Recipe: The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

When you crave a light side dish that won't weigh down the rest of your dinner but still has enough punch to stand out on its own, make this salad. Quick-pickling the cucumbers with cider vinegar and a little sugar gives them the vibrancy they're all too often missing. Tossed with nothing more than a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and lots of chopped fresh chives, the cucumber slices transform into a simple salad that's the perfect counterpart for grilled meat or fish.


Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Plant-Based — Decoding the Language Around Meatless Diets — Everyday Vegetarian

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There's a little joke that goes around vegan circles — the concept of the "level-five vegan," someone who is unflinchingly committed to the plant-based lifestyle. The term is a reference to an episode of The Simpsons, in which Lisa Simpson — one of television's most celebrated vegetarians — develops a crush on a guy who chuckles dismissively when she says she's thinking of going vegan. "I'm a level-five vegan," he says. "I won't eat anything that casts a shadow."

There are so many ways to go meatless today that you could be forgiven for falling behind on the terminology. No, veganism doesn't have "levels" (at least, not that we know of), but it has plenty of variations. Below is your glossary of vegetarianism in its many forms, from the basic meat-abstinent to the purely plant-based.

And what if — despite our trusty guide — you should find a vegetarian at your dinner table, and you're at a loss for what (not) to serve? When in doubt, ask. Just ask! Ask early and ask often. Ask with genuine curiosity and then actually listen to the answer. It really is that easy.


These Are My Favorite Frozen Burritos — Everyday Vegetarian

Everyone needs a back pocket food. I'm not even talking about the quick egg scramble you make when you don't feel like cooking — I'm talking about the food you stick in the oven or microwave when you're in peak I'm-not-cooking mode. Mine is this frozen burrito. It's got just enough stuff in it to make me really satisfied, with thoughtful flavors and ingredients — how many frozen burritos have options with anasazi beans, kimchi, or cardamon-laced curries? And they're all vegetarian.


Recipe: The Ultimate Dessert Manhattan — Unique Cocktail Recipes

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This riff on a Manhattan isn't your run-of-the-mill cocktail. No, it's a special cocktail — one that should be made with care and sipped with some sense of occasion — and not just because of its ingredients, which (we'll say in advance) may require a trip to the liquor store. This is a cocktail with a racy (or quite literally racing) past. You see, this cocktail was named after a Kentucky bookie and a bootlegger by the name of Jack Fry.


The 10 Best Vegan Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s — Shopping

If you're vegan and already a die-hard Trader Joe's fan, then it's pretty likely you know just how many vegan-friendly options there are among the aisles. If you haven't been to your local outpost lately, you'll want to take note. Trader Joe's is stocked with a ton of really great vegan-friendly foods. In fact, they even include a section on their website that lists them all out. Narrowing it down was really tough, but here are 10 of our favorite picks.


My Biggest Vegan Challenge Was One I Didn’t Expect — Adventures in Veganism

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When I decided to take the plunge into veganism, I anticipated some pitfalls. I thought I'd maybe lose my cool and dive headfirst into a pile of cheeseburgers, or maybe sneak some brie at a party. But the hardest part of going vegan hasn't been cravings, which are surprisingly few and far between. For me, the social ramifications of going vegan were far more discouraging. As someone whose social life has more or less revolved around food for the past several years, the feeling of isolation that resulted from my dietary change hit me really hard.


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