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 www.nwveg.org/mvp 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
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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: nwveg.org/businesses
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: