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Farm Animal Rights Movement

January 21, 2013

Serving = 2 "Meatballs" + 1/4 cup veggies.
Does not include sub rolls. Makes 6 servings.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 227

From fat 138


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15g


Saturated Fat 1.5g


Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 216mg


Total Carbohydrate 22g


Dietary Fiber 3.5g


Sugars 11.4g

Protein 4.8g

Vitamin A 4.7%

Vitamin C 52%

Calcium 3.8%

Iron 7.1%

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

Walnut Bella "Meatball" Subs

Holy smoke! Sometimes we are simply blown away by the ingenuity of vegan recipe bloggers and their culinary masterpieces. This is one of those times. We highly recommend you jump on over to Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes to drool over the good-enough-to-eat, step-by-step photos that go along with this recipe. While you're there, peek into their recipe box and marvel at all the glorious creations.


1 cup walnuts
4 oz. baby bella mushrooms, cut in half (about 3/4 to 1 cup)
1 tsp. all purpose savory seasoning
4 sprigs fresh parsley
4 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (1 slice of bread)
1 flax "egg" (1 Tbsp. ground flax + 3 Tbsp. warm water, mixed and set aside for 5 minutes)

Veggie Filling:
1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 large shallot, sliced
1 tsp. olive oil
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

sub rolls, toasted
parsley for garnish


1. In a food processor, finely grind bread into crumbs, set aside.
2. In a food processor, finely grind walnuts, half of the mushrooms, seasoning and parsley until well mixed. Mixture should be a bit moist from the walnuts. Transfer to mixing bowl.
3. In a food processor, add dates and remaining mushrooms to the processor, grind well. Transfer mixture to the bowl with the walnut mixture. Add bread crumbs, olive oil, salt and flax "egg." Mix well.
4. Form the mixture into 12 balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes until brown.
Prepare your veggies:
6. Sauté veggies in oil over medium-high heat. Caramelized bits are good. Towards the last few minutes of cooking, add the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. Continue to cook until vinegar is reduced to 1/2 -- you are looking to create a glaze of balsamic vinegar on the veggies. Remove from heat and set aside.
7. Toast sub rolls in oven for 2-3 minutes when "meatballs" are almost finished baking.
8. Once the "meatballs" are done cooking, allow to cool for about 3 minutes.
9. Assemble, garnish with parsley, and enjoy!

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NEW! Earth Balance Snacks

The new Earth Balance Plant-Based Snacks are the first of their kind on the market and include Vegan Buttery Flavor Popcorn, Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Popcorn, Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Puffs, and P.B. Popps, a sweet and salty peanut-buttery popcorn treat.

Made with all-natural, US-grown non-gmo corn, expeller-pressed oil and delicious flavor, these snacks are vegan, gluten-free and free from trans fats, artificial and genetically modified ingredients of any kind.

By the bag or the bowl, these snacks are sure to satisfy any crunchy craving, and are perfect for munching any time of day.

For product and nutritional information, visit

America's Fittest Mayor Asks Chicago to Choose Vegan

Chicago mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel praised vegan eating on a recent news segment. He invited his fellow Chicagoans to join him in eating plant-based foods rather than animal products in an effort to create a healthier city.

Mayor Emanuel is touted as being “America’s fittest mayor" -- competing in triathlons and championing healthier eating. On the news segment, he joined vegan athlete, author, and former firefighter Rip Esselstyn, and a Chicago firefighter who tried Esselstyn's Engine 2 Diet plan (what Esselstyn calls "a plant-strong diet") with dramatic improvements to his health.

Mayor Emanuel says that he sees plant-based eating as an important factor in combating diet-related disease, lowering healthcare costs, and increasing longevity. He credits his own good health and improved triathalon times to healthy, plant-based eating.

"I'm a firm believer in personal responsibility," the mayor says, "... I'm not telling you what to do, but you have choices to make and they have consequences both to your health and your healthcare costs."

Watch the news footage by clicking the image above or here.

How To Live To 100

The Cooking Channel kicked off the new year by premiering a show dedicated entirely to vegan cooking. How to Live to 100 stars Chef Jason Wrobel who the channel calls "King of Superfoods."

Jason is a world-renowned expert on organic raw vegan cuisine and culinary education. He focuses on simple foods with an artful presentation using fresh, local, organic produce and the healing properties of raw superfoods. Jason’s dishes have received rave reviews from a long list of celebrity clients including Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven, Sigourney Weaver, and Russell Simmons.

Jason says, “My goal as a culinary artist is to use organic raw and living foods as a catalyst to heal our bodies and increase our longevity. Through food, music and entertainment, I inspire people’s creativity, tantalize their imaginations and turn them on to how fun, easy and incredibly tasty healthy organic cuisine can be.”

Get inspired in the kitchen at How To Live To 100.

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