Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
May 11, 2009
Recipe
Sweet Potato Muffins for Mom

Show Mom you care by making these oh-so-delicious yet also nutritious muffins. The featured ingredients are heart-healthy oats and sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamin A and fiber. They also contain ground flax seeds, a great source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Mom will love these muffins, and so will everyone else! Whip ‘em up and let your mother start the day with a deliciously warm, homemade treat… something over the top, yet just right.

Ingredients:

1 cup quick rolled oats (plus 1/4 cup for topping)
1 cup whole wheat flour (plus 1/4 cup for topping)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1 cup fresh sweet potatoes, cooked & mashed
3/4 cup brown sugar (plus 1/4 cup for topping)
1/3 cup canola oil (plus 1-2 Tbs. for topping)
1/2 cup rice/soy/almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla (plus 1 tsp. for topping)

Directions:

  1. Set aside 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 Tbs. oil and 1 tsp. vanilla for topping.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the rest of the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, flax , cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Stir in sweet potatoes, brown sugar, oil, soymilk, and vanilla, just until well moistened.
  4. Fill oiled muffin tins 3/4 full.
  5. In a separate bowl, make the crumb topping by mixing together reserved oats, flour and sugar; with a fork; mix in oil and vanilla until crumbly.
  6. Generously sprinkle crumb topping on muffins and bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Makes a dozen muffins.

For more tasty vegan Mother's Day recipes, visit www.GoDairyFree.org!

book
Sinfully Vegan Cookbook

What better way to end a meal with Mom than with a luscious dessert made with healthy and delicious vegan ingredients? With Sinfully Vegan, the hardest part is deciding which one to make! Cookbook author Lois Dieterly has assembled a collection of 140 deliciously decadent dessert recipes. You’ll find instructions on how to prepare the full spectrum of desserts including brownies, cakes, candies, cookies, pies, puddings, quick breads, and tarts. They’re all dairy-and-egg-free and all made from scratch. This book provides a forward on veganism and has a useful Metric/US converter. If you want to indulge your sweet tooth and aren't on a low-fat diet, Sinfully Vegan is for you.

To purchase the book, click here!

health
Healthy Moms = Healthy Kids

Parents who encourage their children to eat wholesome, healthy meals early will have a positive impact on them for the future, affecting health, weight, and need for medical treatments. Vegetables, grains, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the optimal foods for children. Rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they form the foundation for dietary habits that support a lifetime of health.

Pediatric development tests in vegetarian children indicated mental age advanced over a year beyond chronological age, and IQ was well above average at 116 points. Additionally, researchers have discovered that adults who consume fruits and vegetables on a regular basis are also those who consumed these foods regularly during childhood. Research conducted more recently reveals that the strongest predictor of consumption of fruits and vegetables in children is the behavior and attitude of the parents.

To read the full article, visit www.PCRM.org!

Inspiration
Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is taking place this summer and you’re invited to participate! Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 28, people around the world will hold vegan bake sales. Participants get to choose where and what to sell (as long as it’s vegan) and where the proceeds go. It’s a great way to introduce people to animal-friendly treats, raise money for a cause, and help publicize the many benefits of a plant-based, cruelty-free diet.

Be an inspiration by hosting a Vegan Bake Sale in your community. Check out www.VeganBakeSale.org for helpful ideas on getting started, vegan baking tips, recipes, and links to additional resources. There’s even an intro to veganism. So start compiling recipes and practicing now.

Let us know your plans and we’ll feature you as an Inspiration in Meatout Mondays! Once you’ve held your bake sale, just e-mail us photos of you at the event. Don’t miss the opportunity to have fun and help a good cause.

Find out more at www.VeganBakeSale.org!

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