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Veg Out 506: Accidentally Vegan Products

Cookies, chips, and crackers, oh my! There are many mainstream products in grocery stores that are “accidentally vegan.” Everything from puff pasty to pancake mix. The term refers to items that are not necessarily marketed to vegans, and are not produced specifically to be vegan, but they just happen to not have any animal derived ingredients on the label. Think of it as a happy accident that vegans and non-vegans can benefit from. Barbi, Sweta and Jeanette share their favourite accidentally vegan items, offer tips on when and where you can use them, and the best places to find plant based convenience foods. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Veg-Out-Accidentally-Vegan.mp3 What are your go-to “accidentally vegan” items? Email us at tva@veg.ca and we might share your item on an upcoming episode! Download Veg Out! https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Veg-Out-Accidentally-Vegan.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More


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Veg Out 505: Vegan Camping

Let’s Go Camping! Ugh. It’s August and we’re still not supposed to travel outside of Canada unless necessary. If you’re lucky, and rich, you might have had the foresight to book a cottage somewhere up north months ago. If not, hey, there’s still camping! Our three vegan camping enthusiasts — Marni, Barbi and Steve — discuss how to have a successful plant-based camping experience that goes beyond the Beyond Burgers. We’ve got tips, tricks, recipes and even some suggestions about where to camp if you’re having a tough time finding a spot at a provincial park. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/VegOut20210807-Camping.mp3 Download Episode Links https://www.facebook.com/WishingWellSanctuary/ See June 14, 2021 post for information on glamping at the sanctuary https://www.blackriverwildernesspark.ca/ https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/cookie-dough-baked-oatmeal/ https://www.vegvisits.com/ https://www.hipcamp.com/ Credits Hosts: Marni Weisz, Barbi and Steve Editing: Sweta Write Up: Marni Weisz Theme Music: Matt Judge Image: Wikimedia https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/VegOut20210807-Camping.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More


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Veg Out 504: Vegan Celebrities

Vegan celebrities, boon or bane? Join us for an informal chat about some of our favourite vegan celebs and the contributions they’ve made to the community, some famous folk we thought were vegan but upon closer inspection probably aren’t, as well as some who were at some point, but now, not so much. How much influence do famous veg-heads have? How much should they have? Does it really matter? https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/VegOut20210724-VegCelebrities.mp3 Download Episode Links Mic the Vegan’s Brain Fog Video Earthling Ed’s Miley Cyrus Quits Veganism Video Kidney Stones and Spinach, Chard, and Beet Greens: Don’t Eat Too Much Save Ralph – A short film with Taika Waititi & Ricky Gervais Aamir Khan Talks about His Veganism (in Hindi)   Credits Hosts: Marni Weisz, Jeanette and Sweta Editing: Sweta Write Up: Marni Weisz Theme Music: Matt Judge Images: Wikimedia https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/VegOut20210724-VegCelebrities.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More


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Veg Out 503: The Portuguese Vegan

Connie Oliveira is the creator of the food blog The Portuguese Vegan, which you can find on Instagram and Facebook. She joins fellow Portuguese Vegans Ana and Jeanette on this episode of Veg Out to talk about her journey to create a cookbook that honours her mother’s heritage by preserving family recipes, and veganizing them so they can be enjoyed without the use of animal products. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Veg-Out-Portuguese-Vegan.mp3 Download Veg Out! Connie has generously shared her recipe for custard tarts Custard Tarts – Pastéis de Nata Copyright of The Portuguese Vegan©. You cannot visit a Portuguese bakery without seeing these all famous desserts.  They are the royalty of all desserts in Portugal.  Normally made with eggs, butter, and milk I have updated the recipe to be vegan.  These were not a dessert made available when my mother was growing up because they originated from Lisbon.  If you are looking to take a shortcut and reduce preparation time see the notes below on suggestions to purchase an already made product for the pastry portion. Pastry Cup Ingredients: 1½ cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cups vegan butter… Read More


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Veg Out 502: Real Fur Documentary with Taimoor Choudhry

Taimoor Choudhry is a fashionable guy. In fact, he used to be the General Manager and Creative Director of a jewellery line called Damas. He also used to wear fur. No more! A few years ago, Choudhry had an epiphany when he started to see that fur trim on his parka as more than just a piece of raw material. It had, of course, been a living, breathing, feeling being no different than his own beloved pooch. Now Choudhry is doing everything he can to help others see fur for what it is, including making Real Fur, a documentary about his journey from oblivious to educated, from fur fan to animal-rights activist. And guess what? Shortly after we recorded this episode, one of our country’s biggest fur offenders, Canada Goose, announced it will be fur-free by the end of 2022. Now, if only we can get them to do something about the down… https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VegOut20210626.mp3 Download Episode Links Real Fur Documentary Website Trailer for Film Credits Hosts: Marni Weisz and Sweta Guest: Taimoor Choudhry Editing: Sweta Write Up: Marni Weisz Theme Music: Matt Judge https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VegOut20210626.mp3… Read More


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Veg Out 501: Talking Veg with TVA’s ED Kimberly D’Oliveira

Do you want to get to know TVA’s new Executive Director Kimberly D’Olivera?  Today, Steve and Ana share a virtual meet ‘n greet with Kimberly.  During this episode, Kimberly shares her vegan journey, the story of how she came to know the TVA, and some of her favourite foods.  We invite you to join us in getting to know Kimberly! https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VegOut20210612-with-Kimberly-DOliveira.mp3 Download the Episode Links Some of the fun things you will hear about during this session: The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear by Gary Yourofsky Raw.Vegan. Not Gross by Laura Miller Green Goddess Cheese Miyoko’s Cheese DIY Vegan by Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman TVA Lunch Club Join the TVA on: Instagram, Facebook and as a member Credits Hosts: Ana and Steve Theme Music: Matt Judge https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VegOut20210612-with-Kimberly-DOliveira.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More


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Veg Out 500: Going Planetarian with PlasticFree TO

Wondering how to live a more sustainable lifestyle but stuck on those pesky single-use plastics that many of our favourite products come in? We’re here for you with tips and inspiration from Lin and Toni Sappong, founders of local initiatives like PlasticFree TO and Leslieville Reduces – and self-professed Planetarians. These sisters are leading the way in low-waste living in Toronto while being real about the structural challenges we face in doing so. Tune in to hear about the crossover between veganism, and social and environmental justice, and how we can tap into community care during this second “pandemic spring”. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VegOut20210531-PlasticFreeTO.mp3 Download Episode Links A Plastic Ocean documentary PlasticFree TO on: Instagram, and TikTok The Sustainability Sisters article TVA Lunch Club Toronto Veg Fitness HITT Workouts Credits Hosts: Sarah, Sweta and Steve Editing: Sweta Write Up: Sarah Bradley Theme Music: Matt Judge https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VegOut20210531-PlasticFreeTO.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More


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Veg Out 499: Spring Cookbook Club

Barbi, Ana and Jeanette call of a meeting of the Veg Out Cookbook Club to talk about some recently published cookbooks and new discoveries. If you are in a cooking rut, this episode is for you. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Veg-Out-Cookbook-Club-with-Ana-and-Barbi.mp3 Download the episode! Cookbooks recommended in this episode: The Plant Based Cookbook by Ashely Madden Simply Delicious Vegan by Caitlin Shoemaker Oh She Glows for Dinner by Angela Liddon Baked with Love by Brittany Berlin Good Housekeeping’s Everyday Vegan by Susan Westmoreland https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Veg-Out-Cookbook-Club-with-Ana-and-Barbi.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More


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We’re hiring: Impact and Giving Coordinator!

Job Opportunity: Impact and Giving Coordinator, Toronto Vegetarian Association POSITION OVERVIEW  The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is a very inclusive, pro-vegan, non-profit organization that inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate plant-based lifestyle. As we continue to evolve and grow, our goal is to be as innovative and ahead of the curve in 2021 as we were in 1945 when we were founded. To support our mission and vision we are growing our team to include an Impact & Giving Coordinator (IGC), who will be responsible for revenue generation and fundraising efforts in the areas of impact and giving for the TVA. We are seeking an engaging individual who thrives in a dynamic role, can collaborate effectively and can build and deepen relationships and community. The successful candidate will have their finger on the pulse of the vegan movement, informing our programs and keeping our work current and relevant. To thrive in this role, the IGC must be social media savvy and act as a TVA brand champion. We need an individual who is as comfortable writing a blog post as they are writing a petition or speaking to the value and… Read More


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Veg Out 498: Vegan Armenian Cuisine with Lena Tashjian

Veg Out is back with an episode celebrating international flavours in vegan cooking. Our guest Lena Tashjian recently released a stunning cookbook called The Vegan Armenian Kitchen and we chatted with her about her vegan journey, recipe development process (cookbook author perk: eating dessert for dinner multiple days in a row!), and translating cherished family recipes into a modern cookbook. You’ll gain a new appreciation for plant-based staples and learn creative tips for meal prep for those times when you just can’t eat the same leftovers for an entire week. You can order her cookbook directly from the Vegan Armenian Kitchen website or in store (see below). https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VegOut20210401-LenaArmenianKitchen.mp3 Download Episode LINKS The Vegan Armenian Kitchen website Buy The Vegan Armenian Kitchen Cookbook, Online Purchasing Options From Vegan Armenian Kitchen Amazon Buy in store, in Canada Hamazkayin Bookstore: 45 Hallcrown Place, Toronto, Ontario YamChops: 705 College Street, Toronto, Ontario Mamajoun: 209 Ellesmere Rd, Unit #6, Scarborough, Ontario Antikka: 960 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario 57 Végane: 5475 Royalmount Ave #107, Mount Royal, Quebec https://media.blubrry.com/tvp/p/veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VegOut20210401-LenaArmenianKitchen.mp3Podcast:… Read More


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