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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 ¼ cups organic mushrooms, sliced
2 ½ 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 nwveg.org/veg101

Tofurky Trot 2014
October 5, 2014
The Tofurky Company invites you to join in Tofurky Trot 2014, this Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014 at Mt. Tabor Park in Portland. Tofurky Trots are designed to support both the health and vitality of local communities and raise money for local groups supporting plant-based diets. This year's event will support NW VEG and Wildwood Farm Sanctuary. The race is 5k (3.1 miles) and is a run, trot, or walk open to all levels of physical fitness. 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.
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 vegfest@nwveg.org
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 nwveg.org/health_conference.
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!
Be a Part of Portland VegFest 2014, Get In FREE!
September 5, 2014
Volunteer at Portland VegFest!
When: Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28
Where: Oregon Convention Center
Details: More than 400 volunteers are needed to help make Northwest VEG's 10th Annual Portland VegFest a success. Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift earns you free admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest?! Plus, this year volunteers get a commemorative t-shirt, a chance to win great prizes and an opportunity to hangout in our volunteer break room filled with treats and other surprises. There is something for everyone! We still need help with setup, cleanup, the registration table, the NW VEG table (experience required), passing out food samples, working at recycling stations, the children's or teen area (face painters and makeup artists needed), dressing up in a veggie costume, the fitness stage, the kitchen, and more. You can also assist beforehand by signing up to distribute posters and postcards around town to promote Portland VegFest. We need your help to make this year's Portland VegFest the best yet!
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at volunteer@nwveg.org.

We are also looking for a few awesome volunteers to table with us at the following upcoming community events:
Table with us at Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals
When: Saturday, September 13
Shifts: 9:30am-2:15pm (before and after the walk)
Details: Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at this great event and talk to interested attendees about plant-based diets 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 plant-based diets. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers!
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at volunteer@nwveg.org.

Table with us at Brian Clement's Our Toxic World: Dealing with Disease and Cancer event
When: Wednesday, September 24
Shifts: 6:00-9:00pm (before and after talk)
Details: Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at this great event and talk to interested attendees about plant-based diets 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 plant-based diets. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers!
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at volunteer@nwveg.org.
Recipe of the Month: Cream of Broccoli Soup
August 9, 2014
By Rebecca Gilbert, founder of yummyplants.com and author of It's Easy to Start Eating Vegan.
Meet her later this month at Portland VegFest, September 27 and 28!

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
Prep time = 15 minutes, Cook time = 30 minutes, Servings = 6
  • 4 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets (for garnish)
  • ½ cup dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 small potatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


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Cowspiracy Attempts to Change the Climate Change Debate
August 9, 2014
The new crowd-funded documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, about the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment, premiered in Portland on July 24th at Cinema 21 theater, to a large and receptive crowd. .

In trying to find out why some mainstream environmental organizations have been slow to take action on these impacts, co-producers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn encounter a wealth of data to challenge the acceptability of raising animals for food. Did you miss the Portland premiere? No problem! You can see Cowspiracy and meet the star and co-producer, Kip Anderson, in our NEW film room at Portland VegFest this September 27 and 28 at the Oregon Convention Center!

Here is the post-film Q&A with the producers at Cinema 21 following the Portland premiere:
Oyster Mushroom and Baby Bok Choy Curry
August 7, 2014
As seen in Paleo Vegan: Plant-Based Primal Recipes by Portland VegFest 2014 presenters Ellen Jaffe Jones and Alan Roettinger.

Ingredients:
12 ounces firm tofu, cut into cubes (optional)
1 T low sodium tamari (optional)
1 pound oyster mushrooms


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Upcoming Health Conference: Share with your Doctor!
August 4, 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.

We all know that medical doctors get very little nutrition training, but good nutrition can be key to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic illnesses. That message is now getting out, and this year Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health have both signed on as supporters of Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition, the professional health conference sponsored by Northwest VEG and Adventist Health.

This year, Joel Fuhrman, MD, author of Eat to Live and The End of Diabetes will be the conference keynote speaker, joining five other diet and nutrition experts from around the country in presenting the latest information on plant-based nutrition. The conference is aimed at health care professionals, including nurses, dietitians, and health coaches as well as doctors, but other are welcome to attend. 6.25 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for health professionals. Help us get the word out by sharing this information so that others will know of this great opportunity for inexpensive continuing education credits. Registration is now open!

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanne Schultz
August 4, 2014
We met Jeanne in our Master VEG Program in 2011 and since then have really enjoyed her involvement and support of Northwest VEG. We are especially excited that Jeanne is organizing a NEW quarterly NW VEG Gresham Potluck starting this October! Read on to find out more...

1. How long have you been veg and why?
I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian (with the occasional seafood) for over 25 years, before adopting an all plant-based diet in 2011.

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Time to sign up for your fall CSA!
August 3, 2014
Think you missed out on a CSA? It’s not too late to become a member of a Community Supported Agriculture farm and receive local, sustainably grown vegetables each week through the fall and winter. Our friends the Portland Area CSA Coalition will help you find your farmer at www.portlandcsa.org.
Fascinating Q&A with VegFest Speaker Ed Begley, Jr.
August 3, 2014
By R. J. Dannemiller, Contributing Writer

1. When and what caused you to become an environmentalist and eco-activist?
Growing up in smoggy L.A. for 20 years. After 2 decades of difficulty breathing that foul air, I got motivated by the first Earth Day in 1970. I started recycling, composting, riding my bike & taking public transportation. And, most importantly, I became a vegetarian.

2. What has your activism encompassed over the years?


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Be A Part of Portland VegFest 2014!
July 8, 2014
Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift at VegFest earns you free admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest?! There is something for everyone and kids are welcome!
  • Help with set-up at the Convention Center on Friday September 26. Shifts are 7:30am-11:30am, 9am-1pm, 12:30-4:30pm and 4-8pm.
  • Volunteer on Saturday and Sunday September 27 and 28 to assist with morning setup, nightly cleanup, registration, assisting at the Northwest VEG information/membership booth (tabling experience preferred), giving out samples for companies that could not personally attend, working at a recycling station, assisting in the chef demo rooms or in the kids area. Shifts are generally three hours long beginning around 9:30am, 12:15pm, and 3pm.
Volunteering for just one 3-hour shift during VegFest earns you FREE admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest and if you volunteer for more than 6 hours in a day you will get a free meal voucher. We will also be doing a special raffle of over 20 awesome prizes from our speakers and supporters. You will get an raffle entry for each 3 hour shift you volunteer and recycling shifts are worth double!

There are also several LARGER volunteer roles available! We are currently looking for supervisors for our classrooms, samples area and kids/teen area. Check out our full list of VegFest volunteer opportunities here or email Chelsea Davis at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Recipe of the Month: Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Mushrooms
July 8, 2014
By Kimberly Garrett, founder of Eating 2 Heal and Portland VegFest volunteer

This Asian style recipe is wonderfully pleasing to the palate with the sweet and spicy peanut sauce (and my “secret ingredient”), satisfying to your stomach with its hearty tofu and mushrooms, and exquisitely filled will micronutrient antioxidants from the garlic, ginger, and veggies. There are other fun options instead of lettuce wraps such as making this recipe into a bento bowl by adding extra rice or make it into a salad by adding chopped cabbage and/or lettuce!

There are three components to this recipe but it is easy to prepare because you can prep the fresh veggies and peanut sauce while the tofu & mushrooms are cooking.


Tofu and Mushrooms
1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
2 cloves Garlic (minced)


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Health Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Kent Thornburg
July 3, 2014
Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D will be speaking on Uncovering the Roots of Disease: Epigenetics and Diet at this year's Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference on September 26 at the Oregon Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.

Kent L. Thornburg received his Ph.D. in developmental physiology and studied cardiovascular physiology as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. He is M. Lowell Edwards Chair, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Developmental Health at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, and Director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness.

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When Others Just Don't Get It
July 3, 2014
Reprinted with kind permission by The Vegan Next Door's Sarah Taylor, author of Vegan in 30 Days and Vegetarian to Vegan and former VP of Training and Education for Dr Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritional Excellence, LLC.

I gave a speech at a conference once that was mainly composed of vegetarians and vegans. A woman approached me afterward with a serious scowl on her face. She said, “Sarah, I really loved your speech. Thank you so much for coming. I have a question for you: I’ve been vegan for 3 years now, but when I try to tell people that they had better change to a vegan diet because they’re going to kill themselves eating all that fast food and crap that they eat, and that they are contributing to the deaths of innocent little animals and the destruction of our planet, I can’t get anyone to listen!"

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