"You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being, that of your family and your country. - Bill Clinton

When it comes to food and former President Clinton, one might refer back Phil Hartman's impersonation of Clinton as a McDonald's aficionado on Saturday Night Live. But after leaving office and suffering a couple of health scares, including stent surgery on his heart last year, the popular politician changed the way he eats. Most notably, Clinton went vegan and lost more than 20 pounds for Chelsea Clinton's wedding earlier this year. He may still be sneaking pieces of meat from time to time, though...

For those who follow a vegan diet, which means no animal products of any kind including eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products, we've identified recipes that meet those criteria with each recipe. We've focused on the widest interpretation of a vegan diet, so some of the recipes we've identified as vegan do include honey.

To begin our vegan recipe journey, we'll start with Potato Roti Curry. This mild, soupy side dish hails from the Caribbean, where it's often made with sweet calabaza squash and served alongside or stuffed into the tortillalike Indian flatbread roti. While roti is traditional, whole-wheat tortillas or pitas are great accompaniments for sopping up the liquid. Serve this dish with lime wedges and rice.

 

This mild, soupy side dish hails from the Caribbean, where it's often made with sweet calabaza squash and served alongside or stuffed into the tortillalike Indian flatbread roti. While roti is traditional, whole wheat tortillas or pitas are great accompaniments for sopping up the liquid. Serve with lime wedges and rice.

Vegan Diet Potato Roti Curry

Ingredients

 

1 ¼ teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 ½ cups chopped onion

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled Yukon gold potato

3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled acorn squash     

1 cup chopped red bell pepper, 2 cups water

½ cup light coconut milk

½ cup chopped fresh coriander

 

Preparation

 

Combine first 6 ingredients; set aside.

Heat oil in a large oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Add spice mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add potato, squash, and bell pepper, stirring to coat with spice mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in water and coconut milk, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until potato is tender.

Why Veganism? People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. For example, some vegans feel that one promotes the meat industry by consuming eggs and dairy products. That is, once dairy cows or egg-laying chickens are too old to be productive, they are often sold as meat; and since male calves do not produce milk, they usually are raised for veal or other products. Some people avoid these items because of conditions associated with their production.

Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. They know they are not perfect, but believe they have a responsibility to try to do their best, while not being judgmental of others.

History ; Although the vegan diet was defined early on in the Society's beginnings in 1944, it was as late as 1949 before Leslie J Cross pointed out that the society lacked a definition of veganism. He suggested “the principle of the emancipation of animals from exploitation by man”. This is later clarified as “to seek an end to the use of animals by man for food, commodities, work, hunting, vivisection, and by all other uses involving exploitation of animal life by man”.

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