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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

Over 1,000,000 hits and 100,000 visitors monthly

By Zel and Reuben Allen

JANUARY 2015 Vol. 17 No. 1

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

    A Delicious Meal for the Hungry Vegan

    When: Wednesday, February 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


    Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
    Location: Toll Middle School, Room 1206, Glendale, CA
    Class fee: $35
    A $20 materials fee to instructor for recipes and a delicious meal
    For sign-up and information call: 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015

    Click here for details

    A Valentine Dinner for the One You Love

    When: Saturday, February 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: La Crescenta Library
    2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214
    Class fee: FREE
    To reserve your place, call: 818-248-5313

    Click here for details


    Join a Wild Celebration to Blow Out
    16 Candles on Our Birthday Cake

    Happy Birthday, Vegetarians in Paradise

    As we light the 16th candle on the VegParadise Birthday Cake and embark on our 17th year of publication, we reflect on the challenging experience of publishing a monthly internet magazine for our staff of two who function as webmasters, researchers, writers, and editors. The experience has been labor intensive but quite rewarding, though not monetarily. Even though we are listed as a dot com, we are strictly nonprofit and not a commercial site.

    We are especially gratified that we are able to reach such a wide audience. Our email inbox is continuously filled with questions and congratulatory comments from people in 200 nations around the globe who visit our vegan web magazine. We currently have over 15,000 subscribers who receive information about our monthly updates.
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    Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays Sweet and Sour Cabbage Borscht

    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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    Brenda Davis Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Brenda Davis Becoming Vegan Express Edition

    "To me, being vegan is about doing our part to transform this planet into a place of goodness and peace; a place where life is truly supported and cherished; where kindness and compassion are our guiding principles. It is about doing our part to create a world in which violence and cruelty are mere shadows of what they once were, and where purposeful and unnecessary harm to living, feeling beings is unthinkable. It is about living what we believe with the greatest integrity possible. It is about making our lives an example of everything we want this world to be."
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    Discover Passion and Romance on Valentine's Day

    Couer a la Creme Casher Stuffed Mushrooms

    With Valentine's Day just ahead, Cupid is poised and ready to touch two hearts that share thoughts of love. A little planning and a few gourmet dishes can make that special person in your life feel pampered to the max. And you'll soon notice those sweet moments of TLC flowing back to your heart. After all, it's Cupid's day to romp his way into lovers' hearts.

    For that special Valentine of yours, set the love scene with extra special touches. Haul out the linens, light the candles, and turn on the soft music. A small vase with a single red rose and a glass of wine or sparkling apple cider launches your special Valentine dinner with a sweet beginning.
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    Zel Launches Vegan for the Holidays Blog
    Vegan for the Holidays Blog

    Vegan for the Holidays Blog is THE place to find exceptional vegan recipes and ideas saved just for those special holiday gatherings when you yearn to bring something inviting to the table. Zel's featured seasonal ingredients, like chestnuts, pomegranates, persimmons, squashes, and nuts that make vegan dining so special during autumn and winter festivities.

    Some of the recipes, like the finger lickin' Holiday Ready Apple Crisp, Brussels Sprouts Go Seoul Searching, Santa's Favorite Panforte, Almond Nutloaf, and Thanksgiving Torte are from Zel's cookbooks (Vegan for the Holidays and The Nut Gourmet). But Zel continues to create irresistible holiday recipes that are now finding a happy home on the blog.
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    Score a Touchdown and Some Extra Points
    At Your Super Bowl Party

    Sun-Dried Tomato Hummos Football

    Kick off the big game in the company of your favorite friends and family with old-fashioned comfort foods that offer cozy warmth and evoke compliments from the mesmerized fans who can barely take their eyes off the TV long enough to express appreciation.

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse A simple Sun-Dried Tomato Hummos comes to the football gathering dressed as a football. Prepare a double quantity of this popular garbanzo bean dip and flavor it with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and a touch of spice. Shape it like the pigskin zooming across the football field and decorate with turnip strips to resemble the laces.
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    Usher in the New Year with a Soiree
    Or a Daytime Bash

    Cinnamon Peanut Butter Torte Spicy Pecan Gremolata Log

    Whether our New Year celebration bids farewell to the "old" year on New Year's Eve or welcomes in the new year on New Year's Day, we can bet the celebrants will be in a festive mood and ready for some tasty bites and zesty beverages.

    We plan to start the New Year's Eve gatherings on the late side, often about nine or even ten in the evening. That's because many friends enjoy going out to dinner before the party and joining together afterward for nibbling on finger foods, tidbits, and some New Year spirit.
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    Diners Take the Golden Road

    Golden Road Brewery Golden Road Brewery

    One chilly night in December our friends Jan and Julian joined us to experience a little brew and some tasty eats at the brewery, one that's devoted to sustainability, fresh ingredients, and support of the local community. And what a pleasant surprise it was to discover it's not the tiny little pub we had expected! Rather, the spacious locale offers four giant-size dining areas, each informal and uniquely different.

    Golden Road Brewery doesn't only brew as many as 20-plus delightful varieties of craft beer throughout the year. They also created an exciting pub and restaurant that can accommodate up to 500 beer and pub-grub enthusiasts at their Los Angeles location.
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    Zel's in the Soup Again
    Smoky Parsnip and Carrot Soup I discovered long ago that soup can be a great way to satisfy a hearty appetite without contributing too many calories. One key to making a healthy, robust soup is building it with an abundance of starchy vegetables and staying away from fatty ingredients. That way the calories don't get out of hand, yet the soup will still make a filling main dish.

    Another plus is to make the soup flavorful so it becomes an enjoyable meal. And even if you do take a second helping, you'll still not be piling on the calories.
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    Baker's Dozen of Inspired Chefs
    Join New Year's Chili Bash

    Oven-Baked Two-Bean Chili White Bean and Hominy Chili Three Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

    But what should we serve a throng of hungry guests during the lively festivities? No problem! Put a kitchen full of innovative chefs together and ask what they thought about a Chili Bash for a New Year's celebration.

    They loved it! The consensus of chefs was a positive vote to put chili on the New Year's menu. It didn't take much convincing to tease a chili recipe from these generous chefs--and what an inventive collection of chili recipes we've assembled!
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    Veganuary Campaign Urges People
    To Go Vegan This Month

    A worldwide campaign is nudging carnivores to switch to veganism during January.

    Veganuary was started in late 2013 by U.K.-based husband-and-wife duo Matthew Glover and Jane Land.

    "We wanted to provide people with the practical help and advice to try vegan, but we also wanted to create an inclusive community where people could feel supported and heard," Land writes on the campaign's site.

    Participants sign up on Veganuary.com and pledge to cut meat, fish, dairy and other animal products and byproducts from their diets.
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    Cardiologist Tells What She's Learned About Going Vegan
    Dr. Heather Shenkman

    Hard to believe it's been that long since March 2005, when I paced the Strong Memorial Hospital cafeteria my first night as a vegan looking for what vegan thing I could eat for dinner and settled for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    From my own trials and mistakes, here's what I've learned:

    1) It's not just about eliminating animal products. It's about including new foods.

    It is hard to stick with something when the approach is "these are the things I cannot eat." But rather, it should be a journey of finding what you CAN eat! Try new foods. Have you ever had quinoa? Baked tofu? Seitan (not pronounced like the devil, but rather say-TAN)?
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    Bloggers' Question: Are V8 Vegetable Juice
    & Campbell's Tomato Soup Vegan?
    Company Delivers Mixed Messages
    V8 100% Vegetable Juice

    Blogger Vani Hari, whose internet avatar is Food Babe, wondered whether "Flavoring" might be derived from an animal source. She also questioned why the label said "100% Vegetable Juice" even though "Flavoring" would contradict that claim and make the juice less than "100% Vegetable Juice."

    Her readers carried the investigation further by going to Twitter and asking Campbell's, the parent company, if V8 "Flavoring" was animal based. The tweet from Campbell's Cares said, "Yes, they may include meat/seafood/poultry/dairy when the function in the food is flavoring rather than nutrition."
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    Scientists Use Yeast to Create
    100% Real Vegan Cheese

    Real Vegan Cheese

    Vegan Cheese isn't a cheese substitute like so many others out there: it's actual, mouth-watering, delicious real cheese created via the same techniques used to make dairy-based cheeses. The team of molecular biologists who came up with this brilliance bio-engineered regular bakers yeast to make milk proteins known as caseins. These caseins then get blended together with vegan sugar, oil, and water, to brew up a non-animal-derived milk that can be transformed into cheese by standard, time-tested methods.

    This vegan cheese contains no GMOs and no animal products whatsoever. It's a healthier, more ethical, and environmentally responsible food than current dairy-based cheeses, and the best part? You can make your own version at home!
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    Aunt Nettie Turns On the Kettle
    & Gets Lentilated

    Lentil Vegetable Soup

    I tell ya true, it's hard ta make a bad meal when makin' lentil soup--it's such a belly-filler an' tastes so good. Why, 1 pound o' lentils kin make at least 55 different kinds o' soup--imagine that! Now, in this here kettle I went a-lookin' at my spice shelf and put in a pinch of this an' that. An' afore I knowed it, why I had one o' the best lentil soups I ever tasted.
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    Popular Documentary Film Inspires
    Healthy Lifestyle Book

    Forks Over Knives Plan

    With the impressive buzz stirred by 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives, it seemed only natural that the book The Forks Over Knives Plan would follow. While the film showed that doctors were achieving success in treating and curing patients with food-as-medicine, the The Forks Over Knives Plan puts the details on paper so a wide audience can learn how to incorporate a whole-foods plant-based diet into everyday life.
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    California Has First Vegan School in the US

    MUSE School MUSE school in Topanga Canyon, California, USA, will make history by becoming the nation's first to implement a vegan diet by 2015.

    The students grow and eat their own school-grown veggies. There are nearly 50 garden beds between the school's two campuses. The students' daily curriculum at the two campuses includes the maintenance of the gardens under the guidance of a year-round gardener and educator.
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    Famed Dietitians Update Seminal Work

    Becoming Vegan Express Edition Veganism has arrived! As Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina point out in their latest book, "There is no denying it: vegan is on the radar of mainstream America. It has arrived because of the moguls and other pioneers who have defied the stereotypes and made vegan attractive to the masses." Prominent athletes, bodybuilders, models, movie stars, musicians, chefs, dietitians, and doctors proudly announce they have adopted this lifestyle.
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    USC Study Says Vegan Diet Helps Most with Weight Loss?
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    A recent study at the University of South Carolina shows that people lose more weight while on a plant-based diet--as if we needed another reason to go vegan.

    Researchers wanted to study which kind of diet was best for losing weight, and it turns that a strict vegan diet--cutting all animal products, including eggs and dairy--is most effective for weight loss. In fact, a completely plant-based diet proved even vegetarian diets don't quite cut it, either.

    But if you want to lose weight, a healthy vegan diet could be the best route. One plus side is that vegan diets include carbohydrates. In fact, the USC study's vegan diet was high in carbs.
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    Oldways Suggests
    People Return to Old Ways of Eating
    Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian &Vegan Diet Menu Plan

    Oldways, founded in 1990, is an organization with a philosophy that helps people return to more traditional ways of eating that honor farm-fresh foods prepared from scratch and enjoyed in the company of friends and family.

    Anyone wanting to learn how to eat a nutritionally sound, plant-based regimen will find the Oldways booklet a welcome guidebook. With the guidance of Sharon Palmer, no one need worry about getting enough protein or calcium or if the meal plans provide the right kind of fats. Those concerns are covered in simple, easy-to follow steps.
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    100-Year-Old Surgeon Credits
    Vegan Eating for Long Life

    Dr. Ellsworth Wareham With age comes wisdom, and halfway through Dr. Ellsworth Wareham's 100 years, the now-retired heart surgeon adopted a plant-based diet after learning about a study out of the Cleveland Clinic proving that a vegan diet can prevent heart disease. That study's findings are perfectly presented in the documentary, Forks Over Knives.

    One of the first open heart surgeons in the United States, Wareham noticed a difference between meat-eaters and vegetarians in his patients. He noted that vegetarians tended to have much smoother and cleaner arteries, while meat-eaters' arteries were often clogged with calcium and plaque.

    Clearly, Wareham's thriving on a plant-based diet. At 100 years old, he's still climbing stairs and doing his own yardwork! Wareham counts on 8-9 hours of sleep a night and starts each day with a breakfast of whole wheat cereal and almond milk.
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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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