It’s November 1st! That means it’s World Vegan Day, a day to celebrate living a cruelty-free lifestyle. It’s a day to also honor all the animals, including ourselves, as compassionate creatures.
In 1944, Donald and Dorothy Watson coined the term, “veganism.” Their definition is something we reflect on quite often to remind ourselves and strengthen our resolve towards doing less harm in the world. To us, doing less harm means living a life absent of any form of animal exploitation and being our best selves.
For some veganism can be a struggle. We understand that. We are complex beings from many walks of life from all over the world. Being rooted in compassion, we can support one another in our journeys, because that’s what our lives are. That support creates vegan communities. Vegan communities create a movement! And that movement helps to make veganism easier, better received and adopted and ever-present.
How can you celebrate World Vegan Day?
1. Take care of yourself! For us in the U.S., we got to enjoy an extra hour of sleep, thanks to daylight savings. That hour can help to recharge our bodies and minds.
2. Hang with fellow vegans. Whether it’s an event like today’s SoCal VegFest in California, Philly Vegan Day in Pennsylvania or going to a potluck, being in the company of friends and other vegans can be a motivator, inspiration and place of community and support.
3. Introduce someone to veganism. This is NOT like a going door-to-door to convert someone. This could involve leafleting, posting on social media or inviting a friend to your favorite spot for vegan food!
4. Get in the kitchen. Whip up your favorite vegan dish and enjoy! Sharing is at your discretion, depending on if it’s good or if it contains chocolate (just sayin’)
5. Read, see & listen. Vegan media is growing. Hit the library, your local bookstore or search your phone. You’ll find vegan news stories, publications and podcasts that can be the spark for you to change the world for animals
6. Support your favorite vegan organization. Donate time or money, if possible, to help your favorite vegan non-profit.
7. Spend time with your favorite animals. Enjoy the day with your family, human and non-human. Watch sports, take a drive or visit your favorite sanctuary. As long as you’re together, it’s all good! We highly recommend making time for cuddles!
We really believe today is about TOGETHERNESS and COMPASSION! Whatever you do, share it!
Since we’re in a sharing mood, we have a simple breakfast recipe for you! We started our World Vegan Day with our simple whip-up of Spicy Tofu Scramble with Soycutash. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
- 1 pkg extra firm tofu
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 c. Trader Joe's Soycutash, frozen*
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Fresh ground pepper and sea salt to taste
- 4-6 medium-sized soft flour tortillas*
- Dashes of your favorite hot sauce
- in a small bowl, mix together nutritional yeast and spices. Set aside
- Heat olive oil in medium skillet. When the pan is hot, add the onions and saute until slightly translucent (approx 5-7 minutes)
- While onion is cooking, press your tofu.* If you don't have a Tofu Xpress or similar: wrap tofu in paper towels or cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add tofu to a bowl and give it another press with the towels or cloth and drain
- Crumble the tofu into bite-sized pieces, toss into pan with Soycutash and sauteed onion. Stir in spice mix until evenly distributed
- Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Warm your tortillas either in a separate pan or for 15 seconds in the microwave
- For each serving, place a tortilla on a plate, spoon a portion of tofu scramble and add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Wrap or roll up your tortilla and enjoy!
- You can replace the Soycutash with a 1/2 cup blend of shelled edamame, corn and chopped red pepper
- Gluten-free? Substitute with a corn tortilla or gluten-free bread alternative. This scramble is great on its own too!
- Have fun with this recipe by adding guacamole, vegan sour cream, pico de gallo, etc.
Have a Happy World Vegan Day, friends! Let us know how you celebrated it in the comments below!