Little Miss Saving-the-World

Changing the way we think in order to change the world

 

Smother her in Chocolate February 13, 2011

Filed under: Compassionate food — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 8:35 pm

Dark and decadent, she cascades over a smooth silky tongue creating pure bliss; chocolate, she solves every problem. Whether it be walking down the street and twisting an ankle or having a bad day at school- chocolate has always been there.In terms of Valentine’s Day, if someone forgot about the overly publicized, loving, commercial holiday- then all they have to do to make up for it is buy a beautiful box of chocolate to please their significant other.Unfortunately, while chocolate does an excellent job of showing our loved ones how special they are to us, it may have the opposite effect on Mother Earth. While she’s busy changing the seasons around, making the Baton Rouge, Louisiana weather extra cold, cocoa bean workers all over the world are viciously ravaging her loins.Cocoa beans may be beautiful and delectable in their final product but in the process to become luscious or gourmet- they’ve come to be nothing but trouble.  Often grown in tropical climates such as Central America, South America andAfrica, these small pods were originally developed under the tall, handsome canopy in dense rain forests where they promoted biodiversity. This kind of growing is known as shade-grown cocoa and as deforestation becomes more and more popular, shade-grown cocoa has become harder and harder to come by.Without the luscious canopies to protect the forest floor from the sun’s strong rays and the weather’s strong sway, many migratory bird species are now being exposed to the harsh climate in areas where they once found winter solace. As a direct after effect to these species disappearing, the insect populations where cocoa plantations are booming are calling for the use of stronger poisonous pesticides, furthering the damage to biodiversity as well as to the livelihood of its workers.Most shade-grown chocolate is also fair-trade which according to Oxfam International and many other organizations, means that the producers get a fair deal- good working conditions, a decent living wage and reasonable security.It pretty much means they’re promised to be paid better than they would without fair trade arrangements and thank goodness for that.Without the promise of fair trade chocolate, the cocoa bean industry would hold no hope for the future of sustainability. And yet now, according to Cocoa Sustainability, it’s gained the dedication of Mars, IBM and the USDA in a cocoa bean genome project as an effort to better utilize the tropical land.The aims of the project are to get farmers to be able to produce not only more cocoa beans per plant but to also use the remainder of their land for better yielding crops as a way to increase their income and pull them out of poverty.Could there be a sweeter way to grow chocolate?Could there be a sweeter way to give back to Mother Earth this Valentine’s Day, showing her how much you love her?Fair trade chocolate is one of the few ways to smother our mother with love during this holiday, it’s fair to all and it can be found just about anywhere bearing a small symbol stating its fair trade certified. Better yet, by buying fair trade chocolate for those we love, we demonstrate that Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day where we show our love to one other person but rather a day for us to show our love to everyone.In the paraphrased words of Forest Gump, if the world were a giant box of chocolates, we should know exactly what we’re getting with each delicious bite- a soulful helping of good karma that comes with buying the right way.

 
 

Easy Vegetarian Recipes (anytime meals) November 30, 2008

Filed under: Compassionate food — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 12:08 pm

The following recipes are courtesy of Student’s Vegetarian Cookbook

Vegan Farmhouse Pizza:(12 min to make)

ingredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/4 cup diced onion

1/2 cup chopped apple

1 cup prewashed, fresh spinach tightly packed and then chopped

1 six-inch pita bread

1/2 teaspoon Digon mustard

1 teaspoon chopped walnuts

preheat oven to 450 degrees F

1. Add oil to medium skillet and saute the onion for three minutes on medium heat.

2. Add apple and spinach and cook until spinach wilts ( about 3-5 minutes)

3. Lightly toast pita in oven for 3 minutes.

4. Remove pita and lower oven heat to 350 degrees

5. Add dijon mustard to pita, add walnuts and sauteed veggies to the top

6. Enjoy =)

I’ll be adding more recipes regularly; I just learned how to make avacodo and cucumber sushi so I’ll put that on here ASAP. Any other recipes you want substitutions for? E-mail me or leave a comment and I’ll be happy to find them for you.

 
 

Fast Food:Meatless Meals for Working People October 29, 2008

Filed under: Compassionate food — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 3:26 pm

Eating out used to be difficult for vegetarians but here are some vegetarian options from fast food establishments nation wide

This list was created by Meatless Meals for Working People

Applebees:

items that can be made meatless…

Chicken and Brocolli Pasta Alfredo, Nachos Nuevos, Chicken Fajita Roll-Up, Sizzling Stir-Fry and Fajitas.

Bennigans:- Boca Burger with American Cheese, mustard and pickles ( Boca patties can be substituted for Beef in any type of burger)

Boston Market: vegan: cranberry walnut relish, white carver roll and fruit salad

vegetarian: chunky cinnamon apple sauce, broccoli with red peppers, crownies with chocolate chips, butternut squash, cheesecake, cinnamon apples, coleslaw, all cookies, buttered corn, cornbread, creamed spinach, fruit salad, green beans/ green bean casserole, hummingbird cake, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, new potatoes, apple/cherry streusel pie, pecan/pumpkin pie, potato salad, honey wheat roll, steamed vegatbales, sweet potatoes and stuffing.

Burger King: Hash Brown Rounds, french fries, onion rings, BK veggie burger ( a Morningstar burger ( I have the ingrediants if someone needs to know them leave a comment)) with mayo,lettuce ,onions, pickles, ketchup and tomatoe on a traditional BK sesame bun which does not contain dairy.

Chuck E Cheeses: No animal reminants in their cheese and for vegan choices, pizza without cheese can be made upon request.

Denny’s: Carries a Boca Burger, english muffins, bagels, cereal, applesauce and fruit.

KFC: coleslaw, biscuits, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes( gravy contains meat flavoring), corn.

Note: THe greens, red beans and rice and green beans contain meat flavorings.

Olive Garden:  Minestrone soup , ” A vegetarian classic.”

Outback Steakhouse: house salad, seet/baked potatoes, veggie griller ( potato instead of rice), steamed veggies,( w/o seasoned butter)  and dry pasta with steamed veggies ( agin without butter).

Taco Bell: Pintos and cheese, bean burrito, bean tostada, mexican rice, seven layer burrito, Gordita Shells, Creamy Jalapeno Sauce, Creamy Lime Sauce, Pepper Jack sauce, Green Sauce, Pizza Sauce, Guacamole and Taco Shell just to name a few.

Note : Their sour cream also contains gelatin.

Wendy’s:

Broccoli and Cheese Baked Potatoe , spring mix salad, side salad,frostys, french fries ( but may be cooked with meat) and all salad dressings and sauces except for the ceaser which contains anchovies while their sour cream and  margerine may not be suitable for vegetarians or vegans. In addition they’ll make their sandwiches without meat.

For additional restaurants leave a comment or e-mail me at coliciscurable211@yahoo.com

 
 

Poetry collection August 24, 2008

Filed under: Animal Rights, Compassionate food — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 1:17 pm

Patty

 
 

Let your food be COMPASSIONATE. Part I Factory Farming versus Family Farming; A Step. January 2, 2008

Filed under: Compassionate food — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 2:08 pm

After all you are what you eat.

From the beginning of time people have eaten meat so why not now? Why is it that meat should or should not take place in cushioning our modern society?

Well the truth of the matter,one that many people have come to know of or heard of before is this; meat comes from animals. It’s a basic fact, an animal had to die in order for its meat to be eaten. But what many people fail to realize is that there are indeed different kinds of meat. No I’m not talking about pork and beef, chicken and turkey; I’m talking about Factory Farming versus Family Farming.

Family Farming

  • where many people believe there food comes from
  • often small farms that kill there animals humanely and feed them properly
  • can be searched for online
  • with a lack of hormones and additives; it’s healthier.
  • going out of business due to Factory farms also known as Industrialized farming
  • may or may not create a large amount of the product
  • not focused on excess production but rather on the animals

Factory or Industrialized Farming

  • keeps animals in compact areas, so small they can hardly turn around
  • keeps animals alive by means of antibiotics and other hormones in order to keep them from the diseases that can easily be spread in such compact space; it seems great that at least they’re being fed antibiotics to keep them from getting sick but in reality this isn’t such a wonderful thing. Consider this: within the bodies of our “meat” animals(animals whose whole lives are based around dying for food) bacteria and germs are becoming antibiotic resistant making it easier for them to jump from species to species. How is it that such things as Mad Cow Disease and The Avian Flu, come to be so difficult to get rid of?
  • Animals are often fed the remains of other animals that did not make it to the slaughter house. These animals may be diseased but are still fed to members of other species. However, this was not always so; before Mad Cow Disease cows were fed portions of other cows. These cows as well as other animals( the live ones) have been drugged to eat anything and everything in order to gain weight at outrageous speeds. Yet, after the disease has become apparent? What are the animals fed now on such “farms”? They’re fed not members of their own species but of other species; cows for instance may not eat cow anymore but instead horse, pig, chicken, and goat among many others.
  • In order for mass production to take place, animals are slaughtered as soon as possible and because production is more important than the safety and humane slaughtering of the animals. The Humane Slaughtering Act is neither recognized nor enforced endangering both workers and making slaughter extremely gruesome for animals. Many of these creatures though they’re supposed to be rendered unconscious, arrive at the stickers( those that cut the throats of the animals), then the leggers ( those that cut off the legs of the animals and switch them from a shackle to a meat hook stuck into their ankles), while still completely alive and moving.