This month’s Great American Meatout offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious, nutritious plant-based recipes. Here, animal activist Bob Barker shares one of his own favorite vegan recipes. It’s loaded with tasty yet easy-to-find ingredients, and is simple to make. Tastes great topped with your favorite vegan cheese. Check out other celebrity recipes, too!
12 oz. vegan burger-style crumbles (try Boca)
1 packet taco seasoning
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
½ cup finely chopped scallions
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 cup low-sodium vegetable stock
2 cans black or pinto beans, rinsed
2 cans enchilada sauce
1 bag corn or flour tortillas
1 can (4 oz.) green chiles
1 small bag of corn chips, crushed
In a bowl, coat veggie crumbles with taco seasoning.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add scallions; cook 3 minutes.
Stir in flour; cook 1 minute; add vegetable stock; stir 1 minute; stir in beans and set aside.
Cover bottom of a lightly grease a 9"x13" baking pan with enchilada sauce; place one tortilla layer over sauce; pour bean mixture on top and add half the chiles; add more enchilada sauce and another tortilla layer; add burger crumbles, remaining chiles, and enchilada sauce; end with the remaining tortillas and enchilada sauce.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees; remove foil; sprinkle crushed corn chips on top and pop back in the oven for 15 minutes.
Hungry for a healthy, hearty filling for your next sandwich? Satisfy your craving with Tofurky Deli Slices. Extra thin, these slices are certified vegan, containing substantial protein with minimal fat and zero cholesterol. Tofurky Deli Slices, made by Turtle Island Foods, come in seven terrific flavors: Original, Peppered, Hickory Smoked, Cranberry & Stuffing, Italian, and “Philly Style” Steak. Look for them in your nearest natural foods store.
Turtle Island Foods is an official sponsor of the Great American Meatout, and they have generously donated Tofurky Deli Slices to Meatout outreach events taking place across the US.
A study found that people who eat more leafy green vegetables have reduced risk of getting lung cancer. The study, recently published online in Cancer Research, included more than 1,000 smokers or ex-smokers, chosen because they are at higher risk of getting lung cancer. Researchers examined the diet of participants and revealed that those who ate more leafy green vegetables had less risky DNA; the “better” or less risky DNA has less methylation (a type of chemical modification) in certain genes, leading to lower risk of lung cancer. Methylation interferes with normal control of cell division, allowing some cells to grow wildly, which is cancer.
The Great American Meatout is culminating with great success! On March 20th, and throughout the entire month, caring people in 1,000 communities throughout all 50 U.S. states and a record 31 other countries are hosting educational activities to publicize the benefits of a plant-based diet.
In the past 26 years, more than 30 governors have issued Great American Meatout proclamations asking their citizens to explore a healthful nonviolent diet of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains on March 20th, the first day of spring. Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has shown support and courage this year. After issuing a Meatout 2010 proclamation for the state of Michigan, a heavy agricultural state, the meat and dairy industries have pressured her to rescind the proclamation. However, she maintains her commitment to encourage healthful eating.
What else? In honor of Meatout's 25th anniversary, we've created a Meatout TV ad. The 30 second ad draws a parallel between the animals society calls "pets" and the ones called "food."
Help us run the ad! For just one dollar, 100 more people will see this ad, so your gift will have a big impact. Donate now to spread the Meatout message to homes across America.