Vegan ‘Tuna Salad’ Sandwich

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A pastime that my husband and I share is binge watching fail videos on YouTube. I don’t know about my husband, but each time we laugh at another person’s misfortune I secretly say a little prayer that I don’t end up in one of those videos. Nevertheless, I keep on watching and laughing.

One particularly memorable fail was on Wheel of Fortune when a contestant, hesitant yet convinced that he had the correct answer, blurted out a very bizarre phrase. I found the contestant’s heartfelt conviction of his answer especially hilarious. I shed tears from laughing so hard. It’s now a phrase that my husband and I spontaneously blurt out to each other for kicks.

This textured and flavorful “tuna” sandwich is dedicated to that Wheel of Fortune contestant. Props to him for believing wholeheartedly that “Fish Love” is really a thing. Because it really is! No fish were harmed in the making of this sandwich. Accordingly, this dish is called, “Fish Love.”

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bINIsdojt6o

This incredibly versatile, quick and easy sandwich has a similar texture to tuna salad, sans the fishiness. Spread the mixture on your favorite bread slices or gobble it up straight from a bowl!

Ingredients

2 cans of garbanzo beans, drained

8 oz. Cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 small red onion, roughly chopped

Handful of grape tomatoes, halved (for topping)

Avocado, crumbled (for topping)

4 Tbsp of vegan mayonnaise

Juice of a lemon half

Salt and pepper, to taste

Paprika, to taste

((Recipe inspired by Madeleine Olivia))

Instructions

Whirl the garbanzo beans, mushrooms, red onion, vegan mayo, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor to a texture and consistency of your preference. Season with salt, pepper and paprika to taste.

Spread the mixture onto bread slices and top with tomatoes and avocado. I recommend a few squirts of Sriracha for a delightful kick!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Becoming a Mother Changed my Ethics

My son is currently 19 and a half months old. The memories of my pregnancy are just a blur now. It’s true what they say; you really do forget! Yet there’s one thing that stands out. During my pregnancy, I was challenged to be compassionate. It’s difficult to describe; it was as if Lionel was nudging me from inside my belly saying, “Be kind.” Lionel’s soft reminders made me re-evaluate how I interacted with people and how I treated them. I also became increasingly sensitive towards animals and their welfare.

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I’ve always loved animals, and I consider our doberman, Linus, a family member. However, I still didn’t make the connection that my lifestyle was harming animals.

About 6 months after Lionel was born, I came across a documentary called, Vegan: Everyday Stories. It really did me in. I wept through the entire thing. That day after my husband returned home from work, I recall telling him, “I’m going vegan. I don’t want to hurt animals anymore.”

By that point, I had already cut dairy out from my diet (for fear that Lionel might become gassy via my breast milk) and consumed meat occasionally. Thus, it wasn’t a big jump to veganism from a dietary standpoint. With the exception of cage-free eggs, Lionel and I enjoy a plant-based diet. We’re both flourishing and sparing animal lives.

Around this time, I felt like Lionel was nudging me yet again to examine my lifestyle choices. I was standing up for animals, but what else could I do and change to stand up for others who didn’t have a voice?

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It was then that I discovered Dressember and became an advocate to help end modern day slavery by wearing a dress every day in December. Being a part of this movement opened by eyes to the “who” behind everything I purchased. Whenever possible, the items we purchase are cruelty-free, vegan, fair trade, and/or secondhand.

Becoming a parent truly turned my world upside down and has led me toward a more compassionate lifestyle. I have my baby boy to thank for that.