I saw an article on Yahoo! about this history of Frito Pie, and the following thought came to mind: “Wow, that looks just as good as it does gross, and I bet my husband would love it.” So, I decided to make a vegetarian version as I cheer on my old home team. I may live in San Diego by way of NYC, but I am a New Englander. Born and bred in good old MA. Which means, I’m not rooting for the Giants, and I’m just about over the horrendous season that the Chargers put forth. Go…Brady…Go.

Vegetarian Frito Pie
½ of a large onion – diced
1 clove of garlic – minced
1 chopped green pepper
1 Package of Mock Ground Beef (I like Quorn)
1 Can of diced tomatoes in juice
½ C of chopped jarred jalapenos
1T each of paprika, cumin, oregano
½ T each of chili powder, cayenne (less if you don’t like spice)
2T tomato paste

Sauté onion, garlic, green pepper in 1-2 T of oil in a large pot for about 5 mins.
Add Ground Beef and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients except tomato paste.
Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
Add in tomato paste, simmer for another hour.

Make the Pie by layering the below in a baking dish – 8″x8″, 11″x17″ – doesn’t really matter.

1 ½ C of fritos
1 ½ C of fritos
¾ C of shredded Jack Cheese (I used Pepper Jack)
1 ½ C of fritos

Bake in the oven at 350 for 20 mins and serve hot. Gross. Good. Go Pats!

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veggie-dayA poster advertising “Veggie Day” shows a sailor rowing an aubergine

This is simply an amazing story.  An entire city in Belgium is now going vegetarian one day a week.  All civil servants and public officials have elected to go veg one day a week to reduce their carbon footprint.  Eventually they plan to roll this out to the schools in September.  Great job Ghent, you set the example for others to follow.  Bravo!

read the story on BBC

Thank you to our long time friend and wannaveg supporter, Cary Canning for sending us the good news.


Start a Worm Bin (Part 4-Final)

Flash forward 4-5 months….

Step 8- This compost is almost ready.  It’s time to get the worms out of it and let the remaining worms “finish” off the job and eat whatever is left in the bin.


Step 9- To coax your worms out of the castings, push all the contents of your bin over to one side.  On the other side we’ll lay down some fresh bedding.  Follow steps 3-6 above for one side.  In about a month or so, all your worms will finish off whatever food scraps are left in the castings and move over to the other side where the fresh bedding and food is.   After that, you can remove the castings and use them to fertilize your plants or make worm “tea” for liquid fertilizer.


And it’s as simple as that.  Don’t worry about not knowing everything at first, or making mistakes.  It’s really simple to do and if you stick with it through one cycle, you’ll be a master!  You’re now on your way to the wonderful world of vermi-composting.  Congratulations!


Start a Worm Bin (part 3)

In the third part of our series, we actually start building a bin!

Here’s a materials list of items you will need.

  • 2 “Rubbermaid” type containers.  18 gallons is about the perfect size.  Larger or smaller work well also.
  • A bunch of newspapers
  • 2 — 2×4, cut to fit into one of the containers
  • 1 pound of worms, obviously, (red wigglers are the best for this) do a quick search on the Internet for someone that sells them near you.  They run about $20-$25 for the pound and that’s all you will ever need to buy.
  • About 1 pound of food scraps
  • 1 drill
  • 1 bucket of water


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Start a Worm Bin (part 2)

Continuing on with our Starting a Worm Bin series, here are a few commonly asked questions about vermi-composting.cartooncaterpillar

Q:  What do I feed my worms?
A:  Almost any whole, uncooked, food waste.  Here are some examples:

  • Apple peels and cores
  • Carrot peels
  • Celery
  • Egg shells
  • Banana peels
  • Lettuce stumps
  • Pepper stems
  • Herbs
  • Bread
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • I think you get it

Q:  Ok, so what can I NOT feed my worms?
A:  This is actually a bit easier to answer.  Worms can eat a ton of stuff, but there are a few things that you should not feed them, either because they take a long time to break down or are too acidic or harmful to the worms.
These items include:

  • Citrus peels or citrus fruit
  • Meats, fish, tofu, beans or other proteins
  • Cooked or prepared foods
  • Dairy
  • Onions
  • Fruit rinds (watermelon, cantelope, etc)
  • Anything with cooking oils on it, like salad dressings
  • That’s about it!

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Start a Worm Bin


So you want to be a worm farmer!  What’s that, no…you don’t?  Oh come on, what about all the free fertilizer and sparkling worm personalities? Kinda seriously, worms make for quiet, low maintenance and symbiotic pets.

Ok, well ‘pets’ may be stretching it, but vermi-composting (composting using worms) is a great way to reduce the amount of food waste you throw away and in return they will give you some fantastic, nutrient rich compost (castings). Did you know that food waste makes up about 12 percent of the total waste stream in the US? Now we can all take this simple step to reduce our environmental impact and our vegetables and other plants will love us for it. Plus…it’s fun!

When it comes to giving your worms a home, you have lots of options. There are all kinds of pre-fabricated bins out there and some municipalities will either give you a bin or subsidize one for you. I personally prefer to make my own bin because it’s easy and cheap to do. One other cool thing about keeping a worm bin…it doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a castle, there is a bin size sure to fit whatever space you have available.

Ok, I know what you’re saying. “I don’t want some stinky garbage can full of worms in my house…” and I don’t blame you! Believe it or not, your worm bin should not smell bad at all. In fact if it does smell bad, there is something wrong with it (we’ll talk about this later). The bin does have a pleasant “earthy” aroma similar to what you smell in a forest. It’s very tolerable and unobtrusive.

To recap: starting a worm bin will reduce food waste, create great fertilizer and make you the life of the party. There are no downsides to it!

Click here for Part 2…commonly asked questions


Earth Day

This year I wanted to do a little something different for Earth Day.  There are a bunch of great new documentaries coming out and what better time to talk about them than today?!

These come to us via IdealBite (if you don’t subscribe, I highly recommend it).

  • The Cove – part whodunit, part eco-educational movie about a team of activists who set out to save fish and dolphins off the coast of Japan. Opens Jul. 31.
  • Battle for Terra - stars like Danny Glover, Luke Wilson, and Evan Rachel Wood lend their voices to this animated adventure movie; plays in 3D in some areas. Opens May 1.
  • Earth – the cinematographers behind the Planet Earth series bring you a beautifully shot, feature-length film about three animal families – elephants, polar bears, and humpback whales. Opens Apr. 22.
  • Food Inc. – unveils the sometimes dirty politics of the food industry; features experts like Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schloseer (Fast Food Nation). Now in limited release.
  • Fuel – slick docu on new energy sources, featuring interviews with eco-thinkers like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and eco-celebs like Julia Roberts. Now in limited release.
  • The Age of Stupid – faux documentary-style drama about a less-than-cheery dude who in the year 2055 looks back over the past few decades of climate change. Premieres in May.

Happy Earth Day everyone!  If you check any of these out, please let me know.  I’m personally looking forward to The Age of Stupid and Food, Inc.
As always, do Mother Earth a favor and give going vegetarian one day a week a shot!


If everyone in the US went vegetarian just one day a week, the results would be staggering, according to Kathy Freston from the Huffington Post. And I couldn’t agree more. This has been the message and reason for wannaveg.com . Thanks for putting “if everyone did it” numbers together for us Kathy.

From HuffingtonPost.

If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:

● 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;

● 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;

● 70 million gallons of gas–enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;

● 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;

● 33 tons of antibiotics.

If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would prevent:

● Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France;

● 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages;

● 4.5 million tons of animal excrement;

● Almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant.

Take a look at Kathy’s full article to learn more.


Earthings Film

I have to admit I have not watched this movie (yet). But, I know it’s well done. Personally, this is a tough film for me to watch. However, I wanted to make it available for you, should you be interested in viewing it. Check out the website for more information, including a synopsis of the film. Otherwise, it’s posted on google video and linked/viewable on wannaveg.

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.” The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby .

Check out the website here earthlings.com/

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here on wannaveg. I was having some problems with the site, but many of them seem to be fixed since I’ve upgraded to the latest version of software (I finally had time…had a few days off at work). It’s possible to play video again through the site, so this is pretty exciting. (I will post a new video shortly)

Anyway here’s an interesting viewpoint on the “Happy Meat” phenomenon that is gaining much popularity meat eaters. It’s an intriguing debate on whether it is possible for everyone to eat the same quantity of meat if the animals are raised in a sustainable manner.

You can find the article at alternet.org

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