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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

SEPTEMBER 2015 Vol. 17 No. 9

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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    Zel's Cooking Demonstrations and Classes

    Feast and Frolic at the Midnight Witches Ball--FREE
    A Hands-on Halloween Theme Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, October 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Agoura Hills Library
    Location: 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    Includes recipe packet and a delicious meal
    For sign-up and information call: 818-889-2278


    Vegan for the Holidays Cooking

    When: Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
    Location: Toll Middle School, Room 1206, Glendale, CA 91205
    Class fee: $39
    A $20 materials fee to instructor for recipes and a delicious meal
    For sign-up and information call: 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015

    Baker's Dozen Plus of Chefs Canonize Cauliflower

    Tricolor 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.
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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

    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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    Discover Dining Pleasure that Lasts All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays Mac 'N' Cheese

    The Vegan for the Holidays cookbook may have played a special role in bringing delicious foods to our holiday tables. But did you know that Vegan for the Holidays can continue to bring dining pleasure throughout the year with its multitude of non-seasonal recipes?
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    Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Chef AJ Unprocessed

    "It was the first time that anyone, let alone medical professionals, said that what we eat has a profound effect on how we look, how we feel, what diseases we get and what disease we can reverse. Within 6 months of eating a WHOLE-FOOD plant-based diet free of sugar, oil, salt and flour (as opposed to the highly processed vegan junk food diet I had eaten for 26 years) all of the polyps "mysteriously" disappeared.

    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!"
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    Low-Fat May Beat Low-Carb
    In Trimming Body Fat

    Low Carb or Low 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,"
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    Can't Spread This Delight Too Thin

    Tangy Almond & Chive Cheese Spread

    If you're one who enjoys toast or a bagel in the morning or craves a slice of bread with that steaming bowl of soup for lunch or dinner, you'll have a ready-made, very delicious homemade nutty spread ready to serve.

    A pleasant change from hummus, baba ganoush, and tofu spreads, this easy, homemade, nut-based spread is the perfect schmear. Because it's pleasantly tangy, the spread makes a great appetizer topping on crackers or cucumber slices. Enjoy it as a filling for celery sticks or endive leaves. Use it to stuff mini peppers for a fun starter, or as the base for a sandwich filling.
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    PlantPure Nation

    PlantPure Nation Launches Diet Revolution

    PlantPure Nation is not just an ordinary documentary film; it marks the opening salvo in a revolution to improve the health of all Americans. Nelson Campbell, along with other members of his family, have joined with Producer John Corry and Filmmaker Lee Fulkerson of Forks Over Knives fame to craft a film that many people will be discussing the rest of this year and beyond.

    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.
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    Mexican Flag Graces the Holiday Table with Panache

    Chiles en Nogada
    This gorgeous dish was actually created in 1821 in Central Mexico to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, which occurs on September 16, 1810. I came across this recipe when a local library asked me to do a vegan demo on regional Mexican cooking to celebrate Mexican American Heritage month. At first glance, you'll see the bright colors of the Mexican flag -- red, white, and green.

    The finished dish is actually stuffed poblano chiles with a sauce made of walnuts. I think you'll agree it makes a sensational presentation.
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    Chavela Brings Sangria & Vegan Latin Fare to LA



    Opened in June 2015 on Vine Street just two doors south of DeLongpre Avenue, Chavela was inspired by brothers Jorge, Walter, and Eduardo Rodriguez, who own the restaurant next-door, Los Balcones, featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine. Their aim was to create a vegan restaurant with Peruvian-Pan-Latin-inspired dishes. They turned to Chef Rachel Carr, formerly of Cru and SunCafe restaurants, to create the menu.

    Fortunately for Angelenos, Chef Rachel had just returned to California from a stint in Connecticut and took on the Chavella challenge. She's masterful with seasonings and applied her talent to dishes like Chili Relleno and Mole Verde Enchilada that may sound typically Mexican, but, instead, deliver some delicious and uniquely different surprises with a Latin flair.
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    End the Summer with an Old West Vegan Barbecue

    Grill Taters 'N' Toppings Cowboy Steaks

    After a hard day ridin' the vegan range and workin' the tofu patch, you can just imagine how hungry those wranglers might get. Rough and tumble as the Old West was, cowboys looked forward to a meal of tasty and hearty grub with robust flavors and zesty seasonings. By squeezing in a little time here and there a day or two beforehand, you can re-create the sizzlin' flavors of chuckwagon meals that are easily veganized. You'll notice the following menu focuses on simple preps and wholesome foods with irresistible flavors and tantalizing aromas.
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    Tree Nut and Seed Oils--a Benefit to Some--
    a Vicious Tiger to Others

    Argan Nuts

    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.
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    Aunt Nettie Rides Her Camel Across the Dessert
    To Join the Caravan

    Caravan Confections Aunt Nettie

    So I collected all them good fixin's in my kitchen an' used my very modern stove ta mix up some deeeelicious sweet date treats I'm callin' Caravan Confections.

    Now in them way back old days, they woulda soaked them dates in water an' woulda pounded them spices in a mortar an' pestle before mixin' 'em together. They might-a used bread 'cause there weren't no rolled oats in them parts, an' I knows they didn't have chocolate in Egypt in them days neither. These days we kin git ever'thing from ever'where. Guess you could say this sweet treat has ancient roots and modern leaves.
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    Eat Like You Give a Damn

    Eat Like You Give a Damn Touting the message that vegan is the new "normal," authors Michelle Schwegmann and Josh Hooten, founders of the clothing store Herbivore, created Eat Like You Give a Damn, their appealing cookbook that puts delicious food on their table and deep meaning into their vegan lifestyle.

    Both authors began their vegan journey like many long-time vegans, questioning and wondering if vegan living was something they could ever accept. Reading John Robbins' Diet for a New America convinced both they could no longer partake of the animal cruelty most Americans ignore when they go food shopping.
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    Dear Dr. Weil:
    Why Do You Suggest a Vegan Diet Is Dangerous?

    Dr. Andrew Weil

    "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."
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    Turks Export Raw Vegan "Meatballs"
    Cig Kofte

    Some food trends take hold in a country and spread quickly around the world. But they're often meaty or involve animal products of some kind. A new superfood from Turkey -- which is vegan -- is currently taking European cities by storm. And it's preparing itself for the leap across the Atlantic. Cig kofte (pronounced "tschea kerfta"), which literally translates to "raw meatballs," is a traditional Anatolian dish made with raw meat. But don't be put off -- the version currently seeing popularity in European cities is completely free of animal products. And there are just a few ingredients:
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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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    Vegan Oktoberfest Arrives Next Month
    Vegan Oktoberfest 2015


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