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Vegetarian Zen

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Rank #43 in Nutrition category

Alternative Health
Health & Fitness
Nutrition
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Vegetarian | Vegan | Veg-Curious | Plant-Based | Recipes and Resources MINUS the Judgement

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Vegetarian | Vegan | Veg-Curious | Plant-Based | Recipes and Resources MINUS the Judgement

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Best Vegetarian Podcast!

By BocaMomOf2 - Nov 01 2019
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Absolutely love the hosts of Vegetarian Zen. Listening to them feels like hanging out with your best friends! Their topics and interviews are interesting and current and they are well-thought out and researched, yet light-hearted and easy to understand and learn from. If you are new to vegetarianism, are just interested in the lifestyle, or need to learn more due to a blended family of meat-eaters and vegetarians, this is the best podcast out there for you! Great job Vickie and Larissa!!

Imperfect produce with-melissa-grove

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Melissa grove’s perspectives and tips were helpful! Thanks for a great podcast.

iTunes Ratings

343 Ratings
Average Ratings
325
11
6
0
1

Best Vegetarian Podcast!

By BocaMomOf2 - Nov 01 2019
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Absolutely love the hosts of Vegetarian Zen. Listening to them feels like hanging out with your best friends! Their topics and interviews are interesting and current and they are well-thought out and researched, yet light-hearted and easy to understand and learn from. If you are new to vegetarianism, are just interested in the lifestyle, or need to learn more due to a blended family of meat-eaters and vegetarians, this is the best podcast out there for you! Great job Vickie and Larissa!!

Imperfect produce with-melissa-grove

By 2boymomnc - Jun 12 2019
Read more
Melissa grove’s perspectives and tips were helpful! Thanks for a great podcast.
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Vegetarian | Vegan | Veg-Curious | Plant-Based | Recipes and Resources MINUS the Judgement

Rank #1: 5 Awesome Health Benefits of Potatoes (VZ 301)

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The Great Potato Controversy There are several foods that cause a lot of controversy regarding their overall healthiness. One of these foods is the potato. If you Google “Are Potatoes Good for You?” you’ll find plenty of articles arguing each side of the issue, all citing studies in defense of their perspective.   Larissa and …

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Mar 24 2019

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Rank #2: Ask Us Anything! (VZ 327)

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In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we asked YOU to ask us anything!

Yes, anything and everything was on the table. Here’s what you asked and our responses!

Please note that some of the links on this page may be affiliate links and, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through to the product using the link we have provided. We never recommend or provide affiliate links to products or services we do not use ourselves, and our ultimate goal is to provide helpful products and advice to you, our readers and listeners.

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Thanks for listening!

Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa

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Sep 22 2019

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Rank #3: Goodbye Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Brooke Goldner (VZ 321)

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Who Is Dr. Brooke Goldner? In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast ,we are EXTREMELY pleased to welcome Dr. Brooke Goldner! Dr. Goldner is a board certified medical doctor and the author of 3 best-selling books, Goodbye Lupus, Goodbye Autoimmune Disease, and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kick-Start Your Health and Healing.       …

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Aug 11 2019

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Rank #4: Taste Tests: The Science of Simple Healthier Desserts with Samita Sarkar ( VZ 328)

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Like many people, I have a STACK of cookbooks in my kitchen. While many are good, few are quite as unique as Samita Sarkar’s vegan dessert cookbook, Taste Tests: The Science of Simple Healthier Desserts.

What makes Samita Sarkar’s book so different you ask?

Well, not only am I a sucker for a great vegan dessert  but I am also a sucker for learning! Unlike many cookbooks that are simply packed with a lot of recipes (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) Taste Tests, The Science of Simple Healthier Desserts explains some of the science behind why certain ingredients are better together.

This concept was very reminiscent of what I learned in my Forks Over Knives cooking class. Like the class, I really appreciated learning the magic behind the recipes because it encourages me to experiment on my own.

“I wrote this book for those readers, who, like me, are looking for recipes with steps that are easy to follow and don’t require a trip to a health food store. I also wrote it for people who may want to indulge in cakes and other desserts without worrying about the high fat and sugar content. Or people who are simply curious about what is happening when their cake batter rises.” -Samita Sarkar

Not Down with the Science? No Problem!

Science aside, the book is loaded with some great recipes that are easy to make and is sure to please vegans and omnivores alike.

Taste Tests contains over 50 easy-to-follow, 100% vegan recipes, so baking newbies of all ages can get a grasp on the basics of dessert preparation. Most of her desserts are made with fewer than 10 ingredients, and many without any refined sugars at all.

To learn more about Samita Sarkar, and her book, check out our interview with her!

Samita Sarkar, a vegan baking teacher and the daughter of two chemistry phDs, wrote Taste Tests after noticing that many so-called “healthy” dessert recipes still contained a surprising amount of refined sugar, fat and eggs. Tapping into her science background, she was able to substantially reduce the amount of these ingredients in traditional dessert recipes while still producing sweet and delicious pastries, cookies and cakes.

Please note that some of the links on this page may be affiliate links and, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through to the product using the link we have provided. We never recommend or provide affiliate links to products or services we do not use ourselves, and our ultimate goal is to provide helpful products and advice to you, our readers and listeners.

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Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa

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Sep 29 2019

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Rank #5: A Review of What the Health (VZ 309)

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What the Health Review What the Health is a documentary that was released in 2017 directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn.  The film follows director Kip Andersen as he interviews several physicians with whom many of us are familiar–Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, and others. Andersen also …

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May 19 2019

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Rank #6: Your Guide to Baking Homemade Bread (VZ 326)

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Fall is typically a great time to do some baking and there nothing quite like the taste and smell of homemade bread!

Check out this episode of our podcast for our discussion on all things bread, or read on for a summary of what we discuss on the show!

Why Bake When You Can Buy? The Benefits of Baking Your Own Bread

You Control The Ingredients

One of the biggest benefits of making your own ANYTHING is that you get to control what goes in and what you keep out. 

Shelf brands typically have a lot of preservatives. Your homemade bread can have as few as 4 ingredients; flour, water, salt, and yeast. 

You can also customize your bread by adding any other ingredients you want.

Tastes Better

Without all of those icky preservatives and additives, your bread just tastes better.

Cost

If you’re comparing the cheapest white bread you can find at the store to homemade bread, the difference in cost probably isn’t that impressive. 

However, when you get into artisan and organic breads, which can cost you $4 to $6 at the store, making your own will definitely save you money. Even if you buy expensive organic nuts, seeds, grains, and other ingredients for your bread, your cost per loaf will still be less. 

The Smell Of Freshly Baked Bread in Your House

Who needs a fake scented candle when you can have the REAL smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your house?  

Will I Need a Lot of Weird Ingredients to Bake My Own Bread? 

Nope! The 4 main ingredients for bread are flour, water, salt, and yeast. Anything else you choose to add is up to you. 

All bread is a twist on these original ingredients. The best way to see what you like is to make a basic loaf a few times, and then start subbing different flours or adding mix-ins like jalapenos, olives, or dried fruit. 

Let’s talk about the main ingredients a bit more:

Yeast

Yeast is necessary for your bread to rise. Of course, there is bread that doesn’t contain yeast, like banana bread. These are called quick breads, and we could do a whole separate podcast just on them (and we probably will!). 

There are two main types of dry yeast:

  1. Regular Active Dry – This yeast needs to be mixed with warm water and allowed to sit for a short period of time in order to activate the enzymes. This is called “proofing.”
  2. Instant Yeast (aka Fast-Rising, Rapid-Rise, Quick-Rise, or Bread Machine) – This yeast activates more quickly and doesn’t have to be mixed with water to get it going. It can be added right into your dry ingredients as-is. 

There are other types of bread leaveners, such as sourdough starter, but we’re going to keep it simple for the purposes of this “101” article. 

Flour

While any all-purpose white flour will do, there are some other types to consider that are easy to find and can help you customize your bread.

Bread Flour

Bread flour adds a bit more “chewiness” to your bread due to its higher protein content. Protein is needed to produce gluten, which gives bread its chewy texture. There are both white and wheat versions of bread flour.

Whole Wheat Flour

Whole wheat flour is a bit denser than white flour so you would not just want to do a 1 for 1 swap for white flour in a recipe. Most recipes for wheat bread actually call for both types of flour. 

Other Flours

Strolling down the flour aisle at your local grocery store, you’ll find quite a variety of different flours. Until you get some bread baking experience, you’ll probably want to avoid swapping these into your recipes. 

Later on, you can always experiment with flours such as rye, oat, etc. 

Bread Baking Supplies List

We’ve broken our supplies out by “essential” — what you absolutely need — and “optional.” Items on the optional list are nice to have and may make your bread-making experience easier, but you can totally do it without them. 

Essentials

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Pan (loaf pan for making traditionally shaped loaves, or cookie sheet for making hand-shaped loaves)

Optional

  • Parchment paper
  • Thermometer
  • Scale
  • Bowl Scraper
  • Bench Knife
  • Silicone Mat

What about Bread Machines?  Do I Need One? 

No. You don’t need a bread machine to make your own homemade bread; however, it can make the process easier for you.

Bread machines do most of the manual work of making bread (mixing, punching down, kneading) and can even bake your bread if you want. This means less time spent making your bread and also less cleanup.

Additionally, most bread machines have multiple settings for different types of dough and baked bread to help ensure great results every time. 

How to Store Homemade Bread

Because homemade bread doesn’t have all of the preservatives found in store-bought bread, it won’t last as long.  

Expect most homemade bread to stay fresh for 2-3 days. 

Bread likes a cool, dry place. Heat and humidity will cause bread to mold more quickly.  

When you take your bread out of the oven, place it on a cooling rack to allow the bottom to stay dry as it cools. 

Once cooled, store in an airtight container. Most resources say to use plastic wrap, but here is an article from Litterless.com with a tip for storing bread without plastic.  

You can also use a bread box to keep bread dry and cool. 

We hope this has inspired you to try making your own homemade bread. There really is nothing like the taste and freshness of bread baked right in your own kitchen! 

Please note that some of the links on this page may be affiliate links and, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through to the product using the link we have provided. We never recommend or provide affiliate links to products or services we do not use ourselves, and our ultimate goal is to provide helpful products and advice to you, our readers and listeners.

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Thanks for listening!

Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa

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Sep 15 2019

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Rank #7: Imperfect Produce and Meal Prep with Melissa Grove (VZ 312)

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Imperfect Produce – A Review A few weeks ago, we did a live Facebook video just to chat with folks in the Peas and Carrots Society (our closed Facebook group). One of the participants in that chat, Melissa Grove, mentioned that she uses Imperfect Produce, a fresh produce subscription service that offers perfectly good, although …

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Jun 09 2019

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Rank #8: Your Guide to AMAZING Vegetarian Enchiladas (VZ 320)

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La-La-La-Ladas! At least once a week (if you don’t count leftovers!) Larissa and I enjoy an awesome plate of vegetarian enchiladas! If you’ve listened to the show for a while, it’s no secret that Vickie’s favorite type of food is Mexican food. With her Mexican and Central American grandparents, she grew up eating some wonderful …

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Aug 04 2019

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Rank #9: 7 Awesome Refrigerator Organization Tips to Help You Stop Wasting Food (VZ 319)

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You went to the store and bought some of the yummiest looking produce and refrigerated foods with all the best intentions to make delicious meals. A couple of weeks pass and then…“Oh no! I didn’t see that back there!” You find a once-beautiful squash now blackened and mushy in the back of your fridge. You …

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Jul 28 2019

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Rank #10: Finding Flexitarian with Harlie Pruder (VZ 307)

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Meet Golden Apple Roundtable Member Harlie Pruder! We LOVE getting to know the folks within our Vegetarian Zen community! In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we chat with Golden Apple Roundtable member, Harlie Pruder about her plant-based journey from omnivore, to vegetarian, to strict vegan before finding that flexitarianism is right for her. …

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May 05 2019

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Rank #11: 5 Awesome Benefits of Pea Protein (VZ 308)

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What is Pea Protein? Pea protein is exactly what it sounds like. It’s protein extracted from peas. Peas are ground to remove the fiber and starch, a process which leaves just the protein. Nutritionally speaking, peas are one of the top sources of plant-based protein, a fact that many people don’t realize. A standard serving …

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May 12 2019

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Rank #12: 8 Tips for Easy Grilled Vegetables (VZ 318)

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…and the grilling can be too! Being plant-based doesn’t mean missing out on amazing flavorful grilled foods–in fact, there are more vegetables (and fruits!) to throw on the grill than there are meats. Here are eight tips for making easy grilled vegetables that will take your summer meals from so-so …

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Jul 21 2019

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Rank #13: Talking Chickens with Lindsey White of Chickensmatter.org (VZ 310)

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Chickens Matter! Did you know that May is International Respect for Chickens month? We didn’t know that either until we talked in-depth with rescuer  Lindsey White of ChickensMatter.org. Lindsey tells her moving story of how she transitioned from a farmer to rescuer. You’ll hear stories of some of her most challenging rescues and get to …

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May 26 2019

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Rank #14: Your Guide to Vegan Eggs and Egg Replacers (VZ 317)

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What are vegan eggs?  The term “vegan eggs” essentially refer to anything that replaces eggs either as a main dish or in a recipe.  Vegan egg replacements can be either store-bought or homemade. Read on to learn about a few popular store-bought options, plus a few options for making vegan egg replacers at home. How …

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Jul 14 2019

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Rank #15: Why You Won’t Hear Us Bashing Ex-Vegans (VZ 303)

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I love YouTube and follow many plant-based YouTubers. Recently I’ve noticed that some of them have chosen to stop living a plant-based lifestyle. In response to this, there has also been an increase in videos calling out those who have decided to resume eating meat.   While we won’t mention people by name (on either …

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Apr 07 2019

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