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Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill  

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 20, 2018
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Vegan

Cody Elkins, vegan advocate and Veggie Grill aficionado

Cody Elkins, a 13 year old student at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles was not the usual Bar Mitzvah candidate. Cody was the second in his in is family to cerebrate this important milestone at Veggie Grill, a growing fast, casual vegan restaurant chain.

Scott Nicholson, Senior Vice President of Operations helped Cody plan the party for 100 guests in late October and it was an enormous success.  Scott enlisted his staff to work the event, preparing Cody’s special customized menu, highlighting many of Veggie Grill’s greatest hits.  As a special treat, Scott brought back Cody’s favorite dessert, a luscious chocolate pudding parfait for his special occasion. …read more of Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill   here

 
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Cody Elkins, Champion Athlete Invites 100 guests to his Vegan Bar Mitzvah

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 5, 2017
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Cody Elkins is a 12 year old racquetball champion living in Southern California.  He the second child in his family to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill in Westwood. Veggie Grill is a fast-growing quick casual vegan restaurant chain operating in California, Oregon and Washington, set to open its 29th location in Chicago.

Cody is part of a vegan family of six that was vegetarian when he was born and went vegan when he was two. He has two older brothers Dane, 18 and Jaden 16 and a sister, Madison who is ten. Jaden had his vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill three years ago; the guests were delighted and the Elkins’ family was thrilled with the response. …read more of Cody Elkins, Champion Athlete Invites 100 guests to his Vegan Bar Mitzvah here

 
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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 6, 2017
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

The eight-day festival of Passover celebrates the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery. The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday in early spring and includes six foods displayed on the ceremonial Seder plate that symbolize the Hebrew struggle and escape from Egypt.

Except for the honey, which is easily replaced with agave nectar, four of these foods are vegan. For the vegan, a roasted beet is used to signify the blood of lamb sacrifice at the Temple.

Vegans can choose to contemplate compassion for the unnecessary sacrifice of animals and substitute the roasted beet, reminiscent of blood.  For the hard-boiled egg, a symbol of new beginnings after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the vegan can use roasted turnips or parsnips. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish and salted water for dipping parsley, celery leaves or boiled potato are also part of the Seder plate.

Religious Jews do not mix or eat meat and dairy at a same meal.  Of course this is not an issue for the Jewish vegan since they don’t eat meat or dairy at any meal. …read more of Celebrating a Vegan Passover here

 
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Fabulous, Festive Holiday Roast ~ Economical, Eco-Friendly and Compassionate!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 21, 2016
File under: Entertaining, Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Saving Money, Vegan

 

At this time of year we are reminded of the many blessings we enjoy and encouraged to show compassion for others.  For vegans, this includes non-human individuals and Mother Earth. The Holidays are as much about feasting and compassion as they are about gift giving and this amazing roast is as easy to put together as it is absolutely delicious!

Hosting a meatless meal this year will withhold support for the cruel animal products industry, and save money while saving the planet. Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable …read more of Fabulous, Festive Holiday Roast ~ Economical, Eco-Friendly and Compassionate! here

 
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Joyous Hanukkah ~Healthful, Planet-Friendly and Compassionate

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 20, 2016
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Vegan Potato Latkes

Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Saturday, December Twenty-Fourth.

An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.

The first candle, called the Shamus is taller than the rest and is used to light the remaining candles. One candle is lit the first night, two the second, three the third, and so on until all are lit on the eighth night.

Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah …read more of Joyous Hanukkah ~Healthful, Planet-Friendly and Compassionate here

 
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