Vegetarian - Nicola Graimes

Vegetarian (Barnes & Noble, 2003)

I LOVE this cookbook!  The recipes are well-crafted and range from simple to complex.  The instructions are easy to understand, and the wide variety means there is bound to be something for everyone.

VZ 079: Alternatives to the Peanut – A Guide to Nut Butters and Seed Butters

VZ079 - Nut Butters

  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, you’ll hear way more than you ever thought you would about nut butters and seed butters.  Move over peanuts…jelly wants to make some new friends!   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and […]

Bonus 02: Bonus Episode – Simple and Delicious Vegetarian Potluck Recipes

Bonus 002 - Potluck Recipes

  This BONUS episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast was inspired by a question posted by Jeff Jackson in The Peas and Carrots Society: Friends of Vegetarian Zen Facebook group: Does anyone have any suggestions for a vegan side dish, chilled or room-temperature, to bring to a lunchtime holiday party at the office? Needs to […]

VZ 078: The Delicious World of Plant Milks

Vegetarian Zen Podcast Episode 078 Plant Milks http:://

  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, you’ll learn that there is indeed life after dairy milk!  We’ll talk about plant milks such as soy, nut, rice and coconut milks.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on […]

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Winter Necklace Collage

Larissa has been working as hard as an elf stocking The Shop at Vegetarian Zen with unique handmade upcycled paper bead jewelry and upcycled coasters.  There’s still time to order for Christmas!

VZ 077: Make Busy Weeknights Easy with These Simple Vegetarian Recipes

VZ077 Recipes for Busy Weeknights

  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast we’ll share some of our favorite simple vegetarian recipes for busy weeknights.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on iTunes, please consider leaving us a rating and review. You can do […]

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.

Cesar Chavez

Have You Checked Out The Shop at Vegetarian Zen Yet This Holiday Season?

The Shop at Vegetarian Zen jewelry collage


Sure, we have Veg Zen t-shirts in our shop, but did you know we also have some pretty amazing jewelry?? (And, coming VERY soon, upcycled coasters!)

All of the bracelets, necklaces, and earrings over at The Shop at Vegetarian Zen are individually handmade by me (Larissa).  Better yet, they all feature upcycled paper beads, all of which are handmade by both of us.  We use vintage sheet music, maps and book pages, as well as junk mail, newspaper, magazines, and any other cool paper we can find.

I have so much fun creating these pieces.  My studio is literally stuffed with beads, and picking out which ones to combine to create a necklace or a bracelet is exciting (and sometimes a little overwhelming…in a wonderful way!).  I love to do custom pieces, so if you don’t see something you like, send me a note and let me get to work making something unique for you!

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Main Street Vegan

Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World (Penguin, 2012)

Main Street Vegan is right in line with the way we think here at Vegetarian Zen.  While we are not full-time vegans and we may never be, we can easily identify with Ms. Moran’s concept of normal, everyday people being vegans in the real world.

I love that there is a recipe at the end of each chapter, related to the chapter’s contents.  I also love that the chapters are short and engaging, and that Ms. Moran starts the reader off at the beginning of the vegan’s journey.  The first two chapters are titled “Decide That You Can Do This” and “Start Where You Are”.

While some chapters, like “Know the Beings Behind Bacon and Burgers” do contain some graphic information about the way animals are treated in factory farms, it is presented in a non-confrontational manner.  You can easily choose to read or not read these parts.

Some of the yummy-sounding recipes are Lentil-Spud Burgers, Neat Loaf, Mock Tuna Salad, and My Mom’s Wacky Cake.

Visit the Main Street Vegan website for more information about Ms. Moran and the Main Street Vegan community.