Summer is coming to an end, and no better way to celebrate the outdoorsy season than with a pool party in lovely San Diego with a vegan menu. Several women who follow veggie diets enjoyed an afternoon of snacks and swimming in Poway.
The group called Veg Gals was started around the year 2001 by a San Diego woman who later moved to Oceanside. After a year or so without meetings, the potlucks have been resurrected by Teagen McClain, local activist, and her mother Rose McClain, a personal chef. They have about 40 people on their email list and men have been known to sometimes attend. We were lucky to have the company of knowledgeable veggie people like local author Janice Stanger, Tracy Childs of Veg-Appeal and others.
The group is all about getting together with people with like interests and sharing delicious, healthy food. We filled our plates with a red quinoa black bean salad, tabouli with cucumber, a bean and corn salad from The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook, rice spaghetti with cashew alfredo sauce, applesauce pecan muffins, fresh strawberries, and more.
Besides the vegan menu, we shared meaningful conversation about the pros and cons of social media, animals adopted from Friends of County Animal Shelters, and the many upcoming veggie events in San Diego, including the Lean and Green Kids “Organic” Garden Party and others. Don’t miss all the goings-on during San Diego Veg Week.
To boot, we had entertainment provided by friendly tomato-eating dogs. What more could one ask for on a warm late summer day?