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Caramelized Cabbage & Onion Soup

on Monday, 13 January 2014.

Caramelized Cabbage & Onion Soup

Hunker down and cozy up this winter with a warm cup of homemade caramelized cabbage and onion soup. Leah at the Brazen Kitchen says, as soon as you taste "the sweetness of the caramelized cabbage and onions along with the dill-flecked savory broth," you'll agree that this is "pure winter yum."

Ingredients:

1 small green cabbage 
3 T olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups sliced onions
2 medium carrots
2 medium stalks celery
1 medium russet potato
5 cups basic light vegetable broth
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2-3 chopped fresh dill (or 1 T dried)
ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F and cut the cabbage into wedges; remove core and slice wedges thinly crosswise.
2. Toss sliced cabbage with half the olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Spread on baking sheet.
3. Roast cabbage for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally with spatula.
4. Heat remaining oil in a nonstick pan. Add sliced onion and cook on low heat
until golden brown. This will also take about 30-40 minutes.
5. Clean and finely dice carrots, celery, and potato. Combine all vegetables in 
soup pot with broth and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
6. Add roasted cabbage and caramelized onions. Simmer another 15 minutes.
7. Stir in almond milk and dill; adjust salt and pepper to taste.
8. Serve.

Recipe and photo from the Brazen Kitchen

For more warm to the core winter soup recipes visit BrazenKitchen.com.

Cooking Channel TV Show: How to Live to 100

on Friday, 10 January 2014. Posted in News

Cooking Channel TV Show: How to Live to 100

Congratulations to vegan chef Jason Wrobel for securing the very first completely vegan cooking show on the Cooking Channel! 

"How to Live to 100" made its debut on the Cooking Channel in January 2013. We're thrilled to see that it's been brought back for round two! 

The most recent episode aired on January 3rd but you can still watch it on the Cooking Channel. Click HERE to watch it now!

For more on Jason's new show check out his Facebook page, Jason Wrobel Living.

Esther the Wonder Pig

on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in Inspiration

Esther the Wonder Pig

For reasons unknown Esther was placed in a "micro-pig" adoption program. Though micro she was not!

Esther was born in the spring of 2012 and met her now-family who has only recently decided to share her story via Facebook.

By posting photos of Esther's daily routine her family aims to create awareness about compassionate living and the intelligent, inquisitive, loving nature of pigs. 

We're so happy that Esther has not only found a safe, happy, and loving home but that she escaped the fate that she originally faced. 

Click HERE to meet Esther and maybe even fall in love like her family and fans have.

Dreamsicle Green Smoothie

on Friday, 03 January 2014. Posted in Recipes

Dreamsicle Green Smoothie

Start a new tradition this year and replace that morning cup of coffee with a healthy green smoothie. I really like THIS recipe from the Oh My Veggies blog (where this picture is from) but since we're on a PlantFusion kick this week I thought it would be fun to share one of the recipes off of their website today.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
1 cup Blue Diamond's almond milk
1 scoop PlantFusion Vanilla Bean
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 4 medium sized oranges)
1-2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup frozen broccoli (or a handful of spinach)
2 Medjool dates, pitted

Instructions:

1. Blend.
2. Serve.

This recipe is from PlantFusion.com.
This photo is from OhMyVeggies.com.

FARM's Live Vegan Campaign Joins Facebook

on Wednesday, 01 January 2014. Posted in Inspiration

FARM's Live Vegan Campaign Joins Facebook

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new Facebook page as an extension of our ongoing Live Vegan campaign.

Live Vegan Community is a friendly and uplifting space for the veg-curious and new vegans to come together, find support, learn about veganism in fun ways, ask questions, and share advice.

If you or someone you know is in the early stages of veganism, or interested in learning more and connecting with seasoned vegans, Live Vegan Community is just a “like” away! Post questions, share thoughts, leave comments, and encourage friends and family to check out the page. Rest assured there will be no graphic, tortured animal photos! Uur aim is to provide positive, helpful content.

Look for weekly Meatout Monday posts - with a recipe plus vegan related news and product information every Monday along with helpful tips, advice, resources, and more throughout the week. We wish to help people make compassionate choices in fun and easy ways.

What’s more, we’re always on the lookout for fresh ideas, recipes, photos, and the like. If you’d like to contribute you can jump right in on the page, or email our Live Vegan Community
manager: Kristin{at}FARMusa{dot}org.

Click HERE to “like” Live Vegan Community today!

Get Healthy, Complete Protein With PlantFusion

on Monday, 30 December 2013. Posted in Products

Get Healthy, Complete Protein With PlantFusion

Happy [almost] New Year, everyone! With healthy post-holiday habits just around the corner you might be ready to spark up a new workout routine, throw on those running shoes, or head back to the gym.

PlantFusion makes two popular supplemental products that will help you reach new heights in your personal health routine. Supported and used by celebrities and the "it" crew of the vegan bodybuilding world, "PlantFusion" is the first plant-based protein that compares to animal proteins (like whey) in amino acid density and balance, sans cruelty!

Their other product, "Phood" contains everything needed for complete nutritional support and recovery in one simple, easy, delicious shake.

Both products are 100% plant-based from whole foods sources, are free of soy, dairy, gluten, and animal byproducts, and are non-GMO.

Learn more about who uses these products, who they are best for, and where to buy 'em by visiting PlantFusion.net.

International Vegan Travel Made Easy

on Saturday, 21 December 2013. Posted in Products

International Vegan Travel Made Easy

Maintaining a vegan lifestyle while traveling can sometimes feel daunting. Fear not, there are excellent resources available today that have made for an easy peasy time of dining out while traveling.

"V Cards: Vegans Abroad" is a smartphone app that simply allows you to pull up a pre-written description of veganism - in any of the 70+ languages provided - and show it to the restaurant/grocery store staff.

Looking for a physical handheld with additional helpful vegan lingo, in 73 languages? Check out Vegetarian Guides' "Vegan Passport."

One or both of these resources is sure to come in handy when traveling through an unfamiliar country. For even more tips on traveling vegan-style check out "10 Vegan Travel Tips You Didn't Know you Needed," by yours truly.

*Photo by Jill Pyle.

 

Jay Z & Beyonce - 22 Day Vegan Challenge

on Friday, 20 December 2013.

Jay Z & Beyonce - 22 Day Vegan Challenge

It might seem like old news now but we haven't forgotten Jay Z and Beyonce's vegan vow from earlier this month.

On the heels of Al Gore's public acknowledgement of his vegan lifestyle, power couple Jay Z and Beyonce announced their 22 day vegan challenge, kicking it off one day before the rapper's 44th Birthday.

The "Magna Carter Holy Grail" rapper, who turned 44 on Wednesday, made the announcement on his Life + Times blog Tuesday, letting fans know that he and his wife are undergoing a major lifestyle change in an effort to become more spiritual.

"Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way," he wrote. - Source

Jay Z explains:

This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a 'plant-based breakfast' every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought ... "

Well Mr. "Z" we think it's pretty darn cool that you've taken on veganism! We're thankful that you chose to share it publicly and hope that when your 'challenge' comes to an end (just three days from now) you'll decide to stick with your new, healthy, 'easier than it might seem' habit. :)

 

Compassionate Gift Giving for Being a Joyful Vegan

on Wednesday, 18 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration

Compassionate Gift Giving for Being a Joyful Vegan

One of the most eloquent vegan advocates, authors, and public speakers of our time is the ever radiant Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Known for her way with words, Colleen graces us with the following Holiday inspired video regarding giving and receiving gifts, as a vegan. In it she covers:

  • Establishing open communication
  • Offering specific resources
  • Creating compassionate gifts
  • Receiving non-vegan gifts

Here are some of my favorite Colleen-quotables from the video:

"The best we can do is speak our truth and be as compassionate and tolerant toward them as we expect them to be toward us."

"May you receive the gifts of the season with grace and may you be filled with the joy and peace that come with living a compassionate life."

Watch the full 6 minute video here:

For more about Colleen check out CompassionateCook.com.

Compassionate Holidays Events

on Saturday, 14 December 2013. Posted in Inspiration

Compassionate Holidays Events

Find or host a vegan event this holiday season! Events are being organized all over the country, and beyond, and are being posted daily!

"Compassionate Holidays" is an annual campaign dedicated to supporting people who want to have a vegan holiday celebration. Just like the World Day for Farmed Animals website, we have a database listing Compassionate Holiday celebrations both in the US and in other countries.

We are excited to support new vegans this holiday season!

If you are already hosting - or would be interested in organizing - a Compassionate Holiday event this season, we would love to hear about it and of course have it listed on our website.

A Compassionate Holiday event is an opportunity to encourage alternatives to cruel meat- and dairy-based dinners. By demonstrating the great taste and health benefits of vegan cuisine, we can help our friends, family, and community to leave animals off the table this holiday season.

Oh, and just so ya know - registering allows us to send you materials and list your activities in the Compassionate Holidays events directory. It also provides a way for others to get involved. Together, we will demonstrate the true meaning of holiday spirit and the benefits of the vegan lifestyle.

Get started today at www.CompassionateHolidays.com!!

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.

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