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Vegetarians in Paradise
 Vegetarians in Paradise Vegetarian/Vegan Magazine

A Los Angeles Vegan Web Magazine

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By Zel and Reuben Allen

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 Vol. 16 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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    A Vegan Holiday Feast

    A Hands-on Vegan Cooking Class with Zel and Reuben Allen

    Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    Where: Toll Middle School, Room 1206
    700 Glenwood Road, Glendale 91202

    Class Fee: $35, $20 payable to instructors for recipes and a Delicious Vegan Meal

    Phone: Glendale College Community Services
    818-240-1000, Ext. 5015 for reservation

    For a menu and more information CLICK HERE.


    Vegan Octoberfest


    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


    Go West As You End the Summer
    with a Fabulous Vegan Barbecue

    Grill Taters 'N' Toppings Cowboy Steaks
    Wind up the summer with a bash that celebrates the Labor Day holiday with panache. Invite some amigos, fire up the grill, and dish up a Western-style barbecue that carries the flavor of the Old West with every succulent bite. Got some tough hombres who are tofu-shy and need a little arm-twistin'? Many carnivores believe vegans live a life of deprivation. Lasso 'em, and then dazzle 'em with a host of finger-lickin' made-from-scratch eats that make the Labor Day holiday memorable.
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    Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays New Year Log

    Decked out for the holiday in its festive winter coat of pecans, peppercorns, and fresh herbs and served with crackers, this tasty log of well-seasoned tofu will delight a hungry crowd of party guests with a single shmear. It works perfectly as a make-ahead starter.
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    Eleven Chefs Tackle the Zucchini Extravaganza

    Zucchini Ramen Zucchini Coins with Herbs & Pine Nuts Creamy Squash Casserole Raw Zucchini Noodles/Fresh Tomato Sauce Chocolate Zucchini Cake Tortilla Soup Zucchini Alla Griglia/Blood Orange Balsamic Chocolate Zucchini Nut Muffins Nutella Zucchini Cream Pie Bars Seductive Stuffed Zucchini

    We thought it would be a blast to reach out to some of the cyber world's innovative vegan chefs, recipe bloggers, and cookbook authors to gather-up a heaping bundle of great zucchini recipes.

    Hopefully, these tempting, imaginative creations and stunning photos will inspire home chefs across the country and across the continents to bring some fresh, new dishes that showcase this humble, yet elegant vegetable--the beautiful zucchini--to the table.
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    Vegetarian Bashing Flourishes on the Internet
    Science 2.0

    Frankly, we're tired of vegetarian bashing, especially on the internet where anyone can make ridiculous statements sound like serious science. We recently read a few articles that made us mad as hell and were curious about the people behind the articles.

    One of those people who delights in bashing vegetarians and their lifestyle and ideas is Hank Campbell who says, "I don't mind going out to lunch with a vegetarian, we can order just one regular meal and I can eat the actual food and they can eat the leftover stuff on the plate that my food ate while it was living to grow into bigger food."
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    He Lost 100 Pounds After Watching a Documentary
    Benji Kurtz

    Over Memorial Day weekend 2013, Kurtz and his wife watched Forks Over Knives, a documentary on the science behind plant-based eating. At that point, he weighed 258 pounds.

    The scientific evidence presented on why humans should eat a plant-based diet just made sense to Kurtz. It was like a light bulb went on, he explains.

    It wasn't just his weight that started to drop. His cholesterol went from over 200 to 167. His blood pressure lowered. His health insurance rates also went down three times as he got healthier.
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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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    Warning: Pretty Pink Peppercorns
    Can Be Dangerous!

    Pink Peppercorns Pink peppercorns, appealing and innocent-looking pink berries, can have the same serious, life-threatening allergenic potential for anyone who suffers from a tree nut allergy. People who avoid eating nuts because of tree-nut allergies may also want to avoid pink peppercorns. Pink peppercorns are members of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae) that includes cashews, pistachios, mangoes, poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac.
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    Why Aren't There More British Vegan Athletes?

    First, the failure to take up veganism is nothing to do with suitability. The abundance of US athletes who have switched permanently or temporarily to veganism is testament to that. A plant-based diet has many proven benefits including lower blood pressure, less body fat, and increased energy levels; there is plenty of evidence to show that although more food may have to be consumed more regularly to reach the desired number of calories, a vegan diet is not only a viable option, but also a desirable option for athletes.
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    SunCafe Sets the Valley Ablaze with Tasty Dining

    Suncafe SunCafe Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Imagine a Los Angeles vegan restaurant that grew and grew so successfully, it actually outgrew its space within a few short years! We are thrilled to welcome SunCafe Organic Cuisine to its new home on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, just a short distance from its previous location.

    What a treat it was to see how owner-chef Ron Russell and partner Rebecca Smith transformed the space of a defunct, rustic Italian restaurant into a charming and warmly inviting dining locale with attractive little nooks and crannies inside and out.
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    I Quit My Job Selling Frozen Yogurt and Went Vegan

    Frozen Yogurt

    That small shop distributed 240+ gallons of dairy products within a week to customers that would happily wait in line to get their frozen fix. I often thought the hardest part of my day was my drive to and from work past the dairy cows being sent to slaughter for hamburger meat, until the veal incident. The average dairy cow produces milk for four years, if she's lucky. I think about how many cows I sent to an early grave working for that terrible industry.
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    Aunt Nettie Knows Which Side Her Pasta Is Buttered On

    Basil Buttered Pasta with Caramelized Onions The other day, while I was plantin' a few radishes, I begun thinkin' how nice it would be ta cook up a heap o' vegetable fixin's with pasta an' a heap o' good flavor.

    I thought if I kin make it mighty deeeelicious, why lots o' folks might jes start eatin' more vegetables, jes like they oughter. I know, I know, there's lotsa folks don't hardly eat them green veggies at all ever, so I got ta thinkin' it's mighty important fer me ta make more fixin's jes piled ta the rafters with vegetables.
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    You'll Be Surprised:
    These 14 Foods Contain Animal Ingredients

    Animal Ingredients

    If you're a vegetarian or vegan, you know the obvious foods to avoid--there's no confusion about where that steak came from. But the ingredients of other foods aren't so obvious.

    Food labels can be confusing or even misleading, and some foods that seem meat-free can contain hidden animal products.

    Take a look at our list of foods that aren't vegetarian--or vegan friendly.
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    Zel's Smokin' Hot Off the Cob

    While corn is in season, I serve it many ways--grilled right in the husk, blended into fresh corn chowder, and eaten raw in salads. I created this delightful salad that lets fresh raw corn shine brightly in the salad bowl and still reveal its intense sweetness.

    In addition to delivering seductive flavors, this salad makes a beautiful addition to a potluck buffet or simply added to the dinner menu. The way I've rambled on about fresh corn, you might think fresh corn wears a halo at my table. Well, I'm off to the kitchen to keep that halo glistening!
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    Plant-Based Recipes Help Him Lose 200 Pounds

    Better Than Vegan Cookbook author and chef Del Sroufe weighed 475 pounds even though he followed a vegan diet. Quite amazing is that on a vegan diet, he has lost 245 pounds. If this sounds mysterious, it's not. "I'm living proof that, at least as far as health goes, simply avoiding animal products isn't good enough if you're eating the wrong foods. It's not enough just to be vegan," he says.

    Del grew up in a family that was used to preparing the typical caloric, high-fat, greasy, standard American meals that made many of his family members obese. He became overweight as a young child and struggled with excessive pounds all his life. While working and cooking at a vegetarian coffeehouse, he met vegans, vegetarians, and raw foodists who spoke to him about the animal cruelty connected to food production.
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    Should Christians Go Vegetarian?
    Cross and Bible

    The debate on whether Christians have an obligation to follow a vegetarian, or at least meat-free, diet has been going on for centuries.

    David Grumett, lecturer in Christian Ethics at the University of Edinburgh, confirms there is no single view in Christian theology when it comes to eating animals. But if meat is eaten, Dr Grumett recommends an ethical approach:

    "The animal should be raised well. It should be acknowledged in how they are treated--they are gifts from God.

    "And when they are killed, that should be done with the absolute minimum pain and suffering possible," he added.
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    Share the VeggieTaster's Experience
    With Three New Vegan Delights
    GoPicnic Black Bean Dip

    Pick GoPicnic for a Pick-Me-Up Snack
    A handy little discovery called GoPicnic Black Bean Dip & Plantain Chips came my way and certainly did come in handy on a day I was not home to prep a fresh lunch. Packed into a little 4-ounce box was a small plastic container of tasty black bean dip, some really crisp plantain chips, a teeny packet of fruit & nut mix, and another teeny packet of dark chocolate & tangerine candies. It was a perfect pick-me-up that carried me through 'til dinner. The whole meal had 380 calories, 13g protein, and 9g fiber--not too bad for an on-the-go that's also gluten-free and kosher. But beware the 17g total fat and 5g saturated fat. 4 birds

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    This True Solution Will Shake You Up
    True Solution Nutrition Shake

    This impressive high protein True Solution nutrition shake makes a tasty base for a morning smoothie. Tossed it into the blender and added a banana and a couple of handfuls of frozen blueberries and gave it a whirl. Went down smooth and easy--couldn't be more convenient, and would you believe it's got 17 grams of protein in only 11 ounces? This high-protein shake is great for my friend who just had jaw surgery and is wired shut for a whole month. All he can eat is liquid. This is just what he needs--and it's made from pea protein--not dairy or soy and is gluten-free. Come to think of it, this is perfect nourishment for anyone who has chewing issues.
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    Cuckoo for Coco-Roons
    Coco-Roons Lemon Pie

    Coco-Roons Lemon Pie flavor by Wonderfully Raw are the cutest little coconut macaroons I've ever seen--a perfect dessert to serve my friend who's an unabashed cookie addict. We both gobbled them down like they'd be gone tomorrow--actually, they were. Packed into this little 6-ounce bag were 8 creamy white, little mounds about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and about 1-inch high. Made of unsweetened coconut and raw almond flour, they were ultra moist and damn delicious! Here's some neat stuff about them: they're all raw, certified organic, gluten-free, and kosher. Just don't eat them all in one sitting--one cookie has 78 calories, 6g total fat, and 4g saturated fat.
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    All-Vegan, Gluten-Free Restaurant Opens in Berkeley

    Sanctuary Bistro
    Not a place with a few vegan and gluten-free options on the menu, no. Sanctuary Bistro, a sit-down restaurant where vegan and gluten-free diners can choose anything on the menu without having to ask what's in it. A husband and wife are behind Sanctuary Bistro, Barry Horton and Jennifer Jones Horton. The couple gained enough of a following with Local Love to raise over $25,000 with Kickstarter to help open the new restaurant.
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    Apricots Roasted in Custard Pie

    Roasted Apricot Custard Pie
    Along with nectarines and peaches, apricots are the quintessential summer fruit, I've never really liked them raw. Even so, it's impossible to resist these beautiful fruits when they are abundant at the market. Roasting the apricots brings out their sweetness and gives them a rich, syrupy flavor--perfect for a summer pie.
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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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