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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 6
May 1997


1) VRG exhibits at MD, CT, & NJ Dietetic Association meetings
2) VRG can be designated through Combined Federal Charities
3) VRG hosts intern from Mayo Clinic
4) Subscriptions to Vegetarian Journal can be ordered on web site
5) May/June Vegetarian Journal excerpts online
6) How you can help spread the word about vegetarianism
7) Web volunteers needed
8) Conveniently Vegan now available
9) Recipe of the Month
10) About The Vegetarian Resource Group
11) About VRG-NEWS


1) In May 1997, VRG exhibited at the Maryland (US) Dietetic Association Meeting, the Connecticut (US) Dietetic Association Meeting, and the New Jersey (US) Dietetic Association Meeting. Our nutrition advisor, Suzanne Havala, M.S., R.D. presented an overview of vegetarianism to a packed house at the Maryland Dietetic Association Meeting. Terry Carlo, R.D. staffed the VRG booth in Connecticut. Once again, the dietitians were anxious to learn more about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet and our booth was packed at all three meetings.


2) The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the Federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations. A campaign may be conducted during a 6-week period between September 1st and December 15th at every Federal agency. Federal civilian and uniformed service personnel are eligible to contribute to this campaign. The Vegetarian Resource Group will be listed in every campaign brochure and the number that donors should use to contribute to our organization is 2962. Please let federal workers know they can now support vegetarianism through the convenience of payroll deduction!


3) In early May, VRG hosted Cathy Schmelter, a dietetic intern from the Mayo Clinic. We thank Cathy for the articles she created for Vegetarian Journal's Foodservice Update, for assisting at our booth at the Maryland Dietetic Association Meeting, and for her general help around the office. Another thank you goes to Brad and Michele Scott for housing Cathy during her stay.


4) You can now subscribe to the Vegetarian Journal directly from the VRG web site. See http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm for more information. We offer both a secure server and a standard server for accepting either your subscription or a gift subscription for a friend or your local library.


5) Excerpts from the May/June 1997 issue of the Vegetarian Journal are now available on the web site at http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj97may/. The bonus family insert is terrific, with articles on Traveling with Vegan Children, Young People's Books with Vegetarian or Animal Rights Themes, Avoiding the Baby Food Trap , and Sharing Vegetarianism with Family and Friends. There are also recipes from Conveniently Vegan.

Thanks to volunteer Jeanie Freeman for converting these Articles to HTML.


6) Get a copy of Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the US and Canada (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/guide.htm for a description). Check out the restaurants where you live and let us know if we should change any of the listings. Restaurants open and close frequently, so we are constantly updating the book. You can submit the changes, additions, and deletions online at http://www.vrg.org/travel/restupdate.htm.

Visit the restaurants listed in Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the US and Canada and let the manager know his or her restaurant is listed in the book. Ask if she or he would be willing to display information on vegetarianism in the restaurant. If so, call, email, or write us and we'll send you copies of our "Vegetarianism in a Nutshell" brochure and other handouts to have on display for the restaurant patrons. If the manager wants to know where to buy the book, give her or him our phone number, 410-366-8343.

Be sure to take the book with you when you travel, both so you'll know where to eat, and so you can help keep the book up to date. You can often find possible new restaurants by looking through the yellow pages, then visiting the restaurants to make sure they are what they advertise.


7) Want to volunteer your web site building expertise? Contact Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org if you're interested in helping with:

  1. Indexing our Vegetarian Journal articles for the travel section. The Vegetarian Journal often contains articles on travel. We would like to add references to these articles from the travel page.
  2. Creating a Family section. With the 1997 Vegetarian Journal inserts on raising vegetarian kids, combined with previous articles on vegetarian families, we can provide a lot of useful information. But we need someone to organize it in a way that will make it easy for people to find what they are looking for.
  3. Kids games. Have you seen VRG's I Love Animals and Broccoli Coloring Book or I Love Animals and Broccoli Children's Activity Book? We think these would be a good basis for interactive games for kids. Or maybe you have a better idea on what works for kids.
  4. Are you a graphics expert? We know the site could use some well-placed graphics. You could add your personal touch to the site.
  5. Other suggestions? Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org would love to hear your thoughts on what the VRG web site should include. After all, the web site contains what it does now based on visitor feedback.


8) Conveniently Vegan by Debra Wasserman is now available. Learn how to prepare meals with all the new Natural foods products found in stores today! This cookbook contains 150 vegan recipes using convenience foods along with fresh fruits and vegetables. Conveniently Vegan is available immediately for $15. For more information, visit http://www.vrg.org/catalog/convvegan.htm. To request a copy, send payment to VRG, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 or call 410-366-8343 and charge it to your Mastercard or Visa.


9) This month's recipe is from Debra Wasserman's new book, Conveniently Vegan. Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D., contributed this recipe for Korean Barbecued Seitan.

Korean Barbecued Seitan
(Serves 4)

Two 8-ounce packages seitan, drained and cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon maple syrup or apple juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups warm cooked brown rice
20-32 lettuce leaves
Salsa or Korean hot pepper paste (available in some oriental markets), to taste

Combine sesame seeds, oil, sweetener, spices, and onion in a glass baking dish. Add the seitan strips and toss to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate 2-6 hours, stirring occasionally.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and add the seitan mixture and marinade. Cook, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.

To serve, place about 3/4 cup cooked rice, 5-8 lettuce leaves, and a fourth of the seitan on each plate. To eat, fill a lettuce leaf with rice, seitan, and salsa or hot pepper paste to taste. Roll up and eat with your fingers.

Total calories per serving (with 1 TB salsa): 310; Fat: 7 gm; Total Fat as % Daily Value: 11%; Protein: 20 gm; Iron: 3 mg; Carbohydrates: 41 gm; Calcium: 73 mg; Dietary Fiber: 4 gm; Sodium 720 mg.


10) 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


11) 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, and quick links to vegetarian websites and USENET newsgroups. 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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