Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
May 12, 2008
RootBeer Float Cupcakes

Mother’s Day is the time to express your gratitude, show your love, and spread compassion to all the people who look after you. It’s time to make a sweet statement with delectable cruelty-free goodies. Treat your mom and others to fun, cholesterol-free cupcakes. You can also educate others about your efforts to eat veg and ask them to try it with you!


1 cup rootbeer soda
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. rootbeer extract
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

1 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 Tbs. vanilla soymilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a dozen cupcake tins with papers.
  2. Combine the soda and vinegar and let stand for a few minutes.
  3. Add the sugar and oil, whisking vigorously until slightly frothy; integrate the extracts, and gently introduce the flour, along with baking powder and soda, and salt (Note: be careful not to over-mix).
  4. Distributing the batter evenly between the prepared tins, fill cupcake liners approximately 3/4 of the way to the top.
  5. Bake for about 18-22 minutes. Allow them to cool completely before topping with frosting.
  6. Make the icing by combining room temperature shortening into a mixer; beat thoroughly until creamed, then add sugar and start on a low speed; incorporate soymilk and extract, and combine thoroughly.
  7. Apply to cupcakes and have a great Mother's Day.

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My Sweet Vegan

Show your loved ones how much you care with the gift of sweet recipes. My Sweet Vegan is a masterpiece cookbook featuring compassionate creations for unlimited tastebud-pleasing possibilities. The book features delicious desserts that everyone will enjoy… without the use of animal products. My Sweet Vegan is a truly amazing collection of seventy-seven scrumptious original recipes produced and photographed by Hannah Kaminsky. This young cook developed unique dessert recipes easy enough for anyone to make.

Hannah is hopeful that My Sweet Vegan will help to support the college education she has just begun, but she also views it as the first major step in her career. With her second cookbook already underway, we are eager to see what heights this talented young cook will reach.

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The Milk Misconception

Advertisements saying that dairy products can help people lose weight are misleading, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina and doctors at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Published in a recent issue of Nutrition Reviews, a research study evaluated evidence from 49 clinical trials from 1966 to 2007 that assessed the effect of milk, dairy products, or calcium intake on body weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). Findings indicate that neither dairy products nor calcium supplements helped people lose weight. An association between calcium or dairy intake and weight loss seen in some observational studies may be attributable to other factors, such as exercise, decreased soda intake, lifestyle habits, or increased fiber, fruit, and vegetable intake. “ Our findings demonstrate that increasing dairy product intake does not consistently result in weight or fat loss and may actually have the opposite effect,” the authors conclude.

Also Dr. Neal Barnard of PCRM has written about the 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women, linking dairy intake with increased bone fractures. The research revealed that those who drank milk three times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank milk.

To read the full article, click here!

Mother-Son Super Team

Great mothers make great kids! Eileen Scanlon Christofi is a certified Humane Educator, vegan animal rights activist for about 20 years, and mother of a vegan 10 year-old. Her son Ryan is an outspoken educator about animal rights. Ryan looks for every opportunity to provide a voice for the animals. Whether he’s educating his peers about compassion if someone tries to kill a bug or distributing veg information at school, he’s not shy about speaking up for those who can’t. He volunteers his free time at a cat rescue shelter, cleaning cages and socializing with the cats. He has spoken at events on a college campus in Palm Beach and he’s also done a couple of podcasts for the campus on veggie/environmental issues. Mom and son are always side by side sticking up for animals, attending protests, speaking engagements, tabling events, and more. Eileen is proud to say that she believes Ryan “will be one of the adult activists of tomorrow.”

The mother-son team ask YOU to be an inspiration this Mother’s Day by helping animals. What can you do? Practice compassion towards mother cows and their babies by not consuming cow’s milk. Dairy cows suffer a great deal to produce milk that their babies aren’t even allowed to drink. Artificially impregnated year after year, dairy cows are genetically manipulated to produce 100 pounds of milk a day — ten times more than they would produce naturally. Their bodies are under constant stress and they are at risk for numerous health problems, including mastitis, a bacterial infection of their udders. Their calves are taken away from them just hours after birth and male calves are often sent away for veal production.

Let’s make a positive statement this Mother’s Day by choosing compassionate alternatives to cow’s milk such as soymilk, nut milk or oat milk. The cows and their babies will thank you

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