French Black Beans and Mushrooms with Gravy Vegan

There's something really satisfying about mushrooms treated in a french preparation. Wine, mustard and thyme are one of those classic combinations that evoke a fine dining experience without the fine dining price tag. 1 pint baby bella mushrooms chopped small 1 can black beans, rinsed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbl tsps soy sauce 2 tbl spicy mustard 2 tsps  prepared, jarred, horseradish (horseradish, vinegar and salt) 1 tbl hot sauce 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tbls olive oil 2 tsps dry thyme 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsps salt When you cook down mushrooms some kind of molecular magic happens that turns bland, spongy fungi into a delectable culinary powerhouse. Add some wine and a few other components and you've got a deep, dark saucy ragout that will make anything you cover it with irresistible.  It's a simple mixture that yields complex tastes and textures.  It won't take up a lot of your time to make, but you'll have a hard time not eating it all in one sitting.  Start yo

What Is Vegan

what is vegan and what does it mean to you? strictly speaking vegan means eschewing all animal derived products. including meat, milk, eggs, honey and anything which contains such ingredients.

Essentially a vegan is someone who wishes to avoid the use and/or mistreatment of animals. Often during the manufacture process animals are cruelly treated and abused.

A vegetarian usually has a similar motivation. But vegetarians still eat milk and egg products.

why is veganism good? there are many reasons beside limiting animal cruelty. veganism is a very green lifestyle. raising food animals uses up far more resources than raising vegetables and grains. the bulk of grains cultivated in the united states are allocated to feeding animals that will eventually become food. avoiding the middle man is the obvious answer to conservation. why feed the cows corn, when we can simply feed the corn to people. cow don't even want to eat corn. cow are natrually designed to eat grass. the meat industry feeds them corn to fatten them up. shouldn't we take all that excess corn and feed it to hungry people instead.

it's not necessary to be a strict vegan to make a difference. even minor changes in your eating habits can have a huge impact of manufacturing and consumerism. if every american ate just one less hamburger a year millions less cattle would be required to feed us. if americans switched form cow's milk to almond or soy milk millions of cows would cease to suffer.

even if you don't care about the treatment of food animals, surely you must be concerned about the future of the earth. unless you have a swank condo on mars, you need this planet. a meat-free diet is environmentally friendly. cutting out the middle man (food animals) we can save tons of work and land and resources. instead of growing the grains, feeding them to chicken, cows and pigs and then consuming them. if we just eat the grains ourselves there is so much less waste. not to mention all the land saved not housing food animals. raising and slaughtering them. land that can be used to grow directly usable food for human consumption.

the simple analogy is that eating meat is like having a mortgage on all your meals. you're constantly making payments, but never reducing the debt. cut out the lender and get your nourishment direct from the source.