this with you, so if you need support make a comment. I’ll see what I can do! A healthy push is good, but don’t overdo and stay the course…

 

People Tend To Look Away

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Before I became a Vegetarian, I looked the other way. Although I didn’t eat large quantities of meat, I didn’t know how to cook without meat nor did I know what I would order at restaurants. I just turned it off. It was too much of a hassle.

But one day I obtained a pamphlet about the use of animals as food. The photos seared into my brain. I kept the pamphlet but ‘put it away’. Closed my eyes. But when something is seared into your mind…it never lets go. So after a couple of years I found the pamphlet and began to THINK. To think about the animals that are killed by the droves. To think about how ‘they’ must feel.

Not long after that in the Summer of 2000, I was driving down the road and saw a mother cow rubbing up against her baby. That was my turning point. I thought to myself, “they have feelings”! If they can love, then they can hurt. That moment I began to try to go without eating animals. I no longer called them meat, I called them what they truly are: animals, beings. For the most part I did just fine in my journey to become Vegetarian. I would cheat now and then, especially at Thanksgiving. Turkey was the last animal to stop eating. Gravy is cheating as well. But for some people, it’s just what one does on their road to completely stopping. It is not a road that I condemn. I commend even the people who are trying to stop by simply eating LESS meat. Eating less meat each week or even whole days will save animals lives. Meat demand is high. If people ate less meat, the demand would lessen and fewer animals would have to die. I understand that farm animals consume MUCH more water than people realize because the demand for meat is high. If the amount of meat consumed was reduced, (reducing the population by less demand) this may prove part of the answer to the need for human water consumption!

I am a Vegetarian, not a Vegan. I do consume both dairy AND non-dairy substitutes. Whether I one day go Vegan remains to be seen, but consuming non-dairy alternatives works just like the meat scenario: the less the demand the more lives saved.

If one becomes Vegetarian it is wise to do your homework when buying eggs and dairy. Find a farmer who treats his/her animals well or find a good natural foods store and ask about the farms or those who own the farm. I like Happy Eggs. A link to a video will follow at the end of this post. Of course the Happy Eggs are pricier, but having a clear conscience is worth the price to me. I have my own hens/eggs, but they do not always lay eggs due to weather extremes, therefore I must then buy them at the store. I have a lot of land where they roam free. They are a joy to watch and care for.

I will be posting Vegetarian and Vegan recipes each week to help anyone on a journey to go meat/animal free or dairy/egg free. It’s a journey I have been most happy with as each year passes. It’s a process that may take time, but have patience with yourself. Grow at YOUR pace. It’s not a race, it’s a lifestyle.

The Happy Egg Company

Don’t Wait

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I’m not sure about you, but I for one ‘think’ way too much. It’s like a disease of the mind and the only cure is to ‘do’ and not think. Another problem can be laziness. This is just the same as thinking. Either way it stops a person from ‘doing’! Like most things, learning to be a way that you’re not use to takes time. Many times it starts small, like baby steps. It matters not how fast you go, but just that you go! Even if it’s a baby step each day…it will take you far…