The Kind Life.
While tonight’s dinner does hail from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life, the title of this post does go a bit beyond that. A big part of why I have been removing animal products and byproducts from my life the past 4 years has to do with animals. While I do recognize many of the health benefits of leading a plant-based diet (my cholesterol and triglicerides went from high to very slow in a matter of 3-months), it’s my compassion for animals that has led me to this place. I always have in the back of my head “I wouldn’t harm my pet why would I allow an animal to be harmed or killed for me to EAT”. Just thinking about it makes me quiver. If you commit yourself to envisioning an animal being slaughtered then put on your plate, well, it just doesn’t sit well with me.
This is all really besides the point, because I wanted to segue into last night. It was a gorgeous evening and the perfect weather for a run, however my knees are still experiencing pain and I couldn’t run. So I dedicated myself to 20-minutes of a walk/jog around my complex. Every minute I’d switch between a walk and a jog. As I was enjoying some pain-free moments, I saw a little white face with whiskers at the end of the culdesac. The inner cat lady in me came crawling out, “here kitty kitty“, and off it ran. Then came Lap 2: I was greeted by not one, but two kittens chilling next to a bush. Of course I tried to creepily beckon them to me, to no avail. Then D got home and I dragged his ass out there where we crawled under a bush to see four beady eyes. Of course we had to spare some of Veruca the cat’s food and feed these babies and hope that each night this week we can slowly gain their trust and lore them in.
The point of all this is, while I’m in no position to harbor another pet, I’ve had a pet hit by a car and killed and know the reality of outdoor cats near a main drag. Moreover, these guys can only be a few months old and about three months ago I saw a dead cat right near where they are living (and of course I had to run out of my car and cry and see if it had a collar – it didn’t) and I daresay it was these babies mamacita. And what are they eating? My heart goes out to these animals and they are young enough to enjoy some love and a good home, and I can’t help but be drawn to their little white faced cause. So, I don’t eat animals and would rather animals not be eaten by cars as well. I’ll update with pictures as we become more friendly.
And so, dinner was inspired by my little tomcat friends. Also it was inspired by the 5-minutes I had to throw it together. I’ve been pretty scared of some of the recipes in The Kind Life, especially since I share most of my dinners with D. So the “Fried Rice” recipe was the obvious choice. I left out some ingredients that I didn’t know existed but I did make a big leap and cooked with Bok Choy for the first time ever. I know, if I didn’t know better I’d think “Bok Choy” was a famous chef. It actually wasn’t so bad and sort of tasted like a leafy broccoli. The recipe was so simple to throw together (since I cooked up rice last night), and D loved it and finished up the leftovers! It’s always a success when D doesn’t move food around on his plate like a 5-year old.
The stir fry consisted of a mix of shredded carrot, bok choy, scallions, and cashews. I had already pressed tofu however got home at 8:00 and just didn’t feel like taking the extra 20-minutes.
Since today was the first day back at work with the kids in over a week, I may or may not have consumed an unspecified amount of animal crackers (vegan, who knew!?) to cope. Hoping to get home a bit earlier tomorrow and crack out a fancier dinner with some protein, and eat less animal crackers.
All this talk about animals and animal crackers leads me to ask, are you an animal person? I grew up in a house of 6-animals (3-cats and 3-dogs) and although I only cohabitate with 1 cat currently, she’s got enough attitude to count for three.
Also, Val’s Aurorae giveaway ends today, check it out!