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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

NOVEMBER 2017 Vol. 19 No.11

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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Southern California Thanksgiving Events
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Those who shun the fuss and muss of the kitchen have numerous opportunities to enjoy a fulfilling vegan Thanksgiving in the Southern California area. Check our listings that offer varied choices for dining in, dining out, or participating in unique and traditional vegan Thanksgiving potlucks.

Keep checking back throughout the month for additional information.
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Autumn Kale Salad Persimmon Hummus Canapes
Wild Rice and Chestnut Pilaf Chocolate Truffle Mousse/Cranberry Splash

Give Thanks for the Treasures of the Harvest

Autumn is that wonderful season when the air is crisp and often dotted with tidbits of surprising Indian Summer heat. It's also the welcome season when we begin thinking about Thanksgiving and all the treasured recipes we've saved for that special day when we share the harvest meal with family and friends.
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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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Celebrate a Vegan Thanksgiving to Remember

Cranberry Cannellini Concasse Apples
Thanksgiving arrives with expectations for a day of royal feasting. Friends and family gather at the vegan table to enjoy a jubilant celebration rich with savory, succulent flavors that bathe the taste buds with stunning treats of the harvest.

The season begs for dishes infused with aromatic herbs and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Savory dishes take on a more festive air when sweetened with fresh and dried fruits. Sweet potatoes and squash reach new heights with a touch of spice and a hint of tart fruits like fresh cranberries or quince. Fragrant herbal bouquets of sage, bay leaves, and marjoram drift from the kitchen, ignite the senses, and invite us to join the festivities at the table.
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Sattdown Jamaican Grill
Come to Sattdown;
Once You Sattdown, You Will Not 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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Companies Race to Find
Meatless Protein Products
Euromonitor International While U.S. per capita consumption of meat and poultry combined grew 6% from 2014 to 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consumption of meat substitutes is also growing. U.S. retail-store sales of products using meat substitutes climbed 16% over the same period to $700 million in 2016, according to research firm Euromonitor International. The firm projects that meat substitutes, including frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable products, will reach $863 million in annual U.S. sales by 2021.

Packaged foods labeled "vegan" represented $9.7 billion in global retail sales last year and are projected to reach $11.8 billion by 2021, according to Euromonitor.
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What the Health

Watch the Health Film
Health Oganizations Don't Want You to See!

The film's subtitle clearly reveals the message Andersen learns as he travels the country to find that health organizations are ignoring or not recognizing the role that diet plays on health. His efforts to question spokespeople from these organizations take an in-your-face approach reminiscent of Michael Moore interviews. Of course, Andersen's interview attempts by phone and in person are rebuffed by the interviewees who realize they are asked to respond to embarrassing questions. When he queries a representative of the American Cancer Society about their website offering recipes using processed meats (known carcinogens), the person refuses to answer.
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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 in the Soup After Asian Market Adventure
Asian Market Noodle Soup

I done had a mighty fine day with my kinfolk t'other day an' wanted ta share that with y'all. They was jes so speshul ta bring me ta this great big Asian market--somethin' I ain't never done before an' my eyes jes went ever'where! Why this market had foods from ever' country in Asia. I saw so many new vegetables an' fruits I never done seen at the farmstand before an' I wanted ta buy 'most ever'thin' an' taste it all!

Well, now, I tell ya true, I did not buy ever'thin' but I did buy some nice big mushrooms, a mighty big bunch o' bok choy cabbage, some coconut milk, an' a package o' speshul noodles called bean threads made from yams but not the kind o' yams we know 'bout. This market had packages o' chestnuts that was all cooked up an' peeled an' ready fer eatin'--imagine that! That was surely a time saver an' I brought home two o' them packages.
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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire;
Everything You Want to Know About This Nut
But Were Not Afraid to Ask

Chestnut Stuffed Squashes Chestnut  Mushroom Pasta

Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Risotto Chestnut Apple Strudel
The nostalgic strains of the classic Christmas song, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. . . " by the late Mel Torme tug gently at the lingering memories of our parents and grandparents who still recall those holiday seasons when street vendors could be heard hawking roasted chestnuts along the sidewalks of New York, Philadelphia, and other Eastern cities in the early 1900s. For as little as five cents people could buy a bag of hot chestnuts roasted over a charcoal fire to enjoy as a warming snack while they shopped or strolled along the avenues. Europeans, too, experienced the pleasant, creamy sweetness of hot roasted chestnuts purchased from street sellers throughout the fall and winter months.
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Mushrooms Provide More Satiety Than Meat

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then mushrooms may be one of the most imperative ingredients. A new study on satiety published in the October issue of the journal Appetite indicates that eating a mushroom-rich breakfast may result in less hunger and a greater feeling of fullness after the mushroom breakfast compared to the meat breakfast.

"Previous studies on mushrooms suggest that they can be more satiating than meat, but this effect had not been studied with protein-matched amounts until now," said gut health and satiety researcher and study author Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD, professor at the University of Minnesota. "As with previous published research, this study indicates there may be both a nutritional and satiating benefit to either substituting mushrooms for meat in some meals or replacing some of the meat with mushrooms."
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VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights

Brew Dr. Kombucha Dr. Kombucha Offers the Right Prescription
I love kombucha--can't get enough of the stuff, especially Brew Dr. Kombucha by Townshend's Tea Company. And what's not to love about it? It comes in a 14-ounce bottle that's colored dark brown to protect the probiotics inside. Even more impressive are the ingredients listed on the bottle--they're non-GMO, gluten-free, and USDA certified organic. The raw, organic ingredients include oolong tea, cane sugar, currants, elderberries, hibiscus, rose hips, and live cultures. It's got plenty of fizzy life in it, and it's very delicious and refreshing
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Sensible Foods Roasted Edamame Crunch Dried Snacks Put Some Crunch into Your Snack Time
I like to keep little snacks on hand for a little pick-me-up in the afternoon and found one I absolutely adore--Roasted Edamame Crunch Dried Snacks by Sensible Foods. I love the little .65-ounce-pack. Its so ultra convenient, gluten-free, and non-GMO verified. What's inside? Super-delicious salted and roasted crunchy soybeans. They're totally dried so they're not in the least messy or gooey. Plus, they make a great snack to keep in the car on long commutes.
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Cool Foods Hickory Smoked Veggie Bacon Bits

Coolest Bacon Bits Ever!
Found the coolest way to bump up the flavor of a dish with a sprinkle of Cool Foods 100% Plant Based Hickory Smoked Veggie Bacon Bits that come in a 3-ounce package! I love these to bits!

  • Cool thing #1 -- contains no soy--a real plus for anyone avoiding soy.
  • Cool thing #2 -- little flakes made from pinto beans, sunflower oil, natural flavors, sea salt, and enzymes. Pretty darned clean stuff, wouldn't you say!
  • Cool thing # 3 -- totally vegan bacon-seasoned flakes taste great and give a lift to anything you want to sprinkle them on.
  • Cool thing #4 -- low in calories, fat, and carbs. If you're watching the sodium, use sparingly.
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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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