On the 4th of July as we celebrate Independence Day of the United States, we should of course remember all those who are not free, humans and non-humans alike. And we should set an example for how easy and essential it is to liberate oneself from a lifestyle filled with cruelty so that one day all who live can truly be free.
Summer get-togethers are a perfect place to set a shining example of compassion choices. For no longer do we need to attend a cook-out and be left-out, eating a plain ear of corn or lettuce leaves that have wilted under the sun. No longer do we have to pass up every salad dish laden with mayonnaise turning bad in the heat.
No longer do we need to haul a box of frozen, processed veggie burgers to the party and place that small, flat, hard patty on a clean (we hope) corner of the grill next to all the big, juicy burgers. No longer do we have to forego big, hearty sausages because all the vegan ones in the stores contain gluten.
|Black-Eyed Pea and Kidney Bean-Walnut Burgers|
No, we can celebrate summer and be compassionate and healthy all at the same time! Freedom from animal products, freedom from gluten, freedom from feeling out of place. Now we can be the envy of others, the LIFE of the party, and a reminder that FREEDOM should belong to EVERY being, EVERYDAY.
|Gluten-Free Spicy Italian Sausage|
|Grilled Tofu Veggie Kabobs|
|Tempeh Reuben Sandwich|
|Mango Avocado Salsa|
|Aduki Bean Salad|
|Tempeh Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage Lime Slaw and Zesty Lime Corn|