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15 Vegan One-Pot Recipes That Guarantee Easy Cleanup

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Cooking is fun, but I always have a huge mess of pots and pans to look forward to after I am finished with dinner. The one-pot cooking phenomenon used to pose a problem for vegans everywhere because of the lack of recipes. Now there are vegan one-pot recipes everywhere, so vegans can finally rejoice and bring out their inner lazy cook.

If you’re anything like me, the lazy cook in you comes and goes. However when it comes, it’s like a screaming banshee banging on the walls, trying to get out and make your life that much easier.

Vegan recipes can get pretty drab and boring when it comes to one-pot meals. There are only so many nights a week you can eat tomato soup, right? When it comes to the right recipes and the right ingredients, nailing a flavorful dish vegan-style isn’t the easiest task. This roundup of vegan one-pot meals proves that the lazy cook in vegans everywhere doesn’t have to be denied. Shove a bunch of ingredients in one pot, and you’ll be able to enjoy dinner in peace, without a sink full of dishes to conquer at the end of the night. Get your comfort meal on with these delicious home-cooked one-pot wonders that’ll lift all the stress of the day right off your shoulders.

1. One-Pot Thai Peanut Pasta

Craving a little Asian food but don’t want to dive into a complicated recipe? This Thai-inspried pasta dish from Your Cup of Cake will leave you happy and satisfied, with only one dish to clean.

2. Creamy Polenta & Mushrooms

A dish like this may seem like it would normally be off the menu for vegans, but if you substitute vegan butter and cut the cheese, you can indulge in this comforting recipe from Love & Lemons.

3. One-Pot Mushroom & Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Get your vegetables in with this delicious, health-conscious meal fromDamn Delicious. You can either substitute the cheese for vegan cheese or nutritional yeast, or omit it entirely. Either way, you’ll be getting your carb-loaded fix in every bite.

4. Mexican Ranchero Amaranth Stew

Head south of the border with this stew from Making Thyme for Healththat uses amaranth (a protein-packed seed that’s similar to quinoa); it’s about time you shook up your normal quinoa and seitan routine, isn’t it?

5. Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili

Cuddle up with this vegan version of the ultimate comfort food in my book — chili. Cookie & Kate makes a sweet potato version that takes chili to a sweet and savory level that’ll blow your mind.

6. 20-Minute Vegan Chili

Don’t want to sit around waiting for that steaming bowl of comfort for long? Not to worry, The Scrumptious Pumpkin has you covered with this one-pot miracle that’s ready in only 20 minutes. Hello, new weeknight favorite.

7. Easy Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto

The weather is still a little chilly while we wait for spring to roll in. With only a few weeks left until the warmer weather is here to stay, dig into this rich, comforting risotto recipe from Oh She Glows.

8. Linguine with Roasted Red Peppers & Tomatoes

The roasted red peppers in this one-pot pasta dish from The Kitchnreally bring out new levels of flavor. Simply skip the brie to make it vegan — you won’t even miss the cheese, I promise.

9. One-Pot Lemon Pasta with Greens and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

If you’re really over winter and the cold temperatures, dive into a bowl of Making Thyme for Health’s one-pot lemon pasta. The bright colors and flavors are like a bit of glorious spring in every bite.

10. Vegan Tofu and Vegetable Pot Pie

Who says pot pie has to have chicken in it? This vegan tofu version of a true classic dish from The Kitchn will take you right back to your grandmother’s house.

11. Vegan Masala Basmati Casserole

This casserole from Healthful Pursuit might take a little bit of time to cook, but the Indian-themed one-pot dish is packed with intense masala flavors. Who knew you could make Indian food so easily in your own home?

12. Vegan Chili with Homemade Sour Cream

Not only is this bowl of vegan chili from Oh She Glows a godsend after a long, rough day at the office, it also features a homemade sour cream that is vegan — talk about having the ultimate experience. I’ll wait for you to pick your jaw up off the floor.

13. One-Pot Zucchini Pasta

You’re only 20 minutes away from getting almost all of your servings of vegetables in for one day, in one dish, made in one pot. Making Thyme for Health makes a flavorful and easy version of pasta that will even appeal to any little vegans you have running around your house.

14. Creamy Vegan Cabbage Potato Soup

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and vegans everywhere will be skipping the corned beef, but not the cabbage. Fo Reals Life’s cabbage potato soup will make you feel downright lucky to be alive after the first filling bowl.

15. One-Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

You can get the true Mexican experience with Making Thyme for Health’s rice casserole, even as a vegan. You may see some cheese there, but Making Thyme for Health adds a recipe for vegan queso in the recipe that you can use instead. When vegan queso exists in the world, you know it’s a better place.

How to Eat a Rainbow: Magical Raw Vegan Recipes for Kids

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An illustrated cookbook for the whole family! The recipes are raw, vegan, free from refined sugars and designed to be eaten alongside a whole foods diet!

About the authors and this project!

We’re sisters-in-law Ellie and Sabrina Bedford, and we’ve teamed up to create a fully illustrated children’s raw vegan cookbook! Ellie is a home educating mum of two little girls, a whole-food consultant and food blogger in Oxfordshire, England. Sabrina is a recent college grad, aspiring illustrator and visual artist working in California.

This project came about for a couple of reasons. Ellie really wanted to buy a healthy children’s cookbook for her children, as they love being in the kitchen as much as she. After searching high and low, all she could find for children were cookbooks full of sugary cakes and cookies! She was disappointed and decided it was time for somebody to fill that gap in the market, to create a plant-based book that included fresh fruits and veggies and that was free of refined sugars, but was still interesting to kids.

After pitching the idea to Sabrina, Ellie’s little sis-in-law got to work immediately. Her watercolor illustrations emphasize depth, detail, and diversity. With Sabrina’s artistic vision and skill we believe we have a book that children would want to own. Children love looking at the fanciful pages and families love the healthy results. Finally we have a book to rival all those princess cupcake books out there!

Where does my money go?

To complete the project, we have a goal of $8,000. Your support will go directly to completing, printing, and distributing this book. For your support, you’ll receive a gift from us ranging from a postcard to being on or in the book itself. You’ll also receive our gratitude and personal thanks for making this project a reality. Without your support, big or small, this cookbook won’t make it to the kitchens!

Why should I support?

This recipe book was created to be easily incorporated into anyone’s diet. It’s a book of recipes full of fresh fruits and veggies that avoid refined flours and sugars, gluten, and animal products. We are out to prove that healthy foods can also be delicious and beautiful!

We know how hard it can be to include fresh foods in children’s diets and hope that by presenting them in a fun and vibrant way, we can make it easy. For this reason, the recipes in How to Eat a Rainbow are taken from the most difficult dietary areas: treats, snacks, and drinks. We’ve targeted these areas to help kids avoid the sugary, highly processed foods and to get more nutritional value with every tasty bite.  Eaten alongside a balanced whole foods diet, these recipes can add an extra boost of energy and get kids excited about healthy eating.

What else can I do?

Any donations are valued and are critical to the success of this book, but we don’t just need money! Sharing, posting, and talking about this campaign with your family, friends, and anyone you know will help this project reach its goal and get more folks enjoying healthy, raw, and vegan foods.

When will I get a book?

Books will be delivered about three months after the campaign!

Veganism Is One Step Closer To Becoming A Human Right In Ontario

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Does your worldview include a deep respect for animals and their rights? Do you choose to opt out of using and consuming animal products for ethical reasons? Are you vegetarian or vegan for ethical reasons? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, your ethical beliefs are now one step closer to being protected under Ontario human rights law as a form of “creed,” thanks to years of work by Animal Justice.


Ontario’s Human Rights Code protects people from discrimination based on characteristics like race, age, gender identity, and sex in situations like the provision of services, housing, and employment.

People are also protected from discrimination based on their creed. The term “creed” isn’t defined in the legislation, but until recently, it was thought to mean the same thing as religion.

But not anymore. The Ontario Human Rights Commission — which plays a critical role in promoting and advancing human rights in Ontario — began consultations in 2011 on updating its official policy on creed. One of the key questions considered by the Commission was whether creed should be expanded to include secular, moral, or ethical belief systems that are non-religious in nature. After all, strongly-held secular beliefs like an animal rights ethic can be more important to a person than a religion. And religion is on the decline, with fewer and fewer people saying they hold religious beliefs. If the purpose of human rights law is to protect human dignity, then why shouldn’t the law protect important secular beliefs along with religious ones?

Representatives of Animal Justice mobilized during the consultation process, telling the Commission that secular beliefs like ethical veganism also deserved legal protections as a form of creed.

The Commission listened. In December, it finally issued the much-awaited updatedpolicy on preventing discrimination based on creed. Unlike the previous policy, which excluded non-religious belief systems, the new policy states that creed is not limited to religion:

“Creed may also include non-religious belief systems that, like religion, substantially influence a person’s identity, worldview and way of life.”

This would include a belief system that seeks to avoid causing harm to animals, like ethical veganism.

So, what does this all mean? The Commission policy is designed to provide guidance to employers, housing providers, and other service providers on how they can respect human rights and accommodate people who have requirements based on their creed. For example, the policy recommends that a person in a hospital facility who has a creed-based need for vegetarian food be provided with appropriate food by the facility. Other examples include:

• A university or school would have an obligation to accommodate a biology student who refuses to perform an animal dissection because of her creed.
• An employer would have an obligation to accommodate an employee who cannot wear an animal-based component of a uniform, like leather or fur, based on his creed.
• An employer must ensure corporate culture does not exclude a vegetarian or vegan employee, such as holding regular company networking events at a steakhouse, instead of providing additional, inclusive opportunities.

The final word on interpreting creed rests with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, which hears and adjudicates human rights claims. But Commission policies are persuasive, if not binding, on the Tribunal. Already, the Tribunal has said it is possible that a “political perspective… made up of a recognizable cohesive belief system or structure” may amount to a creed, which bodes well. The Tribunal has also recognized Falun Gong as a creed, despite its practitioners describing it as a “spiritual cultivation practice” as opposed to a religion.

In 2011, a claim was filed by a Ryerson student who felt the university discriminated against her in her academic studies because of her beliefs about animals and their rights. Although the case was dismissed on other grounds, it’s likely only a matter of time before the Tribunal will be asked to give a final and definitive ruling that ethical veganism is protected by human rights law.

In the meantime, you have the right to file a claim with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario if you believe you are facing discrimination based on your beliefs about animals. Animal Justice may be able to assist you. Contact us to learn more about your rights and how to enforce them.

15 Vegetarian Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Love

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Who said being a vegetarian stops you from eating amazing food? With a little creativity and lots of vegetables, these show-stopping recipes prove that eating meatless can be insanely delicious. Plus, with added ingredients like brown rice and cheese you’ll still get the protein and other nutrients you would with any meat dish. So, give these meals a shot and make everyday a meatless day. (Why not start with breakfast? Cook up one of these 12 Vegetable Breakfasts That Aren’t Omelets.)

Mexican Black Bean Salad Tostada

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Egg, Veggie, and Avocado Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

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Chickpea and Spinach Stew

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Tex-Mex Rice and Bean Casserole

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Cuban Black Beans and Rice

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Feta, Dill, and Grape Tomato Omelet

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Stuffed Peppers with Mediterranean-Spiced Quinoa

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Slow Cooker Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

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Mexican-Style Brown Rice Casserole

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Sweet and Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

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Baked Eggs Italian-Style

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Spicy Lentil and Black Bean Chili

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Arugula, Roasted Pepper and White Bean Salad

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Grilled Portobello Burger with Basil Mayo

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No-Noodle Vegetable Lasagna

A vegan diet free of gluten improves the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: the effects on arthritis correlate with a reduction in antibodies to food antigens.

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Whether food intake can modify the course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an issue of continued scientific and public interest. However, data from controlled clinical trials are sparse. We thus decided to study the clinical effects of a vegan diet free of gluten in RA and to quantify the levels of antibodies to key food antigens not present in the vegan diet.


Sixty-six patients with active RA were randomized to either a vegan diet free of gluten (38 patients) or a well-balanced non-vegan diet (28 patients) for 1 yr. All patients were instructed and followed-up in the same manner. They were analysed at baseline and after 3, 6 and 12 months, according to the response criteria of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Furthermore, levels of antibodies against gliadin and beta-lactoglobulin were assessed and radiographs of the hands and feet were performed.


Twenty-two patients in the vegan group and 25 patients in the non-vegan diet group completed 9 months or more on the diet regimens. Of these diet completers, 40.5% (nine patients) in the vegan group fulfilled the ACR20 improvement criteria compared with 4% (one patient) in the non-vegan group. Corresponding figures for the intention to treat populations were 34.3 and 3.8%, respectively. The immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody levels against gliadin and beta-lactoglobulin decreased in the responder subgroup in the vegan diet-treated patients, but not in the other analysed groups. No retardation of radiological destruction was apparent in any of the groups.

Veganism without Vegetarianism: On Guilt, Disability, and Ex-Vegans

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Veganism without Vegetarianism: On Guilt, Disability, and Ex-Vegans

While attending theThinking About Animals conference in the spring 2011, I stumbled upon an odd and heretical questions: Could someone practice veganism without being vegetarian?

The question is intended to be provocative in order to challenge vegans’ complicity or even dogmatic adherence to a particular understanding of veganism. That veganism is becoming mainstream through its assimilation into the capitalist economy as a lifestyle choice or a fashionable diet leaves a stale taste in my mouth. Veganism should be revolutionary, not marketable. This question also enabled me to experiment with creating a more productive tension between veganism and vegetarianism.*

So could someone practice veganism without being vegetarian? My answer is yes, or so I think. “[W]e must understand veganism as something more and less than (vegetarian) consumption.”

There were several discomforting aspects of mainstream veganism that turned my thoughts toward what was at first the more discomforting question of whether veganism always required vegegtarian consumption.

First, after reading The Vegan Ideal, I became dissatisfied by people who identified as “vegan” who were not allies in ending the institution of speciesism or even advocating for animal rights. The original meaning of veganism has been lost and emptied of all its historical and revolutionary significance as vegan is increasingly appropriated by yuppies and youth subcultures. My friend Anastasia reports that she has increasingly become alienated from

[v]eganism [which] is becoming more and more a subculture to pre-existing subcultures or scenes (i.e. straight-edge punk, anarchist, afrocentric—to name a few). As a result, the emphasis in veganism as a whole has been to focus on the lives and identities of these self-proclaimed vegans… vegan proponents have become so involved in identity politics to the point where the ultimate concern is being vegan. We’re at the point where you can talk about veganism and make no mention of animals or being animal at all. Veganism in the United States has successfully booted nonhuman animals out of the picture and once again focused majority of our attention on human experience.

As I discussed in my critique of consumption-centered veganism, I’m fearful of the consequences of veganism being reduced to merely a vegetarian diet on philosophical, social, and pragmatic grounds.

Second, I’ve grown tired of  the identity politics that surround the “vegan” label. Under the label “vegan,” people have “policed” the bodies of their allies, have instigated moral superiority campaigns, and have played the victim when it is not them who are oppressed and it is not them who should take pride. I don’t think of veganism as a noun to be identified with, purchased, consumed, and secured, but as a relationship with others that is never yet complete. By labeling goods, organizations, or oneself “vegan,” people additionally become complacent that they are doing enough through their purchasing power and by addressing animal exploitation as a single-issue divorced from social and ecological reality. In his analysis of vegetarianism through Slavoj Zizek’s critique of charity-that “a genuine moral impulse to combat a real problem can be displaced towards an action which,… fails to combat the problem which gave rise to the impulse”-, Northern Song writes:

[V]egetarianism – is there not a tendency to see your decision to stop your own consumption of animals as a personal sacrifice, as “doing your part”, and when you’ve succeeded in cutting yourself off from the omnipresent luxury of meat, you are “doing your part”? When of course, if one actually holds to the principle of ending the suffering and slaughter of animals to serve a contingent human need, the only value in becoming vegetarian is the value it derives from being effective towards that end. And yet – how many vegetarians are capable of imagining a world without meat production?… if one’s moral impulse is satisfied, or satiated by the activity one takes up on the basis of it, then one is entrapped in an ideology of personal goodness

As long as the majority of self-identified vegans are complacent in their ideas and within socially unjust institutions, I have little confidence we will make much progress. Veganism must go beyond vegetarian consumption.

Third, as I became more cognizant of food allergies and abelism, I was less confident that there was an optimal diet universal to all human bodies. Given that bodies vary in their ability to digest certain foods, it would be pretty cruel for one to judge someone for eating animal products if they were, say, “digestively disabled.” Take for instance Tasha’s experience struggling to maintain her health on a diet she firmly and morally believed in. After Tasha had bravely “came-out” as an ex-vegetarian on her popular blog Voracious Vegan, which had just won an award fromVegNews in 2010, she reported the following treatment by her (former?) allies:

My personal accounts and those of my family were repeatedly hacked, fake twitter and blog accounts were created posing as me and background checks were done on me and my web designer and his family. Someone even tried to contact my doctor to have my medical records released! Other people insisted that I was a fictional creation of the meat industry, fabricated to make veganism look bad … The most frequent theme of the many death threats I received was that my family members and my companion animals should be killed in front of me in the way that factory farmed animals are killed. There were also threats of sexual violence made against me, which is a common silencing tactic used against women… [F]ollowing the dogma behind the vegan label [had become] more important than actually living the ideals [i.e. compassion] of veganism

Although it may be possible that Tasha could have found some vegetarian diet that would have sustained her health, she seems to be a case that supports Kathryn Paxton George’s critique of vegetarianism’s “physiological norm.” Nonetheless, my informed intuition is that the great majority of humans can maintain at least satisfactory health if not flourish on a fully vegetarian diet, even if many people may be incapable of doing so. Regardless, my objective is simply not to see difference (where it truly exists) as a moral failure or exception to “the vegan ideal.” One can theoretically inhabit veganism without being able to be vegetarian.

One of my major concerns is—especially after every time I read a post on Let Them Eat Meat—that people simply give up on veganism because vegetarianism didn’t work for them for (presumably for reasons beyond their control). The fallacy is that if there is something wrong with vegetarianism (i.e. that it cannot be universalized to all human bodies, cultures, and ecologies), then the animal etiquette of veganism must be wrong as well. Thus, ex-vegans rationalize speciesism, adopting often an entirely new worldview and an instrumental, biological relationship to animal others. Chloë Taylor describes this phenomenon well:

It is not the case that we first determine that we are superior to non-human animals and then we conclude that we have the moral license to eat them. Rather, it is through our very eating of other animals that we constitute our superiority… Human superiority is not a fact from which the permissibility of our practices is deduced; on the contrary, human superiority is something which we construct through our instrumentalization of other species… (2010: 75)

Taylor’s assertion is not mere philosophical drivel. Just last year, research psychologists Steve Loughan and others found evidence that eating animals

appears to both narrow the breadth of moral consideration (fewer animals deserve it) and lessen the extent of moral concern (cows deserve less moral consideration)… eating meat might lead people to withdraw moral concern from animals, which they then rationalize via a perceived reduction in animals’ capacity to suffer. (2000: 158)

Jonathon Haidt and other’s work in the field of moral psychology provides some explanation for Taylor and Loughan’s conclusions. They argue moral reasoning is most often post-hoc, after-the-fact. In other words, people assign reasons to their (socialized and habitualized) moral intuitions in an attempt to understand and defend their feelings and actions as reasonable. People like to feel like they are in control of themselves, like they act for good reason (especially in modern “enlightened” societies), but the reality is that people are normally rationalizing the feeling and social structure that they find themselves “thrown” into by circumstances outside of their control.

When people find themselves in a circumstance where applying their vegan etiquette by consuming a strict vegetarian diet isn’t an option for their physiological well-being, or if they find themselves in an embarrassing slip-up (i.e. eating and taking pleasure in a burger on a drunken dare), it is disheartening that they throw the baby out with the bathwater. That is, they are so quick to rationalize their behavior in order to secure their self-esteem in a unified sense of self consistent with their practices—they disavow their own difference. They lose focus on the animal other and the open social relationship they have to them, and withdraw back into self-interest. Perhaps this is something out of people’s control. Nonetheless, what is so sad is that to alleviate their guilt of transgressing their values, they abandon said values rather than simply forgiving themselves for being imperfect in an imperfect world.

Although so-called “ex-vegans” like might cleverly expose thedeconstruction of vegan logic and critique its failure to come to terms with its inability to be at all times consistent in a violent world, my suspicion is that they do so in part because they are unable to deal with the irreconcilable imperfection with themselves and their former vegan worldview. Perhaps they feelmore consistent in supporting “humane” animal agribusiness and DIY slaughter. However, this sense of consistency comes at the expense of foreclosing one’s previous social sympathy for animal others. Perceiving oneself as failing the all-or-nothing “vegan ideal,” one’s moral commitment to animal others, is like a second trauma—the first perhaps being a video that catalyzed their coming into veganism. One’s existence becomes a wound. One is compelled to sew it up, to not be tormented by the specter of care. However, one does so in bad faith.

Rhys’s post, “Why Ex-Vegans Eat More Meat than They Must,” really demonstrates this moment of bad faith and validated my effort to re-understand veganism’s relationship to vegetarianism:

[I]t isn’t easy to recalibrate your internal guilt alarm to permit some animal products but then go off whenever you exceed a limit determined to be the minimal amount needed for health. Few ex-vegans are willing to venture back into eating animal products with guilt still being an issue, so they find a way to lose the guilt entirely…[A]s long as most vegans see veganism [what I call vegetarianism] as an all-or-nothing thing, most ex-vegans are going to have to agree with them. Why should ex-vegans bother trying to get close to the vegan ideal when most vegans despise ex-vegans more than any other group and disbelieve them. [my emphasis]

By privileging the feeling of guilt for being a hypocrite over empowering people to exercise their care for oneself and animal others as participants in our social and agroecological communities, vegans set themselves and others up for abandoning their values and the veganism movement entirely so that they can live a life without self-contempt. Creating a gap in meaning between vegetarianism and veganism, consumption and social practice, has enabled an articulation of veganism in which people who are active and sincere anti-speciesists are accepted in their imperfection-a state that no self-identified vegan has or will probably ever escape to some degree.

My past reflections on the transformational and social nature of veganism seem to be equally relevant, if not more so, for those whose bodies resist the perfect vegan practice in vegetarianism. Veganism, I wrote, is rooted in one’s “love” for animal others, and that this love ought to serve as a point of departure, a point of arrival, and a means of transportation. In order to practice such care, one must care for oneself sufficiently enough to forgive oneself for imperfection.** Accordingly,

vegans have more to struggle with emotionally than they do nutritionally. To recognize the need or urgency to become vegan, to be true to oneself and animal others, is a recognition of one’s own history of hypocrisy and vice. When people are unable to accept themselves (their history of supporting mass violence against the most vulnerable), they forget it and project their anxiety and self-contempt onto others-they wage war.

Forgiveness is perhaps one of the most crucial needs of vegans (or anyone trying to recover from an abject autobiographical guilt). Forgiveness opens a society to being renewed, not reproduced, but born of new values, meanings, purposes, and goals… Rather than being paralyzed by guilt and shame, willing oneself into submission, or fleeing in the face from ourselves in guilt, forgiveness brings us face to face with an-other… The failed project of perfection should not result in resignation or punishment-lashing ourselves for the sake of our superegos-, but rather bring us deeper into appreciation of our own finitude…

Forgiving, however, is not the same as forgetting. By forgiving and advocating that ex-vegans forgive themselves is not to leave them morally unaccountable, but to hold them to greater accountability without suffering from guilt. Nor does this position trivialize the power of vegetarian consumption as contingent. As I wrote recently:

I am not saying vegetarian consumption is impractical or supererogatory. Rather, vegetarainism consumption ought to be seen as distinguished from veganism… because vegetarian consumption and vegan social modality are in a dialectical relationship. In other words, a vegan modality motivates vegetarian practice and vegetarian practice facilitates a maturer veganism. Vegetarianism is a means to the transformative practice that is veganism.

[V]egetarianism is an invaluable performance especially as a critical praxis. If morality is post-hoc-“after the fact,” a response to cognitive dissonance-, then a diet free of the consumption of animal bodies, their labor, their products, and products tested on them is less likely to facilitate our rationalization of their exploitation. Vegetarian consumption practice facilitates a de-subjectification of a human identity based upon an opposition, negation, and domination of animality and animal others… [P]rivileging vegetarian consumption over animal-based consumption enables the positive re-construction of our world away from one in which speciesism is institutionalized

* See my abstract for the Thinking about Animals conference for the history of this thought process, my critique of (consumer and)consumption-centered veganism, and my advocacy of a socially-centered veganism to replace the previous consumption-centered paradigm. In this essay, I’ve tried to address the difficult relationship between vegetarian consumption and vegan social praxis to offer a more forgiving and less metaphysical position on veganism. In a future post, I will describe veganism as a radical mode of social responsibility. Previous versions of all these essays were written for interview questions by Rhys Southan. In a couple weeks, the full interview should be posted on Let Them Eat Meat.

** Some may object that by forgiving and advocating forgiveness, people would be subjecting others to a “slave morality” to which they must hegemonically conform. Would veganism, then, not be anything more than a form of social power? Perhaps there is a power relationship at play here, however, if veganism is not rooted in a metaphysics of “good and evil,” but a series of phenomenological events of care, veganism is not simply an imposition from the outside in, but a disruptive imposition form the inside out. Further, if resistance to veganism is an attempt to evade the responsibility to recognize Others as social and sentient beings to secure one’s material, social, and existential privilege over others, and veganism is fundamentally a sincere and more consistent practice of social responsibility-a proto-ethic that all ethics must presuppose to be possible-, then the trasnformative potential of forgiveness opens the future to responsibility and not merely control and revenge.

Difference Between Vegan and Vegetarian

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For centuries people have decided to embrace vegetarianism for several different reasons. Some people decide to become vegetarians because they feel it is more ethical, some do it in accordance with their religion, and others do it for health reasons. Even though a person decides to not include animal protein in their diet, it would not create any health issues with the right vitamins and minerals supplementing their daily intake.

You may have heard some people consider themselves “vegan.” While there are similarities, difference between vegan and vegetarian also exist. A vegetarian lifestyle could include a few different diets but being a vegan could exclude any type of animal products of any kind in their lives.

About Vegan

One of the main differences between a vegan and a vegetarian is in not only what they eat but in what they will not eat. A vegan will not eat anything to do with animals, which includes meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, honey or gelatin. Their diet consists solely of beans, grains, fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables. It may appear that this style of eating is a far cry from a standard American diet, or SAD, but it is much more than just eating a salad. There are many delicious gourmet meals that a vegan can enjoy.


About Vegetarian

A vegetarian is a person who will not eat meat for whatever reasons he chooses – his health, animals protection, or for the environment. A lacto-ovo vegetarian is a vegetarian who does include eggs and dairy into their diet.

To be considered a vegetarian, you would not eat meat of any kind. The vegetarian way of eating is often called a meat-free or meatless diet. Anyone who does not eat meat but eats fish is considered a pesco-vegetarian; if they eat fish they are considered a pollo-vegetarian; and someone who eats a vegetarian diet sometimes is considered to be a flexitarian. None of these specialty groups are considered vegetarians.


Difference Between Vegan and Vegetarian

The main difference between being a vegan and being a vegetarian is that being vegetarian is mostly limited to what a person eats while being a vegan is a lifestyle. A vegan does not eat meal, they also do not have anything to do with animal products in their lives. A vegan does not have household items, clothing of any kind, or cosmetics that have anything to do with animals. Many vegans begin as vegetarians and slowly migrate to eliminating anything to do with animals.

Many people become vegans because of their health (dietary vegans) and others embrace it because of political or moral issues (ethical vegans). A vegan has very strong feelings that animals were not put here to be taken advantage of and commercialized for the good of man. They respect all aspects of life including those of animals.

People who become vegetarian may begin this type of diet because of health issues; some are concerned about the safety of the meats and poultry we get from the grocery stores. Religious reasons could also be the basis for someone becoming a vegetarian. Some Christian religions call for a period of a meatless diet during Lent; other religions like Jainism and Hinduism are geared towards a vegetarian diet.

Famous Vegetarians and Vegans


Ellen DeGeneres

Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has been a vegan since 2008. She has encouraged others to follow her lead through her website “Going Vegan with Ellen.” Ellen used to love cheeseburgers but was influenced by the book Skinny Bitch and a documentary called Earthlings.


Russell Brand

Comedian Russell Brand has been a vegetarian since he was just 14. In 2011 he was named the “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity” by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Brand feels that “You shouldn’t eat animals, it’s mean to them.”


Carrie Underwood

Not only is Carrie Underwood a major country music entertainer, she is an affirmed vegetarian. She has eliminated all animal products from her regime and is a complete vegan. She became a vegetarian at 13 while on her family’s farm and found out what happened to the animals.


Anne Hathaway

Actress Anne Hathaway has struggled with her commitment to vegetarianism. She began eliminating meat on and off since she was 12. After an epiphany while filming a movie in England, she committed to being a vegan swearing off fish as well as meat.


Christina Applegate

Even though she is known for her comedic talent, Applegate takes being a vegetarian seriously. It all began when she was eating her lunch while on the Married with Children sit-com. The plate she was served had blood on it. She has since gone on to encourage people to not buy fur coats through PETA.


Bob Harper

Harper is the fitness trainer on the weight loss show The Biggest Loser. The 44-year old health fanatic started out as a vegetarian but has since turned vegan. He feels “clear headed and strong” since eliminating meat from his diet.

Good News: The rise of the part-time vegans

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Once veganism was widely associated with animal rights activists, the health conscious and the religious. But now more and more people are dabbling with a vegan diet, albeit temporarily. Why?

To a committed carnivore, adopting a vegan diet – no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs – sounds like a dramatic step.

Vegan meal

But a growing trend for giving up all animal products doesn’t involve going vegan forever. Nor does it even require being morally opposed to eating meat.

In fact, it might only last a matter of weeks.

More people are pledging to go vegan for seven or 30 days, according to the Vegan Society. There were 40% more people signing up to this temporary menu in the first two months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, it says.

Most famously singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z went vegan for 22 days as part of a “spiritual and physical cleanse”.

Jay-Z and Beyonce

And this year a new campaign – Veganuary – has already seen 3,200 people commit to go vegan for the first month of 2014, organisers say.

Many of these part-time vegans aren’t against eating animal products in principle. But they might have taken inspiration from well-known figures who have adopted the vegan lifestyle full-time, such as Oscar-winning film director James Cameron, former US president Bill Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

There are also 150,000 full-time vegans in the UK – so about one in 400 – according to the Vegan Society. The ratio goes up to roughly one in 150 in the US, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group, which puts the total figure at two million. Like vegetarians, they don’t eat meat, poultry, fish or by-products of slaughter – vegans don’t eat eggs and dairy products either.

But it’s those who dabble in the diet rather than follow it full-time who are coming to prominence like never before.

Each temporary vegan might have very different motivations. Some might seek to shed the signs of Christmas indulgence, others might see it as a good way to detox.

According to Juliet Gellatley, director of the vegan and vegetarian group Viva, it mostly comes down to two main reasons – health concerns, and greater awareness about how animals are treated.

“People might be prone to heart disease or want to get their cholesterol down,” she says. “Or it might be because they’ve seen something on factory farming. But once people turn to veganism, they usually open their minds to the other issue too.

“The third factor, which is more unusual, is environmental reasons such as global warning or deforestation,” she says.

It’s a tale that rings true with young professional Rachel Hollos, a global marketing director from London. She says her main motivation for going vegan for a month was the health benefits.

“I have read a lot of articles about how we don’t really need dairy products and how cow’s milk contains lots of hormones, which puts our own hormones out of sync,” she says.

Publicity surrounding a PETA investigation into angora farms also got her thinking.

A PETA activist in India holds a sign reading

Rachel says the vegan diet “differs substantially” to her normal diet, which typically includes lots of fish, eggs, goats milk and yogurt. The switch has been easy during the week – when she’s able to cook meals at home and prepare packed lunches – but difficult when eating out at weekends.

“I definitely feel like I’ve got more energy and feel less bloated, but I also feel very hungry most of the time.”

Advocates for the diet insist this latter sensation is not what veganism is about. Gellatley says hunger is easy to avoid if new vegans plan their meals carefully. Porridge, pulses, lentils and beans all help keep the stomach feeling full, she says.

Someone whose belly hasn’t been rumbling is 32-year-old Luke Graham from Cardiff, despite burning lots of energy in his job as a personal trainer. He says his motivation to sign up to Veganuary was “half ethics and health, and half experiment”.

A vegan diet is all about planning, he says. “I used to put a slab of meat and veg under the grill most nights. Now my cupboard is full of pulses, which has taken some adjustment,” he says.

So far Luke is finding his energy levels are fine, unlike when he tried going vegan about 10 years ago, which he says “made him look like a 12-year-old boy”.

“I need to be strong and in good shape for my job and I was worried going vegan was contrary to this. Last time I tried it, I didn’t really understand much about nutrition. Now writing nutrition plans are part of my job,” he says.

Viva’s Gellatley says there’s been a shift in attitude when it comes to men going vegan. “Before many would say there’s no way they’d give up meat. They were traditionalist, loved their steaks and roasts, (and were) macho about it. But now more moneyed, powerful men are coming out and saying vegan is the healthier way,” she says.

It’s not even always about cutting out meat and dairy for weeks at a time. The VB6 diet, which advocates eating a vegan diet before 18:00, became the fad diet to follow after New York Times food writer Mark Bittman published his book last year.

There are also any number of raw food, juice cleansing, soup slimming diets that involved cutting down on animal products.

But there is also some evidence to suggest that veganism isn’t just for January. The UK market for meat-free products such as tofu, burgers, and imitation chicken fillets was put at £625m in 2013, up 21% from five years earlier, according to Mintel.

The free-from market – which includes dairy free and wheat-and gluten-free products – went up by 72% between the same period.

Vegetable juicer

And the first German all-vegan supermarket chain, Veganz – offering more than 6,000 vegan products – is due to open in London later this year.

There may be other reasons why people are moving towards plant-based diets. The horsemeat scandal led to more than half of UK consumers changing their shopping habits, according to consumer group Which?

Others argue celebrity-backed campaigns such as Meat Free Mondays – which Sir Paul McCartney helped launch in a bid to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint by cutting out meat – have also contributed to a club of “meat reducers”.

But Gellatley believes there’s been a “seismic shift in attitude” towards going vegan, “which is no longer seen as alien”.

“People aren’t necessarily going vegan, but they seem to admire those cutting it out a bit more – they are more apologetic, saying, ‘I know it’s not good for my heart’,” she says.

And the 21-year veteran of veganism says she doesn’t take issue with the apparent disjunction between the principles of veganism adhered to by some devotees and the more casual attitude of the occasional dabbler.

“Any change is positive in my view. Anything that pushes that shift to eat less animals rather than more is good.

“Plus very few people go straight to a vegan diet. Some change overnight, but we get emails from people every day saying they gave up red meat, then white meat, then fish, then diary etc. Most people go vegetarian before vegan. It’s about opening hearts and minds,” she says.

For Rachel, the vegan diet is only for January. She says she will add fish back into her diet in February, and possibly add organic white meat later.

“The vegan diet has really made me think about what I put into my body and I’ve come across lots of nutritionally beneficial and tasty recipes which I’ll continue to cook.

“I think there is common sense in a lot of the theories and it’s a definitely a worthwhile challenge,” she says.

The part-time vegan might well become a permanent fixture.

Moby Opens Vegan Restaurant, Donates All Profits to Purrr-fect Cause

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You might know Moby from his cool electronica music, or his DJ and recording work that has earned about $30 million, but did you know about his new vegan restaurant in Los Angeles that is giving all its profits to animal charities?


After opening the Little Pine bistro in November, the music tycoon announced that every nickel they made would be donated to organizations such as The Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, Farm Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd, and PETA.

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“Opening Little Pine was never meant to be a conventional entrepreneurial endeavor,” Moby explains in a press release. “I want it to represent veganism in a really positive light, and also help to support the animal welfare organizations who do such remarkable work.”

The hip space located at 2870 Rowena Avenue features Mediterranean, plant-based cuisine & woodsy-chic design that reflects the celebrity’s interest in architecture.

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“I can write about organic food and veganism and architecture & design, but it’s a lot more compelling and interesting to open a restaurant and show actual, physical examples of organic food, community, veganism, and architecture & design,” says Moby on the website. “Blogs and instagram are great, but a picture of food will never replace an actual, beautiful plate of food served in a beautiful space.”

Types Of Vegetarian Diets (There Are 6 Types Of Vegetarian)

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Most people would answer Vegetarian and Vegan. But in fact there are 6 dfferent Vegetarian Diets people follow.

Vegetarian have 6 sub-categories.

3- Ovo-lacto vegetarian
4- Ovo vegetarian
5- lacto vegetarian
6- Vegan.

Vegetarian is a GENERAL term used to describe a person whose diet does not include meat, poultry, fish or seafood.
Many switch to vegetarian life style because of religion belives, health or ethic reasons.

A vegetarian may choose to consume chicken and fish but restricts from consuming meat.
This category is called Semi-Vegetarian. Semi vegetarian diet may also include dairy products and eggs.

Ovo-Lacto-Vegetarian which happens to be the largest group under the vegetarian blanket, describes a person who
do not consume Meat, Poultry, Fish, or Seafood but his diet includes eggs, Milk and Butter.

OVO-VEGETARIAN is a term used to describe a person who would be a vegan but is not a vegan because eggs
are a part of his diet.

A lACTO VEGETARIAN would be a vegan but is not a vegan because Milk is included in Lacto-Vegetarian diet.

VEGAN is the strictest and toughest sub-category under the vegetarian blanket.
Vegans do not consume any animal flesh or products and by-products. The vegan diet strictly consist of vegetables, fruits grains and legumes
some vegans go as far as not even consuming Honey, yeast and product prepared with honey or yeast, like for example bread.

Word of caution:

Generally speaking vegetarian diet is a healthy diet if planned well. Therefore it is important to take some time to figure out
which cathegory of the vegetarian group is more comfortabl for you to start in and learn how to plan meals for that categorie to
get all the nutrients necessary for healthy life style.

It is always recomended to consult your doctor or certified dietishen before switchting diets.