Forget the detox. When the weather’s chilly, sometimes you need to indulge a little with hearty comforting meals that will warm you all the way through. Here are eight of our favourite nourishing wintertime recipes. Of course, they’re all vegan, too, so you can still feel vaguely virtuous while you chow down on mountains of soul-satisfying food! Let us know your top comfort food fixes in the comments.
- Mayim Bialik’s Winter Vegetable Risotto
A creamy dish of deliciousness from everyone’s favourite vegan nerd.
- Tofu Spinach Lasagne
So filling and so satisfying.
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In a massive victory for animals, the world’s largest clothing retailer, Inditex – owner of Zara, Bershka, Massimo Dutti and many other brands – has agreed to a permanent ban on angora wool!
This move will help save countless rabbits from being farmed in appalling conditions on Chinese angora farms, where they often have the fur ripped from their skin as they scream in pain.
And, in an extra-compassionate twist, it will help humans too – Inditex will donate its residual stock of 20,000 angora wool garments, worth hundreds of … Read more.
Cheap, colourful and healthy, this easy dish should be a staple of any vegan’s repertoire. Feel free to add extra vegetables such as squash or sweet potatoes.
Warming Orange Spice and Lentil Soup
1–2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced into 1-cm cubes
2 carrots, diced into 1-cm cubes
2 celery stalks, diced into 1-cm pieces
1 litre water
2 bay leaves
200 g red lentils
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 tsp fenugreek
1/8 tsp asafoetida
60–80 ml orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
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It’s been a long time coming, but last Wednesday, France finally updated a 200-year-old legal code that classified animals as “furniture”!
The French Parliament has now voted to recognise animals as “living sentient beings”, a huge symbolic step forward for compassion.
When the Civil Code was drawn up by Napoleon in 1804, animals were considered primarily as working farm beasts and categorised as goods or furniture. It’s unbelievable that it’s taken this long to revise this archaic law and start to give animals some of the recognition and protection that they … Read more.
This is a filling, creamy vegan version of the classic comforting dish. Claire suggests varying the dish by adding halved cherry tomatoes or sliced vegan hot dogs before baking/grilling or by sprinkling with flaxseeds and a couple of teaspoonfuls of paprika to create an extra-crunchy topping. Enjoy!
Claire’s Mac ‘n’ Cheeze
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1–2 chillies, finely chopped (optional)
3–4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 litre unsweetened soya milk
190 g vegan melting cheese (we suggest mozzarella or … Read more.
Love is in the air – yes, in case you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. But while you’re making plans for your hot date, show some love for animals, too, by keeping things vegan. After all, compassion is a great chat-up line, and it’s well known that, with their often fitter physique and increased stamina, plant-eaters make better lovers as well as kinder partners.
So here are six top tips to help you avoid making a cruelty faux pas during your romantic evening:
1. Kindle the flames … Read more.
His band may have a naughty name, but Benjamin John Power from the electronic duo Fuck Buttons is anything but. In fact, the Bristol musician, who is also known for his solo project Blanck Mass, is so concerned about making kind choices that he refuses to eat food that results from animal suffering: namely, meat, eggs and dairy products.
We chatted with him about how and why he chose to go vegan:
Like many people who switch to a plant-based diet, Benjamin reports feeling less tired. He’s also glad to be … Read more.
More and more people are waking up to the cruel reality of the dairy industry, so the market for alternative non-dairy products is growing faster now than ever before. In the past two years alone, the non-dairy milk market has grown by a staggering 155 per cent in the UK! Producing plant-based milks takes a lot less water and land and results in much less carbon dioxide than producing dairy milks. We’ve put together a guide to some of the best vegan milks and how to use them.
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Following a detailed complaint lodged by PETA more than two years ago, the EU Ombudsman recently confirmed PETA’s darkest fears about what has been happening in the world’s largest animal testing programme, REACH.
It’s estimated that more than 100,000 animals were used in tests that could potentially have been avoided, and millions more are expected to die over the coming years. We contacted the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) repeatedly regarding this unconscionable use of animals, but it refused to accept its responsibility to ensure that animal tests are minimised.
In a … Read more.
This week in France, Ernest Soulard, a major foie gras producer which supplies some of Paris’ most famous restaurants, appeared in court after being accused of “serious abuse and cruelty” by French animal rights group L214, following video footage exposing horrific treatment of ducks and geese on farms.
This is the video released by L214 in November 2013:
The footage shows how ducks are confined to individual faeces-encrusted cages so tiny that they can’t even turn around or spread their wings. Sick birds are seen panting in distress and collapsing on the … Read more.