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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

APRIL 2017 Vol. 19 No.4

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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Carpe Diem for a Delectable Easter Meal
Over the Rainbow Slaw Polenta Ragout

Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie Cuuried Ham Polenta

And isn't it impossible to imagine celebrating any holiday without the sharing of a delectable meal rich with flavor and bursting with color. While many Americans may have established the long-standing habit of always serving ham for Easter, vegans consider a healthier and more humane option, one with inviting eye appeal, tantalizing flavor, and wholesome satiety. The featured dish focuses on legumes and freshly harvested spring vegetables laced with robust seasonings.
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Passover, No Challenge for Good Cooks
Almond Nutloaf Carrot Parsnip Ragout

Passover Spinach Vegetable Mina

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.
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ICE Plans to Deport Zel & Reuben,
Claims They Are Undocumented
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

In a new birther scandal, officials in U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement are charging Zel and Reuben are illegally in the United States and have no papers to prove they are citizens of the country. In a case before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego, government attorneys are presenting evidence that this pair of fugitives should be apprehended and not allowed to remain in the country. Meanwhile, this pair of desperadoes is hiding in an undisclosed location in La La Land.
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Necco Dazzles with Japanese Tapas

Necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant

What a dazzling display of gorgeous colors and innovative food artistry! And we hadn't tasted a thing yet! This well-trained chef knows how to tease the palate. Our eyes were first to experience the food and awaken our other senses to the treat we were about to devour! We knew we were in good hands with Chef Kenji Koyama, who co-founded the restaurant.
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Good Things Jar A terrific idea came our way from our neighborhood real estate agent, and we adopted it. We began keeping a GOOD THINGS JAR handy on the counter along with a small note pad and pen. Every time we experience one of those special good things, we quickly write it down, fold the note, and tuck it into the jar.

Send some of your GOOD THINGS to us at vegparadise@vegparadise.com and we'll gladly share them with our readers. Maybe we can create a GOOD THINGS ZONE where we can take joy in each other's GOOD THINGS. It just may become a place of comfort to cheer you up when times get tough.
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Vegetables Are Hot in Kitchens
Across the United States

Grapes/Fingerlings/Watermelon Radishes

If you're a foodie with a willing and venturesome palate, you may have noticed your favorite restaurants are dishing up some unique fruit and vegetable concoctions recently. Vegetables are HOT with chefs across the country, highlighting them in menus featuring imaginative, vegetable-centric dishes.

Gone are the familiar piles of steamed carrots or broccoli next to mashed potatoes on the plate. Instead, chefs are putting their left-brains into high gear and turning out tantalizing vegetable dishes flaunting exotic herb and spice blends.
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What Do You Eat When You Can't Eat Anything?

Low-FODMAP and Vegan Jo Stepaniak In Low-FODMAP and Vegan she describes her personal battle with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). "Why aren't we among the majority of vegans who are thriving and feeling fabulous? What's the matter with us?" she writes in the introduction.

The author then explains that there is currently no cure for IBS, but there are ways to manage this ailment by recognizing triggers and "managing our symptoms through a revolutionary scientifically proven method."
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Organic Food--a Healthier Alternative

Organic Food
Research suggests organic food contains:
  • 20-40% more antioxidants: Phenolics (19% higher), flavanones (69% higher), stilbenes (28% higher), flavones (26% higher), and flavonols (50% higher).

  • Fewer pesticides: The frequency of pesticides in non-organic fruit is 75%, non-organic vegetables, 32% and non-organic crop based processed foods, 45%. More than 300 pesticides can be used in non-organic farming.

  • Less cadmium: There is typically 48% lower concentrations of toxic metal cadmium in organic crops.

  • Less nitrogen: Organic produce contains less nitrogen, which has previously been linked to cancers including stomach cancer.

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Woman Who Adopted Plant-Based Diet
Saw MS Symptoms Fade

Dr Saray Stancic By 2003, Stancic had been suffering from MS for years, needed a cane or crutch to walk and was taking a dozen medications a day to manage the condition.

She adopted a plant-based, vegan diet herself, and even though MS is considered an incurable, degenerative disease, her symptoms gradually faded. Soon she no longer needed a crutch to walk. She stopped taking her medications. Six years after she became a vegan, she was able to run a marathon.
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Zel & Reuben Interviewed on Vegan Spirituality

Senior Vegans:
Opting for a Meat-Free Life in Later Years

As an increasingly aging population, we're becoming ever aware of the need to improve our diets and lifestyles to keep us as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Many people might wonder whether a vegan lifestyle might suit them as they age, especially if they have concerns about their health or long-term illness. Here are the benefits of going vegan and the ways in which we can get the essential nutrients we need.
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Donald Trump Trump Plans to House Homeless
At Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida

President Donald Trump has plans to Make America Great Again. He's working on a program he will implement shortly to house the homeless in the 118 rooms of the famous Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The homeless will occupy suites, cottages, bungalows, and beachfront accommodations. The new guests will also have an opportunity to play golf at the nearby Trump International Golf Club-West Palm Beach. "I feel I can help make America great again by taking these people away from the terrible carnage of American cities," Trump said.
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Esther the Vegan Wonder Pig Grows to 670 Pounds,
Has Million Facebook Fans

Esther the Wonder Pig

A couple who bought a micro-pig were stunned when their pint-sized family pet turned into a 670-pound giant. Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter from Ontario, Canada, adopted Esther thinking she would only grow to around 70 pounds. But they were tricked and two-year-old Esther has not stopped growing and is now heavier than a fully-grown female polar bear.
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Imagine a Passover Kabocha Pizza!

Kabocha Pizza

A cheery looking, brightly colored appetizer, this tasty take on pizza can be served gently warmed or at room temperature. For convenience, the ingredients can be prepared a day ahead and assembled shortly before serving. The "pizzas" can be eaten warmed in the oven or enjoyed freshly prepared at room temperature.

I prepared this delight well before Passover and used a whole-wheat pita as a base, but it works equally well on matzoh when assembled shortly before serving.
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Roamin' for Ramen in the San Fernando Valley

Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop

In search of the best vegan ramen in Los Angeles, we went roamin' for ramen at Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop on Lankershim Boulevard in Studio City to discover what's featured in their ramen bowls. We met our Facebook friends to share this fun exploration.

Yes, even the San Fernando Valley has joined the rousing ramen craze that's gained momentum in food-centered Los Angeles. Opened in September 2016, Gokoku features a menu that is totally vegan with the exception of an optional soft-boiled egg tossed into a ramen bowl.
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Aunt Nettie Thais One On for Easter
Bangkok Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce

Ask Aunt Nettie So, it's mighty fittin' that yer gonna be tastin' this fresh spring kale salad with one o' my fav'rite salad dressin's--my Bangkok Peanut Salad Dressin'. Now, this salad is more then kale an' peanut dressin'--yes siree, yer gonna be packin' this salad with wedges o' fresh tangerines that's right in season, along with some red bell pepper an' cucumbers, too.

An' don't ferget ta give that kale a nice massage with the peanut dressin'--that's what makes it so purfect fer a nice Easter dinner salad.
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VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
Explore Authentic Asian Edammame Spaghetti

Time to Explore Edamame Pasta
I'm so jazzed to see so much new stuff showing up at the markets where I shop, and am I ever lovin' it! Today I found Explore Authentic Asian Cuisine's Organic Edamame Spaghetti. I would never have thought of making pasta out of edamame, but there it was in a 7.5-ounce package perfect for 4 servings. And there's just edamame and water listed under ingredients. Pretty cool that it's totally certified gluten-free, vegan, kosher parve, and certified USDA organic. Followed the 4 to 5-minute cooking time on the package and it was done--nice and tender and ready for the yummy garlic, kalamata, and olive oil sauce I made. Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Crab Cake

Nothing Fishy About This Crab Cake
Was at the health food store browsing the frozen foods for something quick and easy and spotted Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Crab Cake in an 8 1/2 ounce box. Instantly lights flashed, bells rang! Now that's my kind of dish, and it only takes 10 to 15 minutes to heat up the 4 patties once the oven is hot! Rock on and come home with me! They tasted great but were a little dry. I would definitely buy them again, but next time I'll think ahead and make some tartar sauce to splash on. Here's some of the good stuff to check out-- the patties are gluten-free and soy-free, they're certified kosher, totally vegan, and non-GMO. Each patty packs 2g fiber and 3g of protein. More good stuff--there's no sugar, no preservatives, artificial colors, and no MSG.
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Baileys Almande liquer Baileys Releases Vegan Version of Irish Cream

Although Baileys received an overwhelmingly positive response from vegans and dairy-free people alike, there was just one little problem. Unfortunately, the dairy-free version of their classic Irish Cream liqueur was not vegan at all because the formula contained beeswax.

Luckily, Baileys was quick to admit fault and company representatives even assured disappointed consumers that they were working on making the formula vegan. While most of us likely have our reservations regarding promises made by big companies, Baileys held true to their promise and re-released their Almande liqueur with a "certified vegan label."
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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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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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