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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 2
February 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Vegetarian and Vegan Products
  3. Free Samples from Melissa's
  4. Valentine's Day Gift Packages
  5. New Online at www.vrg.org
  6. Recipe of the Month: Vegetarian Chili
  7. March / April 2001 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  8. Meatout 2001
  9. Job Openings at VRG
  10. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-News


The Vegetarian Resource Group will be traveling to Anaheim, California for the Natural Products Expo West, which will be taking place March 9-11, 2001. We will be in booth #4288, so if you are attending, please drop by and say hi. We have updated and expanded our list of restaurants in the Anaheim area. It is on the VRG website at http://www.vrg.org/travel/anaheim.htm. For a paper copy of the dining guide, please stop by the booth.


I was never a huge chocolate fan before I became vegan and haven't been that concerned about the lack of fine vegan chocolates. However, the same can't be said about my co-workers. When the sample box of chocolates from Vegan Splendor arrived at the office, everyone descended upon the box and stripped it bare. I tossed a few in my desk, thinking I would try them when the mood struck me. Everyone else in the office devoured the ones they selected and happily compared fillings. A few days later I ate mine and was awestruck at how good they were. These are the first vegan "cream" filled chocolates I've found. Flavors and filling include Caramel Pecan Chews, Sacrilegious Chewy Double Chocolate, Maple Cremes, Orange Cremes, Peppermint Patties, and Peanut Butter Bon Bons. Ingredients and ordering information is included on the website. Contact:
Vegan Splendor
PO Box 163126
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-4812

3) FREE SAMPLE FROM MELISSA'S - Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins

Melissa's is offering full-sized packages of Melissa's Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins to the first 100 subscribers who visit the Melissa's website at http://www.melissas.com and e-mail their name and address. Melissa's Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins are dried from plump, vine-ripened grapes. Melissa's offers a complete line of dried, jarred, and fresh exotic and organic fruit & vegetable products.


Looking for something special for Valentine's Day for a vegetarian in your life? We have new Valentine's Day gift packages. These special offers are primarily available to our web visitors. Packages include The Gourmet Cook, The Beginning Vegetarian, Just For Fun, and The Traveling Vegetarian. These package deals come with FREE shipping via Fed Ex Ground/Priority Mail and FREE gift wrapping. To read more about the packages offered go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/valentine.htm


The numbers of people visiting the VRG website keep climbing month after month. We hit another record this month with about 90,000 new hosts served and almost 1.5 million pages requested. The first class of students taking our online course Introduction to Vegetarian Nutrition and Food Service have begun the lectures and projects. Thanks to the help of volunteer Mark Rifkin and VRG's research assistant, Sarah Blum, the VRG links pages were overhauled, with many new links added. To access this section of the VRG site go to http://www.vrg.org/links/. Sarah is also responsible for completely updating our online text catalog. To see a complete list of the books and resources we offer go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/textcat.htm.


This recipe originally appeared in Meatless Meals For Working People http://www.vrg.org/catalog/meatless.htm by Debra Wasserman.


1 Tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 cups water
1 cup kidney beans (pre-cooked or canned)
4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen or canned)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
Pepper to taste

In a large pot sauté the onion, garlic, and green pepper in oil over medium heat until the onion is soft. Add water, kidney beans, tomatoes, corn, salt, chili powder, and pepper. Cook 25 minutes longer.

Variations: Add hot peppers, other vegetables such as carrots and celery, or add 2/3 cup bulgur (cracked wheat). Pinto beans may be used instead of kidney beans.

Total calories per serving: 118
Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 15 grams
Iron: 1 mg
Calcium: 28 mg
Dietary Fiber: 5 gm

There are over 100 quick and easy recipes in Meatless Meals for Working People. There is also information on convenience foods, fast food restaurant information, and party ideas. To read more about the book go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/meatless.htm. Copies are just $12 (includes special standard shipping). You can order using the online order form https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard. The $12 price includes media mail shipping (US only). The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US.


The March / April 2001 Vegetarian Journal articles include:

Vegan Cooking Tips - From Chef Nancy Berkoff: Pasta Perfect


Read excerpts from back issues online at: http://www.vrg.org/journal/

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. If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today?

Subscriptions to Vegetarian Journal are $20/year in the US (please inquire for subscription rates outside the US). Accepted forms of payment, all in US funds, are Visa, MasterCard, checks drawn on US banks, and postal money 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.

If you join online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm for $30 or more, you will receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $20 value! (US addresses only)

If you choose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to:
The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Dept. IN
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org

8) MEATOUT 2001

The 17th Annual Great American Meatout is poised for March 20, 2001. This national campaign is coordinated by Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM), a national public-interest, non-profit organization. Individual events are planned and conducted by local consumer, environmental, and animal protection groups. Across the country there will be public dinners, cooking demonstrations, a congressional reception, and information tables set up at supermarkets, schools, and libraries.

If you are planning on attending or organizing an event, don't forget that VRG has brochures and books in quantity. Go to our materials list http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/materials.htm to see the variety of information available. We offer special activist prices for the books. If you are interested please email Jeannie at jeannie@vrg.org with your name, address, and the name of your group.

For more information about Meatout visit http://www.meatout.org or call 1-888-FARM USA.


P/T, but could be combined with another position for a full time job. Help to keep computer software/hardware/network up to date and running smoothly. Familiarity with networking and software/hardware support experience helpful. Must be a problem solver and enjoy troubleshooting computer issues. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

VRG seeks Jack or Jill of all trades knowledgeable in vegetarianism to process memberships/subscriptions, answer phone, talk to the media, and more. Must be comfortable with detail work, computers, flexibility, planning, and improving systems. Includes health and dental insurance. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 or e-mail vrg@vrg.org.


1st Annual Southeastern Compassion for Animals Action Symposium

On Saturday and Sunday February 24-25 the 1st Annual Southeastern Compassion for Animals Action Symposium will take place in Gainesville, FL. There will be experts on animal ethics, factory farming, wildlife, vegetarian nutrition, and more.

Speakers (scheduled thus far):

Don Barnes, Animal Protection Institute / San Antonio Voice for Animals
Gene Bauston, Farm Sanctuary
Dawn Carr, PETA
George Eisman, Assc. of Veg. Dietitians and Nutrition Educators
David Hoch, Law Professor, Univ. of Fla.
Suzanne Havala, M.S., R.D., Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Consultant
Holly Jensen, Florida Wildlife
Jim Mason, Author, "An Unnatural Order" and co-author of "Animal Factories"
Susan McCullom, Earthkind, Miami Chapter of EarthSave
Wayne Pacelle, HSUS
Lt. Sherry Schlueter, Broward County Sheriff's Dept. Animal Abuse Unit
Plus: Representatives from ARFF and Vegetarian Events

Register early for best rates; limited registration available. All meals served will be vegan and organic.

For more information contact:
Vegetarian Events
PO Box 1057
Alachua , Fl 32616
Call Chas at 904-454-4341 or email chasmo@netcommander.com


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. (For more information, please see the "March / April 2001 Vegetarian Journal Preview" above or back issues online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at: The Vegetarian Resource Group PO Box 1463 Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (410) 366-8343 Fax: (410) 366-8804 E-mail: vrg@vrg.org Website: www.vrg.org


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