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.

Delicious dessert fruit tarts for July 4th. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: 4th Of July Fruit Tarts

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This Fourth of July, why not celebrate with these decadent fruit tarts? These tarts, made with phyllo dough shells, creamy agar agar based vanilla pudding, as well as strawberries and blueberries, are delicious and fun for the festive occasion. Serve them for dessert this Independence Day and watch the fireworks!  — Global Animal

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(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Try this Cuban inspired dish with yummy sweet plantains.

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Bean And Veggie Bowl

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This bean and veggie bowl is loaded with mouthwatering Latin flavors with black beans, rice, and sweet plantains. Use darker brown plantains to make sure they are sweet or you can dip them in brown sugar before frying to make them even sweeter. Serve with the delicious curry mustard sauce on the side or even […]

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<p>Rennet, a common ingredient in cheese, comes from the stomach of calves and is a byproduct of the veal industry. Look for vegetarian versions listed as "microbial rennet" or "vegetable rennet." Photo Credit: Cargill</p>

What’s In Your Food? Hidden Animal Products (GALLERY)

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) We all know processed foods can contain questionable ingredients. Most of us have difficulty reading through labels on packages because it seems like a foreign language. But if you are vegan or vegetarian, it may be even worse than you thought. Check out this gallery of hidden animal products to see where your food […]

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Grill up some barbecue seitan sandwiches for Father's Day! (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Barbecue Seitan Sandwich

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This “meaty” seitan sandwich is perfect for the summer and will satisfy dads everywhere on Father’s Day. To make the sandwich, the barbecue seitan is topped with fresh grilled pineapple and layered in-between some homemade Texas toast. Try this one for a satisfying summer cookout! — Global Animal

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<p>Spice up your BBQ with this Black Eyed Burger Photo Credit: Elana Pisani</p>

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: BBQ Black-Eyed Burger

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Looking for an excuse to fire up the grill? Try this black-eyed pea burger that will pack in the protein and leave you satisfied. To complement the burger, top it off with lettuce, BBQ sauce, and onion rings, or pile on your favorite toppings! — Global Animal

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<p>Try these six vegan foods loaded with calcium. Photo Credit: Ecorazzi, Shutterstock</p>

6 Calcium-Rich Vegan Foods (GALLERY)

(VEGAN/GO GREEN) Since they do not eat or drink milk products, vegans are frequently asked where they get their calcium. Well, here’s the answer! Certain vegetables and seeds are loaded with calcium and packed with nutrition. Read more about these six calcium-rich vegan foods, and give ’em a try! — Global Animal

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Enjoy this soup for dinner or as an appetizer. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Udon Noodle Soup

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Udon is a Japanese wheat noodle that is absolutely delicious in soup broth. This udon soup recipe is flavorful and hearty thanks to the added mushrooms and tofu.Making your own soup is satisfying and allows you to control the ingredients, particularly the sodium content, so don’t be afraid to make it your own […]

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