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Veg Out 489: Remembering 2020

Well, we’ve come to the end of 2020! Our merry podcast hosts Sweta, Jeanette, Steve, and Ana take some time to reflect on a year like no other. From highs to lows to lingering uncertainties, we’ve managed to stay connected through virtual events and have introduced exciting new TVA programming looking ahead to 2021. Even though we can’t gather in person this year, we’re so grateful to continue to keep in touch with you, our listeners, and the broader community. During these times, being able to connect with like-minded folks is more meaningful than ever. And what would the holidays be without delicious and soul-warming food? If you’re a TVA member, here’s a friendly nudge to take a look at the Veg Food Guide to find out what your TVA card gets you – we guarantee that ordering a special treat or two will bring some extra joy to your holiday season, no matter how you choose to celebrate this year. It’s more important than ever to support our local veg businesses: if you’re on social media, consider tagging the places you’re frequenting and spread the word! For more details on many of the restaurants we talked about, check out the… Read More


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Food of the Month: Lentil Walnut Meatloaf

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com Winter is a time when we Canadians turn to hearty, warm meals, often using more canned foods. Since our climate is not capable of growing fresh produce all year round, using canned products, like lentils, is a great way to still use local products. Lentils are a nutrition-packed ingredient you should definitely be including in your diet. They are so versatile and because they have a mild flavour, they’re great in most dishes. Lentils are rich in iron, fibre, B vitamins, and a great source of plant-based protein. Just one cup of cooked lentils provides about 18g of protein. Additionally, their fibre content comes in at about 15g for 1 cup, giving you about half of your daily needs. Fibre is a nutrient most people do not get enough of. Increasing fibre in your diet can help reduce blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and the risk of developing various chronic diseases and cancer. Their B-vitamin content also makes them great for our brain. B vitamins, such as thiamine and folate aid in healthy brain development in infants, as well as the maintenance and function in adult brains. Additionally, lentils are a great source of… Read More


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Veg Out 488: Vegan Desserts and Holiday Baking with Ally Lazare

We’re now fully into December and the holiday season, a time when people turn to baking for comfort, sharing and gifting. Toronto based vegan cookbook author Ally Lazare joins Barbi and Jeanette to talk about her latest book, Vegan Dessert Cookbook, as well as share tips and recipes for baking for the holidays, and baking during a pandemic. Plus, we preview the Veg Holiday Market! Ally will be doing a baking demo as part of the holiday market, so make sure to click on the website on Dec 12 to find out how to make Gingerbread Donuts!   https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Veg-Out-Holiday-Baking-with-Ally-Lazare-Correct-Version.mp3… Read More


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Veg Out 487: Supplements, Antibiotics and Vaccines

With all the talk about developing a vaccine for COVID-19, have you ever wondered about the medications, supplements, and vaccines we take – and how to find out whether their production methods and ingredients are vegan? Sure, you can read the ingredient lists but it can be hard to decipher the medical terms and to know their origin. Special guest Ana De Castro shares some of her recent research on vaccines, including their ingredients, the medium on which they’re grown, and testing processes, and explains some of her frustrations about the lack of clear information. And: with the holiday season coming up, you may be wondering how to connect with your veg communities. Get a preview of the Veg Holiday Market (running December 12-20) so you can start planning your virtual celebrations! Disclaimer: please keep in mind that no one on this podcast is a medical professional. Discussions reflect the hosts’ informed opinions and should be taken as such. Links Plant Based Doctors Wikipedia’s List of Vaccine Ingredients Veg Holiday Market Perfect Day Vegan Cow Milk Ice Cream (US only) Credits Hosts: Steve, Ana, and Sweta Editing: Sweta Blurb: Sarah… Read More


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Veg Out 486: Reducing the world’s reliance on animal products with Lasse Bruun

On today’s show, we speak with Lasse Bruun, the executive director of 50by40, a coalition of organisations working towards cutting the world’s reliance on animal products by 50 percent by the year 2040. Currently he resides in Scarborough, where he has hosted community dinners for vegans in the east end of the city. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Veg-Out-Lasse.mp3 Additional links: The TVA’s GIANT Holiday Online Bookstore The Veg Holiday Market Candidates for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors Support Radio From Home by contributing to the CJRU Fall Fund Drive!  … Read More


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Discount Profile: Tenon Vegan Sushi

Discount: 10% off (must pay with cash to receive discount) Veg Status: All vegan Where: 487 Bloor Street West Suburbanites have long been enjoying Tenon Vegetarian Cuisine in Markham, and now us city folk can enjoy their delicious food too! The owners have opened a new, all-vegan location on Bloor Street, between Bathurst and Spadina, that actually serves plenty more than just sushi! My partner and I started with two appetizers. The Chick’n Karaage are little breaded and fried “chicken” nuggets, that reminded me of Zoglos that I ate back in the day. To continue with the fried theme, we also ordered the Tao-Hu Dan, four deep-fried pieces of tofu that are stuffed with cilantro and cucumber. I loved the contrast of the crispy, fried tofu and the fresh, crunchy greens and veggies! As I mentioned, their menu is enormous and includes soups, noodles, fried rice dishes, and Thai specialties like curries, including many with mock meats such as “duck” or “beef.” But given the name of the restaurant, we thought we should take the opportunity to try out a few of the many sushis and special rolls they are known for. We ordered the Caterpillar Roll,… Read More


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Veg Out 485: Montreal Vegan Festival 2020

https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/VegOut20201031.mp3 On today’s show we will be talking about the Montreal Vegan Festival (Festival végane de Montréal). Our guests are Alexandre Gagnon, the president and one of the founders of the Montreal Vegan Festival, and Nafsika Antypas, TV host, executive producer, writer, author, and entrepreneur. While, like every social event this year, the Festival has switched to a virtual format, you can visit their website starting this weekend to check out a variety of speakers, cooking demos, roundtable discussions, and even sanctuary visits! Don’t speak French? No problem: all of the programming will be translated and subtitled. Links Montreal Vegan Festival Nafsika’s Website Nafsika’s Youtube Channel Meat the Future documentary on CBC Gem Credits Hosts: Steve and Sweta Guests: Nafsika Antypas and Alexandre Gagnon Editing: Sweta Blurb: Sarah Bradley Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Veg Out 484: Octogenarian Vegetarian Part 2

Thursday October 1st, 2020 was World Vegetarian Day. It was also the 80th birthday of our podcast host and volunteer Steve Beiko! In this second part of a two part interview, we learn about Steve’s athleticism, activism, and what veg life was like in the 1980’s and 1990’s. You can contribute to the TVA through our Steppin’ the Beet campaign, or support the future of Veg Food Fest here, and consider donating 80 dollars on behalf of Steve’s 80th birthday! You can write that in under “additional comments.” https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Veg-Out-Octo-Veg-Part-2.mp3  … Read More


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Veg Out 483: Octogenarian Vegetarian

Thursday October 1st, 2020 was World Vegetarian Day. It was also the 80th birthday of our podcast host and volunteer Steve Beiko! In this first part of a two part interview, we learn how Steve celebrated his birthday, and we chat about his early life as a vegetarian in the 60’s, and how he transitioned into veganism in the early 80’s. You can contribute to the TVA through our Steppin’ the Beet campaign, or support the future of Veg Food Fest here, and consider donating 80 dollars on behalf of Steve’s 80th birthday! You can write that in under “additional comments.” https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Veg-Out-Oct-3.mp3 Also mentioned: The 10th Annual Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award Ceremony  … Read More


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Butternut Squash Ravioli

Care of Andrea Howe of Glowingongreens.com Autumn is a time that brings warmth into your life through hearty meals, family gatherings, and cozy sweaters. When I think of autumn foods, butternut squash recipes are without a doubt my go-to. Butternut squash is not only good for comforting and warm recipes, but it is packed full of nutrients. Squash is a category of many vegetables, including zucchini, pumpkin, or butternut squash. Their bright orange colour comes from the same nutrient that gives carrots their colouring– carotene! In the body, carotene is converted into Vitamin A, which is essential for eye health, bone health, and immune function. Butternut squash is also packed with vitamin C which aids in immune health, as well as skin and tissue repair. Both vitamin A and C are important to have in the colder months to help keep your immunity strong. Butternut squash contains many antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that can lead to cancer and disease development, one reason consuming at least one green and orange vegetable every day is recommended. Eating a diet rich in orange vegetables, including butternut squash can lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic… Read More


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