A Vegan’s Take on Annihilation

I had mixed feelings seeing the trailer for the film Annihilation. On the one hand, I was intrigued because I had enjoyed Alex Garland’s previous film Ex Machina, as well as The Beach which had been based on his novel (Garland started out his career as a writer). On the other hand, I was apprehensive because I suspected that the film would misrepresent nature and animals in a negative way. The title also …

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Shiitake Bacon

This salty and crispy shiitake bacon is one of my favorite go-to toppings and it tastes remarkably like bacon. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare before throwing in the oven. I sometimes like to enjoy it on its own as a snack or appetizer, but it also goes great on top of pasta dishes like my vegan fettuccine alfredo and mac and “cheese.

Most of the shiitake bacon that I’ve had at vegan …

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Vegan Podcasts

Adopting a vegan diet or lifestyle can be challenging, especially given that when one goes vegan, they become a part of a minority group – which is rapidly growing but still somewhat of a fringe movement nonetheless. This can lead to a sense of isolation, and in my case made me feel at times like I was an alien from another planet. One of the things that has helped me has been listening to podcasts …

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A Vegan’s Take on the Shape of Water

With 13 Oscar nominations and a win for best picture, The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro, has gotten a lot of buzz. I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately in terms of movies (a recent favorite being The Square), and encouraged by the effusive reviews decided to see it.

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

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Mexican Rice and Beans

Rice and beans is a staple in Central American cuisine and it also happens to be one of the best vegan meals, if prepared with the right seasoning. And if you already have the spices, it’s very cheap as well as easy to make. I’ve made it for people who generally don’t go for beans, and they’ve told me it’s delicious. The rice also has a 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 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 the earth at an incredibly fast rate should be front page news, all day, every day. But alas, for most of …

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Roasted 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.

Pumpkin seeds:

  • Are rich in omega-3 fatty acid, as well as zinc, calcium, and iron
  • Provide 1/2
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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 Guacamole

Guac is one of the best things you can make when gathering together with friends or family. It evokes a fun, laid-back vibe and most people love it.

I’ve been making my own version for several years, but recently when I was making it with a friend, he suggested adding a new twist to make it even more enticing: cucumber.

Cucumber adds an unexpected but welcome element of coolness, which is balanced by the …

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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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