Ep. 001 – Vegan Survival Kit


Welcome to Episode One of the Peaceful Table Podcast.
In this episode we discuss:
products to ease the transition to a vegan diet;
fast vegan meals to get on the table;
creating a sense of vegan community;
tuning out negative propaganda;
reference web sites;
Trader Joe’s;
my favorite podcasts;
one of my vegan cookbooks;
and recipes on the Peaceful Table blog.


Boca Crumbles.  To replace ground meat in any dish. West Soy Unsweetened Organic Plain Soy Milk. Pacific Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk. Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread.  Vegan butter that tastes just like cow butter. Earth Balance Buttery Sticks.  For baking. Spectrum Shortening.  Non-hydrogenated, organic and free of trans fats! Vegenaise.  Delicious vegan mayonnaise. Butler Soy Curls.  Replaces chicken in any dish. Beyond Meat.  This is becoming more available all the time.  If you don’t see it in the chiller, ask at the deli counter of stores like Whole Foods. Gardein Beefless Burgers. Daiya Cheese.  My new favorite is the Jack cheese for slicing and adding to sandwiches. Tofutti Cream Cheese.  Make sure to ask for the non-hydrogenated plain one. Tofutti Sour Cream.   Make sure to ask for the non-hydrogenated one in the blue container. Trader Joe’s.  Here’s the category of Trader Joe’s items on Peaceful Table.  Also, Trader Joe’s has an online list, and a PDF list too. Get to know the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.  Here’s a newer list from a second source that would be easy to cut out and put in your wallet. Realize the old Food Pyramid is corrupt, funded by meat and dairy industries, and look to a better Food Pyramid. Answer your health concerns on objective sites like Nutrition Facts, and click on topics such as Calcium and Protein and hundreds of other topics!.  Watch one a day, or one a week, but get there, get the truth and get informed. Here’s another great resource for any health and diet questions:  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Accidentally Vegan Food List.  A list of many store-bought, accidentally-vegan products. Check out the Kids Category on Peaceful Table. Listen to vegan podcasts, such as Vegetarian Food For ThoughtOur Hen HouseRed RadioBig Fat Vegan Radio, etc. Get a subscription to VegNews magazine, or read it through your library. Get vegan cookbooks through your library. For eating out, use web sites like Happy Cow,  and  Vegan Eating Out. Make some vegan treats, like Oatmeal Cookies or Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies. Use the Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet to veganize your old favorite recipes. Learn about egg substitutes such as bananas, flax meal, and Ener-G Egg Replacer. Check out recipe sites like VegWeb and remember that there are almost 1600 vegan recipes on Epicurious.com.  Even sites like allrecipes.com have over 1200 vegan recipes, including videos! Check out vegan cooking videos on itunes and youtube, such as Everyday Dish TV, and Delicious TV VegEZ. Eventually tune out negative media that glorifies violence against animals and pushes food that makes people and the planet sick.  This would include things like the Martha Stewart show and magazines, the Splendid Table podcast, and shows like Top Chef, etc. The highlighted cookbook is Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. The highlighted recipes were Curried Chickpea Cakes  and  the Skinny Bitch Macaroni and Cheese. I also recommended reading Skinny Bitch (for women) and Skinny Bastard (for Men).