Vegan Grandma

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Vegan Spinach Ball Recipe
I went to a vegan dinner at the home of some friends. All the food was wonderful. Here is one of the vegan dishes that were served.

2 - 10 ounce packages frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)

2 cups Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup grated vegan Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 small green onions (finely chopped)

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the frozen chopped spinach, Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs, vegan Parmesan cheese, oil, green onions, salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls. Arrange the balls in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Dr. Michael Greger has written a fascinating book, Bird Flu, A Virus of Our Own Hatching, published by Lantern Books. Dr. Greger gives strong evidence that influenza epidemics result from intensive farming practices. Here are a few quotes from the book.

" ‘High concentrations of animals,’ concluded the International Food Policy Research Institute, ‘can become breeding grounds for disease.’ " -page 73

"In October 2005, the United Nations issued a press release on bird flu specifically calling on governments to fight what they call ‘factory farming’: ‘Governments, local authorities and international agencies need to take a greatly increased role in combating the role of factory-farming, commerce in live poultry, and wildlife markets which provide ideal conditions for the virus to spread and mutate into a more dangerous form….’ " -page 182

" ‘In our efforts to streamline farming practices to produce more meat for more people, we have inadvertently created conditions by which a harmless parasite of wild ducks can be converted into a lethal killer of humans.’
—Johns Hopkins neurovirologist R.H. Yolken and Stanley Medical Research Institute director E.F. Torrey" -page 166

The book can be read for free online at You can also order the book from this website.

"A brilliant and captivating book, meticulously researched, beautifully and engagingly written with wit and grace, and argued with relentless logic. In addition to providing practical take-home tips for protecting oneself from the flu, the author elegantly demonstrates that the evolution of the devastating influenza virus .............stems directly from the proliferation of confinement agricultural systems. ..." -Bernard Rollin, PhD, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University