VZ 282: 8 Simple Vegan Turkey Substitutes That Don’t Suck

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It’s That Time of Year Again! Yes, the holiday season is officially upon us! So many holiday traditions are based around amazing food, and being meat-free doesn’t mean that you need to miss out. In fact, there are so many meatless alternatives to the traditional “holiday roast” and meat-based sides these days that you might […]

VZ 280: Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Vegan Chickpea Recipes That Aren’t Hummus!

When most people think of chickpeas they likely think of good-for-you, great-tasting hummus, without knowing exactly how healthy they are. Read on for to learn more about chickpeas, including their nutritional value, health benefits, and recipe ideas.  What are Chickpeas? The chickpea is a member of the legume family. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are high […]

VZ 272: 10 Simple Meal Planning Tips

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School has started already and for families with school-aged kids life just got a LOT busier. Trying to find a balance between work, school, and home lives can leave little time for meal planning, which can lead to fast food stops or expensive restaurant trips. Way back in 2014, we did an episode called “Meal […]

VZ 265: Forks Over Knives Cooking Course – Vickie’s Review and Update

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  In early June, Vickie started a Forks Over Knives Cooking Course in an effort to get more creative and knowledgeable in the kitchen. Not having enough variety in our meals has caused us to drift back into some old bad habits like relying on a lot of processed foods and even fast food. We […]

VZ 264: Eating Vegan at the Ballpark

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  Many Americans enjoy this time of year because it means BASEBALL. While we don’t follow a team, we do love getting outside and enjoying the activity of being at a ballpark with people, watching sports, and eating some good food. Before we became vegetarians, we ate burgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, and things of […]

VZ 263: Tips for Affordable Plant Based Eating

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  When we hit a financial rough patch it’s easy to cut back on non-essential expenses like extra cable channels or dining out. But sometimes that’s not enough and budgeting enough for basic food expenses can become a challenge. In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’ll share some tips for affordable plant based […]

VZ 260: Cruelty-Free Pet Products

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be shedding (get it, shedding??!) some light on cruelty-free pet products, including food, treats, grooming products, and flea medicines.   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 […]

VZ 255: Animal Abuse Legislation in the U.S.

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  While our core mission here at VZ is to promote the positive aspects of living a healthier plant-based lifestyle, we also want to ensure we are passing along to you any opportunities you have, as a citizen of your country, to have your voice heard on behalf of animals. In this episode of the […]

VZ 185: The Power of Meditation

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we share some insights into the power of meditation with regard to both physical and mental health. We also give some tips for establishing a regular meditation practice–it’s not as difficult as you may think! Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen […]

VZ 184: On Being Grateful

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  Did you know that adopting an attitude of gratitude can improve your quality of life?  Being grateful can boost your physical, mental, and emotional health; change the way others perceive you, and make you more successful in your personal and professional relationships. And expressing that gratitude to others around you will make them feel […]