A Ready-Made Vegan Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and whether you are a procrastinator who has yet to decide what will be on your menu or someone who doesn’t like to cook, you’re in luck. Our simple heat n’ serve Thanksgiving meal is not only vegan, quick, and easy, it is delicious, too. Today, vegans can enjoy a great-tasting, ready-made Thanksgiving meal that requires nothing more than a few simple items to make. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a homemade seitan roast, peeling and mashing potatoes or mixing batter for your pumpkin pie. Ready-made vegan versions of Read More

Making Halloween a Cakewalk

This Halloween we ordered each of our kids a Cakewalk Baking Company “Halloween Gift Box.” The first vegan bakery in Utah, Cakewalk Baking Company has been offering holiday-themed vegan gift baskets for several years now: for Halloween, Easter, and even Festivus. We’ve been meaning to give them a try for a while, and this morning, our kids were thrilled we finally did. Though we gave them their treats the moment they woke up, their sleepy eyes were soon wide open. It was like Christmas morning instead of Halloween! Jack Skellington would be proud. Each box contains three cream-filled dillos (Cakewalk’s version Read More

A Very Vegan Halloween 2013

There was a time when Halloween was a holiday of deprivation for vegans. A time when we turned off the porch lights, closed the drapes, and pretended we weren’t home. We had nothing to offer the kids that would rival the treats from our neighbors and we certainly did not want the tricks. So we hid in the quietly in the back of the house, waiting for them to go away. We learned to do this the hard way. The year after we got married, Nathan began working as a prosecutor in the Riverside D.A.’s office. We relocated to Southern Read More

Declare Your Independence

As much as these words from the Declaration of Independence have shaped American history, they will continue to shape its future. Because while the war for political independence they sparked may be long over, the battles for liberation which they continue to inspire are not. There are still billions of beings who do not yet have the rights we demand and accept as “unalienable” for ourselves. There are still billions of beings who—though they may differ from us in some ways—share the things which, as the Declaration proclaims, are the things that matter most: the desire to live, to be Read More

A Memorial Day Feast

All American Vegan-style Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. But we’re not ready to give up monster portions of delicious food so we can develop our summer beach bodies. It’s time for one last fling. Recipes for fried no chicken, apple pie, potato salad, coleslaw, vanilla ice cream, and gel-oh! parfait are in the book. Product recommendations for hot dogs, potato chips, soda pop, and if you’d rather buy than make/bake, ice cream and apple pie are on our website. Happy humane eating! And let freedom ring…. for all of us!   —— Buy the book: All American Vegan Join the discussion: Read More

A Swinging Vegan New Year’s Eve

Why wait for January 1 to start your New Year’s resolution to go vegan when you can start the night before? And we’re going to make it very easy by veganizing the most popular American cocktails and giving you a host of vegan hors d’oeuvres. So pop that cork and start the celebration of the new vegan you. Cheers! Not all beer, wine, champagne, and cocktail ingredients are vegan as many are processed using animal products. To find out if your favorite booze fits the bill, click here.

Vegan Lime Meltaways

Ingredients: ¾ cup vegan margarine (Earth Balance or Soy Garden), softened 1 cup vegan powdered sugar, divided (Whole Foods Organic Powdered Sugar) 2 Tbs. lime juice 1 Tbs. vanilla 1¾ cups plus 4 Tbs. all-purpose flour 2 Tbs. cornstarch ¼ tsp. salt To Prepare: In a large bowl, whisk together margarine and ½ cup powdered sugar until pale and fluffy. Add lime juice and vanilla, and stir to combine. Separately, mix together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to margarine/sugar mixture, and stir until just combined. Divide dough in half. Place each half on an 8-by-12-inch sheet of parchment paper. Roll in parchment to Read More

A Happy Vegan Hanukkah

Nathan is Jewish. But he’s not a very knowledgeable one. Whenever I ask him about Jewish traditions, he just shrugs his shoulders. When I ask him why he doesn’t know, he tells me he’s never really been a good Jew, reminds me he married a Goy, and that I should look it up online. When is Hannukah? He doesn’t know. How do you spell it? He’s not sure. What is it a celebration of? He mumbles something about the candles burning for 8 days. He once described the Maccabees as Macadamias. But when being Jewish serves him, he’s devout. Like Read More

Vegan Scottish Shortbread

Our daughter, Riley, loves pie. Well, technically not pie, but pie crust. When she eats pie, most of the pie filling is scraped off to one side and ignored. That is why she loves shortbread. “It’s like pie without the filling,” she says. With a rich, “buttery” taste and a flaky, crumbly texture, shortbread is pie crust that has declared its independence from filling. So if you love someone who claims to love pie but really couldn’t care less what you put in the middle of it, save both of you the trouble and make them shortbread instead. Ingredients: 1 Read More