Vegan Barbecue Season is Here!

Summer is in session and barbecue season is upon us. And you better believe that some of the very best barbecue foods are vegan! Plus, with all the vegan meat options on the market today, you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing. From marinated tofu kebabs to cauliflower steaks to homemade bean burgers, there are endless ways to celebrate summer at the grill vegan-style. Watch these videos below to get inspiration!

Vegan-Style Summer Barbecue: 

Anatomy of a Vegan Shish Kebab:

Jalapeño Poppers:

Cauliflower Steaks:

Easy Vegan Pigs in a Blanket:

Great Vegan Barbecue Foods:

  • Vegan Hot Dogs
  • Vegan Burgers
  • Vegan Meat (Gardein, Beyond Meat)
  • Marinated Tofu Shish Kebabs
  • Cauliflower Steaks
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Vegan Jalapeno Poppers
  • Vegan Pigs in a Blanket

So get out the grill and show your friends just how delicious grilled vegan food can be!

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Introducing the New Vegan.com!

Hi Friends!

I have some exciting news. A couple months ago I left my job in an effort to work full-time ‘making vegan easy’ through videos and other content at the brand-new Vegan.com. We launched the site last week and I’ll be publishing five videos each week including recipes, tips, reviews, news and more. Watch the sampling of videos below, and I hope you’ll subscribe to the Vegan.com YouTube channel to stay tuned!

Eating vegan food is such a simple and delicious way to help animals, the environment and your health. Every vegan meal is a vote for compassion and a kinder world. I hope my Vegan Break videos have made being vegan more fun, and that you’ll stay tuned at Vegan.com!

XO,
Michelle

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US Veg Week ❤ Most EPIC Vegan Burger!

Last week compassionate people all across America pledged to go vegetarian or vegan for US veg week. Several cities jumped on board and organized special veg week events to support the veg pledgers.

We were especially active in Oakland, California, where the volunteer-run Oakland Veg group hosted vegan cooking demos, speakers, grocery tours, and a social vegan drinks gathering. The Vegan Drinks gathering was a particularly fun because No No Burger—locally known for making the most epic vegan burgers ever—set up shop and fed the hungry attendees. Take a peek!

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If you make it to Oakland, you’ve GOT to try these burgers. They are life-changing.

Vegan Burger from No No Burger

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Best Vegan Lip Balm ♡ Kissably Cruelty-Free!

When you’re looking for the perfect cure for chapped lips, remember this. Lip balm often contains animal products such as beeswax, lanolin, honey or carmine. That said, vegan lip balm is easy to find. Here are my favorites!

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Top 3 Vegan Lip Balms:
♡ Hurraw: http://amzn.to/1kKTxnm
♡ Ellovi Lip Butter: http://amzn.to/1licwIF
♡ Crazy Rumors: http://amzn.to/1jgLvOQ

Smooches,
Michelle

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Burgers, Beet Juice and Beer, Oh My!

You may have noticed that I’ll have a green juice in my hand one day, and a (vegan) milkshake the next. It will come as no surprise to you, then, that I fell head-over-heels in love with Healthy Junk, a vegan restaurant in Anaheim, California.

This spot fuses my passions for both healthy and not-so-healthy food perfectly. If I have a soul-restaurant (like a soul-mate…for my belly), this is it. So in this episode of Vegan Break, I’m taking you with me for a peek inside this casual but hip and colorful dining spot. Enjoy!

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I’ve always wanted to try wheatgrass-vodka shots (opposites attract, right?), and this might just be the spot. The spirited “Junk Bar” is a great place to sip on organic beer or wine as you enjoy your lunch—whether it be a ‘Philly Chez Stake’ or a ‘Mighty Kale Salad.”

✈ If you do make it to Anaheim, I hope you’ll swing by and give Healthy Junk a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

❤ Michelle

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Republic of V ❤ New Vegan Store!

What’s unique, delicious and stylish all over? The new vegan shop Republic of V! This hip new establishment opened up in Berkeley, California, and is a one-stop-shop for vegan gifts, specialty items that will fulfill your wildest food fantasies, and other little delights. Watch the video below to take a peek inside!

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Hand-crafted vegan mugs? Check. Vegan candy bars? Check. Tofurky Hot Pockets? Check. Need I say more? Get yo’ booty-patooty to Berkeley and check out this kick-ass spot ASAP.

Republic of V Rescue Dog

Republic of V Sign

Peace & ❤,
Michelle

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Oakland Veg Week ☀ April 21 – 27

The 3rd annual Oakland Veg Week is coming up next month! I’ve helped organize this event over past several years, and this little video gives you a taste of what it’s like.


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Each year we get hundreds of veg-pledge signers and host speakers, cooking demos, vegan drinks meet-ups and more. If you live in the Bay Area, I hope you’ll take part, and if not, I hope you’ll consider organizing a veg week in your town!

Oakland Veg Week Table Card
Oakland Veg Week Volunteers
Oakland Vegan Food

Keep veggin’ on!

❤ Michelle

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Natural Products Expo West Recap & Giveaway!

My first Natural Products Expo. Wowzer. Talk about sensory overload! The three-day convention took me through a maze of companies and products that was beyond my wildest imagination. Vegan vendors everywhere. Dairy-free cheese and animal-free meats galore. Watch my video recap below and you’ll see just what I mean.

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Now, it’s GIVEAWAY time! I brought home a motherload of vegan snacks, swag, beauty products and more, and of course I want to share it all with you! Enter the contest below to win one of these two packages of vegan goodies from the event.

Expo West Vegan GiveawayExpo West Vegan Giveaway 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, friends! The winner will be notified on April 1st. I can’t wait to send these packages out to two of you!

❤ Michelle

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Vegan Snacks and Makeup Galore!

The February Vegan Cuts snack box and beauty box arrived, and you know what that means. It’s unboxing time! In these videos I reveal the goodies that were packed into these boxes this month. I was especially excited to receive the snack box because I co-curated it!

♡ Vegan Cuts Snack Box: http://mbsy.co/dNR2
♡ Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: http://mbsy.co/gfMQ
♡ Vegan Cuts Marketplace: http://mbsy.co/dNQZ

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Snack Box Contents:
❤  Earth Balance Kettle Chips
❤  Equal Exchange Chocolate Bar
❤  Hail Merry Strawberry Macaroons
❤  Nakd Wholefood Bar
❤  Two Degrees Nutrition Bar
❤  The Daily Crave Veggie Chips
❤  Runa Tea
❤  Vegan Smart Nutritional Shake

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Beauty Box Contents:
Chandler Farm Hand Creme ($9.99)
Medusa Makeup Lipstick in Lolita ($12)
Molly Rose Truffle Cocoa Lip Balm ($5)
❤ Yarok Organic Hair Styling Whip ($5)
Greenbody Deodorant (Sample)
Birthed by Earth Lemongrass Candle ($1.50)

Enjoy!

❤ Michelle

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Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Vegan Ranch Dip

Friends, guess what? I have a new favorite recipe that is healthy, gluten-free, vegan and deeeelicious! It’s also one of the hottest items featured by food bloggers over the past year, and for good reason. Cauliflower buffalo wings make the perfect party or game-day finger food, and once you try these, you’ll be hooked for life.

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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

    • 2 medium heads of cauliflower
    • 1 cup white rice flour (yes, you can substitute regular flour!)
    • ¼ tsp. garlic power
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • ¼ tsp. paprika
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

Vegan Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayo (I used Vegenaise)
  • ½ cup vegan sour cream (I used Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet)
  • 1 teaspoon vegan worcesterchire sauce (I used Annie’s)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fine chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Note: This produces a thick ranch dip which is perfect to pair with cauliflower buffalo wings! For a thinner ranch to use as salad dressing, add a dash of soy or almond milk.

Enjoy!

❤ Michelle

P.S. Many thanks to my good friend Kristen Sinch who introduced me to these gems, and to Alex Thomopoulos who developed this recipe!

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