Easy Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Check out this amazing vegan Thanksgiving recipe, the Easy Vegan Green Bean Casserole! 😍 ❤️ Thanks, @delish for sharing this delicious idea. Read below for ingredients and directions! ✨

Ingredients

For The Onion Topping

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. Panko bread crumbs

For Casserole

  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed
  • 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 c. almond milk

Directions

1. Make onion topping: Preheat oven to broil on medium and line a medium baking sheet with  aluminum foil. In a medium bowl, toss onion with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add flour and Panko and toss to coat onions. Broil, tossing every 2 to 3 minutes, until onions are crisp and golden, about 6 to 8 minutes in total. Turn oven down to 375°.

2. Prepare an ice bath. In a large pot of boiling water, add green beans and cook until bright green, about 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon or tongs, quickly transfer green beans to ice bath to cool, then drain and transfer to a large bowl. 

3. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes more. Stir in garlic then transfer mixture to the bowl with the green beans. 

4. Heat remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in almond milk and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat then add green bean mixture and toss until even combined. Transfer mixture to a medium casserole dish. 

5. Bake until warmed through and bubbling around the edges, about 20 minutes. Top with “fried” onions and bake 5 minutes more. 

6. Serve your delicious Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Check out this amazing Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe! 🌱 💚 Thanks, @jessicainthekitchen for sharing this delicious recipe idea. Read below for ingredients and directions!⁠

Ingredients

Crispy Tofu

  • 1 16 ounce block of firm or extra firm tofu pressed, and torn into 1 to 2 inch pieces*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed, or liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar I use cane sugar, you can use brown or any granulated
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar preferably rice or white
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed, or liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped/cubed pineapple
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish
  • Chopped scallion for garnish

Directions

Crispy Tofu

1. In a medium-sized bowl place the pressed and torn tofu pieces. Add the soy sauce and toss to coat. Add in the garlic powder, sea salt, ground black pepper and cornstarch and toss to thoroughly combine, ensuring all the tofu pieces are covered with the seasonings and the cornstarch.

2. Heat a pan or wok over medium-high heat, and add the oil. When hot, add the tofu and toss to crisp up on all sides until the tofu is cooked and crisped on all sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Feel free to do this in batches if desired. Remove tofu pieces and set aside.

Sweet and Sour Sauce + Putting it All Together

1. In the same pan, lower the heat to over medium-high heat, and add in the onions, pineapples and bell peppers.

2. Saute until the onions are translucent and the pineapples are slightly browned, about 5 minutes

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water, soy sauce, and garlic powder for the sweet and sour sauce and stir together until fully combined.

4. Pour in the sauce over the veggies. Add back in the crisped up tofu, and stir to combine. Bring to a slight boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened up. Taste test and add more sugar or soy sauce if you desire. Remove from heat until needed.

5. Remove from heat and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve your sweet and sour tofu and enjoy!

Vegan Whoopie Pie

Check out this grain-free and high protein Vegan Whoopie Pie! 🌱💚 Thanks, @hungry.blonde for sharing this delicious recipe idea. Read below for ingredients and directions!⁠

Vegan Whoopie Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 Health Warrior Double Chocolate Protein Mug Muffin
  • 1/2 stick vegan butter alternative, softened
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Vegan Whoopie Pie Directions

1. Prepare the Health Warrior Double Chocolate Protein Mug Muffin by stirring in 1/4 cup of water and microwaving on high for 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter for at least 1 minute.

3. Beat in the powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until combined well, then the vanilla extract, and finally the cocoa powder.

4. Beat for another couple of minutes until smooth and fluffy. If it’s too thick you can add a splash of dairy-free milk.

5. Remove the Health Warrior Double Chocolate Protein Mug Muffin from container, cut in half, and scoop out a bit of the inside. On the bottom layer spread on the frosting, then top with the muffin top.

6. There will be enough frosting for about 5 muffins, or you can store whatever is left over in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

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There you have it! Delicious Vegan Whoopie Pie.

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Peanut Butter Balls – No-Bake

Check out this spooky vegan Halloween recipe, ideal for this weekend! 🧡🎃 No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls, thanks @gatheringdreams for sharing this awesome dessert recipe idea. Read bellow for ingredients and directions! ✨

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200g) medjool dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup (95g) peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (vegan)
  • 1/3 cup (30g) gluten-free rolled oats
  • 32 Candy eyeballs
  • 4 Licorice bars

Peanut Butter Balls Instructions

1. Pulse the pitted dates in a food processor or blender for a couple of minutes, until they form a smooth paste.

2. Add oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter, peanuts, and mix. If the mix is a bit dry, add a couple of tablespoons of water to make it a bit stickier (for tips and trick, read the full recipe here).

3. Use your hands to roll into 1-inch balls.

4. While the balls are still soft and sticky, press two candy eyeballs into each ball.

5. Cut the licorice bars into thin strips. Cut the bats wings using round cutters, and the spider legs (6 per spider) using a knife.

6. Press into the cookie ball. If the licorice is too soft, you can use a toothpick to make a small hole in the balls before pressing the wings or legs.

7. Place the scary monsters balls into the fridge to firm up for about 15-30 minutes.

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American Vegans Backing Biden over Trump

World’s number 1 dating app for vegans surveys American users to reveal: American Vegans are Backing Biden in the elections.

American Vegans Backing Biden
  • 75% of American vegans are backing Biden and Harris
  • Only 6.5% back Trump and Pence
  • Support for a third party candidate among American vegans outstrips Trump, with 18.5% of the share

A new survey conducted by Veggly, the world’s leading vegan and vegetarian dating app, has revealed how American vegans overwhelmingly support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president when compared to Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The data shows how 75% of vegans in the US support Biden and Harris, and only 6.5% are backing Trump and Pence.

The data also shows how many vegans in the US back a third party option instead Trump, with almost a fifth (18.5%) selecting the option.

Possible reasons for these results include:

  • Trump’s policies regarding climate change and animal welfare, which have angered vegan and environmental campaigners in the four years he has been in charge.
  • Trump’s regulations and laws regarding animal cruelty. In 2018, Trump lifted a ban put in place by the Obama administration covering animal cruelty. The original ban, set in 2015, provided better care for factory farmed animals, ensuring that they were treated more humanely.

Commenting on the new data, Founder of Veggly, Alex Felipelli, said:

“Most vegans are pro-environment and want better protection for animals, so it’s no surprise the Trump administration has very little support from this community. It’s also interesting to see how nearly a fifth would choose a third party; it just goes to show how many people aren’t impressed with either Biden or Trump at the moment.”

ENDS

About Veggly

Veggly was created to help vegans, vegetarians, and aspiring vegans/vegetarians to find, match and chat to other like-minded people nearby. At present, Veggly is the only vegan/vegetarian dating app available on Android, iOS and desktop/web.

Further details: https://www.veggly.net

Note to editors

Data accurate as of 29.10.20

Based on survey of 469 US-based vegans (Veggly users)

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Vegan Cookie Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Check out this amazing vegan cookie recipe, ideal for this weekend! 😍🍪 Thanks, @goodhousekeeping for sharing this delicious dessert recipe idea. Read below ingredients and directions! ✨

Vegan Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. semisweet vegan chocolate chips

Vegan Cookie Recipe Instructions:

With all the ingredients ready, it’s time to get your hands dirty (so to speak):

1. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Toss with chocolate. 

2. In second bowl, break up brown sugar, making sure there are no lumps. Add granulated sugar, oil, water, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined (there should be no streaks of flour). 

3. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spoon out 2-inch mounds of dough, spacing 2 inches apart. Freeze 30 minutes. 

4. Heat oven to 375°F. Bake cookies, rotating position of pans after 6 minutes, until edges are golden brown, 9 to 12 minutes total. Let cool.

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Best Vegan Dating App Veggly surpasses 200,000 Global Users

The leading and best vegan and vegetarian dating app celebrates a new milestone.

Best Vegan Dating App

Very big news from Veggly HQ today! Veggly now has over 200,000 users around the world! And this makes us very thrilled. 🌱😊

Since July 2019, the app/platform has grown in user numbers by a factor of eight, from 25,000 users.

In another milestone, Veggly is also celebrating over one million ‘Veg-Matches’ (where two users match with each other).

Overall, the United States boasts the highest number of Veggly users in one country, with over 40,000.

Available throughout the world (used in 181 countries), Veggly is set to continue its rapid growth thanks to an army of vegan volunteers around the world who have worked together to translate the app into Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Danish and Polish, with many more languages on the way.

The rise of veganism and plant-based diets across the globe in the past two years has also been credited for Veggly’s rise to prominence, with large increases in vegan populations in almost every country (e.g. a recent study revealed that the number of Americans following plant-based diets is up by nearly 10 million over the last 15 years – a 300% increase and nearly 3 percent of the population in the United States.)*

Commenting on the new data, our founder, Alex Felipelli, said: “This is wonderful news for all vegans and vegetarians looking for a new relationship!

We are so pleased to see Veggly users go past the 200,000 mark. It just goes to show how popular veganism and plant-based living is today. It is also great to see so many Veg-Matches we’ve had: one million already!

“We are 100% dedicated to helping this community grow as much as possible and we will do our best to make sure every herbivore on our app finds love. We will continue to reinvest in the platform and make improvements every week. We’re always keen to receive feedback from our users, so let us know how we can be better and how your experience is going.”

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Check out this delicious vegan pumpkin pie recipe, ideal for October. Make your halloween cruelty-free! 🧡🎃 Read below for ingredients and directions! 🌱

Ingredients:

For the Crust

  • Old fashioned oats 3 tbsp. 
  • Cooking spray 1 1/2 c. 
  • Packed brown sugar1/4 tsp. 
  • Kosher salt 3 tbsp. 
  • Pecans 2/3 c. 
  • Coconut oil, melted and cooled

For the Filling

  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1  (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp.  cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp.  kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

For the topping

  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 (13.5-oz.) can full fat coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Instructions:

Now that you have all the ingredients, let’s get started!

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9” pie plate with cooking spray. 

2. In a food processor, add the oats, pecans, sugar and salt. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add coconut oil and pulse until well combined and dough starts to stick together.

3. Press mixture into prepared dish. Line crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Blind bake 15 minutes and remove parchment and weights and bake 15 minutes more.

4. Make the filling: In a large bowl, whisk together filling ingredients then pour over crust and bake until only slightly jiggly in the center, 50 to 55 minutes. Cover crust with foil if it starts to get too dark. Let cool completely.

5. Make the topping: Open a can of coconut cream and scoop out hardened cream on the top. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat coconut cream, powdered sugar, and salt together until stiff peaks form.

6. Serve the pie with whipped coconut cream.

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Tofu Tikka Masala prepared in the slow cooker

Tofu Tikka Masala is arguably one of the most loved vegan dishes there is! Check out this amazing option, the Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala! 😍💚 Read bellow for ingredients and directions! 🌱

Tofu Tikka Masala

Tofu Tikka Masala Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package extra firm Nasoya tofu, drained and ½ inch cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced gold potatoes* (from about 2-3 medium gold potatoes)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can lite coconut milk (can also use full fat coconut milk)
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more if you like things a little spicier
  • ½ teaspoon saltfreshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnishing

Tofu Tikka Masala Instructions:

1. In a large slower, add garlic, diced onion, sliced carrots, cauliflower florets, diced potatoes, tomato sauce, coconut milk, maple syrup, fresh ginger, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine. Add in tofu cubes, and give a gentle stir. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

2. Before you are ready to serve, stir in the frozen peas and allow to cook
uncovered for 5-10 more minutes. Serve with as is with a side of naan bread, or with brown rice or quinoa. If you are not vegan, I suggest serving with yogurt! Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serves 4-6.

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Best US states for vegan dating

Oregonians are trailblazers for vegan dating

More news from the Veggly data team today! We’ve very excited to reveal the best states in the USA for vegan dating. The ‘Beaver State’ (Oregon) has been crowned best state in the USA for vegan dating, followed by Massachusetts, Washington, and New York.

Oregon takes the number one spot, with the highest number of users in relation to population (26 users per million). Right now, Oregon has witnessed over 3,500 Veg-Matches’ on Veggly so far.

Massachusetts is number two on the list, with the second highest number of users in relation to population, with 21 Veggly users for every 1 million people in the state. Very close behind is the west coast state of Washington, in third place, with 20.9 per million.

Moving back east, New York state takes fourth place, with 20.4 per million. Next up is the beautiful state of Colorado, in fifth place (18). The ‘Golden State’ of California places sixth (17), but has by far the most overall users with close to 7,000.

New Jersey (16.4) is close behind, in seventh place. Virginia (15.3), Florida (14.3), and Illinois (10.3) place eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Overall, the United States boasts the highest number of Veggly users in one country, with 38,300.

We’re a very excited to see this growth across the USA and around the world. In the past 15 months, Veggly has grown rapidly, reaching almost 200,000 global users (8x growth since July 2019), from the US, to Canada, to Australia, to Denmark and beyond. Available globally, we are set to continue growth thanks to an inspiring army of vegan volunteers who have worked together to translate the app into Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Danish and Polish, with many more languages on the way.

Commenting on the new USA data, our founder, Alex Felipelli, said: “We are very pleased to see so many dating hotspots for vegans and vegetarians across the USA. Oregonian vegans in particular are most likely to be looking for love on Veggly; we hope they meet their dream partners soon!

“Building on our success in the USA, we have significantly increased our marketing investment throughout the country recently. Our top priority is to help these hotspots grow all over North America and the world by making the Veggly app accessible to everyone.”

Top 10 states in USA (ranked by number of Veggly users in relation to population)

StateTotal number of usersPopulation (millions)Number of Veggly users per 1 million
Oregon 1,0954.2225.95
Massachusetts 1,4596.9021.14
Washington 1,5937.6220.91
New York 3,96419.4520.38
Colorado 1,0495.7618.21
California 6,69439.5116.94
New Jersey 1,4558.8816.39
Virginia1,3108.5415.34
Florida 3,07121.4814.30
Illinois 1,30212.6710.28

So there you have it – the latest rankings! We’ll keep them updated and will let you know when the figures develop further.

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