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Zel's Cooking Demonstrations and Classes
When: Wednesday, February 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
Location: Toll Middle School, Room 1206, Glendale, CA
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
When: Saturday, February 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join a Wild Celebration to Blow Out
16 Candles on Our Birthday Cake
As we light the 16th candle on the VegParadise Birthday Cake and embark on our 17th year of publication, we reflect on the challenging experience of publishing a monthly internet magazine for our staff of two who function as webmasters, researchers, writers, and editors. The experience has been labor intensive but quite rewarding, though not monetarily. Even though we are listed as a dot com, we are strictly nonprofit and not a commercial site.
We are especially gratified that we are able to reach such a wide audience. Our email inbox is continuously filled with questions and congratulatory comments from people in 200 nations around the globe who visit our vegan web magazine. We currently have over 15,000 subscribers who receive information about our monthly updates.
Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
Brenda Davis Receives 24 Carrot Award
Discover Passion and Romance on Valentine's Day
With Valentine's Day just ahead, Cupid is poised and ready to touch two hearts that share thoughts of love. A little planning and a few gourmet dishes can make that special person in your life feel pampered to the max. And you'll soon notice those sweet moments of TLC flowing back to your heart. After all, it's Cupid's day to romp his way into lovers' hearts.
For that special Valentine of yours, set the love scene with extra special touches. Haul out the linens, light the candles, and turn on the soft music. A small vase with a single red rose and a glass of wine or sparkling apple cider launches your special Valentine dinner with a sweet beginning.
Zel Launches 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.
Score a Touchdown and Some Extra Points
At Your Super Bowl Party
Kick off the big game in the company of your favorite friends and family with old-fashioned comfort foods that offer cozy warmth and evoke compliments from the mesmerized fans who can barely take their eyes off the TV long enough to express appreciation.
A simple Sun-Dried Tomato Hummos comes to the football gathering dressed as a football. Prepare a double quantity of this popular garbanzo bean dip and flavor it with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and a touch of spice. Shape it like the pigskin zooming across the football field and decorate with turnip strips to resemble the laces.
Usher in the New Year with a Soiree
Or a Daytime Bash
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.
Diners Take the Golden Road
One chilly night in December our friends Jan and Julian joined us to experience a little brew and some tasty eats at the brewery, one that's devoted to sustainability, fresh ingredients, and support of the local community. And what a pleasant surprise it was to discover it's not the tiny little pub we had expected! Rather, the spacious locale offers four giant-size dining areas, each informal and uniquely different.
Golden Road Brewery doesn't only brew as many as 20-plus delightful varieties of craft beer throughout the year. They also created an exciting pub and restaurant that can accommodate up to 500 beer and pub-grub enthusiasts at their Los Angeles location.
Zel's in the Soup AgainI discovered long ago that soup can be a great way to satisfy a hearty appetite without contributing too many calories. One key to making a healthy, robust soup is building it with an abundance of starchy vegetables and staying away from fatty ingredients. That way the calories don't get out of hand, yet the soup will still make a filling main dish.
Another plus is to make the soup flavorful so it becomes an enjoyable meal. And even if you do take a second helping, you'll still not be piling on the calories.
Baker's Dozen of Inspired Chefs
Join New Year's Chili Bash
But what should we serve a throng of hungry guests during the lively festivities? No problem! Put a kitchen full of innovative chefs together and ask what they thought about a Chili Bash for a New Year's celebration.
They loved it! The consensus of chefs was a positive vote to put chili on the New Year's menu. It didn't take much convincing to tease a chili recipe from these generous chefs--and what an inventive collection of chili recipes we've assembled!
Veganuary Campaign Urges People
To Go Vegan This Month
A worldwide campaign is nudging carnivores to switch to veganism during January.
Veganuary was started in late 2013 by U.K.-based husband-and-wife duo Matthew Glover and Jane Land.
"We wanted to provide people with the practical help and advice to try vegan, but we also wanted to create an inclusive community where people could feel supported and heard," Land writes on the campaign's site.
Cardiologist Tells What She's Learned About Going Vegan
Hard to believe it's been that long since March 2005, when I paced the Strong Memorial Hospital cafeteria my first night as a vegan looking for what vegan thing I could eat for dinner and settled for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
From my own trials and mistakes, here's what I've learned:
1) It's not just about eliminating animal products. It's about including new foods.
It is hard to stick with something when the approach is "these are the things I cannot eat." But rather, it should be a journey of finding what you CAN eat! Try new foods. Have you ever had quinoa? Baked tofu? Seitan (not pronounced like the devil, but rather say-TAN)?
Bloggers' Question: Are V8 Vegetable Juice
& Campbell's Tomato Soup Vegan?
Company Delivers Mixed Messages
Blogger Vani Hari, whose internet avatar is Food Babe, wondered whether "Flavoring" might be derived from an animal source. She also questioned why the label said "100% Vegetable Juice" even though "Flavoring" would contradict that claim and make the juice less than "100% Vegetable Juice."
Her readers carried the investigation further by going to Twitter and asking Campbell's, the parent company, if V8 "Flavoring" was animal based. The tweet from Campbell's Cares said, "Yes, they may include meat/seafood/poultry/dairy when the function in the food is flavoring rather than nutrition."
Scientists Use Yeast to Create
100% Real Vegan Cheese
Vegan Cheese isn't a cheese substitute like so many others out there: it's actual, mouth-watering, delicious real cheese created via the same techniques used to make dairy-based cheeses. The team of molecular biologists who came up with this brilliance bio-engineered regular bakers yeast to make milk proteins known as caseins. These caseins then get blended together with vegan sugar, oil, and water, to brew up a non-animal-derived milk that can be transformed into cheese by standard, time-tested methods.
This vegan cheese contains no GMOs and no animal products whatsoever. It's a healthier, more ethical, and environmentally responsible food than current dairy-based cheeses, and the best part? You can make your own version at home!
Aunt Nettie Turns On the Kettle
& Gets Lentilated
I tell ya true, it's hard ta make a bad meal when makin' lentil soup--it's such a belly-filler an' tastes so good. Why, 1 pound o' lentils kin make at least 55 different kinds o' soup--imagine that! Now, in this here kettle I went a-lookin' at my spice shelf and put in a pinch of this an' that. An' afore I knowed it, why I had one o' the best lentil soups I ever tasted.
Popular Documentary Film Inspires
Healthy Lifestyle Book
With the impressive buzz stirred by 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives, it seemed only natural that the book The Forks Over Knives Plan would follow. While the film showed that doctors were achieving success in treating and curing patients with food-as-medicine, the The Forks Over Knives Plan puts the details on paper so a wide audience can learn how to incorporate a whole-foods plant-based diet into everyday life.
California Has First Vegan School in the US
MUSE school in Topanga Canyon, California, USA, will make history by becoming the nation's first to implement a vegan diet by 2015.
The students grow and eat their own school-grown veggies. There are nearly 50 garden beds between the school's two campuses. The students' daily curriculum at the two campuses includes the maintenance of the gardens under the guidance of a year-round gardener and educator.
Famed Dietitians Update Seminal Work
Veganism has arrived! As Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina point out in their latest book, "There is no denying it: vegan is on the radar of mainstream America. It has arrived because of the moguls and other pioneers who have defied the stereotypes and made vegan attractive to the masses." Prominent athletes, bodybuilders, models, movie stars, musicians, chefs, dietitians, and doctors proudly announce they have adopted this lifestyle.
USC Study Says Vegan Diet Helps Most with Weight Loss?
A recent study at the University of South Carolina shows that people lose more weight while on a plant-based diet--as if we needed another reason to go vegan.
Researchers wanted to study which kind of diet was best for losing weight, and it turns that a strict vegan diet--cutting all animal products, including eggs and dairy--is most effective for weight loss. In fact, a completely plant-based diet proved even vegetarian diets don't quite cut it, either.
But if you want to lose weight, a healthy vegan diet could be the best route.
One plus side is that vegan diets include carbohydrates. In fact, the USC study's vegan diet was high in carbs.
People Return to Old Ways of Eating
Oldways, founded in 1990, is an organization with a philosophy that helps people return to more traditional ways of eating that honor farm-fresh foods prepared from scratch and enjoyed in the company of friends and family.
Anyone wanting to learn how to eat a nutritionally sound, plant-based regimen will find the Oldways booklet a welcome guidebook. With the guidance of Sharon Palmer, no one need worry about getting enough protein or calcium or if the meal plans provide the right kind of fats. Those concerns are covered in simple, easy-to follow steps.
100-Year-Old Surgeon Credits
Vegan Eating for Long Life
With age comes wisdom, and halfway through Dr. Ellsworth Wareham's 100 years, the now-retired heart surgeon adopted a plant-based diet after learning about a study out of the Cleveland Clinic proving that a vegan diet can prevent heart disease. That study's findings are perfectly presented in the documentary, Forks Over Knives.
One of the first open heart surgeons in the United States, Wareham noticed a difference between meat-eaters and vegetarians in his patients. He noted that vegetarians tended to have much smoother and cleaner arteries, while meat-eaters' arteries were often clogged with calcium and plaque.
Clearly, Wareham's thriving on a plant-based diet. At 100 years old, he's still climbing stairs and doing his own yardwork! Wareham counts on 8-9 hours of sleep a night and starts each day with a breakfast of whole wheat cereal and almond milk.
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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