Here is Your Weekly Healthy Vegan Recipe -Shepherd’s Pie with Garlic Chive Potato Crust brought to you by

This classic recipe uses a simple filling of carrots and peas, topped with a decadent yet healthful garlic chive potato crust. It’s the perfect dish to wow your guests at your next dinner party!

Makes 4 pies


For Pie Filling:
2 medium carrots, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons brown rice flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup frozen peas

For Garlic Chive Mashed Potato Crust:
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any unsweetened nondairy milk)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped chives


Preheat broiler to high.

Place potatoes and garlic cloves into a large pot and cover with water. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. While potatoes cook, start working on the filling.

Heat a wide pan over medium-high heat. Add diced veggies, cover, and let brown for 3 to 4 minutes. When onions are starting to brown, add the tomato paste, rosemary, and sage. Stir well to combine, cover, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until tomato paste darkens. Add the brown rice flour and stir well to coat all of the veggies. Cook until flour is no longer white, just another minute or two. Before the flour burns, add 2 cups of water (or vegetable stock). Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Partially cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Check to make sure your carrots are tender but not mushy. Remove the lid to cook off excess liquid. Simmer until thick and stew-like. Remove from heat.

When potatoes are done, check that they can easily slide off a paring knife. Drain and return to your hot pot. Add the almond milk, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and chives. Use a potato masher to mash well. Pour stew mixture into 4 individual pie tins (or use one larger tin for sharing). Spread the mashed potatoes over the stew mix. Place under the broiler for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden on top.

Chef’s Tips: You can easily scale this recipe down or up. Using individual pie tins allows for single-portion sizes, perfect for prepping your meals on the weekend and simply reheating during the week.

Source: Chef Katie Simmons

Per serving (1/4 of recipe, about 1 pie): Calories: 173; Calories from Fat: 9; Total Fat: 1 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 402 mg; Potassium: 876 mg; Total Carbohydrates: 34 g; Fiber: 7 g; Sugar: 6 g; Protein: 9 g; Calcium: 19 mg; Iron: 97 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

Another Healthy Delicious Fall Weather Soup Dish, brought to you by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine-Enjoy

We think you’ll love this traditional Mexican soup as much as we do! It is wonderful and satisfying, with or without the optional avocado.

Makes 4 servings


8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti, broken into 1-inch pieces
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
10 cups vegetable stock
2 zucchini, diced
1 large avocado, diced (optional)


In a medium pot, bring the vegetable broth to a boil and then set aside.

Heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add noodles and stir. Continue to cook until lightly toasted and golden brown, about 3 minutes. While the noodles are browning, place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and 2 cups of the vegetable stock in the blender and process until smooth. Strain this mixture directly into the golden noodles still in the hot pot. Stir to prevent the noodles from sticking, and simmer for 1 minute. Add the rest of your stock and boil until noodles are al dente, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper.

Set a medium sauté pan to medium-high heat. Add zucchini and sauté in water for 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add to soup, top with optional avocado, and serve.

Source: Dora Stone, chef and photographer, founder of mmmole.comand

Per serving: Calories: 303; Fat: 3.7 g; Saturated Fat: 0.6 g; Calories from Fat: 10.3%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 13 g; Carbohydrates: 61 g; Sugar: 8.9 g, Fiber: 9.2 g; Sodium: 1763 mg; Calcium: 93 mg; Iron: 4 mg; Vitamin C: 27.2 mg; Beta-Carotene: 1605 mcg; Vitamin E: 1 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

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Your Vegan Recipe of the Week No-Oil Asparagus and Pea Soup Brought to you by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

This soup is loaded with flavor and nutrients, without oil or salt!

Makes 8 1-cup servings


2 bunches fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed
3 cups frozen peas
2 cups unsweetened, plain almond milk
2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 shallots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
6 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: 1 spaghetti squash


Whisk together the tahini, water, and lemon juice.

To make roasted spaghetti squash soup bowls, preheat oven to 375 F. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds with spoon. Brush with the lemon tahini mixture and place cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. The edges should just be starting to brown.

If your oven isn’t already preheated for baking spaghetti squash bowls, preheat to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the trimmed asparagus, sliced shallots, and garlic on the baking sheet and brush with the lemon tahini mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until just starting to brown. Remove from oven and set aside. You will have leftover sauce that you can reserve for a soup drizzle.

In large pot, add vegetable stock and almond milk. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Add the reserved shallots and garlic cloves along with the frozen peas and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, stirring well. Add the nutritional yeast and salt and pepper to taste.

Put the roasted asparagus spears in a high-speed blender. Pour the pea soup mixture on top. Blend for about 2 minutes or until thoroughly creamy.

Return to pot over low heat and adjust seasonings as you see fit.

Chef’s Notes: Fill your spaghetti squash bowls with soup and serve with a spoon and fork. Top with corn, peas, or asparagus spears, or drizzle with the remaining lemon tahini sauce.

Source: Kristen, founder of

Per serving: Calories: 100; Fat: 3.1 g; Saturated Fat: 0.4 g; Calories from Fat: 3.1%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 6.7 g; Carbohydrate: 13.1 g; Sugar: 3.1 g; Fiber: 4.4 g; Sodium: 251 mg; Calcium: 170 mg; Iron: 2 mg; Vitamin C: 10.1 mg; Beta-Carotene: 832 mcg; Vitamin E: 2.1 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

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Vegan Recipe of the Week – Don’t let the word “Vegan” scare you away – These recipes are Delicious!

These recipes are graciously given to us from Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

If you haven’t baked with chai tea before, you’re in for a real treat with this perfectly balanced breakfast cake. Reminiscent of coffee cake, this one has just the right amount of sweetness and spice. 

Makes 9 servings


1 cup strong chai
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger (use more for a spicier cake)
3/4 cup vegan sugar, such as demerara sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flaked coconut, 2 tablespoons reserved


Prepare the chai ahead of time by steeping two chai tea bags in one cup of boiling water until cool.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Combine the dry ingredients (oatmeal through sugar) in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the chai, applesauce, vinegar, extracts, and all but 2 tablespoons of the flaked coconut. Mix well, and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the reserved coconut and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Per serving: Calories: 173; Protein: 3 g; Carbohydrates: 38 g; Sugars: 18.6 g; Total Fat: 1.7 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sodium: 285 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Chimps’ Days in Labs May Be Dwindling.”

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine 

Chimps’ Days in Labs May Be Dwindling

Dear Ms. Albanese,

Let me share a New York Times article about moving chimpanzees out of laboratories and into sanctuaries.

Lab Chimps Are Moving to Sanctuaries—Slowly

Getting to this point was a big job. It actually started with a group of chimpanzees in New Mexico who were going to be taken out of retirement and put back into research. We were alerted by local activists, and we worked with then-Governor Bill Richardson and several members of Congress to halt the transfer as soon as we could. The next step was to convene an Institute of Medicine panel to opine on whether chimpanzees were needed at all in research. We had to do a lot of work behind the scenes to kick out bad panel members, buteventuallythe Institute of Medicine did indeed conclude that there was no need for experimentation on chimpanzees. With that in hand, it was reasonably easy to convince the NIH to pull the plug on its chimpanzee research, and the retirement process began.

So, in the scheme of things, it was a rather quick victory, even though each piece of it took a lot of doing. We worked a lot with the folks in New Mexico, and HSUS was helpful on Capitol Hill. So it was very much a group effort—and that includes you. We could not do this work without your generous support. Thank you!

With gratitude,

Neal Barnard, M.D.

A Happy Ending To A Tragic Tale – Skye Is Wagging His Tail

9/18/17 – Update – Skye is Wagging His Tail!
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Long Road to Happiness.

6/11/17                        6/14/17                            7/24/17

Skye is a young dog that lived in Europe and all he wanted to do was play. On one fateful day, his owner took a sharp-edged object and brought it down with so much force that he took off half of Skye’s face.  The owners no longer wanted Skye and he was rescued by an adoption center. He could not open his mouth because the nerves were damaged. He needed to be fed with a tube. The adoption center put his picture on the internet as being one of the dogs that were up for adoption.  However, the picture they displayed was of the other side of his face. He was shipped to Germany to his new owners.

A young couple had adopted him and, as you can imagine, were horrified when they saw him.  They also instantly fell in love with him. No vet would take him. All of them said to put him down. The owners would not do that. Somehow they learned of Viktor Larkhill, who lives in Spain. If anyone could help Skye, it was Viktor.

It was a long road with many surgeries, but the team of veterinarians that Viktor works with will always help an animal in need.  They are some of the finest surgeons in the world.  Even knowing this, I thought, perhaps, Skye should have been put out of his misery. He looked so sad and I know he was afraid. Not to mention, the pain he must have been in. Yet, he never even whimpered. I am so happy and overjoyed to the point of tears, to say I was wrong.

Skye was taken back to the young couple that adopted him. And he already had a K-9 buddy there, a big loveable Burmese Mountain Dog, who was overjoyed to see his buddy Skye.  The young couple was crying with joy and were so gentle and loving to Skye. They could not stop kissing Skye and reassuring him  that he was home and he was so loved.

This may sound funny, but when I saw Skye go over to the bushes, lift his leg and pee, I knew that he knew he was home.  He was doing what a confident dog would do., mark his territory.

But the most joyful sight, and when I knew I had been wrong, was when I saw Skye’s little tail began to wag.  It was a visceral happiness, but that was the only kind of happiness that could have taken the visceral pain I felt for Skye.

I have to thank St. Anthony, the patron saint of finding lost objects, for leading Skye’s owners to find Viktor.  And St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the ecology, for healing Skye’s injuries, as well as his heart.

In the video, you will also see Cacao the cat, who was also miraculously saved and headed to her new home.

I hope you will be as overjoyed as I am.

Click Here To See All Of  Skye’s Updates And Videos.

Red Alert! Brazil’s Leader Wants to Sell Huge Parts of Protected Forests!

Click on the Beautiful Endangered Leopard To Sign The Petition
Red Alert! Brazil’s leader is trying to sell huge chunks of protected Amazon forest to corrupt businessmen in return for political favour — the last was half the size of Germany! 

But there’s a way we can stop him. He’s already in crisis, suffering from unbelievably low approval ratings and under constant fire in the media for corruption and attacks on the environment. 

This week, he’s heading to the UN General Assembly to try and drum up a positive round of global press. Let’s ruin his plans by showing up in NYC with two million signatures and a headline-grabbing stunt, and send him home with only one option to save his political career: stop killing the Amazon. 

Don’t let Brazil kill the Amazon!

The Amazon is a living miracle. It’s home to one in ten of the species on Earth, produces more than 20% of our oxygen, and we can’t stop climate change without it. 

But right now this essential ecosystem and the indigenous people who call it home are paying the price for a dirty political game. President Temer is selling off pieces of the forest for logging and farming to gain political favour from powerful businesspeople and members of Congress. He needs their protection because he’s historically unpopular, and under investigation for corruption himself! 

Scientists say moves like this could tip the whole Amazon into catastrophic crisis — warning the whole forest ecosystem could collapse! 

Brazil will be in the spotlight as they open a UN leaders meeting in days, and we’ll pull out all the stops in New York to put Amazon protection at the top of the agenda every time Temer shows his face. Over 900,000 Brazilians have already signed on — let’s back their massive campaign: 

Don’t let Brazil kill the Amazon!

Brazilian Avaazers have a history of making miracles — we helped passed the country’s first sweeping anti-corruption reform, and we helped bring down one of the most “untouchable” politicians who tried to shield himself from public accountability. Now we’ve built one of the biggest national campaigns we’ve ever seen — so let’s take it global and save the Amazon!

With hope and determination,

Diego, Laura, Flora, Nana, and Carol, with the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Brazilian court blocks abolition of vast Amazon reserve (The Guardian)

Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years (The Guardian)

Temer pushes Amazon deforestation bill in Brazil (Financial Times)

Activists decry Temer’s Amazon deforestation bill (Al Jazeera)
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Save The Lansing Michigan Pits

Please give them a chance. These poor sweet souls are only guilty of trying to please their masters, which in this case are monsters. Give them a chance to respond to true love and kindness. They deserve, at least, that much – Tere

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Over the past month, authorities in Lansing, Michigan have seized 53 dogs who were victims of a dog fighting operation.The dogs are currently under the care of the county shelter while evidence is gathered and charges are brought against those involved with the dog fighting ring.

Animal advocates have learned that Ingham County officials have petitioned the court for permission to euthanize at least 16 of the dogs, claiming that the dogs are unadoptable. But members of the organization, “Save The Lansing Michigan Pits”, say that the dogs have already suffered enough, and that they deserve a chance at rehabilitation and if possible, adoption by a loving family.

8,000 people have signed the petition urging the court to deny the county’s request to euthanize the dogs.  If you think these dogs deserve a chance for rehabilitation and adoption, then please sign the petition today.

Sign the petition

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Cecil is Dead & Now His Son Has Been Killed Leaving 8 Lion Cubs! Sign Veronica’s Petition!

Cecil the Lion

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Once again, and way too soon…

I find myself calling on people from around the world to ask UPS to be a responsible Business Entity, and to consider the ramifications on our world’s animals by their continuing business practice of importing Dead Animal Parts, obtained from Trophy hunting.

Our beloved Cecil, killed by a Trophy hunter, left behind a family…. and now his son, Xanda has met the same fate, a mere 2 years later, leaving 8 babies alone and defenseless.

When new rival male lions comes in to take over a broken pride, they often kill the offspring of the previous leader, and this is the uncertain future Cecil’s grandchildren now face.

The ‘wheres’… Xanda was killed just on the outskirts of the Hwange National Park. It is likely that the trophy hunter used dead meat to lure Xanda outside the border of the park where hunting is legal, just to shoot him.

And the ‘Whys’… because rich people oftentimes like to ‘kill things’.

Are not nearly as important as…. WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE SURE IT STOPS. THIS is the most important part of this entire tragedy….

Because, if we do not take a stand now, these glorious members of our world will go extinct, and how then do we then explain this to our children, and and theirs to come?

It is my hope that we can mobilize for the Lions of Africa, for ALL animals that are hunted… come together, in one voice…. and ask UPS to stop importing the remains of our beloved animals of the world, and to be a compassionate Corporation that we can continue to do business with.

Thank you for your support and please network this most important petition…. an animal’s life depends on it.

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veronica wolski started this petition with a single signature, and now has 136,762 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.

Exclusive Interview with Equine Veterinarian Dr. Rick Arthur

I caught up with Dr. Rick Arthur at his Santa Anita based office. I found out a wealth of information about what is actually going on with medication in the racing industry.  Dr. Arthur’s title is the Medical Director at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and is assigned, fulltime, to the California Horse Racing Board as an advisor.  This position is defined by law. Dr. Arthur is the primary advisor to the board on drug testing, medication, veterinary matters and equine welfare.

!’ve known Dr. Arthur for 40 years and he has been right here, in Southern California, for all those years.

In this interview you will learn:

*What the most common medications are.

*How the most common medications work.

*What the rules are regarding usage.

*What the board is doing to align rules and regulations closer to what is best for the horse’s welfare and best for racing in general.

* How we measure up to other countries regarding the use of medications and breakdowns.

*What Dr. Arthur and the Horse Racing Board are focusing on as we speak.

*Do all horses bleed when they run?

*Do all horses need Lasix?

*Do horses run faster when on Lasix?

*What is Dr. Arthur’s professional opinion on medications and race day medications.

*What is the future of medication in racing?

*What does the racing industry need to project to the public?

*How accurately are equine fatalities recorded?

*Does the board need to be looking out for the safety of the jockeys as well?

*Should racing  go back to a time when trainers “trained out of the feed tub?”

*What is safer, turf or dirt?

*Correction: Below is one of the statistics I quoted to Dr. Arthur. In the interview, I stated that in Britain there were 65 fatal injuries per 1000. It is actually .65/1000.

  1. As reported at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, in the US there are 1.5/ fatal injuries/per 1000 starts. In Britain .65/1000 starts according to Animal Health Trust.

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