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Budget-Friendly Vegan Eateries in New York City

Red Bamboo Lunch special menu

New York City has an amazing range of all-vegan restaurants, plus countless others that are vegan-friendly. The top-rated eateries in this category can carry a pretty hefty price tag, though. At any one of the more upscale vegan establishments, a typical dinner entree can break the $20 mark. Add a beverage, appetizer and/or dessert, and gratuity, and you can easily be looking at $40 to $50 per person.

If you’re visiting the Big Apple on a budget, you might plan for one special vegan meal. But even if you can’t — or won’t — the city offers many options for plant-based meals that won’t break the bank. Here are a few. Make sure to visit the web sites for hours and locations. more→

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How to Prepare Collard Greens Easily and Quickly

Collard greens whole leaves

Collard greens can look pretty intimidating — they range from large to gigantic, and look like they’d take hours to prep and even longer to cook. But this is totally not the case. If you know how to tame them, they’re easily prepped and very quickly cooked. They’re a boon to the plant-based diet, as they’re a fantastic source of calcium (better than kale) and rich in vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Forget about the old way of cooking them in a bit pot of boiling water. That way, collards lose color, flavor, and nutrients. Prepping them with this easier, more contemporary technique preserves all that is great about collards.  more→

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Sesame Soba Noodles with Collard Greens and Tempeh Croutons

Sesame soba noodles with collard greens recipe

I’m a complete noodle fanatic, but a bowl of pasta with tomato sauce doesn’t quite do the trick for me. For me, an ideal noodle dish is one in which veggies have at least equal billing. This Asian-flavored dish of soba noodles and calcium-rich collard greens is flavored with a triple dose of sesame (another great source of calcium): tahini, seeds, and oil. Another bonus — soba noodles made purely of buckwheat are gluten free. If that’s not of concern to you, other long noodles — udon or even whole wheat spaghetti — can be substituted. Recipe by Nava Atlas, from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life* by Gene Baur with Gene Stone, © 2015 by Gene Baur. Photographs © 2015 by Rodale Inc. Reprinted by Permission of Rodale Books. more→

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Veganz — Vegan Supermarket and Café Chain in Germany and Beyond

Veganz Germany- ice cream stand

On any given vacation, there will inevitably be one of those days where nothing seems to go right. On a recent trip to Berlin, my husband and I had one of those days when we took a day trip to Leipzig, a medium-sized city a couple of hours away. I’ll spare you the details, but most everything went awry, and by the time we made our way back to the train station, we were tired, hungry, and disappointed. Coming upon a branch of Veganz, a vegan supermarket and café chain totally redeemed the day for us. more→

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Greek-Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu “Feta”

Greek Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu "Feta"

This hearty, Greek-inspired cold dish of lentils, tomatoes, olives, and tofu “feta” is easy enough to make for everyday meals, and impressive enough to serve on special occasions. It’s a nice dish to bring to potlucks, as well. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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Kopps in Berlin — Brunch Made in Vegan Heaven

Kopps in Berlin vegan brunch

On a recent trip to Berlin, my husband and I were determined to see most of the city’s contemporary art galleries, and the best way to do so was on foot. Since the galleries are set in loosely connected clusters in several areas, this made for a lot of walking (over 12 miles in one day was our record!), which made us very hungry. Fortunately, Berlin is vegan-friendly as well as art-packed, a winning combination for us. more→

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6 Special Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Buckwheat Crepes + Chocolate Sauce by Jenne Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul

Anyone can take their mom out for Mother’s Day brunch — but why fight crowds and limited vegan options? Your mom will be more impressed and grateful if you show your love by making a special brunch. None are difficult or time consuming and all are tasty as can be. Let’s start with Jenné Claiborne’s Buckwheat Crepes with Chocolate Sauce, above. more→

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Macaroni Salad with Vegetable Confetti

Macaroni confetti salad

This mild and creamy vegan macaroni salad is reminiscent of the kind sold at deli counters, but with more going for it — namely, lots of veggies. Kid- and picky eater-friendly, it’s a nice change-of-pace from sandwiches to pack for school or office portable lunches. For this recipe, we used Tolerant’s gluten-free organic green lentil pasta, just one of several such high-protein, legume-based pastas.  Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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