VZ 070 – Eating Healthy on a Budget

One of the main reasons people give for not eating healthy is the perceived extra expense.  I say “perceived” because the idea that healthy food is more expense isn’t necessarily true.  Sure, some organic, natural foods may cost a bit more than their conventional or processed counterparts.  There are things you can do, however, to […]

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VZ 069 – Superfoods: Marketing Ploy or the Real McCoy?

Have you noticed, over the past few years, a trend in the grocery marketplace toward pushing products that contain “superfoods”?  As in, “Buy this pancake mix containing the superfood flax!”.  Or, “XYZ granola is packed with superfood ingredients like blueberries, acai berries, and chia seeds!”. So, is there really such a thing as a “superfood”? […]

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VZ 068 – The Joy of Vegan Baking

Before I became a vegetarian I had a lot of misconceptions about vegan baked goods.  I knew nothing about vegan baking, and I figured that vegan cookies and cakes must be filled with really weird ingredients, have a texture like cardboard, and taste, well…funky. Boy was I wrong!! Even though we are not full-time vegans, […]

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VZ 066 – 5 Byproducts of Busy Bees

Bee Products This episode of the podcast is all about bees! You’ll find out why honey isn’t considered vegan, and learn about the five main bee products: honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and beeswax. We’ll discuss the purported benefits of each, plus the risks.  We’ll also share a few places you can find cruelty-free […]

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www.vegetarianzen.com Lemon Chick'n with Mushrooms & Broccoli

Lemon Chick’n with Mushrooms and Broccoli Recipe

One of the tastes I miss since becoming a vegetarian is tart lemony chicken.  I don’t actually miss eating chicken, of course.  It’s more the “taste memory”, I guess. In our house, we really don’t eat much “faux meat”.  We have the occasional Tofurky roast or veggie burger.  I think that many of these products […]

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VZ 064 – Cruelty Free 101: An Animal-Lover’s Guide to Finding Products Not Tested on Animals

Using live animals in experiments is not a modern concept.  The ancient Greeks practiced vivisection, the dissection of live animals, in order to understand how living organisms functioned.  Historically, animals have been used to test treatments before applying to humans, and this practice continues to this day.  This cruel, unnecessary practice. In this episode of […]

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