On VAP’s Radar: Quotes, Products, News, Recipes, And More!

Although each of VAP’s posts usually have some type of theme or subject matter, some miscellaneous vegan-related stuff caught my eye this week which I thought was worth sharing.

This simple quote from Bill Gates was floating around Twitter



“The Future Of Meat Is Vegan”

-Bill Gates

Then again, it’s only Bill Gates speaking. What does he really know about predicting the future anyway?




This morning, a friend sent me this cartoon with the message “The Way It Should Be.” Love it!

543833_618009928249206_908932478_nAn article on The Mercy For Animals Blog reports that a new vegan mayo launched by Hampton Creek Foods called “Just Mayo” will be used in Whole Foods’ prepared foods sections throughout Northern California.



An article in The Washington Post yesterday stated that New York pet cemeteries will soon accept the cremated remains of humans. New regulations will allow New York cemeteries to bury pet owners’ ashes with their pets, as long as the cemeteries don’t charge a fee for it and don’t advertise human burial services. Ed Martin, owner of the 117-year old Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County, says he gets five or six requests a year from humans who want to have their ashes buried with their pets. This certainly relates to my recent post One Of The Greatest Loves Of All: People And Their Pets.

Ellen discovers children’s board game called Fur & Feathers on the website Uncommon Goods. This game, which sells for $19.99, teaches compassion for animals and is recommended for ages 6+. Here’s the game’s description…

“Fur & Feathers is a board game for all ages with an animal-friendly twist. Players’ pieces travel around the playfully illustrated farmyard board, on a mission to rescue five friendly animals. Journey to the Farm or the Animal Shelter and flick the spinner to see which animal you have saved, or order up something vegetarian at the Choices Cafe. Along the way, players will have fun answering animal trivia questions. Created by Christine Durrant, a mother who wanted to teach her children about kind and responsible treatment of animals, the game helps players to learn how their choices affect other life on our planet. The combination of knowledge and luck required to win make this a fun activity for both old and young. Made in Steurvant, Wisconsin.”

Fur & Feathers Board Game

Fur & Feathers Board Game

Since my post 10 Simple Recipes For No-Oil Vegan Salad Dressings seems to be quite popular, I thought I’d provide you with two more simple no-oil salad dressings which I spotted in last month’s issue of Vegetarian Times. They look good!


Makes 1/2 cup dressing


1/2 large ripe Hass avocado, chopped

1/2 cup chopped peeled and seeded cucumber

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup


Place all ingredients in mini food processor or chopper. Add 1/4 cup water, and blend until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.


Makes 1/2 cup dressing


6 oz. fresh raspberries, washed and picked over (1 cup)

1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves

2 teaspoons umeboshi vinegar, such as Eden Ume Plum Vinegar

1 tablespoon chopped shallot


Place all ingredients in mini food processor or chopper. Add 1/4 cup water, and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

This week, Kathy Freston posted this super simple recipe for Quick Bean Burritos on her blog The Daily! Lean. It’s the perfect supplement to my post 10 Simple Vegan Meals With 5 Ingredients Or Less.


Makes 4 servings


1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 cup tomato salsa

1 (4-ounce) can chopped mild green chilis, drained

4 large flour tortillas


Combine the beans and chili powder in a saucepan and mash the beans well. Add the salsa and chiles and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat until hot, adding a little water if the mixture begins to stick to the pan. To serve, divide the bean mixture among the tortillas and roll up. Serve hot.

Lastly, while doing research for other posts, I came across some inspirational quotes which I really love, so I thought I’d share. Please feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments’ section below.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist (1901-1978)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

-Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

-Elie Wiesel, writer and Nobel laureate (1928-)

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

-John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist (1908-2006)

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.

-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

-Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

I hope you enjoyed my post about some of the vegan-related things on VAP’s radar. Once again, I would love to hear some of your favorite inspirational quotes about veganism, or anything else, so feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Have a great day!








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