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The Non-Vegan Vegan Magazine & {Really} Vegan Mac & Cheese

Posted Apr 15 2011 9:11am

It has all the makings of a good mac and cheese:


twisty pasta noodles


crunchy breadcrumbs


creamy goodness.


Except it’s missing one thing….

the cheese.

It’s got red potatoes, cashews, onions, carrots, and mustard, but no cheese.

But  you’d never know it. I wouldn’t go as far as to call this recipe macaroni and cheese, but it was a yummy, cheese-ish, pasta dish.


And it was even better the next day as macaroni pie.


Speaking of VegNews , have you heard the rumors? Supposedly the vegan magazine is using pictures of meat-filled foods and claiming they’re vegan.

vegnews uses meat

What’s more, they’re allegedly using stock internet photos and Photoshopping them to meet their non-meat standards , such as digitally wiping out the bones in a stack of ribs.

photoshopped non vegan stock photography

{I’m going to give them the benefit of doubt and hope they’re paying for the pictures; not Photoshopping the watermark out.}

I know it’s hard to get pictures of food to look like you want them to, and non-food items {like Elmer’s glue} are often used to improve the appeal, but what do you think about using meat products to represent vegetarian items ?

non vegan vegan photos

I think it’s false advertising and hypocritical. If you can’t get the vegetarian dish to look appealing on it’s own, what are you saying about the recipe you’re publishing? That it looks gross? That it tastes gross? The vegan meals aren’t good enough?

Besides, if you believe in veganism enough to publish an entire magazine about it, why are you using animal products as ingredients? Something about that doesn’t sit right with me.

Here’s the VegNews official response :

vegnews official response to non meat photo claims

It’s not easy to stand up for and follow through on something you believe in, but if you can’t do it, who’s going to?

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