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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

DECEMBER 2017 Vol. 19 No.12

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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Enjoy Delicious Dining For the Holidays
Snowy Daiya Salad Tofu Chestnut Cioppino

White Christmas Trio with Walnut Sauce Cranberry Walnut Pie

The long awaited holiday season is almost here and arrives with sparkling colors, familiar holiday songs, and memorable foods that wait a whole year to come to the festive table.

Following is a holiday menu that begins with an irresistible appetizer that puts chestnuts in the spotlight. Salads, soup, side dishes, a main dish, and a delightful cranberry dessert complete the meal. We hope our gustatory meal brings joy and pleasure to share with friends and family who share the occasion with you.
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Vegan Diet Could Prevent 8 Out of 10 Leading Causes of Death

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has evaluated the current diseases and conditions most likely to end peoples lives in the US. The chief of the CDC's Morality Statistics Branch, Bob Anderson, explained that such a report is necessary to "create a society where we live as long as we can, as healthy as we can."

Conditions such as Heart Disease and Cancer top the list, with Alzheimer's and Diabetes, among others, following closely behind. Anderson believes that gathering this data can help in determining how to prevent these diseases.

Medical professionals such as Dr Michael Klaper and Dr Michael Greger believe that a plant-based diet is key to prevention. Greger states in a lecture posted on NutritionFacts.org that an ill-informed public is, in fact, the biggest killer in the US, yet doctors are reluctant to share their knowledge on the role of animal products in causing these diseases.
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December Holidays Are a Vegan Foodie's Delight
Sweet and Sour Cabbage Borscht Almond & Olive Brussels Sprouts

Tomato-Pine Nut Pie Okra Creole

Delicious, warm, and nostalgic Thanksgiving has passed, but December offers a sumptuous banquet of holiday festivities. December's calendar features Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights; Christmas, a joyous and convivial celebration; Kwanzaa, a reflective holiday; and New Year's Eve, a farewell to the year past and a welcome to the year ahead.
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Cool Yule Salad Eggplant Tart

Holiday Snow Quiche Coconut Pie
Gather Ideas for a Festive Christmas Celebration

If we Southern Californians can't enjoy a Christmas with snow on the ground, we certainly could feast on a White Christmas Dinner. So I began to imagine each course white as snow but dressed in holiday reds and greens. That festive picturesque scene was a can-do and is ready for anyone romantic enough to share my what-if!
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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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Sattdown Jamaican Grill
Come to Sattdown;
Once You Sattdown, You Won't Want to Leave

I loved how colorful each platter was. Though this is not an all vegan restaurant, there were plenty of tasty dishes to make a vegan happy. Our hats are off to Chef Tony Hyde and his wife Nini. On each table is a bottle of Sattdown Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, a Scotch Bonnet hot sauce that's Chef Tony's own creation to crank up the heat. We must admit we were not intrepid enough to venture even a droplet of the pepper sauce. On the Sattdown Facebook page was the very fitting comment, "Come to Sattdown! Where once you satt down, you will not want to leave!"
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Immerse Yourself in Our Panoply of Holiday Videos

The holidays, that once-a-year, nostalgic season from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, transport us to an almost fairy-tale world where everything is gleaming with bright colors, the air is wafting with sweet and spicy aromas, and holiday cooking is in full swing.

TAKE A PEEK INSIDE, and you'll want to have your own ebook copy of Vegan for the Holidays cookbook.

Negative Impact of Animal Agriculture
Discussed at UN Conference

United Nations The 23rd Conference of Parties [COP] event, which runs until November 17, featured speakers discussing the damage Big Ag's greenhouse gas emissions inflict on the climate for the first time ever at a side event.

Panelist Cristina Tirado von der Pahlen described this discussion of the previously 'taboo' topic as 'an achievement'.

She said: "I think this is the very first event that has been totally dedicated to this topic."
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Mock Chopped Liver Sweet and Sour Cabbage Borscht

Carrot and Sweet Potato Tsimmes Potato Latkes
Celebrate Hanukkah with a Vegan Touch

Tradition reigns at the festive table in many Jewish homes; however, vegans can approach the holiday menu by innovatively transforming it into a compassionate array of delicacies. While the abundant vegan dishes are just as delicious as grandmother's old-fashioned cooking, they are created without destroying the lives of precious animals. What may surprise many is that nearly every customary dish can be prepared completely with plant-based foods.
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NBA Players Tell Why They Are Going Vegan and Vegetarian

National Basketball Association As more information becomes available about the food athletes are putting in their bodies, a lifestyle trend appears to be taking the NBA by storm: veganism.

That's right, players are throwing out the beef and picking up the beets, putting down the chicken and picking up the chickpeas. According to most of them, the change in diet has both helped them cut weight and increased their energy levels.

Here's a running list of NBA players who have made the transition to vegan or vegetarian diets:
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Tap the Secrets of Asian Cooking
Farm to Table
Cookbook author and veteran food writer Patricia Tanumihardja's Chinese, Malaysian, and Singaporean roots shine through in her second cookbook Farm to Table Asian Secrets. Her love of Asian flavors is evident in every page as is her eagerness to give every home cook a delicious taste of the dishes she loves.

In Singapore, where she grew up, Patricia mentions "the climate meant we only had two "seasons"--hot and wet and hot and dry." The mostly imported vegetables that formed the base of Asian meals were available year round. When she moved to Pacific Grove, California, she discovered a whole new world of vegetables that were only available seasonally. Working in a farmers market, she gradually learned to adapt the farm-to-table approach to preparing her special meals. Read More.

Aunt Nettie Stuffs Endive
To Create Holiday Appetizer
Smoky Garlic Stuffed Endive

So you kin see, I'm bustin' my buttons but don't git me wrong--I'm not showin' off--jes kickin' up my heels--I'm jes feelin' so tickled 'cause them little endive leaves look so dern purty.

But you be the judge--I think yer gonna love this perky little appetizer. Now you'll let me know, won't ya. I would really like ta know what ya think about 'em.
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Bring in the New Year with a Wildly Delicious Celebratory Bash

Spicy Pecan Gremolata Log Cinnamon Peanut Butter Torte
For the New Year's Day Open House party, our invitation is specific in determining the length of the party to avoid people showing up before we're ready or long after everyone's left. Either the make-ahead Chili or Hearty Soup Choices work well for events that have guests coming and going at different times. Finger foods are always a hit as are hearty grain or bean-based salads. And we can't forget that something sweet never fails to send the party folk home with a smile.
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Migas, the Perfect Holiday Choice
For a Quick Vegan Meal

The word migas means "crumbs" in English. The original form of Migas came from ancient Spain and Portugal and varied considerably from region to region. In its earliest form leftover bread or tortas were used instead of corn tortillas and were sometimes soaked in water to soften. Portuguese migas might feature potatoes in place of bread, while in Mexico leftover hardened tortillas or day-old bolillos are used with the addition of pork shanks or ham bones.
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Student Vegan Jerky Takes
Second Place in Global Contest

Three Cornell students brought home second-place honors from a global product development competition for their original vegan jerky snack.

Isabel Alster '18, Jessica Kwong '18 and Kaitlin Steinleitner '19, representing Cornell's 2016-17 Institute of Food Technologists' Student Association (IFTSA) & Mars Product Development Team, presented Jack'd Jerky to judges at the Food Summit China conference hosted by the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology, Nov. 8-9, in Wuxi, China.

Jack'd Jerky gets its name from its core ingredient, shredded jackfruit, which has a texture similar to pulled pork.
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Discover Both the Lore and Foods of Kwanzaa

African Pumpking Stew Mac'n' Cheese
The week-long celebration occurs at the end of the year when the country is caught up in a frenzy of shopping, gift giving, and the commercialism of the corporate world. And while the Kwanzaa celebration from December 26 to January 1 includes some gift giving, the holiday was conceived to set aside this special time for families and friends to gather together and reflect on self-affirmation, introspection, community, culture, and family.

The holiday's seven nights, seven principles, and seven symbols have origins borrowed from harvest traditions throughout the African continent. While there are some established rituals, each family may choose to honor the principles in its own way.
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Hoppin John Sweet Potato Pie

VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights

Sante Garlic Almonds These Nuts Really Zip and Zing
I often get a bit snacky between lunch and dinner, kinda late in the afternoon, and crave a little pick-me-up. Found the perfect little snack in a 1.25-ounce package of Santé Garlic Almonds. Loved the zing of the creole spices, especially the pleasant little bit of cayenne as part of the spice blend. And, hey, almonds are s pretty darned healthy, high protein snack with only about 15g total fat, 2g saturated fat. Wisely, the Santé company puts their nutty snacks in small packages.
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Sol-ti Gingermade

This Ginger Will Make You Zoom
I rarely buy fruit or vegetable juices, but I was curious about the straw-colored Sol-ti Gingermade in a tall 12.5-ounce bottle. It's a winner! Great flavor and that punchy wallop of ginger really made my day--no kidding. I didn't even chill it--it was room temp by the time I got to it, and it was still terrific. It's got apple, ginger, and lemon--that's all! How could anyone go wrong? Ginger is great for the digestion, they say.
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Sweet Earth Moroccan Tagine How Sweet It Is
Looking for a quick and easy vegan dinner I scanned the freezer section of my local Target and discovered some very tempting entrees by Sweet Earth. The 9-ounce box of Moroccan Tagine insisted on coming home with me, and boy am I ever glad it did! It was done in 25 minutes in the oven and I wasted no time lapping up Moroccan heaven for a dinner that had only 280 calories. Really delish -- loved it immensely! Try it yourself--bet you'll go crazy for it, too. The box says 5 super foods and mentions garbanzos, red peppers, almonds, sweet potatoes, and raisins on the front of the package and hey, it's all certified organic, too!
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1,200 New York City Schools Add
Vegan Food to Lunch Menu
New York City Schools

All 1,200 schools in the New York City public school district will now offer a vegan hummus option every day at the beginning of this school year, thanks to The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF), a non-profit that helps introduce plant-based foods into schools. Vegan options for students that are available on the school's vegetarian menu will range from Mexicali Chili, Lentil Stew, Lentil Sloppy Joes, Braised Black Beans with Plantains, and Zesty BBQ Crunchy Tofu.
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Lin Silvan & Robert Jacobucci
Receive 24 Carrot Award

Robert Jacobucci and Lin Silvan
Vegetarians in Paradise takes great pride in presenting its 24 Carrot Award to Lin Silvan and Robert Jacobucci for their efforts in founding and guiding the Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN).

Since its inception EVEN has tabled at Earth Day events, distributed literature, held numerous potlucks, offered free vegan starter kits, hosted speakers in the community, and interviewed prominent vegans.
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Vegetarians in Paradise Diet Appears After 25 Years of Extensive Research

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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