Mark Your Calendars, Folks: The Second Annual Philly VegFest Is June 6th

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Remember last spring, when we announced that the first-ever Philly VegFest was coming to Headhouse Square, and you guys freaked out? Well, prepare to go nuts again, because the second annual Philly VegFest is headed our way soon — June 6th (sadly, the same day as Be Well Philly Boot Camp. But the good news is, VegFest goes ’til 4 p.m., so you can go afterward!), to be exact — and it looks like it’s going to be even bigger and better than the first one.

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What to Eat This Week: Meatless Monday Dinners That Will Make You Forget About Meat Completely

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As you might already know, US Vegetarian Week kicks off on Monday, April 20th. In celebration, Greenlimbs has put together the Philly Veg Pledge, encouraging Philly folks to ditch meat for the week and have a full week of Meatless Mondays, if you will. So, to help out everyone who’s pledging to go meat-free for the week, we bring you this: five days worth of healthy (and totally drool-worthy!) vegetarian dinners that will make you forget about meat completely. Happy cooking!  Read more »

Take the Philly Veg Pledge: Ditch Meat for One Week, Starting April 20th

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Did you guys know Us VegWeek was a thing? Neither did I — but it is, and it starts on Monday. Awesome, right? And to get Philly folks to join in on the weeklong celebration of vegetarian eating, Greenlimbs, a site dedicated to sustainability in Philly, has teamed up with the Humane League to start the Philly Veg Pledge: a campaign encouraging Philly folks to commit to a meat-free diet for seven days.
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Not All Vegans Stick With It — But These Are the Ones Who Do, Study Says

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Remember a while back, when we told you guys about the somewhat disheartening new research on how many vegetarians and vegans actually ditch meat for the long haul? In case you need a quick refresher, the research found that a whopping 84 percent of vegans and vegetarians eventually return to their meat-eating ways.

The folks who did that research found the main reason people bounced back to eating burgers and cheesesteaks was due to a lack of social support. But a new study published in the journal Appetite suggests that the reasons why you actually gave up animal products in the first place might have more to do with whether you stick to your meat-free ways than anything else.  Read more »

The Checkup: The Sriracha Lover’s Must-See Guide to Cooking 

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• If Sriracha is your go-to condiment for everything from soup to ice cream (Little Baby’s Sriracha Earl Grey ice cream, anyone?), you’ll love these recipes: 50 healthy recipes — ranging from breakfast to dessert, and everything in between —  that are all made better by Sriracha. Plus, how to make a batch of the beloved hot sauce yourself. [Greatist]
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Chickie’s Italian Deli Is Closing

Photo via Chickie's Facebook page.

Photo via Chickie’s Facebook page.

Chickie’s Italian Deli is closing after 21-years in business. The award winning deli is known for its Italian-style sandwiches, hoagies and particularly its veggie hoagie.

A Facebook message from owner Henry George stated:

It is with great sadness that after 21 1/2 years in business, Chickie’s Italian Deli will be closing its doors permanently on Saturday, April 11, 2015. I would like to thank all of my loyal customers for your years of patronage! It has been my pleasure serving the community for over two decades. Thank you to everyone especially my dedicated employees for their years of service.

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Veggie Bowls That Will Blow Your Mind

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I am a big fan of veggie bowls. They are generally pretty simple to throw together, incredibly filling and, often times, you can make a big batch of them at once and chow down on them for dinner for a few days in a row. They’re simple, practical and delicious — what’s not to love?

So for this weeks recipes, we bring you five veggie bowls that will seriously blow your mind. They’re super yummy, seasonal, and probably some of the most colorful meals you’ve ever seen in a while. Bonus: We’ve even thrown a Chipotle copycat recipe in the mix. Happy cooking, friends!

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Buh-Bye, Tofu: 10 Seitan Recipes That Blow Tofu Out Of the Water

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My boyfriend calls seitan, pronounced say-tan, “Satan.” This is both hilarious and misleading, because as I’ve recently discovered, seitan is not the vegan “meat” from hell. The meat substitute, made from wheat gluten (sorry gluten-free folks) and often called “wheat meat,” is actually incredibly delicious, super easy to prepare, and really (really!) tastes like meat.

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