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ZEL'S COOKING CLASSES
IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290
Held in the Meeting Room
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday June, 22, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd,, La Crescenta, CA 91214
Held in the Community Room
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Toll Middle School, 700 Glenwood Rd., Glendale, CA 91201
Held in Room 1206
Cost: $35 plus $20 for food and recipe handouts
Contact: 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015
Zel Teaches 2 FREE Hands on Cooking Classes in June
Join us for an exhilarating afternoon of fun hands-on cooking to discover how delicious vibrant health can be. The menu features a dazzling array of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables students will assemble into tantalizing dishes for the delicious vegan feast that follows.
Call 818-258-5313 now to make your reservation for the La Crescenta class.
Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
Honor Vesanto Melina, Recipient of the 24 Carrot Award
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.
Chef & Dietitian Create Cooking Classic
Cooking Vegan is much more than a cookbook. It is a basic guide for approaching the vegan lifestyle sensibly with an emphasis on sound nutrition. By combining their knowledge and skills, Vesanto Melina and Joseph Forest have created a cooking manual that can be used as a foundation by someone new to the vegan path. The easy-to-prepare recipes and the health information make this book a boon to all vegans.
Veggie Grill Lands in the San Fernando Valley
When the Buffalo Wings arrived at the table, our squeals of delight along with an "Oh, Wow" or two could be heard two tables away. The wings with the sauce were fabulous and zinging with spicy flavor. Anyone watching the excited bunch of us dipping the unsauced Buffalo Wings into multiple sauces would have thought we hadn't eaten in weeks. Picture a frenzied quintet of hands criss-crossing each other to dip the wings into the spicy buffalo sauce, creamy ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.
Healthy Taste of South BayAn all-day event featuring food, information and chef demonstrations by the finest medical doctors, vegan chefs and fitness experts. Vegan lunch catered by Chef Babette Davis of Stuff I Eat Restaurant in Inglewood. Sunday, June 23, 2013--9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brings Wellness Message to Torrance
Vegetarian Diet Reduces Risk of Early Death
Vegetarians rejoice: Cutting meat out of your diet may have lowered your risk of an untimely death. A new study of more than 70,000 people showed that vegetarian diets were linked to lower death rates when compared to meat-eaters. The research was published on June 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
"I think this adds to the evidence showing the possible beneficial effect of vegetarian diets in the prevention of chronic diseases and the improvement of longevity," lead author Dr. Michael Orlich, program director of the preventative medicine residency at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.
Aunt Nettie Knows What to Do With 'Taters; Cauliflower 'em
'Cause I been so watchful with spendin' money all my life, I learnt mighty young how ta stretch the doller. Bein' careful simply got ta be a habit. These days is no different--I'm still penny pinchin' but ain't sufferin' none. There's jes no need ta pay big dollers ta cook up a pot o' something that's like ta stick ta the ribs and taste mighty fine, too.
Ain't nothin' like a nice big bowl o' soup that's thick, creamy, an full o' flavor ta make ya rub yer tummy with a smile o' happiness. 'Taters is almost always a good buy at the market and make up the bones of a good soup along with onions, celery, an'-- of course, some garlic.
VeggieTaster Returns with Three New Vegan Delights
Don't Go Nuts Soy Butter Organic is a blessing for anyone with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. But the cool thing is the soy butter is also darned good tasting and comes in 5 flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon Sugar, Lightly Sea Salted, Slightly Sweet, and Pure Unsalted. I'm in Loooovvve with the luscious Chocolate to the last teaspoon, but have a sweet spot for the Pure Unsalted when I want that taste that sorta simulates the richness of peanut butter.
Grill Your Way into Dad's Heart and Stomach
Since a barbecue meal isn't quite complete without a simmering pot of beans, Dad can look forward to the lusty flavor of Bean Bash in Dragon's Breath Sauce. Accompanying the Texas Veggie Kebabs is Dad's Favorite Potato Salad, a mouth-watering medley of white and sweet potatoes enhanced with red and green bell peppers, sweet onions, diced apples, and bits of veggie bacon.
Make sure Dad receives his 5-a-day-plus veggies with Brassica Slaw that features plenty of crunchy vegetables like red and green cabbage, carrots, shredded kale, broccoli, and raisins in a well-seasoned dressing.
All Carbs Are Not Demons;
Discover The Starch Solution
Dr. John McDougall has been battling demons during the 44 years he has been practicing medicine. The demons he has faced are his medical colleagues who have ignored nutrition as a cornerstone of their practices and diet gurus who have promoted high protein diets as a weight loss solution. He has not been in the mainstream of the medical industry because he advocates starch as the principal ingredient in a healthy diet.
In The Starch Solution he lays out the principles he has stressed for many years.
New York Public School Goes Totally Vegetarian
A Queens elementary school has become the first traditional public school in the country to serve all vegetarian all the time, replacing lunchroom legends like meatloaf with organic tofu, spinach wraps and couscous.
Education officials say PS 244 in Flushing was the natural choice to pioneer a meat- and fish-free menu because it has incorporated healthy living and eating into its academics for years.
Cook with Zel to Create a Delectable Hawaiian Entrée
The easy stir-fry is a colorful and super-flavorful main dish that uses familiar items from the pantry, so you won't have to spend valuable time searching exotic markets. It's also an ideal weekday meal that's quickly assembled. Funny thing is, it's so delicious, it disappears almost as quickly. Serve the dish over steamed brown rice or other whole grains like quinoa or buckwheat to soak up the richness of the coconut milk sauce.
New Food Products Enhance the Vegan Lifestyle
In Part 1 of our reflection of Expo West 2013 we reviewed our impressions of trends in the introduction of new products. As we attend each year, we experience more companies offering a complete line of vegan products and others making sure they have vegan offerings.
Vegetarian Diet May Protect Against Heart Disease and Cancer
Researchers in Dumfries, Scotland, have analysed blood samples from 37 vegetarians and 39 meat and fish eaters in their early 40s and found a striking difference. Levels of salicylic acid are up to 12 times higher in vegetarians -- no surprise, since this is a compound widely distributed in the plant world.
But salicylic acid is the active ingredient of aspirin--which is widely used to protect against heart disease and may also play a role in reducing the risk of bowel cancer. So are vegetarians taking the equivalent of a daily aspirin in their natural diet?
Early Vegetarians Were Really Vegans
This website is called "Vegetarians in Paradise," and I do hope that Zel and Reuben keep it like that, and do not change it to "Vegans in Paradise"--but to explain that I have to go back about 170 years.
We now know that the first people to call themselves "vegetarian" were, in every respect, what we now call "vegan." Before they invented the "V word," the most common phrase was the "vegetable diet"-- but that included fruit, nuts, grains, etc. The word "vegetable" had a wider meaning in those days (think of "animal, vegetable, or mineral").
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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