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Meat Glue: the Secret Non-Vegetarian Non-Vegan Ingredient that Is Used in Tofu and Other Things

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the supermarket, meet Meat Glue. Just what is Meat Glue? Meat Glue’s chemical name is transglutaminase, and it is sold under the brand names Activa and Moo Glue. Continue reading

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Three Delicious Vegan Wine and Beer Varieties For Your Winter Celebrations

The beginning of winter is often a time of celebration, as we chase away the gloom with eating, drinking, and socializing. Some of us opt for a more “hygge” approach and like to cuddle up by the fire alone, or with someone we love, wrapped in a cozy blanket. A good vegan beer or wine is perfect for either scenario. Continue reading

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Getting Started with the Instant Pot – an Instant Pot Quick Start Guide

I LOVE my Instant Pot (also known affectionately as an iPot, InstaPot, Insta Pot, or even just the IP)! But I will be the first to admit that it can be a little daunting getting comfortable with it at first! So, here are a few tips that have really helped me to finally ‘get’ it, plus instructions for something that you can make in your Instant Pot that will change your life: baked potatoes in 12 minutes! Continue reading

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Following a tight budget or looking to get the most food you can for your money? Want to eat healthy while you’re spending frugally? There are many ways you can eat great while keeping to a budget or when you simply don’t feel like spending hundreds of dollars every week on groceries. Continue reading

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Humane, Slaughter-Free Cheese

Why are we posting about humane cheese on a vegan site? Because we are so thrilled to discover a small, slaughter-free dairy farm that is dedicated to providing a wonderful life to their cows, treating their cows as family pets, … Continue reading

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Cold & Flu Care Kit

While we normally focus on vegan and gluten free meals, books, and food products, it can be challenging to find other consumables that are both vegan and gluten-free. For instance, what do you get to cheer up your favorite vegan and gluten-free loved one who is ill? We have all the products you need to put together a vegan and gluten free cold and flu kit that will put a smile on anyone’s face. Continue reading

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The Vegan Conscious Box: One of the Hottest Vegan Holiday Gifts of 2012!

Looking for a Christmas gift for that tough-to-shop-for vegan? Vegan chef and YouTube show host Vegan Zombie has teamed up with Conscious Box to create the Vegan Conscious Box for conscious consumers. Continue reading

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Truth in GMO Labeling Law: Who is Supporting and Who is Fighting Laws Requiring Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods such as California’s Prop 37?

All any even slightly health-conscious eater need do to decide if they want to support a GMO (genetically modified organism) truth-in-labeling law such as California’s Prop 37 is to look at the major donors to both sides of the campaign. For example, the major donors for and against California’s Prop 37 GMO truth-in-labeling initiative include… Continue reading

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Makers of LFTB Beef Filler, Pink Slime, Sues ABC for Damages

Beef Products Inc. (BPI), makers of lean finely textured beef product (LFTB) that has been dubbed “pink slime,” has slapped ABC News and three of its reporters with a $1.2 billion lawsuit. Many have seen the pictures of LFTB making their way around the Internet after it made headlines for being used in fast food restaurants and millions of school lunches, nationwide. BPI is claiming damages, including revenue and job losses, due to ABC’s coverage of LFTB. Continue reading

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Urge Aveda to Help Stop Cruelty to Roosters by the Feather Hair Extensions Industry

One of the biggest reasons that we are vegan is out of concern for animals. While some are vegan by necessity, say because of allergies, the vast majority of vegans feel that animals should not suffer and die for food when there are plenty of other delicious, sustaining foods. Because animal welfare is a concern of vegans, we are particularly disheartened to hear about instances when animals suffer and die for other needless purposes such as entertainment and fashion. Continue reading

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The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide: Which Produce has the Least Pesticide, and Which has the Most

It seems like every time we turn around these days we are hearing another reason why our produce is compromised. From pesticides to genetically modified organisms (GMO), it seems that very little food is safe these days. Well thanks to the handy “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides”, created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), shoppers can now view a full line-up of which produce is the safest to eat, and which they need to make sure they are buying in organic form only. Continue reading

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National Celiac Awareness Month, Day 27: Vegan, Gluten-Free Lavender Lemonade and New Uses for Ice Cube Trays

We wanted to bring you both a recipe and some of our favorite quick kitchen tips for National Celiac Awareness Month. This article centers around ice cube trays; a long underused kitchen tool. Continue reading

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Crushed Beetles and Carmine – the Hidden Places Where You May be Consuming it

Do you love the color pink enough to consume bugs in order to have pink food or drinks? Well Starbucks, and many other food retailers, think the pink is important enough to sneak crushed-up beetles into your consumables for the purpose of, ironically, making them seem more appetizing. That’s right, if you are in love with any of Starbucks strawberry-based drinks, such as the Strawberries and Creme frappuccino and strawberry smoothie, as well as their popular Birthday Cake Pop, mini donuts with icing and Red Velvet Whoopee Pie, you have been consuming bugs. Continue reading

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Why Would Sugar Not Be Vegan or Vegetarian? Here’s Why

Being vegan or vegetarian is really pretty easy, but there are certain gotchas that you have to watch out for. One of those hidden gotchas is that a lot of sugar – especially white sugar – is not vegan or even vegetarian. (For our purposes, we are using ‘vegan’ to mean “contains no animal products and no animal had to die for the product to be produced”, and ‘vegetarian’ to mean “no animal had to die for the product to be produced”, but may contain animal products such as milk or eggs.) So, back to sugar: what on earth isn’t vegetarian or vegan about sugar? Here’s what.
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Welcome to the Happy Gluten-Free Vegan!

Hi, I’m Anne P. Mitchell, and I’m vegan, gluten-free, and happy! Many people think that it’s hard to be gluten free and vegan, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not only not hard, but it’s fun! Continue reading

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