Food of the Month: Ginger Molasses Cookies

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com  December is a time when we turn to warm, comforting foods. Especially in the heart of a pandemic, food is an easy thing to bring is warmth and joy. And ginger is the perfect ingredient for that. Ginger’s zingy and spicy flavour is a great ingredient to bring a dish to life, whether it’s a stew, soup, sauce, or baked good. Ginger has been used as a staple ingredient in a variety of cuisines such as Indian, Thai, Caribbean, and more. Ginger is famous for its healing properties. It’s often used to treat digestion, nausea, and cold and flu symptoms. This is because of an antioxidant called gingerol which can help reduce oxidative stress. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects which can be helpful when treating many chronic illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, certain cancers, and general joint and muscle pain. In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, ginger has been seen to have anticancer activity. This means that ginger may be a preventative and therapeutic ingredient when dealing with cancer growth and development. This powerful plant can be used for its zesty and warm flavour, as well as its many healing benefits. You… 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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Candidates for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors

On Saturday, November 21st, at 1 pm via Zoom, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months,  and vote to elect the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. Those not currently yet TVA members can join no later than Friday, November 20th at 9 am in order to attend, but only those who have been members for at least 30 days prior to the meeting will be eligible to vote. Current Board Members with Two Year Terms: Serving until 2021 – Nital Jethalal, Nicole Fich, Sasha Kevac 2020-2021 Candidates Elliot Alexander Elliot became vegetarian in 1990 after doing a high school research project on organic food. He and his husband Tim became vegan in 2000 after Tim took a nutrition course during medical school offered by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a US organization that advocates for the health benefits of plant-based diets and promotes the use of non-animal models during medical school training. They started sending newsletters to the house which Elliot read from cover to cover, ultimately declaring one day “that’s it, we’re becoming vegan!” Elliot… Read More

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Food and Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Gnocchi

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  When we think of pumpkins, we usually picture it as an October staple served at Thanksgiving, or on our porches for Halloween. However, pumpkins in November are just as acceptable before we make the transition to winter months. Pumpkins are part of the winter squash family, along with spaghetti, acorn, and butternut squash. Its hearty and rich flavour can be used in a variety of recipes including sauces, lattés, or blended into doughs. This versatile vegetable is not only good for autumn recipes, but for its exquisite nutritional profile. Pumpkins get their bright orange colouring from a nutrient called beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is an antioxidant that plays a role in reducing the risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Vitamin A is also famous for its benefits to our skin. It can fight free radicals which can contribute to aging, skin damage, and fine-lines. Pumpkin is also low in calories and high in fibre. This means that it is a staple ingredient to be used when trying to lose weight. Fibre helps the body feel full for longer while maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Fibre also plays a… Read More

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November Veg Guide Updates

Happy November! It may have started snowy and gloomy, but there’s plenty of great new places to check out in the city this month, so get out there and eat something yummy! CASA Manila 879 York Mills Rd., ​Unit #1 In what we believe is the first GTA Filipino vegan menu, Casa Manila is offering a huge number of plant-based dishes! We enquired with the shop, and were assured that everything on that menu is vegan, so order tasty items such as Tofu, green beans, & eggplant adobo, and sauteed mung beans. They even have vegan key lime milkshakes!    Coven 681 Barton St. E Hamilton’s vegan shop extraordinaire is moving a couple of blocks south in January, to a shop that’s three times the size!  “Our new space is almost 3 times the size and will allow us to double the amount of items we carry, as well as add a significant amount to our bakery section, in addition we will have a hot bar, jewish deli-style sandwich menu, and so much more.” We can’t wait to visit their new digs on Main… Read More

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November 2020 Social Group Events

Toronto Starch Solution is holding a Zoom chat on the first Friday of each month, including Friday, November 6th! If you would like to learn more about whole foods and plant-based eating, bring your questions, struggles, and success stories to share. Email starch.tva@gmail.com to RSVP. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington are hiking on the Bruce Trail to Mount Nemo, leaving from Walkers Line in November. If you’re interested, email hamiltonburlington@veg.ca for details! TVA Reads is holding their next Zoom book club on November 18th at 6:30 pm. Email tvareads@veg.ca for more info and to RSVP.  Vegetarians of High Park are getting together for a picnic in the park on Saturday, December 5th at 2 pm. Bring a blanket to sit on and another one to keep warm, bundle up, and bring along a thermos of hot cocoa or tea! RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by December 1st. Vegetarians In Their Twenties have bi-weekly Zoom meetings. Join the Facebook Group to find details for the next one!… Read More

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Thanksgiving Veg Guide Updates!

It’s officially October. Time for pumpkin spice, tofurkey, halloween, warm scarves, and colourful leaves. It’s also time to give you a preview of what our Veg Guide businesses are offering up; plenty of pies, roasts, soups, and hearty veggies. Read on to discover your Thanksgiving dinner plans!    Basil Box Basil Box has some awesome new vegan dishes, including Tofu Pad Thai, Thai Cold Noodles, and Vegan Noodle Soup (This one is currently testing at Ryerson location, and will be available Ontario wide come November)!    Bean House If you’re looking for something a little different for dessert, Bean House in Don Mills is offering 20% off their vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free bean cakes! They’re available in the following flavours: Adzuki bean cake with Sakura rose flavoured, Cinnamon green lentil cake, Ginger black turtle bean cake,  Coconut romano bean cake, Vanilla white kidney bean cake, and Original chickpea cake.                                                 Bettercookies.ca Send a beautiful Happy Thanksgiving Homemade Cookie Jar to celebrate someone you want to thank this year. BetterCookies.ca delivers cookie jars in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga, Milton,… 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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Discount Profile: Valiant’s Modern Plant-Based Eatery

If you are ever in the Barrie area, or even relatively close by, a great place to stop by for a wonderful meal and some special treats is Valiant’s Modern Plant-Based Eatery. My partner and I were on our way back to Toronto from Muskoka one afternoon and had been looking forward to this stopover for quite some time. Valiant’s certainly did not disappoint! Being in the downtown area, near the waterfront and Heritage Park, makes it the perfect location for an after-meal stroll. The interior space is relaxing, casual, and inviting. They had some great music playing in the background which really created a genuine ambience of friendliness and community. The menu itself was very large and in fact a bit overwhelming! Of course, this is a good thing, since there are so many awesome options to choose from. It all sounded and looked so good, gluten-free and non-gluten free alike! Although the pizza was tempting, we decided to go for the burgers including the bacun cheeze burger…. doubled! This, as it sounds, included 2 patties, 2 bacun strips and 2 cheeze slices. As you can imagine it was extremely filling and tasted… Read More

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October 2020 Social Group Events

Veggies of Halton-Peel are hosting a hike and picnic in Erindale Park in Mississauga on Sunday, October 4th at 10 am. All attendees must practice Covid-19 protocols of social distancing and bring your own food and water, hat, sunglasses and comfortable shoes. Click here for more details on Facebook, and please make sure to RSVP to haltonpeel@veg.ca. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington are also hosting a hike and picnic on Monday, October 12th (a stat holiday), at 10:45 am. They’ll meet at Dundas Driving Park and hike to Tews Falls, then pre-order take-out lunch from Bistro Vie to eat in a park after the hike. You must email your food order, and your full name and email address and RSVP by Saturday, October 11th at 10 am to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. TVA Reads is celebrating their ten-year anniversary this month! They will be reading and discussing How to Survive a Pandemic by Michael Greger on Octobee 21st at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Email tvareads@veg.ca for more info and to RSVP. … Read More

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