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Northwest Veg
Vol. 89
People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.
--Pino Caruso, actor and author

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» NW VEG Events
» New NW VEG Program! Veg Kids Cooking Classes
» Join the Portland VegFest Planning Committee!
» New Year, New You: Eating and Exercising for Optimal Health
» The Dark Trail of Palm Oil
» New Board Members Join NW VEG!
» Kid-Approved Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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NW VEG Events

NW VEG January Happy Hour
When: Thursday, January 9, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Sweet Hereafter (3326 SE Belmont St., Portland)
Details: This month's happy hour will be at Sweet Hereafter, an entirely vegan bar and restaurant! Come join us for a snack, drink or meal! Please RSVP for this event on our meetup page. Our events fill up quickly so please remember to update your RSVP if your plans change. More info.

'Films to Change the World' Series: Mad Cowboy
When: Sunday, January 12, 2-4:30pm (doors open at 1:30pm)
Where: Multnomah County Central Library (810 SW 10th Ave, Portland)
Details: In partnership with the Multnomah County library system, we bring you Mad Cowboy, a documentary about Howard Lyman, 4th generation cattle rancher and vegan, and his inspiring life awakening to a more conscious way of thinking. More info.

Eastside Portland Potluck and Animal and Environmental Ethics
When: Sunday, January 19, 5-8pm
Where: Friends Meeting Hall (4312 SE Stark, Portland)
Details: Following our usual potluck, Avram Hiller, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at PSU, will give us an overview of different philosophical approaches to the ethics of our treatment of animals and the rest of the natural world. More info.

January Lunch Buffet Dineout
When: Sunday, January 26, 12-2pm
Where: Curry Leaf (15325 NW Central Dr, Portland)
Details: This is a great spot serving authentic vegan and vegetarian Indian food. Please RSVP for this event on our meetup page. As always, we appreciate that you keep your RSVP up-to-date as our dineouts and happy hours fill up quickly. More info.

Vancouver Potluck
When: Thursday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Oak Rm at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map].
Details: The presentation will be announced soon on our event calendar.

New NW VEG Program! Veg Kids Cooking Classes

Beginning on Saturday, February 15, Northwest VEG will be offering a series of 3 cooking classes for parents and other caregivers who are interested in feeding their little ones delicious and nutritious vegan foods. These classes are intended for adults from veg beginners to long-time vegans! Classes will be held at People's Food Co-op.

We all know that kids need to eat right and get plenty of exercise for optimal health. But what is "eating right" all about? And we really want to create healthy and tasty meals for our families. But how is that possible with limited time and a limited budget? In Veg Kids classes, participants will learn how to create nutrient-rich meals, sweets, and snacks using a variety of veggies, whole grains, beans, fruits, seeds and nuts - all rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Click here for class info and to register.

Join the Portland VegFest Planning Committee!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Portland VegFest! We are excited to start the planning process and would love to have you join us. If you have media, PR, or advertising experience, an interest in contacting exhibitors, or other creative talents, please contact us! We hope to make the 10th anniversary of Portland VegFest more sustainable and healthier than ever before. Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at for more information and to get started.

New Year, New You: Eating and Exercising for Optimal Health

By Alison Ozgur, RD
A successful weight loss plan allows you to eat, rather than diet or starve yourself. Long term weight loss begins with a healthful eating plan and motivation. The following tips will allow you to lose weight plus give you energy to exercise at your best. A safe weight loss goal is to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Tips for Success:

1. Keep a food log each day (initially). Write down everything you eat and drink in a day, including amounts and time of meals. This will allow you to evaluate your meal patterns and eating habits. Your goal should be to eat more calories earlier in the day and less in the evening.

The Dark Trail of Palm Oil

By Dani Dennenberg, Humane Educator and Portland Program Director of HEART

When I was eleven-years-old, I did some research about the predicament of orangutans for a class report. I held an inner knowing that what I learned wasn’t right and that something had to change. Never would I have foreseen that in my lifetime, orangutans could very well become extinct. I have no doubt that my career in humane education is partially the result of what I learned then as a young person.

At present, the Bornean orangutan is listed as endangered and the Sumatran orangutan as critically endangered. The destruction and degradation of the tropical rain forest, particularly lowland forest is the main reason orangutans are threatened with extinction. This has been caused primarily by human activity (intense legal logging, illegal logging, conversion of forest to palm oil plantations and timber estates, mining, clearing forest for settlements, and road construction).

New Board Members Join NW VEG!

Northwest VEG is excited to welcome three new board members, Kathy Peterman, Rachel Stein, and Larry Simpson; as well as two returning board members, Eric Day and Wendy Gabbe Day. Please read on to find out a little more about each new member!

Kid-Approved Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Wendy Gabbe Day, NW VEG Board Member and Veg Kids Cooking Instructor

These delicious little cookies are oil-free, full of whole-grain brown rice flour, and sweetened with dates. Not exactly your typical chocolate chip cookie! Please check out the Veg Kids cooking classes for more whole-food recipes for the whole family.

  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut shreds (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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