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Veganism is becoming increasingly popular.

In the past few years, several celebrities have gone vegan, and a wealth of vegan products have appeared in stores.

However, you may still be curious about what this eating pattern involves and what you can and cant eat on a vegan diet.

This article tells you everything you need to know about veganism.

The term vegan was coined in 1944 by a small group of vegetarians who broke away from the Leicester Vegetarian Society in England to form the Vegan Society.

They chose not to consume dairy, eggs, or any other products of animal origin, in addition to refraining from meat, as do vegetarians.

The term vegan was chosen by combining the first and last letters of vegetarian.

Veganism is currently defined as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, be it from food, clothing, or any other purpose.

Vegans generally choose to avoid animal products for one or more of the following reasons.

Ethical vegans strongly believe that all creatures have the right to life and freedom.

Therefore, they oppose ending a conscious being's life simply to consume its flesh, drink its milk, or wear its skin especially because alternatives are available.

Ethical vegans are also opposed to the psychological and physical stress that animals may endure as a result of modern farming practices.

For instance, ethical vegans deplore the small pens and cages in which many livestock live and often rarely leave between birth and slaughter.

What's more, many vegans speak out against the farming industrys practices, such as the grinding of live male chicks by the egg industry or the force-feeding of ducks and geese for the foie gras market.

Ethical vegans may demonstrate their opposition by protesting, raising awareness, and choosing products that dont involve animal agriculture.

Some people choose veganism for its potential health effects.

For example, plant-based diets may reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and premature death (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Lowering your intake of animal products may likewise reduce your risk of Alzheimers disease or dying from cancer or heart disease (6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

Some also choose veganism to avoid the side effects linked to the antibiotics and hormones used in modern animal agriculture (11, 12, 13).

Finally, studies consistently link vegan diets to a lower body weight and body mass index (BMI). Some people may choose these diets to lose weight (14, 15, 16).

People may also choose to avoid animal products because of the environmental impact of animal agriculture.

A 2010 United Nations (UN) report argued that these products generally require more resources and cause higher greenhouse gas emissions than plant-based options (17).

For instance, animal agriculture contributes to 65% of global nitrous oxide emissions, 3540% of methane emissions, and 9% of carbon dioxide emissions (18).

These chemicals are considered the three principal greenhouse gasses involved in climate change.

Furthermore, animal agriculture tends to be a water-intensive process. For example, 5505,200 gallons (1,70019,550 liters) of water are needed to produce 1 pound (0.5 kg) of beef (19, 20).

Thats up to 43 times more water than is needed to produce the same amount of cereal grains (20).

Animal agriculture can also lead to deforestation when forested areas are burned for cropland or pasture. This habitat destruction is thought to contribute to the extinction of various animal species (18, 21).

Prominent types of this lifestyle include:

Vegans avoid all foods of animal origin. These include:

Moreover, vegans avoid any animal-derived ingredients, such as albumin, casein, carmine, gelatin, pepsin, shellac, isinglass, and whey.

Foods containing these ingredients include some types of beer and wine, marshmallows, breakfast cereals, gummy candies, and chewing gum.

Avoiding animal products doesnt consign you to veggies and tofu alone.

In fact, many common dishes are already vegan or can be adjusted easily.

Some examples include bean burritos, veggie burgers, tomato pizzas, smoothies, nachos with salsa and guacamole, hummus wraps, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.

Meat-based entres are generally swapped for meals containing the following:

You can replace dairy products with plant milks, scrambled eggs with scrambled tofu, honey with plant-based sweeteners like molasses or maple syrup, and raw eggs with flax or chia seeds.

In addition, vegans tend to consume a variety of whole grains, as well as a wide array of fruits and vegetables (23, 24).

Finally, you can also choose from an ever-growing selection of ready-made vegan products, including vegan meats, fortified plant milks, vegan cheeses, and desserts.

However, these highly processed products may be loaded with additives, oils, and artificial ingredients.

Vegans are individuals who avoid animal products for ethical, health, or environmental reasons or a combination of the three.

Instead, they eat various plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and products made from these foods.

If youre curious about this eating pattern, it can be easier to transition to veganism than you might think. However, you may want to consider supplements to ensure youre getting all the nutrients your body needs.

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What do vegans eat? Ive probably heard this question a million times! To show everyone how delicious and versatile vegan food can be, I teamed up with some fellow food bloggers and put together a huge list of 55 popular vegan recipes. So many delicious vegan recipes in just one place!!

People who follow a vegan diet avoid any kind of animal products. Like vegetarians, vegans dont eat meat, but they avoid dairy products and eggs as well. This also includes other kind of animal-derived substances like gelatin. Some people go vegan because of ethical motivation. They dont want to support factory farming and the horrific animal cruelty that is often involved. Others choose a vegan diet due to health problems or sometimes even environmental reasons. Or of course you can have a combination of all of these reasons.

You dont have to win the lottery to afford a vegan diet and you also dont have to move to a big city! On the contrary, you can find healthy vegan food almost everywhere

Just look for fresh vegetables and fruit either in the supermarket or on farmers markets. And you can also go crazy in the bulk section of your local grocery store for very little money. Keep an eye out for dried or canned beans like chickpeas, black beans, and lentils. Theyre not only super healthy and packed with proteins but they also fill you up.

Its true, buying vegan food products like vegan ice cream and vegan cheese can be a bit pricy in the long run. But I see these products as a special treat that we enjoy once in a while. And you can make a lot of these products at home if you dont want to spend too much money on them! Its often not only way healthier but also pretty easy to just make a homemade version.

To show you how delicious and easy a vegan diet can be, I teamed up with some fellow food bloggers to put together this giant roundup of the most popular vegan recipes! I hope this will help new vegans and vegetarians and Im sure it will be a great list for those who are already vegan.

So lets get started!

Cauliflower Hot Wings with Vegan Aioli

Pesto Spinach Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes by Stacey from Stacey Homemaker

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers by Melissa from Vegan Huggs

Rice Paper Rolls with Mango and Mint

Easy Vegan Butter by Melanie from A Virtual Vegan

Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower by Richa from Vegan Richa

Creamy Vegan One Pot Pasta Asian Style

Vegan Mexican Chopped Salad by Elena from Happy Kitchen Rocks

Vegan Bang Bang Broccoli by Lauren from Rabbit and Wolves

Spaghetti with Bean Balls

Vegan Banana Bread Pancakes by Bianca from Elephantastic Vegan

Vegan Breakfast Burrito Recipe by Joy from Build Your Bite

Veggie Loaded Black Beans and Rice by Linda from Veganosity

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Chickpea Noodle Soup by Carolyn from Umami Girl

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Risotto by Aimee from Wallflower Kitchen

Vegan One Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Smoky Southern Style Meatless Meatloaf by Linda from Veganosity

Vegan Thai Green Curry Soup by Hina from Fun Food Frolic

Vegan Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomatoes

Raw Strawberry Lime Macadamia Cheesecake by Audrey from Unconventional Baker

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts

Sweet Potato Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry by Brandi from The Vegan 8

Kung Pao Cauliflower by Richa from Vegan Richa

Vegan Tuscan Rigatoni by Lauren from Rabbit and Wolves

Vegan Dan Dan Noodles by Caroline by Pickled Plum

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars by Melanie from A Virtual Vegan

Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas by Joyce from Light Orange Bean

Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes by Marie from Yay For Food

Baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip by Sophia from Veggies Dont Bite

Gluten Free Vegan Tiramisu by Audrey from Unconventional Baker

Vegan One Pot Spaghetti with Vegetables

Simple Vegan Breakfast Hash by Joy from Build Your Bite

Kung Pao Cauliflower by Richa from Vegan Richa

Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce by Brandi from The Vegan 8

Vegan Chickpea Vegetable Chowder by Deryn from Running on Real Food

Vegan Pancake Recipes by Candice from The Edgy Veg

Cauliflower Tikka Masala by Anjali by Vegetarian Gastronomy

Vegetarian Fajita Pasta by Florian from Contentedness Cooking

Teriyaki Tempeh by Mary Ellen from V Nutritional Wellness

Vegan Lentil Salisbury Steak by Lauren from Rabbit and Wolves

Vegan Wild Blueberry Scones from Alisa from Go Dairy Free

Spinach Quinoa Patties (Vegan and Gluten-Free) by Sayantani from Delish Studio

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The absolute most delicious and flavorful healthy vegan vegetable soup out there! This vegan soup has a rich tomato broth and hearty rice texture to fill you up. It is oil-free and incredibly healthy and good for you. Originally posted 1-26-2018. Updated with clearer instructions and content. HEALTHY VEGAN VEGETABLE SOUP Meet my new favorite

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Learn how to make Vegan Scampi in Lemon Wine Sauce with fresh simple ingredients and hearts of palm instead of scallops! This recipe is elegant, full of flavor and a delicious plant-based meal! VEGAN SCAMPI IN LEMON WINE SAUCE Im excited to share this really delicious recipe, Vegan Scampi in Lemon Wine Sauce from Jenn

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These are seriously the best Chocolate Chip Granola Bars ever. They are so delicious, full of amazing texture and flavor and happen to be vegan, gluten-free and oil-free! They are packed with healthy whole food fats and only 8 ingredients! My daughter cannot get enough of these vegan chocolate chip granola bars. Myself included. These

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Learn how to make the most delicious crispy Gluten-free Vegan Sugar Cut-Out Cookies that are also oil-free and no butter! These are so delicious with amazing crispy edges and soft and tender center. Topped with a homemade sugar icing that firms up and is the perfect sugar cookie icing recipe! GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES I

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Learn how to make a delicious homemade Texas BBQ Sauce without any ketchup or mustard! Using wholesome ingredients for ultimate flavor and the perfect blend of sweet, smoky, tangy and slightly spicy! This is the perfect homemade barbecue sauce! TEXAS BBQ SAUCE Growing up in Texas, we know our bbq sauce. In fact, Texas is

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These Vegan Pecan Pie bars are only 6 ingredients, no-bake, oil-free and take just a few minutes to prepare. A quick version of pecan pie with the addition of delicious chocolate chips! Subtly sweet, chewy, soft and perfectly delicious! VEGAN PECAN PIE BARS You are just 6 ingredients away from a delicious, soft, chewy and

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This Vegan Berry Breakfast Cake is oil-free, made with whole grain spelt flour and oats for a healthier take on cake that can be eaten for breakfast! Made with fresh berries and a yogurt drizzle for a delicious, fresh flavor! VEGAN BERRY BREAKFAST CAKE Yes, you can eat this cake for breakfast! This Vegan Berry

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This entire collection of Vegan Christmas Cookies Recipes has everything you need for your holiday season. All of these Christmas Cookie recipes are vegan, oil-free and almost every one is gluten-free. They are crowd-pleasing and will make you look like a rockstar baker for your friends and make great Christmas gifts. VEGAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES I

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The ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie is so incredibly rich and delicious, none of your guests will ever know its vegan! Only 7 ingredients and super easy to make! NO tofu! I served it on my Homemade Gluten-free Vegan Pie Crust, but you can use store-bought easily, if preferred. VEGAN CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE One bite

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Here’s What Meat-Eaters Really Think of Veganism, According to a New Study – ScienceAlert

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Most people in the UK are committed meat eaters but for how long? My new research into the views of meat eaters found that most respondents viewed veganism as ethical in principle and good for the environment.

It seems that practical matters of taste, price, and convenience are the main barriers preventing more people from adopting veganism not disagreement with the fundamental idea.

This could have major implications for the future of the food industry as meat alternatives become tastier, cheaper and more widely available.

My survey of 1,000 UK adult men and women found that 73 percent of those surveyed considered veganism to be ethical, while 70 percent said it was good for the environment.

But 61 percent said adopting a vegan diet was not enjoyable, 77 percent said it was inconvenient, and 83 percent said it was not easy.

Other possible barriers such as health concerns and social stigma seemed not to be as important, with 60 percent considering veganism to be socially acceptable, and over half saying it was healthy.

The idea that most meat eaters agree with the principles of veganism might seem surprising to some. But other research has led to similar conclusions. One study for example, found that almost half of Americans supported a ban on slaughterhouses.

The prevalence of taste, price, and convenience as barriers to change also mirrors previous findings. One British survey found that the most common reason by far people gave for not being vegetarian is simply: "I like the taste of meat too much." The second and third most common reasons related to the high cost of meat substitutes and struggling for meal ideas.

These findings present climate and animal advocates with an interesting challenge. People are largely aware that there are good reasons to cut down their animal product consumption, but they are mostly not willing to bear the personal cost of doing so.

Decades of food behaviour research has shown us that price, taste and convenience are the three major factors driving food choices. For most people, ethics and environmental impact simply do not enter into it.

Experimental research has also shown that the act of eating meat can alter peoples' views of the morality of eating animals. One study asked participants to rate their moral concern for cows. Before answering, participants were given either nuts or beef jerky to snack on.

The researchers found that eating beef jerky actually caused participants to care less about cows. People seem not to be choosing to eat meat because they think there are good reasons to do so they are choosing to think there are good reasons because they eat meat.

In this way, the default widespread (and, let's be honest, enjoyable) behaviour of meat eating can be a barrier to clear reasoning about our food systems. How can we be expected to discuss this honestly when we have such a strong interest in reaching the conclusion that eating meat is okay?

Fortunately, things are changing. The range, quality, and affordability of vegan options has exploded. My survey was conducted in September 2018, a few months before the tremendously successful release of Greggs' vegan sausage roll.

Since then, we have seen an avalanche of high-quality affordable vegan options released in the British supermarkets, restaurants and even fast food outlets. These allow meat eaters to easily replace animal products one meal at a time.

When Subway offers a version of its meatball marinara that is compatible with your views on ethics and the environment, why would you choose the one made from an animal if the alternative tastes the same?

The widespread availability of these options means that the growing number of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians in the UK have more choice than ever. Not only will this entice more people to try vegan options, but it will make it far easier for aspiring vegetarians and vegans to stick to their diets.

With consumer choice comes producer competition, and here we will see the magic of the market. If you think those looking to cut down their meat consumption are spoilt for choice in 2020, just wait to see the effect of these food giants racing to make their vegan offerings better and cheaper as they compete for a rapidly growing customer segment.

We may be about to witness an explosion in research to perfect plant-based meat analogues. Meanwhile, the development of real animal meat grown from stem cells without the animals is gaining pace.

While these replacements get tastier, more nutritious and cheaper over the next ten years, meat from animals will largely stay the same. It is no wonder the animal farming industry is nervous. Demand for meat and dairy is falling drastically while the market for alternatives has skyrocketed.

In the US, two major dairy producers have filed for bankruptcy in recent months, while a recent report estimated that the meat and dairy industries will collapse in the next decade.

This leaves the average meat eater with a dilemma. Most agree with the reasons for being vegan but object to the price, taste, and convenience of the alternatives.

As these alternatives get cheaper, better and more widespread, meat eaters will have to ask themselves just how good the alternatives need to be before they decide to consume in line with their values. Being one of the last people to pay for needless animal slaughter because the alternative was only "pretty good" will not be a good look in the near future.

Chris Bryant, PhD Candidate, University of Bath.

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Opinions expressed in this article don't necessarily reflect the views of ScienceAlert editorial staff.

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(Bloomberg) -- Tyson Foods Inc. is taking on the backlash facing the meat industry with a move to advance the world of sustainable protein.

Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat company, will pull together industry leaders, academia, NGOs and financial firms this week at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, as it launches a new coalition designed to find sustainable solutions to producing protein. Its the latest move by a meat giant to help scrub the industrys image as a greenhouse-gas-emitting machine.

From high-profile moves like the Golden Globes going vegan, to the hype surrounding alternative proteins such as Beyond Meat Inc.s burger, the zeitgeist is moving toward less meat consumption. But traditional animal-meat producers are now looking to take the initiative in sustainability after largely being the punching bags of those sounding alarm bells over the industrys environmental impact.

By some measures, agriculture accounts for more global greenhouse gas emissions than transport, thanks in part to livestock production. To clean up its act, giants like Tyson and Cargill Inc. are promising ambitious reductions in emissions, including in supply chains. Chief sustainability officers are popping up all over meat C-suites, and social media ads are touting beefs misunderstood health benefits.

Notably, Tyson said it would include leaders from companies of all forms of protein for its coalition, meaning that purveyors of plant-based alternatives could be in the mix.

We want to help ensure the responsible production of affordable, nutritious food for generations to come, Tyson CEO Noel White said in a statement. Were introducing this coalition because we know that we cannot achieve this alone.

--With assistance from Megan Durisin.

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New research shows numbers to back up the increasing popularity of plant-based diets in the UK. According to Mintel, two-thirds of Brits ate meat substitutes and one in four new products launched in the United Kingdom in 2019 were labeled as vegan.

The news media has been reporting on the increase of vegan products and diets throughout 2019. Meat-free food sales increased in the country by 40% in 2019. Britons spend approximately 816 million on meat-free food in 2019. 25% of consumers said the environmental benefits made them eat less meat, and 32% said it was for health reasons.

In 2017, 28% of meat eaters had reduced or limited their meat consumption. In 2019, 39% had reduced consumption, according to Mintel. Approximately 1% of the British population is vegan.

Kate Vlietstra, Mintel global food and drink analyst told the Guardian, The rising popularity of flexitarian diets has helped to drive demand for meat-free products.Many consumers perceive that plant-based foods are a healthier option and this notion is the key driver behind the reduction in meat consumption in recent years.

Numerous UK restaurants and foot outlets have announced vegan options. Asda announced they would be removing all meat and fish counters from stores in 2020. Customer demand has pushed supermarket Sainsburys to launch a line of vegan products in late 2019 and UK restaurant chains including Wagamama, Pret a Manger, Frankie & Bennys and TGI Fridays are all participating in Veganuary.

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.

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Starbucks is actively working to add more plant-based food options and vegan meat may soon be on the coffee chains breakfast menu. In a statement, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson shared five sustainability commitments the company will implement: increasing plant-based options for a more environmentally friendly menu, shifting from single-use to reusable packaging, investing in regenerative agriculture, investing in better waste management, and developing more eco-friendly stores. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Starbucks in 2021, we look ahead with a heightened sense of urgency and conviction that we must challenge ourselves, think bigger and do much more in partnership with others to take care of the planet we share, Johnson said. Today, Im excited to be able to share with you our commitment to pursue a bold, multi-decade aspiration to become resource positive and give more than we take from the planet. In an email to Bloomberg, Starbucks revealed that it is already exploring meat alternatives for its breakfast menu but did not disclose specifics. Earlier this month, Starbucks added Oatly oat milk to its menu at more than 1,300 Midwest locations and two non-dairy beveragesa vegan Coconutmilk Latte and an Almondmilk Honey Flat White (which can be made vegan by omitting honey)to its menus nationwide.

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Supermarkets are cashing in on the growing popularity of veganism. Photo: Getty

Iceland has been revealed as the cheapest UK supermarket to shop at as a vegan.

The retailer specialising in frozen foods offers vegan products costing from 1 ($1.31) to 3.50 with an average product cost of2.25, according to new research by online price tracking website Alertr.co.uk.

Coming in second is Morrisons (MRW.L), with the average price of vegan products at 2.70, followed by Tesco (TSCO.L) at 2.73.

Following the growing popularity of veganism and initiatives such as Veganuary, in which participants go vegan for the month of January, and Meat Free Mondays which encourages people not to eat meat once a week, supermarkets are cashing in.

Many grocery retailers are adapting their products to cater for a plant-based diet and offering more vegan options than ever before.

Online supermarket Ocado (OCDO.L) offers the best range for those following a plant-based diet with 6,109 vegan products, according to the research.

READ MORE: Greggs profits to soar as UK wolfs down vegan sausage rolls

They are followed by Sainsburys (SBRY.L) with 3,537 vegan products, Morrisons (1,527), Asda (WMT)(1,378), and Waitrose (540).

Although Iceland comes in as the cheapest, it offers the smallest range with only 46 vegan products to choose from.

The research looked at Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado, and Iceland to come up with the figures but budget supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl, were not included due to the inability to shop the full range of items online from those stores.

Andy Barr, co-founder of Alertr.co.uk said: Whilst I am a big carnivore myself, I am all for the people making the efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle, and with the benefits of a plant-based diet evident to see, who am I to judge those cutting out meat and dairy?

Those opting to lead a plant-based lifestyle have been subjected to some seriously unimaginative offerings from supermarkets and restaurants in the past, so its great to see supermarkets now offering vegans, as well as those looking to implement their eating habits, have a wider range of reasonably priced options.

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How does a full day of healthy vegan eating sound?

Its a new decade, and many peoples New Years or should I say New Decades? resolution is to eat healthier. However, sometimes even when you want to eat healthier, you dont want to give up the foods you love ... like pasta. Here are three vegan recipes inspired by some of my favorite dishes: cereal, risotto, and any stuffed pasta.

To start the day, a hearty bowl of oatmeal is always a healthy way to go. Bag those sugary cereals for a delicious fiber-filled alternative. Add citrus for that much-needed vitamin C in the winter and chia seeds to start your day on the right note.

When it's time for lunch, enjoy this Tomato Farro Risotto-Stuffed Eggplant, which you can prepare in advance for a quick weekday lunch. Its as delicious as your favorite risotto perfectly creamy, but without the cream or butter.

For dinner, try this Mushroom Marinara Vegetable Ravioli.

Anessa Petteruti of East Greenwich is a student at Brown University. She publishes her recipes at http://www.foodfinessa.com.

Winter Glow Oatmeal Bowl

3 cups almond milk (or any type of milk)

1 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

cup walnuts, chopped

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Fresh grapefruit, sliced

Fresh banana, sliced

1 tablespoon muesli

1 teaspoon honey

Heat the milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the oats, walnuts, maple syrup, chia seeds, and lemon juice and cook until the oats are tender. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Top with sliced grapefruit, banana, muesli, and a drizzle of honey.

Serves 1.

Tomato Farro Risotto-Stuffed Eggplant

2 large eggplants, cut in half and insides removed and chopped

3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

cup farro

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large tomato, chopped

cup white wine

cup almond milk

cup fresh parsley, chopped

cup fresh basil, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place halved eggplants on a baking sheet, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast eggplants for 15-20 minutes or until slightly brown.

While eggplants are roasting, prepare the risotto. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the farro, 2 cups of water, and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Allow to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, then cover and cook until farro is fully cooked.

In a separate saucepan over medium-low heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, minced garlic, chopped eggplant, and chopped tomato. Cook until eggplant and tomato are fully cooked. Add wine, almond milk, parsley and basil. Then add cooked farro, and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add about 3 tablespoons of risotto to insides of each roasted eggplant half. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Mushroom Marinara Vegetable Ravioli

FOR THE VEGETABLE RAVIOLI

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 large eggplants, diced

3 cups mushrooms, diced

cup parsley, chopped

cup basil, chopped

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

FOR THE MUSHROOM MARINARA

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups oyster or cremini mushrooms

3 large tomatoes, chopped

cup tomato puree

cup white wine, like Pinot Grigio

cup fresh parsley

cup fresh basil

cup fresh oregano

Fresh herbs for garnish, optional

Parmesan cheese for garnish, optional

For the ravioli filling, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil until warm. Add minced garlic, and saut until fragrant. Add the eggplant and mushrooms, and saut until soft and tender. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix together the parsley, basil and lemon zest. Fold in the sauted eggplant and mushrooms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate while you make the pasta dough.

To make the dough, add flour, salt, and eggs to the bowl of a standing mixer with a dough hook. Mix until the dough comes together (if too sticky, add a couple more tablespoons of flour). Knead the dough on a well-floured surface until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

On the same well-floured surface, roll the dough out until it is -inch thick. Run the dough through a pasta machine, flattening it until it is 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 3-inch circles. Add about 1 tablespoon of filling to the center of half of the circles. Using your finger, spread a little water around the edge of each piece, and place another circle on top, sealing each raviolo.

Prepare the mushroom marinara before boiling the ravioli by sauteing the garlic in the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large saucepan. Add the mushrooms, and saut for 3 minutes. Add the fresh tomatoes, tomato puree, white wine, parsley, basil, and oregano, and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the ravioli to a pot of boiling water, and boil until they rise to the top, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, gather and drain the ravioli, and place them in the marinara. Allow to cook in the marinara on low heat for 1 minute. Serve with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

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Jennifer Coolidge Loads Up on Vegan Chocolate Bars and Whipped Cream – The New York Times

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Jennifer Coolidge, a blowsy rose of a character actress known for playing Stiflers mother in American Pie and trophy wives in various Christopher Guest movies including Best in Show, is trying to adopt a plant-based lifestyle.

But its been slow going recently. Traveling to New York to promote a new movie, Like a Boss, she found herself flummoxed by airport and in-flight options. After a long day of interviews, with no good vegan options on the room service menu, she panic-ordered some fish.

And I felt terrible, said Ms. Coolidge, a ride-or-die animal lover and dog owner.

So on a damp Thursday this month, she made her way to Orchard Grocer, a vegan bodega and sandwich shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in search of meatless treats.

Im having a hard time with the vegan thing, Ms. Coolidge, 58, said, after she surreptitiously slid a half-eaten Snickers bar into a trash can.

Narrow and brightly lit, with ceiling-high shelves on one side, coolers on the other and a deli counter at the rear, the store was a curated vegan debauch: dairy-free chocolate, pizzas made with cashew cheese and rice-milk ice cream.

Ms. Coolidge, dressed in a camel-hair coat for which no actual camels had been harmed, a leopard-print minidress and black stockings, seemed overwhelmed.

A publicist introduced her to Nora Vargas, a bespectacled store manager with a forearm tattoo of an avocado and avocado-print shoes to match. Were not really healthy people here, Ms. Vargas said. Were more into comfort food.

Ms. Coolidge, an inimitable blend of girlish vulnerability, boss-lady poise and comic chops, was not opposed to comfort. Whats your best thing here? she said in her mellow, second-martini voice. What do people go nuts over?

Ms. Vargas talked her into a breakfast sandwich made with mung bean eggs on a butter-free croissant, and mentioned that a Beyond Burger, made from pea protein, was the daily special.

Im obsessed with the Beyond Burgers. Obsessed. I mean, I cannot eat enough, Ms. Coolidge said, parting pink lips so bee stung that an EpiPen seemed like a useful accessory. I feel like the Beyond Burger is orgasmic sometimes.

As the orders went in, Ms. Coolidge sampled some mushroom jerky and popcorn flavored with yeast, which didnt appeal. I didnt fart, I just opened this thing, she said, as she handed the bag around.

She preferred Snacklins, faux pork rinds made from yuca, and a hazelnut chocolate bar from Vego. Oh my God, she said, adding 10 more Vego bars to the basket Ms. Vargas handed her.

When the sandwiches were ready, Ms. Coolidge cut them into quarters and headed outside to share them with her meat-eating publicists a vegan seduction. Im trying to get everyone that I know to go this route, she said.

But her publicists had disappeared. She gave the samples to her driver, seated in a black S.U.V. Were trying to convert people to the vegan way, she said.

Im already a vegan, he said, nibbling politely.

Ms. Coolidge flounced back into the store, where Ms. Vargas flourished a new treat: a whipped cream made from coconuts. A self-professed whipped cream enthusiast, Ms. Coolidges bedroom eyes went avid and wide. Lets try it, she said, shaking the bottle with vigor. Before she could spray it right onto her fingers, Ms. Vargas brought over paper cups.

This is delicious, she said, her voice deepening to a purr. Ms. Vargas offered her a swirl of the stores vanilla soft-serve ice cream, and Ms. Coolidge sprayed more whipped cream over the top.

This couldnt be any more fun, Ms. Coolidge said. Peoples idea of vegan is, like, kale.

Though she splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans, she has been contemplating a move to New York, where she lived and waitressed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The soft serve confirmed it.

Im leaving L.A, she said. Im single. I cant live in a house on a hill and meet somebody. I need to come here and, like, be part of society.

In Like a Boss, Ms. Coolidge plays a lonely beautician, Sydney, a downbeat riff on her Legally Blonde bend-and-snap turn. But in real life, even in Los Angeles, can Ms. Coolidge really not find a date?

Apparently. I feel like a eunuch, she said, as her black lace bra played peekaboo with her neckline. Men expect Stiflers mother, but that isnt who she is in her off hours. I feel really like sort of a wallflower, she said.

After spraying a third round of whipped cream onto her soft serve, she wandered next door to the grocerys companion shop, Moo Shoes, to pet the store cats and try on some vegan footwear.

She went back and forth on a pink backpack, deciding it was too youthful (Im not fooling anybody, right?), before trying on black high-heeled boots made of vegan leather and sustainably harvested beechwood. The boots didnt fit quite right.

Vegan girls have thin little feet, she said, as Hell Bent for Leather by Judas Priest played in the background. Ms. Coolidge slipped her own boots back on and collected her groceries, plus a complimentary cat-printed tote.

Come back and see us next time youre in New York City, Ms. Vargas said brightly.

Im sticking around, Ms. Coolidge said, hefting her chocolate bars. Youll see me again this week.

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