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Zel's Cooking Demonstrations and Classes
When: Saturday, October 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
When: Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
When: Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Do We Need a Law to Force Kids to Drink Milk?
Before the House of Representatives passes H.R. 2407 School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015, we suggest that parents write protest letters to their congressmen stating, "My child does not have a disability because he/she doesn't like milk. I'm upset that the schools are forced to participate in this effort to enrich the dairy industry."
If this information is making you angry, that's good. Let's give the dairy industry a kick in the udder by letting them know we're sick of their efforts to buy legislation.
Vegan Oktoberfest Is Here October 3 & 4
Try Some Graveyard Ghoulash & Screeching Black Cat Salad
As Part of Your Halloween Adventure
Baker's Dozen Plus of Chefs Canonize Cauliflower
A baker's dozen of wildly innovative chefs, cookbook authors, and unbridled bloggers present the hottest in cauliflower recipes guaranteed to knock your socks off and make you fall madly in love with this darling of the vegetable kingdom.
Not so long ago, kale and Brussels sprouts were trending as THE hottest vegetables on the planet, turning up on Facebook pages, Twitter, videos, and at potlucks in all manner of creative dishes, especially salads that became the clichés of the day. The winners of these trends are the people who are still feasting on those green wonders and benefiting from their powerful antioxidant content. Today cauliflower has stolen the spotlight from kale and Brussels sprouts and is showing off in delightfully imaginative ways.
"Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
After 25 Years of Extensive Research
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.
Discover Dining Pleasure that Lasts All Year Long
Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award
The doctor actually accused me of having surgery somewhere else! I knew if I was going to keep eating this way, it would have to taste better than the sprouts I was eating, so I went to culinary school. And the rest is history!"
Pick a Pumpkin for Pumpkin Stew
'Tis the season for pumpkins to come out of the patch and on onto the dinner table, and there's no better way to enjoy them than in a warming stew. This stew features the hearty and deliciously sweet kabocha squash, often called Japanese pumpkin. African Pumpkin Stew is a terrific make-ahead one-dish meal that can feed a crowd or make two or three meals for two people on busy nights when there's no time to cook.
PlantPure Nation Launches Diet Revolution
The film details the battle Nelson Campbell faced in trying to bring a plant-pure diet to the state of Kentucky, a state where the citizenry faced numerous health issues triggered by poor diet. He encouraged his father Professor T. Colin Campbell, author of the famed The China Study, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, to present their health-promoting lifestyle diet to the Kentucky Legislature where the two received enthusiastic applause.
Vegan Dining a Sensation in Warsaw
The number of vegan restaurants in Warsaw, Poland has surged the past couple of years, and the current number of vegan restaurants in Warsaw is 21. Learn why the number of vegan restaurants in Warsaw has exploded, and get tips on vegan restaurants and local vegan foods from Warsaw-based vegans.
Café Gratitude Opens in LA Arts District
Opened in March 2015, the restaurant has already attracted a flight of fans that know and love its delicious food and positive philosophy. Both regulars and newcomers wasted no time exploring the new, upbeat, and spacious locale on the corner of 3rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue.
The Café Gratitude folks made a savvy decision when choosing this location. The DTLA Arts District is rapidly becoming one of THE sizzling hot spots of the city and is in the process of exciting redevelopment. The area is changing constantly as new shops, restaurants, galleries, condos, pubs, wine bars, and businesses inhabit old abandoned buildings and give them a welcome facelift.
Southern California's First VegFest
Arrives on Vegan World Day, November 1
Tree Nut and Seed Oils--a Benefit to Some--
a Vicious Tiger to Others
I began to research the plaguing issue of allergic reactions from nut-derived ingredients, like tree nut oils, in body care and beauty products. What seems like a benign moisturizing lotion designed to soothe and comfort dry skin just might be the hidden culprit of a miserably itchy rash.
Milder reactions to tree nuts may result in itchy rashes or pesty eczema that people might not readily trace back to nuts or nut products. After all, nuts are healthy foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and a host of antioxidants. Sufferers of these nasty, and sometimes very ugly, rashes may be applying beauty and body care products regularly without realizing they are THE PROBLEM. Another puzzler is allergic symptoms that show up after long-time use of a nut-or nut-oil-containing product.
Aunt Nettie Knows How the Cookie Crumbles
"Then I see them l'il ole pie punkins. Now, they's mighty good fer actually makin' punkin pie. An' I'm a-plannin' ta make some punkin pie this month fer shure, but fer now I'm thinkin' 'bout some mighty good tastin' cookies with lots o' spice an' plenty o' punkin fer the little ones. I love ta see those big smiles when they pull a cookie off'n the plate.
"Now I knows folks is mighty busy these days, so this here recipe is made from canned punkin. That's what makes it so much easier--not much fussin' ta git these fixin's mixed and baked up."
Jazzy Vegetarian Develops Vegan-ease
Vegan-ease succeeds in making vegan cooking uncomplicated. Novice cooks and old timers will find this compendium of recipes an inspiration for making colorful and tasty meals.
Laura Theodore is truly a master of making home cooking easy on the cook, yet she doesn't shortchange on featuring wholesome, unprocessed ingredients. Throughout the pages are simple-to-make recipes perfect for everyday meals and slightly fussier dishes for company or holiday feasting with a bright splash of color.
Dear Dr. Weil:
Why Do You Suggest a Vegan Diet Is Dangerous?
Read One Reader's Response
"However, vegans often have decreased intakes of vitamin B-12, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, I am cautious about vegan diets in general, especially for children. Following a vegan diet requires that you acknowledge the important nutrients missing from your menu options and supplement where needed. For this reason I recommend that anyone beginning a vegan diet meet first with a well-trained dietitian."
VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
The flavor was Caramel Macchiato made with coffee. Well, that little bar was like magic! Didn't take long for me to feel that usual go-go sense again. Loved the crunchy texture and caramel flavor. And it was not only super tasting but it was also loaded with healthy gluten-free grains like oats, brown rice, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa. Yes, it was sweet, but not disgustingly sweet like some bars, and it even had 2g of fiber--that's cool, right? Read More
Low-Fat May Beat Low-Carb
In Trimming Body Fat
When it comes to slimming down, a diet low in fat seems to beat a diet low in carbohydrates for body fat loss, new research suggests.
The finding stems from a small U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigation that tracked each approach to weight loss among 19 obese adults.
"These results counter the claims of the popular theory that has been influencing many people to adopt low-carb diets,"
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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