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With so many people choosing to go meat-free for health, environmental, and animal welfare reasons, and with Oprah, Ellen, and Martha Stewart all recently devoting entire shows to the subject, it was only a matter of time before a gourmet vegan frozen dinner arrived in grocers’ freezer sections to make the transition just that much easier. Move over Lean Cuisine, step aside Hungry Man — not only are the newest frozen dinners healthier and more decadently satisfying, but they also protect innocent farm animals from abuse in a single bound. That may seem like a tall order for a frozen dinner, but that is exactly what Candle Cafe™ Frozen Meals are doing.

Eat Like a Beatle in Your Own Home

Inspired by the chefs and recipes of world-renowned New York City vegan restaurants Candle Cafe and Candle 79 — a favorite dinner destination for famous vegans Paul McCartney and Alicia Silverstone — and in partnership with The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading natural and organic foods company, the new Candle Cafe Frozen Meals follow the restaurant’s mission to better the individual and the planet by serving delicious vegan cuisine rooted in eco-friendly practices and compassion for animals.

Priced at $5.99 and sold in 9 oz. trays, the Candle Cafe Frozen Meals offer an inexpensive and convenient way for consumers to enjoy the restaurant’s mouthwatering signature dishes, like Seitan Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce, Ginger Miso Stir-Fry, Tofu Spinach Ravioli, and Mac & Vegan Cheese, in the comfort of their own home.

Convenience with a Conscience

In a frozen dinner first, the all-natural, certified organic*, gourmet vegan meals proudly tout their support of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, on their packaging. For Candle Cafe founder Bart Potenza, the decision to wear his heart on his sleeve, so to speak, was a no-brainer; he credits the formerly abused cows, pigs, chickens, and other farm animals who reside at the organization’s shelters in New York and California as the inspiration behind his work. “The frozen food aisle has traditionally been a pretty chilly place for farm animals,” says Potenza. “We wanted to prove that not a single animal needs to suffer for you to enjoy the decadence of a gourmet meal and the convenience of a frozen dinner.”

“Candle Cafe is a renowned leader in fine vegan dining, and its commitment to making the world a more compassionate place through the distribution of delicious, convenient and affordable vegan food is inspiring,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “The vegan movement is going mainstream.”

Candle Cafe Frozen Meals are available nationwide in the frozen food section of Whole Foods Market.

For more information about Candle Cafe restaurants and the brand’s mission, log onto the Candle Cafe web site. For more information about Farm Sanctuary and its commitment to protecting farm animals from cruelty, log onto the Farm Sanctuary web site.

* Mac and Vegan Cheese is not certified organic

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for rescued farm animals.

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We all make choices throughout the day that have enormous impact on others whether we realize it or not. Every time we choose what to eat, buy, and wear, our decisions can support unfathomable violence and brutality towards animals. We know that by choosing vegetarian food we not only make a delicious and nutritious choice, we make a Peaceful Choice.

Vegetarian living is easy, healthy, and it empowers you to help reduce animal suffering every time you eat, drink, and shop. Remember, every time you eat, you are either making a Peaceful Choice, or a destructive choice… the animals have NO choice.

The Peaceful Choices web site offers a free downloadable Vegetarian Starter Guide that can help you learn how and why so many people are making vegetarian choices. It is loaded with information on the many benefits for the animals, the environment, and your health; tips on nutrition; advice on shopping and dining out; helpful resources; and plenty of delicious recipes.

Peaceful Choices is a Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary (Deer Trail, Colorado 80105) campaign. In addition to providing life-long care for the animals, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary is dedicated to promoting the vegan lifestyle as the most effective way to reduce the suffering and exploitation of animals.

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