Ann Arbor Small Group Meeting

Hey there plant-powered people - 

We had a great meeting last night - the last AA Small Group meeting at my house as I will be moving to St. Joseph Michigan at the end of May. But - don't fret! Gaia and I will still be leading the AA Small Group every month! We'll be bouncing around to different locations including Wendy's Co-op space, Joanne and Chris's house in Ypsi and David and Nancy's backyard for a BBQ. 

It was so wonderful to have Joanne and Chris back from their travels (though we did not hear enough about them - we'll have to get the low down next time)! Faye, David and Nancy came back for a second meeting, and we are so happy to welcome Dana as a first-time AA Small-group-er! Finally, Adi was able to make a return now off his crutches and out of school.... Spring is in the air, folks, and we are so happy to see people returning to the meetings and to get to know the new faces! 

Resources! Many, many resources were shared yesterday throughout conversation - more than one can remember. I did my best to capture them all and have included them below. Click the links for more info on each item! 

  1. Restaurants to check out in Ann Arbor: 
    1. The Lunchroom (Kerrytown location is the one we discussed)
    2. Vedge (Near the courthouse on Main St)
  2. Movies to watch:
    1. Cowspiracy (now on Netflix!)
    2. What the Health - from the same duo! Available for purchase online OR you can come watch the moving this summer via PBNSG! 
  3. Recipes and food items
    1. Rich Roll Cookbook (and Podcast) - We had the Mac 'n Cheese recipe - I will have my book at our next meeting on 5/15 for you to take a picture of the recipe. 
    2. PBNSG's Nacho Cheese 
    3. Beyond Meat products
    4. Skinny Girl Poppyseed dressing (not all Skinny Girl products are plant-based, but they do tend to be low sugar and low oil - look out for added ingredients you cannot pronounce; this one is pretty clean!)
  4. Instapot
  5. AVP - the place I went for treatment in India - Not a vegan resource per say but a topic of conversation at our meeting
  6. Meetups - follow Veg Ann Arbor and Veg Michigan for additional events with plant-powered peeps. I'll do my best to get on this site and send some out to the group as well! 

Upcoming Events: See for more info and for tickets to all PBNSG events! 

Email me directly if you want to set up a carpool to any event! 

  • 4/26 - TOMORROW - Take a Trip Through Your Body with PBNSG - Learn WHY your body LOVES Plant-Based Foods and HOW to EAT this Way! 
    • 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Seaholm High School Little Auditorium, Birmingham, Michigan
    • *** Wendy reached out to carpool - if you're going to this, shoot me a message (email or text) and I'll connect you!! ***
  • 4/30 - Sunday - Veg Fest via Veg Michigan (not a PBNSG event)
  • 5/3 - Wednesday - Plant-Based Whole Food Approach to Diabetes, Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FAANP - Diabetes Education
    • 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Groves High School
    • *** Dana and I are planning on attending this event from Ann Arbor. If you'd like to ride with us, email or text me! ***
  • 5/11 - Thursday - Plant-Based Transition 101 Class
    • 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Groves High School, Staff Planning Lounge
  • 5/15 - Monday **NEXT AA SMALL GROUP MEETING**
    • Cheese extravaganza! 

      Location: Touchstone Co-Housing Common House (560 Little Lake Drive, A2)

      Cheese is one of the hardest things to give up and/or substitute for when transitioning to a vegan diet. How have you learned to best replace or substitute for cheese? Bring a dish that is 'cheesy' - could be vegan version of a dish that typically has cheese (ex: tacos - I make delicious vegan tacos, and you'd never miss the cheese!) or with a cheese substitute (ex: my vegan queso actually does taste cheesy!). 
  • 5/31 - Wednesday - John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market
    • 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Groves High School

Keep an eye out for additional events added to the schedule for our Small Group possibly including a pressure cooker demo, knife skills training, bring-your-own-tips and tricks for the hardest to prep food items (like avocados, onions, mangoes and pomegranates!) and a AA-SG BBQ! 

Hope to see each of you soon at an upcoming event!