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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

OCTOBER 2015 Vol. 17 No. 10

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
    Click here for details.


    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
    Click here for details.


    Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Demonstration--FREE

    When: Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Paramount Library
    Location: 16254 Colorado Ave., Paramount, CA 90723
    For information call 562-630-3171

    Do We Need a Law to Force Kids to Drink Milk?

    Congressman Glenn Thompson

    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.
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    Vegan Oktoberfest Is Here October 3 & 4
    Vegan Oktoberfest 2015

    Try Some Graveyard Ghoulash & Screeching Black Cat Salad
    As Part of Your Halloween Adventure

    Black Rice, Carrot & Raisin Salad Italian Meatball Sandwich
    'When it's time for the big food, bring on the Screeching Black Cat Salad and the Graveyard Ghoulash. You won't need to hunt down a black cat for the salad. Just think black and orange and cook up some wild rice and slice up some carrots. Toss in a good measure of raisins, lemon, and spices, and voila! Rattlesnake Venom Dressing adds a very special optional touch. The Screeching Black Cat Salad is positively enchanting as it is, but tastes positively Draculilcious when enhanced with the venom dressing.
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    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 Cinnamon Peanut Butter Torte

    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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    Pick a Pumpkin for Pumpkin Stew

    Africn 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.
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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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    Vegan Dining a Sensation in Warsaw

    Vegan Food 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.
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    Be Grateful!
    Café Gratitude Opens in LA Arts District

    Cafe Gratitude

    Cafe Gratitude

    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.
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    Southern California's First VegFest
    Arrives on Vegan World Day, November 1

    Southern California VegFest

    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 Knows How the Cookie Crumbles

    Pumpkin Pine Nut Cookies Aunt Nettie

    "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."
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    Jazzy Vegetarian Develops Vegan-ease

    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.
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    Dear Dr. Weil:
    Why Do You Suggest a Vegan Diet Is Dangerous?
    Read One Reader's Response

    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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    VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

    Gorilly Goods Seasoned Nuts
    What amazed me is that inside this little 1.4-ounce package are little clusters of nuts, fruits, coconut, and sea salt mixed with coconut nectar and they're all raw, USDA certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and yummy to boot! Funny how stuff strictly from nature tastes so great. Nothing phony about these little mouthfuls -- every bite delivered pure munchy crunchy joy! Now, don't go too nuts! Those nuts and coconut pack on a few calories and a bit of fat.


    Kind Caramel Macchiato Bar 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

    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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    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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