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Saturday Garbage Plate: Vegan Protest Fuel

March 5th, 2011 12:22 pm by Kelly


vegan Peppers and Onions Pizza

Vegan pepper and onion pizza!
CC image via Flickr user thewickedgoodvegan.

As always, let’s get this Saturday Garbage Plate started with your weekly #NOM roundup!

Contests and giveaways! Fave Diets has one box of (organic, vegan, Kosher) Righteously Raw Chocolate bars up for grabs (Don’t enter, though, cause these babies are ALL MINE!); vegansaurus! is giving away a Lightlife gift basket (See: previous parentheses.); you can enter to win Sjaak’s new vegan candy bars at VegNews; and one lucky Vegan Appetite reader will snag a copy of The Natural Vegan Kitchen, courtesy of The Book Publishing Company.

Missouri residents: Help save Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act! The MO state legislature is currently crafting legislation that would dismantle the measure, which was passed with 52% of the vote in November. Read more at missourifordogs.com, then take action. Sample letters are available from Missourians for the Protection of Dogs and Best Friends Animal Society.

Global residents: if you have any scratch to spare, please consider a donation to one of these lovely (vegan!) causes!

Vegan Protest Fuel is a brand spanking new project that was just launched this week. The good folks at VPF deliver vegan food to peaceful protesters defending their rights around the world. Their first campaign? Feeding “the tenacious heroes in Madison, WI, who are fighting to preserve their precious collective bargaining rights and for economic justice in their state against a radical conservative governor and assembly.”

Oh, how I love it when my veganism collides (happily!) with other social justice movements.

To learn more or make a donation, visit Vegan Protest Fuel’s Facebook page. Whether or not you’re able to donate, please like, share and spread the word!

Also, Team Vegan Vixens needs your support in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Held throughout the month of April,

The Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local events that allow community members (you!) to captain your own bowling team, participate in a kickass national event – and raise money to help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Abortion Funds are local, grassroots groups that work tirelessly to help low-income and disadvantaged women who want an abortion and do not have enough money to pay for it. Abortion Funds help women pay for their abortions, help them buy bus or plane tickets, and even offer women a place to stay when they have to travel for an abortion. Abortion Funds make a difference in women’s lives…and you can join them!

Team Vegan Vixens is currently the top fundraiser for the Chicago Abortion Fund, which is #8 overall. Help Team Vegan (Vixens!) represent by pledging your support.

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Vegan cookies are distributed at a Prop 8 rally in Riverside, CA, circa 2008.
CC image via Flickr user lierne.

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Vegan Meal Time

February 26th, 2011 11:28 am by Kelly


Garden Manicotti Pizza

Cheesy Vegan Garden Manicotti Pizza, with strips of red pepper and broccoli florets.
PCC image via Flickr user Bacon and Tofu.

All the pizza that’s fit to nom. All-vegan, too! (Like duh.)

Contests and Giveaways! Vegan Vagrant is giving away a package each of Fakin’ Bacon and Smart Bacon (both by Lightlife, for which I am a total fangirl) to one lucky winner; the deadline to enter is 2/28. Also ending on 2/28 is Vegan Machine’s Funk Off! Vegan Bath and Body Products Giveaway. Finally, TriniGourmet has a copy of Taymer Mason’s Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion up for grabs; enter to win by 3/2.

This just in: Daiya Pepperjack Cheese!

Support a prochoice vegan in The National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! (Fuck yeah, prochoice vegans! Ditto: vegan mozzarella sticks!) Just $179 to go and Emelda will have raised enough scratch to fund one abortion for a woman in need.

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If you still have a little extra monies floating around after that, why not make a donation to Planned Parenthood in honor of Mike Pence, Congressional Rep. and woman-hater extraordinaire? With any luck, our collective snarkery will make his head implode while also supporting a good cause, namely reproductive health care (including but not limited to breast cancer screenings; pelvic exams; STI testing; and UTI and yeast/bacterial infection diagnoses and treatments). Please and thank you.

Want to help the nonhuman victims of the recent flash floods and landslides in Brazil but don’t know where to start? Check out this roundup of resources I compiled over at my other pad: 2011 Brazil Mudslides: Animal Rescue & Vegan Relief Resources.

Have you ever seen the web series Epic Meal Time? (Hint: it’s almost like a parody of the Food Network’s most obnoxious, testosterone-driven, artery-clogging, meat-loving hipster d-bag cooking show, whatever that may be. (Don’t ask me, I don’t watch such ridiculousness!) Almost, but not quite. Apparently people actually recreate some of those recipes, WTF!) No? Well that’s okay, cause Vegan Meal Time is hilarious either way. Basically it’s like a spoof/response to EMT, with plenty of self-referential vegan jokes thrown in for good measure.

Read vegansaurus’s rundown here, and then subscribe to Getting Friendly’s YouTube channel here. I’ve embedded my favorite of the two vids below.

“THIS IS WHAT VEGANISM CAN DO FOR YOUR BODY!!!!”

Epic.

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Ain’t No Party Like a Scranton Party*

February 19th, 2011 11:25 am by Kelly


vegan pizza

A slice of vegan pie from Viva Herbal Pizzeria.
CC image via Flickr user roboppy.

Happy THREE DAY WEEKEND, peeps! This totally calls for a VEGAN PIZZA PARTY! (But then, doesn’t everything, hmmmm?)

Shane and I are gonna try experimenting with a potato pizza this weekend. (Ew, pervert, not like that.) How ’bout you?

Contests & giveaways! vegansaurus! is giving away one copy of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook; just leave a comment on the blog to win. Also, like Paw Prints: The Magazine’s FB page by 2/27/11 and you’ll be entered tp win a Magellan RoadMate 3065 GPS system.

Spay & Neuter Kansas City spayed and neutered 129 dogs and cats and provided over $1,950 in spay neuter subsidy assistance this week alone. Way to go, guys and gals!

10 things everyone should know about vegans. Bullet point numero uno: we rock.

On that note, I have an uber-important announcement: I HAVE OFFICIALLY MASTERED THE ART OF THE VEGAN TWINKIE!

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And so can you – just follow this recipe from Shmooed Food! It’s easy, yo! And delicious. Soooooo delicious….

Tip: for extra creamy goodness, ram a chopstick completely through the Twinkie before injecting the cream; this will allow for maximum fill. Sideways (at three points) is easier than lengthwise, especially if you’re working with a blunt instrument.

If yer doin’ it rite, you should be able to see the top of the Twinkie puff up with cream. If you’re especially lucky, some cream will even make it all the way through and spurt out the other side. It’s like a volcano of yum, y’all!

That’s all I have to report this week, folks. What’s going on in your corner of the interwebs?

* I was gonna do a play on this phrase – involving vegan pizza, natch – but once I remembered The Office’s remix, I couldn’t get it out of my head. And now by the transitive properties of YouTube, I shall curse you similarly. Muahahahaha!

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Saturday Garbage Plate (on a Sunday!): Can you taste the love on your plate?

February 13th, 2011 11:05 am by Kelly


Vegan Pizza!

Vegan pizza, topped with mozzarella Follow Your Heart Cheese and pineapple rings.
CC image via Flickr user tehbieber.

Wow, I totally flaked out and forgot to do the link roundup yesterday, didn’t I? I blame the craptabulous weather, which is slowly turning my brain into mush. Luckily, the temps in Kansas City should be warming this week, and I am super-psyched to spend some time outdoors with my five BDFs! (Best Dog Friends!) Also good: these links are just as delicious when served one day late. NOM!

(By the by, can you believe that the National Organization for Marriage has totally coopted this acronym for its hateful group? “NOM” should stand for all that is beautiful and yummy in the world. Denying GLBTQ folks their human and civil rights? Not so much. For shame!)

Contests and giveaways! Over at Vegan Planet, Robin Robertson is giving away a copy of her cookbook Vegan Fire and Spice; the deadline to enter is tonight, 2/13. Also, So Delicious is holding a “100 Days of Change Giveaway” on Facebook, with a different prize (and winner) each day!

Of course, don’t forget to vote in the 1st Annual Vegan Valentine Contest at Cook. Vegan. Lover. (I’m not saying that you should vote for me; just vote, mkay?) You have until tonight at 9PM EST!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City “is in desperate need of dry cat food and litter donations!! If you can help out in any way, drop your donations off at 1116 E. 59th street! Our kitties on out Pet Outreach Program will purr with JOY!”

Did you know that you can opt out of receiving the Yellow Pages now? It’s true! Welcome to 2001, y’all!

The SF vegan blog vegansaurus! has a guest post from St. Louis vegan Liz Miller, who gives us a tour of the vegan food options in that other Missouri city. Check it: Vegan in St. Louis: because you might have a connecting flight cancelled here someday.

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Pink Valentine’s Day biscuits that I made for my dog loves!
(& lovingly photographed on an animal-themed book pile.)
Recipe and details here.

Valentines Day! Whatever your plans for tomorrow, make them as cruelty-free as possible, yes? If you’re still shopping around for edible goodies, please use the Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate List as a guide. Better yet, give your sweetie some handcrafted sweets, made by you with love (and vegan, fair trade chocolate, of course!). May I suggest peanut butter cups, coconut bonbons, rocky road bark, or chocolate covered pretzels? Or perhaps some chocolate-shaped vulvas for the vegan feminist in your life? (Oooh, me me! Pick me!)

Even a romantic vegan dinner at home, followed by a butter cream cake, would make for a nice surprise. For some ideas, check out VegWeb’s holiday page, as well as this guide to heart-shaped foods (hello, pizza!) from VegNews.

On the flower front, why not opt for living plants rather than decaying, pesticide-soaked, factory-farmed bouquets? (I’m partial to cacti, myself.) Or, if you simply must buy roses, think organic. VegNews also suggests making your own eco-friendly bouquet out of recycled paper, Martha Stewart styley. Finally, packets of heirloom seeds are a nice gift idea for gardeners. Plus, they serve as a much-needed reminder that spring is right around the corner. (And after that: summer!)

As always, I ♥ vegan etsy!

Also: these Vegantine’s Day Strawberry Love Bugs! from Wing-It Vegan.

(And yes, I totally cribbed the last few paragraphs from this post. That’s okay though, cause I wrote it, so it’s not stealing. Just cheating! You should also totally check out the v-day post I wrote a few years back, about pampering your nonhuman friends on this most cheesiest and manufactured of holidays.)

Finally, this week’s Valentines Day-themed video comes from Farm Sanctuary:


 

Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary – Ep. 5: Love on the Farm
On episode five of our Sanctuary Tails blog video series, Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary, National Shelter Director Susie Coston talks about love on the farm in honor of Valentine’s Day and introduces us to some very special bonded pairs, including Bing and Bessie — two incredible geese who have lived at Farm Sanctuary for 25 years. You’ll also get to meet some of our pig, goat and chicken friends too!

Love, it’s a beautiful thing. Ditto: compassion and respect.

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Superbowl Sunday, i.e., Vegan Pizza Day #2

February 5th, 2011 12:07 pm by Kelly


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Forget buffalo wings and seven-layer dips! (Unless they’re vegan, yo!) This Superbowl Sunday, why not revisit Vegan Pizza Day by whipping up one of these delicious, cruelty-free pies? Slap some Daiya on top, and the otherwise occupied omnivores aren’t even likely to notice. That sound? I do believe it’s a two-point conversion for Team Vegan. (Yeah, I googled that term. What of it?) Nom!

Contests! Here’s a sampling of the vegan swag you could win this week: Alicia Silverstone is giving away a complete set of her 2010 ecoTOOLS collection; vegansaurus! has a copy of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions up for grabs; and last but not least, upload a photo of your furkid to Leaping Bunny’s Facebook wall, and you could win a gift bag from Badger Balm.

Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s weekly recap is up! Also, SNKC is trying to raise funds for Diamond, a sweet girl who suffered an injury when her leg became tangled in a tie-out. Her people can’t afford the cost of treatment, and she may need to have the leg amputated. Remember, don’t tether your dogs outside unsupervised or for long periods of time, and definitely don’t leave them outside at all in this cold, snowy weather! (SNKC reports that it will be working with Diamond’s owners to find alternatives to chaining going forward.)

Hey hey, it’s World Nutella Day! Celebrate by buying a vegan version or making your own. All of the chocolatey goodness, none of the rape and baby murder!

On that note, let’s part ways with this heartwarming video from Farm Sanctuary. Blitzen, Lawrence and Alexander’s Welcome Home tells the story of three male dairy calves rescued from a stockyard in New York. The three babies were sickly and required medical care at Cornell University before they could be relocated to Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter (which I will visit one day, I swear!).

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