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Welcome to A Vegetarian Experience. I plan on providing you with a few recipe books that are inspired by vegetarian food with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. This may expand to other cultures and areas of the planet too. I have been a vegetarian now for more than 30 years and I enjoy perfect health. Times have changed from when I first adopted this lifestyle. Back then, being a vegetarian was definitely 'not cool' and a bit intimidating for friends who had invited us for dinner. They did not know what 'vegetarians' eat! Suffice to say we have come a long way since then. We can now enjoy a wonderful array of delicious, healthy food sourced from many different cultures. Going 'meatless' is definitely not boring. Go ahead and 'savor the flavor'.

All blog posts by Zara

Vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner features sprouts and squash

By Luisa D’Amato | October 7, 2015 Thanksgiving is a difficult time for people who don’t eat meat. It’s challenging for some cooks to build a meal around vegetables. And because meat is at the centre of the occasion, a meatless plate can be disappointing for the diner, too. But here is a recipe for a meat-free Thanksgiving dinner that is really delicious, and can be made in less than half an hour, provided you […]

How John Lennon taught me to cook vegetarian

By Jonathan deBurca Butler | October 7, 2015 John Lennon and Yoko had a love for Ireland, buying an island off Co Mayo. His visits to the area caused a mighty stir as chef, Johnny Carroll tells Jonathan deBurca Butler THERE was a giddy anticipation amongst staff at the Great Southern Mulranny in the summer of 1969. John Lennon was coming to Mayo and had chosen their hotel to lay his head. It wouldn’t be […]

Vegetarian Food photos on Instagram are gorgeous

By Madison Malone Kircher | October 5, 2015 If you’ve ever thought vegetarians eat nothing but salad, think again. From hot dogs to BLT sandwiches, vegetarians have created meatless alternatives to popular foods. And they might even be more tasty than the originals. So whether you’re a long time vegetarian or just thinking about changing your diet, Instagram is a great place to get food inspiration. In honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month, Instagram is currently featuring […]

Jharkhand govt to join go-vegetarian campaign for animal rights

By Sanjoy Dey, Hindustan Times, Ranchi | October 4, 2015 A non-government organisation and the state animal husbandry department will launch a campaign in Jharkhand on Sunday to protect animal rights and appeal people to turn vegetarian. Helping Organisation for People, Environment (HOPE) & Animal Trust in association with the department will organise a rally as part of the World Animal Day (WAD), which will be observed for the first time in Jharkhand and Bihar. […]

Taco Bell now offers an AVA certified vegetarian and vegan menu! 

By Lynn Griffith | October 4, 2015   The Vegetarian Times Study reported that 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian and an additional 22.8 million Americans follow a vegetarian inclined diet.(1) The vegetarian diet has been continually growing in popularity.  Vegetarians have a lower risk of developing heart disease, colorectal, ovarian and breast cancers, diabetes, obesity and hypertension.  The diet is typically low in fat and high in fiber, though it is possible to eat excessive […]

World Vegetarian Day: Learn health facts regarding vegetarianism

By Yvette Collins | October 1, 2015 World Vegetarian Day: Going Vegetarian Is A Healthy Choice Today is World Vegetarian Day, October 1, 2015. This is the day set aside each year to recognize vegetarians and discuss health facts regarding vegetarianism. A vegetarian is a person who consumes fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. The protein consumed comes from non-meat food items. Research shows vegetarians live longer lives than non-vegetarians. According to Registered Dietitian Marisa Moore, […]

World Vegetarian Day 2015: 15 things only vegetarians understand | Metro News

By Mandy Mazliah | October 1, 2015 Happy World Vegetarian Day and Vegetarian Awareness Month! In some parts of the world being vegetarian is the norm, and vegetarian food is readily available. Not always so in the UK. Even though there’s about 4 million vegetarians in the UK, restaurants can fool you into thinking it’s still the 1970s. It’s even worse if you go on holiday to Eastern Europe or South America. And, no, we’re not […]

Is France finally set to embrace vegetarianism? – The Local

By Oliver Gee ( | October 1, 2015 Life has always been hard for vegetarians in the land of steak tartare, foie gras and boeuf bourguignon but the times they are a changing. The vegetable enlightenment has finally reached France, but how far will it go? Ask any vegetarian in France about their dining lives and they’re bound to tell you two things – Firstly “It’s difficult” and secondly, “it’s a hell of a lot […]

Add some pep to your pasta with Southwestern Veggie Lasagna | Edmonton Journal

From ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen | September 23, 2015 The traditional cuisine of the southwestern United States is heavily influenced by Mexican flavours, often making use of ingredients such as tangy tomatoes, spicy chilies and hearty beans. Think beyond tacos and burritos with these creative ways to bring southwestern flavours into your kitchen. You won’t miss the meat in our Southwestern Vegetarian Lasagna, which is loaded with black beans, corn and cheese. Salsa, cumin and […]

French lawmaker is proposing all schools go vegetarian! • The Raw Food World News

By Lynn Griffith | September 21, 2015 In the United States, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that discrimination laws apply to employees’ dress and grooming.  Some religions prohibit wearing certain garments and others require hair to be certain lengths.  The law requires employers to make accommodations and be respectful of this, whether it is a newly adopted religious change, or one that has been a part of a person’s life for years. (1) […]

Meet Babiya, The Vegetarian Crocodile Who Guards A Temple In Kerala!

By Neha Borkar | September 20, 2015 India is all about amazing stories! Apart from historical monuments which makes a place interesting, there are many other miraculous stories which makes India a truly incredible country. Once such story is of Babiya, a crocodile who guards the famous Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kerala. Legend has it that, Babiya is a local guardian of the temple. Babiya only eats the temple prasad which is made of rice […]

Extreme Eats: Texas-Sized Dosa | Houstonia

By Megha Tejpal | September 18, 2015 MAYBE I HAVE LIVED IN TEXAS so long or maybe my eyes are indeed bigger than my stomach, but I have simply gotten used to the fact that jumbo-sized foods are the new normal. Everything is bigger in Texas right? Right. But there’s big, and then there’s too big for your plate. And let’s face it, sometimes we crave exactly such an extreme meal. In the way of these extreme […]

GRAY: Learn to eat humanely, even if not a vegetarian | Opinion |

By Jessie Gray | September 10, 2015 I’m at a restaurant with some friends, and the waiter is going around the table taking our orders. Someone orders chicken noodle soup; someone else gets a ham and cheese panini. As he approaches me, I ask if there’s any way to make the chicken alfredo vegetarian. Of course there is, he tells me, and moves to the friend on my right. She looks at me with big […]

Yale Environment 360: In Booming Aquaculture Industry, A Move to Plant-Based Food for Fish

By John H. Tibbetts | September 3, 2015 Aquaculture production has more than doubled since 2000, putting pressure on the stocks of small fish used to feed farmed salmon and other species. But researchers are now developing plant-based feeds that could put the industry on a more sustainable path. In a quiet valley just outside Bozeman, Montana, a trout stream by the name of Bridger Creek flows past a circle of low-rise buildings, including a […]

Ettie’s Eats: Vegetarian Chickpea Stew

From 417 Magazine | Ettie’s Eats | September 2015 Before I dive into this recipe, I have some bittersweet news. After three wonderful years at 417 Magazine, I am leaving to start a new adventure in my writing career. As part of that leap into the unknown, the Ettie’s Eats blog will be moving to a new home where you can continue to follow along with my cooking mishaps and meet some of the interesting characters […]

La Vernia News / Recipes / The vegetarian grill

By The Kitchen Diva! | September 2, 2015 Football season is upon us, and when it comes to tailgates and game-watching parties, people tend to think of hamburgers, steaks, brats and hot dogs for grill entrees. Instead, move the meat over and make room for vegetables. Why not try zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, bell peppers or portabella mushrooms? Grilling vegetables caramelizes them and brings out a sweetness not typically found in other cooking preparations. Even if […]

What it’s like to eat at Eatsa – Tech Insider

By Melia Robinson | August 31, 2015 I just had a dining experience straight out of “The Jetsons.” Futuristic fast-food chain Eatsa opened today near San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. The vegetarian restaurant, which specializes in quinoa bowls that cost about $7, uses technology to automate the ordering and pick-up processes. Customers can dine in or out without interacting with a single human. Yes, it’s a little scary. Eatsa is backed by techie David Friedberg, who sold his […]

5 Easy Overnight Vegetarian Breakfasts

By | August 30, 2015 It’s not often that anyone has an hour in the morning to spend whipping up a great big balanced breakfast. But a nutritious meal is possible even when time is a rare commodity. These recipes are designed for anyone with little time to fix a morning meal – or who prefers the snooze alarm to satisfying bites. But you can hit that snooze button if you wish and still […]

Light and healthy – The Hindu

By Hadeel Yousuf | August 29, 2015 A recipe that combines the goodness of porridge and carrots Tiranga whole wheat porridge It is ideal for a light lunch or for those who want healthy food without adding too many calories. Not a particularly elaborate dish, it can be whipped up in 30 minutes for a couple of people. Though both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are there, it works better as a vegetarian dish. To continue […]

27 lip-smacking, vegetarian dishes to try during Kerala’s grandest feast – Quartz

By Itika Sharma Punit | August 28, 2015 Like most Indian festivals, Onam is typically celebrated with food—lots and lots of it, consisting of at least six courses. So much so that a proverb in Malayalam on the harvest festival goes “kaanam vittum onam unnanam.” It means a man must host a sadya—ora grand vegetarian lunch banquet—even if he is forced to sell his property. The sadya, which is served on a banana leaf and […]

7 ways to make family dinners work when your child is a vegetarian – The Washington Post

By Aviva Goldfarb | August 26, 2015 If your child decided to become a vegetarian, would you be a) Shocked? b) Thrilled? c) Horrified? d) Overwhelmed? When our daughter Celia was young, her favorite meal was steak. I’m not a big meat eater and as the main family cook, I only made meat a couple of times a week. But if Celia had her way, our dinners would have alternated between steak, pasta and chicken […]

10 popular vegetarian biryani and pulao dishes – The Times of India

From | August 25, 2015 Rice happens to be India’s staple diet. People relish rice in lunch or dinner with dal and Subji. It is loved pan India in form of biryani and pulao . Many people think making these delicacies takes a lot of time and energy. Here are some easy to make Biryani and Pulao varieties for the vegetarian eaters. Good use of spices and mixing up the rice in an expert […]

Frozen food fave Amy’s Kitchen opens drive thru

From KOIN 6 News Staff | August 24, 2015 ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (KOIN) — Popular frozen food brand Amy’s Kitchen, known for its vegan and vegetarian meals, opened a game changing ‘anti-fast food’ restaurant in California this summer. Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park is a restaurant that isn’t following in the footsteps of its not-so-healthy fast food counterparts. The restaurant provides non-GMO, organic, gluten free and vegan options for those looking to grab a bite on […]

Is It Safe To Follow A Vegan Diet During Pregnancy?

By Tania Lombrozo | August 24, 2015 When I was pregnant with my first child, friends and family inevitably asked about my diet. “Are you sticking to vegan food?” they wondered, with variable admiration or anxiety. For some, the curiosity was about cravings. One mother told me she was irresistibly (and unexpectedly) drawn to hot dogs her third trimester; another confessed her sudden fascination with red meat. Surely, I’d crave things beyond the vegan sections […]

Vegan restaurants convince consumers that the vegan trend is here to stay! • The Raw Food World News

By Lynn Griffith | August 24, 2015 In the United States alone, 7.3 million people follow a vegetarian diet, 1 million are vegan, and 22.8 million people largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.  As research continues to amass proof of the numerous health benefits that come from giving up at least some, if not all, meat, the plant-based diet continues to grow in popularity. (1) Never before in history has there been a better time to […]

Leaving Nemo Out of Sushi – The New Indian Express

By Taniya Sahni | August 22nd, 2015 Can there be sushi with no fish in it? An apt answer to this question will be a tour across restaurants in Delhi that are serving this Japanese delicacy of vinegared rice, vegetables, and sometimes even fruits. And they have, to the delight of many vegetarians, omitted fish altogether in the preparation of sushi. “Twenty per cent of the diners that we serve at our restaurant Pan Asian […]

For vegetarians and vegans, it’s a new world of appealing options – LA Times

By Mary MacVean | August 22, 2015 In his new book, environmental journalist Joel K. Bourne Jr. argues that poverty is only partly to blame for hunger. Prosperity also plays a role: When people have more money, they tend to eat more meat and dairy foods. And that, he says, will increase the severity of the problem. “More than two-thirds of the world’s agricultural land is already used to grow feed for livestock, [and] world meat […]

The effect vegetarians have on the meat of the matter

By Sylvain Charlebois | August 22, 2015  What do Confucius, Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci have in common? Well, not much professionally, but they were all vegetarians. Einstein once claimed: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” With recent record meat prices, some might wonder if, all ethics aside, he had a point. On the supply side, consumers now […]

French Lawmaker Wants Mandatory Vegetarian Menu at School – ABC News

By Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press | August 21, 2015 France has been grappling with how to reconcile religious beliefs with secular values when it comes to pork in school lunches. One lawmaker’s solution: vegetarian meals. After banning Muslim headscarves in classrooms in 2004, France is now tackling what to put on the plates of observant Muslim and Jewish schoolchildren, who by tradition don’t eat pork. The proposal by lawmaker Yves Jego to serve vegetarian meals […]

American Vegetarianism Has a Religious Past | Smart News | Smithsonian

By Danny Lewis | August 20, 2015 Thank the creators of corn flakes and graham crackers for veggie burgers and not-dogs Vegetarian meat substitutes weren’t always as easy to find in restaurants and supermarkets as they are today. But here’s a fun fact you might not know: the religious men who invented the graham cracker and corn flakes also popularized veggie burgers in the United States, Ernie Smith writes for Atlas Obscura. Sylvester Graham and John […]

6 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Go Vegetarian

By Megan Othersen Gorman | July 10, 2015 People who stop eating meat might experience some interesting changes, good and positive. Anyone who’s seen the documentary/horror show Supersize Me has considered going vegetarian. Heck, almost everyone with healthy urges has seriously contemplated the meatless life at one time or another. If you’ve hesitated out of concern for your burger-loving, deprivation-hating body, don’t worry, says Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, clinical associate professor of nutrition at […]

Vegetarian Frozen-Food Company Is Shaking Up the Fast-Food Status Quo

By Josh Scherer | July 9, 2015   As beef prices continue to rise and McDonald’s hemorrhages profits, new players are jumping into the burger game. Chipotle’s vegan tofu and chile Sofritas went national about a year ago, White Castle officially made its veggie sliders a permanent menu item in March, and Wendy’s is fresh off a single-city black-bean burger test run that was so successful it went viral. Plant-based foods are coming in hot to the quick-serve game—whether […]

Vegetarian Barbecue – Food –

By Jean Hanks | July 9, 2015 Whenever I’m invited to a summer barbecue, for a few seconds, I panic: What am I going to eat? As a pescatarian, I know I’m going to be one of the few people, if not the only person, not partaking of the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs. I also know that it’s unlikely, especially if it’s a potluck, that the table will be overflowing with healthy salads. And I […]

Top six sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans

By Kesava Commerford | July 9, 2015 Much like Beyonce the (sometimes) vegan, the main question I, a vegetarian, am asked is “where do you get your protein from? “It’s made me realise that most people aren’t aware exactly how much protein is needed each day, and how many different sources of protein there are that are vegetarian and vegan friendly. Depending on your goals, you need anywhere between 0.8 and 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. […]

Practical Nutrition: Making nutritious vegetarian meals – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Practical Nutrition Advice With Mary Jo Sawyer

By Mary-Jo Sawyer | July 7, 2015 I moved to the Richmond area partly because of all the cultural opportunities the city has to offer. Last month, I finally made it to the Richmond Vegetarian Festival. One of my favorite foods was a vegan taco from Don’t Look Back in Carytown. I chose a soft corn tortilla filled with pinto beans, a variety of veggies, and seasoned with spices, cilantro and lime. TVP, textured vegetable […]

What Meat Eaters Get Wrong About Vegetarians | TIME

By David Wolpe | July 6, 2015 We’re not all self-righteous I was 20 years old and working on a political campaign when I first visited a slaughterhouse. There I saw dead chickens swinging like pale acrobats on a conveyor belt suspended over a vat, and I met a man who called himself, with only a hint of irony, a “goop scooper.” I walked out with the vague idea that I might become a vegetarian […]

Meatless Monday: An elegant vegetarian burger – Entertainment & Life – – Providence, RI

By Kristen Hartke, The Washington Post | July 6, 2015 Former “Top Chef” contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s Prez Obama Burger is the most popular burger at his Good Stuff Eatery restaurants. The original is laden with applewood bacon, Roquefort cheese and horseradish mayo. This vegan version by Todd Gray, chef-owner of Equinox, is a testament to the flavor and texture that can be achieved with alternative ingredients. It has a triple shot of low-fat protein in quinoa, black […]

Complete vegetarian: Come home to this delicious carrots side dish

By Amaka Inyese | July 6, 2015 Do you have brown butter and carrot? Let’s make a salad. This side dish takes only 45 minutes. Browned butter adds rich flavour to the carrots. Try it with other vegetables or when making mashed potatoes. Don’t over brown the butter, or it could become bitter. To continue reading this article and to access the recipe, please click on this link:   Source: Complete vegetarian: Come home to […]

Stories from a Peripatetic Kitchen – The New Indian Express

By Supriya Sharma | July 4, 2015 When Rukmini Srinivas, then teaching at Queen Mary’s College in Madras, was first introduced to author R K Narayan by her husband in 1955, she had not heard of him or read his Swami and Friends. “I had grown up with Thomas Hardy and Somerset Maugham,” she writes in her cookbook-cum-memoir Tiffin, adding, “and had not heard of R K Narayan till I visited Mysore.” But that meeting […]

5 Superfoods to Maximize Your Plant-Based Protein Intake | Alternet

By Amy Goodrich, Natural News | July 3, 2015 There are many sources of protein — and they’re not all from meat and seafood alone. You can get your daily protein intake from plants. While there are now more and more converts to veganism and vegetarianism, one of the main concerns of an herbivore is having sufficient protein intake. Protein is the body’s building nutrient, which means it reconstructs the body tissue. It protects the […]

Super Pasta: A pasta recipe everyone loves (even the vegetarian)

By Amaka Inyese | July 3, 2015 Feeding children is often a necessity that breeds culinary invention and preparing a quick and easy to have on hand meal is your best bets Feeding children is often a necessity that breeds culinary invention and preparing a quick and easy to have on hand meal is your best bets, this pasta recipe you will get the silky rich sauce resulting from generous use of bacon, egg and […]

Best New Orleans Vegetarian Restaurants

  From Nora McGunnigle | July 2, 2015 It can be tough to be a vegetarian in New Orleans. Given the pork-, game-, and seafood-heavy food culture down here, asking a chef to prepare veggie options can be like asking George R.R. Martin to plan your wedding. Inevitably, something’s probably going to die. But fear not, because thanks to the farm-to-table boom, there are more and more options for vegetarians on the city’s menus, and […]

Channel Your Inner Carrie Underwood With Yummy Plant-Based Recipes – Us Weekly

Buckwheat and whole-grain and hummus, oh my! Carrie Underwood and many other celebrities may sing the (healthy) praises of a plant-based diet, but who knew it could taste this amazing? Pure Bar founder Veronica Bosgraaf shares some of her yummy and super simple recipes with Us Weekly. Get ready to glow like your favorite famous herbivores! To continue reading this article and to access the recipe, please click on this link: Source: Channel Your Inner […]

How to Cook Tofu Without Getting Bored – Bon Appétit

By Rochelle Bilow | July 1, 2015 Whether you’re totally meat-free or just go vegetarian a day or two a week, there’s a lot to love about tofu. It’s a perfect blank canvas, and we’re not referring just to its beige color. Whether you use creamy, silken tofu for salad dressings and desserts (it’s very blend-able) or firm and extra-firm varieties for stir-fries, sautés, and grilled dishes, we’ve got 31 awesome flavor combinations to doctor […]

Sweet Dream bagels and Good Food and Wine Show – The West Australian

By Berlinda Conti | July 2, 2015 It’s been a whirlwind year for David Whorrall and his dream team since setting up his bagel business, Sweet Dream Foods, last year. His Montreal-style bagels are now sold at more than a dozen community markets around Perth. The range has expanded to include on-trend flavours and some Perth cafes have adopted them as a regular breakfast staple. Mr Whorrall, Canadian by birth and a devout vegetarian, has […]

Ducasse and other top French chefs offer allergy-free vegetarian menus | Executive Living | The Australian

By Remy Zaka, AFP | July 1, 2015 When French superchef Alain Ducasse stunned the haute cuisine world last year by dropping meat, boosting vegies and lightening up his menus, he was less bucking convention than joining a trend of accommodating vegetarians and people with food allergies. Fine dining at top restaurants run by uncompromising chefs may once have been unthinkable for such clients. But no more. “Twenty years ago we were lost when a […]

Burger King keen to replicate its Indian veg menu globally | Business Standard News

From Press Trust of India, Mumbai | June 28, 2015 Global fast-food giant Burger King, which especially formulated vegetarian options in the country to suit the Indian palate, is keen to introduce them in other vegetarian-friendly markets like the UK. Burger King India introduced as many as six vegetarian snacks, sandwiches and entry-level burgers in the menu when it started in November, 2014. “Looking at the response here, the global management is evaluating introducing some […]

Mary Berry: Vegetarian lasagne  | Daily Mail Online

This makes a real change from the classic lasagne and is well worth trying. If I’m having a party, I often serve both a vegetarian and meat lasagne, and they’re equally popular. For variety, replace some of the mushrooms with butternut squash. To continue reading this article and to access the recipe, please click on this link: Source: Mary Berry: Vegetarian lasagne  | Daily Mail Online

The Lonesome Vegetarian: Tastes of Turkey and Ethiopia give meatless diners some global options | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram

By Marilyn Bailey | June 26, 2015 I’m slightly late writing about two new-ish cafes that are small and quite special. Each brings a cuisine that’s hard to find in Fort Worth and is as interesting for vegetarians as for carnivores. Both deserve a following. Flying Carpet Turkish Cafe, which recently reopened after a long hiatus with an all-new menu, is also a rug shop with 500 handmade Turkish rugs on display, stacked in the […]

Time to go vegetarian: Smugglers caught with 40-year-old meat | Grist

By Grist staff | June 25, 2015 Hold on to your barf bags, folks: China’s latest disgusting food scandal gives a whole new meaning to the term “dry-aged beef.” NPR has the story: China’s customs agents have seized thousands of tons of frozen chicken wings, beef and pork that were smuggled by gangs. Weighing more than 100,000 tons, the meat has an estimated value of more than $480 million — but it also poses serious […]

WATCH: How to make Vegan popcorn chicken! | Diet & Food | Closer Online

By Fiona Day | June 23, 2015 Thought vegetarians and vegans couldn’t have popcorn chicken? Think again! Whether you’re Vegan, vegetarian or simply trying to eat less meat, this Vegan popcorn chicken recipe is the perfect meat-free option for all the family. Vegan cook and blogger Leila Buffery has shared her own easy-to-follow recipe on her YouTube channel, talking you through each stage in less than 6 minutes. It might take a couple of goes […]

Step Aside Big Mac, Vegetarian Gets the Drive-Thru Treatment | The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch | Tucson Weekly

By Jamie Verwys | June 23, 2015   Fast food joints have a place in our culinary history, if we like it or not. Some would say it started as far back as 1921 when White Castle opened its doors in Wichita, Kansas. Others say McDonalds, the Mac Daddy of fast food, was the originator in 1948. Whatever its true origins, perception and quality of cheap burgers, fries and shakes delivered through a convenient window, […]

10 Protein-packed vegetables – Livemint

By Kavita Devgan | June 22, 2015 From peas and broccoli to cauliflower and potatoes—a list of vegetables that you should include in your diet to get more of the body-building nutrient   Proteins are the building blocks of life. The basic structure of protein is a chain of amino acids, which are organic compounds that repair body tissue, help break down food and perform other body functions like regulation of enzymes and hormones. The […]

Go vegetarian – Livemint

By Sujata Kelkar Shetty | June 22, 2015 Experts around the world are advising people to eat a more plant-based diet, or a vegetarian diet, because it is healthier “So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.” Albert Einstein wrote these words in a letter dated 30 March 1954, a year before […]

Bengal’s sweet and spicy flavours – The Hindu

From | June 20, 2015 Think mustard oil and the first thing that comes to mind is Bengali cuisine. A quintessential part of Bengali food, you can never separate mustard oil from the dishes. And then comes the distinct aroma of tempering. The ‘Big Bong Theory’ is something like this – if you don’t use the right ‘phoron’ (seasoning used for tempering) for the particular dish, you can never get the perfect taste, explains […]

Teeth found near Tel Aviv point to a new prehistoric human species – Israel Culture, Ynetnews

By Dudi Goldman | June 20, 2015 The 400,000-year-old teeth reveal that the origin of prehistoric man may be in Israel; anaylsis of teeth shows owner was vegetarian. Researchers found four teeth in the Qesem Cave near Rosh Ha’ayin (not far from Tel Aviv), and they were astonished at  test results that conclude the fossils to be some 400,000-years-old. The significance of this is that it’s possible that the origin of prehistoric man is in […]

Healthy Vegan, Vegetarian Carrot Hummus Recipe:

By Arielle Haspel | June 20, 2015 Nutrition expert and certified health coach Arielle Haspel created some delicious healthy snacks for our Treat Yourself video series, and now she’s back. Follow her here on the Vitamin G blog, where she’ll share her favorite healthy shortcuts and guilt-free recipes, just in time for bikini season. If you’re like me, you love quick, easy, and delicious snacks. Hummus is a go-to in most people’s fridges because it’s […]

Linger’s Vegetarian Options Include a Delicious Masala Dosa | Westword

By Chelsea Keeney | June 19, 2015 Linger is known for an eclectic mix of dishes from all over the world. You can, for example, load up on falafel while your dining partner picks at a bento box. It’s a place for just about any taste preference and the staff is incredibly accommodating to allergies and diet restrictions like gluten and dairy. While almost every item on the unique menu is worth exploring, some dishes, […]

Vegetarian Grilling in the Great Indoors |

By Scott Stiffler | June 17, 2015   BY CARLYE WAXMAN-HUSSERL RDN, CDN | Isn’t it about time vegetarians enjoy a BBQ without sacrificing an animal? Don’t wait for a sunny day to get your grill on! Below are fantastic “feel good” recipes that will make you FEEL like you’re enjoying a BBQ in the Hamptons…minus the ocean and minus the meat. There are some necessary tools to make this work. I like the larger […]

8 Vegetarian Side Dishes For Your Summer Cookout

By Lindsay Livingston | June 16, 2015 Summer is here and that means the perfect weather for picnics, cookouts and parties. Give me any excuse to bust out the grill, enjoy the sunshine and get together with family and friends and I’m a happy girl! While most people choose meat as their main course when grilling, I wanted to take time to give summer fruits and veggies a little extra love! There is so much nutritious and […]

What I make when … I need comfort |

By Sarah Tuck | June 17, 2015 The early winter that has hit New Zealand has made me immediately start craving comfort food and this simple but delicious menu definitely hits the spot. The mushrooms are creamy and full of earthy flavour, and I love soft polenta as an alternative to the regular carb offerings of rice, mash or pasta. This dish is vegetarian but would team beautifully with pork and fennel sausages if you […]

The Vegetarian and Vegan Guide to a Low-Carb Diet

By Joe Leech, Authority Nutrition | June 6, 2015 Cutting back on carbs is not very complicated. Just replace the sugars and starches in your diet with vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and fats. Seems pretty straightforward, unless you don’t eat meat. Conventional low-carb diets rely heavily on meat, which makes them unsuitable for vegetarians. However, this does not need to be the case. Everyone can follow a low-carb diet, even vegetarians and vegans. Here’s how to do it: […]

The Perfect Vegetarian Taco –

By Jason Diamond | June 16, 2015 Even though beans, cheese, and lettuce are usually instrumental ingredients when you tell somebody you’re making tacos, they probably expect some sort of meat. Pork, chicken, or steak tend to be the stars of the show, while all the other things in the tortilla are relegated to secondary status. RELATED: The 25 Best Tacos in Texas These roasted mushroom and grilled kale tacos from Bodega Negra Chef Michael Armstrong […]

Smoked Vegetarian Apple Sausage with Swiss Chard & Shiitake Mushrooms | KHON2

By Web Staff | June 15, 2015 It’s time to head into the kitchen for this month’s ‘Healthy and Delicious’ with Down to Earth. Today, Mama T is sharing one of her favorite “to go” recipes. It’s quick and easy – It’s a Saute dish with vegan Smoked Apple Sage sausage, Swiss Chard, and Shiitake mushrooms.  Mama T says it’s all done in about 20 minutes. But she does like to pair it with some […]

7 reasons to turn vegetarian – from better health to a cheaper food bill – BT

By Nel Staveley| June 12, 2015 It’s Meat Free Day, which is the perfect time to look at why a vegetarian diet might be better for you than a carnivorous one. Ask someone why they don’t eat meat, and the two big answers are probably ‘it’s cruel’ or the slightly less noble ‘I don’t like the taste’. But there are more good reasons why around four million Britons eschew the carnivorous diet, too; like how […]

I’m a Vegetarian. Don’t Judge! | BlogHer

By Firefly Dance | June 10, 2015 I love vegetables… covered in bacon  Hey, plants have feelings too!  You can’t afford meat? I can’t live without bacon  I like animals… on my plate!  Do you eat animal crackers?  You carrot-murderer!   These are the kinds of comments that I hear all the time. Whenever someone learns that my family and I are vegetarians we brace ourselves. Most of the time people are cool, throw out […]

Seven reasons why India needs eggs on the menu of midday meals

By Reetika Khera | June 10, 2015 They’re very nutritious, have a relative long shelf-life and could boost rural employment. Last week, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan rejected a proposal to introduce eggs on the menu of the Integrated Child Development Services scheme – even just on a trial basis in three tribal districts. This short primer responds to some of the questions being asked about whether and why we need eggs […]

Eating local, thinking global: L.I. chef and food activist Bhavani Jaroff | Long Island Report

  By Natalia Orozco | June 7, 2015 Let’s face it: eating well when there’s a dollar menu and a Starbucks around every corner can be hard. Inspiring other people to do it also? Well, that’s an even greater undertaking. Now add motherhood, a Master’s in Education, and an extensive resume of kitchen experience to the mix and you have Bhavani Jaroff. The 58-year-old, Roslyn native is a woman on a mission, and it all […]

10 Vegetarian Salad Recipes To Lose Weight – Boldsky

By Denise Baptiste | June 4, 2015 Want to lose weight? Then try out these simple vegetarian salads. It is easy to prepare and not time consuming. These ten best salads to help you lose weight should be enjoyed with dressing that does not contain mayonnaise, cream and other high calorie ingredients. However, for some of these vegetarian salads you might need to add a little mayonnaise or cream to enhance the taste. In cases […]

Amy’s Kitchen Is Starting a Vegetarian Drive-Thru | TIME

By Alice Park | June 2, 2015 The frozen food company will launch a fast food drive-thru this summer Amy’s Kitchen wants to be more than just a frozen food company. In late June, it will launch its first drive-thru restaurant in Rohnert Park, Cal. to provide the same freshly prepared vegetarian foods the company is known for—but fast. “Everybody said we couldn’t do it,” says Andy Berliner who co-founded the company with his wife […]

How to make cheese gougeres – recipe | Life and style | The Guardian

By Jane Hughes | June 2, 2015 Choux pastry, or pâte à choux, is a French favourite – classically, it is used to make sweet profiteroles, but it can be used in savoury dishes too. These buns should be crisp and golden on the outside and light and fluffy within. To continue reading this article and to access the recipe, please click on this link: Source: How to make cheese gougeres – recipe | Life […]

Mock meats a new food trend

From | June 2, 2015 From jack fruit patties to soyabean chops or a ‘vegetarian’ chicken and fish – options for those seeking alternatives to meat are now available dime a dozen. Euphemistically termed mock meats, such food preparations are preferred choices across a cross-section of people ranging from newly turned vegetarians to those forced to curtail meat intake due to dietary restrictions. “I feel the trend of serving mock meat is catching up, […]

Why Aamir, Alia, Farhan opted for a vegetarian detox – Life and style

By Dhara Vora & Krutika Behrawala | June 2, 2015 Keen to regain the glow on your skin? Is the heat stopping you from tucking into mutton biryani? Experts tell you how to cleanse your system by opting for a vegetarian detox diet Does it work? While most non-vegetarians might cringe at the thought of eating only greens or indulging in curries sans fish, a vegetarian detox does help in cleansing your system, believe experts. […]

Leicester is being dubbed the vegetarian capital of Europe | Central – ITV News

From | May 31, 2015 Leicester is being dubbed the vegetarian capital of Europe because of the large number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city. There are more than 60 places to eat vegetarian and vegan food in the space of three miles. The Leicester Vegetarian and Vegan group believe this is more than anywhere else in Europe. They have helped to launch a new vegetarian short break to the city where […]


Helsinki-based, Agogo Apps ( is pleased to announce the launch of Veggoagogo, a 50 language travel translation app for vegetarians, available on the iOS and Android platforms. (TRAVPR.COM) FINLAND – May 30th, 2015 – Helsinki-based, Agogo Apps is pleased to announce the launch of Veggoagogo, a 50 language travel translation app for vegetarians, available on the iOS and Android platforms. iTunes: Google Play: Veggoagogo aims to provide the modern vegetarian traveller with an app […]

Vegetarian Protein Meal Ideas | POPSUGAR Fitness

By Julie Upton | May 29, 2015 Move over, meat! Dietitian Julie Upton, MS, RD, of Appetite For Health, shows us how to give our meals a meat-free protein boost. You don’t need to follow a Paleo diet rich in red meat, eggs, and poultry to get enough protein to build muscle and tamp down hunger. There are plenty of plant-based protein sources, like soy, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and even some veggies, that […]

A vegetarian in France? Good luck with that … | Herald Scotland

By Fidelma Cook | May 30, 2015 There’s a doctor here who, while considered a superb practitioner of his profession, has – to put very kindly – no bedside manner. The Brits are, in the main, signed up to him because he prides himself on his spoken English. And indeed many of them have reason to be very grateful to him because he has undoubtedly saved lives by his immediate referrals to specialists. Like all […]

Italian court tells veggie mum: feed your son meat – The Local

From | May 28, 2015 An Italian court has ordered a vegetarian mother to cook meat for her son at least once a week after the boy’s father complained that his son wasn’t being given a proper diet. The mother in Bergamo, northern Italy, started her son on a macrobiotic diet, which is typically a vegetarian diet consisting of whole grains, cereals and vegetables, in 2006. But the father, who is divorced from the mother, […]

Competition encourages sustainability and healthy choices | Scoop News

Press Release from NZ Vegetarian Society | May 27, 2015 Competition encourages sustainability and healthy choices Student film competition encourages sustainability, ethics and healthy choices School years are a time when young people are defining their beliefs, morals and values. It’s a common time for students to begin questioning their lifestyle choices, which can often mean their diet also. For the second year, in time for World Vegetarian Day, the NZ Vegetarian Society is running […]

Veggie burgers in 1930s Vilna – a Jewish chef ahead of her time – Books – – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

By Ofer Aderet | May 26, 2015 Veggie burgers in 1930s Vilna – a Jewish chef ahead of her time Decades before vegetarianism became trendy, Fania Lewando cooked up a non-meat storm in her restaurant, attracting such diners as Marc Chagall. The Yiddish cookbook she wrote nearly vanished. Now it can be read in English. Several years ago, the director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York offered something to members of […]

Indian mother puts a lonely hearts ad in the paper for her gay son | Daily Mail Online

By Jenny Stanton for MailOnLine | May 27, 2015 ‘Seeking a well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian groom for my son’: Mum puts a lonely hearts ad in the paper for her gay son in India… and gets flooded with 100 responses from men all over the world Padma Iyer placed an advert in a newspaper seeking a groom for her son It was India’s first lonely hearts advert for a match for a same-sex marriage Her son […]

Seven Things You Can Grill That Arent Meat – NDTV Food

By Jessica Reed, | May 25, 2015 I was going to start this article by consoling all vegetarians and vegans, reminding them they don’t need to feel sorry if attending a BBQ on Memorial Day. This is my first mistake: they don’t need consoling. My second mistake: not addressing meat eaters here. Yes, of course carnivores like you enjoy a good steak grilled on the barbie (as my Australian friends say). But don’t be […]

Living a healthy lifestyle in polluted Jakarta | The Jakarta Post

From The Jakarta Post, Jakarta |May 25, 2015 A live harp and violin performance by Lisa Gracia and Jonny Hutagalung accompanied 20 people who were enjoying vegetarian meals at the second newly opened vegan gourmet restaurant, Burgreens, on the rooftop balcony of the Organik Klub organic grocery store in Tebet, South Jakarta. Hanging out in the restaurant means giving a treat to your eyes, too, as the expansion unit on the balcony is overlooking the […]

Food For Thought: A Quick Homemade Recipe For Spicy Vegetarian Couscous |

By Liz McHugh | May 24, 2015 Kicking off your weekend, it can be hard to stay on the right eating track when you’re trying to squeeze in catch-ups, gym time and your daily to-do lists! Each week, we’ll bring you one quick recipe with lots of health benefits. Using common ingredients you’ll find in the fridge, press (or local shop at a push!), take the hassle out of home-cooking with this fast meal. This […]

Gluten-free vegetarian spring rolls |

By Michelle Misiaszek | May 21, 2015 CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Fresh vegetarian spring rolls are a quick meal and are surprisingly easy to make. Wellness Coach and Chef Leslie Cerier from, showed us how to make them. Gluten-Free Vegetable Spring Rolls Ingredients: 2- 2.8 Ounce packages Organic Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice Ramen Noodles 1 cup grated carrots 1 thinnly sliced avocado 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves 8 8-inch, spring […]

RECIPE: Vegetarian butternut squash and spinach lasagna | Recipes | Closer Online

By Closer Staff | May 20, 2015 #NationalVegetarianWeek with this delicious lasagna recipe (packed FULL of healthy veggies) Method Preheat oven to 375 F. Butternut Squash Filling: For this filling, you will need to have pre-cooked butternut squash puree. Using food processor, combine 2 cups of butternut squash puree with Ricotta cheese, milk, salt and nutmeg. Add more milk if needed (to make the butternut squash filling very creamy). Mix very well, taste and add […]

9 Vegetarian BBQ, Burger, and Hot-Dog Recipes Even Meat-Lovers Will Enjoy | Washingtonian

By Ryan Weisser | May 20, 2015 Summer can be rough on vegetarians, who can get stuck eating only potato salad and popsicles at cookouts. Not even the baked beans are safe (they’re usually made with bacon, pork, or other animal-based additives). So what’s a rabbit-food-lover to do? Thankfully, there are in fact plentiful options. Vegetarians can happily crowd around the grill and wait for delicious plant-based burgers, pulled “pork” sammies, and veggie dogs made […]

No bananas please, we’re vegetarian! The foods you think are meat-free but actually contain SECRET animal products  | Daily Mail Online

By Anucyia Victor for MailOnLine | May 20, 2015 Karin Ridgers, founder of VeggieVision TV, has identified stealthy foods Bananas can sometimes be sprayed with a pesticide which has shellfish When pollinating figs, wasps can die in the fruit and become part of it Think bananas, figs and miso soup are perfect foods for vegetarians? Think again. A range of foods, from fruit and packaged cereal to beer and even figs, are assumed to be safe to […]

Flexitarian trend prompts growth in vegetarian products :: Industry News :: FoodProcessing

By FoodProcessing Staff | May 18, 2015 Previously viewed as tempeh-loving fringe dwellers, vegetarians are now far more widely accepted – so much so that as many as 26% of consumers now consider themselves to be ‘flexitarians’ (those who prefer a more plant-based diet but still eat meat occasionally), according to a Nutrition Business Journal survey. Food companies are now responding to the growing demand for vegetarian food offerings by releasing a greater variety of […]

Vegetarian restaurant Transformer in Fitzroy is Vegie Bar’s grown-up sibling with real style | Best of Melbourne | Melbourne Lifestyle | | Herald Sun

By Dan Stock, Herald Sun | May 19, 2015 THE Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations tells us to do it. So, too, world cancer research bodies. The Intercontinental Panel on Climate Change highlights it as a major contributing factor and don’t even think of getting the likes of Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth started. But the message is starting to sink in. Eating less meat is good for us, and good […]

Packaged foods go vegetarian

From MedicalPress | May 15, 2015 Vegetarian foods are positioned for success in the marketplace as public health advocates highlight the benefits of plant-based diets and a growing number of consumers embrace meat-free or meat-reduced lifestyles. Earlier this year, for example, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report included adopting a vegetarian diet among its recommended approaches to healthful eating. So it’s hardly surprising that mainstream food industry brands like Boca from Kraft Foods, […]

I’m going vegetarian 3 times a week – Jamie – IOL Lifestyle

By Jemma Buckley | May 13, 2015 London – He says success in mastering his recipes lies in the timing.And it is just as vital an ingredient for Jamie Oliver in building his business, it seems. The celebrity chef has come out in favour of a vegetarian lifestyle – just ahead of the launch of his vegetarian cookbook. He has revealed he tries to be vegetarian two or three times a week, and said adopting […]

– Maine woman founded church, converted followers to vegetarianism

By Avery Yale Kamila | May 13, 2015 Vegetarianism can sometimes seem like a 1970s fad that mushroomed alongside organic food. However, meatless eating stretches back through recorded history to ancient Greece and India, waxing and waning in popularity over the ages with the rise and fall of religious and philosophical ideas. We Mainers can claim our own share of its history, most prominently in the life of Ellen Gould White. “It is impossible to […]

Sales of fake meat explode, but is it really better for you? – Fortune

By Mark Koba | May 11, 2015 Sales of meatless and vegetarian products are soaring, although only 7% of U.S. consumers call themselves vegetarian. The hunger for fake meat — or meatless meat — is getting bigger. So much so that the latest sales numbers of plant-based meat alternatives reached $553 million in 2012, representing a growth spurt of 8 percent from 2010. “We are doubling the business annually,” said Ethan Brown, CEO ofBeyond Meat, […]

Bo Derek’s plastic surgery, aging and beauty tips: Vegetarian diet and workout – National Celebrity Fitness and Health |

By Samantha Chang | May 11, 2015 Bo Derek, who became an international sex symbol after starring in the 1979 movie “10,” sizzles at age 58, thanks to a mostly vegetarian diet and an active lifestyle that does not include gym workouts. Derek has not had plastic surgery and said aging is “not for sissies.” While Bo has long been hailed for her bombshell beauty, she takes a casual approach to her looks, but admitd […]

Recipe: Vegetarian spring lasagna | The Kingston Whig-Standard

By Jill Wilcox | May 11, 2015 Local asparagus season is just around the corner and nothing says “spring” more than this vegetable. Asparagus is the first of so many wonderful local vegetables that we will get to enjoy as the growing season unfolds. The following recipe is inspired by a dish I enjoyed last spring at Fattoria Torre a Cona, a picturesque and historically significant estate winery in the Chianti region of Italy. The […]

Charles Krauthammer: A vegetarian future – Fayetteville Observer: National Columns

By Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post columnist | May 9, 2015 We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with – some participating in – human slavery? Or fourscore years later, how could the saintly Lincoln, an implacable opponent of slavery, have nevertheless spoken of and believed […]

Wendy’s testing veggie burger, and people like it | Metro

From | May 6, 2015 Wendy’s has become the latest fast food chain to launch a vegetarian-friendly menu item. The burger chain has been spotted quietly testing out a meat-free burger made with black beans at select restaurants in the company’s birthplace of Columbus, Ohio, reported Columbus Biz Insider. The test product includes a black bean patty served on a multigrain bun with asiago ranch sauce, Colby-pepper jack cheese, tomato and spring mix. News […]

Egg white to fish: 5 superb foods for fabulous, shiny and strong nails

By IANS | May 5, 2015 Who said frequent manicures are the only way to maintain good-looking nails? If they’re healthy on the inside, it’ll show on the outside. Although the strength of nails is largely determined by one’s genes, a healthy and balanced diet can do wonders to improve quality, and give your nails that extra lustre, shine and strength you desire.  Here’s expert advice on what you should dig into: 1 Organ meat […]

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