My husband is obsessed with documentaries. Obsessed. It's pretty much the only thing Sweetie watches on Netflix. And let me tell you - there are just so many. The theme of his favorite docs is sustainability and why on our current path we are ruining the earth and our health. It's really uplifting. But, some of these documentaries that focus on food caught my attention. As you may have surmised, I am constantly thinking about what to eat just about as much as I think about what to wear.
Like so many, I have a love/hate relationship with food. Love because I love food. Hate, because it prevents me from wearing things like this. Recently I've been changing my diet so much it's making my head spin. However, a few documentaries recently got me thinking: why did I give up my (mostly) vegan lifestyle, especially because I was so skinny back then? Should I go back? Should I take my family with me? The answer appears to be "yes."
I know - it's trendy. Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and all kinds of celebrities are vegan and won't shut up about it. But you have to admit - Bill looks better than he has, well, ever. I mean, that could be me - the younger Vegan Fox. And on top of the aesthetic/clotheshorse value, there is a sincere personal and worldwide health benefit to consuming less or no animal products. Plus there is an animal rights, non-violence aspect that makes my Eugene, Oregon heart go pitter-pat. We all know Ghandi was vegetarian, but did you know that Rosa Parks was too? Or that Coretta Scott King was vegan? It makes you think.
So anyhow, blah blah blah....but out of all this has come some fun culinary finds, including the following super easy, super fast, super healthy Cuban Black Bean Soup adapted from Forks Over Knives website (Wonderful documentary! Another great one is Vegucated, if you're interested). It takes just minutes, making it ideal for any modern lifestyle.