Monday, October 18, 2010

PB&J, Could not go Vegan without it.

When I became vegan back in April, a friend of mine asked me if I could still eat Peanut Butter and Jelly, and I assured him that it was considered vegan. He told me that as long as he could eat PB&J, he could probably go vegan.  I had no idea how poignant that was.  The PB&J for me has been a staple, a goto in times of crisis and despair, and I am just thankful that it is there for me when I needed it.

I had a brief conversation with one of my new twitter friends about the variety of "nut-butters" on the market, and I felt I needed to take a moment, reflect back and pay homage to one of my all time fav's. (Yes I really did have a conversation about nut-butters)

So thank you Peanut Butter, for being heavy enough to weigh the top side of my bread down, and always manage to fall face down on the kitchen floor when dropped (its a gravity thing, I'm also a huge fan of gravity). Thank you for being the key mechanism to allow me to give my dogs pills.  Thank you for being the only thing that I will eat whenever I am sick.  Thank you for being smooth or crunchy (depending on my mood).  Thank you for going with other things like bananas and bacon (faux).  And thank you GW Carver for "allegedly" inventing it.

Thank you Jelly for rhyming with my last name, which for me was the source of little enjoyment as a child. I will give you your props as you come in many flavors.  You probably take credit for jams, preserves and marmalades, but lets face it, you would probably just be a sweet condiment if it were not for the peebs.  But admittedly, without you and plain simple boring white bread, the PB&J would simply not exist.

You are the wind beneath my wings. Merci bien le beurre d'arachide et confiture. (Its a french thing)


  1. HAH! Awesome post! I've been vegan for 15 years, and I have to agree with you... couldn't have done it without PB! Great any time of day, alone, or with jelly and/or banana. And also good in so many recipes (satay sauces, etc). I definitely owe a lot to peanut butter! Thanks for posting :)

  2. so... from this conversation, what was the conclusion, aside from PB...?

    were brands discussed? is there a secondary nut you like buttered?

  3. Why didn't I know your last name rhymed with Jelly?


  4. the nut butters in discussion were "Jason's Nut Butters" specifically, the maple almond. i have not tried these yet, but i plan to investigate them. so at this point, the peanut, is still the nut that i prefer buttered ;)

    you got me celery, my name is really "Brian Belly" :-P

  5. I agree about the peanut butter & jelly, but you have it easy. I have to do it with gluten free bread. In addition to being vegan, I'm also celiac. NOT FUN! In fact it is so not fun, going vegan was easy by comparison. I tried almond butter, nothing comes close to peanut butter & I prefer the diy version. One place we have nearby has a peanut butter making machine! YUM!

  6. heather, i admit that everything that i am doing is self imposed, and there are others with allergies and such that are in a real predicament. you are right, i do have it easy. i will keep that in mind when i complain. i'm sure i'll still complain though :)

  7. LOL! yeah I like to complain too. I could be a professional at it. Haha, enjoy your sandwiches!