Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes & Favorites

November 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm (Uncategorized)

Hi, friends! Fall is here and it’s time to embrace the crisp air and get in the holiday spirit. Today I’m going to share some helpful resources that will inspire you celebrate a compassionate vegan Thanksgiving! This means getting crafty with vegetables in the kitchen, cozying up in cruelty-free clothing, and snuggling by the fire with inspiring books and a piping hot mug of dairy-free cocoa. Without further ado, here are some vegan Thanksgiving favorites:

I hope these resources help you make the most of this season and show you how to celebrate a vegan Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to take time to feel grateful for your family, your friends, and all that you’ve been able to experience this year. Sending much love your way, and wishing you the happiest holidays!

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Top 5 Vegetarian Cookbooks

June 18, 2009 at 12:32 am (Uncategorized, Top 5 Veg Cookbooks) (, , , , )

Next time you’re at a bookstore, check out the vegetarian cookbook section. You will likely be overwhelmed by the huge array of vegan, vegetarian, and raw cookbooks, baking books, vegan cupcake books, vegan ice cream making books, and so much more. On the one hand this is AWESOME, because bookstores are supplying the population with enough veg recipes to satisfy you for a lifetime. But when you go there looking for just one cookbook to get you started, figuring out which is the best book out there can be tough. So today I’m doing a post about my personal Top 5 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks!

#1. My all-time favorite cookbook is actually one that just came out! It is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s new cookbook, The Vegan Table. This cookbook is especially good if you have dinner parties or attend potlucks and are looking for scrumptious foods that are sure to wow your guests.  I especially love this cookbook because it is laced with gorgeous pictures of the recipes that inspire me to actually make the dishes!

The Vegan Table

#2.  By the very same author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, here is my all-time favorite baking book, The Joy of Vegan Baking! From cookies to cakes to puddings to breads, this books has enough carb-o-licious treats to keep you and your friends loving the vegan life.

Joy of Vegan Baking

#3.  If you only plan to get one vegan cookbook in your life, and you want to get the most for your money, the next two are for you. Vegan Planet is a huge compilation of recipes by the very well respected cookbook author Robin Robertson. This book will keep you busy in the kitchen for years. The only thing it’s lacking is pictures.

Vegan Planet

#4. Another hefty cookbook packed full of recipes, Veganomicon has quickly become a staple of almost every vegan household. This cookbook contains some of the best recipes out there…and again my only disappointment is that there are no photos. Then again if there were, this book would probably weigh 50 lbs.


#5.  For the health conscious folks out there, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen is a beautiful cookbook filled with raw delicacies. Before you discount it for being too out there, consider that this book can teach you how to make healthy cookies in minutes without a stove! What more could you ask for?

Ani's Raw Food Kitchen

Hope you find this list helpful and that it inspires you to get a vegan cookbook and try out some vegan cooking!

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The Launch of My New Website!

February 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


I’m excited to announce the launch of my new website and vegan video series,!

I’m starting Vegan Break as an attempt to make veganism more accessible to the general public. I’ll be making short videos a couple times a week about all things vegan–vegan products, book and cookbook reviews, cooking, health, nutrition, under-reported food news, and much more!  Here is the first episode:

If you’re vegan, thinking about going vegan, or just interested in healthy compassionate eating and living, I hope you will enjoy my website and find my videos helpful!


Michelle :)

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Thanksgiving Reflection

November 27, 2008 at 12:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Dear Friends,
     I’m spending thanksgiving alone in Ohio this year, so I’ve had some time to reflect. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful tradition of appreication, family, and delicious food. It breaks my heart to know that some people in this world can’t afford a thanksgiving meal or can’t be with their families on this day. For that reason I’ve started making a point of donating a thanksgiving meal to the hungry every year. But just as heartwrenching is the knowledge that at the center of most thanksgiving tables lies the body of an individual who suffered a life of continual discomfort, pain, and misery just so we can eat her at in the course of one meal. It strikes me as a contradiction to the spirit of Thanksgiving that we take the lives of others in order to celebrate our own, especially when it is possible to have healthful and delicious meals without doing so.


     Having a turkey at Thanksgiving is a tradition that we’ve all grown up with, and that we’ve all participated in for a long time, but that few people really think about. We look upon some behaviors and traditions of the past (such as slavery, the treatment of women, the persecution of jews, etc.) with disgust, and wish that people had stopped participating in them. But it is important to notice that injustice is not a thing of the past–it is very much a part of our present day society. We are participants in some of the most intense, widespread, systematic and socially sanctioned suffering ever inflicted by humans on this planet, and that is the production and slaughter of animals for food. It is a horror hidden behind closed doors, and one that will not end until we stop supporting it.
I hope that you take a moment this thanksgiving to reflect, to open your heart to the feelings of others, and to embrace the sense of compassion that I know lies within all of us.
With love,

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The Ultimate Vegan Guide

November 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

A new book hit the Amazon marketplace today–The Ultimate Vegan Guide is the third published masterpiece of vegan guru Erik Marcus. You may know him from his previous books, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, or Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money, but most likely you know him from his blog:


This book is the perfect guide to living a compassionate vegan life. Covering subjects ranging from home cooking to dining out to advanced activism, this book may soon become every compassionate person’s survival guide. Erik Marcus explains, “I wrote this book because it’s almost 2009 and our literature still didn’t have a breezy, fun, yet thorough introduction to how to go vegan.” According to the product description,

“YOU could be the world’s next vegan. It’s easy if you know how, and this uniquely helpful book tells you everything you need to know. Every topic related to vegan living is covered, including cooking, nutrition, food shopping, dining out, and much more. You’ll get clear and straight-forward guidance from one of the world’s most respected vegan authors. Going vegan is something you can easily accomplish; let The Ultimate Vegan Guide show you the way.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold! Two copies (one for myself and one to keep on hand for the next time someone asks me where I get my protein) should be arriving at my door any day now. I can’t wait!

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A Moment for the Cows

November 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

A couple months ago I posted a blog entry called “A Moment for the Pigs.”  It was so popular that I decided to do a similar post focusing on a different animal that is treated as a commodity in our society today.

Meet: The Cow

The question we all need to be asking ourselves is:  

Are the more than just a number and an item our plate?

Make the connection.  Is it worth it?

They want to live. But it’s not up to them. It’s up to us.

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Peaceable Kingdom (Preview)

October 29, 2008 at 11:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

This is a preview for Peacable Kingdom, a movie that is guarenteed to touch your heart–as long as you have one ;)

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Finding Sanctuary

October 8, 2008 at 9:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Farm Sanctuary, 2008

Farm Sanctuary, 2008

Sanctuary noun 1. A place of refuge.  2. A shelter from danger or hardship.

Finding sanctuary is not something most Americans think about regularly–the lucky ones of us don’t need to at all. Some of us have found it already, and some are still searching. But for the majority of animals on this earth, farm animals, the idea of sanctuary–a place of shelter, protection, and safety, is but a distant dream.

Farm Sanctuaries are some of the most beautiful places in the world. They rescue animals who lived lives as machines in factories, and were in line to die as products being manufactured. Sanctuaries open their doors to animals who have lived through a more horrific hell than any one of us could begin to imagine, and provide them with peace and freedom from the incessant suffering and pain, both mental and physical, that had plagued their prior lives. Farm Sanctuaries are a glimmer of hope in an ice cold world.

I was given the opportunity to visit Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY this past summer for their annual Hoe Down event, and the animals I met there touched my heart in a way I never knew any creature could. It was my first time meeting a cow, and I nearly lost my breath at their patient, gentle characters. The saying “gentle giant” took on a new meaning, for never before had I experience a creature (or person) as gentle, nor as big, as those cows.

And to think, animals in factory farms don’t even have enough room to turn around.

I was so moved my experience with these incredible animals that our society treats as commodities that I wanted to share my experience. As the president of the Case Animal Rights & Ethics Society (CARES) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, I came back to school this year ready to organize a sanctuary trip for students. I found a closer Sanctuary in Ravenna, Ohio, called Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, and planned a trip there.

The trip was fantastic. We took a 15 person Case van down to Ravenna and got to spend the afternoon with a farm full of incredibly friendly, not to mention playful, eager and nuzzley farm animals. Here’s a little taste of the trip:

These gentle horses were rescued from slaughter. Horses that can no longer be slaughtered in the US are auctioned off and instead shipped to Mexico for slaughter. The whole process, from auction to transport to slaughter, is incredibly traumatic for the horses. What a sad way to treat a spent horse that not only trusts you, but often would do anything for you.

The event was a huge success, and everyone that came had a fantastic and enlightening experience. Yearly trips to the Sanctuary will definitely become a CARES tradition. To all you readers, if you have never been to a Farm Sanctuary, I cannot recommend it enough. I guarantee it will change your life, as it did mine.

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Top 5 Books that will Change Your Life

August 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm (Uncategorized, 5 Books that will Change Your Life) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Each one of the following books changed my life in profound ways. Each managed to shatter many of my conceptions of the world and reshape my perspective on the government, society, and humanity. These books take us behind the comforting media facade and into twisted, brutal realities. These books are disturbing enough to jolt you out of your comfort zone. I highly recommend all of these– if they don’t blow your mind I don’t know what will.

1. The China Study (Colin Campbell)

2. Animal Liberation (Peter Singer)

3. The Food Revolution (John Robbins)

4. The Ethics of What We Eat (Peter Singer)

5. Eternal Treblinka (Charles Patterson)

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You can make a difference

July 12, 2008 at 4:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

You would think working 8 hours on a Saturday would be torturous–and usually it is, but somehow time slipped away from me today. My summer job working at a medical library left me with nothing to do all day. So, being the procrastinator fantastic time manager that I am,  I decided to start playing around with Audobe Photoshop and the stock-pile of animal photos I’ve been collecting for some time. The result? See for your self:

Well… it’s definitely clear that I’m a novice, but I actually had a lot of fun making these! And one thing’s for sure…I gained a whole new respect for photoshop users. It’s so much more complicated than I thought!  

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