Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
March 2, 2009
Recipe
A Simple Asparagus Soup

Asparagus is one of the most nutritious foods on earth, prized for its medicinal properties for nearly 2,000 years! It can be served hot or cold and tastes delicious roasted, steamed, or sautéed. Here’s a delectable asparagus soup recipe that’s quick and easy to prepare and sure to satisfy.

Ingredients:

2 bunches (3 lbs.) of asparagus
4 tsp. powdered vegetable broth or 2 bouillon cubes
4 ½  cups water
2 medium onions, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1/2 cup raw cashews
salt & white pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Cut off the stems of asparagus (about 1 inch) and discard.
  2. Cut off two inches of the asparagus tips and simmer (tips only) over low heat in one cup of boiled water for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside, and save with liquid.
  3. In a 4-quart saucepan, add onions, remaining asparagus stalks, garlic, onion, seasonings, water, and the liquid from the asparagus tips.
  4. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until asparagus is tender.
  5. Puree soup in a blender in small batches; in final batch, add and puree cashews.
  6. Return to saucepan; thin with water if necessary (up to 2 cups); heat and serve with tips.

For more easy veg recipes, visit www.Meatout.org!

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Supportive of good causes, Primal Spirit Foods is generously donating product samples for educational activities taking place in honor of the Great American Meatout this month.

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health
Asparagus Against Mercury

Two important studies have revealed the presence of mercury in many foods and beverages. The first study was published in the current issue of Environmental Health. Researchers found mercury in nine of twenty samples of commercial High-fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The second study, conducted in 2008 by the non-profit watchdog group Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, found that approximately one in three of fifty-five brand-name foods contained mercury. Since HFCS has replaced sugar as a sweetener in many products, mercury may be present in foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, soups, and condiments.

The good news is that fruits and veggies can help protect against the harmful effects of mercury and other toxins present in processed foods. The amino acid glutathione is considered the most powerful, versatile, and important of the body’s antioxidants, critical in detoxification. Asparagus contains more glutathione than all other fruits and vegetables. It also contains a host of other valuable nutrients and anti-cancer compounds.

To read the full article, click here!

Inspiration
Get Motivated for Meatout

March is Meatout month! Be an inspiration in your community by spreading a message of health and compassion in honor of  the Great American Meatout. On (or around) March 20th — the first day of spring — caring people around the world educate their communities about the benefits of a veg diet. This year’s slogan is "Change Your Diet – Change the World!"

Here are just a couple of fun, easy ways you can participate this month:


Distribute colorful handouts
to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Click here to view the handouts and request a pack.


Host a Meatout Snack at your school, workplace, or social event by sharing delicious vegan food. Snack ideas include Tofurky Deli Slices, veggie hot dogs, soymilk, and/or soy ice cream.


Let us know your plans
and we’ll gladly mail you out free posters, handouts, and stickers. Don't miss this chance to share the joys and benefits of a veg diet with your community.

Visit the Meatout Action Center for more ideas on how to get involved!

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