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Vol. 76
The wonderful thing about food is that you get three votes a day. Every one has the potential to change the world.
--Michael Pollan

Latest News...
» NW VEG December Events
» Master VEG Program Continues in January
» 'Films to Change the World' series: Sharkwater
» Surviving the Holidays - Plant Strong
» Goodwill and Gratitudes from NW VEG... and our Business Supporters
» Take a (Virtual) Trip to the Indian Subcontinent...
» Volunteer Spotlight: Trista Cornelius
» Heart Healthy and Gluten-free Walnut Flax Cookies
» Check out our Business Supporters
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NW VEG December Events

Vancouver Potluck and Cooking Demo
When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver located at 4505 East 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661
Details: We are pleased to welcome NW VEG volunteer Jill Schatz for a cooking demo, "Seitan for the Season." Following our usual potluck, Jill will demonstrate some easy "from scratch" methods using gluten flour to make a vegan-traditional holiday roast as well as mock meats for special Chinese style dinners. Click here for more info.

PDX Vegan Potluck and Talk by Holocaust Survivor
When: Sunday, December 16, 5-8pm
Where: West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland.
Details: Join us for a delicious potluck followed by hearing the incredible and inspirational story of author and Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener. Click here for more info.

Lunch Dineout at Vegetarian House
When: Tuesday, December 18, 12-2pm
Details: Join us for the quick service and "all-you-can-eat" lunch buffet at Vegetarian House in downtown Portland, near the Chinatown Gate. The menu features tofu, mock meats, spring rolls and lots of veggies. After lunch, those interested can take in the holiday sights, including sidewalk peeks into the Chinese Garden and the decorated tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
RSVP: Please join our Meetup group to RSVP.

Master VEG Program Continues in January

Northwest VEG's highly acclaimed Master Veg Program begins its ninth series on January 15, 2013. 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 Tuesday evenings and will run January 15th-March 5th. See for details and to register.

'Films to Change the World' series: Sharkwater

In partnership with the Multnomah County library system, on Sunday, January 6 we bring you a film series that could change the way you see the world. We continue with Sharkwater.

Join us at the Multnomah County Hollywood Library located at 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland. Doors open at 1:30pm. Event runs 2:00-4:30pm. Following the film, there will be a Q & A.

For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.
Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

Click here for more details.

Surviving the Holidays - Plant Strong

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!” Do you have a question for Alison? Email us at

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.

Goodwill and Gratitudes from NW VEG... and our Business Supporters

There was a recent article on attaining happiness, which advised to daily, and deeply, reflect on what we're grateful for. NW VEG is grateful for all of you, and the compassionate and supportive community we're building together. This was reflected many times and at dozens of events throughout the year, including: at VegFest, where there were 'no strangers' among the 6000 attending; at our 4th of July Vegan Picnic, which seemed intimate despite close to 100 sharing food and games; and at the Compassionate Vegan Thanksgiving, where 332(!) broke the ice playing Mingo Bingo. Plus we met in friendly, smaller groups at dozens of other Potlucks, Dineouts, Happy Hours, Meetup gatherings and more!

We give thanks to all our volunteers and members—NW VEG wouldn't be making a difference without you. And neither would our growing veg business community, with restaurants, hard goods, and services that enable us all to support others who share our compassionate view. Some of our Business Members send Seasonal Greetings below; some with special offers! If gifts, or treats for yourself, are in your plans, please consider patronizing our NW VEG business community. For a complete listing, visit:

Take a (Virtual) Trip to the Indian Subcontinent...

With our newest NW VEG Business Supporter, India Supermarket. We all love legumes and delight in the traditional foods and spices of the Indian subcontinent. While the selection is slim in traditional stores, we now have a wealth of enticing choices, and in a meat-free store as a bonus, just off Cornell Road in NW Beaverton. Read what our new neighbors and friends have to say about their venture, below:

Volunteer Spotlight: Trista Cornelius

Q. How long have you been veg and why?
A. I’ve been veg for almost seven years. I tried being vegetarian rather ignorantly in college and then haphazardly off and on again for years. In 2006, I decided to be vegan for ten days just to give myself a challenge. I didn’t expect it to make me feel light and energized and positive.

Q. How has being veg impacted your life?
A. Better quality of life, more mindful, and more adventurous: I strongly believe that what we eat shapes our quality of life profoundly. I am happier, healthier, less tired, and feel better than I did ten years younger. It has also made me more mindful. I pay attention to what I eat, how I eat it, and how I feel as a result. Finally, I’ve become a much more adventurous eater, and fitting a more diverse and satisfying range of food into my life than ever before.

Heart Healthy and Gluten-free Walnut Flax Cookies

adapted from CHIP

  • 2-1/2 c. walnut pieces
  • 2/3 c. oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup + up to 2 T. more
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions for 18 cookies:

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