I know that quite a few of you out there dislike Rachael Ray. I've always been able to see the glass half full when it comes to her because she takes the time to create vegetarian recipes and a multitude of her recipes are very easily veganized. While I was on the lovely vacation that I just took, I watched her daytime talk show every day. Over the last 2 weeks, she had 3 vegan snacks of the day (one of her daily segments is to plug a snack product and she gives each audience member a sample of that product): Divvies Kettle Corn, Bittersweet-ness granola by Feed Granola Co., and Betsy & Claude Baking Co.'s Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies (I'm not counting the olive oil potato chips she had one day or it'd be 4).
Also over those 2 weeks, Rachael made two dishes that are completely vegan if you leave out the garnish of parmesan at the end: Mushroom Ragout and Caponata She featured several more recipes throughout the 2 weeks that could be vegan by substituting vegan butter and vegan parmesan for the dairy varieties.
What's more, she had Dr. Phil's wife, Robin, on one show to bake her favorite Christmas cookies, which just happen to be vegan!
While this post is not intended to be a love note to Rachael Ray, I think it's important to recognize that she is very enthusiastic about creating vegetarian recipes. She also refers to vegetarians as "meat free-ers," which I think is an affectionate term with a nice connotation. It's true that, in general, she is unabashed about her love for meat and dairy and I don't support her in that at all. However, she is helping integrate vegetarian meals into the American diet in her own way and I think every bit of help counts.