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Meat Out 2014 & Easy Salsa Pasta Salad

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MeatoutlogoWe’ve been herbivores around here for years. So it doesn’t seem complicated to us, the concept of going meatless for one day. However, we’re in the minority. Approximately 1% of Americans are vegan and an additional 3% are vegetarian. But the veggie-loving lifestyle is growing. The popularity of Meatless Mondays has been increasing. And the MeatOut is an annual event devoted to spreading the word about how awesome the plant-based life can be!!

MeatOut has been around a while. Formerly known as the Great American MeatOut, it was started in 1985 by the good folks at FARM. The idea is to set up a booth, get some flyers – basic grassroots stuff – and try to convince people to go without meat for one day. This simple act will save thousands of animals’ lives and make an environmental impact as well. On the MeatOut website, new pledges can sign up and get encouraging emails, meal plans and info about health, animal rights and climate change

We’re proud supports of MeatOut and hope you will check out their website and spread the word – cuz the Big Day is tomorrow, March 20! Try it – see if you can go with no animals on your plate for one day. Yea, it might be a change. But change is good – it keeps your brain active and challenges you to grow emotionally & spiritually. Why not get those benefits while you do good for so many other causes? It’s a win-win-win-win.

The wonderful folks over at Sister Eden asked us to create a simple pasta recipe for this occasion that anyone could make. We were equal to the task and came up with Easy Salsa Pasta Salad. This tasty lunch or dinner recipe travels well, is good warm or cold and can be made gluten-free if you use brown rice pasta (we like spirals, but any shape will work). You can use canned, frozen or fresh veggies. And the toughest part of the entire process is boiling and draining the noodles!!

SalsaPasta_lrNow you have a crazy-easy way to get going for MeatOut. Click over to Sister Eden and grab the recipe. You might even have many of the ingredients on hand. Make this simple meal, and you have lunch or dinner all squared away for the MeatOut. Need more ideas? Have a healthful breakfast of oatmeal made with water – drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy with an apple or banana; for lunch the Easy Salsa Pasta Salad; and at dinner time, make veggie burgers or beans and rice with veggies. Eating out for dinner? Go Chinese or Japanese – there are loads of meatless options, and they’re delicious! Oh and – there are loads of recipes on this blog! Click the “Munchies” link above for a listing of all the recipes we’ve ever posted.

Happy MeatOut!

Super Easy CousCous Supper

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Ever hear people say “vegan food is hard to make,” as if they could never tackle such a complex endeavor? Let’s end that right now. Everyone needs a few really simple, fast recipes. This one is perfect for workplace cafeterias, dorm rooms, even hotel rooms. All you need is a microwave, can opener, spoon, sink and bowl to cook in. There are only 3 ingredients and they can all be picked up at any grocery store. It’s complete with starch, protein and even some tomatoes. Any can of vegan tomato soup will work, and lots of cans are vegan friendly: Progresso, Dr. McDougall, Trader Joe’s, Muir Glen and Health Valley Organics all have offerings. Many store brands are vegan, too.

You can make this on the stovetop or in a microwave.  Literally, it’s ready in about 5 minutes. You can’t even order a pizza this fast! It serves two or four, depending on how much you eat, and if there’s a side dish, like an apple or bag of kale chips, to round out the meal. The recipe is also flexible, you can swap in and out different beans or soup flavors, depending on what you have handy. Like I said – ideal for students, travelers and folks eating in an office cafeteria! Hot food in minutes! This was a favorite of mine in college and still is during hotel stays. Hope you like it too!

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Super Easy CousCous Supper

1 can of garbanzo beans

1 container of tomato soup (we used Dr. McDougall’s Roasted Red Pepper Tomato)

1 box couscous, plain or flavored (we used Near East)

optional add-ons: dried or fresh herbs, chopped veggies or grated vegan cheese shreds, like Daiya

Open garbanzo beans; drain and rinse. Empty tomato soup into a saucepan for the stovetop or a microwave safe dish for the microwave. Heat thoroughly until bubbly at edges.  Add couscous and beans, sit and cover. Allow to sit for about 5 to 8 minutes, until couscous has absorbed all liquid. Fluff and eat.

Touchdown! Buffalo-Beyond Meat Pinwheels

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It’s true, we’ve got the hook-up on Beyond Meat. And we intend to make good use of it. We’re starting the year off right, with some Buffalo Beyond Meat Pinwheels.

These little treats are ideal finger-food for watching football (or basketball… or hockey…) and are simple to make.  If you have kids, this is a super recipe for them to help with, too, as working with the Crescent dough and making hand rolls is really fun. Considering the entire thing is complete in about 20 minutes, it’s also good for those who want to eat, like, now.

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If you’re ready to make this recipe, hop on over to the Sister Eden blog, where this is guest-posted as part of her Superbowl Party line-up.

And no matter where you are reading from, this ingredient list is doable. Cuz even Pillsbury makes vegan Crescent roll dough! Check it on Sister Eden.