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Bob Gough

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I am thinking of picking up a Vitamix blender. and not sure which model to get. I am looking at the G Series, since the C Series won't fit under my cabinets in my kitchen and I hate taking things in and out of cabinets. Does anybody have any recommendations? And is this really worth the $500+ investment?
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Bruce Achterberg's profile photoAjit Varsani's profile photo
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This would be a great quesiton to also ask over on Quora (www.quora.com) and the other Vegan G+ community with over 6 thousand members:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111184421292514092257

Also be aware that there another brand called Blendtec. Matt Monarch, raw food eater, did a comparison of them here:

Blendtec Total Blender vs Vitamix, Episode #273
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Jacek Brzezowski

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With what can I replace tapioca starch? Corn starch?
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When chia seeds are added to a liquid it become thick Similiar to yogurt, try experimenting with that!
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Bruce Achterberg
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What toppings can you put on pancakes? (bonus points for topping recipes)

I just made +Lizz Clements almond pancakes recipe:
http://allaboutveganfood.com/2014/04/awesome-almond-pancakes.html

I changed the recipe a bit (I didn't have almond meal or almond milk) and used stevia and honey for the sweetener, coconut milk and oat milk instead of the almond milk, and added some spices. 

They tasted similar to McDonald's pancakes, heh. 

But they were a bit dry to eat just by themselves, and quite rich (rich, mostly because of all the oil).

I know maple syrup is the traditional pancake topping, but I'd prefer to use something a bit less sugary. 

What else can you put on pancakes as a topping to cut the richness?

I could probably use a cashew cream-type sauce (like what is used for carrot cake), but that's also pretty rich (though indeed, you can make it less rich). 

Any other ideas?
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Sean P. O. MacCath-Moran

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Is Being Vegan At Home Too Expensive?

I'm occasionally presented the argument that for some people on the planet it's just too expensive to be vegan. However, moving right past the idea that it's reasonable to borrow the imagined travails of others, it's clear that if there are the resources on hand to eat animals, either by feeding and butchering them locally or by shipping their bodies in, then one can do the same with plant-based products and feed the human-animals involved much less expensively.

As usual, given the nature and usual subject matter of this particular community, I'm keenly interested in what your thoughts are regarding this issue. Do you have a better way to answer this than what I've provided to +Cargo Caution?
 

+Cargo Caution: "in very few areas can a vegetarian thrive, such as Mexico."

... Errr... No, I'm afraid that's an unsupportable notion to go forward with. My wife and I are vegans, and we've lived all over the States, but presently live in Cape Breton. We facilitate a group here on G+ with over 5000 vegan members all over the world, from northern Russia to southern Australia, and all points in between and around.

You yourself can be very successful switching to a plant based lifestyle where you live right now, +Cargo Caution, and you'll save money, be healthier, and will live in alignment with your values of compassion all while doing so.


+Cargo Caution: "[Vegan's food] also have to be flown in from other places."

Hmm... Sort of?

I personally live in a fairly verdant region, and much of the the fruit and veggies I eat are locally grown. However, I also enjoy products from away (e.g. bananas, pineapples, et al.), and as you say, these have to be shipped in. However, if the "shipping" expense (in terms of money, pollution, et al.) actually is something one is worried about, then they're making an argument for switching to a plant based lifestyle -- and this is regardless of their physical location.

To see the truth of this, +Cargo Caution, we'll need to compare the "shipping" load for a vegetables vs. animals. To start with, each cow, pig and chicken has to be fed every day of their lives; depending on whose numbers you want to trust on this, it takes around ten pounds of vegetation to produce one pound of edible body. This means that all of that vegetation has to be grown, harvested, and shipped to the animals. All the while that they're being raised, they're producing pollution that's horrifically bad for the environment. Once at butcher weight, each of them has to be shipped to a abattoir, killed, butchered, processed, and refrigerated (with all the energy costs that entails). Then his or her body is shipped (locally and all over the world) in refrigerated vehicles and then kept/displayed in refrigerated storage.

Conversely, fruits, vegetables, and grains are also grown, harvested, and shipped. They don't produce pollution as a byproduct of being planted, et al. Some fraction of these are refrigerated in shipping (locally and all over the world), and some fraction of those are also refrigerated in their grocery displays.

Withal, it's clear that the issue of shipping is pro-vegan argument, not an anti one.


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This post is one in a series in which excerpts of discussions on veganism from other threads are reposted (or paraphrased) for the sake of expanding the conversation. As always, your thoughts and questions are welcome. See the full collection via the #spommveganchats  hash (or perhaps with a more robust search, such as goo.gl/PAF46f or goo.gl/JoxZC ).

(for anyone requiring/desiring more context, the original conversation can be found at goo.gl/grzzlF )

h/t to +Vegan Street for the pic

#vegan   #shipping   #logicalfallacies  
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I think eating healthy is a lot better than not because you will most likely not have as much healthy problems later in life.
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Bruce Achterberg
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Community update ~ April 2014

The community now has almost 3,442 members. That's a lot! :) 

With more members comes more posts, which is great—people are sharing more recipes, and the vast majority of them are placed in the right categories (thanks!). Just a few days ago I wanted a recipe for pumpkin soup, and I didn't search Google—I searched this community and got several results. 

But more posts also means more potential for posts that aren't a good fit for the community. 

I've been quite busy of late, and I'm aware some non-vegan, and repeated advertisement posts have slipped through (which is normal... usually I just delete them). 

Moving forward, I'd like to ask you to help me out by letting me know when you see posts or comments that:

* aren't vegan
* are spam / repeated advertisements
* you don't feel are constructive

Contacting a moderator as soon as you see such posts is the best way to get them addressed and helps improve the community. Remember, this isn't so much my community, it's our community, so you have an opportunity to play a role in keeping it a nice place to hang out and focused on the central topic: vegan recipes. 

I don't mind cleaning up posts, though I ask that you also participate in that process when you can, and to be respectful to other community members when doing so—even if they're spamming, or posting non-vegan recipes. Regardless of what people do, remember there's still a human behind the post (well, usually... sometimes it can be an automated spam-bot, heh). 

How do you contact a moderator?
Use the following link, or + mention the name of a moderator in a comment:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator

That link is also shared in multiple places in the community, so you don't have to remember it--it's easy enough to find if you look (in the community description, and tagline).

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For people who are new here, welcome. :) Please take a moment to read the guidelines for sharing found on the main page of the community: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511

For easy reference, below is the current version of the guidelines, as of April 2014:

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● Please don't post copyrighted content unless you have permission to do so. Link to it instead, or mention where people can be found (e.g. a book name and author, and page number).

● The central topic of this community is "vegan recipes." Please keep things you share relevant to that topic. Off-topic posts may be removed. 

● If you share a link to your own website or project, please make sure that it contributes something to the community (see the above point about sharing relevant content). 

● Posts that link to the same  website or project without contributing something new may be removed. 

● If you share a recipe or link to a recipe that isn't vegan, please include reasonable ideas for how the non-vegan ingredient can be substituted. There are plenty of other communities where you can post recipes that use animal products.

●  If you feel the urge to post something that isn't very nice (e.g. a personal attack), perhaps take five deep breaths, go for a walk, or take a break from the community for a few days instead. It's okay to be human, though please consider the impact your actions may have on other people before posting something to the community. 

● [A request] If you see a recipe in this community that isn't vegan or take issue with something that someone else shared, please either (1) send a private message to one of the moderators (best way), or (2) +mention one of the moderators in the comments section of the post. A list of the moderators can be found here: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator

● Please refrain from attacking, harassing, abusing, name-calling, or passive-aggressively calling-into-question members who post things that you don't agree with, or that you find questionable or undesirable. Simply report such posts to a moderator. (It's fine to disagree with people... just try to do so respectfully.)

● If you repeatedly ignore these guidelines, you may be removed or banned from the community. 

● If you have feedback or ideas about how these guidelines could be improved, please make a post sharing your feedback or idea. 

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Also:

● It's okay for people to share recipes containing honey. 

● While including photos in posts that share other content is fine, this isn't a community for sharing food photos.

● Posts that only contain images (e.g. photos, etc) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you don't have a license to post an image (i.e. if you're not the copyright holder or have permission from them), don't post it. 
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Deborah Smikle-Davis's profile photoBruce Achterberg's profile photo
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+Emma P I appreciate that, Emma. It really has grown quite a bit from the early days! 

(At first it had a few hundred members.)
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Timothy Walden

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Personally not a vegan but I figured it may be hard to find diet options, such as meal replacements? Is this a true statement?
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Jonh Bananas

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Any Vegan breakfast recommendations? 
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We have a whole category focused on breakfast recipes in the community.
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Can You Tell What Type of Food This is Just By The Picture? It is quickly becoming one of my favorite ethnic foods and has a lot of raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes as well. So please make your guess!
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Actually, you have to be careful with naan. A friend who owned an Indian restaurant told me sometimes it is made with eggs. That's not the traditional recipe, but to cater to an American palate, it is sometimes done that way. Roti, on the other hand, is usually a safe choice, and also delicious.
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Donna Jean

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I have some veggies that I need to cookup before they go bad, and I need some ideas. I usually make a casserole, but I want to try something new this time.
I have: Eggplant, Zucchini, Turnip, Parsnip, tomatoes, carrots,and maybe broccoli. Any ideas?
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+Donna Jean If you want to make zucchini pasta and don't have a mandolin or spirooli (the things that turns vegetables to pasta), you can use a vegetable peeler. 

Just peel around the edges until you get to the centre bit, then stop. (The centre bit with the seeds isn't that tasty as pasa.) Remember to peel the tops, too. 
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Nora M

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Hi,
Am getting this message when posting my recipe. Anyone experiencing this?
"Your post violated our policy, This post only visible to you"
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Nora M
 
You're right. It's ok now +Bruce Achterberg 
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Richard Silver

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I make a Japanese soup called sukiyaki that uses radish.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukiyaki

Not really my favorite recipe that uses radish; probably my only one!
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Bruce Achterberg
owner

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Community guidelines for sharing

Please read these before posting or commenting:

Please don't post copyrighted content unless you have permission to do so. Link to it instead, or mention where people can be found (e.g. a book name and author, and page number).

The central topic of this community is "vegan recipes." Please keep things you share relevant to that topic. Off-topic posts may be removed. 

If you share a link to your own website or project, please make sure that it contributes something to the community (see the above point about sharing relevant content). 

Posts that link to the same  website or project without contributing something new may be removed. 

If you share a recipe or link to a recipe that isn't vegan, please include reasonable ideas for how the non-vegan ingredient can be substituted. There are plenty of other communities where you can post recipes that use animal products.

●  *If you feel the urge to post something that isn't very nice*  (e.g. a personal attack), perhaps take five deep breaths, go for a walk, or take a break from the community for a few days instead. It's okay to be human, though please consider the impact your actions may have on other people before posting something to the community. 

● [A request] If you see a recipe in this community that isn't vegan or take issue with something that someone else shared, please either (1) send a private message to one of the moderators (best way), or (2) +mention one of the moderators in the comments section of the post. A list of the moderators can be found here: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator

Please refrain from attacking, harassing, abusing, name-calling, or passive-aggressively calling-into-question members who post things that you don't agree with, or that you find questionable or undesirable. Simply report such posts to a moderator. (It's fine to disagree with people... just try to do so respectfully.)

Please put posts you make in the category that best fits your post. If you don't know how, ask one of the moderators. A list of the moderators can be found here: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator

If you repeatedly ignore these guidelines, you may be removed or banned from the community.

● If you have feedback or ideas about how these guidelines could be improved, please make a post sharing your feedback or idea. 

______________________________________
Also:

● It's okay for people to share recipes containing honey. 

● While including photos in posts that share other content is fine, this isn't a community for sharing food photos.

● Posts that only contain images (e.g. photos, etc) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you don't have a license to post an image (i.e. if you're not the copyright holder or have permission from them), don't post it. 

● It's great when people take responsibility for the community. Sharing information and helping to educate other users is fine, though please be respectful (and, ideally, understanding and friendly) when speaking with other community members. If you see something questionable, please let a moderator know, rather than trying to address it yourself. A list of moderators can be found here: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator


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Community "guidelines for sharing," Version 3.2
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Bruce Achterberg
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I'd like your feedback: what to do about info-graphics and educational articles people post in the community?

A while ago I created a category called Educational articles.

I created it because people were posting lots of links to health-related articles--some of them quite relevant and good (+Evangelia Papadaki  , +Rosane Oliveira, +Comptess Hammond, and +Miles Sims  have posted some educational things that I thought were good / relevant). 

Now people are posting info-graphics (sometimes with link to articles).

Some issues I see:

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1. Copyright

The community guidelines for sharing says:

● Please don't post copyrighted content unless you have permission to do so. Link to it instead, or mention where people can be found (e.g. a book name and author, and page number).

It's a lot of work to determine if images posted are posted with the permission of the copyright holder, or not. With recipes, it's a bit easier to tell--most people who share the recipe took the photo. 

It's not as clear cut with info-graphics. 

I feel it sets a good "tone" for a community if people respect the intellectual property of others. It's also lawful.
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2. Are these posts relevant?

This is a community for sharing and discovering vegan recipes. 

There's a bit of leeway--e.g. people can share relevant resources and related communities--but the main focus is recipes. 
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3. Are these posts adding value?

In some cases, I'd say yes. In others, it's questionable. 

The tricky thing, from a moderation / policy standpoint, is how does a moderator decide in a way that is fair and reasonable?
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4. Post frequency

If we allow posts like this, we have to be open to people posting lots of them.

You might say "Joe Smith is sharing too many educational articles," but if they're relevant and we allow such posts, it's not really fair to say "stop posting so much."

Just because someone posts lots of links--even if they post links to their own website--doesn't make them a spammer. 

So the consideration is, if we allow info-graphics and educational articles, are you okay with seeing lots of them?
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Side note: currently, I generally delete posts that (A) only contain images, and (B) don't fit into any of our existing categories.

I know this may make the community a bit less fun, but it also helps keep it more focused, which fits with the central theme: a place to discover and share vegan recipes. 
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What do you think? 

What is your opinion on the info-graphics?

Do you find the things people post in the Educational Articles section useful? 

You can see the Educational articles category here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/stream/1bc11ec4-797a-4d50-b991-fe2225b7c841

I have my own opinion, but I want to see what you guys think. 
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+Joanna Bates-Keegan,

Your feedback is appreciated and helpful. 

I'm considering the aggregate of many different feedback signals, including the feedback from this post. 

So far the consensus seems to be that the community wouldn't significantly miss the Educational Articles category. 

I'll leave it open for feedback a while longer, but after that, I have a plan for what can be done to both see if the category will actually be missed, and also to preserve the posts in the category (or, at least, what they link to) if the category is deleted. 
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Katerina Talimdjioska

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What's your favorite chia seeds recipe? 
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Bruce Achterberg's profile photo
 
I just add them to blended drinks, or when making pasta sauce that needs to be thickened. 
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Adriana Smith

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I have decided to go vegan only a few months back. I signed up for an online workout and nutrition plan but I'm having a hard time following the nutrition part. As a new vegan I'm having a hard time reaching the protein goals they gave me 160g a day and 100g of carbs. If I eat beans or quinoa I reach my carb goals quickly and then I'm stuck trying to figure out where to get the rest of the protein. Any suggestions or guidance is greatly appreciate it. Thanks!!
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Some companies also sell bio-fermented rice protein, which from what I understand, is a fairly high quality, easily digestable protein source.

One such company is Sun Warrior, but there are others. It's not cheap, but I don't think you have to use heaps and heaps to get benefit from it. 
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Emily Keenan

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http://whethereatordrink.blogspot.com/2014/01/feedback-time-what-are-you-craving.html

I am looking for YOUR feedback! What have you been craving since you decided to become vegan? Is there anything that really calls your taste buds? Anything that you would have no clue how to recreate without the "normal" ingredients? If so please let me know and I will be trying to recreate your recipe according to your needs (vegan, paleo, raw, allergy free, etc.) Just comment your request on my blog's post!
Hello all! As you can probably tell, this is not a recipe. In fact, it is a lack of recipe. I have been so busy with school and life lately, that I have very little time to come up with good recipes. It seems as though school...
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A pretty generous offer. 

I'll keep it in mind. 
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Pamela Berry

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Hi Everyone! Just had my first vegan christmas, went much more smoothly than I first thought it would! I've been fully vegan since June 2013 and honestly don't know why I didn't do it sooner! 
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had nut roast, potatoes, 'roast' potatoes (made with baby boil potatoes) peas/carrot/broccoli, sprouts, cranberry bites and vegetable gravy.
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This is my first vegan thanksgiving! I have a question, would you try to " veganize" your traditional dishes... to serve alongside some new ones, or would you only do new stuff? 
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If there's anything you can't figure out how to veganize, Emily Keenan offered to help out people with that:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108293967173198007439/posts/Zdtzizpk9u5
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So, what's everyone having on Thanksgiving?? I'm looking forward to some apple Field Grain sausages, roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, broccoli rabe, and vegan stuffing. Still undecided on dessert. Better make up my mind quick! 
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+Lizz Clements I'm planning to make it ahead and freeze it - probably Sunday.
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Deborah Smikle-Davis

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What are you eating today?
Everybody asks me "what do vegans eat"? 
http://urbannaturale.com/what-do-vegans-eat-a-week-of-2000-calorie-vegan-menus/
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