Win a Blendtec Blender!

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We’re thrilled to announce the biggest Vegan.com giveaway yet. This month our favorite kitchen tool is up for grabs—a brand new Blendtec blender! These professional quality blenders can quickly whip up smoothies, juices, soups, sauces, dressings, nut milks, nut butters, and more. They do things that regular blenders can’t, and they are the perfect kitchen appliance for vegans looking to eat more deliciously and healthfully.

The lucky winner will be selected on November 17, and will receive a new Designer 725 Blendtec with a WildSide Jar and a Twister Jar just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays. This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. Enter to win below!

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If you’re interested in purchasing a Blendtec, they are having a great deal on their refurbished blenders.

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Easy Vegan Halloween Treats

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With Halloween right around the corner, we’re bringing you three vegan treat ideas that are perfect for those who wait until the very last minute.

Watch the video to see how to make Mice Krispie Treats, Mummy Dogs, and Clementine Jack-o-Lanterns, and find the full recipes for each below.

Mice Krispie Treats

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 bag (10 oz.) of Dandies vegan marshmallows
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies or another similar cereal (I used brown rice crisps from Whole Foods)
  • 3 Tbsp. Earth Balance butter (plus an additional dollop for buttering the pan)
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • Small plastic bag to use for piping

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Rice Krispie treats according to The Kellogg’s Original Treats™ recipe, replacing butter with Earth Balance and marshmallows with Dandies vegan marshmallows.
  2. Using a sheet of wax paper, form into a block approximately 1.5 inches tall and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to cool. Using a sharp knife, cut into rectangles approximately 2″ x 1.5″ x 1″.
  3. Melt the vegan chocolate in the microwave or a using a double broiler. Let cool to room temperature, and then spoon the chocolate into one corner of a small plastic bag. Tie off the chocolate-filled corner of the bag with a twist tie and snip a very small hole at the tip. Use this DIY piping tool to create the mouse face and ears.
  4. To create the ears: draw out all the ears that you will need on a piece of paper. Tape down the paper, place a piece of wax paper over it, and then tape that down. Trace the ears with chocolate on the  wax paper, and then place all of the chocolate ears in the freezer until they have completely hardened (at least 20 minutes).
  5. To create the face: the 2″ x 1.5″ side of the rice krispie treat will be the face. First draw two whiskers on each side of the face, wrapping them onto the outer edge. Then dot a nose just slightly higher than the top whisker, and finally add both eyes. Flip over and draw a tail.
  6. Once the ears have hardened, pipe a good amount of soft chocolate onto the head where the ears will go; this will anchor them in place. Push each ear into the mouse head, and when they are all done, pop the mice krispies into the freezer for another 10 minutes until the ears are solid and steady. Then you’re done!

Mummy Dogs

Find the full recipe here.

vegan mummy dogs

Clementine Jack-o-Lanterns

Instructions: Wash clementines with soap and dry thoroughly. Take a black Sharpie marker and draw jack-o-lantern faces straight onto the peel of each clementine. Have a pad of paper nearby, as the wax from the oranges can block the sharpie ink, so scribble on the pad whenever necessary until the ink flows well. That’s it!

Tip: If you’re serving these at a party and want them to be easier to eat, you can pre-peel the clementines and stick a small slice of celery in the middle to create a pumpkin look.

orange pumpkins

Vegan Cuts Snack Box

vegan cuts snack box

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days, and while these boxes were once nearly impossible to find vegan, vegan box offerings are now exploding! There are several companies that will ship boxes of vegan goodies right to subscriber doorsteps, and today we’re giving you a peek inside one of them: the Vegan Cuts Snack Box.

Featured items:

  • Earth Balance White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Cobra Corn in the flavor Chai Caramel
  • Barnana potassium snack
  • One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ Kettle Chips
  • Buddy Fruits Fruit Break blended fruit smoothie
  • Wild Friends chocolate coconut peanut butter
  • Body Logix vegan protein powder in dark chocolate
  • Instant Shiitake (tea drink)
  • Field of Greens Raw Green Food
  • Ultima Replinisher (electrolyte powder)

If you live in an area without many vegan options and are interested in trying new vegan products, consider subscribing to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box!

Basic Vegan Dog Cookies

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Nothing beats the eager eyes and happy tail-wag of a dog about to get a treat. Here is a recipe we’ve adapted from The Simple Little Vegan Dog Book for the easiest dog treats on the planet.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Cup Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth

Method: Mix the flour and nutritional yeast together. Then add the vegetable broth and knead together for several minutes until a dough ball forms. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut into desired treat shapes. Arrange on a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, but leave the cookies in the oven as it cools for 1 or 2 hours. This will allow the cookies to dry out and harden like traditional dog biscuits.

Store cookies in a cookie jar or another cool, dry place. Do not seal in an airtight plastic bag or container, or they may get soft.

Get Crafty: You can use water instead of vegetable broth, but in that case you’ll want to add something else to boost the flavor, like peanut butter or pumpkin puree. Experiment and have fun!

Curious about how dogs can be vegan? Read these articles about vegan dogs and vegan dog food.

Healthy Vegan Breakfast Ideas

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When you’re rushed in the morning, you may be tempted to skip breakfast or grab something unhealthful. Don’t! You can pull together a delicious, healthy, vegan breakfast in minutes. Here are three great options.

Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup vegan milk (soy, almond, coconut, hemp)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 handful fresh fruit sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar

Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. You can eat it cold straight from the fridge, pack it with you for eating at room temperature, or heat it up.

Green Smoothie

  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 sliced frozen banana (freeze when banana is very ripe, when brown spots begin to form on the peel)
  • 1 handful frozen mango
  • 1 handful frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk (add more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothies)

Using a high powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix, blend the spinach and almond milk. Doing this step first helps prevent green spinach flakes in your smoothie. Next, add the mango and pineapple and blend well.

You can easily modify this recipe by swapping in your favorite fruits—but avoid any red or purple fruits which, when combined with spinach, will turn your smoothie an unappetizing brown color.

Vegan Yogurt Parfait

  • Vegan yogurt (soy, coconut, almond)
  • Granola (check to make sure there is no honey)
  • Fresh fruit, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • Raisins or other dried fruits or nuts

Pour the yogurt into your favorite tall glass, interspersing a layer or two of granola, fruit, and raisins. Top with fruit, raisins, or nuts.

These are simple and healthy breakfast options, but when you’re craving something more hearty, you can always turn to tofu scramble, potatoes, hash browns, vegan sausage, bagels with vegan cream cheese, toast, cereal, and so much more.

Find more vegan breakfast ideas here.

Tomato Sushi

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Sushi is awesome—extinction, toxins, and cruelty is not. That’s where Tomato Sushi comes in. Tomato Sushi is a vegan alternative to bluefin tuna developed by one of America’s top chefs, James Corwell.

Tomato sushi is made with just 6 natural ingredients and a boutique cooking process that transforms an ordinary tomato into a meaty red slab virtually indistinguishable from ahi tuna. In this video we introduce you to the founder and show you what this new vegan fish product is all about.

Why is this important? Not only do fish feel pain and suffer, but as Pavan Sukdev from the UN Environment Program says, “we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish.” Vegan alternatives to fish provide sustainable, safe, cruelty-free options that enable people to make wise food choices without sacrificing taste.

Many thanks to Adam Weiss for providing the Tomato Sushi footage for this video. 

Tip #11 | How to Get Over Cheese

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If I got a quarter every time I heard “I couldn’t be vegan because I could never give up cheese!” I’d be very, very rich. But what is cheese, really? And why is it so difficult to give up? Chef Alex Bury breaks it down in this video.

For those who can’t imagine breaking the cheese addiction, there is a huge variety of vegan cheeses on the market—everything from mozzarella shreds to parmesan to smoked gouda. And lucky for cheese lovers and animals, vegan cheese options are expanding quickly.

About the Chef:

Alex Bury was trained as a classical chef at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. She opened a vegan restaurant in the California wine country more than a decade ago, and has worked as an instructor for the McDougall Program. She has also offered her talents as a chef instructor for Whole Foods Market and Oakland Veg. She now works full-time for The Humane Society of the United States.

Favorite Vegan Products | September

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Every month at Vegan.com we discover a flurry of new vegan foods, books, cookbooks, household products, and beauty products. In this video we show you our top picks from the month of August.

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The products in this video were sent to Vegan.com for review. We are not paid to share these with you, and the thoughts expressed here are our own. See last month’s product review video here.

Easy Vegan School Lunch Ideas

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School is back in session! As vegan kids and parents slide back into the school-season grind, here are three great ideas for amazing bagged lunches.

Lunch 1: Pasta Marinara

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Lunch 2: Tofurky Sandwich

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Lunch 3: Gardein “Chicken” Sliders

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Tip #10 | How to Cook Squash

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Squash is a versatile fruit that is savory like a vegetable and packed with nutrients. It has virtually no fat, yet it’s simultaneously filling and easy to digest. In this tip video, chef Alex Bury demonstrates the easy way to cook, cut, and prepare butternut squash, and how to incorporate it into recipes.

This is an important-skill for every vegan to master! The same method works with other hard winter squashes like acorn, delicata, and kabocha. Many thanks to Alex for contributing this tip.

About the Chef:

Alex Bury was trained as a classical chef at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. She opened a vegan restaurant in the California wine country more than a decade ago, and has worked as an instructor for the McDougall Program. She has also offered her talents as a chef instructor for Whole Foods Market and Oakland Veg. She now works full-time for The Humane Society of the United States.