VegMichigan

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One of Michigan's Very Best!

Healthy and Delicious!

Now offering Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, & Carry-Out!

Start the New Year Off Right at GreenSpace Cafe!

Join VegMichigan on January 17th for our Dinner Club at GreenSpace.  Email tom@vegmichigan.org for more info and to RSVP.

VegMichigan Library Displays Get Noticed

VegMichigan’s library displays are up every month promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet. In January we have displays up at the Northville and Wayne Public libraries . Library Displays Page

 

VegMichigan Food Tasting at Wayne State

Over 60 Wayne State students sampled great tasting vegan pizza, mac & cheese, Tofurky sandwiches, meatless meatballs, and much more!  Let us know if you want VegMichigan to host a vegan food tasting at your school, work, or place of worship. Click Here to learn more.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

 

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Earth Balance margarine, softened, divided
  2. 3/4 cup vegan brown sugar
  3. 12-ounce bag cranberries
  4. 1 1/2 cups flour (I use half whole wheat pastry flour, half white spelt)
  5. 1 cup vegan sugar
  6. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  7. 1 tablespoon soy flour
  8. 1 cup soy milk
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil or 1 tablespoon lemon zest, chopped very fine
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt together 1⁄4 cup of the Earth Balance and all the brown sugar. Pour into oiled cake pan and arrange cranberries evenly on top.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and soy flour. In a medium bowl, mix milk, vanilla, lemon oil or zest, and remaining 1⁄4 cup Earth Balance). Using a mixer, blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spoon the cake batter over the cranberry mixture and bake for about 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake and run a knife along the circumference of the pan to separate the cake from the pan’s edge.
  5. Allow cake to cool for at least 15 minutes—ideally 30 minutes. Place plate on top of cake and quickly invert and remove pan.
VegMichigan http://vegmichigan.org/
All I can say is YUMMY!!!

Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegetable Pot Pie
Serves 12
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 medium potatoes
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 large onion, quartered and finely chopped
  4. 3 cups diced vegetables of your choice (choose 3 or 4 from among cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, leeks, peas, corn kernels, zucchini, yellow summer squash, mushrooms, kale, etc.)
  5. 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
  6. 1 cup vegetable stock (homemade or store bought)
  7. ¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional but highly recommended)
  8. 1½ tablespoons all-purpose seasoning blend (such as Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
  9. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  10. ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  11. Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  12. Two 9-inch prepared good-quality pie crusts, preferably whole grain
  13. 1 cup fine whole grain bread crumbs
  14. Paprika for topping
Instructions
  1. Cook or microwave the potatoes in their skins until done. When cool enough to handle, peel them. Dice four of them and mash the other four coarsely. Set aside until needed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until  golden. Add the vegetables of your choice, layering quicker-cooking vegetables like peas, corn, and zucchini over longer cooking ones like cauliflower, broccoli, and leeks. Add a bit of water; cover and cook until the vegetables are tender but not overdone, about 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the flour into the skillet, then pour in the stock. Add the optional nutritional yeast. Cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly. until the liquid thickens.
  5. Stir in both the diced and mashed potatoes. Heat through gently. Stir in the seasoning blend, thyme, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the  mixture into the pie crust and pat in.
  6. Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over each pie, then top with a sprinkling of paprika.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden. Let the pies stand at room temperature for 10 minutes or so, then cut into wedges and serve.
VegMichigan http://vegmichigan.org/
Everyone loves the nostalgic classic, vegetable pot pie, whether for everyday meals or as a crowd-pleasing vegan option for Thanksgiving

VegMichigan’s College Outreach Program

Oakland University students Angela and Eric help with VegMichigan’s new college outreach program. We have distributed educational material at Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, and Schoolcraft College, with more to come. We are also working with a number of student organizations to bring speakers, documentaries, and vegan food sampling to their campus. If you would like VegMichigan to come to your school, email tom@vegmichigan.org for more information.

NFL’s Best Ditch Dairy

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and other top athletes totally cut dairy (milk, cheese, ice cream) from their diet to improve health, performance, and longevity:

Aaron Rodgers gives up dairy and moves towards a vegan diet

Tom Brady and Drew Brews also give up dairy

Milk and Animal Welfare

 

Big Fun at Oktoberfest!

VegMichigan’s Oktoberfest!

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It was a packed house at the North Center Brewery in Northville for our first annual VegMichigan Oktoberfest! A great time was had by all!

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Everyone loved Shimmy Shack and the live music. Team Sally & Co. took home great prizes as the winner of our vegan trivia game!

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Peanut Sauce Stir Fry

This delicious peanut sauce will turn your veggies and tofu into a 4-Star meal!

Peanut Sauce (with veggies and tofu)
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup peanut or almond butter
  2. 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  3. 2 tablespoons tamari or shoyu/soy sauce
  4. 1 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  5. 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
  6. 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot pepper oil or a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes (optional)
  7. 1/3 to 1/2 cup water (1/3 will give you a thick sauce)
For Sauce
  1. Simply mix all ingredients into a sauce pan on low heat. Start with a 1/3 cup of water and add more until you reach desired consistency.
Tofu
  1. Try our Crispy Baked Tofu recipe on our recipe page or simply saute your tofu in a little oil and salt and pepper.
Veggies
  1. Select your favorite veggies to steam or saute
Notes
  1. Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy!
VegMichigan http://vegmichigan.org/

Interest in Vegan Cooking is Growing!

 

There was a standing-room-only crowd for Vera Hampton’s, “Vegan Cooking Made Easy” presentation at the VegFest.  Also, VegMichigan cooking classes at Whole Foods are drawing bigger crowds every month.  Check our Calendar for our next cooking class.

“The Chew” talks about vegan eating:

Michigan Style Vegan Chili from Chive Kitchen

 

Michigan Style Vegan Chili
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups red lentils
  2. 1.5 cups chopped spanish onions
  3. 8 garlic cloves minced
  4. Olive oil or water for oil free
  5. 1/2 cup chili powder
  6. 1.5 tbsp Ancho Chili Powder
  7. 3 Vegan Beef Bouillons
  8. 10+ cups water
  9. 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  10. Salt and Pepper to Taste
Instructions
  1. Sauté chopped onions in olive oil until golden in color. You can use water to make it an oil free recipe. Water tends to take a bit longer to break down the onion. While the onion in sautéing add the minced garlic. You do not want to add the garlic to early so that it doesn’t burn and become bitter.
  2. Add water as needed to avoid burning onions and garlic. With a bit of moisture in the onions and garlic add the chili powder, ancho chili powder and beef bouillons. Add a cup of water, stir and bring to quick boil for flavors to meld. Add the red lentils and stir into spice mix. Add about 9 cups of water so that water covers lentils about 2”.
  3. No need to cover, bring to a boil and let simmer. The lentils will begin to soak up the water and they will pop. Red lentils do not keep their form and you will know that they are close to being done as they all pop open. Keep stirring the mixture so that it does not stick to the bottom and to assure all lentils are being cooked properly.
  4. Add water as need so that there is always a bit of moisture on top of the lentils. You do not want them to dry out. You will know when they are ready when the lentils are popped and when the water/sauce has turned into a light gravy verses a watery liquid.
  5. Add the tomato sauce and salt/pepper to your liking and stir. Honestly there is a lot of flavor from the chili powder so this can be made into a salt free dish as well.
  6. We used Edward and Sons vegan beef boulion readily available online and health food stores.
  7. You can use your favorite chili powder mixes and other spices and herbs that you enjoy working with. This recipe is a great base to make modifications and flavor to your liking.
  8. We like finishing our MI Chili with a Cumin Aioli. You can finish it with fresh herbs, salsa, sour creams, cheese etc.
  9. It should keep for about 7 days in your refrigerator and freezes well.
VegMichigan http://vegmichigan.org/

Upcoming Events

Jan
27
Fri
6:30 pm Vegan Potluck @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Vegan Potluck @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spend the evening enjoying delicious vegan food, touring HSHV’s state of the art animal shelter, and connecting with new (and ... Read More >
Feb
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s February Clinton-M... @ Clinton-Macomb Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s February Clinton-M... @ Clinton-Macomb Public Library Display
Feb 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s February Redford T... @ Redford Twp. District Library
VegMichigan’s February Redford T... @ Redford Twp. District Library
Feb 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Redford Twp. District Library, 25320 W. 6 Mile Rd. Redford, Mi ... Read More >
Feb
7
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Feb
9
Thu
6:00 pm Greater Detroit VegBash @ Royal Oak Farmers Market
Greater Detroit VegBash @ Royal Oak Farmers Market
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
VegMichigan will be participating in this event:   http://www.myfavoriteshowsandevents.com/VegBash.html  
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Cranbrook Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Cranbrook Whole Foods
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Mar
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s March Trenton Vete... @ Trenton Veterans Memorial Library
VegMichigan’s March Trenton Vete... @ Trenton Veterans Memorial Library
Mar 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library, 2790 Westfield, Trenton Mi 48183. Contact: Francene ... Read More >
12:00 am VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
Mar 1 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Please check out our library display, located at Oak Park Public Library, 14300 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237. ... Read More >
Apr
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd., Romulus, Mi. 48174. (734) 942-7589. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at Novi Public Library, 45255 W 10 Mile Rd., Novi, Mi. 48375. Contact: ... Read More >
Apr
4
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Apr
13
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Apr
30
Sun
10:30 am VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan | Novi | Michigan | United States
The VegFest has been a Michigan tradition for 18 years! Come see what all the excitement is about.  Try free ... Read More >
May
1
Mon
all-day VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
May 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 >

 

 

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