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Chana Masala

May 13 2019 Meatless Monday 

The chana bean, or chickpea, is a staple of the Maharashtrian diet, used in a variety of forms and variations. This Chana Masala is considered by many to be the most popular curry in India. In fact, this is one of the dishes that the women in the Masala Mamas collective make for the children in the Love2Learn school in Kalwa every week. The recipe is fairly straightforward to make, though you have to remember to soak the beans overnight. This recipe is full of aromatic Maharashtrian flavors and has a nice spicy kick. Serve with chapattis or over rice, the way the children love to eat it. This recipe is by Ranjana Ramchandra Gaiakwad and is from the cookbook Masala Mamas. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 Ingredients: - 1 1/­­4 cup/­­ 250 gr dry chickpeas, soaked overnight in a generous amount of water -  1/­­2 tsp/­­ 2.5 ml baking soda -  1/­­2 tsp/­­ 2.5 ml turmeric - 2 Tbsp. /­­ 30 ml neutral oil - 2 tsp/­­ 10 ml whole cumin seeds - 1 tsp/­­ 5 ml mustard seeds - 4 fresh green chili peppers, chopped - 2 tsp/­­ 10 ml fresh curry leaves - 1 tsp/­­ 5 ml asafoetida (hing) - 1 tsp/­­ 5 ml finely chopped ginger - 2 tsp/­­ 10 ml garam masala - 2 tsp/­­ 10 ml ground coriander - 1 tsp/­­ 5 ml turmeric - 1 tsp/­­ 5 ml cumin - 1 tsp/­­ 5 ml red chili powder - Salt to taste   Drain the soaked chickpeas and rinse well in a colander. Fill  a  medium  or  large  saucepan  with  6  cups  of  water,  along  with  baking  soda  and  and  turmeric.  Bring to a boil, and add the soaked chickpeas.  Cook  for  1  1/­­2   hours,  or  until  chickpeas  are  thoroughly  cooked. When the  chickpeas  are  done,  heat  oil  in  a  frying  pan  over  medium    Add cuminmustardchili  peppers,  curry  leaves,  hing,  and  ginger,  and  cook  until  fragrant,  around  3-4  minutes. Add the cooked chickpeas. Stir until the chickpeas are coated with spices.  Add  garam  masalacorianderturmericcumin  and  red  chili  powder  and  mix    Sauté  over  medium  heat  for  a  minute  and  add  salt  to  taste. Serve over rice or with chapattis. The post Chana Masala appeared first on Meatless Monday.

10 Plant-Based Cookbooks to Inspire Your Next Meatless Monday

May 13 2019 Meatless Monday 

10 Plant-Based Cookbooks to Inspire Your Next Meatless MondayWant to add new tastes and techniques to your Meatless Monday repertoire? Weve compiled some of our favorite, meatless cookbooks to offer a little inspiration. In the list, youll find endless ways to liven up your meals: Whether youre an Instant Pot fanatic or want to finally put your extensive spice collection to use, youre bound to find something that sparks joy below.   The Complete Vegan Cookbook: Over 150 Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Recipes and Techniques The Natural Gourmet Center compiled pages upon pages of satiating recipes that can help you up your plant-based cooking game using whole foods and local ingredients. The book is teeming with techniques that explain how to transform animal-free foods into divine dinners like a pro, along with seasonal-driven recipes thatll have even the most skeptical diner forget about the meat. Find it on Amazon .     Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family The Pollan Family -- Tracy, Dana, Lori, and Corky -- have been producing inspiring recipes for years that follow Michael Pollan’s famous food advice -- Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. In Mostly Plants, their new, flexitarian-focused cookbook, the Pollan Family shows how vegetables can shine when theyre at the center of the meal rather than a side. Most of the recipes in these pages can be cooked up in 35 minutes or less, and many can be easily modified for any dietary need. Find it on Amazon .     Veg: Easy and Delicious Meals for Everyone Chef Jamie Olivers newest cookbook, which will be released on August 22, 2019, celebrates tasty and simple food that, as Oliver puts it, just happens to be meatless. Beyond its very viable recipes, the book shares cooking hacks and tricks thatll help any level chef become more comfortable in the kitchen. Find in on Amazon .       Dinner for Everyone: 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways -- Easy, Vegan, or Perfect for Company Mark Bittman shares 100 straightforward recipes in his new cookbook that can feed a group filled with all types of dietary needs. Every recipe can be modified to appease the palate of any guest, making this cookbook an essential manual for anyone tasked with the challenge of feeding a vegan and a carnivore at the same time. Find it on Amazon .     Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: 500 Simple Plant-Based Recipes to Feel Better. Ultimate Pressure Cooker Vegan Cookbook for Beginners and Pros Healthful eating doesnt have to be hard or time-consuming. The Instant Pot has gained a cult following for its quick, dump-and-bake technique. Mary Goodrich proves through her recipes that plant-based food works just as nicely with the convenient cooking gadget. Whether youve been obsessed with your Instant Pot forever or you want to see what all the buzz is about, this extensive recipe book will serve you well. Find it on Amazon .       Food Is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World--80+ Recipes for a Greener Planet and a Healthier You The easiest thing a person can do to combat climate change is to eat less meat. Matthew Prescott, the senior food policy director of the Humane Society, incorporated this philosophy into his first cookbook, which is equal parts educational and drool-inducing. Let this book guide you in changing the way you feed yourself and the way you think about food. Find it on Amazon .     The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook Indian food is a staple for many plant-based eaters because there are so many flavorful, meatless recipes integral to Indian cooking. Pushpesh Pant makes Indian cooking accessible to western readers while maintaining the integrity of whats so good about Indian food in the first place. Vegetables are anything but boring, but if you needed convincing, this book should do it. Find it on Amazon .       OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet Suzy Amis Cameron is a mom of five, so she understands how important it is for meals to be effortless and kid-friendly. The author is the founder of the MUSE School in California, where Meatless Monday is implemented. This book will help any parent make meatless meals that their children will love, and also offers great wisdom around why eating meatless is so crucial in the first place. Find it on Amazon .       Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women Without immigrants, thered be nothing good to eat. Anna Francese Gass, who migrated to the U.S. from Italy as a young girl, recognizes the importance of immigrant women cooks through her own experience growing up in the U.S. Her new cookbook serves as a record of history; in it she collects and preserves her Italian mothers recipes so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come. And they are simply timeless. Find it on Amazon .       Masala Mamas: Recipes and Stories from Indian Women Changing Their Communities Through Food and Love This incredible story is peppered with recipes from the Masala Mamas -- 16 women who live in the Kalwa slum in India whove dedicated their lives to cooking up hot and nutritious meals for school children who often cant afford much to eat. All proceeds from this cookbook support the Masala Mamas in their mission. Find it on Amazon .     Have a favorite cookbook that deserves to be on the list? Let us know about it on our Facebook page . And for even more recipe inspiration, check out our recipe gallery . The post 10 Plant-Based Cookbooks to Inspire Your Next Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tangy Stuffed Okra

May 13 2019 Meatless Monday 

Okra is also referred to as ladies fingers and is a popular vegetable all over India. It is mostly cooked as a deep fried dish and occasionally as a stuffed delicacy. Sometimes it is coated with batter. Recipe and photo from Phaidons The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook, by Pushpesh Pant. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 lb 10 oz/­­750 g okra, washed and dried well, slit lengthwise - scant 1/­­2 cup (3 1/­­2 fl oz/­­100 ml) vegetable oil - 1-2 teaspoons tomato puree - 1 tablespoon yellow chili powder - 1 teaspoon lemon juice - salt, to taste For the stuffing: - 1 tablespoon black salt - 4 1/­­2 teaspoons amchoor (mango powder) - 4 1/­­2 teaspoons ground anardana or lemon juice - 1 tablespoon ground black pepper - 4 1/­­2 teaspoons ground cumin - pinch of asafoetida (hing)   Directions: Blanch the okra in a large pan of salted, boiling water for about 2 minutes, then refresh in ice cold water. In a small bowl, mix all the stuffing ingredients, then stuff the okra with this mixture. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan over medium heat, add the tomato puree and stuffed okra and gently stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until cooked through. Sprinkle with yellow chili powder and lemon juice, mix well, and serve. The post Tangy Stuffed Okra appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tomato Tofu Scramble

May 13 2019 Meatless Monday 

Crumbed tofu gets a golden yellow glow thanks to a spoonful of turmeric in this vegan take on scrambled eggs. We pair tofu with tomatoes, but it can be cooked up with almost any vegetable, such as leftover roasted potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, or roasted bell peppers. For a fluffier scramble, we recommend pressing the tofu prior to crumbling it to remove excess water--this takes about 20 minutes of inactive time. If youre in a pinch, you can skip the pressing step for a less defined, slightly softer-textured scramble. This recipe comes to us from the The Complete Vegan Cookbook , by the Natural Gourmet Center with Alexandra Shytsman and Rebecca Ffrench. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 pound firm tofu, drained - 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped - 2 tablespoons pine nuts - 1 garlic clove, minced -  1/­­2 teaspoon ground cumin -  1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric -  1/­­4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes - 1 large ripe tomato, seeded and diced - 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes) - Whole-wheat toast, to serve (optional) Line a plate with paper towels and place the tofu on top. Place another paper towel on the tofu then top with another plate. Weigh it down with cans or pie weights for 20 to 30 minutes to remove excess water, draining off the water periodically. Using a fork or your hands, crumble the tofu into small bits. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, add the oil, and heat until it just starts to shimmer. Add the onion and cook until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the pine nuts, garlic, cumin, turmeric, and red pepper flakes, and continue to cook until fragrant, about another 2 minutes. Stir in the crumbled tofu, tomato, salt, and lime juice. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the tofu is heated through, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Divide among plates and serve. Reprinted from The Complete Vegan Cookbook: Over 150 Whole Foods, Plant-Based Recipes and Techniques by the Natural Gourmet. Copyright (C) 2019 by Natural Gourmet Cookery Corporation. Photographs copyright (C) 2019 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/­­Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. The post Tomato Tofu Scramble appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Avocado Toast with Fresh Beet Hummus

May 6 2019 Meatless Monday 

Avocado toast is a trendy brunch dish thats super easy to make at home! Fresh beet hummus adds a punch of color kids will love. Top your toast with whatever you like! This recipe comes to us from our sister campaign, The Kids Cook Monday . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - For the Beet Hummus: - 1 15-oz can chickpeas - 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil - 2 cloves garlic - 1 tbsp. lemon juice - 1-2 small cooked beets -  1/­­4 tsp salt   - For the Avocado Toast: - 4 slices of crusty sourdough bread - 2 avocados - 16 cherry tomatoes, optional - Arugula, optional - Sea salt - Black pepper   To make the Beet Hummus: Drain and rinse the chickpeas and peel the garlic cloves. Combine the chickpeas with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor. Process for 1-2 minutes. If desired, add 1-2 tbsp. additional olive oil to achieve desired texture. To make the Avocado Toast: Toast the bread slices. Once the bread is toasted, spread a layer of beet hummus on each slice. Carefully slice the avocados and cherry tomatoes, if using. Using half of an avocado per slice of toast, fan the avocado slices out over the hummus. Top with cherry tomatoes, arugula, a few grinds of black pepper and a pinch of sea salt. The post Avocado Toast with Fresh Beet Hummus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Very Green Spring Pasta

April 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

This Very Green Spring Pasta uses both whole wheat pasta and zucchini noodles, making it full of heart-healthy fiber but lighter and lower on the carbs. This recipe comes to us from Parsnips and Pastries . 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   - 12 ounce s whole wheat spaghetti - 2 tablespoon s olive oil plus more for serving - 1  bunch asparagus trimmed and thinly sliced on a bias - 1  large shallot diced - 3  cloves garlic minced - 1  bunch rainbow chard chopped, stems and leaves separated - 2  zucchini spiralized - 1 cup  fresh English peas if using frozen, see notes - Zest and juice of 1 lemon - 1/­­4 cup  Chardonnay - 1/­­2 cup  grated parmesan plus more for serving - 1/­­4 cup  basil finely chopped, plus more for serving - Sea salt and pepper to taste   Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta and cook spaghetti until al dente. Reserve some of the pasta water before draining. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large, deep saute pan. Add the shallot and cook until softened. Add the asparagus, garlic, and chard stems, and season with salt and pepper. Cook one minute. Add in the wine and lemon juice and zest. Bring the wine to a simmer and toss in the peas, chard leaves, and the zucchini noodles. Toss everything and cook until the chard is wilted, the zucchini noodles are just softened, and the asparagus is tender but still retains a bite. Toss the vegetable mixture with the cooked spaghetti, basil, and parmesan. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Add a few tablespoons of the starchy cooking water, if desired, to loosen the sauce. Serve drizzled with olive oil and topped with additional parmesan and basil. Note: If using frozen peas, add the peas into the boiling pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking and drain the pasta and peas together. The post Very Green Spring Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Purple Cauliflower Hummus

April 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

Add color to your Meatless Monday with this quick, easy, and healthy hummus made from roasted cauliflower. This recipe comes to us from Habits of a Modern Hippie . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 large head purple cauliflower - 2 cloves garlic - 3-4 tbsp olive oil - Juice from 1 lemon - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp cumin - pinch of pepper - 1/­­4 cup tahini   1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Chop cauliflower into small florets and roughly slice garlic cloves. 2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet add broccoli florets and garlic. 3. Drizzle with one table spoon of olive oil and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until cauliflower starts to darken (or if youre using white cauliflower the tops begin to brown). 4. Add roasted cauliflower (save a few pieces for garnish) garlic, and tahini into a food processor and add olive oil and lemon juice. 5. Process until mixture starts to become creamy and then add salt, pepper, and cumin. Continue blending until creamy. Add a drizzle of olive oil or water until desired texture is reached. 6. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the extra broccoli florets and herbs or nuts of your choice (consider thyme and some pumpkin seeds). The post Roasted Purple Cauliflower Hummus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chili Lime Jackfruit Tacos

April 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

Replace shredded meat with jackfruit for a Meatless Monday take on your favorite recipes. Here, pre-packaged flavored jackfruit and toppings like corn, jalapeno, cilantro, and avocado make for a simple, flavorful take on carnitas tacos. This recipe comes to us from Simply Healthyish . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 10.6 ounce package Chili Lime Carnitas Jackfruit - 4-6 tortillas - 2 cups roasted corn - 2 cups sliced bell peppers, any colors - 1 avocado, pitted, thinly sliced - 2 jalapenos, thinly sliced - Fresh cilantro, for garnish - 1 tbsp. olive oilLime, cut into wedges - Salt, to taste   1. To warm tortillas: wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on high for 30 seconds. 2. In a small pan, add jackfruit over medium heat and cook for 5-7 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Set aside. 3. Add the olive oil to the same pan. Add bell peppers and cook for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Set aside. 4. To assemble tacos: Fill each tortilla with a generous amount of jackfruit meat, roasted corn, bell peppers, then top with avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro. Sprinkle with lime juice. The post Chili Lime Jackfruit Tacos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Stir Fry Spicy Green Beans

April 22 2019 Meatless Monday 

Spice up a side of green beans by stir frying them with garlic and chili sauce. Parboiling the beans helps keep them crunchy and green when stir fried. This recipe comes to us from Easy Cooking with Molly . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4 - 1 cup fresh beans - cleaned and cut off the tips from both end - 2 cups water - 1 cup ice - 1 tsp fresh garlic - crushed - 3 tbsp chili sauce - 1 tbsp white vinegar - 1 tbsp soy sauce - 3 tbsp olive oil - salt - as per taste   In a large pan, add water and bring to a boil. Add fresh green beans, let it simmer for 2 minutes and then turn off the heat. Drain hot water and add ice to the hot beans and let it cool for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove any left over water from the beans and wrap them in a kitchen towel or paper towel. In a wok, add oil and heat it for a minute. Now add crushed garlic and stir it for a minute. Add chili sauce and sauté everything for a minute. Increase the heat to high, add steamed green beans and stir fry it for 2-3 minutes. Add, vinegar and soy sauce and stir fry for a minute. Turn off the heat. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with choice of rice or bread. The post Stir Fry Spicy Green Beans appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Potato, Beet and Lentil Salad

April 15 2019 Meatless Monday 

This Potato, Beet and Lentil Salad is perfectly healthy, delightfully fresh, and wonderfully easy to prepare. This new combination of flavors is a delicious way to enhance any meal and provides so many electrifying nutrients. This salad can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, making it easy to prep for lunch or for a weekend BBQ. It can even be made using vegan mayo to cater to all of your party guests this summer. This recipe comes to us from Triad to Wellness . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 8 1  pound  red potatoes,  rinsed, peeled, and cut into bite size cubes 1 1/­­4  cup  beets,  rinsed, peeled, and cut into bite site cubes 1/­­4  tsp  salt 1 1/­­2  cup  cooked, small green lentils 1  tbsp  apple cider vinegar 1  lemon,  juiced 1/­­2  cup  mayonaisse,  or vegan mayo 1 1/­­2  tsp  dijon mustard 1  tsp  ground black pepper 2  cups  chopped kale   Place potatoes and beets in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add enough cold water to completely cover vegetables, add salt, and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer; do not cover. Cook vegetables approximately 25 minutes or until potatoes and beets are tender. Once done, place potatoes and beets in a strainer to drain water; run cold water over potatoes and beets until cooled. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooled potatoes and beets, lentils, and apple cider vinegar. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and ground pepper together. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the potato and beet mixture; combine well. Potato-Beet Lentil Salad can be refrigerated up to 3 days before serving. Serve on top of chopped kale. The post Potato, Beet and Lentil Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Eggplant Pesto “Meatballs”

April 15 2019 Meatless Monday 

Who said meatballs must be made with meat? Hearty eggplant is one of the best vegetable substitutes for making meat-less meatballs because of its meaty texture and high fiber content. These plant-based Eggplant Pesto Meatballs have a similar texture to your traditional Italian recipe, but the eggplant in our recipe gives these balls a more tender and silky consistency and a flavor that makes it easy to forget that you are not eating beef. This recipe comes to us from Triad to Wellness . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Makes 40 meatballs (5 servings) - Eggplant mixture 1 1/­­2  tbsp  olive oil 1  medium  onion  chopped 2  garlic cloves  minced 1 1/­­4  pounds  eggplant  unpeeled and cut into 1″ cubes 3/­­4  cup  water 1/­­4  tsp  salt 1/­­2  tsp  pepper 1  cup  panko bread crumbs red pepper flakes  optional - Cashew Pestogarlic cloves,  minced 1 cup  raw cashews,  soaked overnight or boiled for 20 minutes until soft 2  tbsp  pine nuts 2  tbsp  water 2  tbsp  lemon juice 1/­­4  cup  nutritional yeast 1/­­4  tsp  sea salt   Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place 1/­­2 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until translucent about 3 minutes. Add garlic until lightly browned, remaining olive oil, and eggplant, and brown on both sides. Add water, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until eggplant is soft. Remove from heat, transfer to a heat proof bowl, and set aside. In a food processor, add garlic, cashews, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and water. Process until smooth. Add basil, lemon juice, and olive oil while processing. Mix until smooth and set aside. In the bowl, mash eggplant into small pieces with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher. Add the cashew pesto and mix well. Lastly, add the breadcrumbs and red pepper flakes and stir until well combined. Roll eggplant meatless balls in about 2-inch diameter approximately 1 1/­­2 tablespoon of mixture. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and bake until browned (about 25 minutes) turning once so the eggplant pesto “meatballs are browned on both sides. Serve over zucchini noodles or your choice of pasta with tomato sauce. The post Eggplant Pesto “Meatballs” appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Brown Rice Jambalaya

April 8 2019 Meatless Monday 

Here’s a vegan take on a southern classic. This brown rice jambalaya gets a Tex-Mex-inspired flavor from an assortment of spices, including paprika, cayenne and cumin. Black-eye peas and collard greens add both texture and nutrients to the dish that makes for a filling and dinner. Maybe best of all, this recipe serves six, which means it can make plenty of leftovers if you’re feeding a smaller group. This recipe is from Phoebe Lapine for Think Rice . 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 - 4 Tbsps Olive Oil, divided - 1 Bunch Collard greens, thick stems removed and thinly sliced - Sea Salt & Pepper - Small Yellow Onion - Red Bell Pepper, finely diced - 2 Celery Stalks, thinly sliced - Large Jalapeno, minced, seeds & ribs removed - 2 Cloves Garlic, minced - 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika - 1 Tsp Paprika - 1/­­2 Tsp Ground Cumin - 1/­­4 Tsp Cayenne - 2 Cups Chopped Tomatoes - 2 Bay Leaves - 4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme - 8 Cups Vegetable Stock - 2 Cups Dried Black-Eyed Peas, soaked overnight - 2 Cups U.S. Long Grain Brown Rice - 1 Bunch Scallions, thinly sliced - 2 Tbsps Chopped flat-leaf parsley   In a large pot over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the collard greens and stir-fry until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove to a plate. Set aside. Add the remaining olive oil along with the onions, bell pepper, and celery, and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the jalapeno, garlic, smoked paprika, regular paprika, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 2 minutes more, until very fragrant, then add the tomatoes, bay leaves, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and allow the tomato mixture to thicken slightly. Pour in the stock, black-eyed peas, and brown rice. Bring to a boil, partially cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the peas and rice have grown in size, but still have quite a bite to them. Cover the pot completely and continue cooking over low heat, undisturbed, until tender (but not mushy) and all of the liquid has been absorbed, another 20 minutes. Fold in the collard greens and half the scallions. Cover and cook until the rice has absorbed all the liquid and the veggies are tender, about 10 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Season the vegetarian jambalaya with parsley, the remaining scallions, and serve warm. Note: If you dont have time to soak the peas in advance, you can a) cover them with boiling water for 10 minutes, or b) start with canned black-eyed peas. For the latter, simply cut the amount of stock in half, and add the rinsed beans to the pot when you fold in the collard greens in step 4. The post Meatless Brown Rice Jambalaya appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Banana Sticky Rice

April 8 2019 Meatless Monday 

Eating bananas for breakfast isn’t some kind of groundbreaking move, but this banana sticky rice recipe certainly adds a fun new twist to the typical morning meal. The dish is sweet and hearty, making it a stick-to-your-bones-type fuel that’ll help energize you all day long. And while its creaminess may seem incomparable, thanks to the use of coconut milk, the recipe is 100% vegan. This recipe is from our partners at Think Rice . 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 - 2 cups sweet rice (or short grain sushi rice), uncooked - 3.5 cups coconut milk, unsweetened - 2 teaspoons lime zest - 3/­­4 teaspoon salt - 8 banana leaves, thawed - 8 bananas, cut into thirds   1. Combine rice and 2.5 cups of coconut milk in pot. 2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 3. Let pot stand covered off heat for an additional 5 minutes. 4. While rice is still hot, fold cooked sushi rice with remaining unsweetened coconut milk, lime zest, and salt in a bowl until rice becomes sticky and has cooled slightly. 5. Using a 2-oz scoop, scoop warm coconut lime rice into each banana leaf square and top with a piece of banana. Top with another 2 oz scoop of rice and then roll the banana leaves into a “burrito-style” roll making sure banana is encased in rice. 6. Steam the packets 4 minutes or until banana leaf becomes fragrant. Can be served warm or cold The post Banana Sticky Rice appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spinach Salad with Baked Tofu and Carrot Ginger Dressing

April 1 2019 Meatless Monday 

This light, refreshing salad is a perfect side that can also stand on its own thanks to the protein-rich spinach and tofu. To save time, you can press the tofu and make the peanut sauce and dressing the night before for a quicker and easier prep time! This recipe comes to us from Triad to Wellness . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 2 Spinach Salad 6  ounce  bag of spinach 3/­­4  cup  carrots 3/­­4  cup  edamame 3  tbsp  hemp seeds,  seeds 14  ounces  firm tofu,  drained, pressed and cut into 1″ cubes   Peanut Sauce 1/­­4  tsp  coconut oil,  olive oil can be substituted 2  garlic cloves,  minced 2  tbsp  low sodium tamari,  soy sauce or coconut aminos can be substituted 3/­­4  cup  water 1  cup  coconut milk,  canned 3/­­4  cup  coconut water 2  tbsp  red curry paste 3/­­4  cup  peanut butter,  smooth 1  tbsp  sorghum syrup,  honey can be substituted red pepper flakes,  optional   - Carrot Ginger Dressing 1/­­4  cup  olive oil 1  tsp  sesame oil 1/­­4  cup  white vinegar 2  tbsp  white miso,  white chickpea miso can be substituted 1  tbsp  tahini 2  medium carrots,  peeled and chopped 1  inch long  piece fresh ginger,  peeled and cut into circles 1  tsp  sorghum syrup,  honey can be substituted 1/­­4  tsp  salt 1/­­4  tsp  white pepper   Preheat oven to 400? F. To drain and press tofu, roll tofu in a clean dish towel and place on a clean plate. Cover tofu with the flat side of another plate. Stack three heavy books on top of plate and set aside to allow liquid to drain from the tofu for at least 15 minutes. (This step can be prepped the night before.) To make peanut sauce, heat coconut oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add garlic, sauté until lightly browned. Whisk in tamari, water, coconut milk, and coconut water. Add curry paste and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in peanut butter and sorghum syrup, bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Add red pepper flakes if desired. Remove from heat. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes. Place tofu cubes in a single layer on a lined baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Bake until firm, approximately 20 minutes. Remove tofu from oven, baste tofu with 1/­­4 cup peanut sauce, set aside. In a high-speed blender add all of the ingredients for the carrot-ginger dressing, blend until smooth. Refrigerate the dressing for at least 15 minutes so the flavors meld. In a medium salad bowl, toss together spinach, carrots, edamame, 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, remaining peanut sauce, basted tofu, and 6 tablespoons of carrot ginger dressing in a large bowl. Sprinkle the top of salad with 1 tablespoons hemp seeds. The post Spinach Salad with Baked Tofu and Carrot Ginger Dressing appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats

April 1 2019 Meatless Monday 

Delightfully vegan, perfectly dense, and pleasurably sweet, this protein-packed breakfast is filled with heart-healthy whole grains that will keep you full all morning. Simply add all of the ingredients to a Mason jar, refrigerate overnight, and wake up the next day to an incredibly healthy breakfast! Overnight oats are a perfect alternative to many traditional sugary breakfast options and can be enjoyed by the entire family. This recipe comes to us from Triad to Wellness . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 1 1/­­4  cup  mashed bananas ( 1/­­2 medium banana) 2  tablespoons  salted nut butter,  your choice 1/­­4  cup  unsweetened plain almond milk 1/­­3  cup  gluten-free rolled oats 2  teaspoons  hemp hearts 1/­­2  teaspoon  vanilla extract 1/­­2  teaspoon  cinnamon 1  teaspoon  vegan chocolate chips (for topping) 1 1/­­2  teaspoons  coconut (for topping)   Place banana, nut butter, and almond milk in a glass jar (or container with a lid) and stir with a spoon to combine. Add oats, hemp hearts, vanilla, and cinnamon and stir, then press down with a spoon to ensure all oats are coated in almond milk. Cover securely with a lid or plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 5 hours). The next day, open and enjoy as is, or garnish with desired toppings. The post Vegan Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Scallion Pancakes

March 25 2019 Meatless Monday 

These 3-ingredient Vegan Scallion Pancakes are incredibly delicious and very easy to make. Theyre also known as green onion pancakes and can be made with chives or leeks too. This recipe comes to us from Bianca Zapatka . See the step-by-step photos on her blog . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Makes 4 pancakes 2  cups  all-purpose flour (250g) 3/­­4  tsp  salt 3/­­4  cup  warm water (180ml) 1 1/­­3  cup  finely sliced scallions  green part only 4  tbsp  cooking oil  plus more for brushing   1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Then pour in the water and stir with chopsticks or a fork until all the water has been absorbed. 2. Using your hands, knead all the bits of dough together. (If your dough is still very dry after a bit of kneading, add 1-2 tbsp more water*). Then transfer dough to a working surface and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and soft, about 5 minutes. 3. Shape the dough into a round ball. Cover with foil (or a damp towel) and let rest for 20-30 minutes. After resting time, divide the dough into 4 equal sized pieces and shape them into balls. (Work with one piece at a time and cover the remaining pieces so they wont get dry). 4. On a lightly floured working surface, roll out one piece into a very thin circle. 5. Brush the circle with a bit of oil, and sprinkle about 1/­­3 cup chopped scallions all over the dough. 6. Roll up the dough into a log. Take one end of the log and curl it into a snail. 7. Use your hands to flatten the dough a bit, then use your rolling pin to roll it out again to another circle, about 8-/­­9-inch (20/­­22cm) in diameter. (Dont worry if some scallions poke out through the dough). 8. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces and stack them as you go, separating with parchment paper. 9. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan over medium heat and pan-fry each side of one pancake for about 2-3 minutes until golden-brown and crispy. Repeat with remaining pancakes, adding about 1 tbsp oil per pancake. 10. Cut Scallion Pancakes into quarters and serve hot with dipping sauce. Notes The pancakes are best eaten when hot. Theyll be still good when cooled, but will no longer be crispy. If you still have any fried pancakes left, you can reheat them in the oven. Sprinkle some grated non-dairy cheese on top and bake for a few minutes until crispy again. If they got a bit hard overnight, you could also put them in the microwave for a few seconds. * The ideal flour water ratio may vary slightly depending on the kind of flour you use and how you measure it.   The post Scallion Pancakes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrate Spring with Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Using Seasonal Veggies

March 25 2019 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate Spring with Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Using Seasonal VeggiesSpring has officially sprung, so its time to explore the local farmers markets and forage the grocery aisles for fresh seasonal vegetables. Trying new meatless recipes is a great way to utilize all of the ripe fruits and vegetables coming into season. Weve gathered delicious plant-based recipes from our Meatless Monday bloggers  and influencers featuring spring produce such as asparagus, spinach, sweet peas and broccoli. Enjoy the tastes of spring! Scallion Pancakes from Bianca Patka Lemony Spring Risotto from Healthy Voyager Spring Green Shakshuka from Happy Kitchen Asparagus Avocado Tomato Salad from Blondelish   Sweet Potato Pizza from It’s a Healthy Lifestyle Asian Noodles with Gingery Prune Sauce from Jackie Newgent Spring Leek and Asparagus Soup from The Domestic Dietitian Penne Pasta with Arugula Pesto, Red Potatoes and Spring Vegetables from She’s Cookin Flageolets and Dandelion from Soulful Vegan Ravioli in Creamy Garlic and Spinach White Sauce from The Kitchen Docs   Invite your friends and family to join you in a celebration of spring with these plant-based recipes. If youre looking for other meatless recipe inspiration, check out our recipe gallery . 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 Celebrate Spring with Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Using Seasonal Veggies appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Five Veggie Raw Pad Thai

March 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe comes to us from Dr. Robert Graham, co-founder of FRESH Med . Dr. Graham says: Pad thai is one of my favorite recipes. I wanted to create a version for you with easy, healthy raw vegan ingredients. We chose zucchini noddles to make all the ingredients easy to find. This raw pad thai is gluten free, nutrient dense and look at all those gorgeous plants youre going to eat! Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 2 - 1 medium zucchini, spiraled or julienned - 2 large carrots, julienned - 1 red pepper, thinly sliced - 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage - 3/­­4 cup frozen edamame, thawed - 3 green onions, thinly sliced on bias - 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (toasted) - optional: 1 cup of rice vermicelli noodles   - For the dressing: - 1 garlic clove minced - 1/­­4 cup raw almond butter (can also use peanut butter) - 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice - 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari - 2 tablespoons water (may need more for desired consistency) - 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (or other sweetener) - 1/­­2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil - 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger Directions: 1. Prep all the vegetables. Add the zucchini, carrots, pepper, and cabbage into one large bowl. Toss with hands to combine. 2. Prepare the dressing by processing all dressing ingredients in a food processor or vitamix. The dressing may seem a bit thin at first, but it thickens as it sits. 3. Top bowls with edamame, green onion, and sesame seeds. Pour on dressing and enjoy. The post Five Veggie Raw Pad Thai appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Doctor/Chef Robert Graham Discusses a Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show

March 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

Doctor/Chef Robert Graham Discusses a Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle at the International Restaurant and Foodservice ShowDoctor/­­Chef Robert Graham recently held a session at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show on, FRESH Food Tips for a Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle, One Meal at a Time. He is the co-founder of FRESH Medicine , whose mission is to improve health by addressing the five pillars of well-being: Food, Relaxation, Exercise, Sleep and Happiness. In his talk, he discussed how our food system and food trends have misshapen the way we eat and how to use food as medicine. Said simply, Eat more plants; eat less meat. Meatless Monday is a simple way to eat more plants. Dr. Graham has long been an advocate of Meatless Monday as an easy way to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet. As the former Director of Integrative Health & Therapies at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, Dr. Graham created the first edible rooftop garden at a hospital - giving patients and hospital workers access to more fresh produce. As a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Graham has prescribed food as medicine for over 10 years. He believes that food holds the key to health and recently became a chef, graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute. Dr. Graham has taught over 500 healthcare workers, mostly doctors, how to cook whole food plant-based meals. Check out Dr. Grahams recipe for Five Veggie Raw Pad Thai , a perfect option for Meatless Monday. If you make this recipe, post a photo, tagging us @MeatlessMonday and using #MeatlessMonday. Join Dr. Graham, and the millions of people around the world who participate in Meatless Monday one day a week, for your health and the health of the planet. To find out more, find us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! To learn more about becoming a Meatless Monday ambassador, visit MeatlessMonday.com/­­ambassador The post Doctor/­­Chef Robert Graham Discusses a Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show 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.

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.

NYC Health + Hospitals Launches Meatless Monday

January 17 2019 Meatless Monday 

The goal is to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce disease risk. NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the country, will now be offering a Meatless Monday chefs choice option to inpatients at all 11 acute care hospitals. Hospital dietitians will counsel patients on the benefits of a plant-based diet as theyre making their meal choices for the day. Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President joined Mitchel Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals to announce the program at a press conference where they talked about the importance of plant-based nutrition in healing patients and promoting overall well-being. See the press release here and video highlights of the event below.     Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, an ardent advocate for plant-based diets, commended Dr. Katz for his leadership and called on all hospitals to take the Meatless Monday pledge saying that hospitals have a unique opportunity to influence patients and families in rethinking the nutritional quality of their meals, and Meatless Mondays now has a role in that conversation. Dr. Katz spoke about the hospitals commitment to supporting patients in adopting healthy behaviors: We want to empower our patients to live their healthiest lives by introducing them to healthier foods that they may choose once theyre discharged. The Meatless Mondays initiative is consistent with this mission and fits with our new Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program at NYC Health + Hospitals Bellevue, developed to provide intensive support for outpatients who wish to adopt healthy lifestyle changes. William A. Brown, Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/­­Coney Island, added, The Meatless Monday initiative is one small but powerful step we can take to help our patients make healthier decisions and improve their outcomes. Commenting on the ability of the Meatless Monday program to encourage healthy behavioral changes, Whitney Ahneman, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE, Clinical Nutrition Manager at NYC Health + Hospitals/­­Coney Island shared, For many patients, making changes to their diets and breaking long-standing habits can seem overwhelming; however, Meatless Monday offers the ability for our patients to adopt small changes that can make a big difference over time in reversing or preventing certain chronic conditions. Meatless Monday Offers Expertise to Hospitals and Organizations Hospitals wishing 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 hospital cafeterias o Creative 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 For additional information on the impact of food choices on chronic health problems and climate change, see resources from Meatless Mondays scientific advisor, The Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University: The Connections between Diet, People and Planet >> Questions? Contact us now for additional information or to learn how to implement a program at your hospital. The post NYC Health + Hospitals Launches Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Healthier You Series: Go Meatless Monday for Kidney Health

January 14 2019 Meatless Monday 

Healthier You Series: Go Meatless Monday for Kidney HealthStart smart eating habits on Mondays for a happier and healthier you! We hear a lot about how not eating meat just one day a week is good for the planet, but what about how good it is for our health? It turns out, Meatless Monday is also an easy way to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle and better health. Cutting out meat just one day a week and choosing plant-based foods instead can help promote kidney health . In fact, eating less red and processed meat and more plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, can help lead to: o Better kidney health o Better management of kidney disease o Lower blood pressure and cholesterol o Lower risk of diabetes o Healthy weight management Your hard-working and multi-tasking kidneys work round the clock to remove wastes from your body, balance your bodys fluids and minerals, make hormones that control blood pressure and form red blood cells, and much more. You cant live without your kidneys! Were very pleased to say that Meatless Monday has partnered with the National Kidney Foundation  to encourage people to make healthier changes to their diets in support of kidney health. Gail Torres, RN, MS, RD, Senior Clinical Communications Director at the National Kidney Foundation explains, “Studies show that eating less meat may play a key role in keeping your kidneys healthy and in improving your health overall. This doesnt mean you need to cut meat out completely from your diet, but rather, to replace some meat with plant-based foods, such as soy and nuts. She continues, This change in diet helps your body make less acid, which puts less stress on your kidneys. It also lowers your intake of saturated fat, which can harm blood vessels and lead to heart and kidney disease. Less meat in the diet is also linked to preventing and controlling diabetes and high blood pressure, the two main causes of kidney disease.” 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. According to the National Kidney Foundation , in the United States, about 30 million adults have chronic kidney disease - and most arent aware of it. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. But heres the good news! You can kickstart your Mondays by swapping out meat for plant-based foods to help promote kidney health. See this weeks Meatless Monday recipe for Corn-Stuffed Zucchini, courtesy of National Kidney Foundation. 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. To spread the word about Meatless Monday and kidney health, download our fun and shareable free graphics, here. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Healthier You Series: Go Meatless Monday for Kidney Health appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meet honeygrow’s CEO and Their New, Seasonal Plant-Based Dishes for Meatless Monday…and Every Day of the Week

January 7 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meet honeygrow’s CEO and Their New, Seasonal Plant-Based Dishes for Meatless Monday…and Every Day of the Weekhoneygrow , the trendsetting DIY eatery with feel-good vibes and locally sourced ingredients, is joining the global Meatless Monday movement. And they just launched two savory and seasonal meatless dishes that you definitely need to try-and fall in love with. We did! Look for these new featured meatless items at honeygrow:   Soulfull Oats Salad (S.O.S.) - is a seasonal winter salad with organic baby arugula, roasted shaved local Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato spirals, dried cherries, ricotta salata, house-made multi-seed crackers (made with Soulfull Oats *), with a pomegranate vinaigrette. *A special note - for every S.O.S salad sold, honeygrow and The Soulfull Project will donate a portion of sales to local food banks in the US.     Vegan AF - is a winter stir-fry with sweet potato and zucchini spirals, house-made vegan chorizo, roasted spicy tofu (non-GMO), mushrooms, kale, red onions, bell peppers, cilantro, spiced agave cashews, and a smoked paprika-tomato sauce.     Meatless Monday checked in with honeygrow CEO and founder, Justin Rosenberg, to learn more about the healthy options at all 29 locations of his super busy and popular restaurant concept.     1. What was the impetus for including plant-based dishes on your menu and working with Meatless Monday? honeygrow was created with plant-based options in mind--I was vigorously vegan when I conceived of the brand. Finding meatless options for lunch every day at my desk job was a constant struggle. Working with Meatless Monday is a perfect fit since our menu is designed to be completely customizable. 2. Why is it important to you to offer customers a wide selection of customizable plant-based options? As someone who is seeking plant-based options, particularly when Im on the go, choices are key. We want to be able to provide plant-based options and we know that people want to be creative with their food. With our style of service + range of options, anyone can come in and customize any dish to their preferences. 3. What is your favorite honeygrow dish to eat on Meatless Monday? Right now, its the Vegan AF--its our first stir-fry that features sweet potato and zucchini spirals, house-made vegan chorizo, roasted spicy tofu (non-GMO), mushrooms, kale, red onions, bell peppers, cilantro, spiced agave cashews, and a smoked paprika-tomato sauce. Its hearty, a tad spicy, and ridiculously good. On January 4th, Meatless Monday hosted a Facebook Live event from a honeygrow location in Brooklyn. Find out more 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. If youre as inspired by honeygrow as we are, wed love to talk to you about promoting and implementing Meatless Monday in your restaurant, hospital, K-12 school, college or university. Contact us here online  or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Meet honeygrow’s CEO and Their New, Seasonal Plant-Based Dishes for Meatless Monday…and Every Day of the Week appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Fresh Cranberry Muffins

December 31 2018 Meatless Monday 

Fresh cranberries add a delicious tart kick to these muffins, but feel free to substitute other fruits like blueberries, apples, pears or pineapples, when the season strikes. Or freeze these long lasting treats and it only takes 10-15 minutes to reheat and enjoy them anytime of year. This recipe comes to us from our friends at myrecipes.com. Serves 12 (1 muffin per serving) - 2 cups all-purpose flour - 2/­­3 cup sugar - 2 teaspoons baking powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped - 2/­­3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk - 1/­­4 cup butter or stick margarine, melted - 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated - 1/­­2 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1 large egg, lightly beaten - cooking spray Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and stir well with a whisk. Stir in cranberries and make a well in center of mixture. Combine milk, butter, rind, vanilla and egg. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pan immediately and place on a wire rack to cool for a few minutes before eating. The post Fresh Cranberry Muffins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Warming Carrot Cauliflower Stew

December 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

This comforting stew is the perfect way to warm up over the holidays. Carrots and cauliflower are seasoned with an enticing spice blend to make a saucy stew you and your guests are sure to enjoy. This recipe comes to us from Picky Diet.   Serves 4   - 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided - 1 clove garlic, minced - 1 medium cooking onion, chopped - fresh ground sea salt and pepper - 6 medium/­­large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/­­4″ rounds - 1/­­2 tsp crushed red pepper - 1/­­4 tsp paprika - 1/­­4 tsp chile powder (optional – add more or less to taste) - 1/­­4 tsp turmeric - 4 cups (1 tetra box) of vegetable broth - 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces - 1/­­2 tsp garlic powder - 1 15oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained - parsley for garnish (optional)   Preheat the oven to 400 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large soup pot sauté the onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper and cook until onion is translucent. Stir in the carrots and season with crushed red pepper, paprika, chili powder and turmeric. Add in the vegetable broth, bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the carrots are tender. While the carrots are cooking, toss the chopped cauliflower in a large mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper and 1/­­2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Spread the cauliflower evenly on the lined baking sheet and roast in the oven until golden and lightly crispy – about 20 -25 minutes. Once the carrots are tender, remove the pot from the heat and puree the carrot broth mixture with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in the roasted cauliflower and chickpeas and warm the stew on medium heat for 10 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley. The post Warming Carrot Cauliflower Stew appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Eat with the Season this Meatless Monday with Our Winter Recipe Roundup

December 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

Eat with the Season this Meatless Monday with Our Winter Recipe RoundupEating seasonal produce is a great way to try new recipes and explore new tastes and flavors. As we head into winter, root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips are in season, so are winter squashes like pumpkin, butternut, and acorn. Weve gathered 11 delicious plant-based recipes from our Meatless Monday bloggers featuring seasonal winter produce to warm your heart, your kitchen, and your belly. Enjoy! Breakfast Sweet Potato by Kroll’s Korner Warming Carrot Cauliflower Stew by Picky Diet Pomegranate-Smashed Butternut Squash by Jackie Newgent Roasted Garlic Parsnip Spinach Shepherd’s Pie by Robin Asbell Butternut Squash and Pear Crostini by Fork in the Kitchen Oat Cranberry Pilaf with Pistachios by Sharon Palmer Vegan Gingerbread Loaf by The New Baguette Mushroom Pot Pies with Cauliflower Sauce by The Mountain Kitchen Aloo Gobhi by The Kitchen Docs Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili by The Quotable Kitchen Spiced Butternut Squash Waffles by The Garden of Eating Monday has been proven  to be an effective day to start healthy routines; studies show that people who start a new routine or activity on Monday are more likely to keep it up for the rest of the week. Meatless Monday has multiple benefits , not just for your health but also for the environment. Interested in becoming a Meatless Monday blogger? Find out more here . Wed love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! Did you try one of the recipes? Please share your photos and experiences with us on social media by tagging @MeatlessMonday and #MeatlessMonday. The post Eat with the Season this Meatless Monday with Our Winter Recipe Roundup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pomegranate-Smashed Butternut Squash

December 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

Fresh pomegranate arils add a touch of elegance to any holiday recipe, but pomegranate juice is a culinary wonder, too. Here, it adds a touch of tartness to sweet butternut squash, making this the perfect recipe to start off your holiday meal! This recipe comes to us from Jackie Newgent, RDN, The Natural Culinary Nutritionist.   Serves 4 - 1 pound butternut squash cubes (about 3/­­4 -inch cubes) - 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 1/­­2 cup 100% pomegranate juice - 1/­­2 teaspoon sea salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 1 to 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives - 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils (seeds)   Preheat the oven to 375°F. Add the butternut squash cubes to 1 1/­­2 -quart-capacity baking dish. (Hint: Buy squash already cubed!) Drizzle with the oil. Toss to coat. Add the pomegranate juice, salt, and pepper. Cover dish well with foil. Bake until the squash is fork-tender, about 50 minutes. Carefully remove the foil. Smash the butternut squash in baking dish with a potato masher. Stir well. Adjust seasoning. Sprinkle with the chives and pomegranate arils to serve. The post Pomegranate-Smashed Butternut Squash appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Orange Glazed Tofu

December 17 2018 Meatless Monday 

On its own, tofu doesnt have much character, but that only means its a palette ripe for seasoning! This recipe uses the sweet and savory flavors of soy sauce and orange marmalade to make a deliciously sticky dish that pairs perfectly with rice. This recipe comes to us from Alissa Musto.   Serves 2 - 1 8 oz. package firm tofuOil for sautéing, such as red palm oil - 1/­­3 cup of barbecue sauce - 1/­­3 cup of orange marmalade - 3 tablespoons of soy sauce - 1 tbsp sesame seeds - Paprika, optional   Cut tofu into cubes, slices or triangles. Heat oil over medium-high heat and begin to saute the tofu. Add paprika if using. Meanwhile, combine the BBQ sauce, soy sauce and marmalade in a bowl to make the glaze. Once the tofu is slightly browned, pour the glaze into the pan and let it sizzle alongside the tofu. Top with sesame seeds and serve with rice. The post Orange Glazed Tofu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Green Monster Smoothie

December 10 2018 Meatless Monday 

Lentils in a smoothie? Dont scoff just yet! This recipe pairs nutritious lentils with avocado, spinach, apples and pea-based milk for a light and refreshing yet protein-packed drink. This recipe comes to us from USA Pulses. Serves 5   - 1/­­2 cup avocado - 1 tsp fresh ginger - 1/­­2 cup chopped granny smith apples, frozen - 1 frozen banana - 1/­­2 cup cooked green lentils - 1 cup frozen blueberries - 1/­­2 cup spinach - 1 cup pea milk (such as Ripple) - 1 tsp cinnamon   In a blender combine lentils, ginger, spinach and cinnamon, blend until smooth. Add frozen fruit and avocado, begin to blend, adding pea milk slowly until mixture is smooth and well blended. The post Green Monster Smoothie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Authentic Moroccan Carrot Salad

December 10 2018 Meatless Monday 

This delicious way to serve carrots may be new to you, but carrot salad seasoned with fresh cilantro, garlic and aromatic spices has long been a tradition in Morocco. Pair this side dish with your next Meatless Monday meal to liven up the meal! This recipe comes to us from Safa of Moroccan Zest. Serves 4 -  1/­­2 pound carrots cut in slices -  1/­­2 lemon juice - 1 tbsp chopped parsley - 1 tbsp chopped coriander - 1 tbsp olive oil - 1/­­2 tsp of cumin - 1 clove garlic -  1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp of sweet paprika   Fill a saucepan with water, add salt and put on medium heat Add carrot slices and cook for 15 to 30 minutes until the carrots are tender Drain the carrots and leave aside In a pan, fry the garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 2 minutes in low heat Add the rest of the ingredients (spices, coriander, parsley, and lemon juice) and cook for 2 minutes while mixing. Add the carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Let the Moroccan carrots salad a little bit cool down. It is best served tepid or cold. The post Authentic Moroccan Carrot Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

4 Easy Meatless Monday Travel Tips for the Holiday Season

December 10 2018 Meatless Monday 

4 Easy Meatless Monday Travel Tips for the Holiday SeasonThe holidays can be stressful, but keeping up with a Meatless Monday routine while travelling is not. Thanks to smart phones, dining apps, and some simple planning, youll be rewarded with terrific meals, tasty new flavors, and memorable experiences to share with friends and family. Tip 1: Theres an App for That! Happy Cow and Vanilla Bean are two great apps that can help you find meatless meals all around the world. Use these apps to locate nearby restaurants and grocery stores with plant-based options, with referrals by other plant-based travelers, just like you.   Tip 2: Reserve a Meatless Meal for the Flight Dont get stuck on a cross-country flight eating potato chips and peanuts. Most airlines offer special meals including vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free options that can be requested before your travel date. Give them at least 24 hours notice.   Tip 3: Dining Options at the Hotel If youre staying at a hotel, visit their website or call the concierge before you depart, to ensure there are meatless options available.   Tip 4: Explore the Local Meatless Cuisines. Embrace the local culture and cuisine with meatless culinary experiences. Research local delicacies and try unique plant-based foods, dishes, and specialties that youve never heard of. You never know when youll be making a Meatless Monday memory. Happy and healthy travels from the Meatless Monday team!   Use #MeatlessMonday to tag us when you share your fabulous Meatless Monday meals on the go! Were on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post 4 Easy Meatless Monday Travel Tips for the Holiday Season appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Come Along! Join Meatless Monday and Slow Food for Terra Madre Day on December 10th

December 3 2018 Meatless Monday 

Come Along! Join Meatless Monday and Slow Food for Terra Madre Day on December 10thWere partnering with Slow Food to celebrate their annual Terra Madre Day with a Meatless Monday meal. Take part in an international day of celebration by cooking up a plant-based dish and sharing it on Meatless Monday with family, friends, and colleagues. Every year, on December 10th, Slow Food - a global nonprofit committed to food that is good, clean, and fair for all - celebrates Terra Madre Day (Italian for mother earth). The theme this year is Food for Change, to illustrate how everyday food choices can make an impact on climate change and the planet. The celebration falls on a Meatless Monday, so naturally, we joined forces to double the impact for the climate. Why? Cutting out meat one day a week is good for the planet because it lessens the demand to raise livestock, which requires an extraordinary amount of resources and takes a devastating toll on the environment.   How to Join in the Meatless Monday Celebrations on Terra Madre Day: 1. Plan to cook a Meatless Monday meal on December 10th. Consider cooking with ingredients like protein-rich and delicious beans and legumes . 2. Share your recipe here . 3. During your Meatless Monday meal, share your photos on social media with the hashtags #MeatlessMonday and #FoodForChange   -For Chefs : Feature this dish in your restaurant on Meatless Monday and the rest of the week. Consider donating 50% or more of the sales to Slow Food USA. -For Meatless Monday Ambassadors and Slow Food Chapters: Host a #FoodForChange potluck or meal for your family, friends, and colleagues. On December 10th, make a difference in your community with Meatless Monday and Slow Food for Terra Madre Day. Join two distinguished worldwide movements that are committed to making change for personal health and the health of the planet. To get inspired, enjoy a short video celebrating Meatless Monday and Slow Food with chefs from Africa to Japan.     Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram!   Are you interested in getting Meatless Monday started in your restaurant or community? Become a Meatless Monday Ambassador! We have all the resources and tools you need. Get started here . You can also get in touch with us at info@meatlessmonday.com. The post Come Along! Join Meatless Monday and Slow Food for Terra Madre Day on December 10th appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Quick and Easy Hummus

December 3 2018 Meatless Monday 

Sure, you can pick up hummus in any grocery store these days, but nothing beats the flavor of homemade! And it couldnt be simpler to make, plus making it at home allows you to customize the flavor. This recipe comes to us from USA Pulses.   Serves 8 - 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed - 1 clove garlic, - 1/­­4 cup olive oil - 2 tbsp lemon juice - 2 tbsp tahini - 1 tsp ground cumin - 3/­­4 tsp salt - sprinkle of paprika   In a food processor, puree the chickpeas (save out a few to sprinkle on top) and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/­­4 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining chickpeas and paprika before serving. The post Quick and Easy Hummus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Split Pea Pesto Spread

November 12 2018 Meatless Monday 

This flavorful spread pairs split peas with pine nuts, basil and garlic, adding a punch of protein to the traditional pesto recipe! Its perfect to serve on crostini with your choice of toppings. This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses. Serves 4 - 1/­­2 cup cooked split peas - 1/­­4 cup pine nuts, toasted - 2 cups fresh basil - 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped - 1/­­2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­2 cup olive oil   Combine the split peas, pine nuts, basil, garlic, Parmesan and salt in a food processor. Pulse for about 10 seconds until roughly chopped and combined. Slowly add the olive oil with the food processor running, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Continue to pulse until mixture reaches desired consistency. Use immediately as pasta sauce, or spread on crostini or crackers with your toppings of choice. Transfer unused portion to air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. The post Split Pea Pesto Spread appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes with Spaghetti Squash

November 12 2018 Meatless Monday 

Rather than traditional buns, these sloppy joes are served with spaghetti squash for a plant-based twist. And this hearty meatless meal is super simple to prepare - just toss protein-packed green lentils along with everything else in a slow cooker and turn it on! This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses. Serves 4 - 1 1/­­4 cups uncooked green lentils, rinsed and drained - 1 white onion, finely diced - 1 red pepper, finely diced - 1 carrot, thinly sliced (carrot is optional) - 3 cloves garlic minced - 1 1/­­2 tbsp chili powder, - 1 tsp cumin - 1/­­2 tsp onion powder - 1/­­4 tsp cayenne pepper - 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz) - 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz) - 1 1/­­2 cups water plus more if necessary - 2 tbsp organic ketchup - 1 tsp yellow mustard - 1 tsp gluten free soy sauce - 1 spaghetti squash, washed - salt and pepper to taste   In a large slow cooker, add in all ingredients except spaghetti squash. Stir to combine. Cut the washed spaghetti squash in half around the middle and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves face down in the slow cooker right on top of the lentils. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until squash is tender and lentils are cooked completely. If the lentils seem dry in any way, just stir in some water until it reaches a nice thick, consistency. Remove spaghetti squash and shred inside with a fork. Divide among bowls and add lentil sloppy joe topping. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. The post Vegetarian Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes with Spaghetti Squash appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Mason Jar Salad

November 12 2018 Meatless Monday 

The recipe below makes one serving of a fantastic make-ahead salad, packed with plant-powered ingredients like lentils and sweet potatoes. So stock your fridge with a few servings and youll be set with nourishing lunches all week long! This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses. Serves 1 - For the Salad: - 1 cup sweet potato (diced) - 1/­­2 cup cup green lentils (cooked) - 1/­­2 cup couscous (cooked) - 1/­­2 cup arugula - 1/­­4 cup dried cranberries - 1 tbsp avocado oil   - For the Dressing: - 1/­­2 lemon, juiced - 1 tbsp olive oil - Salt and pepper to taste   Prepare French green lentils and couscous according to package directions Preheat oven to 400F, toss sweet potatoes with avocado oil and spread in a single layer on a baking tray. Roast sweet potatoes for 20 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and set aside. Add dressing ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir with a fork until combined In a mason jar add dressing, lentils, sweet potatoes, couscous, cranberries, arugula in that particular order, to make sure the greens stay crisp! Store mason jar in refrigerator until ready to eat. Mason jar will keep for 3 days refrigerated. Note: The above recipe makes one very large serving. Consider portioning the ingredients according to your own appetite if the portion seems large to you. The post Sweet Potato and Lentil Mason Jar Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Freebirds World Burrito Launches Meatless Monday

November 5 2018 Meatless Monday 

Freebirds World Burrito Launches Meatless MondayFreebirds World Burrito, the hip fast-casual restaurant chain with customizable burritos, has jumped on the Meatless Monday bandwagon! To spur folks to cut back on meat for their health and for the environment, Freebirds started offering Beyond Meats Feisty Crumble, which has 13 grams of protein and Tex-Mex spices essential for their menu. Now diners can replace meat in their make-it-your-own style nachos, tacos, salads, and monster-sized burritos. To encourage diners to try meatless options, Freebirds is offering a buy three get the fourth free promotion on Beyond Meat entrees in November. Meatless Monday is thrilled to support Freebirds healthy and sustainable efforts and share the news with our loyal followers. Meatless Monday went in-depth to get more of the story with Freebirds VP of Marketing, Eric Coolbaugh, a seasoned restaurant marketing veteran. Why go Meatless on Monday? Most of us dont want to give up meat completely, so subbing out one meal a week with a plant-based option is an easy first step for folks looking to cut back on animal proteins and fats. How has offering Beyond Meat changed and improved your business and your bottom line? Adding Beyond Meat to the menu has been great for our bottom line so far. Weve more than doubled the sales from our previous vegetarian option. Tell us about your efforts to market Meatless Monday and Beyond Meat to your customers. When we launched Beyond Meat in July 2018, the real audience for us became meat eaters who are looking to dial back their animal-based protein consumption. Beyond Meat offers a very similar flavor and mouthfeel to real ground beef, making it a great plant-based substitute for people who are used to eating meat on a regular basis, but are looking to cut back. Because this is one of our core audiences, Meatless Monday was the perfect partner for us. What is your favorite Beyond Meat item offered at Freebirds to enjoy on Meatless Monday?  I cant get enough of those Beyond Meat covered nachos! Go try Beyond Meat covered nachos, and all the other meatless options, to support Meatless Monday in one of their 75 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Utah, or Tennessee. If Freebirds is not available in your area, you can make your own burrito, nachos or salad using their recipe for Beyond Meat crumbles . 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. If youre as inspired by Freebirds as we are, wed love to talk to you about promoting and implementing Meatless Monday in your restaurant, hospital, K-12 school, college or university. Contact us here online or find us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Freebirds World Burrito Launches Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Freebirds Beyond Meat Crumbles

November 5 2018 Meatless Monday 

Go behind the scenes with Freebirds World Burritos recipe for meatless Beyond Meat crumbles. This savory, protein-packed recipe is a perfect addition to any tex-mex entrée, such as burritos, tacos, nachos or salads. This recipe comes to us directly from the burrito masters at Freebirds World Burrito. Serves 4 - One package Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles - One potato, cubed - 3/­­4 cup diced onion - 1 1/­­2 tbsp vegetable oil - Approx 2-3 cups vegetable oil for frying - 2 tsp taco seasoning - 1/­­8 tsp chili powder - 1/­­8 tsp paprika - 1/­­4 tsp cayenne - Salt to taste   Pre-heat frying oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer or deep skillet or frying pan. Place 1 1/­­2 tbsp vegetable oil in sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for approximately 4 minutes or until tender. While the onions are cooking fry the potatoes in 350-degree frying oil for 4 minutes. Remove from oil and allow to drain. Once the onions are tender, add the taco seasoning, chili powder, paprika, cayenne and the Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles. Cook mixture for about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the Beyond Meat mixture to the potatoes and stir gently with spatula to evenly mix the onions, spice and potatoes. Salt to taste. Top off nachos, tacos or a salad and enjoy! The post Freebirds Beyond Meat Crumbles appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn celebrate Meatless Monday in Panera Bread’s “Food Interrupted” series

October 22 2018 Meatless Monday 

Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn celebrate Meatless Monday in Panera Bread’s “Food Interrupted” seriesTune in today to watch Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn show how easy it is to swap beans for beef and cook up a meatless chili for a table of hungry firemen in busy Los Angeles County. Meatless Monday is front and center in todays Food Interrupted episode produced by Panera Bread to demonstrate their commitment to plant-forward and meatless meals . Kevin Curry, influencer and author of Fit Men Cook , hosts the series and is joined in the episode by the creator of plant-forward The Engine 2 Diet , and former fireman, Rip Esselstyn. The Food Interrupted, series which began on October 16, will run for six weeks. Each episode addresses a different aspect of the food system, covering topics like sugar, whole grains, meatless, clean food, and others. Rip shared his reasons for diving into the meatless lifestyle after a fellow firemen was a heart attack waiting to happen, We started eating a plant based diet and the results were insane! But wait, theres more! From November 28th to January 7th, a meatless Tex Mex Abundance Bowl created by Kevin Curry will be available in five Panera Bread locations in New York City. For those not in New York, meatless menu options will also be featured in the over 2,000 Panera Bread locations across the country. Kevin is convinced, If you can get six hearty firemen to eat this, then I think you can probably get other people to do it too! So check out this weeks episode featuring Meatless Monday then visit a Panera Bread location near you and enjoy a plant-based meal thats good for you and good for the planet. Tell them, Meatless Monday sent me! Find out more on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn celebrate Meatless Monday in Panera Bread’s “Food Interrupted” series appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Exciting New Partnership! Meatless Monday and the National Kidney Foundation

October 15 2018 Meatless Monday 

Exciting New Partnership! Meatless Monday and the National Kidney FoundationWere thrilled to announce Meatless Mondays new partnership with The National Kidney Foundation , the largest organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation and Meatless Monday are partnering to encourage people to make healthier changes to their diets. 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. Through the partnership, Meatless Monday hopes to support individuals who are at-risk or who are experiencing kidney disease in making an important dietary change. Meatless Monday also strives to help all people learn about the many benefits of reducing meat consumption. Reducing consumption of red and processed meat and eating more plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, can help lead to: o Better kidney health o Better management of kidney disease o Lower blood pressure and cholesterol o Lower risk of diabetes o Healthy weight management Kidney disease is more common than you might think! 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. See Meatless Mondays kidney-friendly graphics and materials Theyre free for use by all – individuals, organizations, hospitals, city leaders, universities, and more,for use across social media, online, and print. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for Meatless Monday recipes and news each week. The post Exciting New Partnership! Meatless Monday and the National Kidney Foundation appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

October 8 2018 Meatless Monday 

For these seasonal enchiladas you can use either fresh butternut squash from your local farmers market or save time with pre-chopped squash from your grocery store’s produce section. Either way, youll have a great fall recipe: a little spicy, a little cheesy and lots of flavor. Round out the meal with a small side of rice and some fresh salsa. This recipe comes to us from Kelly of The Quotable Kitchen. Serves 5 - 2 teaspoons olive oil - 1/­­2 cup,  chopped onion - 4 cloves, minced garlic - 2 teaspoons taco Seasoning - 1 chopped red bell pepper - 1 can black beans (15.5 oz) - 3 cups butternut squash, cooked and chopped into small pieces - 10 medium flour tortillas - 2 – 10 oz cans enchilada sauce - 8 oz, shredded cheddar cheese - Cilantro – for topping   Preheat oven to 350°. Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat until onions are soft. Add in the taco seasoning, red bell pepper and black beans and saute for five minutes. Set aside. Pour one can of enchilada sauce in an oven-safe pan. To assemble the enchiladas: spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of the black bean mixture onto one tortilla. Top with 2 tablespoons chopped butternut squash and one tablespoon cheese. Roll up tightly and place in pan over the enchilada sauce. Repeat with remaining tortillas using any leftover butternut squash as a topping. Pour remaining can of enchilada sauce over the rolled enchiladas. Top with additional cheese and butternut squash (optional). Bake in preheated oven for twenty minutes until cheese is melted and enchilada sauce is hot. Garnish with fresh cilantro (optional) and serve over rice or with a small side salad to round out the meal. The post Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Butternut Squash with Tabasco Glaze and Crunchy Spicy Seeds

October 8 2018 Meatless Monday 

This simple preparation of butternut squash is anything but. Grilling the squash develops its sweetness and adds a hint of smoky flavor, while a spicy-sweet glaze and cooling yogurt round out the flavors and the delightful crunch of the squashs seeds finish off the dish. This recipe comes to us from Stiltsville Fish Bar. Serves 4 For the Butternut Squash: 1 Whole Butternut Squash 2 tbsp. Honey 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/­­2 tbsp. Salt 1/­­4 tbsp. Black Pepper 7 Fresh Thyme Sprigs, chopped   For the Crunchy Seeds: Reserved seeds from Butternut Squash 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/­­4 tsp. Tabasco 1/­­4 tsp. Salt   For the Tabasco Glaze: 2 tbsp. Honey 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar 1 tbsp. Tabasco 4 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar   To Serve: 1 cup Fat-Free Greek Yogurt 3 tbsp. Tabasco Glaze   Preheat oven to 350° F. Then, cut squash in half down the center, length-ways, and scoop out the seeds and set to the side for toasting (recipe below). Trim ends off and cut 1-inch thick slices, creating half-moon shapes. Place in a large bowl and add honey, salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil. Toss until all pieces are coated well. Place on a sheet pan and roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Clean all the flesh off the squash seeds and place in a bowl with oil, Tabasco and salt. Toss all ingredients together well and toast in the oven for about 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and keep at room temperature until needed for garnish. In a small sauce pan, whisk together honey, Tabasco, brown sugar and vinegar over medium heat. Cook and reduce by half. Remove from heat and reserve at room temperature until needed. Turn on grill to high heat and lightly oil grill or spray with oil. Place roasted squash on grill and re-heat over the flame. Grill evenly on both sides. Smooth Greek yogurt evenly over a serving plate with the back of spoon. Stack the grilled butternut squash on top of each other, then drizzle Tabasco glaze on top of squash and sprinkle with toasted seeds. Garnish with fresh thyme. The post Grilled Butternut Squash with Tabasco Glaze and Crunchy Spicy Seeds appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Joins Slow Food at Leading International Event

September 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Joins Slow Food at Leading International EventOn Monday, September 24, Slow Food, the global grassroots organization, will highlight Meatless Monday with celebrated chefs at Terra Madre Salone de Gusto, one of the biggest international events devoted to food. Slow Food was founded in 1989 to inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all. The global Slow Food movement is creating dramatic change in more than 160 countries. Now, Slow Food and Meatless Monday have partnered to provide a weekly platform to highlight the delicious taste, diversity and rich cultural heritage of plant-based cuisine around the world. At the Taste Workshop, Peggy Neu, president of Meatless Monday, will share the exciting story of the growth of the Meatless Monday Movement . Shell also introduce two celebrated chefs who will showcase imaginative plant-based recipes. Chef Drew Deckman, restaurateur and culinary consultant based in Baja, California, received a Michelin Star for his work and was acknowledged as a Rising-Star Chef when he was in Germany. Hell thrill taste buds with his Grilled Bread and Raw porcini salad with Parmesano Reggiano. Jennifer Jasinski, a James Beard Foundation award winner for Best Southwest Chef owns and runs several restaurants in Denver, Colorado. Shell refresh palates with her Chilled Beans Vinaigrette, Yellow Watermelon and Jimmy Nardello Jam. For more about Meatless Monday at Terra Madre, visit: https:/­­/­­www.slowfoodusa.org/­­meatless-monday-at-terra-madre The post Meatless Monday Joins Slow Food at Leading International Event appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Buttermilk-Buckwheat Pancakes

September 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

Start your week on a healthy note with hearty, homemade pancakes! Swapping out half of the flour for buckwheat flour produces the perfect balance of delicate and hearty. Recipe and photo from Oldways and the Whole Grains Council (Karen Mansur). Makes 12 6-inch pancakes   - 3/­­4 cup buckwheat flour - 3/­­4 cup whole white wheat flour - 3 tablespoons sugar - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted - 1 egg, beaten - 2 cups non-fat buttermilk, divided - vegetable oil Heat a large griddle pan over medium heat.  Prepare batter while pan is heating. Whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, sugar, salt, baking soda) in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, stir egg and 1 cup of the buttermilk until combined, then slowly add in melted butter until incorporated. Add the buttermilk/­­egg mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring to blend.  Add in the remaining buttermilk to batter.  Stir only until everything is combined, batter may be slightly lumpy. Do not over mix. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the pan with vegetable oil. Ladle 1/­­4 cup batter onto the hot pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow the pancake to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles come the surface. Flip the pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with butter and maple syrup.     Active Time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 minutes The post Buttermilk-Buckwheat Pancakes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Rosemary’s Beets with Hazelnuts and Basil

September 17 2018 Meatless Monday 

This rustic beet side from Alex of The New Baguette was inspired by a side dish at Rosemary’s in New York City. Ideally, the recipe uses baby rainbow beets from the farmers market, but if the farmers market isn’t practical, feel free to use regular supermarket beets. The hazelnuts are crucial to the success of this beet side dish. You can buy them pre-roasted, but roasting them yourself makes a huge difference. You can typically find raw hazelnuts at the bulk bin section of any store. Blanched raw hazelnuts are best because the skins have already been removed. If you cant find blanched, you may remove the skins by rolling freshly roasted hazelnuts under your palms in a kitchen towel. Serves 6 - 1 1/­­2 pounds baby rainbow beets, scrubbed - 3/­­4 cup raw hazelnuts - About 7 large basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons - 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to taste - 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste - 1/­­4 teaspoon fine sea salt   Preheat the oven to 350?F. Place the beets in a medium pot and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer with the lid ajar until tender, about 25 minutes (large beets may take up to 45). Meanwhile, arrange the hazelnuts in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast for 8 to 10 minutes, until fragrant, being careful not to burn them. If your hazelnuts still have the skins on, place the nuts on one end of a kitchen towel and cover with the other end. Roll them under your palms to remove the skins. Its okay if not all the skins come off. When the hazelnuts are cool enough to handle, roughly chop them. When the beets are done cooking, drain them and run the pot under cold water. Let the beets stand in cold water until cool (you may have to change the water). At this point the skins should be easy to slip off with your hands (wear gloves if you dont want your fingers to turn red). Cut the beets into 1-inch chunks and place in a bowl. Add the basil, oil, lemon juice, salt, and most of the hazelnuts. Toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the remaining hazelnuts. The post Rosemary’s Beets with Hazelnuts and Basil appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Harvest Vegetable Tart

September 17 2018 Meatless Monday 

This tart takes advantage of the exquisite red/­­orange palate of fall by using colorful root vegetables cut into small leaf shapes using cookie cutters to create an Autumn motif. It happens to be savory and delicious too! This recipe comes to us from Joyce of Goodmotherdiet. Serves 6 - 1 single pie crust - 1 butternut squash - 1-2 purple carrots - 1-2 parsnips - 1 large sweet potato - 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided - 3 medium shallots, minced - 4 cloves garlic, minced - 1 cup vegetable broth - 2 tsp flour - 1 can full fat coconut milk - 1/­­2+ cup shredded parmesan (optional) - 1/­­2 tsp dried thyme - salt and pepper to taste Pre heat oven to 375. Peel and slice squash neck into 1/­­4 inch rings. Using a cookie cutter, press firmly into squash. I recommend using a potholder to make pressing down easier on your hands. Peel and slice remaining root vegetables, using various leaf shapes. Reserve veggie scraps. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil. Arrange the leaves on the baking sheets. If your cookie cutters have large and small shapes, separate them as they may have different cooking times. Spray or brush with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Prebake the leaves until they are tender enough to pierce with a knife tip, but not so tender that they fall apart, about 15 minutes. Larger leaves may need another 5 minutes. Let cool. Saute shallots until lightly browned in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add garlic. Gather the veggie scraps and dice. You should have about 6 cups of veggies. Dont include purple carrot scraps as they will turn everything pink. Add to the shallots along with vegetable broth. Simmer 10 minutes with the lid off. Add more broth if necessary but liquid should mostly evaporate. Veggies should be soft but still somewhat firm. They will cook again in the tart pan. Stir in 2 tsp of flour and then add coconut milk, herbs and parmesan (if using). Roll out pastry dough and place it in a tart pan, pressing gently into the bottom. Roll the pin over the top to cut the dough to fit the pan. Pour vegetable filling into pie crust and spread evenly with a spoon. Arrange the leaf shapes onto the top of the filling, covering any gaps until entire tart is covered. Spray or brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with parmesan, if desired. Bake tart for 35-45 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting. Serve with a crisp green salad. Enjoy! The post Harvest Vegetable Tart appeared first on Meatless Monday.

TGI Fridays and Meatless Monday Join Forces to Highlight Restaurant’s Commitment to Offering Plant-Based Options

January 8 2018 Meatless Monday 

TGI Fridays and Meatless Monday Join Forces to Highlight Restaurant’s Commitment to Offering Plant-Based OptionsTGI Fridays recently announced its partnership with plant-based trailblazer Beyond Meat. The partnership means that the restaurant chain is adding the revolutionary Beyond Burger to the menu at its 450+ U.S. locations nationwide. The Monday Campaigns, the nonprofit public health organization behind the Meatless Monday movement, lauds TGI Fridays commitment to innovation and reinvigorating current menu offerings. To build on the momentum of TGI Fridays and Beyond Meat partnership, the restaurant chain is leveraging the global popularity of Meatless Monday by joining forces with The Monday Campaigns. Collaboration includes ongoing promotional activities online, through Facebook and other social media services. Through Meatless Monday promotions, TGI Fridays has the potential of drawing diverse consumers to the meat-centric chain. According to a 2017 survey of 1,000 respondents, conducted by DDG Research for The Monday Campaigns, 29 percent would like to see Meatless Monday at fast-food/­­quick service restaurants. Twenty-seven percent opted for sit-down restaurants. An earlier survey conducted in 2015 by The Monday Campaigns through Survey Monkey, showed that Meatless Monday promotions encourage diners to eat at local restaurants. Appealing to a more food-forward consumer is a key priority for Fridays in 2018, said David Spirito, executive culinary director for the chain. In answering guests demand for nutritional menu items that fit their lifestyle needs, we saw an opportunity to introduce newly expanded options like plant-based protein. With Beyond Burger, diners will have a sensory experience of a traditional burger without sacrificing taste. Dana Smith, Meatless Monday campaign director, remarked, Were excited that TGI Fridays, an iconic global restaurant brand, is leveraging Monday as a day to attract consumers to try Beyond Burger and Fridays other plant-based selections, without taking meat off their menu. Our research shows that choosing meatless options, even one day a week, can help make a difference in our personal health and the health of our planet. For a closer look at the new Beyond Meat burger, watch our Facebook Live from the TGI Fridays test kitchen! The post TGI Fridays and Meatless Monday Join Forces to Highlight Restaurant’s Commitment to Offering Plant-Based Options appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Smoky Chipotle Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos

January 8 2018 Meatless Monday 

Black beans and sweet potatoes are a perfect pair and this taco recipe amps up their flavor with mushrooms, avocados and high-impact seasonings like chipotle powder and bitter orange marinade (often found in the international aisle). This recipe comes to us from Maribel of Food 4 Thought NYC. Serves 4, 2 tacos each - 1 can of black beans, rinsed - 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced - 1 cup of diced bella mushrooms - 1 cup shredded cabbage - 1 avocado, sliced - 1/­­2 red bell pepper, chopped - 1 bunch fresh cilantro, cleaned and trimmed - 8 white corn tortillas - 2 tbsp. of olive oil, separated - 2 large cloves of garlic, minced - 1 tbsp. of tomato paste - 1 tbsp. of naranja agria (bitter orange) marinade (substitute lime juice if unavailable) - 2 tsp. of salt, separated - 1/­­2 tsp ground cayenne - 1 tsp ground chipotle powder - 1/­­2 tbsp. dried oregano - 1/­­2 tsp. garlic powder - Freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a small rimmed baking sheet with foil, add sweet potatoes, 1 tbsp. of oil, 1 tsp of salt, cayenne, and freshly ground black pepper; mix well. Place sheet in oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until potatoes are golden and tender. While potatoes are baking, heat remaining oil in a skillet over medium flame. Cook the minced garlic for 1-2 minutes, but be careful not to burn them otherwise youll end up with a bitter flavor. Add mushrooms and red peppers, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes. Once the veggies have softened, throw in the rinsed beans along with the paste, salt, chipotle, oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix everything together and allow it to cook for 8-10 minutes. About halfway through, add the bitter orange marinade (or lime juice). Remove from heat. Make sure you have all of your taco toppings ready on the side for easy prep. Turn on a burner to low-medium flame. Working with one tortilla at a time, carefully place it over the flame using tongs. Once you see the edges darken and it puffs up in the center, then flip it over. Cook each side for about 1-2 minutes. Place on serving plate. Spoon about 1 tbsp. of black bean and mushrooms, along with 1 tbsp. of sweet potatoes on each tortilla. Top with sliced cabbage, avocado, and a small handful of cilantro. Squeeze a bit of lime juice on top if you have it, or just enjoy it as is. The post Smoky Chipotle Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Pumpkin Orange Quinoa Salad

January 1 2018 Meatless Monday 

Quinoa is infused with fresh squeezed orange juice and vegetable stock, while pumpkin is tossed with shallots, orange wedges and chickpeas. Tangy feta cheese stands out on a warm backdrop of toasted walnuts and slow roasted orange, all dressed with a reduced balsamic. This recipe comes from Trudy of veggie.num.num. Serves 6 - 1 cup quinoa, rinsed - 1 1/­­2 cups low sodium vegetable stock - juice from 1 orange - 1 orange, peeled and cut into wedges - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 2 pounds pumpkin, diced into 1 centimeter cubes - 1 cup chickpeas, cooked or canned and rinsed - 5 shallots, quartered - 1/­­4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped - 1/­­2 cup balsamic vinegar - 2 cups rocket lettuces - 7 ounces feta cheese*, crumbled *optional Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Place the quinoa, vegetable stock and juice from one orange into a medium pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Set aside. Cut the remaining orange into wedges. Toss the orange wedges, pumpkin pieces, chickpeas and shallots with the olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until chickpeas are crisp and pumpkin is tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. Place a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Toast the walnuts for 2-3 minutes, or until golden. Remove to a bowl and set aside. Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Allow the vinegar to come to a simmer. Whisk for 4-5 minutes, or until the balsamic has reduced by half and the vinegar is syrupy. Set aside to cool. Place the quinoa in a large bowl. Add the roasted orange pumpkin mixture, toasted walnuts and rocket lettuces. Crumble the feta cheese on top, if using. Dress the salad with 2-3 tablespoons of balsamic reduction, or to taste, and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place equal portions in 4 bowls atop extra rocket lettuce. Sprinkle with a little more balsamic reduction if desired and enjoy. The post Roasted Pumpkin Orange Quinoa Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Why Meatless Monday Should Be Part of Your Healthy Monday Reset

January 1 2018 Meatless Monday 

Why Meatless Monday Should Be Part of Your Healthy Monday ResetNew Years is commonly thought of as the time to make a fresh start. However, the beginning of the calendar year isnt the only time you can make positive changes to your lifestyle. Research shows that many people - 58 percent - also consider Monday to be a chance to start something new. Using Monday as a day to reset or recommit to a new practice gives you more than 50 chances to start fresh! This year, New Years Day falls on a Monday, so you can kick off your Monday habits on New Years Day, and continue them the rest of the year. One of the best things you can do is incorporate Meatless Monday into your week. Science is certain: the rise of meat consumption plays a significant role in global warming and climate change. It also is at the root of the increasing rates of preventable, non-communicable diseases. Despite this research, many people still have questions and concerns about switching to a plant-based diet as a way to remedy these global problems. However, it isnt necessary for people to give up meat entirely in order to make an impact on their health and the health of the planet. Reducing meat consumption even one day a week has been shown to have an impact on the rise in global temperature; it also has great effects on physical health, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol as well as the risk for stroke and heart disease. Meatless Monday can be that one day a week. Just one day with all plant-based meals is a great step in a positive direction for you, your family, or even your school or workplace. Its easy to go meat-free with a little information and delicious recipes. Even the most dedicated carnivores have found vegan and vegetarian recipes that are satisfying, full of protein, and simple to make while having plenty of variety. When you reset this Monday, go meatless and make a difference! We even found a few recipes to start you off. The post Why Meatless Monday Should Be Part of Your Healthy Monday Reset appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Chestnut Soup

December 25 2017 Meatless Monday 

Chestnuts are roasted sweet and balanced with apple cider vinegar and soy sauce in this simple soup. Red bell pepper slices and green onions top this winter warmer for a festive veggie crunch, making it perfect for your next holiday gathering. This recipe comes to us from Donna of Apron Strings. Serves 4 - 1 1/­­2 pounds whole chestnuts - 1 tablespoons olive oil - 1 large red onion, diced - 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth - 1 cup lowfat Greek yogurt - 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce - 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar - a few dashes hot sauce - salt and pepper, to taste - 1 red bell pepper, sliced - 2 green onions, sliced Place the chestnuts in a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 1 hour. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Make an X on the flat side of each chestnut and place them, onto a baking sheet, cut side up. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven, roast for about 30 minutes and set aside to cool. When chestnuts are cool enough to handle, scoop their flesh out with a spoon. Dice the chestnut flesh. Place the olive oil into a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 4-6 minutes, or until softened. Add the vegetable broth, 4 cups of water and the diced flesh of the chestnuts. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the bits of chestnuts are very soft. Remove the stockpot from heat and stir in the Greek yogurt, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and hot sauce to taste. Transfer the chestnut veggie stock mixture to a blender in batches. Puree until smooth. Strain through a sieve and transfer to a medium bowl. Taste for seasoning and adjust if desired. Divide the soup into 4 bowls, top with festive red bell pepper and green onion slices and enjoy! The post Roasted Chestnut Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Eggplant and Shiitake “Meatballs”

December 25 2017 Meatless Monday 

Quinoa is an excellent meatless protein source and this fun preparation mixes the superstar grain with hearty vegetables to create a delectable dish that can either be served as a main with pasta, or as an intriguing meatless party appetizer (make mini balls and don’t forget the little toothpicks!). This recipe comes to us from Stefanie of Sarcastic Cooking. Serves: 3-4 (makes 8 meatballs) - 1 small eggplant - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, and diced - 3/­­4 cup quinoa - 1 1/­­2 cups water - 1 large egg - 1 egg white - 1/­­4 cup grated Parmesan cheese - 2 cloves garlic, grated - 1 teaspoon salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon black pepper - pinch of crushed red pepper flakes - 1 teaspoon chopped basil - 1 teaspoon chopped parsleyvegetable oil, for frying - marinara sauce, to serve Preheat the oven to 350F. Using a fork, prick holes all over the eggplant. Place the eggplant on a baking sheet and roast it in the oven for an hour, until the eggplant collapses/­­shrivels. While the eggplant roasts, cook the quinoa and mushrooms. In a small saucepan, bring the 1 1/­­2 cups of water and quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover with lid, and let cook for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, uncover and fluff with a fork. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat for a minute or so. Add mushrooms to pan and sauté for 7-10 minutes until golden. Once the eggplant is cooled, slice it in half length-wise. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the eggplant. Give it a chop and discard the eggplant skin. Add the eggplant, quinoa, and mushrooms to a medium mixing bowl. Mix in the egg, egg white, parmesan, garlic, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, basil, and parsley. Mix well. Line a baking sheet with parchment/­­wax paper. Form the shiitake/­­eggplant mixture into large balls. Place the balls on the lined baking sheet. Place the sheet with all the meatballs on it in the refrigerator for twenty minutes while you heat the oil. Fill a large, heavy-bottomed skillet about 1/­­4 of the way up with vegetable oil. Heat the oil over medium/­­high heat for about ten minutes. Remove the meatballs from the fridge, add four meatballs to the hot oil at a time. Fry the balls, turning occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until golden on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon, add to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Fry the next batch in the same way. Serve the meatballs with marinara sauce and your favorite pasta. The post Eggplant and Shiitake “Meatballs” appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Holiday Gift Ideas from Meatless Monday!

December 18 2017 Meatless Monday 

Holiday Gift Ideas from Meatless Monday!This holiday season, let Meatless Monday help you make your gift-giving a little bit easier. If you know someone who has been resolving to eat healthier or give something back to the planet, here are a few items to help them get started. Books: Reducetarian by Brian Kateman Perfect for someone who is hungry to find out more about why its a good idea to reduce meat consumption. Reducetarian contains over 70 essays by a group of experts and influential thinkers (including Meatless Monday founder Sid Lerner) who offer up several reasons why eating a more plant-based diet will save our health and the health of the planet. It also includes 40 meatless and reduced-meat recipes by Pat Crocker. MeatLess by Kristie Middleton As a senior food policy director at The Human Society of the United States, Middleton offers her expertise on reducing the amount of animal products you consume whether you are a passionate meat-lover or vegan-curious. MeatLess includes recipes, tips, swaps, and guidance on how to eat less meat and more plants. The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer Palmers book encourages the shift towards plant-based meals by putting produce at the center of the plate. She shares a wealth of information about the benefits of whole grains, healthy fats, balanced nutrition, and seasoning with herbs and spices. Her book also debunks many common myths, asserting that its possible to get healthy food on the road and adequate protein from meatless meals. What the Fork Are You Eating? by Stefanie Sacks Long-time Meatless Monday friend Stephanie Sacks identifies the most offensive ingredients in our food and shows how we can cut (or at least minimize) them from our diets. The book is an overview of whats really in your food and contains an action plan with 50 delicious recipes. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition by Mark Bittman Mark Bittmans original How to Cook Everything Vegetarian was such a hit the first time around that the award-winning food writer decided it was time for an update. This fall, Bittman released a new edition which includes new recipes and information about the benefits of reducing meat consumption. 30-Minute Italian by Fabio Viviani The Top Chef Fan Favorite released a new cookbook this past spring that includes simple, meat-free meals with an Italian spin. If you know someone who wants to try Meatless Monday but is short on time, 30-Minute Italian is a great pick! PNW Veg by Kim O’Donnel As the author of two previously published vegetarian cookbooks, Kim ODonnel became curious about the bounty in her own backyard, the Pacific Northwest. While not a strict vegetarian herself, she was excited to find that it wasnt just easy to eat vegetarian in the land of the geoduck and the Dungeness crab, it was extraordinary. 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot by Jessica Jones, MS, RD, CDE and Wendy Lopez, MS, RD Written by Registered Dietitians Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez of the blog Food Heaven Made Easy, this new cookbook has four weeks of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that are all purely plant-based. Made with health - and not dieting - in mind, Jones and Lopez outline a completely customizable menu of meals that put the focus on rebooting the body with balanced meals without animal proteins. Bowls of Goodness: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes Full of Nourishment by Nina Olsson Food blogger Nina Olsson (Nourish Atelier) released Bowls of Goodness this year, a celebration of simple, delicious, and undeniably healthy meals in bowls, all of which are vegetarian. In addition to giving bowls a boost, Bowls of Goodness acknowledges the history of bowls tracing back to our most ancient human ancestors. And what better food to put in bowls than the healthiest, prettiest produce and grains? Love Thy Legumes by Sonali Suratkar Nutritionist and Johns Hopkins graduate Sonali Suratkar is using her first cookbook to celebrate legumes and educate people on how they may improve blood sugar, assist in weight loss, and ease the digestive system. With tons of recipes and beautiful pictures, Suratkar is sure to entice any reader curious about one of the healthiest plant-based food varieties! Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table by Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN If you ever wanted to take a registered dietary nutritionist with you when you went food shopping, this is the only book youll need. Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN provides easy-to-understand information about deciphering food labels and balancing your daily meals. When you go shopping for Meatless Monday, take this book with you to ensure that you only cook with the best ingredients. Delivery Services: Veestro While Veestro is a big hit with vegans and vegetarians, its hugely popular with people who still eat meat, making them an ideal delivery service for Meatless Monday. Introduce your friends and family to Veestro with a gift card so they can taste a new kind of fast dinner! HelloFresh Another health-focused delivery service with a vegetarian plan, HelloFresh is also offering gift cards so busy families looking for a plant-based change for dinner can try a meal before making a commitment to a subscription. GrubHub Do you know a takeout addict? Sometimes its great to have a prepared meal delivered fast. GrubHub provides easy delivery from vegetarian restaurants (and restaurants with vegetarian offerings). With a gift card, you can say Dinners on me on Meatless Monday. 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Meatless Monday Attends the Food as Medicine Summit in NYC

December 11 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Attends the Food as Medicine Summit in NYCOn Thursday, November 30, Meatless Monday participated in the Food as Medicine Summit held at the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center. The summit featured expert speakers who discussed how problematic food habits have caused the number and prevalence of chronic diseases to rise. Therefore, food must also be the solution, according to the summits mission. Meatless Monday founder Sid Lerner (second from left) with (from left) Stephen Ritz, Dr. Robert Graham, and Michel Nischan. Photo by Charles Platkin. The summit kicked off with a welcome from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who has been outspoken in his support for Meatless Monday and healthy eating habits in NYC schools. The former police officer was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2016 but was able to put the disease into remission by switching to a healthier lifestyle that included more plant-based foods. He has been a strong proponent of bringing Meatless Monday to several schools in Brooklyn. The opening keynote address was delivered by Dr. Robert Graham, a co-founder of FRESH Med NYC who promotes the idea of food as medicine, saying there should not be just a pill for every ill. Graham discussed how the top 10 causes of death are related to food and diet. His mission stands by food as a remedy and uses dietary changes as the first approach in managing illness at FRESH Med NYC. Other speakers included Michel Nischan, chef and CEO of Wholesome Wave, and Stephen Ritz, CEO of Green Bronx Machine. Their panel discussed the impact of healthy food on children and its availability in schools. Nischans son was diagnosed with diabetes at age five; Ritz pointed out the difficulty in getting good produce in his South Bronx neighborhood. An emphasis was placed on not only getting kids interested in healthy eating at a young age but also making it fun for them to learn about it. Meatless Monday President Peggy Neu spoke to the significance of meeting education with action and putting good ideas into practice. The healthcare industry is the front line in the battle to better inform and direct people towards more healthy lifestyles and diets. Rather than using band-aid remedies for chronic illnesses, Neu said, these diseases can and should be prevented with better eating habits. Neus takeaway on the discussion of food as medicine: we need new heroes and better food choices need to be made culturally relevant. The bottom line of the Food as Medicine Summit was keeping people interested, keeping food exciting, and - most importantly - keeping people educated. The post Meatless Monday Attends the Food as Medicine Summit in NYC appeared first on Meatless Monday.

“We Are Still In”: Meatless Monday Stands with the Coalition to Include Food in Climate Action Conversation

December 5 2017 Meatless Monday 

“We Are Still In”: Meatless Monday Stands with the Coalition to Include Food in Climate Action ConversationAn open letter extolling the values of including food in the ongoing conversation about climate change is making the rounds on Medium, and Meatless Monday plays an important role. More cities and counties on the local level in the United States have taken charge on supporting the goals of the Paris Climate Accords to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically mentioned is how the rise of meat and dairy consumption has a major impact on the climate - 14.5 percent of the worlds entire greenhouse emissions. The letter cites Meatless Monday as a strategy to reduce this impact, asking local municipalities to consider adopting Meatless Mondays in their communities. Food is rarely part of the climate change conversation, and this letter marks a positive turn for campaigns such as Meatless Monday that have been spreading the message that about reducing meat consumption and the large role it can play a big part in healing the environment. While many people are aware that a plant-based diet is good for the physical health of people, the fact that reducing meat consumption can lower our carbon footprint is mentioned far less often. Demand for meat and dairy is only projected to grow unless communities on the local level start the building the momentum to promote meat reduction. Action has been taken, but more cities and communities need to get onboard to make an even bigger impact. Cities and counties have led on climate action -- by making buildings energy-efficient, increasing electric vehicles in city fleets, and sending less waste to landfills -- but all these efforts wont be sufficient to halt climate change if we do not also significantly slash emissions embedded in the food we eat. As a major meat-eating country consuming more than twice the global average, the U.S. has a major role to play (FAOSTAT, 2013). This letter, which was co-signed by Meatless Monday and dozens of other esteemed organizations, explicitly states the need for us to reduce meat and dairy consumption in order to benefit the environment. It also cites the 16 cities that have adopted policies that steer people towards more healthy, climate-friendly food. Several cities and communities have seen Meatless Monday prove successful with their citizens. To learn more about how you can bring Meatless Monday to your community, visit the community page on our web site to find all the tools you need to start a campaign. The post “We Are Still In”: Meatless Monday Stands with the Coalition to Include Food in Climate Action Conversation appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Challenges High School Chefs to “Go With Grains” for C-CAP Recipe Contest

December 4 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Challenges High School Chefs to “Go With Grains” for C-CAP Recipe ContestMeatless Monday continues to help aspiring young chefs get their shot at success! The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) has announced this years recipe contest to give high school students a chance to win a scholarship and develop their talents as budding chefs. Courtesy C-CAP The Go With Grains Meatless Monday recipe contest will challenge student chefs to develop a meat-free recipe that puts the spotlight on different kinds of grains. The panel of celebrity judges will choose the winner based on originality, flavor, healthfulness, ease of preparation, and writing ability. While learning important culinary skills with the help of their teachers, juniors and seniors in underserved communities will also learn about the environmental impact of plant-based cooking. Chef Marcus Samuelsson, a C-CAP board co-chair, will be one of the judges on the star-studded panel. Were thrilled to announce the stellar line-up of chefs on the panel that will judge this years recipe contest. Through this annual contest, culinary students receive guidance from their teachers on recipe writing and development and are able to showcase their talent of creating meatless recipes. The other judges include Rich Landau, a pioneer of modern plant-based cooking and the chef/­­co-owner of Philadelphias Vedge; Maria Loi, executive chef of Loi Estiatorio in New York City and a global ambassador of Greek gastronomy; Brother Luck, a C-CAP alumnus and the chef/­­co-owner of Four by Brother Luck in Colorado Springs; and Nicole Langone Scarangello, another C-CAP alumnus who is the director of menu management for the New York City Department of Education School Food. C-CAP is a national organization that focuses on bringing culinary education and training opportunities to students in underserved communities. Along with Meatless Monday, C-CAP helps young chefs learn about smart ways to cook that will not only guide their careers but encourage a new wave of responsible, sustainable cooking to the culinary industry. One national grand prize winner will receive a scholarship of $5,000 and six regional winners will win $2,000 scholarships. Winners are expected to be announced in the spring of 2018. Meatless Monday wishes all the participants good luck! The post Meatless Monday Challenges High School Chefs to “Go With Grains” for C-CAP Recipe Contest appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spicy Bok Choy with Noodles and Peanuts

December 4 2017 Meatless Monday 

Wilted bok choy and peanuts fill a flavorful, savory broth alongside chewy noodles for a hearty one-dish meal. Look for fresh rice noodles in the pasta or Asian food section of most grocery stores. This recipe comes to us from Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian. Serves 4 - 1 teaspoon sesame oil - 1 tablespoon peanut oil - 1 red onion, sliced - 2 cloves garlic, minced - 1 tablespoon peanut butter - 3 tablespoons soy ginger dressing - 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce - 2 tablespoons orange juice - red pepper flakes, to taste - 1 (12 ounces) package fresh rice noodles - 6 (6-ounce) heads baby bok choy - 1/­­4 cup peanuts Place the oils in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables soften and become fragrant. Add the peanut butter, dressing, soy sauce, orange juice, red pepper flakes and 1-1/­­2 cups water to the skillet. Stir until bubbly and smooth. Cover and cook while you prepare the noodles. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat and cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with water. Transfer the cooked noodles to the skillet and stir to combine. Add the bok choy and peanuts to the pan and let cook for 1 minute, or until the bok choy is slightly wilted. Enjoy! The post Spicy Bok Choy with Noodles and Peanuts appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Restaurant Roundup: Treat Yourself to a Vegetarian Night Out!

November 27 2017 Meatless Monday 

Restaurant Roundup: Treat Yourself to a Vegetarian Night Out!Now that Thanksgiving is over, its time to get back on a healthy track. But that doesnt mean you cant take a short break from cooking! Weve rounded up some of the best restaurants from around the country that offer Meatless Monday. Not only can you eat plant-based this holiday season but you can support a local business that is doing its part to make their communities healthier! Here are some restaurants offering great vegetarian and vegan options every Monday: Oddfellows (Seattle, Washington) Oddfellows proudly supports Meatless Monday in an effort to make the world a healthier place. Just one of several plant-based meals offered at Oddfellows is a salad of baby greens with watermelon radish, gorgonzola & gooseberry-sherry honey vinaigrette. It’s simple and delicious, and we hope our guests enjoy it as much as we do. Tallulahs (Seattle, Washington) Tallulah’s thinks every day can be meatless and is proud to be a part of Meatless Monday. They’ve created a vegetable-driven menu and on Monday’s they take it up notch. Our recent favorite is a seared king trumpet mushroom dish with farro charred corn, zucchini ribbons, peas and ramp chermoula. We always enjoy eating our veggies at Tallulah’s, but especially when it’s for a good cause. Snarfs Sandwiches/­­Snarfburger (Boulder, Colorado) Jimmy Seidels two restaurant chains offer vegetarian and vegan options all the time but actively participate in Meatless Monday. Their vegetarian sandwiches include: the Cheese & Mushroom (sautéed mushrooms, American, Swiss and provolone cheeses topped with mayo, mustard, giardinera peppers, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, seasoning and oil), the Vegetarian (avocado, sprouts and provolone cheese topped with mayo, mustard, giardinera peppers, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, seasoning and oil), and Eggplant Parmesan (breaded eggplant cutlet, marinara sauce, Swiss, provolone and parmesan cheeses). Yuzu (Lakewood, Ohio) Yuzus Asian-inspired menu offers up Meatless Monday specials every week. Their vegetarian bowls are half-price and offered until 2:00 AM. The bowls - which come in Indian-style and Tex-Mex options - can also include cauliflower rice for a small added charge! Plant Power (San Diego, California) Plant Power is a vegetarian restaurant every day of the week, but it boasts several customers who arent vegetarian or vegan at all. It has become a destination for Meatless Monday diners as well as others who are eager to try a better-for-you, fast food option. In addition to using natural, plant-based ingredients, Plant Power is also dedicated to using only biodegradable materials for their packaging, utensils, and dishes. If you have a favorite restaurant in your hometown that follows Meatless Monday, we want to know about it! Contact us at info@meatlessmonday.com. Wed love to put them in the spotlight. And if you have a place that might want to try Meatless Monday, you can find more information on our site. The post Restaurant Roundup: Treat Yourself to a Vegetarian Night Out! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Oatmeal

November 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

This simple recipe is easy to adapt, so feel free to toss in some dried fruits or nuts at the end. Please note that pumpkin puree is not the same as pumpkin pie filling. Canned pumpkin puree is available in most supermarkets; stir remaining canned pumpkin into risotto or use in place of pizza sauce for a unique twist. This recipe comes to us from Kristi Arnold of Veggie Converter 365. Serves 2 - 2 cups water - 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree - 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cloves - 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg - 1 cup rolled oats - Pure maple syrup, to taste In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine water, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; bring to a boil. Stir in the oats, reduce heat to medium-low and cook about 15 minutes, or until oats are tender. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste. The post Pumpkin Cinnamon Oatmeal appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Fill Your Plate with Meatless Sides for Thanksgiving

November 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Fill Your Plate with Meatless Sides for ThanksgivingEven if youre not going meat-free for Thanksgiving, you can still keep your sides plant-based! Meatless Monday has several recipes for delicious side dishes that are rich with veggies and flavor. If youre tired of the sides you serve every year, put a new, vegetarian spin on some old classics! There are so many great meatless dishes that you can feel free to fill your plate with sides and skip the turkey. Cranberry Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Mushroom Pie Squash and Sunchoke Mac and Cheese Savory Soy-sage Stuffing Arugula Fig Almond Salad   Make sure to tune into Facebook today at 12:00 noon EST to watch Goyas Chef Fernando Desa make Quinoa and Brown Rice Stuffing and Coquito Coconut Eggnog in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday! We’ll be streaming at https:/­­/­­www.facebook.com/­­GoyaFoods/­­. The post Fill Your Plate with Meatless Sides for Thanksgiving appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Butternut Squash and Spinach Alfredo

November 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

If you think you’re looking at an ooey gooey cheese sauce, look again! That luscious coating is made from a nutrient-packed fall favorite, butternut squash, with sage and lemon to balance the squash’s sweetness. This recipe comes to us from registered dietitian Maria of Bean A Foodie. Serves 4. - 3 cups cubed butternut squash - 1 tsp. dried sage - 1/­­2 onion, diced - 3 cloves of garlic, minced - 1/­­4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided in half - 1 tsp. each salt and pepper - 1/­­2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving - 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice - 1/­­2 cup vegetable stock - 1 lb. spinach, finely chopped - 8 oz. short cut pasta, like rigatoni or penne Preheat your oven to 425F. Boil water for pasta and cooking according to package directions. Save about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside. Toss butternut squash with sage, 2 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast squash for about 30-40 minutes or until fork tender and lightly golden brown. While squash roasts, heat the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium high heat. Add in diced onions and garlic. Saute for about 3-5 or until onions and garlic are just starting to get translucent. In a high powered blender or food processor, place the roasted squash and onion mixture in the bowl. Blend on high until the squash is smooth. Add in the parmesan cheese, lemon juice and blend on high for another minute. Taste and adjust for seasoning. At this point the sauce is probably somewhat thick. Slowly add in some of the vegetable stock, blending at the same time. Check frequently for consistency. You may or may not use all of the stock, depending on how thick or thin your sauce. If you want the sauce thinner (or if it thickens over time on the stove) thin out with the reserved pasta water. Pour the butternut sauce back into the medium saute pan. Heat over low and add in the chopped spinach, stirring to combine. Cook over medium low until the spinach wilts — about 10 minutes. Again, if the sauce thickens, use some of the reserved pasta water to keep it at the consistency you like. Toss in the hot cooked pasta with the butternut and spinach sauce. Toss to combine. Add more parmesan cheese if you’d like. Serve hot! The post Butternut Squash and Spinach Alfredo appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Apple Molasses Bran Muffins

November 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

Golden delicious apples, raisins and walnuts provide diverse textures to these harvest muffins, while brown sugar and molasses incorporate a sweetness that is dark, slightly spicy and quintessentially autumn. Health is kicked up a notch as bran adds extra fiber and substituting apple sauce for butter lowers the fat in this delectable breakfast bread. This recipe comes to us from Patrice of Circle B Kitchen. Serves 12 - 1/­­2 cup baked applesauce - or - 1/­­2 cup applesauce with 1 apple*, cored, diced and mixed in - 1/­­4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed - 1 large egg, beaten lightly - 1 cup Greek yogurt - 1/­­4 cup dark molasses - 1/­­2 cup raisins - 1/­­2 cup walnuts, chopped - 1 cup all-purpose flour - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon - 1 cup millers bran** *Golden Delicious apples work best here. **Found at natural food stores, health food stores and in the grain or cereal section of most supermarkets. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with a layer of butter or non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, mix together the applesauce and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, yogurt and molasses until all are well incorporated. Stir in the raisins and chopped walnuts. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and bran.  Add the flour mixture to the yogurt apple mixture and stir the batter until it is just combined, but still lumpy. Spoon the batter evenly into the 12 prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown and spring to the touch. Turn the muffins out onto a rack and let cool. The post Apple Molasses Bran Muffins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Potatoes with Orange Couscous

November 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

Potatoes are roasted with red apples, crispy chickpeas and sweet raisins then served over a bed of orange infused couscous. The potatoes, apples and chickpeas are seasoned with fennel, paprika and orange zest to balance the sweet with the savory. This recipe comes to us from Trudy of veggie.num.num. Serves 6 For the roasted potatoes: - a little olive oil, for preparing the roasting tray - 25 ounces new potatoes, halved - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 4 garlic cloves, lightly smashed - zest of 2 oranges - 2 red apples, de-seeded and cut into wedges - 1 1/­­4 cups cooked or canned chickpeas - 1/­­2 cup raisins - 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, chopped - 1/­­2 teaspoon paprika - a small bunch of fresh thyme sprigs For the orange couscous: -  1/­­2 cup almonds - 2 cups couscous - 3 cups vegetable stock - Juice of 1 orange   To make the roasted potatoes: Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into a large roasting tray and place in the preheating oven to warm the pan. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes, return to a boil and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and crushed garlic cloves to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Toss well and cook 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Remove the pan from heat and set aside. Remove the roasting tray from the oven. Add the potatoes, garlic, orange zest, apple slices, chickpeas and raisins. Season with the fennel, paprika and thyme sprigs and toss well to combine. Shake well so the ingredients are evenly distributed. Return the baking dish to the oven and roast for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are crisp and golden. To make the orange couscous: Spread the almonds on a separate baking sheet and roast in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the almonds turn crisp. Chop the roasted almonds and set aside. Bring the stock to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the couscous and orange juice and stir gently to combine. Cover the saucepan with a lid, remove from heat and set aside for 2-3 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and toss the chopped almonds in. To complete the Roasted Potatoes with Orange Couscous: Serve the roasted potato medley in equal portions on top of the orange couscous and enjoy! The post Roasted Potatoes with Orange Couscous appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mark Bittman Wants to Help You Cook Everything (Without Meat)

November 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

Mark Bittman Wants to Help You Cook Everything (Without Meat)Mark Bittmans original How to Cook Everything Vegetarian was such a hit the first time around that the award-winning food writer decided it was time for an update. On November 7, Bittman will release a new edition which includes new recipes and information about the benefits of reducing meat consumption. We spoke with Bittman about whats different in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition and the many reasons why he felt it was time for a do-over. 1. What do you think has changed about plant-based eating since the first edition of your book was published? What compelled you to do a new edition? Everyone wants to eat healthier than they did 10 years ago, and most people know that that means eating less meat. (When I ask audiences whos eating less meat than they were 10 years ago, almost everyone raises their hand.) And there are so many resources available to vegetarians - and more importantly, semi-vegetarians or flexitarians - that it seemed worth an update. Plus, frankly, I was a little disappointed with aspects of my approach in the original, so I got to fix that. 2. Do you think that more people understand the benefits of eating less (or no) meat now? If so, what has contributed to that change? If not, why do you think people are resistant to that change? Most, but not everyone. That goes without saying. (And see above.) Why? Overwhelming evidence that overproduction of meat is harmful to the environment and overconsumption is harmful to individuals. Not to mention producing animals as if they were widgets. http:/­­/­­www.meatlessmonday.com/­­images/­­photos/­­2017/­­11/­­59d5122651a0c_­Smart_­Bites-_­How_­Meatless_­Monday_­Improves_­YOUR_­Health_­and_­the_­Health_­of-the_­Planet.mp4 Courtesy of HealthGuru.com 3. Do you believe its easier to cook vegetarian? Anyone who only cooks animal products is missing out on a universe of flavors and textures that cant be found elsewhere. Foods from the plant kingdom are generally easy to cook, but theyre also healthy, theyre inexpensive, they can be cooked in bulk, and they last for a long time. Thats not about cooking vegetarian - its about cooking. Period. 4. It says on your site that your mission is to make food understandable. What are people not understanding about food and how do you like to explain it to them? The sheer amount of information out there--much of which is misinformation--is overwhelming, to say the least. Im constantly reminding people that food can be delicious without being complicated; you can make something great with three ingredients. Once theyre on board with that mindset, its a good idea to get comfortable with substitutions and winging it. The goal of the recipe variations in the How to Cook Everything books is to get people to understand that they dont have to follow a recipe word for word. In fact, its better if they dont because whatever variation they use, whether its one of mine or something they come up with, will be tailored to their particular tastes. 5. Some people arent quite ready to change their entire diet or give up meat completely. What are some recipes that work for quick, weeknight Meatless Monday dinner? Heres the first line of HTCEV: Im not a vegetarian, nor am I invested in you becoming one. Many foods are naturally meat-free, and the point is that we need to be eating more of those than we do now. That doesnt mean not eating animal products - it means changing the focus. There are no sacrifices here. Consider recipes like Cream of Spinach Soup, Cauliflower Salad with Olives and Bread Crumbs, the infinite ways to make Beans and Greens (black beans with kale, cannellini with escarole, lentils with fennel, etc.), and the zillions of non-meat pasta dishes, like Pasta with Walnut Sauce and Pasta with Caramelized Onions. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition is available on Amazon beginning November 7. The post Mark Bittman Wants to Help You Cook Everything (Without Meat) appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Maple Cornbread Biscuits

October 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

The hearty taste of cornbread in a flaky biscuit treat, with banana added for an extra boost of nutrition. Dunk these maple breakfast pastries in coffee and start your day off right. This recipe comes to us from Lindsay of Happy Herbivore. Serves 6 - 1/­­2 cup whole wheat pastry flour - 1/­­2 cup yellow cornmeal - 2 tsp baking powder - 1/­­4 tsp salt - 1/­­2 banana, cold - 1/­­4 cup non-dairy milk - 2 tbsp maple syrup Preheat oven 425 F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. In a food processor, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt and process for about 10 seconds. Add banana and allow and process until flour is pebble-like. Transfer to a mixing bowl and combine mixture with milk and maple syrup, stirring until well combined. Use a spoon to drop 6 biscuits evenly spaced on the cookie sheet. Bake about 7-8 minutes or until edges are just crisp and slightly brown. The post Maple Cornbread Biscuits appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Pumpkin Garlic Lasagna

October 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

Sugar pumpkin is slow roasted with garlic, then seasoned with oregano and sage in this Autumnal lasagna. Roasted garlic, cardamom and nutmeg deepen flavor of the pumpkin ricotta, while dried cranberries and apricots are sprinkled throughout to lend their complimentary fruit flavors. This recipe comes to us from Donna of Apron Strings. Serves 12 - 1 package lasagna noodles - 1 2 pound sugar pumpkin - 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided - 6 cloves garlic, peeled - 15 ounces part skin ricotta cheese - 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree* - 1 teaspoon cardamom - 1/­­2 teaspoon nutmeg - 10 green onions, thinly sliced - 1 cup dried, sweetened cranberries - 1/­­2 cup dried apricots, diced - 1 tablespoon dried oregano - 1 tablespoon dried sage - 8 ounces lowfat mozzarella cheese, divided - 4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated *please note that canned pumpkin is not the same as canned pumpkin pie filling, which should not be substituted. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. When water boils, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, or until al dente. Scoop the seeds and strings out of the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin flesh into large chunks. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and place on a baking sheet, cut size down. Scatter the garlic cloves over the pumpkin pieces. Roast 60-90 minutes, or until the pumpkin begins to brown and is tender when pricked with a fork. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Using a fork, smash the garlic cloves together in a medium sized bowl. Add the pumpkin puree, green onions, cardamom and nutmeg to the bowl. Stir together with the fork. When the pumpkin has cooled, remove its skin and cut into smaller cubes. Line a 13 by 11 inch baking dish with a layer of lasagna noodles. Top 1/­­4 of the ricotta garlic mixture and another layer of noodles. Top the 2nd layer of noodles with about 1/­­4 of the ricotta garlic mixture, then 1/­­3 of the cranberries, 1/­­3 of the diced apricot and 1/­­3 of the roasted pumpkin cubes. Season with 1/­­3 of the oregano and sage. Finish the layer with 1/­­3 of the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Repeat this layering process 2 more times, or until you are out of noodles, pumpkin, dried fruit, spices and cheeses. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the lasagnas edges are browned and bubbling. The post Roasted Pumpkin Garlic Lasagna appeared first on Meatless Monday.

These Athletes Stay Tough with Plants

October 23 2017 Meatless Monday 

These Athletes Stay Tough with PlantsMore and more professional athletes are shattering the myth that only animal proteins can fuel performance. Even if youre a weekend warrior, here are a few pros who have gone vegan or vegetarian and seen great results on Game Day! Damian Lillard (NBA Point Guard, Portland Trail Blazers) The Portland Trail Blazers point guard went vegan this year, saying that he wanted to eat cleaner and play lighter this year. After about a month of eating vegan, Lillard says he feels much better and that making the transition was easy for him. He said that following a plant-based diet will help with his joints and the aging process. Venus Williams (Olympic Gold Medalist/­­Professional Tennis Player) The tennis champ and Silk spokeswoman first started following a plant-based diet to deal with an autoimmune disease. But after the results made her feel better overall, Williams stuck to the diet and continues to stay mostly vegan. While she says her diet is strict, she emphasizes that its important to enjoy the food you eat and finds ways to satisfy cravings with healthier food options. David Carter (former NFL defensive tackle) Carter made a name for himself as a defensive lineman on several NFL teams, a position that calls for a lot of strength and bulk. After developing high blood pressure and tendonitis, he switched to a plant-based diet after learning that it can alleviate inflammation symptoms. Now retired, Carter promotes a vegan diet around the country. Iris Mak (Hong Kong marathon runner) Mak was a marathon runner before becoming a raw vegan. But after she started working with vegan chefs and learning more about raw diets, she decided to take her own diet to a new level. She currently follows a 90 percent raw, 10 percent cooked diet which she says helped her cope with the sensitivity to medications and cooked foods while on eating with friends. Kyrie Irving (NBA Point Guard, Boston Celtics) When asked about his weight this season, the Boston Celtics point guard said that he had switched to a more plant-based diet to get in shape. Irving says that the change has had a positive effect on his energy level  and that his body feels amazing. The post These Athletes Stay Tough with Plants appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Cherry Chocolate Banana Shake

October 23 2017 Meatless Monday 

Chocolate and cherries are a classic combination, but when better to execute it than on Meatless Monday morning? This ice cool breakfast shake is a surefire way to wake up feeling refreshed. This recipe comes to us from Lisa of Barefoot in Her Kitchen. Serves 3 -  1/­­2 cup ice - 1 banana, peeled - 10 cherries, pitted - 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder - 1 teaspoon agave nectar* -  1/­­2 cup rice or soy milk - or -  1/­­2 cup nonfat milk - 1 1/­­2 cup ice cold water - 1 teaspoon chocolate flavored whey protein** * Agave (ah-Gah-vay) nectar is similar in taste & texture to honey but has a lower impact on blood sugar when compared other sweeteners. Agave can be found in the health food or specialty food aisle of most grocery stores. **optional. Found in health food stores. If you are not using the chocolate whey protein, double the cocoa powder and agave nectar in the smoothies.   Place the ice in a tall blender or pitcher if youre using a hand mixer. Add the banana, cherries, cocoa, agave nectar, milk, water and whey protein if using. If you are not using the whey protein, double the amount of cocoa and agave. If youre using a blender, pulse briefly until the mixture is somewhat crushed, but not pureed. If youre using a hand mixer, pulse the mixer in an up and down motion until the ice is smashed and the fruit begins to soften and blend, but the mixture is not liquefied. After mixture is blended, cover the cup or pitcher and shake distribute the ice and fruit evenly. Serves immediately and enjoy. The post Cherry Chocolate Banana Shake appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Oven-Roasted Pea Soup with Mint and Mascarpone Dressing

October 16 2017 Meatless Monday 

This isnt the split-pea type of pea soup but instead is made with fresh or frozen English peas--those bright green orbs--and then topped with a decadent dollop of mascarpone cheese mixed with cream cheese, which is the Italian answer to cr?me fraiche or sour cream, but better! Mint and peas are good partners but you dont find mint soup too often. This recipes comes to us courtesy of Fabio Viviani and is featured in his book, Fabios 30-Minute Italian. Makes 4 servings - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 2 tablespoons butter - 3 cups green peas, thawed if frozen, 1/­­4 cup reserved for garnish - 2 shallots, finely chopped - 3 cups vegetable stock - 2 tablespoons cream cheese - 2 tablespoons heavy cream -  1/­­4 cup mascarpone cheese - Zest of 1 lemon -  1/­­4 cup chopped Italian parsley -  1/­­4 cup chopped mint - Salt and pepper  Preheat an oven to 400°F. Place olive oil, butter, peas and shallots on a sheet tray and roast in oven for 8 minutes. While in the oven, heat vegetable stock in a pot until right before boiling. Season stock with salt and pepper. Mix the cream cheese, heavy cream, and mascarpone in a stand mixer until combined and slightly loose--dont whip it too much. Add lemon zest and mix one more time to combine. Season with salt and set aside. When peas are done, add to stock and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce to a simmer, add parsley and mint, and cook for 5 minutes. Using a hand or stand blender, blend the soup until silky smooth. If too thick, add a touch of stock or water. Serve soup with a drizzle of the mascarpone mixture in the middle and the reserved fresh peas to garnish. From Fabios 30-Minute Italian by Fabio Viviani; published by St. Martins Press. Copyright (C)2017 by Fabio Viviani. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission. Page 52-53. Photo by Matt Armendariz. The post Oven-Roasted Pea Soup with Mint and Mascarpone Dressing appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Four-Mushroom Risotto with Parsley Salad and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

October 16 2017 Meatless Monday 

You can add just about anything you fancy to risotto, which makes it a creative cooks dream. This recipe relies on four different kinds of mushroom (you could use different mushrooms or only cook two or three types as long as the amounts stay the same) and if you forget about the risotto part of the recipe, youre left with an exotic mushroom dish. This recipes comes to us courtesy of Fabio Viviani and is featured in his book, Fabios 30-Minute Italian. Makes 4 servings - 8 tablespoons butter, divided in half - 1 large onion, finely chopped -  1/­­2 cup torn cremini mushrooms -  1/­­4 cup torn oyster mushrooms -  1/­­2 cup torn shiitake mushrooms -  1/­­4 cup sliced button mushrooms -  1/­­2 cup Arborio rice - 1 cup dry white wine - 5 cups vegetable stock -  1/­­2 cup grated Grana Padano - 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar -  1/­­4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes -  1/­­2 cup Italian parsley leaves - Salt and pepper  Melt the butter in 2 heavy saucepans on medium high. Gently saute the oinons in one until softened, about 3 minutes. In the other, cook the mushrooms until caramelized, about 6-8 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Turn off mushroom pan. Stir in the rice to the onions and cook, stirring all the time, for about 2 minutes until the mix becomes translucent. Add the wine and cook for around 6-7 minutes until the wine is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. Add 2 cups of the stock to the pan and simmer gently until the stock is absorbed, stirring every minute or so to prevent sticking! Gradually add more stock, a ladleful at a time, until the rice is tender, about 15-18 minutes. Adjust seasoning in the risotto with salt and pepper and add the mushrooms. Turn heat to low and stir in cheese. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes and parsley. Use this as a garnish on top of risotto when served. From Fabios 30-Minute Italian by Fabio Viviani; published by St. Martins Press. Copyright (C)2017 by Fabio Viviani. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission. Page 114-115. Photo by Matt Armendariz. The post Four-Mushroom Risotto with Parsley Salad and Sun-Dried Tomatoes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bread

October 9 2017 Meatless Monday 

Applesauce and oatmeal are the basis of this hearty breakfast bread. Those breakfast flavors come together with cinnamon, cloves and dried cranberries, topped with a brown sugar nut streusel. This recipe comes to us from Patrice of Circle B Kitchen. Serves 12 For the nut streusal: - 1/­­4 cup light brown sugar - 1/­­4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped - 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon For the Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bread: - 2 eggs - 1 1/­­4 cups unsweetened applesauce - 1/­­3 cup canola oil - 1/­­4 cup plain yogurt - 1 1/­­4 cup all purpose flour - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 1 1/­­2 teaspoons baking powder - 3/­­4 teaspoon cinnamon - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon ground nutmeg - pinch ground cloves - 1/­­4 cup dried cranberries - 1/­­4 cup raisins - 1 cup old fashioned oats Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan with a light layer of butter and flour. Toss the brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set aside. Whisk the eggs, sugar, applesauce, oil and yogurt together in a medium bowl. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves together in a separate large bowl. Stir in the oats. Toss the dried cranberries and raisins with 1/­­2 teaspoon of the flour mixture in a separate small bowl. Set aside. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and fold with a spatula until just combined, taking care not to over mix. Fold in the fried fruit, taking care to ensure the fruit is evenly distributed in the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Scatter the nut streusel mixture over the top, pressing it into the batter with your fingers. Place the loaf pan in the oven and bake 50-60 minutes, or until a sharp knife comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then run a knife along the edges. Invert the loaf onto a plate, cut into slices and enjoy! The post Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bread appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mixed Mushroom Soup

October 9 2017 Meatless Monday 

This mixed mushroom soup, or “zuppa di funghi misti,” as the Italians would say, is perfect for the fall season. The aromas and flavors provided by shallots, garlic, red wine and thyme excellently compliment the mushrooms’ earthiness. We love that this gourmet recipe is also perfect for home cooks! This recipe comes to us from Alicia Walter of Eataly’s La Scuola. - 4 cups mixed mushrooms, cut into 1/­­4-inch pieces, stems and scraps reserved - 5 cups water - 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil - 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms - 1/­­4 cup shallots, cut into small dice - 3 cloves garlic, minced - 2 sprigs thyme, leaves picked from stem and chopped - Pinch red chili flakes - 1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped into 1-inch pieces - 2 tablespoons tomato paste - 1 cup red wine - Extra virgin olive oil - Salt and freshly ground black pepper - 1 loaf rustic bread, sliced and grilled Prepare a mushroom stock by adding the reserved mushroom scraps and dried porcini mushrooms to a large stockpot filled with 5 cups of water. Simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes and then strain. You should have 4 cups of stock. In a small stockpot, heat the olive oil until almost smoking. Add the mushrooms in one layer, working in batches if necessary. Once the mushrooms have been browned on one side, sprinkle with salt, add in a small spoonful of butter or oil and continue to cook until the mushrooms are browned on all sides. Remove the mushrooms from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat and add the shallots, garlic, thyme, red chili flakes and a pinch of salt. Add more olive oil if necessary. Cook until the shallots are soft. Add the tomato paste and cook until the color changes from bright red to brick red. Add in the red wine and boil until the alcohol has cooked off. Finally, add the kale and an additional pinch of salt. Sauté until soft. Slowly pour in the strained mushroom stock and simmer for ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place a quarter of the reserved mushrooms into a shallow bowl. Ladle the broth over the mushrooms. Top with a piece of grilled bread drizzled with olive oil and rubbed with garlic if desired. Enjoy immediately. The post Mixed Mushroom Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

September 25 2017 Meatless Monday 

Butternut squash is roasted, cooked in ginger infused coconut milk and seasoned with cumin, coriander, cinnamon and red pepper. Try topping this hearty soup with our Spicy Peanut Chutney for a little extra punch. This recipe comes to us from Karen of Sprouts in the Hood. Serves 6 - 1 butternut squash* - 1 1/­2 cups water - 1/­2 cup light coconut milk - 2 tablespoons ginger, finely grated - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 red bell pepper, chopped - 1 large onion, finely chopped - 2 cloves garlic, diced - 2 teaspoons ground cumin - 1 tablespoon ground coriander seed - 1 teaspoon cinnamon - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon ground hot pepper - spicy peanut chutney**, for garnish *To roast the butternut squash, preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash in half and place cut side down on a large baking sheet. Roast for 45-55 minutes, or until the squash can be easily scooped out of its skin and tender when pricked with a fork. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Scoop out the flesh of the squash and set aside. **optional Place the roasted, seeded butternut squash flesh into a large soup pot. Add the water, light coconut milk and grated ginger to the pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. While the butternut squash coconut milk mixture is simmering, place the oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the red bell pepper, onion and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until the veggies soften and become fragrant. Add the sautéed veggies to the soup pot. Season the soup with ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon, hot pepper and salt. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Place the soup in a blender or food processor and liquefy. Garnish with peanut chutney, if using, and enjoy. The post Curried Butternut Squash Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Slow Food and Meatless Monday: Cooking Up a Better Future

September 18 2017 Meatless Monday 

Slow Food and Meatless Monday: Cooking Up a Better Future Get ready for a countrywide Meatless Monday! Next week, on September 25, Meatless Monday and Slow Food USA are teaming up for the Cook Up a Better Future campaign. Restaurants and chefs across the nation will create and serve delicious, plant-based meals putting three unsung ingredients in the spotlight. In the combined efforts of promoting biodiversity in food, reducing meat consumption, and fighting climate change, Cook Up a Better Future seeks to bring diners to the table for a great movement for food and the environment. The three ingredients featured – Sea Island Red Peas, Carolina Gold Rice, and Sea Island Benne Seeds, all from Anson Mills are from Slow Foods Ark of Taste, a global catalog of foods facing extinction. Participating Chef Jay Lippin of Crabtrees Kittle House Restaurant & Inn in Chappaqua, New York explains the mission behind Cook Up a Better Future:     Remember to visit one of these restaurants next Monday, September 25 to celebrate global biodiversity and great food! Here are the restaurants and chefs Cooking Up a Better Future: Arizona Orme School, Patti Marrs, Mayer, Arizona California Arcade Cafe, Richard Lewis, Gilroy, California Assaggiare Mendocino, Julia Conway, Fort Bragg, California Deckmans en el Mogor, Drew Deckman, San Ysidro, California GEO Academy at Grant High School, Brenda Ruiz, Sacramento, California Jackson Nunes Consulting, Lesa Jackson Nunes, Menlo Park, California Joni Sare Chef Services, Joni Sare, Cupertino, California Magpie, Edward Roehr, Sacramento, California Savory Cafe, Juan Barajas, Woodland, California Colorado The Living Farm Cafe, Mike Gillespie, Paonia, Colorado Mountain Harvest Festival – Disco Soup, Jim Brett, Hotchkiss, Colorado Florida Nutwood, Steven Rojas, Winter Haven, Florida Table & Tap, David Rashty, Punta Gorda, Florida Georgia Miller Union, Steven Satterfield, Atlanta, Georgia Your Resident Gourmet, Jennifer Hill Booker, Lilburn, Georgia Hawaii Mud Hen Water, Ed Kenney, Honolulu, Hawaii Indiana Late Harvest Kitchen, Meredith Iacocca, Indianapolis, Indiana Illinois Elsa M. Jacobson, farmers market manager/­­recipe taster, Chicago, Illinois JCR, James Rorhbacher, Chicago, Illinois White Oak Gourmet, Thomas Leavitt, Long Grove, Illinois Michigan City Food, Phillip Jones, Detroit, Michigan Granor Farm, Abra Berens, Three Oaks, Michigan Missouri Feast in the Forest Teaching Kitchen, Penelope Beache, St. James, Missouri Good Fortune, Ryan McDonald, St. Louis, Missouri Square1 Project, Logan Ely, St. Louis, Missouri New Jersey Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Dara Heston, Sweetwater, New Jersey New York Crabtrees Kittle House Restaurant & Inn, Jay Lippin, Chappaqua, New York North Carolina Catch, Keith Rhodes, Wilmington, North Carolina South Carolina Wild Olive Cucina Italiana, Carmine Peluso, John’s Island, South Carolina The post Slow Food and Meatless Monday: Cooking Up a Better Future appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Rice Paper Rolls

September 18 2017 Meatless Monday 

These Vietnamese treats are filled with vermicelli, Chinese cabbage and bean sprouts and seasoned with lime, mint, chili and cilantro. A shallot miso dipping sauce provides the perfect balance to these light rice paper rolls with unexpectedly intense flavors. This recipe comes to us from Trudy of veggie.num.num. Serves 6 For the dipping sauce: - 1 tablespoon water - 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce** - 1 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce** -  1/­­2 shallot, finely diced -  1/­­2 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped -  1/­­2 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped - 1 teaspoon miso paste** To complete the rice paper rolls: - 4 ounces vermicelli, cooked according to instructions - 1 cup Chinese cabbage, shredded -  1/­­2 cup bean sprouts - 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced -  1/­­2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped -  1/­­2 cup cilantro, finely chopped - 1 fresh red chili - Juice of 1 lime - 1 1/­­2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce** - 1 1/­­2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce** - 15-20 rice paper sheets** *Found in Asian markets or the ethnic food or sauce sections of most grocery stores. To make the dipping sauce: In a medium bowl whisk together the water, chili sauce and soy sauce. Whisk in the shallot, mint, cilantro and miso paste until thoroughly combined. To complete the rice paper rolls: After the vermicelli noodles are cooked, drain and rinse well. Roughly chop the cooked noodles. In a large bowl combine the chopped noodles, cabbage, sprouts, bell pepper, mint, cilantro and chili. Dress the veggie filling with the lime juice, soy sauce and sweet chili sauce. Toss until well mixed. Soak one individual rice paper sheet in a large bowl of water for 15-30 seconds, or until just soft. Pat dry on a clean towel. Place 2 tablespoons of filling inside the soaked rice paper roll. Fold in the edges and then roll them up firmly. The edges should seal neatly when pressed together with your fingers. Repeat the rice paper roll soaking and filling process individually until all the rice paper sheets are used up. Serve the rice paper rolls with dipping sauce on the side. The post Rice Paper Rolls appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sweet Potato Burritos

September 11 2017 Meatless Monday 

This burrito might surprise you with its sweetness, but the onion and garlic powders offer a savory balance to the cinnamon. Using whole wheat tortillas can complete the wrap the healthy way by keeping you fuller, longer. This recipe comes to us from Lindsay of The Happy Herbivore. Serves 4 - 4-6 soft taco shells, tortillas or wraps - 1 medium sweet potato, boiled until tender and drained - 1 cup brown rice or quinoa, cooked to desired tenderness - 10 oz frozen spinach - 1 cup black beans -  1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon -  1/­­4 teaspoon cumin -  1/­­4 teaspoon onion powder -  1/­­4 teaspoon garlic powder - hot sauce, to taste Cook spinach according to package directions, pressing out any excess water once the spinach is fully cooked. Put the spinach in a bowl, sprinkle with garlic powder and salt and set aside. Sprinkle cumin, onion powder and garlic powder over black beans, stirring to evenly coat beans with spices and set aside. Peel cooked sweet potato and mash with a potato masher or fork. Sprinkle with cinnamon and stir to combine. Combine sweet potato, spinach, grains and black beans in a large bowl, stirring to evenly combine, and scoop mixture into the center of the wrap. Drizzle with hot sauce to taste. The post Sweet Potato Burritos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo

September 11 2017 Meatless Monday 

These portobello mushrooms are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender. When served, they are loaded up with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic and chive mayonnaise. This recipe comes to us from our friends at The Mushroom Council. Makes 4 burgers - Marinade - 2 teaspoons chili powder - 1 teaspoon dark or light brown sugar - 1 teaspoon fine sea salt - 1 teaspoon garlic powder - 1 teaspoon onion powder - 1 teaspoon smoked paprika -  1/­­2 teaspoon ground black pepper - 1/­­3 cup extra virgin olive oil   - Burgers - 4 portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed - 1/­­3 cup mayonnaise - 1 teaspoon chopped chives -  1/­­4 teaspoon garlic powder -  1/­­4 teaspoon fine sea salt - 1 small red onion, sliced (keep rings intact) - 4 buns - 4 lettuce leaves - Olive oil for grilling Directions Mix all marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Place mushrooms on a baking sheet. Drizzle marinade over mushrooms and rub liberally to coat all sides. Let sit for 15 minutes. Preheat grill to high heat. To make garlic mayo, stir together mayonnaise, chives, garlic powder and salt in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Brush grill grate with olive oil. Place mushrooms and onion rings on grill. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until both are darkened and tender. To serve, spread bottom of each bun with mayonnaise, top with lettuce and a few onion rings. Add mushroom and cover with top bun. The post Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Morrison Healthcare at Mayo Clinic Phoenix Brings Meatless Monday to Their Cafeteria

August 28 2017 Meatless Monday 

Morrison Healthcare at Mayo Clinic Phoenix Brings Meatless Monday to Their CafeteriaThis week, Meatless Monday is putting the spotlight on a new addition to the meat-free campaign. Morrison Healthcare at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona recently implemented Meatless Monday in their three cafeterias, serving vegetarian meals once a week to staff and visitors of the top hospital in the state. The campaign was well-received by everyone who took part and its successful launch may bring Meatless Monday to other Mayo Clinics in Rochester, Minnesota and Jacksonville, Florida. We spoke to Eric Schiellerd, Executive Chef at Morrison Healthcare, to see how Meatless Monday is going and what he has planned: Chef Eric Schiellerd  What was the impetus for starting Meatless Monday in your cafeterias? The Meatless Monday concept was first brought to me in 2015 at McLaren Hospital in Michigan. I was very excited to try something new and fresh for our operation. Unfortunately I didnt have a lot of support getting the program off the ground. After transferring to Mayo Clinic Phoenix I quickly learned of the strong push for great tasting vegetarian options in our cafes. I teamed up with our wellness coordinator Laura Dan and we have been building a great program for our client and guests. What kind of feedback have you received from customers since offering Meatless Monday options? The feedback has been wonderful with most of our customers. They love to have options and a plant-based entrée is what was missing from our menus. How do you think Mayo Clinic in Phoenix can serve as an example to other cafeterias in medical facilities? I think in every facility you have people telling you a meatless option wont work and is a waste of time, but you cant let them talk you out of a great program like this. With great marketing, food and menu choices it can work for just about any operation. Do you think that providing health-focused food choices in a hospital cafeteria encourages hospital staff to practice what they preach and take better care of themselves? I think all people in this type of environment want to be healthier. If they trust that the food will taste as good as it is good for them, they will buy in to it. Do you participate in Meatless Monday yourself? Share some thoughts on your philosophy on meatless eating. I do participate in one meatless meal every Monday. I think its tragic to see of all the plant-based food that is turned back into the soil because it isnt pretty enough for the supermarket. We need to get creative and make great tasting meals using these products. Programs like Meatless Monday let us do that very thing. Im proud to work in an organization that gives me the freedom to menu all types of food, including great plant based meals. If you want to bring Meatless Monday to your business or organization, or if you already participate in Meatless Monday - we want to know! Get in touch with us at info@meatlessmonday.com! The post Morrison Healthcare at Mayo Clinic Phoenix Brings Meatless Monday to Their Cafeteria appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday on the Foodservice Conference Trail at NACUFS 2017

August 7 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday on the Foodservice Conference Trail at NACUFS 2017Nashville, Tennessee recently hosted the annual conference of the National Association of College & University Foodservice. The three-day event convened over 1,000 college and university campus dining professionals and industry partners for inspirational learning, idea and product sharing, collaboration, and peer-to-peer networking. Many of the 334 exhibitors promoted their plant-forward services and products. Cherry Dumaual, PR & partnerships director for The Monday Campaigns, attended the conference and networked on behalf of Meatless Monday. She had the opportunity to visit booths, attend interest sessions and talk with foodservice dining directors, chefs, and product representatives about trends in meat reduction and plant-based menus. Food Management magazine held a roundtable session attended by foodservice dining directors including Bernie Chung-Templeton of Bryn Mawr College. A liberal arts college with about 1,300 undergraduate students, Bryn Mawr ranked number 10 on Princeton Review’s 2017 list of Best Colleges for Food. Chung-Templeton said that Bryn Mawr implemented Meatless Monday around seven years ago: There has always been a demand for meatless entrees that are delicious and nutritious. We created a Mostly Meatless station, which we modeled after looking at Meatless Monday materials. We don’t take meat away but introduce additional meatless options both at this station and on the standard menu to provide more meatless opportunities and to showcase how meatless can be tasty and good for you. Chung-Templeton said that this fall will see the launch of an evolution of Meatless Monday, a plant-based, totally meatless, local, organic, sustainable, ethical, health-forward concept. She shared examples of their vegan dishes. Meatless Monday dishes at Bryn Mawr Cherrys first stop in the exhibit hall was the Humane Society of the United States Meatless Monday booth. Ken Botts, food and nutrition director for HSUS, shared his insights and observations on the direction of campus dining: The conversation of how to create delicious plant-based menus is top of mind for the college and university foodservice operators. This demand is being driven by their students for a variety of reasons; health, spirituality, sustainability and animal welfare. The plant-based conversation was once a trend but in 2010 it started becoming the norm, and now it is here to stay. The folks who attended NACUFS were looking for resources to develop plant-based menus and NACUFS delivered! Cherry and Ken Botts at the HSUS Meatless Monday booth Other stops focused on tasting samples of new, delicious, nutritious plant-based food products. Erik Henry, foodservice director at Bushs Beans, drew in attendees samplings of their new hummus, which the brand will launch on campuses in August. Asked about Meatless Monday, Henry said, If people would take one day a week to simply eat plants, theyll realize it makes them feel good. Erik Henry promoting the new Bush’s Beans hummus Danny OMalley, sales manager for Beyond Meat, offered his take on Meatless Monday which he believes is a great transitional day to motivate omnivores and carnivores to try plant-based foods like Beyond Meats products. Danny O’Malley offers Beyond Meat samples Cherrys final stop was the Pinnacle Foodbooth where Suzanne Tenuto tempted attendees with flavorful Gardein meatless meatballs, describing them as meatless, well done. She added: Adding Gardein meatless meatballs to a Meatless Monday menu makes for a quick and easy spaghetti and meatball dish or sub sandwich. Meat lovers wont know the difference. Suzanne Tenuto with Gardein’s meatless meatballs Nashville was truly the perfect backdrop for NACUFS, where plant-based initiatives and campaigns were part of the biggest growing food trends on campus. The post Meatless Monday on the Foodservice Conference Trail at NACUFS 2017 appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday School and University Roundup

July 31 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday School and University RoundupIts almost time to go back to school! That gives us a great opportunity to put the spotlight on several academic institutions that are part of the Meatless Monday campaign and encouraging sustainable eating habits on campus. Here are a few colleges and universities making the move to meatless once a week! Cornell University: Student activists first introduced Meatless Monday on campus in 2015 and have since garnered the support of more than 2,500 students. They raise awareness on campus by signing students up for a weekly newsletter touting the benefits of going meat-free once a week and reminding them that Cornells dining halls offer several vegetarian options. The on-campus campaign demonstrates that going meatless is not only a great option for their health and the environment but an easy change to their campus lifestyle! In addition to the newsletter, students are also invited to take an online pledge to go meatless once a week. University of Pennsylvania: This past January, the University of Pennsylvania joined the Meatless Monday movement and began offering meatless options to students interested in participating. While the dining halls will still offer meat to students who arent quite ready to come on board, Penn Dining believes that participating in Meatless Monday will educate students on the impact of skipping meat for one day a week. By offering a variety of meatless meals, Penn Dining is hoping to pique the curiosity of even more students. Hendrix College: The Arkansas school caters to the dietary needs of all of its students while promoting the same sustainability practices endorsed by Meatless Monday. The schools award-winning dining hall offers vegan and vegetarian food choices on a daily basis while inviting students to join in on meat-free dining on Meatless Mondays. Among their vegetarian menu items are ratatouille and vegan pizza with roasted red pepper sauce. In addition to working with local farmers and recycling programs, Hendrix also has a garden on campus that provides much of the produce in the dining hall. Arizona State University: Another Meatless Monday participant, Arizona State University also offers vegetarian and vegan meal offerings in all of its residential dining halls. With options ranging from burrito bowls, noodles, pizzas, and sandwiches, ASU is part of a growing number of universities promoting healthy and sustainable meal choices for students! Did your school make the list? Meatless Monday is implemented in colleges and universities across the globe and is only getting more popular. Students who are interested in finding out more about sustainable, healthy food and if you think your school would like to come on board, take a look at our implementation guide and get in touch with us at info@meatlessmonday.com!   Photos courtesy of Hendrix College. The post Meatless Monday School and University Roundup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Restaurant Roundup

July 24 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Restaurant RoundupThis Monday, were putting the spotlight on five restaurants around the United States that are participating in Meatless Monday! Every week, they offer discounts and vegetarian specials to their customers, giving them delicious meat-free options at their favorite places. The list of restaurants that have joined Meatless Monday continues to grow, and here are five to keep an eye on! 1. Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Multiple Locations: With its focus on local, sustainable cuisine, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar has a plentiful selection of healthy meal choices including several vegetarian choices. For Meatless Monday, CEO Dave Magrogan has one recommendation in particular: “I love the Spicy Tofu Stir Fry. The sweet flavors of the pineapple and coconut jasmine rice combine with spicy flavors, peppers, baby bok choy, snow peas and eggplant to create a great flavor profile. This dish is satisfying and filling without a high calorie count. The tofu gives a nice protein boost. Overall its a very well-rounded vegetarian dish for someone looking for bold flavors and solid protein content.” 2. Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA: This Philly food joint can bring townies of all stripes together for cocktails and sandwiches. On Meatless Monday, the vegetarian sammies get the spotlight: “Our world famous Vegan Pickle Fried Chickn Sammy is a Meatless Monday favorite at Tattooed Mom. Our house brined vegan chicken is topped with fried pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion and crystal hot sauce mayo, all on a brioche bun. You’ll find it here, along with our full line up of 10 vegetarian and vegan delights, on special for half price EVERY Meatless Monday from noon – 10pm.” 3. Burrito San, Miami, FL: Burrito San has become famous for its sushi burrito, making it a great destination for pescatarians and sushi lovers alike. Their Meatless Monday features $10 lunch specials including vegetarian sushi options. Marketing manager Mitzi Napoles has a favorite: “The Buddhas Belly Burrito roll is the perfect Meatless Monday choice. It has a satisfying heft from the portobello mushrooms and a great contrast of flavors and textures. We also have it available as a Salad or Poke option if Giant Sushi rolls are not your thing!” 4. Forage, Cambridge, MA: Forage works with local farmers, foragers, and fisherman to bring sustainable, healthy cuisine to its Cambridge customers. But on Meatless Monday, seasonal veggies get a starring role. From owner and manager Stan Hilbert: “We love our veggies and the farmers that grow them. Meatless Monday is one way for us to support our farmer friends while highlighting seasonal and local produce and offering something different every week. We feature veggies in savory and sweet courses. We have a $39 four-course vegetarian or vegan tasting menu available every day of the week, but on Mondays we throw in another two courses for the same price!” 5. BeWiched, Minneapolis, MN: A believer in old-world culinary traditions, BeWiched certainly doesnt shy away from meat on their menu of deli sandwiches. However on Mondays, they offer up something different for their Meatless Monday specials. From Ally Dahlberg, Director of Marketing, Catering & Sales: “Every Monday, we offer a new seasonal plant-based sandwich as an ode to #meatlessmonday. This is Farmer Bob (pictured above). He comes in at least once a week and sells us fresh produce picked from his farm. He recently harvested some tomatoes that we used for a Fried Green Tomato sandwich special. It doesn’t get any more farm-to-table than that!” Honorable Mentions: We cant leave out restaurants that go meat-free every day! Here are two vegan food joints that cater to everyone who loves great, sustainable, healthy meals! Choices Café, Florida (multiple locations): Choices goes meat-free every day of the week, in case you forget to stop in on Monday! Their mission statement: “Our mission is to inspire compassionate choices by serving delicious, healthy, and organic plant-based food prepared with love for people, animals and the planet.” VO2 Vegan Café, Cambridge, MA: Another spot with all vegan offerings is VO2 Vegan Café, which welcomes diners of all preferences who just want to treat themselves to something healthy and delicious. From VO2 manager Stephanie Kirkpatrick: All our food is 100% vegan, so everything is meatless and we celebrate Meatless Monday every day! It’s so wonderful when vegans and vegetarians come in and are so excited that they don’t have to ask about ingredients because they already know everything is vegan. Many meat-eaters also love our food and look at it as an awesome and easy way to enjoy delicious food knowing they are eating healthier, for themselves and our planet. Does your favorite restaurant participate in Meatless Monday? Wed love to feature them on our site! If you own a restaurant and are considering taking part in Meatless Monday, let us know! Send us an email: info@meatlessmonday.com. The post Meatless Monday Restaurant Roundup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Author Kim O’Donnel Brings the Pacific Northwest to Your Table

July 10 2017 Meatless Monday 

Author Kim O’Donnel Brings the Pacific Northwest to Your TableKim ODonnel, the very first Meatless Monday blogger, discovered the wealth of vegetables and other produce in the Pacific Northwest region and compiled a new cookbook chock full of vegetarian recipes. As the author of two previously published vegetarian cookbooks, Kim ODonnel became curious about the bounty in her own backyard, the Pacific Northwest. After some digging and searching, ODonnel found more vegetables available than she had bargained for and knew she had to take advantage of her local harvest for her new book. While not a strict vegetarian herself, she was excited to find that it wasnt just easy to eat vegetarian in the land of the geoduck and the Dungeness crab, it was extraordinary. In PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest, ODonnel offers up small plates, entrees, and desserts with produce from the Pacific Northwest in starring roles. Photo by Charity Burggraaf ODonnel, a longtime supporter of Meatless Monday, knew that the PNW was mostly well-known for its wild seafood offerings. But when she moved to Seattle and started visiting the local farmers markets, a cornucopia awaited her - several varieties of legumes, fiddlehead ferns, and rhubarb, plus classic late-summer and fall produce that would last through November. Fortunately for the rest of the country, many of these vegetables are available in other regions, so PNW Veg doesnt have to be PNW-exclusive. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, ODonnel says: I learned that what I think is the most esoteric or hard-to-get ingredient in the book actually does appear in other parts of the country. Is everybody going to be able to get their hands on nettles or fiddlehead ferns? No, Im aware of that. But eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, radishes -- sure. I feel like the large majority of the recipes are going to appeal to folks in different parts of the country. Using a few kitchen pantry staples and herbs, the flavor of the Pacific Northwest can easily make its way into your Meatless Monday menu! With over 100 recipes to choose from, your only challenge is settling on one! Start with ODonnels Cherry Tomato Cobbler. The post Author Kim O’Donnel Brings the Pacific Northwest to Your Table appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilling on Meatless Monday

July 3 2017 Meatless Monday 

Grilling on Meatless MondayIts that time of year again, when we fire up the grill and take our dinners outside! Usually, meat is in the spotlight for a cookout, but if youre looking for a lighter spread for the hot weather, seek out the produce section! Many seasonal vegetables turn out great after some time on the grill - sometimes they even produce some unexpected flavors! This Monday, for the July 4th holiday weekend, follow these tips for great vegetables on the grill! Think outside the box. When it comes to grilling vegetables, you cant go wrong with the usual suspects - peppers, eggplant, onions, and zucchini. But many more vegetables - and fruits - are delicious after being grilled. Try artichokes and romaine lettuce or avocados and cucumbers! Experiment with seasonings. While the combination of olive oil, salt, and pepper is a classic way to bring out the flavor of grilled veggies, seasonings provide flavor options from around the globe! You can go as mild, savory, or spicy as you want with Caribbean-style jerk seasoning, Italian seasoning, Mexican-style, Indian-style… be creative! Use stand-ins for meat. Sometimes people will still miss burgers and hot dogs despite the best veggie platter, but those cravings can still be satisfied with meatless options. Swap out burgers for portabella mushrooms, or use vegetarian versions of hot dogs, meat crumbles, and bacon to add a savory flavor. Grilling firm tofu or tempeh will not only provide protein but also absorb the flavor from the veggies and smoke. Download our Meatless Monday Burger Cookbook for even more ideas. Try different delivery systems. Veggies are great on their own, but they can be even better when served as part of a meal. Grilled veggies are perfect for tacos - fajitas, anyone? - and dont rule out grilling pizza! Try skewers for shish kabobs or throw grilled veggies in a salad. Dont forget dessert! Vegetables dont own the grilling game. Several fruits take on great new flavors after being grilled when the heat makes them caramelize. Pineapples and stone fruits, like peaches, plums and apricots, are perfect for grilling. But less expected choices like watermelons, grapes, apples, strawberries, and bananas also work great on the grill. Just be careful - fruits will cook a lot faster, so keep an eye on them and let them rest a bit before eating! The post Grilling on Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Get Fired Up! 10 Sizzling Meatless Burger Recipes from Meatless Monday

June 19 2017 Meatless Monday 

Get Fired Up! 10 Sizzling Meatless Burger Recipes from Meatless Monday Summer is just around the corner, so break out the grill and round up your friends for a great cook-out get-together. But dont bother with the beef, weve got you covered. Weve put together the most amazing collection of burger recipes youve ever tasted. Best of all, none of them use meat.   Top 10 Meatless Burger Recipes - Free Download your free copy of the Monday Burger Cookbook now. Inside youll find 10 scrumptious ways to make burgers using healthy, plant-based ingredients. Enjoy the rich, satisfying flavor of our Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger. Or settle back with our yummy Mini Portobello Mushroom Burger Sliders. And for those who crave the zesty taste from South of the border, check out our Mexican Lentil Burger. All in all, there are 10 mouth-watering meatless burger recipes for you to explore. So get your buns in gear!   The Monday Burger - Skip the Meat, One Day a Week Americans consume nearly 50 billion burgers per year, thats three burgers per person each week. By choosing not to eat meat just one day a week, you can improve your health by reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even cancer. In addition, youll help preserve our planets resources. To get a better idea of the environmental implications, read this article from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.   Fresh Fruits and Veggies, Hot Off the Grill As long as youve got the grill out, dont forget all the other fresh seasonal produce thats perfect for outdoor cooking. In fact, weve got a special article on this very subject coming up soon. So look for it and let us know which meatless burger recipe in our Monday Burger Cookbook you like best on Facebook. Well announce the recipe that gets the most votes! The post Get Fired Up! 10 Sizzling Meatless Burger Recipes from Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Make Dad’s Day — Meatless Monday Style

June 12 2017 Meatless Monday 

Make Dad’s Day — Meatless Monday Style Fathers Day is next Sunday, less than a week away. For your family celebration, why not surprise Dad with some tasty meatless dishes that are sure to satisfy. After all, June is Mens Health Month. And by getting Dad to eat less meat - even skipping it just one day a week - he can significantly improve his health. Reducing meat consumption has been shown to help prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And that works not just for Dad, but for your whole family. So enjoy a wonderful Fathers Day and help keep Dad healthy and happy. Here are a few recipes hes guaranteed to love more than a new tie or a pair of socks. And please send us your favorite Fathers Day meatless recipes. You never know, they may end up in our collection. Quinoa Chili Fries Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna The post Make Dad’s Day — Meatless Monday Style appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Step Up for Men’s Health Month this Meatless Monday

June 5 2017 Meatless Monday 

Step Up for Men’s Health Month this Meatless MondayWelcome to June: longer days, fresh garden veggies and Mens Health Month. If youre a man, this month is your yearly reminder to make sure youre healthy and fit. And if youre someone who cares about men, then this is your month to apply some friendly persuasion to make sure the guys in your life schedule a doctors appointment pronto - and maybe suggest a few changes to their eating habits. Lets dig in! Foods that Help Keep Men Healthy Show most men a juicy, fresh-grilled steak and watch their eyes light up. In fact, show some men a fast food drive-thru window and their mouths start watering. And its alright to treat yourself every now and again, but be warned. Overconsumption of meat (red and processed) as well as other unhealthy choices (fried foods, dairy and excessive alcohol drinking), can lead to serious health issues. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. Now its no secret that fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains and nuts are a healthier way to go.  And you can always start with a few simple changes. For instance, begin with the classic fare thats always tasty and satisfying, but switch out the meat ingredient - like a hearty bean burrito or a rich meatless chili. Next, fire up that grill and serve some sizzling portabella mushrooms, roasted bell peppers and hot, juicy corn on the cob. And dont forget some zesty side dishes. How about a flavorful three bean salad drizzled with a tangy-sweet vinegar olive oil dressing? Before you know it, men will be eating healthier - and not missing the meat!   Wear Blue, Support Mens Health Mark your calendar. June 16th, the Friday before Fathers Day, is Wear BLUE Day. Break out your favorite blue jeans, blue shirt or stylish blue attire to show your support. Urge the men in your life to make healthy choices in diet, weight and exercise. And be sure they get checked out by a doctor for a clean bill of health. Lets make it a guys thing. And since were using blue to support Mens Health, heres one of our favorite blueberry recipes. Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins   The post Step Up for Men’s Health Month this Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Dijon Grilled Asparagus and Onions

May 29 2017 Meatless Monday 

Spring onions are grilled with asparagus spears for a smoky sweet flavor as well as a stunning presentation. Sliced shallots, white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard provide a savory contrast to season these delectable vegetables. This recipe comes to us from Kristina of Formerchef.com. Serves 8 For the Dijon vinaigrette: - 1/­­2 shallot, thinly sliced - 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar - 3 tablespoons olive oil - 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard - salt and pepper, to taste For the grilled asparagus and onions: - 1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed - 1 pound spring onions*, halved lengthwise - 1 tablespoon olive oil *Spring onions are sweet onion bulbs attached to greens found in farmers markets and the produce section of grocery stores in Spring and Summer.   To make the Dijon vinaigrette: Whisk the sliced shallot, vinegar, olive oil and Dijon mustard together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To complete the Dijon Grilled Asparagus & Onions: Preheat a grill to medium-high. Toss the trimmed asparagus and halved onions in a large bowl with the tablespoon of olive oil, taking care to ensure all ingredients are evenly coated. Place the asparagus spears and spring onions onto the heated grill, taking care to place the green portion of the spring onions on a cooler part of the grill. Grill, rotating every 2 minutes or so for about 6 minutes, or until the asparagus are tender. Plate the asparagus and onions on a large platter. Drizzle with the Dijon Vinaigrette, divide into 8 portions and enjoy! The post Dijon Grilled Asparagus and Onions appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Top Three Takeaways from the Peanut Institute’s 21st Annual Media Retreat

May 29 2017 Meatless Monday 

Top Three Takeaways from the Peanut Institute’s 21st Annual Media Retreat From left: Greg Lofts, Martha Stewart Living Magazine; Joan Zimmer, Premium Peanut; Xiaoran Liu, Harvard School of Public Health; Karl Zimmer, Premium PeanutCherry Dumaul, Meatless Monday; Karen Weisberg, National Culinary Review & Culinology The 21st Peanut Institute Annual Media Retreat in Napa Valley brought together nutrition and food science experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham & Womens Hospital, and University of Georgia. They shared the latest research about peanuts with attending media from 17 print and online publications. In addition to the latest peanut research findings, the attendees learned about the global growth of Meatless Monday and examples of how some of the 40-plus countries in the movement are using peanuts in their cuisines. Attendees also tried out their culinary skills at the kitchens of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Peanut Institute members joined the media representatives in teams to cook up various meatless recipes with a variety of peanut flavorings. In terms of the top three takeaways from the Peanut Institute Retreat, they are: 1. Peanuts have more protein than any other nut, which helps keep you satisfied between meals. They also have 19 vitamins and minerals, and an abundance of bioactive compounds. Research shows that the unique package of nutrients found in peanuts helps reduce the risk of heart disease, and even the risk of death. 2. There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the body and research shows that eating peanuts can help keep them healthy. A study performed by Penn State shows that the bioactives, protein and arginine in peanuts helps keep arteries flexible after a high fat meal. Peanuts are particularly high in arginine, an amino acid that helps keep blood vessels flexible and healthy. This is important for all age groups and especially athletes. 3. Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, an internationally recognized sports nutritionist and author discussed the benefits of peanuts and peanut butter for athletic performance. Peanut butter is one of the best sports foods around; it is a great pre- or post-workout snack, and is loved by the NBA and other athletes. The high protein content in peanuts helps repair muscles while the arginine helps keep blood vessels open. All participants of The Peanut Institute’s annual nutrition and culinary retreat  at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, CA The post Top Three Takeaways from the Peanut Institute’s 21st Annual Media Retreat appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Fried Brown Rice with Vegetables

May 22 2017 Meatless Monday 

Fried rice gets a bad reputation for being to greasy, carb-y and lacking in veggies, but when you make your own quick version at home, it can become a healthy, veggie-loaded meatless meal! This recipe was developed by Alexandra Shytsman of The New Baguette and is featured in her free Weeknight Cooking E-book. Serves 4-6 - 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil OR cold-pressed organic canola oil - 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil - 2 medium garlic cloves, minced - 1 tablespoon minced ginger - Pinch of hot red pepper flakes - 1 medium yellow onion, cut into small dice - 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small dice - 1 bell pepper, cut into small dice - 1 cup frozen edamame OR peas - 3 cups cooked brown rice, cold from the fridge* - 3 tablespoons soy sauce, divided - 1 egg - 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds - 2 scallions, chopped Heat coconut and sesame oils in a wok or large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add garlic, ginger and pepper flakes, and cook for 1 minute. Add onion, carrot and pepper and cook until vegetables are just starting to brown, about 3 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in edamame or peas and cook for another minute. Add rice and stir to incorporate evenly. Cook until rice is heated through and starting to brown, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Push the rice mixture to one side of the skillet and pour beaten egg onto opposite side. Stir the egg continuously until it is scrambled. Season rice mixture with remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and toss everything in the skillet together to combine evenly. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions. *To cook perfectly fluffy brown rice, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small pot, and season with 1/­­4 teaspoon salt. Turn heat down to low, add 1 cup of rice, cover tightly with a lid, and simmer until all water is absorbed, 15-20 minutes – do not stir rice while cooking. Turn heat off and let rice stand covered for another 10 minutes to steam. Fluff with a fork before serving/­­using. The post Fried Brown Rice with Vegetables appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Artichokes

May 15 2017 Meatless Monday 

These grilled artichokes are fragrant, crispy and packed with nutrition! This recipe comes to us from Sharon Palmer, the Plant-Powered Dietitian. Serves 2     - 2 large artichokes - 1 1/­­2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar - 2 cloves garlic, minced - 1 1/­­2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence (or any herbs you like) - Salt and pepper to taste Prepare artichokes by rinsing, then trimming 1 inch off tops and 1/­­2 inch off stems. Slice in half lengthwise. With metal spoon, scoop out blossom portion (the choke). Place artichokes in medium pot with water and cook 10 minutes, until almost tender. Drain, then place artichokes in baking dish. Whisk together extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, Herbes de Provence, and salt and pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over artichokes and allow to marinate about 30 minutes. Place artichokes cut side up on hot grill (or grill pan) for 2-3 minutes, then turn over and grill 5 minutes, until golden brown. Serve immediately. The post Grilled Artichokes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Maple-Mustard Glaze

May 8 2017 Meatless Monday 

Produce as glorious as a giant bunch of multi-colored carrots doesn’t require an elaborate preparation. Here, slicing the carrots only lengthwise makes for a beautiful presentation, and the simple maple-mustard glaze dresses the dish up with just a bit of additional festivity. This recipe comes to us from Caitlin and Sarah of So Hungry I Could Blog. Serves 4. - 1 pound rainbow carrots, scrubbed, trimmed and halved lengthwise - 1 teaspoon olive oil - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 tablespoon butter - 2 teaspoons maple syrup - 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds - chopped parsley for garnish Preheat the oven to 475F. In a shallow baking dish, toss the carrots with oil and salt to coat. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Heat the butter in a small saucepan until golden brown, remove from heat and add the  maple syrup. Drizzle over the carrots and shake pan to coat. Return to the oven and continue to roast for another 8 minutes, or until brown and tender. Arrange the carrots on a serving plate and top with sunflower seeds and parsley. Serve immediately. The post Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Maple-Mustard Glaze appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spring Ragu

May 1 2017 Meatless Monday 

A ragu is basically a well-seasoned stew. This one takes its flavor from the tarragon, which brings out the best in the array of seasonal vegetables. This recipe was created by Stephanie Alexander and can be found in The Meat Free Monday Cookbook. Serves 3-4 - 8 garlic cloves, whole and unpeeled - 2 pounds fresh fava beans in pods, shelled - ice cubes - 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped - 4 trimmed and cooked artichoke hearts, - halved or quartered, depending on size - 12 baby turnips, peeled - 1 cup vegetable stock - 1 pound peas in pods, shelled - 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped - French tarragon - 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsleyfreshly ground black pepper Put the garlic in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring slowly to a boil over low-medium heat, then drain. Repeat this process and then slip the skins off each clove and set aside in a bowl. Refill the saucepan with water and return to a boil over high heat, and drop the fava beans into the boiling water for 1 minute only. Immediately drain in a colander and tip into a bowl of ice-cold water. Then peel the beans. Reserve until needed. Melt half of the butter in a sauté pan over a medium heat. Once it starts to froth, add the artichoke pieces, turnips, and peeled garlic, and sauté until the artichoke pieces become golden flecked with brown. Add the vegetable stock and peas, then cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover, scatter with the beans and herbs, and shake gently to mix; there should be very little liquid remaining in the pan. If it still looks sloppy, increase the heat to high and continue to shake the pan. Add the remaining butter to form a small amount of sauce. Taste for seasoning; there probably wont be any need to add salt. Grind over some black pepper and serve at once. The post Spring Ragu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spring Vegetable Gallettes

May 1 2017 Meatless Monday 

Veggies like asparagus and green onions are naturally sweet, so showing them off is surprisingly simple. Just throw Springs bounty on a flattered pie crust, bake and crumble tangy feta over everything just before serving. This recipe comes to us from Donna Kelly of Apron Strings. Serves 6 - a little vegetable oil, for preparing the baking sheet - 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed & cut into 2-inch pieces - 6 radishes, sliced 1/­­4 inch thick - 1 bunch green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces - 2 9-inch uncooked pie crusts - 2/­­3 cup grated Parmesan cheese - 1 egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon water - 2 ounces feta cheese Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a light layer of vegetable oil. Microwave the asparagus for 60-90 seconds, or until its slightly softened. Cut the radish slices in half so they resemble half circles. Spread one of the pie crusts on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan in the center of the crust. Spoon half the asparagus, green onions and radish slices over the Parmesan in one layer. Fold up the crust around the edges of the gallette, leaving about 2 inches of crust overlapping on all edges. Brush the crust with the egg wash. Repeat with the remaining pie crust. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the gallettes are lightly browned. Crumble the feta over the baked gallettes and enjoy! The post Spring Vegetable Gallettes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Plant the Seed: Grow Your Own Veggies for Meatless Monday

April 24 2017 Meatless Monday 

Plant the Seed: Grow Your Own Veggies for Meatless Monday Theres nothing like the vibrant, sweet taste of vegetables fresh picked from your own garden. And nows the perfect time to get started. Whether its a window box herb garden or a tilled backyard plot, growing your own veggies is deliciously satisfying. So lets dig in and get our hands dirty. Find Your Sunny Side. Vegetables love sun, at least six hours of direct sun each day. The more sunlight they soak up, the bigger the harvest - and the more flavorful the harvest! Dark, Rich Soil. Consider using commercial potting soil or enrich the dirt yourself using compost. Keep the soil loose and loamy so the plants can easily root. Go to Seed. Its always worth springing for high-quality seed. Do a little online research to see which companies have good customer reviews. Quality seed delivers better quality results - in abundance and taste. Plot Your Garden Size. If its your first garden, 16×10 feet is a manageable size and is large enough to grow vegetables for a family of four for the summer. Live in the city? Dont feel left out. Try growing fresh herbs in a window box or pot. Water, Weeds and Bugs. Luckily, plants arent overly needy. Just a little bit of water and plenty of sun keeps them happy. Make watering a regular part of your routine and sprinkle just enough so the top soil stays moist. Lastly, keep an eye out for weeds or insects that could harm your crop. Other than that, sit back and enjoy watching them sprout and grow.   What and When to Plant in your Area Learn which veggies will thrive in your climate and when to plant to plant them - not to mention when theyll be ripe for harvest. Youll find the answers on this list of local state cooperative extensions. Year after year, the popular planting choices are tomatoes, zucchini squash, peppers, beets and carrots.   Want Fresh, In Season Veggies without Gardening? This online Seasonal Food Guide has got you covered. Just enter your state and youll find out whats being picked right now - perfect for knowing what to expect at your local farmers market. You can also select the produce items you like and learn when theyre in season. Use this guide to plan your Meatless Monday recipes with fresh ingredients that are at the peak of flavor. And speaking of recipes, heres one of our Meatless Monday springtime favorites. Enjoy! Zucchini Boats by David Burke The post Plant the Seed: Grow Your Own Veggies for Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday in Israel Celebrates Four Fantastic Years

April 17 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday in Israel Celebrates Four Fantastic Years Its amazing how a good idea and some strong enthusiasm can make an incredible difference. Heres proof. Just four years ago, Miki Haimovich decided to launch Meatless Monday in Israel. Of course, it didnt hurt that Miki was a well-known and trusted figure in her country. She had worked as a TV news anchorwoman for nine years. When we brought the Meatless Monday global campaign to Israel four years ago, few people had heard of it. Whats more, most couldnt understand why reducing meat consumption was an issue that needed to be addressed, said Ms. Haimovich, Things have come a long way since. Over Half a Million Meatless Monday Supporters Based on a recent survey, nearly 65% of the Jewish population have now heard about Meatless Monday. More importantly, over 500,000 respondents say they are currently choosing not to eat meat one day a week. These results are particularly impressive because they were achieved only through public relations and word of mouth - not paid advertising. Meatless Monday Embraced by Leading Israeli Organizations The growing support for Meatless Monday is rooted in partnerships that have been developed at leading organizations, such as caterers Sodexo, ISS, Shultz and Idi, as well as health and environmental protection agencies and animal welfare organizations. We offer a win-win-win proposition, said Or Benjamin, Meatless Monday campaign manager for the past year and a half, Employees are happier because they get a greater choice of healthy foods. The service providers like it because plant-based meals cost less to make. And our countrys Corporate Social Responsibility officers are pleased because it reduces greenhouse gases. From left to right: Or Benjamin, campaign manager, Miki Haimovich, co-founder and Liat Zvi, co-founder. Photo by Menash Cohen. Gala Event to Celebrate Four Years of Meatless Monday Late last February, partners, volunteers, friends and family attended a special Meatless Monday event held in Tel Aviv to celebrate the four-year anniversary. Awards were presented to leading partners, including Intel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Rabin Medical Center. This festive gathering doubled as a fund raiser to help finance future Meatless Monday campaign efforts. Catch up on their latest news on their Facebook page. Get Involved. Join the Meatless Monday Movement If youre reading this, chances are youre interested in eating healthier and maybe helping to protect the environment. Why not take a moment and think if you know someone who might also share these interests. You could talk to them about Meatless Monday, or send them an email, or maybe forward this article. Like to know other ways you can help? Please get in touch with us at info@MeatlessMonday.org Meanwhile, in honor of Israels four year Meatless Monday anniversary, heres a one of our favorite traditional Jewish meatless recipes. Enjoy! Eggplant Bell Pepper Kugel The post Meatless Monday in Israel Celebrates Four Fantastic Years appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Celebrates 2017 C-CAP Scholarship Winners

April 10 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Celebrates 2017 C-CAP Scholarship Winners   The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) provides a full menu of support for disadvantaged youth. This worthy non-profit organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the culinary arts and preparing young people for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Meatless Monday is proud to support C-CAP by sponsoring an annual recipe contest that awards student scholarships. This years theme Oodles of Noodles drew submissions from around the country and weve included the winning recipes below! Were excited to team up with C-CAP for our annual recipe contest, said Sid Lerner, founder of the Meatless Monday movement, This year, we challenged C-CAP students to convert traditional noodle recipes into meatless versions. And the winning recipes are stellar. Before we announce this years winners, wed like to say thanks to a great panel of judges for donating their time and talents: New York-based Chef Maria Loi, the global ambassador of Greek gastronomy; Chef Mathew Kenney, renowned as pioneer in raw, plant-based cuisine; Chef Jet Tila, Royal Thai culinary ambassador; and Diana Rice, RD, and consulting recipe editor for Meatless Monday. The Meatless Monday C-CAP Oodles of Noodles recipe winners are:  Grand Prize $5,000 Scholarship Andrian Gonzalez, 12th Grade Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, CA Three Sisters Stuffed Squash dish:   Regional $2,000 Scholarships Austin Neanover, 12th Grade Glendale High School, AZ Spicy Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables Azary Madrigal, 12th Grade Curie Metropolitan High School, Chicago, IL Avocado Pasta Devyn Shannon, 12th Grade Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Washington, DC Spicy Coconut Penne Cashé Clark, 12th Grade Virginia Beach Technical and Career Center, Hampton Roads, VA Rainbow Pad Thai Brayden Boscio, 12th Grade Harry S. Truman High School, New York, NY Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Ragu and Wilted Spinach Lauren Moore, 11th Grade A.Phillip Randolph Career Academy, Philadelphia, PA Curry Primavera   Each year, C-CAP holds a benefit event that brings together New Yorks best chefs to serve a grand tasting of their signature dishes. Like a little taste of this years gala? Then watch our 2017 C-CAP highlights video. The post Meatless Monday Celebrates 2017 C-CAP Scholarship Winners appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Live Longer — Fruits and Veggies Proven to Add More Life

March 27 2017 Meatless Monday 

Live Longer — Fruits and Veggies Proven to Add More LifeMarch is National Nutrition Month. So each week this month, were highlighting how certain foods can help improve specific health conditions. This is the fourth and final article in the series. Please share with friends and family who may be interested. Youve heard it many times from many different sources: doctors, talk shows, magazine articles, you name it. The way to stay healthy is to exercise regularly, watch your weight, get enough sleep and eat a sensible diet. But what if, just by choosing the right foods to eat, you could actually live longer? Thats not science fiction. Thats science fact. According to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, diets with a high intake of animal protein (meat) were positively associated with cardiovascular mortality. This means death caused by heart attack, heart disease or stroke. Furthermore, this danger is even greater for individuals with at least one lifestyle risk factor, such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. And the size of this study was remarkably comprehensive, - over 130,000 people from all walks of life participated. Eating more plants - vegetables, whole grains and legumes - and fewer animal products can help you live a longer, healthier life, said Rebecca Ramsing, sr. program officer, Food Communities & Public Health Program at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Taking meat off your plate a few days a week can make a long-lasting impact! On a brighter note, the study also indicates that diets with a high intake of plant-based protein - instead of meat - result in less deaths due to cardiovascular issues. This finding suggests the importance of the protein source you choose to eat regularly. In other words, people who choose more fruits, veggies, grains and nuts tend to be healthier and live longer. With this good news in mind, weve picked out one of our favorite recipes to help you savor all life has to offer. Bon appétit. Roasted Spring Veggie Couscous The post Live Longer — Fruits and Veggies Proven to Add More Life appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spicy Coconut Penne

March 23 2017 Meatless Monday 

The theme of the 2017 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest was Oodles of Noodles and it challenged teen chefs to create innovative, meatless noodle recipes. This recipe is the Washington, D.C. regional winner and comes from Devyn Shannon of Charles Herbert Flowers High School. Serves 8 - 16 ounces of cooked penne noodles - 1 tablespoon oil - 2 garlic cloves, minced - 1 tablespoon ginger, minced - 1 carrot, thinly sliced - 1 16 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk - 3 tablespoons tomato paste - 1 teaspoon chili powder - 1 teaspoon kosher salt - 1 1/­ 2 tablespoon spicy ground chili paste - 3 scallions, thinly sliced (2 for dish) - 3 basil leaves, whole -  1/­4 cup shredded coconut - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper In a large saucepan add oil, saute carrot, garlic, scallions and ginger on med-high for 2-3 minutes. Add coconut milk, tomato paste, chili powder, salt, and chili paste and stir together. Once combined add in your coconut and basil leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove basil leaves. Add noodles to sauce and toss. Top with leftover scallion and serve. The post Spicy Coconut Penne appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Ragu and Wilted Spinach

March 22 2017 Meatless Monday 

The theme of the 2017 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest was Oodles of Noodles and it challenged teen chefs to create innovative, meatless noodle recipes. This recipe is the New York regional winner and comes from Brayden Boscio of Harry S. Truman High School. Serves 6 Pasta Dough (Gnocchi) Ingredients: - 4 Eggs - 1 t Salt - 1 T Olive Oil - 10 1/­­2 Oz Goat Cheese -  1/­­4 t Nutmeg - 2 3/­­4 Flour Gather Mise-en-place Combine wet ingredients (including goat cheese) 3. Combine dry ingredients Add dry to wet, incorporate everything gathering the dough together. 5. Knead the dough very gently together, let it rest for 20 min After letting it rest, begin to roll dough back an forth creating a log of dough, cut that dough into small little pillow shaped pasta pieces and roll with fork to create texture on Gnocchi Freeze for 5 min After freezing, boil pasta in salted water until your pasta begins to float approximately 5 minutes. Strain Gnocchi, then sauté with whole butter to lightly brown pasta Add Tomato ragu with mushrooms, finish with parmesan, butter and fresh chopped parsley Sauce Ingredients: - 10 Shitake Mushrooms - 10 Button Mushrooms -  1/­­2 Onion - to taste: Salt and Pepper - 6 plum Tomato Concasse - 3 Cups Crushed tomatoes - 8 cloves of Garlic - 1 T Parsley - 1 T Basil - 1 T Sugar Gather Mise-en-place Cut mushrooms, mince garlic, and cut plum tomatoes small dice. Sauté mushrooms, add minced garlic, after 60 seconds add cut plum tomatoes, chopped onions, finely chopped parsley, basil, and crushed tomatoes. Let it simmer for 5 min Add sauté gnocchi into sauce enough to coat the pasta. Wilted Spinach Ingredients: - 2 lb Baby Spinach - 2 T Olive oil - to taste: Salt and Pepper Coat pan with Olive oil, and Heat pan Add baby spinach and Sauté spinach until tender, add salt pepper to taste Serve as a side with gnocchi and tomato ragu The post Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Ragu and Wilted Spinach appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Avocado Pasta

March 22 2017 Meatless Monday 

The theme of the 2017 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest was “Oodles of Noodles” and it challenged teen chefs to create innovative, meatless noodle recipes. This recipe is the Chicago regional winner and comes from Azary Madrigal of Curie Metropolitan High School. Serves 6 - 24 ounces dry pasta - 3 medium tomatoes, diced - 3 green onions, finely sliced - 3 large ripe avocados - 3/­­4 teaspoon finely minced garlic Juice from half of a lemon - Salt and ground pepper, to taste Cook Pasta: Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook pasta al dente approximately 10 minutes. Once cooked, reserve 1 1/­­2 cup of the hot pasta water, then drain pasta. Mash avocado in a large bowl. Stir in the garlic and lemon juice then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in 1/­­2 cup of the reserved water. Add pasta, tomatoes, and green onions then toss until the pasta is completely coated by the sauce. The post Avocado Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Nutty Forbidden Rice, Roasted Beet & Kale Salad

March 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Forbidden Rice, an ancient grain that was once exclusively eaten by Chinese Emperors, has long been praised for its health and longevity benefits. This recipe features this nutty-flavored rice that is also packed with antioxidants known as anthocyanins. This recipe comes to us from Eve of The Garden of Eating. Serves 4 For the salad: - 1 lb beets -  2/­­3 cup uncooked black rice - 1 1/­­3 cup water -  1/­­2 cup pecans, roughly chopped - 1 bunch kale, washed and dried, ribs removed, chopped or shredded For the dressing: - 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar - 2 teaspoons olive oil - 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard - 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced - 1 teaspoon dried thyme - 2 teaspoons sea salt - Several grinds of black pepper and more to taste   Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the beets (no need to peel them) and position them on a sheet or two of tinfoil (you want a tight package so they end up kind of steaming in there), drizzle with olive oil and wrap them up well. Roast them for at least an hour and 15 minutes – depending on how large they are, it may take closer to two hours for them to cook all the way through – you can test by removing them and poking with a fork – they’re done when the fork sinks easily all the way into the middle of the largest beet. Remove and let cool until you can handle them without burning yourself. Remove the skins – they should slip off with ease and cut off the top and tail. Cut them into bite-sized chunks and set aside. Add the rice and water to a medium-sized pot with a tight-fitting lid, bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 40 or so minutes. Fluff the rice. While the rice is cooking, make the dressing, mixing all the ingredients together well with a fork or a whisk. If you have a jar with a tight-fitting lid, you can also just cover it and shake well. Place the chopped kale, diced beets and rice in a pretty bowl that’s large enough to mix them all together in comfortably, drizzle the dressing over all and stir well to coat everything. Cover and put in the fridge to “stew” for a while – at least an hour and more is better. Toast the pecans for a few minutes until they’re nicely browned and crunchy. I toast mine on a sheet of recycled tinfoil in the toaster oven at 300 for about 5-6 minutes, shaking once to toast them evenly. When you’re ready to serve, top the salad with the pecans and toss well.   The post Nutty Forbidden Rice, Roasted Beet & Kale Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Sizes Up Superfoods

March 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Sizes Up SuperfoodsMarch is National Nutrition Month. So each week this month, were highlighting how certain foods can help improve your health. This is the third article in the series. Please share with friends and family who may be interested. For many adults, being time-pressed has become the norm. Theyre driven to pack more into any given moment. With this mind, perhaps its no surprise that theres a recent surge of interest in superfoods - plant foods that pack in more nutrition than other food items. Sure, this food trend is hot right now, but does the reality actually live up to the hype? Turns out the answer is yes, as long as youre consuming the right foods for the right reasons. According to Diana K. Rice, a registered dietitian who works with Meatless Monday, Many plant-based foods pack in more fiber, minerals and fiber than other dietary choices, said Rice. So if youre looking to improve the quality of your diet, its a great idea to rely on these foods over choices like processed carbohydrates and animal products. But dont expect superfoods to deliver a miracle cure for your medical problems, cautions Rice. She explains, No single food is going to help you lose weight, give you clearer skin or achieve whatever other health goal youre after. The main reason to eat superfoods is that they are nutritious and convenient. One easy way to pack more superfoods into yoir diet is to adopt the practice of Meatless Monday. When you choose not to eat meat one day a week, theres a lot of room left in your diet to fill with nutrient-packed superfoods, Rice said. And when you try tasty new dishes containing plant-based superfoods on a Monday, youll be more likely to incorporate them into your diet over the rest of the week, too. To kick off your new Meatless Monday habit, Rice recommends these plant-based superfoods: Peanuts: Not only is this plant-based source of protein highly affordable, its adored by the masses for its appealing flavor. In addition to seven grams of protein per one ounce serving, peanuts are a terrific source of folate and resveratrol - yes, the red wine nutrient! Found in whole peanuts (as well as grape skins), resveratrol is an antioxidant thats linked to reduced rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Think outside the peanut butter sandwich with Peanut Noodles or Peanut Butter Chili.   Avocados: This fruit is a super substitute for animal products on Meatless Monday because its healthy fat content satisfies the same craving you might have for a juicy steak. But since the fats found in avocados are mostly heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, theyre doing your body a favor along with your tastebuds. Grill them and top with salsa for a new twist or try them with pasta in this Pea and Avocado Penne.   Kale: Sure, kale isnt as trendy as it once was. Nowadays, foods like collard greens and Brussels sprouts are stealing the spotlight. However, kale rose to popularity for good reason - it scores a perfect 1000 on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, meaning that it packs in more nutrition per calorie than most other foods. In particular, its a great source of vitamins A, K, C and fiber. Give it a spin in this Forbidden Rice Salad or try a new variation on your lasagna with this kale-packed version.   Mushrooms: Not many foods pack in a hefty dose of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. But one portabella mushroom can pack in 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D, which is more than half of the recommended daily intake level. Theyre an especially good choice for people who are averse to sun or live in northern climates, plus they offer the crave-able umami flavor found in meat. Try them in Mushroom Tikka Masala or Mushroom Hemp Tartlets.   Tomatoes: No, not the pale pink slice thats suspiciously topping your sandwich. Were talking deep, dark red tomatoes - especially canned tomatoes - that are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant thats linked to heart health and reduced cancer risk. Pump up your lycopene intake with dishes like Shakshouka with Rainbow Chard and Tomato Parmesan Slow Cooker Soup. The post Meatless Monday Sizes Up Superfoods appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mediterranean Nachos

March 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

For National Nutrition Month, why not try a healthy spin on a classic “junk food” dish, nachos? This Mediterranean version is packed to the brim with veggies and flavorful herbs, plus it uses whole wheat pitas rather than fried corn chips as a base. This recipe comes to us from Brynn of The Domestic Dietitian. Serves 4 - 3 whole wheat pitas, cut into triangles - Olive oil - 1 medium cucumber, diced - 2 medium tomatoes, diced - 1/­­2 red onion, diced - 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice - 1/­­4 cup hummus - 1/­­4 cup tzatziki - 1-2 tbsp kalamata olives, chopped - fresh dill, chopped (for garnish) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay cut pita triangles on sheet pan in a single layer. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and bake for 6-8 minutes, until crispy. Layer baked pita chips on platter. Top with hummus, tzatziki, cucumber, tomato, and onion. Top with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Sprinkle chopped olives and dill over the top. Serve and enjoy! The post Mediterranean Nachos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Scientific Secret to Happiness: More Fresh Fruits and Veggies

March 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

The Scientific Secret to Happiness: More Fresh Fruits and VeggiesMarch is National Nutrition Month. So each week this month, were highlighting how certain foods can help improve specific health conditions. This is the second article in the series. Please share with friends and family who may be interested. Its long been known that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is good for your physical health. Lower blood pressure and less risk of heart disease are among the many benefits. But did you know fruits and veggies can also be good for your mental health? Absolutely true. According to a recent study, higher consumption of fruit and vegetables may increase feelings of well-being, happiness and life satisfaction. In addition, the study participants who ate more fruits and vegetables tended to be more curious and more creative than those who didnt. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that dietary patterns emphasizing fruits and vegetables may be linked to better psychological health.[i] A recent study found that higher fruit and vegetable consumption may increase well-being, curiosity and creativity, possibly related to micronutrients and carbohydrate composition.[ii] This is probably related to the fact you are giving your body and brain more healthy vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber, said Rebecca Ramsing, sr. program officer, Food Communities & Public Health Program at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. This conclusion is supported by a separate study that found growing evidence that suggests that eating more fruits and vegetables is linked to better psychological health. So which foods help you feel happier, more creative and brimming with curiosity? Well, for starters, try roasted carrots and other root vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, yams and squash. Also, fresh berries are highly recommended to lift your spirits - blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, take your pick! And to jump-start your good mood, weve got a special recipe thats sure to make you smile. Root Vegetable Samosas   References: [i]Rooney C, McKinley MC, Woodside JV. The potential role of fruit and vegetables in aspects of psychological well-being: A review of the literature and future directions. TheProceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2013; 72: 420-432. doi:10.1017/­­S0029665113003388 [ii] Conner TS, Brookie KL, Richardson AC, Polak MA. On carrots and curiosity: eating fruits and vegetables is associated with greater flourishing in daily life. Br J Health Psychol. 2015; 20(2):413-27. The post The Scientific Secret to Happiness: More Fresh Fruits and Veggies appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Thai Potato Ginger Curry

March 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

Coriander, ginger and garlic are stir-fried first, which deepens the taste of this classic Thai red curry. Tomatoes, potatoes, onions and spinach take on the full flavor of the aromatically spiced sauce. This recipe comes to us from DanniBeth of Vegan Miss Adventures in the Kitchen. Serves 4 - 4 tomatoes - 2 tablespoons vegetable oil - 2 onions, cut into thick wedges - 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped - 1 garlic clove, chopped - 2 tablespoons ground coriander - 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks - 2 1/­­2 cups low sodium vegetable stock - 1 tablespoons red curry paste - 8 ounces spinach leaves Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Fill a medium bowl full of cold water. Put the tomatoes in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 2-3 minutes then plunge into the cold water to loosen the skins. Peel off the skins of the tomatoes. Cut each tomato into quarters. Remove and discard the seeds and central core of each tomato. Set tomato pieces aside. Preheat a wok over medium-high heat. When the wok is heated add the vegetable oil. Stir fry the onions, ginger and garlic in the vegetable oil for 2-3 minutes, or until seasonings begin to soften. Add the coriander and potatoes to the wok and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and curry paste and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Add the spinach and the tomato quarters to the wok. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, or until the spinach has wilted. Serve atop cooked rice to soak up the curry sauce. The post Thai Potato Ginger Curry appeared first on Meatless Monday.

“MeatLess” — Kristie Middleton’s New Book Shows How to Eat Less Meat and Enjoy Food More

March 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

“MeatLess” — Kristie Middleton’s New Book Shows How to Eat Less Meat and Enjoy Food More Photo by Michelle Cehn Kristie Middleton is always in motion. As the Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States , shes a sought-after speaker on how to reform our global food system. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico and CNN, to name a few. Even with her busy schedule, Kristie found time to write a new book, MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live - One Meal at a Time . Its available starting tomorrow and its perfectly timed for National Nutrition Month in March. In the book, Kristie details how you can begin eating less meat and dairy - without giving them up completely. If you think that sounds a lot like Meatless Monday, youre right. Turns out Kristie is a big fan of Meatless Monday, as youll see in this interview . After all, the health benefits of choosing a more plant-based diet are inarguable. And its an added bonus that plant-based food is also much healthier for the planet.   Photo by Michelle Cehn Kristie also shares inspirational stories from people who have lost weight and reached their health goals through plant-based eating. She includes deliciously satisfying recipes that anyone can make, plus offers tips and tricks on easy food swaps, where to dine out, and how to set and meet your health goals. Get a taste of what Kristie has in mind with this Noodles with Peanut Sauce recipe. The post “MeatLess” — Kristie Middleton’s New Book Shows How to Eat Less Meat and Enjoy Food More appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spice Up ‘Fat Tuesday’ with a Meatless Mardi Gras Makeover

February 27 2017 Meatless Monday 

Spice Up ‘Fat Tuesday’ with a Meatless Mardi Gras Makeover New Orleans, Louisiana is famous - and infamous - for good times, good music and good food. Revelers come from the four corners of the world to take part in the annual Mardi Gras celebration - a spectacular event with parades, street floats, lavish costumes and evening balls. Mardi Gras literally translates to Fat Tuesday. This takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Traditionally, Fat Tuesday meant feasting and finishing all the rich, fatty foods before the 40-day religious observance. Interestingly, the word carnival is derived from the Latin word carnelevarium, which means to take away or remove meat. This makes sense because many people choose to give up meat during Lent. Not surprisingly, were okay with that. In fact, many of the classic Cajun and Creole dishes can be made without meat, yet still deliver all the zesty, mouth-watering flavors of the Crescent City. From red beans and rice to gumbo to étouffée, spice up your Monday and strut your stuff with these meatless Mardi Gras recipes.   Easy Red Beans and Rice, from Watching What I Eat Vegetarian Gumbo Made in One Pan, from Healing Tomato Portabella Etouffee, from Apron Strings Creole Vegan Jambalaya, from Jackie Newgent Saffron Baked Beignets, from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures The post Spice Up ‘Fat Tuesday’ with a Meatless Mardi Gras Makeover appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Special of the Day: Chef Anita Jaisinghani

February 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Special of the Day: Chef Anita JaisinghaniHouston to NYC - Pondicheri restaurants celebrate the fresh vibrancy of Indian cuisine Anita Jaisinghani works long days. Her restaurants serve Indian-themed casual fare for breakfast and lunch, then transform to more upscale dining at night. She opened her first restaurant in Houston in 2001 - which just celebrated five years of Meatless Monday. Last summer, she added a second Pondicheri in Manhattan. Over her career, Anita earned two nominations for the coveted James Beard Awards and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and TIME Magazine. We sat down with her for some table talk. You’ve said your menu is guided by the principles of Ayurveda. Could you explain?  Ayurveda is a philosophy that’s all about balance, not just in food and flavors, but also in life. For instance, Ayurveda doesn’t say you can’t eat meat, but you should eat it in smaller portions. We surround meat with vegetables and other foods so the meat doesn’t become the center of the plate. With Ayurveda, the food should not only taste good, but make you feel nourished and rejuvenated after. I plan my food that way. I would say guided by Ayurveda because I don’t see the philosophy as hard rules. We’re really trying to examine our own history and heritage and select what we think makes sense for modern life. You also serve a popular Meatless Monday menu each week. What should diners expect? India is the world’s best place to be a vegetarian. It has the highest percentage of vegetarians in the world, which is why the cuisine is so extensive and imaginative. Our Meatless Monday menu is really special and it goes back to my roots. Pondicheri, to me, is such an expression of my heart. And growing up in India, it was a rule in my family that we didn’t eat meat for at least one day a week. Pondicheri also has a Bake Lab and you’re famous for your chocolate chili cookies. How did that come about?  My first restaurant job was as a pastry chef at the legendary Café Annie and I love to bake. We named our bakery the Bake Lab because we are always experimenting. The chili cookies were actually a happy accident. My first cookie ever was a Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookie at an airport. It was warm, soft and delicious. I do not have a sweet tooth, but I loved that cookie. I began to play with cookies and, after many years of reworks, ended up with an oatmeal cookie that was not cakey and slightly gooey on the inside. One day we were out of walnuts in the Indika kitchen, so we added spiced walnuts to the recipe since that was all we had. And voila! The chocolate chili cookie was born!   Pondicheri’s Mawa Cake You also hold specially themed pop-up dinners. What’s your inspiration? Our Houston location holds six course pop-up dinners that usually feature a different region of India every three months, although we’ve done all kinds. The most recent one was Masala Sichuan, inspired by the Chinese expatriate community in Mumbai. With Indian food, theres such an immense scope that its impossible to run out of inspiration - the tasting menus give our chefs and I the opportunity to explore that scope and incorporate seasonal ingredients.   If youre in Houston or NYC, make sure to stop by Pondicheri and taste the Meatless Monday goodness. For more information, visit their website . And if you cant make it to one of their restaurants, stir up your love of Indian cuisine by making Pondicheris Peanut Noodles recipe at home. The post Special of the Day: Chef Anita Jaisinghani appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Tomorrow — and Each Monday

February 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Tomorrow — and Each Monday Tomorrow is Valentines Day, a windfall for cards, roses and chocolates. And on this special day, wed like to suggest another way to express your love - Meatless Monday. By choosing not to eat or serve meat just one day a week, youre giving you and your loved ones a valentine 52 times a year. This one simple gesture can have profound health benefits. For instance, eating less meat lowers your risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death among women. In addition, diets with less meat also help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. All of which can help you and your loved ones live longer.   So tomorrow, enjoy plenty of hugs and kisses. And dont forget to show some love each and every week with Meatless Monday - for your family, yourself and the planet. The post Celebrate Valentine’s Day Tomorrow — and Each Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams Makes a Big Play for Meatless Monday

February 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams Makes a Big Play for Meatless MondayPhoto courtesy of Michelle Macirella, of Luminaria Photography, Rochester, NY   Roland Williams is a true game changer. At a towering 65, its no surprise his nickname is Big Ro. Playing tight end for the St. Louis Rams, Roland helped them win Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, the first NFL team to ever go from worst place to first place in a single season. Roland knows firsthand the importance of a healthy diet, choosing to become a vegan two years ago. Thats why hes teamed up with us to share an open letter that encourages everyone to practice and support Meatless Monday for their health and the health of the planet. This letter (appearing below) is well worth reading and passing along to your friends and family. To match his stature, Roland also has a big heart. He recently joined forces with celebrity Chef Danny Boome and local artist Michelle Cardulla to work with his charity, Champion Academy. This institution provides no-cost guidance and life lessons to underprivileged youth in his hometown of Rochester, NY. Heres a brief highlight video that shows Roland mentoring at the academy. Youll be hearing more about this talented and dedicated threesome in the future, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, we invite you to read Rolands open letter here: Super Monday: The New Best Way To Celebrate The Big Game By Roland Williams, NFL Super Bowl Champion   As we draw one day closer to Super Bowl LI, I cant help but to smile. This past NFL season has been such a joy to watch.  All the unexpected twists and turns. The re-emergence of the Cowboys and Raiders. The high-powered Falcon offense.  The grit and determination of the Patriots.  I even enjoyed watching the massive disappointments of 2016.  As I type this letter, Im still scratching my head about the Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos and Panthers this season. But now, we are on to the main event. The entire NFL season comes down to two teams.  As a true fan of football, it doesnt even matter that I have no vested interest in either team winning this year. Yep, it doesnt get any better than this.  I cant wait to enjoy the entire day from the pregame to post-game confetti. But this year, when the game is over and Ive seen my fair share of post-game coverage, I am asking that you join me in two of the biggest games of them all; your health and our environment. On Monday after the big game, be a team player by participating in Meatless Monday, a global movement to find innovative ways to make meatless and vegetarian dishes part of our everyday culture, customs and cuisine. For those unaware, it has been scientifically proven that skipping meat at least one day a week is beneficial for our health and the environment. This past year, Ive been doing it weekly with my three young sons and they love it! Then a few months ago, I went crazy.  I joined forces with Celebrity Chef Danny Boome and local artist Michelle Cardulla and incorporated it into my favorite charity, http:/­­/­­www.ChampionAcademyRoc.org. Im telling you, this is a movement that deserves your attention. If you still need a few reasons why you should add this into your life, take a look at http:/­­/­­www.MeatlessMonday.com. You can thank me later. Enjoy the game!   Roland Williams NFL Super Bowl Champion Meatless Monday Supporter The post Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams Makes a Big Play for Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup

January 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

This soup is free from dairy and gluten, and the white beans add body and protein without distracting from the rich sweet potato flavor. Try serving it with chopped green apple and a spoonful of Greek yogurt for a tangy flavor. To keep it vegan, skip the yogurt - tastes just as good! This recipe comes to us from Neda of Healthy with Nedi. - 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in pieces - 2 tbsp coconut oil - 1 red onion, chopped - 5 garlic cloves, chopped - 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained - 1 cup coconut milk - 2 cups low-sodium, vegetable stock - 1/­­2 cup water - 1 tbsp fresh sage - 1/­­2 tsp turmeric - Sea salt & pepper to taste   Toppings (optional) - Sliced green appleGreek plain yogurtFresh sage   Wash the potatoes with water, peel and cut them in large pieces. In a large pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, turmeric and sage. Sauté for 2 minutes, until translucent. Add the potatoes, stock, coconut milk, water and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and lower the heat to medium. Cook for 30 minutes, until the potatoes are soft. Add the canned beans and turn off heat. In small batches, transfer the vegetables to a high-powered blender. Add broth as you go, depending on how thick or thin you want the soup to be. For thicker, add less broth, and for thinner add more broth. Blend until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pot. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Ladle soup into bowls and enjoy with any of the suggested toppings! The post Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sweet Potato Sorghum Salad

January 23 2017 Meatless Monday 

Sorghum is an ancient grain enjoying newfound popularity for its nutrient and fiber content. Paired with sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin seeds in this salad, this dish is a nutritional powerhouse! This dish comes to us from Cara of Street Smart Nutrition. Serves 6 - 2 1/­­2 cups sorghum, cooked - 2 1/­­2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/­­2? cubes - 1 1/­­2 Tablespoons olive oil - Pinch of salt and pepper - 1/­­3 cup dried cranberries - 1/­­3 cup pecans, halves or pieces - 1/­­4 cup pumpkin seeds - 1/­­4 to 1/­­2 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, then roughly chop into 1/­­2? cubes. In a large mixing bowl, combine sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper and gently toss to combine. Spread evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until edges begin to slightly brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. In a separate bowl, add the cooked sorghum, sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and goat cheese. Gently fold together until combined. Serve warm or at room temperature, or store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The post Sweet Potato Sorghum Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spinach Lasagna

January 16 2017 Meatless Monday 

Offering up a meatless version of a familiar dish is a great way to encourage friends and family to give meatless eating a try. And who doesn’t love lasagna? This version spotlights spinach and fresh herbs and uses a mixture of white beans, tofu and nutritional yeast rather than cheese. This recipe comes to us from Kathy Freston‘s The Book of Veganish. Serves 4-6 - 12 lasagna noodles - 1 (15.5-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed - 14 ounces firm tofu, drained - 1/­­2 cup nutritional yeast - 1/­­4 cup chopped fresh parsley - 1 teaspoon fresh or dried basil - 1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano - 1/­­2 teaspoon onion powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon garlic powder - Salt and ground black pepper - 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry - 1 (28-ounce) jar marinara sauce - 1 cup shredded vegan cheese (optional) Place the noodles in a shallow 9 x 13-inch baking dish and pour on enough boiling salted water to cover. Set aside while you make the filling. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the beans, tofu, nutritional yeast, parsley, basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/­­2 teaspoon pepper. Mash with a potato masher until smooth and well combined. Add the spinach and mix well, then taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt if needed. Drain the noodles and spread them in a single layer on a plate or a piece of plastic wrap. Spread a layer of the marinara sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and place 3 noodles on top of the sauce, overlapping them slightly. Spread half the filling mixture over the noodles, then top with 3 more noodles. Spread a thin layer of sauce on top and spread the remaining filling mixture over it. Top with the remaining 3 noodles and spread the remaining sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle the top with cheese (if using). Cover with aluminum foil and bake until hot, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Reprinted from The Book of Veganish by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/­­Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright (C) 2016, Kathy Freston and Rachel Cohn. Recipe by Robin Robertson. The post Spinach Lasagna appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Zucchini Boats

January 9 2017 Meatless Monday 

This light plant-based recipe is a fun twist on zucchini and a perfect recipe for starting out the new year. This Italian-inspired dish is packed with veggies and hearty pine nuts, it can either serve as an appetizer or a main meal. This recipe comes to us from Chef David Burke. Serves 2-4 - 4 zucchini - 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional - 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced - 1/­­2 cup pine nuts - 4 peppadew peppers or 1 small red bell pepper or pimento, chopped - 12 black or pitted green olives, chopped - Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut a small portion lengthwise off the top of the zucchini and trim a little off the bottom so it doesnt roll. Chop those pieces up and reserve. Scoop out and discard the seedy pulp from the cavity to make hollow boats of zucchini. Season with salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake on a sheet pan until tender, approximately 10 minutes. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic and pine nuts, and sauté until golden. Add the chopped zucchini and peppadews, season to taste, and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Fold in the olives to warm through. Spoon the mix into the zucchini shells. Serve with lemon wedges alongside. Photo credit: The Rachael Ray Show. The post Zucchini Boats appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chef David Burke Serves Up the New Year

January 9 2017 Meatless Monday 

Chef David Burke Serves Up the New Year There are points in your career where you start to cook the way you want to eat; thats where I am now. – Chef David Burke David Burke is world-renowned as a chef, artist, entrepreneur, cookbook author, innovator and inventor. In 2009, he won the James Beard Award for Whos Who of Food & Beverage in America and was twice nominated earlier for Best Chefs in America. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a student at the École Lenôtre Pastry School in Plaisir, France, his 30-year career includes opening over a dozen celebrated restaurants.  David is often recognized from his TV appearances on Bravos Top Chef Masters, NBCs TODAY Show and as a featured guest on Rachael Rays Every Day Show. In 2015, David joined ESquared Hospitality as a Culinary Partner to open new restaurants nationwide including his latest restaurant, Tavern62 by David Burke which opened in October 2016 on New York Citys Upper East Side. For our first interview of the New Year, we sat down with David to ask whats currently on his plate.   Its the beginning of a New Year, a time when many are making a fresh start and making resolutions about diet and nutrition. What are some easy ideas to incorporate more vegetables and fruits into a daily diet? Have pre-cut fruit and vegetables ready in your refrigerator and make olive oil-based dipping sauces for them. Winter is a good time to make vegetable soups and stews. I would also recommend buying an Indian cookbook (lay off spices if you dont like heat) to get inspiration for vegetarian dishes. Are there any professional secrets or tips you can share on your favorite ways to prepare vegetables? I like to slowly sauté my vegetables. Cut them smaller and add olive oil, onion, and garlic, then let them caramelize. That works for home fries, a vegetable hash, a filling for a pasta, a purée, or the base of a soup. When youre cooking at home or for friends, what are some of your favorite meatless dishes? Pasta. Cous Cous. Eggplant Parmesan. Stuffed Zucchini Boats. Couch potatoes, which we serve at BLT Prime by David Burke. Cabbage is also really underrated. Chef David Burke’s Couch Potatoes   At your new restaurant Tavern62 by David Burke, what winter vegetables are you looking forward to using and where do you source them from? Salsify, parsnips, parsley root, celery root, butternut squash, kale, and cabbage. We source produce from the Hunts Point Produce Market. Sustainable foods are a topic of discussion these days. What are your thoughts on the subject and why is this important? With any good business comes responsibility. Responsibility of keeping a sustainable supply is important for the future. Your restaurants are typically meat heavy or meat-centric. Why are you interested in supporting and participating in Meatless Monday? My restaurants are designed for great business that highlight hospitality and give our customers what they want. My personal choice and vision for the future is to start segueing into more vegetarian-centric and healthy eating options because no matter what other food trends come and go, customers being more aware of what goes into their food is a trend that will only continue to grow. I think we go through cycles. There are points in your career where you start to cook the way you want to eat; thats where I am now.   The post Chef David Burke Serves Up the New Year appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Happy New Year from Meatless Monday

January 2 2017 Meatless Monday 

Happy New Year from Meatless Monday Strong Growth for the Movement in 2016 By all accounts, 2016 was a banner year for the Meatless Monday movement. Currently Meatless Monday is active in 44 countries and in over 20 languages - from Croatia to China, Brazil to Bhutan. People from all walks of life are embracing a diet that reduces their meat consumption one day each week. Theyre eating healthier and helping to preserve the resources of the planet – one plate at a time. More chefs and restaurant owners are also realizing the advantages of serving Meatless Monday options, which in turn is good news for you! Be on the lookout for restaurants in your neighborhood that are getting creative with vegetables. Or even better, try to convince your favorite local spot to participate in Meatless Monday. Hospital, university, school and business cafeterias are also introducing Meatless Monday menus. The health benefits are simply too great to ignore. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables help prevent obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Whats more, major cities have begun to officially declare their support of Meatless Monday. In the last year alone, Indianapolis, Sacramento and Pittsburgh have all joined the movement. As more people become aware of Meatless Monday, the enthusiasm, support and commitment continues to grow - in the U.S. and around the globe. We thank you for your continued support and wish you a Happy New Year. The post Happy New Year from Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Ring in the New Year with a Heaping Bowl of Hoppin’ John

December 26 2016 Meatless Monday 

Ring in the New Year with a Heaping Bowl of Hoppin’ John   Looking to start New Years with an extra helping of good luck? Then leave the champagne on ice and simmer up a family-size pot of our meatless version of Hoppin John. According to Southern folklore, each of the key ingredients in this hearty, savory dish relates to a symbol of prosperity. The black-eyed peas represent coins. The collard greens are paper money. And the traditional cornbread on the side stands for gold. And it gets even more interesting. As it turns out, a bowl of leftover Hoppin John is called Skippin Jenny, which is supposed to bring even more hope, luck and prosperity. So best of luck and Happy New Year from all of us at Meatless Monday. Try our Vegetarian Hoppin’ John recipe! The post Ring in the New Year with a Heaping Bowl of Hoppin’ John appeared first on Meatless Monday.

8 Quick Weeknight Meals for the Busy Holiday Season

December 19 2016 Meatless Monday 

8 Quick Weeknight Meals for the Busy Holiday SeasonSpend Less Time Cooking and More Time Savoring This time of year, youve already got plenty to do. So dont let long, complicated recipes slow you down. Weve rounded up our tastiest recipes for the busiest of nights. Whip up one of these flavorful meatless meals in just minutes. And make your evening merry and bright. Cheesy Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole | Homemade Nutrition Teriyaki Bowls | Vegan Gretchen One Pot Chili | Made by Luci Udon Stir Fry with Bok Choy and Vegetables | Bok Choy and Broccoli 5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup | Sarcastic Cooking Veggie Miso Tofu Soup | The Happy Health Freak Black Bean Pasta Bowl | The Saucy Southerner Mexican Breakfast Scramble | Jackie Newgent The post 8 Quick Weeknight Meals for the Busy Holiday Season appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Lemongrass Soup

December 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

This unique recipe seasons classic winter vegetables with the exotic flavors of Southeast Asia. Look for lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, turmeric, galangal  and dry  guajillo chili pepper in specialty shops or find them online. This recipe comes to us from Chef Saifon of True Seasons Organic Kitchen in Anaheim, CA. Serves 2 For the Vegetables: - 1/­­2 cup kabocha squash, cut into 3/­­4 inch thick slices - 1/­­2 cup butternut squash, cut into 3/­­4 inch thick slices - 1 cup kale, chopped - 1 cup red chard, chopped - 1/­­2 cup carrot, diced - 2 t green onion, chopped - 1/­­2 cup zucchini, sliced - 1 purple onion, cut in to 3/­­4 inch thick slices - 1/­­4 cup cilantro, finely chopped for garnish For the Spicy Lemongrass Soup Base: - 1/­­4 cup lemongrass - chopped - 3 t garlic - 1 t coriander seed (dry) - 2 t sea salt - 5 kaffir lime leaves - 1 turmeric (small root) - 1 galangal, cut in 3 small pieces - Fresh lime juice - 1/­­2 cup guajillo dry chili pepper (5 large peppers) - 1/­­2 cup water Mix all of the ingredients for the soup base in a high speed blender for about 2 minutes. Boil 3 cups of water, add soup base mixture and all vegetables. Season to taste with more lime or lemon juice for more sour taste, and more fresh chili or chili powder for extra spice. Cook until vegetables are tender. The post Lemongrass Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Indianapolis Joins Meatless Monday Winner’s Circle

December 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

Indianapolis Joins Meatless Monday Winner’s Circle   Mark another milestone for Meatless Monday. Last week, the City-County Council of Indianapolis, home of the famous Indy 500 race, passed a resolution in support of Meatless Monday. This new resolution encourages city residents and institutions to enjoy a meat-free day at the beginning of each week. The goal of the resolution is to raise awareness about healthy eating and to reduce the citys environmental footprint. Indianapolis is the 14th largest city in the U.S. Nearly two-thirds of the adults and approximately 40 percent of children and teens are overweight or obese. This preventable condition has been linked to heart disease, type-2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis and cancer. By substituting fruits and vegetables for meat, growing evidence suggests it reduces the risk of heart disease. In addition, people on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. Indianapolis now joins other forward-thinking cities, such as Sacramento, San Diego and Pittsburgh, in advancing the Meatless Monday movement. The locally based Vegan Meetup Group has seen an 800 percent increase in membership over the past four years. Whats more, many city restaurants are now featuring meat-free dishes. To learn more about the Meatless Monday activities in Indianapolis and to get involved, visit their Facebook page. The post Indianapolis Joins Meatless Monday Winner’s Circle appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chickpea Marsala

November 28 2016 Meatless Monday 

Enjoy the syrupy goodness of a Marsala dish without the meat! Here, chickpeas replace Marsala’s traditional chicken while the dish’s traditional mushrooms remain. This recipe comes to us from the cookbook Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation by Alexandra Caspero Lenz. Serves 4 - 8 oz (230g) wide egg noodles - 2 tbsp (30 g) butter, divided - 10 oz (280 g) white, cremini or baby portobello mushrooms, sliced - Salt and freshly ground black pepper - 2 cloves garlic, minced - 1 cup (165 g) chickpeas, cooked, rinsed and drained if canned - 1/­­8 cup (15 g) flour - 2/­­3 cup (157 ml) Marsala wine, preferably dry - 2/­­3 cup (78 ml) water - 1 tsp balsamic vinegar - 1/­­2 cup (15 g) fresh parsley leaves, chopped Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the egg noodles and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon (15 g) butter in a large skillet over medium heat until melted and starting to sizzle. Add the sliced mushrooms, season with a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are seared and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and drained chickpeas and stir to combine. Sprinkle the flour over the mushroom and chickpea mixture, and stir a few times until flour is toasted and no longer white. Take care not to mush the beans and mushrooms together. Add the Marsala wine and water to the pan, using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to scrape up any browned butter bits. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon (15 g) of butter, balsamic vinegar and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if necessary, and serve over cooked egg noodles. VEGAN VERSION: Replace butter with non-dairy butter, same amount. Replace egg noodles with egg-less noodles. The post Chickpea Marsala appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tri-Color Quinoa Salad

November 21 2016 Meatless Monday 

Vibrant quinoa meets tart apples and warm roasted eggplant in this hearty fall salad, which comes together with a honey vinaigrette. Join us on Monday, November 28th at 7 pm EST as we cook this dish along with HelloFresh on their Facebook page. Use the code MEATLESS MONDAY to get $35 off a box containing this meal at HelloFresh.com. - 1 eggplant - 1 tsp. autumn spice blend (1 part cinnamon, 1 part cloves, and 8 parts cumin) - 1/­­2 cup tri-color quinoa - 1 shallot - 1 oz. dried cranberries - 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar - 1 tsp. honey - 1 honeycrisp apple - 2 oz. spring mix - 2 oz. walnuts Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim top of eggplant, then dice rest into 1/­­2-inch cubes. Toss on a baking sheet with 1 tbsp. olive oil and the autumn spice blend. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and softened, 20-25 minutes. Bring 1 1/­­4 cups salted water to a boil in a medium pot. Once boiling, add quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 12-15 minutes. Halve, peel, and mince shallot. Place cranberries in a small bowl with enough hot water to cover them. Combine minced shallots and sherry vinegar in another small bowl to marinate. Whisk together 2 tbsp. olive oil and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar from marinating shallots and as much of the shallots as you like (we recommend 2 tsp). Core and dice apple into 1/­­2 -inch cubes. Fluff cooked quinoa with a fork. Drain any excess liquid. Toss quinoa in a large bowl with roasted eggplant, apple cubes, and spring mix. Add in additional marinated shallots (to taste). Drain cranberries and toss into salad. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide between plates, and top with walnuts. The post Tri-Color Quinoa Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

9 Meatless Thanksgiving Sides

November 21 2016 Meatless Monday 

9 Meatless Thanksgiving SidesGive Thanks with these Seasonal Side Dishes There is so much more to a Thanksgiving meal than just the turkey. Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather, catch up and, of course, share the foods they love. We’ve hand-picked the best meatless sides for your Thanksgiving dinner, courtesy of our Official Meatless Monday bloggers. Bring some of these flavorful side dishes to your family’s table and share the delicious benefits of plant-based foods! Oven Roasted Root Vegetables | The Roasted Root Lighter Stuffing Muffins | Homemade Nutrition Roasted Green Beans | Mango & Tomato Fluffy Cornbread {Vegan} | The Veg Life! Mashed Cauliflower | Veggie Chick Cranberry- Ginger Sauce | Kroll’s Korner Hasselback Potatoes | The Salty Tomato Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Apples with Balsamic Glaze | Bean a Foodie Mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole Made Gluten- Free and Vegan | Eating Bird Food The post 9 Meatless Thanksgiving Sides appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tomato Parmesan Slow Cooker Soup

November 14 2016 Meatless Monday 

Try this tomato Parmesan soup as a meal or side, easy to prepare in a slow cooker. Tomatoes have nutrients that you can see! The red pigment in these fruits are called carotenoids, more commonly known as Vitamin A. This rich and creamy soup brings you towards your daily dose of Vitamin A and comes to us from Life Currents. Serves 8 - 1 (28 oz) can low sodium crushed tomatoes, undrained - 4 carrots, sliced - 1 large yellow onion, chopped - 1 teaspoon dried oregano - 1 tablespoon dried basil - 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth - 1 bay leaf - 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste -  1/­­2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper -  1/­­4 cup olive oil -  1/­­4 cup butter -  1/­­2 cup flour -  1/­­2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese - 2 cups milk Add the first nine ingredients (tomatoes through black pepper) to the bowl of a 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until vegetables are softened. About 30 minutes before serving the soup, prepare the roux. To prepare the roux, heat oil and butter over low heat in a sauce pan and add flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes, until roux is a smooth light brown paste. Slowly stir 1 cup of hot soup into the roux, until fully mixed in. Add another 3 cups soup to the mixture, and continue to stir until smooth. Add thickened soup back into the slow cooker, and mix in the Parmesan and milk. Cover and cook on low for another 30 minutes. Add seasonings to taste, and enjoy. The post Tomato Parmesan Slow Cooker Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Turnip, Nut and Sage Ravioli

November 7 2016 Meatless Monday 

This innovative ravioli uses round turnip shapes to envelop a burnt butter, sage, and nut filling. This recipe comes to us from culinary student Alexandra Jones and was the first place winner in the Matthew Kenney Culinary Meatless Monday challenge. Serves 4 For the “Burnt ButterSauce - 1/­­3 cup olive oil -  1/­­2 tablespoons nutritional yeast - 1 pinch smokey paprika - 1 pinch Himalayan salt In a small blender, blend all ingredients and set aside. For the Turnip Ravioli: - 1 medium sized turnip First, finely slice the turnip into 1/­­16 inch thick discs with the mandolin slicer, or slice very thin with your knife. Then, using the 2 inch Round Ring Mold/­­Cookie Cutter, punch out 2 inch circles to make the ravioli nice and even.  There will be 3 ravioli per dish, so you will need 12 turnip rounds in total.  Brush each turnip round with a drop of the butter, to soften the turnip while you create the filling. Season each round with a little pinch of salt. For the Candied Walnuts: - 1 cup walnuts - 2 teaspoons paprika - 2 tablespoons maple - 2 tablespoons tamari Mix all ingredients together and set off to the side- can be made first, if want more of a candied effect and taste. Set off to the side while making the rest of the filling For the Almond Walnut and Sage Filling: - 1 tablespoons finely diced shallot - 1 tablespoons lemon zest - Juice from 1 lemon - 1 tablespoons liquid from candied walnuts - 2 tablespoons finely chopped sage - 1/­­2 cup almonds - Water, if needed - Salt, to taste Add almonds to a small blender, along with lemon zest, lemon juice and the liquid from the candied walnuts. Add a little water if needed to blend, you want to have quite a smooth consistency. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Chop shallot into a fine brunoise (very small dice), as well as half of the candied walnuts. Add to the mixture, folding it in to add some texture. Fold in finely chopped sage and salt to taste. Assembly:  After completing all of these steps your turnip rounds will be almost translucent, and will look like pasta as the salt makes the turnip tender. Now you are ready to assemble your dish. Place 2 teaspoons of filling onto a turnip round. Followed by another turnip round to close the ravioli. Repeat the process so that you have 3 complete raviolis per dish. Place the three raviolis in the center of the plate, over lapping slightly. Drizzle with a little bit of the burnt butter sauce and top with a few candied walnuts. Place micro greens to garnish your dish. Shave the macadamia over the top to look like Parmesan, which gives it a beautiful look and tastes delicious. Top with freshly cracked pepper and a pinch of Maldon sea salt to finish. The post Turnip, Nut and Sage Ravioli appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Curry-Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

October 31 2016 Meatless Monday 

Who says Halloween has to be all about candy? These savory stuffed pumpkins are the perfect autumn treat. Filled with millet, jalapeno, nuts, coconut and curry, they’re perfect for guests or a quiet evening in. This recipe comes to us from Robin Asbell. Serves 6 - 3 small sweet dumpling squash or mini pumpkins (about 13 oz/­­370 g each) - 1 tsp canola oil - 1/­­2 cup/­­60 g chopped onion - 1 tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger - 1 tsp black mustard seeds - 1 medium jalape?o, chopped - 1 tsp whole cumin seeds - 1 tsp ground coriander - 1/­­4 tsp ground turmeric - 1/­­4 tsp ground cinnamon - 1/­­4 cup/­­50 g millet - 1/­­2 cup/­­120 ml coconut milk - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 cup/­­55 g raw cashews - 1/­­2 cup/­­55 g whole almonds, toasted - 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut Preheat the oven to 400° F/­­200° C/­­gas 6. Cut the squashes in half from the stem to the tip, or if you are using pumpkins that sit flat, cut off the tops as shown in the photo above. Scoop out the seeds and place them cut-side down on oiled baking sheets/­­trays. Bake for 10 minutes (they will not be completely cooked). Take the pans out and flip the squash halves over. When they have cooled, use a spoon to cut into the flesh, loosening it in spots but leaving it in the shell. Reduce the oven temperature to 375° F/­­190° C/­­gas 5. In a 2-qt/­­2-L saucepan, heat the oil and add the onion, ginger, and mustard seeds. Sauté over medium-high heat until the onions are golden, about 5 minutes. Add the jalape?o, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cinnamon and stir until they are fragrant. Add the millet and stir to coat, then add the 1/­­4 cup/­­60 ml water, the coconut milk, and salt and bring them to a boil. When it boils, cover the pan and turn the heat to low. Cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the nuts, then stuff the mixture into the squashes. Sprinkle each with 1 tsp of coconut. Bake the squashes until the filling is set and bubbling and the squashes are easily pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes. Let them cool slightly before serving. The post Curry-Stuffed Mini Pumpkins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Challenges the Gotham Burger Social Club to Go Meatless this November

October 31 2016 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Challenges the Gotham Burger Social Club to Go Meatless this November The Gotham Burger Social Club loves its meat. And its bacon. Its members are world famous for visiting countless restaurants everywhere in search of the very best hamburgers. The club was formed in the fall of 2013 by fifteen long-time friends. They began posting their reviews online accompanied by savory photos and mouthwatering commentary. Before long, Gotham Burger Social Club grew into a cultural phenomenon worldwide, enlisting over 133,000 loyal Instagram followers and receiving an abundance of press coverage. Thats when Meatless Monday threw down the gauntlet. We challenged them to go meatless on Mondays for the entire month of November. Then the unexpected happened...they agreed. Follow us throughout November as the men from Gotham Burger Social Club swap their usual beef laden buns for veggie burgers each Monday. On Nov. 28th, they will announce the favorite from the ones theyve tasted. Were thrilled to be collaborating with Meatless Monday, said Mike Puma, founder of the Gotham Burger Social Club. If theres one thing weve learned, its that there are all kinds of ways to make an incredible tasting burger - and that includes ones without meat. We cant wait to share our picks for the best veggie burger in New York City. Stay tuned throughout November for special stories on the featured veggie burgers as well as interviews with the chefs and behind-the-scene looks at some of the restaurants. Wed love to hear your suggestions. Let us know on Facebook.   The post Meatless Monday Challenges the Gotham Burger Social Club to Go Meatless this November appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Peanut Butter Chili with Pinto Beans

October 24 2016 Meatless Monday 

This hearty chili features a protein-packed secret ingredient…peanut butter! Give it a shot, you’ll be surprised with the rich flavor it offers. This is the winning recipe from Meatless Monday’s Instagram recipe contest with The Natural Gourmet Institute and The Peanut Institute. It was submitted by Patrica of the blog Mrs. Kitchenstein. Serves 8-10 - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil - 1 large yellow onion, diced - 1 red bell pepper, diced - 1 Tablespoon sweet paprika - 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic - 1 teaspoon smoked paprika - 1 teaspoon ground mustard - 1 teaspoon ground cumin - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon dried basil - 1 teaspoon turmeric - 1 Tablespoon tomato paste - 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes with their juices - 3 cups pinto beans, soaked overnight (OR 3 14-ounce cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed) - 1 large sweet potato, cut into small dice - 1 cup all-natural smooth peanut butter - 6 cups vegetable stock - 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce - Handfuls of fresh basil and cilantro, chopped - 1 teaspoon sea salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - Optional toppings: avocado, radishes, cilantro, toasted peanuts Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook for a few more minutes, or until softened. Stir in all spices from sweet paprika through turmeric and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in tomato paste until it is dissolved. Add tomatoes, mashing them lightly with your fingers before throwing them into the pot. Add beans, sweet potato, peanut butter, stock, Worcestershire sauce, basil and cilantro, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 45 minutes, or until beans are soft and chili has thickened. The post Peanut Butter Chili with Pinto Beans appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Three Peanut Protein Recipes for Meatless Monday

October 24 2016 Meatless Monday 

Three Peanut Protein Recipes for Meatless MondayLast month, we partnered with  The Natural Gourmet Institute and The Peanut Institute for a #pickpeanutprotein Instagram recipe contest featuring one of our favorite plant proteins, peanuts! The submissions were mouthwatering and it was tough to narrow the entries down to just three finalists, but we’re pretty happy with the results. Try them out and see what peanuts can do for your next Meatless Monday meal! First place: Peanut Butter Chili with Pinto Beans by Mrs. Kitchenstein Second place: Nutty Quinoa Bowl with Fried Plantains by chefpanda18 Third place: Creamy Peanut Butter Noodles with Veggies and Lime by plantlovinturk   The post Three Peanut Protein Recipes for Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Veestro Vaults Forward: The Fast Rise of a New Vegan Food Delivery Service

October 17 2016 Meatless Monday 

Veestro Vaults Forward:  The Fast Rise of a New Vegan Food Delivery Service Imagine this: You come home after a long hard day to find a delicious box of preservative-free, non-GMO, already assembled plant-based meals waiting on your doorstep. No mess, no cleanup, all you have to do is reheat and eat. Thats the vision of Mark Fachler and Monica Klausner, a brother-sister duo who created Veestro, a bistro-style plant-based meal delivery service thats been amazing customers in the U.S. since 2013. In fact, business has been so good, its grown 300% each year, enabling the pair to secure $1.5 million in financing for immediate expansion. Available online, Veestros hand-crafted, locally sourced dishes include such culinary inventions as Tuscan Calzone with vegan mozzarella, Thai Chickn Stew with seitan and Chocolate Covered Cheezcake with organic tofu. Propelled by such reviews as truly outstanding, incredibly delicious and cooked to perfection, Veestro has just been chosen as a finalist in the VegNews magazines annual Veggie Awards for Favorite Vegan Meal Delivery Service. Recently we sat down with Mark and Monica to find out why Veestro is so appealing to folks looking for a convenient, yet healthy way to eat less meat. How did you and your brother come together in this business and what gap did you notice in the food industry that inspired you to create Veestro? Veestro was Marks idea and it was one of those moments when you just say: Why cant there be X in the market?  The idea for Veestro was born out of a personal need. Mark used to work as an investment banker. So, as you can imagine, he worked very long hours and rarely had time to cook. He was always a healthy guy and after several trips down the frozen food aisle and way too many frozen pizzas, he decided to do something about it. We researched the market and realized there was a real need for a convenient way to have delicious and healthy meals that were plant based.  We also realized that people are generally intimidated by the thought of eating more plants because they think the food will be bland, hard to make or even boring! So we set out to create delicious meals that are 100% plant based and delivered straight to your door anywhere within the U.S. We read that you grew up appreciating the value of a home-cooked meal. Were you vegetarian/­­vegan as children or did you go through personal transformations as adults? We grew up in Costa Rica and all our meals were made from scratch with mainly vegetables and fruits, so eating veggies has always been a big part of our lives. We eat plenty of veggies because we love them - not because we have to. So eating a plant-based diet was not a difficult transition for us.  Mark and I believe in balance and that means different things to different people. Our mission is to help everyone eat more plants so they can have better health and, therefore, more balance in their lives. How do you source your food to be organic and GMO-free? When we started the business, we sourced all our ingredients from local organic farms that we were able to visit. As the business grew, we found a more efficient way to source large quantities for organic and GMO-free ingredients. How did you develop your special menus and what inspired you to include weight loss and cleansing plans? We have an amazingly talented chef that creates all our recipes.  Once we decide which recipes will make it into the menu, we then look at the nutritional makeup of the meals and tweak them accordingly. Food has to be delicious - thats most important - so we always start with the flavor profile. The weight loss program and juice cleanses were developed in collaboration with plant-based nutritionists. Since launching Veestro, youve experienced such great growth. What do you attribute your success to? Our mission at Veestro is to provide delicious plant-based food and outstanding customer service. Because that has been our focus, word of mouth is the biggest reason we have experienced great growth. Our customers have been very diligent at providing honest reviews and theyve generously shared the Veestro love. What do you see as the benefits of Meatless Monday? Meatless Monday is a great way for people to dip their toes into a different way of eating. For many people, going vegan seems like an enormously intimidating venture, but starting slowly by ditching the meat one day per week is a very easy way to try something new without a big commitment. I love the idea behind Meatless Monday because it reinforces the importance of balance. And, it makes the prospect of a healthier lifestyle feel attainable. One day at a time is what I say. Do you personally have any favorite dishes among your offerings? Definitely! Although I have to say that Im hard-pressed to pick only one! Right now Im totally craving the Tuscan Calzone, Spinach Pie and our newest meal, the Black Bean Pasta Alfredo. However, if you asked me the same question last week, I would have chosen the Red Curry, Golden Chickpea Stew and Three Layer Scramble. I think I have about 12 meals I like to eat very often, but then Ill crave something I havent had in a while and fall in love with that dish all over again. I can tell you this: there isnt a single meal on our menu that I dont like... the ones we dont like never make it on the menu! The post Veestro Vaults Forward: The Fast Rise of a New Vegan Food Delivery Service appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Crafting the Future of Food with Matthew Kenney

October 10 2016 Meatless Monday 

Crafting the Future of Food with Matthew Kenney Meatless Monday is excited to announce our partnership with Matthew Kenney Cuisine. This collaboration was formed to advance the knowledge and enjoyment of plant-based cuisine worldwide, leading to healthier lives and a more sustainable environment. Chefs Matthew Kenney and Scott Winegard will join Meatless Monday as Chef Ambassadors. Matthew Kenney is recognized as a world leader in raw, plant-based cuisine. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, hes authored a dozen cook books, owns several high profile restaurants and operates raw food culinary academies around the globe - from Venice Beach, CA to Belfast, ME to Miami, FL. In addition to being twice nominated for James Beard awards, Kenny has delivered two TEDx talks, including Crafting the Future of Food. Joining Kenney is Scott Winegard, the Executive Chef for Matthew Kenney Cuisine. For the last 12 years, hes worked closely with Kenney in exploring new raw food concepts and preparation techniques. Winegard has also worked under Chef Rene Redzepi in Denmark at Noma, which has been named the worlds #1 restaurant numerous times. To celebrate the joining of two world leaders in plant-based cuisine, Meatless Monday is now featured at Matthew Kenny Cuisines renowned restaurants - MAKE OUT in Culver City, CA, Double Zero in New York City and both Plant Food + Wine locations in Miami, FL and Venice, CA. Kenney has created a three-course Meatless Monday tasting menu, including some of his most beloved dishes, such as zucchini lasagna, smoked hummus and his famous cheesecake. In addition, Kenneys current passion project is a four-week plant-based Food Future educational course held in Manhattan, the first time he has brought classroom programming to the Big Apple. The curriculum focuses on innovative ideas, methods and philosophies that are currently shaping global culinary cuisine. Each week during this course, students will hear from special guests in the plant-based and sustainable world. One of these guest presenters was Meatless Monday President Peggy Neu, who discussed the vital importance of reducing meat consumption as well as the success of the global Meatless Monday movement. The Food Future session was rounded out by a Meatless Monday Quick-Fire Challenge, where students had to reinterpret traditional dishes turning them into plant-based raw recipes. With extraordinary submissions from all 18 student chefs, the judges awarded first, second and third place prizes to their favorite dishes. Stay tuned for these recipes in the coming weeks and check out this video of the Meatless Monday Challenge: The post Crafting the Future of Food with Matthew Kenney appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Squash Sunchoke Mac & Cheese

October 7 2016 Meatless Monday 

Butternut squash is roasted and mashed with sunchokes in this root vegetable crowd pleaser. A Dijon mustard roux serves as the base for a luscious sauce in this hearty mac and cheese, finished perfectly with crunchy whole-wheat breadcrumbs. This recipe comes to us from Lisa of Cold Cereal and Toast. Serves 10 - 1/­­2 small butternut squash, seeded - 2 medium sunchokes*, peeled - 12 ounces elbow macaroni - salt, to taste - 1/­­4 teaspoon pepper - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - 2 tablespoons all purpose flour - 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard - 1 3/­­4 cups nonfat milk - 1/­­4 cup low sodium vegetable stock - 4 ounces Muenster cheese, grated - 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated - 1/­­2 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs *Also known as Jerusalem artichokes, sunchokes can be found at farmers markets or in the gourd section of vegetable aisle in some grocery stores.   Preheat an oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a layer of aluminum foil. Lay the squash, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Add the peeled sunchokes to the sheet, place it in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the squash is tender when pierced with a butter knife. Scoop the squashs flesh into a large mixing bowl and mash it using a fork. Add the roasted sunchokes, mashing to incorporate them with the butternut squash. For the smoothest consistency, add the squash sunchoke mash to a food processor or blender and puree if desired. Place a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat. Cook the pasta according to package directions, or until al dente, drain, return to the pot, remove from heat and set aside to cool. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter in the saucepan, then whisk in the flour and mustard. Continue whisking over medium heat for about 1 minute, then slowly add in the milk, stirring constantly. Bring the mixture to a simmer, lower heat to medium-low and keep simmering, whisking frequently, for 5-6 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of heavy cream. Season the sauce with the pepper and 1/­­2 teaspoon salt. Add the squash sunchoke mash, Muenster and cheddar, stirring with a wooden spoon until the cheese has melted. Pour the cheese sauce into the cooked macaroni, stirring to ensure all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Preheat your broiler. Pour the macaroni into a medium baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs. Broil for about 10 minutes, or until the bubbly with brown edges. Divide into 10 servings and enjoy! The post Squash Sunchoke Mac & Cheese appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sacramento Adopts Meatless Monday to Welcome Paul McCartney

October 3 2016 Meatless Monday 

Sacramento Adopts Meatless Monday to Welcome Paul McCartney Known as the City of the Trees, Sacramento has a deep and abiding respect for nature. This was further evidenced last week when city officials declared the first day of the week to now be known as Meatless Monday, encouraging its residents to choose meat-free dishes on that day. The announcement coincided with the grand opening of their new sports/­­concert venue, the Golden 1 Center, on Oct. 4th. Sir Paul McCartney will perform the inaugural concert. The world-famous musician is a vocal supporter of Meatless Mondays and founder of Meat-Free Mondays in the U.K. A week-long Farm to Fork celebration preceded the city declaration. Twenty-two local restaurants now serve a Meatless Monday menu. There was also a sixth annual Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge where guests could dine on locally grown, plant-based cuisine from over 25 competing chefs and restaurants. If you like what youve read, wed like to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us on Facebook. Also, if your friends are interested in eating healthier, please forward this post. Lets grow the Meatless Monday movement. The post Sacramento Adopts Meatless Monday to Welcome Paul McCartney appeared first on Meatless Monday.

10 Meatless Monday Mushroom Recipes

September 26 2016 Meatless Monday 

10 Meatless Monday Mushroom RecipesSeptember is National Mushroom Month, so to “cap” it off we’re celebrating with a round-up of delish meatless mushroom recipes from our from our Meatless Monday bloggers. Whether you’re noshing on pasta, tacos, salad. stir-fry, stew or beyond, mushrooms lend that ever-so-satisfying umami flavor, so try out one of these recipes for your next Meatless Monday meal. Poblano, Mushroom and Potato Tacos | The Mountain Kitchen Mushroom Radicchio Pasta | The Salty Tomato Chickpea and Mushroom Warm Salad | I Try to Eat Healthy Baby Bella and Broccoli Lo Mein| Jackie Newgent Fun Guy Pizza | Soul Beet Butternut Squash Pasta with Mushrooms and Sage | Gina Matsoukas on behalf of Pasta Fits Roasted Mushroom & Red Spinach Salad | Bean a Foodie Hot and Hearty Mushroom Curry | Eat Healthy Eat Happy Pesto Linguine with Walnuts Mushrooms and Roasted Red Pepper | The Saucy Southerner Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms | Produce for Kids and The Kids Cook Monday The post 10 Meatless Monday Mushroom Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mushroom Fried Rice

September 26 2016 Meatless Monday 

Turn this classic takeout dish into a satisfying, home-cooked Monday night meal. This fried rice features three (three!) different types of mushrooms and is packed with even more veggies, not grease and salt. This recipe comes to us from Stefanie of Sarcastic Cooking. Serves 4-6 - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil - 4 ounces shitake mushrooms, stems removed and chopped - 6 ounces portabella mushrooms, stemmed and chopped - 4 ounces button mushrooms, chopped - 1/­­3 cup diced yellow onion - 2 carrots, peeled and grated - 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce - 1 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce - 3-4 cups cooked white/­­brown rice, cooked according to instructions on packaging - 2 large eggs - 4 green onions, chopped - salt and pepper to taste Add olive oil to a large skillet or wok. Allow the oil to heat up for a minute or two over a medium flame. Add all the mushrooms. Stir to evenly coat in oil. Sautee mushrooms for 10 minutes until golden and crispy on the edges. Add the onion and carrot. Sautee an additional three to five minutes until onions become translucent. Remove the vegetables from the pan. Add to a plate and keep off to the side for later. Reduce the heat to low. Add the two eggs to a small mixing bowl and beat. Add in a little pinch of salt and pepper. Pour the eggs into the hot pan and scramble. Cook until firm. Remove egg and add it to the plate with the veggies off to the side. Add chili garlic sauce and soy sauce to the pan, whisk to combine. Mix in the rice. Add in the cooked egg and mushrooms. Stir to make sure the flavors are evenly distributed. Lastly, mix in the green onions, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with additional soy sauce and hot sauce. The post Mushroom Fried Rice appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Eggplant Gyros with Fresh Tzatziki

September 19 2016 Meatless Monday 

Eggplant abounds at farmers’ markets this time of year and grilling season isn’t quite over yet, so whip up these flavorful gyros before it’s too late! The garlicky Greek yogurt tzatziki is the perfect compliment to the charred eggplant and the dish is topped off with mint leaves for a fresh kick. This recipe comes to us from Jackie Newgent, RD. Serves 4 - 1 large (1 1/­­4 pound) eggplant, cut into 12 rounds - 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided - 1 recipe Jackies Greek Gyro Seasoning (see below) - 1 1/­­3 cups plain fat-free Greek yogurt or vegan alternative - Juice of 1/­­2 small lemon (1 tablespoon) - 1/­­4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste - 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 1/­­3 cup finely diced unpeeled English cucumber - 2 large garlic cloves, minced - 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint - 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill - 4 whole grain pocketless pitas, lightly grilled - 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, thinly sliced - 1 small red onion, thinly sliced Preheat a grill or grill pan. Very lightly brush both sides of the eggplant rounds with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season one side of the eggplant rounds with the gyro seasoning. Grill eggplant (seasoned side up first) over direct medium-high heat until cooked through and rich grill marks form, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Meanwhile, make the tzatziki sauce by adding the yogurt, lemon juice, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper to a medium bowl and whisk to thoroughly combine. (Hint: The thicker the yogurt, the better!) Add the cucumber, garlic, mint, and dill and stir to evenly combine. Adjust seasoning. (Makes 1 2/­­3 cups tzatziki.)* Top each pita with about 3 tablespoons each tzatziki. Arrange the grilled eggplant on the pita. Top with tomatoes and onion and fold. Serve with remaining tzatziki on the side. If desired, garnish with fresh mint leaves. The post Grilled Eggplant Gyros with Fresh Tzatziki appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

September 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

Salsa is a fresh, healthy snack that you can make at home with seasonal ingredients. This recipe comes to us from our friends Chris and Amy of A Couple in the Kitchen. Corn and black beans add an additional flavor punch to this delicious summer salsa. Serve with chips or even kick it up a notch and use it to make nachos! Serves - 5 ears corn on the cob, grilled or roasted - 1 clove garlic, minced - 3 Roma tomatoes, diced 1/­­2 inch - 1 pepper (red, yellow or orange), diced 1/­­4 – 1/­­2 inch - 1 small red onion, diced - 8-10 sprigs cilantro, chopped finely - 4 stalks chive, chopped - 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed - 1 teaspoon white vinegar - 1/­­4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (the juice of 2-3 limes Cook off the corn on the cob; cut kernels off and place in bowl. Drain and rinse black beans and add to corn. Dice to spec the tomatoes, peppers, and red onion and add to bowl. Mince garlic and add to bowl. Remove cilantro leaves from stem. Discard stems. Chop cilantro leaves and place in bowl. Add to bowl the white vinegar and lime juice. Mix all ingredients. Place in presentation bowl and garnish with chopped chives. The post Corn and Black Bean Salsa appeared first on Meatless Monday.

#PickPeanutProtein: Go Nuts With Your Meatless Meals!

September 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

#PickPeanutProtein: Go Nuts With Your Meatless Meals!  At Meatless Monday, we often talk about the research that demonstrates why eating less meat and more plants is a great choice for your health. Studies consistently show that diets low in meat and high in plant foods are associated with reduced rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes and the scientific community is constantly providing new evidence to fuel the plant-powered revolution. The latest evidence that supports the health value of reducing the amount of meat in your diet is a study from Harvard School of Public Health. The study, “Dietary Protein Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in US Men and Women” found that substituting 5% of the calories in your diet from plant protein (legumes, peanuts, peanut butter, other nuts and whole grains) for an equal amount of animal protein resulted in a 19-23% reduced risk of diabetes. So why #PickPeanutProtein for your Meatless Monday meals? In the study, whole grains and peanuts and peanut butter were the most commonly consumed major food sources of vegetable protein. And we think we know why! Peanuts and peanut butter are a delicious, affordable and convenient way to pack protein into your day. Additionally, the researchers found that substituting a serving of peanuts or peanut butter for a serving of processed or red meat, once per day, reduced diabetes risk by 11-21%. To celebrate this great news, Meatless Monday has partnered with The Peanut Institute, and NYCs Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) for an Instagram recipe contest this fall. Cook up a delicious and creative Meatless Monday meal featuring peanuts and you could win a new Vitamix blender from The Peanut Institute and a hands-on cooking class at NGI! Visit the Natural Gourmet Institute for more information.   The post #PickPeanutProtein: Go Nuts With Your Meatless Meals! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

From Garden to Grill: The Tasty AND Socially Conscious Way to BBQ

September 5 2016 Meatless Monday 

From Garden to Grill: The Tasty AND Socially Conscious Way to BBQWhen it comes to turning your grill green, you have a smorgasbord of issues to choose from. Youve probably heard that gorging on meat filled with hormones and antibiotics is not good for your health. Or, that you can save a lot of carbon emissions by going meatless at least one day a week. Then there are the land sustainability and the water security issues. Throwing a barbecued fruit-and-veggie party is not only fun and inventive; it could change the course of a lot of peoples lives. But what you may not realize is that greening your grill sacrifices no flavor at all. In fact, the sweet, smoky notes that barbecuing brings out in fruits and vegetables will speak for themselves--once you get the hang of green grilling. Ready to take on the meatless grilling challenge? Share your pictures with Meatless Monday and Slow food USA using the hashtag #GrillChallenge on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!   Tips to Help Get You Started Go firm, go fresh. When it comes to grilling, shop the freshest fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market. The firmer the vegetable, the less it will crumble when grilled. Court the usual suspects. Traditional candidates for the grill are peppers, carrots, beets, turnips, zucchini, corn, green beans, asparagus, tomato (firm ones), onion, eggplant, garlic (whole cloves), potato, squash, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and turnips. For fruits, consider peaches, apples, pineapple, and figs. But also try the unusual. Avocado, artichoke, romaine lettuce, portobello mushroom, and watermelon are just some of the new grillees that are becoming trendy. Oil down first. Many vegetables need just a light brushing of olive oil before grilling. For extra kick, add spices and marinate overnight, Arrange the perfect meatless match-up. Kabobs are a BBQ staple, but you can make them entirely with veggies: think tofu cubes mixed with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted potatoes or just about any other vegetable that strikes your fancy. Support guilt-free burgers. Make your own veggie burgers packed with hearty ingredients like black beans, lentils, quinoa, or chickpeas. You can also find healthy pre-made patties at supermarkets and natural food stores. Make a burger trade. Swap a meat pattie for a portobello mushroom or eggplant slices. Use your same bun and add your favorite toppings, like avocados, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, or an olive spread. Smoke out your pizzas. Turn up the creativity and make delicious veggie pizzas right on the grill. All you need is pizza dough, sauce, and your favorite vegetables thinly sliced or pre-grilled. For dessert, consider a fruit pizza with grilled peaches drizzled with vanilla icing. Cross party lines. Dressing your grilled veggies in taco form will garner you a lot of new fans. Be prepared to make extras. Keep up the cubes. Tofu can be bland so enlist your favorite marinade recipe to add flavor. Grill the cubes up and add them to a salad, serve them with veggies, or enjoy them as appetizer served with a dip. Give your salads a good grilling. Garnish grilled romaine lettuce with a bit of fruit, feta cheese, and extra virgin olive oil, or simply drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Enlist your favorite sides. When planning a meatless BBQ, pasta salads, raw vegetables, and hummus dip are great ways to turn your plant-based dishes into a full meal. Grill-Worthy Recipes to Download and Share   The post From Garden to Grill: The Tasty AND Socially Conscious Way to BBQ appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Oprah Asks Fans to Join Her in Supporting Meatless Monday

August 29 2016 Meatless Monday 

Oprah Asks Fans to Join Her in Supporting Meatless MondayOprah Winfrey, media tycoon extraordinaire and longtime Meatless Monday supporter, recently reaffirmed her support of the movement. Oprah interviewed Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society (a Meatless Monday partner organization) and author of the new book, Humane Economy, on her OWN network show SuperSoul Sunday. During the interview, Pacelle offered up participating in Meatless Monday as an easy action step anyone can adopt to move towards a more plant-based diet. Oprah then took to Twitter to share her support of Meatless Monday with her more than 33 million followers.   .@waynepacelle That I can do. Have “Meatless”Mondays! Who will join me? #SuperSoulSunday -- Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 21, 2016   Oprah first showed support for the Meatless Monday movement in 2009, when she and journalist Michael Pollan discussed how eating less meat is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Im not talking about going vegetarian, Pollan said on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But even one meatless day a week - a Meatless Monday, which is what we do in our household - if everybody in America did that, that would be the equivalent of taking 20 million midsize sedans off the road. Oprah celebrates her decision to bring Meatless Monday to the Harpo staff. Then in 2011, Oprah again interviewed Pollan and another Meatless Monday friend and supporter, author Kathy Freston, on her show. After challenging her staff to go vegan for a week, Oprah decided that a simple way to inspire the Harpo team to stay in the habit of eating more plant-based meals would be to implement Meatless Monday in the Harpo cafeteria. Meatless Monday! Meatless Monday! Oprah shouted as she shared the decision with her staff and viewers. Were honored to count Oprah among our supporters and we look forward to keeping up with her as she continues to share her enthusiasm for the movement with her millions of fans. Stay tuned! The post Oprah Asks Fans to Join Her in Supporting Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Veggie & Quinoa Quesadilla with Lime Slaw

August 8 2016 Meatless Monday 

These quesadillas are a convenient and family-friendly meal, perfect to kick off Kids Eat Right Month! They come together in about 20 minutes and feature an array of veggies and hearty quinoa, plus the easy cabbage lime slaw adds a flavorful punch. This recipe comes to us from Natalie Rizzo, RD of Nutrition ? la Natalie. Makes 2 quesadillas. - 2 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small sweet potato, chopped into cubes - 2 teaspoons chili powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 cup quinoa - 1/­­2 cup water - 1 small zucchini, chopped - 1 small yellow squash, chopped - 1/­­2 teaspoon chipotle chili seasoning - 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced - 1/­­2 lime - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 2 whole wheat tortillas - 1/­­3 cup cheddar cheese - Optional toppings: - sliced avocadoGreek yogurt - diced tomatoes Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, sweet potato, 1 teaspoon of chili powder and salt. Stir to mix. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, combine the quinoa and water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a frying pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, zucchini and yellow squash. Sautee 5-7 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder and chipotle chili and stir. If needed, season with salt. In a bowl, combine the thinly sliced cabbage, olive oil and juice of 1/­­2 a lime. Stir to combine. If you have a Foreman grill or quesadilla maker, turn them on now. Lay the tortilla out flat. Layer one side with cheese, quinoa, zucchini mixture, sweet potatoes and an extra sprinkle of cheese. Fold the tortilla in half. If you dont have a Foreman grill or tortilla maker, heat skillet over medium heat. Place the folder tortilla on the Foreman, quesadilla maker or skillet and grill until the tortilla starts to brown and get crispy. It should take about 5 minutes. Once the tortilla is brown and crispy on each side, remove from the pan. Open up the tortilla and pile in the Lime Slaw. Feel free to add any of the other optional toppings too! The post Veggie & Quinoa Quesadilla with Lime Slaw appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan Ceviche Lettuce Cups

August 1 2016 Meatless Monday 

These lettuce cups are packed with the cool flavors of traditional ceviche – lime, cilantro, garlic and hot peppers – but feature hearts of palm and tofu rather than raw fish. This recipe is part of Meatless Mondays No-Cook Summer Recipe video series. Serves 3-4, makes about 12 lettuce cups - 1 (14 oz.) can hearts of palm, sliced into 1/­­2 - 1/­­4 inch rounds - 1/­­2 block extra firm tofu, cubed (about 7 oz.) - 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced - 1/­­2 small onion, minced - 1 bunch cilantro, chopped - 1 serrano pepper, minced - 1 clove garlic, minced - About half a package of dried seaweed snacks - Juice of 2 limes, or more to taste - Coarse salt, to taste - 1 avocado, sliced - 1 head Bibb lettuce Mix hearts of palm, tofu, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, serrano pepper and garlic in a medium bowl. Add finely crumbled seaweed snacks over top. Add the juice of two limes, or more depending on taste. Gently mix and season with salt to taste. Allow the ceviche mixture to marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Meanwhile, slice avocado and arrange lettuce leaves on a serving dish. Remove the ceviche mixture from the refrigerator. Scoop a large spoonful of the mixture onto each lettuce leaf and top with additional cilantro before serving. The post Vegan Ceviche Lettuce Cups appeared first on Meatless Monday.

A “Perfect Ten” Summer Dish: Vegan Ceviche Lettuce Cups

August 1 2016 Meatless Monday 

  With a nod to the summer spectacles expected from Latin America this month, the last dish in our No Cook Summer Recipe video series brings you a culinary surprise: Vegan Ceviche Lettuce Cups. A surprise because ceviche, originally brought to the Americas 2000 years ago by Moorish women from Granada, is traditionally made with raw fish, marinated in chopped veggies, cilantro, and lime juice. Peruvians finally perfected the dish, but today its devoured throughout South (and North) America. In fact, Olympians will be sure to find ceviche shacks up and down Rios beaches. The problem is, raw fish can go bad fast. But hooray! Our vegan version is way healthier, easier to prepare, and equally delicious. We start out with sliced palm of hearts, add cubed tofu instead of fish, toss in diced plum tomatoes and cliantro, then kick up the temperature with minced onion, garlic, and serrano peppers--the latter a staple in salsa and hotter than jalapenos! Before marinating, weve added crumpled seaweed--not just for the crackle, but also fiber and protein. One hour later, the sliced avocados make an appearance with two squirts of lime--then all get packed into lettuce cups that serve as perfect tostada substitutes. Talk about delicoso! And healthy! Even those ladies from Granada would have been pretty impressed.   The post A “Perfect Ten” Summer Dish: Vegan Ceviche Lettuce Cups appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spiralize Your Veggies: Featuring Pad Thai Zoodle Salad

July 25 2016 Meatless Monday 

With zucchinis at the height of their season, what can you do with this popular form of summer squash that wont require an oven or stove? Just in time arrives our latest No Cook Summer Recipe video, featuring Pad Thai Zoodle Salad. Pad Thai is a traditional street food from Thailand, a vegetable stir-fry made specifically with rice noodles to distinguish it from other Asian cuisine. In our version, weve retained the classic Pad Thai flavors but gave it a healthier spin, exchanging rice noodles for raw zucchini. You can find zucchini easily in local groceries and even fresher and organic at farmers markets. If youve been growing your own zucchini, perhaps youve got a major surplus right now. This is a great way to use it up! For our Pad Thai Zoodle Salad, weve used a spiralizer to create spirally noodles from the zucchini (watch our video). If you dont have a spiralizer, a Julienne cutter works well, and you can even use a box grater. Tossed into the salad goes sliced red peppers, shredded carrots, chopped green onion, and tamari-marinated tofu chunks, sprinkled all over with crushed peanuts. So light, so easy, so delicious, and so much fun to eat those spirals with chopsticks! Next week stay tuned for our last No Cook Summer Recipe video: Vegan Ceviche Lettuce Cups. Its a fresh veggie sandwich delightfully inspired by the cuisine of Latin America. The post Spiralize Your Veggies: Featuring Pad Thai Zoodle Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Artichoke Panzanella Salad

July 18 2016 Meatless Monday 

Ah, panzanella salad. How better to enjoy ripe tomatoes and cukes than alongside crusty bread and a healthy dose of garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar? Pack it all into a jar to enjoy at the beach, park, or wherever you celebrate summer! This recipe is part of Meatless Mondays No-Cook Summer Recipe video series. Watch the video! Serves 1 (multiply as needed for additional jars) - 4 1-inch slices baguette - 1 small bunch basil - 1 1/­­2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil - 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar - 1/­­2 clove garlic, minced - Pinch salt - Pepper to taste - 1 small tomato, cubed - 1/­­2 cucumber, cubed - 1/­­4 small red onion, thinly sliced - 3/­­4 cup (about 1/­­2 can) quartered artichoke hearts Cube baguette slices. Allow cubed bread to sit unwrapped overnight . Alternatively, toast cubed bread at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cut basil into a chiffonade, set aside. Into a quart-sized mason jar, mix extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently swirl the jar to mix. Layer into the jar cubed tomatoes, cubed cucumber, sliced red onion and artichoke hearts. Add chiffonaded basil to create a barrier between the moist ingredients and dry bread. Top jar off with bread cubes and screw on lid. Keep jar upright until ready to serve. To serve, empty contents of jar into a large bowl and stir to combine. Alternatively, mix ingredients into a serving bowl and enjoy right away. The post Artichoke Panzanella Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chickpea Salad Niçoise Sandwiches

July 11 2016 Meatless Monday 

Step away from the stove, these summery sandwiches are both meatless and no-cook! Instead of a Niçoise salad’s traditional tuna, this dish features protein-packed chickpeas in a tangy tarragon-shallot dressing. This recipe is part of Meatless Monday’s No-Cook Summer Recipe video series. Watch the video! Serves 4-6 - 1 shallot, minced - 1 small bunch tarragon, chopped - 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar - 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard - 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained - 1 round loaf country bread - 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced - 1 small head Bibb lettuce - 1 ripe tomato, sliced - 1/­­3 cup jarred olive tapenade - Salt and pepper, to taste In a medium bowl, add shallot, tarragon, extra-virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and set aside. In a large bowl, crush chickpeas with a fork. Add shallot and tarragon mixture and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper as desired. Set aside. Carefully slice country bread horizontally to create a top and bottom half. Using your fingers, remove desired amount of the breads interior from both halves to create room for the filling. Fill the bottom slice with the chickpea mixture. Top with sliced eggs and add salt and pepper to taste. Continue building the sandwich with sliced tomatoes and lettuce leaves. Spread olive tapenade across the top slice of bread. Place the top slice of bread on top of the sandwich and cut into four slices. Optionally, use a toothpick to hold each piece of the sandwich together. The post Chickpea Salad Niçoise Sandwiches appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Declare Your Independence From Meat This Monday!

July 4 2016 Meatless Monday 

Declare Your Independence From Meat This Monday!Whats patriotic? Its not a color (red, white, and blue). Its not hot dogs and grilled burgers. Its a feeling inside--a feeling of pride, of being proud to be part of a country and a planet that can be free and sustainable. Its a feeling of commitment to make that sustainability a reality. This year July Fourth falls on Meatless Monday--the perfect opportunity to refrain from eating meat once a week in support of our own well-being and the well-being of the planet. Those of us who follow Meatless Monday do it with joy. Holidays included! But what if youre invited to a Fourth of July barbecue thats overloaded with meat? Not to worry! Here are 5 ways to stay proud and and go Meatless Monday on a prime grilling day! Meet them burger for burger. Theres absolutely no need to give into carcinogenic charred meat any time of the year. Instead, protect your health and choose from our delicious stock of TWELVE different kinds of meatless burgers--from Supreme Crispy Quinoa Burgers to Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers to Grilled Watermelon Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers. Send our recipes to your hosts ahead of time or bring along the ingredients and cook together. Just make sure you bring enough; one bite and guests will be wanting more. Grill the fruit and veggie aisle. Nothing says Meatless Monday better than delicious fruits and vegetables. And dont be intimidated by the word grilling. From avocados to artichokes, there are lots of unusual fruits and vegetables you can happily throw on the rack and nudge that steak aside! For even more ideas, check out our Recipe section. Commandeer the sides. Even meat-packed barbecues usually feature great summer side dishes like crisp salads, grilled corn, and juicy chunks of fresh watermelon. Bring along a can of garbanzo beans or feta cheeseand sprinkle onto your salad for an extra boost of protein. Give a toast to Meatless Monday. Pick up a glass of bubbly (kombucha works great!) and make a salute to everyones health. Follow-up with a shout-out about Meatless Monday and explain how its one of the best things youve ever done to lower your cholesterol and reduce your chances for chronic disease. Brag about your lowered emissions. When your friends rave on about their new low-emission vehicles, tell them that by not eating meat for just one day a week, you are saving the carbon equivalent of driving your car every day for a month! Not to mention, youre also helping to conserve the planets water supply. Check out this video for more eco-oriented talking points. The post Declare Your Independence From Meat This Monday! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Men’s Health Month Hero: Joe Bastianich, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author

June 27 2016 Meatless Monday 

Men’s Health Month Hero: Joe Bastianich, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author Photo Credit: DSG Fotografi If you havent eaten his food (he owns 30 restaurants and markets worldwide), you probably know his face. Hes been a judge on the reality TV shows Master Chef and Master Junior Chef and the host of Restaurant Startup. He partners with famed chef Mario Batali and has written two award-winning books on Italian wine as well as Restaurant Man, a saucy, no-holds-barred look at the restaurant industry. But most importantly, Joe Bastianich is a hero for us at Meatless Monday. Surrounded by rich Italian food all his life (his mother is famed chef Lidia Bastianich), Joe experienced a wakeup call a decade ago that inspired him to change his ideas about eating meat and create a healthy new lifestyle for himself. In our exclusive interview with Joe below, find out how he did it. Joe, you are a real New York City boy born into an esteemed culinary family. What are some of your earliest food memories from your home and the streets of New York? From a very young age I was enamored by the everyday NYC classics that most kids enjoyed regularly during the 70s. I didnt have the constant access to them that my friends did, as we ate very ethnic foods at home like tripe. I used to daydream of McDonalds hamburgers and dirty water dogs. Of course, what I was learning from my family, both at home and abroad during our summers spent in Italy, was real Italian food sensibility, regional cuisine, the art of winemaking, etc. You were just a little bambino when your Italian mama Lidia Bastianich became famous for her many cookbooks and cooking show. Whats the best thing she instilled in you about food and serving others? In our house, cooking and serving food was seen as an act of love. It is how you showed that you cared for one another. The importance of being a good host is definitely something I got from my mother. It never leaves you. Get Joe’s recipe for Spaghetti Pomodoro. As you were developing your restaurants around the world, your days and nights were jam-packed with activity. What happened to your health that inspired you to change your lifestyle? Its easy to overindulge when you have access to great food and wine 24/­7. But eventually it catches up with you. About 10 years ago, I took my doctors advice and started running. I ended up falling in love with it and the intense runners high and energy it brings. It changed my life. My first marathon was the 2008 New York City Marathon and it was unforgettable. I run it every year. Marathons turned into triathlons, and in 2011 I was fortunate enough to compete in the Iron World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It was the most physically intense experience of my life and very emotionally rewarding. What changes did you make in your diet? And how do you stay on track when youre surrounded by delicious temptations all day? Do you have an on-off philosophy? I dont believe in diets. Deprivation is not sustainable for most. You have to find a balance. Its really about using common sense and being realistic about what will work for you. I modified the foods that I was already eating--smaller portions, olive oil instead of butter, more vegetables, less red meat. I love cheese and pasta, so instead of heavy butter-fat cheeses, I choose Grana Padano, which is lower in fat than many cheeses and has more protein per ounce than most meats. Fettucine Alfredo became Spaghetti Pomodoro, made with the best pasta di gragnano, San Marzano tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil. High-quality ingredients prepared simply make the most gratifying meals. “A love of food doesnt mean sacrificing ones health, you just have to be smart about the choices you are making.” Why did you become a partner to Meatless Monday and how have you incorporated the program into your restaurants? Meatless Monday is a good way to bring attention to the health crisis we face in this country while simultaneously helping the environment. The focus is also on moderation, which is easier for people to integrate into their behavior. Whats your best advice for making vegetables mouth-watering? First and foremost, it begins in your grocery cart. Look for quality products. If you buy the best produce you can afford, then you really shouldnt have to do much to them. Take the time to check out the produce at your area markets and spend a little more for the best vegetables. A pantry staple that you can almost use on anything is extra virgin olive oil, and again, quality is key. Take the most expensive bottle you can afford, add $20, and buy that one. It is worth it.  Not all olive oil is created equal. The best ones will have the harvest date on the packaging and are at their freshest when consumed 6 months after this date. A plate of raw or steamed vegetables drizzled with a great olive oil and a little kosher salt can be extremely satisfying. Since youre someone who can cook anything and knows food inside out, please share with us two of your most favorite dishes. First, whats your best pre-marathon meal? A simple Pasta Primavera (pasta with vegetables) or Pasta Scoglio (pasta with seafood). Second, whats the meal youd love to eat on your last day on earth? There are so many options, but why not go out with gusto?! Maybe White Truffles over Agnolotti dal Plin (pasta filled with a lush mixture of veal, pork, and cheese), paired with a great Barolo (considered one of Italys greatest red wines, made from the Nebbiolo grape). The post Men’s Health Month Hero: Joe Bastianich, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Rainbow Veggie Pizza

June 20 2016 Meatless Monday 

In celebration of Pride Month and all the flavor, nutrition and delight that a rainbow of colorful veggies has to offer, we’re excited to share this fantastic recipe from Tawnie of Kroll’s Korner. Whip one up for a Meatless Monday meal to share tonight! Serves 2-4 - 1/­­2 red onion, chopped - 1/­­3 cup broccolini - 1/­­2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved - 1/­­2 large zucchini, thinly sliced - red, orange, and yellow bell pepper, diced - 1 cup shredded mozzarella - 1/­­2-1 cup pizza sauce - Pre-made pizza dough or homemade - olive oilFresh Parmesan for garnish Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Chop all of your veggies and place in separate bowls to keep organized. Brush the pizza dough with a little olive oil (1-2 Tbsp). Then, using a ladle swirl the pizza sauce around the dough right up until you reach the edges of the pizza. Then sprinkle with cheese. Next, carefully arrange your veggies on the pizza. I started with a small amount of onion in the middle, then made rings around the with the remaining veggies. Order: onion, red bell, orange bell, yellow bell, zucchini topped with broccolini, and layered the perimeter of the pizza with the halved tomatoes. Cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy with fresh Parmesan on top! The post Rainbow Veggie Pizza appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Packs Plenty of Protein

June 13 2016 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday is in the news again, this time in relation to whether the US military should offer Meatless Monday options in their cafeterias. Critics of the plan state that eating meat every day is needed to meet the US Dietary Guidelines and get an adequate amount of protein in the diet. Meatless Monday’s scientific advisers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) say that cutting down on meat is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines and doesnt have to mean a shortage of protein in the diet. In a recent blog, CLF explains: The recommendation on protein foods has actually not changed since the last Guidelines, issued in 2010: 5.5 ounces of protein food per person per day. But this years Guidelines break it down more: we have a recommendation to eat 26 ounces of meat, poultry, and eggs (combined) per week, which is 3.71 ounces per day. By contrast, Americans eat between 4.4 and 5.9 ounces of meat each day. Thats 20 to 60 percent above the recommended level. The post continues: The Guidelines do acknowledge specifically that men and teenage boys are consuming more protein than they need, and they suggest that we all shift to alternate forms of protein, such as seafood, beans, seeds, and nuts. Its an indirect way of advising that we cut back on meat. Meatless Monday is a simple, memorable way to cut back on the overall amount of meat you consume and meet the Dietary Guidelines. Read CLFs full analysis of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans here and learn more about getting the protein you need from plant sources with these helpful articles: Stock Your Pantry with Plant-Based Protein Start Your Day with Protein on Meatless Monday Yes, You Can Go Meatless and Have Your Protein, Too Check out what Dr. Robert Lawrence, scientific adviser to the Meatless Monday initiative has to say about the benefit of joining the movement:   The post Meatless Monday Packs Plenty of Protein appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Men’s Health Month Hero: Kimatni D. Rawlins of Fit Fathers

June 13 2016 Meatless Monday 

Men’s Health Month Hero: Kimatni D. Rawlins of Fit FathersThis week Kimatni D. Rawlins takes our hero challenge to a new level--helping fathers become fit for their families. A former college athlete, Kimatni lost sight of his health goals in the early years of raising a young family, but later experienced a personal epiphany that inspired him to shed 50 pounds through a plant-based diet and daily workouts. The founder of the fitness and wellness website Fit Fathers, Kimatni today uses his knowledge as a certified fitness instructor and nutritionist to create programs that speak to men at all fitness levels. Learn more about his work and his enthusiasm for Meatless Monday in our recent interview below. You were a 250-pound running back in college. What stressors happened in those post-college years that turned you into a self-acclaimed couch potato? Work, partying, traveling, and entrepreneurship. After years of football at Georgia Tech I was a bit worn and didnt exert that same effort as I did on the field. Basically, I chose to let excuses run my life. Did you experience a specific wakeup call to get healthier? Was going meatless part of this change? At age 45 I actually wanted to relive my playing days at Tech, yet I lacked the energy and stamina needed to obtain the goal. I finally said, Enough is enough, and signed up for the Mens Health Urbanathlon in Chicago. I finished in the middle of the pack but was very exhausted after the 9-mile, 7-obstacle course. That moment I decided to study the body and how it metabolizes energy. It all led back to the foods we eat and those we choose to discard. Slowly I began eliminating chicken, fish, and dairy. Red meat and pork was never an option. Then, the icing on the cake was after my wife (also a vegan) and I watched the movies Forks Over Knives and Food, Inc. What are the positive changes youve experienced from being on a vegan diet? I have energy for days, my doctor says that my health numbers are that of an 18-year-old athlete, and I feel fluid and light on my feet after meals. I have since run a marathon and a few Urbanathlons, and every year I complete at least three half-marathons. I also train a few clients and lead group workout sessions for schools, non-profits, and work groups. Did getting into shape make you a better father? How? Yes, of course. Together my wife and I prepare well-balanced meals for the kids instead of relying on processed school lunches and fast foods. The girls (now 12 and 9) are little vegan chefs and also prepare plant-based meals for the family, especially when we have guests over. Additionally, I have the energy to expend with them after my workday is over. No longer do I let an excuse supersede our values, which are staying active, eating clean, and energizing our lives. What are the challenges men face that cause them to lose sight of their health? Do fathers in particular face special challenges in balancing home and work life? Far too often men continue to rely on the female of the household for shopping, cooking, and meal preparation. If she eats poorly, then most likely so will he. If she eats healthily but is often away, then dad is at a disadvantage if he doesnt know how to grocery shop or cook. Fit Fathers helps offset these behavioral patterns by providing recipes, nutrition tips, meal plans, etc. Today you are a physical trainer, active marathoner, and athlete. Can hard-core athletes really be successful without eating meat? Yes, thats me. Its amazing because I could barely run a mile when I was a meat-eating footballer. Keep in mind fruits, veggies, and grains are complex carbohydrates, which are humans main source of fuel, converted into glucose to be transported into every cell for energy. What repairs and accelerates the growth of cellular tissue is the macronutrient protein and its found in all foods. Beans, for example, provide needed protein, dietary fiber (which the majority of Americans lack), and various vitamins and minerals. Thus, veggies are also comprised of protein so a plant-based diet will never be devoid of any major food group. Moreover, we only need 5 to 10 per cent of our daily caloric intake to stem from proteins. Heard of Scott Jurek? He follows a pure vegan diet and is virtually unbeatable in 100-mile-plus ultra runs. Can you capsulize your health program in a few words? Yep! We have two key mantras. Lead by example so your child becomes the example and Eat Clean, Stay Active, and Energize Your Life. Why does Meatless Monday appeal to you? How do you incorporate it into your programs? We love Meatless Monday. It helps people let go of animal protein one step at a time while nourishing their bodies, reducing their carbon footprint, and ultimately giving animals another reason to breathe. Many of my close friends and followers have gone plant-based after starting their lifestyle change with a Meatless Monday. It works! Readers can follow the Fit Fathers movement at www.FitFathers.com and @FitFathers.    The post Men’s Health Month Hero: Kimatni D. Rawlins of Fit Fathers appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mango, Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

June 13 2016 Meatless Monday 

This grilled salad is perfect for summer, whether your barbecuing, throwing a picnic or just staying in! The charred flavors of grilled corn compliment the sweet mangoes and crunchy jicama. This recipe comes to us from Tiffany of Parsnips and Pastries. Serves 6 - 2 ripe but firm mangoes, diced - 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed - 1 ear corn, grilled - 1 1/­­2 cups jicama, diced - 1/­­4 cup chopped cilantro - Zest of one lime - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime) - 3 tablespoons olive oil - 2 avocados, sliced - Sea salt and pepper, to taste Grill the ear of corn, slice corn off ear, and set aside to cool. Peel and dice the mango and jicama. Rinse the black beans and add beans, jicama, mango, and corn in bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Combine lime zest, juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a mason jar. Shake well to combine. Drizzle over the salad and gently toss with the chopped cilantro. Top with sliced avocado. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight (without the avocado) and serve at room temperature. Top with avocado when ready to serve. Notes: For some heat, add in a diced jalapeno. The post Mango, Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

“Bacon” and Ranch Salad

June 6 2016 Meatless Monday 

This tempting dish gets a healthy spin with tempeh bacon and a pumpkin seed-based creamy vegan ranch dressing. Serve it on its own or pair it with quinoa for a dose of protein. This recipe comes to us from our friends at the prostate cancer awareness organization, Blue Cure. Serves 4 - 8 cups romaine lettuce - 1 large tomato - 1 medium avocado - 2 cups broccoli - 1 large bell pepper - 1/­­2 cup pumpkin seeds (or cashews) - 3/­­4 - 1 cup water - 1/­­2 tsp garlic powder - 1/­­2 tsp onion powder - 1 1/­­2 tsp dill - 1/­­2 tsp celery seed - Black pepper and salt (to taste) - 1/­­4 tsp cayenne (optional) - 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional) - 1- package tempeh bacon Wash and chop the veggies. In a blender, combine the pumpkin seeds (or cashews) with water, garlic powder, onion powder, dill, celery seed, salt, and pepper. If using the cayenne and apple cider vinegar, you can add these too. Start with less water and add more as needed. Avoid making it overly watery by just pouring a small amount of water in at a time. Blend the ingredients together until smooth. Optional to lightly sauté the plant-based bacon in a skillet to crisp it up or just serve it raw. Divide the veggies into bowls. Chop the plant-based bacon and add. Drizzle with the pumpkin seed ranch dressing. The post “Bacon” and Ranch Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Teriyaki Tofu & Vegetable Shish Kabobs

May 30 2016 Meatless Monday 

Firing up the grill this Monday? Toss these flavorful kebabs on for a change. The combination of Teriyaki marinated tofu and mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and juicy pineapple will set your taste buds ablaze. This recipe comes to us from Monica of Mommy and Love. Serves 4 - 7 oz tofu drained, cubed - 1 bottle favorite Teriyaki sauce - 1/­­2 medium orange bell pepper sliced - 1/­­2 medium red bell pepper sliced - 1/­­2 medium yellow bell pepper sliced - 1/­­2 medium purple onion sliced - 1/­­3 fresh pineapple cut into small chunks - 8 oz whole white mushrooms - 1 small zucchini sliced - 1 small avocado sliced, optional Marinate tofu and mushrooms in Teriyaki sauce for at least 30 minutes. Overnight is best. (You can also marinate ALL veggies.) Place tofu & veggies on skewers until full. If you run out of skewers, toss the remaining vegetables in tinfoil. Oil grill and set skewers (and tinfoil pouch) on the rack to cook for 10-15 minutes, or until slightly charred. Be sure to drizzle any remaining marinade over top of skewers and rotate halfway for even cooking. The post Grilled Teriyaki Tofu & Vegetable Shish Kabobs appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grill the Unusual! Vegetables and Fruits Perfect for Charring

May 30 2016 Meatless Monday 

Grill the Unusual! Vegetables and Fruits Perfect for CharringSweep that meat off your grill! This summer, farmers markets are bursting with fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables that are perfect for grilling at your Memorial Day blast. But dont reach for the normal culprits. This holiday sear up some off-road options like charred romaine or grilled kale; they’ll make excellent salad starters. All youll need is a simple oil-based dressing. Or, try grilling up some fresh cucumbers; theyll remain just as crunchy as they are fresh, but perhaps a bit denser. Or, try charred avocados--a delicious standout either alone or with fillings. Sure, you can always grill up old fruit standards like peaches, but why not go nouveau with our recipe for grilled grapes? And for a real Summer crowd-pleaser, char up our delicious watermelon salsa! Avocado. Sear some tracks in this baby! Start with large ripe Haas avocados, cut in half and remove seeds. With a spoon drizzle with fresh lime or lemon juice and brush lightly with olive oil. Gently place cut side down on grill over hot coals and grill 2-3 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Fill with chopped veggies or salsa (see our Watermelon Salsa below). Artichoke. A smoky alternative to steamed. Steam and cook artichoke the day before, until fully tender, but not overly soft. (Cool on rack or prepare the day before and cool in fridge, covered.) When ready, prepare grill for direct, high heat. Brush artichoke with herb-infused oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place halves cut side down on the grates. Cover and grill for 5-10 minutes, until char mark appear on cut side. Romaine lettuce. Versatile for salads or as sandwich filler. Wash and cut romaine halves. Start with medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat on gas grill to medium-high. Place halves cut side down on grill, and cook about 4 minutes, turning once, until charred and slightly wilted. Transfer lettuce cut side up to a serving platter, and season with salt and pepper; drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Red, orange, and/­­or yellow peppers. Make a tri-color array. Prepare outdoor grill for covered direct grilling on medium. Cut each pepper lengthwise into quarters; discard stems and seeds. In medium bowl, toss peppers with oil, 1/­­2 teaspoon salt, and 1/­­4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper. Place peppers, skin side up, on hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook peppers 4-5 minutes or until beginning to soften. Turn peppers over; cover and cook 3-4 minutes longer or until slightly charred. When done, return to same bowl. Add parsley and toss to coat. Add to salads, or eat as a side dish tossed with onions and chickpeas. Cucumbers. Still crispy, but with a dense bite. Slice English (seedless) cucumbers lengthwise in half, scoop out centers, then cut into spears. Place on a plate and sprinkle with salt; let stand for 10 minutes. Rinse, drain, and pat dry, then toss with a bit of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Grill the spears, alongside a green onion or two, over medium heat about 2 minutes per side. Toss with rice vinegar, sliced green onions, thinly sliced red or green jalape?o, and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil. Top with sesame seeds. Grilled Kale. Crisp, smoky, and addictively delicious. Remove stems, leaving large leaves. In a large bowl, toss leaves with 2 Tbs. olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Using tongs, place leaves on grill, cover, and cook until bottom sides are lightly charred, about 2 minutes. Flip leaves, cover grill, and cook until other side is lightly charred, about 1 minute longer. Remove kale from grill and set aside to cool. Add feta cheese crumbles or pine nuts, if desired Portobello Mushrooms. Plush and filling--a delicious alternative to meat. Wash, remove the stems, then brush with 1 tsp. oil. Grill 15 minutes per side. Eat alone or use as sandwich filler. Grapes. Healthy alternative to traditional sides. Prepare outdoor grills for covered, direct grilling on medium. Wash, then place grapes, broken into clusters (for ease of handling) on hot grill grate. Cover grill and cook 4-5 minutes until grapes begin to char and soften, turning occasionally. Watermelon. Bring out the hidden caramel flavor. For Watermelon Salsa, brush wedges (keep rind on for easier handling) with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat, about 2 minutes per side, until grill marks appear. Cut off and discard rinds, then dice into small pieces. Toss gently with minced red onion, some fresh lime juice, finely chopped mint, and a pinch of cayenne. Serve, topped with crumbled feta cheese, if desired, with pita chips. The post Grill the Unusual! Vegetables and Fruits Perfect for Charring appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spring Pea Pesto Penne

May 16 2016 Meatless Monday 

This veggie-packed pasta dish is protein-packed too with the help of fresh or frozen peas and chickpea-powered pasta. An irresistible pesto made with traditional basil, pine nuts and grated cheese rounds out the meal. This recipe comes to us from Banza. Serves 4 - 1 box penne pasta (such as Banza Penne) - 1/­­2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil - 3 bunches of basil leaves (about 6 cups loosely packed), washed and pat dry - 1/­­2 cup cooked peas, fresh or frozen (then thawed) - 1/­­2 cup pine nuts - 1/­­2 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano - 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed - 1/­­2 tsp sea salt As per pasta packaging instructions, bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add Banza penne in and reduce heat a bit until it reaches a low boil. Cook for 4-6 minutes, then drain and rinse shells immediately with lukewarm water. Drain completely and pour pasta back into large pot. Meanwhile, place the pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, and salt in the food processor and gently pulse a few times. Add in half the basil leaves, and blend until combined. Add in the remaining half of the basil leaves then the peas, and blend continuously, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Keep blending until well-combined. With the processor running, gently pour in EVOO through the hole in the bowl’s cover (if your processor doesn’t have one, just open and pour in EVOO in small parts, blend, and repeat). Keep blending until pesto is uniform. Pour pea pesto sauce over the pasta in the pot, and stir to thoroughly coat penne. Plate, and serve! The post Spring Pea Pesto Penne appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Banza Co-Founders on Creating a Chickpea-Powered Pasta

May 16 2016 Meatless Monday 

Banza Co-Founders on Creating a Chickpea-Powered PastaWe here at Meatless Monday love chickpeas. And whats not to love?  A great source of protein and high in fiber, magnesium and folate, these naturally gluten-free legumes are loved across the globe for their nut-like taste and buttery texture. In its newest rendition, the versatile chickpea is used to make pasta, and we sat down with the founders of Banza to see how they came up with “pasta that loves you back”. MM: What was your initial inspiration to eat more nutritiously? Health, sustainability? Did you grow up with healthy cooking/­­eating as a family or did you become interested in it later on? Brian: Growing up, I was a picky eater – I didnt venture far away from chicken nuggets and bagels. After college I started paying closer attention to the way I ate, and noticed a real difference in how I felt. I began to focus my attention on food and nutrition. Now Im the guy who stays up late reading food science books and thinking about our next innovation. MM: How did you get the idea to use chickpeas as your starter food? Why pasta? Brian: Im a huge fan of chickpeas. Theyre delicious and a staple of the mediterranean diet. Meanwhile, I love pasta. If I could, I would eat it every day. But durum wheat doesn’t have a ton of nutritional value. So I bought a hand crank and started making chickpea pasta in my own kitchen! I figured I wasnt alone – other people also must be craving a better pasta. So I recruited my big brother Scott, who was working in private equity at the time, to co-found the business with me. And weve been chickpea dreamin ever since! MM: Tell us about some of your creative failures creating the pasta and your final ah-hah moment? Scott: Early on, we realized why chickpea pasta didnt already exist. Its really hard to make! We worked with pasta experts, and still werent satisfied. We finally found the right plant, invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into production, and landed our first big order. But our initial attempt fell short of our expectations. We lost a fair amount of time and money, but the challenge motivated us to spend every waking hour researching, testing and perfecting. Well never stop obsessing over making our product better. MM: Whats the feedback you hear from people about your product? Scott: When were sampling our pasta in stores or at events, we get to meet our customers, which is incredibly rewarding. We love watching people take a bite, and be shocked to discover Banza is made from chickpeas. Since day one, weve made a commitment to building a brand thats personal – one that people can meet and get to know. MM: Whats your favorite chickpea pasta recipe of all the time and can you share the recipe with us? Thats like making a parent choose a favorite child! Mac & cheese is a team favorite. We also love this avocado cream with herbs! Get the recipe for Banza’s Spring Pea Pesto Penne! MM: Do you have plans for other products with chickpeas or other ingredients? Brian: Right now were focusing on pasta – well be launching a high protein mac & cheese soon! But yes, our mission is to take the foods that people love and make them better, by using more nutritious ingredients. Im continually experimenting in my kitchen – making better versions of the foods we dont want to give up - from cereal to tortillas. Stay tuned. MM: What advice can you give our readers about how to live a healthier and more sustainable life - besides eating Banza chickpea pastas?! Everyones different, but everything in moderation. You dont need to give up all the foods you love to eat well. There are a lot of options out there that are healthy, simple substitutions for everyday foods, and healthy is much more sustainable over time if its done without sacrifice.   The post Banza Co-Founders on Creating a Chickpea-Powered Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pittsburgh Joins Meatless Monday Movement

May 9 2016 Meatless Monday 

Pittsburgh Joins Meatless Monday MovementFor a city once enamored with hot sausage sandwiches, pierogis, and 25-cent wings specials, Pittsburgh has just made a huge leap. Understanding the impact that reducing meat consumption has on sustainability, the environment, and public health, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has recently signed an official proclamation recognizing every Monday in 2016 as Meatless Monday! This comes on the heels of a Meatless Monday proclamation in November of 2015. Pittsburgh now joins millions around the globe in the Meatless Monday initiative founded by Sid Lerner and Johns Hopkins University to promote cutting out meat one day a week. As part of the citys Live Well Pittsburgh program, the proclamation has given added boost not only for locals to think more about wellness but also for chefs to get more creative. Although Meatless Monday first kicked off in 2003, most Pittsburghers hadnt been aware of it. To change that, a small group of dedicated citizens, including Leila Sleiman of Justice for Animals, Natalie Ahwesh of Humane Action Pittsburgh, and Christin Bummer of Beans not Bambi, gathered together to inspire more veg options in mainstream restaurants as well as at cafeterias in schools, universities, and hospitals throughout the Steel City. Already on board is an impressive group of partners, including Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and Live Well Allegheny (a county-wide initiative to educate residents about making healthier lifestyle choices). The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant, continually recognized as one of Americas Best Hospitals, now features Meatless Monday options and other affiliates are expected to follow. In September, 2016, schools in Mt. Lebanon are also planning to launch Meatless Monday. Though Pittsburgh had generally been a meat-and-pierogi kind of town, thousands of Pittsburghers did show up for the citys first annual Pittsburgh VegFest in August, and more are expected this summer for 2016! Pittsburgh is a progressive city, says Sleiman.  So many people are ready to make changes, and want to be healthier and more environmentally friendly- they just didnt know where to start. Some Pittsburgh restaurants have already welcomed the proclamation with inventive expertise. Mexi-Casa, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Dormont, long devoted to fresh and healthy ingredients, has initiated a new Meatless Monday menu loaded with vegetarian and vegan options. Café Phipps, located at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and recognized by Food & Wine magazine as one of the Best Museum Restaurants, has added Meatless Monday options to its already local, organic, and sustainable menu, featuring vegetables and herbs from its own rooftop garden. The Meatless Monday Pittsburgh Facebook page regularly showcases other local restaurants bursting with Meatless Monday creativity. Some of the best, offered at the Chateau Cafe & Cakery, include: the “Berry Manilow, a triple berry compote with toasted almonds and Brie cheese options on sweet onion bread, and the “Brussel Crowe, a panini packed with shaved Brussel sprouts and caramelized onions. Who said Pittsburghers cant combine healthy and humor? We want to make it as easy as possible for our fellow citizens to live compassionate, healthful lives, Ahwesh says. It just seemed like the right time to introduce it citywide. We are so happy the Mayor was supportive. Want to get Meatless Monday going in your community or city? Learn how to start a campaign here or contact us at info@meatlessmonday.com. The post Pittsburgh Joins Meatless Monday Movement appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spring into Meatless Monday at Your Local Farmer’s Market

May 9 2016 Meatless Monday 

Smell the strawberries and taste the sugar snap peas! Spring is prime time to visit your local farmers market. Not only will you support your local growers by buying from them, youll also have access to the freshest and ripest produce available in your region. As well, youll enjoy the opportunity to develop a relationship with your farmers and ask questions like: How did you grow this? Is it organic? How do you cook it best? When all is said and purchased, theres nothing like cooking a delicious meal with fresh fruits and vegetables grown by people you know. Plus, shopping locally cuts down on the long-distance transportation of conventional agriculture, which often leaves toxic by-products in the environment. How to find a market near you to visit? Check out the Eat Well Guide where theyve hand-picked markets, farms and other sources of local sustainable food. Or, plan a destination trip to visit some of the great farmers markets in the U.S., like Union Squares Greenmarket in New York, or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco, or  Sweet Auburn Market in Atlanta. If you dont want to fill your suitcase with greens, you can definitely take home regional goodies like homemade honey or preserves. And for sure, there will be lots of samples to nosh on - from homemade breads to artisanal cheeses. Take a Farmer’s Market Tour with Chef Bryce Shuman   While farmers markets are great for getting the best in-season produce, its important to know whats in season in your region. In general, lettuces, greens, turnip, kale and some root vegetables like onions and fennel are signatures of Spring. You’re also likely to feast your eyes on strawberries, okra, rhubarb and asparagus. Check out this guide for what is ripest in your region. And for your next Meatless Monday lunch or dinner, try our Chilled Asparagus Pea Soup - a perfect nod to Springtime at your local farmers market! The post Spring into Meatless Monday at Your Local Farmer’s Market appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sneaky Ways to Get Your Mom to Go Meatless

May 2 2016 Meatless Monday 

Sneaky Ways to Get Your Mom to Go MeatlessSo, youve changed your diet from what you grew up with. Less meat, more veggies. But going home for the holidays, like Mothers Day, can be a real stress-out when it comes to dining with your meat-and-potatoes family. Maybe your mom is still making those meat-heavy dishes you used to love as a child every night of the week. How do you talk to her about your changing food habits and maybe even influence her to make some changes? Mothers Day might just be your big chance! Feed her. Nothing says it better than trying a delicious new meatless dish. Your mom, especially on Mothers Day, will appreciate more than ever not having to cook. Our recipe archive is full of easy but delicious Mom Brunch in Bed options you could make, like Louisiana Citrus Crepes and a Banana Date Smoothie. Inform her. When your mom asks you what youve been doing, say, Thinking about my health. Youve discovered that going meatless once a week is a small step you can take to reduce your risk of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. One day a week - no meat. Simple, Mom. You could do it, too! Id love for you to live a long time! Commune with her. Plan an outing to a park together and casually comment that every hour, rainforest the size of 4,000 football fields is being destroyed. Meat production is a big part of that and its guzzling trillions of tons of water. For every burger skipped, she could save enough H2O to shower with for the next 2.5 months! What not to do? Dont push, dont argue, dont insist. Meatless Monday is something you discover – like love – and then happily follow. A Mothers Day gift shell really enjoy? Print out some of our free, cute recipe cards, tie them up with a bow, and leave them on her bedside table. Of course, add a love note from you. The post Sneaky Ways to Get Your Mom to Go Meatless appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetable Fritters with Green Chile-Coconut Chutney

April 29 2016 Meatless Monday 

This recipe from Sara Moulton‘s new book Home Cooking 101 combines a popular South Asian snack called pakoras with the airy texture of Japanese tempura, achieved by using egg whites and seltzer water in the chickpea flour batter. When properly fried (oil temperature in the low to high 300Fs) the fritters absorb minimal oil and become the perfect pairing for the spicy-sweet chutney. Serves 6 Vegetable Fritters: - 170 grams (about 2 cups) chickpea flour (see Sources, page 350) - 1 tablespoon ground cumin - 1 tablespoon ground coriander - 1 1/­­2 teaspoons kosher salt - 1 teaspoon cayenne - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder - 1 3/­­4 cups plain seltzer - 2 large egg whites - Vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed, for deep-frying - 10 (2-by 1-inch) cauliflower or broccoli florets - 10 (1/­­2- by 1- to 2-inch, 1/­­2-inch thick) carrot or butternut squash slices - 10 (1/­­2-inch-thick) onion rings - Green Chile-Coconut Chutney (see below) In a medium bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, cumin, coriander, salt, cayenne, and baking powder. Add the seltzer in a stream, whisking until the mixture is smooth. Right before frying, whisk the egg whites in a bowl with electric beaters until they reach soft peaks and fold them into the batter. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large deep saucepan to 365°F. Working in batches of 5 or so pieces at a time, dip the vegetables in the batter, add carefully to the oil, and fry, turning often, until golden, about 5 minutes for the harder vegetables and 2 minutes for the onion rings. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve hot with the chutney on the side. Green Chile-Coconut Chutney: - 2 cups packed fresh cilantro, leaves and stems - 1/­­2 cup chopped scallions, white and light green parts - 1/­­4 cup sweetened flaked coconut - 2 serrano chiles, chopped with seeds (about 2 heaping tablespoons) - 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed - 1 1/­­2 tablespoons finely grated ginger - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice - 2 tablespoons water - 1 to 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar, or to taste - Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Puree all the ingredients in a blender, adding salt and pepper to taste. The post Vegetable Fritters with Green Chile-Coconut Chutney appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Fight Deforestation With Your Fork

April 25 2016 Meatless Monday 

Fight Deforestation With Your ForkIn celebration of Earth Month, each Monday in April were highlighting an environmental benefit of cutting out meat, one day a week. This week focuses on our rainforests. Can going meatless once a week change the course of our rainforests? Lets look at what, why, and how. Today, the raising of livestock uses 30 percent of the earths total land surface. And every hour, rainforest the size of 4,000 football fields is being destroyed, most of it for beef production. Plus, the raising of cattle further damages the soil – about 20 percent of pastures (and even higher for dry lands) are degraded through overgrazing and erosion. We simply cant afford to lose our rainforests. They produce our clean air, balance the climate, and protect water cycles. Our rainforests are also home to thousands of valuable medicinal plants, many of which are used in modern medicine today. Truly priceless is the culture and wisdom of native peoples who have lived in the rainforests for thousands of years. Livestock displaces them. Simple truth: As the world population explodes and the demand for meat grows, more and more rainforest will be destroyed. But its not out of our hands. You can take one very important step. Just go meatless one day a week. Why? Because for each hamburger you exchange for a delicious meat-free dish like our Pasta Primavera, you save 55 square feet of tropical rainforest. Peggy Neu, President of the Monday Campaigns, reminds us that Meatless Monday has its roots in World War I and II, when Americans were asked to help conserve key staples to aid the war effort. Today, our “cut out meat one day a week” program is active in 40 countries and growing! Activists like actor Mark Ruffalo, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Richard Branson, and many international cooking stars like Giada De Laurentiis and Mario Batali have jumped on board. Join with all of us on Meatless Monday and watch our food choices change the future. The post Fight Deforestation With Your Fork appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrate Earth Day with Our Free Recipe Cards

April 18 2016 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate Earth Day with Our Free Recipe Cards Every year, Earth Day is a time to think about the new habits we can introduce that will benefit our planet. It’s also a perfect opportunity to share earth-friendly tips and resources with our communities. To help spread the message about how going meatless once a week can conserve water and energy and help lower greenhouse gas emissions, Meatless Monday is excited to share our latest free resource, printable recipe cards! Our first collection of recipe cards features six of our favorite plant-based recipes loaded with spring produce like asparagus, peas, radishes, carrots and mint. With the recipe on the front and fast facts about the Meatless Monday movement on the back, the resource looks fab printed in either color or black and white. So whether youre planning to talk about eating less meat at a local Earth Day event or just looking for an attractive reminder to skip meat once a week to post on your refrigerator, check them out today! Meatless Monday Printable Recipe Cards: Spring Veggies. And stay tuned as we continue to develop more cards featuring our awesome collection of delicious meatless recipes. Find these recipes and more in our new spring-themed printable recipe card pack: Mint Harissa Israeli Couscous Lemon Mint Quinoa Salad Green Tea Pesto Pasta Easy Veggie Lo Mein The post Celebrate Earth Day with Our Free Recipe Cards appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Kale Greek Salad with Chick’n

April 11 2016 Meatless Monday 

Fresh veggies like kale, tomatoes and cucumber dressed with herbs and a lemony olive oil dressing and topped with earth-friendly meatless chick’n? Yes, please! This recipe comes to us from Chef Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe and our friends at Gardein. Serves 4 - 1 bunch lacinato, tuscan or dinosaur kale, stems removed and thinly sliced - 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice - 1/­­4 cup olive oil, divided - 1 tsp sea salt, divided - 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (or 1 lb vine tomatoes, roughly chopped) - 1 seedless cucumber, peeled and diced - 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives - 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped - 2 tbsp white or red wine vinegar - 1 package (7 oz.) meatless chick’n (such as Gardein Chickn Scallopini) In a large mixing bowl, combine the kale, lemon juice, and half the olive oil and salt. With clean hands, toss the kale until fully coated in the lemon mixture. In a second mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, parsley, vinegar, and remaining olive oil and salt. Toss to combine. Make the chickn according to packaged instructions. Set aside on a cutting board and thinly slice. Divide the kale between 4 plates and top with the tomato mixture. Arrange sliced chickn on top of each plate and serve immediately. The post Kale Greek Salad with Chick’n appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Meat to the Front of the Line!

April 11 2016 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Meat to the Front of the Line!If youve been wondering if your seitan burger or veggie bacon really helps the environment, heres proof. A recent study just proved that - yes! –  the production of vegetarian meat alternatives generates about 10 times less greenhouse emissions than comparable beef-based products. Researchers from Andrews University tracked CO2 emissions from the whole life cycle of plant-based meats – from seed to harvest to package and transport. Using specialized software to crunch thousands of data points, they found that the average emissions impact across all meat substitutes was 2.4 kilograms. Meat substitutes like crumbles, nuggets, deli slices and sausages had the lowest emissions while veggie burgers, which came in the highest at 4.1 kilograms, was still 5 to 124 kilograms lower than beef. Inspired by programs like Meatless Monday, more and more consumers are clamoring for meat alternatives that are not only healthy but also environmentally sustainable. Meat-free meals dont just generate less emissions; they are most often free of everything that is typically deemed unhealthy about meat: cholesterol, trans fat, and saturated fat, as well as antibiotics and hormones. From both the individual and the collective perspective, meat-free meats are a win-win choice. Luckily, there are lots of options these days for those of us still hankering for the experience of meat, but without the drawbacks. Check out our featured recipe this week, Kale Greek Salad with Chickn or these options from our partners in the meatless meat biz! Grilled Watermelon Pineapple Teriyaki Burger Pasta Alfredo with Walnut Parmesan Chickn Tortilla Soup The post Meatless Meat to the Front of the Line! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Broccoli Guacamame

April 4 2016 Meatless Monday 

This soybean-spin on guacamole adds some extra fiber to that classic dip. Try using cut up bell peppers instead of chips for an even healthier treat. This recipes comes to us from Kinzie of To Cheese or Not to Cheese? Serves 6   - 1/­­2 cup edamame - 1/­­2 cup broccoli stalks, peeled - 1 avocado, peeled and sliced lengthwise - 1 scallion, sliced - 1/­­2 red onion, diced - 1 clove garlic, minced - 1/­­2 jalapeno, minced - juice of one lime - 1 tomato, diced - 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped - salt to taste Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add edamame, blanch for 2 minutes, drain and set aside. Bring water to a boil once more, add broccoli, blanch for 2 minutes and drain. In food processor, puree edamame and broccoli together. Using a potato-master or the back of a spoon, mash the edamame-broccoli puree with the avocado, scallion, red onion, garlic, jalapeno, lime, tomato and cilantro. Salt to taste and serve. The post Broccoli Guacamame appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Interviews Chef Josh Bernstein

February 22 2016 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Interviews Chef Josh BernsteinRecently Meatless Monday caught up with Chef Josh Bernstein, Executive Chef of The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, which has locations in Clifton and Ramsey, NJ, to talk about the ways he and his team have incorporated wonderful vegetarian and vegan options into the restaurants menu offerings, and the decision to get involved with the Meatless Monday movement. Chef Josh graduated first in his class from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1999, and has been working with food ever since, creating dishes in restaurants up and down the East Coast and working in the highly demanding world of corporate dining. An entrepreneurial thinker as well as a talented chef, Chef Josh launched Behind the Cuisine, offering interactive dinner parties and cooking classes, and opened his first restaurant, 9North, in his hometown of Wayne, New Jersey before working with The Shannon Rose Irish Pub. If you were to sum up your mission as a chef, how would you do it? What do you bring to the table that makes your work unique? “My goal is to make people happy with great food, to be responsible to the customer. In today’s world, finding the best possible products and ingredients and using them in a way that brings great food to customers has to be the goal. Its really important that all chefs think that way. Its easy to go with big vendors and find a cheap product, but thats not what its about. Its about serving the best possible product at the best possible prices.” How do you select the vegetables you use for your meals? “When choosing the menu, seasonality plays a huge part. Were not going to have asparagus in the winter, or heirloom tomatoes that arent in season, or heavy dishes in the summer. Seasonality is what drives the overall planning.” Lots of popular dishes - especially Irish dishes – seem to focus on meat. Why do you think meatless options have become so popular in your restaurants? “Were an Irish pub – you normally dont think Irish pub and vegetarian! Weve found that expanding our vegetarian options brings in a niche audience that otherwise wouldnt have experienced that Irish pub hospitality. Our pubs offer a chef-driven, scratch-made menu that blends Irish pub classics and new tavern favorites, incorporating seasonal, fresh and local ingredients, and our vegetarian options are simply an extension of that philosophy. We get a lot of emails and Facebook posts with people just thanking us!” In your opinion, what makes it difficult to eat healthy in todays world - and how can eating inventive dishes like yours help? “I dont think its difficult - its a choice. If you want to follow a healthier diet, you can eat healthy anywhere. The smart restaurants make it easy to find the healthier options. At the Shannon Rose, we use symbols to identify vegetarian and gluten free options. We also provide training to our service staff on the items that can be made vegetarian and gluten free with some adjustments.” What first got you inspired to cook? “I always joke I was cooking out of necessity because my mom wasnt a great cook. A lot of chefs have a story of family cooking traditions, but I didnt. I had a passion for food from the beginning - innate or instinctual. I grew up watching cooking shows like Julia Child and Martin Yan. I had parents who wanted me to be cultured, and we dined out in NYC and went to shows and museums. Once my parents realized that this was the direction I wanted to pursue professionally, they took me out to more upscale restaurants for the experience and to talk to people in the business. I started as a dishwasher at 15 in a restaurant owned by a friend. I learned every area of restaurant work - after that I had the bug!” What, if anything, has surprised you about the meals, cooking meatless, and/­­or customer response to meatless meals? “Theres a stigma with vegetarian items. In a lot of restaurants vegetarian options mean a salad or grilled vegetables on a panini, especially for Irish Pubs, but its the chef and the recipe that makes it so different. You cant just say its vegetarian, you have to make good food. Thats whats more important – just make great food.” “We added a Vegetarian Sloppy Joe to our menu this past October, and you wouldnt know the difference, even as a meat eater! Weve had meat-eating loyalists who have tried it in slider form and loved it. Its amazing to us that were selling as much as were selling, and that people are taking notice of it. Its bringing in more customers!” “We are now in the process of expanding on our vegetarian dishes and including them into our core menu. Meatless Monday helps us get the word out even more about these offerings.” We have a vegetarian version of the old-school Sloppy Joe, only ours is made with Gardein crumbles. You wouldnt know the difference, even as a meat eater! Weve had meat-eating loyalists who have tried it in slider form and loved it. People who are not vegetarians are trying it more and more - and loving it.” “One of our floor managers has been vegan since 16, and shes very proud of it. We tested the Sloppy Joe on servers without saying it was vegetarian. They were shocked! By the way... its vegan!” What do you think of eating meatless once a week? Have you considered doing Meatless Monday in your restaurant? Taking one day of the week to say Im not going to eat meat today, is one step people can take toward making sure to eat a balanced diet. You cant live off of one type of food; you need to be well rounded. And a balanced diet is just that. I think the goal is to bring awareness to the fact that the vegetarian lifestyle can be a healthy choice, even if its just choosing to focus on it one day a week to start - it might just make you feel a little bit better!”     If you’re in the Clifton or Ramsey, New Jersey area and looking for an excellent Meatless Monday meal – or meal any day of the week – come sample Chef Josh Bernstein’s work at The Shannon Rose Irish Pub! The Shannon Rose Irish Pub is located at 98 Kingsland Rd. in Clifton, NJ and 1200 Route 17 in Ramsey, NJ. The post Meatless Monday Interviews Chef Josh Bernstein appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Barley Fried Rice

February 22 2016 Meatless Monday 

This healthy spin on fried rice features the nutritious whole grain barley in place usual white rice. Edamame adds protein to the dish while eggs, peas and carrots take up their traditional role in this popular dish. This recipe comes to us from Amber of Homemade Nutrition. Serves 4 – 6 - 1 teaspoon unsalted butter - 2 large eggs, cracked and mixed in a small bowl - 1 tablespoon canola oil or light olive oil, separated - 1/­­2 medium red onion, chopped - 2 cloves garlic, chopped - salt and pepper to taste - 1 cup frozen edamame (shelled) - 1 cup frozen peas and carrots - 3 1/­­2 cups cooked barley (or brown rice) - 1/­­4 cup + 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce - 1 teaspoon sesame oil - red pepper flakes to taste (optional) - chopped cilantro for garnish (optional) Heat a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Melt the butter, and cook the eggs until they are scrambled and just barely cooked through. Remove the eggs from the skillet and set aside. Turn the heat up to medium high, add 1 teaspoon of the oil, then add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion begins to soften. Add the edamame and peas and carrots and cook for about 2 more minutes. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil, then add the barley. Stir the mixture, then let it sit for about 1 minutes, then stir again and let it sit for another minute (this is to allow the barley to brown). Repeat 2-3 more times. Finally, add the soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes (if using) and cooked egg and mix to combine everything. Remove from heat. Top with chopped cilantro for garnish. The post Barley Fried Rice appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Asian Tofu Wraps

February 22 2016 Meatless Monday 

Tofu is pressed, seasoned and baked in the oven to complement the crisp Boston bibb lettuce in these hearty tortilla wraps. This tasty fusion lunch presents Asian flavors of garlic, fresh ginger and scallions in a whole grain burrito package. This recipe comes to us from Liz of This and That. Serves 4 - 1 14 ounce package extra firm tofu, pressed - low sodium tamari or soy sauce, to taste - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 2 tablespoons sesame oil - 1 bell pepper, chopped - 1 cup carrots, chopped - 1 5 ounce can water chestnuts, sliced in half - 2 cloves garlic, minced - 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced - white cooking wine, to taste - chili oil, to taste - 6 scallions, sliced - 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped - 4 large Boston bibb lettuce leaves - 4 whole grain tortillas - sesame seeds, as garnish* *optional Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. After pressing the tofu, cut the block into 8 slices and coat the pieces in tamari or soy sauce to taste. Place the seasoned tofu pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, flip with a spatula, and bake on the other side for another 15-20 minutes, or until the tofu reaches desired consistency. Place the olive oil and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, carrots and water chestnuts to the skillet. Season with the garlic, ginger and white wine and chili oil to taste. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables become soft. Stir in the chopped scallions and cilantro. Put a separate skillet on the stove over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until the tortilla becomes soft and easily foldable. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. To assemble the Asian Tofu Wraps, divide the veggie mixture in 4 equal parts onto the softened tortillas. Top with a large lettuce leaf on each wrap and the slices of tofu on top of the lettuce. Taste for seasoning and adjust with more chili oil, soy sauce or sesame seeds if desired. Fold like a burrito and enjoy. The post Asian Tofu Wraps appeared first on Meatless Monday.

5 Hearty Meals for a Healthy Heart

February 15 2016 Meatless Monday 

5 Hearty Meals for a Healthy HeartFebruary is American Heart Month - a month to focus on cardio vascular health and start some good habits your heart will thank you for all year long. Going meatless once a week does a lot of good for the planet, but also for your own health. Valentine’s Day may be over, but the health of your heart deserves more than just one day a year! Why is skipping the meat on Monday so good for the health of your heart? Eating less meat means there’s more room on your plate for the good stuff, Vegetables, fruits, and healthy whole grains. There are many reasons why going meatless is good for your health, here are just a few: Less meat = lower risk of heart disease One study found that a diet with 2.5 or more servings of whole grain per day was associated with a 21% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, and overall fatal cardiovascular disease). Less meat = reduced risk of stroke Another study found that each daily serving of fruits or vegetables was associated with a 4% decline in coronary heart disease, and a 5% lower risk of stroke. Less meat = delicious, heart meals! Eating less meat doesn’t mean skipping out on hearty, flavorful fare! Here are just a few recipes from Meatless Monday bloggers that bring heartiness and flavor to your Meatless Monday. Spaghetti Squash Bake, Confessions of a Mother Runner Healthy Sloppy Joes, Recipe Renovator Hearty Spinach and Mushroom Curry, Eat Healthy Eat Happy Hearty Butternut Squash and Two-Bean Chili, Vabon Vivant White Wine and Lemon Lentils with Braised Onions and Fried Egg, Live Fresh For more hearty recipes that are good for your heart, visit our Pinterest board or the Meatless Monday recipe archive! The post 5 Hearty Meals for a Healthy Heart appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Rice Milk Porridge with Berries

February 15 2016 Meatless Monday 

The comfort of porridge gets a summer spin when topped with fresh berries. A dollop of yogurt, a sprinkling of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey completes this refreshing way to start your day. This recipe comes to us from Trudy of veggie.num.num. Serves 2 For the porridge: - 1 cup wholegrain oats - 1 1/­2 cups rice milk - 1 cup water - 1 pinch salt - 1 tablespoon honey - or - 1 tablespoon maple syrup To top the porridge: - extra rice milk -  1/­2 cup fresh mixed berries - 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt - or - 2 tablespoons dairy free yogurt alternative - a sprinkle of cinnamon* *optional To make the porridge: Combine the oats, rice milk, water and salt together in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and add the honey or maple syrup. Cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes, or until the oats are soft and the porridge is thick and creamy. To complete the rice milk porridge with berries: Spoon the porridge into warm bowls, pour over extra rice milk to cover, top with fresh berries and a dollop of yogurt and a little ground cinnamon, if desired. The post Rice Milk Porridge with Berries appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Enjoy a Meatless Feast for Mardi Gras

February 8 2016 Meatless Monday 

Enjoy a Meatless Feast for Mardi GrasMardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, and is a day for feasting and revelry. Every year the holiday falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. While Lent is often associated with giving up vices or rich foods, Fat Tuesday is all about cleaning out all the delicious food left in the house and feasting indulgently one last time before Lent begins. In the US, Mardi Gras has become much more than a religious holiday - Louisiana has even declared it an official, legal holiday! Mardi Gras is also the culmination Carnival celebrations around the world - a tradition of festivities between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar. The word carnival is derived from the Latin carnelevarium which means to take away or remove meat. This is a perfect fit for Lent, as many people give up meat altogether during that season! While its easy to think of Mardi Gras as a grand party in the Latin Quarter of New Orleans, many celebrate with friends or family. This year, make your Mardi Gras delicious and meatless with these recipes from Meatless Monday Bloggers!   Easy Red Beans & Rice, Watching What I Eat King Cake, So Hungry I Could Blog Vegetarian Gumbo Made In One Pan, Healing Tomato  Cajun Mardi Gras Skillet, Mosaic Kitchen Mardi Gras Cupcakes, I Crashed the Web For more recipes to help you celebrate a meatless Mardi Gras, visit our Pinterest board or the Meatless Monday recipe archive! The post Enjoy a Meatless Feast for Mardi Gras appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetarian Gumbo

February 8 2016 Meatless Monday 

Although gumbo traditionally features a mix of chicken, sausage and shrimp, this vegetarian version is equally hearty with its plethora of veggies and savory spices. This recipe comes to us from Rini of Healing Tomato. Serves 6 For the Roux - 1/­­4 cup flour - 2 tsp sunflower oil - 2 tsp of flax seed meal (optional) The Vegetables - 1 cup of red onions (finely chopped) - 3 stalks of celery (cut into 1/­­4 inch pieces) - 1 green bell pepper (cut into 1/­­4 inch pieces) - 1 yellow squash (cut into 1/­­4 inch pieces) - 3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped) - 2 cups okra (frozen) - 2 cups French cut green beans (frozen) - 1/­­2 cup corn (frozen) - 1 can of black eyed peas - 1 can of diced tomatoes - 4 cups of water - 3 tsp of tomato paste - 4 tsp of your favorite hot sauce (optional) The Spices - 3 tsp of cayenne pepper - 3 tsp of cumin powder - 2 tsp of dried basil - 2 tsp of dried oregano - 2 tsp of dried parsley - 2 tsp of dried rosemary - 2 tsp of black peppers (whole) - 3 tsp of salt For serving - 3 cups of cooked brown rice Prepare the roux first Take a large and heavy-bottom pan Heat it for 20 seconds at medium heat and then add the oil Add the flour Stir constantly to make sure that it doesn’t burn. When the color of the roux is dark brown, add the flax seed meal Stir for another 45 seconds Add the Celery, onions, bell pepper and squash Turn the heat to high and let the vegetables cook well. Stir constantly. When the vegetables turn soft, add the remaining ingredients in the order listed above Add the spices also Stir well and then cover Turn the heat to low and let the vegetarian gumbo cook on its own Stir occasionally to make sure that it is not sticking at the bottom The post Vegetarian Gumbo appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Okra Creole

February 8 2016 Meatless Monday 

The holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery are sautéed with garlic and tomatoes, then seasoned with allspice, paprika and cayenne pepper. Okra is browned in the broiler for a smoky taste and irresistible texture before it’s sprinkled throughout the spicy tomato base. This recipe comes to us from Donna of Fab Frugal Food. Serves 4 - 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided - 1 large onion, diced - 1 green bell pepper, diced - 1 stalk celery, diced - 3 cloves garlic, minced - 1 28 ounces can diced tomatoes - 2 bay leaves - 1/­­4 teaspoon allspice - 1 tablespoon paprika - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon red pepper flakes - 16 ounces fresh or frozen thawed okra, cut into chunks Place 2 of the tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften. Add the bell pepper, celery and garlic and cook for 1 minute more, or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Stir in the diced tomatoes and bay leaves. Season with the allspice, paprika, cayenne pepper sauce, salt and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn on the broiler. Toss the okra in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and spread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Broil the okra for 3-5 minutes about 6 inches from the heat, or until browned on one side. Remove the okra from oven and flip with a spatula. Return the okra to the oven and broil another 2-3 minutes, or until the other sides are browned. Stir the okra into the tomato mixture and enjoy. The post Roasted Okra Creole appeared first on Meatless Monday.

6 Cauliflower Wings Recipes for Superbowl Sunday

February 1 2016 Meatless Monday 

6 Cauliflower Wings Recipes for Superbowl SundayAre you ready for the big game? Bring savory, spicy “wings” to your game day celebration with these recipes for the hottest trend in hot wings: cauliflower! Cauliflower is rich in nutrients and makes a versatile base for almost any flavors you want to cook with. Cauliflower wings are particularly perfect for game day, and can even be dipped like chicken wings in the sauce of your choice! Cauliflower Wings from Meatless Monday Bloggers Buffalo Style Cauliflower Bites, Bean a Foodie   Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, The Saucy Southerner   Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, Fueled By Vegetables   Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Good Mother Diet   Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Cheater Vegan Ranch Dip, Veggie Inspired   Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, The Natural Culinary Nutritionist   Looking for even more delicious recipes for the big game? Visit the Meatless Monday Pinterest page for inspiration, and check out the Meatless Monday recipe archive for meals and snacks the home team will love! The post 6 Cauliflower Wings Recipes for Superbowl Sunday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mario Batali Talks Meatless Monday (Tuesday and Wednesday) on The Chew!

January 25 2016 Meatless Monday 

Mario Batali Talks Meatless Monday (Tuesday and Wednesday) on The Chew!Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been a part of the Meatless Monday movement for nearly five years, and this month on The Chew he helped spread the word! He joined the movement in May of 2010 after learning about the environmental and health toll the western diet was taking on the world. Since that time Batali has offered Meatless Monday specials in all 14 of his restaurants across the US and embracing Meatless Monday in his own home. Starting in 2016, though, hes upping the stakes at home and making it meatless even more often: when asked about his health and diet plans for the new year on The Chew, Batali responded Meatless Monday is now Meatless Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday! Batali went on to discuss one prominent dietary trend in the US: eating more vegetables. Most people are eating more vegetables at this point, he remarked to The Chew, Its a good way to live and its a good way to have a healthy long natural life. With bloggers and media in the field already calling 2016 the Year of the Veggies, its easy to see that Batali knows what folks are interested in eating and how to put delicious, healthy meals on the table. Want to follow Chef Batalis lead? Sign up for our newsletter and take the Meatless Monday pledge! Whether youve already cut back on meat or are looking for a way to get started making a healthier choice, taking the pledge is a great way to get started. Hungry for more? Find out more about the benefits of going meatless once a week, and learn more about the global meatless movement. Get ideas for your own Meatless Monday on our Pinterest page, and visit the Meatless Monday recipe archive for healthy, hearty entrees and savory side dishes to keep you satisfied and feeling great! The post Mario Batali Talks Meatless Monday (Tuesday and Wednesday) on The Chew! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Potato and Spinach Tacos

January 25 2016 Meatless Monday 

Although the ingredients are simple, these tacos pack a flavorful punch with potatoes, spinach, onion and garlic. Top them off with queso fresco or feta and you have a satisfying, simple meal! This recipe comes to us from Nancy of Spicie Foodie. Serves 4 - 800 grams or 1.75 lb. of potatoes (about two large-sized potatoes) - 600 grams or 1.3 lb. fresh spinach - 1/­3 cup or about half a small white onion, finely chopped - 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced - 2 tablespoons of olive oil - fine sea salt, to taste - ground black pepper, to taste - queso fresco, for topping (you could sub with feta if desired) - refried beans, as side dish - grilled chiles, as an optional side dish - corn tortillas Prepare any side dish first as the tacos are ready in a short amount of time. Next throughly rinse the spinach to remove any and all dirt that may be trapped on the stems. Also if the stems are really long, cut most of it off. Roughly chop the spinach and set aside. Now throughly clean the potatoes and peel them too. Cut the potato into very small bite-size pieces at roughly the same size — this is important so that the potato doesn’t rip the tortilla. Heat the oil in a very large pan, once hot add the potatoes and fry for a few minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Next add onion and sauté until soft and translucent, then add the minced garlic, and a large pinch of sea salt. Continue to cook until the potatoes are soft and cooked through — if needed you can add a couple of tablespoons of water to the pan to prevent the potatoes from burning. Now add the roughly chopped spinach to the pan and gently stir the ingredients. Sprinkle some ground black pepper over the ingredients and stir. Continue to cook until the spinach has just begun to wilt. Additionally you may need to add the spinach in a couple of batches as it takes up a large space. Taste and if needed add more salt and/­or black pepper. Warm the corn tortillas up and scoop a couple of tablespoons into each tortilla, sprinkle some crumbled queso fresco over each taco; and if desired top with a couple of pieces of purple onion. Serve from 3 to 4 tacos per person and with side dishes of your choice. Enjoy! The post Potato and Spinach Tacos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetable Pancit

January 18 2016 Meatless Monday 

Pancit is a traditional Filipino dish made with rice noodles. While pancit dishes often feature meat, this vegetable version is a light and healthy take that’s perfect fit for healthy eating resolutions. This recipe comes to us from Christin of Veggie Chick. Serves 8 - 8 ounces rice noodles - 3 teaspoons sesame oil, divided - 1 package (15 ounce) extra firm tofu, drained and cut into 1 inch pieces and pressed with paper towel to remove all moisture - 1 white onion, peeled and diced - 4 garlic cloves, minced - 2 large carrots, grated (about 1 cup) - 3-4 cups chopped green cabbage (about 1/­­2 head) - 2 cups baby broccoli florets - 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce - 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (or 1/­­2 teaspoon dried ground ginger) - 1 veggie bouillon cube - 3/­­4 cup vegetable broth - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground sea salt Place the rice noodles in a large bowl; cover with warm water and let sit. When the noodles are soft, after about 20 minutes, drain and set noodles aside. Heat 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and sauté until browned, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the tofu from the wok. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to the wok. Sauté the onion and garlic for 2 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add the carrots, cabbage and broccoli. Stir fry until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the tamari, ginger, veggie bouillon cube, vegetable broth and sea salt. Stir until the bouillon cube is dissolved. Add the cooked tofu, rice noodles and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Serves 8. Best served immediately. Stays fresh in the fridge for 1 day. The post Vegetable Pancit appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Eat Your Beans: United Nations Declares 2016 the International Year of Pulses

January 11 2016 Meatless Monday 

Eat Your Beans: United Nations Declares 2016 the International Year of PulsesThe United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. But what is a pulse, and why focus on them in 2016? Pulses are a specific group of foods including lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas. This food group is consumed regularly around the world in a huge variety of cultural cuisines. Using the slogan nutritious seeds for a sustainable future, the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), named 2016 the International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain. Pulses are important food crops for the food security of large proportions of populations, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where pulses are part of traditional diets and often grown by small farmers – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva [Pulses] have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries, Director-General Graziano da Silva continued, Yet, their nutritional value is not generally recognized and is frequently under-appreciated. According to FAO pulses are more than cheap and delicious, they are also rich in nutrients and provide a range of health benefits - perhaps especially in developing countries. With the global diet trending toward an increase in meat consumption, and with the danger that such rates of meat consumption poses for human heath, the environment and climate change, a diet rich in alternative sources of protein is one step anyone can make for a brighter future. In addition to the dietary and environmental benefits of making pulses a primary source of protein on your plate, increasing the global consumption of pulses could support farmers around the world. As crops they have nitrogen-fixing properties that increase the health and fertility of soil, making nitrogen-rich fertilizers less of an expensive necessity. Much work needs to be done to end hunger and provide food security and nutrition for all. One concrete, promising opportunity lies with pulses. Let us join forces to raise awareness of the benefits of pulses, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Join in the global movement to raise awareness around the benefits of pulses this year by learning more about the many virtues of the crops and by piling them on your own plate all year long! The post Eat Your Beans: United Nations Declares 2016 the International Year of Pulses appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Want to Eat Healthier? Make a New Year’s Resolution Every Monday!

January 4 2016 Meatless Monday 

New Years Day and the whole month of January is a time for making resolutions. For some its a time to think about eating healthier, exercising more, or getting on and sticking to a budget. A great way to get started on all three of those resolutions is pledging to go meatless on Mondays! But why Mondays? According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 120 million Americans make New Years resolutions, but unfortunately only 8% of resolution-makers are able to keep them. Making Monday your day for habit change could be the key to sticking to your resolutions this year! Once a week means less stress By committing to a resolution you have to keep just one day a week, you take the pressure off. Give yourself a reasonable goal, like eating differently or moving more once a week, and youve set a small and achievable goal for the whole year. Mondays set you up for success It turns out that starting a healthy change on a Monday automatically sets you up for success for the rest of the week. A recent study by FGI Research found that most respondents felt Monday was the best day to begin a new exercise routine, start eating healthier, or engage in other activities that reduce stress. Research also shows that when you make a healthy choice on Monday, youre much more likely to make healthier choices all week long. Start fresh every week instead of once a year In that same FGI study nearly one out of three of respondents saw Monday as a fresh start. If youve kept your resolution, then Monday is an ideal time to recommit. And if youve slipped and let your resolutions slide? Monday makes an excellent opportunity to get back on track. Dr. Larry Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, credits a recurring Monday check-in as a key element in the success of his weight-loss program. Using Monday as the day to set goals, celebrate progress, and get back on track after a weekend slip up can help people stay on track for the long haul. Whatever your New Years resolution is for 2016, committing to making a change on Mondays could lead to 52 happy new weeks! The post Want to Eat Healthier? Make a New Year’s Resolution Every Monday! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Arugula Fig Almond Salad

January 4 2016 Meatless Monday 

Sweet figs, tangy feta and spicy arugula dont need much help to shine in this salad celebrating falls bounty. A simple balsamic vinaigrette seasons the greens, while almonds add an earthy crunch. This recipe comes to us from Jen of Domestic Divas. Serves 4 - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar - 1/­4 cup extra virgin olive oil - salt and pepper, to taste - 1 pint figs, quartered - 4 cups arugula - 1/­2 cup Marcona almonds - 1/­4 cup feta cheese, crumbled Place the balsamic vinegar in a small bowl, Whisk in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Layer 1/­4 of the arugula and figs onto a small plate. Top with 1/­4 of the almonds and feta. Drizzle with the balsamic vinaigrette. Repeat with the remaining ingriedients on 3 other plates and enjoy! The post Arugula Fig Almond Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice Salad with Radishes

December 28 2015 Meatless Monday 

This simple grain salad can be a a healthy dish to share at your next gathering or a great option to whip up in bulk and store in the fridge for a week of quick lunches. Top it off with a bit of feta cheese for a heartier dish. This recipe comes to us from Mummy’s Fast and Easy. Serves 6 - 150g/­­5 oz white rice, cooked - 150g/­­5 oz black quinoa, cooked - 150g/­­5 oz farro, cooked - 10-12 radishes - a bunch of fresh chives, chopped For the dressing: - 2 tbsp olive oil - 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice - 1 tbsp honey - salt In a bowl, combine all the grains together. Add the radishes(if they’re too big, cut them in halves) and chives and mix well. Finally combine the dressing ingredients together, pour over the salad and mix again. The post Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice Salad with Radishes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

8 Holiday Meals that Skip the Meat

December 21 2015 Meatless Monday 

During the holiday season families around the world gather around the table to share a meal and get into the spirit of the season. While many traditional holiday feasts have meat on the table, this year could be the year you try out a meatless holiday! These savory, hearty meals are fit for any family banquet. Gatherers Pie, In My Bowl Youve heard of shepherds pie (usually made with lamb or mutton) and cottage pie ( a similar dish made with beef). Both are traditional foods of the winter months in many parts of the world, having a layer of protein and vegetables baked under a top layer of mashed potatoes. Turn this recipe into a meatless dish that has all the heartiness and flavor, with tons of nutritional value!   Mushroom Hemp Tartlets, Manitoba Harvest These tasty, crusty tartlets make an excellent starter or horderves for your festive meals. Made with hemp hearts (which add an extra boost of protein and savory umami flavor), mushrooms, and goat cheese, these morsels pair rich flavors with flaky pastry.   Vegducken, Epicurious Now famous on the internet for several seasons, the Turducken (a dish that consists of turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) now has a new twist: a meatless version! The Vegducken is a butternut squash stuffed with an eggplant stuffed with a zucchini. This recipe also includes gravy and stuffing recipes (all meatless, of course) that pair with your freshly-roasted Vegducken.   Wild Rice, Lentil & Cranberry Stuffed Delicata Squash, Oh My Veggies Your meatless main course becomes the main event of the evening with stuffed delicate squash! Go overboard this season with squash boats stuffed with wild rice, lentils and cranberries. Youll get all those holiday flavors and a heaping helping of vitamins and fiber.   Vegan Lentil Shepherds Pie, Ezra Pound Cake Another take on the classic shepherds pie or cottage pie, this lentil pie is 100% vegan and is sure to please even the most ravenous carnivores at your table. This recipe also uses a trendy twist on mashed potatoes for the top layer: cauliflower! Lots of chefs and cooks are experimenting with cauliflower in recipes that have ordinarily called for a variety of other ingredients. Use a mix of mashed potatoes and cauliflower for your version, or experiment with an all cauliflower mash for your table! Heres a note from the recipes creator, a two-cup portion is 400 calories, with 5.5 grams of fat, 16 grams of fiber, 19 grams of protein and more than 100 percent of your daily requirements for vitamins A and C.   Seitan Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Mushrooms, Fat Free Vegan Have you discovered seitan? Seitan is made from heat, and has a wonderful texture that soaks up flavor as it cooks. This moist, stuffed seitan has all the flavors of its filling - walnuts, cranberries, mushrooms, and seasonings. Follow the recipes advice for reheating, using the microwave will help keep it moist, the oven will dry it out a bit.   Mushroom Wellington with Spinach, Ramsons & Bramble Youve heard of beef Wellington, a classic culinary feat for students learning to be professional chefs. This mushroom Wellington has all of the flavor and all of the artistry of a classic beef Wellington - just none of the beef! This version of the dish calls for walnuts and oats instead of plain bread crumbs, which adds whole grain vitamins and minerals to an already healthy dish.   Autumn Vegetables w/­­ Balsamic Glaze, Veggie Chick These hearty glazed vegetables make an excellent side dish for your holiday table, late night snack, omelet the next morning, and lunch the following day! Roasted fall/­­winter vegetables are a treat to eat at any meal when they are fresh and in season.   Anytime family gathers around the table its a time for celebration. Enjoy some of thee meatless recipes together, and have a happy holiday! The post 8 Holiday Meals that Skip the Meat appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mascarpone Pancakes with Raspberry Jam

December 21 2015 Meatless Monday 

These pancakes can be made with quinoa flour, perfect for those on a gluten-free diet. Raspberry jam and maple syrup are brought together for a sweet treat to top these fluffy flapjacks. This recipe comes to us from Jennifer of Picante Dolce. Serves 6 For the  Mascarpone Pancakes: - 1 cup quinoa flour (for gluten-free pancakes) - or - 1 cup all purpose flour - 2 teaspoons baking powder - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 3 tablespoons sugar - pinch salt - 1 cup nonfat milk - 2 eggs, separated1/­2 cup mascarpone - or - 1/­2 cup low fat cream cheese1/­2 teaspoon vanillaa little butter or nonfat cooking spray, for preparing the skillet For raspberry jam: - 3 tablespoons raspberry jam3 tablespoons maple syrup To make the mascarpone pancakes: Preheat an oven to 200 degrees. Place the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolks, mascarpone or cream cheese and vanilla. Add the milk egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Place the egg whites in a separate medium bowl and beat for 3-5 minutes, or until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Place a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Coat the pan with a light layer of butter or nonstick cooking spray. Add 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake to the pan, taking care to leave enough space to flip the pancakes. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bubbles begin to appear on top. Flip and cook another minute more, or until the pancakes are cooked through. Repeat until you are out of batter. Keep the finished pancakes in the 200 degree oven to keep them warm while you prepare the raspberry jam. To prepare the raspberry jam: Place a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the jam and maple syrup to the saucepan and stir gently until warmed through. To complete the pancakes: Serve 3-4 mini flapjacks per person, topped with raspberry jam and enjoy! The post Mascarpone Pancakes with Raspberry Jam appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Fresh Beet Hummus

December 14 2015 Meatless Monday 

Traditional hummus is given a sweet tang with the addition of a fresh beet, then spiced with aromatic cumin and cinnamon. Try this bright pink dip with any fresh veggies you like or baked pita chips at your next social gathering. This recipe comes to us from Anne and Donna of Fab Frugal Food. Serves 15 - 4 cloves garlic, peeled - 1 medium beet, peeled and coarsely chopped - 3 cups cooked chickpeas - juice of 1 lemon - zest of 1 lemon - 1/­­3 cup extra-virgin olive oil - 1/­­4 cup tahini - 2 tablespoons rice vinegar - 1 teaspoon cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 4 tablespoons scallions*, chopped for garnish *optional Pulse the peeled garlic in a food processor until it is the size of a mince. Add the beet, chickpeas, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, tahini, rice vinegar, cumin cinnamon and salt and process until thoroughly mixed. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice, olive oil or spices if desired. Sprinkle with chopped scallions, if using, and enjoy! The post Fresh Beet Hummus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Green Bean Potato Salad

December 14 2015 Meatless Monday 

This picnic staple has a rustic feel, because it features tender new potatoes which can be eaten whole. Fresh dill and tangy mustard kick the flavor up a notch, while snap peas and green beans add a refreshing crunch. This recipe comes to us from Tony of Real Men Eat Green. Serves 6 - salt, for preparing the water - 5 cups new or nugget potatoes, left whole or cut in half -  1/­­2 cup snap peas, trimmed -  1/­­2 cup green beans, trimmed - 1 tablespoons mustard - 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar - 2 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped - 1 cup egg free mayonnaise substitute - 1 cup celery, chopped - salt and pepper, to taste - a pinch cayenne pepper* *optional Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.   Add the potatoes to the pot and boil until for about 10-12 minutes, or until tender when poked with a fork. Add the snap peas and green beans to the pot and cook them with the potatoes for another 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to become tender, but still keep their crunch.     While the potatoes and peas are cooking, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, dill and mayonnaise substitute. Stir in the chopped celery.   Drain the potatoes, green beans and peas and place together in a large bowl. Toss the vegetables with the mustard dressing until thoroughly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Taste again for seasoning and add some additional chopped dill or cayenne pepper if you like your potato salad slightly spicy. The post Green Bean Potato Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

7 Ways to Get Healthy for the Holidays

December 14 2015 Meatless Monday 

During the holiday season it can be easy to slip into less-than-healthy habits. But getting back on track is as simple as taking your first step! This year make health a holiday tradition with these seven tips for getting and staying healthy during the holiday season. Bring Try New, Healthy Recipes for the Holiday Table Many of the foods of the season are treats and sweets. Make room in the week to keep yourself healthy by picking nutritious, plant-based meals from our recipe archive of popular meatless dishes. Get the Whole Family Cooking Together Family meals are a great time to bond, both while cooking and while gathered around the table! Choose recipes that are appropriate for children based on their age and skills with these recipes from The Kids Cook Monday (as a plus, all these recipes are also meatless!). Make Moving More a Tradition Traveling with friends and family? Instead of piling into the car for a trip to the local mall, invite everyone to take a stroll around the neighborhood together. Even a short brisk walk can have lasting health benefits and keep you on track for your personal health goals. Plus, walking together can be a great opportunity to enjoy local holiday decorations! Get tips and strategies for moving more with Move it Monda y. Take Time for Yourself with a Micro-Break Feeling tense? When obligations or other stressful tasks come up, give yourself a few moments to take a break. Even a micro-break of only one or two minutes can help shift your mood and give you the peace of mind to take charge of a difficult situation. Recommit to Staying Healthy This Season This time of year can be tense or stressful for lots of people, and often a habit you’ve quit (like smoking) can be a tempting source of relief. This year, re-commit to your quit over the holidays with tips and helpful strategies from Quit & Stay Quit Monday. Manage Stress with Meditation Meditation can be a great way to manage stress and gain peace of mind! By taking just a few minutes for a meditation you can give your mind and body time to relax and refresh. Refresh your mind and you’ll be ready for anything. Make Health a Priority All Year Long The holidays are a perfect time to start a new tradition: getting and staying healthy with simple habit changes. By kicking off your new year with healthy changes, and signing up for weekly health reminders, you can make a new healthy resolution every week. Health is more than just a tradition to be a part of once a year – a healthier Monday is a holiday you can celebrate all year long! Have a healthy holiday and a happy new year! The post 7 Ways to Get Healthy for the Holidays appeared first on Meatless Monday.

HungryRoot Makes Meatless Cooking Quick, Easy, and Tasty

December 7 2015 Meatless Monday 

HungryRoot Makes Meatless Cooking Quick, Easy, and TastyGoing Meatless on Mondays just got even easier. HungryRoot is making it quick and easy to get meatless, nutritious, and deliciously craveable meals on the table. How? By making vegetable pasta meals with quality ingredients in gourmet combinations - all available online, fresh-packed and ready to ship! Chef Franklin Becker took time out of is busy schedule to discuss HungryRoot and The Little Beet and The Little Beet Table restaurants in New York City. Vegetables are at the core of both businesses, Chef Franklin told Meatless Monday. His primary focus is highlighting and accentuating the best of each vegetable. People look at vegetables and think theyre going to be boring, and its not the case – they dont have to be boring! They have natural sugars and natural flavor, theyre anything but boring! – Chef Franklin Becker HungryRoot meals are know for being craveable comfort food thats good for you - but what makes a meatless meal craveable? A combination of heartiness, familiarity, and umami, he told Meatless Monday, Take those three things together and you can create a craveable meal. Chef Franklin explained that vegetables working together to create flavor are extremely flavorful and homey and that its the vegetables in meaty dishes that give them the tastes we love. Combining vegetables and spices together without meats can give you a meal that is much healthier and every bit as delicious. Theres a problem with the association of meats and animal products with the idea of comfort food. People dont look at vegetables as comforting, but they are! Even when you look at Irish stew or beef bourguignon, its the vegetables that are flavoring those meat dishes and making them craveable. – Chef Franklin Becker At HungryRoot, careful vegetable selection and recipe testing are crucial - not just for nutrition and flavor, but also for ease of use. HungryRoot meals are created using popular, hearty vegetables that hold up well to the packing, shipping, and home preparation process. Sturdy vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets, rutabagas, and carrots fit the bill and come together in his recipes to make easy, delicious, and healthy meals. I wouldnt call us [HungryRoot] disruptive, I would call us a necessity that people didnt know they needed. We help people realize Hey, that is what I was missing! I think thats what were about - were showing how good it can be. – Chef Franklin Becker Putting vegetables at the center of the plate was an easy choice for Chef Franklin, he told Meatless Monday. By dining on meatless meals that are rich in nutritious vegetables, Youre getting everything you need... you can get just as much nutrition as you can from meat. Plus the versatility of vegetables means you can do more with them. How can you get your hands on some delicious HungryRoot meals? The meals are available in select grocery stores now, but the quickest and easiest way to check out a HungryRoot meal from the comfort of your own kitchen is to order one – Meatless Monday readers even get 20% off when using the code Meatless20 at check out, for a limited time only! The post HungryRoot Makes Meatless Cooking Quick, Easy, and Tasty appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Raisin Oatmeal Bake

December 1 2015 Meatless Monday 

Rolled oats are baked with raisins and vanilla, then topped with a layer of brown sugar. This oatmeal breakfast is broiled just before servings, which creates a delicious brown sugar crust to compliment the baked raisins and vanilla oats. This recipe comes to us from Patrice of Circle B Kitchen. Serves 6 - 2 1/­­4 cup rolled oats - 1 cup raisins - 1/­­4 cup sugar - 3 1/­­3 cups nonfat milk - 2 eggs, lightly beaten - 2 teaspoons vanilla - 1/­­3 cup firmly packed brown sugar Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 inch baking dish with a light layer of cooking spray. Place the oats, raisins and granulated sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix. Place the milk, eggs and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the oat raisin mixture and mix well. Pour the oatmeal milk mixture into the prepared baking dish. Put the dish in the oven and bake 40-45 minutes, or until the center jiggles slightly. Transfer the dish to a cooling rack and let cool. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the oatmeal. Using the back of a spoon, carefully press the brown sugar down so it forms 1 even layer across the entire surface of the oatmeal. Bake for about 2-3 minutes, or until the sugar has just melted. Turn oven up to broil. Place the baking dish in the broiler and bake 1-2 minutes more, or until the brown sugar becomes slightly br?léed. Scoop into 6 bowls and enjoy! The post Raisin Oatmeal Bake appeared first on Meatless Monday.

9 Meatless Soups & Stews to Warm Up Winter

November 30 2015 Meatless Monday 

Winter is here, and with it all the hearty and savory foods of the season! One-pot meals like soups or stews can be simple to assemble, easy to cook, and even easier to clean up (just one pot and your prep utensils). A simmering stockpot on the stove is a welcome sight for friends and family, whether youre having a quiet dinner at home or a celebrating a festive occasion. These cozy soups and stews are bound to keep you warm on Meatless Monday; theyre delicious and hearty enough to make a perfect winter meal for any day of the week! For a time-saving trick, try making a big pot of one of your favorite recipes on Sunday night, and pack it away as an easy lunch you can bring with you to work, school, or wherever youre off to during the day. A thermos full of something warm is a great way to take the chill out of a frosty day. These recipes come from Meatless Monday bloggers, and feature some meatless favorite foods of the season. Hearty squashes, earthy root vegetables, and flavorful cooking greens add color, texture and taste to winter meals. You can make soups with almost any vegetables you have on hand, and these recipes call for a variety of ingredients that is sure to inspire! Greek Lentil Soup Fakes, Veggies Dont Bite Pumpkin Goulash with Bread Dumplings, Elephantastic Vegan Asparagus Potato Leek Soup, Feed Me Phoebe Seitan, Kale & Butternut Squash Stew, Oh My Veggies Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Eat Healthy Eat Happy Vegan Creamy Spinach Soup, Crackle and Temper Vegetarian Onion Soup, Lydias Flexitarian Kitchen Autumn Harvest Soup with Butternut Squash and Kale, Kalyns Kitchen Persian Eggplant Stew, In My Bowl   Hungry for more? Find more ideas on our Meatless Menu: Soup’s On! Pinterest board or visit the Meatless Monday recipe archive for hearty entrees and savory side dishes that will keep you warm all winter long. The post 9 Meatless Soups & Stews to Warm Up Winter appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Yogurt Pancakes with Pomegranate

November 23 2015 Meatless Monday 

Yogurt stands in for ricotta cheese in these fluffy flapjacks. A sprinkling of pomegranate seeds makes for a slightly tart fruit topping, but for a more traditional take, try them with berries, sautéed apples or banana slices. This recipe comes to us from Cara and Phoebe of Big Girls, Small Kitchen. Serves 1. - 1 egg, separated - 1 egg white - 1/­­2 cup yogurt - 3 tablespoons flour - 1/­­4 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon sugar - pinch of salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon butter - 1/­­4 cup pomegranate seeds - 1 tablespoon maple syrup* *optional In a small bowl, whisk together the 1 egg yolk from the separated egg with the yogurt, flour and vanilla extract. In a larger bowl, beat the 2 egg whites, sugar and salt together until they are fluffy and hold a soft peak. Scrape about a third of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk yogurt mixture and stir gently until the mixture is lightened. Very gently, fold in the rest of the egg whites, trying not to deflate them. Melt the butter in a small nonstick pan over medium-low heat. When the pan is heated, add half of the batter. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until brown, then flip and cook 3-4 minutes on the reverse side. Repeat with the remainder of the batter. Top the pancakes with pomegranate seeds and syrup, if desired, and enjoy. The post Yogurt Pancakes with Pomegranate appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Polenta with Spiraled Greens

November 23 2015 Meatless Monday 

Spinach is cooked with onions, garlic, cayenne sauce and nutmeg to contrast the polenta base with hearty greens. Your guests will be impressed at the beautiful greens spiral in the polenta, jelly roll style. Bonus: the dish can easily be prepared in advance and heated just before service. This recipe comes to us from Donna of Apron Strings. Serves 6. - 5 cups low sodium vegetable stock - 2 cups coarse grind polenta - 3 tablespoons non hydrogenated margarine, divided - 1 cup Parmesan, Asiago or Romano cheese, grated & divided - 1 onion, diced - 2 10 ounce boxes frozen spinach, thawed & pressed dry - dash of nutmeg - salt and pepper, to taste Bring the stock to a boil in a large pot over medium high heat. Slowly stir in the polenta. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the polenta thickens significantly. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of the margarine and all of the cheese. Line an 11 x 17 inch baking pan with plastic wrap and spray lightly with oil. Pour the polenta onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly in a 1 inch layer using a spatula. Cool to room temperature. Melt the remaining tablespoon margarine in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the spinach and sauté for 3-5 minutes more, or until the liquid has evaporated. Season with the nutmeg, hot sauce and salt and pepper, to taste. Spread the greens in an even layer on top of the polenta. Carefully roll up the polenta from the widest side, as you would a jelly roll. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or until set. Remove the polenta roll from the refrigerator. Slice into 2 inch thick pieces and serve cut side up. Microwave for about 2 minutes, or until heated through and enjoy. The post Polenta with Spiraled Greens appeared first on Meatless Monday.

5 Meatless Leftover Hacks You’ll Love for Thanksgiving

November 23 2015 Meatless Monday 

Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it comes the season of family gatherings, festive traditions, and delicious leftovers! After the feast, the leftovers remain - delicious spreads and dishes with enough servings to last the weekend and fill you up on Meatless Monday! Here are a few inventive ways to enjoy your favorite holiday foods after the family meal is done. Mashed Potatoes If youve had your fill of the standard side dish, transform the rest of your mashed potatoes into potato pancakes for Eggs in Purgatory - an excellent brunch option with eggs and marinara sauce. This recipe comes courtesy of the Food Network and Giada De Laurentiis, a gourmet supporter of Meatless Monday!   Stuffing Love that fabulous stuffing, but in the mood for a different presentation? Turn it into bite sized stuffing nuggets with this recipe for Second Day Fried Stuffing Bites with Cranberry Sauce Pesto. Youll even have a chance to use up that extra cranberry sauce making the pesto dipping sauce included in the recipe!   Vegetable Crudite Vegetable platters are a popular dish at any holiday table, and on the big day they are enjoyed with any number of dips and dressings. But sometimes theres a bit of fresh celery, broccoli or carrots leftover after all the dip is gone. Make breakfast the morning after the dinner party into a special event with this recipe for a leftover crudité frittata.   Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole Packed with beta carotene and vitamin A, sweet potatoes are a treasured favorite in fall meals across the US. Whether baking them, mashing them, or making a casserole, leftover sweet potatoes can be re-purposed in this recipe for flavorful biscuits! You can even make this dish with leftover sweet potato/­­marshmallow casserole, just mash it all together first and bake as directed!   Dinner Rolls Once the meal is over, those fresh baked dinner rolls can start to get just a little bit stale. But what are stale dinner rolls perfect for? Bread bowls! This recipe for customizable breakfast bread bowls isnt just a great way to make use of those extra rolls - you can fill them with all the other tasty leftovers you’ve got in the fridge.   Looking for seconds? Find more ideas on our Thanksgiving Pinterest board, or visit the Meatless Monday recipe archive for entrees, side dishes, and desserts that are sure to please your guests. Get creative with those tasty leftovers and have fun!   The post 5 Meatless Leftover Hacks You’ll Love for Thanksgiving appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Cooking Meatless with Top Chefs: Chef Jason Weiner of Almond

November 16 2015 Meatless Monday 

As part of the Cooking Meatless with Top Chefs video series here at Meatless Monday, we are excited to bring you interviews, advice, and tips from top chefs who love creating dishes that put delicious meatless foods at the center of the plate. Chef Jason Weiner opened the first Almond location in Bridgehampton in 2001 with his business partner Eric Lemonides. The restaurant was a great success, and it wasnt long before the team expanded into Manhattan and most recently into the trend-setting Tribeca neighborhood of NYC. The L&W Oyster Co. is a recent addition to the Almond family, featuring fresh oysters and a diverse menu with plenty of meatless options. Offering Meatless Monday in the Almond locations has been a success for Chef Weiner as it supports both their mission to create delicious, healt