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Farm Animal Rights Movement
June 27, 2011

Serving Size 1 cup -- Recipe makes 6 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 258
From Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0.1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 710mg
Total Carbohydrate 55g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 7g
Protein 10g

Vitamin A 21%
Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 8%
Iron 23%
* % Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Party Pasta Salad

Here’s a perfect party pasta salad: it’s easy to make, colorful, and delicious! Created by Nava Atlas of the Veg Kitchen, this recipe combines the familiar flavors of cold pasta, black-eyed peas, and fresh corn, topped off with peppers and herbs. It's perfect for everyday meals or company fare.


8 oz. pasta (any short, chunky shape)
1 can (15 oz.) black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed
2 cups cooked corn kernels, preferably fresh
1 cup snow peas, trimmed, halved & briefly steamed
½ medium red bell pepper, cut into narrow strips
2 scallions, thinly sliced
½ cup vinaigrette (homemade or store-bought)
¼ to ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
fresh dill, chopped (optional, to taste)
salt & freshly ground pepper (to taste)
cherry tomatoes, cut in half (optional, to taste)
black olives, cut in half (optional, to taste)


  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente; drain and rinse under cool water, then drain well again.
  2. Combine the cooked pasta with the remaining ingredients in a serving bowl, and toss.
  3. Add the dressing and toss again; cover and refrigerate until needed or serve at once.

For this and more fun summer recipes, visit the Veg Kitchen by Nava Atlas!

Daiya Shreds

Daiya is deliciously dairy-free with an irresistible melt, stretch, and taste. It’s a healthy alternative to cheese that you and your family can enjoy in any of your favorite meals and recipes at home. Daiya Shreds taste amazing in your favorite recipes... pizza, nachos, quesadillas, mac & cheese, and much more! The only thing you’ll be missing is the cholesterol. Daiya stretches your options for a healthier lifestyle!

For product and nutritional information, visit!

Benefits of Healthy Eating

Plant-based diets are not just better for weight management; they are more nutritious than diets that include meat, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Data from more than 13,000 participants revealed that not only were vegetarians slimmer than their meat-eating counterparts, their fiber intake was 24 percent higher and calcium intake was 17 percent higher. Vegetarians also consumed more magnesium, potassium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E, and less total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

The study was accompanied by an editorial concluding that “the benefits of following a plant-based diet can be valuable beyond weight loss goals.” Specifically, vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and “lower risk for many disease states including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension.”

To read the full article, click here.

Sharon's Story of Change

Congratulations to Shannon Sutter on winning the Blooming Platter Cookbook contest last month! Here’s her story:

It all started with my New Year’s resolution being, “change.” I could change my hair, my style, my job, but what it became was a change that not only had an impact on me, but on so many others. This year my change came about in the form of veganism.

Initially it was only a 30-day challenge, but when the thirty days was up, I wasn’t. I felt fabulous! I understood that eating the way I had been was causing my body to suffer as well as the animals that I was ingesting.

Change also meant that my participation in our monthly cooking club was going to end. Fortunately, it was my month to host and I figured I would go out with a bang. “Vegalicious” was the theme and boy was it ever! The girls loved it and it was decided that I would stay in club and bring a vegan dish each time. They also began adapting their recipes for me.

I truly have found this to be one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. There are many more aspects of being a vegan that I am enjoying as well. I am now in the process of making kinder choices when I purchase clothing and shoes.

Most certainly my friends and family inquire with the ubiquitous vegan questions. “How do I feel?”, “Do I get enough protein?” and “Don’t I miss certain things?” My reply is, “What I feel is fabulous, that I still get plenty of enjoyment and nourishment from eating, and that the only thing I miss is that I didn’t make this change sooner.” Like the adage goes…change is good!

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