Tips on Going Vegan

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Veganuary and beyond!

By Kristy Draper / January 31, 2020 /

Veganuary 2020 is almost over! Did you participate this year? If so, was it your first time, and what did you think? I will celebrate my sixth vegan anniversary (a.k.a veganniversary) this year, but I still enjoy participating in Veganuary events. I find it stimulating to meet new people who are curious about a vegan…

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BBQ Chickpea Salad

By Kristy Draper / August 2, 2019 /

I am going to start the month of Vegan MoFo with main dishes, and then work my way through the main meals, sides & snacks, and then desserts. I will also talk about a few drink ideas, as well as picnic success equipment (hint – nothing special is needed!). ​For the first picnic main, and…

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Cherry City Vegfest!

By Kristy Draper / June 10, 2019 /

​I participated in the inaugural Cherry City Vegfest in Salem, Oregon, this past weekend! And wow, what an incredible turnout by the community! This being the first (of hopefully many!) Vegfest in Salem, no one knew what to expect. The event started at 10:00 AM, and there was a busy and steady flow of folks…

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Running + Vegan = A How to Guide, By Steven Draper

By Kristy Draper / April 9, 2019 /

Steven running the 2019 ORRC Champoeg 30K. The American Heritage dictionary defines a vegan as a vegetarian who only eats plant-based foods, and avoids using products deriving from animals. In other words, a “vegan lifestyle” is the avoidance of any animal-derived products for food, clothing, entertainment, commodities, transportation, beauty, fashion, or experimentation, whereas a “vegan…

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

By Kristy Draper / April 1, 2019 /

It is time to “Take Me Out To The Ball Game!” I can’t tell you how excited I am that the baseball season has started again! I’ve been attending major league and minor league baseball games since I was a kid, and still, become giddy when the season begins each year. ​ There are ample…

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Veganism: It Is Not About Us.

By Kristy Draper / March 26, 2019 /

​There are many different reasons why people go vegan – for the sake of the animals, to help stop and reverse the damage done to our planet by animal agriculture and factory farming, to prevent or cure a disease, to improve their athletic performance, or just because people are following a trend. I’ve always believed…

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Quitting Meat Can Save Your Bank Account as Well as the Animals By Amanda Keohane

By Kristy Draper / March 5, 2019 /

Often, when people cite their reasons for making the switch to a vegan lifestyle they cite one of three reasons: their health, the environment, or animal rights.  When people cite reasons for not making the switch, they suggest that they can’t give up their favorite food (usually cheese or bacon), they don’t have the time…

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Time to give batch cooking a try again!

By Kristy Draper / January 15, 2019 /

​I have mentioned batch cooking and meal prep many times, but it is something I forget to do in my kitchen. So I decided to give it a go again last week! I made large batches of brown rice, tri-colored quinoa, cheesy tempeh, and un-refried beans. I also prepared kale, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, chopped…

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Vegan MoFo – Day Eighteen

By Kristy Draper / November 18, 2016 /

Rainbow week is continuing and today’s theme is all about making your food look black & white. Hot chocolate seemed like an easy thing to make today! But it also carries an important message. Chocolate is big business for many companies and several countries. The majority of cacao beans are grown in Western Africa, Asia,…

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Vegan MoFo – Day Seventeen

By Kristy Draper / November 18, 2016 /

​Today’s theme is supposed to be about a rare color. Meaning, what color do you rarely eat?​I really couldn’t think of a color, other than black, that I don’t eat very often. I try to make sure I cook with a variety of colors or snack on fruits and veggies of all colors. So I…

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