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Vegan Cauliflower Steaks With Chimichurri Sauce

With origins in Argentina, this mouth-watering chimichurri sauce adds a complex mix of heat, tang, and herby flavors to this recipe from online cooking school Rouxbe. Make extra sauce for adding to wraps, pouring over tofu scrambles, or tossing into rice dishes.  What you need: For the chimichurri sauce:  1 teaspoon salt ½ cup warm water 1 bunch…

The VegNews Guide to the 15 Best Vegan Cheese Brands

It’s creamy, melty, gooey, and 100-percent addictive. We’re talking about vegan cheese. As little as five years ago, one would be stretching the truth to describe most vegan cheeses in this fashion. Unfortunately, many brands mass-produced their versions of dairy-free cheeses before the products were ready, souring the food category’s reputation…

World’s First Vegan Miss Universe on Inner Beauty, Feminism, And Using Her Platform For Good

Andrea Meza is the definition of a multi-hyphenate. The activist and singer is not only the third Mexican woman to win the coveted Miss Universe title, but this knock-out rabble-rouser has made history as the first-ever vegan to snag the crown. But for Meza—whose feminist seeds were planted when she was a justice-seeking child growing up in Chihuahua…

Vegan Greek Lemony Roasted Potatoes

A tangy dressing made from sweet mustard, agave nectar, and fresh lemon helps to caramelize potatoes in this easy roasted recipe from online cooking school Rouxbe. Pair with greens and a plant-based protein for a full meal. What you need: For the dressing:  4 garlic cloves ¼ cup grainy mustard 3 tablespoons agave nectar ¼ cup Dijon mustard ½ tablespoon…

Earth Month Fast-Food Specials, April Fools’ Funnies, and More Vegan News of the Week

It seems that every week in vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. For Earth Month, vegan fast-food chains Veggie Grill and Next Level Burger are celebrating with new menu items and promotions. An Everything Bagel-seasoned vegan chocolate just launched for all your 4/20 needs. And this year’s April Fools’ jokes—brought…

Paul McCartney Tells Starbucks to Stop the Vegan Milk Surcharge

Sir Paul McCartney is asking Starbucks to drop its vegan milk surcharge in the United States. The legendary Beatles bassist penned a letter to outgoing Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson to urge him to make the change before he retires on April 4.  “It recently came to my attention that Starbucks in the USA has an extra charge for plant-based milks as opposed…

The Jonas Brothers Bring Their Favorite Backstage Vegan Snack to 2,800 Walmart Stores

This week, pop rock band the Jonas Brothers launched Rob’s Backstage Popcorn, their favorite vegan snack, at 2,800 Walmart stores nationwide. Initially introduced to consumers in 2021 during the Jonas Brothers Remember This Tour, the specially seasoned vegan brand was created by Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas and next-gen consumer good business The Naked…

‘Star Trek’ Universe Gets Its First Vegan Captain Kirk in Paul Wesley

The Star Trek universe is about to get its first vegan Captain Kirk with Paul Wesley—who has been cast to play the young James T. Kirk in season two of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds series. Wesley will join the cast as a young Captain Kirk, an iconic character first played by William Shatner in the original Star Trek series. Star Trek: Strange…

Homemade Vegan Oat Milk Chocolate Bars

These simple, vegan chocolate bars from the Orchids + Sweet Tea cookbook have a nice snap on the outside and a melt-in-your-mouth texture on the inside—and are easily adaptable by adding nut butters, crunchy toppings, and sweet swirl-ins.  What you need: For the chocolate bar: 1¼ cups chopped cacao butter 2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted 1 cup…

First Vegan Food Options Arrive at Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme area at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL has added its first vegan-labeled menu items at various restaurants and food stands. Prior to adding these new vegan meal options, guests looking for plant-based options within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter were relegated to a combination of some of the…

Fish-Free Omega-3 Sources Slash Risk of Fatal Heart Disease by 20 Percent

The plant-based version of omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), can benefit heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to new research published in medical journal Advances in Nutrition. Previous research has linked omega-3s with a lower risk of heart disease, but this conclusion was based on omega-3s from fish and other…

Tim Hortons Brings Back Plant-Based Meat Options With Impossible Sausage

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons has added a new breakfast sandwich and wrap using plant-based Impossible Sausage. The two new menu items were added to the chain’s lineup for customers who are looking for a meat-free meal.  Tim Hortons’ new Harvest Breakfast Sandwich features Impossible Sausage with egg, cheese, and chipotle sauce on an English…

20 Vegan Sustainable Living Instagrammers to Follow This Earth Day

Zero-waste living may seem unattainable or complicated, but these vegan Instagrammers break down what it means to pursue a sustainable lifestyle, while valuing progress over perfection. Through tasty, plant-based recipes and eco-conscious product recommendations, these 20 must-follow accounts are working towards making the environmentalist movement…

How Vegan Organizations Are Helping Ukraine

Watching the events unfold in Ukraine on the nightly news can put you in a helpless state of mind. We’ve all watched the bleak situation go from bad to worse, knowing that millions of people and animals on the other side of the world have been killed, displaced from their homes, or separated from their loved ones. As disheartening as it is, there…

Lizzo Launches Inclusive Shapewear to Make Every Body Feel Good as Hell

Multi-hyphenate mogul Lizzo is now a fashion entrepreneur with the launch of YITTY, an inclusive shapewear brand. YITTY offers sizes that range from 6X to XS (in that order) and is the product of three years of research and development. YITYY pieces are designed to function as both inner and outer wear and come in bold colors, fun patterns, and sexy…

Impossible Foods’ New Pork-Free Sausage Links Snap Just Like the Real Thing

Impossible Foods is revolutionizing the plant-based pork category once again with the launch of its newest product: Impossible Sausage Links Made From Plants. The new pork-free links are rolling out to grocery stores in Bratwurst, Italian, and Spicy and are made in a similar way to their animal-derived counterparts. The new Impossible Sausage Links…

Are Oreos Vegan? The History of This 110-Year-Old Cookie

Milk’s favorite cookie is accidentally vegan. Well, at least some are. The classic Oreo and many of its flavor iterations are completely devoid of animal ingredients, which leads to a natural follow-up question: what is the cream filling made out of? Well, it’s made of quite a few ingredients, but none of them are dairy-based milk or cream. Take…

Creamy Vegan Espresso Martini Mocktail

This version of the popular cocktail from cookbook Orchids + Sweet Tea is entirely dairy- and alcohol-free, thanks to an easy homemade Kahlua substitute.  What you need: For the vegan Kahlua: ¼ cup filtered water 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso powder For the martini: ½ cup cold brew ⅓ cup vegan condensed milk …

Tofurky Wins Historic Free Speech Lawsuit. Can Use “Burger” and “Sausage” Labels on Plant-Based Meat.

Today, The Tofurky Company and other producers of plant-based meat products can label their items as such in the state of Louisiana without fear of legal repercussions. This is because the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana ruled for a motion for summary judgment on a lawsuit filed by Tofurky which halted enforcement of…

TGI Fridays UK Gives Its Most Popular Dish a Vegan Chicken Makeover

Fast-casual chain TGI Fridays just launched a variety of plant-based dishes at its United Kingdom locations. The new options were developed in partnership with UK-based vegan meat brand Meatless Farm and focus on plant-based chicken, including a vegan version of its fan-favorite sesame chicken. Called “Meatless Fridays Sesame Strips,” the vegan…

Plant-Based Food Sales Up 54 Percent to $7.4 Billion Since 2018

Dollar sales of plant-based food hit $7.4 billion this year, growing by 54 percent since 2018—greatly outpacing total food dollar sales, which only grew two percent in the last three years. This data was released in a new report compiled by nonprofit Good Food Institute (GFI) which also pointed out that when it comes to unit sales, the plant-based…

The Impossible Foods Guide: From Burgers to Nuggets

Which came first—Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods? While the Impossible Burger trailed behind the first iterations of Beyond Meat products, the San Francisco-based company is still very much a trendsetter in both the retail and restaurant space. What began as a highbrow restaurant burger served only in New York City’s elite restaurants swiftly trickled…

TJ’s Buffalo Dip, New Dairy-Free Nutella, and More Vegan Food News of the Week

It seems that every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. Trader Joe’s continues to impress with its selection of vegan dips and this week’s addition of dairy-free Buffalo dip does not disappoint. A new spring menu of indulgent vegan cinnamon rolls has sprung at North American chain Cinnaholic…

Netflix Just Opened a ‘Bad Vegan’ Pure Food & Wine Pop-Up Restaurant

Former New York City vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine—which is featured in Netflix’s new docuseries Bad Vegan—is bringing the eatery’s most popular dishes back to NYC fans one last time. Netflix teamed up with delivery app Postmates and two former Pure Food and Wine chefs to offer a three-course meal for free until March 27.  The Netflix…

Why Legendary Chef Andrew Zimmern Is Really Into Vegan Chicken

Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern recently joined Next Gen Foods as a business and culinary advisor to its flagship TiNDLE brand, which produces vegan chicken that the chef was instantly impressed with. Next Gen Foods was founded in 2020 by Andre Menezes, a Brazilian-born poultry exporter and food industry veteran; and Timo Recker, a German native whose…

This New Vegan Chicken Is Made to Rival Popeyes. And It’s Rolling Out Everywhere.

New vegan meat brand Skinny Butcher is rolling out its plant-based chicken products, including nuggets, tenders, patties, sliders, and breasts, in retail outlets nationwide—and crispy fried chicken sandwiches that can be delivered straight to your door through its Crazy Crispy Chick’n virtual kitchens. Developed in Detroit by the founders of salsa…

Why the World’s First Dairy-Free Buttermilk Is Made from Ancient Grains

Dairy-free buttermilk was always something home cooks made by adding acid to plant-based milk and waiting for it to curdle … until now. Dairy alternatives company Mill It created the first commercial dairy-free buttermilk, which relies on a proprietary blend of ancient grains. The company ferments these grains, which include millet and sorghum, to…

VegNews Announces The 12 Best Vegan Products Coming in 2022

When it comes to new vegan products, 2022 is set to be a stellar year. The VegNews team just returned from the 2022 Natural Products Expo West—the largest trade show of its kind—where we discovered a wide variety of new dairy-free cheeses, plant-based meat, vegan desserts, and so much more. From protein powder made with animal-free whey (a new technology…

The 10 Best Cities in Texas With Must-Visit Vegan Restaurants

Back in the day, eating out in Texas usually meant you were stuck with two options: veggie fajitas or a plain baked potato. Despite a history steeped in both hunting culture and barbecue, the rise of over 200 plant-based establishments paints a more compassionate, veggie-forward future for The Lone Star State. The plant-based movement has spread in…

What are Chicken-Free Egg Whites? See for Yourself with Chantal Guillon’s First Vegan Macarons

San Francisco-based The EVERY Company has finally cracked the age-old question: what came first, the chicken or the egg? The food-technology company uses precision fermentation to make chickens unnecessary in the production of eggs, more specifically egg whites—which means the egg can come first without the need to exploit a single chicken.  And…

Cultured Collagen? How Aleph Farms Is Using Technology to Replace the Whole Cow

Cultured meat company Aleph Farms—which introduced the world’s first ribeye steak cultivated in a lab setting—is now expanding to cell-cultured collagen in an effort to replace the entire cow with slaughter-free alternatives.  Conventional collagen is produced by boiling and processing cow hides and bones and is widely used in a range of industries…

Why PepsiCo Is Betting Big on Beyond Meat’s Vegan Beef Jerky

This month, California-based vegan brand Beyond Meat is rolling out Beyond Jerky, a plant-based beef jerky made from a base of peas and mung beans, to stores everywhere. The soy-free vegan beef jerky is slow roasted to replicate the flavor of traditional beef jerky and features 10 grams of protein per serving without any cholesterol. The new vegan jerky…

Blueberry Beet Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a great way to throw a meal together quickly when you’re in a hurry and in need of something substantial. For our blueberry-beet smoothie bowl, we’ve included notes of indulgent chocolate, but don’t forget the toppings! You can customize them to suit your taste buds and to cater to what you have stocked in your pantry. Serves…

How This Mexican Company Makes Sustainable Vegan Leather by Feeding Fruit Waste to Bacteria

Mexican biotechnology startup Polybion has developed and started production of a new, high-quality vegan leather that is produced using agro-industrial food waste as a raw material. The resulting biotextile, called Celium, is made from one of the most abundant and versatile organic compounds on Earth—cellulose—and is the first in a series of next-generation…

Why Dairy Milk Chocolate Brand Cadbury Is Opening a Vegan Shop in London

On March 22, British multinational confectionery company Cadbury will open an all-vegan chocolate shop in the United Kingdom. The limited-time pop up store will be open for five days and is located in the Soho neighborhood of London. The shop features all vegan chocolate products, including the company’s first vegan chocolate bar, the Cadbury Plant…

Is Chicken Healthy? Why the Truth May Surprise You

Chicken, the most popular protein in the United States, is eaten more than any other meat by far, growing in the US from 28 pounds per capita in 1960 to a whopping 97.6 pounds in 2020. Much of this appeal is due to the association of chicken as being a lean protein that is lower in calories and with fewer health risks as beef, which has seen a decline…

How This Ukrainian Veterinarian Is Helping Save Animals in War-Torn Kyiv

Ukrainian veterinarian Vladyslav Matviichuk continues to provide animals with life-saving care in Kyiv despite fleeing his own home and veterinary practice after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked attack on Ukraine in late February. The ongoing attack is forcing millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes to neighboring countries…

Matthew Kenney’s Newest Venture? A Huge Vegan Pub Across the Street from Boston’s Fenway Park

In April, celebrity vegan chef Matthew Kenney, along with fellow entrepreneurs Mary Dumont and Pat McAuley, will open vegan bar PlantPub in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The second location of PlantPub—the flagship of which the team operates in Cambridge, MA—will open right across the street from Fenway Park, the baseball landmark that is home…

10 Easy Meals for Vegan Beginners

Going vegan—particularly overnight—can seem like a big step. According to the US Dietary Guidelines and the unspoken rules of the Standard American Diet (yes, that stands for SAD), you’re cutting out two whole “necessary” food groups. Attempting to concoct elaborate or foreign recipes you see on Pinterest and TikTok will just add stress to…

Quick Vegan Thai-Inspired Sweet Potato Noodles

Plant-forward eating doesn’t get much simpler than this quick weeknight sweet potato noodle recipe from the Smorgasbowl cookbook.  What you need: 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 4 cups spiralized sweet potatoes 8 green onions, white and green parts sliced  1¼ cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced  1 lime, cut into wedges  2 tablespoons thai basil…

The 7 Health Benefits of Not Eating Meat and 6 Plant-Based Proteins to Try Instead

Are humans meant to eat meat? It’s a long-standing debate. And the benefits of not eating meat continue to make the case for a plant-forward diet. Adding credibility to the argument that humans are not meant to consume animals are the voices of physicians such as cardiologist William C. Roberts, who writes, “Although most of us conduct our lives…

Meatless Chicken Buckets, New White Chocolate, and More Vegan Food News of the Week

It seems that every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. California restaurant chain Gott’s Roadside added buckets of plant-based Impossible chicken nuggets to meet its customers’ March Madness snacking needs. Mars-owned Galaxy is reportedly launching dairy-free white chocolate bars…

Chobani’s Top Exec Takes Over as CEO of Impossible Foods

Starting April 4, plant-based company Impossible Foods will get a new leader when Peter McGuinness steps into the position of CEO to replace founder Patrick O. Brown. McGuinness comes to Impossible Foods with 30 years of industry experience and most recently held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at Chobani—known best for its yogurt…

How Miyoko’s Creamery Made the World’s First Dairy-Free Cottage Cheese from Watermelon Seeds

Vegan brand Miyoko’s Creamery is debuting cultured vegan cottage cheese—the first of its kind—in retail stores in early 2023. Made from organic watermelon seed milk and sunflower seed milk, the new Cultured Plant Milk Cottage Cheese offers the same mild taste and creamy, curded texture as traditional dairy-based cottage cheese. Miyoko’s vegan…

The 9 Best Vegan Restaurants in Vancouver to Satisfy Any Craving

When I moved to Vancouver in 2016, I spent a whole year living off spoonfuls of peanut butter and various forms of potatoes in a dorm room. It was a diet largely attributed to being a college student responsible for stocking my own fridge and pantry for the first time, but even more so with not yet knowing what vegan eats were available to me in my…

Impossible Is Testing Meatless Orange Chicken, Too. Here’s Where to Find It.

Plant-based chicken made by Impossible Foods just landed on the menu at select locations of fast-casual chain Noodles & Company in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. The chain’s first plant-based protein option, Impossible Panko Chicken is available as an addition to any dish. Noodles & Company is also featuring the new meatless chicken—which is…

Yellowstone Park Microbes Helped Make This Meatless Sausage. You Can Now Get It at Whole Foods in 10 States.

Starting in April, new vegan sausage patties by Chicago-based company Nature’s Fynd will roll out at Whole Foods Market locations across 10 states. The meatless breakfast patties are made with an innovative protein the company calls “Fy Protein” which got its origins in thermal hot springs found in the Yellowstone National Park.   “The innate…

Gordon Ramsay Can’t Get Over Vegan Food. His New Recipe Takes on Cauliflower.

World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay—who was previously a critic of veganism—recently shared a new recipe for vegan Bang Bang Cauliflower on his YouTube channel. The recipe video is part of the chef’s “Ramsay in 10” series that shows viewers how to cook meals in under 10 minutes. The series is inspired by Ramsay’s latest cookbook of the same…

World’s First Publicly Traded Vegan Fast-Food Chain Is Expanding to Nearly 50 Locations

Canadian vegan fast-food chain Odd Burger (formerly known as Globally Local) is planning to open 36 new locations in Alberta and British Columbia before 2029. This will bring the chain’s total to nearly 50 locations across Canada and in the United States. With these expansion plans in place, the brand is poised to become the largest vegan fast-food…

Amazon Fresh Just Launched Its Own Plant-Based Meat and Dairy-Free Milk Line

Grocery giant Amazon Fresh is the latest company to capitalize on the plant-based alternatives industry with the launch of Fresh Plant-Based. The retailer launched the in-house line with 15 products, including almond milk (in Original and Vanilla flavors, both in unsweetened and sweetened varieties); plant-based chicken (in nugget and patty formats)…


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