Seven Vegan, Holiday Dinner Items to Snag at Trader Joe's

Categories: Holidays, Vegan

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac

Slaving over a hot stove is all well and good -- if you've got oodles of vacation time and a penchant for forearm burns.

For the rest of us, however, pre-made food and delicious mixes are what get us through the gauntlet of holiday dinners and picky relatives.

To make your life easier this season, here are seven vegan products from Trader Joe's -- all delicious, all hassle-free.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving


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Rouxbe Online Cooking School Offers Plant-Based Courses; Partnering With Gardein Meatless Protein

Categories: Vegan

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These days, you can learn anything and everything online. Because let's be real: Who has time to drive to class, deal with parking hell, then sit through hours and hours of instructionals? Not nobody, not no how.

It only makes sense that cooking schools would be making the migration to online forums too. Founded in 2005, Rouxbe is all-online and has students in more than 180 countries, so it was really at the forefront of the web-based learning revolution.

Best of all, it even offers a plant-based learning track and has partnered with meat-substitute manufacturer Gardein for a meatless protein syllabus.

See also: Seven Vegan Grilling Options for Memorial Day


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Sublime Offering Half Off Gift Cards for Black Friday

Categories: Vegan

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Hannah Sentenac

Favorite haunt of Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Barker, Alec Baldwin and plenty of other notable names, Fort Lauderdale's Sublime restaurant is a beacon of meatless eating for vegans and omnivores alike. The best part of all about this award-winning eatery (besides the amazing food) is that 100% of their profits support animal welfare.

And while their cruelty-free cuisine is worth every penny, it isn't cheap. That's why their Black Friday deal is especially awesome -- half off gift cards. So if you've never had the bucks to shell out for a meal there, now's your chance.

See also: How to Make Vegan Reuben Burgers (Recipe)


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EarthSave Talks Turkeys, Hosts Free Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Saturday

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EarthSave Miami

Did you know turkeys are incredibly social creatures, have excellent hearing but no external ears, love eating peanuts (so much!), and were once so prized that Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey the national bird before the bald eagle eventually won out? Nope, had no clue?!

While an estimated 45 million turkeys are used for Thanksgiving meals, there is a shift afoot to turkeyless dinners, vegan-friendly potlucks, and cruelty-free meal plans where everyone leaves full and happy with wishbones intact.

Whether you are oddly curious, wanting to get some ideas for what a vegan Thanksgiving spread looks like ahead of the actual holiday, or are a lifelong vegan in search of sharing a meal with other like-minded eaters, EarthSave is hosting a free community vegan Thanksgiving this Saturday (November 22) with its Zero Turkey Feast.

See also: Where to Eat Vegan on Thanksgiving in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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A Vegan Gives Ten Reasons to Skip the Turkey This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a wondrous and joyful occasion; 24 hours of food, family and football with no agendas, no schedules and no obligations. Besides, a holiday revolving around gratitude and giving thanks is basically the best idea ever.

But while turkey is the traditional centerpiece for an American table (hence the colloquial moniker: Turkey Day), it's 2014, and about time we kicked that antiquated concept to the curb and embraced a plant-strong, turkey-free Thanksgiving table.

Here are 10 reasons to skip the bird this November 27th.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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PAC Pastries Offering Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Donuts, Apple Pie Cupcakes, and More for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

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No matter what embarrassingly outrageous quantity of food we might consume come Thanksgiving, there's always room for dessert. And there's no better place to procure your cruelty-free sweet stuff than PAC Pastries.

Master culinarian and whipper-upper-of-pumpkin-krunkins Shelbey Ganzel is offering a whole host of autumnal treats for your Thanksgiving feast. From pumpkin cinnamon rolls to apple pie cupcakes to pecan pie, she's got lots of options.

See also: Forget Munchkins, Try 'Krunkins' Vegan Donut Holes from PAC Pastries

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Florida's Ellen Jaffe Jones Named PETA's Sexiest Vegan Over 50

Categories: Vegan

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According to PETA, nothing's sexier than saving animals. And given that veganism tends to lead to weight loss, better skin, more energy, and (so they say) more sexual stamina, they might have a point.

The animal advocacy org takes its duties as sexy-vegan steward very seriously. One honor it doles out annually is its Sexiest Vegan Over 50 Award, and this year, Florida's Ellen Jaffe Jones took home top honors.

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Where to Eat Vegan on Thanksgiving in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but for those who prefer tofurky to the gobbling alternative, it's not as easy to opt into a hearty feast without slaving away in the kitchen yourself.

But there are options, if you plan ahead. Several Broward and Palm Beach eateries are serving yummy holiday feasts, complete with everything from pumpkin "cheesecake" to Gardein "turkey." So you can enjoy a food-induced coma like everyone else, no tryptophan necessary.

See also: Ten Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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Gimme a Burger Offers New, Homemade Vegan Bites and Meatless Monday Discount

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Burger joints aren't usually a bastion of vegan eating. For, um, obvious reasons. And sometimes even requesting that a burger place offer a meatless option can bring a world of hurt (I should know).

But Gimme a Burger is a chain that's all aboard the inclusivity train. In addition to two vegan burger options, the company just launched new Vegan Bites, six bite-sized nibbles made with quinoa, sweet potato, black beans, corn, red onion, and spices.

See also: How to Make Vegan Reuben Burgers (Recipe)


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How to Make Vegan Reuben Burgers (Recipe)

Categories: Vegan

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I was putting ketchup on some breakfast potatoes the other day when I noticed an intriguing recipe staring at me from the back of the Heinz bottle: Reuben Burgers.

Needless to say, they weren't vegan. Nor were they healthy. Nonetheless, I was inspired to veganize them, and the end result was magically delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I knew I had to share.

Don't judge till you've tasted them. Recipe after the jump.

See also: Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats


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