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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 2018 Vol. 20 NUMBER 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 Love on Her Special Day;
Feed Her!

Nicoise Tarte Tartin
Stuffed Artichokes Moroccan Carrots
Throughout the centuries Mothers have gained a reputation for going out of their way to cater to their families' favorite food preferences. You might even say many mothers specialized in cooking those treasured dishes and desserts they knew would bring pleasure to eager little mouths and perhaps earn them hugs of appreciation.

You may not consider yourself Julia Child's equal in the kitchen, but, take heart. Few of us have graduated from the rigors of Cordon Bleu culinary training. And, it's unlikely Mom has such lofty expectations. You can be assured that she will appreciate your efforts to prepare a special meal in her honor.
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Vegan Is Biggest Food Trend in 2018

Vegan Logo International meal delivery service Just Eat named veganism as a top consumer trend in 2018 as people become more aware of healthy and ethical lifestyle choices.

Just Eat, which has delivery hubs in 15 countries, reported that 33 percent of its partner restaurants now offer vegan options, with many launching dedicated vegan menus, to keep up with increasing demand. The survey results also showed demand for healthy choices generally grew by 94 percent in 2017 versus 2016, and gluten free options increased by 72 percent.
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Viva El Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!

Tampico Timbales Funky Quesadillas
Vegan Marinated Jackfruit Ceviche BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
The Cinco de Mayo fiesta features colorful costumed folklorico dancers that dip and twirl to the music while performing traditional dances. And no fiesta would be complete without feasting on traditional Mexican foods. Tantalizing aromas float in the air while families gather to indulge in their familiar fiesta fare: tacos, burritos, enchiladas, churros, guacamole, and tamales.

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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James Cameron Says Vegan Diet
Could Put Viagra Out of Business

James Cameron

Hollywood titan James Cameron wants to save the planet by promoting veganism--and he's happy to begin in the bedroom by raising the sexual benefits for men of a plant-based diet.

"I'd love to put Viagra out of business, just by spreading the word on plant-based eating," Cameron said in an interview from Los Angeles.

The Ontario-born director of Titanic and Avatar is executive producer of The Game Changers, one of the buzz films at the 2018 Hot Docs festival.
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Is "Pink Slime" Hidden in a Hamburger Today?

Ground Beef
"Pink slime is a low-cost product that is rendered from the fatty outside trim of the cow, combined with connective tissue and cartilage, heated up to remove most of the fat, then treated with ammonia to kill E. coli. It is a very scary product that no child--or adult, for that matter--should be expected to eat. Even many fast food chains have stopped using it. Microbiologists have called pink slime a "high risk" product.

"The USDA was set to purchase 7 million pounds of ground beef containing pink slime for use in public school lunches. In response, Bettina Siegel, a Houston mother of two, started an online petition through the website Change.org protesting the use of pink slime in schools. The petition garnered a quarter of a million signatures. In turn, the USDA decided to let schools make the call. In other words, they're passing the buck."
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Marinated Mushrooms & Portobello Patties

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

In 2011 Zel Allen continued her culinary journey with another informative article for Vegetarian Journal.

"A Multitude of Mushrooms" featured information about the different varieties of mushrooms and how to use them to create delicious dishes.

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

That article begins:

Mushrooms have been prized since ancient times. Historically, they were revered, hoarded, and even kept from the peasants in some regions of the world. Hippocrates used mushrooms as both food and medicine. Hieroglyphics incised on Egyptian temples 4,600 years ago seem almost surreal with writings that say pharaohs believed mushrooms were "magic food" that could assure them immortality.

Today, mushrooms can claim many fans, from home cooks to professional chefs. Mushrooms belong to the family of fungi and are sources of protein, fiber, potassium, niacin, and phosphorus.
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Vegan Diet Helps Him Lose 150 Pounds
Joey Morganelli

  • Losing both his parents at a young age led Joey Morganelli to develop a food addiction

  • After graduating high school, he hit his heaviest point at nearly 400 pounds

  • Morganelli adopted a vegan diet and has lost 150 pounds--and counting

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    Taquitos Deliciosos
    Zel's Taquitos Esta Mucho Delicioso

    We thought it would be a fitting way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with our version of taquitos. They're an easy prep if you have everything on hand and such a fun way to enjoy a tasty spring dish that's sure to make a hit with friends and family.

    Be prepared for messy fingers-this is not something you eat with a knife and fork. Don't be timid! Just pick them up and start munching away.
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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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    Maple Dream Muffins
    Aunt Nettie Enjoys Her Maple Dream Muffins

    My niece, Zel, come up with muffins that's jes outta this world, so this recipe is all hers--not mine. I cain't take credit fer somethin' I simply didn't do, but I want ta share this wonderful muffin ta make Mother's Day somethin' speshul.

    Because I likes 'em so much, I make' em ever' so often an' I knows y'all could fall in love with 'em after jes one bite--I jes knows it!!!!
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    Big Guys Are Taking Over;
    Large Conglomerates Swallow Vegan Companies
    Sweet Earth Daiya

    The big guys, giant food conglomerates, have noticed a greater public acceptance, desire, and demand for meatless products. They want to play a greater role in the plant-based food wave because they see the large dollar signs. The easiest way to achieve this goal is to buy or merge with a successful company that markets plant-based foods.

    The merger may be beneficial to the vegan community by making products similar to those sold by companies like Daiya more widespread and accessible. In other instances the purchasing company seeking greater profits destroys the vision of the small company and introduces a product/products that deviate from concepts established by the absorbed company.
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    Evolution Burger Beyond Sausage
    Evolution Burger Brings Vegan Food Truck
    To San Fernando Valley

    You couldn't ask for a more convenient food truck location. Parked on the east side of Reseda Boulevard at Northridge Park, about 1 1/2 blocks south of Devonshire, Evolution Burger is the only food truck there from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday.

    You never have to go hunting for a place to sit down and enjoy your burger. About 200 yards from the truck, in the park are several picnic tables complete with trash barrels. And while you're eating, you might welcome a curious little sparrow chirping away and ready to visit your table for crumbs as soon as you leave.
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    Jazzy Vegetarian Shares What's Deliciously Vegan
    Jazzy Vegetarian's Deliciously Vegan
    Talented singer, television personality, and cookbook author Laura Theodore doesn't waste a precious minute of creative endeavor! Laura has just launched her fourth cookbook, Jazzy Vegetarian's Deliciously Vegan introducing over 175 sparkling new recipes with striking full-color photos on almost every page.

    Laura began her career as a singer, evolving from rock and roll to engaging, self-styled jazz. During her singing career, she gravitated toward the delicious food of her childhood, collecting and preparing favorite family recipes. Eventually, she became vegan and developed new recipe favorites. As the Jazzy Vegetarian, this innovative chef introduced a host of delicious vegan recipes on her PBS television cooking show Jazzy Vegetarian Vegan and Delicious produced by Virtual Media Productions and landed her first cookbook The Jazzy Vegetarian.
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    PCRM Urges Adding Cancer-Causing
    Processed Meat to Proposition 65 List

    SCR 100, a resolution introduced in the California State Legislature by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), urges the Office of Environment Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to add processed meat such as hot dogs, bacon, and deli meat to California's list of substances known to cause cancer, as required under Proposition 65. The bill is backed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation.

    A 2015 World Health Organization report classified processed meat including pepperoni, ham, and sausage made from pork, beef, or poultry as a Group 1 carcinogen. The authors highlighted a meta-analysis that concluded that each 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent. Studies show that processed meat also increases the risk of breast and pancreatic cancer.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights

    Sweet Earth Japchae
    Some days I just don't have the time to devote to cooking and always hunt around the frozen section for a tasty vegan quick meal. Thank you Sweet Earth for offering Korean Japchae, a yum-packed 9-ounce, stir-fried meal of veggies, shiitake mushrooms (my favorite), red bell peppers, carrots, spinach, onions, and yam noodles in a killer-good sesame soy flavored sauce. There were other temptations by this company, but this is the one that came home with me and I couldn't have been happier. I love, love, love the flavor, and those slippery little yam noodles were fun to wrestle onto my fork. Next time I'll gobble them up with chopsticks.
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    Sild Vanilla Almond Milk Yogurt

    This Yogurt Goes Down As Smooth As Silk
    I love to spoon vegan yogurt over a fruit salad for breakfast and recently discovered there are some new variations in town. Brought home a 5.3-ounce carton of Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative to try. It's very sweet with its 17g of sugar but has a pleasing creaminess and great-tasting vanilla flavor. It was the perfect topping over chopped apples, pears, and strawberries and kept hunger-pangs away all the way to lunch at 1 o'clock. Here's the good stuff: It's vegan certified, carrageenan-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.
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    Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg

    Look What Just Hatched!
    Like me, a ton of vegans feel tickled to have the 4-ounce package of Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg sitting in the pantry, raring to go when the mood strikes to bake or cook up something that relies on eggs to make it rise or hold together. The thing I noticed about this powdered product is that it works every darned time with everything I've tried. I'm really hyped on muffins, grain and bean patties, and vegan main-dish tortes, and I'm willing to experiment with different products for experiment's sake, but, honestly, in my book, nothing beats this stuff. It even makes great scrambled eggs! Even when I add onions and peppers, the scrambled eggs are awesome! This vegan egg is the best thing to come to natural food stores in ages! And it's even kosher! Each package comes in a cardboard egg carton, pretty cool, huh, and contains enough to replace about a dozen eggs.
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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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    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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    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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