July 2019 Social Groups

Dinner Social Group Meet with like-minded people for good food and conversation at Udupi Palace (1460 Gerrard Street East) on Thursday, July 18th at 7 pm. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by July 16th. Toronto Veg Fitness Enjoy an outdoor yoga session in Dufferin Grove Park on Saturday, July 20th at 10 am. The yoga will cater to all skills levels, so no prior experience is necessary. All you need to do is show up at the park with your own yoga mat or towel, ready to try it out! Afterwards, they will head out for a short cool-down walk to Bloomers for some drinks/treats – or if you’re feeling ready for lunch, they have a fantastic lunch menu. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca Toronto Starch Solution The Starch Solution way of eating is designed to prevent, improve and even reverse many of the chronic diseases people experience, and is based on Dr John McDougall’s book by the same name, focusing on whole foods, plant based, prepared without added fats or oils. If you would like to learn more about this way of protecting and improving your health, join them at 18 Wynford Drive on… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Peaches

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com  Summer weather calls for peachy moods, and peach-filled recipes. This bright fruit is packed full of flavour and nutrients, and a perfect addition to your plate. Peaches are known for their abundance of antioxidants. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that aids in cell repair from free-radical damage, protecting your body from aging and disease. Additionally, they contain fibre, that key nutrient for improved overall health. Fibre reduces inflammation and can improve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS. It also reduces LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, thus reducing risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. This juicy fruit can be enjoyed in a variety of ways like baked in a tart, sliced in a salad, or grilled as a decadent accompaniment. Peaches are an Ontario grown summer fruit and can be found at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Try this rich grilled peach pancake recipe at your next family brunch. Blueberry and Grilled Peach Pancakes Ingredients – 1 cup oat flour – 1 tbsp flax seed – 1 tbsp baking powder – 1 tsp cinnamon – ½ tsp salt… Read More


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Join the Toronto Veg Team in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half/Full Marathon or 5K

Run or walk the 5k, half, or full marathon to raise funds for the Toronto Vegetarian Association on October 20th! All team members are invited to a post-run dinner at Cosmic Treats at 10% off and receive a discounted rate for their race registration and the opportunity to purchase a discounted Toronto Veg Team shirt. Be one of the first 12 people to sign up and you’ll get FREE registration!   Here’s what past team members have to say about their experience on the team:   “I was thrilled with the amount of resources, support (and fun!) I received in running with the Toronto Vegetarian Team. This was my first 10k. I had a lot to learn – both in running and in successfully fundraising for a cause near and dear to my heart. But I felt well prepared with the amazing help of TVA along the way. Still learning and hope to participate again! Plant powered, for life!” – Stephanie Kittell   “This walk is an event I look forward to for months. I also enjoy fundraising and fortunately I have a loyal group of friends who do not tire of supporting the cause year after year. My family has… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Strawberry season is an exciting time of year because it means longer, warmer and sunnier days in addition to eating these sweet, sun-warmed berries! Aside from being almost everyone’s favourite tasty treat in spring they are also something to feel good about including in your daily diet! Berries, in general, contain anthocyanins, which are dark colour pigments found in fruits and vegetables and also a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. They are also an important component of an anti-inflammatory diet aiding in the reduction of chronic inflammation which has also been linked to an increase in chronic disease. Moreover, they contain high levels of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant which helps to neutralize damage-causing free radicals in the body. Enjoy them in smoothies, your granola, a chia pudding parfait or baked in pies, tarts, muffins, cakes and scones or simply eat them out of a bowl straight up! Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait Makes 2 servings Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ½ cup chia seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup… Read More


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June 2019 Social Group Events

East End Veggie Social Group Join in for a fun night of bowling on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 pm. Click here for more details on Facebook and to RSVP. Vegan Baking Group It’s a vegan cinnabon bar! Bring a batch of cinnamon buns, and a couple of your favourite toppings or icing, and enjoy icing, topping, and eating your creative concoctions in a park on a summer day! This event is happening Saturday, June 15th from 12 to 3 pm at Christie Pits Park. Click here for more details and to RSVP or email baking@veg.ca if you have questions or want to RSVP. Toronto Veg Fitness There are two chances to meet up in June with fellow plant-based athletes! On Wednesday, June 5th, Copper Branch at Bathurst and Dundas will be giving the group 10% off at a dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Click here for details and to RSVP. On Tuesday, June 18th, enjoy a group workout in the park at Riverdale Park from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca Vegetarians of High Park On Friday, June… Read More


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Discount Profile: Copper Branch Thornhill and Brooklin Locations

Copper Branch seems to be taking over the world! Originally from Montreal (with several locations there), they started with one location in downtown Toronto and are now invading all the suburbs throughout the GTA so you can get your plant-based fix wherever you are! I had tried their burgers before at various veg fests but when I went for my first sit down meal at their Thornhill location, my jaw dropped. My mom and I started by splitting the spicy buffalo wings. They had a delicious, slightly crispy skin and the aioli to dip them in was so creamy and flavourful. Even the little side of purple coleslaw was a refreshing, crunchy treat (spiced with sriracha! Yes please!). It was too difficult to choose just one entree so we also split two bowls: The General Copper and the Aztec. Both blew our minds when they arrived at the table. The portions were so generous, and the bowls were so colourful with so many different components. In addition to their famous ooey, gooey general tao chicken (made from shitake mushrooms), the General Copper had a bright purple coleslaw, fresh and bright green broccoli, and cubes of creamy avocado. The Aztec was… Read More


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Summer Jobs Postings: Food Fest Assistant & Community Outreach and Office Assistant

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is hiring for two summer positions. Important note: These positions are funded by Canada Summer Jobs and are therefore only open to those who are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Veg Food Fest Assistant: Logistics and Vendor Management The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting and reporting to the Festival and Events Coordinator during the overall curation of the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be the point of contact for vendors.  They will be responsible for clearly communicating information to vendors, answering vendor questions, and managing vendor logistics. Under the guidance and alongside the Festival and Events Coordinator, the Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for the delivery and execution of the vendor logistics management plan for the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The successful candidate must be available for a start date of Monday, June 10th, 2019, and available from September 6th to 8th, 2019. This… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Parsley and Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto

Care of Andrea Howe of Glowing on Greens Parsley is often an underrated ingredient used as simple garnish for added colour. However, it is worth much more credit due to it being packed full of vitamins, minerals, and with many health benefits. Parsley contains special antioxidants that fight free radical damage which can lead to the development of cancers and inflammation. This can benefit those with arthritis, chronic inflammation, or injured muscles. Parsley is also an excellent source of vitamin C which is key in fighting disease and cancers. As well, its high potassium content leads it to be a natural diuretic helping relief from bloating, edema, or water retention. Parsley can be incorporated into a variety of dishes like tabbouleh, smoothies or juices, risotto, and more! Check out this savoury mushroom cauliflower risotto recipe with fresh parsley. Ingredients (makes 2 servings):  1 cup vegetable broth  1 tbsp olive oil  1 tbsp vegan butter  1lb white mushrooms, sliced  1/2 white onion, diced  4 cloves garlic, minced  1/2 head of cauliflower  1/4 tsp red pepper flakes  1/2 tsp dried thyme  1/2… Read More


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Discount Profile: Veggie Planet

Veggie Planet takes the idea of fusion cuisine to a whole new level. I knew they put an Indian twist on the American pizza and burger, but I was absolutely blown away by the number of options to choose from on their enormous, unique menu. First we had to choose a pizza, which was no easy task. Would it be the Indian Masala Pizza, the Kawa Topped Pizza, or the Chaat Pizza? We decided to go with the Pav Bhaji, which featured spicy vegetables, chilis, garlic, and vegan cheese, all atop a perfectly thin yet crispy crust. Next we chose a burger, of which we narrowed down to choices like the noodle burger, vada burger, or samosa burger. We decided on the Timi Burger, which had a vegan fish patty topped with more veggies and vegan cheese. But there were too many enticing dishes to stop there. We also ordered the Planet Special Poutine which was out of this world! Imagine warm fries topped with not just the usual vegan cheese and gravy but also masala flavours, crispy onions, olives, and kawa. They were not light on any of the toppings. This was a luscious, gooey mess. Everything we ate was incredibly… Read More


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May Social Group Events

Toronto Veg Fitness On Saturday, May 25th, enjoy a group bike ride leaving from Corktown Commons at 10 am. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca TVA Reads On May 15th at 6:30 pm TVA Reads will get together at CSI Annex (on Bathurst, south of Bloor) to discuss Protest Kitchen by Carol J. Adams. As always, this event is also a vegan potluck so please bring a dish to share as well as your own plate and cutlery.  Click here for more details on Facebook or email tvareads@veg.ca. Social Dinner Group Enjoy good food and conversation on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm at Cosmic Treats (207 Augusta Avenue). RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by May 15th. Read More


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