Do you believe it is wrong to needlessly harm a living creature?

If you answered yes, congratulations you have a heart. If you answered no, you should probably seek psychiatric help immediately.

It’s 2015, and the world is finally waking up to the fact that we do not need to eat meat in order to be healthy and survive, and in fact science is proving that a plant based diet is actually healthier than diets that include animal corpses and their bodily fluids.

But even as vegan restaurants are popping up in cities all over the world at an encouraging rate, the facts are still incredibly depressing. Facts like:

Every second, more than 3,000 animals are murdered in slaughterhouses around the world so that people can get fat on burgers and chicken wings.
Each year, more than 100,000,000 animals are tortured and murdered in US laboratories in the name of “science”.
Each year, over 50,000,000 animals raised on “fur farms” are murdered every year so that people can participate in conspicuous consumption and look oh-so-fabbbulousssss wearing skin.

The list could go on and on. Not only are these facts atrocious, but the reasons for these atrocities are absolutely needless. We do not NEED to eat animal flesh and bodily fluids in order to be healthy, we do it for completely selfish reasons. We do not NEED to wear fur or leather to be warm or clothed, we do so for completely selfish reasons. We do not NEED to torture animals in a day and age where we have a pretty damn good understanding of what is and isn’t toxic to humans, we do this for “curiosity”.

The point is, every second humans are harming numerous animals either with their own hands or through their own purchases, for no real need at all. Why is this? Because humans believe that they are better than animals. This belief is called “speciesism”. The belief that one being is intrinsically better than another for reasons based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc is generally pooh-poohed by the majority of intelligent people, and yet speciesism is still running amok.

I know it’s totally unpopular to be so matter of fact on social media these days, and this post will most likely be met with the sound of crickets, but come on people, it’s time to realize that speciesism is just another horrible “ism” that needs to be erased from human kind.

It’s time to evolve and include the well being of animals and the earth in our daily choices.

spicy tofu on red butter lettuce with tahini sauce

i have been slightly obsessed with this salad lately, and all things simple, easy, and tasty.

the tofu is pan fried and spiced with paprika, cumin, cayenne, and sea salt. the tahini sauce is made with tahini, lemon juice, agave nectar, garlic, water, sea salt, and black pepper.

i served this salad with a spelt tortilla, because i love eating greens with tortillas.

roasted eggplant, cremini mushrooms, and green olive zucchini spaghetti sprinkled with pumpkinseed parmesan

I put my spiralizer to work and made these zucchini noodles! If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to make zucchini fettucini!

The marinara sauce has canned roasted tomatoes, cremini mushrooms, roasted eggplant, garlic green olives, lemon juice, and a touch of agave nectar.. plus a ton of yummy dried herbs and spices… like himalayan salt, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, basil, onion powder, oregeno, marjoram, and fennel.

vanilla rose cupcakes

Seeing all of the roses come alive in my city of Midtown Sacramento inspired me to make a rose infused cupcake, topped with these adorable dried rosebuds from the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op.

I found this great gluten free vanilla cupcake recipe over at HypeFoodie (find recipe here) and I altered it ever so slightly by going light on the vanilla extract and adding wild rose floral essence instead. In the future, I would love to get my hands on some rose extract made specifically for baking, as the floral essence was oh so subtle.

For the frosting, I whipped up some coconut shortening, vanilla bean, vanilla extract, sea salt, powdered sugar, and a touch of earth balance for some buttery goodness.

spelt crust pizza with pepperjack cashew cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, and sauteed cremini mushrooms

spelt crust pizza with pepperjack cashew cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, sauteed cremini mushrooms, red bell pepper, green onion, garnished with baby kale. yum.