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Veggie Halloween: Healthy treats and tips for parents

Happy Halloween! We have gathered some healthy treat suggestions, tips for parents and links to several delicious recipes. Candy alert Halloween candy is often not vegan and sometimes not even vegetarian. Read the labels. Here are some ingredients to look out for: Gelatin: Jelling agent made by boiling cows’ and pigs’ skin, tendons, ligaments and bones. Often used as an ingredient in gummy candies. Carmine: a red food dye prepared by boiling dried cochineal insects. Also known as cochineal, carminic acid, natural red 4, or as additive E number 120. Lard (fat from hogs). E number 542 (bone phosphate, an anti-caking agent) Check out PetaKids.com’s Vegan Candy is Dandy article for a list of vegan candies and snacks. Trick them with healthy treats Vegetarian or not, most Halloween candies are over-packaged, chemical laden, and high in refined sweeteners. Avoid the junk by trying some of these alternatives. Many kids will appreciate some healthy variety. The best approach is to give them some choice. Seaweed strips. Natural food stores and Asian markets carry snack sized seaweed packs that many kids love, once they try them. Peanuts in the shell. Fruit cups or applesauce cups. These come in cases of individually wrapped cups. Mini boxes of raisins. Fruit… Read More


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Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Illustration by PJ Chimiel, printed by permission. See www.pjchmiel.com for more art, and food photos. This Canadian Thanksgiving enjoy a vegetarian feast. We have tips on what to serve and links to the best recipes. Thanksgiving is also about celebrating the harvest. Farmers’ markets are the best places to find fresh seasonal produce such as squash, pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, peppers, arugula, kale, broccoli, etc. Avoid stress when vegetarians and meat eaters will be at the same meal. See our Surviving a holiday dinner page for suggestions on: Catering to vegetarians (when you aren’t one yourself) Being invited to a home where meat is being served Inviting non-vegetarians to your home Holiday recipes Vegetarian Holidays information & recipe sheet View our printable two-page holiday fact sheet: vegetarian-holiday.pdf (180 kb). It includes the following recipes: Easy Festive Bake, Stuffed Tofu Turkey, Good Gravy, Sweet Potato and Parsnip Casserole, Chestnut Soup with Greens, and Ginger Cranberry Mincemeat Pie. Roasted Chestnuts How to select, roast and serve chestnuts. Thanksgiving recipe links Vegan Lunch Box Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Click here. Live… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – June 2012

The June edition of the Vegetarian Directory Updates are too long to show here! Click on Read More Below to learn about: Vegan eggs Feel Good Guru vegan take-out Vegan and Veg options at fancy restaurants Vegan treat of the month club New online vegan shoe store Vegan donuts and other baked goods Veg/Vegan Realtors Nutritional counselors Yoga More deals for Vegetarian Discount Card holders Vegan Eggs!?   Photo Credit This product isn’t available in Ontario yet, but MeShell reviewed her sample and it seems legit. Really real vegan eggs!  “Once upon a time I saw The Vegg online and I thought it was some sort of April Fools Prank that wasn’t possible….Unlike many vegans, I don’t miss cheese, I miss over-easy (easy-over?) eggs. It’s a textural thing that isn’t easy to duplicate through conventional tofu magic. It’s something you can do with a bit of molecular gastronomy (spherification) and black salt to some degree, but it’s not something that’s as easy as crushing up some tofu and throwing it in a pan. Until now.“  The Vegg is a versatile… Read More


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Iced Coconut Lime Green Tea

Care of Amy Symington Ingredients  750 ml steeped and chilled green tea 1 tbsp agave or 1/8 tsp stevia (stir into tea while it’s hot) 1 L coconut water 4 sprigs of mint leaves 1 lime, zested and juiced 2 cups frozen strawberries Directions In a large punch bowl, combine ingredients. Serve in fun glasses with ice making sure all servings get all the goodies. Garnish with any leftover mint leaves or lime. Read More


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Cooking Classes

Learn a thing or two about a thing or two by taking in one of Toronto’s many vegetarian, vegan and raw food cooking classes. Read More


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Vegetarian Easter: Recipes and tips

Easter is a celebration of resurrection and rebirth, so it is the perfect occasion for everyone – veggies and non-veggies alike – to enjoy a delicious meat-free meal. Here are some helpful resource for finding vegetarian Easter recipes. For vegetarian Passover recipes, click here. Musubi Easter Eggs Vegan Lunch Box has a post about making Easter eggs out of Japanese sticky rice. “I pressed the sticky rice into a plastic Easter egg sprayed with nonstick spray to start forming the egg, then used my hands to solidify and finish the shaping. I pushed the filling in where an egg yolk would be. These are filled with cashew butter but tart, salty umeboshi plum is traditional.” Hot Cross Bun recipes Hot Cross Buns, marked with a symbolic cross, are a traditional around Easter. Hot Cross Buns This recipe from Gourmet magazine is not vegan, but you can substitute ingredients. Food.com has 45 Hot Cross Bun recipes, and atleast two of them are vegan. Vegan Hot Cross Buns calls for vegan egg white, but you can just brush them with oil. Hot-cross Buns (gluten, Dairy and Egg Free) includes a variation for using a bread-making machine. “These are great for Easter or… Read More


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Vegan Lunch Ideas

Start your vegetarian meal plan right with delicious vegan lunch ideas Great vegetarian and vegan lunch ideas can be key to sticking to a budget and maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet plan. From easiest to hardest Buying lunch See our fast food page for what’s available at the chains in the way of veggie burgers, pizza, burritos, falafel, etc. When visiting a sandwich deli shop, you can often just point to what you want in your sandwich. Many grocery stores sell veggie sandwiches, veggie sushi or healthy soups in jars. Bring leftovers It is very easy to make extra at dinner to pack for lunch the next day. This works especially well if you have a way of easily reheating it, or if it tastes fine at room temperature. Or you can get a thermos. “I think the hardest ‘daily’ change was: What’s for LUNCH! I don’t have much time to cook or prepare lunch so I needed something easy, filling and fast.“ – Patty, Houston, AK Simple sandwiches Avocado, store-bought hummus, veggie deli meats, veggie burgers, tofu slices, veggie paté, nut butters, etc. Hearty salads Greens, beans or lentils, pasta, noodles,… Read More


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The Vegetarian Culture of Malaysia

TANPA DAGING MASAKAN The South East Asian nation of Malaysia is also a haven for vegetarian delicacies. Its 21 million inhabitants, who spread over 329,725 square kilometres through the island chain of the South China Sea, have been waving the vegetarian flag for centuries now. The history of Malaysian cuisine reveals the diversity of its influence. The Malay, Chinese, Indian and European people, have all contributed to this nation’s diet for many centuries. In the 3rd and 4th century, Malaysia and Indonesia were part of the Hindu Javanese Empire, connecting the Subcontinent’s Hindu and Muslim religious diets. The Hindu Vedic laws and Islamic taboos against meat still influence today’s population. Westerners with their omnivorous appetites first came from Portugal, Holland and England 500 years ago. This immigration explains why most Malays have a sweet tooth for European desserts.   During the 15th century, the Chinese Ming dynasty sent diplomatic missions to the port city of Malacca, 160 kilometres southeast of Kuala Lumpur, in an effort to develop political  and economic ties. The marriage of Melaka Sultan Mamsur Shah of Malaysia, and Ming Princess Hang Li Po of China, opened up trade in spices and other foods. The Chinese merchants integrated… Read More


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