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Zel's Cooking Demonstrations and Classes
When: Saturday, April 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Go Vegan for a Zesty and Healthy Life
When: Thursday, April 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
"Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
After 25 Years of Extensive Research
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.
Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
Carpe Diem for a Delectable Easter Meal
And isn't it impossible to imagine celebrating any holiday without the sharing of a delectable meal rich with flavor and bursting with color. While many Americans may have established the long-standing habit of always serving ham for Easter, vegans consider a healthier and more humane option, one with inviting eye appeal, tantalizing flavor, and wholesome satiety. The featured dish focuses on legumes and freshly harvested spring vegetables laced with robust seasonings.
Delve into Some Ideas for a Passover Seder
On every Seder table is the ritual Seder plate. Traditionally, a roasted lamb bone representing the Paschal lamb that the ancients sacrificed for this holiday has its place on the plate. Vegans, however, spare the lamb and roast a beet or a "Paschal yam."
In place of the roasted egg that symbolizes life, they may use a roasted or boiled potato or a mushroom. Horseradish, a bitter herb, represents the bitter life of the Jews in Egypt, while charoset, a sweet tasting mixture of grated apples, chopped walnuts, wine, and sweetening represents the mortar the enslaved Jews used to build the pyramids.
No Lack of Tasty Food at Au Lac
Looking forward to another delicious meal at Au Lac, we brought our friends Joan and Larry to explore the new menu and the new digs. Well, we quickly discovered that digs is hardly the best label to hang on this gorgeous and elegant dining spot. It's breathtaking, yet extremely homey and comfortable in its brilliantly-designed new home.
Because we chose an early dining hour, we were seated immediately without reservations. News of this special restaurant is spreading quickly, and reservations are a must.
Vegan Diet Benefits Obese Children
Obese children with high cholesterol who followed a strict vegan diet with little added fat in a small Cleveland Clinic study showed significant improvements in both weight and heart disease risk factors in only a month, according to research released Thursday.
The children, ages 9 to 18, were mostly white and middle class, and volunteered to try one of two healthy eating plans. Two groups of 14 children were randomly assigned, along with a parent, to eat either a plant-based, no fat-added diet (PB) or the American Heart Association (AHA) diet, which is similar but permits non-whole grains, low-fat dairy, selected plant oils, and lean meat and fish in moderation.
Erin Go Bragh and That's No Blarney
Warm up with a flavorful Potato, Onion, and Leek Soup that boasts a creamy base of rich soymilk. The heart of the meal is a delectable vegan version of traditional Irish Stew with a robust combination of seitan, barley, carrots, and potatoes.
Accompanying the entreée is a thick ragout of Peas Porridge, an historical dish that centers on simply seasoned green split peas. And, no Irish celebration would be complete without Irish Soda Bread, especially one made more wholesome with whole-wheat pastry flour to give it rugged body.
Israelis Are Going Vegan
It turns out that Israel--which is a frontrunner in many fields including hi-tech, medicine, agriculture, defense, and others--is actually leading the world in the field of veganism.
The nearly 5 percent of Israelis who are now vegans is the highest per capita total in the world. Another 8 percent are vegetarians. This is a very dramatic rise from just four years ago, when Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics found that only 2.6 percent of Israelis were either vegetarians or vegans.
And the trend is apparently growing
Brenda Davis Receives 24 Carrot Award
Vegan Superhero Elevates Taco into Dining Delight
Jason Wyrick is a superhero in the vegan community. He doesn't wear a cape, but he could don one with a big T encased in a shield. From this time forward he may be known as Taco Man fighting dietary injustice in America.
Wyrick, a chef who personally licked his nemesis, the evil diabetes, has created an outstanding cookbook, Vegan Tacos: Authentic & Inspired Recipes for Mexico's Favorite Street Food. The book has everything you would want to know about tacos and even more.
Don't Put Beaver Butt Juice in My Food
Like so many of you, we read food labels to find out what's in the product to make sure it doesn't contain any animal ingredients. Unfortunately, many shelf items don't have a "v" symbol or the word "vegan."
As we have discovered, many products contain ingredients we wouldn't even feed to our pets. In past articles we revealed information like coloring in fruit juice that was derived from cochineal (crushed beetles).
We also wrote about non-dairy creamers that had the audacity to contain dairy.
First Vegan Cheese Shop Opens in Los Angeles
Labeled as L.A.'s first vegan cheese shop, Vromage opened its doors in late 2014, and within months had garnered dozens of rave media reviews. It's obvious that Southern California is not only ready to embrace dairy-free cheese, they're clamoring for it!
All of the vegan cheeses at Vromage are nut- and seed-based, using cashews, macadamias, pine nuts, pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. The result is a range of cheesy products, including Asiago, Brie, Camembert, Goat, Pepperjack, Truffle Cream, and Feta.
Aunt Nettie Gets Dressed Up for a Rockin' Time
I got ta thinkin' 'bout what I could do with all them tangerines--there's jes too many of 'em fer me ta eat--an' they's jes sittin' there on my kitchen counter --an' I surely don't want ta see 'em go bad on me.
Well, after peelin' a few, I done tossed 'em inter the blender with a some nice fixin's, an' my oh my! What wonders a few dates, some vinegar, and jes a tad o' cayenne will do.
Meet The Girl Who Could See Stories
Sofiel is a remarkable child who can see the stories behind everything she encounters. The most difficult story for her to see is the tale of
"beefburger" she orders at a fast-food restaurant. She realizes the beefburger's story is so filled with sadness she can no longer eat it or other animal foods whose sad stories she sees. She wonders what she can eat.
VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
My very thoughtful neighbor brought me the awesome gift of two totally vegan ChocoVivo chocolate bars for my birthday from http://www.chocovivo.com. One was Fig and Almond with Cinnamon, the other was Cherry and Almond with Peppercorns. I wasted no time in tasting them, though I did wait 'til dessert time. What amazing flavors! These are crazy-delicious and made me want more. Lucky thing is the all-vegan chocolate store and factory is in Los Angeles, but they also have an online store.
Follow Your Heart is really kicking it up with vegan cheese, cheese, and more cheese! Bought a 7-ounce package of their Provolone Slices and couldn't wait to taste it. At home I ripped off a slice and made all-gone in a flash--great flavor and great mouthfeel. Then I made an open-face tempeh bacon sandwich with a thin layer of Vegenaise on top, put a Provolone slice over the mayo, and tossed it under the broiler. About 1 1/2 minutes later I was chowing down on a taste of heaven and loved that the cheese melted perfectly.
Couple Plans Big Fat Vegan Wedding
When veganpittsburgh.org alone lists some 50 vegan-friendly restaurants, you'd think throwing a vegan wedding here would be easy. But as Brittany Kregiel and Madhur Paharia learned, most venues' in-house caterers seem less than thrilled with the prospect of an all-vegan sit-down dinner for 200.
When the couple would ask, venues would say, "We're open to it," says Kregiel. She adds, "'Open to it,' kinda like, eye roll."
Then Kregiel and Paharia fell for the Twentieth Century Club and thought, "You know what, we just have to do it."
Meatless Monday: An Initiative We Should All Support
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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