By Elizabeth Brion
When I went vegan in 1988, there were, as far as I could tell, only two vegan cookbooks in existence. I probably made every recipe in them at least a few dozen times. Thankfully, things are very different today. It's nearly impossible to keep up with the hundreds and hundreds of vegan cookbooks that have been released over the last decade or so. To help you narrow down which you should buy, here's a list of 2020 vegan cookbooks that we're most looking forward to. Whether you're looking to stop supporting the horrific treatment of sensitive and intelligent animals in animal agriculture, start helping to preserve what remains of our natural environment, or improve your own health (or hey, why not all three?), these cookbooks will help make it simple—and delicious—to do so.
BOSH!: Healthy Vegan
BOSH! is the biggest and fastest-growing plant-based food channel on the web, reaching more than 25 million people—and in this case, 25 million people definitely aren't wrong. Henry Firth and Ian Theasby reliably come up with crave-worthy, imaginative recipes that are easy and fun to follow. This is their third cookbook, which will be focused on healthier fare, and it hits stores on January 28.
Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes
A new cookbook from James Beard Award–winning chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry is always excellent news, and when it's his first in nearly six years, it's a save-the-date occasion (February 11, for the record). Terry's recipes are healthy, innovative, and intensely flavorful. A few I'm looking forward to are Barbecued Carrots with Slow-Cooked White Beans, Citrus & Garlic-Herb-Braised Fennel, and Caramelized Leek & Seared Mushroom Toast.
Eat for the Planet Cookbook
This follow-up to the eye-opening 2018 book Eat for the Planet contains animal- and planet-friendly recipes from a host of top vegan chefs, restaurants, and companies—even a few from our PETA coworkers! If you're not familiar with the devastating effect of animal agriculture on our planet, this book will bring you up to speed and show you how to counter it without sacrificing flavor.
So Vegan in 5 Ingredients
A number of books have focused on vegan recipes with five or fewer ingredients, but this one by Roxy Pope and Ben Pook caught my attention when I saw a recipe for five-ingredient, from-scratch ravioli. I know, right? Other intriguing options include Rich Ragu, Super Squash Sheet Pan Bake, and Grilled Cinnamon Plums.
Southern Vegan: Delicious Down-Home Recipes for Your Plant-Based Diet
A totally objective fact: Vegan comfort food based on traditions of the American South is the best thing in the world. Thanks to Lauren Hartmann—the creator of the Rabbit and Wolves website—even if you're not lucky enough to live near a restaurant specializing in this cuisine, you can now make beignets, chicken biscuits, pot pies, jalapeño hushpuppies, and Mississippi mud cheesecake without harming any animals.
Love Is Served: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes From Southern California
Although it started out in San Francisco, Café Gratitude is probably the most Southern California restaurant in Southern California: All of its dish names are positive self-affirmations. It's a cute gimmick that's backed up with seriously legit food. Now you can serve its most beloved recipes—including "I Am Warm-Hearted" (grilled polenta with mushroom ragout), "I Am Gracious" (sundried tomato pesto grain salad), and "I Am Passionate" (black lava cake)—in your own home. Whether you require your family to say, "Could you please pass the 'I Am Fearless'?" is totally up to you.
Gluten-Free, Vegan Cooking in Your Instant Pot: 65 Delicious Whole Food Recipes for a Plant-Based Diet
Kathy Hester is the author of a number of specialized vegan cookbooks. Her books on recipes for air fryers and slow cookers are well-worn favorites at my house, and if you're one of the many people who have simplified their cooking routines with an Instant Pot, I'm sure this book will be similarly indispensable for you. The vegan, gluten-free recipes range from Chickpeas and Dumplings and Veggie Hunter's Lentil Quinoa Stew to from-scratch yogurt and sliceable cheese and Almond Berry Cake.
Wait, That’s Vegan?!: Plant-Based Meatballs, Burgers, Steaks and Other Dishes You Thought You’d Never Eat Again!
Full disclosure: I was drawn to this book because the first part of the title is something people say to me all the time. This cookbook from first-time author and plant-based nutritionist Lisa Dawn Angerame focuses on delicious vegan versions of familiar dishes such as meatballs, burgers, pasta with Bolognese sauce, and egg salad. It's a great option for new and aspiring vegans who are worried that they'll have to eat strange new food—or for experienced vegans who still sometimes crave the flavors of their childhood.
Vegan Yack Attack’s Plant-Based Meal Prep: Weekly Meal Plans and Recipes to Streamline Your Vegan Lifestyle
Cookbooks often say that they're designed for busy people, but I've never been more confident that's actually true than when I read that Jackie Sobon's upcoming one includes the category "Car Breakfasts." In addition to recipes, the book contains shopping lists, checklists, and a step-by-step guide for making prep day as efficient as possible. In short, I really need this book. Maybe you do, too.
Reposted with permission from PETA.
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In a big victory for animals, Prada has announced that it's ending its use of fur! It joins Coach, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors, Donna Karan and many others PETA has pushed toward a ban.
This is a victory more than a decade in the making. PETA and our international affiliates have crashed Prada's catwalks with anti-fur signs, held eye-catching demonstrations all around the world, and sent the company loads of information about the fur industry. In 2018, actor and animal rights advocate Pamela Anderson sent a letter on PETA's behalf urging Miuccia Prada to commit to leaving fur out of all future collections, and the iconic designer has finally listened.
VICTORY!! 🎉💃🙌 @Prada finally bans fur! This is a big victory for animals 🦊 It's time for #Prada to spread its com… https://t.co/u5EOYrdf3q— PETA (@PETA)1558547658.0
"Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products," said Prada S.p.A Chief Executive Miuccia Prada.
PETA applauds Prada for joining the ever-growing list of fashion houses that are dropping fur, and we now urge the brand to follow in Chanel's compassionate footsteps by also removing cruelly obtained exotic skins — including from ostriches, crocodiles, lizards, and snakes — from future collections. PETA has purchased the minimum amount of stock in the company required to propose shareholder resolutions to ban exotic skins. Most shoppers no longer wish to wear the skin of any animal who was electrocuted or bludgeoned.
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Making the switch to solar energy can help you lower or even eliminate your monthly electric bills while reducing your carbon footprint. However, before installing a clean energy system in your home, you must first answer an important question: "How many solar panels do I need?"
To accurately calculate the ideal number of solar panels for your home, you'll need a professional assessment. However, you can estimate the size and cost of the system based on your electricity bills, energy needs and available roof space. This article will tell you how.
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Factors That Influence How Many Solar Panels You Need
To determine how many solar panels are needed to power a house, several factors must be considered. For example, if there are two identical homes powered by solar energy in California and New York, with exactly the same energy usage, the California home will need fewer solar panels because the state gets more sunshine.
The following are some of the most important factors to consider when figuring out many solar panels you need:
Size of Your Home and Available Roof Space
Larger homes tend to consume more electricity, and they generally need more solar panels. However, they also have the extra roof space necessary for larger solar panel installations. There may be exceptions to this rule — for example, a 2,000-square-foot home with new Energy Star appliances may consume less power than a 1,200-square-foot home with older, less-efficient devices.
When it comes to installation, solar panels can be placed on many types of surfaces. However, your roof conditions may limit the number of solar panels your home can handle.
For example, if you have a chimney, rooftop air conditioning unit or skylight, you'll have to place panels around these fixtures. Similarly, roof areas that are covered by shadows are not suitable for panels. Also, most top solar companies will not work on asbestos roofs due to the potential health risks for installers.
Amount of Direct Sunlight in Your Area
Where there is more sunlight available, there is more energy that can be converted into electricity. The yearly output of each solar panel is higher in states like Arizona or New Mexico, which get a larger amount of sunlight than less sunny regions like New England.
The World Bank has created solar radiation maps for over 200 countries and regions, including the U.S. The map below can give you an idea of the sunshine available in your location. Keep in mind that homes in sunnier regions will generally need fewer solar panels.
© 2020 The World Bank, Source: Global Solar Atlas 2.0, Solar resource data: Solargis.
Number of Residents and Amount of Energy You Use
Households with more members normally use a higher amount of electricity, and this also means they need more solar panels to increase energy production.
Electricity usage is a very important factor, as it determines how much power must be generated by your solar panel system. If your home uses 12,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year and you want to go 100% solar, your system must be capable of generating that amount of power.
Type of Solar Panel and Efficiency Rating
High-efficiency panels can deliver more watts per square foot, which means you need to purchase fewer of them to reach your electricity generation target. There are three main types of solar panels: monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin-film. In general, monocrystalline panels are the most efficient solar panels, followed closely by polycrystalline panels. Thin-film panels are the least efficient.
How to Estimate the Number of Solar Panels You Need
So, based on these factors, how many solar panels power a home? To roughly determine how many solar panels you need without a professional assessment, you'll need to figure out two basic things: how much energy you use and how much energy your panels will produce.
According to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average American home uses 10,649 kWh of energy per year. However, this varies depending on the state. For example:
- Louisiana homes have the highest average consumption, at 14,787 kWh per year.
- Hawaii homes have the lowest average consumption, at 6,298 kWh per year.
To more closely estimate how much energy you use annually, add up the kWh reported on your last 12 power bills. These numbers will fluctuate based on factors like the size of your home, the number of residents, your electricity consumption habits and the energy efficiency rating of your home devices.
Solar Panel Specific Yield
After you determine how many kWh of electricity your home uses annually, you'll want to figure out how many kWh are produced by each of your solar panels during a year. This will depend on the specific type of solar panel, roof conditions and local peak sunlight hours.
In the solar power industry, a common metric used to estimate system capacity is "specific yield" or "specific production." This can be defined as the annual kWh of energy produced for each kilowatt of solar capacity installed. Specific yield has much to do with the amount of sunlight available in your location.
You can get a better idea of the specific yield that can be achieved in your location by checking reliable sources like the World Bank solar maps or the solar radiation database from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
To estimate how many kW are needed to run a house, you can divide your annual kWh consumption by the specific yield per kilowatt of solar capacity. For example, if your home needs 15,000 kWh of energy per year, and solar panels have a specific yield of 1,500 kW/kW in your location, you will need a system size of around 10 kilowatts.
Paradise Energy Solutions has also come up with a general formula to roughly ballpark the solar panel system size you need. You can simply divide your annual kWh by 1,200 and you will get the kilowatts of solar capacity needed. So, if the energy consumption reported on your last 12 power bills adds up to 24,000 kWh, you'll need a 20 kW system (24,000 / 1,200 = 20).
So, How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?
Once you know the system size you need, you can check your panel wattage to figure how many panels to purchase for your solar array. Multiply your system size by 1,000 to obtain watts, then divide this by the individual wattage of each solar panel.
Most of the best solar panels on the market have an output of around 330W to 360W each. The output of less efficient panels can be as low as 250W.
So, if you need a 10-kW solar installation and you're buying solar panels that have an output of 340W, you'll need 30 panels. Your formula will look like this: 10,000W / 340W = 29.4 panels.
If you use lower-efficiency 250-watt solar panels, you'll need 40 of them (10,000W / 250W = 40) panels.
Keep in mind that, although the cost of solar panels is lower if you choose a lower-efficiency model over a pricier high-efficiency one, the total amount you pay for your solar energy system may come out to be the same or higher because you'll have to buy more panels.
How Much Roof Space Do You Need for a Home Solar System?
After you estimate how many solar panels power a house, the next step is calculating the roof area needed for their installation. The exact dimensions may change slightly depending on the manufacturer, but a typical solar panel for residential use measures 65 inches by 39 inches, or 17.6 square feet. You will need 528 square feet of roof space to install 30 panels, and 704 square feet to install 40.
In addition to having the required space for solar panels, you'll also need a roof structure that supports their weight. A home solar panel weighs around 20 kilograms (44 pounds), which means that 30 of them will add around 600 kilograms (1,323 pounds) to your roof.
You will notice that some solar panels are described as residential, while others are described as commercial. Residential panels have 60 individual solar cells, while commercial panels have 72 cells, but both types will work in any building. Here are a few key differences:
- Commercial solar panels produce around 20% more energy, thanks to their extra cells.
- Commercial panels are also more expensive, as well as 20% larger and heavier.
- Residential 60-cell solar panels are easier to handle in home installations, which saves on labor, and their smaller size helps when roof dimensions are limited.
Some of the latest solar panel designs have half-cells with a higher efficiency, which means they have 120 cells instead of 60 (or 144 instead of 72). However, this doesn't change the dimensions of the panels.
Conclusion: Are Solar Panels Worth it for Your Home?
Solar panels produce no carbon emissions while operating. However, the EIA estimates fossil fuels still produce around 60% of the electricity delivered by U.S. power grids.
Although the initial investment in solar panels is steep, renewable energy systems make sense financially for many homeowners. According to the Department of Energy, they have a typical payback period of about 10 years, while their rated service life is up to 30 years. After recovering your initial investment, you will have a source of clean and free electricity for about two decades.
Plus, even if you have a large home or find you need more solar panels than you initially thought you would, keep in mind that there are both federal and local tax credits, rebates and other incentives to help you save on your solar power system.
To get a free, no-obligation quote and see how much a solar panel system would cost for your home, fill out the 30-second form below.
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By Michelle Kretzer
Want to get healthier this year? Almost half of Americans resolve to. But you don't have to drastically slash your calorie intake or take up residence at the gym to improve your health. Since we power our bodies through our digestive system, a healthy gut equals a healthy everything else.
The work of turning food into fuel is done by 40 trillion "good guy" gut bacteria. They determine when we feel hungry and how we store fat, communicate with our brain to regulate our moods and help ward off disease. So this year, instead of depriving your body, why not try loading up on foods that feed your digestive system's beneficial bacteria—and help them help you?
Probiotics are the powerhouse microorganisms in healthy digestive systems that make sure that nutrients from food get where they need to go and fight off bad bugs. Foods that are packed with them include apple cider vinegar; kombucha; yogurt made from almond, soy or rice milk; and fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, kvass and fresh (not bottled) pickles. (And to see how the "bone broth" fad was debunked, click here.)
While probiotics help fuel us, prebiotics help fuel them. Probiotic bacteria flourish in the presence of foods containing prebiotics, such as garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and mangoes.
According to the esteemed Food Revolution Network, "Approximately 97% of Americans get at least the recommended amount of protein. But only about 3% of Americans get the recommended 40 grams of fiber they need per day." Fiber lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes and weight gain. You can find it in artichokes, green peas, lentils, almonds, raspberries, apples, oats, whole grains, avocadoes, jicama, flaxseed, chia seed, celery (or celery juice, if you prefer), and black, lima, and kidney beans.
Is there anything a green vegetable can't do? Reach for dandelion greens, broccoli, asparagus, seaweed, Brussels sprouts or kale for a blast of essential nutrients in just a handful of calories.
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There's just something sublimely satisfying about dyeing your hair a vibrant shade of red in the middle of a cold, gray winter or bright blonde at the height of summer.
Fortunately, there are many cruelty-free hair colors available today to help you achieve the perfect look. No matter whether you prefer an all-natural dye, a quick pick-up box from the drugstore, a semi-permanent color or a salon service, there is definitely something for everyone.
Try one of these cruelty-free, vegan hair dye brands:
Free of animal tests since the company began in 1980, Paul Mitchell is a pioneer in the world of cruelty-free beauty. Find a salon that uses Paul Mitchell hair dye.
You can find this company's products at Target stores, which carry 12 shades—huzzah!
4. Lime Crime
Lime Crime's semi-permanent hair color is adorably called Unicorn Hair, and comes in 13 magical shades.
5. Kevin Murphy
This company offers a hair color line for professional use. The hair dye formula uses extracts from Peruvian bark, baobab, bamboo and orange blossoms to moisturize hair as well as antioxidants from kakadu plums, orchids, lotus flowers and desert limes to help repair chemical damage naturally.
Free of ammonia and parabens, Tints of Nature's hair color is infused with plant-derived extracts and vitamins C and E.
This company offers seven shades of vegan, nontoxic dye and a selection of aftercare products.
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8. Primary Syn
This 100 percent vegan hair color line for professional use features semi-permanent and permanent color from a single tube.
This vegan hair color brand offers various lines, including professional-grade traditional colors, washable fun colors, correctives to bad dye jobs and more.
With a line of hair color called Deepshine Color, Rusk offers a wide selection of color and aftercare products.
11. Manic Panic
If you're looking for semi-permanent hair color without ammonia or peroxide, look no further. Manic Panic has wild and tame colors—whatever fits your mood.
12. Good Dye Young
This cruelty-free line of hair dye, developed by Hayley Williams of the band Paramore, features numerous shades of semi-permanent hair color and temporary hair makeup. Good Dye Young is now available online through Sephora and on the official Good Dye Young website.
13. Arctic Fox
This entirely vegan brand uses no drying alcohols, PPDs or harsh chemicals.
These henna colors are blended with essential oils and cocoa butter, so your hair will be conditioned and feeling fabulous after use.
15. Henna Color Lab
This company's organic vegan henna hair dyes bond with your hair (as opposed to chemically coating it), while Ayurvedic herbs condition the hair and scalp. The company also carries hair dye specific to beards!
All of Morocco Method's henna hair dyes are sulfate- and gluten-free and use no synthetic chemicals.
For a full list of cruelty-free hair dye companies, see our cruelty-free database and choose your desired product type from the pull-down menu.
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By Melinda McKee
Select Carl's Jr. locations now serve the delicious Beyond Burger!
You can substitute this vegan patty in any burger option on the menu, including the Big Hamburger, which comes with pickles, onion, ketchup and mustard on a sesame seed bun. This is huge news for animal welfare and for diners looking for healthier, accessible options on the go.
You can also opt for the new menu item, the Beyond Famous Star burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on a sesame seed bun and can be ordered vegan by requesting no cheese or mayo. Order any burger wrapped in lettuce for a gluten-free option.
In 2007, after talks with PETA, CKE Restaurants (the parent company of Carl's Jr.) announced that it would implement a strong animal-welfare plan that would significantly improve the lives of some of the pigs and chickens whose flesh and eggs are used in its restaurants. And more recently, we persuaded the company to expand its vegan offerings, including specifically urging it to add a vegan burger.
Now, it's sparing cows by offering a tasty meat-free patty. Carl's Jr. and Hardee's join the growing list of restaurants offering Beyond Meat's vegan option, and Del Taco recently became the first drive-through to offer Beyond Meat at more than 20 locations. So it's looking good for our predictions for food trends in 2019!
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the burger can be ordered vegan "by requesting no cheese, special sauce or mayo." Following publication, PETA's post has been updated with the removal of "special sauce," and we've updated this repost as well.
By Danny Prater
New dairy-free favorites, surprising protein sources and automated everything: We've prepped a list of 2019's biggest food trends—all vegan, of course. Like you, millions of people are more curious than ever before about the latest developments in the vegan culinary world. Below, you can check out the newest, fanciest vegan foods and the hottest trends that will help you reduce your environmental footprint, improve your personal health and spare hundreds of animals a violent death in the coming year.
Here are the biggest vegan food trends to watch for in 2019:
Sure, almond and soy milk are cool, but 2019 will be the year of smooth, creamy oat milk. Try it in your coffee or cereal or even as the base for dairy-free ice cream. Check out these brands that are bringing us one of the most sustainable and delicious vegan milks around:
- Oatly!: This Swedish company already sells oat milk in the U.S. and hopes to offer other oat-based beverages and yogurt products soon.
- RISE Brewing Co.'s Oat Milk Latte: Jump-start your new year with this nitrogen-infused cold brew oat milk latte.
- Quaker Oats: The popular cereal brand plans to release its own oat milk lineup in January, according to The New York Times, proving that vegan milk is what the people want.
- Pacific Foods: This brand's oat milk can already be found on supermarket shelves, and it'll make every morning meal of the new year a bit brighter.
Tahini in Desserts
Tahini's not just for hummus anymore! Look for this Middle Eastern sesame seed butter in new versions of favorites like ice cream and milkshakes.
Green (Pea) Protein
The humble pea packs a protein punch, and in 2019, we think more brands will be exploiting this little green machine for all it's worth. Try these vegan pea-based products:
- Beyond Meat's Beyond Sausage (Original Bratwurst, Sweet Italian and Hot Italian)
- World Peas Brand's Peatos (Masala and Fiery Hot varieties only)
- Bolthouse Farms' Plant Protein Milk (Original, Unsweetened, Vanilla and Chocolate)
- Ripple Foods' Nutritious Pea Milk (Original, Unsweetened Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened Vanilla and Chocolate)
Vegan Fast Food Goes Mainstream
Fast-food and chain restaurants are increasingly a hotbed of vegan options. In 2019, keep an ear to the ground as Del Taco expands the availability of its Beyond Meat tacos and as other chains, including TGI Fridays, add the Beyond Burger.
Fish-Free and Fabulous
In 2018, millennials may have " killed canned tuna"—just in time, because 2019 is coming and vegan seafood is riding in on a big wave. In the new year, look for snacks packed with omega-3s, such as dulse bacon and kelp noodles. These vegan seafood products are already available in stores:
- Loma Linda's Fishless Tuna
- Ocean Hugger Foods' Ahimi (fish-free sushi)
- New Wave Foods' Plant-Based Shrimp
There's Something in the Water
Bye, bye, boring water. Cut back on your plastic use by grabbing a reuseable water bottle (or cup or jar), and try one of these specialized vegan waters:
- AquaBotanical's Still or Sparkling Botanical Water (made from fruits and veggies!)
- Laird Superfood's HYDRATE Powdered Coconut Water
Healthy Fat- and Carb-Conscious Menus
You'll see more emphasis on healthy fats in 2019—vegan restaurants and the kitchens of home-cooks included. With popular high-fat, low-carb vegan keto meals, you can use cauliflower, zucchini, and avocado to get your macros.
Probiotics and Other Gut-Healthy Options
Fermented foods and friendly bacteria to the rescue! In 2019, we'll go beyond kombucha, as other probiotics and gut-healthy options take center stage. These vegan gut-healthy products will be big next year:
- Califia Farms' Probiotic Dairy Free Yogurt
- Wildbrine's Probiotic Smoky Jalapeño Sriracha
- Gold Mine's Organic Raw Golden Kraut
Meat-Free Mushroom Snacks
Vegan pork rinds? Pig-free bacon chips? Keep pigs out of your pantry by opting for mushroom-based munchies. Look for these meat-free snack options in 2019:
- Snacklins' Puffed Chips (Barbeque, Soy Ginger and Chesapeake Bay)
- PigOut's Pigless Bacon Chips (Original, Cheddar, Chipotle and Kansas City BBQ)
Chips are canceled: 2019 is the year of the airy vegan puff. Fried or baked, these pop-able snacks will be everywhere in the new year. Try these vegan snack puffs:
- Hippeas' Organic Chickpea Puffs (Vegan White Cheddar, Far Out Fajita, Sriracha Sunshine, Pepper Power and Bohemian Barbecue)—order them on Amazon.
- Vegan Rob's Puffs (Dairy Free Cheddar, Beet, Brussel Sprout, Moringa and Jackfruit; plus, two gut-healthy varieties: Probiotic Cauliflower and Probiotic Dragon Puffs)—order them on Amazon.
- Brandless' Corn & Quinoa Puffs
- Watusee Foods' Popped Chickpeatos
- Human Bean Co.'s Air Puffed & Crunchy Faba Beans (Lightly Salted, Original Aussie BBQ, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Lime and Black Pepper, and Pizza Supreme)
- LesserEvil's Grain Free Paleo Puffs ("No Cheese" Cheesiness, Himalayan Pink Salt and Himalayan Salt 'N Apple Cider Vinegar)
- Popchips' Nutter Puffs
- Square Organics' Protein Popcorn
"Alexa, go vegan!" Amazon Echo devices offer a host of vegan and animal-friendly "skills," like searching for vegan recipes or even entertaining your cat while you're away. ("Alexa, donate to PETA" is unsurprisingly our fave.) Expect 2019 to bring in more automatic, robotic wonders. To bring your culinary repertoire up to date, consider splurging on a high-tech kitchen device like an Instant Pot or air fryer to cook your favorite vegan foods.
Get on Trend—Go Vegan Today!
Using animals for food is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unkind. Be part of the vegan revolution in 2019 by ditching meat, eggs, and dairy "products." There's a whole world of new vegan products out there waiting to be discovered. Check out the ones listed on this page, and be sure to order a free vegan starter kit if you don't already have one.
By Zachary Toliver
Looking for warm vegan holiday drinks to help you deal with the short days and cold weather? This time of year, we could all use a steamy cup of cheer during the holiday chaos. Have a festive, cozy winter with these delicious options. (Note that you must be 21 to enjoy some of the recipes.)
1. Oh So Fragrant Mulled Wine
The list wouldn't be complete without mulled wine. Warming chilly folks for more than 2,000 years, it's a winter staple that's easy to make. Try this delicious Traditional German Hot Mulled Wine by The Edgy Veg for some coziness from the old country. And check out our guide to vegan wine so you can avoid "products" made with animal parts. Do I need to remind you to drink responsibly? Because, you know, drink responsibly.
2. Mulled Apple Cider (With or Without the Ingredients for Adulting)
Speaking of "mulling," add some heat and spices to apple cider to fill your home with the scent of the holidays. Vegan writer Becky Striepe of Glue & Glitter offers a delicious mulled cider recipe that can be made with or without alcohol.
3. Top o' the Mornin' to Ya Irish Coffee
We're not above throwing a little Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur and Jameson Irish Whiskey into our coffee. But if you're looking to make your own rich (and strong) vegan Irish cream from scratch, try this recipe from Oh She Glows. It certainly pours all the bite of House of Pain into your morning Joe.
4. Mitten-Warming Hot Chocolate
Nothing beats the sweet joy of warm hot cocoa (seriously, it's liquid chocolate!). Some hot cocoas are premixed with cow's milk, but who needs that? Stop supporting the cruelty inherent in the dairy industry, and check out PETA's favorite delightful vegan hot chocolate options.
5. Vegan Hot Toddy
I wait all year for an excuse to sip on a hot toddy. But it's aggravating when some barkeep wants to pour bee vomit into my winter holiday escape. Thankfully, Minimalist Baker concocted a spicy, enchanting vegan version of this cold weather classic. No more groaning at the bar for me.
6. Vegan Peppermint Chocolate That You Can Drink!
Peppermint may as well be the official flavor of the holiday season. The kind culinary artists at Minimalist Baker outdid themselves once again with their simple yet tasty hot peppermint chocolate beverage. Best of all, no cows were separated from their calves in order to make this festive drink.
7. Masala Chai
Want to impress friends and family with your well-traveled wisdom? Spice up your winter with flavors from the East. Originating in India, masala chai has gained popularity around the world for its bold aroma and flavor. Try this recipe from Vegan Richa, which was kind enough to include directions for mixing your own chai spice-masala blend from scratch.
8. Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate)
Mexican chocolate and piloncillo? Check. Creamy soy milk simmered with masa harina for a delicious taste and texture? Check. Cinnamon and anise for spiced perfection? Check. With all these tasty ingredients, it's no wonder that champurrado is a beloved holiday favorite. Try the delicious recipe from PETA Latino today.
We know which celebrities are making the kind choice to help turkeys by not eating them this Thanksgiving. So now, we're looking at what will be on their plates, with a rundown of some of our favorite celebrity-inspired vegan recipes, just in time for the holidays.
Warning: We strongly advise against reading the following on an empty stomach!
Portobello Wellington From Moby's Little Pine Restaurant
Searching for the perfect vegan main course to turn your guests off eating slaughtered turkeys for good? Look no further than this mouthwatering Portobello Wellington with red wine gravy. It's the brainchild of Laura Louise "Lou" Oates, the executive chef at Moby's popular Los Angeles–based vegan restaurant, Little Pine, "Wellingtons are a dish that I remember sharing during my childhood growing up in England," she told Vogue. "I have recreated it here showcasing some of my favorite fall vegetables to be enjoyed with lashings of red wine gravy and numerous sides."
Alicia Silverstone Loves This Pumpkin–Red Lentil Soup
Known for her own line of vegan cookbooks, actor and animal rights advocate Alicia Silverstone isn't shy about promoting other delicious vegan recipes. She recently shared this hearty, velvety soup by plant-based blogger Oh, Holy Basil just in time for the holidays. With its pumpkin base and a dash of nutmeg, it's a perfect starter for your Thanksgiving spread.
Chef Chloe's Tangy Pomegranate Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Luckily, Brussels sprouts are having a bit of a renaissance and showing up on menus everywhere. This recipe is from one of our favorite vegan celebrity chefs, Chloe Coscarelli, and it combines the tang of pomegranate juice with maple syrup, which adds a hint of sweetness to this healthy veggie dish.
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Sweet potatoes are one of those Thanksgiving staples that are very easy to make vegan—which is great because they're so healthy and delicious. Animal rights crusader Jane Velez-Mitchell recently shared this Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe from vegan chef Leslie Durso, which can make for a hearty main course or a tasty side dish.
Mayim Bialik's Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
In addition to being a longtime vegan and PETA campaign star and starring in a certain TV show called The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik is also an accomplished cookbook author. We can't wait to try this delicious version of a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe with pumpkin to add some flare to a vegan Thanksgiving feast.
I may not be nuts about Thanksgiving (see last wk's vlog about that!) but am nuts for baking chocolate chip pumpkin… https://t.co/uV8fsa4meE— Mayim Bialik (@Mayim Bialik)1511203334.0
Every year in the U.S., roughly
85 million turkeys are slaughtered and eaten for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter alone. And that's just about a third of the 240 million turkeys who are raised for food all year round. Going vegan can help save animals' lives—365 days of the year.
Vegan chefs are currently creating the most innovative, gorgeous food imaginable. You can experience this deliciousness at restaurants, but it's equally exciting to try vegan chefs' culinary magic in our own homes. And this, folks, is why we've put together a list of the most anticipated vegan cookbooks of 2019.
The staggering number of vegan cookbooks released in the past couple of years has helped usher vegan cooking into the mainstream, and this coming year promises more of the scrumptious same. It's never been easier to do right by animals, the environment, and your health.
Without further ado, here's a taste of some vegan cookbooks that will be released in 2019:
This scrumptious book covers some of our favorite types of cuisine, such as Indian, Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, and more.
You never knew that your Instant Pot could be used in 75 different ways? This cookbook shows you how to put your favorite gadget to better use.
The author of this cookbook (and owner of the FoMu ice cream shops in Boston) shares her special coconut milk–based ice cream recipe that uses whole ingredients and natural sweeteners. All the recipes are vegan and allergy-friendly.
Restauranteur and chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz releases cookbooks at a rapid pace, each one as consistent as the last. I Can Cook Vegan encourages readers to cook at home more often for the sake of ease, taste, and health benefits.
Some people make the transition to vegan eating by first cutting down on their meat intake. This book of vegan comfort food, created by the mind behind A Virtual Vegan blog, will show those new to meat- and dairy-free eating just how delicious it can be. You'll never look back!
Reading the synopsis of this one is really making us salivate. We're looking forward to trying out Five Lentil Dal with Pumpkin, Hot Plantain Curry with Sugar Snaps, and Lentil Pizza with Vegetable Overload, to name a few.
Sapana Chandra of the Real + Vibrant blog presents her first vegan cookbook. Her bountiful vegan bowls use seasonal fruits and veggies, so you can eat fresh foods throughout the year.
Desserts can be made healthier by using ingredients such as coconut oil, nut butters, and dates. The scrumptious vegan cookies, energy protein bars, cheesecakes, and tarts in this book are all vegan and gluten-free and use no refined sugars.
We're big fans of fast vegan recipes. This new book will supply you with tons of delish recipes for those times when you don't have the energy to prepare a feast.
We're in love with vegan meal prepping and can't wait to get our paws on this lovely tome of recipes. There are hundreds in this book, including Vegan Chocolate Waffles, Pesto Veggie Burgers, Vegan Chicken Taquitos and Chunky Monkey Cake.
New York City's National Gourmet Institute "has graduated more than 2,500 chefs from more than forty-five countries," so it's no surprise that the recipes in this book look stunning. They use seasonal and sustainable ingredients, with a focus on health and healing through vegan eating.
Plucking tried-and-true recipes from her supper clubs, pop-ups, and deli, Ella Mills Woodward will be back with what looks like a strong cookbook in '19. Recipes include salads, falafel, side dishes, one-pot stews, speedy breakfasts, muffins, cakes and tons more. (Available stateside in April.)
You'll want to get your hands on executive chef Suzannah Gerber's guide to cooking restaurant-quality vegan dishes at home, which is no doubt full of wisdom and expertise.
We loved the Salad Samurai in 2014, so we're really looking forward to this sequel. We'll definitely be showing up for this one.
The sweet treats in this "bakebook" are gluten-free and dairy-free and don't use refined sugar. There are also many nut-free and raw options. We're pretty sure that recipes such as Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Slices, Chocolate Fudge Flapjacks and Carrot Cake will make this book fly off store shelves.
This book offers healthy and sustainable recipes from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
These books make perfect holiday gifts, especially for those who haven't yet explored the joys of vegan eating.
Want recipe ideas sooner rather than later? Check out PETA's extensive vegan recipe archive, which likely has a great recipe for whatever you're craving.
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You may already know how delicious vegan seafood is. Word on the street is that fishless fare is making a huge appearance in stores nationwide.
According to Forbes, vegan seafood will soon become "big business." Yummy fish-free products from companies like Sophie's Kitchen, Gardein and Ocean Hugger Foods—whose Ahimi (aka "tomato sushi") can be found at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores and in university cafeterias across the U.S.—are making waves. With so many tasty plant-based seafood options available, it's becoming even easier to see that humans shouldn't eat sea animals.
Check out five reasons why everyone needs to jump on the vegan seafood bandwagon:
1. You Won't Be Contributing to Overfishing and Slave Labor
According to a 2016 report in Nature Communications, many more fish around the world were caught between 1950 and 2010 than was previously reported, which has led to a steep decline in the number of fish in the sea. Plus, since industrial fisheries use large nets to sweep the ocean bed, millions of other sea animals like whales, turtles and dolphins get caught and killed in the nets. (This is the "bycatch" that you may have heard of.)
In addition to causing sea animals to suffer, fishing harms humans, too. The shrimp industry is notorious for using slave labor. According to New Wave Foods CEO Dominique Barnes, shrimp companies in Southeast Asia entice people to work for them who then "become slaves to the industry." There have been reports that the unpaid workers are confined and even tortured.
2. Fishing Results in Extreme Pain
Simply put, fish are slaughtered in the worst ways. Fish-slaughter plants in the U.S. often don't stun the animals, so they're fully conscious and in pain when their gills are cut and they're bled to death. Large fish like salmon are sometimes bashed on the head with a wooden bat, and many are fatally injured but still alive when they're cut open.
Studies have shown that lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans can feel pain. Crabs and other crustaceans will pick at their limbs for extended periods of time when they're injured, just as humans and other animals do. This isn't simply a reflex: Crustaceans rub at injuries because they have central nervous systems and feel pain.
3. Marine Animals Are Like You, Only Different
Humans and crustaceans are more alike than you might think. Crabs, lobsters and other sea animals are intelligent, sentient beings. Crabs and lobsters make decisions based on past painful events. Lobsters carry their young for nine months—and in the wild, they travel great distances and can live for up to 100 years.
4. You'll Save Nearly 200 Animals Every Year
Being vegan definitely has its perks. One of them is being a true hero to animals: By going vegan, you can save nearly 200 of them each year!
5. Vegan Seafood Is Super-Delish
You saw the scrumptious-looking fishless sushi roll above, so you know what's up. In addition to Ocean Hugger Foods' products, there are many vegan seafood options that you can try to your heart's content. So the next time you're craving a tuna salad sandwich, why not pair a can of Toona from Sophie's Kitchen with some vegan mayo? Your taste buds will thank you.
Try vegan! With so many meat-free options on the market, it's easier than ever to keep cruelty off your plate. Check out our Guide to Going Vegan for tasty recipes, meals and more! From breakfast to midnight snacks, we've got you covered.
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When it comes to coffee and tea creamers, you may have to try a few before you find the perfect one for you. Some are creamier, some are sweeter, but there's something that all the best ones have in common: They don't harm cows by using their milk. Even if creamers tout a "dairy-free" label, you may find milk derivatives such as casein in the ingredients. Thankfully, there are so many delicious vegan creamers to choose from, and they're widely available in most grocery stores.
Here are some of our favorites:
With four soy and three almond flavors, there's something for everyone.
Ripple Foods is tapping into the power of peas with vegan creamers that have less saturated fat and cholesterol than dairy creamers plus added omega-6s and omega-3s from plant sources. This is perfect for those who don't have a sweet tooth.
Coconut milk flavors include French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Original, Barista Style French Vanilla and Barista Style Original. If you prefer almonds, the brand has you covered with Caramel, French Vanilla and Hazelnut varieties.
This health-conscious company (and PETA Business Friend) has thought of an ingenious way to start your day: with superfoods in your coffee. Its delicious vegan and gluten-free coffee creamers are packed with superfoods like coconut milk, Aquamin (calcium from marine algae), organic extra-virgin coconut oil, turmeric and others. Plus, the creamers don't need to be refrigerated, so you can take them with you on camping trips and other adventures.
This brand's powdered creamer is sold in 6-ounce canisters and single-serving packets. The hazelnut and vanilla varieties are low in sugar and don't have the refined sugar often found in other flavored creamers.
The brand's creamer is called Better Half, and that makes sense—this dairy-free option blends almond milk with coconut cream and is gluten-free, carrageenan-free and non-GMO.
This brand uses coconut cream and almonds to create a perfect texture. It offers seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Vanilla Lemon, and you can choose Hazelnut, Original and French Vanilla year-round.
Simple Truth Coconutmilk Creamer
Wildwood Organic has been around for a while, and with a product that has a super-creamy texture and only 1 gram of sugar per serving, you can see why its recipe is tried and true. It's also easy to find in most grocery stores.
This "accidentally vegan" creamer comes in Caramel, Original Cream, Sweet Cream, French Vanilla, Mocha and Hazelnut flavors.
This vegan creamer's ingredients are pure and simple: coconut water, virgin coconut milk, unrefined coconut sugar, guar bean gum and xanthan gum. We love it!
Don't brew your own coffee at home? Almost all places that serve it offer soy, almond, coconut and other vegan milks, so don't be afraid to ask for them.
by Michelle Kretzer
In another landmark victory for animals, InStyle has become the first major fashion magazine to ban fur from its pages.
In an announcement posted to Instagram, Editor in Chief Laura Brown said that she has avoided photographing or advertising fur since she has been at the helm of the publication, but now the magazine will be officially fur-free.
PETA is sending Brown and the InStyle team chinchilla-shaped vegan chocolates to—as our Senior Vice President Dan Mathews put it—"celebrate this sweet victory for compassion in fashion."
InStyle's decision is the latest in a recent surge of fashion powerhouses—including Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, John Galliano, Donatella Versace, Donna Karan and Gucci—who have turned their backs on the cruel fur industry following PETA campaigns. We're certain that more victories are soon to come.