February 1, 2010

Meatless Monday Recipes

It's Meatless Monday, and I've got some great reader recipes to share with you!

Meatless Monday is a nonprofit initiative whose aim is to encourage people to go meatless one day a week, for their health and the health of the planet. Click here to visit their website and find out all about it. If you pledge to go meatless on Mondays, you'll get an email packed with delicious meatless recipes that will make it easier than ever to give up meat as often as you like.

We generally eat meatless several times a week, especially since we've been getting the delicious produce in our CSA deliveries. I confess I never really cooked meat that much in the first place. But these recipes make it even easier by having so many tasty options to choose from.

Here are some reader favorites for easy meatless meals:

1. Alea at Premeditated Leftovers enjoys this broccoli with penne dish, which is easily modified with whatever vegetables you have on hand. She usually adds extra veggies like carrots and snow peas, and replaces the hot pepper flakes with chopped peppers and/or onions.

2. Julia at Color Me Green suggests hearty one-pot dishes with beans, whole grains, sauteed greens or roasted winter root vegetables, plus cheese and salsa or hot sauce for flavor.

3. Carmen at Life Blessons offers one of her favorite winter meals, sweet potato and black bean chili. She says it's easy to make and she loves the unexpected flavors of the recipe.

4. Diane at Tomato Soup Cake says they eat meatless quite a bit and one of their current favorites is this black bean soup.

5. Cate from Budget Confessions loves black bean soup and black bean salsa wraps (recipes on her blog), pizza, soups, and rice and beans with seasonings.

What great suggestions this week! I can't wait to try all of them. I'll have to start cooking more. I recently started making black beans in the crockpot and not only are they delicious, they're so versatile: beans for burritos or a side dish, soup, chili, and Katy's black bean burgers. It's a good thing we like black beans!

Thanks for all your suggestions! Readers, please send in your favorite easy meatless recipes and I'll include them in the next Meatless Monday post in two weeks.

5 comments:

Persuaded said...

Angela, thanks so much for linking to me this morning☺ Now I'm heading off to check out some of the other meatless recipes you have linked to!

Ellen said...

This is still my favorite column on your blog! Just letting you know I'm still checking in.

Angela said...

Persuaded- Of course. I love to get reader's recipes ideas and have tried a lot of them. I find they tend to be easier and more realistic than recipes from books. I'm going to try your soup, we love soup.

Hi Ellen! I've still got quiz night in mind- I have a lot of Disney days this month and two trips out of town. I'm really hoping things will calm down soon. I'm looking forward to it.

thanks for checking in!

Alea said...

I find a lot of great recipes on your Meatless Monday posts and frequently use them throughout the week for hot lunches since we don't do sandwhiches.

I made this black bean soup tonight: http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/2010/01/crock-pot-wednesday-and-black-bean-soup.html I used the canned beans tonight because I was in a hurry, but in the future I will substitute one cup of dry black beans that I have cooked for each can of beans. It makes a lot, but I think it will freeze well.

And check out these Baked Portobello Parmesan: http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com/2010/01/baked-portobello-parmesan-dieters.html I call them guilt free pizzas!

Cate said...

Now that I've FINALLY learned to cook tofu (after years of ordering it in restaurants and thinking, "why is everything I cook with tofu disgusting?"), I'm going to have to go with tofu! I made sweet chili lime tofu over couscous this weekend (the recipe's on my blog), and I have big plans for tofu with peanut sauce, tofu stirfry, pad Thai...yum!