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Spinach stuffed ravioli, oyster mushrooms, green beans, and a fresh salad for dinner 😍. #healthy #fit #vegan #vegansofig #whatveganseat #thewholesomelife #plantbased

Spinach stuffed ravioli, oyster mushrooms, green beans, and a fresh salad for dinner 😍. #healthy #fit #vegan #vegansofig #whatveganseat #thewholesomelife #plantbased

— 16 hours ago with 2 notes
#plantbased  #fit  #vegansofig  #healthy  #vegan  #whatveganseat  #thewholesomelife 
Tried my first blood orange this morning! Much less citrusy than a regular orange. #vegan #whatveganseat #vegansofig #healthy #fit

Tried my first blood orange this morning! Much less citrusy than a regular orange. #vegan #whatveganseat #vegansofig #healthy #fit

— 1 day ago
#healthy  #whatveganseat  #fit  #vegan  #vegansofig 
refashioner:

WEAR #INSIDEOUT: SAVE WORLD, WIN WARDROBE

On April 24th, we’re turning fashion into a force for good with the first annual Fashion Revolution Day, a worldwide movement in over 50 countries demanding fair treatment for all garment workers and clothing that is made ethically and humanely. 

We are honoring the lives of the 1133 sweatshop laborers killed & 2500 injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh last April 24, 2013. The ultimate aim is to create transparency and justice in the global fashion supply chain. Here’s why.

20-year-old Rana Plaza survivor Aklima Khanam has an all-too-typical story. Working in clothing factories since age 14 to support her family, Aklima’s average shift ran from 8am to midnight, seven days a week. On April 24th last year, her managers were aware of a crack in the building but threatened to dock a month’s wages if she refused to work. 

Aklima was trapped under her sewing machine for 15 hours before being rescued. Before the accident, she made $125 per month. With injuries to her head, back and legs, she can no longer work but has received little to no compensation from her employers. Rana Plaza is but one example of the many atrocities occurring daily in the name of fashion.
 
Fashion Revolution says enough is enough. Join the movement! 

Post a photo of yourself wearing an outfit #insideout on the Fashion Revolution Day USA facebook fan page by 11:59pm PST on April 24th, 2014 and you could win an ethical designer wardrobe worth over $3,000 courtesy of FRD brand partners including 2ETN, Bhoomki, Deborah Lindquist,Dhana Eco Kids, GUNAS, Loomstate, Mata Traders, Mink Shoes, Nomadista, Org by Vio, Pashen, Seamly.co, Simply Natural Clothing, Stewart + Brown, Tabii Just, Under the Canopy and Vaute.

refashioner:

WEAR #INSIDEOUT: SAVE WORLD, WIN WARDROBE

On April 24th, we’re turning fashion into a force for good with the first annual Fashion Revolution Daya worldwide movement in over 50 countries demanding fair treatment for all garment workers and clothing that is made ethically and humanely. 

We are honoring the lives of the 1133 sweatshop laborers killed & 2500 injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh last April 24, 2013. The ultimate aim is to create transparency and justice in the global fashion supply chain. Here’s why.

20-year-old Rana Plaza survivor Aklima Khanam has an all-too-typical story. Working in clothing factories since age 14 to support her family, Aklima’s average shift ran from 8am to midnight, seven days a week. On April 24th last year, her managers were aware of a crack in the building but threatened to dock a month’s wages if she refused to work.

Aklima was trapped under her sewing machine for 15 hours before being rescued. Before the accident, she made $125 per month. With injuries to her head, back and legs, she can no longer work but has received little to no compensation from her employers. Rana Plaza is but one example of the many atrocities occurring daily in the name of fashion.

 

Fashion Revolution says enough is enough. Join the movement! 

Post a photo of yourself wearing an outfit #insideout on the Fashion Revolution Day USA facebook fan page by 11:59pm PST on April 24th, 2014 and you could win an ethical designer wardrobe worth over $3,000 courtesy of FRD brand partners including 2ETNBhoomkiDeborah Lindquist,Dhana Eco KidsGUNASLoomstateMata TradersMink ShoesNomadistaOrg by VioPashenSeamly.coSimply Natural ClothingStewart + BrownTabii JustUnder the Canopy and Vaute.

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My first grocery order from @goodeggssf came in! Everything is so fresh and beautiful 😊. #localfarms #organic #veggies #fruits #healthy #fit #sustainable #vegan #vegansofig #whatveganseat #climatechange

My first grocery order from @goodeggssf came in! Everything is so fresh and beautiful 😊. #localfarms #organic #veggies #fruits #healthy #fit #sustainable #vegan #vegansofig #whatveganseat #climatechange

— 2 days ago
#organic  #fit  #vegansofig  #healthy  #vegan  #whatveganseat  #veggies  #fruits  #sustainable  #climatechange  #localfarms 
Happy #EarthDay! How is everyone celebrating? 😍 #environment #sustainability #nature #Ireland #climatechange #globalwarming

Happy #EarthDay! How is everyone celebrating? 😍 #environment #sustainability #nature #Ireland #climatechange #globalwarming

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#earthday  #climatechange  #nature  #environment  #sustainability  #ireland  #globalwarming 
mothernaturenetwork:

Recipe: Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Mac and CheezeThis yummy dish is the perfect answer to that age old question: ‘Don’t your vegan kids miss macaroni and cheese?’

mothernaturenetwork:

Recipe: Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Mac and Cheeze
This yummy dish is the perfect answer to that age old question: ‘Don’t your vegan kids miss macaroni and cheese?’

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environmentalillnessnetwork:

In the post “More to Biofuel Production Than Yield,” Michigan State University explains:

[Doug] Landis and a team of researchers from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center compared three potential biofuel crops: corn, switchgrass, and mixes of native prairie grasses and flowering plants. They measured the diversity of plants, pest and beneficial insects, birds and microbes that consume methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Methane consumption, pest suppression, pollination and bird populations were higher in perennial grasslands. …
[R]ising [GMO] corn and other commodity prices tempt farmers to till and plant as much of their available land as possible. This includes farming marginal lands that produce lower yields as well as converting acreage set aside for the Conservation Reserve Program, grasslands and wetlands.
"Yes, [GMO] corn prices are currently attractive to farmers, but with the exception of biomass yield, all other services were greater in the perennial grass crops," Landis said. "If high commodity prices continue to drive conversion of these marginal lands to annual [GMO corn] crop production, it will reduce the flexibility we have in the future to promote other critical services like pollination, pest suppression and reduction of greenhouse gasses."

Also check out the Scientific American article “Biofuels Might Hold Back Progress Combating Climate Change.”

environmentalillnessnetwork:

In the post “More to Biofuel Production Than Yield,” Michigan State University explains:

[Doug] Landis and a team of researchers from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center compared three potential biofuel crops: corn, switchgrass, and mixes of native prairie grasses and flowering plants. They measured the diversity of plants, pest and beneficial insects, birds and microbes that consume methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Methane consumption, pest suppression, pollination and bird populations were higher in perennial grasslands. …

[R]ising [GMO] corn and other commodity prices tempt farmers to till and plant as much of their available land as possible. This includes farming marginal lands that produce lower yields as well as converting acreage set aside for the Conservation Reserve Program, grasslands and wetlands.

"Yes, [GMO] corn prices are currently attractive to farmers, but with the exception of biomass yield, all other services were greater in the perennial grass crops," Landis said. "If high commodity prices continue to drive conversion of these marginal lands to annual [GMO corn] crop production, it will reduce the flexibility we have in the future to promote other critical services like pollination, pest suppression and reduction of greenhouse gasses."

Also check out the Scientific American article “Biofuels Might Hold Back Progress Combating Climate Change.”

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thugkitchen:

Asparagus is a solid stand-alone veggie with all its vitamin K and folate but paired with this creamy risotto? HOT DAMN. It takes this spring staple to another level. 
SPRING ASPARAGUS RISOTTO

Enough for 4 people

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped shallots or yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Arborio rice*
½ cup white wine
¼ teaspoon salt
4 ½ cups vegetable broth
1 bunch asparagus, about 1 pound
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ cup minced chives
pepper to taste

Warm up the veggie broth in a medium pot until it gently simmers then turn off the heat. Chop up the shallots, garlic, and asparagus. You’ll want the asparagus in pieces about an inch long, like bite-sized. Cut off the tough ends because those woody sons of bitches will ruin everything. 

In a large skillet or pot with a wide bottom, heat up the 2 tablespoons of oil over a medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté them around until they start to look kinda golden, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and rice and sauté until the rice smells toasted and starts looking like it absorbed some of the oil, about 2 more minutes. This helps make your risotto all creamy SO DON’T SKIP THIS SHIT. Add the white wine and salt to the pot and cook until most of the wine has evaporated and you scraped whatever bits of shallot got stuck to the bottom of the pot, like a minute or 2. Drink the rest wine because… well, that shits already open. Might as well.

Now add 2 cups of the warm broth, stir, and lower the heat so that the pot is at a simmer, uncovered. Stir every couple of minutes until most of the broth has absorbed into the rice, about 7-10 minutes. You don’t need to stand there and stir it the whole fucking time; whoever started that rumor about cooking risotto is a goddamn liar. Just stir it every minute or two while you clean up or troll the internet. Add another 2 cups of warm broth at this point, and do that whole stir and simmer thing again for another 7 minutes or until the rice tastes slightly undercooked and there’s still broth in the pot. Now dump in the asparagus and cook until it’s tender and the rice looks like its sitting in a creamy gravy, about 5 more minutes. If it starts looking a little dry before everything is tender, just add some more of the broth a tablespoon at a time to fix that shit. 

When the rice and asparagus taste on point, turn off the heat; add the lemon zest, remaining oil, half the chives, and a little pepper. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or whateverthefuck you want. Serve right away and top with the remaining chives. 
 
* This kind of rice is starchy as hell, so it will make your risotto the extra creamy and delicious. If you can’t find it don’t worry about it, just grab a short grain rice.

thugkitchen:

Asparagus is a solid stand-alone veggie with all its vitamin K and folate but paired with this creamy risotto? HOT DAMN. It takes this spring staple to another level.

SPRING ASPARAGUS RISOTTO

Enough for 4 people

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup chopped shallots or yellow onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup Arborio rice*

½ cup white wine

¼ teaspoon salt

4 ½ cups vegetable broth

1 bunch asparagus, about 1 pound

½ teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon olive oil

¼ cup minced chives

pepper to taste

Warm up the veggie broth in a medium pot until it gently simmers then turn off the heat. Chop up the shallots, garlic, and asparagus. You’ll want the asparagus in pieces about an inch long, like bite-sized. Cut off the tough ends because those woody sons of bitches will ruin everything.

In a large skillet or pot with a wide bottom, heat up the 2 tablespoons of oil over a medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté them around until they start to look kinda golden, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and rice and sauté until the rice smells toasted and starts looking like it absorbed some of the oil, about 2 more minutes. This helps make your risotto all creamy SO DON’T SKIP THIS SHIT. Add the white wine and salt to the pot and cook until most of the wine has evaporated and you scraped whatever bits of shallot got stuck to the bottom of the pot, like a minute or 2. Drink the rest wine because… well, that shits already open. Might as well.

Now add 2 cups of the warm broth, stir, and lower the heat so that the pot is at a simmer, uncovered. Stir every couple of minutes until most of the broth has absorbed into the rice, about 7-10 minutes. You don’t need to stand there and stir it the whole fucking time; whoever started that rumor about cooking risotto is a goddamn liar. Just stir it every minute or two while you clean up or troll the internet. Add another 2 cups of warm broth at this point, and do that whole stir and simmer thing again for another 7 minutes or until the rice tastes slightly undercooked and there’s still broth in the pot. Now dump in the asparagus and cook until it’s tender and the rice looks like its sitting in a creamy gravy, about 5 more minutes. If it starts looking a little dry before everything is tender, just add some more of the broth a tablespoon at a time to fix that shit.

When the rice and asparagus taste on point, turn off the heat; add the lemon zest, remaining oil, half the chives, and a little pepper. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or whateverthefuck you want. Serve right away and top with the remaining chives.

 

* This kind of rice is starchy as hell, so it will make your risotto the extra creamy and delicious. If you can’t find it don’t worry about it, just grab a short grain rice.

(via holisticveganjourney)

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"Girls are raised in a society where flattering clothing means clothing that makes you look skinnier. Where fat is an insult more often than a noun and not just a physical description but a reflection of personality. Where “you look healthy” is what you say when a girl gains weight, but “you look good” is what you say when a girl loses weight. Girls are raised in a society that teaches them it is their own responsibility to be as small as possible because they do not deserve to take up space."
Anonymous  (via ownmylove)

(Source: ofabeautifulnight, via travellightlivelight)

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Victoria Vegan Pasta Sauces: The Vegan Alfredo-Lover's Dream! →

vegansaurus:

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The lovely family over at Victoria Vegan recently sent me a variety of their pasta sauces for review, and so review them I happily will!

imageThey sent me their Arugula Pesto Alfredo, Artichoke Alfredo, Vodka sauce, Roasted Bell Pepper Alfredo and Original Alfredo to try. I invited my…

— 6 days ago with 32 notes

nicolejanelle:

white-dress-dreams:

SWOON. 

(here it is!)

Alex if you gave me this, I’d totally say hell yeah just saying.

Etsy FTW. 

(via medicinetree)

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ecowatchorg:

Tree-Sitter Opts for Jail Time to Highlight Injustice of Tar Sands Industry
Jessica Clark, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI CATS) tree sitter, plead guilty to criminal trespass in a La Porte County courthouse yesterday and was sentenced to 26 days in prison …
SEE MORE:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/17/tree-sitter-jail-time-highlight-injustice-tar-sands/

ecowatchorg:

Tree-Sitter Opts for Jail Time to Highlight Injustice of Tar Sands Industry

Jessica Clark, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI CATS) tree sitter, plead guilty to criminal trespass in a La Porte County courthouse yesterday and was sentenced to 26 days in prison …

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/17/tree-sitter-jail-time-highlight-injustice-tar-sands/

(via climate-changing)

— 6 days ago with 26 notes
jerseygovegan:

Curried cauliflower with tomatoes over flavorful basmati rice

jerseygovegan:

Curried cauliflower with tomatoes over flavorful basmati rice

— 1 week ago with 4 notes