Everyone has their own reason for embracing a vegan diet. Some people do it after watching a documentary. Other people learn about the environmental impact of meat and dairy and decide they want to follow a more sustainable diet; others do it for animal welfare. In the end, all that matters is that you make the choice for you — but it’s still fun to hear about why different celebrities chose to go plant-based.

Recently, PETA hosted a round-table discussion with three celebrities: rapper Waka Flocka Flame, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and songstress Mýa. The trio discussed the various reasons they chose to adopt a vegan diet, and why they’re so passionate about plant-based eating — all while feasting on gourmet cuisine, courtesy of Los Angeles fine dining vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen.

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Why They Went Vegan

Waka Flocka was driven to adopt a plant-based diet in order to shed some weight. However, he remains vegan for the other benefits. “I got on stage, I felt better. My attitude was better. Everything about me was better,” he says in the video.

For Mýa, she wanted to choose food that would nourish her body, rather than harm it: “I was awakened to things that my parents didn’t know,” she says at the roundtable. “…Everyone in my family pretty much of the older generation has diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer. My mother is a two-time cancer survivor.”

Russell Simmons didn’t want to contribute to the killing of “the hundred billion animals” affected by factory farming.

What They Feasted on During the Roundtable

Being plant-based advocates ourselves, we here at One Green Planet were curious about what kinds of food Waka, Mýa, and Russell Simmons dined on as they chatted to PETA. Luckily, we have the answers!

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The trio began their feast with Crossroad Kitchen’s Kale Caesar Salad, as well as a vegan “cheese” plate.

Crossroads Kitchen

Next, they enjoyed one of Crossroad’s most well-known dishes, the “Artichoke Oysters”, which is a dish that features an artichoke purée topped with a crispy oyster mushroom, béarnaise sauce, and kelp caviar, all on an artichoke leaf.

They moved on to some Oven Roasted Truffle Potatoes, then enjoyed a Spicy “Meatball” Pizza, which features meatless meatballs, calabrese peppers, Kite Hill almond ricotta and micro basil.

Make Your Own Vegan Food at Home!

If you want to eat like Waka, Russel Simmons, and Mýa, but don’t have access to a Crossroads Kitchen, don’t worry: our Food Monster App has you covered.

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This Super Protein Kale Caesar Salad by Laura Hemmington will keep you energized and satisfied.

If someone asks you where you get your protein, send them straight to this recipe. This is a salad that is definitely not lacking in protein, taste or vital nutrients! It’s fresh, quick, easy to make, filling and oh so good for you. And if you thought salads were only for summer time, think again – this is one wholesome, comforting bowl of goodness that you’ll want to enjoy whatever the weather.

If you’re craving vegan meatballs, look no further than these Walnut Portobello Meatball Subs by Heather Poire.

Walnuts, Baby Bella mushrooms, savory spices, and fresh parsley are mixed with fresh bread crumbs to create these amazing meatballs. If that wasn’t good enough, they’re stuffed into a toasted roll with balsamic-glazed vegetables.

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And don’t forget the pizza — specifically, this Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza by Florian Nouh.

Pepperoni pizza is a comfort food with flavors holds a permanent spot in our hearts. But what can you do when you want it meatless and dairy-free? This pizza re-creates that hot, spicy pepperoni flavor with crispy, thinly sliced zucchini marinated in a spicy and flavorful sauce. Top that with melty vegan cheese and you’re ready for pizza night.

If you’re interested in finding some more vegan recipes, then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Screenshot via PETA/YouTube

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