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July 30, 2012

Makes 6 servings.
(Serving size = 1 summer roll)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 259

From fat 36


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4g


Saturated Fat 0.2g


Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 315mg


Total Carbohydrate 40g


Dietary Fiber 1.8g


Sugars 4g

Protein 15.1g

Vitamin A 27.1%

Vitamin C 4.1%

Calcium 1%

Iron 8.6%

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

Seitan-Stuffed Summer Rolls

Enjoy a delicious twist on traditional spring and summer roll recipes by replacing the tofu with chopped seitan. Rachel at, says, "Using traditional, fresh Asian flavors, this appetizer whips up in a flash and packs a flavorful punch."

For Seitan Filling
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup seitan, chopped (see product recommendation below)
1 teaspoon diced ginger
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sriracha (hot sauce, optional)
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice

Wrappers & Other Filling
6 rice paper wrappers
1/2 cup finely sliced cucumber
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cup rice vermicelli, cooked, reserve liquid
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped scallion (green part only)


  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add seitan. Coat well with the oil, then add the ginger and soy sauce. Brown for 5 minutes, then add the lemon juice, sriracha, agave and 5-spice. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  2. Take the reserved cooking liquid from the rice vermicelli and place in a wide, shallow pan (or just use very hot tap water). Submerge one rice paper wrapper at a time in the water to soften; about 15-30 seconds per piece.
  3. Place the softened wrapper on a plate and add 2 tablespoons of the seitan mixture, a few pieces of cucumber, 1 tablespoon of shredded carrots, 2 tablespoons (a big pinch) of rice noodles, then a light sprinkling of cilantro and scallion.
  4. Gently roll the wrapper by first bringing sides over the mixture, then bringing the bottom up over the mixture and press down while rolling up.
  5. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce (hoisin, shriracha, peanut sauce, etc.).

    *Recipe and photo courtesy of Rachel Klein of

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Upton's Naturals

Uptons Naturals SeitanQ: What's the perfect seitan for this week's Meatout Mondays recipe? How can you veganize your favorite recipe calling for ground beef or chorizo? Is there a delicious meat-free Italian sausage to top off a pizza?

A: Upton's! Upton's! Upton's! Upton's prides itself on using simple ingredients to create unbeatable tastes and textures. Best of all, their products are healthy and 100% cruelty-free (no animal-based ingredients).

Thank you to Upton's Naturals for donating products to this year’s Animal Rights 2012 National Conference.

For nutritional and product information, visit the fun-filled website at

Doctors: "A plant-based diet is good for us and the planet."

Citing an urgency to reduce meat consumption to ease climate change, end world hunger, and reduce diet-related diseases, a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that a plant-based diet can easily meet the nutritional needs of children and adults of all ages. 

This study is directed at medical doctors to offer assurances to them and to their patients that a meat-free diet is not only nutritionally adequate, it also offers substantial health benefits.  "The evidence is quite good that people who follow a vegetarian diet are likely to have less heart disease, less colorectal cancer, less type-2 diabetes and they're less likely to be obese," writes nutritionist Dr. Rosemary Stanton.

“The current world food system is inequitable and unsustainable, and is creating huge and costly health problems,” says Dr. Stanton.  She continues, “Addressing perceptions of likely problems with meat-free diets is particularly useful. Fears that a diet without meat may mean a lack of protein can be put to rest.”

You may read the study in the current issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.

Football Champion Goes Vegan

6-foot-1, 229-pound Houston Texans running back Arian Foster announced that he has gone vegan. “Officially a vegan now. We’ll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful,” Arian tweeted to his over 200,000 followers. 

His announcement had tweeters atwitter. Fans were quick to offer advice and dietary suggestions.  Arian kept his cool and his sense of humor responding, “Lol I had no idea so many of my followers were nutritionists." He then added a more serious response that might hint toward his reasons for living vegan.  “People feel so strong about meat and milk," he wrote, "I wish they felt this strong about peace.”

Surely Arian Foster did his homework.  His $43.5 million-dollar contract counts on his staying strong and fit.  Arian knows, as many athletes have learned, that not only are plant-based foods good for us, athletes can thrive by living vegan. Compassion for the win!

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