28 Jul 2008

Favorite Websites - VegFamily eMagazine

One of my favorite e-magazines is the VegFamily Magazine. Amazingly it is still free. Due to very little info available for parents in 1999, Erin Pavlina started a forum to discuss vegan parenting. Over time it developed into a very valuable monthly e-magazine.

In 2007 Cynthia Mosher took over as publisher and editor and set herself the task of reaching more parents and establishing more resources, information, and features of benefit to vegan families. Today the e-magazine is the largest on-line publication solely devoted to vegan family living.

Some of the contributors and staff include Cathe Olson : Author of "Simply Natural Baby Food" and "The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook", Dina Aronson : MS RD, Marty Davey : Masters in Food and Nutrition, Jill Nusinow : Culinary educator, cookbook author, and speaker, Tammie Ortlieb : Masters in Developmental Psychology and Ginger Carlson : Author of "Child of Wonder: Nurturing Creative and Naturally Curious Children" .

I find VegFamily a very comprehensive resource for raising healthy vegan children, from pregnancy to adulthood, and it includes recipes, book and product reviews, a forum, "Ask the Dietician", interviews with top Vegans and hundreds of excellent articles .The July 2008 Issue includes "Vegetarian to Vegan: 101 Reasons Not to Feed Dairy Products (or Milk Formula) to Your Children" and "Recession-Proof Your Diet - Go Vegan" plus many other great articles and tasty recipes. If you haven't paid a visit before I am sure you will find it worthwhile to do so now.

A couple of VegFamily Recipes.

Shake and Bake Tofu
By Nava Atlas

These crispy tofu cutlets are a favorite in our home. Enlist your kids to help with the breading and shaking. If you have more than four eaters, the recipe doubles easily, but be sure to use two baking sheets as well.

16oz/453g tub/block extra-firm tofu
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 tsp salt-free herb & spice seasoning mix
1/2 tsp salt
Vegan Marinara sauce (warmed), ketchup, or salsa

Preheat the oven to 425F/200C. Cut the tofu into 1/2inch/1cm thick slices. Blot well between clean tea-towels or several layers of paper towel and cut into 1/2inch/1cm wide sticks. Combine the wheat germ, seasoning mix, and salt in a plastic, food storage bag; seal and shake lightly to mix. Transfer the cutlets to the bag and shake gently until they are evenly coated with the wheat germ mixture. Arrange the cutlets on a lightly oiled nonstick baking sheet. Bake until golden and firm, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve at once with marinara sauce or other sauce of
your choice for dipping or topping. Makes 4 servings.

Savory Breakfast Sausage
Submitted by Paula

2 cups black-eyed peas (15 1/2oz/425g can, un-drained)
1/2 cup potato flour (for gluten free) or wheat flour
One 4oz/113g can of mushroom (drained), finely diced OR 1/4 cup very finely chopped fresh mushrooms
2 tsps onion powder
1 tbsp tomato paste
1tsp crushed fennel
1 or 2 dashes crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp basil
1 or 2 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp crushed rosemary
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp salt
oil for frying

Mash black-eyed peas and potato flour together in bowl, using only enough black eye peas' liquid to hold it together. Add mushrooms together with peas and potato/wheat flour. Roll about 10 or so sausage shapes out of the mixture. Put spices on clean surface, and roll the "sausages" over the spice mixture, coating well. In frying pan on medium to low heat, in a little oil fry the sausages, carefully turning as they brown. (And they do turn a nice golden brown). Serve hot and enjoy! Makes about 10 links. If you would rather have patties for a vegan burger, these work great that way as well.

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Wilmaryad Ben O'Scallas said...

Hello :-)

I appreciate your blog because it reminds me of my dietary habit. Mom has always made sure we avoid fried food or too much meat; we are not completely vegan or vegetarian, but our meat consumption is very limited. Mom's favorite snack has always been a carrot with an apple; and we seemed to have inherited this from her. :-)

I, personally, am only happy when I have raw, steamed or baked veggies, along with fresh fruit, wheat or barley bread, and spring water. :-)

Keep up the great work you're doing :-) It's such an inspiration!

liza said...

my dad loves tofu, thanks for sharing these recipes, i'm gonna try them ;)

Kumudha said...

VegFamily is a great online vegan magazine. So many websites, forums, and blogs related to vegan lifestyle on the internet!

Urban Vegan said...

It is a great web site....and so is yours!

aTxVegn said...

I love VegFamily too. I had not noticed the recipe for gluten free soy free sausages, though. I can't wait to try them!


Great post! We are strict vegetarians (trying to be vegan). I love these recipes and will check out this magazine.

bazu said...

I used to read VegFamily. That's so funny- I was just thinking about it today, and now I see your post!

divamentors said...

Thanks for the tip .. and the recipes. I'll look for the emagazine!
Thanks also for visiting Be Naturally Well and leaving your link. I looked on your side bar and didn't see the community banner though. You've got a lot there so I may have missed it. In case you missed where the banners are you can pick one up
You've got an amazing blog. I would love to be able to keep your link up on the Be Naturally Well community. Our forums will be up and running soon as well.

Many Blessings,

Katie said...

Neat! I will have to check out VegFamily one of these days.

moolah said...

well this is incredibly good magazine .

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting me! And thanks too for posting about the VegFamily site, I had never heard of it but it looks amazing. :-)

Maggie said...

The shake and bake tofu sounds great! I love wheat germ to coat things.

Joy0z said...

You know I'm a fan of your blog so I'm giving you an award. I love tofu too. Thanks for visit comment my health blog.

groovyinclinations said...

Your blog is amazing! Great work!

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