Healthy Summer Salad

We just whipped up this salad using a bag of Trader Joe’s Broccoli slaw. Super delicious! We added balsamic vinaigrette dressing but you can eat as-is or use your favorite dressing.

Broccoli slaw salad

1 package Trader Joe’s Broccoli slaw (12 oz)
2 shredded carrots
1 chopped celery stalk
2 chopped plum tomatoes
1 half package frozen peas (8 oz), parboiled
1 can red kidney beans
Half-bunch of cilantro, chopped (optional)
Dressing base/preservative: 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp olive oil;
great just like this or add your favorite dressing
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss and enjoy!

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James Cameron Checks in With Documentary on Vegan Athletes

Famed director James Cameron (Terminator, Titanic, Avatar, etc) will be releasing a new documentary film focusing on vegan athletes entitled The Game Changers. One of the details that is capturing headlines is Cameron’s contention that a vegan diet will put Viagra out of business. Indeed, it has long been suggested that erectile dysfunction is one of the first signs of heart disease in male humans. Indeed, it makes perfect sense. A diet that has been proven to improve heart function could certainly improve other symptoms.

Aside from that, the documentary profiles several athletes who have either been vegans for at least a year and the results they found. Check out the trailers below.

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We’re At SoCalVegFest in Costa Mesa

We’re giving away our books and bookmarks at SoCalVegFest! (Donations encouraged.) Stop by our booth (H7) and say hi!

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa CA

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Your Vegetarian Baby Published

We have published Dr. Rotondi’s booklet, Your Vegetarian Baby. Please enjoy learning further about his philosophy and advice regarding child-rearing. [The usual disclaimer applies: We do not necessarily endorse the entire contents of this text. We strongly urge parents to consult a professional nutritionist and/or other sources when considering any diets for their children.]

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“Impossible” Burger Debuts

I was intrigued by a recent news article about a new veggie burger that is being served in NYC. As the article notes, this burger is not geared toward hard-core vegans but at meat lovers who might like a meat substitute that looks and tastes more like meat. It actually “bleeds” beet juice and is made by Impossible Foods. Would you try it?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi all! A little late for this but we obviously support all efforts to eliminate meats from your holiday gatherings. To that end, Huffpo has some great modern vegan recipes.

I have Dr. Rotondi’s Your Vegetarian Baby almost ready to add to the archive here. Stay tuned. (As per usual, we recommend talking to a nutritionist about raising a child with a vegetarian or vegan diet. We believe it can probably be done with some supplements like calcium and vitamin B12 and a varied vegan diet.)

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Vegans Represent at NYC People’s Climate March

I attended the People’s Climate March today but was only able to stay for the “assembly” portion as I had to get back to my office. I noticed a large vegan group displaying a banner that said “Compassion — Nonviolence — For the People — For the Planet — For the Animals.” Indeed, vegans have good reasons to appear at most any activist march/protest.

Since my last post, other studies have appeared that connect global meat production with climate change.

Enjoy these other photos from the early portion of this historic march.

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Study Makes New Connection Between Meat and Global Warming

Many newspapers picked up on this study which suggests that the nitrous oxide produced in meat production is a major contributor to climate change. One of the best things you can do to help reduce climate is GO VEGAN (or at least greatly reduce your meat and dairy consumption).

Also, the documentary, Forks Over Knives, is now available on hulu plus (also available on Netflix). Please take the time to watch this if you haven’t. (You can get a free one-week membership to hulu plus and a one-month free trial to Netflix.) The film uses statistics, medical science, anthropology, and more to argue that a vegan diet benefits both individuals and the planet.

Finally, I added a letter that Dr. Rotondi wrote in 1964 to the editor of The British Vegetarian regarding milk and dairy consumption. It’s in the archive section of this site.

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Vegan Tacos / Tostadas

Vegan tacosHi folks! It’s been a while since I’ve updated the site. I made these vegan tacos the other day and they were so good, I thought it was time to do so. Any Mexican food aficionado will tell you to ALWAYS USE FRESH INGREDIENTS when cooking Mexican. Seriously, do you know any Mexicans who buy El Paso (or Amy’s for that matter) products? I don’t. The last time I made Mexican food, I used a can of El Paso veg frijoles and they had that hospital tin-can taste. Bleh. Without further ado, here’s the recipe I used for the above.

Frijoles (Refried Beans)

2 cups cooked pinto beans
1 small onion or half a medium onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons veg oil
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (Use less if you don’t like it very spicy)
1 small tomato or 1/2 a large tomato, chopped
1 tsp lemon or lime juice (optional, adds a little flavor and helps retain color)
Salt, extra spices

In large saucepan on medium heat, sauté onion for a few minutes until starting to turn translucent. Add garlic, jalapeño, and continue cooking for a few minutes, stirring. Add tomato, continue cooking until tomato has mostly liquified. Stir in beans and lemon/lime juice and reheat until mixture starts to bubble. Mash beans and mix with a potato masher or large slotted spoon to desired consistency. Add water a couple tablespoons at a time if needed to desired consistency and mixture is lightly bubbling. Add salt to taste and turn off heat.

Quick Salsa Fresca

1 large tomato, chopped
1 very small onion, finely chopped or 1/2 medium onion  (Use a chopped green onion or two instead if they’re handy)
1/2 tsp vinegar (I used cider vinegar)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp veg oil
Dash of salt
Spices and salt to taste (I used Jamaican curry powder (!) which gave it the yellow color above — and cayenne which is totally optional! You can use a bit of jalapeño, a little chipotlé, hot sauce etc, however you like it)

Stir ingredients together. Chill any unused portion.

Heat corn tortillas (or taco shells, crisp tostada bottoms) how you like (turning on griddle with a little oil or I usually just throw them directly on a low oven flame, turning every 5 seconds for 20 seconds — works great if they’re fresh). Layer on dollop of beans, top with vegan cheese (or not if you eat dairy), and salsa fresca. If you have guacamolé handy, add that too!

Makes 6-8 nice-sized tacos/tostadas. Yum! Enjoy!

I’ll be adding a pair of new Dr. Rotondi essays from the archives soon. In one, he talks about sex (predictably puritanical, sure) and the other, on milk, was published in The British Vegetarian (date not available but probably from the early 1970s).

Update: Dr. Rotondi’s essay on milk in The British Vegetarian, was actually a Letter to the Editor published in 1964.

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Vegetarian (and Vegan) Comedians

Huffington Post highlighted 13 comedians who are vegan/vegetarian and vocal about it, some more than others.  Ellen DeGeneres recently launched Going Vegan with Ellen. (We note that Huffpo editors posted this in the comedy section and it’s cross-referenced in neither the Food section, nor the Life and Style section. Veganism is not just a laughing matter. Shame on you, Huffpo!)

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