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400 million animals saved!

400 million animals saved!

Posted 11 August 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: vegetarian, vegan, why veg, food, recipes

400 million animals! I can't even begin to comprehend what 400 million animals would look like. But that's how many animals were saved from being killed for food in 2014 (in the US alone!) simply by people choosing to eat less meat!

That means millions of animals were spared from a lifetime of suffering in factory farm and having their life cut short in an industrial slaughterhouse.

Whether it be cutting down on meat or cutting it out altogether, eating less animals is a global trend that continues to grow. A new report from the U.S. says that meat consumption has been declining by around 10% every year since 2007!

Are you part of this growing movement? You're awesome. Here's a duckling.

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If you're ready to jump on board the life-saving bandwagon, we've got everything you need right here.

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It can be hard to feel like we're making a difference when we're flying the flag for animals, but this statistic goes to show that we're not alone, and together we're making a HUGE difference for animals.

Imagine if we could double this impact ... or even quadruple it. Well, you can! It's been found that one of the biggest barriers for people to make meat-free choices is not knowing what to eat. By spreading your love of veg food, and showing the people in your life how delicious it can be, you can help break down this barrier. And the best way to do it -- a dinner party :) What's more, by cooking for 3 friends you'll quadruple your impact for animals with that meal.

Action Alert: Host a vegan dinner party!

Here's some of my favourite dinner party recipes that always get gobbled up by guests:

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Basil and rocket pesto pasta
Simple and delicious, just like all of the recipes from Mouthwatering Vegan.

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Tofish and chips
Nothing like a good fry up. And it's even better when it's tofu in the fryer and fish in the sea! fish.gif (Psst! Guess what? Masterfoods Tartare Sauce is vegan.)

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Mushroom hot pot
This is a fun one because guests get a ladle of broth and then make their own soup combo from the selection of veggies, herbs and tofu.

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Chocolate pot
Ok I haven't actually made these yet but they're definitely on the table at my next dinner party. They look so good! (Jamie Oliver has a whole section for vegan recipes on his website.)

Happy cooking! More recipes here.

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The Heroes of Halloween!
Posted By Jane

The Heroes of Halloween!

Posted 30 October 2010   by         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: Cats, Bats, Rats Owls, Wolves, Halloween, Recipes

It's Halloween time! Which means lots of talk of witches, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, bats, rats and black cats ... spoooooky!

But rather than fearing the animals traditionally associated with Halloween, I want us all to remember how awesome these creepy creatures really are and why we should love 'em! (Let's face it, this ain't gonna be a tough task!)

While in the US, black cats have the lowest adoption rates from shelters than any other colour, in Scotland it's believed owners of black cats will have lots of good luck and, shall we say, suitors. So single Scottish gals are reaping the benefits of having black moggies around the house!

Far from being scary symbols of vampires, bats are considered good luck in Poland and in China they are signs of happiness and prosperity. And let's not forget what would have become of Gotham City without Batman around to save the day!

Here in the Western world there's tales of werewolves coming out when the moon appears (and the Twilight stories aren't helping dispel this myth!), in Japan, wolves are considered to be Gods, where grain farmers even pray to wolves at shrines, asking them to protect their crops.

HedwigIn China, the rat is the first sign of the zodiac, and if you're born under this sign you are said to be intelligent, creative, generous and honest. Funny then, that in Western cultures, dishonest people are called 'dirty rats'! In India, it's considered a blessing to eat food that has been touched by rats ... now I love all animals, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna take a long time for that idea to catch on here, if ever!

Thankfully owls have managed to overcome their reputation of being 'bringers in death' as they're known in Africa. Today owls are symbols of wisdom. And of course, Harry Potter's beautiful Hedwig has shown us they're pretty good at delivering messages too!

All this talk of superstitions and cultural beliefs has got me feeling all inspired. When the kids come trick or treating at my door tonight, I'm gonna be all ready with my cruelty free white chocolate bites and witches' fingers (no, even witches don't get harmed in the making of these!).

That is as soon as I adopt a black cat to keep me company and attract lots of ... um ... protectors to my house for Halloween! ;)

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Naked Chef Hides Sausage in New Cookbook
Posted By Jane

Naked Chef Hides Sausage in New Cookbook

Posted 8 October 2010   by         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: Veg, food, recipes, Jamie Oliver

It seems even Jamie Oliver thought World Veg Week was worth celebrating! The Naked Chef has announced plans to publish "one big massive, mammoth" vegetarian cookbook! I can hear my pots and pans rattling as we speak!

This will be his 17th cookbook and the reason it's going to be so huge is because it incorporates a lot of recipes from his previous 16 books which he says are around 60-65% vegetarian anyway. Who knew? I had a quick squiz at his website, and sure enough the list of vegetarian recipes was miles longer than the others. Nice one Jamie!

You may know that in the past this culinary connoisseur has raised awareness on the horrific conditions animals endure inside factory farms in his TV specials 'Jamie's Fowl Dinners' and 'Jamie Saves Our Bacon', and this book may be just the thing to convince some fence-sitting meat-eaters how simple it is to go veg for life!

According to Jamie, "Vegetarian as a general concept is a brilliant thing. We've got to stop eating so much meat. We are eating too much meat."

We most certainly are. Worse still, is that while innocent animals are paying the ultimate price for our appetites, we are harming the planet and compromising our own health at the same time. So the more veg cookbooks, the better!

I hope this new cookbook flies off the shelves Harry Potter style, outselling all Jamie's other books. That might prove that he could ditch the meat for good and keep everyone (including the animals) happy!

Hand me the wooden spoon!

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