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
Show Mom the Love With a Delicious Dinner
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.
Honor Dad on His Special Day
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.
Offer "Muchas Comidas" at Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration
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.
Necco Dazzles with Japanese Tapas
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.
Go Vegan to 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
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.
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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Going Vegan Clears Kate Hudson's Acne
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.
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.
Portugal Requires Vegan Meal Option
At All Hospitals, Colleges, Prisons
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.
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.
Celebrate with Casual Dining During May and June
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.
Aunt Nettie Dishes Up Jicama Cocktails
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.
VeggieTaster Returns with Four Vegan Delights
Spread the Word--Sir Kensington's Mustard is Great!
No Moo in This Milk
Tempeh Bacon Goes Up in Smoke
Lin Silvan & Robert Jacobucci
Receive 24 Carrot Award
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.
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.
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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