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World Vegan Day: 5 Things You Need To Know

(VEGANISM) While only 2.5 percent of Americans are currently vegan, the plant-based movement is on the rise, leading experts to wonder whether veganism is just a fad or the future of food. There are many reasons to enjoy a vegan diet, including health and environmental benefits. But for many, it’s a matter of animal rights […]

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Turkeys have been so manipulated by farmers to produce the best Thanksgiving dinner meat that they can no longer mate naturally. Photo Credit: Andrea Goh via Flickr

Turkeys Raped By Technology For Thanksgiving

(THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is necessary we re-evaluate our traditions. Each Butterball Turkey purchased for the dining room table condones cruel procedures that have forever destroyed the natural abilities of these once wild animals. In order to create the meatiest birds, farmers breed for a large breasted turkey. As a result of this […]

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Pumpkin Spice Latte

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Vegans want to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, too! The drink’s demand is clearly apparent given the recent petition to Starbucks asking for a dairy-free option, so I figured this would be a good time to share my own recipe for pumpkin spice syrup. This recipe packs in more pumpkin than most vegan […]

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No Such Thing As Better Beef

(FACTORY FARMING) Eating completely sustainable meat doesn’t seem possible. Factory farming is undoubtedly destroying the environment, slaughtering unprecedented amounts of animals, and putting humans at risk of deadly diseases like E. coli and salmonella. However, sustainable farms have their own set of problems. Is this alternative better for the animals? Or is sustainable meat just […]

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The Truth Behind “Humane” Food

(HUMANE EATING/ANIMAL WELFARE) What does Certified Humane really mean? Organic? Free range? What’s the difference between these and how do they affect us? We’ve compiled the ultimate list with all of the answers to what humane labeling really means and the animals behind the labels. — Global Animal

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Italian Ciabatta Sandwich

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This saucy sandwich is filled with vegetables but also includes fake sausage to make a hearty meal. Tofurky brand “Italian sausage” is browned and simmered in tomato sauce. Ciabatta is a delicious Italian bread that is perfect for this sandwich because it is light and airy with a crisp crust. And make sure […]

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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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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Cuban Picadillo

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This recipe is based on Cuban style picadillo, a ground beef based dish. There are many delicious brands of vegan soy crumbles that can replace the beef and you won’t even notice the difference! This recipe uses Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef. Traditional Cuban picadillo includes raisins, however they can be easily omitted […]

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Coconut Curry Tofu Steaks

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPE) Tofu is a versatile meat replacement that can absorb any flavor, including this sweet and spicy coconut curry. Black rice is packed with nutrition and has a nutty flavor that goes well with coconut. Kale is also rich in vitamins, including calcium, a nutritional concern for vegans who forego the dairy. Pan frying […]

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Mark Bittman On Animal Equality: The Ones We Forget

(VEGAN/ANIMAL WELFARE) Culinary journalist and healthy living guru, Mark Bittman, shares his problem with our bias towards companion animals. Bittman has authored a number of cooking and lifestyle books, including VB6: Eat Vegan 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good, which can be found on Amazon. If you’re looking for more of Bittman’s insight […]

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The Well-Intentioned Eater: Say Cheese!

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) Admit it, some days you get home and have no desire to cook. There’s no one around to make dinner for, so you grab a bottle of wine, open up some cheese and enjoy every decadent minute of it. I’ve said it before—I love my cheese! And throw in a glass (or two) […]

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The Well-Intentioned Eater: Where’s The Beef?

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) Cookout food has always been my favorite. I love potato salad, corn-on-the-cob and especially cheeseburgers, medium rare with lettuce, tomato, and lots of ketchup! I’ve never really gone for the veggie burger, although there was a restaurant in West Hollywood that made really flavorful ones. They were so delicious and they even served […]

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