Elizabeth Kucinich: Champion of Peace, Compassion and Healthy Food

A remarkable advocate for peace, animals, the environment and organic food, Elizabeth Kucinich is an inspiration. She's worked on regional development in a rural Tanzanian village, volunteered with poor children in India, directed public affairs for the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, co-produced an anti-GMO film, and I could go on! If there was ever a woman who would make an exceptional First Lady, in my mind, it would be Elizabeth!

Allison Rivers Samson: First of all,...

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John Robbins: Bestselling Author, Social Activist, and Humanitarian

John Robbins has unequivocally bettered more human and animal lives than any other author. For years, I have admired him and his dedication to advocating for compassionate and sustainable living. The first time we met was in 1997, when I first started my company, (then called Allison's Cookies). Today, I am honored to call John a mentor and friend. With our ultra-busy schedules, it took the better part of this year for us to coordinate this interview. It was definitely worth the wait! I'm...

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Michael Webermann, Farm Animal Rights Movement Executive Director

Since the age of 14, Michael Webermann, Executive Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement has been making a difference for animals. We met at the NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest in 2012, and I quickly recognized Michael as an incredibly motivated human being. Now, as the leader of FARM, he oversees the organization's public education and grassroots activism, such as their 10 Billion Lives tour, World Day for Farmed Animals, Great American Meatout, Meatout Mondays, and Live Vegan website. FARM is...

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John Schlimm: Award-winning Author, Speaker, and Activist

Named one of the “Vegan Men We Love” by VegNews, John Schlimm is an activist, Harvard-trained educator, artist, and the international award-winning author of such books as The Cheesy Vegan, Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!, Grilling Vegan Style, The Tipsy Vegan, and Twang: a novel. John came out on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a pro-meatless, pro-vegetable loving kind of foodie, expressing the sentiment that “no living...

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Reflections + New Year's Intentions

Intentionally Doing Less has been my practice for the past two years. While I can't say that I've achieved this as often as I'd like, it is regularly in my consciousness, which is the first step to making something a reality. I still endeavor to have time to just sit and look out the window even if I discover that I don't really want to do that with my time.

I remember as a teenager watching a friend's mom rush around with her busy schedule, talking about friends she was seeing and...

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Ruby Roth Inspires Kids to Live with Compassion and Choose Healthy Options

Artist, educator, and pioneer, Ruby Roth, has changed the way many parents introduce a message of compassion for animals to their children. In her beautiful children's books, she illustrates for young readers why it's so important to protect and love animals. Kids possess a profound level of curiosity and intrigue for animals, so it's only natural that when children learn they are sometimes harmed, they ask "Why?" and what they can do to help the animals. Ruby's books are...

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Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine

From appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dr. Oz, and TED talks to publishing 15 books and countless journal articles, Dr. Neal Barnard has, for decades, brought a message about the benefits of a plant-based vegan diet to mainstream audiences as well as others in medical professions. Dr. Barnard is the founding president of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. He's a clinical researcher, an adjunct professor, author, and one of the leading advocates for health,...

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Animal Activist Extraordinaire Bruce Friedrich

Bruce Friedrich is a seasoned activist having spent 15 years running campaigns for PETA, including overseeing the production of Meet Your Meat, a documentary that introduced many people to the horrors of factory farms and slaughterhouses. His masterminded creativity and fearlessness have gotten a lot of attention for the plight of our animal friends. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to chat with him about how he's making a difference for animals–and how you can,...

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Where do you get your protein?

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I've been asked this question so many times since becoming vegan (heck, even when I became vegetarian!) that I've lost track. This seems to be such a big concern that I want to touch briefly on a few of the issues and possibly allay some fears. A friend of mine recently answered this questions by saying, "The short answer is 'everywhere'!" In fact, you may be surprised to know that most plant foods contain protein.

If you eat high-quality, nutritious, plant-based foods in standard portions,...

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Grilled Tempeh Reubens

Easy to prepare and relatively quick to make, these flavorful Reubens take about 40 minutes from prep to assembly.

I recommend serving these hearty sandwiches with a crisp, fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.

Grilled Tempeh Reubens
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Tempeh
1/2 teaspoon vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil
16 ounces tempeh, sliced width-wise, and then into thirds to make 12 thick sheets total

Caramelized Onions
1/2 teaspoon...

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