Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins: For the Start of a Delicious, Guilt free Day Kudos to whoever invented the muffin then had the genius idea of serving it in the morning instead of as a dessert after dinner. Although they are really a cake, their official classification as “breakfast food” means you get to eat cake for breakfast without the guilt or raised eyebrows of family or coworkers. Chocolate chip muffins exploit this loophole even more, allowing you to enjoy chocolate and cake first thing in the morning and no one is allowed to judge you because, after all, you are Read More

Ask a Vegan: Is Sugar Vegan?

Down to Earth Advice from Four All American Vegans We are typical American family: Mom and Dad, teenaged daughter and a pre-teen son. We live in the burbs. We drive a mini-van. We eat white bread, love baseball and a good barbeque on the Fourth of July. To look at us, you’d never suspect that we are vegan, and that’s just the way we like it. Why? Because we are living proof that the stereotypes so often associated with veganism just aren’t true. Not only can you be a vegan and relate to the average American, you can be the Read More

What is the Value of a Life?

The Skeletons in Jennifer’s Closet Excerpted from All American Vegan. I used to work in a specialty cheese shop. I was surrounded by cheeses from around the world and I knew the unique history and characteristics of each of them. Blindfolded, I could tell the difference by smell and taste. At the tender age of 20, I was a gourmet, a bona fide connoisseur of artisan cheeses. Every day, I lived, breathed, ate, and according to my roommate, smelled like cheese. I was proud of that at one time. Even after becoming vegan, I pined for cheese. At least, I Read More

Vegan Cats

One of our frustrations about the way veganism has historically been promoted is that ready-made meat and dairy alternatives have often been downplayed in favor of vegetables. While the recent boom in vegan cookbooks that teach vegan substitution demonstrates that this is finally beginning to change, traditionally, taste and convenience have been sacrificed on the altar of health, and a version of veganism which appeals to the slimmest demographic of Americans has been the one that has historically been promoted. Tragically, while most people who attempt veganism do so for ethical reasons, when they fall off the wagon as two Read More

Vegan Seasoned Popcorn

Looking for a perfect snack to serve during the Superbowl? Try our easy to make seasoned popcorn. The lime juice adds tang, the nutritional yeast the flavor of “cheese.” Combined, they make this popcorn addictive. Great for family movie night, too! Serves 4 Ingredients: 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (when popped, approximately 16 cups) 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance vegan margarine* 2 Tbs. lime juice** 1/2 tsp. dill weed 1/8 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste) *If corn is popped in oil instead of an air popper this amount may be reduced by amount of oil in Read More

Yodelicious!

Ingredients Filling: 2 1/2 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, quartered & cut into 1/8 inch thick slices) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup granulated vegan sugar 1 tsp lemon juice 1 Tbs corn starch Crust: 4 sheets vegan phyllo dough, thawed (Fillo Factory Organic Fillo Dough) 1/4 cup melted vegan margarine (Earth Balance) 1/8 cup granulated vegan sugar Icing: 1/2 cup vegan powdered sugar 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp vegan non-dairy milk To Prepare Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and toss to coat. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss to coat Read More

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Whey!

Excerpted from All American Vegan It has been said of vegans that we practice our diet with the fervor of religious conviction. And, as in any religion, we have our rituals. One of our most important observances, of equal significance to the “Grilling of the Waiter” sacrament, is the one we ceremoniously perform whenever we encounter a new or unfamiliar product at the grocery store—the “Reading of the Label.” We need to know: vegan or heretic? No ordinary experience, the “Reading of the Label” has all the gravity of a search for hanging chads: sweat pours off your brow, eyes Read More

Buggin’ Out!

Garage sales provide a cheap and easy way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Elections keep this the land of the free and the home of the brave. New bands playing at our favorite watering holes keep us dancing and young at heart. But they are not without their dark side: the signs. The copious, zealously taped signs! Pointing down this street and up that one to lead us to an estate sale, telling us to vote no on this proposition and yes on that candidate, or inviting us to drink beer while listening to the next big band, too often such signs Read More