Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
January 10, 2011

Southwest Chickpea Cakes

If you’re looking for a creative and healthy centerpiece for your dinner plate, these chickpea cakes are a great option. They're rich in protein and contain a variety of vegetables. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use any combination of vegetables and spice them according to your taste. They're excellent served alongside a rice dish and roasted asparagus.


olive oil for sautéing
¼ cup diced onion
¼ cup diced red pepper
1 celery stalk, diced
1 can (28 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. paprika
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp. hot sauce
2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs. cornstarch
salt & pepper (to taste)


  1. With a little olive oil, sauté onion, green pepper, and celery for 5 minutes until translucent.
  2. Use a fork or food processor to mash chickpeas, but not too much; mix in cooked onion, celery and pepper mixture, spices, flour and cornstarch; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. (Note: If you’re pressed for time, the mixture can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to grill them.)
  3. Shape chickpea mixture into patties and grill or fry with minimal oil until browned. Makes approximately 12 cakes.

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Primal Spirit Snacks

Primal Strips are delicious snacks that provide the positive health benefits of soy, seitan, and shiitake mushrooms. High in protein, low in fat and carbs, and cholesterol-free, their varieties include Hickory Smoked, Pepperoni, Teriyaki, Texas BBQ, Hot & Spicy, Thai Peanut, and Mesquite Lime. They're a favorite of protein-hungry bikers, climbers, and outdoors people. Look beyond snacking and cut them up in salads, stir-frys, and burritos, or even serve them hot on sandwiches. Kids love them in their lunch boxes and as mid-day snacks.

Supportive of good causes, Primal Spirit Foods has generously donated product samples for the annual Great American Meatout on March 20th.

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Meat Increases Stroke Risk

A recent study reveals that eating lots of red and processed meat leads to increased risk of stroke. In 1997, researchers in Sweden began following 34,670 women that did not suffer from cardiovascular disease and/or cancer. Ten years later, they found that 1,680 women from that group suffered a stroke. The majority of these women ate at least three ounces of red meat daily, which was found to increase the risk of stroke by 22 percent.

The team also found that the women who ranked in the top 10 percentile for red meat consumption -- eating at least 3.6 ounces daily -- were 42 percent more likely to suffer a stroke because of blocked blood flow in the brain compared to women who ate less than an ounce of red meat daily.

To read the full article, click here!

Great Sage

More and more restaurants are becoming aware of the importance of healthy, compassionate, and environmentally-friendly plant-based foods. Great Sage, an all vegan gourmet restaurant in Clarksville, MD, is among the best! Serving up delicious cuisine since 2004, Great Sage is part of a venture called the “Conscious Corner,” a shopping center with an organic natural foods market, socially responsible gift and clothing boutique, and more.

Great Sage features a bold menu inspired by exotic flavors from around the world, using organic ingredients to nourish the body. They seek to provide the highest quality gourmet foods created from plant-based sources.

Supporters of good causes, Great Sage regularly donates a portion of proceeds to charity, and will be hosting a benefit day for Farm Animal Rights Movement (producers of Meatout Mondays) on Sunday, January 23rd, where they’ll be donating 10% of their sales!

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