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Posted on January 28, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Eleanor Miltimore Wolff became a committed vegan late in life. Once she
learned and understood that dietary choices affected not only one’s
personal health, but also the health of the planet and the well being of
the animals, there was no looking back. Leather shoes and purses, along
with non-vegan food products went out the door. Her children and
grandchildren were showered with vegan reading material. When she
exercised she would sport a T-shirt proclaiming: “I think, therefore I
am — a vegetarian.” Eleanor was a military censor during World War II,
but there was no censoring her commitment to a plant based diet and

In her memory, the Eleanor Wolff scholarship is a $2,500 paid internship
at The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) office in Baltimore (plus $1,000
toward housing) for a student who:

-Wants to be an effective change agent on behalf of veganism
-Is motivated to use knowledge gained from the internship to make a
significant impact within his/her world
-Could not participate in this development effort without a little
financial assistance

Currently, the Eleanor Wolff Scholarship funds one internship per year.
The Vegetarian Resource Group also has unpaid internships available.

If you would like to apply for a VRG internship, please send a resume,
writing sample, and cover letter detailing your interests, skills,
goals, and vegetarian knowledge to If you are applying for
the Eleanor Wolff scholarship internship, please say so and indicate
your financial need.

For more internship information, see:


Posted on January 28, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Vegan Cuisine Month (February) is a celebration of vegan food history, encouraging events, and creating the future. Information is now up on On February 10th, The Vegetarian Resource Group will be honored.

The American Vegan Society (AVS) will be posting about Vegan Cuisine Month on the AVS Facebook Page daily from now through Feb 28, 2015. Their aim is to make it easy for people to encourage restaurants to do vegan events and/or add vegan menu options.

To find vegan restaurants, visit The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Veggie Restaurant Guide.
There are now about 500 vegan restaurants in the United States.


Posted on January 27, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor


This all vegetable chili comes from VRG member Nanette Blanchard and is very easy to make. It stays warm no matter how long the game lasts. If you have leftovers, mix them with some whole wheat macaroni for an easy chili mac. Serve this chili with cornbread or crackers, grated vegan cheese, diced onions, and lots of hot sauce.

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

Serves 10-12

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder, optional
1 jalapeno, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 cups low-sodium tomato juice
Two 14-oz cans diced tomatoes
One 15-oz can pinto beans, drained
One 15-oz can kidney beans, drained
One 15-oz can black beans, drained
2 cups frozen corn
Salt, to taste

In a saute pan, saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until soft. Add chili powder and ancho chile and cook for another minute. Pour this mixture into 6 quart slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the vegetables are tender.

Are You Looking for Creative Vegan Materials for Young Children?

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The Vegetarian Resource Group produces a wide variety of handouts for children of all ages. Here are links to some of these materials. Share them with a veggie youngster today!

My Vegan Plate Coloring Page:

Veggie-Friendly Memory Cards for Kids:

Veggie Counting Game for Kids:


Posted on January 23, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Deadline is in February!

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism/veganism in their schools and/or communities.

One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2015. Deadline is February 20, 2015. We will accept applications postmarked on or before February 20, 2015. Early submission is encouraged.

It’s Not Too Early to Start Thinking about Valentine’s Day

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Are you looking for vegan chocolate gift boxes for Valentine’s Day? Below are some suggestions to help you out.

Chocolate Decadence, an all-vegan store in Oregon and an online store, has a wide variety of vegan chocolates.

Pangea, an all-vegan store in Maryland and an online store, has a wide variety of vegan chocolates.

Premium Chocolatiers, an all-vegan online store, has vegan chocolate for adults and children.

Rose City Chocolates offers a wide variety of vegan chocolates in heart-shape boxes.

Sjaak’s Chocolates, an all-vegan online store, offers a wide variety of vegan chocolate.

Vegan Essentials, an all-vegan online store, offers a wide variety of gift boxes.

Join Other Veggie Families on The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Online Yahoo Parent’s Group

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

KID Are you or someone you know raising a vegetarian or vegan child? If so, you may want to join a network of parents interested in exchanging ideas on various vegetarian/vegan topics including: finding a vegan summer camp, vegan dining options at theme parks, what can I pack in my child’s lunchbox, how have you and your child dealt with the dissection issue in school, can you recommend a veggie-friendly pediatrician or dietitian, is there a veggie children’s group in my area, etc.

For more information on this online Yahoo Group see:


Posted on January 21, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

For those of us who are experiencing cold winter months right now, warm beverages are a must early in the morning. Below are two hot drinks you can prepare quickly in your microwave. These recipe are from Vegan Microwave Cookbook, by Chef Nancy Berkoff. You can purchase this creative cookbook from The Vegetarian Resource Group here:

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
(Serves 4)

1 quart soy or rice milk
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate powder (about 4 Tablespoons)
¼ cup organic sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Place all the ingredients in a 2-quart container or bowl and stir.
Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes or until hot. Stir and serve.

Mowcow Tea
(Serves 3)

1 teaspoon orange juice concentrate
½ teaspoon organic sugar
2 Tablespoons instant tea (powdered)
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups water

In a small cup mix together all the ingredients except the water.
Stir well to combine and set aside.
Place water in a large container or 2-quart casserole and boil. (This should take 3-4 minutes, depending on your microwave.)
Stir tea mixture into water until well blended. Pour into individual cups.


Posted on January 21, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Our friends at Field Roast have created a parody of a fast food commercial. Enjoy!


Posted on January 20, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

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