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Polar Bear Cub & Mom

15 Adorable Mothers & Babies (GALLERY)

(MOTHER’S DAY/BABY ANIMALS/ANIMAL PICTURES) What’s cuter than baby animal photos? Pictures of babies snuggling with their mothers, of course! Enjoy this compilation of some of the cutest snapshots of animal moms and their little ones! — Global Animal

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Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with this vegan Irish soda bread. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: St. Patty’s Day Irish Soda Bread

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and this Irish soda bread recipe is a wonderful addition to your holiday breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Irish soda bread traditionally includes buttermilk but this version substitutes almond milk with apple cider vinegar. The great thing about this bread is that you can include your favorite dried […]

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Squirrel Appreciate Day is a time to be thankful for all types of squirrels. (WILDLIFE)

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

(SQUIRRELS/WILDLIFE) January 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day and a good time to celebrate our furry friends. The holiday was founded in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, North Carolina. Celebrated in mid-winter when food sources are scarce, you can show your appreciation by giving your local squirrel buddies some treats of […]

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<p>This Lentil Veggie Soup can be served as a meal or a delicious side.</p>

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Lentil Veggie Soup

(VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) This simple soup is versatile and hearty! Most lentil soups are just lentils in a tomato broth, but this version is heavy on the vegetables to boost nutrition. Using mixed vegetables adds variety to the meal, but you can also substitute any fresh vegetables from your fridge to make it your own.  — […]

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Iced Gingerbread

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Gingerbread is a holiday favorite and a wonderful dessert for New Year’s Eve parties. This recipe includes a delicious vanilla icing to drape over the gingerbread. Cut the loaf into slices and enjoy for breakfast or cut into square cubes and serve as bite-sized hors d’oeuvres! — Global Animal

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World Vegan Month November

20 Ways To Celebrate World Vegan Month

(GO GREEN/VEGANISM) November is World Vegan Month and there is no better time to transition to a vegan diet. World Vegan Month celebrates the founding of the world’s first vegan organization. On November 1, 1944, The Vegan Society was founded in England by Donald Watson. He coined the term vegan and used it to refer […]

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This nutty apple pie is a delicious vegan dessert! Photo Credit: (VEGAN)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Thanksgiving Menu

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks over a delicious meal enjoyed with friends and family. Luckily, no animals need to be harmed in this celebration as there are plenty of cruelty-free food options available to enjoy during the holidays. Try this full Thanksgiving menu that includes a sweet potato mash with candied pecans, […]

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This soldier returns from Afghanistan to be greeted by her faithful dog. Photo Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0zMzfegs5s

Tissue Alert! Videos Of Dogs Greeting Soldiers

(DOGS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) This Veteran’s Day, our heartfelt appreciation goes to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. The profound sacrifices of military families are felt in this tear-jerking video series. Each video clip captures an emotional reunion between a returning soldier and his/her dog(s). What’s unmistakable is the intense connection between […]

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This tasty treat is perfect for halloween parties! Photo Credit: Elana Pisani

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Caramel Popcorn

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) What’s Halloween without some caramel goodness? Vegan caramel can be difficult to find in a store because it’s generally butter- or cream-based, but it is surprisingly effortless to make at home with simple substitutions. This creamy caramel popcorn recipe is easy to make because it doesn’t require a candy thermometer and is […]

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Pumpkin Spice Latte

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Vegans want to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, too! The drink’s demand is clearly apparent given the recent petition to Starbucks asking for a dairy-free option, so I figured this would be a good time to share my own recipe for pumpkin spice syrup. This recipe packs in more pumpkin than most vegan […]

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Try these tofu tacos for Cinco de Mayo! (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Tofu Tacos

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this new take on the taco. These tacos are tofu- and quinoa-based and are topped off with a sweet chipotle sauce that brings it all together. This recipe calls for frying taco shells to make this dish restaurant-style, but if you would like to omit the oil you can […]

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<p>Delicious pan pizza, sans the cheese!</p>

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Pan Pizza Pi(e)

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Pizza is one of those dishes that’s universally loved. It comes in so many varieties, and several cultures around the world tend to exclude the cheese, which works out nicely for vegans. In Italy, a basic pizza with tomato sauce, garlic, and olive oil is known as pizza marinara. My version of this […]

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These sugar cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Valentine’s Day is coming, and sugar cookies are the perfect gift for your sweetie. These cookies are fluffy and chewy and you can roll them out to cut heart shapes. Using Earth Balance keeps the buttery flavor of traditional sugar cookies. The recipe includes an icing for the cookies that you can apply to […]

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<p>Photo Credit: Elana Pisani</p>

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Creamy Carrot Potato Salad

(VEGAN/MEATLESS MONDAY RECIPE) Relax and enjoy this easy-to-make potato salad! Made with vegan mayo, it is an excellent substitute for the real thing and no one will even notice the vegan twist on this classic picnic staple. Carrots are a sweet addition that add nutrition and a burst of orange color! — Global Animal

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