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Hiring a Portland VegFest / Events Coordinator

January 11, 2015

Are you looking for a great opportunity to put your enthusiasm and dedication to work? We are seeking a part-time employee to serve as Portland VegFest / Events Coordinator for Northwest VEG. The ideal candidate has experience coordinating large events, leading multiple committees, recruiting and building relationships with businesses and organizations as sponsors or exhibitors, working with volunteers, and is passionate about promoting a 100% plant-based diet for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.

Applications are due February 1, 2015.

Click here for more details: http://nwveg.org/jobs

Recipe of the Month: Ethiopian Style Hummus

January 7, 2015

By Kittee Berns, author of Teff Love and soon to be a speaker at a Northwest VEG potluck.

This recipe makes a Middle Eastern-style hummus with a few Ethiopian-inspired twists!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon shelled raw sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas

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Master VEG Starts Next Month!

January 7, 2015

The next session of the Master VEG Program, beginning Wednesday, February 18, 2015, will be held at the Pearl District Whole Foods Market (1210 NW Couch St., Portland). Registration is now open for this action-packed eight-week program that will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations will cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies as well as arm you with the tools you need to answer the tough questions about plant-based diets.

A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to Northwest VEG or another nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.

Dr. Ramona Ilea (pictured right) is an assistant professor of philosophy at Pacific University, Oregon. She teaches a semester-long "Animal Ethics" class, as well as classes on biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and theoretical ethics. Read more about the MVP presenters.

Volunteer with Northwest VEG!

January 7, 2015

It may seem too early to think about it, but we're already planning VegFest 2015! VegFest planning takes many volunteers over the course of the year and we need your help! If you can spare 4-6 hours per month to help plan the Fitness area, Fashion & Beauty area, plan and execute Advertising and Public Relations, or help recruit Sponsors and Exhibitors, please email Bonnie at vegfest@nwveg.org.

We are also looking for some energetic volunteers to help staff the Northwest VEG table at an upcoming Fix-It Fair.
New volunteers are welcome and will be paired with an experienced volunteer. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Where: Rosa Parks Elementary School (8960 N Woolsey Ave., Portland)
When: Saturday, January 24
Shifts: 9:15-12:15, 12-3:15

Veggie Grill FUNdraiser for Northwest VEG

January 7, 2015

Join us for a delicious meal and a great cause... Northwest VEG! The Downtown Portland Veggie Grill (508 SW Taylor St., Portland) will graciously be donating 50% of your food & beverage purchases all day Saturday, January 31, to Northwest VEG! Just remember to mention that you are there to support Northwest VEG. (For Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation, you MUST mention the fundraiser when you pay.)

We will be doing meetups throughout the day so we hope to see you for lunch at 12pm, dinner at 7:00pm or both! If you can't make it to a meetup, you can still come any time between 10:30am and 9pm and mention the fundraiser for Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation!

Please share this event on your Facebook wall and invite your friends and family to also dine at the Downtown Portland Veggie Grill on January 31st. It's a great restaurant for exposing people to delicious vegan food!

Mindful Eating in the New Year

December 17, 2014

By Alison Ozgur, RD., Master VEG Program speaker

I have always had a great interest in health and wellness, which is why I chose the path to become a registered dietitian over a decade ago. I truly believed educating people on how to nourish their body with healthy, nutrient-rich plant food, while maintaining a daily exercise regimen, was the key to optimal health and disease prevention. But throughout the last year, I've added some additional health promoting modalities to my teaching toolbox by becoming a registered yoga teacher and certified meditation teacher.

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New Year. New Board Members!

December 17, 2014

Northwest VEG is excited to welcome 2 new board members, Jen Rosenthal and Amanda Otto. Please read on to find out a little more about these two amazing women!

Jen Rosenthal
I embraced a vegan lifestyle in 2010. I went from "I could never live without cheese, that's extreme" to "why didn't I realize the truth, I am never using animal products again" in the course of a week thanks to my now husband. When we first moved to Portland in '12 I was eager to get involved promoting a plant based diet and compassionate choices. NW Veg offers a perfect opportunity to do just that. After a year back east I am now back in town and happy to join the talented, hard working members on the board. I bring to NW Veg my background in marketing, love of animals, and passion for the environment. As the mother of a vegan toddler I look forward to working on events and activities that are family friendly and helping to continue building the vegan village here in Portland.

Amanda Otto
It means so much to me to join the board of Northwest Veg and contribute to an organization that shares my values and passion for animal rights and compassionate living. Vegetarian since 2005, I made the transition to vegan in 2010 in an effort to diagnose a food allergy but once I learned more about a vegan lifestyle I realized it was an excellent fit for me and I haven't looked back since. A native Oregonian, I work as a Senior Training & Development Specialist at a local credit union and recently obtained my Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy degree from Portland State University. I am primarily contributing my time on the board to the Finance committee, VegFest speaker committee, and Supervisory committee.

Living in a Veg World & Celebrating our Choices!

December 3, 2014

As the days grow darker and colder, we can lighten and warm our spirits by reflecting on the amazing resources we find within the veg and veg-friendly community. Whether we shop locally or on-line, prepare all our food at home or love to eat out, or need a service-provider who understands and respects our beliefs, they're all here. So, if your plans include buying gifts and gift certificates, or just necessities and treats for yourself, please consider patronizing our NW VEG business community members. Also read on about our newest NW VEG Member, Vegan Acupuncture!

Please welcome new NW VEG business member Vegan Acupuncture by Genevieve Johnson, L.Ac. Genevieve has been a vegan for the past 17 years and an acupuncturist for 7 years. She currently works at the An Sen Clinic at 4424 NE Glisan Street in Portland. Her specialties include: pain management, vegan nutrition, pediatrics, herbal medicine and shiatsu massage. She also runs the Vegan Acupuncture blog that includes vegan and gluten free recipes with information about Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has a gentle style and loves to incorporate additional body work and massage into her acupuncture treatments. NW Veg members get $20 off their first treatment. Please call An Sen Clinic directly to schedule an appointment with Genevieve at 503- 236-6633. Visit her website at www.veganacupuncture.com for more information.

Tofurky Trot Perfect Playlist on 94/7

December 3, 2014

On November 21, Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and Karen Brokken, volunteer extraordinaire, joined DJ Gustav in the KNRK studio to share their Perfect Playlist and talk about Northwest VEG's 11th Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving and 3rd Annual Tofurky Trot.

Click here to listen!

Volunteer with Northwest VEG!

December 3, 2014

It may seem too early to think about it, but we're already planning VegFest 2015! VegFest planning takes many volunteers over the course of the year and we need your help! If you can spare 4-6 hours per month to help plan the Fitness area, Fashion & Beauty area, plan and execute Advertising and Public Relations, or help recruit Sponsors and Exhibitors, please email Bonnie at vegfest@nwveg.org.

We are also looking for some energetic volunteers to help staff the Northwest VEG table at an upcoming Fix-It Fair.
New volunteers are welcome and will be paired with an experienced volunteer. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Where: Rosa Parks Elementary School (8960 N Woolsey Ave., Portland)
When: Saturday, January 24
Shifts: 9:15-12:15, 12-3:15

Tofurky Trot and Compassionate Thanksgiving, A Huge Success!

December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving morning saw almost 550 runners/walkers, nearly 60 volunteers and many happy dogs at Mt. Tabor for the annual Tofurky Trot! We enjoyed a lovely morning with friends and family, fun prizes for runners, both human and canine costume contests, and delicious snacks and giveaways.
Thanks to the generous support of registrants, several thousand dollars was raised for both Northwest VEG and Wildwood Farm Sanctuary!
Please thank the following businesses for their generous donations of food and prizes, and Tofurky for their support! Skora Running, Chuck's Produce, Zouq Foods, Veggie Grill, V-dog, Furever Pets, Happy Campers Gluten Free, Earthly Gourmet, Stash Tea, Whole Foods Market - Hollywood, Skout Organic, Beanfields Snacks, Voodoo Doughnut, Foot Traffic, Betty Lou's Inc., Personal Beast, and The Herbivore Clothing Company!
Check out our growing photo album on Facebook. Have photos to add? Email them to Chelsea Davis at chelsea@nwveg.org.

We would also like to thank the over 300 attendees and dozens of volunteers who joined us at our 11th Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving! Thank you to our hard working committee Keith, Stephanie, Estela, and Larry lead by board member Deanna Cintas as well as Daniel Redwood and Heartstrings for providing music and Tofurky and Bonnie Hildebrand for their generous donations. We look forward to seeing you all next year! Check out our growing photo album on Facebook. Have photos to add? Email them to Chelsea Davis at chelsea@nwveg.org.

On November 21, Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and Karen Brokken, volunteer extraordinaire, joined DJ Gustav in the KNRK studio to share their Perfect Playlist and talk about Northwest VEG's 11th Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving and 3rd Annual Tofurky Trot. Click here to listen!

The Professional Vegan Cookbook Review

November 30, 2014

By Cindy Koczy, Northwest VEG Board Member
Soon after Chef Brian P. McCarthy’s family decided to eat a vegan diet, he found himself extremely frustrated when looking for vegan options while dining out. His new book, The Professional Vegan Cookbook, a work in progress for 19 years, tries to remedy that. In a recent interview with NW VEG, Chef Brian shared these observations: “The accessibility of vegan food over the last twenty years has grown rapidly.

Click here to read more.

Navigating Though the Holidays as a Vegan

November 20, 2014

Written by Sarah Taylor, Author of Vegan in 30 Days and Vegetarian to Vegan, www.VegetariantoVegan.com

The holidays are stressful for most people, but there are added stresses for vegans: How do you ask your family to cook a vegan meal for you? If they are coming to your house, do you make two meals, or request that they eat vegan? What do you do when someone gets confrontational about your diet at the holiday table? No worries – here are all your answers!

The first thing you must decide is whether you will be eating vegan for the holiday meal. If you are vegan for health reasons only, you may choose to splurge at this time of year, but I don’t recommend it – one splurge usually leads to many more, which leads you straight back to your old bad habits. If you are vegan for ethical reasons, then there is no reason to treat this day differently than any other day – animals suffered and were killed for these holidays just like any other day, so you obviously won’t be eating turkey or ham.

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Recipe of the Month: Toasted Garlic Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Coconut-Balsamic Bacon

November 19, 2014

By Jess Sconé, award-winning blogger, writer, event maker and obsessive home cook who will be presenting at Northwest VEG's January Portland potluck.

Ingredients:
1 lb of pasta, cooked al dente, drained, and tossed with a tiny bit of olive oil
1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, as needed
3 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
1 block of silken tofu, drained, such as Mori Nu

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Surviving the Holidays - Plant Strong

November 3, 2014

Alison is a Registered Dietitian specializing in health and fitness nutrition. She is the co-author of "Go Beyond Good: The Trail to a Lifetime of Health and Vitality." Reprinted from an earlier Thymes.

You have worked hard all year, following a structured fitness plan, eating a well-balanced, plant-strong diet, and reducing your stress levels to help you achieve or maintain a healthy body weight. Congratulations on an excellent job!

The true test of temptation always comes at the end of the year, during the holiday season. There are more goodies in the office, more parties to attend, more food-themed gifts, and all those traditional holiday desserts. Depending on which study you read, a person can gain anywhere from 1-10 pounds between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day.

Since food is an important part of many celebrations and family traditions, it's essential to have an Action Plan to avoid weight gain this holiday season.

The Healthy Holiday Action Plan

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Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Tabling Events

November 2, 2014

We are looking for some energetic volunteers to help staff the Northwest VEG table at the following upcoming Portland events. Tabling is lots of fun and entails talking with interested attendees about a plant-based lifestyle and Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations and more); handing out literature; directing attendees to additional resources and recipes as necessary; and generally putting a positive face to a compassionate lifestyle.
New volunteers are welcome and will be paired with an experienced volunteer. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

Fix-It Fair
Where: Parkrose High School (12003 NE Shaver St., Portland)
When: Saturday, November 22
Shifts: 9:15-12:15, 12-3:15

Fur Free Friday March

November 2, 2014

Join us the day after Thanksgiving for In Defense of Animals Portland Fur Free Friday March at the South Park Blocks near SW Salmon St. and SW Park Ave. This peaceful march will begin at 11am and is expected to conclude around 2pm.

Fur Free Friday is the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement and the largest animal related free speech event in Portland. Don't miss this opportunity to join with thousands of other activists worldwide for this international day of action.The City of Portland requires us to have at least 200 participants to march in the street, so mark your calendars, and please share this event and help spread the word.

Signs and literature will be provided, but folks are encouraged to make and bring their own, too. Dress for the weather and come rain or shine to speak up for the animals. For questions of more information visit their Facebook event page or contact Eric Phelps at eric@idausa.org or 503-249-9996.

NW VEG Business Community: Welcomes & Holiday Highlights

November 2, 2014

Northwest VEG has a plethora of new veg businesses working with us, so look for us to highlight a few each month well into 2015. It’s exciting to see so many companies helping to make veg-living so easy and fun – and often healthier as well! If you'd like to know more about becoming a Business Supporter, please click here.

Please help us welcome The Vegan Caterer, Dayna Dawson of Glow, Inc., and Heart to Heart Healing, LLC.

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Recipe of the Month: Eat Your Beets!

November 2, 2014

by Jill Schatz (recipe adapted from The Vegetarian Journal)

Beets are a healthy, colorful addition to fall and winter meals. They're readily available at any grocery store and even fresher tasting when bought from local Farmers Markets. They're a mainstay in my winter garden too, where I always grow Lutz Winterkeeper and Touchstone Gold, and often a white variety as well. The gold is particularly nice grated raw into salads, as the color doesn't bleed, but red varieties have a richer, deeper flavor, while white beets can taste as sweet as candy. Beets are a member of the Amaranth family, which also includes spinach, chard, and even quinoa. They're low in calories, yet highly nutritious. A rich source of minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants, the roots also host a phytochemical called glycine betaine which lowers the risk for heart disease, stroke and other vascular diseases. Whole beets can be steamed or prepared more quickly in a pressure cooker, after which their skins will slip off easily under cool running water. Below is one of roasting beets to bring out their natural earthy sweetness.

Rosemary Roasted Beets - Recipe Below!

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Recipe of the Month: Upcycled Cauliflower Steaks

October 5, 2014

By Jeanne Schultz, Northwest VEG volunteer and NW VEG Gresham potluck coordinator

Ingredients:
2 organic heads of cauliflower (small to medium)
2-3 tablespoons organic low sodium vegetable broth or filtered water
3 organic sweet peppers-your choice-sliced (orange, red, yellow, green)
3-4 medium organic garlic cloves, smashed & chopped
2 organic sweet white onions-sliced
1 tablespoon fresh, organic herbs mixture-chopped (basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme)
2 cups organic mushrooms, sliced
2 cups organic marinara sauce or one jar of your favorite organic brand
1 teaspoon organic low sodium tamari
Organic chopped parsley-optional

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