September 28, 2009

More Meatless Monday recipes

If you haven't signed up for Meatless Mondays yet, click here to visit their website and find out why you should. When you pledge to go meatless on Mondays, you'll receive a weekly email that contains news of the week, plus some great recipes. They've got a new feature that I love, which is a video demonstration. I can't wait to make the spinach and corn enchiladas, she makes it look so easy!

I've been sharing some of our favorite meatless meals, since we go meatless several times a week, and it's no deprivation for us. Think stir-fry, scrambles, pasta, and soup, and the possibilities are endless.

Here are a couple of our favorite main dish salads:

1. Greek salad. This is a great summer dish, but it's delicious year-round as a light meal. Arrange thinly sliced English cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion in an attractive pattern on a plate. Layer with crumbled feta and 6 or 8 pitted and sliced kalamata olives. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and oregano.
2. White bean/escarole salad. Tear escarole and saute with olive oil and garlic until soft (cover and add broth or water if necessary). Add white beans and cook another 5 minutes. Serve with a generous squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper.

And here are a few meatless recipes from Reader's Digest:

3. Tagliatelle with veggies & blue cheese. Cook 8 ounces of spinach tagliatelle (or other pasta) al dente. Add a cup of broccoli florets and another of cauliflower during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Then drain pasta and vegetables in a colander. Rinse pot and over low heat melt 6 oz. blue cheese and stir until it's a smooth sauce. Then add the pasta and vegetables back to the pot and stir to coat and heat through. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
4. Open-Face grilled vegetable sandwich. Preheat grill or broiler. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Brush sliced portobello mushrooms, asparagus, and red pepper with mixture. Grill or broil veggies until tender (about 10-12 minutes). Let cool and slice pepper. Grill bread just until warm. Spread goat cheese on bread, top with mushrooms, bell pepper, and asparagus. Serve warm.

There are an infinite variety of meatless meals to enjoy. The only limit is your imagination. And your palate, I suppose. I know from experience that the more you eat this way, the more you will come to love it. And the fresher the produce, the more delicious eating meatless will be.

I don't have any reader suggestions this week. I'd love to keep sharing them, so if you have any great meatless recipes that are easy to explain, please send them in a Comment. We'd love to try them! And click here if you want to check out the recipes from previous installments.


WilliamB said...

A favorite in my household is Salsa-Juice Beans. In essence, this is black beans cooked in liquid drained from good salsa fresca.

1. Boil black beans in a lot of water for 2 min, let sit for an hour, then drain off this water and discard (or water the outdoor plants with it).

2. Drain the liquid from a *good* salsa or salsa fresca. Add enough liquid to be about 2x the volume of the soaked beans: water, veggie stock, tomato juice (from real tomatoes, canned tomatoes, etc; not V-8), even watery salsa.

3. Cook the beans in this liquid, in a covered pot, till almost soft. If you use a pressure cooker this will take less than 10 min. Remove the lid and simmer some of the liquid if there's too much. Don't burn the beans.

4. Puree or mash some of the beans till the liquid is thick to taste. I use an old fashioned potato masher right in the pot.

5. Season to taste: hot sauce, vinegar, V-8, whatever floats your boat.

6. Serve over rice.

Alea said...

I am trying this recipe tonight:

Anonymous said...

Tacos with refried beans not meat.

Crepes, or just thin pancakes, filled with creamed veggies topped with a little grated cheese

Any soup with the meat/fish/fowl omitted. Thicken the liquid or add extra rice,noodles,barley.

Non Consumer Girl said...

I made a a greek salad on the weekend. I used the Same ingredients as your recipe, only I substituted fresh parlsey and mint for the oregano. Delicious!

Angela said...

Thanks for all your great ideas! I'll put them in the next MM post.

Anonymous- I love the crepes idea. I'll have to look up a simple recipe. And tacos- yes, that's one of our favorites. I find that if we have tortillas, we can make so many meals from them PLUS use up leftovers. I guess it's about time to start making my own tortillas...