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Farm Animal Rights Movement
Valentine's Day Edition - February 14, 2011

Serving Size 1 ravioli (Recipe makes 4 servings)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 347
From Fat 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 449mg
Total Carbohydrate 54g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 1g
Protein 13g

Vitamin A 236%
Vitamin C 81%
Calcium 19%
Iron 43%

* % Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Hearty Ravioli

Here's the perfect dish for a romantic Valentine’s dinner. You and your sweetie will swoon over this classic spinach ravioli floating in an Italian tomato sauce. Serve it with soup and salad on the side.


1 jar tomato sauce
fresh basil (to taste)

For the Pasta:
1 lb. spinach, large stems removed & chopped
1 Tbs. grainy mustard
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 Tbs. bread crumbs
pinch of salt

For the Raviolis:
1 cup semolina four
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water
pinch salt


  1. Make the ravioli dough: In a bowl, combine the pasta ingredients to make a dough; wrap in a towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. For the filling, steam or saute the spinach in water; place in a large mixing bowl; add the mustard, salt and bread crumbs and mix well; season with salt, cayenne and pepper.
  3. To make the ravioli, divide the dough in fourths and roll out each portion on a floured work space, allowing the first sheet of pasta to sit while rolling out the second (one of the tricks to the pasta is to make sure you’ve rolled the dough out very thin).
  4. Cut out ravioli shapes with a knife, form, or press; stuff with the filling; place the top part of the ravioli over the filling and close with a fork; cut off the extra using a knife.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salty water to boil; put your ravioli into the salty water and cook; they are ready when they come floating to the top.
  6. Place the first cooked raviolis in the oven to keep warm until they are all ready.
  7. When ready to serve, put a layer of sauce on the plate and lay the raviolis on top; garnish with some fresh cut herbs.

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Almond Dream Bites

Dream a little dream with Almond Dream Bites. These decadent snacks are proof that good things do come in small packages. They're bite-sized nuggets of sweet vanilla Almond Dream coated in rich thick chocolate. A sweet tiny delight that's all-natural, lactose, gluten and cholesterol free, with no transfat or refined sugars. Oh, what sweet dreams!
Enjoy these special treats with your sweetie after a nutritious vegan Valentine's Day dinner.

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Vegan Dietary Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years, now for the first time offer guidelines for vegan eating. The guidelines place new emphasis on eating more fruits and vegetables and devote two pages to vegan and vegetarian eating. They note that vegan diets reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease.

“People who avoid meat cut their risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, and those who also avoid dairy products and eggs are healthiest of all,” says nutrition education director of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “It’s good to see that these diets are now part of federal policy.”

Read the analysis by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine at!

Compassionate Wedding

Cheryl Breuer recalls her first date with Tom as “like coming home after a long, arduous trip.” They’d been college friends, but had lost touch. Thirteen years later, Facebook brought them together again. After exchanging e-mails for a couple months, the pair realized they had grown in amazingly similar directions and decided to date. Six months later, they were engaged.

With a mutual concern for animals, the earth, and health, the couple decided to have a cruelty-free wedding. They explain, “Having a vegan reception was something we wouldn’t compromise on. We had an absolute blast... the ceremony was touching; the food was amazing, and having our families there just added to the joyousness of the day.”

Cheryl advises, “If you’re currently planning your “dream” wedding, ask yourself this. Whose dream is it, really? The wedding industry spends billions of dollars annually to help ensure that your wedding includes their products. You don’t have to do it their way. If you want to do something different, go for it!”

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