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Food and Recipe of the Month: Cashews

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  If you lead a mostly plant based diet, you are very familiar with the versatility of the cashew nut. Creamy, sweet, savoury, spicy, and salty – the possibilities are actually endless. The good news is that cashews as part of a whole-foods, plant-based diet are also beneficial to your health! Cashews, along with all nuts, contain heart healthy, monounsaturated fatty acids and high levels of beneficial antioxidants that have been shown to significantly reduce one’s risk of coronary heart disease if consumed regularly (Kelly and Sabate, 2006). Cashews are an excellent source of copper which aids in bone and connective tissue health, and a good source of magnesium which aids in muscle relaxation, manganese, an important component found in antioxidants, and zinc, which boosts our immune system and aids in digestion. It is important to ensure that your cashews and cashew butter are kept dry in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator to avoid rancidity. So, for good health enjoy those cashews (among other nuts) toasted in your favourite trail mix, as a creamy dairy free mac and cheese sauce, atop your morning parfait, or in a treat like these Cinnamon Bun Cookies!… Read More


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Fat Gay Vegan

  Care of Florence McCambridge I admit that I’d never heard of Fat Gay Vegan (aka Sean O’Callaghan) before picking up a copy of his book. But after I read a few chapters, checked out his blog and scrolled through his Instagram, it felt like we’d been friends for years. In his book, Sean speaks with a lot of heart and is very candid about a lot of things, including his journey to becoming a vegan: “In my early years growing up in Australia, animals were close to impossible to escape. As a young person (who was gay but not yet fat or vegan), I was confronted by the existence of animals on a daily basis in the seaside town I often reluctantly called home. They were on my plate, in my lunchbox, in the ocean, on my television and on my body in the form of clothing.” He not only shares personal insights and funny anecdotes, but he also goes into the history of the word “vegan” and shares his views on what being a vegan activist in today’s world means: “There is nothing more powerful, no better advertisement for… Read More


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Discount Profile: Boon Burger Burlington

Care of Sherry Bowman On a nice crisp day, we can walk around downtown Burlington and and enjoy the hustle and bustle of activity near the Lakeshore. Due to their long hours, we can visit Boon Burger for lunch or dinner any day of the week. This is a good, casual place to relax with friends, enjoy some music, sign in for free WiFi, and delight in any food items on the menu. The community/family table is busy and there are a couple of high chairs still available. One of the bathrooms is wheelchair accessible, while the other is a good size for those with mobility issues to maneuver. A couple of concrete support columns have been painted black and have been chalked on by staff. There are panoramic black & white photos of farm animals hanging on the walls. My favourite is the photo of a cow that takes up most of the back wall – truly a noble creature. We order at the counter, and are given an animal figure to take back to the table. Although the word vegan is not used anywhere is the restaurant, you can be assured that… Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Mushrooms

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com We’re often told that a food that lacks colour doesn’t contain adequate nutrients. Mushrooms, which are commonly white, prove quite the contrary. Grown in almost any climate, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient to incorporate into your diet. Mushrooms are the only non-animal based source of vitamin D. This is essential for those who follow a vegan diet, or do not get enough exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D works with calcium to help your bones, muscles, nerves, and immune system work properly. It’s also full of B vitamins which are important to metabolize fat and protein to give your body energy. Mushrooms are a great source of plant-based protein and are often an easy substitute for meat. Either sautéed, baked, or even raw, mushrooms have a hearty texture and rich flavour that compliments any dish. Mushroom Quinoa Patty Ingredients (makes 6-8): 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (1/4 cup dry) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, fine dice Handful of white mushrooms (7-9), chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1-14 oz. can cannellini beans 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup tahini 1/4… Read More


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Sindy Says: Grounding Foods and Warming Spices for Winter

Care of Sindy Ng, nutritionist in Toronto The weather is getting cooler as the months go by, and I’m sure many of us shift our eating habits along with the seasons. Long, cold winters can pose challenges for some who want to maintain a vegan lifestyle, but there’s lots of foods we can still enjoy. Bananas are widely available year-round and are a staple for me. Enjoy them as a snack on their own, in your smoothies, muffins, pancakes, and so much more! Sweet potatoes, potatoes, and winter squash are also easy to find in the winter. I love incorporating these vegetables into soups or baked goods, and who doesn’t love a warming soup in the winter? Potatoes, sweet potatoes and winter squash contain high amounts of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is responsible for the bright red and orange colour of many fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body. This nutrient has been shown to protect cells against oxidative damage, as well as help to prevent certain cancers, cataracts, heart disease, and age-related macular degeneration. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin A and C. Potatoes are by far… Read More


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Another Great Year at the Veg Food Fest!

Care of Katie Keir, Editorial Director of Lifelines The 33rd Veg Food Fest included more vendors, a ton of new faces and new treats, and more hours of programming to enjoy – plus, the sun was shining all weekend for the 40,000 attendees. Here’s what exhibitors and attendees had to say during the Veg Food Fest. Bringing Friends and Family Together Ingrid, a vegetarian since 2000 and vegan since 2012, was no stranger to the Veg Food Fest. “This is vegan Christmas,” she exclaimed, adding what she loves most is meeting up with fellow vegans. For Ingrid, a close second is the food: “I love not having to ask questions about what’s in the food.” Ingrid wants to see more non-vegans attending the festival and asking questions, and the best way to attract non-veg foodies is to invite your family and friends. Just ask Stephanie, a vegan for two months, who attended with her parents – it was the first time for all three. Said Stephanie: “I wanted show [my parents] that the things I eat aren’t just salad.” Smoothie in hand, mom Sue said her favourite treats were the cashew cheeses from Mama… Read More


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Q and A with Mary-Chris Staples: Winner of the 2017 Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award

Care of Marco Pagliarulo At the Veg Food Fest, the Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award was presented to Mary-Chris Staples for the many aspects of animal rights activism in Toronto that she leads and participates in. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. What motivates you as an animal activist? The absolute injustice of animal exploitation. When I first got involved seven years ago, I was mortified that I had been participating in this exploitation all my life. I was mortified that the world I live in not only accepts this nightmare but also teaches us that because we are “at the top of the food chain”, we are allowed to do whatever we want with animals. I learned to trust my own instincts and, sadly, to lose respect for many human leaders who continue to promote speciesism. A lot of animal activists burn out after time. How do you keep such a positive attitude and avoid burnout? Funny you should ask about burnout…I am actually going through my first real bout of it. This past year has been extremely tough for me personally. Three years ago, I… Read More


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Winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards

The winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards were announced over the weekend of the 33rd Veg Food Fest: September 8th to 10th at the Harbourfront Centre. Congratulations to all of the winners! Please note: The nominations were selected by Toronto Vegetarian Association’s members, and then voted on by the general public. The Toronto Vegetarian Association did not select winners or influence the voting process, and does not endorse particular businesses. We love ALL the great vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses Toronto is so fortunate to have. Favourite Veg Restaurant, City of Toronto: Fresh Favourite Veg Restaurant, GTA Outside City of Toronto: Lettuce Love Cafe, Burlington Favourite Veg Restaurant Outside Toronto, Ontario only: Rise Above, St Catharines Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant, City of Toronto: Freshii Favourite Vegan Pizza:  Apiecalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar Favourite Vegan Brunch Place: Fresh Favourite Vegan Bakery: Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, Burlington Favourite Fresh Juice Bar or Brand: Fresh Favourite Vegan Caterer: YamChops Favourite Vegan Meal Delivery: Green Zebra Kitchen, Toronto Favourite Veg-Friendly Food Truck/Cart: Rescue Dogs Favourite Store with Best Selection of Veg Groceries: Goodness Me!, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Guelph, Waterloo, Waterdown, Brantford, and… Read More


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Holiday Coleslaw with Orange Vinaigrette

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Makes 5 servings, serving size: 1 cup (250ml) Ingredients Salad: 1 medium Bartlett pear, julienned 1 medium golden (or red) beet, julienned ½ small green cabbage, thinly sliced, approximately 3 cups ½ red onion, thinly sliced Dressing: 1 medium orange zested and juiced, approximately ¼ cup juice and 1 tbsp zest 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp djion mustard 1 tsp maple syrup ¼ tsp salt Garnish: ½ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped 1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries 3 tbsp chopped parsley Directions In a large salad bowl, add all of the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Top with hazelnuts, cranberries, and parsley. Read More


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December 2017 Social Group Events

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington This group will meet on Saturday, December 9th at 6 pm at Zyla’s (299 James Street North, Hamilton). While this restaurant serves meat, they have a good selection of vegan options that are well marked on the menu. Please RSVP by Thursday, December 7th at 6 pm to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. TVA Reads This will be a special holiday potluck edition of TVA reads, with vegan pizza generously donated by Mamma’s Pizza! It will be on December 13th. For more details email tvareads@veg.ca.  Vegetarians of High Park This group is getting together for a video and board game night at See-Scape (2480 Dundas Street West, in the Junction) on Thursday, December 14th at 6:00 pm. They have several clearly marked vegan options on the menu. There is a cover fee of $5 to play board games unlimited, $5 to play video games for an hour, or $10 to play both unlimited. Please RSVP by Sunday, December 10th to highpark@veg.ca. Social Dinner Group Enjoy a dinner around the holidays with like-minded people. All members and non-members, veg, vegan and transitioning are welcome at their next dinner at Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin Street) on Thursday, December 21st at… Read More


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