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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 9
August 1997


1) Debra Wasserman to appear on radio show
2) Preview of September/October Vegetarian Journal
3) Message Checks
4) Web site highlights
5) (deleted -- no longer valid 8Apr1998) 6) VRG hosts 4-H students
7) Recipe of the Month: Penne Salad
8) About The Vegetarian Resource Group
9) About VRG-NEWS


1) If you live in Northern California, catch The Vegetarian Resource Group's co-director Debra Wasserman on a 25 minute public radio interview. The show will air on Wednesday, August 20th at 8PM Pacific Daylight Time on KHSU 90.5 FM from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.


2) The September/October 1997 issue contains articles on:

If you are not currently a subscriber to The Vegetarian Journal, why not join today? You can find subscription information online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm


3) Every check you write can also send a message -- Be Kind to Animals - Don't Eat Them. These attractive checks give people something to think about. And all royalties support The Vegetarian Resource Group outreach activities. The cost is only $9.95 for 200 checks, plus $1.75 per box for delivery. For more information, visit http://www.messageproducts.com and request code 21. Or see the order forms in the printed editions of the Vegetarian Journal.


4) Have you visited the VRG web site at http://www.vrg.org lately? Looking for some new recipes? You'll find Potato Power, Low-Fat Indian Cuisine, and Fabulous Apple Desserts only a few clicks away. Looking for cookbooks or other books on vegetarianism? Not only will you find detailed descriptions of titles such as Conveniently Vegan, The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook, Simply Vegan, The Vegetarian Way, Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Food Restaurants in the US and Canada, and The Vegan Handbook, but you can order them online using your credit card!

Want to test your knowledge of vegetarianism? The web site has an online game with over 750 questions to challenge both kids and adults. See if you can earn the title "Grandmaster Vegetarian." Still want to learn more? There is an extensive nutrition section, including Vegetarian Nutrition for Teens, Heart Health Diets: The Vegetarian Way, and Calcium in the Vegan Diet. You'll also find practical guides and tips, such as Veganism in a Nutshell, A Shopper's Guide to Leather Alternatives, and What's in Fast Food? -- An Update of Vegetarian Items.

And, there are over 70 articles from past issues of the Vegetarian Journal, from book reviews to travel articles to scientific updates. Plus lots of information on raising a vegetarian family and tips for making traveling as a vegetarian easier. And if you still haven't found what you're looking for, you can use the bulletin board to post your questions for other visitors or follow the links to other vegetarian-related web sites.

So visit http://www.vrg.org today!


6) VRG hosted seven 4-H students on August 12th and 13th. The teenage students (many from rural farming communities) were attending a national 4-H conference in Washington, DC and had indicated a desire to learn about public relations and marketing skills in the food industry. VRG was asked to participate in this program and gladly accepted the challenge. Students had the opportunity to do research including calling supermarket chains and asking them whether or not they offered natural foods products in their stores and if so, which products and how were they displayed. Some students also called natural foods companies asking them if they had any new vegan products available in foodservice size. If so, they asked the companies for practical tips on how the products could be used by foodservice. The 4-H students also participated in two food tasting sessions to evaluate products and discuss how they thought the products should or should not be marketed. These non-vegetarians tasted about a dozen non-dairy frozen desserts the first day and about a dozen vegan cup of meals the other day. Their comments and conclusions will appear in Vegetarian Journal sometime in 1998. The students also learned about writing press releases, wrote Veggie Action columns for Vegetarian Journal, and practiced researching and answering consumer questions. Overall, the two days were a tremendous success!


7) This month's recipe comes from "Conveniently Vegan" by Debra Wasserman. The book offers recipes to help you turn packaged foods into delicious vegetarian dishes. For more information about the book, visit http://www.vrg.org/catalog/convvegan.htm

Penne Salad
(serves 8)

Penne is a type of pasta found in many supermarkets and Italian or gourmet shops. This is a hearty salad!

1 pound penne
5 quarts water
1 cup peeled and sliced carrots, steamed
2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
2 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely minced
2/3 cup fat-free vegan Italian dressing

Precook pasta in boiling water until tender and drain. Stir the ingredients together in a large bowl. Chill at least 30 minutes. Toss before serving.

Total calories per serving: 241; Fat; 1 gm; Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 2%; Protein: 8 gm; Iron: 3 mg; Carbohydrates: 48 gm; Calcium: 29 mg; Dietary Fiber: 2 gm; Sodium: 200 mg.


8) Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthy changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member and media questions about vegetarian diets.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, donations, and book sales.

The Vegetarian Journal, a bi-monthly print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. The Journal features informational and recipe articles, product and book reviews, news for vegetarian activists, and up to date information about vegetarian health and nutrition. Membership in the VRG costs $20/year in the US, $30/year in Canada and Mexico, or $42/year for the rest of the world. Accepted forms of payment, all in US funds, are Visa, Mastercard, checks drawn on US banks, and postal orders. When joining, please send us your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. If paying by credit card, please include the card number and expiration date. Membership requests should be directed to:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org

Or you can subscribe online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm


9) VRG-NEWS is distributed as a volunteer service of Vegetarians Online, the forum for vegetarians on America Online. Vegetarians Online offers message boards, live chats, downloadable files, informational content, quick links to vegetarian websites and USENET newsgroups, and an interactive store which features products from The VRG. AOL members can use keyword VEGAN to visit Vegetarians Online. Whether or not you are an AOL member, you may subscribe to the VEGUPDATE newsletter. To do so, send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM. Your message should read SUB VEGUPDATE followed by your first and last names. For more information, please contact Vegetarians Online host Bobbi Pasternak at bobbi@vrg.org.

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Contents of VRG-NEWS are copyright 1997 by The Vegetarian Resource Group. The newsletter may be freely distributed in electronic or print form provided its contents are not altered.

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