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
MARCH 2018 Vol. 20 NUMBER 3
Erin Go Bragh
And That's No Blarney
For a delightful St. Patrick's Day celebration at home, dress the table in green, hang shamrocks and leprechauns on the walls, and begin the event with a sip of Sean O'Reilly's Cocktail, a delightful beverage dressed for the holiday in Irish green. Though kiwis are certainly not Irish, they provide the ideal base for a delicious thirst quencher. Spiked with a touch of lemon juice and ginger, the cocktail whets the appetite for the traditional meal ahead. Play some Irish music, sing Irish songs, and, of course, tell an Irish joke or two. As the Irish say, "Be Irish for a day!"
Carpe Diem for a Delectable Easter Meal
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For more Easter ideas, See Easter and Passover on our Holiday Page
Big Guys Are Taking Over;
Large Conglomerates Swallow Vegan Companies
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.
Passover--No Challenge for Good Cooks
Passover presents some challenging meal planning for the strict vegetarian, especially one whose family follows Ashkenazic rather than Sephardic tradition. Families who came from Eastern Europe, the Ashkenazic Jews, forbade the use of all grains and legumes during Passover with the exception of matzoh and products derived from matzoh, such as matzoh meal. The practice was to commemorate their Jewish ancestors who were slaves in Egypt and were preparing to leave after receiving permission from the Pharoah.
Being Vegan Might Help You Fall in Love
Research shows that just two years ago, mentioning your non-meating-eating ways on dating sites curbed the likelihood that'd you find a significant other--but now, it's actually a super-attractive quality.
The popular dating site Zoosk used data from its 40 million members to examine how dating changed in 2017. In addition to nice guys finally finishing first, a major dip in photo filtering, and the fact that mentioning guacamole can help get you a date, big news for people who love their veggies also emerged: In 2015, mentioning you're a vegetarian got you 100 percent fewer replies (ouch!)--but now, vegetarians get 3 percent more replies and vegans get 62 percent more messages than the average person.
Travel the World in a Culinary Journey;
Zel Pens Unique Articles for Vegetarian Journal
In 2010 Zel Allen's first article "Camels and Caravans: From Afghanistan to the Vegan Table" made its appearance in the Vegetarian Journal. Since that time Zel has continued her culinary journey with other stories in the publication. This is the first in a series of articles to appear in that publication and now appear online.
That article begins:
Afghan cuisine, with its exotic spices and compelling aromas, is little known in this country, and Afghanistan is definitely not known for its vegetarian focus. What makes the cuisine uniquely compelling is the liberal use of herbs and spices that give dishes their exceptional quality reminiscent of Middle Eastern cuisine, yet different because of Indian influences. Afghan cooks favor herbs like garlic, dill, mint, and cilantro, while spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, and saffron create rich diversity.
Veganism in US Has Grown 500% Since 2014
Veganism is growing rapidly around and the world, and now we know that six percent of Americans identify as vegan - up from only one percent in 2014 according to a highly regarded industry report released this month.
The report, titled Top Trends in Prepared Foods in 2017 was prepared by research company GlobalData and shows the explosion in veganism over the last 3 years. It cites a growing awareness of the impact of meat consumption amongst consumers who are increasingly looking for more ethically produced and environmentally sustainable foods.
The Easter Bunny Has Some Goodies for You
Are you ready for the Easter Bunny? He's hopping your way to help the family celebrate Easter, a celebratory time to recognize the coming of spring and its refreshing blades of green grass, warmer weather, and a new season--a time of rebirth.
Easter is filled with so many delightful traditions it may be challenging to squeeze them all into one holiday, but the Easter Bunny is a fun little theme to jump-start the festivities. So how did the Easter Bunny tradition begin? Seems rabbits deliver a large litter of baby bunnies in the spring, and who can resist those adorable, fluffy little bunnies that have found their way into children's hearts and eventually into Easter baskets, too.
Dr. Lawenda Transforms Health Care
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.
You Don't Need a Lot of Dough
to Enjoy Dough Girl Pizza
Pizza with a purpose drives chef-owner Mar Diego to sling balls of pizza dough while mentoring kids in their teens at-risk of drug abuse and trouble with the law. In November, 2014, she opened the pizza joint in a strip mall at the corner of Victory and Balboa Boulevards in Lake Balboa and called it Nicky's Pizza, the name of her partner's daughter. In January, 2015 she renamed it Dough Girl. Though the restaurant is not all vegan, there are multiple vegan offerings, making this a welcoming place for cruelty-free dining.
Will You Eat Lab-Grown Meat?
Lab-grown meat just got another big vote of confidence. Tyson Foods' venture capital arm announced Monday that it has secured a minority investment in Memphis Meats, the buzzy startup that grows beef, chicken and duck meat with animal cells and petri dishes, no livestock required. Tyson joins other high-profile investors in Memphis Meats including Bill Gates and Richard Branson.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed. San Francisco-based Memphis Meats unveiled a meatball grown in a lab in 2016, but has yet to commercialize a product. One big hurdle is the sheer cost of producing the meat -- currently runs around $2,400 to produce a single pound of its meat, which is often called "cultured" or "clean."
Field Roast Chef Shows
How You Can Make Your Own
Why buy a Field Roast at the supermarket, when you can make it yourself? In his book, Field Roast Executive Chef Tommy McDonald shares the secrets of roasts, sausages, burgers, and deli slices that can be prepared in any home kitchen. None of the recipes in the book feature soy.
In the foreward to this book, Founder and President David Lee explains the story of Field Roast that began over 20 years ago in a quest to introduce the public to what he calls "real vegetarian meat" that is grain-based. "I discovered the centuries-old Asian tradition of using wheat as a protein food, such as mien ching (Buddha's food) or seitan," he says.
Aunt Nettie Scones Her Way
Into Easter and St. Patrick's Day
Most times scones is sweet and folks like ta eat 'em fer breakfast or brunch times, but these Savory Onion Poppy Seed Scones is mighty different. They's not sweet. They's just as deeeelicious as sweet ones, but in a diff'rent way. These scones is a tad savory and folks what enjoy the goodness o' onions will go head-over-heels over 'em all baked inter these here very light, soft, an' moist scones. They's jes right fer lunch an' dinner, or supper.
I knows you'll jes love these scones. They's mighty good lookin' all baked up nice an' browned on top. Now, don't you go an' bake 'em too long, 'cause then they git all dried up. You wanna keep 'em nice an light an' moist.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Happy Passover, an' Happy Easter!
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 meatincluding 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.
Milk Consumption Has Plunged 25%
Over the Last 20 Years
The US decreased it's yearly per-capita dairy milk consumption from 205 pounds to 154 pounds over the 20-year period. Dairy milk sales have fallen to such a low level, it may be impossible to curb the decline, said Tom Gallagher, chief executive of Dairy Management Inc., a national organization that promotes dairy products and is funded by dairy farmers:
"The numbers are devastating. At some point, [dairy] milk could become an irrelevant beverage for the average consumer."
The US dairy industry has no intentions of vanishing without a fight--they're currently in the midst of a $500 million campaign to try and persuade consumers to purchase cow milk.
VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights
Devilishly Good Seitan
I'm Coco Over This Amino
Tone Up with the VIP Diet
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.
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.
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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