Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2013: Find Your Favorites –

Every fall, Well pays tribute to the best part of the Thanksgiving table — the vegetable side dishes!

This year is no exception as we take the turkey off the table and shift our culinary focus to all the delicious foods of the fall harvest. To celebrate our annual “Vegetarian Thanksgiving,” we are starting the Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe database, packed with more than 600 delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes to help you celebrate your holiday.

You can search for recipes by ingredient or you can browse through our collections of favorite dishes. Whether you are looking for appetizers, gluten-free recipes, vegan main courses or vegetarian dishes to wow your crowd, we’ve got you covered!

Click the link below.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2013: Find Your Favorites –


COLLEEN PATRICK-GOUDREAU is a powerhouse who needs little introduction. She is an animal advocate, chef, writer and speaker. In short, a doer. The author of six books , she regularly lectures around the country, inspiring others to think and act more compassionately. She is the creator of the 30-Day Vegan Challenge, an innovative program that has motivated many people to rethink and change their lifestyles. Her approach to advocacy is pretty straightforward. “My intention really is to take “veganism” out of the box and inspire people to recognize that it’s not some crazy, unfamiliar philosophy of living. It’s just common sense,” she says. We couldn’t agree more. Here, she brings us a one-of-a-kind recipe for a cake with aphrodisiac qualities— to spoil yourself or the one you love with (…did you know that cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which raises endorphin levels?) And being the gold mine of information that Colleen is, we also couldn’t resist picking her brain for some food for thought. Read our insightful Q&A with Colleen, immediately following the recipe.


One Thousand Madison Area Vegans/Vegetarians

Notice to Madison area restaurants!

There are 1000 people in Madison who LOVE to dine on delicious and healthful vegan meals!

We just received a notice from Dave, the organizer of the Madison Area Vegetarian Meetup Group, announcing that the 1000th person has joined the group! This is truly exciting news.

Started in late 2007, the Group has steadily gained members and has expanded to much more than eating at restaurants or holding potlucks. As of this posting there have been 130 meetups. Besides dinners, lunches, and breakfasts at popular local restaurants, there have been meetups which include bowling, overnight camping, picnicking, board games, vegan dessert baking classes, pumpkin picking, apple picking, hiking, sushi class, sledding, and mini-golf.

The very first meetup in October of 2007 consisted of eleven attendees for a lunch buffet. Compare that to a recent dinner at Jamerica restaurant on Willy Street where there were so many attendees that it had to be split into two nights, which is not uncommon these days.

Alliance for Animals loves this group! Dave has done so much to encourage beautiful, nutritious, and delicious vegan choices. The meetups are fun and also family friendly. If you haven’t joined yet, do it today at Madison Area Vegetarian Meetup Group.

Although this is a vegetarian group, all meals are vegan. Dave explains it this way:

“This group has members who are vegetarian, vegan, and just interested. Everyone is welcome. I think it’s important for our events to have a menu that not only has something for everyone, but where everyone can eat everything.”

In 2008 Dave Friedman received AFA’s Heart of Madison Award, in honor of all he has done to organize a wide variety of dining experiences that are all vegan friendly.

If you would like to receive weekly e-newsletters from AFA’s Simply Vegan program, which features recipes, links, news, and all kinds of information on veganism visit our Simply Vegan website and scroll down to the sign up box on the left.

Say ‘No cheese!’ at Mad City Vegan Fest

For Hannah West, every almond butter sandwich she eats is a generous act.

“Every time you don’t eat meat, you’re doing something good,” said West, 21, a vegan for six years. “Veganism seems like all or nothing … but if you’re transitioning, or even if you just do Meatless Mondays, it’s not like you’re not making a difference.”


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Say ‘No cheese!’ at Mad City Vegan Fest.