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Pansy Maiden Handbags

on Friday, 13 December 2013. Posted in Products

Pansy Maiden Handbags

Laura Collins is the innovative designer and founder of the vegan, eco-friendly handbag company, Pansy Maiden Bags. Launched in the Spring of 2009, Pansy Maiden Bags (named after Collins' grandmother) has since blossomed into an ever expanding line of cruelty-free hand bags.

Pansy Maiden was founded with an activist spirit & one heady goal: To create & provide the world with fashion-forward, cruelty-free bags in a socially responsible manner. Whether you are an environmentalist, a vegan, or simply trying to reduce your carbon footprint, we welcome you. We are all just trying to do our best to be our best. We hope you think our bags are a step in the right direction.

Check out Pansy Maiden's beautiful  "Behind The Brand" video:



In 2013 Laura launched the Alva DoRight men's collection featuring totes, messengers, backpacks, and slings. Ecouterre recently had a nice feature on the men's line. Click HERE to have a read through.

For more on Pansy Maiden, Alva DoRight, and Laura Collins check out PansyMaiden.com.

Vegan Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S.

on Wednesday, 11 December 2013. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Vegan Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S.

Have you ever been on vacation and wished that your hotel had some solid vegan options? Well check this out - there are a number of vegan bed and breakfasts throughout the country! In fact, I stayed at a few of them during my travels and I have to say it's pretty wonderful to rest your head at night on organic, eco-friendly sheets and pillows, and then wake up to a fully prepared all-vegan breakfast to get the day started.

 

Plan your next getaway around one of these stellar vegan B&Bs:

Deer Run B&B - Big Pine Key, FL

Cherokee Rose Inn - Portland, OR

Velo B&B - Eugene, OR

Stanford Inn by The Sea - Mendocino, CA

 

Then of course there are guest houses/B&B's that are connected to farm animal sanctuaries:

Someday Farm Vegan B&B - Whidbey Island, WA

The White Pig B&B - Schuyler, VA

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Guest House - Woodstock, NY

Catskill Animal Sanctuary Homestead - Catskill, NY

Farm Sanctuary B&B - Watkins Glen, NY

Whisper's Ranch B&B - Elgin, AZ

 

There are also a number of vegan-friendly B&Bs around the world! Don't have to time to plan it all out yourself? Check out The Personalized Passport - a vegan owned and operated travel planning service!

Did we miss your favorite vegan B&B? Let us know in the comments below.

Vegans Parody "Thrift Shop" Music Video

on Saturday, 07 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration

Vegans Parody

In September 2011 Kristin Lajeunesse (hey, that's me! *wink*wink*) set out on an epic life-changing journey. Once paired with a renovated sports van (named Gerty) I spent two years traveling around the country an in an effort to eat at and write about every single vegan restaurant in the United States. Now, 48 states, 547 restaurants, and over 39,000 miles later I'm happy to report the trip was a great success.

One of the highlights was being able to fulfill a bucket list (or "before I die") goal: to create and share a music video! One day, in early 2013, I was driving from California to Oregon and heard the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for the first time. I thought it was super fun and once I watched the music video I knew I had to recreate it!

Within a few weeks I pulled together a group of vegans in the Bay Area (where I was headed to next) and found a great videographer, and we spent a full day creating a "veganized" version of the popular video.

It was so fun to make, and kind of random (although you'll soon learn how much I love to dance, and coming up with silly ways to promote veganism is always something I look forward to), but I thought it's something you might enjoy! Check it out:

Click HERE to read all the road trip, the restaurants, and what's next for the Will Travel For Vegan Food project.

New Children's Book: Dave Loves Chickens

on Friday, 06 December 2013. Posted in Books & Media

New Children's Book: Dave Loves Chickens

Newly released children's book Dave Loves Chickens, written and illustrated by Carlos Patino, is about a monster from "far far away" who comes to earth and doesn't understand why people eat other animals. Carlos says, "It's not a preachy book about why not to eat animals, but instead a number of fun facts about chickens" to help young readers think about chickens as friends, not food.

Featuring beautifully illustrated "Ren & Stimpy"-esque characters, Dave Loves Chickens is hot off the presses from Vegan Publishers, a Boston based publishing company. The brand new book would make a fun and educational holiday gift.

Click HERE to learn more about Dave Loves Chickens and where to pick up your own copy just in time for the Holidays!

Source: Vegan Publishers.

 

Norwegian Army Participates in Meatless Mondays

on Wednesday, 04 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration, News

Norwegian Army Participates in Meatless Mondays

Can I get a w00t! w00t! for Meatless (Meatout) Mondays continuing to spread like nobody's business!! Huzaah to the Norwegian Army for taking action in an effort to reduce the negative environmental impacts of animal-based food production on our dear little planet.

"It's a step to protect our climate," spokesman Eystein Kvarving explains. "The idea is to serve food that's respectful of the environment."

According to THIS Mercy For Animals article:

The army expects its implementation of Meatless Mondays to reduce the amount of meat it consumes by about 150 tons per year. "It's not about saving money," Kvarving clarifies.

"It's about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier."

Click HERE and HERE to learn more about the Norwegian Army's decision to go meatless! :)

Healthy No-Eggnog 'Shake

on Monday, 02 December 2013. Posted in Recipes

Healthy No-Eggnog 'Shake

Chocolate Covered Katie does it again with a fabulous perfect-for-healthy-holiday-lovers vegan eggnog recipe, with some added protein boostin' goodness.

This is a single-serving recipe so be sure to double or triple up if you're makin' it for more than one person. :)

Ingredients:

1 cup of dairy-free milk
1/2 cup Mori-Nu Silken-Firm Tofu. See link below for a few soy-free substitutions.
1/2 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar or xylitol
1 Tbsp. sugar (or other sweetener)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. each nutmeg and ginger
tiny dash of cloves
optional: a little rum if desired

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. (I used a Magic Bullet. If you don't have a blender, perhaps you can use Silken Tofu and just stir by hand.)
  2. Drink cold, or heat if desired.

NOTE: Can be sugar-free and/or soy-free -- click here.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie.

Find a bunch of yummy recipes like this one at ChocolateCoveredKatie.com.

Match [Meats] Made in Heaven

on Sunday, 01 December 2013. Posted in Products

Match [Meats] Made in Heaven

Veggie meats are becoming more and more popular. They play an important role in the fight against animal cruelty -- helping to make the vegan transition easy and delicious.

With meat substitutes on the rise, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with all of the amazing options -- which is actually really great news! Speaking of which, have you heard of MATCH yet? They make vegan equivalents of Ground Pork, Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, Ground Chicken, and Crab, along with a few ready-made, ready-to-cook meal options too!

Check out Vegan Crunk's review of a Match Meat burger, HERE.

Learn more about their products and where to buy, at MatchMeats.com.

AL Gore Goes Vegan

on Saturday, 30 November 2013. Posted in News

AL Gore Goes Vegan

The InterWebs were abuzz this past week with the news that Former Vice President Al Gore has gone vegan.

The Huffington Post reported: "A Forbes article published on Saturday offhandedly mentioned that the 'newly turned vegan' is considering an investment in Hampton Creek Foods, a startup working to replace eggs with a plant-based formula. The Washington Post followed up, learning from an individual familiar with Gore's decision that the climate activist resolved several months ago to stop using animal products and embrace a vegan diet.

Gore, winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm about climate change, has faced criticism over the years for eating meat while at the same time fingering the meat industry as a global warming contributor. Gore's 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, touched on the issue."

Follow THIS link to keep reading about Al Gore's life-changing dietary decision.

Joining the ranks of Former President Bill Clinton, what do you think of Gore's decision to take on a plant-based diet?

Vegan For The Holidays

on Friday, 29 November 2013. Posted in Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

Vegan For The Holidays

We're so lucky to have a myriad of vegan cookbooks out there today, one of which is absolutely perfect for this time of year. Vegan For The Holidays, written by Zel Allen, is an inspirational piece for all who love spreading the vegan cheer every holiday season.

Vegan cooking expert Zel Allen demonstrates that plant-based holiday foods are as delicious, innovative, and elegant as their meat-based counterparts. Taking readers on a world tour of holidays -- including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s -- Zel provides a banquet of recipes for irresistible dishes steeped in heritage and tradition, innovatively updated with novel touches. Zel covers all the details any holiday cook requires to create the perfect celebration. From assembling a party menu to planning a multicourse feast, Vegan for the Holidays establishes modern food traditions with a compassionate focus that everyone can enjoy with guilt-free gusto.

Click HERE to pick up your own copy of Vegan For The Holidays today.

BBQ Tempeh Sandwich

on Thursday, 28 November 2013. Posted in Recipes

BBQ Tempeh Sandwich

Ooooh, Megan from The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado has done it again! This time she's created a stellar BBQ Tempeh* Sandwich and by golly does it look delicious. Love or "meh" tempeh, this recipe is sure to take your taste buds for a joy ride.

Prep and cook time combined are just 40 minutes. Go on and give it a whirl, then come back and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:

8 oz. tempeh, quartered then sliced thinly in half
2 tsp. no-beef bouillon
2 tsp. oil
1/2 cup store bought or homemade BBQ sauce
2 Tbsp. vegan mayo
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of chipotle powder
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
pinch of salt & pepper
red onion, sliced
dill pickles, sliced
sauerkraut
arugula

Instructions:

1. In a large pot place the tempeh and add enough water just until covered, bring to a boil then mix in the bouillon. Cover, turn the heat down and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain the tempeh, and let cool slightly.

2. In a large frying pan over medium heat add the oil. Once the oil has heated, add your tempeh slices, cook for a few minutes on each side or until they start to brown slightly. Turn the heat down to medium-low and pour the BBQ sauce evenly over top. Add a squeeze of hot sauce for a spicy kick. Cook until the sauce has reduced and become sticky and caramelized, make sure you flip while cooking so that the tempeh is evenly coated. Remove from heat.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, garlic powder, chipotle powder, mustard, salt and pepper.

4. Stack your sandwich and enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado.

Find lots of other great recipes like this one at CookbookAficionado.com.

* tem . peh  
/'tempā/
noun
A traditional soy product that is originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. Source.

Loving Pumpkin Pie

Written by Meatout Mondays on Thursday, 21 November 2013. Posted in Recipes

Loving Pumpkin Pie

Happy Thanksgiving! A Thanksgiving feast just wouldn't be complete without a thick slice of creamy pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of ultra-creamy whipped topping. This pumpkin pie recipe is unbelievably easy and delicious. Be sure to also enjoy our Whipped Coconut Cream recipe along with other holiday recipes and tips at CompassionateHolidays.com.

Moroccan Butternut Couscous

on Monday, 21 October 2013. Posted in Recipes

Moroccan Butternut Couscous

Here's one to add to your recipe box. Madison over at Veggieful.com created what she calls "the best couscous I have ever eaten." Toasted cashews, creamy roasted butternut squash, and a savory blend of spices will warm you up and fill your home with a mouthwatering, tummy-rumbling aroma. Celebrate autumn in style.

Superhuman Fitness

Written by Meatout Mondays on Monday, 07 October 2013. Posted in Inspiration

Superhuman Fitness

Does living vegan help you defy gravity? Watching Frank Medrano, you'd sure think so. One arm pull-ups? No sweat. Handstand push-ups? Easy. You'll be amazed at how Frank can seemingly float in mid air -- it looks superhuman, but Frank wants you to be able to do it too. Check out his website for training tips, food suggestions, and for help along your vegan fitness path.

Crazy-Easy Tortilla Pizza

Written by Meatout Mondays on Friday, 27 September 2013. Posted in Recipes

Crazy-Easy Tortilla Pizza

An email we received asked, "Do you have any recipes for people who don't know how to cook?" Sure! This recipe is about as easy as you can get and is pretty much foolproof. It's crazy-easy, super-quick, and comes to the rescue when you're too tired or in a hurry. It's perfect at the office, for late night dorm room snacking, or whenever a pizza craving strikes... like right now!

Triple Stack Tofu Sandwich

Written by Meatout Mondays on Thursday, 26 September 2013. Posted in Recipes

Triple Stack Tofu Sandwich

Jake, the creator of this recipe over at PlantBasedOnABudget.com, says, "It's a little messy, delicious, and even a little healthy." Follow Jake's advice: "The trick for this sandwich is to slice the tofu really thin. Like, as thin as you can get it. So when you fry it, it crisps up a little on the edges. You'll thank me later. Don't be afraid to sub out or in some veggies, and add BBQ sauce. Mix and match with this thing and enjoy!"

Shiitake Mushroom Asada Tacos

Written by Meatout Mondays on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Posted in Recipes

Shiitake Mushroom Asada Tacos

These summertime tacos come stacked with garden freshness. They are hot and cool and oh, so good. Plus they are quick and easy to prepare -- getting you in and out of that hot kitchen in a jiffy. You can even prepare them on the grill. Just before serving, toss the tortillas on a grill to warm them and to add a wonderful smoky flavor.

Vegan Powerlifter Sets World Record

Written by Meatout Mondays on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Posted in Health, News

Vegan Powerlifter Sets World Record

Vegan powerlifter Patrik Baboumian of Germany, who was declared Germany's strongest man in 2011, continues to show the world that you don't need animal products to be strong. Recently at the Vegetarian Food Festival in Toronto, he carried 1212 pounds nearly 33 feet. According to organizers, it's the heaviest load ever carried.

Avocado, Mango, Kimchi Sushi

Written by Meatout Mondays on Monday, 02 September 2013. Posted in Recipes

Avocado, Mango, Kimchi Sushi

Making great veggie sushi is a bit of an art -- and it's fun to learn how. Start with this yummy recipe and you won't want to stop. If you haven't made sushi before, you might want to check out a video tutorial like this one to see how easy it can be. Once you've got your technique down, you'll be able to experiment with your favorite ingredients: different kinds of rice, loads of veggies, and even fresh fruit. Have fun!

Vegenaise Gourmet Spreads

Written by Meatout Mondays on Monday, 26 August 2013. Posted in Products

Vegenaise Gourmet Spreads

Enjoy the cool, creamy taste of mayonnaise with the world-famous, egg-free and all natural Vegenaise Dressing and Sandwich Spread. Made from fresh ingredients, Vegenaise is perfect for sandwiches, potato salad, spreads, and anything else you can think of.

Try any or all of nearly a dozen different flavors and varieties including Original, Organic, Grapeseed, Reduced Fat, and and their gourmet line including Horseradish Sauce, Tartar Sauce, Roasted Garlic, Gourmet Barbecue, Chipotle, Pesto, and more!

Find product and nutritional information at FollowYourHeart.com.

V is for Vegan: The ABC's of Being Kind

Written by Meatout Mondays on Monday, 26 August 2013. Posted in Books & Media

V is for Vegan: The ABC's of Being Kind

Her first two books, Vegan is Love and That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, were a huge hit with kids, parents, and the young-at-heart. Now critically acclaimed children's book author and illustrator, Ruby Roth, introduces her latest book for the "littlest of herbivores" called V is for Vegan: The ABC's of Being Kind.

Ruby says, "V Is for Vegan is a bright, happy, rhyming alphabet book for the youngest veg audience to date! It contains just 26 ideas that every person should take into consideration if we are to protect animals, our health, and the planet to the best of our abilities. I promise your kids will light up with laughter—and learn at the same time!"

Order Ruby's book and read a great interview with her at TalkingTofurky.com.

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