Thursday, March 14, 2013
Vegan Irish Stew & Diet Clarification
A little back story...
My Father's Mom's side is 100% Irish. So a traditional meal was "Corned Beef and Cabbage" this time of year.
If you have been to my blog before you know I am not a fan of Salt and I think Corned Beef is really salty so that was one problem I had with it growing up...
Here's what I did...
6 C Water
6 tea veggie bouillon (Wildtree)
1 pound of potatoes
1 stalk celery
1 pound Chickpeas
4 tea Bragg's Liquid Amino's
1 tea California Garlic Pepper (Wildtree)
This made a HUGE amount! I will be eating it for a while - I might have to get a little creative with the leftovers, too! But I am VERY happy with the flavor in this!
Wildtree's Veggie Bouillon is lower in salt/taste/sodium than any 'bouillon' I have seen and I just added a little Bragg's for some extra 'nutrition'.
If I had some Barley I would have added that. I think at some point I would try adding Rice to this or maybe Quinoa.
I'm really not sure how the whole "Yeah, but do you eat fish?" thing came about. I remember hearing about a lot of vegetarian talk and media in the 70s including fish (or even chicken). I never understood that.
When I saw this on Instagram it made me chuckle because a dear friend of mine brought it up to ME how she never understood people who said they were vegetarian and still ate fish...and my friend isn't a vegetarian and she said this! Of course I sent this to her this morning and we had a nice giggle over it - but it's true!
If you are a person that eats fish/seafood and not other animals you are actually a Pescetarian. I'm not one to judge. I'm not saying this diet is good, bad, or indifferent. I respect people's choices because I would like others to respect mine...and how can I ask them to respect mine if I don't respect theirs, ya know?
Anyhow...there is a difference. Just as there is a difference with the way I eat. I hesitate to call myself a vegan because sometimes - while I am out and about - a restaurant may just slide some butter or margarine in something - even if I ask. I would hate to have a 100% vegan be offended if I were to put a lotion on my body that contained milk in it (not that I USE lotion much just as an example). But I like to say - when asked - that I strive to eat a vegan diet (and would really only consume dairy if I did it unknowingly.) I do, on a rare occasion eat honey. 100% Vegans - do not - so another reason I hesitate to say I am 100% Vegan. Some might call that a Apian Vegan. (A vegan diet with the exception of honey and/or bee products).
I'm not a fan of Labels. Never have been. But I understand the confusion - when looking thru history and media - making claims that fish, chicken, etc is vegetarian when it is not. The best we can do is keep educating ourselves and others about the differences.
Personally, I feel any and every step that any person takes to improve themselves, their health, or the planet is a step in the right direction and I applaud them for it.
I guess that was my rant for the day. And it really wasn't a RANT because I didn't get all that fired-up about it...after all...this is My Blissful Journey. You will see the positives, here, not politics. You will see my travels - what makes me smile, my attempts, my goals, NOT conflict or Negatives.
I have been getting questions lately about which category I fall under...which Label. I hope this helps clarify a bit. I often say I am "veg*n" that way I am not claiming 100% Vegan Lifestyle but I do shoot for a vegan diet. I will be adding this blog entry to my About/Find Me Tab.
I will most likely have more than one post today. I hope you enjoyed my Vegan Irish Stew and I hope I was able to clarify a few things for other people, too! For even more clarification on many different types of vegetarians (or semi-vegetarians, etc) take a look at this link HERE. I noticed a few aren't even listed there - but it's a good starting point.
Thanks for reading!