Tahini-Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons

Check out this delicious Tahini-Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons recipe! 💚 Thanks, Good House Keeping for sharing this amazing recipe idea. Read bellow for ingredients and directions.

Tahini-Lemon Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper1 c. 
  • Quinoa1/2 c. 
  • Tahini1/4 c. 
  • Fresh lime juice1 tbsp. 
  • Honey or agave1 c. 
  • Packed fresh mint leaves1 lb. 
  • Thick asparagus1/4 c. 
  • Shelled pistachios, chopped

Instructions:

1. In bowl, combine chickpeas, lemon zest, lemon juice and pinch each salt and pepper. Let sit 20 minutes or refrigerate overnight, then drain.

2. Meanwhile, cook quinoa per package directions and season with pinch salt. 

3. In blender, puree tahini, lime juice, honey, mint, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth, adding additional water if needed; set aside.

4. With vegetable peeler, shave asparagus into ribbons, peeling from woody end toward tip. In bowl, combine cooked quinoa, asparagus ribbons and marinated chickpeas. Sprinkle with pistachios and drizzle with tahini dressing.

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How Veganism Combats Climate Change

Ever wondered if it’s real that veganism combats climate change? This research leaves no doubt!

Nature Sustainability (one of the world’s leading and most respected scientific journals) has published a new report showing the incredibly positive impact plant-based diets can have on climate change.

How veganism combats climate change

We’ve shared the abstract/summary below, but here’s a brief version and explanation for you:

This new study has revealed the huge ‘carbon opportunity cost of keeping livestock’. But what does that mean?

It means there is a huge amount of carbon from the atmosphere that land could draw down/capture (using trees/plants etc.) if it were not being used for animal farming/livestock production. It also means there is an ecological opportunity cost – for example: the woodlands, wetlands, wolves, wild herbivores and thriving ecosystems the land could support if it were rewilded and turned away from animal farming.

The carbon opportunity cost of animal-sourced food production on land

Veganism Combats Climate Change: How do I explain to my friends, family and colleagues?

The research shows us that it is far better to use land for plants (e.g. trees, grass, crops) to draw down carbon from the atmosphere, rather than farming animals for meat/dairy etc.

The impact we can have by switching our food production to plant-based/vegan diets is even larger than previously thought. The report explains how a shift to plant-based diets could enable us to draw down over 500 gigatons of CO2e*… that’s 500 billion tons! This would give us a fighting chance of limiting global warming to 1.5℃.

So there you have it! From an environmental point of view, this is the strongest argument in favor of plant-based diets we’ve ever seen!

Of course, there are many other reasons to leave animals off your plate (animal welfare, food resources, health etc.). But this one is impossible to ignore: the future of our planet depends on it. So make sure you have it up your sleeve next time someone challenges veganism/ plant-based living and asks you to explain it all: Veganism combats climate change and stops global warming!

Veggly is here to help

That being said… we hope you don’t have to explain veganism all the time and you find someone who shares your love of animals and our planet! And that’s why Veggly exists!

To see some of our success stories and messages from our users who found love from their Veg-Matches, please see this page here.

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* CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) is a unit for measuring carbon footprints. CO2e is used to express the impact of each different greenhouse gas in terms of the amount of CO2 that would create the same amount of global warming.

A special gift to our users to celebrate our 2nd birthday

We’re celebrating our 2nd birthday in October! To recognize the occasion, we’re giving our users an anniversary gift!

Celebratory news from Veggly HQ today! We are very excited to announce that in early October, Veggly will become 2yrs old! It has been a wonderful 2 years, and we’re excited to build on our success and help more vegans and vegetarians find love over the next 2 years. We’re always delighted to hear the success stories and messages from our users who found love from their Veg-Matches. You can read some of these stories here.

To celebrate the occasion, we’re giving each of you, our users, 3 coins to send Super Likes. And, we are also giving 3 coins to everyone who joins between now and October 15th, so now is the perfect time to tell your friends to join or come back!

If you’re reading this (and you have a profile), the coins are already credited into your account! So what are you waiting for? Open Veggly and send a Super Like to that special someone! Or send 3 Super Likes to 3 special people!

Good luck! And let us know how it all goes; we always want to hear your feedback and stories.

In the past year, we have grown rapidly, reaching nearly 200,000 global users (approx. 8x growth since July 2019), from the US, to Canada, to Australia, to Denmark and beyond. Available globally, Veggly is set to continue growth thanks to a brilliant 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. If you would like to help spread the vegan love, let us know!

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The Importance of Vegetables in Our Daily Life

Health is wealth! While that’s an old say, it’s as true as it’s ever been. And the importance of vegetables for our health is proven by many researches. Read on to learn more. And when you’re convinced, check out how to properly prepare vegetables and some of our vegan recipes.

Importance of Vegetables in Our Daily Life

A lot of Vegans and vegetarians adopt their diet/ lifestyle for different reasons: animal welfare, environment and food security for the world population being the most common reasons.

However, the importance of vegetables and eating a healthy plant-based diet is also a great factor and one that greatly impacts the life of vegans and vegetarians for the better!

Even if you’re still just trying to reduce your meat consumption in favor of more vegetables, this article provides really interesting insights.

Staying healthy is essential to functioning well in life. Health is the root of one’s existence. Life is full of challenges and struggles. One requires being mentally and psychologically stable.

Vegetables are necessary for human health due to their vitamin A, minerals, and dietary fiber content. Vitamins A, C, and E play a vital role in human health. The nutrient and non-nutrient molecules in vegetables reduce the risk of chronic disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and hyperactivity.

Importance of Vegetables in Mental Health:

Researchers are merely starting to consider the correlation between what we tend to eat and our mood. However, we already know there is a strong correlation. A large study conducted in Spain recently found that people with a diet rich in vegetables have lower depression rates. Experiencing a mental health problem can also be related to an unbalanced diet.

There is a link between specific diets and their impact on the psychological state. Low nutrition diets play a role in worsening mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, while foods rich in vegetables improve depression and anxiety symptoms.

With attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for example, we can see an increase in sugar sweetening in the diet that seems to spill over into stress. Conversely, the intake of many vegetables and fruits appear to protect against these conditions. ADD is a behavior disorder.

The most common treatments for ADD include medical treatment and medications. ADD treatment is not just taking medicine. Many effective therapies can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in order to improve their ability to concentrate and control impulsive behavior and discomfort. Nutritious meals, exercise, and learning new coping skills are all part of a balanced treatment.

Proper nutrition will help reduce symptoms of the syndrome:  Studies show that what you eat and when you eat makes a difference in the management of attention deficit disorder. 

Main vegetables nutrients and where to get them:

Protein: 

Everything in life needs protein to live, and vegetables are generally good sources of protein. Vegetables rich in protein are sprouts, peas, spinach, sweet corn, broccoli, mushrooms etc. The body uses protein-rich legumes to make neurochemicals (the chemicals released by brain cells) to communicate. It will stop the glucose spikes that increase protein and impulsivity. 

Zinc and iron: 

Zinc regulates the organic compound dopamine and can make stimulant drugs more practical by increasing the brain’s response to dopamine. The deficiency of these minerals is related to the necessary cognitive process. Iron is also needed to make dopamine. Lack of iron is similar to psychological deficits and stops ADHD. Zinc and magnesium are used to form neurochemicals, related to attention and concentration, and is a powerful effect in the brain. These minerals found in vegetables such as hemp seeds, peas, spinach, lima beans, etc.

Vitamins and minerals:

Vegetables that are high in vitamin C include peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, and pears. The current daily value for vitamin C is 90 mg.

  • Broccoli is a source of fibre, calcium, and iron.
  • Cabbage is rich in vitamin C, which makes it an excellent immune booster.
  • Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and folic acid.
  • Radishes are rich in potassium, folic acid, antioxidants, and sulfur compounds that aid digestion.
  • Lettuce is an excellent source of B vitamins, folic acid, and manganese.
  • Spinach is rich in iron, folic acid, and vitamin K, C, and other vital nutrients.
Importance of Vegetables in Our Daily Life

The 5 reasons to sumarize the importance of vegetables:

1 – Vegetables are a perfect complement: Plants are low in fat and high in protein, which makes them an ideal addition.

2 – Plants are rich in nutrients: Nutrient-rich vegetables contain large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and anticancer compounds.

3 – Importance of vegetables in a diet: Eating vegetables to lose weight cannot be ignored either. They are low in calories, contain vitamins and minerals, and fill you with fibre and water.

4 – Mental health benefits: Eating vegetables can improve your mental health and even make you happier. Vegetable intake is associated with greater happiness, well-being, and life satisfaction. Vegetables can also help keep the brain in shape for longer. According to a 2017 study published in Frontiers and Aging neuroscience, the research that led the study states that increasing vegetable intake reduces cognitive decline.

5 – Variety of vegetables throughout the year: Vegetables are a delight of nature and are easy find and prepare. You can prepare some crunchy, some sprinkled, some peeled, and still others unchanged by adding a new vegetable to a different meal every day. Add colour to salads with baby carrots, chopped red cabbage, or green beans. A variety of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables throughout the year.

Conclusion: The importance of vegetables is something we sometimes take for granted but they are a real natural medicine! Vegetables are considered essential for a balanced diet because they provide vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. In the daily diet, vegetables are associated with mental health. It would help if you ate a wide variety of vegetables to ensure a healthy lifestyle and get all the health benefits.

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So there you have it! This is a great reason to include more vegetables in your diet! 🙂

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The perfect match! Combining seitan and vegan dating

Seitan and Vegan dating? We have tasty news from Veggly HQ for you! We are very excited to announce our new partnership with LoveSeitan, Europe’s top manufacturer of delicious seitan.

Seitan and Vegan dating

We have entered this partnership to help Veggly users in the UK (and in the future, around the world) get their hands on the best vegan food possible.

From today, our users in the UK will have access to discounts on LoveSeitan products; we want to help LoveSeitan boost awareness of seitan as a healthy vegan meat, and create some delicious discounts.

As the world’s leading dating platform for vegans and vegetarians, we’re committed to supporting other vegan brands on a mission to change the world, so it is an honor to collaborate with such an excellent vegan food brand.  

As we expand (we now have over 325,000 users globally), we’ll be watching out for more opportunities like this to give the best discounts possible, so let us know if you think there is a vegan brand we should have a look at!

Commenting on the partnership news, our Founder, Alex Felipelli, said: “Seitan is a wonderful vegan food and we love helping create new relationships in the UK, so it is a perfect partnership for us! We’re very excited to see some new ‘Veg-Matches’ for LoveSeitan customers across the country.”

Also commenting on the new partnership, the Co-Founder of LoveSeitan, Steve Swindon, said: “This is great news for seitan lovers looking for new love in their life. We hope to see plenty of ‘Veg-Matches’, success stories and new relationships for our customers come out of this new partnership. And together with Veggly, we’re keen to boost awareness of seitan as a delicious vegan meat throughout the UK!”

So, there you go! We hope you enjoy this partnership! After all, seitan and vegan dating together is the dream of many vegans and vegetarians! 😊 To stay up to date with all of our announcements, blog posts, and future partnerships, subscribe to Veggly blog.

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Best vegan dating cities in the world

New data reveals the world’s best cities for vegan dating.

Today, the Veggly team is very excited to release new data revealing the world’s best cities for vegan dating. Right now, London takes the number one spot, with the highest number of users in relation to population (81 users per million). London has over 12,000 users on Veggly, with and over 22,000 ‘Veg-Matches’ so far.

Lisbon, Portugal, is number two on the list, with the second highest number of users in relation to population, with 49 Veggly users for every 1 million people in the city. Very close behind is Amsterdam, in third place, with 48 per million.

Moving across the Atlantic, San Francisco takes fourth place, with 31 per million, followed Toronto in fifth place (24), and Los Angeles in sixth (20). Continuing west, Sydney (19) slides into seventh place as the top city in Australia.

The German cities of Frankfurt (18.9) and Berlin (18) place eighth and ninth respectively, followed by the big apple, New York City, in tenth (16).

Despite not having a city in the top three, the United States boasts the highest overall number of Veggly users in one country, with 32,376.

In the past year, Veggly has grown rapidly, reaching over 160,000 global users (7x growth since July 2019), from the US, to Canada, to Australia, to Denmark and beyond.

Available globally, Veggly is set to continue its 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.

In response to the new city hotspots data, Veggly’s Founder, Alex Felipelli, said: “It’s great to see so many thriving hotspots for vegans and vegetarians looking for love across the world. London in particular is leading the way, with over 12,000 users now.

“Our mission is to help these hotspots grow and build new ones by making the Veggly app accessible to everyone, no matter where they are. As more people go vegan and vegetarian, we want to make sure they can find love along the way with likeminded people. That’s why we’ll continue investing and updating the app with new features every month, available for all countries.”

Top 10 cities in the world (ranked by number of Veggly users in relation to population)

CountryTotal number of usersPopulation (millions)Number of Veggly users per 1 million
London11,60914.3780.79
Lisbon1,5223.1148.94
Amsterdam1,1992.4848.35
San Francisco1,4854.7331.40
Toronto1,5576.4224.25
LA2,56913.1319.57
Sydney1,0295.3119.38
Frankfurt1,0965.8018.90
Berlin1,0776.0017.95
NYC2,98318.3516.26

So, there you go! Those are the best hotspots right now, but there are many new ones growing each day. To stay up to date with all of our announcements, blog posts, and future partnerships, please follow the growth of Veggly on our social channels:

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Vegan Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Check out this amazing Vegan Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl recipe! Special thanks to Whitney Bond for sharing the original recipe idea. Read bellow for ingredients and directions.

Vegan Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Roast the Sweet Potatoes.

Toss small diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, minced garlic, fresh rosemary, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Place in a 425°F preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Prepare the quinoa.

While the sweet potatoes are roasting, prepare the quinoa, or grain of your choice, for the base of the bowl. Add 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa to a medium pot with 1 cup of water. Place on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Set aside until you’re ready to prepare the bowls.

Prepare the Vegan Thai Peanut Sauce.

While the sweet potatoes are roasting and quinoa is cooking on the stove, prepare the peanut sauce. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, Thai red curry paste and apple cider vinegar to a blender or food processor. Add soy sauce, brown sugar and fresh squeezed lime juice. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Put the Buddha Bowl Recipe together.

Divide the cooked quinoa between two bowls. Top each bowl with half of the roasted sweet potatoes. Add shredded carrots, cilantro and chopped peanuts. Drizzle Thai peanut sauce over the bowls.

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Barbecue Chickpea and Cauliflower Flatbreads with Avocado Mash

Check out your new vegetarian go-to recipe 😍❤️! The BBQ Chickpea and Cauliflower Flatbreads With Avocado Mash. Special thanks, Good House Keeping for sharing this delicious recipe idea 🥑✨

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. small cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • BBQ Chickpea “Nuts”
  • 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 flatbreads or pocketless pitas, toasted
  • 2 tbsp. roasted salted pepitas
  • Hot sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas, pat very dry with paper towels, discarding any loose skins.
  2. On large rimmed baking sheet, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Roast at 425 degrees F for 30 minutes until crisp, shaking occasionally.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer to bowl.
  5. Toss with seasonings if desired, chickpeas will continue to crisp as they cool.
  6. Then toss roasted chickpeas in brown sugar, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and chili powder.
  7. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower with olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  8. Roast in 425 degree F oven for 25 minutes along with one-fourth recipe BBQ Chickpea “Nuts”.
  9. Mash avocados with lemon juice and pinch salt; spread all over flatbreads.
  10. Top with roasted cauliflower, chickpeas and pepitas.
  11. Serve with drizzle of hot sauce.

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