Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
September 6, 2010
Spicy Bean Burgers

Planning on some grilling for your weekend celebrations? A dash of soy sauce and a flash on the grill gives these delicious burgers their hearty flavor. Kidney beans and hazelnuts provide a healthy and tasty source of protein. Serve these burgers up with fresh basil, lettuce, garden tomatoes, avocado, red onion, or any of your favorite toppings. Make plenty to share with friends and family!


1 packed cup red kidney beans (cooked or canned), drained
1 shallot, finely chopped
½ cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
1 tsp. ginger, finely chopped
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 Tbs. bread crumbs
2 Tbs. flour
salt & pepper (to taste)
oil for grilling or frying


  1. Mash or puree the kidney beans (with a little water, if necessary) to a coarse paste.
  2. Add shallot, hazelnuts, ginger, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, bread crumbs, flour, salt and pepper; mix well.
  3. Season and shape into 4 flat burgers; brush with oil and grill over hot embers. Alternately, fry the burgers in hot oil.
  4. Serve on a toasted bun with all the usual burger trimmings. Makes 4 burgers.

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Veggie Brothers

Take the labor out of Labor Day and any food-fun festivities. Veggie Brothers makes being vegan deliciously easy and more convenient than ever! It’s the first and only online restaurant featuring 100% vegan versions of America’s favorite classic dishes. Among their most popular items are their meat alternatives, such as Southern Style Drumstix, Soy “Chicken” Nuggets and Seitan “Ribs.” Take your pick of entrées, soups, appetizers and sides from 30+ menu items. They’ll deliver right to your door (anywhere in the USA).

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Meat & Cancer: Another Link

Researchers have found yet another link between eating meat and the risk of developing cancer. A new study, published in the journal Cancer, reveals that people who regularly consume processed red meats are more likely to develop bladder cancer.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute followed 300,933 individuals aged 50 to 71. During the 7-year follow-up, there were 854 cases of bladder cancer. Participants who regularly eat processed red meat were found to have the highest risk of developing the cancer. The researchers reveal an association between compounds related to cooking and processing, including nitrites, nitrates, heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Their findings provided support for an increased risk of bladder cancer with total dietary nitrite and nitrate plus nitrite from processed meat.

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The Power of Veganism

Vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke is proof that a plant-based diet is healthy, nutritionally complete, and builds strong bones. Believe it or not, Robert started out as the scrawny kid in school, but now he is a brawny vegan advocate. Growing up on a farm, Robert befriended animals and developed compassion for them. He says, “I became vegan as a teenager and was the smallest kid in class even before I was vegan. I always wanted to be bigger and stronger – always wanted to be like a muscle guy and so that’s what led me into bodybuilding.”

An accomplished bodybuilder, Robert's busy schedule isn’t just limited to training these days... he's also a representative of Vega, owner of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, a touring speaker, a published author, and yes he still has energy for more!

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