Vegetarians of Washington

Vegetarians of Washington is a large non-profit vegetarian society based in Seattle, WA. We encourage people to discover the advantages and experience the pleasures of vegetarian food. We welcome everyone, whether you're an experienced vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. You don't have to be a vegetarian to join our organization, or to follow our blog! We run the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, Seattle's Vegfest, held in the Seattle Center in March each year. We also host monthly dining events and give free nutrition and cooking classes. We've written four nationally published books, including our latest book "Say No to Meat" which gives the information and real-world advice that new vegetarians need the most, in an easy question-and-answer style. Our other books are the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook", and our guidebook to vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in Washington and Oregon, "Vegetarian Pacific Northwest". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or Amazon.com.
Vegetarians of Washington has written 211 posts for Vegetarian News and Views

Grilled Jicama Rounds with Black Beans – from Grills Gone Vegan

Jicama is a round root vegetable originally from the Mexican peninsula. It’s grown in Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes and South Asia, where it’s a valuable food source. Its texture is similar to a turnip, but the taste when raw is more like an apple. The skin is tough and needs to be peeled. … Continue reading

Vitamin B12 is a must

We need to get serious for a moment. While vegetarians and vegans get other vitamins in adequate amounts, taking a vitamin B12 supplement is a must for vegans, since they don’t get any through their diet. And while vegetarians do get some B12 through either dairy or eggs, it may not be enough, especially if … Continue reading

Outspending the Earth – and what we can do about it

Planet Earth crossed into the ecological red last Friday. Thursday August 13 marked Earth Overshoot Day, the day when the world’s population officially exhausts all the natural resources the Earth can generate in a single year, as defined by the sustainability think tank, Global Footprint Network. In daily life when we overspend our income we … Continue reading

Victory for Farm Animals

The farm animals badly needed this win. They have relied heavily on people documenting abuses on harsh “factory farms” and in the slaughterhouses, but a new law in Idaho would have made this illegal leaving the animals defenseless.  So animal welfare groups cheered the decision on the Idaho law last week from U.S. District Court … Continue reading

Record Breaking Year for Vegetarian Food

There has never been a better time to be a vegetarian. Companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are conjuring up meat like products closer than ever to the real thing, giant restaurant chains like Wendy’s are (finally!) testing veggie burgers, and the science supporting the meat-free lifestyle just keeps coming. Sales of vegetarian products … Continue reading

Orange Blackberry Cake Recipe – from The Veg-Feasting Cookbook

We compiled The Veg-Feasting Cookbook by inviting local veg-friendly restaurants to give us their best recipes. We added in a few special recipes from Vegfest chefs and the result was a wonderful vegetarian cookbook covering the full spectrum of cuisines from around the world. This wonderful 3-layer cake recipe is made without eggs or dairy. … Continue reading

Veggie Burgers in Congress

The vegetarian presence at Congress continues to grow. We already have vegetarians in the House and Senate, and even a vegetarian caucus for congressmen and their staffers. And now, to our knowledge, the first ever veggie burger tasting event has just been held. Attendees of the event, which drew members of Congress, their staffers, and the … Continue reading

Goat Farmers Go Vegan

After 20 years of producing award-winning goat cheese, farmers Carol and Julian Pearce are now going vegan and so is their cheese. The Pearces are just a recent example of a number of farmers who are choosing to go vegan in order to save the lives of animals. While trying to save the goats on … Continue reading

Calcium and Mineral Mythology

One of the many myths we hear about when it comes to minerals is that you need to consume dairy products to get enough calcium. While milk, cheese and yogurt do have calcium, there are plenty of other choices and some distinct advantages for those who want to skip the dairy and get their calcium … Continue reading

Indonesian Mushroom Skewers – from Asian Fusion

Chat Mingkwan learned to cook as a small boy in the kitchen at home in Thailand. He learned western cooking as an apprentice in provincial France, and then came to the US where he offered his French cooking always with a twist of Thai or perfected his Thai cooking with a hint of French techniques to … Continue reading

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