Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
July 18, 2005
Terrific Tempeh Fajitas

If you haven’t yet experimented with the all wonderful tempeh, here’s your chance! This recipe combines the robust texture and mild nutty flavor of tempeh with yummy veggies and delicious seasonings. Tempeh, a protein-packed soy product, is available at most supermarkets. Depending on the store, it may either be kept in the refrigerated or freezer section and may come in varieties that include grains or vegetables. You’ll find that tempeh is easy to prepare and well worth trying. So get in the kitchen and cook with compassion!


12 large flour tortillas
1 1/2 pounds tempeh, cut into 1/4-inch strips
1 small white onion
1 small red onion
1 large red bell pepper
1 large green bell pepper
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 Tbs. chili powder
1 Tbs. ground cumin
Salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat the oven to 250.
  2. Stack the tortillas and wrap in foil and place in the oven to warm.
  3. In a steamer basket set over boiling water, steam the tempeh strips for 5 minutes and set aside in a bowl.
  4. Cut the onions and bell peppers into strips, and add to the tempeh.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat and saute the tempeh, onions, and bell peppers for about 5 minutes.
  6. Lower the heat to medium and add the garlic, cilantro, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Saute for 3 more minutes.
  7. Serve immediately with warm tortillas.

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The Saucy Vegetarian

Turn a simple vegan meal into a treat for your taste buds with delicious no-cook sauces and dressings. For busy nights when there just isn't time to create an elaborate meal, or for beginner cooks who just know the basics, "The Saucy Vegetarian," offers a fresh, easy approach to meal planning that adds zip and panache to even the most basic ingredients.

Learn the secrets for making either hot or cold no-cook sauces -- from curried to Italian-style, sweet or spicy, smooth or chunky -- that will make any meal out-of-the-ordinary, more nutritious, and mouthwatering. Written by Jo Stepaniak, this book serves as a source for devising imaginative vegetarian meals, a reference for improvising your own special creations, and a book of recipes for every kind of savory sauce and dressing imaginable. To learn more about the author, check out the Inspiration section below.

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For a More Lean Physique, Eliminate The Meat

Women who eat little or no meat are less likely to be overweight than their more carnivorous peers, according to a new study. The findings, say researchers, suggest that replacing some meat and other animal products with plant-based fare may help people control their weight.

The study of more than 55,000 Swedish women found that those who identified themselves as vegetarian or vegan tended to weigh less than meat-eaters, and were less likely to be overweight or obese. The self-proclaimed vegans were two-thirds less likely than meat-eaters to be overweight or obese, while the two vegetarian groups were about half as likely as meat-eaters to be overweight -- even with other factors, such as age, exercise and total calorie intake, taken into account.

Overall, vegans had the lowest average body mass index (BMI) -- a measure of weight in relation to height -- followed by vegetarians, then meat-eaters.

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Compassionate Philosophy

Jo Stepaniak, a friend of both people and animals, proves her dedication to all beings by educating the public on compassionate living and healthy eating. As an author and educator, she has been involved with vegetarian- and vegan-related issues for over four decades. In addition to authoring and co-authoring over sixteen books, she has contributed her insight to many other books, pamphlets, national publications, and magazines. She has been a frequent guest presenter, lecturer, and workshop leader throughout North America.

Jo’s experience and drive for empathy lies in her background of working for the public and making an incontestable difference in the lives of countless individuals. She has held important positions within social service, private counseling, mental health, mediation, and social justice organizations. Her philosophy of compassion extends beyond people to all living creatures. People and animals couldn't have a better advocate!

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