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The case for vegan Christmas cookies

By Paula Moore

Of all the foods associated with the holiday season, cookies may be the most ubiquitous — and the best-loved. They’re easy to make and fun to eat and instantly put everyone in a better mood. What’s a holiday office potluck or party for friends without plates piled high with rugelach and spiced snickerdoodles?

But what if all those batches of sugar cookies and gingerbread folk could do more than bring holiday revelers brief moments of cheer? What if they could help promote peace on Earth?

Don’t believe it? It’s true. You really can help foster an atmosphere of goodwill to all—by swapping out the eggs and butter in traditional recipes and using vegan ingredients in their place. In the process, you’ll also be giving your guests some food for thought.

As vegan television star Christina Pirello, from the PBS show Christina Cooks, says, “Cookies are the most benign, noncontroversial way to start conversations” about what we eat. “When presented with a chocolate chip cookie, most people will not turn up their nose, even if told it’s vegan. And if a ‘healthful’ cookie turns out to be yummy, the door is open for discussion.”

And there’s a lot to discuss when it comes to delicious vegan cookies and other baked goods. Not only do they contain none of the animal fat or cholesterol found in eggs and dairy products, they also spare animals enormous suffering on factory farms.

Virtually all hens used by the egg industry spend their entire lives in cages so cramped that they can’t even spread a single wing. They never get to breathe fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or engage in any natural behavior.

Cows on dairy farms are typically forced to stand all day on hard concrete or in manure-laden dirt. And since they produce milk only to nourish their calves, farmers keep them pregnant or lactating from the moment they become sexually mature by artificially inseminating them.

The male offspring of chickens and cows are useless to the egg and dairy industries. Male chicks are discarded shortly after birth—often by being thrown into high-speed grinders while they’re still alive. Calves are often torn away from their loving mothers within a day or two, causing both extreme distress. Mother cows are known to call out for their lost calves for days afterward. The male calves are sold to the veal industry, which keeps them confined to tiny crates, while females are sentenced to the same sad fate as their mothers.

If all that’s a little too heavy for holiday party conversation, just mention that when you use vegan options instead of raw eggs in recipes, you can sneak a bite (or three) of cookie dough without fear of salmonella poisoning.

Vegan baking substitutions are as easy as they are compassionate. For instance, instead of cow’s milk, just use an equal amount of soy or almond milk. If a recipe calls for buttermilk, add a little apple cider vinegar to your nondairy milk. One tablespoonful of ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoonfuls of water is a tried-and-true egg replacement. Look online for other vegan baking tips. These simple substitutions won’t change the taste of your holiday favorites, and no one will know they’re vegan—unless you tell them.

But remember, everything in moderation—including vegan chocolate candy cane cookies. If you do overindulge in jam-filled thumbprint cookies and macaroons, there is some good news: Eating vegan can also be your best ally in the battle of the bulge come the new year.




Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

1 cup vegan margarine
1 cup sugar
Egg Replacer equivalent to 1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
5 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. ginger
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves

In a large bowl, cream the vegan margarine and the sugar. Mix in the egg replacer, molasses, and vinegar. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the wet ingredients.
Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Remove from the refrigerator and roll out on a floured surface. Cut into desired shapes.

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until the edges brown.

Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and remove to a wire rack.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

9 Vegan Roasts to Make your Holidays even Happier!


At Trader Joe’s (in Shrewsbury)


Breaded with herbs and red pepper flakes, this roast is made with protein from soy, peas, wheat, and ancient grains. It comes with gravy and wild rice cranberry stuffing and weighs a hefty 2.5 pounds! That’s a lot of vegan holiday cheer.

Available at Trader Joe’s storeus.

To see all the YUMMY vegan holiday roasts, click here! 

Went to a terrific birthday party yesterday

In the country!  (I got lost driving up) Multigenerational! (I want a kid, but not a baby/toddler. They are so … helpless. For me: A brash, wicked-smart 10 year old boy. I’ll let him grow his hair long! He’ll have his own dirt bike!) Vegetarian buffet before the ice cream birthday cake (not vegan – shame on us) and strawberry rhubarb pie The lovely hostess (so funny and smart!) gave me a ton of veggie lasagna to take home, some of which I am devouring now, for a late breakfast:


(Can you tell I make lousy coffee and tea? Note: the Keurgig machine and the 123,987,664 K cups! TOTALLY Rose-proof!)

All the food at yesterday’s birthday party was deelish – and vegetarian! Beautiful salads, so healthy … My friend’s vegan meatballs are the tastiest meatballs in the world! It is such an easy recipe, too. I am asking her to email it to me, so I can share it with you!

Why kill a living being just to eat its flesh? Steak. Gak! I haven’t eaten any since high school. I became a veggie-lover after living in a kind of hippie vegan commune in northern New England when I dropped out of college for a year, years ago. The place changed my eating habits FOREVER. I can’t believe I haven’t written a few columns about my experiences there!

Why support the animal concentration camp that is American factory farming? This country lags so far behind Western Europe in farm animal care. Many countries don’t even want our hormone-, anti-biotic-laden meat/poultry exported to their shores. Can’t blame them. Sick animals reflecting a sick, hyper-violent farming culture.

CUT BACK ON YOUR MEAT and POULTRY! MAKE OUR LEADERS IN CONGRESS AND IN OUR STATE HOUSES CHANGE LAWS THAT PERTAIN TO FARM ANIMALS. There have been some small but significant changes in the laws: cage size, stalls that let an animal turn around …Watch a couple of movies about AMERICAN FACTORY FARMING and learn and … have your heart broken.

Reject it all …

To help YOU change your life …

– Rosalie Tirella



Want to get started right now? Check out info on how to go vegan, onmaking the transition, a two-week meal plan, and a list of accidentally vegan foods (some of your favorite snacks might already be vegan)!

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Better late than never!

From PETA.ORG. Click on recipe name to see recipe. To download all the recipes CLICK HERE!    –  R.T.

Cinco de Mayo

Written by PETA May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The day now symbolizes Mexican resistance to foreign domination. As animal rights activists, we can relate to the fight for freedom and justice. To celebrate this sentiment, we’ve compiled our favorite vegan recipes that pay homage to Mexican culinary culture.

1. Tempeh Taquila Taco Sliders


2. Chick’n Enchiladas

Mole Enchiladas

3. Vegan Churros


4. Enchilada Bake


5. Vegan Mexican Horchata

Vegan Horchata

6. Loaded Nachos With Cashew Cheese


We don’t give a fig about football …

… so we’ll be taking a road trip to eat a yummy late lunch. But we do give a fig about animal rights. … If you’re into Tim Brady and amigos and are gonna throw a party, why not forgo the meat and try some healthy veggie eats, courtesy of PETA.ORG?

Before we get to the snacks … here are some NFL players who love and stand up for animals!

From PETA:

We’re this close to the Super Bowl, and football is on everyone’s minds. So we thought we’d satiate our yard-line yearnings with a look at some of the super studs who are scoring one for animals. PETA’s brand-new compilation video features gridiron guys who show no mercy to their opponents or to animal abusers.

Take it from some of the toughest guys around: Real men are kind to animals.




CLICK HERE to see all the recipes!

 Perfect Vegan Pizza

Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwiches

11 animal- and eco-friendly clothing and accessory companies to watch (and patronize) in 2015


Written by Christina Sewell (editor’s note: click on Christina’s name to read more about cruelty-free shopping!)

Well, it’s officially 2015. Another year older and wiser, right? When it comes to fashion, that wisdom includes becoming more aware of the numerous ethical and environmental issues raised by the way we dress. The tide of fashion is turning in favor of animals and the environment, and no one knows that better than the following companies. Keep your eye on them—they’re shaping the future.

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

Good Guys Dont Wear Leather

These shoes just might be the most comfortable chic little things ever to meet your feet. This all-vegan brand uses materials such as microfiber, canvas, and natural rubber to create shoes that are light, waterproof, nontoxic, and extremely durable. They’re designed in Paris, constructed in Portugal, and available for shipment to wherever your heart desires.



Conscious of the environmental and social impact of her designs, Lorna Burton’s CoraLlei collection places paramount importance on ethics and sustainability, drawing on the skills of Italian artisans in the company’s manufacturing home in Venice, Italy.

Dr. Martens’ Vegan Line

Dr Martens

Word on the street is that this heritage brand is back in a big way in 2015. Dr. Martens’ products are intended for all boot enthusiasts, and now that the brand touts an extensive vegan collection, this is truly the case. …

CLICK HERE to read more!

Top 5 Tips for a vegan Christmas


Top Five Tips for a Vegan Christmas Feast

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

This Christmas, are you looking for quick, easy, and delectable vegan foods to serve at your holiday meal or party? Whether you’re vegan or you know someone who is—or you just want to “test out the waters”—here are some suggestions for irresistible, cruelty-free fare for your holiday get-together.

1.   Succulent main courses: There are plenty of ready-to-eat choices, but PETA’s pick is Gardein’s new Savory Stuffed Turk’y. Other flavorful options include Turtle Island Foods’ Tofurky Roast and Field Roast’s Celebration Roast.

2.   Veganize the classics: You can easily use vegetable stock, vegan margarine, and unsweetened soy milk to veganize family favorites such as stuffing andmashed potatoes with gravy. In bread and savory dishes, use Ener-G Egg Replacer instead of eggs, and in sweet baked goods, use apple sauce or bananas. Refer to these articles for more specifics on replacements for dairy products and eggs.

3.   Divine desserts: Decadent nondairy, egg-free desserts from New York City’s famous Candle Café are now available at most Whole Foods Market locations. …

To read entire story, CLICK HERE

Go meat-less this holiday season!

Holiday time doesn’t have to be turkey-, pig-, or chicken-killing time! Besides, why gain all the extra holiday weight by eating animal fat?

Since I’ve pretty much stopped eating meat/animal fat, I’ve lost weight, feel “lighter” … and last week my yearly physical results came in: This old broad’s cholesterol level, BMI, blood pressure, sugar level, thyroid, iron, vitamin D, etc, etc normal to excellent!!

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Rosalie – old vegetarian broad!

Everyone’s always amazed that my blood pressure level is excellent, what with InCity Times, Jett and my screwy life in general. I say to them: GO VEGGIE and you can do ANYTHING!

I really believe vegetarianism/MUCH LESS ANIMAL meat and fat is the way to go for all us middle-aged folks! It keeps us trim and healthy! Without all that much work!

Here are protein sources to be wolfing down if you go meatless!

 – Rosalie Tirella



Vegans are constantly asked where they get their protein, when, in fact, protein is one of the easiest nutrients to find! These are just some examples of foods with a high protein value but no cholesterol or cruelty to animals. Not only are these foods easy to find and affordable, they’re also delicious!

1. Black beans

Black beans can be served alone or as a side. They also taste great in burritos, enchiladas, homemade patties, soups, or chili. They can even be added to baked goods!

Try these black-bean veggie burgers.

2. Tofu

You can marinate it, sauté it, grill it, mash it, bake it, and even blend it. Tofu will absorb any flavor that you put on it, which makes it suitable for many recipes. Add it to tacos, sandwiches, salads, or baked goods. It can also be used to make sauces, creams, or smoothies.

Try these Thai tofu lettuce wraps.

3. Nuts

There is a large variety of nuts, and they are all versatile and delicious. You can make vegan cheese sauces, nut milks, nut butters, and even faux meats from different types of nuts.

Try this nacho recipe using cashews.

4. Tempeh

Tempeh absorbs any flavor, just as tofu does. It can also be fried, baked, sautéed, or grilled. Tempeh can be used in pastas, sandwiches, tacos, chili, and many other dishes.

Try this tempeh Reuben sandwich.

5. Garbanzos

Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are a versatile legume. Add them to salads, soups, or wraps. You can mash them to form patties or blend them to create hummus.

Try this sandwich with mashed garbanzo beans.

6. Broccoli

Broccoli is a lean, green protein. You can add steamed broccoli to stir-fries, salads, or pastas. You can also add it to soups whole or blend it for a healthy green soup.

Try this tofu, rice, and broccoli dish.

7. Quinoa

You can use quinoa anywhere that you would use rice—as a side dish, mixed with veggies, inside a burrito, or on a salad. It can also be used to form faux burger patties.

Try this quinoa salad.

8. Lentils

Lentils can be added to tacos, burritos, soups, stews, and salads and can also be used to form faux meats, such as lentil burger patties. They’re quick and easy to make, too.

Try these lentil cakes.

9. Potato

Potatoes get a bad rap, but they can actually be good for you because of their high protein content. Dice them, and add them to your burritos, tofu scrambles, tacos, and stews. Or you can cut them lengthwise and bake them for a healthier version of French fries.

Try this creamy dill potato salad.

10. Mushrooms


There are various types of mushrooms, and they can be sliced or served whole. Use them in pastas, stir-fries, or tacos or on pizzas or serve them in a burger.

Try this mushroom risotto.

These are just 10 of the top protein sources, but there are many more! The number of recipes that you can make with these foods is endless, so get creative!

Read more: http://www.peta.org/living/food/top-10-vegan-protein-sources/#ixzz3HM6vNP79

I’ll bet there are some vegetarian veterans out there! Where are their entrees, Applebee’s?!

Applebee’s Says Thank You to Servicemembers with Free Meals on Veterans Day … and expands their Thank You movement!

Expanding upon its six-year Veterans Day tradition of providing free meals to current and former servicemembers, this year Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® will look to provide everyday household items like washers and dryers and medical equipment to veterans or active duty military and their families in need.

Applebee’s Thank You Movement is honored to partner with the community this year by asking friends, families and neighbors to submit stories at ThankYouMovement.com on behalf of veterans or active duty military and their families who need items that would help improve the lives of those who serve our country.

“We are thankful for the men and women who have served, and currently serve, to protect this great nation,” said Applebee’s President Steve Layt. “We’re excited to show our gratitude again this year by serving free meals to our military heroes on Veterans Day, and by partnering with our neighborhoods to help servicemembers in ways that will improve their everyday lives.”

Applebee’s Thank You Movement

Since creating the Thank You Movement in 2011 to collect messages of appreciation for each of the 24 million current and former members of our Armed Forces, Applebee’s has received more than 6.7 million personal “Thank You” messages through the movement’s website: www.thankyoumovement.com.

Visitors to ThankYouMovement.com can thank a veteran by writing a personal Thank You message to be posted in real time on the website. This year, the community can tell the story of a Veteran, active service member or military family in need by describing their situation, including their service and what household item might make their everyday live a little easier or more comfortable. Applebee’s will say thanks by fulfilling some of those needs.

Applebee’s Thank You Meals

On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, veterans and active duty military can choose a dish from the FREE Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s signature and favorite items, including:

7 oz. House Sirloin

American Standard All-In Burger

Double Crunch Shrimp

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne

Fiesta Lime Chicken®

Chicken Tenders Platter

Oriental Chicken Salad

Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees … Applebee’s Thank You Meals will be offered during normal business hours on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Hours vary by location, so Guests should call their local Applebee’s restaurant in advance to inquire about specific location hours.

Hearty autumn warm-ups!

Savory soups, stews and other rib-stickin’ fare! You don’t add meat to any of these tasty autumn warm-ups. So many meals and soups taste great and have no animal fat in them! For instance, the best “meatballs” I’ve ever eaten in my life are vegan, made by pal Kathy. As I wolf ’em down, I always ask her: Are you sure these are totally meatless? You didn’t slip a little meat in?   … They have flavor, texture, mmmmm … they are amazing. They are totally meatless.

Soups/stews are a yummy ways to ease yourself into a diet with less/no meat. – R. T.



There’s no better way to welcome the cooler months than with a hearty vegan stew but it’s important that the dish not only warm your soul and please your palate—it should also nourish your body with nutrients, minerals, protein, and fiber.

In her new book, Superfood Cuisine: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods, natural-food chef Julie Morris shows us how to use nutrient-dense superfoods that will heal and energize the body and promote radiant good health.

Today we’re sharing from Superfood Cuisine . The recipe is a filling stew made with kale and black-eyed peas—a fitting tribute to the bounty of fall. Bon appétit!

Kale & Black-Eyed Pea Stew

1 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 cups diced white onions (about 1 medium onion)
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/4 tsp. chipotle powder
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
3 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
2 Tbsp. wakame flakes, ground or crushed into fine pieces
3 cups cooked black-eyed peas
1 head kale, stems discarded and leaves chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

  • In a large pot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the celery and bell pepper and cook for a few minutes longer.
  • Stir in the oregano, thyme, chipotle, and paprika and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the vegetable broth, water, wakame flakes, and black-eyed peas.* Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes, adding more water if needed.
  • After the soup is cooked through, stir in the kale* and keep over the heat for a minute longer—just long enough to wilt the kale.
  • Add the lemon juice and turn off the heat. Top with parsley and serve.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

*Variation: Add 1 cup of diced smoked tofu when you add the black-eyed peas.

*Adding the kale at the end of the cooking process ensures that it’s softened enough to be enjoyed without destroying all its nutrients through heat.

Superfood tip: Using smoked ingredients like chipotle powder and smoked paprika add an impressive depth of flavor to recipes without compromising nutrition through overcooking.

Check out Julie’s blog for more tips and recipes, or download a free superfood booklet!

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