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Meat-Free Monday: Warm & Roasted Winter Salad Bowl

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, warm up with this ultimate bowl of winter comfort food. Simply roast Yukon Gold potatoes and green beans and toss them with warm rainbow quinoa, shredded kale, green onion, and a quick red wine vinaigrette. Top it off with crunchy pepita seeds and sliced avocado for a bowl that's warm, hearty, and bursting with nutrition! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Superfood Crunch Salad With Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) In the spirit of the New Year and fresh starts, kick off another year of healthy, feel-good eating with this superfood crunch salad tossed with a homemade balsamic apple vinaigrette dressing. Shredded kale, sliced pear, pomegranate arils, coconut flakes, pepita, hemp, and black sesame seeds, drizzled in a tangy balsamic, apple cider, maple, and garlic dressing offers a mix of robust flavors and textures, along with a vibrant dose of nutrients. If the dull winter weather has you feeling down, there's no doubt this fresh, hearty salad will be a cause for celebration! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday - Christmas edition, get cozy and curl up on the couch with this delicious, dairy-free hot chocolate. Not only is this recipe super easy to make, it's ready on the stovetop in just 15 minutes flat. You can also make a number of substitutions to adjust the sweetness and chocolate intensity to cater your family's tastes. Add some toasted marshmallows and enjoy this nice, warm mug of cocoa bliss! -- Global Animal

These 7 Movies Get Two Paws Up For The Holidays

(DOGS/PETS) The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! It’s the time when everyone cozies up on the couch to watch holiday movies. But what about your fur babies? Why not celebrate your loyal companions and put on a heart-warming, doggie-themed movie? Not only will you be entertained, but your furry friends will enjoy watching other animals on the big screen. Who knows? Maybe you'll even get extra tail wags and snuggles from your four-legged friends. Read on to find out which movies to put on your viewing list this holiday season. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meatless Monday recipe, impress everyone at your holiday party with these delicious vegan gingerbread cookies. They are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, yet also low in sugar. Not only are they scrumptious, but they are secretly packed with fiber, too. What more could you ask for?! Happy baking! -- Global Animal

4 Ways To Help Animals This Holiday Season

(HOLIDAYS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) With the holidays in full swing, now is the perfect time to get into the giving spirit and help our furry and feathered friends. Whether you’re giving a gift or giving back, take a look at these four great ways to help animals this holiday season. -- Global Animal

11 Ways To Make Your Holiday Dinner Cruelty-Free

(VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) With the holidays rapidly approaching, why not consider animal-friendly food options? Not only is it a great way to spread Christmas compassion to animals, but all of your guests will benefit from a healthy feast. See below for 11 ways to help you cook up a cruelty-free dinner the animals will be grateful for. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Shepherds Pie With Chickpeas & Sweet Potato

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) With the season coming to an end, here's one last chance to enjoy the warm, rich flavors of fall. This week's meatless monday recipe is a hearty vegan shepherds pie loaded with chickpeas and sweet potatoes, and crusted with breadcrumbs, garlic, and herbs. There's no denying this dish's gorgeous colors and savory flavors. It's perfect for keeping you warm on cold December day. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, treat your sweet tooth to something special. If you like your chocolate with a spicy kick,...

Meat-Free Monday: Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Bowl

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) When most people think about cooking for fall, they typically resort to using pumpkin and apples in their recipes--but there's so much more to enjoy! Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and sweet potatoes are also in season, so why not throw them all together in a large bowl with quinoa and sliced almonds for this week's Meat-Free Monday? This protein-packed bowl is bursting with healthy comfort foods, and it's all ready in just 30 minutes! Voila! -- Global Animal

Have A Certified Humane Thanksgiving

(HUMANE THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS) This Thanksgiving, if you aren't planning to replace your turkey with a tofurky, consider getting a certified humane turkey for your holiday feast. According to Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) "Certified Humane turkeys can flap wings, move around, perch above ground at night, and eat nutritious food without antibiotics or other chemicals." In other words, certified humane turkeys have lived a normal, and decent life. Read on for information on where to get a certified humane turkey. — Global Animal
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, roasted green beans, a mushroom loaf, and a nutty apple pie for dessert. This meatless meal will make everyone happy and thankful. — Global Animal

Tradition Or Torture? Stop The Turkey Trot!

(TURKEYS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) "Bombs away!" takes on a whole new meaning in Yellville, Arkansas, where the incredibly cruel “Turkey Drop” tradition is a main event at the annual Turkey Trot festival. Yes, many consume turkey on Thanksgiving, but these intelligent and playful birds deserve to be treated with more humanity. Read on to see if the FAA thinks the act of tossing turkeys from 500 feet in the air is breaking any regulations, and sign the petition urging the Turkey Trot festival to put an end to their cruel "Turkey Drop" tradition. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Persimmon Butternut Squash Soup

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This week's Meat-Free Monday recipe embraces the full flavors of fall! This persimmon butternut squash soup is creamy, sweet, and chock-full of nourishment. Persimmons are packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients like phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, B Vitamins, and minerals--making this one immunity-boosting delicious soup! What's more, this recipe is paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and super easy to make! As always, happy slurping! -- Global Animal