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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

Over 1,000,000 hits and 100,000 visitors monthly

By Zel and Reuben Allen

AUGUST 2015 Vol. 17 No. 8

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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    Zel's Cooking Demonstrations and Classes

    Feast and Frolic at the Midnight Witches Ball--FREE
    A Hands-on Halloween Theme Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, October 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Agoura Hills Library
    Location: 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    Includes recipe packet and a delicious meal
    For sign-up and information call: 818-889-2278


    Vegan for the Holidays Cooking

    When: Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
    Location: Toll Middle School, Room 1206, Glendale, CA 91205
    Class fee: $35
    A $20 materials fee to instructor for recipes and a delicious meal
    For sign-up and information call: 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015

    "Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
    After 25 Years of Extensive Research

    Cooked Cereal with Chopped Fruit Roasted Butternut Sunset Rose Garden Salad

    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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    Discover Dining Pleasure that Lasts All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays Mac 'N' Cheese

    The Vegan for the Holidays cookbook may have played a special role in bringing delicious foods to our holiday tables. But did you know that Vegan for the Holidays can continue to bring dining pleasure throughout the year with its multitude of non-seasonal recipes?
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    Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Chef AJ Unprocessed

    "It was the first time that anyone, let alone medical professionals, said that what we eat has a profound effect on how we look, how we feel, what diseases we get and what disease we can reverse. Within 6 months of eating a WHOLE-FOOD plant-based diet free of sugar, oil, salt and flour (as opposed to the highly processed vegan junk food diet I had eaten for 26 years) all of the polyps "mysteriously" disappeared.

    The doctor actually accused me of having surgery somewhere else! I knew if I was going to keep eating this way, it would have to taste better than the sprouts I was eating, so I went to culinary school. And the rest is history!"
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    Plumb the Fruit Bin to Create a Plum Good Salad

    Plum Salad in Pomegranate-Infused Syrup Hibiscus Iced Tea

    When plums are at the peak of their season, they can be found in almost every color and level of sweet, tart, or tangy flavors. July and August is that ideal time to scour the markets for some adventurous plum shopping. My goal was to create a simple plum salad consisting solely of plums, flavored with an infusion of exotic condiments.
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    PlantPure Nation

    PlantPure Nation Launches Diet Revolution

    PlantPure Nation is not just an ordinary documentary film; it marks the opening salvo in a revolution to improve the health of all Americans. Nelson Campbell, along with other members of his family, have joined with Producer John Corry and Filmmaker Lee Fulkerson of Forks Over Knives fame to craft a film that many people will be discussing the rest of this year and beyond.

    The film details the battle Nelson Campbell faced in trying to bring a plant-pure diet to the state of Kentucky, a state where the citizenry faced numerous health issues triggered by poor diet. He encouraged his father Professor T. Colin Campbell, author of the famed The China Study, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, to present their health-promoting lifestyle diet to the Kentucky Legislature where the two received enthusiastic applause.
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    Plant Food & Wine; That's What Life Is All About

    Polenta Scramble Grilled Millet

    If we were to open a vegan restaurant in a hip and very happening area somewhere in Los Angeles County, we just might choose Abbot Kinney Boulevard close to busy Main Street in Venice, California, and that's just what Chef Matthew Kenney did when he opened Plant Food and Wine in June 2015. The area is alive with trendy shops and restaurants and draws an eager crowd of enthusiastic foodies happy to explore the new digs.
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    Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon, the Next Superfood?


    Researchers from Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center say they've created and patented a new type of seaweed that has the potential to be sold commercially as the next big superfood.

    The reason? It tastes just like bacon, they claim.

    The bizarre but tasty creation is actually a new strain of red marine algae called dulse that is packed full of minerals and protein and looks like red lettuce.
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    End the Summer with an Old West Vegan Barbecue
    Grill Taters 'N' Toppings Cowboy Steaks

    After a hard day ridin' the vegan range and workin' the tofu patch, you can just imagine how hungry those wranglers might get. Rough and tumble as the Old West was, cowboys looked forward to a meal of tasty and hearty grub with robust flavors and zesty seasonings. By squeezing in a little time here and there a day or two beforehand, you can re-create the sizzlin' flavors of chuckwagon meals that are easily veganized. You'll notice the following menu focuses on simple preps and wholesome foods with irresistible flavors and tantalizing aromas.
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    Tree Nut and Seed Oils--a Benefit to Some--
    a Vicious Tiger to Others

    Argan Nuts

    I began to research the plaguing issue of allergic reactions from nut-derived ingredients, like tree nut oils, in body care and beauty products. What seems like a benign moisturizing lotion designed to soothe and comfort dry skin just might be the hidden culprit of a miserably itchy rash.

    Milder reactions to tree nuts may result in itchy rashes or pesty eczema that people might not readily trace back to nuts or nut products. After all, nuts are healthy foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and a host of antioxidants. Sufferers of these nasty, and sometimes very ugly, rashes may be applying beauty and body care products regularly without realizing they are THE PROBLEM. Another puzzler is allergic symptoms that show up after long-time use of a nut-or nut-oil-containing product.
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    Aunt Nettie Goes Coconuts Over Her Salad Dressing

    Coconut Salad Dressing Aunt Nettie

    I washed up them green leaves, then chopped up some radishes, green onions, sliced carrots, an' cukes. an' tossed 'em inter the salad along with some cooked cauliflower an' some o' them l'il roasted taters no bigger 'n my finger I made yesterday. Inter that bowl went some nice fresh mint leaves I chopped up. Then, in went them nice green peas.

    Now, darlin's, what do you think I oughter put on that salad fer dressin'? Well, never you mind, I jes thought 'bout this nice Coconut Dressin' I put together last week and it's purrrfect fer this nice hearty salad.
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    Blender Girl Leads Smoothie Revolution

    The Blender Girl Smoothies Tess Masters is the guru of the blender. In The Blender Girl Smoothies she offers an informative compendium of tips, suggestions, and delicious recipes to make the best smoothies on the planet. The large, clear, unfettered photo of each smoothie recipe shows the home chef exactly how the finished smoothie will look. The book is a blessing for today's fast-paced life and assures readers that anyone can pack a tasty, refreshing, nutrient-dense meal into a glass.
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    Medical Schools Flunk Doctor Nutrition Training

    Liaison Committee on Medical Education It's a national scandal! Doctors who are treating people for obesity and a host of chronic diseases resulting from excess weight have received very little or no training in nutrition.

    It's shameful that doctors are not given these basic yet valuable tools. It's also disappointing that patients suffer needlessly from preventable chronic diseases and could benefit greatly from medical professionals equipped with today's nutrition research.
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    Don't Cry for Zel;
    She Knows How to Tame an Onion

    Onion Salad

    Chilean cooks devised a clever method of taming the stinging bite of onions and turning them into a deliciously refreshing salad. By soaking thinly sliced onions in water with sugar for a few minutes, you can enjoy them in this tasty salad without suffering their clamorous wrath. To turn this salad into pickled onions (Escabeche de Cebolla), marinate the soaked and rinsed onions in red wine vinegar overnight or up to three days. The onions can then be included in other dishes or enjoyed as a simple accompaniment to any meal
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    The Vegetarian Flavor Bible,
    The Good Book for All Cooks
    Teff Love
    The Vegetarian Flavor Bible is the perfect gift to give anyone who has a genuine passion for creating exceptional dishes featuring plant-based foods. Every chef and food lover will find this jumbo volume a compendium of infinite ideas for making foods flavorful. No longer does a cook need to wonder what goes well with zucchini, or apples, or pomegranates to complete a dish. Karen and Andrew have created the ultimate bible for both novice and serious cooks.
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    Plant-Based Diet Ideal for Weight Loss
    Fruits and Vegetables

    Paleo may be the diet du jour for trimming excess fat, but you may actually be better off nixing meat if you're looking to lose weight: People who eat a vegetarian or vegan diet lose more weight than those who eat meat, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

    Researchers reviewed 12 studies with more than 1,150 people who followed different weight loss plans for about 18 weeks. What they found: Those who followed a plant-based diet shed roughly four pounds more on average than those whose meals allowed meat.
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    VegggieTaster Returns with Two Veg Delights

    Melissa's French Country Style Red Beets in Balsamic Vinaigrette These Beets Can't Be Beat

    Discovered a great little ready-made side dish in the package of Melissa's French Country Style Red Beets in Balsamic Vinaigrette and was thrilled it came already cooked. The ready-to-eat 9-ounce package of chopped beets didn't really need a darned thing, but I added a few golden raisins and some chopped sweet onion to make it look homemade (every kitchen has its little secrets!). This is a WOW! of a vegetable dish I used kind of like a condiment and it was perfect with it's jazzy sweet and sour flavor. Here's some good stuff to know--it's non-GMO, has no additives or preservatives and the whole bloomin' package has just a little over 100 calories, though it's not likely you'll chow down the whole package at once, but go ahead, if you like--it's darned tasty stuff!
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    Mrs. Renfro's Chipotle Corn Salsa Mrs. Renfro Gives Tacos Some Love

    Needing some salsa for the tacos I was planning, I spotted Mrs. Renfro's Chipotle Corn Salsa. Since I like salsa with a little spice, but not killer hot, this one that said "medium" was perfect. And it really was. It's got everything a salsa lover could desire--great flavor, perfect level of spice, and a medium thickness, too. The best thing is it's not junked up with preservatives or artificial flavors--it's the real thing and it's really. really low in calories, too. Get this--2 tablespoons have only 15 calories. I loved it and will definitely keep an extra jar in my pantry--It's good enough to just eat with a spoon!
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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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    Vegan Oktoberfest Arrives in Oktober
    Vegan Oktoberfest 2015


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