Five vegetarian Websites you should know about and one Islamic vegetarian recipe

Did you know there was a site just for Jewish vegetarians? What about for black vegetarians? Or Chrisitian vegetarians?

Well, there are.

I found 'em. And now I'm gonna share them with you!
  • JewishVeg. Judaism requires the humane treatment of animals. So much so, in fact, that "The Code of Jewish Law states, 'It is forbidden, according to the law of the Torah, to inflict pain upon any living creature.'" Want to learn more? They have a free online course that looks fascinating, simply fascinating.
  • IslamicConcern. According to the site, "Eating meat, dairy products, and eggs under today’s mechanized factory-farming conditions conflicts with Islamic teachings of kindness to animals." What I found most interesting on the site were the recipes. In fact, I've reproduced one, for Sweet Rice, below.
  • ChrisitianVegetarianAssociation. The site says "Vegetarian advocacy is a form of Christian stewardship and discipleship ..." (although I suppose many a non-Chrisitian vegetarian advocate may disagree!) With an emphasis on fundraising and conversion ("You should be well groomed [sic] and wear clothing that identifies you as a vegetarian advocate"), this site isn't as helpful as the other sites on this list, but there is a handy discussion group if you wish to interact with other like-minded people.
  • BlackVegetarians. The site says "Studies have also shown that black vegetarians have lower rates of chronic diseases than blacks who eat meat," a statement, I would think, that is equally true for non-blacks. But if you are looking to move from being a meat-eater to being a vegetarian, this site has some good information, including links to vegetarian starter guides.
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The information here is far more hardcore than the other sites (for example, they talk about the lawsuit they just filed against the "... University of California Over Animal Welfare Act Violations") but they have an amazing FAQ section on vegetarian diets.

Islamic vegetarian recipe for Sweet Rice

1/2 tsp. saffron threads
3 cardamom pods, cracked
2 tbsp. rose water
2 cups long-grain rice, washed
1 tsp. salt
3 cups water
1/2 cup date or ordinary syrup
2 tbsp. oil

Soak the saffron and cracked cardamom pods in the rose water for at least 10 minutes. Add the rice and salt to the boiling water, cover and simmer for 6 minutes. Drain well. Carefully turn the syrup into the drained rice. Swirl the oil around the bottom and sides of the rice pot and add the syruped rice. Sprinkle with the rose water mixture. Place a clean tea towel between the pot and the lid, then steam the rice on very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender.