Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
March 8, 2010
Recipe
Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas

Looking for something deliciously exotic for dinner? Cook up these zesty enchiladas and try them along with Mexican rice and a crisp green salad spiked with Mandarin oranges or halved grapes. Or chop and add onion, peppers and tomatoes, and maybe even a dollop of guacamole.

Ingredients:

1 can (14 oz.) black beans, rinsed & drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
fresh juice from 1 lime
2 cups cooked sweet potatoes, smashed
1 Tbs. chopped canned green chiles
¼ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. curry or chili powder
sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
8 corn tortillas
1 cup vegetable broth
1 Tbs. white rice flour or cornstarch
1 cup salsa verde (green salsa) or chopped canned green chilies 
cumin or chili powder, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl combine drained black beans with minced garlic and lime juice; toss to coat beans and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl combine smashed sweet potatoes with tablespoon of chopped green chiles; add spices; season with sea salt and pepper.
  3. To make a vegan sauce: combine vegetable broth with tablespoon of rice flour or cornstarch; heat in the microwave until thickened (or in small sauce pan on stopvetop); whisk in the salsa verde and add cumin.
  4. Pour ¼ cup sauce into bottom of a 9”x13” baking dish to hold 8 enchiladas.
  5. Begin stuffing tortillas by laying first tortilla in sauced baking dish; wet it with the sauce to soften; spoon 1/8 sweet potato mixture down the center; top with 1/8 black beans; wrap and roll tortilla; repeat for remaining tortillas; top with remaining sauce.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until enchiladas are hot and bubbling.

This recipe is from Karina Allrich on www.FatFreeVegan.com!

 

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health
Garlic & Cancer Prevention

A new study suggests that the more garlic people consume, the lower the likelihood of cancer development. Researchers have designed a test that measures a potential carcinogenic process and a marker of garlic consumption.

The study, based at Penn State University, treated participants for one week with capsules containing varying levels of garlic: 1, 3 or 5 grams of fresh garlic. A separate group received 500 milligrams of ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. Results reveal that participants had a lower carcinogen count than those who took no garlic. Though the differences were slight, the consumption of 5 grams of garlic per day was associated with the lowest level of the marker for potential carcinogens. A single garlic clove typically can weigh between 1 and 5 grams.

To read the full article, click here!


Inspiration
International Meatout Explosion

March 20th, the first day of spring, marks the Great American Meatout! Since 1985, the annual campaign has encouraged people to "kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains." Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Meatout celebrations and educational events take place throughout all 50 U.S. states and 30 other countries.

With Meatout’s expanding popularity, international supporters in three countries maintain their own Meatout websites and coordinate events! Meatout France, known as Journée Sans Viande (translated as "life without meat"), participates in Meatout each year, hosting dozens of activities throughout France. Meatout Germany (Meatout.de) also maintains a website with Meatout event listings. Meatout Italy’s website (Meatout.it) contains tons of information on going vegan, along with recipes and resources.

You can get involved in Meatout too! Find out more at www.Meatout.org!

 

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