McDonald’s has announced that it is trimming its menu after a continued decline in U.S. sales. Their sales in November declined by 4.6% with even further declines last week. To reassure investors, the chain is looking to reinvigorate its menu with foods that are considered more wholesome. McDonald’s USA president Mike Andres said they are doing this by looking at ingredients and the way their food is prepared and delivered. The idea is to improve the image of its food and make it more appealing. Starting next month, eight items will be cut from the menu as an initial form of simplification. Other menu ideas are also currently being considered.
So far, McDonald’s has not publicly referenced any plans to introduce a vegan burger, so we are encouraging you to chime in while they are in the mode of reviewing menu items with more “wholesome” ingredients. How about offering the tasty and protein-rich hand-formed vegan burger from Field Roast, which is now available through foodservice distribution?
Consumer feedback is where it’s at. McDonald’s created a campaign in October called “Our Food, Your Questions” in an attempt to assuage consumer concerns. Consumers can post questions to Twitter there, in addition to reviewing the information posted about their menu items and ingredients.
Thanksgiving dinner can be a very socially difficult experience for vegetarians and vegans. It’s hard to reconcile what we know about the way most turkeys are raised and treated with the fact that we’re gathering around a table, a large turkey at its center, for the purpose of giving thanks with family and friends. Cruelty is hard to reconcile as the default partner to a holiday focused on gratitude.
Some vegans will opt out of joining traditional gatherings, choosing to host or attend a cruelty-free one instead. Dining with kindred vegans is understandable and certainly far more pleasant and easier on the conscience. It can also be the best gratitude splurge in the world. Still, it doesn’t change anything for the majority of people who eat the traditional way. That turkey will still be served; vegan family members or friends just won’t be there to see it happening.
For some vegans, going it solo or avoiding a traditional gathering is not as clear an option. Some may want to be with family or friends on this special day and not want to become isolated by it. Instead of bowing out of these traditional gatherings, they might opt to attend them, bringing “special” plant-based options for themselves and others to enjoy. Or they might feast on many of the side dishes together, since that is often plenty of food.
If you’re that vegan person sitting at a traditional feast, don’t forget that you’re an example to those around you. That may not be something you’re concerned with, but it matters. People take notice. You’ll find that kids at the table will tend to be less inhibited about asking you questions or making comments, too. If they do, well, there you’ll be with a window, however small and delicate, to explain in brief and friendly terms why it is you choose not to eat turkey. If they make faces and mock the plant-based meat that’s on your plate, that’s usually because they’re not familiar with these types of foods or your way of life. It’s not their fault. Smile, make them feel understood and offer them a taste. It’s a great opportunity to open their conscience to another way of thinking, another way of eating, and another way of life. They might, just might, not only find your food to be a doable option, but also a very viable one.
A thought, anyway.
For your plant-based center-of-the-meal dish, there are a variety of ways you can go. From store-bought and ready-to-go-after-heating options like Field Roast’s Celebration Roast (or their other roasts), to items from Gardein or Turtle Island Foods, to make-it-yourself dishes made with tempeh, seitan, mushrooms or tofu, there are lots of options to suit your palate. If you want recipes, check 41 delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes here. You can also search “plant-based Thanksgiving recipes” on Google and scroll and peruse away. What’s great is that plant-based options are becoming popular not just with vegans, but with everyone in general, no matter how they choose to identify their dietary preferences.
Wherever you land on Thanksgiving, here’s wishing you a happy and gratitude-filled “Turkey-Free Day.”
I’m Laura, your vegan, ROYALS fan here in Kansas City, Missouri! 2014 has definitely been an exciting season for our boys in blue!
It’s great to have Veggie Happy assisting sports fans. I’m especially thrilled that our Kansas City area sports stadiums offer a FANtastic variety of veggie food. I enjoy guiding folks to healthier choices as ultimately these choices benefit people, animals, and the planet.
I’ve been mostly vegetarian since I was 18 years old, I’ve now been mostly vegan for over three years. Food is one of my passions, but the precious animals we save while eating non-meat and non-dairy foods are my heartfelt reason for why I adopted my lifestyle. You can email me through Veggie Happy or feel free to follow me via instagram.
The November issue of Vegetarian Times Magazine is a special issue celebrating their 40th anniversary. It features 40 highlights of the vegetarian movement to this day, which are also exhibited as The VT Wayback Machine slide show online. Veggie Happy is honored to have been selected as one of those highlights. To be in the company of Farm Sanctuary, Lisa Simpson, Paul & Linda McCartney and other amazing people, organizations and breakthroughs is, well, quite delightful and very appreciated.
Veggie Happy is thrilled to pass along this news about Sweet Jane’s, a new ice cream shop in Astoria, New York, serving a delectable variety of non-dairy ice creams, all made on premises. (It will also serve traditional, select ice cream.)
Sweet Jane’s invites the public to join the Grand Opening festivities this Saturday, May 31.Join the fun and tell your friends! Here is Sweet Jane’s press release for more information:
Sweet Jane’s Introduces Dairy-Free and Traditional Ice Cream Treats to Astoria
At 120 calories per pop, the Vegan treats bring guiltless indulgence in time for summer
Astoria, NY. May 27, 2014 – A new ice cream shop called Sweet Jane’s Frozen Desserts is now in offering refreshing summer treats in Astoria. The store’s key offerings include dairy-free ice cream and made-on-premise dairy-free fudgesicle pops, along with traditional ice cream and Italian ices. Located at 27-17 24th Avenue, in the heart of Astoria, Queens, Sweet Jane’s fills a void for delicious, sweet and low-calorie summer frozen novelties.
**** GRAND OPENING ALERT: The public is invited to join the Grand Opening festivities on Saturday, May 31, 2014, commencing at 1:00 p.m. Activities will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting with Costa Constantinides,Queens City Councilperson. All guests are invited to try free samples of ice cream. ****
“As a long time Astoria resident, this community is my community and I wanted to bring them the absolute best frozen treats,” said Jane McGinn, Creator and Owner of Sweet Jane’s. “By offering a vegan treat that tastes just as good, if not better, than dairy, my hope is to provide a treat that appeals to both the old-school Astorians and the recent wave of fresh residents who are bringing new vibrancy to the area.”
Sweet Jane’s Frozen Desserts offers the best of both worlds: the goodness of a healthy, environmentally-conscious product and the indulgence of delectable and creamy ice cream in one treat. “I believe we can treat ourselves and indulge ourselves while respecting our world as well,” continued McGinn. “It doesn’t have to be bad for you to taste oh-so-good.”
Fudgesicle flavors will change daily and include: “A Crazy Li’l Thing Called Chocolate,” “Bohemian Raspberry,” “Mellow Mango,” “Rhubarb Strawberry Pie” and “Buzz Me Up Butter Cup.” Along with her dairy-free ice creams, Sweet Jane’s will carry traditional ice cream made with non-rBST milk and organic ingredients. Jane is also developing a line of Italian ices which are High Fructose Corn Syrup-free and will debut in June.
In addition to the desserts, Sweet Jane’s is incorporating a respect and care for the environment into every aspect of the store by using recyclable or recycled serving supplies and green cleaning products. “My paints, cabinets and counter-tops were retrieved at Build it Green, NYC, which provides low cost, salvage surplus building materials,” said McGinn. “My counter-tops were once a bowling alley lane in the Bronx and they have been restored to show the beauty of the wood.”
Sweet Jane’s Frozen Desserts is located at 27-17 24th Avenue in Astoria. For more information and updated flavors, visit Sweet Jane’s Frozen Desserts page on Facebook. Follow Sweet Jane’s on Twitter @sweet_janes, for daily flavor updates.
About Sweet Jane’s
Founded in 2014, Sweet Jane’s is Astoria’s premiere vegan frozen novelty shop. Featuring propriety flavors and carefully-sourced dairy ice creams, Sweet Jane’s offers a rotating menu and custom creations. Sweet Jane’s first store is located at 27-17 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105.
We’re proud to have helped make more tasty MLB menu updates possible this season! Here’s a brief summary. (Note that updates are still happening and we’ll have more news and menu additions to share during the next several months, so be sure to check our MLB Venue Vegetarian Guideregularly.)
Many teams/ballparks are following the lead of other parks in offering Field Roast vegan frankfurters (and in many cases, also their handmade vegan burgers, which aren’t yet sold in retail outlets). Parks already offering Field Roast include the San Francisco Giants (A&T Park), Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field) and Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field, which also has a dedicated cart and offers specialty franks). New parks switching over or introducing Field Roast franks this year include the Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field has their Italian sausages), Oakland A’s (O.Co Coliseum), Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), Minnesota Twins (Target Field), and San Diego Padres (Petco Park)… with more likely to follow.
The Washington Nationals’ Nationals Park has a dedicated vegetarian/vegan food cart called “Field of Greens” that offers items including vegan crab cakes, portobello mushroom sandwiches, vegetarian cheese steak, veggie wraps, veggie burgers and more. They are hoping to add vegan frankfurters to the menu there soon, as well.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field has added Field Roast’s vegan Italian sausage to their menu this year, which is very exciting! (We highly encourage this sausage because meat eaters also express a real liking for it.) The board has the item listed now as a “veggie dog.” It’s offered with marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella cheese in the in-seat service. If you get it in general concessions, however, it’s not vegan mozzarella, so if you want it vegan, ask for it without the cheese.
Let’s not forget all the MLB stadiums that have been selling veggie dogs or frankfurters for a while now, and will continue offering them to their fans. All the MLB teams/stadiums that offer veggie dogs or franks are marked with our veggie happy icon at the top of the menu listings.
There are only four MLB stadiums left that do not offer fans a vegetarian hot dog: the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and quite surprisingly, the New York Yankees. We have helped to facilitate sample tastings for all these stadiums and continue to encourage them. We know it’s just a matter of time, of course. 😉
Fan feedback is really important, whether it’s expressing appreciation for vegetarian/vegan options already on the menu, or requests for an item not yet available to fans, concessionaires and stadium reps take these comments into account when they consider what to keep or what to offer, so take a few minutes to chime in with your own feedback. We make it easy for you by providing contact information with each listing on our guide.
We welcome pix of fans noshing on their fave fare at the ballparks. And please, let us know if you discover anything that we haven’t yet posted about the menus. Sometimes, we’re notified after the fact, so it’s good to have fans in the stands, looking out for us too.
Yup! We did. And that feels pretty darned good. We announced facilitating these vegan options at MetLife Stadium back on Dec.30, 2013 but we didn’t make official announcements about the Super Bowl itself because this was requested from us… and we abided. (The NFL restricts the use of its “Super Bowl” trademark.) After the game, they told us, was more than fine.