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When You Want Cheap, Fast, and Easy …

Written by PETA | May 5, 2009

Turn to PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook and take your pick of 275 delicious vegan recipes. No space, equipment, time, or kitchen skills? This cookbook squelches any and all excuses for sticking with that boring ramen routine!

Today marks the official release of PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook, but over the weekend, peta2’s own Starza Kolman and Marta Holmberg jump-started the hype by signing copies at the Norfolk, Virginia, Barnes & Noble.




Today is also Cinco de Mayo, so why not celebrate with a tasty, festive seven-layer dip? It’s just one of the many delicioso recipes offered in the cookbook.


Taco dip


Seven-Layer Mexican Dip

1 8-oz. package vegan cream cheese
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix
1 15.5-oz. can vegetarian refried beans
1 cup guacamole
1 cup chunky salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup shredded soy cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. dried chives
1 small can sliced black olives
  • Mix the “cream cheese” and taco seasoning. Spread onto the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate or other dish.
  • Layer the beans, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, “cheddar cheese,” chives, and olives over the “cream cheese” mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes 8 servings

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Kris says:

    Congratulations Starza! I saw that you cowrote a book in The Madison Magazine! I think it’s awesome!

  • lindsay says:

    in my experience i can find vegan ingredients at an expensive store quickly or at a bunch of inexpensive stores if i feel like stopping at 5 grocery stores. So I’d say it’s easy and either fast or cheap.

  • brandie says:

    I think this “easy” vegan cookbook is a good idea. However I don’t see how eating vegan is cheap. Typically to get vegan products one must purchase them from your non typical grocery store. Which in my opinion is not gonna have the cheaper items. Fast and easy might be ok at describing such a book. but cheap? I really don’t think so.

  • Jack says:

    Watch out Marta. Starza is trying to bite you!

  • Vegan98 says:

    Cream cheese in 7 Layer Dip?!? Don’t you mean vegan sour cream?

  • Curtis says:

    Now that’s a mean 7layer dip!! I just made it and served it to 4 other friends…we’re lovin’ it along with our vegetarian tacos. Happy Cinco de Mayo to from the West Coast everybody!