Vegan Recipe Roundup #1

Yes, I’m still alive! And I’m gearing up to start regularly writing on this blog again.

I’m happy to welcome you to the first post that I’ve written since moving to Philadelphia. It’s been a busy month and a half, and I’m still job hunting, but life is going well. Tyler and I have settled into our small apartment on Fairmount Avenue in the Northern Liberties neighborhood. We’ve done really well avoiding eating out (despite living around the corner from some stellar vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes), particularly since I don’t have any income coming in, but we have managed to make lots of filling, affordable, and delicious vegan meals. I wanted to share these recipes that we’ve followed this past June and July, and encourage you to try a couple, whether you’re vegan, veg-curious, or an omnivore.

The recipes are listed in no particular order, and accompanied by my own photos. For each one, I provide any alterations I made, as well as suggestions from our experience. Here’s my first vegan recipe roundup:

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VegHead Profile: Julia Ormond

Julia is a member of my graduating class at Dickinson College, and I got to know her through mutual friends when I lived in the Treehouse. Whenever I’m around her, she exudes a genuine and calm but also energetic and cheery aura. I think Julia makes the world a better place just by being herself. In this VegHead Profile, she shares the reasons she’s been eating more plants, her goals for traveling, and what she hopes comes next after graduation

Quick Facts

Name: Julia Ormond

VegHead Status: Vegan-ish

Age: 22

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Oakland, California, USA

Current Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

Occupation: Student at Dickinson College, WDCV-FM Station Manager, Whistlestop Bookshop employee

Companion Animals: Java, a chocolate Labrador puppy who is almost 1 year old and is very much a wild animal toddler.

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VegHead Profile: Maizie Ober

Maizie is a student at Dickinson College who first came to my attention when my campus’s sandwich shop featured a vegan sub suggested by her. The sub was delicious, and I’m really happy to know there’s people out there like Maizie, who produced a short documentary film her senior year of high school called Living the Solution (you can find it here on YouTube). I am personally so excited to see what this woman accomplishes for animals!

Quick Facts

Name: Maizie Ober

VegHead Status: Vegan

Age: 20

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Current Location: Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, USA

Occupation: Philosophy Student

Companion Animals: I have a rescue kitty named Noodlebug, but unfortunately I am allergic to her and most animals!

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Vegan Heaven in NYC: Visiting PeaceFood Cafe

This past week I returned from my family’s spring break trip to Morocco by flying into JFK airport in New York City. I spent the night there crashing on a friend’s sofa since it would have been another three-hour train ride to central Pennsylvania. Not only did I get to catch up with my high school friend, but I also treated myself to a meal at one of New York City’s vegan restaurants! I chose to go to PeaceFood Cafe on 82nd Street in Manhattan, and I have zero regrets. So in this post, I’ll share what I ate at PeaceFood and what the restaurant is all about.

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VegHead Profile: Joe Benham

Joe, like fellow VegHead Trevor, is another vegan that I’ve been introduced to by Rachel but I’ve actually never met in person (but really want to!). This is one of my favorite VegHead profiles because of the photos of Joe’s animal friends from his time volunteering at an animal sanctuary in France. Who can resist those goats and cows? Keep reading to meet Rhea and Zephyr, the films that influenced Joe’s shift to veganism, and why California rocks Joe’s socks.

Quick Facts

Name: Joe Benham
VegHead Status: Vegan
Age: 24
Pronouns: He/His
Hometown: Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Current Location: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
Occupation: Fellowship Intern at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

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VegHead Profile: Kat Bansemer

Kat is one of my favorite Instagrammers and vegans. Her vegan food posts, whether its homemade or from a restaurant, make me risk getting hungry every time I open Instagram. She also makes me want to run out and buy all the bath bombs, cute clothes, and makeup I can. Kat and I went to the same high school in Germany, and the only contact we’ve had since is through social media, but our veganism brings us together! This VegHead Profile was one of my favorites to write since she gives such awesome recommendations. My advice? Check out her YouTube channel here!

Quick Facts

Name: Kat
VegHead Status: Vegan
Age: 22
Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: I’m a military kid, so I don’t have one!
Current Location: San Marcos, Texas, USA
Occupation: Instructional Assistant in the history department of Texas State and Graduate Student

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The Complete Guide to Plant-Based Milk

Swapping out cow’s milk for lactose-free vegan milk made from plants is probably the easiest change you can make for animals and the planet. Vegan author Carol J. Adams even features this switch as Daily Action #1 in her book Protest Kitchen. These milks are made from a wide range of beans, nuts, seeds, and grains. Boxes, bottles, cartons, and cans of plant-based milk can be found in grocery stores across the world, and new flavors and brands are showing up on the shelves all the time. I regularly stock my fridge with vanilla, chocolate, unsweetened, and plain flavors depending on what taste I’m craving and what I plan on cooking or baking. You can even make your own plant milks at home by soaking unsalted nuts like almonds and cashews, seeds, or grains in water overnight, blending them, and straining the mixture through a cheesecloth.

But maybe you don’t know what plant-based milk to try, or if plant-based milks can stack up to the nutrition in cow’s milk. What vegan milk should you use for what in the kitchen? What are the environmental impacts of different plant-based milks? Is soy bad for you? Read on to answer these and other questions!

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VegHead Profile: Nesri Olhaye

Nesri and I went to the same high school in Germany together, and she was vegan before I even knew I was going to be! She’s originally from Ethiopia and is active in her school’s Muslim Student Association. In this VegHead Profile, Nesri tells us why we need to visit Ethiopia and read her favorite books on social justice, and gives us a glimpse into her travels through her photos.

Quick Facts

Name: Nesri Olhaye

VegHead Status: Vegan

Age: 22

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Current Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Occupation: Graduating Senior at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) double majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies

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Easy DIY Vegan Deodorant

New to making Do-It-Yourself (DIY) body care products? Here’s a great one to start with.

I just finished my first week of my last semester in college, and I had A LOT going on.

A new set of classes, a re-energized push to get myself to the gym a few days a week, and moving into my own apartment on campus. I had packages to pick up, groceries to grab at stores, and I even put down a deposit for my first car (yikes!). I sweat a lot when I’m this active, so I definitely need a strong and odor-busting deodorant. But it’s also really important to me that my body care products are never tested on animals, are vegan (though I am sometimes open to beeswax even though it’s not technically vegan), and preferably are packaged in reusable or biodegradable packaging. So here’s my solution: A quick and easy DIY vegan deodorant! This recipe hits all of my requirements AND takes less than five minutes AND requires only three ingredients:

Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, & Cornstarch

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VegHead Profile: Liz Bodenman

I met Liz the fall of my sophomore year here at Dickinson College, when she was just starting out as a freshman. I was (and am) always looking out for fellow vegans, and Liz not only chooses to leave animals off her plate, she’s an all-around sustainability super star and world traveler with a passion for doing good. Keep reading for her easy veggie and lentil curry and to see her hanging with wild gorillas!

Quick Facts

Name: Liz Bodenman

VegHead Status: Vegan

Age: 21

Pronouns: She/Her/Her’s

Hometown: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Current Location: Bremen, Germany

Occupation: Student of International Studies & German with a concentration in Sustainability

Companion Animal(s): Dog named Frodo Baggins, cat named Ginger

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