Vegan french toast
Breakfast for dinner is always fun, and so I decided to make some. Breakfast for vegans can be a bit difficult, because most dishes contain eggs, different in a way that cakes and cookies contain them. However, I found a good recipe for french toast, my favorite morning dish.
What makes this even better is it contains protein! (that’s for another post.)
So, why use the vegan recipe with tofu and soy milk instead of eggs and cow’s milk? Other than a number of health risks from consuming these products, the impact these products have on the environment is extremely harmful.
Here is how milk is produced: “The 9 million cows living on dairy farms in the United States spend most of their lives in large sheds or on feces-caked mud lots, where disease is rampant. Cows raised for their milk are repeatedly impregnated. Their babies are taken away so that humans can drink the milk intended for the calves. When their exhausted bodies can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter and ground up for hamburgers,” according to GoVeg.com.
The average dairy cow produces 120 pounds of waste every day — equal to that of more than two dozen people, but without toilets, sewers, or treatment plants.
“In the Central Valley of California, the cows produce as much excrement as a city of 21 million people, and even a smallish farm of 200 cows will produce as much nitrogen as in the sewage from a community of 5,000 to 10,000 people, according to a U.S. Senate report on animal waste,” said writers at PlanetGreen.com.
That’s not even scratching the surface.
The dairy industry is an extension of the beef industry, which means it plays a major role in creating climate change. Here’s the equation: The dairy industry uses cows before passing them on to be slaughtered by the beef industry, which is now recognized as an environmental nightmare. According to a UN report, cows are leading contributors to climate change, accounting for putting out 18 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide, cows emit more greenhouse gases than cars, planes, and all other forms of transportation combined. This is from the fuel burned making fertilizer, the production and distribution of meat and dairy products, and the methane emitted by the cow farts and manure they collectively create.
In other words, the industry of exploiting all cows involves destructive practices like deforestation and polluting offshoots like runoff.
This hurt to the environment also comes from the production of eggs, which also includes chickens that eat feed made with synthetic fertilizer that releases nitrous oxide, chickens that release gas and feces, which releases methane, and the pollution of air and water from runoffs and chemicals floating in the air.
So, have I made you not hungry anymore? Well, hold onto this delicious recipe for a time when you are craving some breakfast — no matter what time of day it is.
12-oz. package silken tofu
1/2 cup soy milk
2 Tbsp. maple syrup (try to use pure maple)
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 to 6 slices of bread
Toppings: syrups, fruits, sugar, nuts
1. Combine everything but the bread and toppings in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into a wide bowl or dish with a lip, and dip each slice of bread into it until coated.
3. On a lightly oiled skillet or griddle, brown the battered bread on each side. Serve hot, adding toppings.