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Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli Pesto

March 15 2019 VegKitchen 

Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli Pesto This quick recipe comes together in as little as 15 minutes, and makes a tasty vegan pasta dish. The flavorful broccoli pesto sauce coats whole wheat spaghetti (or pasta of your choice) for a rich meatless main course. Its fast and foolproof, and tastes so good, it will please even the most stubborn broccoli skeptics. Continuing reading Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli Pesto on VegKitchen

NYC Expands Meatless Monday to All Schools — Reaching 1.1 Million Students Every Week

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

NYC Expands Meatless Monday to All Schools — Reaching 1.1 Million Students Every WeekNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced that Meatless Monday will be expanded to all New York City public schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. Meatless Monday is a global movement encouraging everyone to cut out meat one day a week, for personal and environmental health. In Spring 2018, 15 schools in Brooklyn piloted Meatless Monday; in the Fall, the test program was then expanded to include additional City schools. As a result of the success of the broader pilot program, Meatless Monday will now cover all NYC schools and will provide 1.1 million students with healthy, all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday. See the press release here . The announcement that Mayor de Blasio has expanded Meatless Monday to all New York City public schools marks a major milestone. Through this united effort, New York Citys schools take a leadership role in getting our children on a healthier track, as well as making a positive impact on our environment. Sid Lerner, Founder, Meatless Monday Movement The Meatless Monday pilot expansion evaluated student feedback on a broad scale. Results of the test showed that participation in meals on Mondays remained stable and the DOE decided to officially bring Meatless Mondays citywide for 2019-20. The Meatless Monday program is cost-neutral and the DOEs Office of Food and Nutrition Services will meet with students to get feedback on the menu before its finalized. Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come. Meatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment, said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. Our 1.1 million students are taking the next step towards healthier, more sustainable lives, and we should all follow suit. Im looking forward to joining our schools in the Meatless Mondays movement next year! I am grateful to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza, as well as our incredible parent and student advocates who have made this a reality, said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. I could not be more energized by our progress and more ready to take on the work ahead. Reducing our appetite for meat is one of the single biggest ways individuals can reduce their environmental impact on our planet, said Mark Chambers, Director of the NYC Mayors Office of Sustainability. Meatless Mondays will introduce hundreds of thousands of young New Yorkers to the idea that small changes in their diet can create larger changes for their health and the health of our planet. The announcement was made at PS 130 The Parkside, one of 15 schools that participated in the pilot program in Brooklyn. On Mondays, the school serves a variety of all-vegetarian meals including vegetarian tacos, grilled cheese, and a salad bar. Meatless Monday builds on the Citys efforts to provide free, healthy meals to all students. This initiative will also be part of New York Citys Free School Lunch for All, which launched in the 2017-18 school year and provides free healthy breakfast and lunch to all participating New York City schools. In the 2017-18 school year, more than 150 million breakfasts and lunches were served free of charge. Join the Movement - Meatless Monday Offers Free Resources and Expertise to K-12 Schools Schools looking to implement Meatless Monday programs can consult with our team, which includes experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future .  Free resources include: o Research on the health and environmental benefits of choosing plant-based foods instead of meat o Implementation guides for starting Meatless Monday in school cafeterias o Marketing materials that can be used to promote Meatless Monday on site or through digital and social media o Downloadable cookbooks and weekly newsletters  with Meatless Monday recipes o Sign-up to become a Meatless Monday Ambassador Questions? Contact us now  for additional information or to learn how to implement a program at your school. Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post NYC Expands Meatless Monday to All Schools — Reaching 1.1 Million Students Every Week appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Mashed bananas and Greek yogurt replace butter in this healthier muffins that are equally appropriate for breakfast, snack or dessert. Cinnamon and brown sugar give these muffins a dark, moist sweetness. This recipe comes to us from Heather of Mmm is for Mommy. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 12 - 3 ripe bananas, mashed - 2 eggs - 1/­­2 cup canola oil - 1/­­2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt - 1/­­2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed - 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract - 1 cup whole wheat flour - 1/­­2 cup white cake or pastry flour - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin with muffin liners or nonstick cooking spray. Place the bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash them well with a fork. Beat the eggs, oil, yogurt, brown sugar and vanilla into the mashed bananas. Add the whole wheat flour, cake or pastry flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to the banana mixture and beat until just blended and the flours are incorporated. Spoon the batter in even portions into the 12 lined muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and cooked through. The post Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Walnut “Meat” Stuffed Pepper

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Walnuts stand in for ground beef in this Tex-Mex-inspired stuffed pepper. This recipe comes to us from Chef Lisa Sereda, executive chef of Wine Time . Chef Sereda cooked it for the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge at the 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. Serves 8 – 10 - 6 quarts of water - 12 medium sized Anaheim peppers - 2 cups diced yellow onion - 2 tbsp minced garlic - 3 cups roasted peppers - 6 cups roasted walnuts - 2 1/­­2 tbsp cumin - 1 tbsp cayenne pepper (plus or minus depending on spice index) - 2 tbsp paprika - 4 tbsp white sugar - 1 tbsp salt -  1/­­4 cup lemon juice - 2 tbsp olive oil - 6 cups shredded white cheddar (more or less depending on cheesy preference) - 2 cups crumbled feta - 1 cup full fat Greek yogurt (to make the pepper vegan, skip the cheese, feta and Greek yogurt) - Non-stick cooking spray - Diced fresh chives for garnish   Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Bring water to full boil in large saucepan. Cut peppers lengthwise down one side from stem to within 1/­­2 inch of tip. Boil peppers in water for about seven minutes or until pepper turns an olive green color. Remove and place in ice bath and remove seeds and veins from pepper. Drain and pat peppers dry. In separate pan sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Pulse roasted walnuts in food processor or chop until the consistency of sautéed ground beef. Add chopped walnuts to onion and garlic and cook until mixed through. Chop roasted bell peppers in food processor until almost a liquid consistency. Add to walnut mixture. Add cayenne, paprika, cumin, sugar, salt and lemon juice. Sauté on medium for about five minutes until the mixture begins to come together and most of the moisture has evaporated. Place peppers onto prepared cooking sheet (spray bottom of pan with nonstick cooking spray before placing peppers on pan). Stuff each pepper with desired amount of walnut meat mixture. Cover each pepper with generous amount of white cheddar (omit for vegan pepper). Cook uncovered for about twenty minutes until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Garnish with crumbled feta, a drizzle or scoop of Greek yogurt and fresh chives.   The post Walnut “Meat” Stuffed Pepper appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Impossible Meatless Kefta with Tamarind Chutney

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Plant-based meat replaces lamb in this flavorful meatless take on traditional Moroccan Kefta. This recipe comes to us from Chef Patricia Washuta, Director of Culinary Services, Executive Chef, and Certified Dietary Manager, at Gentry Park Orlando . Chef Washuta cooked it for the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge at the 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. Chef’s note: This is a vegan and gluten free dish. I use a little Quinoa flour to help keep the Kefta to bind when making a large batch.   Serves 4 - Ingredients - 16 oz. Impossible Burger(R) (or Beyond Burger(R)) - 1 tablespoon coriander mint chutney (recipe below) -  1/­­4 cup tamarind date chutney (recipe below)   - Coriander Mint Chutney - 1/­­8 cup fresh mint* - 2 cups cilantro -  1/­­4 cup onion -  1/­­2 teaspoon toasted coriander seeds - 1 tablespoon fresh crushed garlic - 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger - 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice - 2-3 tablespoon water or as needed to make the chutney of a pesto consistency - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds toasted - 1 Tablespoons diced jalape?o - Salt and pepper to taste - *Use up to 1/­­2 cup, depending on your preference for mint in savory dishes.   - Tamarind Date Chutney - 1/­­2 cup tamarind paste - 1 cup dates pitted - 1 cup apple juice - 2 c water or vegetable stock -  1/­­2 teaspoon cumin - 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala -  1/­­2 teaspoon chili powder -  1/­­2 teaspoon coriander -  1/­­2 teaspoon fresh ground ginger - 1 teaspoon fresh crushed garlic - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 cup coconut milk solids - 1 teaspoon Coconut oil   - Carrot Achar - 1 pound carrots - 1 Tablespoon whole cardamom pods - 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorn - 1 each cinnamon stick - 3 each bay leaves -  1/­­2 teaspoon mustard seeds -  1/­­2 teaspoon coriander seeds -  1/­­2 cup Late Harvest Riesling Vinegar (or sweet vinegar) - 1 cup water -  1/­­4 cup honey -  1/­­4 cup white vinegar - 1 whole cucumber   Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. 2. Mix defrosted Impossible Burger(R) or Beyond Burger(R) with one tablespoon of the mint chutney (see below). Roll the mixture into round keftas (oblong meatballs). 3. Place keftas on greased on a baking sheet, and bake at 375° F for 8-10 minutes. 4. Serve with tamarind chutney (see below. 5. Plate with carrot achar (see below).   Coriander Mint Chutney 1. Toast coriander seeds. 2. Cut the stems away from the cilantro and discard stems. 3. Pull the mint from the stems. 4. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until consistency of pesto. 5. Add a small amount of water to gain the consistency desired.   Tamarind Date Chutney 1. In a saucepan, heat the coconut oil and add spices, garlic, ginger, apple juice, water/­­vegetable stock, dates, and tamarind paste. 2. Cook on a low heat, stirring constantly. 3. Remove from heat and strain the paste through a fine screen to remove any unwanted tamarind seed debris. 4. Add the coconut solids or a small amount of coconut milk. 5. Season with salt to taste.   Carrot Achar 1. Peel carrots and use a mandolin to cut into long thin strips. 2. Lightly toast the spices in a dry pan over medium heat. 3. Wrap the spices in a cheese cloth to create a spice sachet. 4. Mix water, sugar, salt, and vinegar. 5. Add the spice sachet and bring the mixture up to a simmer. 6. Before the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and add the fresh carrots. 7. Let stand for 1 hour. 8. Place in a container and chill. 9. Leave the spice sachet in the liquid for best flavor. The post Impossible Meatless Kefta with Tamarind Chutney appeared first on Meatless Monday.

It’s National Kidney Month, Show Your Kidneys Some Love

March 10 2019 Meatless Monday 

It’s National Kidney Month, Show Your Kidneys Some LoveMarch is National Kidney Month and weve partnered with the National Kidney Foundation to urge all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup. World Kidney Day is on March 14 and the perfect time to give your hardworking kidneys some love. According to the National Kidney Foundation, in the United States, about 30 million adults have chronic kidney disease - and most arent aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. Studies suggest that incorporating meatless options into an overall balanced diet can help promote kidney health. Meatless Monday provides an easy way to make this first step towards a healthier lifestyle by cutting out meat just one day a week, and diversifying diets through meatless choices. Spread the kidney health love and share these social graphics with your friends and family to encourage them to try #MeatlessMonday and get a kidney check-up. National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and National Kidney Month Activities: Free Health Checks: The NKF offers free health checks to those most at risk for kidney disease - anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure. Locations and information can be found on the calendar on their website .  Are You at Risk Kidney Quiz: Early detection can make a difference in preventing kidney disease so its important to know if youre at risk. Take the online kidney quiz ! Join the Conversation: Post photos or Meatless Monday kidney health infographics on social media platforms using #HeartYourKidneys or #NationalKidneyMonth to help raise awareness.   Invite your friends and family to celebrate National Kidney Month with a delicious Meatless Monday meal. Check out our recipe gallery for inspiration - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options available.   Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram!   The post It’s National Kidney Month, Show Your Kidneys Some Love appeared first on Meatless Monday.

7 Meatless Monday Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm Until Spring

February 25 2019 Meatless Monday 

7 Meatless Monday Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm Until SpringSpring is still a month away so theres plenty of time to enjoy hearty winter soups that make this season delicious. To help you celebrate the last few weeks of winter, weve gathered some of our favorite winter soup recipes that include seasonal vegetables, such as root vegetables, squash and parsnips. Enjoy these tasty plant-based recipes from our Meatless Monday recipe gallery as we count down the days until spring arrives. Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup from Healthy with Nedi Oven-Roasted Pea Soup with Mint and Mascarpone Dressing from Fabio Viviani Curried Butternut Velvet Soup from She’s Cooking Mediterranean Vegetable Noodle Soup from Tofu ‘n Sproutz Carrot Soup with Parsnip Chips from MyRecipes.com Red Onion Soup with Shiitake Broth from Jackie Newgent, RDN Hearty White Bean & Millet Soup from Bean A Foodie Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post 7 Meatless Monday Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm Until Spring appeared first on Meatless Monday.

California State Capitol Goes Meatless Monday — Q&A with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

February 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

California State Capitol Goes Meatless Monday — Q&A with Assembly Speaker Anthony RendonTo celebrate Presidents Day, Meatless Monday is thrilled to share a recent interview with Speaker Anthony Rendon , who represents the 63rd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. Californias state capital, Sacramento, is known for its Farm to Fork Festival and its support of sustainable food policy, including a Meatless Monday resolution passed in 2016. Keeping with this tradition, the capitol cafeterias -- managed by Statehouse Restaurant -- recently launched Meatless Monday for the employees of the California State Capitol. If youre like Anthony Rendon and interested in bringing Meatless Monday to your community or government office, join the growing list of communities and city leaders who support Meatless Monday as a simple change that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the risk of chronic preventable diseases. See our Community Guide with simple steps to get it going now. We asked Speaker Rendon to share his thoughts and enthusiasm for Meatless Monday with us. Sacramento has a great history of sustainability, including passing a Meatless Monday resolution in 2016 - how has this benefited the community? The thing I like best about Meatless Monday is that it reminds us to think about what we eat and to make choices that are good for our health and good for our environment. Meat production is extremely costly to our environment. In general, it uses more water and has greater environmental costs, including production of gases that accelerate climate change. I think we can make California a better place for all of its residents if we can give people healthy, tasty, plant-based food options wherever they go. This should include going into communities that have been underserved, like some in my district, and making sure they have access to healthy foods that are also affordable. Why are you supportive of Meatless Monday in the Capitol?  There are a lot of things about Meatless Monday that are worth supporting. In a classic essay titled, The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry wrote, Eating is an agricultural act. Most of us who have time-consuming jobs buy a lot of our food ready to eat, and forget how it gets to the table. Everything we eat starts out on a farm or ranch somewhere. Meatless Monday is a good way for all of us to be reminded of the work it takes to grow and prepare our meals. What recommendations do you have for other communities and politicians who want to include Meatless Monday as part of their sustainability strategy? There are very small things we can all do. For instance, Ive added a reminder to my calendar, so when I check my schedule on my phone every Monday morning, Im reminded that its Meatless Monday! It helps me plan out my meals for the day. Are there plans to expand Meatless Monday to other areas of your community and Capitol? Statehouse Restaurant, the cafeteria located in the Capitol, has rolled out a Meatless Monday menu that they will make available every Monday. Included on that menu are vegan and vegetarian pizzas that I had the opportunity to try  - theyre quite delicious! Whats your favorite meatless meal?   I love all types of Indian food. I’m lucky to live close to the Little India neighborhood in Artesia, California - the largest Indian-American enclave in Southern California, so my wife and I often find ourselves at restaurants there.   Use Mondays to make positive change that will do a world of good. Meatless Monday is a global movement followed by millions who choose not to eat meat one day a week for their health and the health of the planet.   Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post California State Capitol Goes Meatless Monday — Q&A with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Show Your Heart Some Love for Valentine’s Day

February 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Show Your Heart Some Love for Valentine’s DayThis week is Valentines Day, a good time to express your love for your heart and all it does for you. Celebrate by cooking up a heart-friendly meal for Meatless Monday. By choosing not to eat or serve meat just one day a week, you are giving a valentine to your loved ones every Monday, or 52 times a year. This simple gesture of adding more plant-based foods to your diet can have profound health benefits for your heart. Research has found meals rich in fruits, vegetables, and legumes contain natural antioxidants that actually benefit cardio-health. Add some wow factor to Valentines Day, and every Monday, with plant-based dishes for the people you love. To everyone around the world, Happy Valentines Day! My Heart Beets Salad by Apron Strings Winter Harvest Citrus Pasta by Healthy. Happy. Life. Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios by Sharon Palmer, the Plant-Powered Dietitian   Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Show Your Heart Some Love for Valentine’s Day appeared first on Meatless Monday.

My Heart Beets Salad

February 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Cutting the beet into hearts makes this salad appear time consuming, but is so simple, it only takes minutes to make. Red beets get their beautiful crimson color from phytonutrients, which also provides detoxification and anti inflammatory benefits. This recipe was created by Donna Kelly of Apron Springs. Serves 4 - 1/­­4 cup extra virgin olive oil - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar - salt and pepper, to taste - 4 medium beets, peeled - 1 tablespoon canola oil - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1 head butter lettuce, cleaned and torn bite size - 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled - 1/­­2 cup roasted almonds Preheat an oven to 425 degrees. Whisk the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Slice the beets 1/­­4 inch thick and cut them into heart shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Transfer the beet hearts to a baking sheet. Drizzle with the canola oil, sprinkle with the salt and place in the oven. Roast for 30 minutes, or until softened. Dress the lettuce with the balsamic vinaigrette in a large bowl, tossing to ensure the dressing is evenly distributed. Divide into 4 servings and top each with equal amounts goat cheese and almonds. Lay the roasted beet slices artistically on each salad and enjoy! The post My Heart Beets Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetable Congee

February 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

Vegetable congee can be eaten any time of the day or year, but it’s particularly enjoyable as a warm and comforting breakfast. This recipe is nourishing, delicious and easy to make. Its a perfect recipe to make on a slow morning, or make it the night before and simply reheat it in the morning.   This recipe comes to us from Tina Jui of The Worktop . Find the original Vegetable Congee Recipe  and additional photos on The Worktop.   Serves 4 1  cup  brown short grain rice 4  cups  vegetable broth  (water also works) 1  small knob  ginger 1/­­2  cup  dried sliced shiitake mushrooms 1/­­2  cup  dried mixed mushrooms  (such as a mixture of porcini, charcoal bumer, honey fungus, black trumpet and chanterelle)  1  small  sweet potato 1  small bunch  collard greens (or other dark leafy greens such as kale, chard or cabbage)  (about 2 cups when cut)   Rinse the rice well and drain. In a large pot, add the rice, vegetable stock or water, and ginger. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally. As the rice is cooking, in a large bowl, soak the dried mushrooms in 4 cups of warm water. Set aside. Peel and cut the sweet potato into 1-inch cubes. Set aside. Wash and cut the collard greens into 1-inch strips, removing any tough stalks. Set aside. When the congee has been cooking for 45 minutes, and the mushrooms are fully rehydrated, add the mushrooms into the congee. Slowly pour in the soaking liquid, discarding the last bits of liquid where any dirt and grit may have accumulated. Stir in the sweet potatoes. Cover and continue simmering, stirring occasionally, for another 30 minutes. After 30 minutes have passed, stir in the collard greens. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for another 15 minutes. At this point, the rice grains should have fully softened and absorbed most of the water. If the congee is too watery, simmer without the covering the pot to allow some steam to escape for the last 15 minutes. If the congee is too thick, you can add additional water as needed. Serve warm with desired toppings, such as kimchi, green onions, a splash of soy sauce and a bit of hot chili oil. PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE. You can make this congee the night before, cover and store in the refrigerator. Alternatively, enjoy some congee for dinner, and have the leftovers in the morning. Simply heat up the congee in the morning before serving. The post Vegetable Congee appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Wonton Soup

February 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

This plant-based take on traditional wonton soup is perfect for those chilly nights when you just want to stay in and cozy up on the couch with a big bowl of comfort. You can add buckwheat noodles or you can keep it traditional with just the broth and wontons.   This recipe  comes from Ashley at Eat Figs, Not Pigs. Check out her blog  for more delicious recipes. Serves 6-8 Wontons Vegan friendly wonton or pot sticker wraps 1 cup boiling water 1 cup textured vegetable protein 2 teaspoons vegetarian chicken bouillon base or 1 vegetarian chicken bouillon cube 1/­­8 cup of vegetable or canola oil, optional 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce 2 tbs fresh chives, minced 2 tbs minced garlic 3 tsp powdered egg replacer + 4 tbs warm water, mixed together according to package directions. 1 tbs fresh ground ginger 1 tbs rice wine vinegar 1/­­4 tsp white sugar, optional 1/­­2 jalapeno, optional   Broth 1 tbs sesame oil 1 small white onion, chopped 2 tbs fresh ginger, mined 4-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced 8 teaspoons vegetarian chicken bouillon base 8 cups water Chili oil, optional Minced green onion, optional   Wontons Boil water and bouillon on high heat. Remove from heat and add dry TVP. Mix to combine and set aside to 10-15 minutes to rehydrate. After 10-15 minutes, add oil, soy sauce, chives, garlic, ginger, rice wine, sugar, jalapeno, and egg replacer, mixing to combine thoroughly. Taste mixture and season accordingly. In the middle of a wonton wrapper, add a heaping teaspoon of your vegan pork mixture. Using your finger, moisten the edges of the wonton wrapper with water. Once the edges are moist, fold in half to create a half moon shape (circle wrappers) or rectangle shape (square wrappers). With your fingers again, moisten the bottom corners of the folded wonton and fold in half where the bottom corners meet. Place wontons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue this process until all the filling is gone and set aside. Broth In a pot on medium heat, add oil. Once oil is hot, add onion and ginger. Saute until onions are slightly translucent and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute and additional 2-3 minutes. Add water and bouillon base, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Once the broth starts boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. While broth is simmering, fill a separate pot with water and bring to a boil. Add wontons and cook until they rise to the surface, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer wontons to a bowl with hot broth. Garnish with chili oil and green onions. Serve hot. The post Wonton Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Healthier You Series: All-Star Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix Sheds Light on Good Heart Health Practices You Can Use

January 28 2019 Meatless Monday 

Healthier You Series: All-Star Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix Sheds Light on Good Heart Health Practices You Can UseStart smart eating habits on Mondays for a happier and healthier you! February is just around the corner and its American Heart Month . Take a moment on Monday to focus on behaviors that may help you live a longer and healthier life. This is the third article in this months Healthier You Series. Weve discussed making good dietary choices for kidney health and type 2 diabetes . This week, we look at heart health. The American Heart Association recommends making simple changes to your diet to improve heart health, such as limiting red meat. Meatless Monday is an easy and enjoyable way to make smart food choices for your heart . Consuming less red and processed meat and more plant-based foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes can benefit cardio-health. Bonnie Taub-Dix is a nutrition consultant, author, and Meatless Monday advocate. We asked her to share some heart-friendly advice. 1. Meatless Monday encourages people to cut out meat one day a week for their health and to try a great variety of plant-based foods. Are there specific plant-based foods that are most beneficial for heart health? Plant-based protein is a hot, trendy topic but these are foods that have been around for centuries, providing fiber and an array of nutrients. Plant proteins like beans, nuts, and seeds are just a few examples of how we can cut back on meat while boosting the value of our diets. Oatmeal is a steamy bowl of goodness for breakfast swirled with almond butter and bananas or as a savory side mixed with a variety of seasonings and spices. Oats and almonds are rich in fiber to help lower cholesterol levels. Beans, the most underrated superfoods, are also rich in soluble fiber to help keep you feeling fuller longer while controlling cholesterol levels. Theyre also a great source of plant-based protein.   2. Are there particular foods to avoid? What about processed foods? Many people say they try to avoid processed food, as if its a kind of poison. Its a well-intentioned goal, but even pre-chopped fruit or vegetables are processed foods! Certain processed foods make our lives more convenient, safer-and in many ways, even more nutritious. The good news is certain processed foods are healthier than some foods found in their natural state, such as: o Plain yogurt, with added cultures, retains the protein and calcium naturally found in dairy products, and it also includes added good bacteria to help boost our gut function and immune systems. o Canned tomatoes contain more lycopene--a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation--than fresh tomatoes do, especially when they are eaten simultaneously with a small amount of oil to enhance absorption. Dont judge a food by the front of the package. Flip that bag or box over to read whats really inside!   3. Should people with a family history of heart disease be much more careful than those who dont have a history? What can someone with a family history do to help prevent heart disease? If you knew you could have stopped that balsamic vinegar from splattering on your favorite white sweater, would you have done something to prevent it from happening? Unless youre clairvoyant, its not very easy to prevent something you cant predict. When it comes to your body--whether its potential damage from high blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol levels--this is the time to take charge of your health. You can fight against your family histories by taking a closer look at what youre putting on your plate, moving more , and finding effective ways to manage stress .   4. Whats your go-to food for heart health on Meatless Monday? Id have to say my Spicy Dark Chocolate Chili Bowl ! What I love about this recipe is that you dont really have to follow it exactly -- you can swap out for your favorite ingredients. This recipe contains beans and avocado, as well as a variety of anti-inflammatory spices. Bonnie recently published Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table . You can find more about Bonnie at Better Than Dieting and on Instagram. For an extra bonus, check out heart-friendly Meatless Monday recipes, from pancakes to burgers, in our free comfort food e-cookbook . Use Mondays to make positive change in your life that will do you a world of good. Meatless Monday is a global movement followed by millions who choose not to eat meat one day a week for their health and the health of the planet. Help spread the word about the many benefits of Meatless Monday, such as how reducing meat consumption may improve your heart health. Download our shareable free graphics here . Follow  us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Healthier You Series: All-Star Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix Sheds Light on Good Heart Health Practices You Can Use appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Persimmon Cranberry Bread

January 21 2019 Meatless Monday 

This brown sugar persimmon bread is seasoned warmly with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with a few tangy cranberries thrown in to excite the palate. This breakfast bread can serve double duty as dessert because it goes equally well with ice cream and coffee. This recipe comes to us from Kristina of FormerChef.com. Serves 20 - a little oil or nonstick cooking spray, for preparing the pans - 2.5 cups ripe persimmon, peeled, seeded and quartered - 4 cups flour - 2 teaspoon baking soda - 2 teaspoon baking powder - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cloves - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground nutmeg - 4 eggs - 3/­­4 cup white sugar - 3/­­4 cup brown sugar - 1 cup oil - 1 cup dried cranberries Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9 inch loaf pans with a light coating of oil or nonstick cooking spray. Blend the persimmons in a food processor or blender, until pureed to a pulp, adding a little water if persimmons are firm. Stir the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, white sugar and brown sugar. Reserve 1/­­2 cup persimmon pulp and set aside. Add the oil and remaining 1 1/­­2 cups persimmon pulp to the egg sugar mixture. Whisk until combined. Stir in the dried cranberries. Slowly add in the flour mixture to the persimmon cranberry mixture, 1 cup at a time, stirring, until it is thoroughly combined. Pour equal amounts of batter into the 2 prepared loaf pans. Make a small well in the center of each loaf and spoon the reserved persimmon pulp along the top of each loaf as decoration. Bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The post Persimmon Cranberry Bread appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meet Chef Heidi Tompkins, Winner of the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meet Chef Heidi Tompkins, Winner of the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire ChallengeOn Monday, March 4, three finalists competed to be crowned the New York Restaurant Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Champion . Finalists were chosen from a pool of chefs who submitted original meatless recipes and videos. For the first time since Rapid Fire challenged chefs in 2016, three female chefs went head-to-head to prove that they had the best Meatless Monday dish. The competition was judged by a panel of experts including Maria Loi , Chef, Cookbook Author and Healthy Lifestyle Expert, Peggy Neu , President, The Monday Campaigns, Gennaro Pecchia , Partner, @aosbysosa /­­ Co-host @rolandsfoodcourt @siriusxm and Fabio Viviani , Chef, Culinary Personality, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author. The three finalists were: o Lisa Sereda, Executive Chef, Wine Time o Heidi Liv Tompkins, Co-Founder, CFO, Product Development Manager, Heidi’s Health Kitchen o Patricia Washuta, Director of Culinary Services, Executive Chef, and Certified Dietary Manager, Gentry Park Orlando . Chefs had 20 minutes to prepare their dishes, discussing the ingredients, flavors, and health benefits. Chef Heidi took home the victory with her Mock Tuna Salad in Lettuce Wrap, drizzled with Yum-Yum Ginger Sauce. This dish, like all dishes at Heidis Health Kitchen is both raw and plant-based. The tuna taste comes from two types of seaweed and a vegan fysh sauce. Remarkably, both the taste and texture resembled tuna so closely that some of the judges couldnt believe it. Chef Heidi Tompkins is the Lead Product Developer, CFO, and Co-Founder of Heidis Health Kitchen . Ivan J. Raj, her Partner and Co-Founder, served as her sous-chef at the competition. Heidi has years of sales and marketing experience, coupled with a personal passion for wellness through the development of healthful foods.  She wrote her first cookbook when she was just eight years old! For the last four and a half years, through Heidis Health Kitchen, Heidi and Ivan have offered free monthly cooking classes in NYC, as well as a monthly pop-up restaurant serving raw plant-based foods. Heidis goal is to incorporate the highest form of nutrition, along with taste and texture for everyone who goes Meatless Monday! Try Heidis Raw Mock Tuna recipe, as well as the other two finalists recipes, below. Chef Heidi’s Raw Mock Tuna Lettuce Wrap Chef Patricia’s Impossible Meatless Kefta with Tamarind Chutney Chef Lisa’s Walnut Meat Stuffed Pepper   Interested in starting a Meatless Monday program? Learn how to bring Meatless Monday to your restaurant here or to your foodservice establishment here . Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Meet Chef Heidi Tompkins, Winner of the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Raw Mock Tuna

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Nuts, seeds, seaweed, and kelp come together to create a convincing plant-based take on tuna that can be enjoyed in a lettuce wrap on a sandwich, or wherever you’d use tuna salad. This recipe comes to us from Heidi Liv Tompkins, Co-Founder, CFO, product development manager, Heidis Health Kitchen . It was the winning entry in the Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge at the 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 6 - Ingredients: - 1 cup sunflower seeds, raw - 1 cup almonds, raw - 1/­­3 cup water - 1/­­4 cup lemon juice, fresh - 2-3 tbsp vegan fish sauce substitute (such as Fysh Sauce) - 1/­­2 tsp garlic powder - 1/­­2 tsp dulse powder - 1 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1 cup cashew mayo (recipe below) - 1/­­4 cup onion, chopped - 1/­­4 cup celery, chopped - 1/­­4 cup fresh parsley, chopped - 2 tsp kelp powder - 1/­­1/­­2 tsp garlic, minced - Yum Yum Ginger Sauce (recipe below)   - Cashew Mayo -  1/­­2 cup water -  1/­­2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice - 1 cup raw macadamia nuts - 1 cup raw cashews - 1 Tbsp. garlic - 1 1/­­2 tsp. Celtic sea salt   - Ginger Yum Yum Sauce -  1/­­2 cup fresh lemon juice -  1/­­2 cup water -  1/­­2 cup coconut aminos -  1/­­2 cup coconut nectar -  1/­­2 cup tahini - 2 inches ginger root, peeled - 2 cloves garlic - 1/­­2 bunch mint leaves   Directions: 1. Soak almonds, sunflower seeds, cashew, and macadamia nuts in water, separately, overnight. 2. In a food processor, process almonds, sunflower seeds, water, lemon juice, fysh sauce, garlic powder, dulse, & salt until fairly smooth. 3. Transfer to mixing bowl. Add Cashew Mayo and incorporate thoroughly. 4. Fold in finely chopped onion, celery, parsley, powdered kelp and freshly minced garlic. 5. Serve in lettuce wraps with Yum Yum Ginger Sauce, on sandwiches or on toast.   For the Cashew Mayo: 1. Blend ingredients until smooth. 2. Store in a glass jar & refrigerate.   For the Ginger Yum Yum Sauce: 1. Blend ingredients until smooth. 2. Store in a glass jar & refrigerate. The post Raw Mock Tuna appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Make it a Meatless Monday Mardi Gras Celebration with Green Gumbo

March 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

Make it a Meatless Monday Mardi Gras Celebration with Green Gumbo Every year, people around the world celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival, a festival of parades, music and eating decadent foods leading up to Lent. Millions of people observe Lent by fasting or foregoing treats and meats for 40 days. Fun fact, the term carnival is from carnelevare, or to remove meat. So thats what were doing, removing the meat, but keeping the delicious flavor of the popular Mardi Gras dish gumbo. This Creole stew from Southern Louisiana usually features strong-flavored stock, meat, or shellfish, but, with a few simple swaps, it’s a perfect vegetarian dish. Green Gumbo is a popular plant-based version that includes a variety of greens and herbs that give it an amazing color and rich flavors. Richard McCarthy, Member of the Executive Committee for Slow Food International and a Meatless Monday ambassador , shares his green gumbo recipe and great tips for making this plant-based dish taste authentic. Richards essentials for cooking green gumbo: Cook with what you have. Use collard greens, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, spinach, and herbs like parsley, dill, etc. Green gumbo appears throughout the Lenten culinary calendar as meatless and on Holy Thursday in famous restaurants (like Dooky Chase) with meat stock. Begin by making a roux. Heat the pan with vegetable or olive oil, add flour, and mix with a wooden spoon until dark brown. The color of the gumbo will be determined by how dark you make the roux. The roux gives butter beans and lima beans a great base of flavor. Or, consider any medley of vegetables. Add Shiitake Bacon to get the traditional umami flavor. Umami is the savory flavor that many eaters say is missing in vegetarian recipes. One way to add umami to green gumbo is to make shiitake bacon, which provides the missing depth of flavor. Dont forget the rice. Rice is a traditional accompaniment to gumbo. While a saucepan is perfectly good for preparing rice, rice cookers are also an easy way to prepare perfect rice every time. Any grain or variety of rice can work, but long-grain rice is best since it provides the gumbo with more surface areas to cover with flavor.  McCarthy recommends a simplified version of the recipe crafted by Richard Stewart, the former chef of Gumbo Shop. Green Gumbo Serves 4 Ingredients: Gumbo: 1/­­4 cup of vegetable or olive oil 1/­­4 cup of flour 1 large onion, minced 4 stalks of celery, minced 1 bell pepper, minced 2 bunches of available greens (collard, mustard, kale, turnip, and/­­or spinach), chopped 1/­­4 cup of chopped parsley 2-4 cups of water (or enough to make a soup) 2 bay leaves Salt and pepper, to taste Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, to taste 1 cup of dried field peas (or Sea Island red peas, on the Slow Food Ark of Taste ) Vegetable stock, to taste (optional) Mushroom Bacon: 1 dozen fresh shiitake or button mushrooms 1 TBS of liquid smoke, smoked salt and/­­or smoked paprika 1/­­4 cup of vegetable or olive oil 1 TBS of salt or soy sauce (to taste) Rice: 1 cup of long-grained rice 2 cups of water Preparation: Field peas: Rinse, then boil field peas in salt water until soft. Drain peas of excess water and either store or immerse immediately into the gumbo. This step can be done in advance in order to cut down on preparation time on the day of serving. You can even prepare and freeze the peas days before, drop them into the hot soupy pot mid-way through the process. Make the gumbo: Heat a soup pot at a medium setting and make a roux (the soup base). Roux: add oil to the pot, once sizzling, add flour and mix with a wooden spoon. When the flour starts to smell delicious, it will then begin to turn a brownish color. Stir fairly vigorously to avoid burning. Once its a dark brown (5-10 minutes), add minced onions, celery and bell pepper. Stir the ingredients well to blend the flavors. Add salt, pepper, and more oil and/­­or water (or wine) to deglaze the pan. The roux will become bubbly and smell almost sweet. At this point, start adding water and turn down the heat a little. Add bay leaves, other seasonings, and the chopped greens and herbs. They will soon turn from bright green to dark green. Add field peas and any additional vegetables, like chopped carrots or turnips, whatever you have in the kitchen. Let simmer for at least 60 minutes. Once the gumbo is hot, tasty and ingredients cooked down into dark greens, and soft field peas, it is ready to serve. Tasting it at the end is important: Is it salty or spicy enough? If not, add more cayenne or hot sauce, black pepper, salt, etc. Mushroom bacon: Slice fresh mushrooms vertically in thirds, depending upon the size of the mushrooms. (Button mushrooms are fine and usually easily available, feel free to select shiitake or other exceptionally tasty varieties.) In a mixing bowl, add 1/­­4 cup of oil, 1 TBS of liquid smoke, salt or soy sauce. Mix the ingredients, and then add the fresh mushrooms and mix until they are coated. Spread sliced mushrooms across a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees F. Check after 15 minutes and turn over ones that are browned and crisp. Once crispy, turn off the oven and let cool slowly in oven. Rice: If you have a rice cooker, prepare as usual. If not, wash 1 cup of rice under running cold water to remove any excess dust, etc. Boil in 2 cups of water until soft (usually 25-30 min). Final Preparations: Place 1/­­4 cup of rice in the middle of a shallow soup bowl. Pour gumbo around the rice, making sure that there are equal amounts of greens and liquid. Take the dried, crispy mushroom bacon from the cooled oven and add a handful on top of the rice, and serve. Invite your friends and family to celebrate a plant-based Mardi Gras with this Green Gumbo recipe. If youre looking for other meatless recipe inspiration throughout the Lenten season, check out our recipe gallery . Happy Mardi Gras! Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Make it a Meatless Monday Mardi Gras Celebration with Green Gumbo appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Join Meatless Monday at the Healthy Food Expo New York

February 24 2019 Meatless Monday 

Join Meatless Monday at the Healthy Food Expo New York Meatless Monday will be at Healthy Food Expo in NYC, March 3-5, and we’d love to see you there! Visit us at Exhibit Booth 638 in the Healthy Food Expo Area to learn about the health and environmental benefits of going Meatless Monday and how you can leverage our research and resources as part of a restaurant/­­foodservice marketing strategy or just to encourage healthy, sustainable eating in your community! We’re also thrilled to be hosting two special events at the expo on Meatless Monday, March 4:   From 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the Education Hub (Booth 739), Chef Robert E. Graham, MD, Meatless Monday Ambassador and co-founder of FRESH Medicine, will discuss how our food system and food trends have misshapen the way we eat and how to use food as medicine in his session: FRESH Food Tips for a Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle, One Meal at a Time. Find out more about Dr. Graham’s session.       From 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the Center Stage, three chefs will compete in the International Restaurant Food Service Show’s Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition to see who can cook a winning plant-based in just 20 minutes. Find out more about the Rapid Fire Challenge and meet the competitors and judges. The post Join Meatless Monday at the Healthy Food Expo New York appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios

February 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe pairs quinoa with the savory Mediterranean flavors of garlic, white wine, lemon and rosemary and comes together much more quickly than traditional rice risottos. This recipe comes to us from Sharon Palmer , the Plant-Powered Dietitian. Serves 6 - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil -  1/­­2 onion, diced -  1/­­2 red bell pepper, diced - 1 clove garlic, minced - 2 cups uncooked quinoa - 3 cups vegetable broth -  1/­­2 c white wine - 1 tsp rosemary -  1/­­4 tsp black pepper - 4 cups chopped fresh kale - Zest of 1/­­2 lemon - 1/­­2 c pistachios, coarsely chopped Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, red bell pepper, and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add quinoa and cook for an additional minute. Heat vegetable broth, white wine, rosemary, and black pepper together in a small pot until warm. Reduce heat to low. Add broth mixture to saucepan with quinoa mixture, 1/­­2 cup at a time, stirring until it is absorbed. Repeat this procedure for about 15 minutes, until all of liquid is absorbed, and quinoa is tender, but not overcooked. Stir in kale, lemon zest, and pistachios, and heat for an additional minute only, until ingredients are heated through, but kale remains bright green. Serve immediately. Makes 6 - 1 cup servings The post Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Winter Harvest Citrus Pasta

February 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

Cinnamon, citrus, maple, mushroom, chickpea, almond, garlic and rosemary sing in this creamy, yet hearty-textured pasta. With all the light citrus and cinnamon flavors this pasta can be easily served for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe comes to us from Kathy of Healthy. Happy. Life. Serves 8 For the butternut squash sauce: - 2 cups frozen butternut squash cubes, frozen - 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed - 1 teaspoon garlic powder - 1 tablespoons maple syrup - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - dash of salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast* For the chickpeas: - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, to coat the skillet - 1/­­2 small white onion, diced - 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained - 1 large portobello mushroom, diced - 1/­­8 teaspoon cinnamon - 1 tablespoon lemon juice - 1 cup roasted, unsalted almonds, slivered To complete the Winter Harvest Citrus Pasta: - 1 pound orecchiette pasta, cooked - additional nutritional yeast, for tossing the cooked pasta* - a little extra olive oil, for tossing the cooked pasta - 1 orange, sliced into segments - 1 teaspoon orange zest *optional. Found in health food stores of the health food section of some grocery stores. To make the Butternut Squash Sauce: Place the frozen, cubed butternut squash in a skillet over medium high heat. Season with the rosemary, garlic powder, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, orange juice and orange zest. Cook for 3-5 minutes, working the seasonings into the squash with a fork, until the squash has softened into a lightly mashed mixture. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and begin cooking the orecchiette according the package directions. To make the chickpeas: Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions for 4-5 minutes, or until they become translucent. Add the chickpeas and diced Portobello mushroom to the pan and season with the cinnamon and lemon juice. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until the chickpeas begin to brown and the Portobellos begin to become tender. Add the almonds and sauté for just 1 minute more. To complete the Winter Harvest Citrus Pasta: Drain the orecchiette when it has completed cooking. Toss the cooked pasta with a few dashes extra virgin olive oil and nutritional yeast, if using. Toss the pasta with the butternut squash sauce until fully coated. Fold in the chickpeas. Serve in a bowl with fresh orange slices and a dash of orange zest on top. The post Winter Harvest Citrus Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Ring in the Chinese New Year with these 7 Meatless Recipes

February 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

Ring in the Chinese New Year with these 7 Meatless RecipesHappy Year of the Pig to everyone who celebrates the Chinese New Year around the world. We invite you to include Meatless Monday dishes in your celebratory feast and wish you good fortune and great prosperity for the coming year. According to myth, the Jade Emperor called a meeting of all the animals in the zodiac. On the way, the pig stopped to eat but then fell asleep- thats why the pig is the last sign in the 12-year cycle. A Pig Year is considered favorable and brings good luck and wealth. This vibrant annual celebration takes place not only in Mainland China and South East Asia, but also in areas with significant Chinese populations such as the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. In addition to setting off firecrackers and honoring your ancestors, eating is a big part of the celebrations. Historically eaten by Chinese royalty, wonton soup is a perfect hot starter. Dumplings are a favorite and can be easily made with vegetables. A pretty jicama-stuffed bao surrounded by steamy dough is the perfect New Years treat. And for dessert, good fortune fruit can be served, such as oranges and tangerines. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a Meatless Monday feast! Homemade Dumplings/­­Potstickers This recipe , including how to video , comes to us from Madeline Lu. Check out her food and travel blog  for culinary and wanderlust inspiration. Vegetable Congee This recipe comes to us from Tina Jui of The Worktop . Find the original Vegetable Congee Recipe  and additional photos on The Worktop. Wonton Soup This recipe  comes from Ashley at Eat Figs, Not Pigs . Check out her blog  for more delicious recipes. Jicama Bao This recipe comes to us from WoonHeng . Follow her on Instagram  for more great plant-based recipes. Pan-Fried Vegetarian Dumplings/­­Potstickers Try this incredible two-tone veggie dumpling recipe  from Red House Spice . Her blog is a great resource for dumpling making techniques and tips. Fried Brown Rice with Vegetables This recipe was developed by Alexandra Shytsman of The New Baguette  and is featured in her free Weeknight Cooking E-book . Easy Veggie Lo Mein This recipe comes to us from Karen of The Tasty Bite . Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, look for us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Ring in the Chinese New Year with these 7 Meatless Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Homemade Dumplings

February 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

These dumplings are filled with only vegetables instead of the traditional veggie and meat mixture. A layer of sesame seeds is added to the bottom of the dumplings to make them extra crunchy. If you prefer not to make your dumpling wraps from scratch, you can find ready-made wraps in the Asian section of your supermarket. This recipe , including ‘how to’ video , comes to us from Madeline Lu. Check out her food and travel blog  for culinary and wanderlust inspiration.   Makes 48 dumplings - Dumpling Wrap - 1 1/­­2 cups (220 g)  all-purpose flour - 1/­­2 cup (115 ml) hot water - pinch of salt   - Dumping Filling - 1 medium-sized napa cabbage or white cabbage - 2 fresh shiitake mushrooms - 1 tsp freshly grated ginger - 1 tsp freshly grated garlic - 1 spring onion, finely chopped - 1/­­4 of a medium-sized purple onion, finely chopped - 1 tsp sesame oil - 1 tbsp + 1 tsp salt - pepper, to taste   - In addition - 1/­­2 cup of sesame seeds, placed in a small bowl - 3 tbsp water, in a flat plate - 1 tsp grated ginger - 2 tsp spring onions, finely chopped   To prepare the dough, put the flour in a medium bowl. Add the hot water in a steady stream, stirring with chopsticks until a raggy dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth, 10 minutes. Sprinkle the dough with flour, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 hour. Take the dough out and knead again for 5 minutes and then cover again with plastic wraps for 30 minutes. By then, the dough should be springy and soft. While the dough is resting, prepare the filling. Slice the cabbage into thin strips and put into a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp salt and mix well together. Set aside. Cut the shiitake mushroom into small dices. Use another mixing bowl, add in the shiitake mushroom, purple onion, ginger, garlic, and spring onion. Take the cabbage stripes out of the other mixing bowl and use two hands to squeeze out the excess water and then put into the mixing bowl with the mushroom mix. Add 1 tsp of salt and some fresh pepper. Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Set aside. On a large chopping board or baking sheet, sprinkle with flour. Quarter the dough. On a floured work surface, roll each piece into a 12-inch rope. Cut each rope into 12 pieces and roll into balls; sprinkle with flour. Roll out 6 balls at a time to 3 1/­­2-inch rounds and brush off the excess flour. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the filling onto the center of each round wrap. Bring up the sides of the wrapper and press and pleat the edges to seal in the filling. Dip the bottom of dumpling in the plate water and then dip it in the bowl of sesame, so the bottom of the dumpling is evenly covered with sesame seeds. Place the finished dumpling onto the chopping board or baking sheet. In a skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Arrange  the dumplings in the skillet, pleated edge up. Cook over high heat until the bottoms are lightly browned, 2 minutes. Add 1/­­2 cup of water, cover and cook until the filling is cooked through, 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until the bottoms are well browned, 1 minute; transfer to a plate, sprinkle with more finely chopping spring onions, chili flakes, sesame seeds, sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve immediately. The post Homemade Dumplings appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Jicama Bao

February 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

Inspired by the Oscar nominated Pixar’s short film ‘Bao,’ Instagrammer WoonHeng  created a Jicama Bao recipe  to celebrate Chinese New Year. Serve these hot steamy baos on a bamboo steamer with Chinese tea for a light but satisfying lunch.   Follow WoonHeng on Instagram  for more great plant-based recipes.   Makes about 12 baos - 2 medium jicama, shredded - 2 medium carrot, shredded - 3 tsp avocado oil - 3 tbsp chopped cilantro - salt and white pepper to taste - 1 16 oz. package of bao flour, prepared based on package instruction, used plant-based milk as replacement – yields about 12 baos. Bao flour available online or at any Asian grocery store.   In a heated pan with 3 tsp avocado oil, sauté carrot until oil turns orangey, add jicama, and stir fry until jicama is soft. Season with salt and pepper and add cilantro. Set aside to cool. You may refrigerate this overnight until ready to use. Prepare 12 3×3 square parchment paper. Make bao according to package instruction. Fill a heaping 2 tbsp of the jicama mixture in the middle, pleat to seal the bao. Place on parchment paper. Repeat until you have all the baos ready. Cover the bao with a partially wet paper towel to avoid dryness while you are working on the dough. Boil water in steamer, steam bao for 20 mins. To get the crusty look, pan fried them with some sesame seeds until golden brown. Serve warm with a cup of Chinese tea and you can now enjoy dim sum at home too. The post Jicama Bao appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spicy Dark Chocolate Chili Bowl

January 28 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe contains heart healthy beans and avocado as well as a variety of anti-inflammatory spices. This recipe comes to us from Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN . Bonnie says: “What I love about this recipe is that you dont really have to follow it exactly -- you can use your favorite ingredients. Im a recipe rebel so Im always improvising and swapping ingredients.” Serves 6 - For the chili - 1 medium onion, chopped - 5 cloves garlic, minced - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 1 teaspoon cumin - 1 teaspoon turmeric - 1 teaspoon chili powder - 1/­­8 teaspoon cinnamon - 1/­­4 teaspoon red pepper flakes - 1/­­4 cup dark chocolate chips - 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes - 2 cans (16 ounces) kidney beans in chili sauce   - Toppings - 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, shredded - 1/­­2 cup corn kernels, cooked - 1/­­2 each red, yellow and orange bell peppers, chopped - 1/­­2 avocado, chopped - 1/­­2 cup crushed multigrain tortilla chips - To taste salt and pepper   Directions: In a large frying pan, cook onion and garlic in oil for approximately 5 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes, beans, chocolate chips. Stir together well. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Place chili in bowl, and sprinkle one row each of cheese, corn kernels, peppers, avocado, and tortilla chips on top of chili.   Note: Serving suggestions -- place chili over brown or wild rice and then add toppings. Sauté bell peppers, if preferred. The post Spicy Dark Chocolate Chili Bowl appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Quinoa, Mango, Jicama Salad

January 20 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe comes to us from Chef Ronaldo Linares and is featured in his cookbook Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba: Diabetes-Friendly Traditional and Nueva Cubano Cuisine . Chef Ronaldo says this about the recipe: “You get a great balance of protein, fat, and carbs in this tasty recipe. Being a mango lover this recipe allows me to enjoy it in a different way. The crunch of the jicama, the nutty flavor from the quinoa, and the fresh herbs add the perfect touch. This is also a great meal prep salad, bring to work in a mason jar, put the dressing in a separate container, and when ready mix everything up. For me it;s about keeping it simple and maximizing the flavors.” Serves 6 - For the quinoa - 1 cup quinoa - 1 1/­­2 cups water - 1/­­4 teaspoon avocado oil - 1/­­4 teaspoon kosher salt   - For the salad - 1 cup jicama, peeled and cut into 1/­­4- - inch cubes - 1/­­4 cup thinly sliced red onion - 3 ounces mango, peeled and cubed - 3 radishes, cut into thin rounds - 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro - 1/­­4 teaspoon cracked black pepper - 1 tablespoon lime juice - 1/­­4 teaspoon chili powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon avocado oil   Rinse quinoa with cold water in a colander. Add quinoa, water, oil, and salt to a rice cooker and cook. This should take about 20 minutes. Once the quinoa is done, fluff it with a fork and spread it onto a baking sheet to cool. Set aside. Once quinoa has cooled, transfer it to a large bowl. Add jicama, onion, mango,radishes, cilantro, and pepper. Toss gently to incorporate. Set aside. In a small bowl, add lime juice, chili powder, and avocado oil, and whisk together for about 30 seconds to create a light flavorful dressing. Add dressing to the bowl with all the ingredients and mix together gently so the dressing is fully incorporated with the salad ingredients. The post Quinoa, Mango, Jicama Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.


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