VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 16, Issue 9
- CHASE GRANTS UPDATE -- PLEASE VOTE!
- P.F. CHANG'S VEGETARIAN-LABELED DISHES: OYSTER SAUCE IS ALL-VEGETABLE
- VEGAN RECIPES FOR THE JEWISH NEW YEAR, ROSH HASHANAH!
- About The Vegetarian Resource Group
- About VRG-NEWS
1) CHASE GRANTS UPDATE -- PLEASE VOTE!
Update On The Chase Contest
The Vegetarian Resource is only about 125 votes short to be in contention for a $10,000 grant!
HELP US SHARE IN $5 MILLION IN GRANTS: VOTE FOR VRG BETWEEN 9/6 - 9/16
Chase Community Giving is a program that lets the public vote to help determine where Chase donates millions of dollars. The Vegetarian Resource Group has been nominated to be among the charities eligible to receive these grants. Currently, we're about 125 votes short to be in contention for a $10,000 grant.
Please vote and help spread the word by forwarding the following link to five of your friends, colleagues, and family members:
If you have a Chase Card, you have an additional vote at:
Vote both ways if you can.
Thanks for supporting The VRG!
2) P.F. CHANG'S VEGETARIAN-LABELED DISHES: OYSTER SAUCE IS ALL-VEGETABLE
By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director
A staff member at the VRG spotted a July 2012 post at [ http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com ] written by a vegan who asserted that at P.F. Chang's, "...all the dishes are cooked in oyster sauce [and so are not vegetarian or vegan.]" Since this information was contradictory to what we reported in 2008 about the P.F. Chang's vegetarian-labeled menu items, ([ http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2008issue4/whos_veggie_friendly.htm ]), we contacted the chain to see if there had been an ingredient change.
The Marketing Coordinator at P.F. Chang's told us in August 2012 that he would contact Chang's Culinary Department to determine if the oyster sauce was animal-based. The Culinary Department relayed to him that: "...all of our vegetarian-marked items on our menu do not contain any seafood or animal products. Our 'Vegetarian Oyster Sauce' is actually made with mushrooms and no actual oyster or shellfish."
The VRG also asked the Marketing Coordinator at P.F. Chang's if any of the menu items noted as "vegetarian" contained honey, egg, or dairy ingredients. He assured us: "No, they do not, and as long as cane sugar is not an issue all of the items marked 'vegetarian' on our menu can also be considered 'vegan.'"
More information about the vegetarian menu options at P.F. Chang's may be found on their website: [ http://www.pfchangs.com/menu/ ]
Another VRG article about P.F. Chang's vegetarian dishes may be found here: [ http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2011issue1/2011_issue1_pf_changs.php ]
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3) VEGAN RECIPES FOR THE JEWISH NEW YEAR, ROSH HASHANAH!
Your family and friends will love the following vegan recipes from [ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=13 ] The Jewish Lowfat Vegetarian Cookbook. It's a tradition to eat sweet foods during this holiday.
Bulgur and Grape Salad
This is an absolutely delicious salad and well worth the wait while the bulgur (cracked wheat) soaks in the juice. The salad can even be served for breakfast! Experiment with different types of juices and other fruits such as chopped apples, peaches, or pears.
2 cups bulgur (cracked wheat)
4 cups orange juice
1 pound seedless grapes (use different varieties of grapes for added color)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Soak bulgur in juice for at least 4 1/2 hours until the juice is absorbed and the bulgur is soft. (You can soak the mixture overnight if you prefer.) Cut the grapes in half and toss into the soaked bulgur. Add cinnamon and stir well. Chill and toss once before serving.
Moroccan Couscous and Pumpkin
Couscous is an extremely fast-cooking grain. Add pumpkin, and you've got yourself an unusual, but delicious meal. For variety, you can also substitute acorn squash for the pumpkin.
1 pound pumpkin, remove seeds, then chopped
1 cup water
1 cup couscous
1 small onion, peeled and minced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup
In a covered pot, steam pumpkin in water over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer in covered pot for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and let covered pot sit for 3 minutes longer. Stir and serve immediately.
This is a sweet vegetable side dish that young children will especially enjoy.
2 pounds carrots peeled and cut into thin strips
2 cups orange juice
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into a casserole dish and cover. Bake dish on low oven shelf at 375 degrees for 90 minutes or until carrots are tender. Serve warm.
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