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Enjoy the Flavors of Mexico by way of This New Vegan Recipes Website

on Wednesday, 04 October 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Enjoy the Flavors of Mexico by way of This New Vegan Recipes Website

In a joint effort between Lauren Ornelas (of Chicanx) and the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), Vegan Mexican Food was born. Well, the website, that is. ::wink:: Aiming to showcase Mexican foods that do not include animal ingredients while also modeling that it is possible to eat vegan and still incorporate comfort foods, this new website is chock full of recipes including entrees, dips, salsas, sides, drinks, and desserts. The site also includes the history of Mexican cuisine and how many key ingredients are naturally vegan as-is. The website can be viewed in both English and Spanish and is surely one to add to your digital recipe binder! 

Check it out today at VeganMexicanFood.com.

Walmart Requests Increase in Vegan Products Due to Consumer Demand

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in News

Walmart Requests Increase in Vegan Products Due to Consumer Demand

When one of the nation's largest retailers publicly puts a call out to their suppliers, and to the companies they work with, for more plant-based products due to demand, well could there be a clearer sign that times are 100 percent changing? Whoa. "The retail giant...found that 36 percent of consumers buy plant-based meats, 26 percent have reduced their meat consumption in the previous 12 months, and 58 percent prefer plant-based milk to dairy," noted VegNews, on the topic. Per Walmart's news piece, they are also encouraging suppliers to consider new marketing tactics to reach vegan customers. 

To learn more check out the article on WalmartNewsNow.com.

Quick & Easy 6-Layer Vegan Taco Pie

on Monday, 02 October 2017. Posted in Recipes

Quick & Easy 6-Layer Vegan Taco Pie

Let's be real, the taco craze (and how much we look forward to Taco Tuesdays) hasn't really gone away yet, and we're totally okay with that! In honor of tacos (yep, that's right!) we've got a filling, warming, oh so tasty taco pie for your pleasures.

Ingredients:
4 sprouted tortillas (your favorite kind)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 15oz. can refried beans
  (Amy's brand is vegan)
1 15oz can black beans
1/4 cup Daiya shredded pepper jack
  Optional toppings: guacamole, tomatoes,   green salsa

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. In a 9-inch springform pan layer as follows: 2 tortillas, rice, refried beans, black beans, cheese, and the last two tortillas. 
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pie is heated, cheese is melty and tortillas are crispy.
4. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before sliding out of the pan and onto a flat surface.
5. Cut slices for serving and top with your favorite salsa, chiles, veggies, guacamole, tomatoes, etc. 

 

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Get more great vegan recipes on Good-Saint.com.
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From Beef Cattle Ranch to Vegan Owned and Operated Animal Sanctuary

on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Posted in Products

From Beef Cattle Ranch to Vegan Owned and Operated Animal Sanctuary

Cattle ranchers Tray and Jen Federici spent years running their small but successful ranch out of Larkspur, Colorado—raising and selling cattle for slaughter. Despite always feeling connected to animals, the couple didn't have their wake-up call until last winter when they struggled to follow through on killing one from their own herd, for themselves that year. They'd also only ever eat meat from animals they killed themselves. "We officially had our last ham Christmas 2016...we never looked back after that. We swore off all meat as well as all animal products. Needless to say, we have never felt better or more healthy, both mentally and physically," said Jen. Officially becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit earlier this year, the Jen and Tray now provide a safe haven to a variety of animals including zebras, pigs, longhorn cows, chickens, goats, and more. Jen continued, "We choose to go forward in our lives not as consumers of animals but as ambassadors for them." 

Connect with The Surf and Turf Animal Sanctuary on Facebook.com.

Bolthouse Farms Launches New Product: Pea-Protein Milk

on Wednesday, 27 September 2017. Posted in Products

Bolthouse Farms Launches New Product: Pea-Protein Milk

Vegan milk is all the rage these days and evidence of this just keeps piling up as more and more large, noteworthy food product companies jump on board the plant-based milk bandwagon. Welcome to the wagon: Bolthouse Farms, best known for their baby carrots and bottles juices and fruit smoothies. "Our Plant Protein Milk was created to satisfy the growing number of consumers seeking plant-based proteins, said Suzanne Ginestro, Chief Marketing, and Innovation Officers at Bolthouse. Their pea protein-based milk line (chocolate, original, vanilla, and unsweetened) contains twice as much calcium as cow's milk. Boom!

Get product and nutrition info and details at Bolthouse.com.

Nationwide Plant-Based Challenge Sweeps Scottish Parliament

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in News

Nationwide Plant-Based Challenge Sweeps Scottish Parliament

In response to the overwhelming evidence of how animal agriculture impacts the health of the planet—in a surprising move—Scottish Parliament will support "Plate Up for the Planet." In a joint effort with The Vegan Society, Green Scotland Green Party member, Mark Ruskell forwarded a motion to make it all come together. "The 'Plate Up for the Planet' campaign aims to get veganism on the political agenda, especially when it comes to tackling climate change," said Louise Davies, head of Campaigns and Policy for The Vegan Society. With early support from Scottish Parliament Member thus far, it's looking to be a great step forward. 

Check out the source article on VegNews.com.

Spicy Almond Buckwheat Noodles Vegan Recipe

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

Spicy Almond Buckwheat Noodles Vegan Recipe

This week's recipe is designed more as a side dish but it's so gosh darn good that you may want to alter the recipe to make it a main. Also, you can totally control the spice level since you'll be making the sauce yourself. Have fun with this one by adding your own favorite veggies and toppings, spices, and flavors. Enjoy!

Sauce Ingredients:
A 4 Tbsp. almond butter
1 Tbsp. white miso
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. garlic chili sauce
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
2 tsp. agave or another sweetener
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, finely minced
3 cloves garlic
Pinch of ground black pepper

 

Noodles Ingredients:
Big handful cooked buckwheat noodles
2 cups asparagus, steamed or raw, cut into 1" pieces
2 cups snow peas, steamed or raw
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup grated carrots
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 cucumber, seeded & chopped
Fresh cilantro & mint
Chopped peanuts & tomato chunks

Directions:
1. Place all sauce ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If desired, thin out with more vegetable broth or water.
2. Combine sauce with noodles and veggies, place into serving bowls, and top with cilantro, mint, peanuts, and tomato chunks. 

 

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Get more great vegan recipes on AnUnrefinedVegan.com
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"Vegan Alert," NBA Player Damian Lillard Announces his Veganism on Instagram

on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

It seems as though veganism is truly taking hold in the world of professional athletes. What's even more exciting is when they use their high-profile public platforms to share their veggie journeys. Welcome, another professional basketball player to the growing vegan mix, a one mister Damian Lillard! In a short video clip posted to his Instagram account earlier this month, Lillard proclaims, "I've changed; getting my life together," after announcing that all the food the viewer is seeing is in fact vegan. Point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard spent the offseason nursing a leg injury and has turned to healthy vegan eating as a means to aid his body in a speedy recovery. So cool, Damian! Keep it up!

Check out Damian's 'Vegan Alert' IG post HERE on Instagram.

Join The Annual October 2nd #FastAgainstSlaughter

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Join The Annual October 2nd #FastAgainstSlaughter

Two weeks from today you can join us in a collective action to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Add your voice to the World Day for Farmed Animals Worldwide #FastAgainstSlaughter campaign on Monday, October 2nd. Through our voluntary sacrifice of food, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world (did you know that every single day 160 million farmed animals from around the world are transported to meet their gruesome end at slaughterhouses?). Help us inspire others to learn the truth and to mobilize a compassionate global community who will not wait around for justice.

Plan or attend an event, share on social media, and/or take the pledge today at DayForAnimals.com.

Dutch Meat Company Commits Half its Business to Plant-Based Products

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in News

Dutch Meat Company Commits Half its Business to Plant-Based Products

In a surprising move one of the largest Dutch lunch meat companies, Zwanenberg has decided to sell off half of its company—replacing 50 percent of it to focus on meatless proteins—in an effort to respond to consumer demand. "It is now quite normal for young people to not eat meat three days a week," said Zwanenberg CEO Ronald Lotgernik. The company—which has been around since 1929—will shift its focus to veggie-based products including sauces, soups, and meatless snacks. They are not alone, mega food companies like Tyson, Nestlé, and Danone have also invested in plant-based products in recent years as consumer purchases skew more veg and less animal-based foods. These companies go where the money is—let's keep showing 'em what we want!

Read more from the source article on VegNews.com.

RECIPE: Delicious Spicy Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

on Monday, 18 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

RECIPE: Delicious Spicy Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

It's that time of year again, oh yes pumpkin-everything is coming back. But it doesn't have to be reserved for our flavored caffeinated drinks. Introducing this week's Meatout Monday's recipe featuring a healthy and filling boost of real pumpkin goodness, with a little kick. This as-spicy-as-you-like-it chili is one for the recipe binder as you're sure to crave it over and over again this fall and winter. Top with yummy garnish(es) of your choice and enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 Small pumpkin - peeled, seeded & cubed
1-2 hot peppers - diced & deseeded
1/2 cup red onion - chopped
2 medium green peppers - chopped
5 cups chopped tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 cup vegetable broth
1.5 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. maple syrup
2 cups vegan veggie crumbles
Olive or coconut oil
Garnish of choice (green onions, vegan sour cream or cheese, tortillas, etc.)

 

Directions:
1. Over medium heat, coat bottom of a soup pot or dutch oven with oil of choice.
2. Add hot peppers, onions, and green peppers, saute for 3-5 minutes.
3. Add pumpkin, tomatoes, black beans, and broth to pan.
4. Season with salt and cumin, then maple syrup and veggie crumbles.
5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
6. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes prior to serving.
7. Ladle into bowls, garnish, and serve with cornbread or tortilla chips.

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Enjoy more vegan recipes on SundayMorningBananaPancakes.com.
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Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

Among those who responded to some in need post, Hurricane Harvey was Mike Stura. Mike is the founder of New Jersey based Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue and has spent decades working toward a more compassionate world through animal activism. Without any clue of what or who he'd encounter when arriving to assist anyone possible, he crossed paths with a cattle rancher who asked for Mike's help in finding any of his surviving herd. Upon a successful rescue attempt of one of the farmer's bulls—out of a six-foot deep water-filled gully—and eleven more animals that day Mike asked the farmer if he could take the bull back to his NJ sanctuary. The farmer agreed and newly named 'Babe' will now live out his life at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue for his remaining days. So awesome!

Read the full story about Mike's rescue on OneGreenPlanet.org.

Customize your search and find a vegan tattoo artist near you!

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Customize your search and find a vegan tattoo artist near you!

This may come as a surprise to those who haven't research tattoo-related facts but there are some tattoo inks that do contain animal products. We know! So silly and unnecessary. However, for those of you who know the struggle to ensure your ink is just as pure as its message, a new website has launched to help us all. Introducing Vegan Tattoo Studios (VTS). Search by way of your country and city to find vegan-friendly studios and artists near you. Founder, Olga Miller initially started a Facebook group around the topic and now the accompanying website.

Find your artist today at VeganTattooStudios.com.

Research shows our bones were actually stronger before dairy.

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in News

Research shows our bones were actually stronger before dairy.

The University of California, Davis released the results of a study conducted around the advent of dairy as it relates to human bone density. As it turns out, we were much better off before consuming the secretions of another species! By studying more than 500 skulls and jaw bones from two dozen pre-industrial humans globally, "[the researchers found] that early hunter-gatherers had stronger jaws...developed from chewing plants. Alternatively, animal farmers had weaker bones due to their soft diet," notes coverage from Veg-News.

Learn more about this study and its findings at ScienceDaily.com.

Simple Stuffed & Baked Pears - VEGAN RECIPE

on Monday, 11 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

Simple Stuffed & Baked Pears - VEGAN RECIPE

Sometimes we all need an easy to prepare sweet treat. This baked pear recipe is perfect for dessert or really whenever you wish, of course. And although it's not included in the recipe it kind of goes without saying that this delectable dish would pair (get it? LOL) perfectly with some coconut whipped cream and/or your favorite brand of vanilla vegan ice cream. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 large d'Anjou (red) pears
1/4 cup water or apple juice
1/4 cup rolled oats
pinch ground cinnamon
pinch ground ginger
pinch allspice
4 Medjool dates, chopped
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
2. Put 1/4 cup water or juice in a square baking dish.

3. Cut the pears in half and carefully scoop out the seeds, making a deep bowl (you can use a melon baller, but a small spoon works just as well).
4. In a small bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, dates, and maple syrup and stir to combine.
5. Divide the mixture between the pears.
6. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Test the pears for tenderness with the tip of a knife. If the flesh is still firm, continue to bake, covered until tender.
7. Serve immediately.

 

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Find additional vegan recipes at AnUnrefinedVegan.com.
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From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

on Thursday, 07 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

In 2007 clinical supervisor and mother to three, Kate McGoey-Smith received heartbreaking news that would forever change the course of her life. After experiencing bouts of sluggishness and fatigue testing revealed that Kate was suffering from severe right-sided heart failure, severe sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and a terminal prognosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH, level 3 out of 4). After stumbling upon the documentary Forks Over Knives, Kate attended a 5-day intensive program at Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center. She began changing her dietary choices, taught herself how to cook healthier meals (she'd been vegetarian for a while and at the time of prognosis), and before long was on the road to health and wellness. "Fifteen months later my eyesight was fully restored, I was off the lung transplant list...and no longer required diabetic medications. My right-sided heart failure was gone and so were symptoms like neuropathy, dizzy spells, and fainting." Kate had also lost more than 100 pounds and has since become a Certified Food for Life Instructor.

Read more about Kate's story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Mango Sticky Rice Rolls Now in The Freezer at Trader Joe's Grocery Store

on Wednesday, 06 September 2017. Posted in Products

Mango Sticky Rice Rolls Now in The Freezer at Trader Joe's Grocery Store

If you enjoy Thai cuisine then you probably already know a thing or two about the prominence of mango sticky rice as a favored dessert, especially after a rather spicy meal. Now you can get this scrumptious treat wrapped in a tapioca, rice bran, wheat flour shell (ie, a standard spring roll form). Trader Joe's sources rice from Northern Thailand and then simmers it with pressed coconut milk, and pieces of sweet Nam Dok Mai mangoes, for a fragrant and silky sweet dessert or snack. They are quick to bake or pan fry and can be found in the freezer section at a Trader Joe's near you. 

Get product nutrition info and details at TraderJoes.com.

Unprecedented Demand for Plant-Based Food Formulations & Products

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in News

Unprecedented Demand for Plant-Based Food Formulations & Products

With a 140 percent increase in 2016, for the demand of plant-based formulations, Bart Child, the CEO of Nellson (an ingredients-manufacturing company) indicates "recognizable" plant-based ingredients are the future. "We are seeing an increased demand for plant-based formulations in both nutritional bars and powders," Child said, in an interview with Foodnavigator. In contrast, whey-based products grew by only 2 percent last year. Child's company now has plans to expand production with a focus on peas, pumpkin, soy, algae, chia, soy, rice, hemp, and black beans as the protein source. 

Read more about this shift on Foodnavigator.com.

Double Berry (Gluten-Free Optional) Vegan Corncakes

on Monday, 04 September 2017. Posted in Recipes

Double Berry (Gluten-Free Optional) Vegan Corncakes

Happy September! We know what you're thinking, "It's almost officially Fall, time for corncakes!" Okay, you're probably not thinking that at all but still, corncakes! Woohoo! Welcome to another Meatout Mondays recipe. This week we're featuring a literally sweet breakfast recipe (that's easy to make gluten-free) from the Keepin' It Kind food blog. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 ¼ cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 
3/4 cup corn or gluten-free flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups non-dairy
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup aquafaba (click HERE to learn how to make it)
¼ cup melted coconut oil or sunflower oil
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup lemon juice

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine all flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until combined.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, aquafaba, and vanilla extract, and whisk until combined.
3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined (if the batter is too thick (i.e. not pouring easily), add 2 to 3 Tbsp. of non-dairy milk until the batter is thick but pours easily).

4. Heat a large frying pan or griddle over medium heat; liberally spray with cooking oil. Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop batter and pour a scoop onto the pan/griddle.
5. Sprinkle about 1-2 Tbsp. of chopped strawberries and 1-2 Tbsp. blueberries onto batter. Let cook until pancake edges become firm (about 2 to 3 minutes).
6. Use a spatula to flip pancake and let cook for another 1-2 minutes or until firm and golden. Remove from the heat. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

7. Serve with vegan butter, maple syrup, and more strawberries and blueberries, if desired. 

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 For more vegan recipes visit KeepinItKind.com.
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Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

Evan LeFevre broke onto the vegan scene in 2016 when he was named that year's 'cutest vegan kid' by PETA Kids. Since then the Melbourne native has taken to social media to keep his fans in the loop on his many activism endeavors, including attending our latest National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. early this month. At the age of 4, shortly after joining his mother in veganism, Evan designed his own t-shirt, which says, "Don't eat cows because they suffer & die. They don't like it & neither do I." Through attending events, designing t-shirts, participating in chalk challenges, visiting farmed animal sanctuaries, and freestyle rapping, Evan is making a name for himself as a young leader in the vegan movement. What's more, Evan is part of the Animal Hero Kids network, a not-for-profit organization that supports and encourages acts of compassion in children, while providing vegan education programs. Keep up the great work Evan! We support you all the way! 

See What Evan is up to on his Facebook page: VeganEvan - Animal Hero.
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