Tag Archives | vegan

Halloween Oy Vegan Style!!!

Hope you all enjoyed your Hal­loween this evening. Here in Toronto, I gath­ered with fam­ily to give out candy to neigh­bour­hood kids.

For din­ner, I made some great recipes from Robin Robert­son’s Party Vegan.

For an appe­tizer, I made black olive tape­nade with car­rot sticks and orange bell pep­per strips

Then for our main dish we feasted on black bean and but­ter­nut chili along with some black rice with lemon topped with cilantro. Don’t you just love the orange and black theme?!

Please excuse the ama­teur food pho­tog­ra­phy, I was just so hun­gry I couldn’t be both­ered to clean the sides of the bowls for presentation:)

For dessert we feasted on Go Max Go Foods vegan choco­late bars and pump­kin pops from Board­walk choco­lates. We also noshed on the vegan twix bars I made ear­lier this week. Yum!

Happy Hal­loween!

Oy Vegan!

Comments { 1 }

Awesome Vegan Halloween Recipes!

Hi All,

So, like many of us veg­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans, you might be won­der­ing what you’re going to indulge on this Hal­loween. Good news! I’ve com­piled some awe­some recipes from some super cool blogs to help you have a spook­ier and more fes­tive Hal­loween! muha­hah­ha­ha­haha! (evil laugh)


1. Check out these mummy piz­zas from Vegan Miss!

2.  Munch on some pump­kin quinoa gra­nola from I Heart Well­ness!

3. Chow down on these spooky spi­der­web brownie bites from The Fam­ily Kitchen!

4. Indulge in some vegan gluten free twix bars (made these. They’re awe­some!) from Forks and Beans!

5. And, of course, you should read the Offi­cial Guide to Vegan Hal­loween Candy from Veg­News!


Happy Hal­loween!!!!!!

Oy Vegan!

Comments { 2 }

Vegan wins Food Network’s Cupcake Wars!

Check this out! Shout out to quarrygirl.com!

Oy Vegan!

Comments { 0 }

Oy Vegan’s Top 5 Fall Vegan Must-Haves!

A chill is in the air. The leaves have turned red and gold. It’s about time for Oy Vegan’s Top Five Fall Vegan Must-Haves!

5. Ten vegan recipes for the fall! Check out care2.com’s list of tasty vegan dishes like pump­kin oat­meal and cur­ried egg­plant burgers.

pumpkin oatmeal

4. Chunky Cowl Neck­warmer by mist­grove. Stay cozy and warm in a comfy cir­cle scarf avail­able in a vari­ety of colours. Order from Etsy.com for $13 USD

circle scarf

3. Nail Lac­quers from SpaR­itual in “Love your mother” and “kiss the cook”. These vegan nail pol­ishes are free from syn­thetic dyes and come in a large vari­ety of imag­i­na­tive colours.

spaRitual nail polish

2. Matt & Nat’s Gold­frapp bag in Tan. Check out this new addi­tion to the Montréal-Vegan-based company’s fall line. These designer bags are made from recy­cled bot­tles! Order here.

Goldfrapp matt & nat

1. Big Buddha’s oxford shoe– Rilo. These vegan flats are adorable and per­fect for an autumn stroll through the park. Order here.

Rilo by Big Buddha

There you have it! Happy Fall! Oy Vegan!

Comments { 0 }

Oy Vegan! Echad.

So here it is! Oy Vegan’s first post! This is very excit­ing for all of us here at oyvegan.com. This is a blog for veg­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans every­where. Look out for recipes, restau­rant reviews, men­sch of the month spot­lights, inter­views, tikkun olam projects, and more.

Why am I embark­ing on this jour­ney of blog­dom? I should first say that I am a life­long veg­e­tar­ian — I was raised veg — so I’ve never eaten meat or fish/seafood in my life. Peo­ple ask me if I miss meat or if I was ever curi­ous grow­ing up. It’s a valid ques­tion, I sup­pose, if you eat meat. The thing is, I never looked at it that way. I never cared to try meat because, in short, I knew what meat was.

If you think about it most kids love ani­mals. All of our favourite car­toons grow­ing up fea­tured talk­ing ani­mals. If kids actu­ally knew that those ani­mals were going to be stuffed full of hor­mones, fed their own meat and blood in many cases, and shoved into tiny cages where they would live in tor­ture, amid feces and dis­ease until the day they were slaugh­tered for human con­sump­tion, I’m sure they would run scream­ing from their plates. Sim­ply put, I wasn’t lied to. From day one I knew that meat equalled ani­mals and that I loved ani­mals. I was com­pletely happy with my lifestyle and, sur­pris­ingly, most kids didn’t really care or say any­thing about it. The peo­ple who gave me the most crap about it were their par­ents! Peo­ple didn’t know what to feed me when I came over to play. I was a served a whole lot of peanut but­ter sand­wiches in my day. Oy!

Over the past month I have become vegan. I’ve made the switch for a num­ber of rea­sons: health, the envi­ron­ment, and treat­ment of ani­mals. I hope to explore all of these in upcom­ing posts. Luck­ily, I have a boyfriend who, in the begin­ning, was even more gung-ho about mak­ing the tran­si­tion to veg­an­ism than I was. Together we have embarked on a jour­ney towards a hap­pier, health­ier, and more peace­ful life. I have to say… I feel great! I’m not bloated any­more (cheese made me bloated) and I have a lot more energy!

This blog is about mak­ing the world a bet­ter place one oy vegan at a time. We’re all con­nected. Every liv­ing being on this planet. If we think that we can sys­tem­at­i­cally tor­ture and kill mil­lions of ani­mals and it won’t have an impact on the envi­ron­ment and the health of those con­sum­ing the prod­uct, we are sadly mistaken.

In these days of awe, between Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kip­por — we can look at our life and our world and see it as a whole. We need to start look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture and guess what?! That big­ger pic­ture is NOT money. It’s our health, our hap­pi­ness, and our earth.

So let’s keep it real and keep it veg! Oy Vegan!


We would love to hear your feed­back, so please e-mail me with any ques­tions you might have at jamie@oyvegan.com.

(please note this entry was writ­ten the week of Oct 3rd 2011)


Comments { 0 }