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Best Vegan Magazines for Healthy Living

VeganMagazines-Social-Landscape-1200x625Do you live a vegan lifestyle? Are you looking for new healthy recipes to spice up your meals? We’ve rounded up some of the top vegan and vegetarian-friendly magazines, featuring delicious and nutritional cooking ideas, just for you!

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10 Magazines to Help You Start Checking Off Your Holiday Shopping List

Keep pace with the ever-earlier-arriving holiday displays with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale featuring magazines up to 90 percent off for everyone on your shopping list.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (already) everywhere you go, and the sight of all those snowmen and reindeer can make you feel like you’re already behind. For goodness sake, there’s been no trick or treating and the turkey hasn’t even been basted yet.

But before the holidays spin too far out of control, we can help you at least check a few things off your list with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale.

With select magazines—some of our most popular titles—70 to 90 percent off, you’re sure to find a gift just about everyone on your list can look forward to all year long. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find.

Cooking Light: For 25 years, this magazine has been making over comfort foods and other indulgences into healthy meals for health and fitness buffs.

Coastal Living: Got an adventurer to shop for? Take them to destinations from coast to coast with this magazine that just recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.

InStyle: No fashionista should be without this bible of inspiration that covers best looks, trends and beauty tips from head to toe.

Sports Illustrated: Help a sports fan get his or her fix with this weekly magazine known for its comprehensive coverage and well-written features.

Entertainment Weekly: Gossip enthusiasts will look forward to weekly updates on their favorite stars plus insight into the hottest television shows and movies.

Time: For news junkies, this weekly newsmagazine is a must, as it goes in-depth into the latest headlines here and around the globe.

Parenting: Parents with children of any age will find plenty of kid-friendly advice in this magazine that’s packed with how to’s, recipes and more.

Field & Stream: Keep your outdoorsman (or woman) ready year round with product reviews on equipment and gear, as well as preparedness tips for any situation.

Outdoor Photographer: This magazine helps the artist behind the camera capture the best in landscape, sports or other outdoor settings with advice and equipment recommendations.

Popular Science: Gearheads will get into this title that explores the inner workings of the latest in technology, science, travel and more.

How My Crock-Pot Saved Sundays

How My Crock-Pot Saved Sundays

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker CookbookResolving to make dinner in the Crock-pot every Sunday this fall, blogger Brittany Cooper rekindles her love for the oft-forgotten culinary lifesaver.

Four years ago, I was a newlywed sorting through a mound of thoughtful wedding gifts when I made a discovery that I didn’t think was so thoughtful: two Crock-pots. Yes, one person bought us the slow-cooker on our registry, while another mystery person thought fit to throw in a little surprise – a bonus kitchen gadget the size of a small baby bathtub without a gift receipt or any hint as to where it had originated. All signs pointed to a tragic case of regifting, but I digress.

My husband and I spent several hours of our newly wedded life running from store to store trying to return the thing, but we eventually gave up and returned the one from our registry, assuring ourselves that the other crock was more than adequate for our needs. Happy with our decision, I put it in its thermal carrying case and stuffed it in a low cabinet in the land of misfits just next to the fondue pot and the hot chocolate milk frother.

Four years later, with many hours of cooking now under my apron strings, I have come to realize my terrible mistake. Though it is awkwardly bulky and doesn’t do anything to dress up my countertops, that Crock-pot holds the keys to a hassle-free, deliciously homemade meal.

I recently pulled it out and threw in a little of this and a little of that on a Sunday afternoon. We left the house for a couple hours for a Sunday evening church service, and when we got home it was like someone had been there all along cooking us dinner. And you simply cannot beat the feeling of coming home the smell of something cooking (especially when all you had to do was chop the veggies and throw them in with some frozen chicken).

Plus, Crock-pots are no longer relegated to meals with titles like “roast” and “stew.” With the proliferation of mom bloggers and sites like Pinterest, slow-cookers can make everything from enchiladas to cheesecake to chicken noodle soup and chicken pot pie. So, if you’re looking for a way to whip up a meal that will have you looking over your shoulder to see if Mom’s there, don’t make the same mistake I did. Give the Crock-pot its rightful due.

And don’t hesitate to join me in Crock-pot Sundays. For starters, check out this Cooking Light feature on favorite slow-cooker recipes or the book pictured above, “Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.” Also, be sure to take a look at my Pinterest board and repin the recipes you want to try!

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The 10 Best Magazines for Great Grilling Recipes and Advice

Whether you’re a grill master or an aspiring one, you’ll find all the tools of the trade and plenty of recipes to make while honing your skills in these ten magazines.

Grilling season may unofficially run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but don’t think you have to have to put away the grill and tongs just yet. Fall is the perfect time to keep it burning!

The weather’s nice and cooler, plus what goes hand in hand with tailgating better than breaking out the grill?

Whether you’re watching the game from your own luxury suite at home or you’re traveling to support your favorite team, you’ll need plenty of good recipes and advice to try something new or hone your skills, if even just a little.

These are the ten best magazines for tips, shortcuts and recipes for any occasion or meal, so don that apron and fire up the grill!

1. Food Network Magazine: Every issue contains pointers from the network’s celebrity chefs, including grill master Bobby Flay.

2. Southern Living: In the South where football is nearly akin to religion, this magazine reveres the tailgate. In fact, check out its recently published Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook too, which is packed with spirited treats prepared on and off the grill.

3. Cooking Light: Enjoy the fruits of the flame even by cutting back on calories, fats and more, all while searing in good—and good-for-you—flavor.

4. Every Day With Rachael Ray: An all-grilling issue is published in the summer, but Rachael’s still got great advice and recipes to share year-round.

5. Food & Wine: If you want to go beyond the grilling basics—chicken, beef and pork—you’ll find tips for preparing other meats, like lamb, here.

6. Cook’s Illustrated: Marinade not sticking? Meat overdone? This in-depth how-to publication explains what’s going wrong—and how to make it right.

7. Everyday Food: Throw the whole meal on the grill, including simple and flavorful sides often found in this magazine.

8. Taste of Home: Don’t forget dessert! Fruits like peaches can be prepared over the open flame to complement a main dish, enjoy as an in-season appetizer or after-dinner treat.

9. Clean Eating: Vegetarians and carnivores alike will find palatable recipes in this healthy publication. Think everything from grilled Portobello burgers to grilled shrimp skewers.

10. Whole Living: Turn here for tips on preparing the healthiest of grilled fare while being mindful of your environmental footprint. For example, opt for charcoal rather than using lighter fluid as it’s easier on the ozone. Same goes for fabric napkins and sturdy plastic flatware—over just tossing the cheaper versions after one use.

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4 Steps Toward Eating Seasonally

Nashville Farmer's Market

The Nashville Farmers Market is just one market with a wide selection of locally grown, seasonal produce.

If the idea of seasonal eating conjures up thoughts of boiled squash and plain cabbage, it’s time to open up your mind to the diversity and delectability of eating what’s ripe right now.

It can be tough to think about eating seasonally when what we see in the produce aisle so rarely changes. Sure, we’re more likely to score good strawberries and sweet corn in the middle of summer than in the dead of winter, but that’s about the extent of the average American’s seasonal eating.

While it’s certainly convenient to enjoy fresh tomatoes on Christmas Eve, we may be missing out on the benefits of eating seasonally — benefits to our bodies, the environment and our local economy just for starters. Plus, cooking with foods that were picked when they were ripe makes for richer, more flavorful dishes.

What does it actually entail to start eating seasonally? It might not be realistic to expect to eat 100 percent seasonal, local produce, but it’s definitely realistic to start taking some steps in that direction. The benefits are immense, but some basics are that you’re supporting your local growers, you’re eating food that wasn’t shipped across the world at a cost to the environment and you’re also avoiding foods like ethylene-ripened tomatoes, which are picked green and made to ripen quickly with ethylene gas.

Once you get started, you’ll be surprised by how enjoyable (and, yes, even delicious) seasonal eating can be. Here are four simple steps you can take:

1. Visit Your Local Farmers Market: If there’s one place to find seasonal food, it’s at the farmers market, where local farmers sell their produce directly to consumers. This supports local growers, cuts out the middle men and ensures that you get the freshest produce available. Use Local Harvest to find a market near you.

2. Join a CSA: A CSA, which stands for community supported agriculture, is basically a subscription to fresh produce from a local grower. You pay an up-front fee for a specified period of time, and then each week during that time you’ll receive a huge box full of fresh, local produce. This way, you can plan recipes based on what you have rather than what you see on the shelves at the grocery store. Find a CSA near you at Local Harvest.

3. Find Delicious Seasonal Recipes: If you’re not sure what’s in season, several magazines offer great recipe resources on their websites. Whole Living Magazine offers a seasonal foods tab; the Real Simple Magazine website features a seasonal food guide; Cooking Light Magazine gives great in-season recipes and Clean Eating Magazine has a wonderful seasonal recipe resource as well.

4. Try Something New: One of the most fun parts of eating what’s in season is that you often get to try new fruits and veggies you’ve never prepared or even tasted before. If you’re willing to try new flavors and enjoy them when they’re harvested, you’ll get the benefits of deliciously fresh and locally grown food.

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The 10 Best Magazines for Planning Your Wedding and Happily Ever After

There’s no end to the details that go into planning your wedding and your happily ever after, but here are ten magazines to help get you started.

So much planning goes into your big day—not to mention all the days that come after—that it would be difficult to turn to just one source and expect it to cover every last detail of walking down the aisle and into wedded bliss.

But with a magazine for nearly every subject, these ten can help you address everything from the dress, the hair and the makeup, to the registry, the honeymoon and the happily ever after.

Brides: Once you’ve found Prince Charming, you’ll have to find the perfect dress, and each issue is packed with ideas for what to wear—plus tips from head to toe.

InStyle: Popular for its accessible fashion advice, this magazine is a go-to for hair, makeup and skin care tips to help enhance your beauty on your big day—and your style on your honeymoon.

Shape: Look your best from the inside out on your wedding day with diet and exercise regimens that help get you in shape the healthy way.

Martha Stewart Living: Crafty brides will find plenty of tips on adding seasonal touches to their ceremonies from the domestic diva herself.

Sunset: Incorporate some hometown flair from your or your hubby-to-be’s roots in anything from your décor to your menu with the appropriate regional magazine.

Food & Wine: Find inspiration for the reception menu, tasty cakes, cocktail hour drinks and appetizers, or wine pairing suggestions here.

Consumer Reports: Get the most out of your wedding registry by placing items that make the grade, according to this trusted magazine, on your list.

National Geographic Traveler: From the honeymoon to all those anniversaries, enjoy every trip with this title’s in-depth—and essential—insider information.

Cooking Light: Take care of each other—and even drop that honeymoon weight—by preparing the lighter, healthier recipes (including some vegetarian dishes) in each issue.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: Whether you’re combining accounts or making joint investments, this magazine provides common-sense advice on a wealth of financial topics.