Food and Recipe of the Month: Vegetable Barley Soup

Care of Andrea Howe of  As the cold winter months progress, choosing hearty dishes is essential to stay warm. Barley is an impressive grain due its vast health benefits, and its ability to keep us feeling full for a long time. Barley, like other whole grains, is rich in B vitamins which aid in brain health, red blood cell development, and increasing energy levels. Additionally, barley is rich in soluble fibre, particularly beta-glucan which causes us to feel full for longer thus reducing appetite and aiding in weight loss. This fibre can also reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, lowering the risk for cardiac diseases. Beta-glucans also produce short-chain fatty acids which reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer cell formation. Not only do these powerful grains have amazing health benefits, they are also delicious and easy to cook. This chewy and nutty grain can be served is many dishes like soups, stews, salads, or on its own. Check out this Vegetable Barley Soup recipe to gain these amazing benefits. Ingredients – 1 tbsp olive oil – 1 yellow onion, diced – 3 carrots, peeled and diced – 3 stalks of celery,… Read More

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Veg Out 461: Year in Review

On today’s episode we have past temporary Executive Director of the TVA, Lucas, discussing his personal and business life and his evolution of becoming vegetarian and vegan. AND as a “year in review” we will be talking about the openings and closings of new and old GTA Veg restaurants during this past year! VEG OUT, from the offices of the TVA is also brought to you today by Nicole and Steve. Listen to Veg Out Year Review Here MORE LINKS La Bartola Taco Shop! Visit for a ton more! P.S. TVA members are invited to our Annual General Meeting on December 1st, 1-4 p.m. at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst St.) 🙂 … Read More

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Candidates for the 2019-2020 TVA Board of Directors

On Sunday, December 1st, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months,  and ratify the 2019-2020 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 1:00 pm at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street, south of Bloor) in the “Garage” room. (Meet ‘n greet from 1:00 to 1:30, meeting called to order at 1:30 pm). Non-members can also attend if they become a TVA member when they arrive. Only those who have been members for at least 30 days prior to the meeting will be eligible to vote. Light refreshments will be provided. Current Board Members with Two Year Terms: Serving until 2020 – Daniel Donato, Fraser Gibson, Peter McQueen, Krista Schwab 2019-2020 Candidates Thomas Appleyard Thomas Appleyard knows the important role that the Toronto Vegetarian Association can play in supporting people moving towards healthier, greener, more compassionate living. Well over 25 years ago, Thomas became vegetarian. He remembers well that the TVA newsletters brought into sharp focus the personal changes he wanted to make, and how to make them well. Since then, Thomas has become vegan and TVA programs –… Read More

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Veg Out 460: New Cookbook, New Office and More!

On today’s episode Steve and Jeanette review Ally’s Kitchen: Comfort Food cookbook now available in the TVA library. We also share the news that the TVA is moving to 360 College Street, Suite 301 in December. We do an extra preview of the Veg Holiday Market and the AGM. And we welcome new volunteer Yinci! Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More

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December Social Group Events

Vegetarians of High Park Celebrate the holidays with a vegan potluck at Bloor and Jane (exact address to be given to RSVPs) on Friday, December 6th from 6 to 8:30 pm. Bring a vegan dish to share (don’t worry if you’re not confident in your cooking skills, you can always bring a drink or store-bought hummus and crackers!), along with any serving utensils required for your dish. RSVP to by December 3rd. Vegan Baking Group The annual vegan cookie exchange is back! Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 22nd from 10 am to 12:30 pm at a condo in the Fort York area (exact address will be given to those who RSVP). Email or visit their Facebook group for more details and to send in your RSVP.    … Read More

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The Veg Holiday Market is coming November 24th!

As the days get shorter and colder, we’re all in need of a little pick-me-up. We have a remedy for that!   For the 3rd year, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is excited to host the Veg Holiday Market – a fully vegan market with gifts that give back! This year’s event features some great new features in addition to our usual offering of over fifty vendors and hours of programming in the Stop classroom:   • We are happy to welcome you for an extended day this year! Browse the marketplace from 11 am till’ 8 pm. There’s time for supper, shopping, programming, and everything you’d like to do. • Want an alcoholic bevy while you shop? You’re in luck! This year for the first time we’re having a licensed event! Sip on a local beer, wine or cider with your food. Have a seat in the heated courtyard and chat with your friends. • Vegan Marshmallows? Check! Fire? Check! Roasting marshmallows over the fire? Check! Come to the vegan marshmallow roast in the courtyard once the sun has set. It’s free with admission, and the marshmallows are donated by Dandies, proudly available at Organic Garage. • Want to make… Read More

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Veg Guide Updates: November

Who says November is a dreary month? Not us! Not with all these delicious new restaurants to try! Big Poppa’s Burgers 454 Bloor Street W, inside Eva’s Original Chimneys Now open inside the Bloor Street W location of Eva’s Original Chimneys is this all-vegan, all Beyond Meat, burger pop-up. Featuring six different burgers, such as the Big Pun: with chilli, avocado sour cream, sautéed mushrooms, provolone, and Poppa’s Sauce. We can’t wait to try all of them, and you can too! It’s open daily after 6 pm. Pick up an ice cream when you’re done too! Heart Clean Eats 13 Fort York Blvd Dishes are vegan by default at this new cafe at Citiplace, though you can choose to add veg or non-veg proteins to many of the bowls, sandwiches, salads and wraps.   Kupfert & Kim Bistro 100 Bloor St. W While it’s been open for awhile, the K&K in Yorkville has gotten a makeover and is now offering a bistro menu, with new offerings and old favourites. Along with table service, you can now also have a beer, wine, or cocktail with your bowl!   LosCo Vegan 111 Richmond St. Read More

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Raio: A Life Lived in the Moment

“Raio was graceful, full of peace and love right to the end. As she lay dying, I wept, and she comforted and consoled me, assuring me that it was alright. Then she was gone.” Many people will recognize Raio and her sister Maia as longtime mascots of Veg Food Fest and ambassadors for compassion and veganism. This is her story. Article care of Kenneth Butland It’s a sunny summer day in Nova Scotia, and Emre Uzun is enjoying a drive in the countryside with his new best friend, a one-year-old Golden Retriever named Raio. The year is 2005, and his heavy fog of depression—after many years of struggle and with Raio’s help—has finally lifted. A song by Nellie McKay comes on the radio: Yeah, it’s just me and my dog Catchin some sun We can’t go wrong “Raio looked out the window, soaking it all in, totally in the moment,” Emre recalls. His eyes well up as he recounts what happened next: “As the song played, I was filled with a profound sense of peace. I felt so alive and connected. It’s difficult to explain.” Emre also credits Raio with inspiring his decision to go vegan and become an animal… Read More

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