Saturday Garbage Plate: Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2011 5:50 pm by Kelly

happy new year

Happy VEGAN New Year! (Hey, the cake’s from Vegan with a Vengeance!)
CC image via Flickr user gregvanbrug.

Happy New Year, y’all! Now that the holidays are over, we’ll be returning to our regularly scheduled pizza tweets. That’s right: all pizza, all the time. Well, most of the time. Even I need a break from Daiya and red sauce. Follow us on Twitter for real-time nom, kay?

If you’re not already, resolve to go vegan in 2011! Pledge to live this year with compassion: for your your body, your health, and your conscience; for earth and its inhabitants; and, most of all, for the billions of animals we objectify, exploit and slaughter each and every year.

Not sure where to start? PCRM can help! Sign up for their 21-Day Vegan Kickstart so you can access shopping lists, meal plans, nutritional videos, and other tools and support to help you on your vegan journey. The next session begins Monday, January 3rd so don’t delay!

Need some inspiration? Check out this video of Ellen DeGeneres baking a vegan pizza with chef Wolfgang Puck:

While this pizza is free of cheese, vegans need not live a life devoid of the oozy, gooey stuff: there are a plethora of yummy, melty vegan cheeses on the market, including Daiya, Vegan Gourmet by Follow Your Heart and Teese. To help you out, we’ve even compiled a list of vegan cheeses (and meats!), available on our link love page.

Saturday Garbage Plate: Yo! Ho! Nom!

December 25th, 2010 11:23 am by Kelly

2010 FSMas Card - Ralphie (shot his eye out)

Merry whatever-you-celebrate, y’all! We interrupt your holiday festivities to bring you this week’s Saturday Garbage Plate link roundup, which has featured festive dishes and desserts throughout the month of December. Above is the “official” 2010 Garbato-Brady criFSMas card; below, this week’s #nom roundup, followed by the holiday card outtakes. From all of us to you and yours, we hope your Christma-Hana-Kwanza is one of peace and pasta – with a healthy side of pizza, of course!

In other news, the website is trying to develop a comprehensive list of eateries that offer vegan pizza options. Please add to the database if you can, mkay?

Also, PCRM’s next 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is scheduled to begin on January 1st. You can learn more and register for the course here.

Happy holidays!

2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - Peedee
2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - O-Ren
2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - Kaylee
2010 FSMas Card Outtakes - Jayne

Let PCRM Kickstart Your Heart (With Heirloom Tomatoes)!

September 4th, 2010 12:02 pm by Kelly


Several times a year, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) – an advocacy group comprised of medical professionals and laypeople, “working together for compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion” – holds a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart challenge. The program provides participants – omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike – with tips, tools, and information to help them transition to a vegan diet, whether for three weeks or (hopefully) a lifetime. Newbie and old school vegans alike can also benefit from the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, which provides plenty of inspiration and support to help to remix a tired routine.

Although this isn’t to suggest that a vegan diet is necessarily one of deprivation and boredom. Quite the opposite, in fact – a point which is underscored by the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart itinerary:

Whether you’re drawn to chocolate, cookies, potato chips, cheese, or burgers and fries, we all have foods we can’t seem to resist—foods that sabotage our best efforts to lose weight and improve our health. But PCRM’s Vegan Kickstart will help you win the food fight.

Based on research by Neal Barnard, M.D., PCRM president and one of America’s leading health advocates, this 21-day program is designed for anyone who wants to explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet.

During these three weeks you will have an all-access pass to:

* Daily e-tips that will put you on the path to weight loss, better health, and greater well-being
* A delicious, easy, and satisfying recipe sent every day that will help you break your cravings for unhealthy foods
* Weekly motivational nutrition webcasts featuring Dr. Barnard
* Social support of other Kickstart participants through the Kickstart message board where nutrition professionals answer your health and diet questions

Additional tools include meal plans, restaurant guides, daily nutritional quizzes, and celebrity phone calls.

You can learn more about the challenge and register as a participant at (Or, you know, just watch the 83-second video intro, embedded below!) Some of the static features, including an archive of past recipes, is available online year-round – so don’t be afraid to challenge yourself any time throughout the year.

Video: You’re Invited to Join the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart!
PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is designed to help you explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet—from weight loss to disease prevention! Everyone who joins this free program will notice amazing changes in their health. Learn more about the program at!

The next 21-Day Kickstart begins September 6th, so register today!