I prefer to use the phrase, animal lover activist, to describe my activism work instead of the phrase, animal rights activist. I believe animals deserve the same respect, love, and care as we humans do, but I prefer to word it with love. 25 years ago, I made the important conscious decision to go vegan for my health and my compassionate love for animals. I also did it to keep my ecological carbon footprint very small. During my first year as a vegetarian, I participated in a few animal rights protests and it felt right and good at the time. As I got older and my life became more stressful, it didn’t feel good any more. Standing on a public sidewalk for hours on a hot day while breathing toxic air pollution and holding a protest sign with expressive messages, such as: “love animals, don’t eat them,” took a serious toll on my health and I just couldn’t do it any more. The one thing that has always felt good and has always brought me tremendous joy and still does everyday is being a creative artistic cook. I have tremendous respect and love for all the hard working animal rights and animal rescue activists and I applaud their wonderful accomplishments, but I decided to take to take a different approach.

 

 

After reading and understanding Mother Teresa’s famous quote, “I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me,” I decided to tempt people’s taste buds and let my delicious, healthy, vegan recipes persuade them to make a healthy compassionate decision. I’m still very much an activist, but I’m using an approach that makes more sense and contributes to my healthy self-care. I’m more than vegan. I’m also holistic and organic and I’m a very empathic sensitive. The life of an empathic sensitive is exhausting and very painful.  I’m a disabled, work at home Mommy, caregiver, superhero of a special needs little boy. All my activism is done via the written word and expressing my thoughts and feelings via social media. Another quote I love is by A.D. Williams, “When I look into the eyes of an animal, I see a friend, a being, I feel a Soul.” I love to write about my love for animals. I’m human and I feel frustration and anger toward people who abuse and hurt animals; but my primary focus is to live by example as a loving vegan and cat Mommy caregiver. Everyone has his or her own approach to activism. I’m neither judging nor criticizing any approach. However, I will say that persuasion is more effective than force and tempting an omnivore’s taste buds with delicious, healthy, plant based food is a great step toward helping the person adopt a vegan lifestyle. That being said, enjoy the following delicious vegan recipe for a wonderful dish I recently cooked. May all beings be happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe, Mashed Potatoes with hot dogs, onions, and mushrooms is very easy and is 1 of my family’s favorite healthy fast food comfort meals.

Ingredients

10 medium size organic Russet potatoes, peeled and rinsed, cut in 1/4 chunks

4 Lightlife vegan smart dogs, chopped

1/2 C onion, peel and ends removed, rinsed, chopped

1 small can sliced mushrooms, water drained

1/2 C Bragg Liquid Aminos

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

2 heaping T Earth Balance

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

Instructions: Bring a medium size stainless steel pot of filtered water to a rapid boil.  Upon boiling, reduce the heat to medium and pour in the potatoes and stir so they cook evenly.  Allow them to cook for 20 minutes.  At the same time, cook 1/2 C of evoo on medium heat in a non toxic non stick fry pan.  When the oil begins to sizzle, pour in the onions and stir evenly and allow to cook for 8 minutes and then squirt in 1 T of Bragg Liquid Aminos and continue to stir evenly.  Allow to cook for another 5 minutes and then add the smart dogs and mushrooms and continue stirring. When the mixture melds well together and the onions are soft enough to eat, turn off the burner. By now, the potatoes should be finished cooking. Check them with a fork to be sure they are soft enough and then, turn off the burner and thoroughly drain the water.  When the potatoes are dry, pour them back into the pot and add the Earth Balance, Bragg and seasonings, mash it all together and then stir and mix until it’s all mixed well together in a delicious creamy mixture.  You can now serve and enjoy eating it all together in a delicious meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much Love and Gratitude,

Dayna