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Vegetarians in Paradise
 Vegetarians in Paradise Vegetarian/Vegan Magazine

A Los Angeles Vegan Web Magazine

A Nonprofit Vegan Public Service Publication

Serving the World Vegan Community Since January 1999

By Zel and Reuben Allen

October 2018 Vol. 20 NUMBER 10


Welcome to Vegetarians in Paradise. With each new issue we at vegparadise.com hope to provide you with a variety of information pertinent to the vegan community. For those who visit us from other areas of the country or from distant lands, we offer great diversity and invaluable vegan resources for vegans and vegetarians anywhere in the world.

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Have a Delicious Evening With Ghosts and Goblins

Italian Meatball Sandwich Black Rice, Carrot & Raisin Salad
Mulled Kiwi Punch Lemon Creme Pie
Howling ghosts and goblins, cackling witches, fluttering bats, clanking skeletons, laughing Jack-o-lanterns, and screeching black cats are all on the prowl the night of October 31.

When it's time for the big food, bring on the Screeching Black Cat Salad and the Graveyard Ghoulash. You won't need to hunt down a black cat for the salad. Just think black and orange and cook up some wild rice and slice up some carrots. Toss in a good measure of raisins, lemon, and spices, and voila! Rattlesnake Venom Dressing adds a very special optional touch. The Screeching Black Cat Salad is positively enchanting as it is, but tastes positively Draculilcious when enhanced with the venom dressing.
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For more Halloween fun click below

    A Vegan Halloween Party
    Halloween Treats for a Perfectly Ghastly Evening
    Aunt Nettie's Halloween Ghoulish Stew
    Hidden Treasure Salad for Halloween Festivities

    Frightened Folks Feast
    On Frankenstein's Favorite Cauldron Meal

    Frankenstein's Favorite Cauldron Meal (Fesenjen)

    Turning to the spirit of Halloween fun, we simply couldn't forget to put Frankenstein's Favorite Cauldron Meal on the menu. It's addition of delicious blood-red pomegranate syrup lifts not only the delightful flavor, but also makes the spirits dance with joy, especially after midnight when all the witches, ghouls, and ghosts party wildly until dawn. Heed the call of the screeching black cats--unless, of course, you've not caught the joyful spirit of the festival and have fallen fast asleep.

    Here's a little-known tidbit--Frankenstein loves Fesenjen!
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    O'Cado Opens in San Fernando Valley

    O'Cado Restaurant
    O'Cado Restaurant

    It's no surprise that Los Angeles is the chosen city for a flurry of vegan and vegan friendly restaurants that have opened in just the last few months. O'Cado in Sherman Oaks is one of the new vegan hot spots. No one region has a concentration of vegan eateries. Rather they're visibly sprawling throughout our ever-expanding city.

    O'Cado brings a radiant shine to its new home on Ventura Boulevard and has instantly become a destination eatery with an irresistible menu of specialty small plates and a well-curated selection of wines and brews. What a joy it was to welcome this exceptional vegan restaurant to the valley scene in August 2018!
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    Dr. Milton Mills
    Receives 24 Carrot Award
    Dr. Milton Mills

    Vegetarians in Paradise presents the 24 Carrot Award to an outstanding person or organization that endeavors to practice or promote education, natural health, wholesome nutrition, and ecology techniques for the mutual benefit of humans, animals, and the earth.

    Vegetarians in Paradise takes great pride in presenting its 24 Carrot Award to Dr. Milton Mills.
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    Woman Turns Vegan Weeks
    Before 96th Birthday
    Anne Evers Fraser

    January is my 6th month #veganversary! Wow, time flies when your eating new #vegan foods and having so much fun connecting with this community. I went vegan 3 weeks before my 96 birthday after watching @wthfilm.

    It couldn't have happened at a better time. I had been diagnosed with Afib (irregular heartbeat) and put on a medication that made me feel terrible. I was so desperate to get off the medication that I was trying to be cleared by my cardiologist to have a procedure done in which they electric shock your heart with the intent that it will begin beating normally again. Being 95, my cardiologist advised against the procedure. But to me, I didn't want to live if I wasn't at 100% and the medication was making me feel so tired and lead like.

    My granddaughter had me over and put on @wthfilm. Wow, was that a wake up call. I will save my rant and outrage for how broken our food and health care systems are for another post, but what I was immediately inspired by were the stories of sick individuals going plant based and being able to get off their medications!
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    Sauerkraut Soup Bacon-Stuffed Vegan Rouladen
    Bierfest Potato Salad Apfel Kuchen (Apple Cake)
    Celebrate Octoberfest with Bavarian Zeitgeist

    Foods usually consumed at traditional Oktoberfest celebrations rely heavily on animal products, but this Oktoberfest menu is for those of us who love to celebrate with a compassionate heart guiding food choices. The beer can still flow liberally, because there are many, many vegan beer choices brewed by small, craft breweries throughout the U.S.

    Perhaps you'll find some or all of the following recipes enticing enough to serve at your Oktoberfest celebration:
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    Sausage, Cabbage & Potato Soup with Ale
    Aunt Nettie Has an Ale of a Good Time
    Celebrating Octoberfest

    Well, looks like time's a-movin' on an' the change in the weather's tellin' me a speshul hootnanny called Oktoberfest is almost here--it comes 'round ever' October like clockwork. That's when folks pertend they's in Germany and git all gussied up in funny-lookin' clothes an' have a great big ole party.

    Now this ain't no ordinary hootnanny. No siree. This party comes with a heap o' musicians playin' beer-barrel music that makes folks git up off their fanny's an' start dancin' the polka. Purty soon they's gitten mighty thirsty and an' all that dancin' makes 'em work up quite an appetite, too. So they start drinkin' lots o' beer, and fill up on foods that Germans like ta eat. They might bake up them mighty big pretzels that's big as yer hand, but fer sure they'll be drinkin' plenty o' beer.
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    Costco Strikes Vegan Gold
    With Two New Veg Options

    Acai Bowl Al Pastor Salad
    It finally happened. Six years ago, we wrote to Costco asking for a healthy vegan option in their food court. We detailed the company's lack of interest in a "News from the Nest" article Cheap Food at Costco Is Making You Fat. They essentially told us, "We sell over 300 million items a year in the U.S., so we feel our members are enjoying our offerings." In other words, they were doing just fine in their food courts and felt no need to add healthier options. Who could argue with a Polish Hot Dog and all the soda you can drink for $1.50?

    It seems that enlightning has now struck the main office. They are now proudly announcing they have two new healthy options, both vegetarian. Actually, both are vegan. Additions to the food court menu are the Acai Bowl and Al Pastor Salad, both priced at $4.99. Initially the dressing on the salad was not vegan, but it was reconfigured without egg to make it vegan.
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    Portobello Mushroom Burger Moroccan Chickpea Burger

    Travel the World in a Culinary Journey;
    Zel Pens Unique Articles for Vegetarian Journal

    In 2016 Zel Allen continued her culinary journey with another informative article for Vegetarian Journal.

    "Vegie Burgers Rock! From B.C.E to OMG! featured information about creating the perfect international-style burger with luscious accompaniments.

    This is the eighth in a series of articles to appear in that publication and now can be viewed online.

    That article begins:

    Almost two centuries ago, ancient Egyptians and Christian Copts disputed over which group created falafel, the first veggie-patty-type burger, made from chickpeas, which is still well-known and popular throughout the Middle East and USA today. The appeal of falafel, or any burger patty, is its versatility. It's delicious slipped into a pita, heaped with trimmings, packed between slices of bread, or on a bun. It can also be served on top of a salad or miniaturized into appetizer bites.
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    Del Taco Adds Beyond Meat Vegan Crumbles
    At 2 LA Locations

    Del Taco Vegan Beyond Meat Taco Del Taco announced yesterday it has partnered with Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat substitute producer, to bring vegan options to two of its Los Angeles locations.

    Starting now, consumers can stop by Del Taco locations in Santa Monica on Wilshire Blvd, and Culver City on Robertson Blvd to get their hands on the meat substitute. Customers have the choice of ordering Beyond Meat vegan meat crumbles in a regular taco, an avocado taco or by swapping out protein for the meat substitute in any of Del Taco's menu items for an additional charge. The partnership marks the first time a Mexican fast food restaurant in the U.S. has offered a plant-based meat substitute on their menu.
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    Dangerous Drugs Found in Beef, Pork, Chicken & Turkey

    Ketamine Alarm bells sounded when Consumer Reports announced in its October 2018 issue that banned drugs showed up in beef, chicken, pork and turkey. In an article titled "What's Really in Your Meat?" Consumer Reports researchers found four drugs that had been banned from meat: Ketamine, Phenylbutazone, Chloramphenicol, and Nitroimidazoles.

    Ketamine is an experimental drug that is used as an antidepressant. The government restricts its use because it can become a hallucinogenic party drug. Ketamine has been found in pork and beef samples.
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    JUST Egg

    JUST Vegan Egg Outsells
    Liquid Whole Chicken Eggs
    Scrambled Eggs

    US-based vegan company JUST's liquid egg is outperforming chicken eggs, according to new data.

    The plant-based egg product, made from mung beans, is currently available in a handful of chains in the Midwest, and this week began hitting shelves at Gelson's, Southern California. Reportedly, the new product is already performing well across the board, however, in one unnamed major retailer, it has completely outsold liquid whole eggs in its first week of launch.
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    California Offers Vegan Meal Option in Prisons

    Prison A new California law is changing the menu at state prisons, with inmates now allowed to request vegan meals. The state is the first in the nation to offer inmates an all-vegan menu.

    State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) sponsored the bill that was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week.

    It's not just prison inmates. The bill requires vegan options at all residential facilities from nursing homes to hospitals. Skinner said inmates were writing her office saying eating vegan meant a scraps-only diet.
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    Dr. Lawenda Transforms Health Care

    Dr. Steven Lawenda Fortunately four years ago, at the age of thirty-eight, worried deeply about my personal and professional future, I discovered the incredible power of food as medicine. I was blown away by what I was learning. I was amazed to learn that there existed a way of eating, namely a whole food, plant-based diet, in which a person could eat until full, without counting calories or measuring / restricting portion size (no portion control!), yet lose significant amounts of weight, regardless of the amount of exercise as well. This same way of eating, I learned, also REVERSES our most common chronic diseases, including our number one killer, heart disease, and our most costly and complicated disease, diabetes. I was very skeptical learning all of this, especially as it was not part of my years of training. Yet, soon I began to realize how much solid scientific evidence existed that more than substantiated these incredible benefits.
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    Try Meatless?
    A Fresh Look at What You Eat
    Food writer Sarah Elton is a confirmed carnivore, but when she had to help kill a chicken, "I finally understood what it means to eat meat," she writes in Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat.

    Meatless? is not a polemic written by a vegetarian or vegan trying to persuade the reader to choose a vegetarian diet. Instead, it attempts to get young people to understand why people decide to adopt a vegetarian approach to food. In 48 lavishly illustrated pages, the author manages to provide much information without presenting too much detail. Kudos go to Julie McLaughlin for her engaging illustrations on every page. This book is designed to appeal to 4th through 8th grade readers, but because it's so informative, parents may want to read it along with younger children.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights
    Gardein Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes

    You Can't Crab About These Cakes

    Got a couple of friends coming over so went prowling the freezer case for a fun and easy appetizer. Spotted the perfect thing--an 8.8-ounce package of Gardein Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes that contained 10 little round cakes. It was a great choice. Perfect finger food, couldn't be easier to heat them up, looked tempting, and tasted yum and a half! They were crispy on the outside, melt-in-the mouth moist and tender inside, and flavorful. It was no big deal to stir up some tartar sauce. In record time, we polished them off and licked our fingers--that's how good they were.
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    Beyond Meat Burger

    Way Beyond Other Burgers

    I heard the Beyond Meat Burger is now available in the supermarket meat department and went a-hunting. Yep, there they were, two 1/4-pound patties per package, at my local Ralph's Market lined up on the top shelf with the ground beef--the last place I would have imagined them to be! Brought a package home and tossed it into the fridge to cook for dinner. Put the skillet on medium-high, added a tiny amount of vegetable oil, and cooked the patties for 3 minutes on each side, following the package instructions. By the time it was done I had a bun already covered in mayo, mustard, and ketchup and slices of tomato, onion, and lettuce all ready. It was picture perfect and so was the awesome taste! I was lovin' every bite and actually took small bites to make the crazy-good taste last longer. Honestly, I'd bet my bottom dollar that even my carnivore buddies would love this burger, especially knowing it has 20g of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 30% of your iron requirements. It's soy and gluten-free because the main ingredient is pea protein--very cool!
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    Trader Joe's Hi-Protein Veggie Burger Trader Joe's Burgers Excite My Taste Buds

    I love Trader Joe's for many reasons, but especially because it's a specialty market that's tuned in to carrying a good variety of vegan products. One of the newest items in the freezer case is the Trader Joe's Hi-Protein Veggie Burger that's so delicious I actually ate it without any saucy toppings and didn't even put it in a bun! It's so rich it literally melts in the mouth! Each box comes with two 4-ounce burgers made with pea protein, black beans, and brown rice flour and loaded with sensational seasonings. Loved it so much I went back and bought two more packages, and they're so easy to fix. Could have microwaved them right from the freezer, but instead I baked them in the oven for 10 minutes on each side. How hard can that be?
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    Tone Up with the VIP Diet

    Cooked Cereal with Chopped Fruit Roasted Butternut Sunset Rose Garden Salad
    Lima Bean Salad Rouladen Banana Pancakes

    Tons of diet books make their debut at the beginning of the year because publishers know the inevitable--so many people have added pounds during the year-end festivities. Most diet books promise a new, slimmed-down you that will be the envy of all your friends.

    The number of people staying on these diet plans for any length of time is amazingly low, yet not surprising. Most of these diets fail because people feel deprived by the limited calories and smaller portions that leave them hungry and unsatisfied.
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    Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support

    Meatless Monday If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.

    The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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