Supporting Portland's Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-curious Community

Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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Volunteer with Northwest VEG!

December 4, 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

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 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

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 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.

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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

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

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.

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Navigating Though the Holidays as a Vegan

November 20, 2014

Written by Sarah Taylor, Author of Vegan in 30 Days and Vegetarian to Vegan,

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.

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 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 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

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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Veg Classes for Beginners Start This Sunday!

October 5, 2014

Our popular VEG 101 classes for vegetarian/vegan beginners start again on Sunday, October 12. This is a 6-week series, featuring both a lecture and a cooking demonstration (with samples) each week. The lectures provide an excellent grounding in topics such as health, nutrition, factory farming, environmental impact, and other related subjects. The cooking demonstrations include grains, legumes, tofu, tempeh, seitan, and more.

Learn the basics in a friendly, casual, and supportive atmosphere! It is also very affordable just $55 for the entire series, including the food, ($10 off for NW VEG members), or just $25 for low income. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register, please visit

Tofurky Trot 2014

October 5, 2014

When: Thursday, November 27 @ 9am
Where: Mt. Tabor Park, Portland
Details: Join us for a fun 5k run, walk or trot Thanksgiving morning to benefit Northwest VEG and Wildwood Farm Sanctuary. Bring the family and the family dog(s)! Human and canine costume contests! Treats! Prizes! T-shirts for pre-registered participants! Half price for kids! It's a great day to enjoy the company of fellow plant eaters and highlight the benefits of plant-based diets on this largely carnivorous holiday.
Click here for more details and to register.
Interested in volunteering at this great event? Volunteers get treats, an organic cotton Tofurky Trot t-shirt, and heaps of thanks. We encourage costumes and bring your well behaved dog, too! If you are interested, please email Bonnie at for more info.

Plant-Based Health Conference tops 300 Attendees

October 5, 2014

Kent Thronburg, PhD The 5th annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Health Conference was our largest yet, with 307 health care professionals, students, and others with a strong interest in nutrition attending on September 26. Kent Thornburg (pictured) gave a fascinating talk on how poor nutrition by a young mother can lead to chronic illness not just for her children, but even the next generation. We also learned about preventing inflammation through a plant-based diet, using healthy food to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes, and how the microbiome in our guts can either help us or hurt us, depending on what we feed it. Dr. Joel Fuhrman gave the final talk, pointing out how a nutrient-dense diet high in greens, beans, and seeds can help people restore or maintain a healthy body weight and reduce and reverse heart disease and diabetes. This evidence-based educational event was co-sponsored by Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center and made possible through generous food donations and months of dedication from our hard working volunteers.

10th Anniversary VegFest: A Great Success!

October 5, 2014

On September 27 and 28 more than 6,500 people flooded through the Portland VegFest doors and devoured hundreds of food samples, shopped with our veg-savvy exhibitors, attended inspiring talks, mouth-watering cooking demos, and participated on the fitness floor.

We are so thankful for our generous sponsors, amazing exhibitors and product donors, more than 300 dedicated volunteers, and the thousands of you who discovered and celebrated the wonderful benefits of plant-based food. We couldn't do it without you!

Did you become a Vegan Super Hero in our photo booth? Check out these pictures and many more on our Facebook page. And please be sure to share pictures that you personally took of this amazing community event.

We would also like to take a moment to once again thank all the Portland VegFest 2014 sponsors - The Oregonian, Book Publishing Company, Earthly Gourmet, Echo Fund, Grow Creative, KBOO, Plant Fusion, The Stanford Inn, Professional Platinum Cooking System, Turtle Island Foods, Edible Portland, Natural Awakenings, One Degree Organic Foods, Pacific Natural Foods, RUNA, So Delicious Dairy Free, Symple Foods, Toby's Family Foods, Ultima Replenisher, and Mom's Vegan Kitchen. If you are interested in sponsoring Portland VegFest 2015, please contact

5th Annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference

September 26, 2014

On Friday, September 26, Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center will host the 5th annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Professional Conference. Join us at a NEW location, the Oregon Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center, for this groundbreaking conference that is aimed at doctors, nurses, dietitians, naturopaths, and all other health professionals who would like to find out the latest information about plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, chronic disease prevention and control, and designing an optimum plant-based diet. 6.25 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for health professionals and a gourmet plant-based lunch will also be featured.
More information and registration is available at
This year's faculty includes:

  • Joel Fuhrman, MD Combating Hunger and Obesity with a High Nutrient Dense Diet
    Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, nutritional researcher and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing.

    Click here to read more.

Thank you 2014 Portland VegFest Sponsors!

September 7, 2014

Cheers to the sponsors of our 10th annual Portland VegFest on Sept. 27 and 28 - we couldn't do it without your support! And we're grateful for our community's generosity and commitment to nurturing compassion, sound environmental practices and healthy living.

A huge thanks to our Media Sponsor, The Oregonian, Oregon's largest newspaper, publishing Northwest business, politics, sports, culture, entertainment, cuisine and more since 1850.

And our wonderful Gold Sponsors: 8-year Portland VegFest sponsor Book Publishing Company, supplying veg books galore; Echo Fund, facilitating an exchange of creativity and empowerment; KBOO community radio, Portland's listener-supported community radio station; PlantFusion, 100% plant-based protein shakes and meal shakes; Professional Platinum Cooking System, the healthiest environmentally friendly way to cook; The Stanford Inn, Mendocino Coast hillside eco-resort; Turtle Island Foods, producers of Tofurky brand gourmet meatless sausages, deli slices, marinated tempeh, frozen pizza, and more!

We also have great Silver Sponsor support: Edible Portland, Natural Awakenings, One Degree Organic Foods, Organically Grown Company, Pacific Natural Foods, RUNA, So Delicious Dairy Free (sponsoring Rebecca Gilbert), Symple Foods, Toby's Family Foods, Ultima Replenisher, and Mom's Vegan Kitchen.

Please read more about our generous sponsors on our Sponsor page and visit them at Portland VegFest!

Inspiring Plant-Based Health Conference 9/26

September 5, 2014

Join Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical on September 26 at the Oregon Convention Center for the 5th annual Enhancing Health with Plant-based Nutrition Medical Conference. This one-day conference, supported by influential medical groups such as Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health, is designed for dietitians, physicians, naturopathic and chiropractic doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals interested in learning about the latest information on plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition and the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control. 6 Hours continuing education are available for health profession attendees. Click here for more info and to register!