Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
August 23, 2010
Oprah's Scrambled Tofu

Oprah classified this recipe as heart-healthy. She’s right! But what’s also right is that this scrambled tofu is so good, the only thing you’ll be thinking about is the amazing taste. Eggs are high in cholesterol, which raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. Vegan alternatives to eggs offer a healthy way of getting all of your necessary nutrients.


16-oz. firm tofu
3 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
3 Tbs. red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbs. olive oil
½ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup green onions or chives, sliced
½ cup onion, minced
2 tsp. soy sauce
salsa & corn tortillas (optional)


  1. Drain and crumble tofu.
  2. In a medium frying pan, sauté garlic and diced pepper with olive oil on medium heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the crumbled tofu first, then add remaining ingredients.
  4. Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally; serve with salsa and warm corn tortillas on the side, if desired.

Check out Oprah's recipe here & find more great egg-free recipes at!


Ener-G Egg Replacer

If you’re scrambling to find a replacement for eggs, Ener-G Egg Replacer can help. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, and eggs, Ener-G Egg Replacer mimics what eggs do in recipes and simplifies baking. This easy mix stays fresh over time, can be kept in your cabinets without refrigeration, and is equal to approximately 100 eggs. You’ll cut back on fat, cholesterol, and costs. Look for the box in your local supermarket or natural foods store in the baking section.

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Eggs Recalled for Salmonella

Hundreds of people have been sickened in a recent salmonella outbreak linked to eggs, and health officials have recalled 380 million eggs. Minnesota has tied at least seven salmonella illnesses to the eggs; California has reported 266 illnesses since June; Colorado saw 28 cases in June and July, about four times the usual number. Spikes or clusters of suspicious cases have also been reported in Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin.

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 8 hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems. This form of salmonella can be passed from chickens who appear healthy. And it grows inside eggs, not just on the shell.

A smart way to reduce your risk of salmonella poisoning, as well as avoid cholesterol-laden foods, is to explore plant-based alternatives to eggs and other animal products. Check out egg alternatives here.

Find out more about the recall here & visit to explore a vegan diet!

The Vegan Chef

As a kid, Tal Ronnen was an avid steak-eater with two vegetarian sisters. "I used to make fun of both my sisters," he recalls. "It's ironic. Now I'm leading that lifestyle." Leading it and more, Tal went vegan is the chef who cooked for Oprah's famed 21-day vegan cleanse and did the amazing vegan food for Ellen deGeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding. As demonstrated in his vegan cookbook, The Conscious Cook, his recipes are informed by all the food textures and flavors he's ever loved, including steak, seafood, cream and cheese… but they’re all plant-based! He says, “I became obsessed with the idea of creating vegan food that was just as mouth-watering and delicious as anything I’d ever had as a meat-eater.”

Tal is also a big proponent of Gardein, an amazing plant-based protein. "I know, you think, why should you want to create something that looks like meat if you don't eat it? I grew up eating meat," he explains. "I am used to the texture and flavor of meat. If I could have that without the negative health and environmental impact, that's a win-win." Tal continues to demonstrate how delicious and amazing a compassionate diet truly is!

Read an article about Tal here & check out his website at!


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