January '10
The VegNewsletter arrives in your e-mailbox just once a month and clues you in on vegetarian news, dining, recipes, products, activist alerts, reviews, culture, giveaways, and all the other good things in life.

In This Issue
VN Celebrates 10!
V in the News
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Red Lentil Stew
Product Review
Resolutions? Really?
VegNewsletter Preview

Hello, Healthy!
Alicia Silverstone, Oprah's favorite veg chef, and our healthiest ideas yet.

Our Blogs
Café VegNews
Press Pass
This Just In

Our Website

Find Us On





 VN Celebrates 10!

Happy New Year everyone! We could pretty much not be more thrilled to begin the new decade. The last 10 years have left us on a high note, not only because we're now out of the '00s, but also because this year marks VegNews' tenth anniversary! It's hard to believe this landmark has arrived, and we absolutely can't wait to fill the next 10 years with all the smart stories, delicious recipes, and tons of fun you've come to expect. Look for lots of surprises throughout 2010 to celebrate. Cheers!

 V in the News

Compass' Compassion
In a move that officially begins the year in a great way for animals, Compass Group—the world's largest food-service company—announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at reducing meat consumption in the 8,500 corporate and academic cafeterias it serves. The "Be a Flexitarian" program will ensure that cafeterias served by Compass will have a greater variety and availability of vegetarian options.

People of the Year
Ellen DeGeneres and Tim Gunn received a nice New Year's gift—they were both named PETA's people of the year. DeGeneres garnered the title for her dedication to the vegan lifestyle, about which she's been very vocal to her 3 million dedicated viewers. For his part, Gunn has consistently denounced fur in fashion, and bans it from his hit show, Project Runway.

Ammonia Burgers
In case there was any need to be further deterred from eating meat, a recent New York Times story details the altogether disgusting methods that meat producers use to kill bacteria, including treating certain beef products with ammonia. To add to the unease of ingesting chemicals, ammonia-treated beef is often not tested for E. coli and salmonella.

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top five picks for hot VegNews.com stories you should probably check out right about now.

1. Get Healthy It's that time of year, so jump into amping up your health with our handy guide.

2. Veggie Starter Kit Know someone—maybe even you—who needs a little help toward a veg lifestyle? Get going with our stellar kit.

3. Cookbook Week We test recipes, you win books. This week, we're making lunch from The Kind Diet, and we're giving away a copy each day.

4. Face to Facebook Nothing says "I'm a fan" like, well, becoming a fan of VN on Facebook. Look for must-know updates, all our blogs, and more fun to come!

5. Top Veg Stories Remember the last 10 years? We've collated the best veg stories from the past decade.

 Event Showcase

Blogger Goes Live
Join Jess DeNoto, author of Get Sconed!, for a chat about living vegan in Portland, Ore., on January 23. Meeting bloggers face to face is always exciting, and, of course, there will be food!

Celebrate Compassion
The final Mercy For Animals gala celebrating the organization's work in 2009 will hit New York City on January 23. Don't miss the stellar food, super-star guest list, and a chance to benefit a tireless group of activists.

Cooking Class
Is there anything better than homemade pizza? Oh yes, it's homemade pizza with a side of homemade gnocchi. Let the Spork sisters teach you how to make these warm, comforting dishes in sunny Los Angeles on January 23 and 24.

SF Vegan Drinks
Come out for the first SF Vegan Drinks of the year on January 28 in San Franisco. This monthly event is now co-sponsored by VegNews and Vegansaurus.com, which means that it will be extra awesome!

 Get Cookin'

Red Lentil Stew

Looking for a filling, fabulous meal that's totally on track with any healthy eating goals you just might happen to have this month? Check out this stellar stew from celeb chef and VN contributor Alexandra Jamieson, author of The Great American Detox Diet. Simple, delectable, and a far cry from the horror of "diet food," this stew is sure to satisfy.

What You Need:
1 tablespoon unrefined, organic coconut oil
1 cup yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups red lentils
2 cans organic coconut milk
4 to 6 cups water (enough to cover all ingredients)
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cups diced sweet potato
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 to 2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

What You Do:
1. In the coconut oil over medium heat, sauté onion for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sea salt, stir, and cook for one minute more.
2. Add the lentils, coconut milk, water, and remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil.
3. Stir well, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 to 45 minutes more, until the lentils are cooked through and creamy. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

 Product Review

Granola Crisps

With many people giving their health more focus than usual this month, it’s the perfect time for something . . . sweet? Relax—a handful of Yogi Baked Cinnamon Raisin Granola Crisps won’t ruin your good intentions, but might just curb a sweet tooth that seems to be working overtime. Sweet and spicy with a satisfying crunch we crave in a snack, each crisp sports the nutritional powers of amaranth, quinoa, oats, and more, sweetened just right. Sun-dried raisins, chai spices, and extra cinnamon add a warm, comforting taste similar to your favorite home-style oatmeal. Great out of the bag when you need a crunch or perfect with a splash of non-dairy milk, we’ll be snacking on these crisps all year long.

 Resolutions? Really?

It's not so much that we're against the idea of New Years' Resolutions, it's just that we like everything in moderation. For example, while we're all for getting in shape, eating well, and taking care of our health, it's equally important in the VNHQ to meet our daily recommended allowance of vitamin C—by which we mean vitamin "chocolate" in case that was unclear. Thankfully, the VN store is packed with goodies to help you achieve your more delicious goals. Chocolate-covered marzipan? Yes. Chocolate peanut-butter cups? You bet. If you're running dangerously low on calories, we've got you covered. In chocolate.

 Preview: February VegNewsletter

Satisfy your between-issues cravings with this complimentary supplement, featuring exclusive product reviews, musician, artist and event spotlights, slammin’ recipes, giveaways, plus the lowdown on how vegetarianism is bettering the world—one delicious bite at a time.

Share the VegNewsletter with your friends. Or, if it was forwarded to you, sign up yourself at vegnews.com to join the thousands of readers who are tuning in to America’s hottest vegetarian publication.


If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe

Click here to forward this email to a friend

VegNews Magazine
San Francisco, CA
Subscription hotline: