The Vegetarian Resource Group Blog

VRG Benefit Day at The Land of Kush in Baltimore, MD

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Support The Vegetarian Resource Group while enjoying your favorite vegan soul food dishes from The Land of Kush! On September 29, 2014, The Land of Kush in Baltimore, MD will be generously donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to VRG. Get the famous Kush BBQ ribs and don’t forget their amazing baked mac & cheese and smoked collard greens!

The Land of Kush is located at:
840 N Eutaw St,
Baltimore, MD 21201

You can check out their menu at: http://landofkush.com/

Although this will not be a formal group gathering, our Outreach Coordinator, Nina, will be available throughout the day to answer any questions you may have or just chat. We will also have copies of the Vegetarian Journal and literature available for you to take home. We look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your support!
- See more at: http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/10/vrg-benefit-day-at-the-land-of-kush-in-baltimore-md/#sthash.jkTCkicN.dpuf

ISSUE 3 2014 OF VEGETARIAN JOURNAL IS NOW ONLINE

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Issue 3 2014 of The Vegetarian Journal is now available online! Enjoy articles such as:

Vegan Mexican Dishes: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2014issue3/2014_issue3_vegan_mexican.php

So You Want to Be a Vegan Chef: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2014issue3/2014_issue3_vegan_chef.php

Revisions to the WIC Food Package Make Sense: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2014issue3/2014_issue3_WICFoodPackage.php

Like what you read? Please consider subscribing to Vegetarian Journal to support our work! You can subscribe and receive a free book as well here: http://www.vrg.org/member/

Donate to VRG Through The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

If you are a Federal government employee, you can support The Vegetarian Resource Group through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Look for us under Health & Medical Research Charities of America.

Please also remember The Vegetarian Resource Group in other workplace fund drives, matching gifts, etc. See http://www.vrg.org/support.htm for other ways you can donate to VRG.

Thanks for your support!

Don’t Miss VRG’s Vegan Dinner in Atlanta, Georgia: Sunday, October 19!

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Vegetarian Resource Group will be hosting a vegan dinner in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 6pm. The dinner will be catered by Soul Vegetarian Restaurant. Dietitians, members, students, and the public are welcome to attend!

Buffet Includes:
Crisp vegetable tray with onion, cucumber, or garlic dip
Garden Salad and Prince Dressing (house dressing made with soy milk)
Dinner Rolls or Cornbread

Sides (choice of 2):
Tender Greens
Sweet Potatoes
Herb-Baked Potatoes
Green Beans

Entrees (choice of 2):
Southern Style Baked B-B-Q Tofu
Smothered Steak with Gravy and Onions
Cheesy-Spinach-Tofu Lasagne
Mediterranean Cauliflower with CousCous

Dessert: Apple Pie or Vanilla Delight Cake

Beverage: Lemonade

BBQ Tofu

LOCATION: Morehouse School of Medicine, GA
1.9 miles from the Georgia World Congress Center

PAYMENT: $25 by September 30, 2014. Includes tax and tip. If seats
available, $30 after September 30. Send payment to The Vegetarian
Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; Call (410) 366-8343 with a credit card Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM Eastern Time, or go to www.vrg.org/donate and write Atlanta dinner in the comments area. Refunds only made if we can replace your seat.

NAME:
NUMBER ATTENDING: x $25/person before 9/30/14= $ Enclosed
NAMES ATTENDING:
ADDRESS:
STATE/ZIP
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DONATION TOWARDS VEGETARIAN OUTREACH: $
TOTAL ENCLOSED: $


Celebrate the Jewish New Year with Vegan Dishes

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 24th 2014. If you celebrate this holiday, you may want to serve some of these vegan dishes from The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook, by Debra Wasserman. This book is available from The Vegetarian Resource Group online at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ or by sending $21 (including postage/handling) to Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

Yemenite Bread Salad
(Serves 10)

6 small whole wheat pita breads
1 pound romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
2 scallions, finely chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped into cubes
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped into cubes
½ cup fresh parsley, minced
1 Tablespoon dried mint
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 chili pepper, finely chopped (optional)

Cut pita bread into bite-size pieces and toast in a toaster oven for a few minutes. Toss lettuce, scallions, cucumber, tomato, parsley, and mint in a large bowl. Add lemon juice and olive oil. Toss again. Add toasted bread right before serving and toss one more time.

Carrot Cutlets
(Serves 6)

2 cups cooked brown rice or millet
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1 cup carrots, cooked and mashed (use about 3 raw carrots)
1 Tablespoon water or soymilk
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
¾ cup wheat germ
2 Tablespoons oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, except for the oil. Form 12 small patties.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry cutlets for 5 minutes or until brown on one side. Flip over and continue frying for another 5 minutes. Serve cutlets warm, 2 per serving. These can be served with an onion or mushroom sauce if you prefer.

Variation: Instead of frying the cutlets, you can bake them on a lightly oiled pan at 425 degrees until brown on one side. Flip the cutlets and continue baking 5 minutes longer.

Bulgur Pilaf
(Serves 6)

1 large onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons oil
2 cups bulgur (cracked wheat)
5 cups water
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup slivered almonds
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 cup raisins
Salt and pepper to taste

Stir-fry onion with oil in a large pot for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, cover pot, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pot from stove and allow dish to sit covered 5 minutes. Mix ingredients well, pour into a serving dish, and serve while still warm.

VEGETARIAN VIDEO CONTEST 2014 WINNER

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Jerry is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group 2014 Video Contest. He stated: I have always had a lot of respect and admiration toward vegetarians. But it was not until recently, I considered vegetarianism as part of my diet. I have always been interested in vegetarianism due to its water conservation and humane treatment of animals. But the cherry on top – the overwhelming health benefits – is what really led me to my final decision.

See videos at http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php#fu

The next Video Contest deadline is July 15, 2015. Rules for this contest can be found here: http://www.vrg.org/videoscholarship.php

For information about The Vegetarian Resource Group’s $5,000 scholarship contest for high school seniors, see http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline for the Scholarship Contest is February 20, 2015

If you would like to support VRG internships or our video scholarship contest, please donate at www.vrg.org/donate
You can join The Vegetarian Resource Group at http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php

The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Online Guide to Veggie Restaurants in the USA and Canada Continues to Grow!

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Online Guide to Veggie Restaurants in the USA and Canada Continues to Grow!

Vegan Restaurants are sprouting up all over the United States and Canada. Below are some vegan restaurants we’ve recently added to our online restaurant guide. You can see our entire list of veggie restaurants in the USA and Canada here: http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

Avocado Vegan Cafe & Juice Bar
11105 State Bridge Road, Suite 140
Alpharetta, GA 30022

They serve Caribbean inspired vegan cuisine including dishes such as Kale Avocado Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, Soft Falafel Sandwich, Jerk Tofu Sandwich, as well as vegan desserts.

Bloomer’s Bakery
873 Bloor Street W
Toronto, ON M6G 1M4
Canada

Get cozy at Bloomer’s with a hot coffee and one of their delicious 100% vegan pastries. Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of their donuts, cookies, sticky buns or cakes. If you’re feeling something savory, try one of their home made breads, pretzel buns or homemade bagels with dairy-free cream cheese.

Bunner’s Bake Shop
3054 Dundas Street
Toronto, ON M6P 1Z7
Canada

This all-vegan and gluten free bakery has a wide selection to satisfy any sweet tooth. There are many varieties of cakes, cupcakes, and donuts in classic and seasonal flavors. Be sure to check out their signature Supersonic Cookie, a hearty cookie made with seeds, chocolate, and cranberries. Brunner’s offers a catering menu and many of their items can be ordered in small or large quantities.

Café Blossom
507 Columbus Ave.,
New York, NY 10024

Located between 84th and 85th Streets on the Upper West Side, Café Blossom serves up delicious brunch items including Tofu Florentine, Tofu Benedict, and Quinoa Pancakes. For lunch dine on dishes such as Harvest Kale, Seitan Scallopini, Vegetable Lasagna, and a Tofu BLT. For dinner start your meal with a Taco Trio or Seitan Skewers. Follow these with Barbecue Tempeh, Stuffed Poblano Peppers, or Fettuccini Alfredo.

Doug’s Public Kitchen
561 Marlee Ave
Toronto, ON M6B 3J6
Canada

Doug’s Public Kitchen offers a variety of creative and colorful vegan dishes with a clear emphasis on the quality and nutritional value of each ingredient. Dive into huevos rancheros with crisp sprouted corn tortillas, black bean hummus and cashew sour cream or the scramble platter with soft cheesy tofu and caramelized onions. Public Kitchen is located a one minute walk away from Glencairn Subway Station and has free parking.

Evolve Vegan Restaurant
341 Cedar St
Washington, DC 20012

With an upscale and inviting atmosphere, refined vegan soul food dishes and a full bar, Evolve is perfect for a date night. Try the crisp southern fried chick-un with their creamy mac and cheese and don’t forget dessert! They have a variety to choose from including German chocolate cake and cherry topped cheesecake.

I Love Vegan
2264 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90806

I Love Vegan offers traditional Asian dishes with a vegan spin. Choose from a variety of appetizers, noodle dishes, curries, soups, salads and desserts. Don’t miss the Crispy Wontons with tofu and a sweet and chili sauce or the Mango Sticky Rice!

The Juice Cellar
9 Beaver St.
Belfast, ME 04915

The Juice Cellar has a wide selection of creative juices and smoothies. Choose from popular items like the Bold as Love (juice made from beets, apple, and ginger) or the Hello World (a smoothie containing spinach, mango, banana, and pineapple). Be sure to check out the salad menu or any interesting snacks they may be offering. Occasional treats include anything from vegan cheese to macaroons.

Montauk Juice Factory
12 S Etna Street
Montauk, NY 11954

Montauk Juice Factory features a variety of raw juices. All of their juices are made from organic produce and are cold pressed. They have a number of initiatives to support local farmers and businesses.

Organic Avenue
Various Locations:
461 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024
62 Bleeker St., New York, NY 10012
254 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10010
515 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
30 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003
216 8th Ave., New York, NY 10011
206 East 86th St., New York, NY 10028
1021 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021
649 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022
5 Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018

Grab a fresh juice and some delicious vegan fare including coconut yogurt or a quinoa parfait for breakfast or Sunflower Falafel Salad, Spicy Banh Mi Collard Wrap, Kimchi Wild Rice Bowl or Ginger Carrot Soup for lunch or dinner. Be sure to leave room for desserts including Chocolate Mousse. There are some seats around a counter that you can sit at, but generally this is a grab-and-go establishment.

Rawlicious
Various Locations:
50 Dunlop St. E.,
Barrie, Ontario
L4M 6J9, Canada

2122 Bloor St. W
Toronto, Ontario
M6S 1M8, Canada

60 Carden Street
Guelph, ON
N1H 3A2, Canada

718 Belmont Ave W
Kitchener, ON,
N2M 1P2, Canada

116 Main Street Markham
North Markham, ON
L3P 1Y1, Canada

210 Main Street South
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 3Y9, Canada

123 Brock Street South
Whitby, Ontario
L1N 4J8, Canada

At Rawlicious you will find raw dishes to please any pallet! On the lighter side they offer fresh juices, smoothies, and salads, including a taco salad with walnut refried beans. For those interested in something more, they offer a variety of entrées including Pad Thai made with zucchini and kelp noodles and a veggie burger with all the classic fixings.

VLife
348 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001

Located near Penn Station, this small vegan establishment has a few seats, but is primarily a take-out restaurant. Enjoy fresh juices and smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and more.

VRG Benefit Day at The Land of Kush in Baltimore, MD

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Support The Vegetarian Resource Group while enjoying your favorite vegan soul food dishes from The Land of Kush! On September 29, 2014, The Land of Kush in Baltimore, MD will be generously donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to VRG. Get the famous Kush BBQ ribs and don’t forget their amazing baked mac & cheese and smoked collard greens!

The Land of Kush is located at:
840 N Eutaw St,
Baltimore, MD 21201

You can check out their menu at: http://thelandofkush.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Menu_10.24.pdf

Although this will not be a formal group gathering, our Outreach Coordinator, Nina, will be available throughout the day to answer any questions you may have or just chat. We will also have copies of the Vegetarian Journal and literature available for you to take home. We look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your support!

Coffee Lovers Rejoice: Dunkin’ Donuts Now Serves Almond Milk!

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

On Wednesday September 3, 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it will now serve Blue Diamond brand vanilla almond milk at select locations around the country. Get the details about this addition and find out if a store near you is included at: http://www.dunkindonuts.com/DDBlog/2014/09/you_ve_asked_andwe.html#sthash.QInEZPdZ.dpbs

VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

In a further effort to help young people think creatively about vegetarian and/or vegan advocacy, The Vegetarian Resource Group was pleased to offer the Vegetarian Video Scholarship Contest in 2014!

Taylor is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. Taylor stated: I went vegetarian three years ago when meat began to hurt my stomach after eating it. After only the first week, I felt so much better. Since becoming vegetarian I’ve discovered all the environmental and economic benefits of vegetarianism, which in addition to health reasons, have led me to continue the diet.


See more VRG videos at: http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php#koch
For information about our $5,000 scholarship contest for high school seniors, see: http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm (The deadline is February 20, 2015)
If you would like to support VRG internships or our video scholarship contest, please donate at: www.vrg.org/donate
Join The Vegetarian Resource Group at: http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php

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