VegMichigan Highlights

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A nonprofit organization promoting awareness of the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet.




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· 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

VegFest is Coming

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 13, 2014 for VegMichigan’s VegFest. This year, doors will open earlier at 10:30 a.m.   Many new and exciting exhibitors, restaurants, cooking demonstrations and speakers will be participating. Actress Daryl Hannah will be our featured celebrity speaker along with presentations by John Salley (former Detroit Piston) and Joel Kahn (Cardiologist). The VegFest web page will be up and running shortly which will provide more detailed information – so stay tuned.
How to Attend VegFest for Free
Don’t forget that single VegMichigan memberships ($25) get into VegFest for free and family memberships ($35) get two free entrances. A single VegMichigan membership is a $46.00 value which includes a bi-monthly subscription to VegNews magazine. It’s easy to become a member, simply click here.
To inquire about being an exhibitor, participating in the food court or becoming a sponsor, please complete the application form by clicking here.
To volunteer for VegFest, contact

Happy Herbivore Cookbook Review and Giveaway

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by Renee Ratliff

The Light & Lean cookbook is a wonderful addition to the Happy Herbivore family of cookbooks. In this book Lindsay opens up about her Journey to health and relates it to recipes and workout plants. The book contains over 150 plant-based recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare, using simple ingredients, and will help you achieve your weight-loss goals.

We had the chance to ask Lindsay a few questions to get to know her a little better.

VM: How/when did you start following a plant-based diet?

HH: December 2006

VM: What does a plant-based lifestyle mean to you?

HH:  I eat a whole foods, low fat, no oil, plant-based diet.

VM: What inspired you to write this book?

HH: The cookbook was inspired by my meal plans ( While the recipes in Light & Lean are different than the recipes my clients get each week with the meal plans, my approach to cooking (feeling full on fewer calories; making it ultra healthy but still delicious) was my focus with this cookbook. I was also a personal trainer some years ago, and it was nice to be able to bring that experience into this book. It felt like a good fit for the theme.

VM: What would you recommend for someone who is starting to explore a plant-based lifestyle?

HH: Take it a meal at a time. Make the next thing you put in your mouth a plant food Remember, progress not perfection.

Lindsay’s passion and enthusiasm shines though each page of the book. We have spent the last few weeks reading the book and trying out recipes. The book instantly captures your attention with beautiful photos and colorful font. It is easy to navigate with a shopping list, calorie count and chef’s notes. The book is broken up into sections including, breakfast, muffins and breads, sandwiches, tacos and more, hearty burgers, bowls and wraps, soups, stews and savory pies, salads and dressings, pasta, stir-fries and noodles, satisfying sides, sips, snacks and appetizers, desserts, drinks, and do-it-yourself. Each recipe that we have tried from the cookbook has turned out wonderfully. Here is what we have tried so far.





Pumpkin Muffin







Pumpkin Pancakes







Whole-Wheat Drop Biscuits







Thai Tacos







Tofu Jerky



As a special treat we get to share one of the mouthwatering recipes from the new Happy Herbivore Light & Lean cookbook.

Thai Crunch

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Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Single Serving

Before I was plant-based, I loved the Thai Crunch salad at California Pizza Kitchen. I finally decided to re-create a lighter vegan version of it for this cookbook. It’s easy, fresh, fast, and satisfying. (I also loved their Original BBQ Chicken Chopped salad, hence my BBQ Salad [in full cookbook] recipe!) By the way, CPK is one of the vegan-friendliest restaurant chains in the US. They have a PDF online indicating which menu items are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.



4 c napa cabbage, red cabbage, or lettuce (or a combination)
1 carrot, julienned
2 green onions, sliced
¼ – ½ c edamame
½ cucumber, sliced or diced
Thai Peanut Dressing
crushed peanuts (optional garnish)
cilantro (optional)
lime wedges (garnish)

Toss cabbage/lettuce, carrot, green onions, edamame, and cucumber together in a salad bowl, then top with Thai Peanut Dressing, crushed peanuts, and cilantro (if using), and garnish with a lime wedge. (I also love squeezing fresh lime juice over the salad.)

Chef’s Note: For a soy-free version, substitute chickpeas for the edamame.

Thai Peanut Dressing

Makes ¼ cup
Gluten-free, Quick, Budget, Pantry

Creamy, delicious—here’s a lower fat and lower calorie DIY peanut sauce. 

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp warm water
1 tbsp sweet red chili sauce
juice of 1 lime wedge
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
1 ¼ tsp rice vinegar
garlic powder
ground ginger
1–2 drops Asian hot sauce (e.g., Sriracha)
1 tbsp nondairy milk

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter with water, chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce or tamari, rice vinegar, a few dashes of garlic powder and ground ginger, plus hot sauce. Microwave for 10–20 seconds (so peanut butter is melty), whisk into a sauce, and then whisk in nondairy milk. Taste, adding more hot sauce as desired.

 Chef’s Note: For a richer sauce, substitute coconut milk for the nondairy


We are so excited that Linday’s publisher from BenBella Books was gracious enough to offer to host a giveaway through our website. One of you will be the new owner of Happy Herbivore: Light and Lean!

The rules are simple: You must be 18 years or older to participate, and you must live in the U.S. or Canada.

How to enter:  Enter a comment and tell us your favorite vegan dish. Please include your name and an email address so we can contact you if you win. The drawing will take place on January 2.


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(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


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.


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.
804 Darbytown Rd.
Hobenwald, TN38462

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
PO Box 150
Watkins Glen NY 1491

Best Friends Animal Society

untitled2The nation’s largest sanctuary for abandoned and abused animals, as well as educating people about animal welfare. There are 2,000 animals, many of them with special needs and live on 3,700 acres.




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
5001 Angel Canyon Rd.
Kanab, UT84741


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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


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


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

  • 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!

Om Cafe


An Interview with Om Cafe

By Renee Ratliff

DSC_0098Anyone who thinks vegan food consists of only granola and salad has never been to Om Café. Nestled in the heart of Ferndale, the restaurant was started in 1985 with the idea and hopes of bringing healthy tasting food to the community, healing from the inside out. Om Café offers many vegan menu items, including beloved standards like the el mexicano entrée salad with tofu and option of seitan, and ever-changing specials like vegan mac-n-cheese.

DSC_0113Right now we are witnessing a transition period in which people are becoming more aware of the benifits of good nutrition. Om Café believes in the importance of continuing to push the envelope to offer cuisine that is both nutritious and delicious. They believe that it is a blessing to be able to serve meals based on whole natural foods, minimizing processed foods so that customers are able to know the exact ingredients that were put into their order.  Om Café has also been offering macrobiotic menu selections from the start.

The key to their delicious menu is to knowing every ingredient, and its source.

“It’s about the people; if nobody here cared then no one would come.” Said Jessica Norwood, General Manager  “We are here and waiting for people to try the delicious food, answer any questions, and meet any dietary concerns.”

DSC_0117For the employees it’s more than just a job. Everyone that works there has the inspiration and fire in them, it is part of their life and they want to share that. The manager also acts as the hostess when you enter the restaurant, thrilled to answer any question that you might have.  Any of the employees are happy to stop what they are doing to connect with someone in a special way. Even if that person never comes back, they just want to share that energy with them. 

DSC_0152Much of the food is organic, from markets including Westborn and Eastern Market. Specials are seasonal, focusing on salads and fruits in the summer, and soups and stews in the fall and winter. The buddhist priest stir fry is a menu favorite that has been around for 30 years, with rice or noodles sautéed with with a colorful assortment of six fresh vegetables, topped with basil, tamari and scallions. The Nori Rolls have been on the menu since the beginning, and are the perfect start to a meal or filling enough for the main feature. A more recent favorite is the house made cremini mushroom burger, a blend of mushrooms, walnuts and brown rice.   The soups are excellent, with one or two offerings that change daily. Finish off any meal with a selection of desserts, made special in house and practically impossible to pass on. New to the restaurant are the vegan pancakes which are featured on the Saturday breakfast menu. With so many options it is hard to choose.

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Upcoming Events

6:30 pm VegMichigan Thanks-Living Vegan ... @ Troy, Michigan
VegMichigan Thanks-Living Vegan ... @ Troy, Michigan
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
VegMichigan’s Annual Vegan Thanks-Living Potluck Dinner will be held in Troy on Saturday, November 28th. The festivities will begin at ... Read More >
6:30 pm Ann Arbor Vegan Meetup Group @ Seva
Ann Arbor Vegan Meetup Group @ Seva
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us after Thanksgiving at this Ann Arbor vegetarian institution.  Plenty of entrees to choose from so bring a friend! ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s December Metro Det... @ Ferndale Public Library
VegMichigan’s December Metro Det... @ Ferndale Public Library
Dec 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, Michigan. Contact person ... Read More >
7:00 pm VegMichigan’s Vegan 101 Cooking ... @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
VegMichigan’s Vegan 101 Cooking ... @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Dec 1 @ 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 >
6:00 pm Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club @ Clerical Technical Union - MSU
Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club @ Clerical Technical Union - MSU
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Open to everyone. Please arrive by 5:45 pm. For more information contact:  517-332-7898 or #meetup_oembed .mu_clearfix:after { visibility: hidden; ... Read More >

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