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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 4
April 1998


  1. Bumper Sticker Slogan Contest
  2. Vote for your Favorite Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant
  3. May / June 1998 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  4. Meatless Alternatives for Seniors
  5. Easter Recipes
  6. Passover Ideas
  7. Recipe of the Month: Passover Vegetarian Kishke
  8. About The Vegetarian Resource Group
  9. About VRG-NEWS


1) The Vegetarian Resource Group is searching for original ideas for a slogan to appear on a new bumper sticker. One condition is that the word "vegan" must appear in the slogan. Whoever submits the winning entry will receive a free "Be Kind to Animals -- Don't Eat Them" T-Shirt (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/tshirt.htm). Entries can be sent to: The Vegetarian Resource Group, Bumper Sticker, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. You can email your slogan to vrg@vrg.org. Be sure to include your name and address so we can send the t-shirt to the winner.


2) You are encouraged to send us the name and address of your favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurant. We will tally up the votes and print a list of the winners in a future issue of Vegetarian Journal. Please send your choice of best vegetarian/vegan restaurant to The Vegetarian Resource Group, Favorite Restaurant, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203, or email vrg@vrg.org. Be counted!


3) The May/June 1998 issue of the Vegetarian Journal contains

a) A Passion for Peppers
b) Cereal: It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
c) No Pressure Meals Under Pressure
d) Nutition Hotline: Food Safety, chocolate and calcium absorption, and HDL cholesterol
e) Product Reviews: Guide to Crackers
f) Notes from the Scientific Department, and more!

If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today? You can find subscription information online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm. Join for $30 or more, and receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $19.95 value! (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/veganhandbook.htm).


4) The Vegetarian Resource Group and The National Meals on Wheels Foundation have collaborated to develop vegetarian meal plan options. These can be used at Meals on Wheels sites or by other programs or individuals. The menus meet the USDA standards for senior meal programs under Title III-C of the Older Americans Act.

Now available from The Vegetarian Resource Group is a handout which includes the four weeks of vegetarian menus, six vegetarian recipes each providing servings for 25 people, A Senior's Guide to Good Nutrition, and Vegetarianism in a Nutshell.

Featured in the guide are also ideas for making meals a little easier, as well as common problems and suggested solutions. Some older people may find meal planning is more burdensome if shopping or preparing meals is difficult.

Arthritis, for instance, or impaired hearing or poor eyesight may make it hard to drive to the grocery store, to read food labels or package instructions, or to open bottles and handle cooking utensils. For all these reasons, it may be necessary for meals to be simple, quick, and convenient to prepare.

To order the 20-page Meatless Menu Alternatives For Seniors, send five first class stamps along with your name and address to Seniors, The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


5) Spring is here - and that means Easter is coming. If you are vegetarian or vegan, or if you have family members that are, don't panic. It's fairly easy to plan an Easter dinner without the meat or animal products. For a main dish, try seitan stew (see http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vjseitan.htm), seitan-shiitake stroganoff (see http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vjseitan.htm), or tofu-spinach quiche (see http://www.vrg.org/journal/94may.htm#quiche). Add side dishes, such as Green Beans Almondine (see http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj96jan/vjmoove.htm#Recipes), Spicy Braised Carrots (see http://www.vrg.org/journal/95jan.htm#carrot), Broccoli-Almond Pilaf (see http://www.vrg.org/journal/94sep.htm#broccoli), and Roasted Julienned Vegetables (see http://www.vrg.org/journal/95jan.htm#carrot). Finish up with Spiced Apple-Pecan Dip w/ Fresh Fruit (see http://www.vrg.org/journal/94sep.htm#spiced), Sweet Potato Pie (see http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj96jan/vjmoove.htm#Recipes), or one of our Fabulous Apple Desserts (see http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vjapple.htm). Even if you are just looking for ways to cut the fat and cholesterol in your family's holiday celebration this year, we have recipes that will help you make a healthier Easter meal. All the recipes are from past issues of our Vegetarian Journal.


6) Passover is just around the corner! Looking for ways to cut down on the cholesterol in traditional Passover dishes? Having vegans over for the seder and don't know what to make? With everything from Eggless Passover Blintzes to Matzo-Stuffed Green Peppers, Debra Wasserman's No Cholesterol Passover Recipes (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/passover.htm) will help you create a healthier Passover. There are also Passover and seder menus and recipes in The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ljvc.htm). A recipe from the book is included below as our Recipe of the Month. For more Passover recipes, see http://www.vrg.org/recipes/passover.htm.


7) This recipe, which appears in The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook by Debra Wasserman, serves 12.

4 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, grated
2 onions, peeled and minced
2 cups water
1/4 cup oil
4 cups matzo meal
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture onto a large piece of aluminum foil. Roll the foil into an 8-inch cylinder. Do the same with the remaining mixture to form four 8-inch cylinders. Place the cylinders on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Turn cylinders over and bake 45 minutes longer. Remove foil and serve kishke sliced and warm.

Total calories per serving: 226; Fat: 5 gm; Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 8%; Protein: 5 gm; Iron: 0.3 gm; Carbohydrate: 40 gm; Calcium: 13 mg; Dietary Fiber: 2.2 gm.


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. For more information, please contact Vegetarians Online host Bobbi Pasternak at bobbi@vrg.org.

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