A Non Profit Event and a Tofu Vegan Recipe

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Sometimes a non profit event you work on will actually change your lifestyle and your eating habits.  A whole new vocabulary (such as eat vegan and vegan catering) has become a part of my daily life and in January, I will attempt the 21-day vegan cleanse courtesy of PCRM.

I think one of the effects from PCRM’s non profit event (scheduled for April 10th of 2010) is that they improved my eating habits and got me to think about what I eat.  At least once a week, I try to eat vegan (or I will admit, more often vegetarian) and to include an increased amount of tofu vegan foods.

Working on this non profit event has also caused me to look to substitutes when I cook.  Why not use olive oil instead of butter when sautéing?  How about vegetable broth instead of chicken stock?  A lot of people think that when you eat vegan, the food will be dry, tasteless and chewy which is not the case at all. 

What I have been exposed to via PCRM are delicious tofu vegan foods at funky hip vegan restaurants that also offer vegan catering.  In fact for Thanksgiving and for a couple of dinner parties, I made a vegan pumpkin pie.  I have also cooked a “neatloaf” – vegan meatloaf – and quite often I whip up a walnut mushroom pate that looks like chopped liver.  (More vegan recipes and party ideas can be found in Budget Bash).

The Environment and a Vegan Diet

When you eat vegan, I believe you also start to take a second look at your environment and how you can possibly decrease the amount of waste produced.  A diet of tofu vegan foods puts less stress on the environment because this diet requires less manufacturing. 

Also, consider your wardrobe. Are there certain leather accessories that you can do without or can you switch them to fabric products?  Now more than ever, designers are looking to stylish alternatives for leather, suede and fur and creating alternative fashion statements that are fun, functional and hip.   

Tofu Vegan Recipe

Below is a delicious and easy tofu vegan recipe for a walnut mushroom pate.  I included this recipe in Budget Bash since it is impressive to serve yet simple to make.  (Hint, I keep it in the fridge and just eat it without the crackers after working out for a good source of protein.)

Walnut Mushroom Pate

3 tablespoons olive oil
¾ pound fresh sliced mushrooms
½ onion sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ pound firm tofu, mashed
½ cup walnuts
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Sauté the mushrooms, onion and garlic in olive oil until the onions turn soft, about 5 minutes. 

Put the mushroom mixture and tofu in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.  Add the walnuts, salt and pepper and puree again until smooth.  Chill the pate thoroughly before serving with your favorite bread or crackers.

Enjoy the mushroom pate and stay tuned for my details from my 21-day vegan cleanse.  After all, you never know what effects producing a non profit event may make upon your everyday life.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra:  make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

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