8 totally cool and tasty recipes for homemade vegan popsicles

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — We agreed to continue Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday until the wild horses remaining on public lands are left there with no further human interference and the ones held in captivity are either restored to their original HMAs or placed in strategically designed reserves.

Our campaign was certainly timely.

When the 2018 Trump budget proposal came out allowing the BLM to conduct the wholesale murder of wild horses in long and short term holding, we had already drawn a lot of attention to their plight. The budget move against the Mustangs proved to our accusers who said we were exaggerating the issue that we clearly are not.

Interestingly, our plan would achieve a much reduced BLM budget which requires killing no one.

Keeping in spirit with our Meat Out for Mustangs campaign, on request here are 8 totally cool and delicious homemade vegan popsicle ideas. Click images for recipes.

1. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles

A breakfast popsicle. How sweet is that?

Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

2. Avocado Lime Popsicles

Homemade Avocado Lime Popsicles
Click image for the recipe. Healthier Steps.

3. Vegan Blueberry Coconut Popsicles

Beaming Baker
Click image for recipe. Beaming Baker.

4. Patriotic Popsicles

These are not just awesome for the 4th of July. They are awesome all summer long!

Patriotic Popsicles. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

5. Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles

Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles. Elephantastic Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Elephantastic Vegan.

6. Lava Flow Popsicles

Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.

Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life. Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.
Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life.

7. Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles

Watermelon Kiwi vegan popsicles. By Well Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Well Vegan.

We may have saved the best for last even though all of the foregoing are divine. Sigh!

8. Creamy Chocolate Mint Vegan Popsicles

Creamy Chocolate Mint Popsicles. Vegan. Bojon Gourmet.
Click image for Recipe. Bojon Gourmet.

Take the Pledge!

One day a week can make a world of difference to our planet and those who live on it. If you haven’t already done so, take the pledge to meat out for Mustangs every Monday.

Resources

Great tips for Meat Out Mondays »

7 Days of Recipes for Meat Out Mondays »

Meat Free Monday (Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney) »

The Iron You: No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

FRIDAY FEAST DAY — It’s Friday. We’ve had a long hard week.

Let’s pep ourselves up by taking a look at a recipe from The Iron You for a totally delectable feasty treat certain to titillate your taste buds. And make you a most beloved guest when you arrive with them your next get-together. Oh. It’s quick and easy too.

No-Bake 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars
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No Bake 4 Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

Ingredients
Makes 16 bars

Almond butter layer

1 cup almond butter
6 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup coconut flour (I used Viva Naturals)
Pinch of salt

Chocolate layer

6 oz / 170 gr dark chocolate (I used +70% Green & Black’s)
½ cup almond butter

Go here for directions »

Go Vegan

We never want to come off as sounding preachy. It’s just that it’s so cool to be Vegan and has such a huge impact.

Yes, the above recipe is Vegan. There is no more effective way to protect animals, the planet and yes, you too, than taking up this wonderful lifestyle. Results are 100% guaranteed and it’s something you do every single day — eat. In whole or in part, you are changing the world for the better every single time you choose a Vegan diet.

We have a wonderful turnout for Meat Out for Mustangs, May 2017

MEAT FOR MUSTANGS — Today is the first day of Meat Out for Mustangs, May 2017. How are you doing so far? Huh?

Well, if you follow The Horse Fund by email you already have a good idea what this is about and completed a quick online form pledging your participation.

Playing by numbers:

USDA STATISTICS

The USDA estimates that 202.0 lbs of meat were consumed per capita (per person) in 2014. This includes the whole population (approximately 318 million) and does not take into account vegetarians and vegans. [See 1].

MEAT INSTITUTE STATISTICS

According to the Meat Institute, the meat and poultry industry is the largest segment of U.S. agriculture. Total meat and poultry production in 2012 reached more than 93 billion pounds.

In 2013, the meat and poultry industry processed (their euphemism for slaughtered):

8.6 billion chickens
33.2 million cattle
239.4 million turkeys
2.3 million sheep and lambs
112 million hogs

[See 2].

The reason why we are giving you these statistics is that no matter how many people we get to “Meat Out for Mustangs” we are not going to begin to make event the slightest dent in the amount of meat bought or consumed — nor are we trying to.

However, we decided we would point this out before anyone stops by to accuse us of trying to harm the U.S. meat industry by this exercise.

We will tell you what we are trying to do in our next post.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

• If you haven’t pledged to Meat Out for Mustangs, please do so right now!

We are so excited about the turnout so far and hope to have thousands in every State taking a stand for Mustangs and drawing attention to their plight by fasting from meat, in particular beef, for the whole month of May.

So far most of you are pledging to do more than beef out; more than half have promised to try a plant-based or vegan diet the entire month! You inspire us. You really do. Thank you!

RELATED READING

Tuesday’s Horse

• Breakfast Ideas for Meat Out for Mustangs »

One Green Planet

Times they are a-changing. Cargill selling off their feedlots? See Major beef supplier, Cargill, sold off their last U.S. feedlots to invest in plant-based proteins; One Green Planet; May 1, 2017.

When I first read the headline, I blinked and looked at my calendar. I thought this might be an April Fool’s joke. Nah. It’s May. —Vivian

Cattle in a Cargill feedlot tagged for slaughter. Source: Omaha World-Herald.
Cattle in a Cargill feedlot tagged for slaughter. Source: Omaha World-Herald.

Please do more than “meat out” if you can. Go plant based all month even if it’s one day a week for all of May. You will be saving innocent lives and much, much more.

Spread the word. Share far and wide, especially recipe ideas, what you are eating, if the family is doing it with you, is it easy, is it hard — cool stuff.

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The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management contracted helicopter drives federally protected wild horses into a trap, robbing them forever of their freedom and home. National Geographic.

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It’s not too late to join. Go here »

Ten vegetables that can substitute for meat

ADVOCATE FROM YOUR PLATE ™ — Now you may not like all of these but you are bound to like some of them. If you are not quite ready to opt for the vegan way of eating at the moment, how about trying it one day a week, especially during the month of May when we “Meat Out for Mustangs”.

Here’s the list of ten vegetables that can substitute for meat. It’s from One Green Planet.

(1) TOFU, TEMPEH, SEITAN, TVP

You may not think of tofu or tempeh as vegetables, but they are plant-based and made from soybeans. TVP, or texturized vegetable protein, is also made from soy. Seitan is made from wheat gluten.

I don’t eat a lot of tofu but love this recipe for baked bbq tofu. Great on a bun for a tasty sandwich with all the trimmings—Vivian.

(2) MUSHROOMS

Their flavor is rich, earthy, and meaty, especially cremini or Portobello mushrooms. They are healthy and filling and can replace meat in any recipe. Impress your dinner guests by serving them Stuffed Mushrooms with Pecans and Portobello Wellington.

Mushroom Stroganoff. Click for recipe at One Green Planet.
Mushroom Stroganoff. Click for recipe at One Green Planet.

(3) JACKFRUIT

If you have yet to try jackfruit, you need to go out and get some. Technically, jackfruit is a fruit but incredibly, it can stand in for meat in savory dishes. You can buy it raw or already cut up in a can.

I haven’t tried it. Have you? See more about jackfruit at the end of this post. That’s it in the tacos in the featured image above. Hmmm. — Vivian.

(4) EGGPLANT

When anyone goes veg, eggplant is probably the first vegetable that comes to mind, but you can do so much more with it than just make parmigiana. It is very versatile.

Tip on shopping for eggplant. Pick eggplants with a smooth, shiny skin.  Choose smaller eggplants as they tend to be sweeter, less bitter, have thinner skin and fewer seeds. To test for ripeness, lightly press a finger against the skin. If it leaves an imprint, the eggplant is ripe. — Vivian.

(5) LENTILS

Lentils have always been a stand-in for meat since the beginning of veganism. Lentils are hearty and can replace ground beef easily. Lentils come in a variety of colors such as green, red, brown, and black. They cook up quickly, are inexpensive, and a small amount goes a long way.

(6) BEANS AND LEGUMES

Beans and legumes are amazing. They are inexpensive, healthy, filling, and there are so many to choose from: black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, aduki beans, chickpeas and black-eyed peas, to name just a few.

(7) CAULIFLOWER

Right now I bet you’re thinking, “How can cauliflower replace meat? It’s so white and bland.” Well, it can. When you season it and cook it up right, cauliflower can be the star of any dish.

Califlower-Picatta. Click for recipe at One Green Planet.
Califlower-Picatta. Click for recipe at One Green Planet.

(8) POTATOES

Potatoes are not just for side dishes. They can be the main ingredient in so many dishes. Whether you roast them, boil them, bake them, mash them, or fry them, potatoes are always a favorite.

(9) BEETS

Beets are nature’s candy. They are sweet and delicious and perfect for salads, but they have another side to them. Beets are also earthy and work well in savory dishes especially when roasted

(10) NUTS

Ok, technically, nuts are not vegetables but they can be used to make vegan cheese and to replace meat in your cooking. Nuts can be incredibly “meaty” and can make a hearty and rich “meat” loaf for dinner.


This is just a teaser. There’s loads more information at One Green Planet with links to fabulous recipes.

MORE ON JACKFRUIT

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD writes the following for TODAY:

“If you don’t know jackfruit, you will soon. It’s a healthy and sustainable vegan meat replacement and it’s set to be one of the biggest food trends of 2017. Best of all, it’s the key to making an insanely delicious BBQ pulled ‘pork’ sandwich that you won’t believe is vegan.”

We’ll cover this again.

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