Interested in going vegan this month or this year? Here are a few resources we've found helpful over the years. Let us know your favourites!
- Vegan Kit – covers the how’s & why’s and offers recipes, touches on health and environmental aspects
- 30-day Vegan Challenge – This is one of my favourite resources to recommend – it’s not free, but it is put together by one of my favourite vegans – Colleen Patrick-Goudreau can be your vegan pal, 24/7 in this great book and online program. She offers straightforward recipes, advice, and information. Also check out her free Food For Thought podcast
- Post Punk Kitchen Forums – Connect with vegans around the world online in a friendly welcoming environment.
- Veganuary – sign up to their mailing list and get helpful information sent to you throughout the month of January.
- PCRM 21-day Vegan Kickstart
- Plant Based on a Budget – veganism can be affordable and fun. Pricing is based on USA produce costs, but gives you an idea of how much making a meal will cost.
- Fatfree Vegan Recipes – not always fat free, but a nice collection of recipes in varying levels of difficulty.
- Post Punk Kitchen Recipes – Recipes from the brilliant Isa Chandra Moskowitz (creator of cookbooks like the Veganomicon, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and so much more.)
- Oh She Glows - Popular vegan blogger with a cookbook in the same name.
- Vegan Richa - incredible, colourful, recipes that are often glutenfree or pressure cooker friendly.
- Vegan RD – a fantastic, level headed nutritional resource for new or seasoned vegans.
- PCRM Nutrition and Health Information
- Nutrition Facts with Dr. Gregor – loaded with informational videos on a variety of health related topics.
Wondering how veganism and the environment connect?
Human Rights and Food Justice
For me, there is more to veganism than just food, or even just animals right to exist. You can delve into the rights of migrant workers involved in food production and harvest.
- Food Empowerment Project
- Justice for Migrant Workers (not vegan, but focused on people and based in Ontario and focused on the Canadian Temporary Foreign Workers working on farms.)
- Sistah Vegan – Food justice, race, and critical intersectional writing by Dr. A. Breeze Harper
- Cowspiracy (available on Netflix)
- Ghosts in our Machine
- Forks over Knives (available on Netflix)
- Vegucated (available on Netflix)
- Peaceable Kingdom
- Speciesism: The Movie
- Earthlings (graphic content – I have never seen this film, but it is frequently recommended.) & Unity
- Blackfish (available on Netflix)
- Maximum Tolerated Dose
- Your Daily Vegan has compiled a frequently updated list of Vegan related movies available on Netflix
Resources in Toronto
We're located in Toronto, so we know a lot about Toronto. Here are just a few of the resources specialized to the area.
Here are a few options in Toronto to meet new vegan pals.
- Toronto Vegan Meetup (and on Facebook)
- Toronto Veggie Meetup (and on Facebook)
- Toronto Vegetarian Association Groups
- The Toronto Vegan Facebook Group
- Toronto Vegan Book Club
- Vegapalooza on Facebook
Farm Animal Sanctuaries in Ontario
Why vegan? Meet the animals other people call food. Many of these sanctuaries offer regular tours, open houses, and events. Follow them all for maximum adorable farm animal pictures and information.
- Wishing Well (like them on facebook)
- Happily Ever Esther (like them on facebook)
- Cedar Row (like them on facebook)
- Ruby Ranch Pig and Farm Animal Sanctuary (like them on facebook)
- Refuge RR (like them on facebook)
- Ralphy’s Retreat (like them on facebook)
- Pie Bird Farm Stay and Sanctuary (like them on Facebook)
Please feel free to add any recommended resources or things that have helped you along the way in the comments