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Ne-Yo on Veganism: “I’m Loving It”

Ne-Yo on Veganism: “I’m Loving It”

VegNews revealed that Musician Shaffer Chimere Smith (professionally known as “Ne-Yo”) credits his plant-based diet for helping him lose 30 pounds. “I am loving it. I genuinely am,” Smith told US Magazine about veganism. “It’s been about two years.” Smith transitioned to a plant-based diet […]

Steve-O’s Vegan Rant Will Make You a Better Advocate for Animals

Steve-O’s Vegan Rant Will Make You a Better Advocate for Animals

According to Lifekindly In an uncensored Instagram post, reality star Steve-O called vegans “annoying.” But there were caveats. Lots. “To all the combative, annoying vegans who are choosing to attack me for not forcing veganism on my cats, and for not being a strict, militant […]

Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez

Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez

Credit to One Green Planet

Ingredients

  • 1 small head garlic
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, chives, and/or oregano
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked in water 8-10 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter or 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, soaked in water for about 15 minutes, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation

  1. Preheat toaster oven (or oven) to 450°F.  Cut off the top 1/3 or so of the garlic and wrap the head in foil.  Place the garlic in the oven and roast for 30-45 minutes, or until fragrant and very soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before unwrapping.
  2. Line two 3/4 cup ramekins with cheesecloth.  Sprinkle the bottoms of the ramekins with one tablespoon each of the herbs, reserving the remaining herbs.
  3. Meanwhile, in a food processor, process the cashew pieces, coconut butter or coconut flakes, and salt until fairly smooth.  It will not get completely smooth. Squeeze the cloves from the roasted garlic and drop into the bowl of the food processor.  Add the garlic powder and the lemon juice and process until thoroughly combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the prepared ramekins, pressing the cheese down into the herbs and cheesecloth.  Tap the ramekins on the counter a few times and level the top. Divide the remaining herbs between the two ramekins, gently press them into the cheese and cover with the ends of the cheesecloth.  Put one ramekin on top of the other and fill a third ramekin with water and place it on top of both ramekins (you’ll have a “tower” of 3 ramekins).  Place them in the refrigerator and let set overnight.
  5. The next day, remove the water-filled ramekin.  Gently tug the cheesecloth to remove the cream cheese from the other ramekins and serve with bread or crackers –  or place them in an air-tight container for up to one week.

Notes

If you use the Coconut Butter rather than the coconut flakes, you may need to add just a touch of water when processing. I give a range of garlic powder here because it’s pretty powerful stuff. As the cheese sets, the flavor develops, so err on the side of less garlic powder (or none) if you’re not a big fan.

Natalie Portman’s Chickpea & Zucchini Summer Stew

Natalie Portman’s Chickpea & Zucchini Summer Stew

People revealed The actress and producer of the new documentary Eating Animals shares one of her favorite vegan recipes. 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 large green zucchini, diced 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and […]

Vegan Vanilla Cake

Vegan Vanilla Cake

Credit to Loving it Vegan Description Light fluffy and delicious vegan vanilla cake! Two layers of vanilla sponge, topped with a velvety vegan vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries. Ideal for special occasions. Ingredients For the Vanilla Cake: 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) All-Purpose Flour 1 […]

Best Lentil Soup

Best Lentil Soup

Credit to COOKIE + KATE

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, lightly drained
  • 1 cup brown or green lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup chopped fresh collard greens or kale, tough ribs removed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice (½ to 1 medium lemon), to taste

Instructions

    1. Warm the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. One-fourth cup olive oil may seem like a lot, but it adds a lovely richness and heartiness to this nutritious soup.
    2. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion and carrot and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add the garlic, cumin, curry powder and thyme. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Pour in the drained diced tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often, in order to enhance their flavor.
    4. Pour in the lentils, broth and the water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Raise heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape.
    5. Transfer 2 cups of the soup to a blender. Securely fasten the lid, protect your hand from steam with a tea towel placed over the lid, and purée the soup until smooth. Pour the puréed soup back into the pot. (Or, use an immersion blender to blend a portion of the soup.)
    6. Add the chopped greens and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the greens have softened to your liking. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Taste and season with more salt, pepper and/or lemon juice until the flavors really sing. For spicier soup, add another pinch or two of red pepper flakes.
  1. Serve while hot. Leftovers will keep well for about 4 days in the refrigerator, or can be frozen for several months (just defrost before serving).
Vegan Martial Artist Wins Gold at Budapest Open

Vegan Martial Artist Wins Gold at Budapest Open

VegNews revealed that Vegan savate fighter James Southwood recently won Gold at the Budapest Open championships in Hungary. Savate is a French martial art that combines English boxing with French kicking. Vegetarian since birth, 39-year-old Southwood went vegan as a teenager and has racked up […]