Thinking about going “Vegan”?

If you don’t know, apparently there are subtle differences between being a “Vegetarian” and a “Vegan”.

A vegan does not consume ANY animal products. Vegetarians avoid meats, vegans also reject the exploitation and abuse inherent in the making of dairy and egg products, as well as in clothing from animal sources. In the pursuit to respect the lives of animals, vegans avoid meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, whey, fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics and chemical products tested on animals.

This sounds like a tall order for most of us, but if you are thinking about the idea, one of the biggest concerns that we’ve heard on the subject is “what will I eat, that isn’t bland or flavorless?” Well, besides using chile peppers to spice up your potential new lifestyle if you are considering the switch we invite you to check out Little House of Veggies.

We found this great blog written by Morgan Anger, a vegan food enthusiast and cook living in Southern California. She updates it regularly with a great collection of her vegan recipes and experiments in the kitchen. Even if you have no interest in “going vegan” this blog is a great place to get healthy new ideas for your kitchen table.

Buen Provecho,

Xavier Jimenez

Posted on August 20, 2010, in peppers, Recipes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I saw Jerry last weekend in Springfield. He encouraged me to leave a comment regarding how I use your Orange Zest. I use the Orange Zest in combination with 6 other ingredients in order to make Shichimi Togarashi, a Japanese seasoning mixture. Here is the list of ingredients:
    3 tsp Orange Zest
    3 tsp ground chili pepper
    2 tsp granulated garlic
    1 tsp black sesame seeds
    1 tsp poppy seeds (or golden sesame seeds)
    1 tsp nori flakes (this is basically sea weed)
    3 tsp sansho powder (prickly ash-tastes peppery) I just put all of these into a clean coffee grinder and mix them all. The combination is especially good with fish. Find an herb bottle to put it in and keep on shelf till you feel like some Japanese food. I found sansho powder and nori flakes at the Asian food store in Springfield, Little World Market. You can get them over the internet too. Just something different

  2. Nice post Xavier.

    I always wondered what exactly was the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

    @Louise, I’m going to have to try that recipe. It sounds pretty good. I find it amazing that people spend so much money on a spice mill when a coffee grinder does such a good job. You are the first one I have seen to use a coffee grinder instead of a blender or spice mill to make your spices.

    I have a recipe for home made chili powder on my website you may be interested in. You can find it at

    Keep up the good work Xavier. Nice site. Hard to find a good “chili head” blog.

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