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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

DECEMBER 2016 Vol. 18 No. 12

We wish all our readers a holiday season filled with
Love, Peace, Good Health, and Happiness

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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Vegan Cooking with Zel Allen--FREE
A Plant-Based Cooking Demonstration

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Hermosa Beach Library
Location: 550 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
For information and to make your reservation, call 310-379-8475

Treat the Family to Vegan for the Holidays--FREE
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class

When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Agoura Hills Library
Location: 29901 Ladyface Court., Agoura Hills, CA 91301
For information and to make your reservation, call 818-889-2278

Delicious Dining Vegan Style
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
Location: Toll Middle School, 700 Glenwood Rd., Glendale, CA 91201
Held in Room 1206
Cost: $39 plus $20 for food and recipe handouts
For information and to make your reservation, call 818-548-0864, Ext. 5015


I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Dinner

Celery Root Chowder Cool Yule Salad
Holiday Snow Quiche Cauliflower Mountain

If we Southern Californians can't enjoy a Christmas with snow on the ground, we certainly could feast on a White Christmas Dinner. So I began to imagine each course white as snow but dressed in holiday reds and greens. That festive picturesque scene was a can-do and is ready for anyone romantic enough to share my what-if!

While I held that image of everything on the plate looking white as snow, the foods I chose didn't cooperate entirely. Though I began with foods that are white, after cooking, baking, or blending, the white became a bit tarnished. Still, the theme prevails.
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Pragmatists Take Charge in Vegan Movement
Humane Society

A 2001 schism splintered the vegan community into two camps: absolutists who tout veganism as an all-or-nothing moral imperative, and pragmatists who quietly advocate for incremental change. The vegan movement's brain finally outgrew its heart, and in less than two decades the pragmatic vein of the movement has morphed into one of the biggest disruptors of the American food system.
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Shayda Tells Her Story:
100 Pound Weight Loss

Shayda Soleymani

January 12, 2012 was the day my life changed forever. What an amazing group of people I was with, and AJ had built this safe environment for all of us! After the first meeting, AJ passed out some healthy dessert that she had made. As the tray came around to me, I looked up and locked eyes with John Pierre. He said absolutely nothing, but I focused on his eyes. I did not touch the dessert and just kept passing it along. I think that day set the tone of my getting healthy. Abstaining from dessert, even though it was healthy, was the best thing I ever did. He also told me that if I continue eating this way, I would not need surgery on my ankle.
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Hanukkah Gelt Brazil Nut & Raisin Cabbage Rolls Pear Cranberry Compote Potato Latkes
Celebrate Hanukkah with Vegetarians in Paradise

Zel Allen and Diana Friedberg filming cook three delicious dishes for their Hanukkah celebration. Together they assembled Brazil Nut and Raisin Cabbage Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce for the main course accompanied with golden crisp Potato Latkes topped with homemade Tofu Sour Cream. A traditional festive Jewish meal concludes with compote. Zel and Diana prepared delicious Pear Cranberry Compote and dressed it up with a unique touch--Choco-Wafers. The last segment concludes with a family celebration of the holiday.
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Follow the Nguzo Sagah in a Vegan Kwanzaa Celebration

African Pumpkin Stew Okra Creole Mac'n' Cheese Sweet Potato Pie
The week-long celebration occurs at the end of the year when the country is caught up in a frenzy of shopping, gift giving, and the commercialism of the corporate world. And while the Kwanzaa celebration from December 26 to January 1 includes some gift giving, the holiday was conceived to set aside this special time for families and friends to gather together and reflect on self-affirmation, introspection, community, culture, and family.
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Bean Juice Whips Them All

Aquafaba Zsu Dever Who would have thought that the juice from a can of chickpeas was not destined to be poured down the drain, but instead has become an essential ingredient in the kitchen as a possible egg replacement?

Goose Wohlt, who writes the forward to this cookbook, was an early discoverer of this liquid that came to be known as aquafaba. Author Zsu Dever credits him for the naming by combining the Latin words for water (aqua) and beans (faba).
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Chick-Fil-A Owner Goes Vegan to Save His Life

Chick-Fil-A "I am thinner now than I was in high school," he said. "I am 61, but I feel like I am 30. When I was stuck in that chair, I couldn't hardly do anything. When I accepted the new way of eating, I got my strength back. I am getting a second chance in life."

Still in his wallet is a Chick-fil-A card Kluttz can use to eat free anytime, a perk for former franchisees.

That's a treat for his grandchildren from time to time, but not him. Read More.

Zel's Christmas Timbales--Eat Them or Beat Them

Curried Christmas Timales/Bell Pepper Relish Tampico Timbales
Two plusses make these dishes ideal for holiday season cooking--they're so unfussy and easy to make and they can be made a day or two ahead. What home cook doesn't appreciate that realm of ultra-convenience at holiday time?

Both dishes lend themselves to creative presentations, so have fun playing with garnishing these cute little timbales in your cozy kitchen.
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Chef Chloe Brings Her Vegan Victuals to LA

By Chloe

We love Chef Chloe Coscarelli's contribution to our hip vegan dining scene and think you will, too. After wowing the judges and winning first prize in TV's Food Network Cupcake Wars with her memorable vegan cupcake, she decided to open her By Chloe restaurant in New York in 2015. Angelenos were delighted when she set up her fast casual eatery linked to Whole Foods 365 Market in Los Angeles in 2016.

Venture over to the shopping center on Glendale Boulevard just south of Fletcher Drive in Silver Lake for a bite of Chef Chloe's tasty casual eats. It's one of the coolest little spots you could desire for foods that are fun to eat and make you want to lick your fingers.
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He's the First Vegan to Climb Mount Everest

Kuntal Joisher

Thirty-five-year-old software programer Kuntal Joisher wanted to kill the most frequently asked but annoying question that he faces as a vegan: "Where are you getting your proteins from?"

So he vowed to be the first vegan to climb Mount Everest from the Nepalese Himalayan range.

Then the earthquake happened.
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Usher in the New Year with a Soiree Or a Daytime Bash
Spicy Pecan Gremolata Log Cinnamon Peanut Butter Torte

Whether our New Year celebration bids farewell to the "old" year on New Year's Eve or welcomes in the new year on New Year's Day, we can bet the celebrants will be in a festive mood and ready for some tasty bites and zesty beverages.

We plan to start the New Year's Eve gatherings on the late side, often about nine or even ten in the evening. That's because many friends enjoy going out to dinner before the party and joining together afterward for nibbling on finger foods, tidbits, and some New Year spirit.
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Doctor, Heal Thyself!
Steven Lawenda
As a family medicine physician, I treat patients all day long for conditions related to poor nutrition and obesity: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, acid reflux, sleep apnea, arthritis, and low back pain, to name a few. Yet not so long ago, I too was careening down the very same path to health destruction. I have struggled with my weight my entire life, especially since graduating high school. I'm 6'2" and weighed up to 255 lbs. at my peak, which technically qualified me as obese.
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Farro's Feast Is Fit for a King
Farro's Feast
This stand-out, fit-for-a king entrée derives its natural sweetness by merging a riot of dried fruits with beans and farro, a unique grain with ancestral roots in ancient Egypt. Chestnuts, an often under-utilized, delicately sweet treat of the autumn and holiday season, add their special richness to this jubilee of flavors. The festive holiday table is the perfect occasion to present this delicious dish that's been blessed with the perfect medley of sweet, savory, and lightly spicy flavors.
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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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Aunt Nettie Gets Sloshed--
With Christmas Nog

Ask Aunt Nettie Christmas Nog Nice thing is y'all don't have ta work very hard ta make folks feel the holiday spirit--an' whether y'all serve it up with a tad o' brandy or not, a l'il ole cup o' nog is a mighty nice way to toast with holiday cheer. Folks can git mighty happy on this nog, mind you, and start toastin' all sorts o' things--Aunt Susie's chocolate brownies, yer Dad's new car, an' even babies that ain't been born yet.

But it don't matter a hoot--long as ever'one's having a mighty fine time. Now I want ta wish ever'one a wonderful season o' holiday happiness any which way y'all celebrate.
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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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