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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

MAY/JUNE 2017 Vol. 19 No.5

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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Show Mom the Love With a Delicious Dinner
Hot Karachi Stuffed Artichokes

Whether the family celebration is simple or lavish, keep Mom in the spotlight and spoil her just a little. Ask her how you can make her day memorable. Just this once, she may ask for a lot, but she knows it's only for a day.

If dinner at a restaurant seems too hectic on Mother's Day, why not create the perfect vegan meal at home. Begin by setting the table with a tablecloth and cloth napkins, and create a warm ambience with candlelight. Then, enjoy a Vegan Mother's Day Dinner by dining leisurely and savoring every course that celebrates Mother Nature's best offerings.
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Honor Dad on His Special Day
Chili Size Father's Day Barbecue

Most Dads enjoy foods they can easily recognize, like homemade chili, burgers, and cobblers. The dishes we've selected for our celebratory meal are actually simple fare that we've enhanced to turn the ordinary into the exceptional. We plan a pleasurable retreat to the kitchen to prepare a very earthy and tantalizing feast to honor Dad on his special day.
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Offer "Muchas Comidas" at Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Tampico Timbales

For your own fiesta, bring a myriad of colors to the table with a bright tablecloth, napkins, and flowers. Decorate the room with large, brightly colored paper flowers, and don't forget the music. Perhaps you might even find your feet moving as soon as you hear La Raspa or La Cucaracha, two well-known folk favorites.

Enjoy a banquet of vegan recipes in the Mexican and TexMex style--muchas comidas (much food) to share with family, friends, and even neighbors. With each household contributing a dish, a neighborhood party may be an ideal way to celebrate the holiday and enjoy tasting a large variety of dishes.
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Necco Dazzles with Japanese Tapas

Necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant

What a dazzling display of gorgeous colors and innovative food artistry! And we hadn't tasted a thing yet! This well-trained chef knows how to tease the palate. Our eyes were first to experience the food and awaken our other senses to the treat we were about to devour! We knew we were in good hands with Chef Kenji Koyama, who co-founded the restaurant.
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Go Vegan to Save the World

In a detailed, fact-based editorial, George C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D. presented a strong case for veganism on the CNN website. Its headline was simple and direct, with a pro-vegan message like one not yet before presented on the news website: "Go vegan, save the world."

Wang reports that there is a lot of public attention on how policy changes on climate issues often overlook a major contributor to the climate crisis, and that is animal agriculture. He also draws attention to the fact that, although livestock has a bigger negative environmental impact than transportation, people hesitate to address it. Read More.

Vegetables Are Hot in Kitchens
Across the United States

Grapes/Fingerlings/Watermelon Radishes

If you're a foodie with a willing and venturesome palate, you may have noticed your favorite restaurants are dishing up some unique fruit and vegetable concoctions recently. Vegetables are HOT with chefs across the country, highlighting them in menus featuring imaginative, vegetable-centric dishes.

Gone are the familiar piles of steamed carrots or broccoli next to mashed potatoes on the plate. Instead, chefs are putting their left-brains into high gear and turning out tantalizing vegetable dishes flaunting exotic herb and spice blends.
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Veganize It! It's Easy.
Just Veganize It!

Imagine our surprise when we walked over to Costco's book selection and found a stack of Veganize It! books on the table! We realized that "vegan" was now in the mainstream. Kudos to Robin Robertson for helping make "vegan" a common word in the world vocabulary.

Robertson has been hovering over her stove since the 1980s and has generated dozens of vegan cookbooks for a variety of publishers. With Veganize It! she has concocted a stunning book for one of America's most famous publishers.
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Organic Food--a Healthier Alternative

Organic Food
Research suggests organic food contains:
  • 20-40% more antioxidants: Phenolics (19% higher), flavanones (69% higher), stilbenes (28% higher), flavones (26% higher), and flavonols (50% higher).

  • Fewer pesticides: The frequency of pesticides in non-organic fruit is 75%, non-organic vegetables, 32% and non-organic crop based processed foods, 45%. More than 300 pesticides can be used in non-organic farming.

  • Less cadmium: There is typically 48% lower concentrations of toxic metal cadmium in organic crops.

  • Less nitrogen: Organic produce contains less nitrogen, which has previously been linked to cancers including stomach cancer.
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Going Vegan Clears Kate Hudson's Acne

Kate Hudson But when actress Kate Hudson says she struggles with acne, it's just unbelievable. Perhaps it's those Fabletics commercials where she's doing high kicks sans sweat, or the fact that she's the human embodiment of luminizing highlighter. But apparently, she gets pimples--and there's only been one lasting solution thus far: a vegan diet. "When I went vegan last summer, my skin was the best it's ever been--skin tone, pores, everything," Hudson told Vogue.com, adding that she's had a hard time figuring out why her skin randomly breaks out.
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Zel & Reuben Interviewed on Vegan Spirituality

Senior Vegans: Opting for a Meat-Free Life in Later Years

As an increasingly aging population, we're becoming ever aware of the need to improve our diets and lifestyles to keep us as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Many people might wonder whether a vegan lifestyle might suit them as they age, especially if they have concerns about their health or long-term illness. Here are the benefits of going vegan and the ways in which we can get the essential nutrients we need.
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Portugal Requires Vegan Meal Option
At All Hospitals, Colleges, Prisons

Vegan Meal
Portugal just passed a law requiring all public cafeterias to offer at least one vegan option to diners. That mandate applies to all public hospitals, prisons, schools, universities and other public buildings. Within six months, all these cafeterias must provide a minimum of one meal choice that is free from animal products. The law calls it a "strict vegetarian option."

What drove this remarkable change? The will of the people, of course.
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Six Things Happened When 19 Nurses
Did a "21- Day Vegan Challenge"

After Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, conducted a presentation on the health benefits of adopting a plant-based vegan diet for her nursing colleagues at Virginia's George Mason University, 19 of them were inspired to try the diet themselves. The nurses decided to collectively eat vegan for 21 days and measure and record how that affected their overall health.
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Celebrate with Casual Dining During May and June

Garlicky Cauliflower Butter Tea Sandwiches BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
This tantalizing spring menu offers some old favorites ramped up with new touches and introduces a few fresh ideas for hearty dining on Mother's Day as well as Father's day. This menu, though, is not limited to only May and June, but can also be enjoyed throughout the summer months. In addition, each of the individual courses is ideal for afternoon or evening patio gatherings or picnics.
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Jim Lustig

Heart Attack Survivor
Becomes Vegan Food Entrepeneur

There are two words you'd never associate with a man who runs 10-20 miles per day: heart attack. But for Jim Lustig, those words became a very real threat. For all his physical exertion, Lustig considered himself invincible. In 2004, that assumption came to a dead halt, when a heart attack left him needing a triple-bypass operation. That's when Lustig learned that he couldn't outrun his meat-centered diet.

Growing up the son of a butcher, Lustig was accustomed to eating meat--and a lot of it. Not only was his diet high in saturated animal fats, but Lustig also operated a large catering company which produced meat-based meals on a daily basis. After doctors advised him to reduce his running, he opted for an alternate solution: cutting the meat from his diet.
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Aunt Nettie Dishes Up Jicama Cocktails
Jicama Salad with Peanut Sauce

Jicama may be more familiar to those living in the Southwest than in the U.S. heartland or the East Coast. It's a root vegetable native to Mexico and Central America and is popular on Tex-Mex menus. The flesh is white and hides under a tough, light brown skin that's peeled to reveal a moist, deliciously sweet, crunchy vegetable. Jicama can be cooked or eaten raw but is enjoyed mostly raw and often cut into sticks and marinated. In this recipe, jicama is the featured vegetable that makes this refreshing cocktail so delightful.
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Sir Kensington's Yellow Mustard

VeggieTaster Returns with Four Vegan Delights

Sir Kensington's Dijon Mustard Spread the Word--Sir Kensington's Mustard is Great!
Can't believe I ran out of mustard, but the cupboard was bare, and mustard is such a regular in my house--can hardly go 2 days without it. I bought 2 kinds of Sir Kensington's--the Dijon and Yellow Mustard. They actually have a third kind--Spicy Brown. I added about two tablespoons of the Dijon to my favorite creamy salad dressing and man, it made my salad something to text about! This is crazy good stuff! I'm an avid salad lover, but now I love it even more! Then I put the Yellow mustard on my veggie dog and piled on the onions, chopped tomatoes, and a little shredded romaine. So, so, so cool--I actually piled on the mustard--I must be nuts--I just can't get enough of the stuff! That was the best ever veggie dog--gotta owe it to the mustard--such a simple thing, yet it made such yummy difference!
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Veggemo Veeggiemilk Vanilla

No Moo in This Milk
I'm always game to try alternatives when it comes to what sort of non-milk product to pour on my oatmeal and found a great choice--Veggemo Veggiemilk Vanilla flavor. It was lavishly thick and creamy--possibly the creamiest of the brands I've ever tasted. Loved it, and how can you miss--it's made from pea protein, tapioca starch and potato starch so it's lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, cholesterol-free, and totally vegan. Tofurky Treehouse Tempeh Smoky Maple Bacon
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Tempeh Bacon Goes Up in Smoke
I really dig tempeh and am always up for trying something new. Found a gem in a 7-ounce package of Tofurky Treehouse Tempeh Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Strips. Yum and a half! These strips deliver awesome smoky flavor that jumps out from the wildly delicious maple and bacon flavors that are absolutely to die for! A couple of strips in a BLT were delish, and it was fabulous on crackers with hummus. They're all vegan, non-GMO, certified organic, kosher, and very low in fat.
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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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