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What the Hell Do PETA Employees Eat Anyway?

The question “What the hell do you eat?” is asked of many vegans. But when people find out that you’re vegan and that you work for PETA, the frequency of the question can become a tad annoying. Some people seem to assume that working for an animal rights organization means we remove animal products and all flavor from our food and are left with little more than grass or iceberg lettuce to graze on.

This is exactly why I want to give everyone an inside look at what we enjoyed at our summer party last week. If not the picture, the menu should be convincing that vegan food is far from lacking. Here’s a rundown of the Caribbean-inspired meal:peta_food_1.jpg

Jerk “Chicken” With Mango Chutney

BBQ Salisbury “Steak”

Fried Plantains

Caribbean Coleslaw

Basmati Rice With Coconut Milk

Everyone raved that the Jerk “Chicken” was the best, but I preferred the BBQ “Steak” because of the tender texture and sweetness of the sauce. I was very disappointed to find out that the plantains had been 86’d before I made my way to the buffet, but I’m sure they, too, were delicious. The slaw was delicately dressed and acidic enough to cut through the heavier flavors on the rest of the plate. It was a delicious meal, perfect for a summer afternoon, and obviously a far cry from grass or iceberg lettuce.

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  • Amy says:

    Finally! A few recipes from the PETA party for readers. Enjoy!

    Mango and Red Cabbage Slaw
    2 Tbsp. agave
    2 Tbsp. canola oil
    3 Tbsp. lime juice
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    3 cups shredded red cabbage
    2 cups shredded savoy cabbage
    1 cup carrot, peeled and julienned
    1 rip mango, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

    Vegan Jerk “Chicken”
    Gardein vegan chicken breasts were cooked in this jerk marinade:

    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
    1 hot pepper, finely chopped
    3 Tbsp. soy sauce
    1 Tbsp. oil
    1 Tbsp. cider or white vinegar
    2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
    2 tsp. sugar
    1 tsp. salt (kosher or sea salt is preferable)
    1 tsp. Jamaican Pimento (Allspice), ground
    1 tsp. black pepper, ground
    1/2 tsp. nutmeg, ground
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
    dash hot sauce (optional)

    Island Rice
    1 (13 1/2 ounce) can coconut milk
    1 cup vegetable broth
    1/4 cup raisins
    1 1/2 tsp. caribbean jerk seasoning
    1 (10 ounce) package yellow rice mix
    1 cup frozen green pea

  • sharon says:

    I thought this was supposed to be a site for posting recipes? I know this is a PETA website and people want to post their views here, but how about discussing the finer points of who does and doesn’t eat meat and why somewhere else, the vibe gets so low here when we should be enjoying and celebrating all these great food options. I don’t have to justify my eating habits to anyone but myself!!

  • Clay says:

    I do understand what peta tries to do but I could never stop eating meat. Sure meat can have diseases and such, but I was never too fond of vegetables, and when I tried to eat any of the “meat” I got sick. I would love to become a vegen or a person that wats “meat” but I cant, its the way Im genetically built, Im allergic to most vegetables anyway

  • aly says:

    hi. i am recovering from anorexia and i have been vegan for 6 years. the vegan menus that i found on this site are really helpful. i have a feeding tube and when it is hard to actually eat i use the feedings and i recently found this company that makes vegan supplements that i can use as opposed to the non vegan ones i have had to use. so cool!! love and peace everyone.