158-year Old French Bakery Chain Launches Vegan Macarons

Iconic French bakery Ladurée is launching vegan macarons in its Paris locations.

French bakery Ladurée is well known for its beautiful and classic patisseries and bakes, but the 158-year old bakery is getting set to launch vegan macarons for the first time in its Paris locations tomorrow.Ladurée bakeries across Paris will be offering two tempting new flavours of vegan macarons created with the help of vegan chef Matthew Kenney.Customers can choose from the rich Peruvian chocolate macaron made with 70% cacao or the sweet coconut caramel option.

In order to create a plant-based pastry that resembles the much-loved textures and flavours of a classic macaron, pastry chefs at the bakery have used an emulsified mix of coconut oil, sunflower oil, and soy milk to create the indulgent caramel filling.Hazelnut milk, almond milk and millet replaces cream and butter to create a vegan-friendly ganache for the chocolate macaron.The 158-year-old chain will also add more plant-based options to the menu at all of its 80 locations worldwide in the coming months, including vegan pastries and cakes and savoury dishes to offer customers more choice as demand for plant-based options continues to soar across the globe.In 2019, Ladurée made history when it made the decision to convert its Beverly Hills location to become a completely vegan pastry shop created in collaboration with chef Matthew Kenney.

Source: Vegan Food and Living

Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Bake


2 medium spaghetti squash, each cut in half horizontally
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
3 large garlic cloves, smashed and minced
7 oz pkg plain tempeh. crumbled
2 large yellow or red bell peppers, seeded and finely diced
8-inch long unpeeled zucchini, finely diced
1 Tbsp coconut aminos or nectar (or use smaller quantity of tamari soy sauce instead)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flake
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves, chopped
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Scrape seeds from cut squash and discard. Brush insides of squash halves with 1 tsp oil. Place cut side down on baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until cut edges are turning golden. Baking time will depend on size of squash. You want the rind to give a bit when pressed with your finger. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  3. While squash bakes, in heavy saucepan, heat remaining 2 tsp oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft. Do not brown.
  4. Add garlic, crumbled tempeh, and finely diced pepper and zucchini. Continue to saute until tempeh is golden-tinged and vegetables are soft, about 7 minutes.
  5. Stir in coconut aminos (or a little less tamari sauce, if using) and seasonings. Fold in chopped spinach, cover, and remove from heat.
  6. Scrape inside of baked squash with fork to remove spaghetti-like strands and place strands in clean dish towel, reserving squash boats. Squeeze strands until barely moist and place on cutting board. Coarsely chop. Add to tempeh/spinach mixture along with ricotta and half the mozzarella. Fold together until evenly mixed. Add more seasonings, to taste, if you wish.
  7. Place squash boats, cut side up, on baking sheet. Spoon mixture evenly into boats. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan evenly over each.
  8. Increase oven temperature to 425ºF (220ºC). Bake for 20 minutes or until piping hot. Then turn oven to broil, and broil squash until cheese is bubbly and golden, about 30 seconds.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Alive magazine

Product Launched as Plant-Based Chicken is Tipped to be Vegan Food Trend of 2020

Further to the news last year that McCain had invested $7 million in NUGGS, the vegan chicken nugget startup; the company has recently announced that it is ready to launch into the retail world. The launch was scheduled to debut at Expo West in California this month, which sadly has been cancelled due to COVID 19.

Since its product launch in 2019, NUGGS has sold out of every version of its constantly updated nuggets, which were being marketed through a direct-to-consumer model, the model worked like an app in that it relied on customer feedback to improve each release.

Initially, NUGGS will distribute through two retail broker partners: Acosta for the conventional grocery market and Green Spoon for the natural grocery market.

Plant-based ‘chicken’ is tipped to be the alternative meat trend that will define 2020, according to Business Insider, citing that, “KFC just launched a wider test of its Beyond fried “chicken,” and El Pollo Loco just rolled out Chickenless Pollo nationwide.”

“If KFC’s Beyond fried “chicken” tests go well, the chain plans to roll out the product nationwide. If that nationwide rollout goes well, then other fast-food chains are likely to follow suit. Eventually, we may even see plant-based “chicken” sandwiches become as ubiquitous on fast-food menus as their “beef” burger counterparts.”

Source: Vegconomist

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Music Helps Heal a Damaged Heart

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People often turn to music to boost their mood or relieve stress. And new research suggests there may be science supporting that practice.

The study found that listening to 30 minutes of music a day eased chest pain and anxiety in people who had recently had a heart attack.

“Based on our findings, we believe music therapy can help all patients after a heart attack. It’s also very easy and inexpensive to implement,” study author Dr. Predrag Mitrovic said in an American College of Cardiology news release. Mitrovic is a professor of cardiology at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine in Serbia.

The researchers aren’t suggesting music as someone’s only treatment, however. Music was used along with standard heart medications.

Dr. Guy Mintz, director of cardiovascular health at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., reacted to the findings.

“Music therapy may be striking the right key, giving patients further benefit beyond standard therapy,” he said. “Thirty minutes a day of listening to music reduced anxiety, pain sensation and pain distress.”

About 700,000 people survive heart attacks every year in the United States. Around one in nine survivors have episodes of chest pain and anxiety within 48 hours of their heart attack, the news release said.

Patients are often given a variety of medications to prevent future heart issues and reduce chest pain.

But the researchers wanted to see if music therapy — combined with these standard treatments — could offer patients something simple to do at home to ease pain and anxiety.

The study included 350 people with high blood pressure who had experienced a heart attack and episodes of chest pain within the two days afterward.

Half were randomly assigned to standard post-heart attack treatment. The other half received standard treatment and also were asked to participate in daily music sessions.

Before the sessions began, researchers tested volunteers to see which type of music led to positive changes in their body. They listened to nine 30-second samples of music they found soothing.

During that time, researchers measured how much the pupils in the eyes narrowed or dilated. This indicated how the music affected the body’s involuntary responses. The researchers then selected the best tone and tempo of music for volunteers to listen to.

Participants were asked to set aside 30 minutes a day to sit — ideally with eyes closed — and listen to the selected music. They did this for seven years. All received follow-up assessments every three months during the first year, and then annually.

After seven years, people in the music therapy group had greater reduction in anxiety, pain sensation and distress from pain. On average, anxiety was about one-third lower among them and chest pain symptoms were reduced by about one-quarter, the findings showed.

Dr. Satjit Bhusri is a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City who reviewed the findings. He said, “It is a well-known and undertreated fact that after a heart attack, many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which involves elevated anxiety and panic attacks.”

Bhusri said this major life event leads to hypervigilance and fear. Easing that can help calm the mind and heart, promote healing and improve quality of life. Music is one way to do this, he said. Mindfulness and meditation also can help.

Dr. Peter Mercurio, a cardiologist at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said these researchers were looking for something easy to do to help patients relax.

“Music acts on the sympathetic nervous system — [the part of the body that controls your fight or flight response] — making you feel more calm and less anxious. It lowers blood pressure,” he said.

Mercurio suggested making music part of your daily routine. For example, listen to soothing tunes for a half-hour while lying in bed before going to sleep.

If lying quietly and listening doesn’t appeal to you, he suggested listening to music while exercising — possibly doubling your heart-health effects.

“Music therapy isn’t going to have the same metrics as pills and other treatments, but whatever we can do to reduce stress in this day and age helps,” Mercurio said.

The study was to be presented at an online meeting of the American College of Cardiology and World Congress of Cardiology, March 28 to 30, 2020.

Findings from meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until they’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Source: HealthDay

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