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US Veg Week April 20 – 26: Take the Pledge

    Are you ready to make some positive changes for your life, for the planet and for the animals??? This is your week to start! Compassion Over Killing just launched their US Veg Week campaign with special coupons and recipes to help you get started. Are you ready to change your world and the [...]

Easy Vegan Food Changes

  Happy New Year!!!  It’s 2015 and I believe this will be the year of the vegan :) As I walk through the grocery store aisles, I see vegan cheese puffs and cookies and all kinds of delights!  I can make lattes with frothy creamers and create a compassionate, cholesterol-free chicken salad. This is truly [...]

Vegan Sammich Throwdown in Berkeley, CA

  by Heather Schall-Lucas Get your taste buds ready because you get to help decide who makes the best vegan sammich in the San Francisco Bay Area! Do not miss the Vegan Sammich Throwdown in Berkeley on Sunday, September 28th. Attendees will be taste-testing the vegan sandwich creations of professional and home chefs from 2pm to [...]

Karine Brighten’s San Francisco Health and Fitness Retreat

  by Heather Schall-Lucas Are you looking for something fun to do in San Francisco? Grab your sneakers and check out Karine Brighten’s 1-day health and fitness retreat on Saturday, September 20! Enjoy gorgeous scenery in the Lands End picnic area while health and fitness professionals show you how to easily transition to a plant-based [...]

Seasonal Eating

  by Aurelia d’Andrea There are so many things to love about summertime, beginning with the colorful bounty of fresh, sun-ripened fruits and vegetables available at our local produce markets. There’s nothing quite like fresh corn-on-the-cob and juicy, just-picked peaches to remind us just how tasty summer can be.  If you’re not already buying in-season [...]

Vegetarian Summerfest, July 2 – 6 2014

  By Aurelia d’Andrea Every summer for the last 40 years, people of all dietary persuasions have flocked to the tiny metropolis of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for one very special reason:  Vegetarian Summerfest. This five-day food-and-fun extravaganza hosted by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS), is North America’s longest running vegetarian festival, and arguably one of [...]

Palm Oil: 5 Easy Steps for Compassionate Consumers

   By Aurelia d’Andrea Many of us are on a constant quest to become better consumers. We buy organic plant-based foods, choose natural products that are cruelty-free, and opt for fair-trade whenever we can. But what if our favorite vegan, cruelty-free, fair-trade product is made with palm oil—the production of which destroys the tropical habitats [...]

Chipotle Expands Vegan Sofritas Option

When I drove my mom from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we made a pit stop off the 5 freeway around 6pm. I was nervous that the only thing I could eat as a vegan was a Clif bar at the nearest gas station until I spotted a Chipotle, which was like seeing a glass [...]

7 Great Vegan Game Day Snacks

  With the frenzy of March Madness college basketball coming up, there’s always a need for savory snacks before the first tip off. If you think that vegan snacks are only hummus and crudités, think again. These plant-based versions of hearty appetizers are simple to make and even easier to eat. Whoever you’re rooting for [...]

Original Cheerios Now Non-GMO!

  We’re seeing big changes in the world being led with one small O.  General Mills announced that it would source original flavor Cheerios exclusively with non-GMO ingredients. The company stated that the oats were never GMO, but other ingredients such as the beet sugar, may have been.  As part of the reformulation, General Mills [...]

New Year, New You: The Vegan Edition

By Aurelia d’Andrea   January 1 holds the promise of fresh starts and bright beginnings, which often manifest in that beloved annual tradition, the New Year’s resolution. If 2014 is the year you’ve pledged to lose weight, usher in healthier eating habits, and increase your energy levels, there’s good news: Going vegan can help turn [...]

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menus

I absolutely love Thanksgiving—a holiday centered on delicious fall food—yes, please. If you’re new to vegan eating or have vegetarian/vegan friends coming over for dinner, have no fear. You don’t have to nibble on carrots while everyone else feasts. There are tons of vegan simple side dishes, enticing entrees, and yummy desserts out there. You [...]

What Do Vegans Eat?  (ie. What the Heck Is a Vegan Diet?)

People across the globe are turning to plants for sustenance. We hear the words vegan diet and plant-based diet, but what exactly IS a vegan diet? And what do vegans eat? If you’ve been thinking about eating more whole veggies and plant-based sources of protein, even perhaps becoming a vegan, read on.

Treat Yourself with So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Desserts and Help the Brees Dream Foundation

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? As you’re cooling off this summer, your So Delicious Dairy Free ice cream purchases can help improve the quality of life of cancer patients and families in need through the Brees Dream Foundation! So Delicious Dairy Free has committed to donate a minimum of $50,000 to the Brees Dream Foundation and will donate .75% of net sales of all frozen desserts throughout the months of July and August, with no cap. What a wonderful gift! We can stay cool, enjoy a sweet treat, and help make the lives of others better.

Yummy Plants Vegan Recipe for “Fancy Macaroni & Cheese with Peas and Mushrooms” Featured in This Week’s So Delicious Contest!

Vote for the Yummy Plants recipe in this week’s So Delicious® Dairy Free SO Much to Love Giveaway and you’ll have a chance to win great prizes like an iPad3, a catered champagne and dessert for 10, and free coupons from Whole Foods!

Yummy Plants Butternut Squash Soup Featured in the So Delicious Recipe Contest!  Please Vote for Us… Thank you :)

Vote for the Yummy Plants recipe in this week’s So Delicious® Dairy Free SO Much to Love Giveaway! You can vote once a day, and you’ll be entered to win daily prizes each time. And… if the Yummy Plants recipe gets the most votes, you’ll also be entered to win a great weekly prize!

Vegan Cooking Classes at The Natural Gourmet Institute of Food and Health in NYC

If you want to master the peas and (quinoa) qs of vegan cuisine, try The Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health of New York City! The Institute offers culinary training for chefs and cooking classes for the general public. Classes are taught by accomplished vegan chefs and cooks like Jennifer Abadi, Robin Asbell, Korrie Chichester, and Fran Costigan.

Vegan Meal Delivery Service in Southern CA from Vegin’ Out!

We have some great news for folks who are living or visiting Southern California: Vegin’ Out delivers vegan meals to the Southern California area one week at a time. (No long-term contracts required!)

Mimi Kirk: Young on Raw Food

Mimi Kirk is 73 years old, but you would never guess from her appearance. The author and raw food expert credits her raw vegan diet with keeping her youthful looks and energy. Learn more about Mimi and watch her prepare her special recipe for raw vegan “Cheezy Cheese Sauce.”

Going Vegan with Ellen

We’ve found a terrific resource by vegan celebrity Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen has launched a vegan lifestyle section on her website entitled “Going Vegan With Ellen.” Ellen’s answers to the question “Why go vegan?” are simple and straightforward: (1) Do it for the planet (sustainable living), (2) do it for the animals, and (3) do it for yourself (health benefits galore). The website includes recipes, tips, and more!