Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
January 18, 2010
Chana Masala with Spinach

Spinach provides more nutrients than any other food when compared calorie for calorie. You can enjoy it fresh in salads or cooked in a favorite recipe. Chana masala (spicy chickpeas) is a traditional dish from India and this easy recipe features spinach. For a heartier dish, toss in some tofu with the chickpeas and serve over rice.


1 can chickpeas
½ onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
3 Tbs. olive oil
juice from one lemon (approximately 2 Tbs.)
½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. coriander powder
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. garam masala
1 large bunch of spinach or two handfuls, rinsed


  1. In a large skillet or frying pan, sauté onions and garlic in oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add chickpeas straight from the can, including all the water.
  3. Add spices and lemon juice and cover; simmer about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas are cooked and soft.
  4. Reduce heat, add spinach and cover; allow spinach to wilt for 2-4 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Amy's Kitchen Spinach Wrap

Want a quick, easy meal without giving up nutrition and flavor? Try an Indian Spinach Tofu Wrap, straight from Amy’s Kitchen. Amy’s Kitchen offers many vegan ready-made meals, providing wholesome options for people who appreciate great food but don’t have time to cook from scratch. With no trans fats or preservatives, this spinach wrap will invigorate you with delicate Indian seasonings and a bold taste.

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Greens Ward Off Gallstones

Green leafy vegetables are high in magnesium, a mineral important for multiple biochemical processes in the body. A recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology revealed that regular magnesium consumption can reduce the risk of gallstones. Researchers followed more than 42,000 men for 16 years. Participants who had the highest intake of magnesium from foods (on average 454 mg per day) also had a 30 percent lower risk of developing gallstones.

Adequate magnesium levels are needed for the health of our heart, bones, blood, nervous and immune systems, and multiple other tissues. Inadequate intake increases the risk of elevated cholesterol levels as well as increased insulin production and development of the metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, blood sugar, blood lipids, weight, and waist circumference), and these together increase the risk of gallstones. Magnesium deficiency is also associated with a higher risk of inflammation, osteoporosis, heart disease, and stroke.

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21-Day Vegan Kickstart

Haven't yet made the switch to a healthy, plant-based diet? The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wants to help you make 2010 your year for improving your health and diet with their 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, a three-week plan that introduces you to the vegan lifestyle.

Created by Dr. Neal Barnard and PCRM, this 21-day plan is the perfect way to get you started. By signing up online, you’ll receive daily emails, meal plans, vegan restaurant guides, and webcasts from Dr. Barnard. Plus, one of the most recognized vegans, actress and activist Alicia Silverstone, will share her vegan diet tips on how to seamlessly and deliciously create meals and snacks that will satiate your appetite and boost your health too!

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