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Orange Tofu Chicken

Vegan Chicken Salad

Jolinda's Meat Substitutes

11 Recipes and More!

When you give up meat, you don't have to give up your favorite recipes! Check out Jolinda's recipes and other recipe links HERE.

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Ecologic - Protecting What We Can't Live Without

Packaging the Earth Can Live With.

Ecologic Brands is dedicated to creating a more sustainable world through better packaging choices. Ecologic Brands, a sustainable packaging company based in Oakland, CA, is committed to giving consumers and brands more earth-friendly packaging choices.

Earlier this year, the company launched its first molded fiber bottle with Seventh Generation's 4x laundry detergent. The bottle comprises a rugged, fully-recyclable and compostable outer shell made from 100 percent recycled paper (70 percent recycled cardboard fibers and 30 percent old newspaper fibers) that supports a recyclable, thin plastic inner pouch that uses up to 70 percent less plastic than typical bottles.

Other eco-conscious companies are following suit, and they can look to Ecologic's eco.bottle™ line of 32oz, 50oz, and 64oz solutions to house liquids or dry food-grade products.

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Sister River Foods

(formerly Eat in the Raw)

It's a very exciting time in Parma!-land, because we launched our new web site. This has been a long-time coming. The site has images of our new labels (note: currently, our large bottles of Parma! are sporting the old labels but that will be changing in the foreseeable future), information on our newest flavor, Garlicky Green, FAQ's, where to buy information, buzz, etc. Take a look, we would love your feedback.

Parma! is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, gmo-free, kosher.

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All American Vegan

Veganism for the Rest of Us

All American Vegan is full of delicious recipes, shopping, cooking, and baking tips, as well as philosophy, trivia, and humorous observations regarding the increasingly popular but frequently misunderstood vegan lifestyle.

We set about writing a cookbook that would redefine for you what veganism means, by showing you how familiar and delicious, convenient and satisfying vegan food can really be. You can eat just like you always have, but in a delicious vegan version.

With over 90 recipes for familiar American favorites that introduce the concept of vegan substitution and the great vegan convenience foods now available, a one week and holiday menu planner, light-hearted humor and—we promise—no vegetables (unless smothered in a rich, creamy dressing), All American Vegan is veganism for the rest of us.

To this end, our cookbook meets most of you where you already are. You love animals and are willing to embrace actions that spare them harm. You don't have three hours every night to cook. And you certainly do not believe that adopting cauliflower as a staple is a sustainable lifestyle change. We get it. Our goal is to make it easy for you to adopt a more humane diet. We don't want to replace your hamburgers with mung beans over a bed of alfalfa sprouts. We want to replace your hamburgers with hamburgers.

To do that, we have veganized the American diet. The recipes will look familiar, will sound familiar, will be convenient, and for the most part will not require much preparation. Most importantly, they will be delicious. We believe that approaching dietary change this way will inspire you, and more people like you, to become vegan and thus help build a better world and a brighter future for our animal friends.

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What is the Single Best Thing We Can Do for Our Health?

Is this a simple question with a tough answer, or a tough question with a simple answer? Don't miss this easy-to-watch instructional video with an easy-to-understand message.

Watch here!

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

A Joe Cross Film

Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. >> MORE

NOTE: Always consult your health professional before making any changes in your diet or exercise regimen.

"...story-telling at its finest."

"Joe Cross' charming personality and Phil Riverstone's jaw-dropping transformation could not be more inspiring. So, caution, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" may be good for your health."

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Assessing the Real Cost of a Hamburger

by George Wuerthner

Do you know what a Big Mac costs? If you say $2.50 or whatever the current price posted at the McDonald's restaurant may be, you are vastly under-estimating the real price. That's because $2.50 does not reflect the genuine cost of production. Every hamburger price tag should include a calculation of animal suffering, human health costs, economic and ecological subsidies. None of these bona fide costs is included in the price one pays for a hamburger (or other meats eaten by consumers for that matter).

Unfortunately, assessing the real price of a hamburger is difficult because much of the overhead is hidden from view or simply ignored. Most people do not see the pain of the animals as they are branded, castrated, and slaughtered. >> MORE

The way that we breed animals for food is a threat to the planet. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides and drugs. The results are disastrous. - David Brubaker, PhD, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins University

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Paul McCartney:
If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls

Meet Your Meat:
The Video the Meat Industry Doesn't Want You to See

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Thanksgiving Grace


Everyone has been inquiring about EVEN's Grace we have been saying since 2005 at our Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving Vegan Potlucks. We are glad to share and are reprinting it here. Actually, it's great to say at any gathering, so we hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for asking!

We gather together today to celebrate and to give thanks for the many gifts that have been given to us.

  • for our friends and for our families, here today or not;
  • for all our fellow creatures with whom we share the world and without whom our time on this planet would be barren and profoundly lonely;
  • for the beautiful and wondrous natural world in which we get to spend our time;
  • for our miraculous bodies for which we try to show our appreciation by keeping them in good health;
  • and, for our glorious gift of free will with which we try to make compassionate choices.

We give thanks for all of these.
We ask for guidance to not take any of them for granted.

We also humbly ask for special blessings:

  • for everyone here today, and those who are not;
  • for children who go to bed hungry and unprotected;
  • for voiceless animals---our friends---who are oppressed, abused and exploited;
  • for Mother Earth---our home---to keep her safe from the ravages of pillage and greed;
  • for anyone and everyone suffering in pain or confusion.

We humbly ask for these special blessings.
Let's take a moment of silence here for our individual thanks and blessings.

May we keep peace and compassion in our hearts throughout the year.
Thank you.

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Cruel Industry

Letter to the Editor
by Barb Lomow

The warm and fuzzy "Milky Way" cover story [Eugene Weekly 8/18/11] ignored the deepest, darkest secrets of milk production. Whether raised organically or not, all "dairy cows" must give birth in order to produce milk, so are artificially impregnated every year while still lactating from their previous birthing session. This is physically taxing on their bodies, and there is a huge emotional toll.

Most calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and the milk meant for them is instead stolen for human consumption. It is a pitiful scene as mothers and calves --- who long to bond with each other --- are forcibly separated. Male calves, considered economically "useless" to the dairy industry, are typically raised for veal and killed at approximately four months of age, or confined to feedlots and slaughtered for "beef" at about 14 months. Some are slaughtered at only a few days old, becoming "bob veal."

The female calves are either killed for meat, or destined to replace the worn-out cows no longer worth keeping alive economically after ceasing milk production following endless cycles of impregnation, giving birth and and relentless milkings. The slaughtered bodies of these "spent" cows are typically churned into lower grade forms of meat such as hamburger and processed meats.

The bodily fluids of cows are designed to nourish their own babies, not human beings. With so many tasty, healthy alternative non-animal-derived milk products on the market, there is no need or excuse to support the cruelty inherent within the dairy industry.

Barb Lomow
Eugene OR

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Eating Raw vs. Cooked?

by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

...Eating lots of raw foods is a feature of a healthy diet....Eating raw food is necessary for good health and is an important feature of a healthy diet. But that does not mean that one's entire diet has to be raw to be in excellent health. It also does not mean eating an all raw diet is the healthiest way to eat.

It is healthier to expand your nutrient density, your absorption of plant protein and your nutrient diversity with the inclusion of some conservatively cooked food in your diet. >> MORE

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New Study Says U.S. Vegan Population Doubled In 2 Years

According to a new Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, the number of vegans in the United States has doubled since 2009 to 2.5% of the population. An amazing 7.5 million U.S. citizens now eat vegan diets that do not include any animal products – no meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs. Close to 16 million, or 5%, identify as vegetarian, never eating meat, poultry or fish....

Interestingly, the demographic breakdown of the study discovered that it was equal percentages of Democrats and Republicans eating vegetarian. Perhaps these two parties CAN agree on something – the vegan lifestyle is healthy and compassionate. Conscientious eating is going mainstream so if you haven't already, reduce or eliminate your consumption of animal products- everyone's doing it!

Source: In Defense of Animals

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Celebrate a Vegan Holiday!

Chances are, if you're hosting a holiday feast this year, you'll have at least one friend or family member who will be a little flustered by the feathered fowl at the center of the table...

These delicious recipes will please every palate and make it easier to give up the giblets, giving everyone—including animals—something to be thankful for this holiday season.

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Foster or Adopt a Homeless Animal

by In Defense of Animals NW

The freezing temperatures this week remind us that it's winter – the worst season for homeless animals. Please help a stray cat today by offering them a few months in a warm house. Food, litter, and vet bills will be covered – all they need is a spare room and some time spent playing with them.

In Defense of Animals NW is currently looking for homes for three friendly boys – one white, one black, one orange – and two bonded bunnies, if you prefer the strong, silent type.

Please contact tony@idausa.org for more information.

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Free Range Poultry and Eggs:
Not All They're Cracked Up to Be

by United Poultry Concerns

Birds raised for meat may be sold as "free-range" if they have government certified access to the outdoors. The door may be open for only five minutes and the farm still qualifies as "free-range." Apart from the "open door," no other criteria such as environmental quality, number of birds, or space per bird, are included in the term "free-range." A government official said: "Places I've visited may have just a gravel yard with no alfalfa or other vegetation." >> MORE

To learn more about how these birds are treated, watch Inside a Live Poultry Market.

Don't just switch from beef to chicken.
Get the slaughterhouse out of your kitchen.

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Movie Theater Popcorn

How Bad is it?

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a medium bucket o' heart-attack corn with soda is as good for your gut as a trio of Quarter Pounders topped with 12 pats of butter. Yikes! Now that's bad!


There are so many ways to keep popcorn a healthful treat. If you scroll down on the following link, you will find some great ideas to keep popcorn fun and flavorful >> HERE:

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McDougall Moments

Short Video Lessons from
John A. McDougall, MD

Improve your life by listening to Dr. McDougall once or twice a day. No charge/no gimmicks.

Watch videos HERE

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Giving Thanks Veg-Style

by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Harvest-Stuffed Acorn Squash

This recipe is from The Vegan Table
by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

"The foundation of this attractive dish is antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. The earthy colors make for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece."

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the squash halves, cut side down, onto one or two nonstick cookie or baking sheets. There is no need to oil the squash. Bake for 30 minutes. The squash may not be fully fork-tender, but it will eventually be returned to the oven to cook all the way through.

Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, cook the onion in olive oil (or water) until it becomes transparent. Add the celery and sauté a couple of minutes. Remove from heat, and add to a large mixing bowl, along with the cooked rice, pecans, apricots and/or raisins, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper, and salt. Adjust seasonings, as necessary.

Remove the squash from the oven, spoon out some of the cooked squash, and combine this squash flesh with the rest of the ingredients. Be sure to scrape only a little; you want to leave some squash in the shells, too.

Press the rice mixture into each squash cavity, mounding the rice as much as possible. (Depending on how large the squash are, you may end up with some leftover rice mixture, which makes a great side dish by itself.)

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until squash flesh is thoroughly tender. Remove the foil in the last 10 minutes of baking.

Makes 8 servings

*Oil-free, wheat-free, soy-free

Learn more about Colleen and her recipes and books HERE.

SOURCE: In Defense of Animals

If your motor is running in cooking gear now and you are further inspired to pursue a vegan diet of abundance (and nutrition and variety and health), go HERE, for 10,000+ MORE recipes.

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Thanksgiving in America

by Karen Davis, PhD - United Poultry Concerns

The Pilgrims did not launch Thanksgiving in America. For more than three centuries, Thanksgiving was a sporadic affair proclaimed off and on by various governors and churches for a variety of special occasions ranging from general properity to victories over the Indians and the British. In the early 19th century there was still little mention of an American Christmas and only casual notice of Thanksgiving. Not until 1863 did President Abraham Lincoln, embroiled in the Civil War and anxious to promote national unity, proclaim Thanksgiving an national holiday. Before that, George Washington issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclmation on October 3, 1789, and James Madison proclaimed January 12, 185 as a day of prayer that the War of 1812 might end soon and peace be restored.

A decade earlier, Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the Treasury, declared that "No citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day." Yet the turkey did not become a Thanksgiving dish outside New England until after 1800, and Thanksgiving itself often passed unobserved in many parts of the country as late as 1900.

Even in New England the turkey was not singled out immediately as the official holiday bird. A diary account of a Thanksgiving dinner in New England in 1779 mentions in the following order "a fine red Deer," "huge Chines of Roast Pork," "a big Roast Turkey," "a Goose & two big Pigeon Pasties." President Andrew Jackson's November 29, 1835 Thanksgiving proclamation thanked God for "the bountiful supply of wildlife with which Thou has blessed our land; for the turkeys that gobble in our forests." But Jackson did not spedifically link turkeys with Thanksgiving.

However, by 1857, the turkey had become a traditional part of the Thanksgiving holiday in New England. In that year, the English author of Life and Liberty in America, Charles Mackay, proclaimed the turkey "the great event of the day. As roast beef and plum pudding are upon Christmas-day in Old England, so is the turkey upon Thanksgiving-day among the descendants of the Puritans in New England."

More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality, pp. 52-54. Available from United Poultry Concerns.

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Six Good-for-you Grains

by Jolinda Hackett

Whole grains have made a comeback! Once thought to be the food of the hippie vegetarians of the 70s, whole grains are the new hipster rabbit food. And who doesn't want to look cool and hip while scarfing down quinoa? See 6 Good-for-You Grains here.

Click this photo to enlarge

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Compassionate Living

by Mercy for Animals

Features heartwarming animal rescue stories and is brimming with vegan recipes, health tips, interviews, product reviews, unforgettable exposés, an update about their groundbreaking MTV ad campaign, and so much more.

Read MFA's Compassionate Living magazines HERE

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Why Did Steve Jobs Die?

by Dr. John McDougall

...Jobs would have been pleased to hear my challenging second opinions about his pancreatic cancer and his diet, because my thoughts are in agreement with what he intuitively and factually knew to be correct.... >>READ MORE

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Faces of Vegan Project

The perfect time of year, the perfect time of your life, to join these and so many other compassionate vegans.

Make NOW the time to commit to to becoming vegan.

Watch this delightful and inspiring video.

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Ringling Brothers Faces Biggest USDA Fine in Circus History

Historic Breakthrough

Because of elephants who are beaten with bullhooks by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Feld Entertainment, Inc., parent company of Ringling, will now pay a penalty of $270,000 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act dating from June 2007 to August 2011. It is the biggest penalty paid by a circus in the history of the United States.

Since June 2007, PETA has spent every year taking formal complaints about Ringling to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have met with members of the agency's Office of the General Counsel and provided ample evidence of Ringling's abuse, including the death of a baby elephant, the beating of elephants, the killing of a lion, the circus's use of crippled elephants, and more.

Of course, PETA cannot rest until all the elephants are freed from their lives of servitude. Elephants used in circuses are torn away from their families, chained, dragged from city to city in boxcars, and forced under threat of bullhook beatings to perform repetitive tricks.

Please help: There is more that you can do to help animals abused in circuses today. I urge you to share the [See Photos] heartbreaking photos of baby elephants who are bound with ropes, shocked with electric prods, and jabbed with sharp-tipped bullhooks with your friends and family now. After they see Ringling's cruelty, please ask them to join you in pledging never to go to a circus that uses animals.

With the help of compassionate people like you, we can put an end to the suffering of elephants, tigers, and other animals who are beaten and forced to perform.

Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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Animal-Free Circuses

Letter to the Editor
by Janet Black

In June 2011, British lawmakers from all major parties in Britain voted unanimously for a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Peru and Bolivia have also ended the abusive practice. Entire countries are banning the use of cicus animals, yet Eugene will host an upcoming traveling road show, Ringling Bros., that still uses animals as "entertainment."

Just a few days ago, USDA inspectors again cited Ringling Bros. in Colorado Springs. Sarah, a 54 year old Asian elephant has a chronic health condition and is sick. She fell to the ground as the circus handlers tried to load her into a train boxcar. Stress and fatigue likely led to her dangerous fall. "This elephant's needs and incidents like Sarah's fall, underline the dangers faced by animals chained and caged in this impoverished life on the road." according to Animal Defenders International. A formal complaint has been filed by ADI, with the USDA, and is available upon request.

The Humane Society of the United States wants people to know that circus acts that use wild animals are inhumane. "Animals don't perform because they want to, they have no choice --- they are beaten until they comply." states HSUS.

However, people do have a choice. I would like to urge everyone in our community, and the State of Oregon, to support only animal-free circuses. Personally, I look forward to the day when the absuive practice of using animals for entertainment purposes is banned worldwide.

Janet Black
Eugene Oregon

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Talking Tofurky!

News from Turtle Island Foods

At Turtle Island Foods, our Tofurky and tempeh products are formulated to promote the health and vitality of both the consume and the planet's ecosystems. We strive to have a "clean label," using ingredients that are easily understood. We make everything in small batches using only the finest ingredients and go the extra mile to maintain the taste and integrity of our products.

All of our products are:


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Mercy for Animals's New Ad Campaign
Throws Open the Doors of Factory Farms ---

Shining a Bright National Spotlight on the Animals Suffering in Silence Within!

See video here

Bringing MFA's powerful ads to millions of teens will inspire a whole new generation of vegetarians – moving us closer to the day when factory farms are a thing of the past. And when fewer animals are killed at the hands of the meat industry.

By placing the ads on MTV, Mercy for Animals can bring a compassionate message into the living rooms of teenagers from small towns to mega metropolises.

These teens – who are kindhearted and receptive to animal protection issues – are the fastest growing segment of the population to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle. Proof: A recent study found that one-in-five college students are reducing or eliminating their meat consumption. Imagine the number if more of them knew the truth about factory farming.

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Victory! Pet Store Chain to Stop Selling Puppies!

ASPCA Applauds Jack's Pets for No Longer Selling Puppies

Supporters across the nation have taken a stand against puppy mills, and pet stores are taking notice. Recently, Jack's Pets, one of the largest pet store chains in the Midwest, has decided to no longer sell puppies in any of its stores. Instead, Jack's will work with the ASPCA to expand its work with local animal shelters and rescue groups to offer in-store pet adoptions.

In Arkansas, the ASPCA is caring for nearly 200 dogs saved from a puppy mill in Hot Springs. The owner was arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty. The ASPCA also assisted in the treatment and sheltering of more than 100 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Kentucky. The dogs are now safe and the mill's owner has been charged with 46 counts of animal cruelty.

"The ASPCA is thrilled to see a pet store chain like Jack's transition to a no puppy sales model," says ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. "We hope that this decision will convince other pet stores to stop selling puppies and support local animal adoption programs, which would improve the lives of countless dogs."

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SWEET VEGAN - A Collection of
All-Vegan Desserts, Some Gluten-Free, and a Few Raw

by Emily Mainquist

Emily's famous vegan desserts are moist, rich, flavorful, and cholesterol-free. They're easy to make, and taste just as amazing as their non-vegan counterparts, if not better. Many of the recipes in Sweet Vegan are for the vegan, gluten-free, and raw desserts that Emily sells through her company, Emily's Desserts, in grocery stores, online, and through her kiosks, and which have earned her a dedicated fan base. With over 70 to choose from, it is a perfect collection of delicious, sweet treats.

The foreword is written by Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary to which Emily donates a portion of her proceeds. The 5 chapters are: Breakfast Sweets (Try the Monkey Bread with Cinnamon Dipping Sauce!), Sweets in Crusts (Vanilla Pumpkin Cheesecake!), Cakes of All Kinds (gluten-free Cranberry-Orange Bundt Cake!), Cookies, Brownies and Bars (Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookies), and Everything Sweet In Between (Chocolate Strawberry Trifle!).

Emily's recipes are simple and easy-to-follow with scrumptious results! They are delicious and healthful and VEGAN! Thank you, Emily!

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Dr. McDougall Newsletter:

Newsweek Magazine Warns about Modern Medicine

The One Word that Can Save Your Life: "No!"

by Sharon Begley

Newsweek magazine's August cover story is a summary article about the importance of avoiding common medical tests and treatments, the same ones I have been talking to you about for the past 30 years. I am saddened when I think of the lives ruined and lost because this information has been hidden from the public by my medical colleagues, largely for motives of profit. Please read this Newsweek article now.

Stay Out of the Medical Businesses

You and your family cannot win by being familiar with doctors, drugs, and hospitals. Just like you do not want to be on a first name basis with morticians, lawyers, auto mechanics, and plumbers, you do not want a doctor as a best friend or your calendar littered with appointments to visit these professionals. An undeniable fact is that the more you see doctors, the more likely you are to be tested and treated; for better or worse. The best way to stay out of the medical businesses is to be healthy. That means you must fix the primary cause of common diseases: the rich Western diet.

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Q&A: Can A Vegan Eat at Tex-Mex Restaurants?

by Brittany Estes-Garcia while volunteering with The Vegetarian Resource Group

Q: As a new vegan, I don't know if I can still eat out in Tex-Mex restaurants. What kinds of questions should I be asking to make sure there are no animal products in my food?

A: There are some questions that vegetarians and vegans have to ask when eating at Mexican food restaurants. They are crucial. The first one would be asking if lard is used for cooking or is used in the beans or to fry corn or flour for chalupa or nacho shells, because a lot of the time they will not say it is unless you ask. The second one is asking if chicken broth or beef stock is used in any of the foods like sauces for example, because sometimes it will not be listed. The third one is asking if the meat or dairy products are cooked on the same surface as the vegetarian meals. The fourth and final one for vegans is making sure there are no dairy products, like cream or sour cream for example, stuck secretly into the meal or served with it, because these ingredients are sometimes overlooked.

Q&A: What Can I Use to Replace Cheese and Meat in Foods Like Tamales and Enchiladas?

Q: What can I use to replace cheese and meat in foods like tamales and enchiladas?

A: There are many ways to replace cheese and meat in foods like tamales and enchiladas. Various combinations can be made containing tofu, vegetables, and guacamole instead of dairy and meat products. An example of this is guacamole enchiladas. Corn tortillas are used which are rolled up with guacamole and jalapenos. A sauce is then put over it that can be described as a ranchero sauce, made out of tomatoes, cilantro, onions, bell peppers, and spices. Another recipe for enchiladas uses tofu, corn tortillas, sauteed vegetables, and any kind of sauce. As for tamales, a good way to substitute cheese and meat in them is to use zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes, lettuce, and guacamole instead. Beans can also be put inside these. Another way to replace these ingredients is to use black beans, vegetables, and spices. Overall, there are many ways to substitute cheese and meat in meals such as these. Experiment with a variety of vegetables and some of the ingredients listed in this paragraph! You will find a favorite recipe in no time!

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