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FAQ Group Discussion and Yummy Bowl Taste Off

  • Aug 30, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • JJ's Place - North Eugene - I'll e-mail location later

This event is to honor the requests I've received for an event where we sit around and have a group discussion about various topics that affect people eating plant-based diets. There are certain Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and some not-so-frequent, which benefit from discussion and sharing.

Some Topic Ideas We Could Cover:
* How do you answer people when they want to know where you get your protein? Calcium? Etc.
* What are tips for people who don't like to cook, but still want to eat healthy?
* What are the ethical problems of eating dairy and eggs? After all, no one gets killed, right?
* Why do people like tofu? Is there a secret to cooking it to make it taste good?
* What are your favorite recipes? Cookbooks? On-line resources?
* Where do you shop to get your groceries? Where are the best deals for common foods that people on a plant based diet eat?
* For people in transition: What are some tips to make it easier?
* How do you deal with family, friends and co-workers who just don't get it?
* What is the best way to share with people the link between Global Climate Change and eating meat, diary and eggs?
* ETC!!!

If you have questions to add to this list, please include them in the discussion area below. I will have a handout of suggested questions/topics at the meeting. (Of course, we can discuss whatever people want to at the time even if it is not on the list.)

YUMMY BOWL TASTE OFF
We can't just meet and talk without also eating. It's a rule somewhere. I was thinking that the following would be fun: I will buy a bunch of sauce from Cafe Yumm. I will also make a home-made version of a similar sauce that is oil-free. You will bring one of the ingredients in a Yumm bowl. And we will all make and eat Yumm bowls - and see which sauce we like best. I will share copies of the home-made sauce if you are interested.

Ideas for What To Bring
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> rice (brown please?) (Maybe a couple people could bring this)
> quinoa
> beans (any kind!) (Maybe a couple people could bring this)
> sliced olives
> cilantro
> avocado
> salsa
> chopped tomato
> sour cream (dairy-free)
> baked, seasoned tofu
> Anything you think will be good! - as long as it is meat, dairy and egg-free.
If we get more than say 10 people sign up, then it would be nice if a couple people brought (vegan) dessert instead of one of the ideas above.

DIRECTIONS TO JJ's HOUSE
I have sent an e-mail with directions to my house and additional information about the event. Please let me know via my gmail address if you did not get the e-mail or you sign up after I sent the e-mail.

LIMITED ATTENDANCE - 26 PEOPLE
Meetup will keep a wait list. Please manage your RSVP if your plans change.

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  • Miles D.

    http://nwveg.org/vegfest Sept 27,28 in PDX. https://www.boltbus.com/ public transit. New documentary on tour illustrating environmental disaster of factory farming. Pending Showing in Portland Sept 18th & Eugene Oct 9th http://cowspiracy.com... I had an awesome time last night. Thanks everyone for great discussion & tasty food. Thought I'd display a couple of links to things mentioned yesterday. Anyhow have a great rest of your Labor Day weekend y'all!

    1 · August 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Miles thanks for the link about Bolt. Maybe some other folks would want to carpool up to Veg Fest from Eugene for Veg Fest the end of next month. Let's keep in touch about it.

      August 31, 2014

    • Marika B.

      Ok, I don't have a television or a large screen for viewing, so if you or anyone else does that would be great. Things are a bit hectic this weeks with the start of school for my family. Maybe sometime next week or the week after? Weds nights, Thursday nights and Saturday nights work best for us.

      September 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really wonderful time! Great people, amazing food, and loved the discussion on vegan plant based lifestyle. Thanks JJ and everyone who showed up to make this event memorable!!

    2 · August 31, 2014

  • Hazel Van N.

    Sweet people, Good food, Great meeting

    2 · August 31, 2014

  • leah

    Great Food - Great Discussion! Nice to see so many people come out

    2 · August 31, 2014

  • Nancy

    OOPS! JJ, you know I called to say I had a flat tire but then I got distracted & didn't jump on the site to change my RSVP. No demerits, right? Hope ya had fun, which I'm sure ya did! Hugs to you & The Duke (not The Duke aka John Wayne...that'd really be gross... he's decomposed by now.)

    August 30, 2014

  • Benjamin B.

    Update: we're bringing diced tomatoes & prepped quinoa. I'm sorry some won't be able to make it, do we critically need anything else?

    August 30, 2014

    • JJ

      Bradley, you are an angel! With what you are bringing, I think we're covered now.

      August 30, 2014

  • Sonya

    sorry my friend visiting from LA is not feeling well today so I will be unable to attend tonight. Have a great yummy time.

    August 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring local and organic chopped cucumbers. I'm going to bike over, so no longer need a ride. Thanks JJ for putting this together as sounds like a fun informative event and for everyone else that is coming together to make it happen.

    August 29, 2014

  • JJ

    A big thank you to everyone who has stepped up to bring needed ingredients, and really to everyone who has shared what you plan to bring. I'm already drooling. With the following people bringing grains, I think we are set for grains: Kathy, Marika, Sonya and maybe Naomi. (Did I miss anyone??) Thanks bunches! I don't know if that will be over-kill or not, but I'd rather have too much than too little. And leftover grains can easily be frozen, right? So, you can take home extra and it won't go to waste. || Lynne: edamame is perfect. I used to buy the edamame bowls at Cafe Yumm. || If someone is looking for where we might be weak, I think we only have one person, Lorne, bringing greens like the traditional cilantro or other herbs (maybe basil would be good???). And we only have one person on the olives I think. Another idea: how about cooked mushrooms someone?

    August 29, 2014

  • Sonya

    I will also bring rice and another ingredient unless we now have an abundance of rice?

    August 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can bring some edamame, or let me know what is needed Looking forward to it!

    August 29, 2014

  • Kathy

    I can bring both a large amount of rice and barley.

    August 28, 2014

  • Nancy

    I have some organic brown jasmine rice I will try to contribute....it's a matter of unearthing a pot in storage to cook it in (in process of moving & only a % of my belongings). Will keep ya posted on that.

    1 · August 28, 2014

  • Marika B.

    We can bring quinoa!

    August 28, 2014

    • Benjamin B.

      I'm bringing garden fresh diced tomatoes!

      August 28, 2014

    • Benjamin B.

      I'm waiting to hear back from Brooke as to wait she's bringing, when I find out I'll share

      August 28, 2014

  • JJ

    Hey everyone: With MeriAnne unable to come, we really do need more grain: rice, quinoa, barley, wheatberries, etc. If you haven't picked your option yet, please consider that. || Tip: If you don't like to cook, TJs sells pre-cooked rice in their freezer section. It's nothing but rice and heats up in 3 minutes in the microwave.

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry but I have had something come up and I am not going to be able to come on Saturday. Hopefully someone else can bring some quinoa.

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay I made it in! So looking at the list I was stumped! So thinking of mexican style food, I love have onions and peppers that are sauteed. Is that okay? Also any body care if they mixed together or separate?

    1 · August 28, 2014

    • JJ

      Renu: Onions and peppers would be great. Either separate or together. Other ideas: We could also use someone else to bring more rice or another grain. Or maybe some more olives.

      August 28, 2014

  • Benjamin B.

    Aloha fellow veggies! Just checking in to see what is needed or desired for the potluck?? My friend & I will be coming, let us know :)

    1 · August 28, 2014

    • Miles D.

      Maybe some kind of fruit. Thanks

      August 28, 2014

  • Miles D.

    I bring avocados for the win!

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • leah

    Since we are good on desserts - along with our salsa, Jim and I will bring the diced tomatos. We are planning on hitting a farmer market tomorrow for canning tomatos so we'll just get LoTs!

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • Benjamin B.

    Aloha JJ, in the event that my friend isn't able to make it w/ me how/by when would u like me to communicate that to u?

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Larry F.

    I will bring a bunch of beans - either northern whites or black beans.

    August 18, 2014

  • Hazel Van N.

    chocolate So delicious

    August 17, 2014

  • Debbie M.

    I will bring avocados and some hot peppers too

    August 17, 2014

  • Carlo M.

    I will bring SO delicious ice cream. Suggestions on flavors?

    2 · August 17, 2014

    • JJ

      Nice!!! I vote for chocolate.

      3 · August 17, 2014

  • leah

    OK - from the below posts, this is what I can make out that people are bringing. If I missed someone, please let me know...

    JJ – super special sauce!
    Lorne – cilantro, flat leaf parsley and any other herbs anyone suggests.
    Kathy – Brown rice
    MeriAnne – quinoa
    Glenn – red kidney beans
    Naomi – garbanzo beans
    Hazel – “tasty delight” or tofu (not sure which one)
    Jim & Leah – salsa (and probably a dessert as well)

    JJ - please let us know how many people are supposed to attend so we know how much to bring. (i.e. one jar of salsa will probably not be enough!) Thanks

    August 16, 2014

    • JJ

      Leah: Thank you for this very nice summary! I'm going to use this discussion area for coordination this time around, and your post is a big help to me. (But thank you Naomi for the potluck website. I'm definitely going to look into that next time I need to organize for a potluck.) || When I sent out the e-mail on August 26 or 27 with directions to my house, I'll let everyone know what the number is at that point. However, the RSVPs change over time. You can keep an eye on them yourself if you want. For anyone who is not familiar with Meetup, check out the RSVP count at the top of the column to the right. We have 25 as of this writing, with a limit of 26 for the event.

      August 17, 2014

    • JJ

      I'll also mention: Leah did me a favor this weekend by pointing out that not everyone has been to Cafe Yumm or knows what Yumm bowl/sauce is. If anyone is interested, you can check out the Yumm website to see what ingredients they put in their bowls - though we are not limited to their suggestions, it would be fun to have at least those options on hand. http://www.cafeyumm.c...­ Also note that if you want to try a Yumm bowl ahead of the party, you can order it "vegan", and they will know what you mean! Then let them know if you want extra avocado or cabbage in place of the dairy and they will be happy to oblige.

      August 17, 2014

  • Kathy

    another possible topic How do you deal with it when one partner in a relationship is vegetarian or vegan and the other is not?

    August 17, 2014

  • Kathy

    Suggestion for a topic How do you deal with hostility about your chosen diet from family and friends?

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Hazel Van N.

    OK how about tasty delight tofu

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Katie

    Hi everyone,

    Just want to pass along the info for a great event happening this Saturday, hosted by So Delicious Dairy Free. Free vegan icecream, yes please!

    When:
    Saturday, August 16th
    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    Where:
    Alton Baker Park, Eugene OR

    Featuring:
    Free Yoga in the Park by Arielle Bertolone
    Kids Field Activities by Healthy Moves
    Delicious Free Food, Drinks & Endless So Delicious® Dairy Free Treats!
    Live Music by Bee Stee
    Free Face Painting by Elizabeth Lutz
    Free Admission / suggested donation:
    $5 adults, $2 children

    All donations benefit Healthy Moves, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of kids through physical activity at school

    August 14, 2014

  • Nancy

    JJ, if anyone knows the name of the program, there's some way for a potluck to be organized, allowing people to plug in their name, what they're bringing and what kind of dish (salad, dessert, etc.). Sorry, don't recall it's name but I used it with another meet-up group. I'll see if I can find out how to link to it. In the meantime, maybe someone else might know how?

    August 9, 2014

    • Nancy

      I got a quick reply from Ruth Miller, the person who uses this in her MeetUp potlucks:
      Set up an account, create and name the potluck list and then send that web link to your members or post it on the ecent's (sic) meet up page: http://www.luckypotlu...­

      August 9, 2014

  • Marika B.

    Hi Everyone! I'm brand new here and really looking forward to meeting you all. I really like that idea Naomi. There's a free online tool to organize potlucks http://www.perfectpotluck.com/ that maybe could be used to sort out details? It's super helpful to see what everyone is bringing and what is needed. I'd love to help out and bring food for the bowls too :)

    August 9, 2014

  • Lorne

    Has anyone committed to cilantro yet? If not, I'll bring some cilantro, flat leaf parsley and any other herbs anyone suggests.

    August 9, 2014

  • JJ

    Thank you for everyone's most recent comments! I decided that it would drive everyone nuts if I respond to everyone's comment individually. So, I'll stop doing that. Just know that I greatly appreciate your addition to questions and letting me know what you plan to bring. I don't normally like to do events where I have coordinate what people bring. But for this particular event to work, we will need to make sure we have enough of the main base ingredients for the bowls. And it would be nice if everyone didn't bring the exact same topping. So, thank you for letting me know what you plan to do.

    August 9, 2014

  • Liz

    Sorry, won't make this one, but we'll see y'all at the Cornbread picnic!

    August 8, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    What do you do if you occasionally, e.g. while on vacation someplace tropical, indulge in a food you don't normally eat and your friends, spouse, etc. think you will continue to eat that food once you're all home again?

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • Kathy

      I have a similiar question. What do you do if others assume you will eat a food you you nolmally don't eat for a special occasion eg. thanksgiving?

      August 7, 2014

  • Hazel Van N.

    tofu I can do

    1 · August 7, 2014

  • Kathy

    I plan to bring brown rice. I can bring a large amount if no one else is bringing rice

    August 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can bring the Quinoa

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Already modified it. :) and I will change it if she doesn't come.

      1 · August 6, 2014

    • Kathy

      I would love to meet your mom too.

      August 6, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    I LOVE Yumm! sauce! I'd be happy to bring red kidney beans for the yummy bowl.

    August 1, 2014

    • JJ

      Glenn: I love your enthusiasm. Thanks for letting me know what you plan to bring. (Also, your other post has a great question. I'll add that to the list.) Thanks.

      August 6, 2014

  • Nancy

    I have a big restaurant-size can of garbanzo beans. Okay to bring? I normally cook them from dried w/ my own spices but have these on hand, already cooked.

    August 6, 2014

    • JJ

      Naomi: A giant can of garbo beans sounds great! Thanks!

      August 6, 2014

  • Hazel Van N.

    I will think of a tasty delight to bring

    1 · August 1, 2014

  • Liz

    What do you do when invited to a friend's house and all they have is stuff you don't eat?

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • JJ

      Good one!

      1 · August 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a lot of fun.

    1 · August 1, 2014

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