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 several 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, the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", and a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or
Vegetarians of Washington has written 230 posts for Vegetarian News and Views

WHO says Meat Causes Cancer – they finally admit it!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has finally said what many already knew: red meat causes colon cancer. They say the evidence for processed meat is “strong,” classifying it as “carcinogenic [cancer causing] to humans.” The evidence for ordinary red meat was almost as high. They also found evidence linking meat to other cancers including cancer … Continue reading

Panera offers more Plant-Based Foods

Panera seems to get it. Somewhere a light bulb has been lit. Their food policy director, Sara Burnett, puts it well when she says, “We know that guests are increasingly seeking plant-based proteins for personal health reasons and/or to reduce their environmental impact. To that end, we have been adding plant-based proteins like edamame and … Continue reading

Vegetarian Food – A Wise and Delicious Choice

Food is there to be enjoyed! There’s no doubt about it. However, many people feel that they’re caught in a bind. They want to enjoy delicious food, but at the same time they worry that the food they most enjoy is the least healthy for them. Many people also feel that the idea of consuming … Continue reading

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Pumpkin Soup This recipe is from, where you’ll find a great supply of delicious vegan recipes.  It’s reprinted with permission. Makes about 8 1-cup servings This sweet and creamy soup has just a hint of spiciness. It can also be made with puréed winter squash, yams, or sweet potatoes in place of the pumpkin. … Continue reading

Transport to Slaughter – it’s no fun getting there

For farm animals half the misery is just getting there. We’ve written before about the severe and harsh condition on both the factory farm and in the slaughterhouse but the transport from one to the other is just as bad. Even under the most controlled conditions within the industry, farm animal transport is stressful and harsh. The … Continue reading

Mike Tyson is vegan

In 2012, the former heavyweight champ decided to go vegan. He told Oprah, “Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. “I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe, I had high blood pressure, was almost dying and had arthritis.” Becoming vegan, he said, … Continue reading

Anna Paquin – vegetarian actress

Maybe “True Blood” provided just a little too much blood and gore for this actress, because in real life the 33 year old actress is vegetarian. When it comes to maintaining healthy lifestyles, there’s nothing nightmarish about the diet of Anna Paquin. “I eat a lot of vegetables. I eat a lot of fruit. I … Continue reading

Breast Cancer – Plant Foods are Powerful

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to remind women and the men who love them that a plant-based diet is the best diet for both avoiding and battling the disease. Breast cancer is a very complicated disease but here are just a few of the ways that a veg diet … Continue reading

Universities Veg-up this Fall

College just got more veg friendly. Aramark, the nation’s largest campus food service company, is increasing its vegetarian and vegan options after a survey it commissioned showed that over a quarter of students said that vegan options were important to them. This is great news for students at local colleges and universities such as the … Continue reading

Chickpea Mash Stew Recipe

This is one of my favorite soup recipes from The Veg-Feasting Cookbook. You can make this soup as smooth or chunky as you like, depending on how much you mash or puree it. Serve it with some nice crusty whole-grain bread. Serves 6 to 8 1½ tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped (about 1½ … Continue reading

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