In honor of The Great American Meatout this month, treat yourself to an amazing nutrient-packed veggie lasagna… and share it with your friends and family. This lasagna features spinach, the super champion of healthy veggies, providing calcium, vitamins A and K, magnesium and folic acid. You’ll be sure to enjoy this oil-free dish that’s both good for your heart and your stomach.
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. chopped garlic
2 Tbs. water
2 26-oz jars of spaghetti sauce
9 lasagna noodles (uncooked)
black olives, sliced (optional)
Sauté the mushrooms and garlic over medium heat in the water until tender; cover between stirring to keep them from drying out; remove from heat and add spaghetti sauce.
Place tofu and thawed spinach in the food processor and process briefly; add the remaining filling ingredients to the processor and blend until smooth.
Spread half of the sauce in the bottom of a 9x12-inch pan; place a layer of noodles over the sauce, using three dry noodles, leaving a little space in between them; spread half of the tofu mixture over the noodles; cover with another layer of 3 noodles and then spread the remaining tofu mixture over them.
Top with a final layer of noodles and top with remaining sauce; cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees; remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes.
Remove lasagna from the oven and sprinkle with Parma and sliced black olives (optional).
You love great taste but hate cholesterol, right? Parma! is an all-natural, dairy-free alternative to parmesan cheese. Made with raw organic walnuts, it is an enzyme-rich, high potency food source complete with B complex vitamins, including B12, and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also packed with iron, high-quality protein, folic acid, manganese and trace minerals. More than a smart alternative to fatty parmesan cheese, Parma! can be added to pastas, salads, veggies, popcorn, pizza, soups, and more.
Parma is manufactured by Eat in the Raw, a generous supporter of The Great American Meatout and other animal-friendly causes.
Diets rich in magnesium, such as whole grains and vegetables, help reduce stroke risk in smokers, according to a new study. Researchers examined the dietary habits of 26,000 male smokers in Finland, aged 50 to 69. Results indicated that men who consumed the most magnesium had a 15% lower risk for cerebral infarction, a type of stroke. The association was stronger in men younger than 60 years.
In addition to lowering blood pressure, magnesium may influences cholesterol concentrations. Foods rich in magnesium include dark green vegetables, brown rice, soybeans, nuts (almonds, cashews, brazil), and seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower).
With the culmination of Meatout this month, be an inspiration to yourself and others by continuing to eat a healthy, compassionate diet and encouraging others to join you.
Invite your friends and family to subscribe to Meatout Mondays and request a free Veg Starter Guide. Simply ask them to visit MeatoutMondays to sign up and mention YOUR NAME in the “How Learned” field. Get 20 people to sign up and you’ll win a FREE Meatout gift pack, which includes an official Meatout t-shirt, poster, and a coupon for a free pint of Purely Decadent soy ice cream.
What else can you do to spread the message of compassion in honor of Meatout? Send out “Happy Meatout” e-cards to friends, family, and your entire e-mail list! Click here to take your pick of 7 fun cards.