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"Today is the day to start living more compassionately."

...by Laura Theodore

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The JAZZY VEGETARIAN speaks to health conscious people of all ages, focusing on nutritious, delicious, easy‐to‐prepare and 100% vegan recipes and green lifestyle tips to help people live a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle. The Jazzy Vegetarian reaches out to mainstream Americans, dedicated vegans, and non‐vegetarians alike, who are on the path to wellness and health through earth-friendly food choices.

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"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

....by ALBERT EINSTEIN

"Making the world a better placeONE RECIPE at a time!"

 You don't have to be a chef or spend hours in the kitchen to love my delicious vegan recipes and eco-chic entertaining ideas. Over the past 20 years, I have developed countless compassionate and quick recipes that are easy for anyone to prepare, targeting folks like myself who do not have much time to cook, but want to fit healthier choices into their everyday meal planning. Many of these dishes are so tempting you'll even win over the "meat and potatoes" crowd! Whether you are a dedicated vegan, adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, or just want to fit a ‘veggie style meal’ into your weekly menu plan, I will show you step-by-step how to prepare simple, vegan dishes that will please just about everybody that you are cooking for. Most ingredients can be found at your local market and are a great low cost alternative for those on a tight budget.

Folks often ask me, “Laura, what inspired you to become vegan?” My personal reasons for embracing a vegan diet are threefold: my compassion for animals, my desire for better health, and my aim to be more environmentally responsible. You may have your own reasons for learning more about plant-based cooking, so I thank you, in advance, for joining me on my website. I hope that the recipes and information here inspire you to explore your own plant-based, culinary path. I invite you to explore the pages of this website - meant to both entertain and inspire, while encouraging you to create signature recipes in your own home kitchen.

I am a vegan who started by first by giving up red meat over 30 years ago. Then I gave up chicken, dairy, fish, then eggs  - until I was completely vegan. Many folks ask me - How do I start on the path to becoming vegan full time? I say - Take it one meal at a time. If you have never eaten a vegan meal before, start by adding one plant powered meal per week into your menu plan, then progress at your own pace from there! That way, it's easy!

Oh yes, getting back to the subject of cooking! Back in the 1980's, it was not so hip to be a vegetarian and certainly not vegan. I have now been vegan for many years, but finding great recipes sans the meat has always been a challenge! Until recent years, good vegan recipes were hard to come by and often required ingredients that were almost impossible to locate. So, I decided to take "matters into my own kitchen." Through much trial (and not too much error) I have come up with hundreds of vegan versions of my favorite dishes that I would like to share with you. I know you will love them too! Please visit this website often, as I add new vegan recipes, earth and animal friendly ideas, and green entertaining tips for creating a more compassionate, sustainable lifestyle.

All Jazzy Vegetarian recipes are VEGAN!

Since I am totally vegan, and all of my recipes are vegan, people ask me why I am the Jazzy Vegetarian and not the Jazzy Vegan. Well, many years ago, when we were thinking of names, we wondered if most people even knew what a vegan was. Back then, it wasn’t part of the common vernacular. In fact, it was almost like a dirty word. Boy, have times changed! Recently I did a little online research about the histories and origins of the words vegetarian and vegan. According to the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom, the practice of vegetarianism was more commonly known as “the vegetable diet” before the word vegetarian was officially coined in conjunction with the formation of the society in 1847. It comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning invigorating, lively, vivid, active, or energetic. The members of the Vegetarian Society who adapted the word emphasized and sought to spread a message of good health and moral responsibility through vegetarianism, so the original meaning of the word implies a lot more than just a diet of vegetables and fruit. 

In fact, according to John Davis, who is a pioneer of vegetarianism on the Internet and a trustee of the Vegetarian Society of the UK, the fi rst people who called themselves “vegetarian” were actually vegan. Some historians believe that until 1847 all uses of the word vegetarian came from people associated with Alcott House School, an institution southwest of London started by a radical educator, and they used it to indicate individuals who consumed a 100 percent plant-based food diet. In other words, a vegetarian simply meant someone who “lived on vegetation.” 1 

The term vegan did not exist independently of vegetarianism for another 100 years, when Donald Watson, cofounder of the Vegan Society, coined it in 1944. According to Watson, he wanted a concise word to replace “nondairy vegetarian,” so he derived “vegan” from the first three and last two letters of “vegetarian”— “the beginning and end of vegetarian.” 2 

So, in fact, the Jazzy Vegetarian is vegan! 

What does the word vegan mean to me? Well, here is the way I see it: A vegan is someone who does not use or consume any meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or eggs. A vegan strives to eat a purely plant-based diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, seeds, legumes, nuts, and grains. That’s what my recipes are all about: plant based, easy-to-prepare, and delicious!

[ 1 ] www.vegsource.com/john-davis/vegetarian-equals-vegan.html

[ 2 ] www.vegparadise.com/24carrot610.html

 

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"My first concern is for the safety of all God’s creatures. My hope is that mankind can find peace on earth, for the world to share."

---Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian

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ABOUT LAURA

Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian is a popular, 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality and radio host, vegan chef, compassionate cookbook author and award-winning jazz singer and actor. She is the proud creator of the Jazzy Vegetarian, and author of Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious and Jazzy Vegetarian Classics. Laura is presently the on-camera host and co-producer of the Jazzy Vegetarian cooking show on national Public Television, now going in to it's forth season. Ms. Theodore has made guest appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and USA networks, and she was recently featured on the The TALK on CBS, Insider/Entertainment Tonight, News 4-NBC, Better TV and CBS Radio. Laura has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, New York Post, VegNews, Family Circle, PBS Food, Readers Digest, Vegetarian Times Online, JazzTimes, VegNews, Variety, and Time Magazine, among others.

Laura’s focus is on creating delicious, plant-based American Classic Meals, while sharing on easy to prepare, vegan recipes. Whether you are a dedicated vegan, adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, or just want to fit a ‘veggie style meal’ into your weekly menu plan, Laura demonstrates how to prepare simple, vegan dishes that will please everybody that you are cooking for.

A love for good food, compassion for animals and enthusiasm for great music has created a joyous life path for Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian.

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