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

Veg in a Sea of Carnivores

The hardest part about being vegetarian or vegan is when those around you aren't. The ones we love. The ones with whom we share our meals may not share our food choices. It can be difficult to reconcile. Especially on holiday occasions or when dining out.

The natural urge is to want to convince those closest to us that they too should stop eating meat. We love them and want them to eat healthy. But in reality that's probably the worst thing we can do. To push our beliefs on those around us will only sour them on the whole idea.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Or if you're vegan, the proof is in the soy pudding. Show your friends and dear ones eating vegetarian or vegan tastes great and feels good by preparing delicious meals for them. It doesn't need to be fancy. Just tasty and filling and good for you. Use the recipes you can find here and everywhere else all over the Internet to fix just a few really good veg meals for them once in a while. They may start out thinking they won't like it, but once they taste it, they're sure to change their tune.

The point isn't to convert your loved ones into vegetarianism or veganism, but just to show them how great it can taste and how satisfying it can be. Even if they just cut back on animal consumption that is still a major victory.