Vegan vs Plant-Based

Vegan and plant-based lifestyles are often confused, and the terminology used interchangeably, although there is a difference! Unravel the secrets behind these two powerful movements and embark on a journey towards a more sustainable and compassionate world.

30+ Creative Vegan Pancake Recipes

Pancakes are a popular breakfast and brunch food worldwide, with different cultures having their own unique versions. For instance, latkes, Irish potato cakes, crumpets, crepes, and the incredible Dutch baby are all excellent pancake-type foods that you can find around the world. We collected recipes for some of our favorite vegan pancake recipes, and put them in this nifty guide to help inspire your pancake creations! Check them out here, but I must warn you, you’ll get very hungry!

35+ Delightful Vegan Sandwich Recipes

Eating a plant-based meal doesn’t have to be boring. There are a wealth of vegan dishes, including these incredible sandwiches that are sure to satisfy anyone’s unique preferences! Let’s sink our teeth into some of these delightful vegan sandwich recipes before lunchtime is over.

44+ Vegan Taco Recipes

These vegan taco recipes include classics like vegan carnitas and vegan fish tacos. There are sweet desserts, creative fusions, and international inspirations.

Plant-Based Protein: The Definitive Guide

There’s no need to ever ask vegan and vegetarians ‘where do you get your protein?’ because there are so many different ways to enjoy plant-based protein. Whether you’re a vegan, an omnivore, or choose to eat somewhere in between, there is a huge list of plant-based protein options to choose from. It’s important to note that ALL plant-based foods have protein, even unlikely foods like oranges (almost 1 gram/orange) and kale (almost 3 grams/cup, chopped). So rather than detailing every single plant food on the planet, we’re going to cover traditionally dense protein sources like nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, grains,…

How to Prevent Heart Disease with Diet

Could heart disease be as infrequent as malaria in the future? In this video, Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with doctors, researchers, and individuals about how eating a plant-based diet can make you ‘heart attack proof’ and help prevent heart disease.
Top 3 Mistakes that New Vegans Make

Top 3 Mistakes New Vegans Make

Whenever we try something new we tend to dive into it, which often ends up in a few mistakes along the way. Let’s talk about the most common mistakes and how to fix them.

The Great Vegan Search Engine: A Custom Google Search Tool for Vegans

Eat Drink Better’s own Becky Striepe has launched a fantastically cool tool for vegans: it’s a custom Google search tool she’s dubbed “The Great Vegan Search Engine.” We were all pretty impressed and thought you might want to check it out too. I got the deets from Becky on the project. Here’s how you can benefit, too.

Vegan Athletics: The PCRM VegRun Program

The folks at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) launched a plant-based running program, and they offered me a free account to try it out. I jumped at the change to prove that vegan athletics are totally possible!

Soy — Devil-fruit, or Bean? (Hint: Bean)

Detractors frequently demonize the humble soybean. It stands alone in that regard, among its less maligned cousins: no one accuses pinto beans of causing cancer, black beans of causing man-boobs, or chickpeas of causing infertility and birth defects. The soybean has been exploited on a larger scale, but it’s just a bean. Processed foods — with or without soy — can cause problems. GMO foods — soy or otherwise — can cause problems. But soy contains no magic disease demons, no secret toxins, no evil plan to take over the world. It is simply a legume. So relax, good friends,…

The Nope Files: Failed Anti-Veg Argument #1, ‘We Need Meat for Protein’

Like perennial weeds, I can’t help noticing that omnivores always seem to raise the same handful of poorly reasoned arguments against vegan and vegetarian diets. But each of the tried-and-true arguments against plant-based eating is so easily debunked, it’s just no fun! The first anti-veg weed we need to pull — because it’s the near-universal first remark when anyone hears ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’ — is the myth that humans need meat for protein.

Eating Vegan at National Restaurant Chains

You never know when you are heading out for a meal with a group and need to do the best you can with the menu you are given. No matter where you may be in the U.S. (and Canada), you should have no problem finding a decent meal at any of the places on the list below. Obviously, chain restaurants aren’t ideal most of the time, but part of eating vegan in social situations is about showing that veganism isn’t all about sacrifice, right? For a lot of folks, eating out at these big chains is where it’s at.

Spiced Carrot Lentil Burgers

These lentil burgers are one of my most popular recipes. They’re a big hit with vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike.

Cajun Recipe: Maque Choux Soup (Psst! It’s vegan!)

Vegetarian and vegan recipes in Cajun cooking are few and far between. This one is a twist on the traditional corn side dish called maque choux, which is pronounced “mock shoe.” My grandmother made it in the summer time when fresh corn is sweet and abundant. My mother usually serves it with barbeque chicken and dirty rice.

5 Food New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions related to food are probably some of the most common. I guess it makes sense, given that food is such a central part of our lives and is also such a central part of many of our problems. Of course, as Heather pointed out earlier today, a lot of people don’t take their resolutions seriously and won’t even try to fulfill them. But if you are a regular reader of Eat.Drink.Better., my guess is that you may be a little different and may really want to achieve the change you are thinking about. Hopefully, we can help…

Michael Pollan Launches a Web Site

[social_buttons]Michael Pollan’s new web site was launched this week. The author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma and other books, Pollan has collected a lot of information and made it available to visitors. The web site includes links to all of his articles and a list of his upcoming talks and appearances. For anyone who hasn’t already read his books, he provides a handy list of sellers for each book and links to their sites. Each day, he provides a link to a news article of interest to the food community. Why Isn’t Michael Pollan a Vegetarian? Especially helpful is a list…

Some More Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes for a Barbecue or Picnic

Here are two more vegetarian or vegan dishes and a drink you can bring to a barbecue to go with the homemade vegan black bean burgers and herbal butter we wrote about yesterday. [social_buttons] Especially if you are an apple or mushroom lover, these dishes might strike your fancy. Apple Chutney As you probably already know, I live in Poland now. Poland is a leading apple-growing country and everywhere you go you can see apples for sale on the sidewalk. In addition to apple pie and apple sauce, apple chutney is a nice dish you can serve at a barbecue. Ingredients:…

Vegetarian and Vegan Tacos

[social_buttons] One of my favorite things to cook for dinner parties are tacos. Tacos are fast, easy, and lighthearted. Plus, there are plenty of healthier and more environmentally-friendly filling options than cheap, greasy, ground beef! Here are some of my favorite vegetarian and vegan taco fillings: Sweet Potato and Black Bean (vegan) – Canola oil 3 1/2 cups diced onions 1-3 tablespoons minced fresh green chile 4 minced cloves of garlic 4 teaspoons of ground cumin 4 teaspoons of ground coriander 4 1/2 cups of cooked black beans (or 3 15-oz cans) 5 cups of cubed, cooked sweet potatoes (or…

Vegetarian Sex Health: Sexy, Veggie Food for Sexual Enhancement

Through the ages, food and sex have been linked together, all the way back to Garden of Eden. Today, it seems so simple to fix sexual health issues with a little pill, but when we take a deeper look, your overall health and wellness can have a huge effect on your sex life. It’s important to go back in time, say goodbye to your pharmacist for the time being and reexamine the links between food and sex right there at your local grocery store. Old school aphrodisiacs were often chosen as such due to their shape or resemblance to certain…

Meatless Monday, On a Friday: 8 Vegan BBQ Ideas

It might not be Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in some meat-free, carbon friendly eats at your weekend barbecues!  While burgers and hot dogs might be traditional, they’re certainly not doing the environment–or your health–any favors.  Why not surprise your hosts or guests by providing some unexpected and delicious vegan options at your next summer get together?  Here are my favorite ideas for meat and dairy free barbecue dining: Roasted corn on the cob with olive oil, chili, and lime. You can roast corn in its husk right on the grill–just remember to get rid of the…

Ten Ways to Eat Local, Seasonal Food All Year

Food Prices Too High? Tired of overpriced, undersatisfying meals? Want to have fresh, local food on hand all year-round? Ten Ways looks at eating local, fresh and delicious. It’s not hard to see the value in local, seasonal food, but how does one go about finding it, preparing it, and saving a little money along the way? Check out this installment of Ten Ways for a few tips on enjoying wonderful food 365 days a year. Grow Something Edible Planting seeds, starts or other edible living things in and around your home (wild yeast cultures or sprouts count too) are…

Five Fall Foods That Will Boost Your Health (And Meal Ideas, Too)

>> Welcome Readers! Did you know that Green Options has 15 sites? If you like this post, please subscribe for our main RSS feed or the Green Options Newsletter! [social_buttons] When the summer heat breaks and the first cool days arrive, I feel melancholy, because it means the end of our local farmers market is nigh and the variety of summer produce will soon be gone.  While I savor the rest of our ripening tomatoes, my thoughts turn to fall’s produce, with its rich red and orange hues, mirroring the turning leaves.  Fall produce reminds me of rich, hearty dishes…

5 Ways to Cut Back on a Carnivorous Family’s Impact

“You’re going to go there, aren’t you?” my husband asked with a scared look on his face last night at dinner. “No, really, I’m not.” “Yes, you are, you’re going to go there.” “No, I’m not planning on going there. And even if I were, I wouldn’t expect you to go, too. I would never expect that from you unless you wanted to.” Where did he think I was going? To a land that scares many a man – the land of vegetarianism. Since my six year barely touches meat, my nine year old is a light eater, and I…

Six Free Ways To Turn Kitchen Trash Into Treasure

We’ve recently joined the whole urban homesteading movement and one thing I’ve been focused on is trying to really up the ante on having a low-waste, self-producing kitchen. I’ve concentrated on wasting less and producing more with local and/or homegrown ingredients. Repurposing waste–finding new ways to use things that would end up composted, recycled, or trashed, has been very rewarding as I rethink and organize my kitchen, refrigerator, and pantry. Here’s six tips I’ve found to turn would-be trash into items easily utilized in my kitchen. 1. Compost. What are you waiting for? You don’t need a fancy container. I…

Green Diva’s Guide to Delicious Living: Hearty Summer Salad Meals

Aside from being dubbed the Green Diva, I’ve also been called the salad queen (these may actually be different variations on the same title!). Since my earliest memories of food, salads have been and remain a favorite staple in my world. I was somewhat of a natural vegetarian, gagging on most meat and thus being extremely particular about what meat I managed to stuff down as a child, I always gravitated towards any type of vegetable. This time of year, us salad-lovers are in heaven. The fresh, crisp and colorful bounty beckons the creation of all kinds of fresh veggie…

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