Veggie Bits

Easy-Access Ingredients for All!

The end of summer does not have to mean the end of wonderful produce! Stahlbush Island Farms sells frozen versions of many popular fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. Now, it's easy to enjoy organic strawberries, raspberries, green beans, spinach, black barley, red beans and rice, and much more whenever and wherever. Plus, many of these offerings also come in food service sizes. Write to Stahlbush Island Farms at 3122 Stahlbush Island Road, Corvallis, OR 97333, or call (541) 757- 1497. The company's website is

Light and Crispy Beanfields Chips Are Destined to Become Your New Favorite Snack

Move over potato, corn, and tortilla chips! A more healthful choice is in town! Beanfields are new snack chips made from black and navy beans and long-grain rice. You can even see flecks of the different grains in each chip! The Naturally Unsalted variety lacks a bit in flavor but makes up for it with a wonderful texture that won't conflict with your favorite dip's taste. The Sea Salt has only the lightest dusting of brine, while the unique Sea Salt & Pepper variety sports just enough seasonings to kick these chips up a notch. Finally, the perfectly spicy Pico de Gallo option is sure to be a big hit at your next fiesta.

To learn more, write to Beanfields, LLC, at 11693 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 328, Los Angeles, CA 90049, or call the company at (855) EAT-BEAN. Their website is

VJ's Guide to Food Ingredients Now Available for Your Kindle!

Tired of trying to decipher food labels at the grocery store? That's no longer a problem now that you can download Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Food Ingredients right onto your e-book reader! Just reach into your pocket or purse and find out the sources for 200 common ingredients and whether they are typically vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian. The Kindle edition of the Guide to Food Ingredients is available from for only $6.

Amy's Introduces New Soups to Satisfy Robust Appetites

Amy's Kitchen has created three soups that will quiet even the loudest of rumbling tummies! The Organic Hearty Rustic Italian Vegetable Soup is heavy with chickpeas, brown rice, kale, tomatoes, zucchini, and herbs. You may want to avoid that Organic Hearty French Country Vegetable Soup, though. With a dense blend of bell peppers, mushrooms, white beans, and long-grain red rice, you actually could develop an addiction to it! And then there is the Indian Golden Lentil Soup, with an authentic mix of red lentils, yellow split peas, organic vegetables, and Himalayan spices.

Contact Amy's Kitchen at P.O. Box 449, Petaluma, CA 94953, or call (707) 568-4500. You can find out more about these products at

Your Grandma's Pesto in a Jar

MeditaliaTM offers a commercial rarity‑vegan pesto and tapenades! Their Vegan Basil Pesto can go straight from 6.3-ounce glass jar into your whole wheat pasta. In addition, MeditaliaTM makes six tapenades to top hot, crusty breads! Try the Black Olive, the Sundried Tomato, or the truly sensational Roasted Red Pepper.

PeaceWorks produces MeditaliaTM items as part of its mission to abate world conflict. Contact this nonprofit at P.O. Box 1393 - OCS, New York, NY 10113, or (212) 616-3006. Also, visit

Have We Got a Scoop for You!

When Luna and Larry Kaplowitz weren't happy with the vegan frozen desserts they found on the market, they concocted their own! The result is Coconut Bliss, pints of frosty dairyand soy-free treats based on organic coconut milk and sweetened with agave nectar. There are flavors to suit every taste, from the conventional Dark Chocolate, Naked Coconut, and Vanilla Island to the slightly bolder Cherry Amaretto, Ginger Cookie Caramel, and Mint Galactica. VRG favorites include the Cappuccino and the Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge.

Write to Bliss Unlimited, LLC, at P.O. Box 288, Eugene, OR 97440, or call (541) 345-0020. You can visit the company online at

'Nutritious AND Delicious'

Nutridel's slogan above is right! In fact, that is how the company came up with its name, by combining NUTRItious and DELicious! Nutridel makes crispy, artisan, gourmet cookies in four flavors‑Almond, Flax, Oatmeal, and Pecan. You don't have to feel any guilt when eating these cookies since each one is made from fine ingredients such as sesame seeds, pecans, and oats and provides a healthy dose of omega‑3s, antioxidants, and fiber. Nutridel cookies are perfect to bring along for a hiking or camping trip, crumble nicely into vegan yogurt, and go wonderfully with your morning coffee. Contact Nutridel Cookies by phone at (619) 718- 0014 or by e‑mail at You can also write to Nutridel at P.O. Box 212874, Chula Vista, CA 91921, or visit their website Reviewed by Ashley Boss, VRG Intern..

No More Double Dipping!

Squeeze‑Z‑Hummus is the first hummus to come in a convenient inverted squeezable plastic bottle, similar to other modern condiment containers. Simply grab the bottle and apply hummus directly to your sandwich, raw veggies, or plate. No more looking for a utensil or trying to avoid the pita chip crumbs that another partygoer left in a traditional plastic tub! Available in Classic, Dill, and Spicy varieties and in 10- and 18-ounce sizes, Squeeze‑Z‑Hummus is kosher, as well as wheat- and gluten-free. Write to Squeeze‑Z‑Hummus at 1510 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224, or call the company at (888) 779-9285. You can find retailers near you that carry this product at

Help VRG With Every Purchase!

The VRG is introducing a new Visa® Platinum Rewards Card! This credit card comes in four attractive, veganfriendly designs and helps the user earn points for free airline tickets and merchandise. In addition, the bank sponsoring this credit card will make ongoing contributions to The VRG that help support the organization's outreach, scholarships, and other activities! Visit www.card to learn more about this opportunity and to apply!

This Tofu Earns an A+!

Sure, everybody knows that tofu is a good source of protein, but did you realize that some varieties have been fortified with B12, calcium, and other nutrients on top of that? Nasoya has created Tofu Plus, organic bean curd that has all of the average tofu's benefits and then some! Each serving includes a helping of B2, B6, and D2, as well as great taste and texture. The Firm is a good choice for salads and tofu scrambles, while the Extra Firm works well for grilling, baking, and stir-frying. Write to Nasoya's parent company, Vitasoy USA, Inc., at 1 New England Way, Ayer, MA 01432, or call the company at (800) VITASOY. You can find tasty recipes and more online at .

The Vegetarian Resource Group is on the Combined Federal Campaign List

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the charitable workplace campaign conducted by the U.S. government for all federal employees-military, civilian, and postal. The Vegetarian Resource Group is included among the organizations to which you can donate. Please don't pass up this simple opportunity to support vegetarianism and the work VRG does year round. For other workers, please remember to name The Vegetarian Resource Group in your matching gifts at work, or write in The VRG for your United Way campaign.

You Are Cordially Invited ...

Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings is a fantastic online resource for anyone who is popping the question, coordinating a wedding, or planning a sweet sixteen party, bar or bat mitzvah, or quinceãnera! This website features sections about going vegan for every aspect of your big event, such as invitations, attire, cosmetics, flowers and decor, officiants, musicians, photographers, gifts, and travel. Of course, information about that allimportant celebratory vegan cuisine, including suggestions for caterers and bakers, is available! Best of all, real couples share stories and pictures that will inspire vegans to celebrate their love in both traditional and not-so-conventional ways. Visit to start planning your special day!