#Veganism and #Christianity

Some religions have specific rules around what is acceptable to eat, where as Christianity allows its followers to eat whatever they like and in the same breath tells it’s followers not to look down on what other people choose to eat.

So where does this leave you if you are a vegan interested in Christianity or a Christian interested in veganism? In a pretty good place as it happens.

In the beginning.
Christianity teaches that God made the world (no arguments about how here please), that he made it good and he put humanity in charge of caring for it all. Now if someone dear to you handed over their prize possession and asked you to take care of it, you wouldn’t trash it, right?

As a Christian, my veganism is very much part of my love for God and all he has made. Also, I notice that before people mucked up their relationship with God, they were vegans, so I feel it is a very natural thing for me to be a vegan, all the while remembering not to judge those who eat meat. And speaking of judgement:

Love your neighbour as yourself
Jesus taught that we shouldn’t judge other people, which informs how I approach meat eaters. By the same token, it should mean that church is a place where vegans don’t get judged.

In reality it can be a place where misunderstanding around veganism is a rife as it is anywhere else, although I have to say in my own experience, church has been wonderful.

Our church did a rota of dinners (to bless us after the birth if our boy) which lasted us two weeks. And this from meat eaters who all cheerfully went online to look up vegan recipes to feed us.

Spreading the word
…On veganism is no different from talking about Christianity. You can’t make anyone believe anything. People look at our actions way more than words. Its why my husband and I don’t talk to people about becoming a vegan very often… But we do invite people round for dinner. It means we get to show hospitality towards others and they get to try food they might otherwise not have chosen.

At the end if the day kindness and genuine friendship are great helps to the cause… Both veganism and Christianity.


#Soy #formula – my view

Our boy is now seven weeks old. He is the child we never thought we would have, and as I am 43 at the end of the week, I really did think it was too late. It makes the decisions over what we feed him even more important to us.

My husband and I are both vegans and we shall be raising our son vegan. It has proved so much easier to explain our soy and rice based formula choice by pointing out the allergies in our family rather than talking about being vegan – somehow allergies prove more acceptable than our desire to ideas around the environment and animals.

But then that has been easier than finding something for B to eat. I had intended to breast feed him, but when my milk didn’t come in, we were faced with finding something else.

The first thing we fed him was SMA soya formula. It isn’t truly vegan as the D3 comes from lanolin, but vegetarian was as close as we could find.

Also we had heard that you shouldn’t feed a child soya before the age of one year. But needs must, we had to feed him something and it was better than cows milk.

The soy immediately stopped him up and he didn’t poop for three days, until I fed him lots of boiled water. Also we were still looking for a truly vegan formula. Eventually we found a rice based formula called Premiriz which is truly vegan.

It isn’t sold in the UK, but we could buy from France (thank goodness for google translate).
We bought it from https://www.greenweez.com and at nearly 27 euros a tin, it is really expensive. We reckon that including postage, it works out at £25 a tin, compared to the soy at £13. It means we are now feeding our boy both soy and rice formula.

The rice keeps his digestion on track and we feel that as well as being cheaper, feeding him soy as well will prepare his digestion for soy when he is weened.

We have found a solution which while not perfect, is the best fit we can find. The bottom line is, that soy formula alone is not a great solution for feeding a vegan baby, but it is, in my opinion, a valuable contribution to their diet.

#Vegan #glutenfree Walnut almond and lentil “meatballs”

At this time of year R can’t have wheat as it affects his hayfever, so the flour in these meatballs is gluten free. We had them covered in barbecue cook in sauce, chips and stir-fry.

200g red lentils

20g vegan bouillon

141g onion (1 onion) chopped

50g walnuts chopped

30g almonds chopped

110g gluten free flour

Cook the lentils in water with the bouillon untill it reaches dhal consistency.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients, form into about 24 balls and then bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 200C 

Eat with your favourite sauce.

Pesto and beans

It’s been so hot today we didn’t feel like a heavy meal, so we had pasta pesto and beans. I made enough for us to have it cold for lunch too:

300g pasta (dry weight)

60 g fresh spinach & rainbow chard chopped

1 tin cannellini beans

1 jar of meridian free from green pesto

We had gluten free pasta as R is off wheat for the hayfever season, but you could have any kind you want. It was lovely, and not too hot for a hot day:

#vegan #nutloaf for everyone

If you can eat nuts, you will probably like this nut loaf. It’s a good one for us when we have meat eating friends round because they feel like they have had a proper meal. So here it is:

Prepare and then mix together

200g red lentils cooked with 2 teaspoons of bullion 

100g chopped nuts. Walnuts are best, any will do.

One packet of chestnuts, chopped

One large carrot, grated

About 60g bread crumbs. I don’t have a food processor so I grated the bread I had.

Herbs of your choice, mine were herbs de Provence

Cook in a loaf tin at 180C for about half an hour or until it looks done on top.

Happy Christmas everyone 😄