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2012 Holiday Sale & Gingerbread House Contest

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your holiday gifts – score some sweet savings at TVA’s annual Holiday Sale and Open House. This is your chance to grab some great vegetarian cookbooks for yourself or the loved ones in your life. We’ll also be giving away FREE back issues of Vegetarian Times that are great for stocking stuffers! But wait – there’s more! This year, we’re holding the first ever Toronto Vegetarian Association Vegan Gingerbread House contest. You can enter with your most creative, elaborate and compassionate gingerbread scene, or come by to see the creations and vote for your favourite. The winner will receive a decadent jar of cookies and a gift certificate from the lovemuffin bakery. When? Saturday, December 15th. Sale and open house runs from 1 to 4 pm. Gingerbread viewing and voting from 1 to 2:30 pm. Where? Sale and open house at the TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We regret that our resource centre is not accessible. Gingerbread viewing and voting inside Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin Street, first floor, and wheelchair accessible). Want to enter the contest? Please email Barbi at blazarus@veg.ca to register your… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2012

New to Toronto Veg Card Program We are extremely pleased to announce that Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500) has joined our program for 10% off! Not only can you get delicacies like all vegan croissants, donuts, and chocolate bar bits… you can also get savoury goods like all vegan cheese-ham-broccoli scones. Plus, they are selling their hickory smoked coconut (the “b” in their “b”lt): “sprinkle it over a baked potato or salad…or eat it straight from the jar…” Pull out your card and head over to the Beach! Vegetarian Restaurant find in Etobicoke Tom writes to us about an Indian restaurant in Etobicoke serving Gujarati style fare called Govardhan Thal.(1530 Albion Road, Etobicoke. 416-749-5400) “I happened to be at the Albion Mall, and outside the mall, right next to The Beer Store is a restaurant with a sign saying ‘Full Vegetarian.’ “It is a Gujarati place, selling something like a Thali for only $4. They also have buffet meals with a greater selection for $7.99. And, of course, there is take-out by different sized styrofoam containers. As I’m getting back into being a raw-foodist, I took out some mint sauce, made with uncooked fresh mint leaves… Read More


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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 Directory Updates – October 2012

Vegan Dog Food Don’t want to feed your animal-companion something that you wouldn’t eat? V-Dog Vegan dog food is now shipping to Canada. “100% complete & balanced nutrition. V-dog proudly meets or exceeds AAFCO adult dog food nutritional standards and is veterinarian approved. V-Dog food is family owned and manufactured in small batches in California, USA. V-Dog food is 100% plant-based and contains zero animal products and never comes in contact with any animal products before, during or after production. We are as concerned as you are about what goes into our final product and you can rest assured that V-Dog food is 100% vegan and cruelty free. People can order on our website www.v-dog.com or call 888-280-8364.” New All-Vegan Businesses Missing Panacea? AMAZING NEWS! Di Martino Organic Imports have opened up an all-vegan store in the Beaches! “Bello Bio is the only Food Shoppe in Toronto exclusively offering Certified Organic, 100% Vegan products from Italy.Cheeses, pasta, meat alternative,cold cuts, beverages, sweets, specialty foods, Gluten free foods and a made fresh daily array of prepared foods that you can have for lunch, dinner or special occasions. Bello Bio is located at 2308 Queen St. E. 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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Enter our Why I’m Veg video contest

This June, the Toronto Vegetarian Association will launch our first-ever Why I’m Veg Week featuring “Why I’m Veg” videos from vegetarians of all shapes and sizes including the famous, the expert and the soon-to-be discovered! Through these videos, we have the opportunity to inspire thousands of others to consider issues like sustainability, healthy eating and compassion for animals for the first time. But we need your help! How to make your Why I’m Veg video It’s as easy as 1-2-3. 1) Make your video – Making a video is easier than ever before in this age of fancy cell phones, built-in web cams and ubiquitous digital cameras. Videos should be 1-3 minutes in length and tell your personal story. The following questions should help you get started: Who are you? Tell your viewers a bit about yourself… Why veg? Tell us when you made your choice and what motivated you. What helped? Did you face any major challenges? What made it easier? Why now? What benefits do you continue to credit to your veg diet? Please feel free to use our campaign logo and don’t forget to sign-off by directing people back to… Read More


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TVA offers Mayor recipe for healthy weight-loss

The Toronto Vegetarian Association delivers plant-based care package to Mayor Ford and Councillor Doug Ford TORONTO:  In response to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s public resolution to lose weight in 2012, the Toronto Vegetarian Association has delivered a care package for achieving healthy weight-loss and invited the mayor to participate in Meatless Mondays. “Eating less meat is a great way to achieve healthy weight-loss and reduce the risk of common health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes,” according to David Alexander, Executive Director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. “Meatless Mondays offers a healthy, easy and delicious opportunity for better health outcomes and a smaller eco-footprint.” The care package includes vegetarian recipes, cookbooks, a directory of local restaurants, as well as dinner for two at Vegetarian Haven restaurant, a healthy 15-minute walk from City Hall. Also included is the documentary Forks Over Knives, which inspired CBC television host George Stroumboulopoulos to rethink his diet and embrace plant-based eating in 2011. Dr. Neal Barnard, author of a dozen books including 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, says that plant-based foods help people to control their appetite, enhance their metabolism, and protect against heart disease, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. Dr. Barnard’s diet plan replaces… 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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