Give This Simple and Tasty Black Bean Quinoa Bake a Try
This month's recipe is the perfect vegan comfort food for fall. Not only is it super easy to make, but it's also versatile and packs a nutritious punch with both quinoa and black beans. You can serve it with tortilla chips, but it's also great on a salad, in a wrap, or by itself.

Dr. Jamie's Health Corner
Can Lifestyle Changes Optimize Our Mental Health?
Hey, VegMichigan friends! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the warm fall days and our beautiful Michigan scenery. Warm days in October always feel like a gift from mother nature. I hope you enjoyed last month’s post about “The Blue Zones.” I love this book because it describes common lifestyle habits of some of the longest-living people in the world, and how they make these habits a part of their culture. In September, we reviewed Blue Zone lifestyle habits related to diet, exercise, and stress reduction. I also discussed some ways we can create our own Blue Zones at home, and build a culture of health for ourselves and our families. This month, I want to talk about mental health.
Restaurant/Education Center Update
In last month's newsletter, VegMichigan announced that we received funding to open a restaurant/education center on a college campus. There is much to do to make this dream a reality, but we are excited to take on this challenge as we feel that this project can have a real impact for years to come at getting young people to eat more plant-based meals. VegMichigan has assembled a special committee to work on the business plan, and we are consulting with a number of individuals, from restaurant owners to lawyers, to make sure we do this in a thoughtful and successful way. In addition to serving delicious food, we will offer free cooking demos, educational presentations, special events, and much more, all focused on advocating to students. We will have more tangible updates in next month's newsletter, and your continued support is appreciated!
Fall Virtual Presentations + Take the Plant Plunge
Plant-Based 101
Chantal Singer, Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Kim and Marc Ramirez, Chickpea and Bean
Even though we're not gathering in person, we're continuing to partner with local libraries and the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) to bring you more great FREE virtual presentations this fall, as well as a virtual visit, to reconnect with everyone who enjoys our Greater Lansing Meetup group. Join us to chat and participate in a review of newly discovered vegan items. All are welcome! Click on the links below for details.

Plant-Based Nutrition with Chantal Singer, RDN

Plant-Based 101 with Kim Korona, Humane Educator

VegMichigan Virtual Visit Meetup
In case you missed it this past summer, we're excited to once again partner with Chickpea and Bean for a second session of the popular Plant Plunge! This 5-week virtual immersive course will be held via Zoom on Monday evenings from 6 - 7pm, November 9 - December 7. All sessions will be recorded and available to program participants to watch at their convenience, so if you can't make a session, no problem! The course features five live online classes, an optional phone consultation, meal ideas, cooking demos, shopping strategies, and more! This is an easy way to get started on your plant-based journey. VegMichigan members save $10 with discount code VEGMICH. Learn more and take advantage of this great offer by clicking the button below.
Last Month's Prize Winners & New Riddle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's riddle challenge! (The answer was corn.) Jessica Avon won a gift card to GreenSpace & Go, Autumn Stavit won a Why Bars variety pack, Theresa Hoger won a tempeh variety pack from The Brinery, and Colleen Virag won two vegan pizzas from Toarmina's. Congrats!

For the October riddle, you'll have a chance to win one of the great prizes listed below. For those on the west side of the state, we heard you! This month's raffle includes a gift card for Chau Haus in Kalamazoo.
I’m the perfect snack and I come in my own individual packaging,
even when I’m old and wrinkly I’m still a great treat.
When you give me a squeeze I can really bring a party to life!
MOOnster Mash Virtual 5K for Barn Sanctuary
VegMichigan is proud to be a sponsor of Barn Sanctuary's first MOOnster Mash 5K event! Since they aren't able to host the traditional MOOnster Mash this year, Barn is hosting a virtual fun run where participants can run, walk, skip, swim, bike, boat, whatever they choose, for 3.1 miles. Barn Sanctuary is a non-profit organization in Chelsea dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating neglected and abused farmed animals. In caring for these animals, they give people the opportunity to see them in a new light and recognize their individuality. All proceeds from this event help care for the residents that call Barn Sanctuary home, so let's MOOve for the animals! For more info and to register, click here.
Consider supporting VegMichigan at the same time by purchasing a VegMichigan shirt to complete your 5K in! Shop our super sale here.
Movie Pick of the Month: International Vegan Film Festival
The International Vegan Film Festival (IVFF) is going virtual this year! Tune in October 10-17 for digital screenings, panels, filmmaker Q&A, and more. This year's films include Regan Russell - A Short Documentary, Invisible, and Butenland. Read more about these films here. The IVFF is "dedicated to celebrating the vegan ideal: a healthier, more compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved through the consumption of plants and animal-free alternatives". The inaugural vegan film festival began in Ottawa, Canada in 2018.
Old Shillelagh Launches New Burgers
Our friends at the iconic Old Shillelagh in downtown Detroit have launched three brand new vegan burgers, including Mediterranean, Harvest, and Spicy Black Bean. The Mediterranean Burger includes a zucchini and lentil patty with cashew tzatziki, the Harvest Burger features butternut squash and mushroom patty with apple chutney, and the Spicy Black Bean Burger includes avocado and jalapeno. See the special menu here.
Virtual Learning Resources for Kids
Parents and educators, are you looking for valuable resources for teaching your children or students about the impact of our food choices? If so, check out Footprint, a free resource to help show young people where food comes from and its impact on the environment, animals, and people. View the entire unit arranged by age group here.
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