Do you participate in Meatless Mondays? I don’t necessarily as a rule because I cook meatless a fair amount already but I always appreciate new ideas. I’m placing this in the Home Cooking section vs. the Veg section because I think many of us whilst not vegetarian can appreciate meatless meals and as it’s MM today, let’s share.
I try to do a vegetarian meal at least once a week. Last night I tried the mushroom marsala pasta bake from Smitten Kitchen and it was amazing. It’s the kind of vegetarian dish you can serve to even the most dedicated meat eaters and they would probably forget that it was vegetarian. 101 Cookbooks has a mushroom rice casserole that I’ve made a bunch of times as well (The last time I sauteed up some spinach to put in it). Here are links to my favorite veg recipes.
I’ve been doing more meatless Monday’s lately, and fully extending it to all 3 meals. Lunch is a bit hard sometimes due to my work schedule while dinner is much easier. I’ve been buying veggie frittatas at the farmer’s market the past 2 weeks specifically for Monday dinner. I usually include veggies I’ve cooked over the weekend and anything else I can fit in. Last night I made pesto pasta with sun-dried tomatoes so that will be on the plate tonight. I’m alone at home, so complicated cooking (meaning, more time and effort, rather than keeping it simple) keeps me from being creative or adventurous.
The mister is a meat lover and he doesn’t really like his fruits too. I have to finish all the fruits on my own. He gets his Vitamin C from greens and honey lemon water (I try to make him drink at least twice a week). At least we have been eating more fishes and lesser carbs in our dinners in the recent years. And yes, I’ve been losing couple of kilos past these years, pity it just does not work for the mister, especially with his crazy work schedule.
I don’t do meatless Mondays, but I’m trying to plan more plant-based meals in general vs defaulting to mainly meat/fish plus side of veg.
Re the original thread topic, I like beans as a meal component. Sometimes bean salads for lunch - with or without a whole grain. Sometimes as part of dinner - dal if indian food, or lentil soup of some other cuisine.
I do find it hard to do vegetarian meals that are entirely carb-free (I go low carb on and off).
I have always interpreted meatless Mondays as no animal protein. But of course, to each his own. Any little thing that we can do that improves the environment and our health is to be commended.
When we do meatless - which is not nec Mon but usually 2-3 times per week, I replace the protein or mouthfeel with eggs, tofu, beans, mushrooms. No recipes here, but pizza and pasta are great for veg options. Frittatas, quiches. Chili w/just beans, or w/soyrizo. Fried rice w/egg on top. B’fast for dinner. Big salads w/cheese and nuts or seeds and bread on the side. Marinated and slow baked tofu takes on any flavor and a very pleasing texture. But I can also crumble it as is into a thai coconut curry full of other veg, and don’t miss the meat.
I try to sneak in as many meatless meals as I can without my husband catching on. Thanks for all these creative ideas. I think I’ll make pasta with pesto, kale and tomatoes tonight and leave out the sausage I had intended to toss in. See if anyone complains