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 221 posts for Vegetarian News and Views

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

The latest Vegan Football Players

San Diego cornerback Brandon Flowers has gone vegan.  Everyone says he looks noticeably fitter than ever. He says the big difference in his ability was his decision to go with a vegan diet, which he started earlier this year.  Brandon says, “I was up there in weight even though I felt like I was eating … Continue reading

Veg Pregnancy – safe and advantageous

Research shows that veg diets are not only safe during pregnancy, but they have significant health advantages over meat-centered ones. First, let us reassure you of the safety. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) says it clearly: “Well-designed vegetarian diets, that may include fortified foods or supplements, meet … Continue reading

Egg on their Faces

They’re getting nervous. With the big increase in the popularity of plant-based products, those companies that make animal-derived ones are getting nervous enough to try to push back. The latest case is the egg industry push-back against Hampton Creek’s vegan mayonnaise, Just Mayo, a product that looks like mayonnaise, tastes like mayonnaise and yet contains … Continue reading

Vegan Diet offers hope for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patients

A plant-based diet offers some hope for a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer, when it’s combined with a new treatment currently under investigation. A vegan diet naturally supplies lower amounts of an amino acid called methionine, which is oversupplied in meat-centered diets, and so it may help slow the growth of tumors in patients who … Continue reading

House of Cards star, Kate Mara, has gone vegan!

On a road trip nearly a decade ago, Kate Mara remembers passing “miles upon miles of chicken coops” and realizing then “what a horrific life these animals were leading. I was unaware of factory farming until that moment.” She decided to become vegetarian. And five years later, inspired further after meeting with a nutritionist, she … Continue reading

Bacteria Pervasive in Hamburgers

The burger test results are in. Researchers bought enough ground beef to make over 1,800 quarter pounders from markets all over the country. Every single burger, without exception, had potentially disease-causing fecal (yuck!) bacteria in it. It’s getting really bad out there in the meat world. As if that weren’t bad enough, sixty percent of … Continue reading

Dining at the Whitehouse

When it comes to food served at the Whitehouse, there’s both good news and not so good. A couple of months ago vegan US Senator Cory Booker, from New Jersey, left a White House event early because of the lack of vegan food. “I can tell you that there were no vegan options, so I’m … Continue reading

Remember the Workers

It’s Labor Day, so don’t forget the workers. We’ve often written in the past about the health, environmental and animal welfare problems associated with meat production. But at this time of year, let’s take a moment to remember the workers who often face very exploitative and harsh conditions in that industry as well. Please visit … Continue reading

Vegan Mac n Cheese – Homemade Vegan Pantry

Miyoko Schinner, frequent speaker at Vegfest, has produced another great book, “The Homemade Vegan Pantry, the art of making your own staples” (Ten Speed Press, Random House, 2015). Miyoko is a renowned vegan chef, cookbook author, and television cooking show host, and has been promoting delicious, decadent, and healthful plant-based foods for the past thirty years. … Continue reading

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