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VegFest 2016! A Big Success!

Big crowds came out to enjoy great food, informative presentations, and cruelty-free shopping!  

Attendees browse the many unique vendors

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

John Salley talks about living a better life.

John Salley talks about living a better life.

Let them eat cake!

Free cake samples! Yum!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

CHILI “CHEEZ” MACARONI BAKE

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CHILI “CHEEZ” MACARONI BAKE 

· 1 Tab. olive oil
· 1 medium onion, chopped
· 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
· 3 cloves garlic, minced
· 2 Tabs. flour
· 1 tsp. salt
· 2 cups unsweetened soy or almond milk
· 1 tsp. chili powder
· 1 tsp. cumin
· 2 (14.7-ounces each) cans vegetarian chili, medium spice
· 1 ½ cups shredded vegan cheddar cheez
· 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs (optional)
 
Spread cooked macaroni into the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and set aside.
 
In a large skillet, sauté onion and green pepper in the olive oil until onion is translucent.  Add garlic, flour and salt; continue to stir and cook another 30 seconds. 
 
Add in the plant milk, chili powder, and cumin; stir and cook until mixture begins to thicken.  Add the two cans of vegetarian chili and shredded vegan cheez.  Pour over the macaroni in the baking dish; stir to combine well.
 
Sprinkle panko bread crumbs evenly over the top, if you are using them.  Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

VegFest Volunteers Needed

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For the past 15 years, the energy and dedication of hundreds of volunteers have made VegMichigan’s VegFest the amazing event it is today.  Our volunteers are instrumental to our success by providing hands-on assistance by donating their time and skills on the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer at VegFest on Sunday, April 13th, we have lots of volunteer positions in various areas.  It’s fun and rewarding to be part of a volunteer team that promotes the vegan lifestyle!
 
As a volunteer, you will be allowed free entry to the event; ample time away from your post to enjoy all that VegFest has to offer (lectures, food, exhibits, etc.); and a “Thank You” gift at the end of your shift.
 
If you would like to be a volunteer at this year’s event, simply e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Kline, at susan@vegmichigan.org  and you will be contacted with more details.

“It’s a Small World” Vegan Potluck

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Come and enjoy VegMichigan’s International Themed Potluck with vegan specialties from around the world. Let’s create a smorgasbord of vegan food from Italian, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Indian, Lebanese, Greek, French, German, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Hungarian or Thai cuisine, to name a few.  Every country has at least one  meat and dairy-free dish or a dish that can easily be veganized – the possibilities are endless!  You can even bring your favorite vegan American dish!
 
To attend, RSVP with susan@vegmichigan.org.

BREAKFAST TOFU SCRAMBLE

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BREAKFAST TOFU SCRAMBLE 

· 1 Tab. olive or organic canola oil
· ½ cup grated carrot
· ½ cup chopped onion
· ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
· 14-ounce block firm tofu, drained, crumbled
· ¼ tsp. garlic powder
· 1/4 tsp. dried basil
· 1 Tab. nutritional yeast flakes
· ½ tsp. turmeric
· pinch of Seasoning Salt
· Sea salt & pepper to taste
 
1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Add carrot, onion, and green pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes.
 
2. Add tofu, garlic powder, yeast flakes, and turmeric. Mix well, and continue to cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.  Add salt and pepper as desired.
 
Optional:  Add 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

DECADENT BLACK BEAN AND QUINOA BROWNIE FUDGE

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DECADENT BLACK BEAN AND QUINOA BROWNIE FUDGE 

(Yes the ingredients might sound odd for brownie fudge, but the finished dessert is surprisingly delicious!)

  • 1 14-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 Tabs. ground flaxseed mixed with 2 Tabs. water
  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa  (ground into flour with a coffee grinder or blender)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tab. raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

1. Place black beans, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla in a blender.  Blend until smooth and pour into a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

2. Pour into an oiled 8″ x 8″ baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until top is firm.

IMPORTANT:  Refrigerate overnight to chill thoroughly before cutting into squares and serving.

Sponsor an Animal this Holiday Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! Help those who are unable to help themselves. Give the gift of life for the holidays by sponsoring an animal. These three well established charities spend over 80% on their cause, not overhead, salaries, mailers, etc.

SASHA Farm

cows_meet_animals_2SASHA Farm is the midwest’s largest farm animal sanctuary. At our shelter, not only do we provide food and water, veterinary care and a roof over their heads, we also give the animal residents affection, social interaction with others of their own species, and a sense of security.

At SASHA Farm, they provide life long care for almost 300 farmed animals. This is a big job, and you can help in a big way! Your sponsorship will help provide food, veterinary care and a safe permanent home for the animal of your choosing and their friends.

Each animal has a sad story to tell of their lives before arriving at SASHA Farm. Browse through the animal profiles to get to know a few of our residents better and see how their lives have changed for the better since arriving at the sanctuary.

Animal sponsorships start at just $30. When one touches your heart, you can sponsor that animal here. You may also print that page and send your payment to PO Box 222, Manchester, MI 48158. Of course, not all the animal residents can be listed online, so you can also choose a species and let us select the individual most in need of a sponsor. You will receive a wonderful sponsor package including a certificate, letter, and photo within about two weeks.

Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

untitled1It is America’s largest natural habitat refuge for old, sick or needy elephants from circuses or zoos. Located on 2,700 acres, it provides three separate and protected, natural-habitat environments for Asian and African elephants. The residents are not required to perform or entertain for the public; instead, they are encouraged to live like elephants. The sanctuary also educates the public about the crises facing elephants in captivity and in the wild.

 

 

What your gift will buy:
$30 feeds and elephant for a day.

elephants.com
804 Darbytown Rd.
Hobenwald, TN38462
931-796-6500

Farm Sanctuary

untitledFounded in 1986 to fight cruel conditions on industrialized farms through investigations, legislative reforms, education, and public awareness projects. The Sanctuary also takes in animals that fall off trucks en route to slaughterhouses and leads emergency rescue missions for victims of natural disasters and extreme cruelty.

 

 

What your gift will buy:
$25 feeds a rescued pig for a week
$100 provides bedding for a rescued animal for one month

farmsanctuary.org
PO Box 150
Watkins Glen NY 1491
607-583-2225

Best Friends Animal Society

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What your gift will buy:
$25 spays or neuters one new arrival to Best Friends
$65 purchases special equipment needed to feed and care for orphaned animals

bestfriends.org
5001 Angel Canyon Rd.
Kanab, UT84741
435-644-2001 

BAKED POTATO FRIES WITH HERBS

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  • 1 1/2 pounds organic Russet potatoes (8 cups of spears)
  • 1 – 2 Tabs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  1. Scrub potatoes until clean.  Cut each potato in half and then cut each half into spears.

  2. Place spears into a large mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil.  Add the rest of ingredients and toss to coat each spear evenly with all of the herbs.

  3. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes, turning once in the middle of cook time.

VegMichigan Memberships

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VegMichigan is a non-profit organization that operates mainly on volunteer manpower and Memberships.  We are very effective in educating the public about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and would like you to be a part of this exciting mission!  Simply by becoming a VegMichigan Member, you will be supporting and facilitating us in our outreach.

Your membership contribution will directly go towards the many services that VegMichigan provides year ’round. If you are already a member, we thank you for allowing us to put your contribution to work for improved human health, animal compassion and a cleaner environment.

The following is a list of just some of the services we do throughout the year:

  •  VegMichigan hosts an annual VegFest that attracts 5000+ attendees.  VegFest features national and celebrity guest speakers, exhibits, restaurants, food samplings, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, free literature and product samples, and more.

  • VegMichigan Members are allowed free admission to VegFest ($10.00 value)!

  • VegMichigan Members receive a free one-year subscription to the ever-popular VegNews magazine ($36.00 value)!

  • We currently have billboards distributed  along major streets and expressways throughout the Metro-Detroit area featuring vegan messages.

  • Monthly vegan cooking demonstrations.

  • Monthly dinners at vegan-friendly restaurants.

  • Vegan Potlucks – often with educational films and materials.

  • Compiling hand-outs and literature for the many tablings and events we do throughout the year.

  • Lectures.

  • A free e-newsletter is sent bi-monthly.

  • Social media outreach.

 At this time of year, consider giving the gift of a VegMichigan membership to family members and friends.  If you are not already a member yourself, please consider joining now and be part of this amazing movement that is becoming more mainstream each year.  To do so, you are giving a gift that has the potential to lead others into a lifestyle of compassion and improved human health.

Memberships are $25.00 for a single person and $35.00 for a family.  To join, simply fill out the information here or to make a donation go here.

Meatless Monday: Celebrating a Vegan Thanksgiving

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Meatless Monday: Celebrating a Vegan Thanksgiving

CaptureYou don’t need to consume animal products to capture the flavor and spirit of Thanksgiving. These delicious recipes will please the palate, giving everyone, including animals, something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Chutney Salad

  • 1 12-ounce back fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 118-ounce jar orange marmalade
  • 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple with liquid
  • 3/4 cup turbinado sugar

Place cranberries and marmalade into a food processor and pulse until you get a course texture. Do not over-process into a sauce. Pour into a bowl and stir in the pineapple and sugar. Cover the bowl and allow to chill a day or two before serving. (Do not serve right away after preparing it – the flavors need time to develop).

Thanks-Living Stuffing Casserole

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup cashews, finely chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 2 cups seasoning dry stuffing (Pepperidge Farm brand is fine)
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and saute’ celery and onion until softened. Pour into a large mixing bowl along with the rest of the ingredients and combine well. Spread evenly into an oiled 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Baked Acorn Squash Wedges

  • 2 medium acorn squashes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 tsps. vegan butter spread

Using a sharp knife, cut each squash lengthwise in half and remove seeds and stringly membrane. Cut these in half for a total of 8 wedges. Sprinkle flesh side lightly with salt and pepper. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place squash wedges, flesh side up, in a large roasting pan. Spoon a tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture, followed by 1/2 teaspoon of vegan butter into the cavities of each. Cover the roasting pan with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Remove foil and serve.

SPICED PUMPKIN SOUP

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Spiced Pumpkin Soup

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric 
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can organic pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
 
1. Heat the oil in a large pot, and then add the onion and garlic.  Cook over medium heat until onion is soft, about five minutes.  Add the turmeric, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and salt.  Cook over medium heat for two minutes, stirring constantly.  Add salt as needed.
 
2. Whisk in the vegetable stock, pumpkin, maple syrup, and lemon juice.  Simmer 15 minutes.
 
3. Stir in the milk, and then puree the soup in a blender in two or three batches until very smooth.  You may also use an immersion blender to achieve the same results. DO NOT ALLOW SOUP TO BOIL!

Upcoming Events

Jun
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127. Contact: ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s June Plymouth Dist... @ Plymouth District Library
VegMichigan’s June Plymouth Dist... @ Plymouth District Library
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Plymouth District Library, 223 S Main St., Plymouth, Mi. 48170. Contact: ... Read More >
Jun
7
Tue
7:00 pm VegMichigan’s Vegan 101 Cooking ... @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
VegMichigan’s Vegan 101 Cooking ... @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn the nutritional aspects of a plant-based diet and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes are ... Read More >
Jun
10
Fri
6:00 pm Ann Arbor Green Fair Tabling @ Downtown Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Green Fair Tabling @ Downtown Ann Arbor
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ann Arbor Green Fair is a great opportunity to education people on the environmental impact of their diet.  
Jun
11
Sat
10:00 am Motor City Pride @ Hart Plaza, Detroit
Motor City Pride @ Hart Plaza, Detroit
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm
VegMichigan will have a booth at this event passing out information about the multiple benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

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