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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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Recipe of the Month: Unbaked Berry Cobbler

June 29, 2015

By Wendy Gabbe Day, NW VEG Board Member & Veg 101 instructor

It's berry season! Enjoy this cool, fruit-sweetened summer treat with any berry you'd like! Check out more recipes at


  • 4 cups berries (fresh or defrosted)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or other nuts or shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water

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PlantPure Nation Returns to Portland

June 28, 2015

Following a sell-out preview screening here in Portland, the documentary PlantPure Nation returns to Portland for a 4-day theatrical run in July. Written and Directed by Nelson Campbell, son of famed nutrition expert T Colin Campbell, the 95-minute film looks at the positive health impacts of a whole foods plant-based diet, and examines the political and economic factors that suppress information on the benefits of plant-based nutrition, while making the connections of this idea to larger issues such as medical practice, farming, and food deserts.

The screenings of PlantPure Nation will be at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St., Portland) at 7 pm on July 13, 14, 15, and 21. Advance tickets are on sale now at

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New Name for Professional Health Conference

June 27, 2015

Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference

Oregon Convention Center
Friday, November 13, 2015

On November 13, Northwest VEG and Adventist Health will co-host the fifth annual Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference, a professional conference featuring five top speakers exploring the science behind plant-based nutrition. Speakers this year include:
  • Michael Klaper, MD: Putting Nutrition to Work in Autoimmune Disease: Plates over Pills
  • Paulette Chandler, MD: Nutrition and Cancer: Fight Cancer the Whole Foods Way
  • Neil Nedley, MD: Nutrition, Depression, and Mental Performance
  • Matt Ruscigno, RD: Plant-based and Powerful: What We Know About Vegan Athletes
  • Carol DeFrancesco, RD, MA: Motivational Interviewing: Conversations that Lead to Change
Registration is now open. Visit the website for information on our speakers, continuing education credits, and the schedule.

Recipe of the Month: Easy Vegan Macaroni and Cheeze

June 7, 2015

By Susan Voisin with Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

Besides being low-fat, this recipe is also low in sodium and super easy to make with the whole family. See this yummy recipe demoed (with samples!) at this month's Vancouver potluck on Thursday, June 25.

1 pound pasta (regular or gluten-free), cooked according to package directions
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup plain, fat-free soymilk (may use other non-dairy milk)

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Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Hendrickson

June 6, 2015

Northwest VEG is lucky to have Linda Hendrickson as a dedicated volunteer and excited to see what she does as the coordinator of our new Portland Nutritarian Meetup!

How long have you been veg and why?
Earlier this year, I made the commitment to a vegan diet. I would credit the Master VEG Program and seeing Cowspiracy twice for helping me make that decision.

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Do a Little Spring Cleaning to Help Animals!

June 5, 2015

Yard sale donations are needed for the Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary yard sales. Tax-deductible yard sale donations can be dropped off anytime day or night onto the porch of 2907 NE Weidler St Portland 97232 (yellow house across the street from the Hollywood Fred Meyers and office of John Collins, ND). Yard sales are scheduled for June 27-28 and July 4-5 weekends at the same location. Out to Pasture is a 501C3 non-profit located in Estacada, Oregon and dedicated to sheltering abused and abandoned animals. Contact Kit at or call 503-756-8652 for more information or for a tax receipt. All proceeds go to food, veterinary care, and housing for sanctuary animals. Thank for your support!

NW VEG has a new Meetup group!

June 4, 2015

NW VEG has a new Meetup group, Portland Nutritarian Meetup.

"Nutritarian" is a term coined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. This way of eating emphasizes nutrient-dense whole foods with no added sugar, salt, or oil. "Salad is the main dish" and "G-BOMBS every day" (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds) are among the guidelines. For more info, please visit the Portland Nutritarian Meetup and click on "Pages" at the top.

Our lead coordinator would love to find a few other people who are willing to coordinate events in the Westside, Gresham, and Vancouver, specifically in conjunction with the Northwest VEG potlucks. If you're interested in helping in any way, or have ideas for Nutritarian events, please email Linda Hendrickson at

Click here to find out more and join the meetup group!

New Book by Nick Cooney!

June 4, 2015

Nick Cooney, Director of Education for Mercy for Animals and Founder of the Humane League, just published a new thought provoking book, How to be Great at Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World. This complacency-shattering guidebook is for anyone who wants to actually change the world, whether as a donor, a volunteer, or a non-profit staffer.

Meet Nick Cooney and find out more about his book THIS WEDNESDAY June 10 at 6:30 at the Multnomah Friends Meeting Hall (4312 S.E. Stark St., Portland). Click here for details.

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Paul Shapiro Talks Sane Diets

May 22, 2015

See Paul Shapiro speak in Portland this Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27!

By Isabel Menzel, Northeast Valley News
On April 16, Paul Shapiro, the Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States, gave a heart-warming presentation at Tempe’s Changing Hands Bookstore about the importance of choosing the right meals to prevent animal abuse, better our health and contribute to our planet’s sustainability.

Shapiro’s humorous and charismatic personality, paired with his drive for animal welfare has gained him national recognition. He had led numerous campaigns on farm animal welfare and has worked with lawmakers and major food retailers alike to implement anti-cruelty laws, and to stop bills that would hurt farm animals from passing.

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Upcoming Volunteer Training and Leafleting Opportunities!

May 5, 2015

Summer is coming up and that means that Northwest VEG will need lots of volunteers to help represent us at a number of great community events such as farmers markets, street fairs, and community conferences. Tabling is a lot of fun and entails simply talking with interested attendees about a plant-based lifestyle, handing out literature, directing attendees to resources and recipes, sharing Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations and more), and generally putting a positive face on a compassionate lifestyle.

Nervous about volunteering for the first time or want a refresher on how to be more effective when it comes to veg outreach? Then join us before our eastside Portland potluck for a fun, informal tabling training on Sunday, May 17 at 4pm at Multnomah Friends Meeting House (4312 S.E. Stark St., Portland). We will discuss how to setup the Northwest VEG table and effectively communicate with people who come up to the booth, plus give you some helpful tips for leafleting. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at with any questions or to let us know that we will see you there!

Volunteers are needed to pass out pro-veg literature at the following community events. Research has shown that you can save 1 animal for every 2 leaflets passed out! New volunteers are welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer.
OHS Doggy Dash
Where: Waterfront Park, SW Portland
When: Saturday, May 9
Shifts: 9:30-11am - handing out How You Can Help Animals stuffed with a vegan pet food list as attendees cross the finish line.
Family Dogs New Life Shelter Fun 5k Run and Walk
Where: Mt. Tabor City Park (SE 60th & Salmon, Portland)
When: Saturday, June 6
Shifts: 9:30-11am - handing out How You Can Help Animals stuffed with a vegan pet food list as attendees cross the finish line.

A Plant-Based Diet Can Help Save Water

May 3, 2015

By Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States. Join Paul Shapiro in Portland for talks on Helping the Planet with Each Meal and Veg Eating in America on May 26 and 27.

Imagine a doctor reading a sickly heart patient’s stats to him: Cholesterol above 300, sky-high blood pressure, and a body mass index in the morbidly obese category. If the patient doesn’t change his ways, the doctor says, he could be in for catastrophic problems.

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Recipe of the Month: Fruited Quinoa Salad

May 1, 2015

By Kerri Zemko, RN, OCN who will be presenting Food Over Medicine at our May Portland potluck.

This salad is great with picnic foods or bean burgers in the summer, soups or squashes in the winter; a refreshing dish any time of year.

2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled
1 cup pecans

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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Forbes

April 30, 2015

Northwest VEG is lucky to have Emily Forbes as a dedicated volunteer. A recent graduate of our Master VEG Program, Emily has become an intricate part of our Professional Health Conference planning committee and is planning to start a new NW VEG potluck in the Wilsonville area. Read on to find out more...

How long have you been veg and why?
I started my transition to a plant-based diet in the summer of 2007 after reading The China Study and Eat to Live. I was midway through my college career, studying Nutrition, and what I gleaned from these two books just made sense.

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Welcome to our new business member, Vegan Fusion!

April 4, 2015

Vegan Fusion has several upcoming classes scheduled in Portland. Northwest VEG members get 10% off! For more info on how to become a Northwest VEG member, click here. For more info on Vegan Fusion, please read on!
Vegan Fusion promotes the many benefits of vegan cuisine for our health and for the preservation of our planet, and to create a more peaceful world by teaching others how to prepare stellar vegan cuisine. We offer culinary workshops and trainings internationally and online.

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Backyard Chickens: Expanding Our Understanding of 'Harm'

April 2, 2015

By Robert Grillo, founder and director of Free from Harm and Portland VegFest 2015 speaker.

Our Unexamined Prejudice about Backyard Chickens
The first question we get from people who meet our rescued chickens is "do they lay eggs?" Laying eggs is clearly what defines them for most people. Even otherwise well-informed people are under the spell of contrived and false "egg industry" perceptions of chickens.
We often get asked, "what is the harm of eating the eggs of backyard chickens who will just lay them anyway?" In fact, many chicken keepers claim that they have a "symbiotic" relationship with their hens. In exchange for good treatment, they see their "reward" as the eggs that their chickens lay. Sounds like a "win-win," but we will see later in detail why this logic does not pan out. In order to fully understand our impact on these birds, we must look way beyond treatment.

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Volunteer with us for Earth Day and More!

April 2, 2015

Volunteers are needed to help table at a number of great community events. Tabling is a lot 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 welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer and given training materials beforehand.
Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at for more information.

Portland Earth Day 2015
Where: Normandale Park (NE 57 Ave/Halsey)
When: Saturday, April 25
Tabling shifts: 9:15am-12:15pm, 12-3pm, 2:45-5:15pm

Women's Works Fair
Where: Adventist Medical Center (10123 SE Market Street Portland, OR)
When: Sunday, April 26
Tabling shift: 11:30am-3pm

Recipe of the Month: Pickled Cauliflower with Meyer Lemon & Coriander Seeds

April 2, 2015

What do you do when you are the presenter at a NW VEG potluck, but a windstorm knocks out power? You wing it! And that's exactly what Jess Scone did at our last Portland potluck. With the sun setting, Jess was still able to give us a great demonstration on making pickles (including the recipe below) and virgin Bloody Mary's. The only thing is that her lovingly-created presentation slides couldn't be shown. But never fear, you can view her wonderful presentation slides here and read all about her unforgettable experience on her blog by clicking here.

2 heads (any color) cauliflower, broken into small florets
2 cups water
1.5 cups white vinegar

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New Dietary Guidelines: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Confusing

March 3, 2015

Reprinted with permission by Dr Neal Barnard, doctor, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

On February 19, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report on what Americans should eat. When finalized, the Guidelines will be the basis for all federal programs, including school lunches. And the report is a huge step forward in several ways:

1. The report singled out vegetarian diets as one of three healthful diet patterns. The other two healthy patterns were the Mediterranean diet and the "Healthy U.S.-style Pattern." Vegetarian diets reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems and have gained greater prominence in each new edition of the Guidelines.

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Meet Our New Staff!

March 3, 2015

Melissa Chavez, Events/VegFest Coordinator. Portland is the best town for vegans that I've lived in or visited. After spending my first 6 years as a vegan without a like-minded network, the vegan community I met at a Food Fight potluck back in 2007 completely changed me, and I got involved supporting more businesses, attending more events like Portland VegFest, and then helped organize the first two Vegan Iron Chef competitions in town. As a community organizer who has worked the last 5 years in the tech and nonprofit worlds on conferences, I'm excited to now be working with Northwest VEG on their mission to promote plant-based eating and a vegan lifestyle.

Laurie Bradley. I am thrilled to work with Northwest VEG this spring to coordinate recruitment of sponsors and exhibitors for VegFest 2015. have been blessed enough to follow my passion for animal rights over the years and volunteered for campaigns with many organizations including being a board member for HSUS Oregon Political Action Committee and ODOG (Oregon Defenders of Greyhounds). Before joining Northwest VEG, I most recently worked for VegNews Magazine as the West Coast Sales Manager for the past 11 years and prior to that I was the Pacific NW spokesperson for IDA (In Defense of Animals) for three years.

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VEG Community Updates!

March 2, 2015

New Raw Cleansing Book: We are so excited to announce that former Northwest VEG board member, Kathy Peterman, RN, has just released her first e-book, Raw Cleansing As A Pathway to Health. It has 60+ custom cleanse recipes, shopping lists, 90 gorgeous photos, food prep videos, and 200+ links to various resources! Her e-book and tons of other great information is available on her blog, The 3rd Chapter.

Get Growing: Need advice? NW VEG has a veganic gardening info page, plus a veganic discussion group you are welcome to join, featuring lots of seasoned planters to answer questions, share tips & plants, and host garden gatherings. You could be eating fresh greens from your own veganic garden in just weeks if you start now. Our warm, dry winter has left soil in prime condition for planting early crops, including fast-growing Asian greens, cresses, arugula, parsley, spinach, peas, favas, and other veggies tolerant of light frosts. Seeds are good to go, but if you are buying nursery starts, they may be coming out of warm greenhouses and do better if slowly introduced into the garden, for longer periods each day.

Get Needled for Cats: For the months of March and April, NW VEG Business Member, Portland Family Acupuncture, is offering free acupuncture sessions with a donation of $25 or more to benefit the House of Dreams Cat Shelter. To make an appointment, call Genevieve at 503-440-2942 or email her at