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Meat-Free Monday: Healthy Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Did you know ramen noodles are great for more than just soups? Switch things up this Meat-Free Monday with this easy and colorful Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad. Not only is this dish perfect for summer BBQs and potlucks, but it's also great for brightening up regular meals. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Raw Falafel Wraps With Apricot Tahini Sauce

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, try these raw falafel wraps with an apricot tahini sauce. Although raw falafel is very different from baked falafel, they are both equally tasty. But these are a much healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried falafels. Carrots and sesame seeds add a subtle taste, while the cumin and Za'atar bring out warm Middle Eastern flavors. The kale and cauliflower rice give the wraps some crunchiness, while the avocado adds a creamy texture. Top it all off with an apricot tahini dressing for some nutty sweetness. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Coconut Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) In case you missed National Ice Cream Day yesterday, here's another reason to celebrate! This coconut chocolate chip ice cream is not only creamy, thick, and delicious, but it's also vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free! Using only six healthy ingredients, it's also super easy to make with no churning involved. This recipe is perfect for dessert, a mid-afternoon treat, or even a movie night! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Sunrise Nori Wraps With Spicy Tahini Drizzle

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) These Sunrise Nori Wraps with Spicy Tahini Drizzle make for the perfect light lunch, snack, or appetizer for this week's Meat-Free Monday recipe. Not only are these wraps raw, vegan, and gluten-free, but they are absolutely delicious, too! The best part? You can whip up the spicy tahini dressing, chop the veggies, and wrap them in just 15 minutes or less! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Southwestern Pasta Salad

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This Southwestern pasta salad with avocado, black beans, and lime dressing is the perfect vegan dish for any summer party like BBQs and potlucks. This recipe uses farfalle, but you can use almost any kind of pasta you want. If you're not a fan of cilantro, you could also substitute parsley or green onions. This pasta salad is not only super easy to make, but it's also super healthy. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Spicy Nacho Potato Bites

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Satisfy your french fry and potato chip craving with these spicy nacho potato bites! These crispy, spicy roasted potato medallions topped with melted vegan cheese, chunky homemade guacamole, and fresh vegetables are the perfect healthy spring and summer appetizer. Not only are they completely vegan, but they are full of fiber, iron, and healthy fats--a great example of healthy potato-based snacking! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Raspberry Crumble Bars

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Sweeten up your Monday with these raspberry crumble bars! This vegan dessert is made with a sweet-tart raspberry chia seed filling, granola crumb-style crust, and a thick crumble topping with pumpkin seeds and coconut. These bars are best made the night before you intend to serve them. After an evening stored in an air-tight container, the sweet crusts becomes and soft and the crumble loses its crispiness, which makes them perfect for serving with vegan ice cream or whipped cream. What's more, the raspberry filling is delicious all on its own and is perfect on smoothie bowls, yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, or even toast! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Bourdain’s Dead Animals

(ANIMAL WELFARE/EATING MEAT) Much ink has been spilled praising celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain this week. How he explored the far ranges of human culture, bringing the world closer together by sharing how we all live and love and eat. How he was a man of the world, willing to do the culinary equivalent of walking a mile in another man’s flip-flops. How breaking bread broke down fear of the foreign, exposing our common humanity. All of this is true and good – unless you’re an animal. Then Bourdain’s values become reminiscent of the Vietnam anti-war slogan: “Join the army, see the world, meet interesting people – and kill them.” -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Greek Style Orzo, Spinach, & Almond Feta Bake

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This Meat-Free Monday, celebrate the flavors of summer with this Greek-inspired orzo, spinach, and almond feta bake. This recipe is not a saucy pasta dish, but more like a quiche that you can slice into. But whatever you want to call it, it's absolutely delicious and super easy to make. The end result tastes remarkably similar to the Greek dish, spanakopita (or spinach pie), but with orzo instead of phyllo (or "filo") dough. What's more, this recipe is extremely versatile--try swapping the spinach with grated zucchini, or replace the oregano with fresh basil. To balance the richness, serve this dish with a simple fresh side salad with a mustard dill vinaigrette. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

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

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