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Meat-Free Monday: Shaved Brussels Sprout Potstickers

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, satisfy your craving for something salty and crunchy with these shaved brussels sprout potstickers. These tasty dumplings give fried food a healthy spin with Brussels sprouts that are bursting with nutrients. These low-calorie, nutritionally dense vegetables are a great source of protein, and just one serving meets the daily vitamin C and vitamin K requirements. There’s a few ways you can go about shaving Brussels sprouts: you can use a mandoline, a food processor with a shredding attachment, or simply a sharp knife. Feel free to save the leftovers for a simple side salad. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

This Memorial Day, Remember The Animals Who Served

(MEMORIAL DAY) While many brave individuals have valiantly defended our country, countless animals have also served us in a variety of ways. Today, on Memorial Day, let's honor those who died in the line of duty as well as the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals. From the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program's use of dolphins and sea lions to carrier pigeons during World War II, take a look at these courageous creatures who have answered the call of duty. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Southwestern Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This Meat-Free Monday--Memorial Day and National Hamburger Day edition, spice things up with these Southwestern sweet potato veggie burgers. These burgers use some of our favorite Southwestern flavors like fresh cilantro, corn, grilled onions, red peppers, and avocado. The sweet potato burger patty is smooth and creamy, coated with gluten-free Panko crumbs, giving it a nice little crunch.  The best part? This recipe will have you so surprised at how easy a vegetarian burger actually is to make! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day With These 7 Unique Travel Experiences

(ANIMAL TOURISM/WILDLIFE) Every year on May 23, World Turtle Day shines a light on the plight of sea turtles as they arrive to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August. As more beachfront properties open around the world and nesting sea turtles are forced to share land with vacationing humans, a variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to protect turtles and their nesting grounds while helping guests participate in conservation efforts. Lights, urban development, and even hunting have a significant impact on the survival of nesting turtles, but luckily many resorts are learning to be good neighbors and are even improving the odds for these threatened species. This World Turtle Day, check out these seven unique travel experiences that go above and beyond to protect nesting and hatchling sea turtles. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Cauliflower Quinoa Meatless Meatballs In Coconut Turmeric Sauce

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, try these cauliflower quinoa meatless meatballs in a coconut turmeric sauce. With its strong Middle Eastern influence and bold, assertive flavors, this dish is a great way to try new spices. This succulent recipe is vegetarian but also offers a guilt-free, vegan option that uses flax seeds instead of eggs. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Baked Broccoli Fritters With Spiced Yogurt Gravy

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Spice up your Meat-Free Monday with these baked broccoli fritters with spiced non-dairy yogurt gravy. Not only are they completely vegan, but they're also gluten-free and soy-free. This Indian-inspired recipe uses So Delicious greek yogurt for a slight tang along with plain coconut milk yogurt, but you can always use just plain yogurt as well. These baked fritters are a lot like dumplings and taste delicious on their own, but the gravy gives them a little extra pizazz. As always, happy eating! -- Global Anim

Meat-Free Monday: Spinach Enchiladas With Lentils

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Let the Cinco de Mayo celebrations continue all week long with this meat-free meal! These vegan spinach enchiladas with lentils are a go-to favorite, primarily because of their quick cook time and easy adaptability.  The key to this recipe is the homemade enchilada sauce with whole tomatoes and a mix of Spanish spices. This dish is also bursting with nutrition, as the black lentils and spinach are packed with fiber, iron, and protein. The best part? It takes only 30 minutes to cook and about 10 minutes of prep work. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Rice Paper Rolls With Mango & Mint

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, try these vegan rice paper rolls with mango, mint, and avocado and an easy peanut sauce for dipping. These homemade rice paper rolls are the perfect light dinner for warmer days. Not only are they healthy and low in calories, but they're also super easy to make! Plus, they're a wonderful appetizer for parties--just look at that medley of color! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Lemongrass Curry Spaghetti Squash

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Celebrate the change of season with something bright and fresh! This vegan lemon curry spaghetti squash is loaded with vegetables and plant-based protein, and the sauce tastes like "liquid gold." Incredibly light and flavorful, the lemongrass curry sauce is so fresh and full of flavor. It's also easy to master, starting with a base of fresh lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and green curry paste. Simply roast spaghetti squash (if it's in season), or you could substitute rice noodles or any other type of noodle in this recipe with great results. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960's brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story behind Earth Day, and see what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Savory Tempeh Breakfast Hash

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This vegan tempeh breakfast hash is a savory morning meal that's full of protein and veggies, and can easily pass as lunch or dinner. Tempeh can be tricky to cook to perfection, but the key is to steam it first. This really helps mellow the bitter flavor that often makes tempeh so polarizing. Then, marinate it for as long as you'd like. Similarly to tofu, tempeh will soak up any flavor if you let it sit long enough. Feel free to swap the broccoli and tomatoes for your favorite veggies, and top it all off with a few slices of avocado and hot sauce for some extra kick. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Roasted Cauliflower & Farro Salad With Feta & Avocado

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, try this healthy and delicious roasted cauliflower and farro salad. This warm and filling farro and caramelized cauliflower salad features Greek flavors like feta (optional), kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. Add some leafy greens and avocado for a hearty, well-rounded meal. What's more, this salad tastes great as leftovers and is perfect for meal-prepping. As aways, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Pesto Pasta With Arugula & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, indulge in this vegan pesto pasta with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. A beautiful mix of reds and greens, this dinner is bursting with nutrients and can be thrown together in just under 20 minutes. This recipe begins with a simple basil and arugula pesto that can be used on everything from pasta to salad to pizza, or even by itself! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

How To Celebrate A Vegan Passover

(VEGAN RECIPES/PASSOVER) Celebrating a vegan, traditional Jewish Passover might seem next to impossible given the abundance of associated dietary restrictions, but it's easier than you'd think! Read on for tips on how to modernize your Passover Seder and check out these great recipes for a vegan Seder, or "veder." — Global Animal

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