Vegan Living

Weekday Plant-Based Meal Plan — June 15 – 19, 2015

Triple Jade Stir-Fry with tofu or seitan

As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, meals that get you in and out of the kitchen quickly are the most crave-worthy. Here’s a weekday’s worth of meal ideas.

MONDAY: Triple Jade Stir-Fry (photo at top) is inspired by the dish of the same name served in western Chinese restaurants, is especially good to make when slender green beans are in season, but if you’re pressed for time, organic whole frozen green beans do the trick as well. Serve with a simple slaw or a platter of raw veggies. If you cook some extra rice, Tuesday night’s dinner will be a breeze. more→

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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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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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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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Top 5 Ways to Build A Conscious Business and Lifestyle

Costa Rica Sunset

Get paid  to do what you love? I know what you are thinking, “yeah, right! Maybe in another lifetime.” People who make that type of money are obviously born ridiculously talented and just so happen to be in the right place at the right time. Lucky souls who stumble into a dream lifestyle … right? Wrong. Okay maybe there are a rare few who just happen to make it big for no apparent reason, but the vast majority have spent their life doing more homework, working longer hours, jumping hurdle after hurdle, refusing to succumb to the naysayers of the universe, and developing a sharp self discipline. more→

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Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with Plant Power!

Sweet and sour stir-fried vegetables with tempeh and pineapple

Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes celebrates the bounty of natural foods and teaches everyone—from committed vegans to those who just want more plants in their diet—how to implement a plant-based approach to their lives—easily, practically, and joyfully, every day. Available wherever books are sold, as well as online and in electronic format at: more→

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5 Must-See Vegan Health Documentaries

Vegucated the movie

“Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.” Watch the trailer here, on the Official Vegucated website.

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5 Animal Advocacy Documentaries You Should See

specisim cover for the movie

Are you or someone you know on the fence about going vegan? These animal-centric documentaries might just be the catalyst to help you make the commitment. The 5 stunning films described here are available to view online.

Speciesism: The Movie* is a whole new species of documentary. It takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, to expose the biggest secrets about modern factory farms, and to ask the biggest questions about the belief that our species is more important than the rest. You’ll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.” You can watch the trailer here.

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