Northwest Veg
Vol. 63
"I'm now vegan, goodbye eggs, hello Ellen."
--Russell Brand (via Twitter)

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» Compassionate Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck
» Veg Bites
» Master Veg Program Returns in January
» A Welcome and Praise for Prasad
» Volunteer Spotlight on Mitzi Sugar
» Holiday Traditions
» Recipe of the Month: Coconut Cornbread
» Check out our Business Supporters
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Compassionate Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck

On Sunday, November 20, at 6:00pm, join Northwest VEG, other vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious as we celebrate community and healthy plant-based food.

This 8th annual vegan Thanksgiving potluck will stimulate your palate and give you the opportunity to meet new people. We're anticipating our largest potluck ever! The event will be held in Benson High School's cafeteria, 546 NE 12th Ave., Portland 97232.

Due to the cost of the facility rental, pre-registration with payment of $5 per person is required. Children 10 and under are free.

Registration Open, Click Here!

NW VEG will provide beverages. Please bring especially generous potluck dishes to share: a vegan main dish, side dish, bread, salad, or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates and utensils for your use. If you come by yourself, figure the amount to serve 8-10; increase the amount by 4 servings for each additional person in your party.

Looking to volunteer? We still need extra hands for setup, registration, serving and cleanup. Please email Ashley at to sign up.

Veg Bites

If you missed Dr. Neal Barnard and Wayne Pacelle at VegFest, check out their presentations on our website. We also have great videos of Ginny Messina, RD, George Wuerthner and many more!

In restaurant news, Native Foods Cafe, a delicious and all-vegan California chain, will be opening in Bridgeport Village very soon! And if you are in the Mall 205 area, check out Adventist Medical Center's new vegan restaurant, the LivingWell Bistro. It's serving up an abundance of healthy options!

If you are looking to add some new vegan Thanksgiving dishes to your holiday feast, check out David Gabbe's upcoming Portland-area cooking classes.

Are you looking for vegetarian products or a vegan-owned business? Are you a vegetarian who owns a business or service? VegListings is a free service brought to you by NW VEG members Barnet and Tara Love. Check it out!

Master Veg Program Returns in January

Northwest VEG's highly acclaimed Master Vegetarian Program begins it's eighth series on January 11, 2012. Registration is now open for this eight-week program that provides in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations 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, answering the tough questions about plant-based diets, and more. Classes will be held Wednesday evenings and will run January 11th-February 29th. See for details and to register.

A Welcome and Praise for Prasad

Remember the delectable raw soups many of us sampled at VegFest this year? The exhibitor who handed them out is a downtown vegetarian (primarily vegan) restaurant named Prasad, which we're now delighted to welcome as a Northwest VEG business supporter. Here's what they want us to know about them: "Prasad is an offering of sustainable, organic cuisine to nourish and heal the mind, body and soul. At our cafe in NW Portland (within Yoga Pearl) we serve an array of fresh and healthy smoothies, juices, wheatgrass, salads, soups, wraps, and bowls. The menu is primarily gluten-free with some raw options as well, with a focus on healthy food that will leave the customer full of energy and feeling amazing throughout their day."

We hope you'll consider supporting Prasad as well as the two dozen additional Northwest VEG business supporters. Many of these, plus a few others, offer current Northwest VEG members discounts. A complete listing of Business Supporters can be found at: and businesses offering Member Discounts at:

Volunteer Spotlight on Mitzi Sugar

This month we are pleased to feature Mitzi Sugar: Master Recycler, Veg 101 Alum, and mastermind behind this year's recycling coordination at VegFest. Many volunteers have written to express gratitude for Mitzi's help at VegFest, and the staff at the Thymes would like to echo these sentiments.

1) How did you first get involved with Northwest VEG?
In January 2011, there was an announcement in the Master Recycler newsletter that said Northwest VEG was looking for a volunteer to help improve waste recovery at VegFest. I didn't know anything about Northwest VEG at the time, so I browsed your website, and soon afterwards I connected with the event committee to start planning for the event.

2) Had you attended VegFest before agreeing to help with the massive recycling efforts?
I remember seeing an ad on a bus last year but wasn't able to attend, so this was my first time at VegFest.

3) How was the experience serving as a crucial volunteer?
I was really struck by the sense of community at VegFest and the friendliness of the event committee and volunteers. I was also impressed with how well organized the event was. There was such great attendance. The participants seemed very interested in disposing of their waste properly, and the recycling volunteers did an outstanding job to make that happen.

Holiday Traditions

It's that time of year - one holiday, family event, or friend gathering after another from now until February. When I first became vegan, I thought I'd miss customary dishes at the family table. I thought I'd feel awkward at parties. I wondered how to navigate traditions that involved meat and dairy. Luckily, my family and friends accepted my new lifestyle with grace and curiosity, and now I look back and see how new traditions evolved alongside the old. You can make plant-based replicas of your omnivore friends' traditional dishes, or you can make the holiday your own. I've done both.

After my first Thanksgiving of salad and bread, I realized how much I missed the gluttony of the holiday, piling my plate a few times, then lying stuffed on the sofa unable to move for a few hours. So, our Snoopy Thanksgiving was born. You remember the old Charlie Brown cartoon, right? Where Snoopy makes Thanksgiving dinner for everyone - piles of toast, bowls of popcorn, and jellybeans.

Recipe of the Month: Coconut Cornbread

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so why not try out this moist, sweet and delicate gluten-free cornbread. Make sure to get the freshest cornmeal possible (preferably in a bulk bin), and store it in the freezer, to preserve its freshness.

  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup coconut flour*
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice (or other dry sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups non-dairy milk or water
  • 2 apples (cored and chopped)
  • 1/3 cup coconut butter or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons vanilla

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