Being from Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland and home of a vast variety of cheeses, I wondered how anyone can replicate the texture and the flavour of different cheeses. Joane Stepaniak, author of The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook accomplishes just that! Her book has many recipes for all kinds of un-cheeses which are healthy for you, contains no animal fat because it is dairy-free, has less overall fat, and is lower in calories than the real variety.

Her book lists recipes for any cheese-lover covering spreads, dips, pestos, soups, stews, chowders, fondues, pasta, quiches, and pizzas to salads. She explores why we rely on dairy and asks if our bodies really need it, offering up plant based foods that are loaded in calcium, since dairy tends to deliver lots of it. It’s a unique book that every cheese lover needs in the kitchen. You be the judge, click to order and sample some recipes.

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Are you thinking about having seafood tonight? If so, then you must watch this interesting video which explains a lot about seafood.

There are vegan seafood choices. Visit the freezer section at a Whole Foods or natural food store near you. Ask an associate if you need help locating a product.

Veganomnicon is yet another vegan cookbook with lots of text and minimal pictures. I really do like to see what the dish should look like and if I even want to attempt to make it based on its picture. Granted, there are several pages of colorful photos in the middle of the book, but only for a handful of recipes. Why do publishers do this?! Also, I like to see one recipe per page along with a color photo please.

Anyway, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s book, Veganomnicon is worthy of purchasing and trying out some of the fantastic recipes, of which there are 250, that are egg-less and dairy-free. Their passion for concocting unique vegan dishes with eclectic flavours comes out in this book. Recipes are classic and contemporary, so there is something for everyone. The authors are entertaining and use mild curse words that should not offend most, and may even make you laugh.

What frustrated me about this book was that most recipes take too long to prepare. I like to make most vegan recipes 30 minutes and under. I simply do not have to time to be in the kitchen each day preparing time consuming recipes. I do like to save these lengthy recipes for the weekend, since I have more time then. If you try to cook vegan meals 30 minutes and under, then this book is not for you. However, if you like to sample new recipes and have the time on the weekend, like me, then buy the book because there are lots of great recipes.

I did love that the recipes were not complicated and did not require new gadgets that you have to purchase. The authors provide tips with recipes to make it easy for anyone to follow. They also provide a section explaining vegan ingredients and techniques to make it fun to cook and enjoy all of the recipes, ranging from casseroles, one-pot and stove-top meals, and sauces and fillings to ‘sammiches’ and my all time favorite, desserts.

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When I came across Babycakes dessert cookbook, I was quite skeptical since I am a lover of sweets, and good ones to boot!  I was pleasantly surprised and amazed at how I was sucked in to this delicious looking book. Not only is it pleasing to the eyes, but my mouth was watering just reading through some of these recipes. I couldn’t wait to get started trying out the recipes and seeing how good they really were.

Babycakes is a must have cookbook for any vegan that loves desserts, like me! Even better is that most of the recipes in this beautifully designed book are gluten-free and sugar-free. So, if you have allergies or food sensitivities, this book is for you! And, taste and texture are not sacrificed, at all! You’ll wonder why you ever ate desserts high in animal fat and cholesterol.

Aside from this book being easy on the eyes, with lots of colorful pictures of all of the fabulous recipes, author Erin McKenna reveals the tools needed and her tested techniques to make the best tasting desserts ever. She also gives helpful tips on using fresh fruits and vegetables when baking, especially for the delicious muffins, breads and scones. The ‘speciality’ ingredients are limited, so you should be able to find everything you need to bake.

Calling out your name will be red velvet cupcakes, chocolate shortbread scones with caramelized bananas, strawberry shortcake, and BabyCakes NYC’s celebrated frosting, not to mention the delectable muffins and teacakes, brownies and cookies, and pies and cobblers. OMG, too good to be true!

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Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, labels itself as “A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!” So of course I was intrigued to read about what crap I had to stop eating to trim down.

The title is captivating, especially to those who want to lose weight and look great! The title was deceptive, not once mentioning its true agenda of veganism and giving up meat and dairy. So what’s wrong with that! We are constantly bombarded by movie trailers and other books that market to the masses only to generate interest and sales.

Let’s face it, if you are looking for a diet, then you have probably looked before. Most likely you are on the diet fad phase, trying new diets that promise quick weight loss. But these fads do not keep the weight off. You then go back to your old eating habits and your weight yo-yos back to where you started, packing in even more pounds perhaps.

I love this book and recommend it for many reasons. Sure, it may be a manifesto against the meat industry, but who cares. The meat industry and our government are not concerned with your health, since they allow antibiotics and hormones, among other things, to taint animal meat which you eat. This book is about a lifestyle change and is humorous reading that will open your mind to change and make you care about what you consume.

The books funny writing does take a turn and becomes more serious in the meat industry chapter. I was actually grossed out but knew I had to read on because I was consuming meat at the time and I seriously wanted to know what was really going on, what I was really getting when I ate meat and dairy, and why my government was not looking out for me. I’m glad I did because it convinced me to change to a plant based diet. I am much happier and healthier. Read my story on my About Me page.

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80% of fish in the US is imported from developing nations, such as Thailand, Indonesia and China. What you may not consider is that these developing nations farm their fish in sewage like waters. The FDA inspects and tests less than 1% of fish imports. Malachite Green, which causes cancer and birth defects, is often found in imported seafood. When you eat fish, you most likely are taking antibiotics as well. There are many vegetarian meat alternatives, including vegan shrimp. Check the freezer section at your grocery store and ask an associate to help you find what you are looking for. They are schooled in what they sell.

Recommended reading listed here.

Watch this video because somethings fishy:

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A vegan lifestyle is healthy and safe for kids. You will be doing your children a favor by making them vegetarian kids and moving them to vegan animal free foods. Many diseases are derived from animal products, so eliminating these from their diet early on and introducing them to vegetarian meat (vegan meatless) will prove beneficial.

According to Mayo Clinic, “nutrition for kids is based on the same principles as nutrition for adults. Everyone needs the same types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. What’s different about nutrition for kids, however, is the amount of specific nutrients needed at different ages.

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I cannot live without desserts. Will I still be able to enjoy these and what can I eat?    

Yes, of course. There are many healthy dessert recipes you can indulge in. This site has several delicious and healthy dessert recipes posted, such as tofu based chocolate mousse, oat bars, chocolate chip cookies, blueberry piepumpkin pie, frosting and chocolate eclair that are all dairy free. 

You can also purchase packaged goods. Look for dairy free Rice Dream chocolate bars, available in five decadent varieties, they contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or refined sugars making them truly a dairy free and gluten free dream come true.

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Trader Joe’s brand of dark chocolate 73% is vegan. Whole Foods also has the 365 brand of vegan chocolate chip morsels, great for baking chocolate chip cookies and melting in the chocolate mousse recipe on this site. You can also use them to top off dairy free pancakes.  Arrowhead Mills has boxed mixes of some dairy free desserts. Try the Brownie Mix, use olive oil instead of vegetable oil, if you prefer, and use Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer instead of eggs. You can make these in a square pan or try to put them in muffin tins. The consistency comes out different depending on what pan you use but any way you bake it tastes great!

A great dessert for toddlers and kids is DINO bites banana and chocolate chip mini vegan cookies.

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I love to dine out. Where should I go and what should I order?    

I love to tell people to continue to go to your favorite places, just veganize it! I list some of my favorite places and what I order on my ‘stuff I like’ page or see below. Just be sure to let the waiter know you eat animal-free, so no meat, fowl, dairy, eggs, fish oils or animal stock. If you plan on eating the bread, just ask that it is free of milk, eggs and butter.

Some helpful links to finding vegan restaurants in your area are:

http://www.happycow.net/

http://www.vegdining.com/Home.cfm

http://www.veganeatingout.com/

http://www.vegguide.org/ for restaurants, grocers and organizations in your city.

http://www.zagat.com/ pick your city and type vegan in search.

Fast food options can be found here.

Desserts and snacks remain in high demand with vegans, so here’s a link to see what you can order while dining out at some establishments.

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Vegan is a term used to describe a diet that is plant based and has no animal products (no meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy and honey).

Definitions of vegan on the Web:

  • a strict vegetarian; someone who eats no animal or dairy products at all
  • veganism – The practice of eating neither meat nor other animal products, such as fish, milk and milk products, eggs, and honey; A way of life which strictly avoids use of any kind of animal products and services that are based on exploitation of animals

 

This website is dedicated to vegan recipes. Be sure to go to my substitutions page to see what vegan ingredients to use in place of .  Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle whose adherents seek to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The most common reasons for becoming a vegan are human health, ethical commitment or moral conviction concerninganimal rights or welfare, the environment, and spiritual or religious concerns. Of particular concern to many vegans are the practices involved in factory farming and animal testing, and the intensive use of land and other resources for animal farming.

Properly planned vegan diets are healthful and have been found to satisfy nutritional needs, and offer protection against heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Various polls have reported vegans to be between 0.2% and 1.3% of the U.S. population, and between 0.25% and 0.4% of the UK population.

The American Dietetic Association annually publishes its position on vegan and vegetarian diets:

Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.

Wine is sometimes made with animal products. While wine is essentially made from grapes, on occasion animal products are used in small amounts in the production process, and these wines would not be suitable to be part of a vegetarian or vegan diet.

There are many healthy vegetarian recipes  that contain vegetarian meat. Even vegetarian kids will love the new choices. Visit the recipe section for a wide variety of healthy dessert recipes that are vegan.

Recommended reading can be found here.

1.Vegetarian: Does not consume poultry, meat, seafood or fish.
2.Semi-Vegetarian: Consumes dairy products, poultry (including eggs) and fish, but does not eat any other animal flesh or products.
3.Ovo-Lacto-Vegetarian: Eats eggs and dairy, but does not consume any other animal products.
4.Ovo-Vegetarian: Consumes eggs but no other animal products or flesh.
5.Lacto-Vegetarian: Consumes dairy products but no other animal products or flesh.
6.Vegan: Eats no animal flesh, products or by-products. Some vegans also do not consume yeast or honey, and may opt not to wear clothing and accessories made from animals.