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Aug 16, 2007
Category: Appetizers
Cuisine: Mexican
Special Considerations: Vegan

Sizzling Soy Chicken Taquitos

Crispy tortillas encase spicy soy chicken to create this delicious dish that is perfect as an appetizer or a main course.

3 Tbsp. canola oil, plus additional oil for frying the taquitos
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium Anaheim peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. vegetarian chicken, torn into small pieces (try Worthington Chic-Ketts or Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips)
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. oregano
2 cups faux chicken broth or vegetable broth
Salt, to taste
18 to 24 corn tortillas

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, peppers, and garlic. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vegetarian chicken and continue cooking for 3 more minutes.
  • Blend the tomatoes, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and oregano in a blender and pour into the saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the broth. Simmer over medium heat, covered, for about 25 minutes. Season with the salt.
  • Wrap the tortillas in a damp cloth, place in the oven, and heat through, until soft, under low heat.
  • Strain the sauce and place 1 Tbsp. of the mixture in the center of each tortilla. Roll the tortilla tightly and use a toothpick to hold it. Repeat for the remaining tortillas.
  • In a medium sauté pan, heat enough oil to cover the taquitos two-thirds deep. Fry the taquitos for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel.
  • Remove the toothpicks and serve with your favorite salsa, nondairy sour cream, and guacamole on the side.
Makes 8 to 10 servings
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Posted: Aug 16, 2007 1:32am
Jul 27, 2006
I am happy to see this type of vacations is available.  I love to take this trip.  Unfortunately my house remodeling hasn't finished yet.  Once my house is ready for enjoyment, I will definately consider take this trip in the future.  What a great idea!

People can take advantage of this vacation if they ever want to try to stay in vegan diet, but they didn't have the will power. 

Vegan Vacation 2006

This event will be taking place from August 3-9 in Portland, Oregon USA

Check out this link for more details:

We hope to see you there!

The basic idea originally was to have a get-together of the Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness forum members to hang out and meet in person. We've expanded that and welcome anyone to participate in the activities. Everyone is welcome! You dont even have to be Vegan or into bodybuilding & fitness - just come out for good times and to see what this is all about!

We encourage the members of the Portland community to get involved as much as possible as well. There are many ways to participate and we'll have an itinerary posted here soon.

While the Vegan Vacation gathering is still in the final planning stages, there will definitely be a variety of activities focused on fitness, great food, veganism & generally having fun! Most events will be free or low-cost. Organizers will provide as much free housing and food as possible. YOUR assistance and ideas are welcomed!

Originally, the Vegan Vacation location was going to be Los Angeles, California. For a variety of reasons, the gathering location has been switched to Portland, Oregon.

So Why Portland?

Here's just a sampling of what Portland has to offer:

- Portland is the #1 Vegan Friendly City in America

-Portland is one of the most beautiful and clean cities in America

-Portland is one of the fittest cities in America with all kinds of outdoor activities during the beautiful summer for athletes to take part in

-Portland is only an hour from the Pacific Ocean so we can still "hang out on the beach"

-Portland has more vegan and vegetarian restaurants per capita than pretty much anywhere

-Portland actually has vegan soft serve ice cream that comes out of the machines (kinda like a Dairy Queen, but vegan)

-There are many forum members in Portland and around the region so we are sure to have a nice turnout and lots of local tour guides

-Portland has lots of other attractions such as being located near Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens, Seattle, Olympia, Eugene, Vancouver & Victoria plus all kinds of great wild nature, rivers and mountains.

-Did we mention that we have Food Fight!, the ALL VEGAN 7-11 type convenience store?

If you have any questions, please email Robert Cheeke at:

Check out the Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness website forum here:

We hope to see you at the Vegan Vacation week!

For more information visit this Vegan Vacation forum thread:

View a flyer for the event here, or print it out and display it in your community.

More information and an intinerary is available on

Vegan Vacation FAQ

Why have a Vegan Vacation?

To have a gathering of vegans from around the world to have an impact on the community, have fun, network, and meet in person to spend time with like-minded people.

Why Portland, Oregon?
Portland has been considered the #1 Vegan-friendly city in America by PETA and, and the #2 Vegan-friendly city in America by VegNews Magazine. Portland is the home of countless vegan-friendly restaurants, the home of many vegans and vegan organizations and businesses, and is full of great vegan people you will meet soon!

How long is the Vegan Vacation?
The Vegan Vacation in Portland will be taking place from August 3-9. Feel free to come early or stay late.

Will there be downtime for me to do my own thing?
Yes, there will be downtime everyday, mostly in the afternoons. Most days have two events, one in the morning, one in the evening. Other days have 3 events, but there will be downtime each day and participants are not required to attend every event, just ones you find interesting, or have availability to attend.

What do I need to bring?
Check the itinerary on to see what activities will be taking place and bring items accordingly. Some general suggestions: Camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, running shoes, spending money, athletic clothes, enough clothes to last a week if you are coming for the whole event (although there will be opportunities to wash clothing), a watch, and open mind.

Who is going to be there?
The majority of the participants in the Portland Vegan Vacation will be residents of Portland and nearby areas. We also have vegans coming from as far away as Germany and the East Coast of the United States. We expect a few dozen people for each event and perhaps as many as 50-100 people for some events. Check the itinerary for events with limited occupancy (only two events).

What does have to do with
Both websites are run by Robert Cheeke, and was where the first Vegan Vacation was organised. This website ( is for organising current and future vacations, is just how it started. You might like to pop over there and check it out!

Do I have to be into bodybuilding and fitness to come to the vacations?

Not at all, we encourage anybody and everybody to come along, and join in with whatever you like. A vacation is a time to enjoy yourself, you choose what you enjoy doing, it's mainly a chance to meet up with lots of vegans at once.

Who should I contact with questions about the Vacations?
Robert Cheeke Phone: 541-231-6269
Write to:
Robert Cheeke
Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
P.O. Box 2125
Corvallis, OR 97339
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Posted: Jul 27, 2006 6:50am
Jul 12, 2006
Category: Main Courses
Cuisine: American

Gail paraphrased the well-publicized dairy industry
campaign with her own question.

"Got pet food?"

"You mean, those little cans of dog and cat food
contain minced udders?" I asked?

Occasionally, I find myself situated behind little old
ladies at supermarket checkout counters. They often spend more money on tiny tins of cat food then they do on their own groceries. The cans read, "100% beef." If only they knew this dairy industry secret.

Eisnitz begins Chapter Thirteen with a quote from
David Carney, a USDA meat inspector.

"We used to trim the %#&!*% off the meat.
Then we washed the %#&!*% off the meat.
Now the consumer eats the %#&!*% off the meat."

If you eat chicken, you might want to skip the next
paragraph. If you buy and prepare chicken for your
family, you cannot afford not to read what follows.

Gail writes:
"Today, thanks to automation in the industry,
individual poultry plants... can kill and process
as many as 340,000 birds per day.

Since it's easier to bleed a bird that isn't flapping
and struggling, most live birds have their heads dragged
through an electrically charged water bath to paralyze
-not stun- them. Other industrialized nations require
that chickens be rendered unconscious or killed prior to
bleeding and scalding so they won't have to go through
the process conscious. Here in the United States, however, poultry plants... keep the stunning current down to about one-tenth of that needed to render a chicken unconscious.

A conveyor then carries the shocked and paralyzed birds
to a high-speed circular blade meant to slit their throats
but which occasionally misses birds as they rush past at
the rate of thousands per hour.

After their heads and feet are removed and they've been
washed (and feathered), the chickens are re-hung on an
evisceration line. There, machines automatically cut
them open and pull their guts out.

In the scald tank, fecal contamination on skin and
feathers gets inhaled by live birds, and hot water opens
bird's pores allowing pathogens to seep in. The pounding
action of the de-feathering machines creates an aerosol
of feces-contaminated water which is then beaten into the birds. Contamination also occurs when the birds have their intestines removed by automatic eviscerating machines. These high-speed machines commonly rip open intestines, spilling feces into the bird's body cavities. Rinsing a chicken 40 times does not remove all of the bacteria.

Water in chill tanks has been aptly named 'fecal soup' for
all the filth and bacteria floating around. By immersing
clean, healthy birds in the same tank with dirty ones, you're practically assuring cross-contamination. Chickens that bathe together get contaminated together."

Gail finishes the chapter by quoting Gerald Kuester of USDA:

"There are about 50 points during processing where
cross-contamination can occur. At the end of the line,
the birds are no cleaner than if they had been dipped
in a toilet."

What drips down a cow's leg while it's being milked? Feces, mucous, blood, bacteria. A filter is used to remove those impurities before the milk enters the bulk holding tank. Drink that milk and devour the glorious essence of bovine excrement.

Eat their flesh and you consume those diseased animals that no longer produce enough milk to guarantee a profit to the dairyman. When cows are diseased, with cancer or leukemia, paratuberculosis or other sicknesses, that's when they are sent to their final fate. Your dinner produce enough milk to guarantee a profit to the dairyman. When cows are diseased, with cancer or leukemia, paratuberculosis or other sicknesses, that's when they are sent to their final fate. Your dinner plate.
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Posted: Jul 12, 2006 8:17pm


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