Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
August 30, 2010
Pignoli Spinach Lasagna

Here's a creative substitute for ricotta in this recipe: a pine nut based “cheese” that's nutritious, delicious, and free of dairy, soy, and cholesterol. Just boil the pasta, layer it with tomato sauce (your own or from a jar), spinach, and pine nut ricotta. The verdict? Probably the “cheesiest” dairy-free, soy-free lasagna ever. Plate-licking good!


12 lasagna noodles
1 cup pasta sauce
1 cup frozen spinach leaves, defrosted & patted dry
1 cup raw pignoli (pine) nuts, soaked in water for 1 hour
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. nutritional yeast
½ tsp. sea salt
1 Tbs. olive oil (optional)


  1. Boil lasagna noodles until al dente.
  2. Make the “ricotta” by blending pignoli nuts, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, and oil (if desired). (Note: You can make this ahead of time; it can sit overnight in the refrigerator. When ready to use, add water or oil until it achieves your desired texture.)
  3. Assemble lasagna in layers of pasta sauce, pasta, “ricotta”, and some spinach; repeat; end with "ricotta."
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 F or until the top is slightly brown and bubbly.

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Tofurky Deli Slices

If you’re hungry for a healthy, hearty filling for your next sandwich, you can satisfy your craving with Tofurky Deli Slices. Tasty Tofurky Deli Slices are certified vegan and contain substantial protein with minimal fat and zero cholesterol. Made by Turtle Island Foods, they come in seven terrific flavors: Original, Peppered, Hickory Smoked, Cranberry & Stuffing, Italian, and Philly Style. Look for them in your nearest grocery store.

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U.S. Deli Meat Recall

A Tyson Foods subsidiary recently recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday. This news was released less than a week after the egg recall, which resulted in more than a half billion eggs recalled due to salmonella contamination.

The deli meat was to be distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide. It may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. "Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease," according to the USDA. "Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy."

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A Coordinated Couple

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then videos must say so much more! That’s obviously true in the case of Jamie Kordack and David Merrick, who have volunteered as the video coordinators for the Animal Rights National Conference for years.

Jamie has been helping animals since the mid 1980's, but her activism really took off in 2001, after attending her first Animal Rights National Conference. Inspired by her experience, she decided to volunteer her time by helping out in the video room. Each year, she took on more responsibility and has become a reliable part of the conference's management team. David jumped on board in 2008 by joining Jamie to volunteer in the video room. Moved and educated by the films being played, he decided to go vegan and drop all animal products from his diet.

In addition to helping at the National Conference, the couple have hosted two New England Animal Rights Conferences and taught vegan cooking classes at an Adult Education School.

Check out the report from the Animal Rights 2010 National Conference!


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