A Vegan’s Take on the Shape of Water

With 13 Oscar nominations, The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro, has been getting lots of buzz this year. I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately in terms of going to the movies lately (my favorite film so far being The Square), and encouraged by the effusive reviews went to see it.

I wasn’t as enchanted by it by most critics and I have to admit I’m not sure I …

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Mexican Rice and Beans

Rice and beans is a staple in Central American cuisine and it also happens to be best vegan meals ever, if prepared with the right seasoning. And if you already have the spices, it’s very cheap as well as super easy to make. I’ve made it for people who generally don’t go for beans, and they’ve told me it’s awesome. The rice also has a really slightly crunchy texture that makes it different than regular …

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What’s Going on With the Environment and Why We Should Give a Damn

Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.  Henrik Tikkanen

Can the earth withstand anything and everything we do it? Of course we know some level of course it can’t, and yet we generally act if this were a legitimate question that was up for debate. The fact that we’re destroying earth at an incredibly fast rate should be front page news, all day, every day. But alas, for most …

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds / Pepitas

Sometimes salads and sautéed or grilled vegetables are great on their own with just some extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt or my favorite, Herbamare. However, sometimes you just need a little more je ne sais quoi to make it more filling and satisfying. This is where pumpkin seeds can be a vital asset your vegan pantry!

Why pumpkin seeds? Well, most notably, they’re incredibly nutritious and rich in protein. But also, when roasted …

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A Vegan’s Take on Okja

Before seeing Bong Joon-ho’s film Okja, produced by Netflix, I didn’t know what a potential game-changer it might be for the vegan cause. I’d heard a little here and there about the film, knew it was a part Korean, part American sci-fi film centered around a girl and a genetically-modified pig-like animal and that it involved a struggle between a vigilante animal rights group and Big Ag. I held off on watching it at first, …

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Cucumber Guac

Guac is probably the single best thing you can make when gathering together with friends or family. It evokes a fun, laid-back vibe and everyone loves it.

I’ve been making my own version for several years now, but only last year introduced a new twist that makes it even more awesome: cucumber.

Cucumber adds an unexpected but welcome element of coolness, which is balanced by the warmth of red onion and jalapeño. I’ve made this …

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Must-Watch Animal Rights Talks

Since becoming vegan, I’ve listened to many thought-provoking and poignant animal rights speeches on YouTube. But there are really only a handful that have stuck with me throughout the years and that I keep returning to to watch or listen to again and again. I know I’m not alone, because they’re some of the animal rights and vegan talks with the most views on YouTube. So what is it about these speeches in particular that …

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Vegan Lemon Cream Pasta with Arugula

One of the things I love in theory about Mark Bittman’s pasta recipes in the New York Times is that they’re super-simple and yet they also use unique combinations of ingredients that make the dish creative and unexpected. Unfortunately, they also rely heavily on dairy – cream, butter, and cheese.

The good thing is that there are vegan alternatives to every dairy product. So when my mom told that she was making this recipe for …

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Vegan Lunch Joints NYC

People are finally waking up to the fact that vegan food is not doomed to be bland and boring, but can instead be delicious and exciting. An example of this phenomenon is vegan lunch spots which have proliferated over the years, commanding the attention of begrudging meat-eaters and making life easier for us vegans.

In my last post, I shared my vegan favorite places for dining out in NYC. Below are my favorite vegan …

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Vegan Restaurants NYC

A lot has changed in the New York City vegan scene in recent years. Some of my favorite vegan restaurants such as V-Note, Gobo, and Pure Food & Wine closed due to the high cost of organic food, rising real estate prices in Manhattan, and other circumstances.

It was definitely sad to hear that these restaurants closed, especially since the food and atmosphere they had were so great, and I have many fond memories of …

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