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11/13/2012

Peanut Butter and Sambal Wontons with Chocolate Sauce from Olives for Dinner! Born from hurricane Sandy anxiety, these look just glorious. You know I’m always into the savory-items-made-sweet and sweet-items-made-savory so this is right up my alley. Plus, I love dipping things in chocolate. Who doesn’t? Evil people!

Peanut Butter and Sambal Wontons with Chocolate Sauce from Olives for Dinner! Born from hurricane Sandy anxiety, these look just glorious. You know I’m always into the savory-items-made-sweet and sweet-items-made-savory so this is right up my alley. Plus, I love dipping things in chocolate. Who doesn’t? Evil people!

10/18/2012

Massive peanut recall! Check your foods!  »


Right now might be the only time ever that folks with peanut allergies are looking at the rest of us thinking, “Haha, suckers!” If you haven’t heard, there’s a massive peanut recall afoot, and it affects a lot of fancy vegan peanut products.

A whole bunch of products made in by Sunland, Inc between March 2010 and Sept. 24, 2012, might be infected with salmonella! So far 35 people in 19 states have gotten sick, and the FDA and CDC are all over it. TWO YEARS worth of products? WTF, Sunland?!

The full list of recalled products is on the FDA’s website, but here are some that vegans are likely to have bought! If you’ve got these in your cupboard, either just chuck them or go to the FDA site for more details if that seems wasteful! The good news is unless you’re a tiny child (nice work reading the blog!) or real old or have a compromised immune system, salmonella isn’t too serious.

  • Trader Joe’s, Arrowhead Mills, Cadia, Kirkland, Natural Value, Naturally More, Sprout’s, & Sun Harvest peanut butter
  • Sprout’s tahini & almond butter
  • Justin’s Nut Butters—anything with peanuts!
  • Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor
  • Peanut Butter Newman-O’s (yes, they’re vegan)
  • Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed
  • Anything with the Sunland name on it
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!

[Photo by Yogma via Flickr]

09/04/2012

Vegan Dog Chews: Puppies say “yum!”  »

When I tweeted about Figgy’s appreciation for his new vegan pig ears, a bunch of people responded. I understand why—it’s hard to find a good veggie chew! And I’ve read chewing is a natural habit for dogs that relieves boredom and stress, and can help clean their teeth. My Figaro doesn’t really care for chew toys nowadays—if he can’t eat it, he’s not interested. So I’ve done a fair amount of searching for the perfect edible vegan dog chew. I don’t know if I’ve found perfect, but I’ve found some good stuff. And it’s all Figgy approved!

Here are the pig ears you can see Figgy devouring in the top pictures. They are from Vegansaurus friend Vegan Essentials. Fig LOVES them. The only prob was one didn’t last that long. It lasted about ten minutes. That’s longer than it used to take him to eat those yam chews though. And like I said, he really liked it, so these will be a regular in the Figgy treat rotation.

This is a long-lasting option that is vegan, as far as I can tell: Paragon crocodile dog chews (there are hedgehogs too!). You can buy these at Figgy’s friend’s store Nip and Bones. The issue with these is that I don’t think they’re super flavorful but that may be why they last so long. It seems like Figgy likes to carry these around more than chew on them—but whatever keeps him happy! He even tries to take them with him on walks, so silly. And he does eventually work his way through them so it’s a nice little chew. 

I’m sure you’ve heard of Sam’s Yams; well Fig is totally over those. They had a good run, but they only lasted him about five minutes anyway. But then I discovered these Sam’s Yams bones and Fig will actually condescend to eat these! I don’t know if the chamomile makes him calm but as chewing is a stress relieving activity, it must do something regardless.

Here’s a nice bone Figgy likes, the peanut butter Booda Bone. He’s not obsessed with these, but he enjoys them. I emailed the maker and they said both the peanut butter and mint bones are vegan. Fig likes the peanut butter ones.

This isn’t actually a chew but these deserve a mention. When I first got Fig from the PSPCA, he was a skinny-mini and liked any treat he saw. Now he’s a fatty and he’s so snobby about treats! He is totes over your dry biscuit variety; it’s all about moist, chewy treats. For that I recommend Paw’s Gourmet Chunky Chewies. Figaro loves these. They’re just made of peanut butter, molasses, and oats; so you could probably make them at home but bleh, I hate making stuff (though if you have a recipe you’ve tried and liked, send it and I’ll link it). If you are not opposed to honey, these little molasses bits from Paw’s Gourmet are a great size and also nice and soft. But the Chunky Chewies are honey-free.

Last but not least, don’t forget about a good old Kong toy filled with peanut butter. You can freeze it with the peanut butter inside to make it last a bit longer. You can find Kong just about everywhere. Again, not a chew; but this is good activity and sure to relieve boredom. 

There you have it! To all those dogs who think chewiness is next to godliness, there’s sure to be something here for you.

04/03/2012

How do Canadian superstar vegans celebrate Easter? With mini peanut butter cups in jars! Angela Liddon, you crazy diamond, never stop shining!
[photo by Angela Liddon; recipe and a million more delectable photos at Oh She Glows]

How do Canadian superstar vegans celebrate Easter? With mini peanut butter cups in jars! Angela Liddon, you crazy diamond, never stop shining!

[photo by Angela Liddon; recipe and a million more delectable photos at Oh She Glows]

03/15/2012

Yet more vegan Easter goodies! Add this adorable peanut butter mousse filled floppy eared bunny from Lagusta’s to the list!
This bun is cute! I’m also pretty interested in this matzo toffee. I’ve never heard of such a thing! Can people eat this during passover? I love matzo like so much. I used to trade my food for matzo at lunch when I was little. I guess that’s kind of bad in retrospect? Oops! 

Yet more vegan Easter goodies! Add this adorable peanut butter mousse filled floppy eared bunny from Lagusta’s to the list!

This bun is cute! I’m also pretty interested in this matzo toffee. I’ve never heard of such a thing! Can people eat this during passover? I love matzo like so much. I used to trade my food for matzo at lunch when I was little. I guess that’s kind of bad in retrospect? Oops! 

01/24/2012

findvegan:

7 ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day!

Good gravy! Why didn’t anyone tell us that today is National Peanut Butter Day? How are you celebrating? Peanut butter noodles, peanut butter hummus, grilled peanut butter sandwich cut diagonally because it tastes better?
In honor of our most beloved of nut butters, let us observe a moment of silence for everyone in the world without access to delicious, unadulterated, perfect peanut butter. I remember the times I’ve lived in a peanut butter desert, and oh, those were truly the worst of times. We feast today in your honor.

findvegan:

7 ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day!

Good gravy! Why didn’t anyone tell us that today is National Peanut Butter Day? How are you celebrating? Peanut butter noodles, peanut butter hummus, grilled peanut butter sandwich cut diagonally because it tastes better?

In honor of our most beloved of nut butters, let us observe a moment of silence for everyone in the world without access to delicious, unadulterated, perfect peanut butter. I remember the times I’ve lived in a peanut butter desert, and oh, those were truly the worst of times. We feast today in your honor.

(Source: findvegan)

01/03/2012

Make this: Slate’s peanut butter hummus!  »


My ma sent me this recipe from Slate last week, all excited, and honestly, I was skeptical. Hummus with peanut butter? Nonsense.

But the author does make an excellent point about peanut butter being more affordable than tahini, and I also feel like smoked paprika is a genius ingredient from heaven, and beyond everything else hummus is way super-easy to make, so why not?

Results: Delicious, slightly pinkish-brownish, rich, creamy, tasty hummus. Highly recommended. You probably have all the ingredients right now! If you don’t have smoked paprika, get some immediately: It’s inexpensive and adds a dimension of taste to your foods you’ll hate yourself for missing.

Peanut butter hummus! It’s what’s for EVERY MEAL FOREVER.

[photo by Olga Vasiljeva via Flickr]

02/11/2011

Homemade peanut butter cups! YUM! I saw this recipe on Design Sponge today and dang! These look good! The recipe is basically vegan, provided that you use vegan chocolate and vegan graham crackers (the original Nabisco grahams are my jam). We should totally go to the movies and bring these! I used to eat Reese’s at the movie theater and it was fun but I can’t do that any more. Now I can bring my own! If only we had vegan Reese’s Pieces. Anybody???

Homemade peanut butter cups! YUM! I saw this recipe on Design Sponge today and dang! These look good! The recipe is basically vegan, provided that you use vegan chocolate and vegan graham crackers (the original Nabisco grahams are my jam). We should totally go to the movies and bring these! I used to eat Reese’s at the movie theater and it was fun but I can’t do that any more. Now I can bring my own! If only we had vegan Reese’s Pieces. Anybody???

01/24/2011

The Vegansaurus Diet: Megan Rascal!  »

Hey guys, did you know we have a little series called the Vegansaurus Diet? Readers can submit their weeklong adventure in vegan eating! Jeez louise, do you want to be internet famous? Here’s your chance! For inspiration (and attention), here’s my Vegansaurus Diet!

[Ed.: Megan wrote a whole lot of excuses as to why she didn’t vary her routine or cook a lot this week, which frankly is 0 percent important when compared to the fact that she recorded a regular old week of vegan eating. You think models are embarrassed to have eaten, like, the same $30 salad from the same restaurant for a month? NO. And you’re vegan, you’re obviously more interesting than someone whose job is “skinny.”]

Tuesday, Jan. 11
I start the day with my favorite breakfast: multigrain english muffins with Earth Balance and grape jelly! Plus, two Yves breakfast patties; I love those little guys. Vegan sausage is generally a solid bet, am I right? I always recommend sausage items when I take the omnis somewhere new. Then I had about five to 10 clementines. I can’t help it! They are so good! Of course I’d prefer satsumas but they just aren’t very good on the East Coast. Sad face.

For lunch, I had what I’ve had for the last two weeks: sushi! I only like avocado rolls so that’s what I had, along with edamame and veggie spring rolls. Then I had 10 to 12 clementines.
Snacks: tamari almonds and—drum roll!—clementines!
Dinner: An Amy’s non-dairy burrito. I like ‘em.

Wednesday, Jan. 12
Today for brekkie I went a little crazy and mixed it up: apples and peanut butter! It’s not just for children. Today I had a Honeycrisp apple but I’m really into Pink Ladies—Gala apples are totally played out. For lunch I had sushi and edamame again. For dinner I had a toasted multigrain english muffin with peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Nothing beats a PB+J!

You’ll notice a lack of clementines. I ate them all yesterday and then it snowed and I was too lazy to trek through the snow for some more.

Friday, Jan. 14
Apples and peanut butter for breakfast! Sushi and edamame for lunch! For a snack, I had two Lightlife sausage links and a cup of applesauce; it’s a good combination. I think I like the Yves sausage patties better but the Lightlife is a solid alternative—they have more flavor—but they’re a bit tough. For dinner I had Dr. McDougall’s roasted peanut noodle! Apparently it’s in his “Asian Entree” series. I’m a big Dr. McDougall fan—have you tried the miso ramen? It’s out of control. I’m a big peanut fan too so I was very excited when my interests came together in noodle form. It wasn’t the most amazing thing ever but it was pretty darn good for something that recommends you microwave it for best results. Lastly, for dessert, I had toast with I. M. Healthy chocolate soy nut butter.

Sunday, January 16th
I had a lovely breakfast: oatmeal and a chocolate chip banana muffin from 'Snice, with Earl Gray tea of course. For dinner, I ordered from Dao Palate! It’s a vegan pan-Asian place. It’s yummy! I got spring rolls and pad thai (pictured left).

Monday, Jan. 17
I had an english muffin with jam for breakfast. Sushi for lunch, duh. Now for dinner, I had some crazy good stuff! It was my sister-in-laws birthday and we had a big party for her at Gemma in Manhattan. The waiters were so nice and got me all kinds of vegan food! I had bruschetta that had these killer grape tomatoes; then a nice little salad; pasta with tomato sauce and basil for the entree; and raspberry sorbet for dessert! And champagne—lots of champagne. 

That is my week in eating! My diet is basically the same as a 10 year-old’s, a 10 year-old who really likes sushi.

Would you like to be featured on Vegansaurus? Of course you would! So submit your Vegansaurus Diet already!

09/15/2010

Tonight: Peanut Butter Plan party!  »


Interested in doing some immediate good? Participate in tonight’s Peanut Butter Plan sandwich-making party! RSVP at the Facebook event page, and meet at 116 Noe St. (between 14th and Henry Streets) at 7:30 p.m. to make some sandwiches!

Hang on, what is the Peanut Butter Plan? It is simple genius, is what: once a month, people get together to make pb&j sandwiches and distribute them. To whom? Well, to hungry people. PBP Founder Jory John gives a more detailed explanation.

Your Vegansaurus likes it because generally pb&js are animal-free, as well as nutritionally balanced and very good to eat. If you have the time tonight, definitely go and help out. One particularly irritating vegan stereotype is that we value animals over humans, which, OK, sometimes is true, because a lot of humans are big jerks! But starving people? Starving people at least deserve a vegan sandwich, and here’s your chance to help out! Now go! RSVP and go before I’m forced to make a “spread the love” pun and die of shame!

[photo by boeke on Flickr!]

(Source: flavorpill.com)

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