||[Aug. 3rd, 2009|02:02 pm]
The peta2 blog
Being a Jewish Vegan|
Here's a special guest post from my fellow peta2 staffer and cookbook co-author Starza about being Jewish and vegan. Enjoy!
I was raised Jewish and my family kept a kosher household—that's right, we had "meat" plates and "dairy" plates that had to be kept separate, and you couldn't eat meat if the meal had dairy and vice versa. Because of this, my brother and I would often fantasize about cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza, and what would happen if we secretly ate steak on a "dairy" plate.
I decided to go vegetarian a few months after my Bat Mitzvah because I didn't want animals to suffer for my meals. I found out that veganism was automatically kosher because there's no worry about whether or not a meal had meat or dairy in it. On top of that, I could eat "cheese" burgers and "pepperoni" pizza by using their faux alternatives. I even ventured out and made the most un-Kosher-but-Kosher-because-it's-vegan snack I could think of—"ham" roll-ups—which were crazy delicious! There's a recipe for them in PETA's Vegan College Cookbook which I'm also sharing with you here, so that you too can experience their Koshery goodness!
Sham "Ham" Roll-UpsIf you're curious about vegetarianism, Judaism, and how they are related, check out this article. It explains how the act of being vegetarian is a mitzvah (good deed) and a form of tzedakah (charitable giving)—something all Jews are required to practice on a regular basis.
You've always wanted to make something with chives because they sound fancy—admit it.
1 (8-ounce) container vegan cream cheese
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (5.5-ounce) package vegan ham deli slices
Mix the cream cheese, chives, salt, and pepper together. Spread
the mixture on the deli slices and roll up. Use a toothpick to
Makes 4 servings.
So there you go, yet another reason why being vegetarian rocks. I know my Bubbe would be proud!