Animal-friendly ideas & tips for compassionate living, including how to become a vegetarian or vegan and other ways to be kind to animals. Also, find awesome vegetarian and vegan recipes for a compassionate diet that’s kind to farm animals, delicious, and great for your health.

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Try these potato and pea samosas for an appetizer.

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Potato & Pea Samosas

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) These savory samosas are a healthier version of the traditional Indian dish because they are baked instead of deep fried. The potato and pea filling is flavorful and a tad spicy. If you enjoy more spice, add in more chili powder. Try serving them as an appetizer or enjoying them as a snack any time of day! — Global Animal

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The Well-Intentioned Eater: Tasty Tofu & Veggie Stir-Fry

(MEATLESS/VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This past year since starting my blog I’ve tried lots of different foods and recipes but have managed to avoid probably one of the most obvious vegetarian and vegan favorites: tofu. I had it years ago and was not impressed. I thought it was bland and mushy. Tofu lovers kept telling me I didn’t give it a fair chance, and that I just needed to find the right recipe. It turns out they were right. — Global Animal

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Alicia Silverstone Isn’t Clueless About Animal Testing

(CELEBRITY NEWS/COSMETIC TESTING ) Actress Alicia Silverstone, famous for her role in Clueless, joins a long list of celebrities, including Mayim Bialik, Ricky Gervais, and Peter Dinklage, that are backing Cruelty Free International’s journey to end cosmetic animal testing on animals; as well as California’s resolution to cruelty free cosmetics. Even with all of the progress Cruelty Free International has made, there is not a law against cosmetic animal testing, yet.

California recently passed SJR 22, the Cruelty Free Cosmetics resolution. The resolution, introduced by state Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), reflected the concerns of the majority of US consumers who support the ending of cosmetic animal testing. Continue reading to learn more about Cruelty Free International and their backing of California’s latest resolution. -Global Animal.

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(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Try this spicy veggie dip for dinner.

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Spicy Veggie Dip

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This vegetable dip recipe uses red pepper flakes to pack a punch of spiciness. It complements the natural spiciness of celery and parsley, the main veggie ingredients of the dip. Serve this zesty dip with fresh vegetables or pita chips for a delicious snack! — Global Animal

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Plastic Convenience Culture Killing Marine Life

(ENVIRONMENT/GREEN LIVING) From production to consumption, plastic is toxic. Did you know that plastic is made from crude oil? Crude oil is a non-renewable resource. Once it is used, it cannot be replaced. Plastic is not biodegradable and infests the oceans and poison marine life. With current trends, Earth will soon be wrapped in plastic. Read on to learn how you can become more plastic free and help protect our marine life. — Global Animal

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The Well Intentioned Eater: Summer Sunshine Burgers

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) July 4th pretty much kicks off cookout season for me. It’s one of the best pastimes of the summer. Only now I’m trying to say no to my favorite barbecue fare—the cheeseburger. So once again, I’m in search of a delicious and satisfying meat-free option. I’ve already sampled MorningStar Garden Veggie Patties, which I enjoyed, Burger King’s Veggie Burger, which I loved, Quorn’s Vegan Burger, I also liked, and even one I made from scratch with chickpeas and beets, which was delicious, but a lot of work. As much as I enjoyed each of these, none of them quite measured-up to a cookout cheeseburger. Next up…Organic Sunshine Burgers. — Global Animal

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(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Try this Beyond Meat chicken salad for dinner!

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Faux Chicken Salad

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This faux chicken salad is a cool and crisp addition to summer barbecues and picnics. This recipe uses Beyond Meat chicken and Vegenaise, but feel free to choose your favorite faux chicken and mayo. It’s perfect as a side dish or you can add a dollop atop a bed of lettuce or on a sandwich bun to make it a full meal! — Global Animal

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