Meet the Vegan burger that may change the world as we know it

Cross-posted from One Green Planet

Just looking at that burger picture makes me feel sick to my stomach. I eat veggie burgers because I want the veggies in a fun and easy way — not because I want a replacement for a hamburger. Still, this will appeal to a great many people and therefore save a great many lives, so I am all for it. —Ed.

It’s been over a year since Impossible Foods first revealed plans for the Impossible Burger, a plant-based meat patty that cooks, smells, tastes, and even “bleeds” like real meat.

Now, the company is finally ready to roll out their impressive product. Unlike the folks over at Beyond Meat, who have recently launched their own meaty Beast Burger in grocery stores, Impossible Burger will make its debut in restaurants, starting in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York this July.

The Impossible Burger aims to emulate meat in a way no other plant-based patty has before. While some other burgers turn to veggies as a light, nutritious base, the Impossible Burger goes slightly more scientific with their approach. They simulate beef fat with coconut oil, use potato proteins to create that familiar crust that meat forms when it is seared, and use “heme,” a compound extracted from yeast that gives color to red meat. The result? A burger so realistic, it almost gives you that uneasy “uncanny valley” feeling, primarily felt when viewing robot androids.

Impossible Foods isn’t just trying to revolutionize food just for the sake of taste, though. Their meatless beef burger contains more protein than a regular burger, without the cholesterol, hormones, or antibiotics. This essentially gives consumers the taste they crave in a much healthier form, something that could have an amazing impact on public health, and could help tackle the obesity and heart disease epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.

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Would you join in a “die in” protest for horses?

I was searching the internet for images to illustrate a post when I came across some pictures of “die in” protests like this one.

Photo Credit: Getty Images. Protesters stage a die-in protest with gas masks and teddy bears at an anti-pollution rally outside the Department for Transport in London, England to highlight the dangers of polluted air poses to people and childrens health.
Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Protesters stage a die-in protest with gas masks and teddy bears at an anti-pollution rally outside the Department for Transport in London, England to highlight the dangers of polluted air poses to people and childrens health.

A die-in, sometimes known as a lie-in, is a form of protest in which participants simulate being dead. Die-ins are a tactic that has been used by a variety of protest groups including animal rights activists, peace activists, human rights activists, AIDS activists, gun control activists and environmental activists.

As you can see, this is not your average type of protest.

How about this? No matter what else you think about them, nobody does protesting quite like PETA.

Photo Credit: Getty Images. Peta Demo 'Die-In' - Supporters Wear Nothing More Than Bullhorns And Bloodied Paint With Banderilla Spears Pinned To Their Backs Outside The Spanish Embassy, In London.
Photo Credit: Getty Images.
PETA Demo ‘Die-In’ – Supporters Wear Nothing More Than Bullhorns And Bloodied Paint With Banderilla Spears Pinned To Their Backs Outside The Spanish Embassy, In London.

So, can you imagine yourself doing this to help our wild horses? Or raise awareness about horse slaughter? Horse racing? Horse soring? PMU horses?

Describe what you think a die-in protest on any horse issue might look like. If we can come up with a grand enough idea and can raise the money to stage it, we will do it. We would love to do it.

Where should we do it? How about Washington which is only slightly less challenging than New York.

There are protests there on a daily basis in Washington but I think something like this would get some decent attention. We would video it of course and to give it lots of extra mileage.

How about a “You Bet. They Die” die-in protest in Louisville or Lexington?

These are just a couple of examples to get your thinking cap on and for illustration purposes only. Thank you.

PETA protesters stage a Die-In against seal hunting  at Canada House in London, England. Photo Credit: See more at Getty Images.

Horses around the World: Kashmir

Featured Image: A Kashmiri man on a horse rides past walls of snow on the Zojila Pass, about 68 miles north of Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Saturday. The Srinagar-Leh national highway connecting Ladakh to the Kashmir Valley was re-opened to traffic Saturday after remaining closed for nearly six months. Dar Yasin/AP

Horses suffer at the hands of the unjust and morally corrupt in America no doubt, but horses endure even harsher conditions, particularly as pack and work animals, around the world. The horse pictured above is probably used not only for work but also for transport. —Ed.

Vegan Sandwich Ideas

Sometimes you just feel like a sandwich. You want to grab something and stick it between two slices of bread and go on your way — especially in the summertime.

There are loads of things to put on vegan sandwiches but all I could think of were the ones I make all the time, and I have already talked about them.

So I went on a hunt on the internet for some rock ’em sock ’em good sandwich ideas.

Trouble is, none of the recipes I was coming across looked like anything I had on hand or would want to have on hand. They just looked odd — the kind of food non vegans point out as a reason they couldn’t hack being a vegan.

Then I stumbled on a website called Vegan Soul Power with an eye catching title called 50 Vegan Sandwiches. As I scanned down the page I was like . . . YES!

I am going to give you a few of them here but go on over now and take a look if you want.


Here’s the first seven:

1. The Hummus Supreme: Hummus + cucumbers + tomatoes + thin sliced red onion + drizzle of pomengranate molasses on multigrain bread

2. The Roasted Wrap: Balsamic Roasted eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms + tomatoes + basil and arugula rolled into a lavash or tortilla

3. The Portobello: Grilled, marinated portobello mushrooms + roasted red peppers + hummus + basil on french bread

4. The Rueben: Tempeh bacon + Vegan Russian dressing + Sauerkraut on toasted sourdough

5. The Poor and Toasty: Herbed Earth balance slathered on a roll and toasted face-down in a nonstick pan until crusty, stuffed with tomatoes and or onions (depending on level of poverty).

6. Italiano: Pesto mixed into a little vegan mayo + tomatoes + olives + roasted eggplant on focacia or ciabatta

7. The Pizza Bagel: Tomato Sauce + Sliced Mushrooms + plenty of nooch (or soy moz) on two bagel halves, broiled.

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Peta have some really good vegan recipes on their website. Here’s one I tried recently that I really loved.

Fried green tomato sandwich. Yes it's vegan. Image and recipe via Peta.
Fried green tomato sandwich. Yes it’s vegan. Image and recipe via Peta.


Before I provide the recipe here’s an introduction:

— Fried green tomatoes are easy to veganize, and the results are actually better without an egg wash, which many people may think is necessary. With just a cornmeal coating, the result is much crunchier than what you get with extra, unnecessary ingredients. And if you are trying to achieve that perfect, golden, crispy coating, then you might want to listen to this advice from Wikipedia. I’m no Alton Brown, but the Wikipedia folks seem to make a pretty good case:

“The tomatoes are then pan fried in vegetable oil up to a depth slightly shallower than the thickness of the slices. This keeps the tomatoes from floating, allowing gravity to hold the cornmeal to the bottom side. Oil may be drizzled over the top to allow it to firm up also.” —

Anyway, you cook them up and make sandwiches out of them. Ooh la la. Here we go.


3 small green tomatoes
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
3 Tbsp. canola oil for frying

Here’s How

1. Cut each tomato into 3 thick slices.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning.

3. Dredge both sides of each tomato slice in the cornmeal mixture.

4. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and fry the tomato slices over medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides.

5. Set aside on paper towels to drain.

Makes 2 to 4 servings

Thanks everyone. Go Vegan. For Life.



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