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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

OCTOBER 2014 Vol. 16 No. 10

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 (All Free)

    Veganized Regional Mexican Cooking #1

    When: Saturday, September 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Location: Rosemead Library, 8800 Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA
    For information call: 626-573-5220

    Veganized Regional Mexican Cooking #2

    When: October 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Location: Rosemead Library, 8800 Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA
    For information call: 626-573-5220

    Vegan Holiday Dishes

    When: Tuesday, October 21, from 7 to 8 p.m.
    Location: South Bay Adventist Church, 401 S. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, CA
    For information call: 310-214-3123

    Vegan Holiday Feasting

    When: November 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: San Gabriel Library, 500 S. Del Mar Ave., San Gabriel, CA 91776
    For information call: 626-287-0761


    South Bay Plant-Based Cooking School


    Healthy Taste of LA
    Howard Lyman/john Mcdougall/Jan Popper

    Chef AJ Sunday, November 2, 2014

    9:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Torrance Memorial Medical Center Health Conference Center

    3330 Lomita Blvd.,Torrance, CA 90505

    An all-day event featuring nutritional information, chef demonstrations and delicious food.

    Discover how you can transform your health by embracing a plant-based lifestyle.

    You'll hear empowering, life-changing lectures from doctors who are leaders in their field. You'll enjoy delicious food that will bring about these powerful, new changes.

    A day of knowledge, inspiration and lasting enthusiasm.


    Dr. John McDougall, MD, nutrition expert, director of The McDougall Program, author of The Starch Solution

    Howard Lyman, Author of Mad Cowboy

    Dr. Pam Popper, Author of Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life

    Chef Del Sroufe, Author of Forks Over Knives Cookbook

    Chef Eric Lechasseur, Seed Kitchen in Venice, CA

    Chef Ramses Bravo, Author of Bravo!

    Chef AJ, author of Unprocessed

    Eric Lechasseur/Del Sroufe/Ramses Bravo


    Try the Screeching Black Cat Salad with Graveyard Ghoulash
    As You Digest Some Novel Halloween Ideas

    Black Rice, Carrot & Raisin Salad Italian Meatball Sandwich
    When it's time for the big food, bring on the Screeching Black Cat Salad and the Graveyard Ghoulash. You won't need to hunt down a black cat for the salad. Just think black and orange and cook up some wild rice and slice up some carrots. Toss in a good measure of raisins, lemon, and spices, and voila! Rattlesnake Venom Dressing adds a very special optional touch. The Screeching Black Cat Salad is positively enchanting as it is, but tastes positively Draculilcious when enhanced with the venom dressing.
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    Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays Cranberry and Winter Fruit Relish

    Cranberry and Winter Fruit Relish, a delicious recipe from my Vegan for the Holidays cookbook is the consummate dish for the Thanksgiving table. No explanation needed--one glance says it all.

    This cheery and colorful fresh fruit medley combines the fruits with tart, pungent, and spicy seasonings, creating an easy-to-prepare dish that adds a lively and very welcome splash to any holiday meal.
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    Get Ready for a Maple Leaf Thanksgiving This Month
    Savory Lentil Terrine Williamsburg Pumpkin Pie
    While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November, Canadians hold their day of thanks for the bountiful harvest more than a month earlier, on the second Monday in October.

    My new cookbook, Vegan for the Holidays, was released just in time for the Canadian Thanksgiving celebration in 2012! I'm thrilled to share three beautiful dishes from the book that capture the spirit of the early harvest. Each of the recipes can be prepared and enjoyed throughout the autumn season, but they're especially ideal for American Thanksgiving, too.
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    Zel Launches Vegan for the Holidays Blog
    Vegan for the Holidays Blog

    Vegan for the Holidays Blog is THE place to find exceptional vegan recipes and ideas saved just for those special holiday gatherings when you yearn to bring something inviting to the table. Zel's featured seasonal ingredients, like chestnuts, pomegranates, persimmons, squashes, and nuts that make vegan dining so special during autumn and winter festivities.

    Some of the recipes, like the finger lickin' Holiday Ready Apple Crisp, Brussels Sprouts Go Seoul Searching, Santa's Favorite Panforte, Almond Nutloaf, and Thanksgiving Torte are from Zel's cookbooks (Vegan for the Holidays and The Nut Gourmet). But Zel continues to create irresistible holiday recipes that are now finding a happy home on the blog.
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    World's Only Vegan Oktoberfest
    Welcomes 1000s in Santa Monica

    Vegan Oktoberfest

    The beer kegs were raining gallons of golden brew at Oktoberfest 2014 held on Oktober 4 along the beautiful shores of Santa Monica. The sky was clear, the gentle breeze stirred the air, and the weather was hot, but none of that mattered on this festive day that featured rollicking Bavarian music and 21 breweries serving beer samples to lines of eager tasters.

    The mood was in high gear with Stewedshiedzel and Bavarian Stew, the band leading spirited German drinking songs, lively polka music, and holding various beer-oriented contests throughout their 3 1/2 hours on stage.
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    Fox News Features Attack on Meatless Monday "Propaganda"

    Fox News

    Fox News lambasted local Texas schools' implementation of Meatless Mondays as anti-scientific "propaganda" that won't improve the environment. But several scientific studies show that reducing meat from the average diet brings considerable environmental benefits.

    Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples has been railing against the implementation of "Meatless Mondays" in several Texas elementary schools as "agenda-driven propaganda," and he continued his campaign on Fox News' September 15 edition of Fox & Friends.

    The lunch programs, taking place in several Texas and California schools, will serve vegetarian meals on Mondays, giving students the option of bringing their own non-vegetarian lunch as well. Staples berated the program as an "agenda-driven campaign" that's "really not sound science."
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    Octoberfest Began with Prince Ludwig Celebrating His Marriage

    Sauerkraut Soup Oktoberfest Kale Salad

    The original Oktoberfest had a sweet, romantic beginning that dates back to October 17th in the year 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig wanted to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghaussen with a little extra fan-fare that went beyond the stiff and often formal, customary royal rituals. He simply wanted to throw his bride a grand party.

    To celebrate the happy occasion, the crown prince invited all the residents of Munich to attend the celebration in the large field at the entrance to the city gates. Thousands attended to see the colorful parade and drink enormous quantities of "bier." And because the prince wanted to close the "bierfest" on a high note, the last day of the event featured horse races with crowds cheering jubilantly along with the royal family.
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    Morissey Sells Controversial T-Shirts

    Morrissey, friend of the animals, has made it clear by now that he doesn't care so much for humanoids. And now you can join Morrissey in his four-legged friend appreciation with new merchandise offered in the singer's new online shop.

    The most potentially offensive of the bunch is a T-shirt that states bluntly, "BE KIND TO ANIMALS OR I'LL KILL YOU." It's conveniently available in both navy blue and also cardinal red.
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    Ahimsa Is the Word for Nonviolence and Tasty Food

    Ahimsa Ahimsa

    Simple, freshly prepared conscious food is alive and well at Ahimsa Vegan Kitchen in downtown Long Beach, a mere two blocks from the 5th Street Metro stop. Formerly called Zephyr, the café has been spruced up to create a welcoming ambience with a menu of fresh new vegan offerings.

    To maintain customer loyalty, owner Todd Garvey kept many of the same menu items that were frequently requested but added all of the Indian and Mexican specialties. Lentil soup is a daily offering, while the new Mediterranean Bowl and signature Ahimsa Wrap with almond sauce are also part of the new items that represent about 50-percent of the menu.
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    She's Been Running For Life All of Her Life

    Ruth Heidrich

    Ruth Heidrich has been running for her life almost all of her life. Because of her dedicated exercise program, this septuagenarian has the bone structure that many thirty year olds would envy. The word "osteoporosis" is not in her vocabulary.

    Now in her 70s, this raw vegan triathlete is the winner of more than 900 trophies, 8 gold medals in the U.S. Senior Olympics, and has participated in 67 marathons including ones in Boston, New York, and Moscow. She is the winner of 6 Ironman Triathlons but would prefer the title of "IronLADY" instead of Ironman.
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    Aunt Nettie Knows How to Stuff a Belly with a Sweet Potato

    Veggie Stuffed Sweet Potato One o' my favorite fixin's fer sweet taters is ta cook up a nice pot o' veggies an' lentils 'til they's nice an soft when I poke my fork inter the pot. Nothin' fancy here, just a heap o' veggies that taste good to ya. An' when they's all cooked up nice an' soft, all's ya do is spoon up a heap an' tuck it right inter that tater. That's all there is to it.

    An' a supper like that does more 'n' jes fill the belly. Why, all them veggies and lentils gives y'all a heap o' vitamins an' minerals an' fiber, too. An' darlin', them lentils is famous fer fiber, I tell ya true.
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    Join the Festivities:
    Vegetarian Awareness Month
    & National Mexican American Heritage Month

    Chiles en Nogada Ensalada de Nopalitos

    This special feature honors National Mexican American Heritage month occurring from September 15 through October 15 along with World Vegetarian Day on October 1 and leading into October's Vegetarian Awareness Month. World Vegetarian Day was jumpstarted in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.

    As Vegetarian Awareness Month comes to a close, World Vegan Day follows on November 1, an annual event created by The Vegan Society UK in 1994 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

    These events bring vegetarians and vegans together worldwide to celebrate animal rights and compassionate eating with local events like street fairs, potluck gatherings, tree plantings, film showings, and food samplings.
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    No Sheep in Wolf's Clothing; It's a Kid

    green kids club: wolf howls green kids club: wolf howls is a sensitive story that makes young children aware that many wild animals should not be killed, but instead preserved. It is a story parents will enjoy reading to their children whose attention will be held by the engaging illustrations in a tale that emphasizes that animals also live in families that care for each other.
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    Are Canned Beans as Healthy as Home Cooked?

    Beans are an essential part of any healthful diet. The federal government recommends about half a cup a day of beans, counting them as both a protein and a vegetable since they have the best of both worlds. Beans are excellent sources of fiber, folate, plant protein, plant iron, vitamin B1, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, all while being naturally low in sodium.

    Yet Americans don't know beans! 96% of Americans don't even meet the measly minimum recommended intake of beans, chickpeas, split peas or lentils. The same percentage of Americans don't eat their greens every day.

    But how should we get our beans? Canned beans are convenient, but are they as nutritious as home-cooked? And if we do used canned, should we drain them or not? A recent study published in Food and Nutrition Sciences spilled the beans.
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    Share the VeggieTaster's Experience
    With Three New Vegan Delights
    Sweet Earth Curry Recipe Seitan

    Seitan to Curry Your Favor

    The pre-seasoned seitan comes in an 8-ounce package that lists 2 servings, but actually I stretched it to serve 3. The seitan was pre-cooked, very well seasoned, and made a wonderful entrée with a few simply stir-fried veggies. The versatility is really cool--the seitan can be sliced or diced, or cut into skinny little strips and tossed into any kind of sauce you like. It's the delicious flavor and tender texture that went down so easy.
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    Buddy Fruits Buddy Up with Buddy Fruits

    This company must have read my mind and came to my rescue with great flavors like apple and banana, apple and strawberry, and apple and multifruit--yum! I can even pack these pouches with a twist-off cap in my kids' lunches and know they'll actually eat it. Great thing is there's just fruit with nothing else added and nothing taken out except the apple skins. Tastes pretty darned good, too!
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    A Chip Off the Old Almond
    NII Bar--Almond Chocolate Chip

    Discovered NII Bar-Almond Chocolate Chip flavor. It's organic, gluten-free, vegan, and even soy-free--what's not to love! It's delicious without being over-the-top sweet with its soft, moist, and chewy texture. It's totally fab, and I really like the 1.8-ounce size--just right in so many ways--especially that it keeps me from overindulging. Bet you'll raise the bar with this one!
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    Kale and Hearty,
    Kale Is King of the Brassicas

    One Hail of a Kale Salad Holiday Confetti Kale Salad

    What used to be a frilly green decorative item in food displays is now recognized as a nutrition powerhouse. In the past, caterers would display a scintillating entrée by placing it on a bed of bright green parsley and kale. From just a decorative adornment for the "real food," kale has become the most valuable "real food" for the health conscious.

    Chef Dan Barber had been serving kale chips to happy customers at his Stone Hill Barns restaurant in New York. When he shared his kale chip recipe in a 2009 issue of Bon Appetit, he noticed the vegetable jumped into prominence. By developing more kale recipes and presenting them in innovative recipes, he sparked such interest that Bejo Seeds, a seed company, began to notice a flurry of seed sales overnight.
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    Honor Vesanto Melina, Recipient of the 24 Carrot Award

    Vesanto Melina Becoming Vegan Express Edition

    After being immersed in academia, studying and teaching university, I lived in India for 4 years, along with 4 trips to Nepal. The Eastern experience gave a balance to a life that had kept me in my head, my mind. India has such a profound spiritual foundation, a reverence for life (including the lives of animals) -- and great vegetarian food. Twenty years ago, sitting in the sun at the top of a mountain in Nepal, I realized that teaching people how to manage well on a plant-based diet would be my life work.
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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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