For many vegetarians, mashed potatoes and stuffing is a perfectly acceptable Thanksgiving meal.  Custom and personal preference, however, sometimes call for something a little more distinctive.  Mary Clifford and Vegetarian Journal have produced a Thanksgiving Treasures menu which will provide that touch.

The Thanksgiving menu features:  Simply Gravy, Herb-Seasoned Potatoes, Tofu in Phyllo, Old-Fashioned Stuffing, Tempeh with Leeks, and Creamy Winter Squash Soup.  Baked Apples and Pears top off the deliciously filling meal.

(Makes about 2 3/4 cups)
1 tablespoon reduced-fat margarine
1/4 cup flour
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons miso dissolved in 2 tablespoons        warm water
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
In a 2-quart saucepot melt margarine over medium heat.  Stir in flour until dissolved.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cook, stirring, over medium heat, until thickened.  (29 calories and 1 gram fat per 1.4 cup serving)

To obtain a copy of Thanksgiving Treasures recipes, send a self-addressed envelope with two first class stamps to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD  21203.  These recipes are excerpted from the bimonthly Vegetarian Journal.  Sample copies of the magazine are $3.

The vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization which educates the public about vegetarianism.  Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl.  Vegans are vegetarians who do not consume other animal products such as eggs or dairy.  For more information about vegetarianism visit <> or write to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD  21203.

Vegan toothpaste
The toothpaste world has a new and worthy competitor.  Enamel Saver Toothpaste, according to its inventor, Dr. Edward Cutler, will help children and adults avoid a wide variety of problems, including canker sores, gum disease, plaque, tartar, and cavities.

Enamel Saver Toothpaste was patented by Dr. Cutler, who describes himself as a caring vegetarian chemist,

and is made with the standard amount of fluoride, but without animal products or animal testing.

According to Dr. Cutler, Enamel Saver inhibits the growth of plaque because of its ultrahigh content of natural xylitol.  Plaque is the starting point for both cavities and periodontal disease (gum disease). If you stop plaque, you stop most mouth problems.

Enamel Saver also stops most canker sores because it does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a harsh detergent found in most toothpaste, including the so-called "natural" ones.

Dr. Cutler states that, to protect the nonrenewable enamel on your teeth, Enamel Saver is 2 to 3 times less abrasive than regular toothpaste.  Toothpaste abrasion can lead to gum recession and tooth sensitivity.

Since product distribution is limited, Dr. Cutler suggests you call his toll free number 877-718-0718 to find out where it's sold.

The following comes from the highly researched book (with references for every fat), YOUR HEART YOUR PLANET by Harvey Diamond who also authored, with his wife Marilyn, FIT FOR LIFE, the most


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