What better way to celebrate Fall and World Animal Day than with a delicious new recipe! On this day of observance, and also reflecting on World Farm Animal Day this past Sunday– I can’t help but think about my empowering year committed to the love of animals. From the Animal Rights Conference, Cowspiracy Conference, to visiting sanctuaries like Gentle Barn and Farm Sanctuary– I feel more inspired than ever to spread the light for change. History teaches us time and again, what happens when we judge others based on race, religion, or color— genocides and slavery for example. But what about judging others based on their species? I’ve learned about staggering data and statistics on what animal agriculture and has done and will do to our dying planet. I’ve seen some horrific imagery and films based on the criminal abuse done to animals for food, clothing, entertainment and research. What makes this different?
Right now, more than 150 billion animals are slaughtered each year. That doesn’t include the trillions of fish and marine species also killed annually. We don’t need to eat animals, never have. This cultural manipulation is something that has been learned by generations and is a product of corrupt industries and governments that are concerned with money, not your health. I want to grow old on a thriving planet and I want the same thing for my children, their grand children and beyond. The truth is, there are 7.5 billion people in the world that have the power to save the planet we all share and the animals, by switching to a plant based diet. I hope that compassion, teamed with delicious food will inspire others make that move. That’s the best way I can think of to celebrate animals, not only on a day like today, but every day.
Now, speaking of yummy vegan food. I spent last weekend testing some pumpkin recipes for October. I won’t lie to you, I had a hit and a flop! The hit being these wonderful pumpkin fries. They’re super healthy and have a nice little kick to them. Pumpkins are high in fiber and great for eyesight as they’re loaded with beta carotene. If you like sweet potato fries, you’ll love these! It’s not often I have pumpkin outside of pies, making this a treat to add to sandwiches and burgers, or as a snack.