Happy Saturday! Here are a few things I found interesting this week…
Award Winning Goat Cheese Farmer Goes Vegan – I loved learning about Julian and Carol Pearce. They are a married couple who have been producing award winning goat cheeses for the past 20 years. They recently have decided to turn their farm into a sanctuary and make 100% plant based cheeses. This article from Mercy For Animals highlights their transformation. My favorite quote comes from Carol: “The reason we have become vegan is being around our animals, knowing they have feelings; they love, have friends and family… how can you eat them?” I look forward to trying their vegan cheese when it becomes available.
Dinner with Dan Buettner – Dan Buettner is the author of The Blue Zones Solution, a book that explores 5 places in the world where people experience incredible longevity. This New York Times article is very humorous, but it also addresses the real fears people have about eating healthier foods. The good news is that coffee, wine, plant based foods and eating with good friends are all parts of what Dan Buettner says contributes to a long life.
Finding Vegan Community – Finding Vegan is a great resource for vegan recipes. Bloggers share photos of their vegan creations with links back to the recipe. Recently Finding Vegan started a community where anyone can join in and “discuss all things vegan”. The discussion topics are wide ranging and include things like: vegans in the news, traveling as a vegan, vegan fashion, and questions from non-vegans.
Vegan French Onion Dip – I am starting to get excited for football season (despite the fact that things are looking worse each day for my 49ers). We love to spend Saturday and Sunday afternoons on the couch watching football. I am always on the lookout for new snacks we can enjoy during the game. This French Onion dip from Oh My Veggies looks so creamy and flavorful. I’m fairly certain I haven’t had onion dip in the last 10 years so I’m looking forward to giving this one a try.
Wild Mint – Lisa Leake at 100 days of Real Food offers great advice about moving away from processed food. Her blog is not vegan, but I particularly enjoy her ideas for packing lunches. This week she introduced readers to Wild Mint. Wild Mint is a website filled with non-toxic and eco-friendly products. Trey needs a few new lunchbox containers for school this year and Wild Mint has tons of options all in one place. 100 Days of Real Food is offering a giveaway (through August 12) where you can enter to win a $50 gift card for Wild Mint.