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VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP 35TH ANNIVERSARY VEGAN DINNER IN CHICAGO

Posted on July 13, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 6pm

The Vegetarian Resource Group will host a vegan dinner at LYFE Kitchen in Chicago (at Fairbanks and Ontario) on Sunday, October 22, 2017 during the annual meeting of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Meet VRG advisors Reed Mangels PhD, RD, Catherine Conway MS RD, Charles Stahler, Debra Wasserman, and vegetarian dietitians from around the country. The public is welcome.

MENU
Edamame Hummus
Kale and Cranberry Salad
Ancient Grain Stir-Fry Bowl with stir-fried vegetables, beefless tips, quinoa, black rice,
cilantro, and sweet chili-ginger sauce
Vegan Thai Red Curry Bowl with garlic-lime tofu, broccoli, eggplant, peppers, peas,
whole grain wheatberries, Thai basil, and coconut curry sauce
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
Tea or Coffee
The meal will be served family style. Note: Seating is limited!

TO RESERVE
Send $35 per person (includes tax and tip) with names to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; Call (410) 366-8343 9am-5pm Mon.-Fri. EST to charge over the phone. Or pay at www.vrg.org/donate and write Chicago Dinner in the Comments.

 # Attending X $35/person = $_____
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Visit The Vegetarian Resource Group Booth at Upcoming Summer 2017 Events!

Posted on July 12, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

Central PA VegFest

If you’re attending any of the events below, be sure to stop by The Vegetarian Resource Group’s booths at the following events and say hello:

Waverly Farmers Market
400 E. 32nd Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
July 15th, 7 AM – 12 PM

FARM Animal Rights Conference
Hilton Mark Center
5000 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22311
August 3rd – 6th from 10:15 AM – 6:00 PM

Western New York VegFest
LaSalle Park
Buffalo, NY 14201
August 6th from 11 AM – 7 PM

Vegan SoulFest
Baltimore City Community College (BCCC)
2901 Liberty Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
August 26th from 12 PM – 7 PM

To support our outreach efforts, please donate:
vrg.org/donate

VEGAN CASSEROLES FOR OUR DAILY BREAD IN BALTIMORE

Posted on July 11, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Our Daily Bread in Baltimore, Maryland serves about 700 needy people per day, with over ten percent asking for a vegetarian option. Many volunteers and institutions volunteer and donate casseroles. VRG’s Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD tested three quantity recipes in a senior center in Los Angeles, and now these have been added to the recipes on the Our Daily Bread website. Volunteers are needed to cook and bring in the casseroles. If you are not in the Baltimore area, you may want to prepare these recipes for your local food charity.

See:
http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/our-daily-bread/odb-food-service/favorite-casserole-recipes.html and
http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/our-daily-bread/odb-food-service/food-donations.html

The recipes for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Casserole, Brunswick Stew, and Creamy Bean and Potato Casserole with Carrots are below.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Casserole
Serves 8-10

Vegetable oil spray
1 cup minced onions
½ cup diced bell pepper (red or green)
2 cloves minced garlic or 3 teaspoons dried, granulated garlic
1 cup water
4 cups peeled, diced fresh sweet potatoes
6 cups drained, canned or cooked black beans
3 cups drained and chopped canned tomatoes
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley or 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce

In a large pot, spray vegetable oil and allow pot to heat. Add onion, pepper, and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, until vegetables soften.

Add one cup of cold water and the sweet potatoes. Cook, covered, until the potatoes are just tender, about 10 minutes.

Add the black beans and tomatoes and allow to simmer until the potatoes begin to fall apart. Stir in black pepper and hot sauce and remove from heat.

Brunswick Stew a la Vegan
Serves 8-10

Vegetable oil spray
2 cups diced onions
3 cloves minced fresh garlic or 3 teaspoons dried granulated garlic
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons dried sage or dried parsley
4 cups vegetable broth or tomato juice
1 pound unpeeled, chopped red or white rose potatoes
1½ cup sliced fresh carrots (can use frozen, thawed carrots)
4 cups thawed, frozen lima or butter beans, thawed (can also used drained, canned beans)
2 cups chopped, but not drained, canned tomatoes
2 cups cut corn (thawed, if frozen, drained, if canned)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
3 teaspoons red or white vinegar

In a large pot, spray oil and allow pot to heat. Sauté onion until soft (about 3 minutes). Add garlic and sauté for one minute. Stir in flour and sage or parsley and stir (this creates a roux, a thickening agent) until combined.

Add broth or tomato juice and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat, add potatoes, carrots, and beans. Cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and corn and simmer, uncovered, until all veggies are soft (about 15 minutes).

Stir in soy sauce, hot sauce, and vinegar and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Serve hot.

Creamy Bean and Potato Casserole with Carrots
Serves 8-10

8 cups prepared vegetarian refried beans
4 cups canned, drained sliced potatoes
3 cups canned, drained sliced carrots
2 cups canned tomatoes with juice
1 Tablespoon black or white pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large baking dish, place a thin, even layer of refried beans. Top with a thin layer of potatoes, then carrots, then tomatoes. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Sprinkle pepper on top. Cover and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

Note: many brands of canned refried beans are vegetarian, having no lard or animal fat; just read the label and ensure vegetable oil is used rather than lard. If preparing your own refried beans, mash cooked, red or white beans with a small amount of oil (hot water may be used rather than oil).

Support the VRG on Amazon today!

Posted on July 10, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to Vegetarian Resource Group. Shop for great deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1279034

SWEET FROG FROZEN YOGURT

Posted on July 10, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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According to Sweet Frog, they have added Dole Whip, which they say is vegan, to their offerings. For more information, see:
http://sweetfrog.com/yogurt/flavors
http://www.dolesoftserve.com/prod-info.cfm
Please note that sugar appears to be the first ingredient.

The contents of this posting, our website, and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgement about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

New Restaurants Have Been Added to The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada

Posted on July 07, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group maintains an online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada. Below are some recent additions. The entire guide can be found here: http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

To support the updating of this online restaurant guide, please donate at:
www.vrg.org/donate

Baked Roots Bar
970 SE Madison St.
Portland, OR 97214
Enjoy this traditional American restaurant which has a vegan menu based on fries with flavor adaptions from all seven continents. Their menu is oil-free!

Fry Baby Donut Co.
336 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201
Fry Baby Donut Co. donuts are handmade with love. The flavors are unique and creative, including bubble gum donuts and S’mores donuts.

Good Grains
4134 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON M8X 1X3 Canada
Good Grains specializes in creating dishes using legumes, veggies, grains, fruits, and spices. Most (but not all) menu items are soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and free of refined sugars. The Golden Cauliflower Curry is an excellent choice for a main dish. Good Grains also offers FlatPacks2GO, which are prepared frozen dishes you can heat and eat at home.

Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan
3214 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
Serves lunch, drinks and coffee. Enjoy soups, salads, and a variety of dishes such as barbecue temepeh and portobello mushrooms, bento boxes, and chickpea couscous bowl with tahini dressing. Vegan Grab&Go and weekly meal delivery is available also.

Rosie’s Eatery
1726 Avenue Rd.
Toronto, ON M5M 3Y6 Canada
In addition to being vegan, all menu items are gluten-free! Rosie’s offers a wide selection of baked goods, yoghurt bowls, oatmeals, salads, soups, toasts, and smoothies. The soups and salads are daily specials.

Sweet Alchemy Bakery and Café
45 Upper Main St.
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Bakery and café focused on creating amazing flavors, sourcing ingredients thoughtfully, and crafting with joy. Items available include cinnamon buns, cookies, cake, and more. They also offer savory dishes.

The Greyhound Café
81 Lancaster Ave.
Malvern, PA 19355
Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays. There are several different menus to choose from. They have a lunch menu, a Texican Menu, an Italian menu, and a pizza menu. The Greyhound Cafe also serves desserts! Popular menu items include Huevos Rancheros, Sofritos, Calzones, and No-Bake Cheesecake.

The Juice Theory
87 Brighton Ave.
Long Branch, NJ 07740
The Juice Theory is 100% organic! In addition to delicious juices, The Juice Theory offers sandwiches, salads, and sides. They have a build your own salad option as well. Many folks enjoy the Veganwich and the Tex-Mex Wrap.

Teen Section on www.vrg.org

Posted on July 06, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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For many years, The Vegetarian Resource Group has created materials specifically geared towards teens written by young veggie activists (many of whom have volunteered or interned with VRG). Our online teen section can be found here: http://www.vrg.org/teen/

You’ll find an FAQ section that answers a wide range of questions teens might have including:

-How do I start a vegan/vegetarian club at my school?
-What are some Vegan Snacks for Athletes?
-I am thinking of joining 4-H. I am vegan. What kinds of activities could I do?
-I’ll be looking at colleges this spring. How do I find a veg-friendly college?
-My family doesn’t have much money. I’d like to be vegan but I’ve heard it’s expensive to buy all the special food you need. Is this true?
– How Do You Respond To People Unfamiliar With or Opposed To Your Dietary Lifestyle?
– How Can I Start a School or Community Garden?
– What should I serve to non-vegans when I am hosting a party as a vegan/vegetarian?
– Why don’t vegans use leather, silk, or wool?
– I’m going to a banquet for the soccer team and I’m the only vegetarian on the team. How do I let the caterer know that I’ll need something different to eat?

To join The Vegetarian Resource Group, please visit:
http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php

Are You Looking to Buy New Non-leather Shoes, Sandals, or Sneakers?

Posted on July 05, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor
The Olivia Heeled Sandal in black from MooShoes

The Olivia Heeled Sandal in black from MooShoes

Vegan sneakers for adults and kids in low-top, mid-top, and high-top styles. They have a storefront in Los Angeles, CA. See: keepcompany.com

MooShoes has storefronts in New York City, NY and Los Angeles, CA and you can also purchase shoes online here: www.mooshoes.com They offer a wide range of sandals, sneakers, and shoes for men and women.

Pangea: The Vegan Store offers running shoes for men and women. See: http://www.veganstore.com

Sudo Shoes has a store in Cambridge, MA and an online store here: http://www.sudoshoes.com/ They offer a wide variety of shoes, sandals, and sneakers.

Vegan Essentials has a storefront in Waukesha, WI and an online store found here: http://www.veganessentials.com/ They offer dress shoes for men.

The Vegetarian Site offers shoes, sandals, and hiking boots for men and women. Their online site is:
http://www.thevegetariansite.com

Support The Vegetarian Resource Group Year-Round – Become a Monthly or Quarterly Donor!

Posted on July 04, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group is an activist non-profit organization that does outreach all-year-long. For example, today we are giving a several hour presentation on veganism to 10 University of Maryland Dietetic Interns (all of whom are not vegetarian and will soon be practicing dietitians). VRG tables at different events throughout the USA and also sends literature free of charge to other groups/individuals doing educational activities in schools, hospitals, camps, restaurants, libraries, etc. Our ability to continue doing this depends on people like you! Your donations allow us to promote the vegan message whenever we’re called upon for assistance. Please consider becoming a monthly or quarterly donor to The Vegetarian Resource Group.

Thanks so much for your support. You can become a monthly or quarterly donor online here: vrg.org/donate

Veggie-Focused Activities to Do with Kids this Summer

Posted on July 03, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Are you looking for some fun veggie-themed activities for your kids to do this summer? VRG has you covered. Here are some of the materials we have available:

Veggie-Friendly Memory Cards
http://www.vrg.org/family/memory_cards.php

Veggie Counting Game for Kids
http://www.vrg.org/family/memory_cards_math_game1.php

Vegetarian Quiz for Young and Old
http://www.vrg.org/game/

Veggie Videos: Watch Winning Videos from VRG’s Annual Video Contest
http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php

My Vegan Plate Coloring Page
http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/MyVeganPlateCP.pdf

To support VRG outreach, please donate:
vrg.org/donate

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