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Honoring Diversity Through Plant-Based Cooking

June 8 2020 Meatless Monday 

Food is a universal language that we all speak and understand, with many of our favorite dishes, meals, ingredients, and recipes resulting from years of cultural collaboration and shared experiences. And thats why so many of us love food; because cooking and eating together is a way to celebrate diversity -- of tradition, of history, of background, of ingredients, of ritual, of technique. Meatless Monday is an international movement, and we are proud to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing plant-based dishes and recipes being developed by people from all walks of life. Let us honor the diversity and importance of food by paying respect to the diverse group of individuals making plant-based eating accessible and delicious to all. Tex-Mex Tater Tot Casserole One of our favorite culinary mashups, Tex-Mex cooking ties together the best of southwest comfort food with Mexican flavors and ingredients. This recipe for Tex-Mex vegan tater tot casserole by Larisha Campbell from Make it Dairy Free , is completely plant-based, using black beans, walnuts, and a homemade vegan cheese sauce to recreate that taco taste and texture. Source: Make it Dairy Free Chickn and Waffles Comforting soul foods star is definitely chicken n waffles. Thanks to this chickn and waffles recipe by Jenné Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul , now plant-based eaters can relive the sweet, savory, crispy, crunchy magic of everyones favorite brunch dish. Source: Sweet Potato Soul Risotto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Shitake Bacon So many universally loved ingredients and flavors come together in this plant-based dish. Sweet Potato Risotto Stuffed Boats by Haile Thomas brings together rich and creamy risotto, hearty sweet potatoes, and topped with savory, umami-packed bacon. Finished with vegan cashew crema and dried cranberries, this is a Meatless Monday masterpiece. Source: Haile Thomas Spicy Chicken-Fried Cauliflower The name of this dish is enough to make your mouth water. This recipe for spicy chicken-fried cauliflower from I Can You Can Vegan uses a homemade, plant-based buttermilk as well as a seasoned flour mixture to give these nuggets of cauliflower a decadent, crunchy breading. Serve these up as an appetizer or plate them up with a side salad for a main course. Source: I Can You Can Vegan Vegan Crunch Wrap Supreme The original Crunch Wrap Supreme from Taco Bell is a discus of meat, cheese sauce, tortilla, sour cream, lettuce, and tomato; not exactly Meatless Monday fare. But thankfully, this recipe for a homemade vegan crunch wrap supreme from The Geneus Life captures all the grandeur of the original, while using only plant-based ingredients. Spicy tofu sofritas and cashew queso are a welcomed departure from their fast-food animal-based counterparts. Source: The Geneus Life Vegan Cheeze-Its One of the ultimate snack foods, the Cheez-It possess a perfectly toasty, cheesy flavor thats hard to decipher, but easy to recognize. The Ashleys, creators of the blog Eat Figs, Not Pigs , have captured the enigmatic taste of the Cheez-It without using any cheese or dairy at all. Their recipe for vegan Cheeze-Its   uses vegan cheese shreds, nutritional yeast, and a diverse array of spices and seasonings. Source: Eat Figs, Not Pigs Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Honoring Diversity Through Plant-Based Cooking appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

June 1 2020 Meatless Monday 

Craving barbecue? Try jackfruit, a plant with a similar texture to pulled meat. Seasoned with barbecue’s signature flavors and a crunchy, refreshing coleslaw, it’s a delicious way to indulge your barbecue cravings on Mondays! This recipe comes to us from Aimee of The Veg Life. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 4-6 - For the pulled jackfruit: - 2 cans of jackfruit (packed in water, or brine if preferred) - 2 tbsp barbecue seasoning - 1/­­2 cup of barbecue sauce (plus more for serving, if desired) - For the slaw mix: (or use pre-bagged coleslaw mix) - 1 small green cabbage, finely shredded - 1/­­2 small red cabbage, finely shredded - 2 large carrots, finely shredded - For the dressing: - 2 tbsp vegan sour cream - 2/­­3 cup vegan mayonnaise - 1-2 tbsp white vinegar (to taste) - 1 tbsp grated onion (squeeze the liquid out) - 2 tbsp sugar - 1-2 tsp dry mustard - 1/­­2 tsp celery seed (optional) - Salt and pepper, to taste - For serving: - Rolls To prepare the coleslaw: Combine the shredded cabbages and carrots together (or you can just buy pre-bagged coleslaw mix). In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add to the cabbage mixture. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. To prepare the pulled jackfruit: Drain, rinse and dry the jackfruit with paper toweling and toss with the barbecue seasoning. Preheat a large pan over medium high heat, add 1 Tbl of oil and add the seasoned jackfruit. I cooked mine until it began to take on some color and then added the barbecue sauce. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes. I don’t like to cover it because I prefer a bit drier consistency. Covering it will create added moisture. If the jackfruit still has larger pieces after cooking, you can use two forks to shred it if you desire. I liked the chunky bits. While the jackfruit is cooking, combine all ingredients for the slaw and set aside to let the flavors meld. Slice the rolls in half and place the slaw on the bottom. Top with the jackfruit and serve with your favorite steak fries and of course, a side of pickles. The post Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Best Plant-Based Foods to Eat (and Avoid) Before Bed for a Better Sleep

June 1 2020 Meatless Monday 

The Best Plant-Based Foods to Eat (and Avoid) Before Bed for a Better SleepSometimes its just impossible to fall asleep; and, sure, it could be due to excitement or stress, but many restless nights might be a result of the food we had for dinner (or dessert). What we eat plays an important role in how we sleep, because fruits, vegetables, legumes, and even spices contain a complex array of nutrients that all have different effects on our bodies. And while some ingredients can help quell restless nights, others may have the opposite effect, keeping you wired and jittery for hours. So, the next time youre planning your weekly dinner menu, be sure to keep your sleep schedule in mind. Check out our list of plant-based foods to eat (and avoid) before bed for a better sleep. What to Eat:   Almonds A welcomed addition to a strawberry kale salad , trail mix, or Asian noodle bowl , almonds are packed with all the nutrients necessary for healthy eating. But almonds also contain certain minerals that make them useful sleep aids , specifically high amounts of magnesium, which has been found to reduce inflammation and levels of cortisol, a stress-hormone attributed to disrupting sleep.   Bananas Universally beloved for its convenience and mellow flavor, the banana is also a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid associated with sleep. Have breakfast for dinner with a plate of banana buckwheat pancakes or a bowl of banana maple oatmeal , and set yourself up for a sound snooze. Chamomile Tea Its well known, and well documented, that herbal teas can help you relax, but chamomile tea is particularly capable of improving your sleep . Chamomile contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in the brain that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia.   Kiwi Who wouldve thought this odd, little, green fruit could be the answer to your restless nights? Okay, maybe thats an overstatement, but research does show that kiwis contain high of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps regulate the sleep cycle. Kiwis can be tricky to eat, so we recommend throwing them into the blender for a late-night kiwi-basil smoothie .   Oatmeal Complex carbohydrates, like oats, have the power to induce drowsiness before sleep. Oats -- one of our favorite inexpensive Meatless Monday pantry staples -- contain melatonin, making them a potentially useful sleep aid if consumed before bed.   What to Avoid:   Beans The humble legume is packed with a bounty of nutritional benefits -- protein, fiber, minerals -- but beans may not be the best things to eat right before bed. Eating a bowl of chili or rice and beans before sleep, although delicious, is asking for a night of indigestion and gas pains.   Broccoli Broccoli is a great addition to any diet, but it shouldnt be consumed close to bed time. Fibrous foods, like broccoli, take the body longer to digest, which may keep you awake at night.   Candy An evening full of candy or other sugary treats will have you tossing and turning in bed. Candy is typically composed straight sugar, which can cause wild swings in blood-sugar levels. The initial sugar crash may help you fall asleep, but afterward youll be stuck wide awake.   Cured Meats Preserved meats contain high concentrations of the amino acid tyramine, which signals the brain to release norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that readies the body for action. Levels of norepinephrine are lowest during sleep and highest during dangerous or stressful situations. Not an ideal combination for night time. Thankfully, there are plenty of plant-based swaps to satisfy your cravings for salty, fatty foods. Spicy Food Finishing off a spicy bowl of curry or cauliflower Buffalo wings will awaken your taste buds, but it will also keep you awake. Chile peppers can be good for you, but eating them before bedtime can lead to indigestion, heart burn, and elevated body temperature -- physical qualities that impair sleep.   Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post The Best Plant-Based Foods to Eat (and Avoid) Before Bed for a Better Sleep appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Plant-based “Secret” Recipes Released by Restaurants and Celebrities

May 29 2020 Meatless Monday 

Plant-based “Secret” Recipes Released by Restaurants and CelebritiesGood news is always welcome during difficult times. And weve happily discovered a silver lining to COVID lockdown; secret plant-based recipes from well-known restaurants and celebrities are popping up everywhere.  Disney and Pret revealed their coveted vegan cookie recipes, The Cheesecake Factory pulled back the curtains on their Korean Fried Cauliflower and celebs Emily Blunt and Lizzo shared their favorite stay-at-home plant-based creations.  If youre in need of a treat to get you through the day, this list will keep you satisfied until the next #MeatlessMonday.   Emily Blunts Smashed Potatoes Source: Ina Garten Prets Vegan Chocolate Cookies  Source: Pret PizzaExpress Dough Balls  Use dairy-free butter to make this recipe plant-based. Source: Pizza Express The Cheesecake Factorys Korean Fried Cauliflower Source: The Cheesecake Factory Disneys Chocolate Chip Cookie Fries  Source: Disney Parks Lizzos Vegan McChicken Sandwich AND Jamaican Spicy Beef Patties Source: Delish Did you make any of these amazing creations? Tag us on Instagram @MeatlessMonday and be sure to use #MeatlessMonday on all of your plant-based food posts. The post Plant-based “Secret” Recipes Released by Restaurants and Celebrities appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Absolute Best Recipes You Can Make with Your Forgotten Pantry Staples

May 25 2020 Meatless Monday 

The Absolute Best Recipes You Can Make with Your Forgotten Pantry StaplesYour pantry is full of forgotten treasures: the can of kidney beans hiding behind the rigatoni; the unopened pouch of quinoa tucked off in the corner; the lonely tin of canned corn... But these ingredients, along with other overlooked pantry staples, can be used to make some pretty marvelous meals -- if you know how to prepare them. As more people are cooking at home, the Meatless Monday team set out to ask our followers which of their pantry items theyve found to be the trickiest to cook. Our surveys have revealed that people arent quite sure what to do with canned corn, quinoa and canned kidney beans. We sought the assistance from some of our favorite chefs, bloggers, and Instagram influencers to help us compile a list of superb plant-based recipes featuring popular, yet underutilized, pantry staples. Check out the list below and get cooking! Corn Recipes   TexMex Chickpea Corn Fritters from Kevin Curry - Fit Men Cook When it comes to plant-based patties, fritters always have more fun. These Tex-Mex chickpea corn fritters from Fit Men Cook become nice and crisp after a quick spin in the air fryer (or oven). Canned or frozen corn work for this one, but the big spice blend -- smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano -- is definitely a must. Source: Fit Men Cook Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad from Rachel Paul - The College Nutritionist Want something a little lighter for the summer season? Try this corn, avocado and tomato salad from the College Nutritionist . Source: College Nutritionist Garlicky Corn and Tuna Pasta from Lenny Wu - Vegamelon This isnt you moms tuna casserole. Pairing a vegan protein with sweet corn and spices makes this garlicky corn & tuna pasta from Vegamelon a must try. Source: Vegamelon Easy Vegan Jalape?o Cornbread from Jenn Sebestyen - Veggie Inspired This recipe for vegan jalape?o cornbread from Veggie Inspired uses canned corn and jalape?o for a sweet punch of heat. Source: Veggie Inspired Crockpot Chili from Makenna Hale Corn and chili were meant for each other. This crockpot chili from Makenna Hale is vegan and free of both soy and gluten. Source: Makenna Hale   Vegan Lentil Shepherds Pie from Naturally Zuzu Hearty and delicious, this vegan lentil shepherds pie from Naturally Zuzu will keep your taste buds craving more. Source: Naturally Zuzu Pro tip from Karla Dumas and the Humane Society Culinary Team: Roast canned corn to naturally caramelize it and bring out the sweetness. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice; add beans and cilantro for a quick side dish. Quinoa Recipes   Instant Pot Vegan White Bean Quinoa from Nisha Vora - Rainbow Plant Life You can never have enough chili recipes. This recipe for instant pot vegan white bean quinoa chili from Rainbow Plant Life uses coconut milk and cannellini beans, making it extra creamy and delicious. Source: Rainbow Plant Life Sweet Potato Quinoa Latkes from Joy Bauer Holidays, brunch, late-night snack, doesnt matter; these savory sweet potato latkes from Joy Bauer are the perfect place to put that quinoa. The original recipe calls for egg whites, but to make these latkes completely plant-based, use one of these vegan egg replacements . Source: Joy Bauer Fig and Raisin Quinoa Couscous from My Organic Diary Completely gluten free, this recipe from My Organic Diary marries the flavors of North Africa with protein-packed quinoa. Golden raisins, cinnamon, and figs makes this flavorful side dish perfect for pool-side dining. Source: My Organic Diary Cherry Mint Quinoa Salad from Lisa Drayer In addition to her cherry mint quinoa salad , Lisa Drayer covered the Meatless Monday pantry challenge in her recent CNN article, How to eat less meat and more plants , that also featured Chef Adam Kenworthy s quinoa recipe suggestion and physician and chef Dr. Robert Grahams advice on the health benefits of plant-based eating. Source: Lisa Drayer Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies from DJ Blatner These peanut butter quinoa cookies from DJ Blatner are seriously inventive and delicious. By using a combination of quinoa, oats, and flax seeds, youre getting a solid helping of fiber packaged in a sweet, nutty cookie. Source: Dawn Jackson Blatner Teriyaki Fried Quinoa from The Foodie Takes Flights Skip the takeout and sauté your own version of fried rice, or, in this case, teriyaki fried quinoa . Throw in a colorful collection of vegetables: corn, carrots, peas, purple cabbage, and youve got yourself a rainbow of a meal courtesy of The Foodie Takes Flight . Source: The Foodie Takes Flight Kidney Bean Recipes   Easy Pantry Pasta Bake from Delicious and Healthy by Maya Clean out the pantry while making a filling family dinner. Use kidney beans (but any can of beans will do), spinach, tomato sauce, and a spice racks-worth of seasonings for this better-for-you easy pantry pasta bake from Delicious and Healthy by Maya . Source: Delicious and Healthy by Maya Comforting Black and Kidney Bean Chili from James - Healthy Living with James Cocoa powder? Cinnamon? Coriander? The unique blend of spices makes this comforting black and kidney bean chili  from Healthy Living with James a unique spin on the classic. Source: Healthy Living with James Zucchini Oat Veggie Patties from Sharon Palmer With a base of kidney beans, shredded zucchini, oats, and seeds, no two bites of these spicy zucchini oat veggie patties from Sharon Palmer will be the same. Source: Sharon Palmer Best Vegan Chili from Hannah - Two Spoons CA Is it really the best vegan chili ? Try this recipe from Two Spoons CA and decide for yourself! Source: Two Spoons CA BBQ Kidney Bean Kale Burgers from Jenn Sebestyen - Veggie Inspired These kidney bean kale burgers from our friend Jenn Sebestyen at Veggie Inspired develop a nice crunchy crust after 40 minutes in the oven. A mixture of tahini, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and liquid smoke give these patties that beloved barbecue flavor without the grill. Source: Veggie Inspired Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. 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Shawarma Tofu

May 11 2020 Meatless Monday 

You may be familiar with Shawarma, a traditional mix of spit-roasted meats served in a pita, so youll love this meatless spin on a classic Levantine dish. To your health, or L’Chaim! Recipe by Adi Shapira, from Cooking Meatless Monday Israel (in Hebrew). 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 - 2 and half cups of hard tofu, cut into thin strips with a carrot peeler - 4 tablespoons olive oil - 2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced half rings - 1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips with a carrot peeler   - Spices: - 1 teaspoon turmeric - 1 tablespoon cumin - 1 tablespoon shawarma spice - 1 tablespoon sweet paprika - Optional: - Chili pepper - Salt - 1 teaspoon garlic powder   - Serving suggestion: chopped parsley, tahini salad   Preparation: Place in a bowl: the strips of tofu, a tablespoon of olive oil, and all the spices. Stir. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and fry for about 7 minutes, until golden. Add the carrots and fry while occasionally stirring another 2 minutes. Add the seasoned tofu and stir well. Stir until the tofu is golden at the edges. Transfer to a serving dish or place in a pita bread pocket, finish with chopped parsley and tahini salad. Serve! The post Shawarma Tofu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chana Masala Kale Bowl

May 11 2020 Meatless Monday 

The seasoned chickpea dish chana masala, while traditionally meatless, gets a new twist in this recipe. Served over a kale alongside shredded beets and sunflower seeds, it’s part salad, part curry and totally delicious. This recipe comes to us from Alexandra of The New Baguette. 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 chana masala: - 1 tablespoon organic canola oil - 2 medium onions, diced - 2 teaspoons grated ginger - 1 clove garlic, grated - 1 hot green chili pepper, minced - 1 tablespoon ground coriander - 2 teaspoons ground cumin - 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted - 2 teaspoons paprika - 1 teaspoon ground turmeric - 1 teaspoon garam masala - 1/­­4 teaspoon cayenne pepper - 1 15-ounce can whole tomatoes with their juices, finely diced - 2/­­3 cup water - 4 cups cooked chickpeas OR 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons) For the bowl: - 1 teaspoon grated ginger - 1 garlic clove, grated - 2 teaspoons lemon juice - 1 tablespoon sunflower OR extra virgin olive oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon sea salt - 3/­­4 large bunch curly kale, stemmed, and torn into bite-size pieces - 1 large beet, peeled, and shredded/­­spiralized - 1/­­4 cup hulled sunflower seeds, toasted To make the chana masala: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and pepper and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium-low and add the spices. Cook for 1 minute. Then add tomatoes with their juices, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Add water and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, then stir in salt and lemon juice. To make bowls and assemble: In a small bowl, whisk together ginger, garlic, lemon juice, oil and salt. In a large bowl, massage kale with ginger dressing for 1 minute, until kale has softened and wilted a little. To serve, divide kale among 4 bowls, top with shredded beets, chana masala and sunflower seeds. Do ahead: The chana masala, dressing and vegetables may be prepared separately and kept in the fridge for up to 4 days. The post Chana Masala Kale Bowl appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Plant-Based Instagram Influencers You NEED to Follow

April 27 2020 Meatless Monday 

Plant-Based Instagram Influencers You NEED to FollowFood and Instagram go together like strawberries and chocolate. To satisfy our appetite for mouthwatering meals, a number of amateur and professional cooks are creating and sharing amazing plant-based recipes that you recreate from the comfort of your own kitchen. This Monday, check out our list of favorite plant-based Instagram influencers to follow; theyve got tips for everything from cashew cheese to no-bake coconut cake to basil risotto. Remember, many of these influencers also have websites and YouTube channels as well, so say hello to your new virtual cooking companions! @alphafoodie Samira Kazan, the creator of the @alphafoodie Instagram and alphafoodie.com , is dedicated to showcasing beautifully vibrant ingredients and finished dishes. Her videos are a beautiful blend of technique and presentation. Check out her creative recipes for plant-based Cheddar cheese and gluten-free banana bread. @deliciouslyella A queen of plant-based meal preparation, Ella Mills is an icon when it comes to making simple and delicious food without using animal products. Breakfast bowls, smoothies, sweets, savory grains, and delectable veggies, Ella can do it all, and you can too; check out her Instagram page and blog deliciouslyella.com for step-by-step instructions on how you can recreate her edible masterpieces. @minimalistbaker The mantra of the Minimalist Baker is clear: simple recipes that make you feel good, 10 ingredients, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less -- all eaters welcome. With creative ideas for plant-based cakes, brownies, soups, breads, and so much more, youll be using the Minimalist Bakers Instagram as both a source of cooking insights and artful inspiration. @frommybowl Caitlin Shoemaker, the creator of @frommybowl , develops easy-to-follow, vegan recipes that actually taste good. Her food is health-forward, and many of her recipes incorporate a variety of nutritionally-dense ingredients. But most importantly, Shoemakers food looks, well, fun; shes got recipes for no-bake toasted coconut cheesecake, vegan strawberry shortcake, and a gorgeous feel-good red lentil soup. And while her Instagram page doesnt include many videos, you can always check out Shoemakers YouTube channel and website to see her in action. @hotforfood If you want a virtual cooking buddy, look no further than Lauren Toyota, the foodie philosopher behind the Instagram @hotforfood . Charisma and a whimsical approach to food, makes Toyota an excellent source for plant-based cooking. Shes got tons of videos on her Instagram and website , which makes her more of a culinary coach than Instagram influencer. @pinchofyum With over one million followers, @pinchofyum is doing a lot of things right. They have recipes for all of your comfort food favorites -- gnocchi, macaroni and cheese, banana-oat pancakes -- many of which use only vegetarian-friendly ingredients. Scroll through their feed or look at some of their instructive cooking videos and website recipes . @vanillaandbean To satisfy your need for elegant images of food, look no further than @vanillaandbean . This Instagram feed is full of rustic plates, counter tops, and casserole dishes teeming with beautiful meals and ingredients, many of which are plant-based. For full recipes, check out vanillaandbean.com , and let your appetite run wild. @veggie_­inspired Jenn Sebestyen, creator of @veggie_­inspired and author the Meatless Monday Family Cookbook, is a master at coaxing delicious flavors out of plant-based ingredients. Her recipes are easy to follow and appeal to all varieties of eating lifestyles, also available on her website . @woon.heng Woon Heng is a wonderfully inventive home cook (and Meatless Monday contributor) who focuses on cooking up plant-based meals with an Asian flare. Her dishes are unique and easy on the eyes; one look at her Instagram feed will have you stocking up on soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh chile, and udon noodles. Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Plant-Based Instagram Influencers You NEED to Follow appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Feed a Family with These 13 Big-Batch Plant-Based Recipes

April 20 2020 Meatless Monday 

Feed a Family with These 13 Big-Batch Plant-Based RecipesCooking is a joy, but making every meal from scratch can get tedious, not to mention time consuming. And thats where big-batch cooking comes in. Weve created a list of plant-based recipes that are well suited for families (and leftovers). To do this, we looked through our Meatless Monday recipe database to find dishes that dont require a lot of preparation, are easy to scale up, and are hearty, nutritious, and filling. Although not all the recipes listed below are main dishes, they can still be prepared in large quantities and can be used to accompany other meals as side dishes or mid-day snacks. From Moroccan split pea soup and roasted chimichurri vegetables to Thai pumpkin curry and green tea pesto pasta the options for bulk cooking are only limited by your imagination -- and maybe the size of your stock pot. This Monday, do yourself a favor and cook a batch thats big enough for leftovers.  Black Bean Sesame Veggie Hash This recipe is an opportunity to get creative. Add whatever vegetables you have on hand and cook them up in your biggest skillet with some soy sauce, scallions, garlic, and chile oil. For the Black Bean Sesame Veggie Hash recipe, click here .   Chimichurri Roasted Vegetables Pungent and flavorful, these roasted vegetables can be prepared in bulk. The aromatic parsley-based chimichurri sauce is easy to scale up as well. For the Chimichurri Roasted Vegetables recipe, click here .         Freekeh Pilaf Swapping out rice for freekeh -- an ancient grain made from roasted green durum wheat -- makes for a healthier and more textured version of this classic dish. As with any pilaf, the flavor is only as good as the broth you use to cook it in, so make sure to use a nice, flavorful vegetable stock when cooking. For the Freekeh Pilaf recipe, click here . Ginger Orzo Brussels Sprouts Salad Chunks of butternut squash and Brussels sprouts makes this fragrant and flavorful ginger orzo more of a main meal than a side dish. The recipe serves eight, so expect leftovers, which is a plus because the flavors become more pronounced after they spend a night in the refrigerator. For the Ginger Orzo Brussels Sprouts Salad, click here . Green Tea Pesto Pasta An exceptionally unique recipe, this green tea pesto pasta is perfect to make in big batches. You can also make extra sauce and keep it in a plastic container for when pasta cravings hit. Add any variety of vegetables -- cherry tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli -- to add some oomph to the meal. For the Green Tea Pesto Pasta recipe, click here . Lemon Ginger Peas Frozen peas are humble ingredients, but they can be wonderfully delicious. This dish is simple to prepare and can be made in large batches, depending on how many bags of frozen peas youre willing to store in your freezer. Experiment with different seasoning combinations to keep your taste buds guessing. For the Lemon Ginger Peas recipe, click here . Meatless Brown Rice Jambalaya This meat-free jambalaya is packed with smoke, heat, and creole flavor. The recipe feeds six and doesnt require much in terms of prep -- just sauté the aromatics, pour in the stock, beans and rice, bring to a boil, and simmer away until the rice is fluffy and tender. For the Meatless Brown Rice Jambalaya recipe, click here .     Moroccan Split Pea Soup No matter the season, a hearty cauldron of split pea soup can feed an army. Besides being incredibly affordable, split peas are easy to prepare and packed with protein and fiber. Moroccan-inspired seasonings add a refreshing punch of flavor to each spoonful. For the Moroccan Split Pea Soup recipe, click here . Quick and Easy Hummus Making your own hummus is so much more affordable than buying it prepackaged at the store. Double or triple this recipe (depending on the size of your food processor), and have delicious, creamy hummus available all week. For the Quick and Easy Hummus recipe, click here . Roasted Parsnip and Spinach Shepherds Pie Hello leftovers. Making a platter of this shepherds pie will feed a large family. Prep the platter the day before cooking and store in the refrigerator if you want an easy weeknight meal. For the Roasted Parsnip and Spinach Shepherds Pie recipe, click here . Thai Tofu Pumpkin Curry This recipe can easily be doubled if you want an extra few servings the following day. Although it calls for pumpkin, feel free to incorporate eggplant, extra tofu, or a bag of frozen spinach to add more heft to the dish. For the Thai Tofu Pumpkin Curry recipe, click here . Vegetarian Gumbo Gumbo gets its color and flavor from its roux -- a paste-like mixture of flour and fat. This recipe is rich, decadent, packed with vegetables, and easy to scale up. For the Vegetarian Gumbo recipe, click here . Zucchini Scallion Cakes As simple as making pancakes, you can whip up a few dozen of these lemony zucchini cakes in no time. For the Zucchini Scallion Cakes recipe, click here . Click here  for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Feed a Family with These 13 Big-Batch Plant-Based Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

10 Recipes for When You’re Craving a Snack, Munchy, or Quick Bite

April 13 2020 Meatless Monday 

10 Recipes for When You’re Craving a Snack, Munchy, or Quick Bite Sometimes our snack cravings cannot be satisfied with prepackaged crackers or chips or granola bars. In these situations, our mouths demand something more: something fresh or familiar or homemade. Thats why weve compiled a list of our favorite easy-to-make snacks and quick bites. These plant-based recipes offer new versions of classic dishes, many of which are better for your body and overall health. Let baked apple donuts, cauliflower Buffalo bites, and polenta fries provide a temporary escape from the packaged, the frozen, and the processed. This Monday, try experimenting with the snacks and bites below. Apple Donuts Everyone appreciates a freshly baked donut. Whip these up in 30 minutes or less. For the Apple Donuts recipe, click here .     Baked Zucchini Fries No deep-fryer required for these better-for-you veggie fries. This recipe can be made completely plant-based by swapping out the egg, cheese and yogurt with plant-based equivalents. For the Baked Zucchini Fries recipe, click here . Banana Sticky Rice Pull out one of these packets of banana-stuffed coconut sticky rice for a fragrant and fun plant-based snack. The texture of these banana sticky rice pouches are simply divine. For the Banana Sticky Rice recipe, click here . Cauliflower Buffalo Wing Bites We often find ourselves digging through our shelves or refrigerator looking for just a bite. Well, look no further than these super-simple hot-and-spicy cauliflower Buffalo wing bites. For the Cauliflower Buffalo Wing Bites recipe, click here . Cinnamon Ginger Apple Chips Easy as slice, boil, bake. Sprinkle the chips with your favorite seasonings (we recommend ginger, cinnamon, and curry powder) and pop in the oven until crisp. For the Cinnamon Ginger Apple Chips, click here .   Mediterranean Nachos A healthy spin on the everyones favorite junk food, these Mediterranean nachos are loaded with vegetables and fresh herbs. Swap out the fried tortilla chips for some baked whole-wheat pita wedges. For the Mediterranean Nachos recipe, click here . Polenta Basil Fries Create a luxurious alternative to French fries with these simple yet elegant polenta fries. Buy premade polenta (or easily make your own with cornmeal), cut into fry-like sticks, toss with olive oil, fresh basil, salt, and pepper, and bake. All you need is your favorite marinara sauce, and youre ready to start dipping. For the Baked Polenta Basil Fries recipe, click here . Quinoa Chili Fries Chili fries are delicious, but they have a saucy reputation. Clean them up by swapping out meaty chili for a lighter, yet equally flavorful, blend of quinoa, poblano peppers, and beans. For the Quinoa Chili Fries recipe, click here .   Spicy Jalape?o Cashew Cheese Dip This one requires a little bit of foresight: soak cashews the night before and then pop all the ingredients -- cashews, garlic, lemon juice, jalape?os -- into a food processor and blend till creamy. Transfer to a microwave dish, give a quick zap, and voila. Quicker prep tip: soak the cashews in a bowl of very hot water for 20 minutes and use high speed blender. Spicy Jalape?o Cashew Cheese Dip recipe, click here . Three-Ingredient Scallion Pancakes Flour, water, scallions, thats all you need to make these take-out grade scallion pancakes. Blend together a dipping sauce by combining soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, a dash of honey or agave, and some red pepper flakes. For the Three-Ingredient Scallion Pancakes recipe, click here .     Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post 10 Recipes for When You’re Craving a Snack, Munchy, or Quick Bite appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Hemp-Mus

March 30 2020 Meatless Monday 

This twist on hummus is a favorite at Datz in Tampa, Florida. Their executive chef, James Williams, says: “You can say this dish is perfect for Meatless Monday because it isnt just meatless but it takes it one step farther using the hemp hearts -- its unique and a healthier option for the veg-head looking looking for more interesting items to eat. We joke, but its all cool beans, man.” 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 - 15 oz. chickpeas - 2 tsp white pepper - 1 1/­2 cup lemon juice - 1 cup hemp hearts - 3 tablespoons turmeric - 3 tablespoons garlic -  1/­2 cup garlic oil - 9 oz. tahiniWater as needed   Method: 1. Sautee garlic in oil until golden brown. 2. Place all ingredients into mixer. Set to mix while slowly adding water until smooth. 3. Hemp-mus is ready to serve with your choice of crackers! The post Hemp-Mus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Asian Noodle Bowl with Spicy Almond Sauce

March 30 2020 Meatless Monday 

Whole wheat noodles, crisp snow peas, broccoli and red bell pepper are accented by garnishes of scallion and crunchy sliced almonds. But the showstopper to this dish is the spicy almond sauce that packs a wallop of heat. 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 - 1/­4 cup sliced almonds - 3/­4 pound whole-wheat spaghetti - 1/­2 head broccoli (about 3/­4 pound), tops cut into flowerets, stems peeled and sliced thinly - 2 cups (about 4 ounces) of snow peas, trimmed - 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces - 1/­2 cup of unsalted almond butter - 1/­4 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce - 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice - 2 tablespoons of brown sugar - 1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce, such as Sriracha -  1 scallion, green part only (about 3 tablespoons) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over a medium-heat heat, stirring frequently, until they are golden, about 3 minutes. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Three minutes before the pasta is ready add the broccoli to the pasta pot. One minute before it is ready add the snow peas and red peppers to the pot. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Place the almond butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce and three tablespoon of boiling water (from the pasta pot) into a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Drain the noodles and vegetables, return them to the pasta pot, add the sauce and toss to coat. Serve garnished with the toasted almonds and scallion greens. The post Asian Noodle Bowl with Spicy Almond Sauce appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Inexpensive Pantry Staple That Makes Everything Taste Better

March 23 2020 Meatless Monday 

The Inexpensive Pantry Staple That Makes Everything Taste BetterPeanut butter is everything: savory and sweet, fatty and salty, crunchy and creamy. Its uses are truly endless, serving as the basis of stews, sauces, chilis, chutneys, and, of course, desserts. Peanuts, also known as goobers, ground nuts, or monkey nuts, are nutritionally dense, rich in both healthy fats and plant-based protein. Peanuts and peanut butter have long shelf lives, are inexpensive, and can add a tasty new dimension to any number of recipes. Sure, you can eat peanuts by the handful (or spoonful), but then youd be missing out on the peanuts wildly diverse culinary applications. This Monday, branch out and do some experimenting by making any one of these novel peanut recipes. Overnight Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal A dollop of peanut butter transforms a bowl of oatmeal from meh to mmmmm. This oatmeal is packed with protein and fiber, making it a perfect was to start your morning. For the Overnight Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal, click here. Peanut Butter Chili with Pinto Beans The secret to this smooth, salty, dreamy chili is a cup of creamy peanut butter. Try it and taste the magic for yourself. For the Peanut Butter Chili with Pinto Beans recipe, click here. Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes The best of breakfast collides with a lunch box staple. A great meal for kids, adults, and adults who act like kids. For the Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes recipe, click here. Peanut Noodles Packed with plant protein, this flavorful noodle dish incorporates unique Southeast Asian ingredients like sambhal olek (Indoenisan chile sauce) and Sichuan peppercorns. Give it a try if you want to put your taste buds on an adventure. For the Peanut Noodles recipe, click here. Spicy Peanut Chutney Top soups, pastas, stews, or sandwiches with this delightful blend of roasted peanuts, garlic, sesame seeds, coconut, and chile flake. Its the perfect blend of sweet, nutty, and spicy. For the Spicy Peanut Chutney recipe, click here. Sweet Potato Peanut Stew Creamy and decadent, you can whip up this West African stew in under 30 minutes. This recipe is based on one from Iba Thiam, chef and owner of Cazamance restaurant in Austin, Texas, and it is one of the recipes in Oldways A Taste of African Heritage cooking program. For the Sweet Potato Peanut Stew recipe, click here. Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce Light and refreshing, serve these Thai spring rolls as an appetizer or in place of a salad. The peanut dipping sauce adds a tangy punch of flavor. For the Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce, click here. Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post The Inexpensive Pantry Staple That Makes Everything Taste Better appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Boosting Your Immune System with Plant-Forward Eating

March 10 2020 Meatless Monday 

Boosting Your Immune System with Plant-Forward EatingThe recent COVID-19 outbreak has caused concern across the world, and many people are taking measures to make sure they do not fall sick. Besides washing your hands and staying home if youre sick, theres a lot you can do from a nutrition standpoint to boost your immune system  – eat more vegetables and fruits, legumes and whole grains .  Vegetables and fruits especially, have nutrients and special natural compounds called phytochemicals that serve as antioxidants to neutralize damage to cells and fight nasty pathogens like COVID-19, the flu and the common cold. Will they prevent you from getting sick? Maybe not. But a healthy diet can help strengthen your immune system to help fight the virus and recover quickly. Below are some nutrients found in plant-based foods that are vital for a strong and robust immune system: Vitamin C An antioxidant that increases production of white blood cells, is key to fighting infections. Citrus fruits, papaya, dark green and yellow vegetables, red bell pepper, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelons are great sources of Vitamin C. Try this recipe.  Vitamin E An antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damages, enhances the immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses. Foods high in vitamin E are sunflower seeds, nuts and green vegetables. Try this recipe. Vitamin A Functions mainly by keeping the skin, vision, and tissues of the mouth, stomach, intestine, and respiratory system healthy. Its anti-inflammatory properties enhance the immune system. Good sources of vitamin A are sweet potatoes, spinach, pumpkins, carrots, peppers, cantaloupes. Try this recipe. Zinc An important mineral that helps in wound healing, functions in the development of immune cells, which is needed for the immune system to work properly. Food sources of zinc are legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Try this recipe.  Dietary protein Plays a major role in the bodys immune response. They activate cells that help fight off infections in the body. Good plant sources of dietary protein are: legumes, beans, peas, soy, and nuts. Try this recipe.    Overall, if pondering about which vegetable or fruit to eat, think of colors – purple, blue, red, yellow and orange, because it usually means they are packed with antioxidants that are great for your health and immune system.     Resources: 1. Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells. https:/­­/­­www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/­­pmc/­­articles/­­PMC2277319/­­ . Accessed March 5, 2020 2. Health Professional Fact Sheet. NIH, Office of Dietary Supplement. https:/­­/­­ods.od.nih.gov/­­factsheets/­­VitaminA-HealthProfessional/­­ . Accessed March 5, 2020 3. Li P, Yin YL, Li D, Kim SW, Wu G. Amino Acid and Immune Function. Br J  Nutr, 2007 Aug:98(2):237-52.  4. Protect your Health with Immune-Boosting Nutrition. https:/­­/­­www.eatright.org/­­health/­­wellness/­­preventing-illness/­­protect-your-health-with-immune-boosting-nutrition . Accessed March 5, 2020 The post Boosting Your Immune System with Plant-Forward Eating appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Here’s How You Can Use Tofu to Recreate Your Favorite Comfort Foods

March 9 2020 Meatless Monday 

Here’s How You Can Use Tofu to Recreate Your Favorite Comfort FoodsInexpensive, packed with protein, and easy to store, tofu is an indispensable wonder food that you simply must have in your refrigerator at all times. Tofu is sold in different levels of firmness, which can range from silken (pillowy and custard-like) to extra firm (spongy). The less-firm varieties have higher water content, making them better for cream and dairy replacements. Tofu can also be used to boost the nutritional quality of your favorite dishes; blend a block of silken tofu into your typical roux-based cheese sauce for a plant-based protein boost, and no one will notice the difference. This Monday, experiment with tofu by incorporating this versatile ingredient into some of your favorite classic comfort foods. Our top tofu tips and hacks: o Press your tofu to remove water before cooking or marinating o Freeze and thaw tofu to achieve a texture more similar to meat o Marinate tofu with your favorite sauces, avoid oil-based marinades o Press, cube and air-fry or bake tofu with your favorite seasonings for easy and delicious toss-ins for salads, stir fry, burritos and beyond Alfredo Sauce Traditional Alfredo sauce is heavy, rich, but oh so delicious. Try using tofu for a version thats light, creamy, lower in calories, and higher in protein. Whats the secret? Just blend together silken tofu, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, vegan butter, and a healthy amount of nutritional yeast. Liberally coat some fettuccine and enjoy. Buffalo Wings When battered, breaded, and baked, tofu becomes crisp on the outside, just like your favorite chicken wings. To make tofu wings, simply dredge extra-firm tofu blocks in cornstarch, dip them in a plant-based milk, coat in bread crumbs, seasonings and bake or air-fry until brown. You can create your own Buffalo sauce by mixing together hot sauce (Franks RedHot is the classic), butter or non-dairy butter substitute, and granulated garlic. Drooling for more? Check out this Crispy Tofu Finger recipe. Caesar Dressing No eggs or anchovies required to make this plant-based Caesar dressing . Blend together silken tofu, lemon juice and zest, garlic cloves, capers, Dijon mustard and nutritional yeast. Pour over some grilled romaine lettuce, and your first course it ready to go. Chicken Fried Tofu Chicken fried steak is a southern staple, but the technique, which involves a thinly sliced protein thats been breaded and pan-fried, can be made with tofu to produce the same crispy, comforting outcome. The recipe is straightforward : Simply drain, slice, and press tofu to remove as much moisture as possible; dip slices into a batter (use plant-based milk, flour, and some vinegar or lemon juice); and, finally, cover in your breading. Put the finished steaks on a wire cooling rack and bake, air-fry or sauté until golden and crispy. Jalapeno Poppers Ideal for game days and gatherings, the jalapeno popper has achieved mythical status as one of the ultimate appetizers. For a plant-based version , swap out the cream cheese for a tofu cream cheese -- which you can buy or easily make on your own . To make these plant-based bites, seed the jalapenos, slice down the middle, stuff with your tofu cream cheese and whatever other goodies you have available -- non-dairy cheese, scallions, chile powder -- and give them a quick roast in the oven until nice and charred, and top with some crushed potato chips for a little texture. Jamaican Jerk Tofu This is the kind of miracle dish that can convert anyone to tofu. The Jamaican jerk seasoning is sure-to-please. Its sort of like barbeque and sort of like curry, savory and sweet at the same time. The recipe for Jamaican Jerk Tofu is super simple: Just press and slice the tofu, submerge in the jerk marinade, and cook in a hot skillet. Lasagna Food doesnt get more comforting than lasagna. Approach this dish as you would your favorite lasagna recipe , but instead of ricotta cheese, blend together pressed tofu, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Tofu Parmigiana   Italian night has never been easier. Press, bread, and sauté slices of tofu until their golden brown; add some tomato sauce to the bottom of a baking dish, line it with the lightly-fried tofu, top with remaining sauce, top with traditional or non-dairy mozzarella, and pop into the oven. Check out one of our favorite recipes here .   Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Here’s How You Can Use Tofu to Recreate Your Favorite Comfort Foods appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

March 2 2020 Meatless Monday 

Sweet potato peanut stew, or groundnut stew, is called Mafe in West Africa. The stew uses a savory sauce made from peanut butter and tomatoes and is common throughout West and Central Africa. This recipe is based on one from Iba Thiam, chef and owner of Cazamance restaurant in Austin, Texas, and it is one of the recipes in Oldways A Taste of African Heritage cooking program. The sweet potato, a much-loved African heritage food, is a featured ingredient. Serves 4 - 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil - 1 medium-size yellow onion, diced - 2 garlic cloves, minced - 1 large sweet potato, chopped into medium-size cubes - 2 large carrots, cut into thin rounds - 2 green zucchini, cut into thin half-rounds - 1 small can (15oz) of diced tomatoes, no salt added - 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth - 1 tablespoon curry power - 1/­­4 cup natural peanut butter - 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme - Sea salt to taste   Heat the oil in one of the soup pots on medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic until translucent (3-4 minutes). While the onions and garlic cook, chop up the sweet potato, carrots, and zucchini. Add sweet potato and vegetables to the pot; saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and curry powder, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the peanut butter and the thyme to the stew. Let it cook, covered, for another 3-5 minutes. Salt to taste, serve and enjoy!   Active time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes The post Sweet Potato Peanut Stew appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Best Plant-Based Egg Replacers for Baking

March 1 2020 Meatless Monday 

The Best Plant-Based Egg Replacers for BakingEggs play a crucial role in many of our favorite baked goods, giving structure to cakes, color to cookies, and thickness to sauces and custards. But like other forms of intensive livestock farming, egg production also takes a toll on the health of the environment, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, ozone depletion, and contamination of soil and water. Plant-based egg replacers are designed to give us all that we love about eggs without the environmental baggage. But, please remember that every plant-based egg alternative wont work in every application, so look for plant-based baking recipes or do some experimenting and find out what works for you -- and then share the love and post it on social with #MeatlessMonday! Aquafaba Aquafaba is a fancy term for chickpea juice. Drain a can of chickpeas into a bowl and whip up the liquid as you would egg whites. Replace one egg with a quarter-cup of aquafaba to make plant-based meringues and mousses. Check out this guide to aquafaba from Minimalist Baker . Bananas The substitution for this one is easy: Use 1/­­4 cup ripe banana in place of one whole egg. This swap works best in denser baked goods like muffins and pound cake, but be prepared for a subtle banana flavor. You can use apple sauce for a milder flavor. Chia Seeds Chia eggs are made by combing 1-tablespoon chia seed (or ground chia) and 3-tablespoons water (equals one egg), and letting the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Chia seeds will darken baked goods, making them ideal for brownies, muffins, and cookies. Flaxseed Minimal effort is required to make a flaxseed egg. Simply use the same ratio as chia seeds -- 1-tablespoon flaxseed to 3-tablespoons water to make one flax egg-- and let sit for around 5 minutes. A flaxseed eggs can be used to replace traditional eggs in pancakes, quick breads, brownies, and muffins. Silken Tofu Want moister baked goods with a bit of extra protein? Swap out an egg for a quarter-cup of silken tofu when making muffins, cakes, and quick breads. Best for baking with recipes that already have a leavening agent, like baking powder or baking soda. Vegan Egg Replacements Many supermarkets and online stores now offer a variety plant-based products developed specifically to function as vegan egg replacers. Some popular brands are Follow Your Heart , Bobs Red Mill , and JUST . Check out your local grocery store, online store, or natural foods market to see what options they offer that meet your baking needs.   Share your plant-based egg baking successes and let us know your tips. Tag @MeatlessMonday and #MeatlessMonday. Need some #inspo? Check out this Blackberry Bran Muffin recipe from the Meatless Monday recipe gallery . The post The Best Plant-Based Egg Replacers for Baking appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Not Having these 10 Spices in Your Cupboard is a Disservice to Your Taste Buds

February 17 2020 Meatless Monday 

Not Having these 10 Spices in Your Cupboard is a Disservice to Your Taste BudsUnder-seasoned food tastes of...disappointment, but you can effortlessly breathe new life into your meals with the addition of a few key seasonings and spice blends. Spices instantly elevate the subtle flavors of vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and plant-based proteins without piling on extra calories (or dirty dishes in the sink). From sea salt to shichimi togarashi, weve got the 10 spices that you need to add to your spice rack. Adobo (all-purpose seasoning) Adobo is the ultimate all-purpose seasoning, and, although its traditionally used with animal proteins, its salty-garlicy flavor can give that same savoriness to any number of plant-based dishes -- from crispy tofu to vegetarian stews. Adobo seasonings vary in their composition, but they generally include a blend of granulated garlic, salt, oregano, black pepper, and turmeric. Ancho Chile Ancho chile, known as a poblano when fresh, has a deep, smoky, slightly sweet flavor comparable to a spicy chocolate-covered raisin. Its mild-to-medium heat makes it an appropriate addition to moles, enchilada sauce, soup, traditional chili, or even pasta. Black Peppercorns (in pepper mill) Pre-ground black pepper tastes vapid and boring compared to the fresh stuff; thankfully, many spice brands offer miniature grinders complete with whole peppercorns ready to be crushed. A couple rotations of the pepper mill adds a sharp, citrusy flavor, floral-like aroma, and crunchy texture to the tops of salads, soups, pastas, and these delicious tempeh fajitas.  Cumin The fragrant seed is a member of the parsley family, but its often sold as a powder rather than in its whole form. Cumin is aromatic and complex and can add a powerful smoky flavor to black bean burgers, curried potatoes, vegetarian chili, and lentil soups. Just remember to use this strong spice sparingly. Curry Powder Curry Powder is a mixture of different seasonings that differs slightly based on what brand you buy. That being said, many contain some combination of coriander, mustard, cumin, fenugreek, cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and turmeric, which gives curry powder its iconic yellow-orange color. Add some to roasted vegetables, blend into hummus, sprinkle on popcorn, or use as the base of this Thai tofu pumpkin curry. Everything Bagel Available at Trader Joes and a spattering of other retailers, the Everything Bagel spice blend is the ultimate compliment to any roasted potato or sautéed vegetable. Add some to a tahini dressing or sprinkle some on an avocado half with a squeeze of lemon and a squirt of sriracha. The spice mixture is a combination of all the wonderful bits youd find on the outside of an everything bagel: sesame seeds, sea salt, dried minced garlic, onion, and poppy seeds.  Red Pepper Flake Although it probably already exists somewhere on your spice rack, the raw, uncalibrated heat of red pepper flake brings a brutish pop to roasted cruciferous vegetables and elegant pastas. Sea Salt Dont roll your eyes just yet. In terms of utility in a dish, sea salt offers the same taste-enhancing qualities as traditional table salt, but when it comes to look, flavor, and texture, sea salt is in an ocean of its own. Its slightly richer flavor and crunch make it a natural fit for both savory entrees and desserts. Shichimi Togarashi Adorning the table of many ramen soup shops, shichimi togarashi is a complex spice blend that includes a combination of red chile pepper, orange peel, sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger, and seaweed. Sprinkle this on literally anything -- noodles, fried rice, stir-fried tofu, soups, marinades, rubs, dressings, tempuras, roasted vegetables, etc. -- to instantly add a flurry diverse flavors and tastes. Star Anise Star anise is often sold in its ornamental whole form, but its much easier to incorporate into dishes as a powder. Its flavor is somewhere between licorice, cinnamon, and clove. Try adding it to broths, chutneys, mulled wine, or desserts, like this warm cranberry poached pear.  Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation. The post Not Having these 10 Spices in Your Cupboard is a Disservice to Your Taste Buds appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Celebrates Chinese New Year at The Good Food Festival in Beijing

February 10 2020 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Celebrates Chinese New Year at The Good Food Festival in BeijingEarlier this month, to celebrate Chinese New year, The Good Food Fund in China -- in collaboration with Meatless Monday and Slow Food International -- hosted a series of events, known collectively as The Good Food Festival. Local community leaders in Xinzhuang Village, Beijing took a stance to advocate for more sustainable food choices. Through a collection of workshops, seminars, and cooking contests, The Good Food Festival sought to expand the community’s capacity and knowledge for dietary change by teaching attendees the many benefits of a diet rooted in plant-based foods. By introducing the changes in diets throughout history, Jianyi (founder of the Good Food Fund) discussed the issues surrounding the increasing consumption of animal protein, and the increasingly high environmental costs we all face. He encouraged everyone to make a change starting from the most important meal of the year-New Year’s Eve! While these decisions can sometimes be culturally and logistically challenging, events such as The Good Food Festival demonstrate how people can come together to advocate for progressive change, while still staying true traditions. Wishing everyone the best in the new year. ????! The post Meatless Monday Celebrates Chinese New Year at The Good Food Festival in Beijing appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Top 20 Plant-Based Proteins

January 27 2020 Meatless Monday 

Top 20 Plant-Based ProteinsWill I get enough protein? is one of the most common questions asked by people looking to add more plant-based foods to their diet. The short (and long) answer is -- YES. Check out our Plant Protein Power Kit for downloadable social media graphics, plant-protein GIFs and printable posters. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the recommended dietary allowance for individual daily protein intake is 0.8 grams per of protein per every 2 pounds of body weight. Although this is an approximate calculation -- other factors such as age, sex, body type, and lifestyle must be considered for a precise nutrient recommendation -- it provides a reliable benchmark to measure your daily protein requirements.  This amounts to around 56 grams of protein per day for the average sedentary man and 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. So, how do you reach that daily number eating only plant-based foods? Easy, check out our guide below and discover which seeds, nuts, legumes, vegetables, and plant-based products pack the biggest protein punch. Still have questions? Learn more about plant-based protein from the nutritional experts at Johns Hopkins University. Broccoli One of the most popular vegetables is also one of the most protein dense, with one cup of cooked broccoli containing 6 grams of protein. Roast it, sauté it, or steam it for a quick and nutritious side dish. Chia Seeds Small but mighty, 1 ounce of chia seeds packs nearly 5 grams protein. Drop a spoonful into a smoothie or combine with a liquid like juice or nut milk to make a fun-textured chia pudding. Chickpeas Cooked chickpeas are the main ingredient in hummus and boast nearly 15 grams of protein per cup. And remember, when using canned chickpeas, save the liquid -- also known as aquafaba -- for a terrific, plant-based egg white replacement. Edamame Popular in Japan and other areas of East Asia, edamame is as close you can get to a perfect food: One cup of cooked edamame contains 8 grams of fiber, 17 grams of protein, and is only 189 calories. Farro One of the lesser known ancient grains, farro needs to be on your radar. A quarter cup of uncooked farro contains 6 grams of protein. Its toothsome texture adds a pleasant chew to grain bowls and salads. Frozen Veggie Burgers There are tons of different types of pre-made frozen veggie burgers varying in ingredients, texture, and flavorful, and although their nutritional profiles differ, you can generally expect between 10 - 15 grams of protein per patty. Try a range of brands and see which one(s) fit your palate. Hemp Seed Heralded as a superfood, hemp seeds have a subtle, nutty flavor similar to pine nuts. In baking, hemp seeds can be used as a nut replacement, but it can also be added to smoothies, with 2 tablespoons containing over 6 grams of protein. Jackfruit Jackfruit is often marketed as a plant-based alternative to pulled pork, with a meaty, stringy texture fit for faux barbecue platters and sandwiches. Jackfruit is rarely sold whole, but there are a handful of brands selling products made with jackfruit in the refrigerated section of supermarkets. Jack fruit is not the most protein-dense item on this list, but it still contains 3 grams per cup. Kidney Beans These hefty beans are dense, nourishing, and nutrient-packed. One cup of cooked kidney beans contains roughly 13 grams of protein (as well as 13 grams of fiber). Lentils With tons of fiber and almost no saturated fat, look to use lentils as the foundation of multiple meals throughout the week. A cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein and more than half your recommended daily value of fiber. Mung Beans Mainly cultivated in East and Southeast Asia, the mung bean is often used as the foundation of stews, vegetable patties, or dal. One cup of cooked mung beans contains 14 grams of protein. Note: mung beans are easier to find dry rather than cooked and canned. Nut Butters Although not all nut butters are considered equal when it comes to protein content (or flavor), they generally contain around 4 grams of protein per tablespoon. Oatmeal A cup of cooked oatmeal contains 6 grams of protein; pair it with a scoop of peanut butter and a sprinkling of hemp or chia seeds for a protein-packed breakfast. Plant-Based Meat Thanks to plant-based meat, sources of vegan protein are all the rage. A typical plant-based burger patty contains 20 grams of protein. Many quick-service restaurant chains now offer versions of their classic menu items featuring some variety of plant-based meat. Quinoa The trendiest of grains (well, its technically a seed), quinoa is a splendid source of protein that can serve as the foundation of any meatless meal. A cup of cooked quinoa boasts around 8 grams of protein. Seitan The original plant-based meat replacement, seitan -- which is made from wheat gluten -- is packed with protein and can be quite tasty when properly prepared. A 3-ounce serving of seitan includes between 15 - 20 grams of protein, a number that is comparable to most animal proteins. Soy Milk The market for non-dairy nut milks has exploded in recent years, but soy milk remains the most nutritious option. One cup of soy milk has 8 grams of protein, which makes it a nice base for smoothies and shakes. Sprouted Bread Sprouted bread is a certain category of bread made from grains that have been allowed to germinate (aka sprout) before being milled into flour. Ezekiel Bread -- a common brand of sprouted bread -- contains 4 grams of protein and only 80 calories per slice. Sunflower Seeds Who wouldve thought that the innocent little sunflower seed could pack such a protein punch? A half-cup of sunflower seeds has 15 grams of proteins. Bring some in a little baggy and keep with you for a quick and nutritious snack. Tofu There are imitators and then there are originators. Tofu -- made from soy beans -- is sold in a variety of textures and forms, but no matter the type, youre guaranteed to get a solid dose of plant-based protein, with a half-cup offering around 10 grams. Our recipe for Jamaican Jerk Tofu (the most popular recipe on our website) will make you a lifelong tofu loyalist.   Below, weve curated a sample a menu to demonstrate how easy it is to hit your daily protein target eating only plant-based foods. Breakfast: Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats (17 grams of protein) Lunch: Garlicky White Bean Avocado Toast (13 grams of protein) Dinner: Veggie Meatballs (27 grams of protein) No time to cook? No problem. Meatless Monday On-the-Go is easier than ever. Creating a plant-based Meatless Monday masterpiece? Let us know by tagging @MeatlessMonday and #MeatlessMonday on your social media posts for a chance to be featured on our channels.   The post Top 20 Plant-Based Proteins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tofu au Vin

January 27 2020 Meatless Monday 

This meatless take of the French classic Coq au Vin slowly simmers tofu with pearl onions, mushroom, red wine and vegetable broth. The veggie version cuts hours off the cooking time so you’ll be sitting down to dinner just a half hour after you’ve started cooking. This recipe comes to us from Donna of Apron Strings. Serves 6 - 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided - 2 cups frozen pearl onions, thawed - 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced - 3 cloves garlic, minced - 2 bay leaves - 3 cups red wine* - 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth - 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce - 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar - 1 14 ounce package extra firm tofu, cut into 1/­­2 inch cubes - 4 tablespoons corn starch, divided - 12 ounces mushrooms, chopped - salt and pepper, to taste - 1/­­2 cup Italian parsley, diced as a garnish *3 cups vegetable broth mixed with 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar can be substituted for the red wine. Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the onions, carrots and garlic. Saute for 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add in bay leaves, wine, broth and soy sauce to the pan. Reduce heat so that liquid is slowly simmering. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until carrots and onions are soft and liquid has reduced by half. Once sauce is reduced season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch into 1/­­2 cup of water and mix until combined. Stir in the cornstarch mixture to the pan to thicken the sauce. Toss tofu cubes in the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch and a little salt and pepper until they are all evenly coated. Heat the 2 remaining tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté coated tofu cubes, turning them occasionally with a spatula, for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until they are crispy browned on all the sides. Remove and set aside in a serving bowl. Add mushrooms to pan and sauté them 5-7 minutes, or until mushrooms are browned and softened. Add red wine sauce and mushrooms to tofu in the serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!     The post Tofu au Vin appeared first on Meatless Monday.

How Many of These 20 Essential Meatless Monday Ingredients Are in Your Pantry?

January 20 2020 Meatless Monday 

How Many of These 20 Essential Meatless Monday Ingredients Are in Your Pantry?A properly-stocked pantry is essential for creating delicious plant-based dishes on the fly. But what does properly-stocked really mean? Sure, you need the basics -- olive oil, white flour, rice, pasta, etc., but there are some additional ingredients that you should consider adding to your collection. Alternative flours, exotic spices, seeds, nut butters, beans (butter beans will change your life), broths, and grains can all add extra levels of depth, dimension, and texture to any variety of plant-based dishes.   Youll likely be familiar with many of the items on this list, but there are also a few lesser known ingredients -- agar-agar, tahini, nutritional yeast, etc. -- which can be used to replace many traditional animal-based ingredients. So, grab a paper and pen, and make sure these items are on next weeks shopping list. Agar-Agar The perfect vegan gelatin replacement for your puddings, jellies, or gelées, agar-agar flakes are derived from seaweed and function similarly to animal-based gelatins. Alternative Flours Were not talking your run of the mill (went there) all-purpose, bleached white flour. Play around with some alternative flours like almond, chickpea, rice, or buckwheat. Many alternative flours are also gluten-free. Beans (canned) Explore the world of beans, and reap the benefits of a healthy, satisfying plant-based protein. Lentils, black beans, butter beans, kidney beans, chickpeas -- doesnt matter; theyre all easy to use, shelf-stable, healthy, and inexpensive. Broth A box of vegetable broth is a staple of any kitchen, but you can expand your soup selection by adding some chickn bouillon cubes to your pantry. Coconut Oil A shelf-stable saturated fat, coconut oil is a healthy alternative to other vegetable oils. In most cases it can be substituted 1:1 for other oils and butters. Its got a laundry list of benefits that range from weight loss to improved cognitive functioning. Chocolate All vegetables and no sweets make everyone hangry. A little bit of chocolate can go a long way in baking as well as a post-dinner night cap. If youre feeling adventurous try some exotic bars that contain a higher percentage of cacao. Diced Tomatoes (canned) Take a simple stew, stir-fry, or sauce to the next level with a can of diced tomatoes. Theyre every home cooks secret weapon. Tip: fire-roasted tomatoes add even more flavor to your meals. Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Toss them into a blender, soup pot or sauté pan to add some inexpensive nutrients and heft to your mid-week meals. Grains Theres an endless variety of grains available for your experimenting pleasure. Whole grains are best (think brown rice), but theres also a number of lesser-known grains that have their own unique texture and flavor profile. Try getting a bag of quinoa, amaranth, or farro and simply follow the cooking instructions on the back. Granola You can make your own or buy it for cheap at the store, but theres truly an endless combination of potential granola mixes. Bring it in a baggy as a post-lunch snack or use it to top your morning yogurt. Nut Butter High in protein and healthy fats, nut butters can add complexity to savory dishes and a nutty richness to sweets. Keep a range on hand -- almond, cashew, pistachio -- to add variety to baked goods, sandwiches, and sauces. Nutritional Yeast Just trust us with this one; we swear it tastes almost exactly like Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on pasta, popcorn or use in macaroni and cheese if youre looking to cut out the dairy or need a boost of umami flavor. Olives Olives, especially the sliced green ones in a jar, add the perfect pop of brininess to pastas, rice bowls, and stews. Theyre a great value and can seriously elevate the flavor of ordinary dishes.  Pasta Thankfully, pasta has evolved to incorporate more alternative flours into its base. Now, you can get high-fiber, high-protein pasta made of anything from lentils to chickpeas to black beans. Pesto It is one of the most versatile condiments/­­sauces out there. A jar of pesto can last unopened in your pantry for months, and it can be your saving grace if you need to whip something up in a hurry. Add some to roasted vegetables or use it to top a tomato soup. Seaweed Snacks Low in calories and nutritionally-dense, seaweed is the ultimate snack food. Oh, and cats love it too. Spices Well, this one goes without saying, but having a pantry (or cupboard) thats properly stocked with all your necessary spices will make cooking (and eating) a whole lot more enjoyable. Some lesser known spices to add are aamchur (unripe mango), star anise, zaatar, or Aleppo pepper. Seeds Seeds are powerhouses of nutrition, texture, and flavor, and there are so many different varieties to choose from -- chia, flax, hemp, sesame, sunflower. Make chia pudding, a flax egg, or toss some hemp or sunflower seeds into your next salad or smoothie. Soy Sauce Umami in a bottle, soy sauce adds an earthy meatiness to dressings, sauces, and stir-fries. Some chefs even recommend adding a dash to tomato sauce for a boost of richness. Tahini You know it from every hummus youve ever eaten, but what might surprise you is that tahini paste is made entirely from pulverized sesame seeds. Combine a tablespoon of tahini with a dash of water, a sprinkle of cumin, and some salt for a quick and creamy dressing for salad or roasted vegetables.   If you decide to make one of these delicious recipes, let us know by tagging @MeatlessMonday and #MeatlessMonday on your social media posts for a chance to be featured on our channels.   The post How Many of These 20 Essential Meatless Monday Ingredients Are in Your Pantry? appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Jamaican Jerk Tofu

January 13 2020 Meatless Monday 

Makes 6 servings This is the kind of miracle dish that can convert anyone to tofu. The Jamaican “jerk” seasoning is sure-to-please. It’s sort of like barbeque and sort of like curry, savory and sweet at the same time. Just make sure you allow plenty of time for the pressing and marinating. The drier the tofu gets before you put it in the marinade, the better. It will soak up more flavor and be nicely chewy. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! - 1 pound extra firm tofu, drained, sliced and pressed (see directions) - 1/­­2 large sweet onion, roughly chopped - 4 cloves garlic - 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated - Juice of 2 limes - Zest of 1 lime - 2 tablespoons soy sauce - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup - 1 tablespoon dried thyme - 2 teaspoons allspice - 1/­­2 teaspoon cayenne - 1 teaspoon nutmeg - 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon - 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (you can cut back to one or omit entirely if you don’t like it spicy) Directions Slice the tofu into thick slabs then lay the slices on several layers of paper towels or on a clean dish towel and place a heavy plate or skillet on top. Let it sit for an hour or two. Pressing the tofu is a way to get the extra moisture out – and the drier you can get the tofu, the more of the flavorful marinade it can absorb. Puree all the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor to create the marinade. Place the tofu slices in a bowl, pour in the marinade, making sure to coat all the slices, and cover. Let it sit for an hour or two, flipping the slices about halfway through Heat a skillet with a small amount of olive oil over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, lay the tofu slices in a single layer and saute until crispy and browned. That will take 8-10 minutes on each side. (Photo credit: Vegan Style) The post Jamaican Jerk Tofu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tofu Almond Stir-Fry

January 6 2020 Meatless Monday 

Hoisin is a Cantonese dipping sauce made from sweet potatoes, vinegar, garlic and chili peppers; you can find it in the Asian ingredients section of most supermarkets. Here, it adds immense flavor to tofu, which gets a pre-soak in vegetable broth for even more flavor. This recipe was created by Trudy Slabosz, who writes the blog veggie.num.num. Serves 4 For the tofu: - 1 package (10.5 ounces) firm tofu, cubed - 1 1/­­2 cups vegetable broth - 1 egg white - 1 tablespoon cornstarch - 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce - 1 teaspoon salt For the sauce: - 1 tablespoon cornstarch - 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce - 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce To complete the Tofu Almond Stir-Fry: - 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided - 5 shallots, sliced - 5 ounces button mushrooms, sliced - 1 can (15 ounces) baby corn, drained - 1 red bell pepper, sliced - 1 green bell pepper, sliced - 1 garlic clove, minced - 2 1/­­2 ounces blanched almonds, toasted To prepare the tofu: In a medium bowl, soak the tofu cubes in vegetable broth for 30 minutes. Strain the tofu and reserve the broth. Drain tofu on a bed of paper towels. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg white, corn starch, hoisin sauce and salt. Add the drained tofu and gently toss to coat well. To prepare the sauce: In a medium saucepot over high heat, bring the reserved broth, cornstarch, hoisin and soy sauce to a boil. Cook, stirring, 4 minutes, or until the sauce darkens and thickens slightly. To complete the Stir-Fry: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tofu ; cook 10, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden on all sides. Transfer to a fresh bed of paper towels to drain. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the same skillet. Add the shallots, mushrooms, baby corn, bell peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender, but the bell peppers are still crisp. Add the tofu; cook 1 minute more, tossing gently, until the tofu is heated through. Pour the sauce over the stir-fry and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the almonds The post Tofu Almond Stir-Fry appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Cauliflower Mash

January 6 2020 Meatless Monday 

Cauliflower is roasted until brown, then blended with Greek yogurt and vegetable broth for a flavorful, creamy cauliflower puree. This cauliflower mash can be served on the side in place of mashed potatoes and offers a healthy dose of the vitamin K! This recipe is from Ashley of Sprout. Serves 4 - 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1 inch florets - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­­4 cup plain Greek yogurt - 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth, divided - whole wheat breadcrumbs, for garnish - fresh parsley, for garnish Preheat an oven to 450 degrees. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper. Spread the florets onto a baking sheet in 1 layer. Roast for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges of the cauliflower are deep brown. Transfer the roasted cauliflower florets to a blender. Add the yogurt and 1/­­2 cup of the vegetable broth to the blender. Blend until smooth. If cauliflower mash seems too thick, add a little more vegetable broth, 1 tablespoon at a time until the mash has reached desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust if desired. Divide into 4 portions, sprinkle each with breadcrumbs and parsley. Enjoy! The post Cauliflower Mash appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Bell Pepper Tempeh Fajitas

December 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Tempeh is marinated in lime juice, soy sauce, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper. The tempeh is grilled and accompanied by bell peppers and red onions in this Tex-Mex treat, perfect for a quick weeknight meal. This recipe comes to us from Allison of Nourish Network. Serves 5 - 1/­­3 cup and 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided - 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice - 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano - 1/­­8 teaspoon cayenne - 2 garlic cloves, grated - 2 8-ounce packages soy tempeh - 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/­­4-inch slices - 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/­­4-inch slices - salt and black pepper, to taste - 8 6-inch corn tortillas   Cut the tempeh into 1/­­4 inch by 2 inch strips. Place 1/­­3 cup of the olive oil with the lime juice and soy sauce in an 8 inch dish. Season with the cumin, oregno, cayenne pepper and garlic. Combine 1/­­3 cup oil, juice, soy sauce, cumin, oregano, cayenne and garlic in an 8-inch dish. Add tempeh, tossing to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 2-12 hours, stirring occasionally. Heat a large cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pan with oil. Add half of tempeh to pan. Cook for 5 minutes, flip and cook 5 minutes more. Place in a warm bowl and repeat with the remaining tempeh. Place the onion and bell pepper with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Add the bell pepper and onion to pan used to cook the tempeh. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the bell pepper and onion is tender and fragrant. Heat the tortillas directly over the flame of a gas stove or in a dry nonstick pan. Place 2 tortillas on each plate. Top evenly with tempeh and bell pepper mixture and enjoy. The post Bell Pepper Tempeh Fajitas appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eating On-The-Go

December 16 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eating On-The-GoThis holiday season, having options is the best defense against unknown dining circumstances. When your choices are limited to bacon-wrapped scallops, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, Swedish meatballs, and those loveable mini hot dogs -- youll be wishing you had a spoonful of almond butter or some plant-based snacks tucked away in your back pocket. But with a little bit of planning and foresight, you can maintain your Meatless Monday routine in any setting. Whether youre on the road, in the air, trapped at your in-laws house, or just hungry, our Meatless Monday travel guide can help you navigate any potential dining debacle. Photo Source: ATW80   Here are our 8 Meatless Monday travel tips for plant-based eating on-the-go: 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. Just Add Water Water is life, especially when youre a road-weary traveler looking for something to eat. A bottle of water will quench your thirst, but it can also be combined with protein powder for a more complete meal. Prepare Pre-Boarding Getting on a plane? Dont have anxiety over the lack of meatless airline food. Bring some light snacks or protein-packed foods that are easy to carry like trail mix, hummus, or single-serve nut butters. You can also bring a dehydrated soup, oatmeal, or rice and ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot water for mixing. And for your in-flight meal, many airlines offer a meatless option, just make sure to preorder it beforehand. Know Your Restaurant Options When youre on the highway heading to your next holiday destination, you will get hungry. That means, if you forget to pack a lunch, youll likely be dining at the next rest stop. This isnt the worst thing in the world. Weve compiled a list of meatless and plant-based options available at the most popular national fast-food and quick-service restaurant chains. Check out our list of 14 chains offering Meatless Monday options. Pack More Snacks Than You Need Sustenance, sustenance, sustenance. When the hunger pangs hit, you need to have something in your bag, purse, coat pocket, or glove compartment. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, veggies, or even healthy crunchies like chips or puffs will allow you to make it to your next meal without being overcome with hanger. Eat Breakfast! Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? When youre traveling a hearty helping of oatmeal, fresh fruit, granola, or cereal can set you up for eating success later in the day. Meatless breakfast options are plentiful, but if you need some inspiration, weve got them here! Explore New Cuisines Dont just stick to the standard roadside fare (although we do love a good diner). When youre traveling, whether to a different country or your cousins house, consider sitting down to an unfamiliar cuisine. Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean and other Southeast Asian countries specialize in a variety of plant-based and vegetarian dishes. Whip out your smart phone and start looking up menus. Find a Supermarket Nearby If youve got an extended stay at a hotel, its wise (and cost effective) to visit a nearby supermarket at least once. You can stock up on plant-based snacks and ready-to-eat meals. Many hotel rooms offer a microwave or a kitchenette where you can heat something up.   Interested in learning more tips and tricks to enhance your Meatless Monday experience? Click here to access our full Meatless Monday recipe collection. The post Meatless Monday Travel Tips for Plant-Based Eating On-The-Go appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Heart-y Artichokes, Green Beans, and Leeks

December 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Artichoke hearts, leeks, and green beans are roasted in the oven to a crispy perfection and are then topped with a sprinkling of pistachios and pomegranate seeds. With such a combination of flavors and textures, no two bites will ever be the same. This recipe comes to us from Joy Bauer’s book Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats . Photo credit: Lucy Schaeffer. 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 tablespoons olive oil - 2 tablespoons lemon juice - 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or 1/­­4 teaspoon garlic powder) -  1/­­2 teaspoon kosher salt -  1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper - 4 to 5 cups fresh green beans - One 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, and patted dry - 2 or 3 leeks, sliced and cleaned (use only the white and pale green parts) - Nonstick oil spray -  1/­­2 cup pomegranate seeds -  1/­­2 cup roasted pistachio nuts, shelled   Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Add the green beans, artichokes, and leeks. Stir to coat evenly. Mist a baking sheet with oil spray and spread the mixture on the sheet in a single layer. Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the vegetables are slightly browned and crispy. (I think theyre extra delicious when the edges get super crisp!) Remove from oven and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and pistachios. The post Heart-y Artichokes, Green Beans, and Leeks appeared first on Meatless Monday.

14 Recipes that Will Wow Your Family and Friends this Holiday Season

December 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

14 Recipes that Will Wow Your Family and Friends this Holiday SeasonTis the season to incorporate more meatless dishes into your recipe collection. Weve made a list -- and weve checked it twice -- of some of our favorite holiday appetizers, mains, side, and desserts, almost all of which are plant-based! Craving chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Try our roasted chestnut soup. Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Nothing will keep you more snug than our warming carrot cauliflower stew. Grandma got ran over by a reindeer? Well, um, weve got a great recipe for honey-vanilla poached pears. Check out our Meatless Monday holiday menu below and see how you can wow your guests with some festive and flavorful meatless meals. Appetizers Set the proper tone for the meal with these seasonal holiday appetizers: Roasted Chestnut Soup Warming Carrot Cauliflower Stew Spicy Jalape?o Cashew Cheese Dip Sides On this holiday dinner table, let the side dishes take center stage: Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Rosemarys Beets with Hazelnuts and Basil Roasted Potatoes with Orange Couscous Baked Polenta Basil Fries Mains Plant-based mains can be just as hardy and comforting as their animal-based counterparts: Meaty Mushroom Stew with Garlic Mashed Potatoes Italian White Beans with Kale Winter Harvest Citrus Pasta Chickpea Burgers with Spicy Harissa  Desserts End with something sweet (but not too sweet): Honey Vanilla Poached Pears Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bread Baked Apple Donuts   Interested in adding some more plant-based recipes to your repertoire? Click here for more Meatless Monday inspiration. The post 14 Recipes that Will Wow Your Family and Friends this Holiday Season appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Unique Holiday Gift Guide for the Gourmets and Food Lovers on Your List

December 2 2019 Meatless Monday 

Unique Holiday Gift Guide for the Gourmets and Food Lovers on Your ListThe holiday season is here, so the team at Meatless Monday has assembled a snazzy gourmet gift-guide that includes everything you need to make plant-based eating -- or any type of eating for that matter -- easier, healthier, and more tantalizing to the taste buds. Whether youve been naughty or nice, weve got something for everybody: A self-sustaining indoor herb garden for your apartment-bound offspring, a molecular gastronomy starter pack for your Chopped-obsessed sister-in-law, and, of course, a hazard-proof mandoline for mom. But no matter the tool, cooking gadget, or condiment, all of the gifts listed below will make someones Meatless Monday a whole lot more delicious. Indoor Smart Herb Garden Tell us if this sounds familiar: Your recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, but the quantities sold in the grocery store would last you a month. Thankfully your thoughtful friend purchased you this easy-to-use, self-sustaining smart herb garden. It works just like a capsule coffee machine: Insert the biodegradable smart-soil capsule, add water to the tank (good for up to 3 week), and plug it in! Bring on the basil. For the Indoor Smart Herb Garden, click here.   Hot Sauce Flavors from Around the World The ideal gift for any hot-sauce junkie, this set of hot sauce flavors from around the world will add some searing flavor to any plant-based meal. Add some BAM! to your seitan and experiment with some spicy sauces from Costa Rica, New Orleans, Argentina, and 27 other states and countries. For the Hot Sauce Flavors from Around the World, click here. Embossed Rolling Pin Theres nothing more comforting than the aroma of freshly baked cookies. Let your baked goods look as good as they smell with one of these ornately embossed rolling pins; theyll transform any sheet of cookie dough or pie crust into an edible art piece. For the Embossed Rolling Pins, click here.  Food Dehydrator A must-have for any individual looking to easily incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet, a food dehydrator can turn any fresh fruit or vegetable into the perfect plant-based snack. Use it to dry herbs or make your own fruit leather or mushroom jerky. For the Food Dehydrator, click here. Hazard-Proof Mandoline Slicer and Spiralizer Its sharp blade and high potential for kitchen mishaps has earned the mandoline a villainous reputation, but its still a very useful kitchen tool that can quickly transform any number of fruits and vegetables into perfectly bake-able, fry-able, salad-able slices. This hazard proof mandoline is foolproof, safe, and comes with its own handy spiralizer, perfect for turning oblong shaped vegetables into flowing strands of carb-free noodles. For the Hazard Proof Mandoline Slicer and Spiralizer, click here. Super-Cute Kids Cookware Introducing children to the magic of cooking is one of the most valuable lessons you can bestow upon them. An appreciation for gastronomy starts in the kitchen, and theres no easier way to get the young ones cooking than with a set of super-cute kids cookware, which features an adorable set of vegetable-themed spoons, measuring cups, and whisks. For the Super-Cute Kids Cookware, click here. Molecular Gastronomy Starter Pack  Bring out your inner Top Chef with this incredibly cool molecular gastronomy starter pack. Use food-friendly additives to create jells, powders, beads, and caviars that will have your guests marveling at your gastronomic chops. For the Molecular Gastronomy Starter Pack, click here.    Fermentation Kit (Jars Not Included) The list of health benefits associated with fermented vegetables (kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles) is lengthy, but these foods can be a little pricey when purchased from the supermarket. A fun and cost-effective way to bring more fermented foods into your diet is to make them yourself. This fermentation kit comes with all the tools you need to pickle, culture, and preserve all of your favorite veggies. For the Fermentation Kit, click here. DIY Mochi Kit Mochi is the dessert that melts in your mouth, not in your hands. Everyone -- and I mean everyone -- has fallen head-over-heels in love with this Japanese frozen dessert. This DIY mochi kit is perfect for plant-based food lovers because it allows you to swap in any one of your favorite non-dairy ice creams. For the DIY Mochi Kit, click here.   Foodie Baby Gear We know that your baby niece, cousin, or newborn couldnt be any cuter, but what if they were wearing a little dim-sum or tater-tot onesie? This collection of adorable baby gear comes complete with all the food puns that any food-loving parent could ever dream of. For the Foodie Baby Gear, click here. Tofu Press Water is the element that prevents your perfect cubes of tofu from absorbing flavor and crisping up in the sauté pan. So just say no to soggy tofu! Exorcise those dampening demons in 15 minutes with this EZ Tofu Press: Simply set the press on a dish to catch water, place tofu on press base, turn both knobs for resistance, and continue to tighten the knobs every few minutes until your desired texture is achieved. For the Tofu Press, click here.   Meatless Monday Family Cookbook The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook, by Jenn Sebestyen, emphasizes the limitless potential of plant-based cooking. The recipes are nutritious, easy-to-prepare, and mimic the look, taste, and texture of comfort-food favorites (youve got to check out the lentil Bolognese, butternut-squash mac and cheese, and meaty mushroom stew). Its an awesome gift for anyone looking to expand their repertoire of plant-based recipes. For the Meatless Monday Family Cookbook, click here.   For more Meatless Monday inspiration, tips, and recipes, click here The post Unique Holiday Gift Guide for the Gourmets and Food Lovers on Your List appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pumpkin Maple-Glazed Penne with Roasted Fall Vegetables

November 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

This pasta dish is fall in a bowl! While there is quite a bit of peeling and chopping involved, the final result is so worth it. You can find prechopped butternut squash in most stores these days, so feel free to take advantage of that time-saver if you wish. The subtle sweetness of the sauce pairs beautifully with the roasted vegetables. If you have picky eaters who wont eat some of these veggies, feel free to leave them out and double up on the ones they like. This recipe comes to us from The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook by Jenn Sebestyen. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Serves 5 - For the Roasted Fall Vegetables: - 1 cup (140 g) peeled and chopped butternut squash - 1 cup (130 g) peeled and chopped carrots - 1 cup (110 g) peeled and chopped parsnips - 1 cup (88 g) halved Brussels sprouts - 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil -  1/­­2 teaspoon dried thyme -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt -  1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper   - For the Pasta: - 16 ounces (455 g) penne pasta (gluten-free, if desired) -  1/­­2 cup (123 g) pure pumpkin purée (NOT pumpkin pie filling) - 1 cup (235 ml) lite coconut milk - 2 tablespoons (40 g) pure maple syrup -  3/­­4 teaspoon salt, or to taste - 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil (optional)   For the Roasted Fall Vegetables: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C, or gas mark 6). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Toss the vegetables in a large bowl with the olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread out onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Roast for 15 minutes, stir, and roast for 10 to 15 more minutes until the vegetables are tender and browning on the sides.   For the Pasta: Meanwhile, cook the penne according to package directions. Be sure to salt your cooking water well. When your pasta and vegetables have about 10 minutes cooking time left, whisk all the sauce ingredients in a large skillet over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until thickened a bit.   Add the cooked pasta and roasted vegetables to the skillet with the sauce and toss well to coat. Add the olive oil, if using. Season with extra salt and pepper, if desired. The post Pumpkin Maple-Glazed Penne with Roasted Fall Vegetables appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Garlicky White Bean Avocado Toast with BBQ Drizzle

November 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

If you didnt think avocado toast could get any better, it just did! This savory breakfast recipe is easy to scale down (or up) for a quick lunch or dinner. With such a short ingredient list, youll be amazed at how delicious this is! This recipe comes to us from The  Meatless Monday Family Cookbook  by Jenn Sebestyen. 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 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil - 3 cloves garlic, minced - 1 can (15 ounces, or 425 g) cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed (or 1 1/­­2 cups [269 g] cooked beans) -  1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt, or to taste - Pinch of black pepper, or to taste - 2 avocados, peeled and pits removed - 4 slices hearty whole-grain bread, toasted (gluten-free, if desired) - Sweet-and-Spicy BBQ Sauce  or store-bought BBQ sauce - Hemp seeds, for garnish   Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet. Add the garlic. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes; watch it carefully so it doesnt burn and turn down the heat a bit if necessary. Add the cannellini beans, oregano, salt, and pepper and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until hot. To serve: Mash 1/­­2 of an avocado on each slice of toast. Spoon one-quarter of the bean mixture over the mashed avocado on each slice. Drizzle with BBQ sauce and sprinkle with hemp seeds. SERVING SUGGESTION: We like this with a side of fresh fruit to offset the richness of the avocado and beans. The post Garlicky White Bean Avocado Toast with BBQ Drizzle appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meaty Mushroom Stew over Garlic Mashed Potatoes

November 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe comes to us from The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook by Jenn Sebestyen. Jenn says: “This recipe reminds me a bit of pot roasts from my childhood. Of course, back then, it was beef, not mushrooms, but the flavor profiles are similar and both dishes are warm comfort food that make me want to curl up on the couch with a big bowl.” 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 Garlic Mashed Potatoes: - 2 pounds (900 g) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt, or to taste - 2 tablespoons (28 g) plant-based butter or (28 ml) extra-virgin olive oil -  1/­­2 cup (120 ml) lite coconut milk, plus more as needed -  1/­­2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste   - For the Meaty Mushroom Stew: - 2 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil - 1 yellow onion, diced - 2 cloves garlic, minced - 2 carrots, peeled and diced - 10 ounces (280 g) sliced cremini mushrooms - 10 ounces (280 g) sliced shiitake mushrooms - 1 tablespoon (16 g) tomato paste - 2 tablespoons (28 ml) tamari, coconut aminos, or soy sauce (gluten-free, if desired) - 2 teaspoons dried thyme - 2 teaspoons dried sage - 1 1/­­2 teaspoons salt, or to taste -  1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste - 1 1/­­2 cups (355 ml) low-sodium vegetable broth - 1 cup (130 g) frozen green peas   For the Mashed Potatoes: Add the potatoes to a large pot on the stove. Cover the potatoes with water by 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm). Add 1/­­2 teaspoon of salt. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a knife. Drain and add the potatoes back to the pot. Add the butter and coconut milk. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth. Add additional milk 1 tablespoon (15 ml) at a time if you like your mashed potatoes a thinner consistency. Add the garlic powder and additional salt to taste. Switch to a spatula or wooden spoon to stir and incorporate the seasonings well. Set aside.   For the Meaty Mushroom Stew: Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and carrots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomato paste, tamari, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, and vegetable broth. Increase the heat to bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the green peas, stir to incorporate, and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes to heat through.   Serve the Meaty Mushroom Stew over the Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The post Meaty Mushroom Stew over Garlic Mashed Potatoes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

BBQ Chickpea Veggie Bowls

November 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe comes to us from The  Meatless Monday Family Cookbook  by Jenn Sebestyen. Jenn says: “This is another version of a grains, beans, and veggies bowl. These roasted vegetables are so good, in our house, the kids are eating them off the hot-from-the-oven pan. Were lucky if we have enough left to make our bowls. Im not complaining! With sticky BBQ sauce and addictive roasted vegetables, this dish is a winner!” 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 can (15 ounces, or 425 g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed - 1 head broccoli, chopped into bite-size florets - 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced (or color of your choice) - 1 red onion, halved and sliced - 2 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil -  1/­­4 teaspoon salt, or to taste -  1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste - 2 cups (390 g) cooked brown rice - 1 avocado, peel and pit removed, diced -  1/­­4 cup (4 g) cilantro, chopped - 1 cup (235 ml) Sweet-and-Spicy BBQ Sauce or store-bought BBQ sauce   Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread out the chickpeas, broccoli, bell peppers, and onion on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Spread them out in one even layer. Roast for 20 minutes, mix the veggies, and swap the pans in the oven so the one on top is now on the bottom. Roast for another 10 to 15 minutes until the veggies are starting to char and the chickpeas are crispy (they will continue to crisp up as they sit). Add 1/­­2 cup (98 g) of cooked rice to each of 4 bowls. Divvy up the roasted vegetables, diced avocado, and cilantro equally among the bowls. Drizzle with the BBQ sauce. The post BBQ Chickpea Veggie Bowls appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Creamy Vegetable Noodle Soup

November 17 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe comes to us from The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook by Jenn Sebestyen. Jenn says, “This thick and creamy soup reminds me a bit of potpie filling, but in soup form. The small ditalini pasta rings are the same size as the diced vegetables, making it easy for kids to scoop up a bit of everything in one bite. Made with no cream, not even homemade cashew cream, you wont believe how creamy it is. Youll be heading back for seconds in no time.” 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 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil - 1 yellow onion, diced - 3 carrots, peeled and diced - 2 ribs celery, diced - 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced - 1 tablespoon (1 g) dried parsley - 1 teaspoon dried basil - 1 teaspoon dried thyme -  1/­­2 teaspoon dried dill - 1 1/­­4 teaspoons salt, or to taste -  1/­­4 cup (32 g) all-purpose flour - 2 cups (475 ml) unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice, divided - 4 cups (946 ml) low-sodium vegetable broth - 2 tablespoons (8 g) nutritional yeast (optional) - 1 cup (110 g) dry ditalini pasta or similar small pasta shape (gluten-free, if desired)   Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the carrots, celery, and bell pepper and sauté 4 to 5 minutes until starting to soften.   Add the parsley, basil, thyme, dill, salt, and flour and stir to combine, scraping up any bits of flour on the bottom of the pot. Slowly pour in 1/­­2 cup (120 ml) of milk while whisking continuously, again scraping up any bits of flour on the bottom; a flat whisk is convenient here, but a balloon whisk will work as well. Whisk until the flour is completely incorporated.   Add the remainder of the milk, vegetable broth, and nutritional yeast, if using. Whisk to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta, and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the pasta is cooked through, stirring often to prevent the pasta from sticking.   Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.   Swap it! For a gluten-free option, use brown rice flour instead of all-purpose flour. The post Creamy Vegetable Noodle Soup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

New York City Passes Historic Citywide Meatless Monday Resolution

November 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

New York City Passes Historic Citywide Meatless Monday ResolutionNew York City has passed a historic resolution supporting the promotion and adoption of Meatless Monday for residents, businesses, and government organizations. The resolution encourages individuals and public and private institutions to try and provide plant-based options for their health and the environment, especially on Mondays. New York City is already a leader in providing its residents with opportunities to enjoy plant-based meals and reduce their meat consumption, with Meatless Monday programs currently available in all public schools and public hospitals. This new resolution builds and strengthens the citys current efforts and is part of a larger push to promote plant-based meals and reduce processed meat consumption in local restaurants, cafeterias and community organizations in all five boroughs. Helen Rosenthal, New York City council member and lead advocate of the resolution, celebrated the victory with a post on her Facebook Page:   Today the City Council passed my resolution which encourages New Yorkers to enjoy Meatless Mondays so that all of us can take part in the long-lasting benefits of a plant-based diet — reduced risk of a wide range of diseases, improved overall health, and longer lives.       The Meatless Monday team joined fellow non-profit partners and city council members in advocating for a citywide resolution in 2015. Recent public environmental concerns and scientific publications have increased momentum around interest and adoption of plant-based eating for health and environmental benefits. Meatless Monday is a global campaign that encourages people to enjoy meat-free meals on Mondays to improve their personal and public health as well as environmental and agricultural sustainability. The resolution brings awareness to the efforts already underway in restaurants, schools, and cafeterias across the city to provide meatless meals on Mondays, and calls on an expansion of those efforts citywide. A coalition of leading health and environmental organizations have endorsed Meatless Monday as one of the easiest actions that mayors and city officials can take to improve their communitys health and achieve their climate goals. Major cities including Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Cleveland, and many others have all committed to some iteration of the program. Do you want to keep the Meatless Monday movement growing? Click here for five simple ways to implement Meatless Monday in YOUR community. The post New York City Passes Historic Citywide Meatless Monday Resolution appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Don’t Get Spooked by Sweets — Try These 10 Better-for-You Halloween Treats

October 28 2019 Meatless Monday 

Don’t Get Spooked by Sweets  —  Try These 10 Better-for-You Halloween TreatsHalloween season is here, so its time to bust out the bloody bandages, clean out the old cast-iron cauldron, and study up on your seances. And theres no better way to honor the scariest holiday of the year than with a proper Halloween bash (or monster mash, or graveyard smash)? Whether its a spooky soirée for you and your friends or a party for some little monsters , the focal point of the celebration (as with all parties) is the finger food -- minus the fingers, of course. You can always go with the traditional frightening fare -- candy apples, ants-on-a-log, popcorn balls, devils food cake -- but we wanted to offer some more imaginative options that are not only tasty, easy to make, and freaking cute, but theyre also better-for-you! Check out the list below for some hauntingly yummy Halloween treats. Peanut Butter Apple Monsters With sunflower-seed teeth and a strawberry tongue, these gremlin-looking green apples are the perfect snack for guests who are scared of eating too much sugar. Photo courtesy of @nutriacure . Fiendishly Frightening Fruit Platter Ghostly red peppers, Frankenstein kiwis, and cantaloupe tombstones make for a very frightening fruit platter. Photo courtesy of @foodbites . Ghostly Chocolate Cupcakes These are not your ordinary cupcakes. Tucked away within each fluffy chocolate cake is a hint of tangy guava and sweet beet puree. Topping each cupcake is a crown of coconut-milk frosting. Drizzle some thinned out guava juice over the top for an even more ghastly effect. Photo courtesy of Goya . Mummys Favorite Jalape?o Poppers These jalape?o poppers are almost too cute to eat... almost. Photo courtesy of @thepurplepumpkinblog . Ghastly Gluten-Free Zombie Fingers These are almost as scary as someone with a gluten intolerance eating a piece of bread. Made primarily from dates, peanut butter, and oats, these zombie fingers are easy to assemble, and they most definitely look the part. Photo courtesy of Recipes from a Pantry . Boo-nana Popsicles The ideal non-dairy frozen treat for your guests. Not too messy, these popsicles will be gone so fast youll begin to wonder if they ever existed at all... Photo courtesy of Well Plated . Candy Corn Parfait These have the candy-corn look, but with added tropical flavor. Just layer some pineapple, tangerine, and a shot of whipped cream to capture the aesthetic of classic candy corn.  Photo courtesy of Family Fresh Meals . Bat Energy Bites All you need is 20 minutes, a microwave, and a mixing bowl to put these scary snacks together. These ones are just as fun to make as they are to eat. Photo courtesy of Chelsea’s Messy Apron . Tangerine Pumpkins Rushing to complete the Halloween party preparations? These tangerine pumpkins dont require much assembly: Just peel and pop a little wedge of celery on top to give them that pumpkin look. Photo courtesy of Bren Did . Ahhhhh Vegetables! For some, nothing is scarier than a platter of roasted vegetables, but we think these spooky shaped beets, carrots, and squash are just devilishly delightful. Photo courtesy of Live Eat Learn .   Making one of these creepy creations? Tag @meatlessmonday and well repost the scariest photos (and maybe the cutest). The post Don’t Get Spooked by Sweets — Try These 10 Better-for-You Halloween Treats appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Humane Society of the United States holds plant-based culinary training for MBJ Cafeteria Corp at John Jay College

October 21 2019 Meatless Monday 

Humane Society of the United States holds plant-based culinary training for MBJ Cafeteria Corp at John Jay CollegeMBJ staff with HSUS Forward Food chefs With the growing popularity of plant-based foods, colleges and universities are adding more vegan and vegetarian dishes to their culinary repertoire. Plant-based menus are especially popular with younger Americans. Its estimated that 63% of millennials and 65% of Gen Z Americans are trying to incorporate more plant-forward foods into their diets. Concerns for their personal health and the health of planet Earth are key drivers. To meet this demand, foodservice companies are adding a tempting variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes to their menus, and chefs and staff are learning about new ingredients and techniques to create palate-pleasing, plant-based dishes. HSUS Forward Food Jenn with MBJ kitchen staff member This is where the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) plant-based training initiative comes in. Since 2015, the HSUS has provided plant-based training to more than 10,000 dining directors and chefs at major food service institutions across the country. The HSUSs team of professional chefs and registered dietitians design menus, train chefs, lead plant-based leadership summits and partner with hundreds of individual institutions on creating plant-based food initiatives. In turn, those trained provide more plant-based menu items to millions of patrons. The team at MBJ Cafeteria Corp in New York City is ramping up its plant-based menu. The MBJ staff participated in a free plant-based culinary training event at John Jay College to become educated on plant-based techniques and meals in order to increase their offerings at John Jay College and their other City University of New York (CUNY) contracts. Some of the delicious dishes they learned how to prepare for students included buffalo cauliflower wings, fire roasted corn chowder, chickpea and walnut pesto with penne pasta, and garbanzo bean sliders. MBJ kitchen staff consult HSUS Forward Food Chef Amy (second from right) MBJ is taking a deep dive into plant-based fare and HSUS is excited to help train their staff on plant-based meals and techniques, says Stefanie Heath, manager of food and nutrition for the HSUS. After the two-day HSUS training, Aldana Vasques Williams, Vice President, MBJ Cafeteria Corp, said, The hands-on training event motivated our team to imagine new ways to create delicious plant-based meals that are cost-effective and sustainable. Were excited to apply our learnings in developing a plant-based menu that well launch in January in conjunction with Meatless Monday. Display of plant-based dishes MBJ staff created with HSUS Forward Food chefs The post Humane Society of the United States holds plant-based culinary training for MBJ Cafeteria Corp at John Jay College appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Dr. Kristi Funk, Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Explains the Importance of Plant-Based Eating for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 7 2019 Meatless Monday 

Dr. Kristi Funk is a board-certified breast surgeon and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles . She helps her patients, including Sheryl Crow and Angelina Jolie, prevent and navigate breast cancer. Her science-backed strategy for cancer prevention includes whole food plant-based eating and starts with Meatless Monday. She explains that consuming a plant-based diet protects the body from cancer cells, noting that over millennia, plants have developed weaponry to ward off disease and other predators. Let me ask you this: if you were to eat plants, would their protective powers extend to you as a human? Of course they would! Dr. Funk prescribes Meatless Monday because small changes translate into long-term health benefits. Last year, we had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Funk and ask about her thoughts on Meatless Monday and how reducing meat consumption promotes an overall healthy lifestyle. And since October is breast cancer awareness month, we feel it is the right time to reiterate Dr. Funks message. Watch Dr. Funks video below to learn about why Meatless Monday matters. Let us know your thoughts! Tag us @MeatlessMonday and use #MeatlessMonday when sharing on Facebook , Twitter , or Instagram   The post Dr. Kristi Funk, Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Explains the Importance of Plant-Based Eating for Breast Cancer Awareness Month appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Behind the Scenes with Facebook HQ’s Plant-Based Chef, Anthony Moraes

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Behind the Scenes with Facebook HQ’s Plant-Based Chef, Anthony MoraesFacebook has always been a pioneer in the world of technology, but thanks to Anthony Moraes, Head Wellness Chef at Facebooks headquarters in New York City, the company is now a shining example of how plant-based eating can be integrated into corporate dining services. Meatless Monday had the opportunity to speak with Chef Moraes about Facebooks fully plant-based café, Ceci et Cela, and how people simply cant stop talking, tweeting, and Instagramming about the innovative meatless meals he and his team are cooking up. What was the motivation behind having an entirely plant-based cafe in Facebooks HQ? Do other cafes at Facebook also serve vegetarian options? The motivation for having an entirely plant-based café came from our desire to provide interesting and innovative plant-based concepts that complement our mainstream cafes.  We always have our finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world of food and drink, and as more people switch to alternative diets, we wanted to accommodate those preferences by creating a place that offers food that is healthy, cutting edge, and suitable for all eating lifestyles. Our daily menus incorporate vegan, vegetarian, Meatless Monday, keto, paleo, juicing, and healthy-living options. How have employees reacted to Ceci et Cela?  Ceci et Cela opened up to rave reviews from our employees, and it continues to receive amazing feedback after nearly two years in operation. How do you entice employees to choose a plant-base option over a meat-centric dish? We post some mouthwatering pictures of the food on our internal Facebook page, and these photos tend to draw in both plant-based diners and meat eaters, but most of the time its word-of-mouth that gets the line started. Whats the most popular dish at Ceci et Cela? Its hard to say, since our menu changes weekly and we try to never repeat a dish. But I guess if we had to pick, there is one salad that I created for our opening menu that is so immensely popular that someone created a Fan Page for it; its called All Hail The Kale.  Lol... It has many followers. So funny... Plant-based has become more popular, what plant-based cuisine trends or insights can you share from your success with Cecis? Have you seen more traffic on Mondays? Running a plant-based café allows us to be creative, but it also enables us to see which types of plant-based foods outshine the others. Currently, theres a trend towards trying different varieties of nut milks. We make all of our own nut milks in-house, and Ive noticed a growing interest in other plant-based milks beyond the common almond and soy. Oat milk has grown in popularity, but we also experiment with walnuts, macadamia nuts, various dried legumes, and seeds.   I also see that more people are concerned with their gut health. We offer kombucha on tap as well as house-made probiotic foods and drinks. As for a traffic boost on Mondays, we do have a healthy Monday service due to our steady flow of plant-based eaters and our committed Meatless Monday diners. Ironically, we see an even bigger spike on Tuesdays, as all of our Monday guests go back and tell their friends and co-workers about their incredible meal at Ceci et Cela. A third trend that started off as more of a feeling is the correlation between clean nutrition and beauty (I believe theyve coined a word for it now, Nutraceuticals). So, I put together a Beauty Bar within our café that is set up like a makeup station complete with a lighted mirror, compact cases, perfume bottles, blush brushes, etc. But instead of makeup, I filled all of these cases and jars with superfood additives like, acai powder, maca, chlorella, camu-camu, pine oil, and matcha so that guests can come up to the bar and add an extra boost of super foods to their food or drink. At the Beauty Bar, Ive also included a nicely-framed legend explaining what additives are good for your hair, your nails, your skin, eyes, etc... It has become immensely popular and is a very Instagram-able station. Have employees started eating more plant-based meals as a result of trying new foods at Cecis? Any stories you can share? There are so many stories of employees coming to us and thanking us for re-introducing them to the delicious potential of vegetables. Our team does such an incredible job at making all of our offerings attractive and appealing to everyone, not just the vegans and vegetarians. I am grateful for the many stories and accolades we receive each week. One employee came to me and said that he has strictly only eaten at Ceci et Cela for the past 6 months and lost 30 pounds. A few employees have brought in their personal trainers and nutritionists to see everything we do. Another employee said that Ceci et Cela was an official part of her wedding plan this summer! Follow the Facebook plant-based food trends via Chef Anthony Moraes on Instagram . Keep us posted on your #MeatlessMonday meals by posting your favorite plant-based dishes and tagging @MeatlessMonday .   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 ! 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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Theres nothing more comforting on a cool autumn day than a heaping scoopful of shepherds pie. This recipe is a blessing for those who want to recreate the decadent taste and texture of this classic dish without using any animal products. A layer of creamy mashed potatoes sits atop a rich filling of diced cremini or baby Portobello mushrooms, lentils, and vegetables. This recipe comes from Anne Hernandez, co-founder of Urban Homestead, an online magazine that focuses on holistic remedies and healthy eating, and one of the finalists of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. 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 - Mashed Potato Topping - 5 Pounds Russet Potatoes peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes - 1/­­2 Tablespoon Salt - 2-4 Tablespoons Vegan Butter - 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard Powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon Pepper or to taste - 1 1/­­2 teaspoons Salt to taste   - Filling - 2 1/­­2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1 Medium Onion diced - 3 CloveGarlic minced - 1 Cup Baby Portobello/­­Crimini Mushrooms diced small - 2 Tablespoons Flour - 1 teaspoon Parsley dried - 1 teaspoon Thyme dried - 1/­­2 teaspoon Rosemary dried - 1 Bay Leaf - 1 Cup Red Wine - 2 1/­­2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste - 1 1/­­2 Cups Vegetable Broth or Stock - 1 Pound Lentils cooked - 28 Ounce Frozen Mixed Vegetables - Salt & Pepper to taste   Instructions Mashed Potato Topping Cover the peeled & cubed potatoes with cold water in a large saucepan. Sprinkle with 1/­­2 Tablespoon of salt and turn the heat to high. Once the water starts to boil, partially cover with the lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Put a colander over a heat-proof bowl and drain the potatoes, reserving the potato water. Return the potatoes to the saucepan and mash with a potato masher. Stir in the dry mustard, salt, pepper, and vegan butter. Add the potato water 1/­­2 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly with each addition, until the mashed potatoes have a slightly loose consistency (but not runny). Set aside. Filling Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large oven-proof skillet, heat olive oil until shimmering over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute longer. Add the mushrooms, season all with salt & pepper, and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir the flour, parsley, thyme, and rosemary into the mushroom mixture until evenly coated for at least a minute to cook the flour. Add the wine and cooked lentils (I used Trader Joes). Cook until most of the wine is reduced and absorbed. Whisk the tomato sauce into the vegetable broth and add with the frozen vegetables and bay leaf, stirring to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from the heat. Discard the bay leaf. If youre feeding a large crowd, leave the mixture in the skillet. If youd rather split the recipe into 2 pie plates, now is the time to do it. Follow the recipe but only bake one of the pies and freeze the other for another day. Top the filling with the mashed potatoes. You can spoon it on and spread carefully as to not mix in the filling or gravy, or use a piping bag to get fancy. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned. Remove the pie from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before serving. The post Vegan Shepherd’s Pie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa

September 30 2019 Meatless Monday 

Want a tastier taco? The combination of lentils and toasted walnuts in place of animal-protein makes for a cleaner, more complex bite. For the filling, lentils are seasoned with a blend of chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika and tossed with toasted walnuts. The mixture is topped with a cool, tart cashew sour cream, and a bright pineapple salsa. This recipe comes to us from Carly Paige, founder of FitLiving Eats , author of Simply Swapped Everyday , and one of the finalists of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! Makes 8 tacos - 1 15-ounce can cooked lentils - 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped - 1 tablespoon tomato paste - 1 tablespoon chili powder - 1 tablespoon cumin - 1 tablespoon smoked paprika - 1 teaspoon oregano -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 8 romaine lettuce leaves   - Pineapple Avocado Salsa: - 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced - 2 avocados, diced -  1/­­2 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced -  1/­­4 cup red onion, diced -  1/­­4 cup cilantro, chopped - 1 lime, juiced -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt   - Cashew Sour Cream: -  3/­­4 cup cashews, soaked for 4 hours -  1/­­4 cup water - 1 tablespoon lemon juice -  1/­­2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar -  1/­­4 teaspoon salt   To make the lentil walnut taco meat, toast the walnuts in a sauté pan for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat. Add the lentils, spices and tomato paste. Stir to combine and sauté for a few more minutes to let the mixture dry out a bit and become crumbly. Meanwhile, combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl and set aside. To make the cashew sour cream, drain the soaking liquid from the cashews and add the cashews to a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. To assemble, spoon the taco meat into the romaine leaves. Top with salsa and cashew sour cream. The post Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Pineapple Avocado Salsa appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Sweet Potato & Herb Salad

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Serve this plateful of goodness with a bowl of vegetarian chili or black bean soup. Its a delightfully hearty meal thats ideal for fall. This recipe comes to us from Jackie Newgent .   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 (8- to 9-oz) sweet potato, unpeeled, cut into 1/­­2-thick rounds - 2 teaspoons avocado oil or high-oleic sunflower oil - 1/­­8 teaspoon sea salt - 1/­­8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 3 tablespoons spicy avocado dressing (see below) - 1 scallion, thinly sliced - 1/­­4 cup loosely-packed fresh herb leaves, such as small basil leaves and cilantro leaves - 1 tablespoon pan-toasted pine nuts or roasted pumpkin seeds   Directions: Add the sweet potato rounds to a saucepan and cover with cold water. (Hint: Salt the water for extra taste.) Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until nearly tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the sweet potato rounds well. Brush both sides of the sweet potato rounds with the oil. Grill or pan-grill the rounds over medium-high heat until rich grill marks form on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Set aside to cool. Arrange the grilled sweet potato rounds* on a plate. Drizzle with the spicy avocado dressing. Sprinkle with the scallion, herb leaves, and pine nuts. Adjust seasoning and serve.   If you’d like to make the spicy avocado dressing that goes with the salad the recipe is: 1/­­4 of a large avocado 1/­­4 cup chilled unsweetened (jasmine) green tea 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1/­­8 teaspoon each sea salt ground cayenne pepper Blend all ingredients together. Adjust seasoning. Makes 2 servings, about 3 tablespoons each.     The post Grilled Sweet Potato & Herb Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vermont Maple Breakfast Muffins

September 23 2019 Meatless Monday 

Warm maple muffins are the perfect breakfast for a cool fall morning. This recipe is totally plant-based and best enjoyed with family and friends over a hot cup of coffee or tea. This recipe comes to us from The Healthy Voyager . Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox!   Makes 12 muffins 3 cups  all purpose flour, gluten free if desired 1 tablespoon  baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon  salt 1-1/­­2 cups  pure maple syrup 12 tablespoons (1-1/­­2 sticks)  unsalted vegan butter, melted 1/­­2 cup  non-dairy milk 1 vegan  egg (flax, chia or egg replacer of choice) 1  vegan egg yolk (such as Just Egg or Follow Your Heart vegan egg) Softened unsalted vegan butter, for greasing the pan   Preheat to 400°F . In a large bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and melted butter. Whisk in the milk, followed by the egg and egg yolk. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until just smooth. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grease the muffin pan generously with softened butter, wells and top. You may want to also use muffin liners. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan. The cups will be almost full. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375°F  and bake for about 15 minutes more, or until the muffins are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from the pan. Serve warm with butter, or place on a rack to cool. The post Vermont Maple Breakfast Muffins appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Plant-Based Power Chef Charity Morgan on Fueling The Tennessee Titans with Plants

September 16 2019 Meatless Monday 

Plant-Based Power Chef Charity Morgan on Fueling The Tennessee Titans with PlantsThere are plenty of reasons to eat more plant-based foods. For NFL linebacker Derrick Morgan, who most recently played on the Tennessee Titans, the reason was clear: He wanted to become an even better athlete. [Derrick] wanted to have a competitive edge for training on and off the field, Morgans wife, Chef Charity Morgan , said. After doing extensive research on using plant-based foods as fuel, Derrick decided to fully commit to plant-based eating — cold turkey — back in 2017. His wife Charity and two young kids, soon followed his lead. Now, the whole Morgan clan eats all plant-based, all the time. But this is hardly where their plant-based story ends. The Morgans new approach to eating soon made its way onto the football field. Charity, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained professional chef, gradually transitioned her cooking style to plant-based and, with that, began to serve meals to other Tennessee Titans. For me, it was just re-educating the guys about what food looks like. Once they realized they could have lasagna, enchiladas and mac and cheese in plant-based form, they were so stoked , she said. Charity cooks up plant-based dishes for many of the players, whove found that the meals leave them energized and ready to play. A lot of them tell me they feel faster on the field, they feel more energetic , Charity said of the players, adding that many said they didnt feel sluggish like they normally do after a big lunch.  Chef Charitys recipes are always evolving, but there are a few staples she said the players request on the reg. Her plant-based truffle mac and cheese is by far the players most beloved recipe, and her tacos, which she makes with soyrizo, black beans, bell peppers, onion and garlic are another favorite.  While there is a wealth of information around plant-based eating, Chef Charity said protein is often the players first concern when they sign up for her meals. She said being an educator comes as part of her job as a chef: Once she breaks down the beneficial nutrients in foods like vegetables, lentils and legumes, she said the players worries are easily quelled. The chef labels all of the players meals clearly so they know what to expect before digging in, and every dish is protein-packed. Her Pro-Bowl, a mix of lentils, chickpeas, hemp seeds, kale and spinach, is incredibly protein-dense.  While many of the Titans have incorporated plant-based eating into their lives (and their training), not all have committed as wholly as the Morgan family has — and, as Chef Charity put it, thats completely OK. I tell people all the time, even if you start with Meatless Monday, thats great. I encourage that , she said, adding that Meatless Monday often ends up being a gateway to even more plant-based eating. People realize they create their own [unnecessary] barriers, but once they try [to eat a little less meat], they start to realize that its really not so difficult. We create our own roadblocks that dont really exist in reality, she said.  So while conventional wisdom may tell us that professional football players need a meat-heavy diet to perform their best, the real proof is in the Titans.  Learn more about plant-based athletes from the experts - check out Game Changers the movie . A UFC fighter discovers an elite group of athletes proving everything he’d been taught about protein was a lie . This documentary breaks down the stereotypes, myths and realities of protein and strength around plant-based eating for professional athletes. Check it out in your local theaters. The post Plant-Based Power Chef Charity Morgan on Fueling The Tennessee Titans with Plants appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Beet Salad with Chopped Endive and Arugula

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Slices of roasted red beets with chopped endive and baby arugula dressed with orange champagne vinaigrette, topped with pistachio and garnished with honey calamansi gel and golden beet puree. This recipe comes to us from chef Mark Angelo Crisostomo , one of the finalists in the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox! - Beet Salad - 4-6 (1lb to 2lbs) Medium size red beets - 5 oz (4-6 cups) baby arugula, rinsed and dry - 12 oz (6-8 pieces) of Endives - 4 ounces of raw pistachio   - Orange Champagne Vinaigrette - 2 Fresh Oranges - 1 Tbsp Sugar - 1 Small Red Onion - Rough chopped - 2-3 Ounces of Champagne Vinegar - 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard - 4 -6 Ounces Oil (Avocado or Avocado Oil) - Salt and pepper to taste   - Honey Calamansi Gel - 4 ounces of Calamansi juice - 4-6 ounces of honey - Super Agar and Xanthan Gum - Steps: Blend Honey Calamansi and Agar (1% of the total volume) thoroughly and simmer it for 2-4 minutes. Pour it to a cup and place it in a fridge or ice batch until it sets then blend it again add water to thin it or xanthan gum to thicken.   - Golden Beet Puree - 2-3 (about a 1lb) Medium golden beets - 2 ounces of Red beet juice/­­water and Squeeze of lemon - Xanthan Gum (follow label instructions) - Salt to taste - Steps: Combine all ingredients in a blender and squeeze until consistency is achieved.   Steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 400?F. Wash beets and wrap each beets with foil tightly and line them up in a baking pan. Bake for an hour or until its done. Peel and cut the red beets into thin slices (use mandoline slicer for consistent slices) and dice the golden beets. 2. While beets are baking, make the vinaigrette, in a small pot add the champagne vinegar, sugar and chopped red onions and reduce into half, s and blend it. Add orange juice and Dijon mustard. Add oil slowly while blending until desired consistency is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste. (use Xanthan Gum, if available to achieve desired consistency). 3. In a mixing bowl add the chopped endives and baby arugula and drizzle vinaigrette. On a plate, lay red beets slice and top it with the Endives, Arugula and Pistachios. Add honey calamansi gel and beet puree around the plate. Be creative. The post Beet Salad with Chopped Endive and Arugula appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

These tamales, a variation of the popular Peruvian dish, incorporate quinoa, a staple grain of the region, and are served with sarza criolla, a Peruvian sauce of marinated onions, and topped with aji verde, a Peruvian green hot sauce. This recipe comes to us from Karla Flores-Ybaceta, Executive Chef of Mikhuna Authentic Peruvian Cuisine , and was the winner of the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge. Want more meatless recipes like this? Subscribe to our newsletter  for a weekly selection of plant-based recipes delivered right to your inbox!   Makes 12 tamales - For the Dough: - 2 cups of Quinoa rinsed -  1/­­4 cup rice flour - 2 tbl salt - 1 tsp black pepper -  1/­­2 tbls turmeric or 2 tblsp aji panca paste - 2 tsp ground garlic -  1/­­4 cup grapeseed oil or oil of preference   - For the filling: - 1 tsp turmeric - 1 tsp garlic -  1/­­4 cup of grapeseed oil - 1 small size yellow onion diced - 1 medium size zucchini diced small - 1 medium size gooseneck squash diced small - 1 pint diced mini portabella mushroom - 2 roasted and diced poblano or hatch peppers   - For the Sarza Criolla: - 1 med size red onion thinly sliced and rinsed - 1 large lime - Salt to taste   - For the wrap: - Softened banana leaves - Or - Soaked corn husks   Preparation To make the dough: Cook the quinoa until soften making sure not to overcook about 15 minutes. Drain but do not rinse. In a pot heat the oil and add the turmeric or aji, and the garlic and sauté lightly being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the cooked quinoa, add the salt and pepper and continue to cook together for about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and incorporate the rice flour.   For the filling: Heat a medium size pot and add the oil. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Incorporate the rest of the ingredients and cook until tender but careful not to overcook. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. To assemble the tamales place about a 1/­­4 of a cup of quinoa in the center of the husk or banana leaf and put a spoon full of the filling in the center. Carefully wrap the husk to form the tamale and wrap them individually tightly in aluminum foil and set aside. Once all the tamales are done place them in a pot and cover them in water and place the lid on the pot. Cook the tamales for 30 minutes and remove them from the water. Allow the to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving them. To make the sarza simply put the onions in a bowl and add the salt and lime juice and allow them to cure for about 5 minutes. If you prefer to make spicy add a slice of pepper to the onions. Plate the tamale out of the wrap on a plate and top it with the sarza. Enjoy! The post Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge

September 9 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire ChallengeOn Monday, August 26, three finalists competed to be crowned the Western Foodservice Show Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Champion. Finalists were chosen from a pool of chefs who submitted original meatless recipes and videos. Chef Karla Flores-Ybaceta, last years Rapid Fire champion, returned to compete this year and reclaimed her title. The competition was judged by a panel of experts including (from left to right) Jenny Ross, Executive Chef, Tribest & Consulting Chef, Jenny Ross Living Foods; Seizan Dreux Ellis, Executive Chef, Café Gratitude; Leslie Durso, Vegan Chef and Wellness Expert; and Dana Smith, Campaign Director, Meatless Monday. The three competing finalists were: Jodi Taffel, The Fabulous Bacon Babe Mark Angelo Crisostomo, Chef Karla Flores-Ybaceta, Executive Chef, Mikhuna Authentic Peruvian Cuisine   Chefs had 20 minutes to prepare their dishes while discussing the ingredients, flavors, and health benefits. Each chef prepared their favorite meatless dish for the panel of judges. Jodi Taffel, The Fabulous Bacon Babe, prepared her Lentil Empanadas , a favorite among her catering clients. Jodi Taffel’s Lentil Empanadas Chef Mark Angelo Crisostomo served a Beet Salad with Chopped Endive and Arugula . Mark Angelo Crisostomo’s Beet Salad But the dish that made the judges lick their plates clean was from Chef Karla, who also won last years bacon-themed competition. Her Quinoa Tamales  are a variation of the popular dish and a favorite from her food truck and catering business Mikhuna Authentic Peruvian Cuisine. She serves them with sarza criolla, a Peruvian sauce of marinated onions and tops them with her famous Aji Verde, a Peruvian green hot sauce, which she is planning to start bottling. Karla Flores-Ybaceta’s Winning Quinoa Tamales After receiving a duo Associates of Science Degree in both Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry from Long Beach City College, Chef Karla studied at LEcole Lenotre in Paris, where she received a Grande Diplome in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry. Before starting her own business, she served as an Executive Chef, training with Master Chef Romain Bertain, as well as a Private Chef for Her Royal Highness Princess Rima Al Saud and the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia. Congratulations! Try all the chefs’ recipes this Meatless Monday and let us know how they came out on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter . The post Meet the Winner of the 2019 Meatless Monday Rapid Fire Challenge appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Does Your Back-to-School List Include Meatless Monday?

August 26 2019 Meatless Monday 

Does Your Back-to-School List Include Meatless Monday?Its back to school time. For many students that means back to Meatless Monday time, because more and more schools are observing Meatless Monday. Students and schools around the country want to take action to fight climate change and address health issues. Meatless Monday is a simple and effective way for students, parents and administrators to develop long-term healthy eating habits that also address the environmental issues associated with meat consumption. Its What Students Want One of the largest foodservice companies in the country, Whitsons Culinary Group, launched a Meatless Monday initiative after being prompted by student surveys requesting more vegetarian and vegan menu options. They now offer meatless, plant-based options in all 95 school districts they service in the Northeast. New York City serves over 1.1 million Meatless Monday meals every week to students in all five boroughs. The program was initiated by student demand and proved by a successful pilot program in Brooklyn that quickly expanded to include all schools.   Bring Meatless Monday To Your School If your childs school doesnt take part in Meatless Monday, you can help them get started with free and easy to use resources from Meatless Monday. Check out our K-12 resource page for everything you need to begin the conversation with administrators and kick-off a successful Meatless Monday school program. Additional Meatless Monday K-12 Resources: o Research on the health and environmental benefits of choosing plant-based foods instead of meat o Implementation guides for starting Meatless Monday in school cafeterias o Marketing materials that can be used to promote Meatless Monday onsite or through social media o Downloadable K-12 cookbooks o Sign up for weekly newsletters with Meatless Monday recipes and news o Sign-up to become a Meatless Monday Ambassador for more K-12 tips and resources Do you lead a school or manage a school district? Schools looking to implement Meatless Monday programs can consult with our team, which includes experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future . Contact us  for additional information or to learn how to implement a program at your school. Already have a great Meatless Monday program going at your school? Keep us posted on all of your great work! Email us at: info@meatlessmonday.com 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 Does Your Back-to-School List Include Meatless Monday? appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Hendrix College Throws a “Gardein Party”

August 12 2019 Meatless Monday 

Hendrix College Throws a “Gardein Party”Gardein , a product line of meat-free foods, wanted to highlight their new products within a college setting so they reached out to the Meatless Monday team for help. Meatless Monday instantly connected them to Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. The schools award-winning dining hall already offers vegan and vegetarian food choices on a daily basis and encourages students to join in meat-free dining on Meatless Monday. Hendrix also works with local farmers and implements recycling programs to keep their menu local and sustainable. A Hendrix chef shows off the Gardein burger The three parties came up with the concept of a Meatless Monday Gardein Party, a day the school cafeteria would set aside to sample new plant-based Gardein burgers, meatballs and crumbles. One of the schools chefs, Marshall Hines, helped create the menu. The party was a huge hit for both the staff and student body. Cindy Mosley, R.D., Hendrix College Associate Director of Dining Services, said, We highlighted the event when we submitted an entry to the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. This award considers the dining facility as a whole by rating menu, merchandising and presentation, marketing, nutrition and wellness, and sustainability. When members of the staff attended the award ceremony at the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) National Conference they received great news. Hendrix College and the Gardein Party promotion was awarded 2nd place in the category of Residential Dining Facility. Congratulations Hendrix, well done! If youre interested in introducing Meatless Monday to your K-12 school, college or university, we provide everything you need to get started. Our free downloadable guides include simple steps to get going, engaging graphics, proven keys to success, and science-backed research from our partner, The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The post Hendrix College Throws a “Gardein Party” appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meat Free Cottage Pie

July 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

A meat free twist on a British classic, this hearty cottage pie gets its meatiness from the fusion of brown lentils and shiitake mushrooms. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Meat Free Monday . See below for a video with step-by-step recipe instructions! 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 – 6 For the filling: - 1 medium onion, finely chopped - 2 medium carrots, diced - 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped - 250g/­­9 oz/­­1 1/­­4 cups uncooked brown lentils, rinsed and drained - 900 ml/­­3 3/­­4 cups vegetable stock/­­bouillon - 2 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thymeFreshly ground black pepper, to taste - 2 tbsp red wine (optional) - 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil - 200g /­­7 oz/­­2 cups shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (other mushrooms will be OK if you cant get these, but shiitake mushrooms work particularly well) For the topping: - 1 kg/­­35 oz/­­5 3/­­4 cups potatoes, peeled and quartered - 1 tsp plant-based margarine or olive oil - 4-5 tbsp unsweetened plant-based milk - Salt and pepper, to taste Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions and garlic until lightly browned - approx. 5 minutes. Add the lentils, stock and thyme, then stir. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (approx. 45 minutes). In the last 20 minutes of cooking, add the chopped carrots, salt, pepper and wine (if using). Add extra water if needed, to ensure the lentils dont stick to the pan. Stir and cover to allow the flavours to blend. After you have started cooking the filling, get the potatoes going by placing them in a large pan and filling with water until they are just covered. Bring to a low boil on a high heat then reduce the heat to medium. Add salt, cover and cook for about 25 minutes or until they feel soft when prodded with a fork. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain away the water then add them back to the pan ready to mash. Use a masher or large fork to mash until smooth. Add the margarine or oil and milk, and season with salt to taste. Set aside until needed. While the lentils and potatoes are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small frying pan and add the mushrooms. Lower the heat and cook for approx. 5 minutes. Set aside. Once the lentil/­­carrot mixture is cooked, add the cooked mushrooms to this and then transfer the filling to a large lightly greased oven-proof dish. Put the mashed potato on top of the filling, in the centre, and smooth across with a fork so it covers the filling completely. Use the fork to create a criss-cross pattern. Cook the cottage pie in the oven at 180°C/­­350°F/­­gas mark 4 for 15-10 minutes, or until it gets brown on top. Allow to cool briefly before serving. Serve with steamed broccoli, peas or a green salad. Mmm, Meat Free Cottage Pie. Get Meat Free Monday’s recipe –> http:/­­/­­bit.ly/­­1QY46ke Posted by Meatless Monday on Monday, March 14, 2016 The post Meat Free Cottage Pie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetarian Biryani

July 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

This recipe comes to us from or global partners at Meatless Monday India . Their founder, Advika Gupta, says Biryani is a traditional dish usually made with chicken or lamb. However, vegetarian biryani is absolutely delicious and really wholesome! Most ingredients can be substituted depending on local availability. 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: - Rice (white or basmati) - 1 cup - Oil - 2 tsp - Water - 2 cups -  - For the Paste: - Please note, these ingredients can be substituted depending on local alternatives available. - Tomato - 1, chopped - Ginger - 1, grated - Garlic - 7 pods - Green chili pepper - 1 - Onions - 1, chopped - Cinnamon - 1 stick -  - Sautéed Vegetables: - Please note, these veggies can be substituted for any local and seasonal veggies easily available in your area. - Onion - 1, chopped - Cauliflower - 1/­3rd, chopped - Peas - 1/­4th cup - Potato - 1, chopped - String beans - 10, chopped -  - Spices: - Cloves - 4 - Bay leaf - 1 - Coriander powder - 1/­2 tsp -  - Garnish (optional): - Coriander leaves - 1/­4th bunch   Directions: - Grind the paste ingredients together. - Heat the oil in a wok. Add in the cloves and sauté the onion in the wok. - Add the ground paste into the wok and fry for 5 minutes. - Add the rest of the spices and vegetables, and fry for 10 minutes. - Add the water and rice into the wok. - Let the rice and vegetables cook through. - Serve the hot biryani, garnished with coriander leaves! The post Vegetarian Biryani appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Open-Faced Peppers

July 15 2019 Meatless Monday 

A play on traditional stuffed peppers, these Open-Faced Peppers get a protein boost from beans and quinoa (instead of ground beef). Plus, theyre colorful on a plate and easy to complement with just about any side dish. Try them with a side of jicama salad! This recipe comes to us from OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet , by Suzy Amis Cameron. 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 - 4 large bell peppers, your choice of color  - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1/­­2 red onion, chopped   - 2 celery ribs, chopped - 1 teaspoon ground cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon chili powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1 cup cooked pinto beans, rinsed and drained - 1 cup frozen corn kernels, drained - 1 cup cooked quinoa - 1/­­2 cup chopped fresh cilantro - 1 cup shredded vegan cheese 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Arrange the bell peppers on the baking sheet and bake until they begin to so en, 20 minutes. Set aside to cool. 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Cook until the onion begins to so en, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the beans, corn, quinoa, and cilantro. Turn on the heat and stir the bean mixture until thoroughly combined. Set aside. 4. Remove the peppers from the oven and let sit until just cool enough to handle; keep the oven on. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise and carefully remove the stem and seeds. Return the pepper halves to the baking sheet, cut side up. Divide the quinoa filling evenly among them. Top evenly with the cheese, return the peppers to the oven, and bake until the cheese begins to brown, 15 minutes. The post Open-Faced Peppers appeared first on Meatless Monday.

We’re Hosting a Meatless Monday Meetup at Slow Food Nations!

July 15 2019 Meatless Monday 

We’re Hosting a Meatless Monday Meetup at Slow Food Nations! Meatless Monday is heading to Denver this week for Slow Food Nations , an international food festival in Denver, Colorado from July 19-21! If you happen to be attending or live in the area, please join us at a Meatless Monday Meetup , where we’ll be discussing new ways to promote meatless eating throughout your community by becoming a Meatless Monday Ambassador. Much of our success is thanks to Meatless Monday Ambassadors who propel our initiative forward within their communities and organizations. We welcome friends, home cooks, chefs, city leaders and neighbors to influence the community around them. Register here: https:/­­/­­slowfoodnations.org/­­event/­­meatless-monday The post We’re Hosting a Meatless Monday Meetup at Slow Food Nations! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sip Your Fruits and Veggies this Meatless Monday with these 8 Summer Smoothie Recipes

July 8 2019 Meatless Monday 

Sip Your Fruits and Veggies this Meatless Monday with these 8 Summer Smoothie RecipesDont sweat your Meatless Monday breakfast. Cool off and energize your Monday routine with a delicious and nutritious vitamin-packed smoothie. Its a refreshing way to eat more fruits and vegetables on a hot summer Monday, or any day of the week. These smoothie recipes feature health and wellness all-star ingredients. Bananas are filled with potassium, an essential mineral to replenish electrolytes. Low-glycemic berries are packed with anti-aging phytonutrients. Green, leafy vegetables contain antioxidants, which fight cancer and reduce inflammation. The sour kiwifruit is full of vitamin C. Cocoa powder not only makes your smoothie chocolaty, it also has protein and is rich with fiber. Here are a few of our favorites: Kiwi Basil Smoothies from Healthy, Happy Life Chocolate Avocado Smoothie from Pepperoni Is Not a Vegetable Ultimate Green Smoothie from the New Baguette   Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie from The Happy Health Freak Blueberry Pomegranate Slushie from the Verdant Life Chocolate Banana Smoothie from Lauren Grogan Blueberry Brainiac Smoothie from To Cheese or Not to Cheese? Dr. Funk, a board-certified breast surgeon and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles, visited Meatless Monday and showed us how to make her famous antioxidant and health-boosting super smoothie. Watch and enjoy! (Video starts at 00:50) 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, or Instagram. The post Sip Your Fruits and Veggies this Meatless Monday with these 8 Summer Smoothie Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Summer Seasonal Recipes Perfect for Meatless Monday

June 24 2019 Meatless Monday 

Summer Seasonal Recipes Perfect for Meatless MondaySummer is finally here. And so is a new crop of fruits and veggies. So, whether you are hitting the beach, going on a family vacation, enjoying a staycation or camping out with friends, you will be able to find fresh summer produce across the country. The changing of the seasons is always a great time to check-out local farmers markets or to cruise through the produce aisles for freshly picked fruits and vegetables. Arugula, broccoli, snap peas, rhubarb, strawberries and zucchini are just a few of the many delicious options ready for your summer table. See whats local in your state with the FoodPrint seasonal produce guide . To help you kick-off the season, weve selected a few of our favorite summer recipes - perfect for Meatless Monday or any day of the week. Summer Harvest Ratatouille from FormerChef Corn-Stuffed Zucchini from the National Kidney Foundation Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal Pancakes from Tina Muir and Earthbound Farm Spinach Blackberry Pistachio Salad from Sophisticated Pie Red, White & Blueberry Quinoa Salad from Apron Strings Split Pea Pesto Spread from USA Pulses Hungry for more? Head over to the Meatless Monday Pinterest Board , where youll find plenty of tasty, plant-based summer recipe ideas. 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 Summer Seasonal Recipes Perfect for Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Panzanella

June 17 2019 Meatless Monday 

This classic Florentine salad of bread and tomatoes is ideal for a light summer meal. Until the twentieth century the salad was based on onions rather than tomatoes, but its evolution takes advantage of tomatoes when they’re at their best. This recipe come to us from The Meat Free Monday Cookbook by our friends at Meat Free Monday. Foreword by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney. Published by Kyle Books. Photography by Tara Fisher. 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 -  1/­­2 loaf ciabatta - 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 2 garlic cloves, 1 peeled, 1 crushed -  1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano - 2 tablespoons good-quality red wine vinegar - 2 tablespoons freshly chopped flatleaf parsley - 1 tablespoon baby capers, drained - 6 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped - 1 small red onion, finely sliced -  1/­­2 cucumber, deseeded and cut into chunks - 2 celery stalks, finely sliced - 12 fresh basil leaves, ripped - 50g stoned black olives, halved - salt and freshly ground black   Cut the ciabatta in half and brush the cut sides with a little extra virgin olive oil. Heat a ridged grill pan or normal grill and toast the ciabatta until crisp and golden. Rub the peeled garlic clove over the cut sides of the bread, tear the bread into rough chunks and set aside. In a small bowl whisk together 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, the crushed garlic clove and the red wine vinegar. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the freshly chopped flatleaf parsley. In a large bowl, mix together the bread and baby capers, plum tomatoes, sliced onion, cucumber, sliced celery, basil leaves, and black olives, and toss with the dressing. Season to taste. The post Panzanella appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Carrot Hummus Crunch

June 17 2019 Meatless Monday 

Add a satisfying crunch and a little bite to hummus with this simple recipe. Make it vegan by omitting the Greek yogurt. This recipe was created by Nick Sandler and can be found in the Meat Free Monday cookbook. 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 - 2 carrots, coarsely grated - 1/­­2 red chile, chopped - 1 teaspoon caraway seeds - 4 slices sourdough bread - hummus, to taste - 2 tablespoon Greek yogurt - cilantro, for garnish - freshly cracked black pepper, to taste   Fry 2 coarsely grated large carrots in a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 chopped garlic cloves, 1/­­2 chopped red chile, and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds over moderate heat for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool before using in the sandwich. Cut 4 slices of sourdough bread or slice 2 sourdough baguettes with a serrated knife along the middle so they are still connected at the back. Spread some hummus onto the baguettes, followed by the carrot mixture. Add 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt to the baguette in dollops, followed by a generous handful roughly chopped cilantro. Season with freshly ground black pepper. The post Carrot Hummus Crunch appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Scrambled Tofu Florentine

June 10 2019 Meatless Monday 

Onion and tofu crumbles are seasoned with thyme, paprika and turmeric for a savory smoky taste. Lemon juice and sliced radishes infuse this fragrant scramble with tart flavors and a refreshing crunch. This recipe comes to us from Meg of Yoga Saves the Day. 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 tablespoon olive oil - 1 medium onion, chopped - 1 teaspoon dried thyme - 1 teaspoon ground paprika - 1 teaspoon ground turmeric - 1 bunch spinach, washed well and chopped - 1 pound firm tofu, drained and crumbled - salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste -  1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast* - Juice of 1/­­2 lemon - 4 radishes*, sliced for garnish *Optional.   Place the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4-6 minutes, or until the onion becomes soft. Season with thyme, paprika and turmeric. Stir to coat the onion evenly. Cook for 1 minute more, or until the spices become fragrant. Add the spinach and toss until coated. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted. Uncover and stir in the crumbled tofu. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 8 minutes more. Add the lemon juice and nutritional yeast, if using. Stir well, taking care not to mash the tofu. Taste for seasoning and adjust to preference. Serve the tofu scramble on plates in 4 equal portions. Garnish with sliced radishes, if using, and enjoy! The post Scrambled Tofu Florentine appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Ginger Roasted Leeks and Asparagus

June 10 2019 Meatless Monday 

Leeks are sliced paper thin and marinated with lemon juice, soy sauce and freshly grated ginger. Roasted asparagus makes the perfect canvas for the salty sour leeks in a side dish which celebrates springs bounty. This recipe comes to us from JL Goes Vegan. 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 bunch asparagus - 1 leek - juice of 1/­­2 a lemon - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 tablespoon coconut aminos* - or - 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce - 1 teaspoon ginger, grated *Coconut aminos is a soy sauce substitute with 65% less sodium. Found in health food stores. Low sodium soy sauce can be substituted if coconut aminos are unavailable. Snap the bottom ends off of each asparagus spear. Slice the leek in slices as thin as possible with a madoline or a knife. Rinse the leek slices thoroughly. Toss the asparagus and thinly sliced leeks in a shallow dish with the lemon juice, olive oil, grated ginger and the coconut aminos or soy sauce. Let marinate for 20 minutes. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Roast the asparagus and leeks in their marinade for 8-10 minutes, or until the asparagus is cooked to preference. Divide into 4 portions and enjoy on the side. The post Ginger Roasted Leeks and Asparagus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Charred Romaine Salad

June 3 2019 Meatless Monday 

These vegan gluten-free black bean burgers are perfect for busy weeknights when you need something nutritious and satisfying quickly. Ground oats give the burgers structure and amp up the fiber content. In the flavor department, weve got sweetness from a sautéed onion, smokiness from smoked paprika, and freshness from lime and cilantro. In the summer, you can serve the burgers on a crunchy purple cabbage slaw. You can also plop them on a whole grain bun with all the regular fixins. This recipe comes to us from Alex of The New Baguette. 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 Burgers: - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided - 1 small yellow onion, finely diced -  1/­­2 teaspoon sea salt, divided - 2 medium garlic cloves, minced - 1 14-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed (1 3/­­4 cups cooked beans) -  3/­­4 cup rolled oats -  3/­­4 teaspoon ground cumin -  3/­­4 teaspoon smoked paprika -  1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 2 handfuls cilantro leaves, roughly chopped - 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice   For the Guacamole and Salad: - 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed - 1 tablespoon minced red onion - 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro - Freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste - Sea salt, to taste - 2 small heads of Romaine lettuce, cleaned thoroughly, halved lengthwise and patted dry - About 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil - 1 1/­­2 cups grape tomatoes, halved   Burgers: 1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and 1/­­4 teaspoon salt. Stir and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Set aside. 2. Place 1/­­3 cup of the beans in a medium bowl and mash lightly with a fork. Set aside. Place the oats in a food processor and grind into a fine meal. Add the cumin, smoked paprika, black pepper, cilantro, lime juice, the remaining 1/­­4 teaspoon salt, the onion mixture, and the whole beans. Puree until smooth. Transfer the pureed mixture to the bowl with the mashed beans and stir to combine. 3. If you prefer thicker patties, divide the mixture into 4 pieces; for thinner patties, 5 pieces. Roll each piece between your palms and flatten into a patty. Place on a tray or platter. Wipe out the skillet where you cooked the onion and heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Cook the burgers about 4 minutes per side, until browned and crisp, flip and cook for another 4 minutes. Serve with charred romaine salad (below) or as desired. Guacamole and Salad: 1. In a small bowl, stir together the avocado, onion, and cilantro. Season to taste with lime juice and salt. Set aside. 2. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over high heat. Lightly drizzle the cut sides of the lettuce with oil and place cut side down in the skillet, gently pressing down. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until nicely browned, then flip and cook for another minute. Transfer to a cutting board and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium and add a bit of oil to the pan. Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute, just until softened. Set aside. 3. Slice the lettuce into thin strips and toss in a bowl with the tomatoes, lime juice, and salt to taste. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with burgers and guacamole. The post Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Charred Romaine Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Kiwi Basil Smoothies

May 27 2019 Meatless Monday 

The complexly flavored kiwi pairs beautifully with sweet banana, tart grapefruit juice and the unexpected herbal basil finish. This tropical smoothie can serve as a light dessert or a breakfast to refresh you as you begin your day. This recipe comes to us from Kathy of Healthy, Happy Life. 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 - 6 kiwis, cut into cubes and frozen - 2 bananas - juice from 2 pink grapefruits - 2 tablespoon agave nectar* - 1/­­2 cup fresh basil - handful of ice cubes *Found in health food stores or the health food or sweetener section of most grocery stores.   Place the kiwis, banana, grapefruit juice, agave nectar, basil and ice cubes together in a blender. Puree, pour into 2 glasses and enjoy! The post Kiwi Basil Smoothies appeared first on Meatless Monday.

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.

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.

Fantastic Falafel

May 13 2019 Meatless Monday 

These flavorful patties are fun served family style. Letting everyone have the opportunity to assemble their own distinct creation is an excellent way to inspire kids to enjoy their food. If you like your falafel slathered with a savory spread, consider adding either hummus or eggplant dip to your offerings. For a super-simple tahini sauce option, whisk some water, a tablespoon at a time, into 1/­­2 cup tahini until it reaches the desired consistency, then season to taste with garlic powder, a squeeze of lemon juice, and salt. This recipe comes to us from OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet , by Suzy Amis Cameron. 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 - For the falafels - 1/­­4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 onion, chopped - 4 garlic cloves, minced - 1 teaspoon ground cumin - 1 teaspoon chili powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon ground turmeric - 4 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained - 1/­­2 cup whole wheat flour - 1/­­4 cup chopped fresh parsley - 1/­­4 cup chopped fresh cilantro - 1 teaspoon salt - For serving - 6 whole wheat pitas - 12 butter lettuce leaves - 1 cup chopped tomatoes - 1/­­4 cup chopped red onion - 1/­­4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped - 1 cup chopped cucumbers     In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and turmeric. Cook until the onion softens, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the onion to the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Add the chickpeas, flour, parsley, cilantro, and salt. Pulse until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. With a clean paper towel, wipe out the pan you used to cook the onion. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Using a tablespoon measure, carefully place heaping scoops of the falafel mixture in the skillet. Do not overcrowd the pan (six at a time is ideal). Cook the falafel until golden brown and crispy, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked falafel to a baking sheet and cover loosely with foil. Repeat with the remaining falafel mix, adding 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil to the pan before each batch. Serve the falafel family style and let each person build their own sandwich by topping their pita with the falafel and lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, and cucumber as desired.   The post Fantastic Falafel appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes Your Mom Deserves

May 6 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes Your Mom DeservesMothers Day is approaching. If youre still struggling to come up with a gift for the inspiring maternal figure in your life, weve got you covered with some mouthwatering recipes! Cooking up a meatless, homemade breakfast is the perfect way to show your love - brownie points if you serve it to her in bed. Weve put together some of our favorite morning meals that mom - and the whole family - will adore. Why not use Mothers Day as an opportunity to get kids cooking? Our sister campaign, The Kids Cook Monday , encourages families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together. When kids are involved in preparing meals, theyre empowered to consider portions, vitamins and nutrients. Cooking also helps to reinforce skills like math, teamwork and following instructions. Find some truly tasty breakfast recipes below from The Kids Cook Monday that the whole family can get involved in. Avocado Toast with Fresh Beet Hummus Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins from Inspired RD   Potato, Black Bean and Swiss Chard Hash from Potato Goodness Quinoa Cranberry-Almond Granola from School Nutrition Plus PB&J French Toast from The Gourmand Mom Overnight Egg, Spinach & Hash Brown Strata from Jackie Newgent, RD Walnut Cinnamon Quinoa from The Veggie Converter Are you cooking for mom? Let us know what youre making on our Facebook  page or post it using #MeatlessMonday. 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 Meatless Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes Your Mom Deserves appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan Quiche

April 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

This quiche is vegan and soy-free, with a cheesy filling complementing a whole grain crust and crunchy asparagus or seasonal veggies of your choice. It’s also easy to prepare, taking 40 minutes to make from start to finish. This recipe comes to us from Happy Kitchen.Rocks . 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 - For the crust: - 260 grams or 2 cups whole wheat flour - 1 tsp. sea salt - 1/­­3 c. olive oil - 0.4 cup (100ml) cold water   - For the filling: - 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water over night (if time is limited, one hour of soaking is sufficient) - 2/­­3 cup water - 1 tsp Marmite or nutritional yeast - 2 cloves garlic - 1 tbsp lemon juice - 1/­­2 tsp nutmeg - a pinch cayenne - 2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs (consider oregano and thyme) - salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste - 7 spears asparagus (or veggie of your choice)   Prepare the crust: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. 2. Combine whole wheat flour, salt, olive oil and water in a medium mixing bowl. 3. Knead until the dough forms a ball. Roll it and transfer to a rectangular quiche or tart pan. (You can use 10 x8 in., 14 x 6 in, 12 x 12 in. or even round-shaped ones.) 4. Bake for 15 minutes. Make the filling: 5. Place soaked cashews, garlic, water, lemon juice, nutmeg and a pinch of cayenne in the bowl of your food processor or blender. 6. Pulse until smooth and silky to achieve consistency of a thin hummus. Add more water if needed. 7. Add chopped herbs, salt and black pepper to taste. Prepare your veggies: 8. Trim ends of asparagus and blanche in salted boiling water for 5 minutes. (This way you will pre-cook the thickest parts of your stems while the tops will be nice and crunchy.) 9. If using other vegetables (except for dried tomatoes), pre-cook by stir-frying or steaming. Assemble the quiche: 10. Spread the filling over the crust. Arrange asparagus on top and gently press it, so that it’s half drown in the filling. 11. Bake for 20 minutes or until he top is golden. The middle should be a little unset. If a firmer texture is desired, increase baking time to 30 minutes. 12. Let it cool and enjoy! The post Vegan Quiche appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Have a Meatless May with these 9 Seasonal Recipes

April 29 2019 Meatless Monday 

Have a Meatless May with these 9 Seasonal RecipesSpring is in full swing! Tree buds are beginning to blossom and the produce aisle is overflowing with seasonal crunchy, colorful offerings that had been hibernating all winter. This season is packed with tasty ingredients for impeccable, meatless recipes. Colorful cauliflower hummus, a vibrant spring pasta and a veggie-packed vegan quiche are just some of the stars of this weeks recipe roundup. Theres no better way to celebrate the seasons changing than by cooking up something fresh and in season, dont you think? Roast Purple Cauliflower Hummus from Habits of a Modern Hippie Green Spring Pasta from Parsnips and Pastries Chili Lime Jackfruit Tacos from Simply Healthyish Vegan Quiche from Happy Kitchen.Rocks Cucumber, Avocado & Sweet Pea Chilled Summer Soup from Mango Tomato Rhubarb Almond Bars from Robin Asbell Fresh Green Smoothie from Picky Diet Pasta Primavera from Su’s Healthy Living Asian Green Bean Salad from The Quotable Kitchen 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 Have a Meatless May with these 9 Seasonal Recipes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sofritas Bowl

April 22 2019 Meatless Monday 

Sofrito is an aromatic sauce used in Spanish and Latin American cooking. It’s a perfect seasoning for tofu, making a savory, spicy topping for a Meatless Monday rice bowl. This recipe comes to us from 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 - 3 cups U.S. long grain white rice, cooked - 16 ounces tofu, extra firm and drained & pressed - 1 teaspoon smoked paprika - 1 teaspoon cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon oregano, dried - 1/­­2 teaspoon onion powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt, kosher - 2 tablespoons canola oil - 2 poblano peppers, roasted & minced - 3 tablespoons chipotles, minced and in adobo - 2 hot house tomatoes, diced - 1 tablespoon tomato paste - 4 garlic cloves, minced - 1/­­4 cup onion, diced - 10 oz can canned black beans, drained & rinsed - Lime juice, as needed - Salt, as needed - 1 cup guacamole - 3 tablespoons tomatoes, diced - 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped - 2 tablespoons cotija, crumbled (can sub with feta or parmesan cheese or remove to make vegan)   1. In small bowl, combine tofu and spices. 2. Heat oil in pan and saute spiced tofu until golden brown. 3. Remove tofu and reserve for later use. 4. In a blender combine poblanos, chipotles, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, and garlic, blending until smooth. 5. Add mixture to pan and bring to a simmer. 6. Add in seared tofu and rinsed beans and cook 15-20 minutes or until beans begin to soften. 7. Adjust the seasoning of the tofu sofritas as it cooks with lime juice and salt. 8. Warm cooked rice. 9. Build bowls in following order: cooked rice; tofu sofritas; guacamole; diced tomatoes; chopped cilantro; cotija The post Sofritas Bowl appeared first on Meatless Monday.

15 Gardein Recipes for the Most Delicious Earth Day

April 22 2019 Meatless Monday 

15 Gardein Recipes for the Most Delicious Earth DayHappy Earth Day! This 49-year-old holiday honors the planet and raises awareness around how we humans can better protect it, and were ready to celebrate. One of the easiest ways to do good by the environment is to eat less meat : Eating less meat decreases greenhouse gas emissions, water use and land use. And by the way...its also good for YOU. This Earth Day, weve teamed-up with our friends at Gardein to help you host a delicious Earth Day clean-up event at home with new, creative plant-based recipes. We challenged our talented influencer and blogger community to come up with marvelous, meatless recipes, that make going green easy and delish. Every time you swap a meat-based meal for a plant-based one, you can feel good about helping out the planet. Check out how your meatless meal makes an impact :   On this Meatless Monday, celebrate Earth Day with one of these earth-friendly Gardein dishes:   Meatless Meatball Chickpea Curry from WoonHeng One-Pot Chili Mac from JL Goes Vegan Vegetarian Loco Moco from Simply Healthyish Vegan Coconut Curry Chick’n Tenders Skillet from Jackie Newgent Spicy Indo Chinese Crispy Chick’n from Chef Priyanka ‘Chicken’ Scallopini Sandwich from Life Currents Crisp and Crunch Chick’n Salad from Kat Loves Kale Open-Face Bean Tacos with Beefless Ground Crumbles from Fit Fathers Curried Lentil Soup from I Crashed the Web Vegan Cottage Pie from Di Hickman Malai Kofta Meatless Meatballs from The Kitchen Docs Watercress Salad with Gardein Crabless Cakes from The Levantess Spaghetti with Gardein Meatless Meatball from Su’s Healthy Living Vegetarian Meatballs in Coconut Sauce from The Quotable Kitchen Mexicorn and Beefless Ground Burritos from Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen Did you make something extra special for Earth Day this year? Tell us about it by leaving a comment on our Facebook  page or post it using #MeatlessMonday. If youre looking for other meatless recipe inspiration, be sure to 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 15 Gardein Recipes for the Most Delicious Earth Day appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Stadiums Up Their Game with New Meatless Options

April 15 2019 Meatless Monday 

Stadiums Up Their Game with New Meatless OptionsWhether youre in it for the love of the game or the delectable ballpark eats, baseball season is in full swing. In 2019, stadiums are offering more meatless options than ever before: From the Impossible Burger to falafel-packed pitas to meat-free Philly cheesesteaks, theres no shortage of tasty ways to fill up at the concession stands. Find a few notable favorites below. Photo Credit: Beyond Meat Dodger Stadium Burgers and hot dogs are ballpark staples, and now meatless options are, too, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Find the Impossible Burger topped with herb mayo, lettuce, tomato and onions at Field Section 47 and Reserve section 29, according to Eater . Beyond Meat is also available, in the form of a Dodger Sausage , at Field 10, Loge 133, and Reserve 4.   Citi Field Mets fans can whet their appetites at the Goya Burrito Bar (Section 414), where they can choose from bean, rice and veggie burritos, bowls, or nachos, Eater reported. In the mood for something else? Youre in the right place, as AM New York highlighted. Score a margarita pizza cupcake (Jim Beam Highball Club on the Promenade),  Shake Shacks Portobello Shroom Burger (Section 140, Field Level Concourse), a veggie taco at El Verano Taqueria (Section 139, Field Level Concourse), or a veggie dog at Hain Celestial Gluten Free & Organic Stand (Section 105).   Globe Life Park Stadium The Texas Rangers provide their fans with a meatless haven at Globe Life Park Stadium . The Ballpark Vegan (near section 16) serves up a variety of meatless eats, including a Beyond Burger topped with vegan cheese, street tacos loaded with Beyond Meat crumbles and vegan chili.   T-Mobile Park If you have tickets to a Seattle Mariners home game, come hungry ! Find the seemingly ubiquitous Impossible Burger at Lil Woodys Burger & Shakes (at the Pen). This version is built the old fashioned way, topped with chopped onion, diced pickle, tomato, lettuce, ketchup and mayo. Hit It Here Café (Right Field Hit It Here Terrace) serves a fully vegan Beyond Burger, which is paired with vegan Just Mayo. At The Natural (Section 105), Beyond Meat is served in the form of a sweet and spicy sausage. Here you can also order avocado toast - not yet a ballgame staple, but whos to judge? At Paseo (Edgars Cantina and Edgars Home Run Porch), you can chow down on the Tofu Delight Sandwich, which features sautéed organic tofu with garlic aioli, caramelized onion, cilantro, pickled jalape?o and romaine lettuce, all served on a toasted baguette.   Yankee Stadium Yankee Stadium boasts tons of meatless dining options. At Bareburger (section 132), choose between the Beyond Sausage sandwich, avocado bites or the Changeup Burger (Impossible Burger, pickled red onions, spinach, guacamole, spicy pico de gallo on a sprout bun). At the Toyota Terrace (in the right field bleachers), try a crispy buffalo cauliflower bun thats served with celery slaw and creamy bleu cheese. If youre craving something sweet, its important to know theres a Ben & Jerrys Scoop Shop located in Sections 125 and 318.   Oracle Park The three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants are winners in more ways than one: Their stadium food options are truly trophy-worthy. The venue hosts a culinary garden behind the centerfield wall, from which two restaurants source fresh produce like kale and avocado. Beyond an assortment of fresh veggies, there are tons of meatless meals available here. The Garden Table offers an Impossible beef-based chili, and the standard Impossible Burger is available at Derby Grill outposts. Guests can go beyond classic ball game fare with the rice bowl (baby bok choy and baked tofu) or the noodle bowl (roasted eggplant, wok-seared bell peppers, crispy tofu) at Fongs , located on the second floor promenade.   Citizens Bank Park Grammy Award-winning musician Questlove has certainly upped the Philadelphia Phillys cool factor. Launched at the end of March 2019, the teams Citizens Bank Park is now serving Questloves Cheesesteak , a meatless riff on the citys iconic dish made with - you guessed it - Impossible Meat (Sections 108 and 120). In addition to the new menu item, plant-based meals can be found at Shake Shack, the first sit-down Shake Shack in a sports venue (near the Third Base Gate) and at Harry the Ks Broadcast Bar and Grille, which is serving up curry cauliflower lettuce (Left Field Gate).   Did we miss one your meatless stadium faves? Tell us about it by leaving a comment on our Facebook  page or post it using #MeatlessMonday. Want to bring Meatless Monday to your local stadium or community? Become a Meatless Monday Ambassador today ! 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 ! 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Rice is Nice, for so Many Reasons

April 8 2019 Meatless Monday 

Rice is Nice, for so Many ReasonsWe all love rice, and there are good reasons why! This naturally gluten-free grain is inexpensive, wildly versatile and can contribute to a nutrient-rich, meatless meal. When rice is paired with beans, for example, the dish becomes a complete protein . Pairing complementary foods, like rice and beans, is a great way to meet your plant-based nutritional needs (and, of course, satisfy your taste buds). This Monday, try a meatless meal with rice, whether you choose brown, white, long grain, medium grain, short grain, sushi rice, sweet rice, Arborio, Jasmine or Basmati. A little-known rice fact? About 85% of all rice consumed in the U.S. is grown on American farmland, according to our friends at USA Rice . For you trivia folks out there: Arkansas is the no. 1 rice producing state, followed by California. Buying U.S.-grown rice supports American farmers, which is always a good thing! Black Sesame Coconut Rice Pudding with Matcha Cream Were featuring something sweet for this weeks Meatless Monday recipe. This Black Sesame Coconut Rice Pudding with Matcha Cream uses U.S.-grown black japonica rice, which becomes almost chewy in this Japanese-inspired dessert pudding. Thanks to the FeedFeed and Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe for sharing! More Recipes with Rice Rice is truly a jack-of-all-trades. Whether you want something sweet or something savory for breakfast, lunch or dinner this ingredient is an overachiever. Check out some other fantastic recipes from Think Rice below for some Meatless Monday inspiration. Banana Sticky Rice Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowls Japonica Rice Salad   Meatless Brown Rice Jambalaya   Have a favorite meatless recipe that uses rice? Tell us about it by leaving a comment on our Facebook  page or post it using #MeatlessMonday. If youre looking for other meatless recipe inspiration, be sure to 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 Rice is Nice, for so Many Reasons appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowls

April 8 2019 Meatless Monday 

These spicy vegan burrito bowls are plant-based, healthy, and packed with flavor! This recipe comes to us from Think Rice  and FeedFeed . 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 Chipotle Cauliflower 1  Medium Head Cauliflower Drizzle Neutral Oil  like avocado - 1/­­2  Tsp  Salt - 1  Tsp  Chipotle Chili Powder - 1/­­4  Tsp  Cumin - 1/­­4  Tsp  Onion Powder - Black Pepper  to taste - Pinch of Cayenne  optional - Lime Rice 1  Cup  Long-Grain Brown Rice  uncooked Zest from 1 Lime Juice from 1/­­2 Lime 1/­­2  Tsp  Salt - Cumin Black Beans 2  15 oz Cans  Black Beans 1/­­2  Tsp  Salt 1  Tsp  Chili Powder 1/­­2  Tsp  Cumin 1/­­2  Tsp  Garlic Powder - Avocado Sauce 1  Avocado 2  Cloves  Garlic 1/­­2  Jalape?o 1/­­4  Cup  Water Juice from 1 Lime 1/­­2  Tsp  Salt Black Pepper  to taste - Optional Toppings Chopped Green Onions Hot Sauce Baby Kale or Spinach Chopped Jalape?o  optional Chipotle Cauliflower Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Break down your cauliflower into bite-sized florets (see photos for reference). Toss cauliflower with the oil and spices until evenly coated. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake cauliflower in the oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway. Lime Rice Add your US Grown long-grain brown rice to a pot with water. (Use as much water as the package directs – different varieties will call for different amounts). Cook brown rice until all water is absorbed, and rice is al dente. When rice is done cooking, add in the lime juice, lime zest, and salt, stirring well. Cumin Black Beans Rinse and drain your cans of black beans. (If using homemade, make about 3 cups). Add beans, salt, and spices to a small sauce pot. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring, until hot and softened. Alternatively, you can use plain black beans or chickpeas in this recipe if you’d like. Avocado Sauce Add all avocado sauce ingredients to a blender, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Putting It All Together Assemble your bowls. Add on a layer of baby kale or spinach, if desired. Layer on the black beans and rice, then add on cauliflower. Drizzle everything with the avocado sauce, and top with chopped green onions. Add on some hot sauce or extra black pepper, if you’d like. The post Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowls appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Japonica Rice Salad

April 8 2019 Meatless Monday 

Deliciously chewy Japonica rice gets a serious upgrade with roasted vegetables, creamy halloumi cheese and a just-right preserved lemon vinaigrette. The colorful side makes for a satisfying snack on its own and the perfect base for a grain bowl. This recipe was created by Jill Fergus in partnership with Think Rice and The FeedFeed . 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 U.S. Black Japonica Rice - 1 cup roasted zucchini, seeded (cut lengthwise into four strips, then crosswise in 1 increments) - 1 cup 1/­­2 cubed honey nut squash - 1 sweet red pepper, seeds removed, sliced - 1 cup cauliflower rosettes - 4 oz halloumi, pan seared until golden on each side - Two 1/­­4 cups olive oil - Leaf parsley, finely chopped - Flaky sea salt - Fresh ground pepper   1. Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. 2. Prepare rice per package or rice cooker instructions. I like add a generous pinch of salt and a tsp of olive oil to the cooking water. 3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Separately, toss each vegetable in olive oil and arrange on baking sheet. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook in 20 increments, removing each vegetable as its cooked to your liking. 4. Whisk remaining 1/­­4 cup of olive oil with 2 tsp preserved lemon paste (or 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice), chopped parsley, flaky sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Adjust acid to suit your taste. 5. When all ingredients have come to room temp or are still slightly warm, toss together and add Vinaigrette. Serve and enjoy! The post Japonica Rice Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

5 April Fools’ Recipes that Will Make Them Think They’re Eating the Real Thing

April 1 2019 Meatless Monday 

5 April Fools’ Recipes that Will Make Them Think They’re Eating the Real ThingBacon, wings and meatballs are all on the menu this Meatless Monday, but the recipes all have one very important thing in common: theyre meatless, of course! In honor of April Fools’ Day, consider cooking up a dish that poses as meat. Its up to you whether youll let your diners know theyre eating meatless versions of their dinner favorites. From mushroom-based meat balls to succulent sandwiches that swap in jackfruit for pork, this April Fools’ Day is guaranteed to be a tasty one. Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches from the Veg Life Cauliflower Buffalo Wing Bites from the Saucy Southerner Potato Salad with Coconut “Bacon” from Migraine Relief Recipes Black Bean Meatless Balls and Zucchini Noodles from the Happy Health Freak Eggplant and Shiitake Meatballs from Sarcastic Cooking Did you fool anyone? Let us know how it all went down by commenting on our Facebook page. 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 5 April Fools’ Recipes that Will Make Them Think They’re Eating the Real Thing appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Green Shakshuka

March 25 2019 Meatless Monday 

Spring Green Shakshuka is a versatile one-pot breakfast (or dinner) meal packed with nutrients and vitamins. Ready in less than 30 minutes. This recipe comes to us from Happy Kitchen.Rocks . 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 2  tablespoons  olive oil 1  medium-sized yellow onion  chopped 2  cloves  garlic  minced 1/­­2 -1  jalapeno  with seeds for extra spiciness (otherwise, removed), chopped 1/­­2  teaspoon  ground cumin 1/­­2  teaspoon  smoked paprika 1/­­2  leek  chopped 4  spears asparagus  chopped 100  grams  or 1 cup mung bean sprouts 2  green onions  chopped 100  grams  or 1 cup baby beet greens 100  grams  or 1 cup stinging nettles  chopped, leaves only 100  grams  or 1 cup baby spinach 50  grams  or 1/­­2 cup wild garlic  chopped 2  sprigs oregano  chopped 4  eggs 2  tablespoons  chopped parsley  to garnish salt and freshly ground black pepper hot sauce  to serve (optional) crusty bread  to serve (optional)   1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat. Sautéing chopped onion, garlic and jalapeno until soft, for about 3 minutes. Add ground cumin and smoked paprika and cook for 1 more minute, stirring frequently. 2. Add chopped leek, asparagus, mung bean sprouts, green onions, baby beet greens, stinging nettles, baby spinach, wild garlic and oregano. Sauté until the liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes. 3. Make wells in the green mass and poach eggs into them. Cook until the eggs are done. You can cover the skillet with a lid for a quicker result. 4. Garnish with chopped parsley and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve with hot sauce of your choice and fresh crusty bread (optional). The post Green Shakshuka appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Lemony Spring Risotto

March 25 2019 Meatless Monday 

This vegan lemony spring risotto recipe is the perfect dish to bridge the gap between the warm comfort foods of winter and the light, fresh flavors of spring. This recipe comes to us from The Healthy Voyager . 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 12  ounces  asparagus 1  cup  peas 1  quart  vegetable stock or vegan chicken bouillon stock - 2 cups water 1  tablespoon  olive oil 1  medium leek,  thinly sliced 2  cloves  garlic,  finely minced Salt and pepper 1 1/­­2  cups  Arborio rice 1  cup  dry white wine 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice 2  teaspoons  lemon zest 2  tablespoons  fresh, chopped parsley 1/­­3 cup vegan parmesan cheese  (about 1/­­3 cup)   1. Trim the ends from the asparagus. Cut the remaining stalks into 1-inch pieces. 2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and add the asparagus. Cook until crisp tender, 3-4 minutes. If using fresh peas, add the peas along with the asparagus. If using frozen peas, add them during the last minute. 3. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl of ice water. Drain the vegetables and set aside. 4. Heat the stock along with water in a large saucepan. Add the trimmings from the asparagus and leek and the parsley stems to add flavor to the stock. Bring to a simmer and then keep warm on low heat while you make the risotto. 5. Heat the oil in a large, wide sauté pan over medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic and season them with salt and pepper. Cook until leeks are partially softened, 4-5 minutes. 6. Add the rice and stir to coat all of the grains with the oil. Cook 1-2 minutes to lightly toast the rice and then add the wine. Cook a few minutes until the wine is reduced, stirring occasionally. 7. Add the warm stock, a few ladles at a time, stirring the rice frequently. Each time the liquid is almost completely absorbed, add some more stock. Continue adding the liquid in this manner, stirring often, to develop the starch in the rice. It should take about 20 minutes for the rice to cook once you start adding the liquid. 8. When the rice is done, it will be plump and al dente- tender but still firm to the bite. At this point, lower the heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest, asparagus, peas, parsley, parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/­­4 teaspoon pepper. 9. Stir to combine all ingredients well. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with parsley and lemon zest. Serve hot. The post Lemony Spring Risotto appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Asparagus Avocado Tomato Salad

March 25 2019 Meatless Monday 

This asparagus avocado and tomato salad takes about 15 minutes to make. Its a super easy Keto recipe, healthy and incredibly tasty. This recipe comes to us from Blondelish . 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 - 4 large eggs - 1.5 lbs. (0.7Kg) asparagus ends trimmed and chopped into 1.5″/­­4cm pieces - 1.5 cups quartered cherry tomatoes - 2 ripe avocados diced - 1/­­4 cup crumbled blue cheese - 1/­­3 cup raw Brazil nuts or pecans roughly chopped - 1/­­2 small red onion finely sliced - 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil - 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar - Sea salt and ground black pepper to your taste   1. Fill up a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. 2. Carefully place the eggs into the pot and boil for 4 minutes. Next, add the asparagus and boil for 2 more minutes. 3. Meanwhile, fill up another large pot with cold water and ice and keep it handy. 4. As soon as the eggs and asparagus are done cooking, place them into the ice bath for 5 minutes to halt the cooking process. Drain and set aside. 5. Gently peel the eggs and cut them in quarters. 6. In a large salad bowl, add asparagus, eggs, tomatoes, avocado, blue cheese, Brazil nuts, and onion. 7. Season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper and drizzle olive oil and vinegar. 8. Gently toss to combine and enjoy! The post Asparagus Avocado Tomato Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Inspired by New York City Schools Going Meatless Monday? Here’s How Your School Can Join the Movement

March 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

Inspired by New York City Schools Going Meatless Monday? Here’s How Your School Can Join the MovementNew York City schools, the largest public school system in the world, will launch Meatless Monday for all 1.1 million students beginning this fall. Students will have access to an all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch every Monday. The citywide Meatless Monday program is an expansion of a pilot program that began with 15 schools in Brooklyn in 2018. Positive student feedback from the pilot encouraged city officials to make Meatless Monday an official program for all schools. The Meatless Monday menu will include kid-friendly menu items such as veggie tacos, meatless chili and grilled cheese. Students will also have the opportunity to weigh-in on the menu before its finalized. The program was announced by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, plant-based advocate and Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams and School Chancellor Richard Carranza at a press conference attended by the Meatless Monday team. Click here for more photos, press and TV coverage . Bring Meatless Monday to Your School - Free Resources and Expertise to K-12 Schools Students and schools around the country are taking action to address climate change and health issues. Meatless Monday is a simple and effective program that helps students, parents and administrators develop long-term healthy eating habits that also address environmental issues. Schools looking to implement Meatless Monday programs can consult with our team, which includes experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future .  Free resources include: o Research on the health and environmental benefits of choosing plant-based foods instead of meat o Implementation guides for starting Meatless Monday in school cafeterias o Marketing materials that can be used to promote Meatless Monday on site or through digital and social media o Downloadable cookbooks and weekly newsletters  with Meatless Monday recipes o Sign-up to become a Meatless Monday Ambassador Questions? Contact us now  for additional information or to learn how to implement a program at your school. Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , or Instagram ! The post Inspired by New York City Schools Going Meatless Monday? Here’s How Your School Can Join the Movement appeared first on Meatless Monday.

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

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

Walnut “Meat” Stuffed Pepper

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

Impossible Meatless Kefta with Tamarind Chutney

March 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

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

March 10 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

7 Meatless Monday Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm Until Spring

February 25 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

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

February 18 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

Show Your Heart Some Love for Valentine’s Day

February 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

My Heart Beets Salad

February 11 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

Vegetable Congee

February 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

Wonton Soup

February 4 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

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

January 28 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

Persimmon Cranberry Bread

January 21 2019 Meatless Monday 

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

Healthier You Series: Go Meatless with Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Recipes from Chef Ronaldo Linares

January 20 2019 Meatless Monday 

Healthier You Series: Go Meatless with Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Recipes from Chef Ronaldo LinaresStart smart eating habits on Mondays for a happier and healthier you! Did you know increasing your consumption of plant-based foods and decreasing red meat could help you lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in the long term? Find out more! Photo credit: Kelly Campbell Photography This week we catch up with Chef Ronaldo Linares , a leading expert on healthy Latino cooking who is helping his community fight diabetes in a big way, with food. Known for creating modern recipes from ancient flavors, he recently published Chef Ronaldos Sabores De Cuba , where you can find close to 100 diabetes-friendly recipes using Latin flavors. The cookbook meets the dietary guidelines of the American Diabetes Association, plus its bilingual! Heres Chef Ronaldos advice for keeping it sabroso y sano (flavorful and healthy): 1) What are some of your most popular tips for making dishes diabetes-friendly? Mother Earth gives us a lot! We only have to educate ourselves about food to make delicious diabetic-friendly dishes. Here are my suggestions: o Simplicity is key. o Stick to three main ingredients. o Choose ingredients that are high in fiber, low in sugar, and contain healthy fats. o Mix up the spices to avoid using too much salt, i.e. consider adding fresh herbs to the mix! 2) Why is it important to reduce the amount of meat you eat in your diet? Thats a great question. By eating less red meat and more plant-based foods, you could lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Reducing your consumption of red meat can also reduce your intake of cholesterol, a change that can help heart health. This means if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease, by eating more whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and less red meat, you could lower your risk of developing these diseases. 3) Whats your favorite Meatless Monday dish?  Quinoa Mango Jicama Salad! You get a great balance of protein, fat, and carbs in this tasty recipe. The crunch of the jicama, the nutty flavor from the quinoa, and the fresh herbs all add the perfect touch. This is also a great meal prep salad: Make the salad at home and bring it to work, put the dressing in a separate container, and when youre ready, mix everything up and enjoy! For me, its about keeping it simple and maximizing the flavors. 4) Whats your favorite plant-based protein and why? My top choice has to be quinoa! The possibilities are endless. From quick soups and bowls to stir-fries, its such a versatile, diabetic-friendly, and plant-based protein. One cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein and is rich in nutrients, iron, and fiber. You could make a big batch on Sunday and eat it throughout the week. 5) What is the number one piece of advice you give people who are starting a new healthy diet and lifestyle? Be patient. Eating plant-based foods comes with a whole bag of new benefits like weight loss, physical transformation, and maybe feeling better, too! Enjoy the journey, TOMA! Use Mondays to make positive change in your life that will do you a world of good. Meatless Monday is a global movement followed by millions who choose not to eat meat one day a week for their health and the health of the planet. Help spread the word about the many health benefits of Meatless Monday, such as reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Download our fun and shareable free graphic: Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Healthier You Series: Go Meatless with Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Recipes from Chef Ronaldo Linares appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Corn-Stuffed Zucchini

January 14 2019 Meatless Monday 

Zucchini stuffed with corn is a delicious and healthy combination. This recipe is low in sodium, which helps keep blood pressure control in check, providing less stress on the kidneys. It is also low in saturated and total fat, helping blood vessels supply necessary oxygen and nutrients to the heart and kidneys. This recipe comes to us from the National Kidney Foundation. Serves 4 - 3/­­4  tsp, leaves  Dried Thyme - 1/­­2  tsp, ground  Black Pepper - 1/­­2  cup pieces  Mushrooms, White, Raw - 2  ounce  Cheddar Cheese – Low Fat - 4  tbsp chopped  Chives - 1/­­4  cup, chopped  Onion - 1 1/­­2  cup  Frozen Corn - 6  medium  Squash – Zucchini Cut zucchini in halves lengthwise. Cook in boiling water for 10 minutes. Carefully remove pulp. Drain corn and zucchini pulp well and combine with onion, mushrooms, pepper, chives, and thyme. Pile mixture in zucchini shells and place in a 13 X 9 inch pan. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 F for 20 minutes. The post Corn-Stuffed Zucchini appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spicy Spaghetti Squash Ramen with Homemade Vegan Kombu Dashi

January 7 2019 Meatless Monday 

Swapping spaghetti squash for ramen noodles adds extra veggies to this flavorful dish, which also features crispy pan-fried tofu, caramelized onions, broccoli, mushrooms and fresh ginger. This recipe comes to us from Austin at Building Our Rez.   Serves 4 - For the Tofu - 1 14 oz block extra-firm tofu, pressed - 3 tbsp cornstarch - 2-4 tbsp oil   - For the Dashi - 8 cups vegetable broth - 8 oz dried mushrooms - 1/­­3 cup low sodium soy sauce - 1 tbsp sesame oil - 1 onion, sliced - 6 garlic cloves - Thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and grated (about 2 tbsp grated) - 1/­­4 cup rice vinegar - 1-2 tbsp. chili oil (depending on your heat tolerance) plus more for topping - 1 8-inch piece of kombu (seaweed)   - For the Veggies and Toppings - 1 spaghetti squash - Your choice of veggies, such as 1 head of broccoli (about 2 c chopped florets) and 1 bell pepper, chopped - 1/­­2 cup green onions, sliced - 1 14 oz can coconut milk   Add all ingredients for the dashi except the kombu to a pot. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer while the spaghetti squash is cooking 45 minutes – 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 400?F. Slice the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, flipping halfway or until cooked through. Cut your veggies. We cut our broccoli into florets and chop our bell pepper into 1/­­2 in pieces and add to the skillet with 1 tbsp. oil. Cook until veggies are cooked but still have a little bit of a bite. Slice green onions for topping and set aside. When the spaghetti squash is done, remove from oven and allow to cool. Cook the tofu. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the tofu. The cornstarch make it want to stick together so make sure to sprinkle it in piece by piece so the cubes get to cook individually. Be careful at this step: the oil tends to splatter when you add the tofu. Allow to cook over medium-high heat about 4-6 minutes or until browned. Flip tofu cubes over and cook 4-6 minutes on the other side. Add the kombu to the dashi and simmer (do not boil) for 20 minutes. Strain the dashi through a sieve to strain out all the large items. Taste the dashi for flavor and seasonings. Even the low sodium soy sauce lends a decent amount of salt, but add more if necessary. Add more chili oil if you desire a spicier broth. Assemble your bowl. Place spaghetti squash into bowls. Ladle broth over top. Layer on veggies and tofu on top with a drizzle of coconut milk, green onions and more chili oil if desired. The post Spicy Spaghetti Squash Ramen with Homemade Vegan Kombu Dashi appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Stars in Some of the Biggest Stories to End 2018 and Introduce 2019

January 7 2019 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Stars in Some of the Biggest Stories to End 2018 and Introduce 2019Happy New Year!  Were excited to share that Meatless Monday has starred in some of the leading year-end stories, and plant-based eating is predicted to be one of the biggest trends for 2019. We thought youd enjoy these highlights: o Meatless Monday was listed by PBS News Hour as one of the top three resolutions that can make a big difference in the world. Share it on Facebook and Twitter! o CBS News suggests trying Meatless Monday if your resolution is to lose weight this year in this article . o Plant-based eating is cited as a trend thats going to be huge in 2019. Check out the New York Times article and Forbes roundup . o A lead story by CNN, Forget New Year’s health goals, try ‘Monday resolutions’ instead , features The Monday Campaigns, (Meatless Mondays non-profit parent initiative), and is going viral in both the U.S. and around the world. In just days, it has already been published by news media in France, China, Poland, the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico. Share it on Facebook and Twitter! >> News outlets brought the story to life with this fun, short video , now online on USA Today and Daily Motion . Thanks to your support, the global Meatless Monday movement continues to grow by leaps and bounds. As you already know, taking the simple step of cutting out meat one day a week can make a big difference in your health and the health of the planet! Enjoy our Happy New Week video to see how Mondays can help you stick to your New Years resolutions all year long! The post Meatless Monday Stars in Some of the Biggest Stories to End 2018 and Introduce 2019 appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Ten Most Popular Meatless Monday Recipes of 2018

December 31 2018 Meatless Monday 

The Ten Most Popular Meatless Monday Recipes of 2018Happy New Year from Meatless Monday! Thanks to you, Meatless Monday is celebrated every Monday all over the world. And, if 2018 is any indication, the message of Meatless Monday will continue to spread far and wide in 2019. We predict plant-based recipes will continue to rise in popularity and more noteworthy cookbooks with why-didnt-I-think-of-that recipes will appear in your kitchen. Folks around the globe agree, cutting out meat one day a week is a decision thats good for your health and the health of the planet. It can benefit your heart, kidneys, and so much more . And swapping out meat for fruits and veggies each week can help fight climate change . Plus, get on board because eating a plant-based diet is also super trendy and here to stay. Drum Roll Please! Were proud to present the top ten most-viewed Meatless Monday recipes from 2018!   #1: Jamaican Jerk Tofu This recipe is number one for the second year in a row! Read more below about this signature dish from Meatless Monday Jamaica and Jacqui Juicy Chef Sinclair. #2: Zucchini Tomato Curry A sweet and spicy second place. #3: Thai Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce A fun wrap with a group of friends is new to the Top Ten list! #4: Banana Date Smoothie Sweet! This delicious smoothie is coming back for a second year. #5: Black Bean Meatless Balls and Zucchini Noodles Zoodles are so popular! They’re back for another year. #6: Kale, Potato and Carrot Curry Fragrant and easy, this curry is new to the list. #7: Lemon Mint Quinoa Salad A refreshing and simple salad squeaks in at number seven! #8: Casamiento (Black Beans and Rice) A delicious classic recipe from the Meatless Monday community in Honduras. #9: Cherry Tomato Pesto Penne Back for another year, a quick and easy dish for everyone to enjoy. #10: Breakfast Lentils This recipe proves lentils are delicious any time of day.   For the second year in a row, the number one spot on our Top Ten list has been occupied by Jamaican Jerk Tofu. This is a savory mix of herbs and spices that can convert anyone to tofu. We reached out to Jacqui Juicy Chef Sinclair, who leads the Meatless Monday efforts in Jamaica , to share her thoughts on jerk and why its so popular. Jacqui explains, Jerk is both a style of grilling and special type of marinade. With the rise in popularity of vegetarianism for health and climate change, the jerk technique has transcended beyond meat. And for those of you trying this recipe at home, Jacqui shares some suggestions, Plant-based foods such as tofu, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, cauliflower, and other hardy vegetables that lend themselves to grilling are great choices for jerk. These vegetables can easily soak up the addictive and distinct taste of Jamaica. Were excited to hear your thoughts on the 2018 Top Ten list! Share your reactions with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! Meatless Monday is celebrated around the world. Join us and find out what its all about when you make the decision to cut out the meat on Mondays. The post The Ten Most Popular Meatless Monday Recipes of 2018 appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Garlic Parsnip Spinach Shepherd’s Pie

December 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

This take on a meatless shepherds pie will brighten any holiday table. Lightened up with parsnips rather than potatoes and seitan or beans rather than meat, this light dish will leave plenty of room in your belly for holiday treats. This recipe comes to us from Robin Asbell. Serves 6   - For the Parsnips: -  - 8 cloves garlic whole, peeled - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 2 pounds parsnips (5 cups chopped) - 1 cup non-dairy milk or milk - 1 teaspoons salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon white pepper   - For the Filling -  - 12 ounces spinach washed - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 2 large onions chopped - 2 large carrots chopped - 3 tablespoons unbleached flour or white rice flour for GF - 3 tablespoons fresh sage chopped - 1 cups non-dairy milk or milk - 1 cup vegetable stock - 2 teaspoons tamari - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 8 ounces seitan, or a can of drained white beans, optional   Pre-heat the oven to 400 F. Place the garlic cloves and olive oil in a small metal bowl and cover with foil, and roast for 20 minutes. The garlic should be very soft and browned. Take out to cool. In a large pot, place the parsnips and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium low and simmer until the parsnips are very soft. Test by piercing with a paring knife. Drain well. Transfer the garlic and oil to a blender or food processor, and add the parsnips and salt. In a food processor, puree completely before adding the milk. In a blender, add the milk and puree. When smooth, transfer to a large piping bag with a large star tip, or just reserve to spread on the pie. Prepare a 9×13 inch pan or other medium casserole. For filling: Boil a large pot of water and drop the spinach in, cook for about 2 minutes, then drain. Rinse with cold water, squeeze out, then spread on a thick kitchen towel, roll up, and squeeze until very dry. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and saute the onions and carrots until golden and tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onions in the pan and stir to coat the vegetables with flour and eliminate any lumps. Gradually stir in the milk and stock, and cook over medium heat until thick. Add salt, tamari and pepper and stir. Take off the heat and stir the spinach (and seitan or beans, if using) into the sauce, then spread in the 9×13 inch casserole. Pipe the parsnips on top of the spinach filling as shown, or place dollops on top and spread them with a spatula. Spritz with a little olive oil, then bake at 400 for 35 minutes. Optionally, use a broiler and watch carefully for a few minutes to get the parsnip topping nicely browned. The post Roasted Garlic Parsnip Spinach Shepherd’s Pie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Breakfast Sweet Potato

December 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

Have leftover roasted sweet potatoes from your holiday meal? Turn them into breakfast! Pairing them with peanut butter and chia seeds adds healthy sources of fat to help keep you full. This recipe comes to us from Tawnie Kroll, RDN of Krolls Korner.   Serves 1   - 1 sweet potato - 1 medium banana, sliced - 1-2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter - 1/­­2 Tbsp. chia seeds - 1/­­4 tsp. ground cinnamon   Wash and dry your sweet potato. Poke holes in it with a fork and wrap it in a paper towel and cook in the microwave until you can stick a fork all the way through and it feels done (soft). About 8-10 minutes in the microwave. Carefully cut the sweet potato in half and place banana slices on the sweet potato. Then drizzle the peanut butter on top, followed by the chia seeds and ground cinnamon. The post Breakfast Sweet Potato appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tomato Cobbler

December 17 2018 Meatless Monday 

A savory cobbler is the perfect winter dish! Its comforting and packed with familiar tomatoes, which boast just the vitamin C boost you may need during the cold months! This recipe comes to us from Colavita.   Serves 4 - For the tomato base: -  - 1 medium size vidalia onion - 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 3 garlic cloves, minced - 2 packs of diced tomatoes - 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes - 1 tbsp aged white wine vinegar - 1 tbsp brown sugar - 1 tsp kosher salt - 1/­­2 tsp ground black pepper - 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves plus a few sprigs for garnish   - For the biscuits: -  - 1-3/­­4 cups all-purpose flour - 2/­­3 cup polenta - 2 tbsp granulated sugar - 1 tbsp baking powder - 1/­­2 tsp kosher salt -  1/­­4 cup + 2 tbsp Olive Oil - 1-1/­­2 cups buttermilk - 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese   For the cobbler:   Chop half the amount of cherry tomatoes in half. Sauté the onion in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Add all the tomatoes to the skillet (chopped, whole and diced) along with the minced garlic. Cook for 10 minutes, until the whole tomatoes burst and reduce. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper and thyme leaves. Mix well. Set aside while you prepare the biscuit dough.   For the biscuits:   Place the flour, polenta, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add the buttermilk, olive oil, and shredded cheese and mix just until it comes together. Do not over mix the dough. Use an ice-cream scoop to scoop out the biscuit dough and place on top of the tomato mixture. Place the biscuits about 1-2 inches apart because they will spread. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and the tomato mixture is bubbling. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and serve warm. Garnish with extra sprigs of thyme. Enjoy!   The post Tomato Cobbler appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Give the Gift of Meatless Monday with these 8 Inspiring Books

December 17 2018 Meatless Monday 

Give the Gift of Meatless Monday with these 8 Inspiring BooksHappy holidays from Meatless Monday! As the year closes, we have a lot to be thankful for and youre a big part of that. Meatless Monday is practiced in communities all around the world, from school children to nurses and doctors in hospitals, from Israel to India, in huge cities like Singapore and in small rural towns all over America. Youre a part of our big global network unified by one simple idea: refraining from meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet. In this spirit of unity and giving, were sharing our year-end short list for our favorite books of 2018. Any of them will make a great gift for your friends and family to support healthy eating with original plant-based recipes. They all look so good - you may want to add them to your own wish list! Here is our list for 2018, in no particular order:     Plant-Powered for Life - Sharon Palmer, RD We love this because Sharon gives you a handbook approach to Meatless Monday. This is a cookbook-slash-handbook to help anybody make plant-powered eating a habit and enjoy lasting, vibrant health--the fun way! Sharon urges readers to set a personal goal and take one step closer to it every week.           Fit Men Cook - by Kevin Curry We love this book by Kevin Curry and its the perfect gift for the man in your life. Curry shares everything you need to live a healthy life--from grocery lists to common dieting pitfalls to his ten commandments of meal prep--as well as his personal story of overcoming depression and weight gain to start a successful business and fitness movement.         Read It Before You Eat It - by Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN Give this informative and fun book to the grocery shopper in the house. A dietitian nutritionist, Taub-Dix shares what organic, grass-fed, all natural, cage-free, and more means for young and old eaters alike. She explains how to read, decipher, and learn what labels mean for you, your health, and the planet.             OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet - by Suzi Amis Cameron This is a great gift for parents who are thinking about ways to get their kids to not only enjoy Meatless Monday but also understand why Meatless Monday. This mom of five is the founder of the MUSE School in California, where they practice Meatless Monday. Here, she presents a way to improve your health and shrink your carbon footprint by eating a plant-based diet.           The Reducetarian Cookbook - by Brian Kateman Why do we love this book? Because the recipes are simple yet creative. Brian Kateman says that by eliminating at least 10% of the meat from our diets, we will reap wonderful personal health benefits and contribute to a healthier planet. That sounds awfully familiar!           Food is the Solution - by Matthew Prescott This book would be great for everyone, but especially for the person who already has everything! Prescott is a thought leader and Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society. With lavish photos and simple yet delicious recipes, Prescott goes deep into the medical, scientific, and environmental benefits of refraining from eating meat. Hes gotten some great reviews from folks like Paul McCartney, David Chang, and Moby.         Eat for the Planet - by Nil Zacharias & Gene Stone Share this book because it explains why Meatless Monday works. Sharing research, infographics and compelling arguments, this book is a clear affirmation of how anyone can have a positive impact on changing the world.           Sabores De Cuba - by Chef Ronaldo Linares Does your mom love Latin food? She can dance with this cookbook while she whips up a Cuban feast! Linares, an executive chef at the popular Martinos Cuban Restaurant in Somerville, New Jersey, knows Cuban cuisine backward and forward. His latest book features nearly 100 recipes, all of which will wow your taste buds and meet the strict nutrition guidelines of the American Diabetes Association. An added benefit, the book is bilingual.   Excellent taste in books always makes a good impression! Its the season for sharing and Meatless Monday is proud to share these ideas for your gift-giving, to keep it simple and focus on what truly matters. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Give the Gift of Meatless Monday with these 8 Inspiring Books appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tuscan Ribollita

December 10 2018 Meatless Monday 

Ribollita is a traditional Tuscan stew featuring a mix of dark leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots, celery and aromatic herbs. Serve this dish alongside a loaf of warm, crusty bread for the perfect winter meal! This recipe comes to us from Cindy of Cindys Table. Serves 4   - 1/­­2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided - 1 large yellow onion, diced - 2 carrots, peeled and sliced - 2 large stalks, celery, chopped - 1 large white sweet potato, chopped - 2 cups cabbage, coarsely chopped - 5 kale leaves, trimmed and chopped - 4 Swiss chard leaves, trimmed and chopped - 4 cloves garlic, minced - 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more - 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more - 8 cups low sodium vegetable broth - 1 (28 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes - 3 sage leaves - 3 bay leaves   In a large cast iron pan or soup pot over medium high heat, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, add in onion and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add in carrots, celery and sweet potato. Continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add in cabbage, kale, swiss chard and garlic. Then stir together with a wooden spoon. Cover and continue cooking for 10 minutes. Pour in vegetable broth and petite diced tomatoes. Drop in the sage and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then cover and lower to a simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate over night and reheat for 20 minutes over a medium temperature. Ladle each bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil for serving. The post Tuscan Ribollita appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Black Bean Nachos

December 10 2018 Meatless Monday 

Nachos get a healthy plant-based boost with nutritious black beans, which are sauteed with Tabasco sauce for a little heat and honey for a little sweet. This crowd-pleasing recipe comes together in no time and can be customized with your favorite toppings. This recipe comes to us from Golden Blossom Honey. Serves 6 - 1/­­2 medium onion, chopped - 1 clove garlic, minced - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 (15 ounce can) black beans, drained and rinsed - 2 dashes Tabasco sauce - 1 tablespoon honey - 3 medium tomatoes, chopped - 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced - 2 scallions, chopped - 1 (8 1/­­2 ounce) bag tortilla chips - 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated - 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated - 1 avocado, peeled and sliced - 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped - sour cream - salt and pepper to taste   Preheat oven to 475°.   Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes in olive oil over medium heat. Reduce heat. Add black beans and Tabasco sauce. Stir in honey. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. In a medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, and scallions. Place tortilla chips evenly on baking sheet. Place black bean mixture over chips, followed by tomato mixture and grated cheeses. Bake for about 5 minutes, until cheese melts. Top with avocado slices, cilantro and sour cream. The post Black Bean Nachos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Gluten Free Maple Coffee Cake

December 3 2018 Meatless Monday 

Chickpea flour is an excellent gluten-free substitute for wheat flour and it has the added bonus of being made from nutrient-packed pulses! So this coffee cake is a treat for sure, but one that is packed with fiber and relatively low in sugar. This recipe comes to us from USA Pulses.   Serves 16 - For the Cake: - 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour - 1 1/­­2 cups chickpea flour - 1 1/­­2 tsp baking powder - 1/­­2 tsp baking soda - 2 tsp cinnamon - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 cup granulated sugar - 1/­­2 cup maple syrup - 1/­­2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (1 stick is 1/­­2 cup) - 2 teaspoons vanilla extract - 2 large eggs - 1 1/­­2 cups buttermilk   - For the Crumble: - 1/­­2 cup chickpea flour - 1/­­4 cup brown sugar - 1/­­4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature - 1/­­4 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats - 1 tsp cinnamon - 1/­­2 tsp nutmeg - 1/­­4 tsp salt   Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease and flour an 8×8 baking dish. In a small bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar and maple syrup. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time, to the mixing bowl. Scrap down the sides and mix to incorporate between each addition. Mix in half of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk, then the remaining flour. Continue to mix until the batter is just combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. To make the crumble, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use your fingers or a fork to mix it together into a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle evenly on top of the cake batter then bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool slightly before serving. The post Gluten Free Maple Coffee Cake appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Butternut Squash Pasta

December 3 2018 Meatless Monday 

How better to enjoy seasonal winter squash than with pasta! Make this dish rich by using heavy cream in the sauce, or lighten it up with almond milk. This recipe comes to us from Christopher Mohs of Pumpernickel&Rye.   Serves 4 - 1 1/­­2 lbs. butternut squash (cubed) - 1 lb. trottole pasta - 1/­­4 cup dark brown sugar - 3 tbsp olive oil - 1/­­4 tsp salt - 1/­­4 tsp pepper - 3 tbsp heavy cream (or substitute almond milk) - 1/­­4 cup pumpkin seeds - 1 tbsp fresh thyme plus sprigs for garnish   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the butternut squash, dark brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat the squash evenly. Pour into a roasting dish, cover with aluminum foil and roast for 45 - 60 minutes. In the last 20 minutes of roasting, boil and cook the pasta. When the pasta has cooked, strain and return pasta to the cooking pot, remove the roasted butternut squash from the oven and place a 1/­­4 of the butternut squash into the pot with the pasta (these are chunky bits for the final dish). Put the remaining squash in a blender and puree until smooth; add the heavy cream (or almond milk) and give one quick blitz. Pour the pureed squash along with fresh thyme and pumpkin seeds to the pasta and stir to combine and coat the pasta. Serve and enjoy! The post Butternut Squash Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Start the Monday after Thanksgiving with Healthy Eating

November 26 2018 Meatless Monday 

Start the Monday after Thanksgiving with Healthy EatingMeatless Monday is here to help you get back on track from your epic meal of turkey, three kinds of stuffing, four slices of pie, and a glass or two of wine...but whos counting? Its fine to overindulge now and then. Why? By getting off track, its easier to get back on! To recuperate, choose plant-based foods like fruits and veggies, which will help you detox and give you lots of fiber - a perfect combination after heavy meals. Try these recipes, which re-imagine holiday leftovers like carrots, green beans, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. Breakfast – Black Bean Sesame Veggie Hash Lunch – Sesame Tempeh with Green Beans Side – Tahini Curried Carrot Salad Dinner – Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Kale Filling Continue your detox with a Monday Mile ! Enjoy being outside in nature, getting fresh air, and burning off some extra calories. 2,000 steps, or a mile, takes about 20 minutes and is a beautiful way to start the week after Thanksgiving. 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. Giving up meat one day a week may also inspire other healthy changes to your lifestyle, such as adding more physical activity  or reducing your stress . Meatless Monday has multiple benefits , not just for your health but also for the environment. Follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram ! Did you try one of our recipes? Please share your photos and experiences with us on social media by tagging @MeatlessMonday and #MeatlessMonday. The post Start the Monday after Thanksgiving with Healthy Eating appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Yellow Split Pea Coconut Breakfast Porridge

November 12 2018 Meatless Monday 

Pulses are eaten for breakfast in many cultures around the world, but its rare to see peas on a breakfast menu in the U.S. This recipe will change that! Savory split yellow peas are paired with rich coconut milk for a satisfying porridge that makes for a great way to start your day. This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses. Serves 5 - 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (optional) - 1 white or yellow onion, diced - 2 large or 4 small carrots, peeled and diced - 2 teaspoons grated or minced ginger (or 1/­­2 teaspoon ground ginger) - 1 teaspoon turmeric - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon coriander - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - 1 1/­­2 cups yellow split peas - 4 cups water - 1/­­2 cup coconut milk (canned, not boxed) - 1 tablespoon lime juice   Heat the coconut oil in a Dutch oven or a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Add the mustard seeds, if using, and allow them to cook until they start to pop. Stir in the onion and carrots. Saute the vegetables for 8-10 minutes, or until they’re very soft and the onions are clear, adding a tablespoon or two of water if the vegetables start to stick. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Add the split peas and water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until the split peas are tender. Check the split peas a few times to stir them and make sure they’re not sticking to the bottom of the pot; if they’re very thick, stir in a half cup of water. Once the split peas are very tender, stir in the coconut milk and lime juice. Check seasoning and adjust salt, pepper, lime juice, and turmeric to taste. Serve with rice and toppings of choice. Leftover porridge will keep for up to 6 days in an airtight container in the fridge. The post Yellow Split Pea Coconut Breakfast Porridge appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Hendrix College Serves Up First-Ever Hearty Meatless Monday Breakfast Spread

November 12 2018 Meatless Monday 

Hendrix College Serves Up First-Ever Hearty Meatless Monday Breakfast SpreadHendrix College , located just outside Little Rock, Arkansas, cooked up a hot plant-based breakfast idea worth sharing. Working with Meatless Monday, the dining hall served students a fully customizable and sumptuous oatmeal bar. To celebrate National Oatmeal Day on Monday, October 30th, Cindy Mosley, Associate Director and Dietitian of Dining Services, introduced the first-ever oatmeal bar on Meatless Monday, offering a medley of fresh and dried fruit, nuts, and other delicious toppings. Meatless Monday caught up with Cindy to discuss her decision to offer the oatmeal bar and hear the warm responses the dining hall staff received. What inspired Hendrix to hold a Meatless Monday Breakfast event? The last few years, our dining hall has been working with The Monday Campaigns to create events and ideas to encourage students to take a break from meat one day a week. The focus has been with lunch and dinner options - never for breakfast. I felt it was time to encourage some additional choices and find ways to encourage students to make whole grain choices. The observance of National Oatmeal day was the perfect time to stage it. I came up with the idea to implement a do-it-yourself oatmeal bar to provide a unique breakfast experience. Just by giving them one place to find all the toppings, students ended up eating three times the amount of oatmeal than normal. None of the items were new to our dining hall, but for one morning, they were all offered in one convenient location. What were the favorite toppings? Mixed berries, chocolate chips, and pecans! How did the students react? The response was positive! Students left comments like, Because of this bar, I like oatmeal now! and This is great! Can you do this everyday? After such an overwhelming response, whats ahead? In December, I plan to present a Gardein-inspired Meatless Monday during lunch to introduce new, plant-based dishes. Are you interested in introducing Meatless Monday to your organization, restaurants, K-12 school, university, hospital, local city government, or social media group? We can help to provide everything youll need to get started. Our free downloadable guides include simple steps to get going, engaging graphics, proven keys to success, and science-backed research from our partner, The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. You can also get in touch with us at info@meatlessmonday.com or contact us online here . Follow on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram .   The post Hendrix College Serves Up First-Ever Hearty Meatless Monday Breakfast Spread appeared first on Meatless Monday.

The Climate Crisis Is Urgent. Meatless Monday Can Be Part of the Solution

November 5 2018 Meatless Monday 

The Climate Crisis Is Urgent. Meatless Monday Can Be Part of the SolutionTake action to fight climate change by going Meatless Monday.   Recent published reports have described a greater urgency to reduce climate change, citing that crisis levels could be reached as early as 2040. o The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) generated worldwide attention by emphasizing the need for more immediate and far-reaching behavior changes than previously thought. It also identifies the role of food production and consumption in the current environmental crisis. o A second study in the publication Nature mirrors this identification of food as a major contributor to climate change and environmental harm. These reports point to livestock production as a major contributor to global warming, creating more greenhouse gases than all of the planes, trains, and automobiles in the world. For consumers looking for a way to take action against climate change by reducing meat consumption, Meatless Monday is a simple first step. Making a commitment to swap out meat for plant-based foods every Monday can lead toward more sustained changes to diet over time. The Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University shares their perspective on these recent reports  and also provides resources to guide consumers to better understand the relationship between food choices and climate change: “The Connections between Diet, People and Planet ” and “Global Meatless Monday -- for the Environment. ” To help improve this understanding, Meatless Monday has designed unique creative materials that give people a simple way to discuss and share the benefits of changing our diets. The Meatless Monday movement has support from chefs, celebrities, schools, restaurants, and organizations in more than 40 countries. The post The Climate Crisis Is Urgent. Meatless Monday Can Be Part of the Solution appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tagliolini ai Funghi

November 5 2018 Meatless Monday 

Savory mushrooms compliment tagliolini pasta in this recipe. Tagliolini is a richer version of fettuccine, usually made fresh. Dried fettuccine will work as a swap, but fresh pasta will elevate the recipe (and save cooking time). If you can find them, dont forget the fresh truffles to finish off the dish! This recipe comes to us from Chef Michael Pirolo, executive chef and owner of Macchialina. Serves 4 - 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil - 2 tbsp butter - 7 oz Abalone mushrooms, sliced - 1/­­2-1 oz. fresh truffles - 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, plus more as needed - 10.5 oz tagliolini or tagliatelle pasta - salt - chili flakesparsley, chiffonade   Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes, adding chili flakes and salt. Add about 6 oz of water, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. If the sauce gets too thick, add another 1/­­2 cup of water. In the meanwhile, cook the tagliolini in abundant salted water until ‘al dente’, reserving about 1 cup of cooking water before draining the pasta. Fold the pasta into the mushrooms. Add drizzle of olive oil, parsley, and sauté while adding the grated parmesan, until you have a creamy consistency. Add some of the reserved cooking water if pasta is too dry. Serve immediately, grating or shaving the fresh truffle over each plate. Buon appetito! Note: To clean the mushrooms, do not wash with water! With a small knife cut off the bottom; then take off any remaining dirt with a vegetable brush or a damp cloth. The post Tagliolini ai Funghi appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Find Your FoodPrint and Make Sustainable Decisions about Food

October 29 2018 Meatless Monday 

Find Your FoodPrint and Make Sustainable Decisions about FoodWe can all do our part to help fight climate change. The food we eat is actually a major contributor to global warming, and Meatless Monday is a simple, effective, and enjoyable way to achieve a more sustainable diet. To help you make the most informed choices about your food, were happy to tell you about FoodPrint.org, a new website that offers tips and resources for lowering your foodprint: all the processes that are required to get your food to your plate, and the impact these processes have on the environment, animals, and people. The site is full of information about how to shop, cook and eat more sustainably. And if youd like to dig deeper, it also has tons of information on industrial food production -- from its climate impacts to animal welfare to public health implications -- and the benefits of more sustainable practices. Find your foodprint and find out how you can eat and shop more sustainably by taking their quiz. Help us spread the word about the benefits of Meatless Monday for the health of the planet. Share our Meatless Monday social media graphics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! The post Find Your FoodPrint and Make Sustainable Decisions about Food appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sunflower Seed Basil Pesto

October 22 2018 Meatless Monday 

Pasta with pesto sauce is the perfect meatless meal, since pesto typically contains both nuts and cheese for protein. But for those with a nut allergy, pesto sauce is usually a no-go. So this recipe uses sunflower seeds instead, which contain a similar amount of protein and healthy fats and even have a bit of a nutty flavor! This recipe comes to us from Diana K. Rice, RD, The Baby Steps Dietitian, who created this recipe in light of her daughters nut allergy. Makes 3 1/­­2 cup batches (4 servings each) - 2 cups packed basil leaves - 3-4 cloves garlic or garlic dots - 1/­­2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds - 1/­­2 cup extra virgin olive oil - 2 tbsp. lemon juice - 2 oz. un-grated or 1/­­2 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese* - Salt to taste   Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until well-combined, scraping down sides as necessary. Serve immediately over cooked pasta or portion into freezer-safe containers for later use. *Depending on the saltiness of the cheese you use, you may not need to add salt at all. The post Sunflower Seed Basil Pesto appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Couscous Salad with Tangy Dressing

October 15 2018 Meatless Monday 

This plant-based recipe is low in sodium and helps keep blood pressure control in check, providing less stress on the kidneys. It is also low in saturated and total fat, helping blood vessels supply necessary oxygen and nutrients to the heart and kidneys. This recipe comes to us from the National Kidney Foundation. Serves 7 - 1  tablespoon minced  Garlic - 1  tsp, leaves  OreganoDried - 1  teaspoon  Allspice - 2  lemon yields  Lemon Juice – Fresh - 1  cup, whole  Raw Snow Peas, Sugar Snap Peas - 1/­­2  cup  Frozen Corn - 1/­­2  cup chopped  Carrots - 1/­­2  cup, chopped  Yellow Bell Pepper, Raw - 1/­­2  cup, chopped  Red Bell Pepper, Raw - 3  large  CucumberPeeled - 1  cup  Couscous – Dry   1. In a large bowl, mix together chilled couscous, cucumbers, red pepper, yellow pepper, carrots, snow peas, and corn. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, All spices, dried oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil. The post Couscous Salad with Tangy Dressing appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Friends of the Earth Report Highlights Meatless Monday in Climate-Friendly School Food Study

October 8 2018 Meatless Monday 

Friends of the Earth Report Highlights Meatless Monday in Climate-Friendly School Food StudyMeatless Monday is thrilled to be part of the solution for a healthier school lunch and a healthier planet. Meatless Monday is thrilled to be part of the solution for a healthier school lunch and a healthier planet. Friends of the Earth (FOE), a U.S. based international network of environmental organizations, recently published an extensive food and agriculture report on refining Americas school lunch program, Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food. The FOE report makes it clear, the foods we eat make a difference. The report cited adoption of Meatless Monday as a high-impact practice for K-12 schools to implement climate-friendly foodservice. FOE gives a snapshot of how one school district in California saved money and helped the environment by implementing a meat-reduction school lunch program. Over a two-year period, Oakland Unified School District*: o Saved $42,000 o Saved 42 million gallons of water or enough water to fill 63 Olympic-sized pools o Made a 14% reduction in the carbon footprint of its entire purchases, the equivalence of 15,000 trees or 1.5 million fewer miles driven Get Meatless Monday Going in Your Community If reading about the success of Meatless Monday has you wondering how to get involved, consider becoming a Meatless Monday Ambassador in your school, organization, or community. We have everything you need to get Meatless Monday started in your K-12 school . Join a worldwide movement committed to making a huge impact on school lunches for student health and the health of the planet. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! *Hamerschlag, K., Dalton, J., and Kraus-Polk, J. 2018. Scaling up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food. Page 9 and Page 8. Friends of the Earth. https:/­/­1bps6437gg8c169i0y1drtgz-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/­wp-content/­uploads/­2018/­09/­Climate-Friendly-Food_­Full-Report.pdf The post Friends of the Earth Report Highlights Meatless Monday in Climate-Friendly School Food Study appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Get Meatless Monday Going in Your Community

September 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

Get Meatless Monday Going in Your CommunityThanks to loyal participants around the world, Meatless Monday is practiced by millions in over 40 countries. If you are passionate about Meatless Monday and want to extend its health and environmental benefits within your community, sign up today to become a Meatless Monday Ambassador. Make a difference for our health and the health of the planet! Its Easy. We provide everything youll need to get started. Our free downloadable guides include simple steps to get going, engaging graphics, proven keys to success, and science-backed research from our partner, The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Its never been easier to introduce Meatless Monday to your organization, restaurants, K-12 school, university, hospital, local city government, or social media group. Get Exclusive Ambassador Benefits Sign up now and become part of the movement!  Meatless Monday Ambassadors receive exclusive benefits: o Be invited to join the invitation-only Meatless Monday Ambassador Facebook Group to connect with like-minded people. o Have the opportunity to be featured as the Meatless Monday Ambassador of the Week on our website. o Get invited to exclusive Meatless Monday Ambassador webinars and events. o Be the first to access new Meatless Monday materials, such as social media graphics, implementation guides, videos, and more. o Get a Meatless Monday Ambassador badge to feature on digital and social platforms. o Be the first to know about new programming, research, and trends from Meatless Monday. Become a Meatless Monday Ambassador today. Take credit for making a difference in your community with Meatless Monday. Join a worldwide movement committed to making change for our personal health and the health of the planet. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! The post Get Meatless Monday Going in Your Community appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Fig Salsa

September 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

This delicious upgrade to traditional chips, salsa, and guacamole incorporates grilled figs for extra depth and flavor. This recipe comes to us from Jackie Newgent, RDN. Serves 6 Serving size: 2 large crisps with 3 tablespoons each fig salsa and whipped avocado - 6 blue or yellow corn tortillas (5- to 5 1/­­2-inch diameter) - 1 tablespoon avocado oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon sea salt, divided - 5 large or 8 medium fresh Black Mission figs, grilled* or fresh, diced - 1/­­4 cup diced red onion - 1/­­4 cup loosely packed, roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves - 1/­­2 small jalape?o pepper, with seeds, minced - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground coriander, divided - Juice of 1 lime (2 tablespoons), divided - 2 medium Hass avocados, peeled, seeded and cubed   *Lightly brush the cut surface of halved figs with avocado oil. Grill or pan-grill over direct medium-high heat until rich grill marks form, about 4 minutes, on cut side only. Preheat the oven to 425° Brush both sides of the tortillas with the oil. Cut in half and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/­­8 teaspoons of the salt. Bake until crisped, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the tortilla crisps directly to a cooling rack. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, gently stir together the figs, onion, cilantro, jalape?o, coriander, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, and 1/­­8 teaspoon of the salt. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, blend the avocados and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/­­4 teaspoon salt, and 1/­­4 teaspoon ground coriander until creamy and fluffy. Serve the tortilla crisps topped with avocado dip and the fig salsa.   The post Grilled Fig Salsa appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chana with Sweet Potatoes

September 24 2018 Meatless Monday 

One of Indias most popular dishes -- Chana Masala -- features chickpeas simmered with tomatoes. This recipe features sweet potatoes and greens to make the dish even more interesting and satisfying. This recipe comes to us from Oldways. Serves 4   - 1/­­2 large onion, chopped as you like - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil of your choice - 1 teaspoon cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon - 1/­­2 teaspoon turmeric - 1/­­2 teaspoon coriander - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cloves - 1/­­4 teaspoon red pepper flakes - 1-2 cloves garlic, minced - 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger - 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed - 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes - 2 small or 1 large sweet potato, cut in chunks - 1/­­2 (15 oz) can light coconut milk or 1/­­4 can of regular coconut milk - 1 cup chopped spinach or other greens   Heat the oil in a large skillet, and cook the onion 4-5 minutes until soft and slightly golden. Add the dry spices. Amounts dont need to be exact; start with these amounts, and adjust to your taste later. Add the garlic and ginger then continue cooking gently for ten minutes to allow the flavors of all the spices to marry with the onions. Now add the tomatoes, chickpeas, sweet potatoes (cut large or small, depending on how you like them) and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer on low for 45 minutes. The potatoes will soften sooner than that, but keep cooking to develop the flavors. Just before youre ready to serve, add the chopped greens and cook for a few minutes until the greens are wilted. Add salt to taste, and serve with brown rice or some other grain, or with some whole wheat naan. Active time: 1 hour The post Chana with Sweet Potatoes appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats

September 17 2018 Meatless Monday 

This recipe combines the fall flavors of pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin spice into a nutrient-packed grab-and-go breakfast. You can enjoy these oats chilled, or heat them up for a comforting breakfast. You can even make up a few overnight oat containers all at once for multiple breakfasts during the week. This recipe comes to us from Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian. Serves 1 1/­­2 cup old-fashioned oats 3/­­4 cup plain plant-based milk (i.e. soy, coconut, almond) 1/­­2 -1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (depending on your preference, may omit) 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/­­4 cup canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons flax seeds, ground   Place oats in a mason jar or 2-cup container. Add plant-based milk, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. Cover with a lid and shake really well (or stir with a spoon). Refrigerate overnight. The next morning, enjoy oats cold or warm. May add additional plant-based milk to achieve desired consistency. The post Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Healthy Pumpkin Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms

September 17 2018 Meatless Monday 

This pumpkin pasta is vegan and packed with veggies and whole grains. It’s sure to become a fall favorite thanks to its short cooking time and the combination of flavors: sweet and creamy pumpkin, chewy spinach and mushrooms, whole grain fettuccine and a little crunch from the chopped walnuts. This recipe comes to us from Elena of Happy Kitchen.Rocks. Serves 4 1/­­2  small to medium-sized Hokkaido pumpkinteaspoons  olive oil  divided salt and freshly ground black pepper  to taste 1  head  garlic 350  grams or 12 oz  whole wheat pasta  (I used fettuccine) 200  grams or 7 oz  mushrooms  sliced (I used crimini) 140  grams or 5 oz  raw spinach 235  ml or 1 cup  vegetable broth  (see notes below) 1  teaspoon  dried basil 1/­­2  teaspoon  dried sage 1/­­4  teaspoon  nutmeg 4  tablespoons  chopped walnuts  to serve 4  teaspoons  pumpkin oil  to serve (optional)   Preheat the oven to 180 ?C or 350 ?F. Chop the pumpkin into small chunks. Lay a baking tray with parchment paper and drizzle it with olive oil or cooking spray. Place the pumpkin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut a top off a garlic head and place it on the tray. Bake in the preheated oven for around 20 minutes or until they are soft when pierced with a fork. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Heat a lug of olive oil in a large skillet and sautée chopped mushrooms for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the spinach and continue cooking until it is softened, for about 4-5 minutes. Set aside. When the pumpkin is roasted, transfer it to a blender together with peeled roasted garlic and pulse until smooth, adding vegetable broth. Add spices and herbs, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Combine the pasta with mushrooms, spinach and pumpkin puree. Serve sprinkled with chopped walnuts and drizzled with pumpkin oil (optional but recommended). Enjoy! Recipe Notes: Add vegetable broth one ladle at a time, until you like the consistency. It should be thicker than pumpkin soup. The post Healthy Pumpkin Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Bloggers Show What They “Can Do” with Goya Products!

January 8 2018 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Bloggers Show What They “Can Do” with Goya Products!Meatless Monday supports Goyas Can Do program, which donates food to Feed America every time someone purchases Goya products in stores. Since so many of Goyas products are vegetarian and packed with protein, food bloggers accepted the challenge to come up with meat-free recipes for Meatless Monday using Goyas featured Can Do products. Here are some of our favorite contributions from last year! Mango & Tomato: Vegan Laska with Zucchini, Peppers and Mushrooms Robin Asbell: Jamaican Rice and Gullah Peas C It Nutritionally: 5-Ingredient Curried Butternut Squash Soup Healing Tomato: Vegan Dumplings Soup with Pigeon Peas MomStart: Coconut Milk Veggie Curry Analidas Ethnic Spoon: Indonesian Coconut Turmeric Rice with Cashews Confessions of a Mother Runner: Spicy Thai Noodle Soup Life Currents: White Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Filling Show Me the Yummy: Roasted Carrot Soup Two Classy Chics: Creamy Cauliflower and Potato Soup Freckled Italian: Coconut Rice and Beans Dini Delivers: Coco Dalal Week99er: Double Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Creme Frosting Jersey Family Fun: Coconut Rice Bowls Food in Jars: Coconut and Cracked Brown Rice Pudding Cooking with Julie: Slow Cooker Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup Make sure to follow Meatless Monday on social media to find out the next Goya Can Do featured product and to watch our live cooking demos with Goya! The post Meatless Monday Bloggers Show What They “Can Do” with Goya Products! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Rice Pudding with Berries

January 8 2018 Meatless Monday 

The Chinese often begin their day with a congee, or rice porridge. This breakfast rice, sweetened up with cinnamon and berries, is a great way to use up leftover rice. You can use any type of rice. Serves 4     - 2 cups brown rice, precooked - 1-1/­­2 teaspoons cinnamon - 1/­­2 cup almonds, slivered - 3 cups soymilk - 1/­­2 cup mixed berries Mix all ingredients and simmer until thick, stirring constantly. Serve hot or cold and garnish with berries. The post Rice Pudding with Berries appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Lime Wild Rice Lentils

January 1 2018 Meatless Monday 

Black lentils and wild rice are cooked together, then seasoned with tomato paste, garlic, lime juice, oregano and chili powder. Crushed wakame seaweed adds a unique umami flavor to the dish, which is delicious when finished with hot chili flakes and cool Greek yogurt. This recipe comes to us from Marica of Wasabi Honey Bee. Serves 4 - 2 cups black lentils, rinsed and picked over - 1/­­2 cup wild rice, rinsed - 1 6 ounce can tomato paste - 3 cloves garlic, crushed - 6 sticks wakame seaweed*, crushed into pieces - juice from 1 lime - 1 teaspoon chili powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon oregano - salt and black pepper, to taste - hot chili flakes, to taste - plain lowfat Greek yogurt, to taste *Found in Asian markets or the Asian or dried good section of most grocery stores. Bring the water, lentils and rice to a boil in a large pot over medium high heat. As soon as the water boils, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through. Drain the lentils and rice and return them to the pot. Return the pot medium low heat. Add the tomato paste, crushed garlic, wakame seaweed pieces and lime juice to the pot. Season with the chili powder, oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Stir, taking care to ensure that all ingredients are evenly distributed. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes more, or until the flavors meld together. Divide into 4 servings, finish each with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a dollop of Greek yogurt and enjoy! The post Lime Wild Rice Lentils appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Warm Beet Pistachio Salad

January 1 2018 Meatless Monday 

Baby beets are roasted sweet and contrasted with bitter frisee and salty roasted pistachios. Sherry vinegar, honey and grapeseed oil are infused with fresh sage and peppercorns to dress this delicious beet salad. This recipe comes to us from Chef Jason Weiner of Almond Restaurants in New York City and Bridgehampton. Serves 4 - 1 1/­­2 cups baby beets - 3 tablespoons honey - 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar - 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil - 1 teaspoon cracked peppercorns - 3 sprigs sage - 1 head frisee or curly endive, core and dark leaves discarded - 3 tablespoons roasted pistachios, shelled - 5 chives, cut into matchsticks - salt, to taste Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Place the beets in a baking pan with about 1 cup of water. Cover tightly with foil and transfer to the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. The roasting time will depend on the size and age of the beets. When the beets are tender, set aside to cool. Whisk the honey, vinegar, oil, sage and peppercorns together in a mixing bowl. Transfer to a saucepot over high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the dressing comes to a simmer. As soon as the dressing bubbles, remove it from the heat and pour through a strainer to transfer it back to the mixing bowl, omitting the sage and peppercorns. When the beets have cooled, slip off their skins and dice them roughly. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the curly endive and roasted pistachios to the serving bowl.  Season the beets, greens and nuts with salt to taste. Drizzle with the honey-sage vinaigrette, tossing to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed, until the salad is dressed to preference. You may not need all the vinaigrette. Divide into 4 servings, top each with chive matchsticks and enjoy! The post Warm Beet Pistachio Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grapefruit Radicchio Salad

December 25 2017 Meatless Monday 

Pecans are candied in a skillet with caramelized sugar, then seasoned slightly savory with smoked paprika and salt. These salty sweet nuts are the perfect accent to sit atop this salad of hearty cabbage, spicy radicchio and tart grapefruit. This recipe comes to us from Amy of Cooking with Amy. Serves 4 - 1/­­4 cup pecans, chopped - 2 teaspoons sugar - 1/­­8 teaspoon smoked paprika - a pinch of salt - 2 cups radicchio, shredded - 1 cup Napa cabbage, shredded - 1 grapefruit - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar Toss the pecans with the sugar and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl. Transfer the pecans to a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes, or until the sugar gets very brown. Take the pan off of heat and sprinkle with the smoked paprika and a pinch of salt. Stir well, taking care to ensure the nuts are separated, and let the pecans cool in the pan. Toss the radicchio and cabbage together in a medium sized bowl. Peel the grapefruit with a knife. Cut between the membranes to remove only the segments and drop the grapefruit segments into the bowl. Squeeze the remaining grapefruit juice from the membranes and peel onto the cabbage and grapefruit segments. Add the olive oil and vinegar to the cabbage and grapefruit, taking care to toss to ensure the dressing is evenly distributed. Divide the salad into 4 servings, top with the candied pecans and enjoy! The post Grapefruit Radicchio Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Resolving to Go Meatless Monday? Here Are Our Most Popular Recipes from 2017 to Start You Off!

December 19 2017 Meatless Monday 

Resolving to Go Meatless Monday? Here Are Our Most Popular Recipes from 2017 to Start You Off!The end of the year always marks a great opportunity to think about a fresh start, try something new, and make resolutions to change your lifestyle and eating habits. Why not do something that improves your health and also helps the environment? Meatless Monday is an easy way to make a small change to your daily life that also affects the health of the planet as well as the livelihoods of local industries and farmers. This past year has seen many people jump on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, from social media followers to celebrities, to restaurants, schools, and cities. Weve made it easy for you to join the movement by giving you a head start on the New Year. Here are the 10 most viewed Meatless Monday recipes of 2017. Try some today, and let us know what you think.   #1: Jamaican Jerk Tofu #2: Black Bean Meatless Balls and Zucchini Noodles #3: Cherry Tomato Pesto Penne #4: Banana Date Smoothie #5: Zucchini Tomato Curry #6: Easy Veggie Lo Mein #7: Bell Pepper Egg Rings #8: Lentil Burgers #9: Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese Bake #10: Spinach Lasagna The post Resolving to Go Meatless Monday? Here Are Our Most Popular Recipes from 2017 to Start You Off! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mediterranean Brussels & Beans

December 11 2017 Meatless Monday 

Dress up winter’s favorite miniature cabbage with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and protein-packed cannellini beans. Feta cheese and thyme lend Mediterranean flavors to this simple dish. This recipe comes to us from Sarah of So Hungry I Could Blog. Serves 2 - 15 medium-large Brussels sprouts - olive oil - sea salt or kosher salt - 1 - 1 1/­­2 cups cooked cannellini beans (about 1 can) - 1/­­2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thin - 1/­­2 cup feta cheese, crumbled or cubed - leaves from 2-3 sprigs of fresh thymepepper Rinse the Brussels sprouts in a colander. Trim the ends of the Brussels and cut in half, length-wise. Remove the outer leaves and discard (these leaves will usually fall right off after cutting the sprouts in half). In a glass or tin baking dish, toss the Brussels in a few teaspoons of olive oil and a few pinches of salt. Roast at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Toss the sprouts and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until browned and slightly crisped. While the sprouts are cooking, combine the beans, feta, tomatoes and thyme -- tossing carefully so as not to break up the cheese too much. Add the warm Brussels sprouts to the bean mixture and gently combine. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh pepper before serving. Makes about 4 servings as a side dish. The post Mediterranean Brussels & Beans appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrating 100 Years Since the First National Campaign to Go Meatless

December 7 2017 Meatless Monday 

At Meatless Monday, there is a reason to celebrate every week by promoting plant-based food as a way to save the planet. But in 2017, Meatless Monday had even more reason to celebrate: this year marks 100 years since the first national campaign to encourage people to go meat-free. While the original mission has evolved into something addressing todays concerns, the message has stood the test of time! In the video below, the Meatless Monday team and founder discuss the history of Meatless Monday and how it still makes an impact after 100 years. The idea of giving up meat one day a week originated in the fall of 1917 when the United States was trying to feed its citizens in the homeland as well as troops fighting abroad in World War I. It was sold as a patriotic way to support soldiers by making a simple sacrifice one day a week. Cookbooks focused on meat-free meals became a staple for housewives cooking for their families. Communities banded together to grow fruits and vegetables in Victory Gardens and learned that produce could play a starring role on the dinner table. Now, with that one day a week officially designated to Mondays, the mission of Meatless Monday has turned to saving the entire planet. By reducing meat consumption by one day a week, greenhouse gas emissions will decrease, which will reduce our carbon footprint - that is, if everyone can pitch in and get on board the way they did during WWI! Now that Meatless Monday has campaigns around the world, the impact of eating a more plant-based diet can affect the health of the planet and the people living on it. Make a difference going Meatless Monday! The post Celebrating 100 Years Since the First National Campaign to Go Meatless appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Hearty Italian Minestrone

December 4 2017 Meatless Monday 

The cannellini beans give this traditional Italian soup fiber and protein. An easy weeknight dinner that makes great leftovers, this hearty soup is a great way to eat your vegetables on a cold winter night. This recipe comes to us from Kristie Middleton‘s book, MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live--One Meal at a Time. Serves 4 to 6 - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 1/­­2 medium yellow onion, diced - 1 clove garlic, minced - 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice - 2 carrots, chopped - 1 medium zucchini, chopped - 5 cups low sodium vegetable broth - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon ground pepper - 1 cup alphabet, macaroni, or other pasta - 1/­­2 bunch kale, torn into bite-size pieces - 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed, and drained - 2 tablespoons tomato paste - 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/­­2 teaspoon dried - 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried - Chopped fresh basil or a sprig of parsleyfor garnish In a large stockpot, saute onion in olive oil on medium heat until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Add tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil. Add pasta and cook for 7 to 9 minutes until al dente. Stir in kale, beans, tomato paste, thyme, and basil. Simmer for 5 minutes more. Garnish with more chopped fresh basil or a sprig of parsley. PRO-TIP: Ladle soup into individual containers, allow to cool, seal containers, and freeze for up to three months for easy work lunches or quick homemade dinners! The post Hearty Italian Minestrone appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Coconut Kiwi Date Granola

December 4 2017 Meatless Monday 

Rolled oats are tossed with coconut and honey then baked in the oven until crispy and golden. Sliced kiwi gives this sweet granola a slightly tart fruit topping or try adding puréed banana and concoct this breakfast with the ultimate texture. This recipe comes to us from Trudy of veggie.num.num. Serves 16 - 9 ounces rolled oats - 3 1/­­2 ounces sweetened coconut, shredded - a pinch salt - 1/­­4 cup vegetable oil - 1/­­2 cup golden syrup* - or - 1/­­2 cup honey - 3 1/­­2 ounces dates, chopped - 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced *golden syrup is made by refining cane sugar juice back into sugar. It can be found in the sweetener section of some grocery stores. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking tray with parchment or wax paper. Combine the oats, coconut and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Pour the oil and syrup or honey over the oat mixture. Toss and stir well to combine all ingredients, making sure the oats and coconut are well coated. Spread the oat mixture over the prepared tray evenly. Place in the oven for cook for 35-40 minutes, or until the granola is golden. While the granola bakes, toss it gently every 5-10 minutes, so that the oats cook evenly. Add the chopped dates and toss to combine. Allow to cool before eating or storing, as the granola becomes crunchier as it cools. Serve topped with sliced kiwi and enjoy. The post Coconut Kiwi Date Granola appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Aloo Gobi

December 4 2017 Meatless Monday 

Chunks of potato and cauliflower soak up the rich flavors of toasted cumin, turmeric and dried coriander in this traditional dish. Try serving this curry with basmati rice or the flatbread naan for a quintessential Indian feast. This recipe comes to us from Prerna of Indian Simmer. Serves 2 - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds - or - 1 teaspoon mustard seeds - 1/­­4 onion, chopped - 2 tablespoons dried coriander - 1 teaspoons red pepper powder - I teaspoon turmeric - 1 teaspoon curry powder - 1 medium cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets - 1 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes - 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped Place the oil in a medium wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin or mustard seeds and cook for 1-3 minutes, or until they start popping. When the seeds pop, add the onion. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the it turns golden. Season the onion with the dried coriander, red pepper powder, turmeric and curry powder, taking care to stir and ensure all spices are evenly distributed. Add the cauliflower florets and potato cubes. Stir, cover with a lid and turn heat down to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes and cauliflower are al dente. Uncover, stir and cook 4-7 minutes more, or until the vegetables are fully cooked. Divide into 2 portions, sprinkle with cilantro and enjoy! The post Aloo Gobi appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chimichurri Roasted Vegetables

November 27 2017 Meatless Monday 

Cauliflower is roasted golden in the oven while bell peppers are sautéed sweet and fragrant with zucchini on the stove. Parsley, garlic and red wine vinegar make a vibrant chimichurri sauce to sprinkle over this delectable vegetable medley. Serves 6 For the chimichurri sauce: - 1 bunch parsley, stems removed - 1 clove garlic - 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar - 1/­­2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes - 1/­­2 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­­3 cup olive oil For the vegetables: - a drizzle olive oil, for preparing the veggies - 1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets - 1 medium zucchini, sliced - 1 cup bell peppers, sliced To make the chimichurri sauce: Place the parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, black pepper and olive oil into a blender or food processor. Blend until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. To complete the Chimichurri Roasted Vegetables: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the cauliflower florets with a drizzle of olive oil, until the cauliflower is coated. Place the olive oil coated cauliflower florets onto a baking sheet. Roast the cauliflower in the oven for 1 hour, or until the florets begin to turn golden brown. 15 minutes before the cauliflower florets have completed roasting, prepare a large skillet with a light coating of olive oil. Place the sliced zucchini and bell peppers into the skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until the bell peppers become sweet, soft and fragrant. Divide the cauliflower and sautéed zucchini and peppers into 4 portions. Drizzle with chimichurri sauce to taste, and enjoy! The post Chimichurri Roasted Vegetables appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Stuffing Scoops

November 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

No need to cook a whole turkey when a stuffing craving hits. Baking stuffing on its own is easy and delicious. Ice cream scoops make these stuffing servings as adorable as they are flavorful. This recipe comes to us from Donna of Apron Strings. Serves 12 - canola oil spray - 4 cups dry bread cubes - 1 cup vegetable broth - 1 tablespoon butter - 1/­­2 onion, diced - 1 stalk celery, diced - 3 sage leaves, minced - 2 sprigs thyme - 2 tablespoons diced parsley - 1/­­2 cup diced dried sweetened cranberries - 1/­­2 cup diced pecans - 1 large egg Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Prepare an ice cream scoop with a light layer of the canola oil spray. Toss the bread cubes with the vegetable broth and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery to the skillet and cook, stirring intermittently, for 4-6 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to the mixing bowl. Add the sage, thyme, parsley, craisins, pecans and egg to the mixing bowl and mix well, taking care to ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed. Use the prepared ice cream scoop to distribute portions of stuffing onto a baking pan. Transfer the stuffing scoops to the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. The post Stuffing Scoops appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Hendrix College and William & Mary Celebrate “Meatless MonDaiya”

November 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

Hendrix College and William & Mary Celebrate “Meatless MonDaiya”Students and staff on two college campuses were treated to Meatless Monday last week featuring products by vegan brand Daiya! Both Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia celebrated Meatless MonDaiya, a collaboration between Meatless Monday and Daiya that provided a variety of vegan food choices in the campus dining halls.     Among the menu offerings at Hendrix were a vegan enchilada salad, lasagna, and a caprese grilled cheese - made with Daiyas mozzarella-style cheese, tomato, and basil - that was so popular that the cooks could just barely keep up with the demand of so many enthusiastic diners.     William & Marys dining hall at the Sadler Building, which regularly hosts around 1,500 people at dinnertime, featured a global menu with chickpea curry, Caesar salad, and roasted sweet potato arepas with Daiyas jalapeno Havarti cheese and cilantro yogurt sauce. Both locations also featured vegan cheesecake bites as a sweet treat for dessert.     Julie Nance, Campus Dietitian at William & Mary said, Students who had never tasted vegan cheese often stated, I cant tell the difference between this and regular cheese! The initial plan was to only do tabling at one dining hall but because it was successful, the sustainability interns decided to set up a table to offer samples during the evening meal at the other dining hall. At Hendrix, All the stations received high volume and positive feedback from students.  Hendrix Students from the ECC (Environmental Concerns Committee) participated by handing out swag items to campus diners, said Cindy Mosley, Associate Director and Dietitian of Dining Services. As an added bonus for taking part in Meatless MonDaiya, Hendrix ran a hashtag giveaway for free Find Your Happy Plate t-shirts.     The events at Hendrix and William & Mary were great successes for both Daiya and Meatless Monday! The big turnout at both campuses was proof that offering a plant-based menu, even once a week, can still attract plenty of hungry students! If you want Meatless Monday at your campus, get in touch with us to hear how easy it is to make your dining hall a healthier place to eat! The post Hendrix College and William & Mary Celebrate “Meatless MonDaiya” appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Middle Eastern Lentils & Rice

November 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

In this Middle Eastern classic also known as Mujaddara, onions are caramelized until sweet and brown to season the green lentils and hearty brown rice. Cinnamon and cumin complement the caramelized onion to spice this traditional dish which wont break the bank. This recipe comes to us from Anne of Apron Strings. Serves 6 - 1 cup brown rice - 2 cups green lentils, rinsed and sorted - 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided - 3 large onions, sliced - 1 teaspoon cumin - 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon - 1 teaspoon salt - freshly ground black pepper, to taste - 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped - a sprinkle extra virgin olive oil, for serving Place the rice in a saucepan over medium high heat with 2 cups of water and a dash of salt. Bring the rice to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 45-50 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Drain. While the rice is cooking, cover the lentils with 2 inches of water in another pot over medium high heat. Bring the lentils to a boil and continue boiling for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through, but not yet mushy. Drain. While the lentils and rice are cooking, place the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, stirring to make sure the slices have separated and are coated in oil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have caramelized. When the rice, lentils and onions have completed cooking and caramelizing, toss them together in a large bowl. Season the rice, lentils and onions with the cumin, cinnamon, salt and black pepper to taste. Divide the lentils and rice into 6 equal servings. Sprinkle each serving with the parsley and drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil and enjoy! The post Middle Eastern Lentils & Rice appeared first on Meatless Monday.

COP23 Kicks Off in Bonn, Germany and Sir Paul McCartney Raises His Voice for Food Security

November 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

Today marks the beginning of COP23, the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference which puts the spotlight on better environmental practices and global food security. This year, extra focus was put on upholding the Paris Climate Change Agreement which seeks to hold the global average temperature rise to under 2 degrees Celsius. By bringing together a global coalition, COP23 hopes to put forth an agenda that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. The gathering of 23 countries is taking place in Bonn, Germany and was preceded by a video announcement by Sir Paul McCartney of Meat-Free Monday in the UK. The video which also features Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and McCartneys daughters Stella and Mary, Sir Paul explains how going meat-free one day a week can regulate the environmental damage caused by mass animal agriculture: Theres a simple but significant way to help protect the planet and all its inhabitants, and it starts with just one day a week.  One day without eating animal products can have a huge impact in helping maintain that delicate balance that sustains us all. Meatless Monday shares the same mission and invites people to follow a meatless diet on Mondays, setting a healthy example for the start of every week. In addition to having great benefits for the environment, following a plant-based diet is also a great way to improve physical health and prevent chronic diseases. You can watch the video here: The post COP23 Kicks Off in Bonn, Germany and Sir Paul McCartney Raises His Voice for Food Security appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Philly Cheese Mushroom Sandwich

November 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

Philly may be famous for their cheesesteaks, but if a craving hits and you want to keep it meatless, this mushroom sandwich can be just as satisfying! Often found proudly parading as a meatless burger, Portabellas are widely considered the “meatiest” mushroom. This recipe comes to us from our friends at The Mushroom Council. Serves 4. - 4 large Portabella mushrooms, sliced - 1 large red onion, sliced - 2 bell peppers, core and seeds removed, quartered - 2 tablespoons canola oil - 1 teaspoon grilled steak seasoning - 4 Italian rolls, split length wise, toasted - 8 slices provolone or American cheese or 4 ounces processed cheese spread Heat grill to medium, about 365°. Brush both sides of mushrooms, onions and bell peppers with oil and season with steak seasoning. Place on grill and close cover, cook 5 minutes on each side. Remove onions and peppers from grill, thinly slice as desired. Place on aluminum foil and return to grill to keep warm. Remove mushrooms and thinly slice. Lightly toast bun on grill. Remove peppers, onions and mushrooms and combine. Place cheese on each split roll, top mushroom mixture. Turn grill off and place sandwiches on grill with lid closed, 5 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Cut in half and serve immediately. The post Grilled Philly Cheese Mushroom Sandwich appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Baked Applesauce

October 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

When apples hit their peak season they hardly need any brown sugar to sweeten a rustic applesauce like this one. You neednt even take off the apples skins to enjoy this cinnamon sauce on oatmeal, pancakes or straight from a bowl. This recipe comes to us from Patrice of Circle B Kitchen. Serves 12 - a light nonstick cooking spray, for preparing the pan - 8-9 baking apples (3 pounds), cut in half and cored 1/­­4 cup brown sugar 1/­­4 tsp ground cinnamon - pinch of salt - 2 – 3 tablespoons water, if needed Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prepare 2 shallow baking pans with a light layer of nonstick cooking spray. Place the apple halves, cut side down, on the baking sheets and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake the apples for about 30-40 minutes, or until tender. Set aside to cool. When the apples are cool enough to handle, slip the fruits from their skins. Place the baked apples back into the pan, scraping any pulp from the peels. Discard the apple skins. While the apples are still warm, mash them with a fork, stirring in the brown sugar, cinnamon a pinch of salt and a bit of water (if needed) to help scrape up any brown bits in the pan and to lighten the texture of the applesauce. Enjoy warm, room temperature or cold. The post Baked Applesauce appeared first on Meatless Monday.

New York City Mayor Announces Meatless Monday School Program to Tackle Climate Change and Obesity

October 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 15 public schools will offer Meatless Monday as part of a pilot program, with the potential to expand throughout the school system. Every Monday, students in the pilot will enjoy breakfast and lunch menus featuring meatless meals. De Blasio also added a personal commitment to start the practice at Gracie Mansion, his official residence ...we are now going to be instituting Meatless Mondays as well...Were starting a new habit and Im looking forward to it. New York joins a growing group of cities that are reducing meat consumption, with recent Meatless Monday proclamations issued in Pittsburgh, Sacramento, and Vancouver, B.C. Global leaders, including Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have also committed to practicing Meatless Monday. Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come, said de Blasio. He added that both the obesity and climate change crises can be meaningfully addressed by adopting a more plant-based diet. According to research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, scientific adviser to the Meatless Monday campaign, livestock production is a major driver of climate change, contributing to nearly 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Based on predictions, if upward trends of meat and dairy consumption continue, global mean temperature rise will more than likely exceed 2 degrees Celsius, the level that scientists agree we must stay below to avoid the most catastrophic climate change scenarios. In addition to reducing climate impact, diets that favor plant-based instead of animal protein can lower the risk of chronic preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Sid Lerner, founder of The Monday Campaigns and the Meatless Monday movement, said, Were thrilled that NYC schools will participate in Meatless Monday to introduce kids to delicious plant-based options that can create healthy eating habits for life. Congratulations to the mayor for his leadership in taking Meatless Monday into the future, for our health and the health of the planet. The Meatless Monday movement has been integrated into schools, restaurants, hospitals, college campuses, corporations, and communities. Free resources to start Meatless Monday are at www.meatlessmonday.com/­­start-a-campaign. Want to get involved? Contact us today! The post New York City Mayor Announces Meatless Monday School Program to Tackle Climate Change and Obesity appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday in New York City Schools News Roundup

October 24 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday in New York City Schools News Roundup Yesterday’s news that Meatless Monday was coming to 15 New York City schools had the media buzzing! New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took the stage with a group of very excited NYC kids to make the announcement. We’re thrilled to see the good news shared by local and national outlets: Students dine on all-veggie menus as Meatless Mondays hit some city schools – CBS New York Meatless Mondays coming to 15 school cafeterias in Brooklyn – Spectrum News NY1 Brooklyn schools testing meatless Mondays – New York Post 15 Brooklyn public schools to offer all-veggie lunches on Meatless Mondays – New York Daily News Some NYC schools to only offer vegetarian meals on Mondays – Fox 5 Meatless Mondays coming to 15 New York City schools – Washington Post Major Win! 15 Brooklyn Schools Are Going Meatless on Mondays - and So Is Mayor de Blasio – One Green Planet NYC Announces Meatless Monday Pilot Program to Tackle Climate Change and Obesity – Mercy for Animals Fifteen New York City schools to adopt Meatless Monday – Fern’s AG Insider NYC Mayor Institutes Meatless Mondays at 15 Schools – VegNews 15 US schools take Meatless Monday pledge – LIVEKINDLY Want Meatless Monday to come to your school? Download our free K-12 Foodservice Guide to get more information. The post Meatless Monday in New York City Schools News Roundup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Carrot Apple Salad

October 23 2017 Meatless Monday 

This salad serves up healthy helpings of immune-boosting vitamins A and C. Serve it with spicy curries for a delightful flavor contrast. This recipe comes to us from Laura Sampson who writes the blog Little House Big Alaska. Serves 4 For the Carrot Apple Salad: - 4 large carrots, peeled - 3 apples, cored, peeled and cut into chunks - 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice For the almond vinaigrette: - 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar - 2 tablespoons honey - 2 tablespoons almond oil To prepare the fruit: In a food processor fitted with the slicing blade, shred the carrots and apples. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and toss with the lemon juice to coat well. To make the almond vinaigrette: Whisk the apple cider vinegar, honey and almond oil together in a small bowl. To complete the Carrot Apple Salad: Pour over the carrots and apples and toss well to coat. The post Carrot Apple Salad appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chef Fabio Viviani Does Meatless Monday Italian-Style

October 16 2017 Meatless Monday 

Chef Fabio Viviani Does Meatless Monday Italian-StyleMany people were introduced to Chef Fabio Viviani when he was a contestant on the Emmy-winning Bravo competition series Top Chef. His career began years before he became a Fan Favorite and has only flourished in the years since. This spring, Viviani released his latest cookbook, Fabios 30-Minute Italian: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick and Easy Recipes. As a friend and supporter of Meatless Monday he includes many meat-free recipes that are simple enough to make for the first dinner of the week. Anyone familiar with Viviani knows that he isnt merely a chef. Since gaining popularity on Top Chef, he has capitalized on his entrepreneurial spirit and sense of humor to bring his cuisine to as many people as possible, especially home cooks. While cultivating a successful career as a businessman, frequent television guest, and author, he has always focused on recipes that are attainable for anyone aspiring to cook at home (but perhaps a little intimidated by complicated recipes). In February, he launched his YouTube cooking show, Fabios Kitchen, which features several meat-free recipes that are designed to be easy to make in little time. He says: When my wife and I had our son Gage, our lives became really busy. I needed to learn how to make delicious food at home in a shorter amount of time. I wrote this cookbook to teach others how they can make meals in under 30 minutes. As a chef, I like cooking with meat but I also really like cooking with vegetables - its all about how you season the ingredients! The dishes were using for Meatless Monday are packed with flavor - and best of all theyre meat free! Meatless Monday is happy to bring some of Vivianis delicious vegetarian recipes from Fabios 30-Minute Italian to your table. Here are a few of them: Four-Mushroom Risotto with Parsley Salad and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Oven-Roasted Pea Soup with Mint and Mascarpone Dressing Blistered Sweet Pepper and Marinated Feta Salad with Arugula and Quinoa Fabios 30-Minute Italian is available to purchase on Amazon. The post Chef Fabio Viviani Does Meatless Monday Italian-Style appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrate World Food Day by Going Meatless Monday and Eating Local

October 16 2017 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate World Food Day by Going Meatless Monday and Eating LocalToday is World Food Day and one of the best ways to celebrate is to eat local. It seems like the opposite would be true, but supporting local markets is a great way to put money back in the pockets of farmers around the world. Its also a great opportunity to make a great plant-based meal this Meatless Monday! We didnt plan for World Food Day to fall on Meatless Monday, but why not go with it? There are so many reasons to support local farmers on World Food Day. Here are some of the most important ones: o Local farmers are more likely to grow a variety of foods, representing biodiversity and reviving plants that are endangered. That means more flavors and a bigger menu of fruits and vegetables! o Eating local is a great economic choice for local farmers who follow best environmental practices. Buying their products is great for the local economy and healthier for everyone. o Buying food that is available locally means less shipping. That means less fossil fuels used to produce and transport food. In case you needed more incentive to eat locally on World Food Day, Slow Food is giving you another: Beginning today, you can enter the Eat Local Challenge to win a trip to Turin, Italy! Consider it a bonus for doing something great for the worlds farmers. Visit Slow Food to enter to win and accept the Eat Local Challenge! The post Celebrate World Food Day by Going Meatless Monday and Eating Local appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Blistered Sweet Pepper and Marinated Feta Salad with Arugula and Quinoa

October 16 2017 Meatless Monday 

Quinoa is a superstar. With no gluten yet high in protein, its a perfect grain. Its also sneaky, making sure it touches just about every ingredient in the salad so that with every forkful you get a sprinkling or more of quinoa. Hey! it says, You cant ignore me! And who would want to? Here it blends perfectly with honey, dill, fruity olive oil, briny olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, earthy roasted peppers, and creamy, crumbly feta cheese. This recipes comes to us courtesy of Fabio Viviani and is featured in his book, Fabios 30-Minute Italian.  Makes 4 servings - 1 cup red quinoa - 1 pound red bell peppers, sliced thin - 1 pound yellow bell peppers, sliced thin - 1/­­4 cup honey - 1/­­3 cup olive oil - 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved - 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese - 3 tablespoons chopped dill - 1/­­4 cup chopped Italian parsley - 1/­­4 cup chopped Kalamata olives - 1/­­2 cup arugula - Salt and pepperOlive oil Bring a large pot of water, 2 to 3 quarts, to a boil and add a touch of salt. Pour in quinoa and boil for 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit for 3 minutes, then drain. While quinoa is cooking, heat a sauté pan on high heat. Add peppers to the pan and cook for 1 minutes. Toss and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat and add a touch of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss for 30 seconds. Let sit in the pan for 2 minutes, and then transfer to a plate to cool. Mix the honey and olive oil in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, feta, dill, parsley, and olives. Toss to combine. Once peppers have cooled to close to room temperature, add to the large bowl along with the arugula and quinoa. Season with salt and pepper and an additional drizzle of olive oil to bring everything together. 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 32-33. Photo by Matt Armendariz. The post Blistered Sweet Pepper and Marinated Feta Salad with Arugula and Quinoa appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Catches Up With Veestro and Its Newest Menu Items

October 9 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Catches Up With Veestro and Its Newest Menu ItemsHome delivery meals are becoming more and more diverse for a growing audience of consumers. Meatless Monday has been following one such service, Veestro, which offers plant-based meals. Customers can choose from a la carte, meal packs, weight loss programs, or juice cleanses. They even offer a Meatless Monday package for people who are dabbling in meat-free eating but might not be ready to take a full-time plunge. We spoke with Co-Founders Monica Klausner, and her brother Mark Fachler, to discuss the success of Veestro, and what we can look forward to this holiday season. While Veestro is a big hit with vegans and vegetarians - they are past winners of VegNews magazines Favorite Vegan Meal Delivery Service - the company actively courts people who still eat meat, making them an ideal delivery service for Meatless Monday. KIausner shared an email they received from a very satisfied customer who described herself as a self-proclaimed meat eater. She said she was so surprised at the great taste and quality of the food and didnt feel deprived of meat. Klausner explained that, when coming up with new dishes, its all about taste but the best way to introduce newcomers to plant-based eating is with recipes that are familiar. Some of these recognizable gateway meals include Country Fried Chickn (using a meatless stand-in for chicken), Veggie Lasagna, Spinach Pie, and a new Mac n Cheese made with butternut squash, potatoes, peas, panko crust, and chipotle. Long-time vegans and vegetarians seek out more sophisticated offerings like the Quinoa Bake, Beluga Lentil Braise, and Red Curry with Tofu. We try to have enough variety so we can reach a big, wide part of the population, Klausner told us. We want more omnivores and carnivores to eat more plants. If their regular menu wasnt delicious enough, Veestros holiday menu is arriving the first week of November! It will feature new recipes (that are being kept under wraps, but one of them is said to be gluten-free) but regular customers will be thrilled to hear that the incredibly popular Herb Turkey with sides will be coming back. To celebrate Veestros ongoing success and upcoming new items, Meatless Monday is offering our readers a special discount code to use at Veestro. Use the code MONDAY20 at checkout to get 20% a la cart items. Remember to follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to get the inside scoop on even more promotions with Veestro! The post Meatless Monday Catches Up With Veestro and Its Newest Menu Items appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Pittsburgh Hosts Vegan Night with the Pittsburgh Pirates

October 2 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Pittsburgh Hosts Vegan Night with the Pittsburgh PiratesLast Monday, September 26th, Meatless Monday Pittsburgh hosted the first ever Vegan Night with the Pittsburgh Pirates! The event was a great success with over 300 tickets sold. Each ticket included a corner box seat for the Pirates vs. Orioles game, as well as access to the exclusive vegan menu. Guests dined on delicious meatless fare including: - Pretzels, chips and dips (house chips with French onion dip, corn chips with smashed avocado salsa, pretzel sticks with local PA maple mustard) - Power chop salad (kale, cabbage, grilled vegetables, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, pepitas, citrus-dijon dressing) - Ultimate vegan burger (beefless beef patty, lettuce, tomato, dill pickles, vegan house sauce, sesame seed bun) - Buffalo cauliflower with vegan ranch dipping sauceSweet potato tacos (black beans, cilantro, salsa verde, tortilla threads, nondairy sour cream, flour tortilla) - Watermelon and berries for dessert     The delicious meat-free menu was enjoyed by vegetarians, vegans, and flexitarians alike. Everyone left the ballpark full and the Pirates bringing home a win was the cherry on top! The post Meatless Monday Pittsburgh Hosts Vegan Night with the Pittsburgh Pirates appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrate the Best Seasonal Veggies in Your Neighborhood this Meatless Monday

September 25 2017 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate the Best Seasonal Veggies in Your Neighborhood this Meatless MondaySummer is gradually turning into fall, and that means the summer produce season will soon turn into an autumn harvest! If youre eager to do some cooking with fruits and vegetables that are at their peak right now, it helps to do a little research before hitting the farmers market. Make Meatless Monday your first stop! Here are the fruits and veggies that are in season right now: Apples In addition to being a great source of fiber and Vitamin C, apples are loaded with phytonutrients that regulate blood sugar and pectin, which may slow down colon cancer. Cinnamon Ginger Apple Chips Butternut Squash One of several winter squash varieties, butternut squashs thin skin makes it easy to cut and prepare. Butternut Squash Apple Burgers Cranberries Cranberries originated right here in North America and were cultivated by Native Americans for their antibacterial properties, Vitamin C, and ability to fight diseases. Cranberry Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Eggplant The jury is in - salting eggplant does keep it from soaking up too much oil while cooking and becoming spongy. Eggplant Fiesta Ragout Pomegranate When buying the best pomegranate, choose one that seems like its too heavy for its size. Pumpkin and Kale with Creamy Polenta Garlic Garlic provides tons of health benefits with its flavor - its a great source of Vitamins B6 and C, potassium, calcium, and anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative sulfuric compounds that have been studied for treating heart disease and the common cold. Red Pepper Pesto Pâté Smartphone users now have a great option on the go for finding seasonal fruits and vegetables in your area. Download the Seasonal Food Guide - the most comprehensive online database of seasonal food on the internet! You can find the app on the App Store or Google Play by searching Seasonal Food Guide. The post Celebrate the Best Seasonal Veggies in Your Neighborhood this Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Easy Black Bean Burritos

September 18 2017 Meatless Monday 

These burritos are so delicious, youll want to eat them every night - and theyre so easy to make, that you can! Here, canned black bean soup, seasoned with onions, pepper and extra virgin olive oil, get a kick of flavor from smoky chipotle chiles. The beans are stuffed into burritos with tender rice, crisp cabbage, creamy avocado, tangy pico de gallo and lime juice. The result is the perfect meal, all wrapped up into one delicious pouch. This recipe comes to us courtesy of our friends at Goya. Support their “Can Do” campaign in September and October by using their red label black bean soup for this recipe and help support Feeding America and local food banks. Serves 8 - 3 cans (15 oz. each) black bean soup - 1 chipotle chile, finely chopped, plus 1 tbsp. sauce from 1 can (7 oz.) chipotle chiles in adobo sauce - 1 pkg. (20 oz.) large flour tortillas, warmed according to package instructions - 3 cups cooked extra long grain rice - 4 cups shredded cabbage - 2 avocados, chopped (about 2 cups) - 1 cup mild chunky salsa, drained - 2 limes, juiced (about 2 tbsp.) Add black bean soup, chopped chipotle chile and sauce to small pot over medium heat; bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until bean mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Assemble burritos: To center of tortilla, add about 1/­­3 cup cooked rice, 1/­­2 cup beans with sauce, 1/­­2 cup shredded cabbage, 1/­­4 cup chopped avocado, 2 tbsp. salsa and 1 tsp. lime juice. To roll up tortilla into burrito shape, fold in left and right ends of tortilla. Then, holding the closed ends, fold tortilla in half from bottom to top. Using the top layer of tortilla, push filling towards you to compact. Roll tortilla into log and wrap in foil to secure. Repeat with remaining ingredients; serve. The post Easy Black Bean Burritos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Supports Goya’s “Can Do” Campaign to Fight Hunger

September 11 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Supports Goya’s “Can Do” Campaign to Fight HungerMeatless Monday is very proud to join Goya Foods as it launches its new Can Do campaign. The campaign, which kicked off in June, seeks to fight hunger by matching food purchases with donations to those in need. Goya will send food donations to Feeding America for every purchase of a featured product every month. As part of the campaign, Meatless Monday will feature recipes using Goyas Can Do products. Goyas Can Do campaign is part of a long-standing tradition for the Hispanic family-owned company which has always taken pride in giving back to communities. We have always believed in the importance of helping families in need, said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. Since my grandfather started Goya in 1936, we have worked hard to demonstrate the values we hold true to the foundation of Goya Foods and what better way to give back to our country than with the nourishment of a healthy meal. Goya delivers food donations to Feeding America Goyas products provide excellent meat-free protein sources that can be incorporated into countless meals that are perfect for Meatless Monday. As added incentive, the donations made by Goya will be in the name of Goyas retail partners, including the many supermarkets across the country that sell Goya products. The Can Do campaign hopes to donate no less than 600,000 pounds of food to food banks, families and individuals throughout its year-long run. If you want to be part of a great cause, join Meatless Monday in Goyas Can Do campaign and help fight hunger across the nation! This months product, vegan refried beans, is the star of this great recipe: Incredibly Easy Wraps The post Meatless Monday Supports Goya’s “Can Do” Campaign to Fight Hunger appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sweet Loren’s is the Perfect Dessert for Meatless Monday

September 11 2017 Meatless Monday 

Sweet Loren’s is the Perfect Dessert for Meatless MondayA healthy plant-based diet doesnt have to skip dessert! Loren Brill, founder of Sweet Lorens, built her cookie dough company on a healthy foundation. Her four all-natural cookie dough products contain no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors. What Sweet Lorens products do use are whole grains, natural sugar, and high-quality chocolate. Its a health-conscious way to treat yourself on Meatless Monday that wont sabotage your diet! Loren Brill The story of Sweet Lorens explains why Brill focused on using only the best ingredients in her products. After beating cancer, she became very conscious of the foods she ate and their ingredients. To ensure that her own products reflect her personal mission, she doesnt include anything she cant pronounce and sticks to simple, whole-food ingredients in her simple, clean recipes. Brill says: “At Sweet Loren’s, we are on a mission to change the way Americans bake and satisfy their sweet tooth. We’re excited to partner with Meatless Monday and promote our mission to eat better-tasting, better-for-you food while taking care of the Earth. I created a delicious dessert that will pair well with any meatless dinner.  Once a week, you can make a whole meal that is plant-based and completely indulgent!” Sweet Berry Crumble As an added bonus, Brill features additional ways to prepare her cookie dough if youre feeling more adventurous! Check out this video that uses Sweet Lorens new Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk cookie dough to make a guilt-free sweet berry crumble on Meatless Monday. Visit Sweet Lorens web site to see where you can find their products and dont forget to download their coupon for $1.00 off! The post Sweet Loren’s is the Perfect Dessert for Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Interviews Michelle Cardulla

September 4 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Interviews Michelle Cardulla As a citizen of Rochester, artist and educator Michelle Cardulla is an active part of the Meatless Monday cause in Upstate New York. She provides cooking classes and outings for kids as well as recipes for them to take home to their parents, sometimes teaming up with Super Bowl champ Roland Big Ro Williams. We spoke to Michelle about how her efforts are making a difference in Upstate New York and how she hopes to spread even more awareness of Meatless Monday and make Rochester a Meatless Monday city. Meatless Monday: What made you choose the vegetarian lifestyle? Michelle Cardulla: Well, it was actually because of an ex-boyfriend, embarrassing to say. I didn’t eat a lot of meat, but I’m half Colombian, half Italian so there was always meat around, such as chorizo and foods like that. But I love to cook and he was vegan, so I immediately switched. Then I realized that this is better food and the whole concept about Meatless Monday is that it’s good for you, it’s good for the planet and good for the animals. So it happened instantly, and now I’m just hooked and crazy about it. How do you feel about being a vegetarian in upstate New York? We do have several places that offer vegan food that also have meat. But you find out that chefs really love the chance to make vegetarian and vegan dishes if you go a little early or call ahead and request it. There’s one place that we go to with friends, and we call the chef a day in advance and say, “Just cook us whatever you want.” He loves the challenge. All chefs are kind of into it if you give them a little bit of a heads up and aren’t demanding. You also work a lot with kids. How do kids respond to Meatless Monday, or meatless as a rule? We know that kids don’t like rules, but they will do something that might be cool and different and experimental. Is that how you sell it to them? I try to never treat it like a rule. For example, when Im doing an art project with them, instead of Hold the paper the hamburger way I say “the veggie burger way,” and they laugh. So I make it something fun and they ask, “Veggie burger, what do you mean?” I said, “Well I’m a vegetarian so I hold it the veggie burger way.” It’s a win-win, and it’s always positive. Then the food has to taste great. No ones going to say, “I want steamed broccoli.” It’s got to be good. First it has to taste good, then it’s vegetarian or vegan, not the other way around. Otherwise you’ve lost the kids. And involving them in the cooking is probably really fun, because then it’s not just food, it’s a project. Exactly. I did a cooking class a few years ago and we made burritos, which are very easy to make with meatless crumbles and vegan cheese. Everyone got to make their own. Then I told them that there was no meat and no dairy in their burritos and they were shocked. They were quite young, so they’re learning the words Meatless Monday, vegetarian, vegan at an early age and having a great experience. We have a Kinderfarmin event where we take them on a field trip with a picnic and they get to pet animals. I mean, food, animals - you got them! They’ll never forget that. So you just talked about how easy it is to sell kids on Meatless Monday. What about their parents? You know, I don’t really deal with the parents that much. But I try to send them home with little things like a little recipe. Adults are a little bit tougher than the kids because they’re stuck on what they want. You’ve worked with Roland Big Ro Williams, and I think one of the most effective things in the vegetarian scene is having powerful, successful athletes proudly proclaim their vegetarianism or veganism. Has working with athletes such as Big Ro made a difference in this? He’s a hero! He’s a guy who won the Super Bowl. He gets up there and does his speeches, saying “Miss Michelle’s over there cooking up vegan food and I’m a vegan.” That is worth a million dollars. When celebrities say it, when athletes say it, people want to emulate them. They want to be like them. So the more celebrity and sports people saying that they’re vegan, the better. Especially the people with big muscles showing that they’re vegan! What’s your ideal goal for Meatless Monday in Rochester by the end of 2017? First of all, I’d like to make it a Meatless Monday city. I think we can do that because I think I can talk the mayor into supporting it. I also want to get the restaurants involved and continue my programs with kids. Keep on spreading the word and building awareness of Meatless Monday. I want everybody to know what Meatless Monday is. This interview has been edited and condensed. The post Meatless Monday Interviews Michelle Cardulla appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday News Roundup

August 21 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday News RoundupMeatless Monday always has exciting news of its own to share. Once in a while, we like to take a look around to see who else is promoting healthy eating, sustainability, and other programs we can support. This week, Meatless Monday was featured in the articles below as an example of how going meatless once a week can have a positive impact on our health and the environment. Here is a roundup of stories from around the web that will interest anyone who follows our campaign: The New York Times: Weekly Occurrence Meatless Monday made an appearance in the Times Monday crossword puzzle! Recipes for cauliflower parmesan and a mushroom burger are also featured. The Kitchn: Our 2020 Climate Goals Can Be Met with One Dietary Swap More proof that making healthy changes to your diet has an impact on the environment - if the entire country went Meatless Monday, we could reduce greenhouse gases by 16.3 percent by the year 2020. Rodales Organic Life: 5 Ways You Can Eat Healthy on the Cheap Its never a bad time for a how-to on eating healthy on a budget. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables, planning your own meals, and avoiding processed foods are just some of the hints on saving money while making smart food choices.  Meatless Monday is specifically mentioned as one option for a more budget-friendly diet. VegNews: Pittsburgh City Council Adopts Meatless Monday Another major American city has joined the Meatless Monday movement! Earlier this month, Pittsburghs City Council pledged to go meatless on Mondays and encourage their staffs, local businesses, and citizens to join them.   Fortune: How Your Diet Can Save the Planet Fortune magazine takes a closer look at the environmental impact of eating less meat, from how much feed it takes to raise animals to the forests being razed to make room for animal farmland. Consider this fact: Factory farmed animals contribute more to climate change than all the worlds cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships combined.  The growing popularity of Meatless Monday is mentioned as plant-based food options are becoming easier to find, making it even simpler to be healthy and climate conscious. The post Meatless Monday News Roundup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Book Roundup

August 7 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Book RoundupMeatless Monday is always happy to provide new tips and recipes on going meat-free. But were also happy to give great chefs and experts the chance to share their recipes and opinions! This week, Meatless Monday is putting five authors in the spotlight with new books that will help to make vegetarian cooking even more delicious and easy. Love Thy Legumes by Sonali Suratkar Legumes are known to be a great source of protein for people who want to replace meat in their meals, but there are even more benefits to eating them. 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. She also describes how to prepare dried legumes so people can make the switch from the canned and processed versions. With tons of recipes and beautiful pictures, Suratkar is sure to entice any reader curious about one of the healthiest plant-based food varieties! 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot by Jessica Jones, MS, RD, CDE and Wendy Lopez, MS, RD If youre thinking about giving your diet an overhaul, then the 28-Day Planet-Powered Health Reboot might be the cookbook for you! Written by Registered Dieticians 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. They even have a few sweets! Vegan: The Cookbook by Jean-Christian Jury We love this cookbook by Master Chef Jean-Christian Jury so much that were giving it an encore! After a health scare, Jury was inspired to share what he learned during his recovery - how to change his diet to include more plant-based, healthy foods. As the owner of several restaurants around the world, Jury knows global cuisine better than most. Vegan: The Cookbook includes 450 vegan recipes from several different countries such as France, Italy, India, and Papua New Guinea. Read more about it in our feature article from May! Bowls of Goodness: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes Full of Nourishment by Nina Olsson Available (in the US) September 2017 Food blogger Nina Olsson is already well-known for her popular blog Nourish Atelier. Earlier this year, she released Bowls of Goodness in her native UK and this September it will arrive on our side of the pond! The book is 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? If youre an author of a new vegetarian-focused book or you just found a great roundup of meat-free recipes, contact Meatless Monday at info@meatlessmonday.com - we love to showcase new books on our site! The post Meatless Monday Book Roundup appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Golden Pepper & Parmesan Zucchini Pasta

July 31 2017 Meatless Monday 

This unique spin on pasta uses thinly sliced zucchini for noodles and switches up the sauce by featuring golden peppers rather than the traditional tomatoes. The result is a burst of summery flavor in a bowl. This recipe comes to us from Maria of Bean a Foodie. Serves 2 - 2 yellow peppers - 1 clove garlic - 1/­­2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving - 1/­­3 cup ricotta cheese - 1/­­2 tsp salt and pepper - 1/­­4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped - 2 medium zucchini Using a spiralizer or julienne peeler, slice/­­cut your zucchini into spaghetti like strands. Set aside. Pre heat broiled to high and place oven rack on the top most notch. Place both peppers in the oven underneath the broiled. Cook until skins are just blackened and blistered - about 2-3 minutes per side. This happens quickly, so dont leave the kitchen while you broil the peppers. Remove peppers from oven and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, peel away the blackened skin (though you can eat this if youd like a charred flavor). Remove stem and seeds and roughly chop. Place the peppers, garlic, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, salt and pepper into the bowl of a food processor. Process for about 30 seconds. Taste and adjust for seasonings. Process a few seconds more or until sauce is completely pureed. Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add in the pepper sauce and cook for about 7 minutes or until thickened slightly (water will be release from the zucchini when its cooked so sauce should be thick to prevent it from getting to watery). Add in the zucchini and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until zucchini is just barely tender. Toss with chopped basil and any extra parmesan cheese desired. Serve immediately! The post Golden Pepper & Parmesan Zucchini Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sechelt Brings More Meatless Monday to the Sunshine Coast!

July 17 2017 Meatless Monday 

Sechelt Brings More Meatless Monday to the Sunshine Coast!   We are excited to announce that one more community has joined the Meatless Monday bandwagon! Last month, the District of Sechelt issued a proclamation to announce its commitment to the Meatless Monday campaign in recognition of the positive impact on the environment and our health. With the help of Sunshine Coasters for Meatless Mondays, a local volunteer group, Sechelt will now offer up their vegetarian best! With Mayor Bruce Milnes announcement, Sechelt joins Vancouver, North Vancouver, Port Moody and New Westminster in the growing Canadian Meatless Monday community. Citing the three most important reasons to go meatless - improved health, environmental concerns, and the humane treatment of animals - the proclamation is a call to action for local offices, restaurants, and schools to offer meatless meals on Mondays. It states: [R]educing our consumption of animal products and increasing our intake of fruits, vegetables, and legumes have been linked to a host of health benefits and may reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Sunshine Coasters for Meatless Mondays were instrumental in getting Sechelt to adopt the campaign. On their Facebook page, they celebrated the first Monday by listing restaurants participating in Meatless Monday, offering 25 percent discounts on vegetarian and vegan specials. In additional to inviting restaurants, delis, and other local businesses to participate, offices and schools have also been challenged to join the campaign. In order to help Sun Coast citizens go meatless at home, Sunshine Coasters posts recipes and updates on their Facebook page to keep the momentum going. Welcome to Meatless Monday, Sechelt! We cant wait for vegetarian poutine! The post Sechelt Brings More Meatless Monday to the Sunshine Coast! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Cherry Tomato Cobbler

July 10 2017 Meatless Monday 

This easy-going cobbler puts little tomatoes front and center on the dance floor with a tangle of sweet fresh onions. This recipe comes to us from Kim O’Donnel‘s new book PNW Veg. KITCHEN NOTES: Like any fruit cobbler (after all, the tomato is botanically a fruit), there will be some residual juice at the bottom of the dish. You could spoon this juice over the biscuits or coat the tomatoes in a tablespoon of flour before adding to the pie plate to slow the juicy flow. No buttermilk? Substitute 3/­­4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons lemon juice or white vinegar, stirred together. (c) 2017 by Kim ODonnel. All rights reserved. Excerpted from PNW Veg by permission of Sasquatch Books. Serves 6 - 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, well chilled - 2 cups thinly sliced Walla Walla or yellow onion (from about ?1 large onion) - 1 teaspoon fine sea salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon ground black pepper - 2 pounds cherry tomatoes (about 2 pints), stemmed - 1 cup all-purpose or white wheat flour - 2 teaspoons baking powder - 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped (or 1/­­2 teaspoon dried) - 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese - 3/­­4 cup buttermilk - A few dashes of Tabasco or favorite mild hot sauce Measure out 2 tablespoons of the butter, then return the rest to the refrigerator until ready to make the topping. Place the butter in a 9-or10-inch skillet and melt over medium heat, tilting the pan to coat. Add the onion and turn with a wooden spoon or pair of tongs until well coated. Cook until very soft, about 20 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to avoid burning. Season with 1/­­4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/­­4 teaspoon of the pepper. Transfer the onions and any residual butter to a 9-or 9 1/­­2 -inch pie plate and spread around until the bottom of the pan is covered. Slice the tomatoes as needed (larger cherry tomatoes will cook more evenly if cut in half). Layer the tomatoes on top of the onions. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, make the biscuit topping. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, thyme, and the remaining 3/­­4 teaspoon salt and 1/­­4 teaspoon pepper. Cut the remaining 4 tablespoons cold butter into small dice. With your hands, cut in the butter with the tips of your fingers until the mixture looks like fluffy sand. You should not be able to see clumps of butter. (You can also use a food processor, pulsing briefly to incorporate.) Stir in the cheese. Make a well in the center of the flour, then add the buttermilk and hot sauce. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, gently stir the batter until it just comes together; it will be wet and sticky. With a tablespoon, drop the batter all over the tomatoes, gently spreading until the fruit is thoroughly covered. (Dont worry if you miss a spot; the batter spreads during baking.) Place the pie plate on a sheet pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes. The topping should be golden brown and firm to the touch, and the filling should be actively bubbling. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days (if it lasts that long!). Reheats well. The post Cherry Tomato Cobbler appeared first on Meatless Monday.

A First Taste from Meatless Monday

June 26 2017 Meatless Monday 

A First Taste from Meatless MondayGet Ready for VegReady - Delicious New Plant-Based Meals Delivered to Your Door     Flavorful, Nutritious and Convenient Imagine being able to enjoy a delicious, ready-to-eat vegan meal whenever and wherever youd like. Thats the whole idea behind VegReady, a unique new food concept thats launching July 14 th on Kickstarter. VegReady is different for a number of reasons. First, the meals dont need refrigeration, defrosting or cooking. Theyre pasteurized and shelf-stable. So they can be eaten anytime and easily stored at room temperature. Next, theyll be sold online directly to you, rather than through retail stores. This is intended to develop a more personal relationship with each customer. Each meal will cost $7.50 and are ordered in quantities of 10 meals at a time. The meals arrive at your address in reusable pizza boxes. Initial VegReady Meals Sourced from Peru The first VegReady dishes will come from the mountains of Peru, where Quinoa is the traditional high protein dish. Quinoa was referred to as chisaya mama or mother grain by the ancient Incas. The meal will contain deliciously cooked Quinoa, sautéed greens and savory vegetables. Peru was selected because its the first country in the world to have a complete ban on GMOs. Following the initial launch, additional meals will be added with Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, India and Pakistan cuisines. Meals Optimized for Your DNA VegReady plans to work with doctors to offer custom meals created to meet your specific health needs and taste preferences. Theyre also partnering with a DNA analysis firm called 23andme, so your meals can be matched to your individual DNA makeup. Better Health for You - and for the Planet At Meatless Monday, we always welcome new ideas that encourage more plant-based eating. Choosing not to eat meat just one day a week, like on a Monday, decreases your risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and other preventable chronic diseases. Whats more, it reduces your carbon footprint and promotes more sustainable food practices. For you - and the planet - its a win-win. Click this LINK to get on their launch list and save 40% or more! The post A First Taste from Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Ginger Roasted Leeks & Asparagus

June 12 2017 Meatless Monday 

Leeks are sliced paper thin and marinated with lemon juice, soy sauce and freshly grated ginger. Roasted asparagus makes the perfect canvas for the salty sour leeks in a side dish which celebrates springs bounty. This recipe comes to us from JL goes Vegan. Serves 4 - 1 bunch asparagus - 1 leek - juice of 1/­­2 a lemon - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 tablespoon coconut aminos* - or - 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce - 1 teaspoon ginger, grated *Coconut aminos is a soy sauce substitute with 65% less sodium. Found in health food stores. Low sodium soy sauce can be substituted if coconut aminos are unavailable. Snap the bottom ends off of each asparagus spear. Slice the leek in slices as thin as possible with a madoline or a knife. Rinse the leek slices thoroughly. Toss the asparagus and thinly sliced leeks in a shallow dish with the lemon juice, olive oil, grated ginger and the coconut aminos or soy sauce. Let marinate for 20 minutes. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Roast the asparagus and leeks in their marinade for 8-10 minutes, or until the asparagus is cooked to preference. Divide into 4 portions and enjoy on the side. The post Ginger Roasted Leeks & Asparagus appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mediterranean Grain Medley

June 5 2017 Meatless Monday 

This hearty mix of rice and lentils packs an additional protein punch from the addition of peanuts. Flavored with ginger, cilantro and lime, it also features a bounty of summer vegetables including yellow squash, red bell pepper and snap peas. This recipe comes to us from our friends at The Peanut Institute. Serves 8 - 3 tbsp. peanut oil - 2 garlic cloves, minced - 1/­­2 tsp. hot pepper flakes - 1/­­2 red bell pepper, diced - 1 yellow squash, diced - 8 oz. snap peas - 2 cups Beluga lentils, pre-cooked - 1 cup jasmine rice, pre-cooked - 1 2-inch piece ginger, grated - 1 cup peanuts, plain, roasted - 1 bunch green onions - Salt, to taste - Lime juice, to taste - Cilantro, as needed for garnish Heat a sauté pan and add peanut oil. Add garlic and pepper flakes, cook for 30 seconds. Add bell pepper and squash, sauté for 3-4 minutes. Then add snap peas and cook for an additional minute. Add lentils, rice, ginger, lime juice and salt, mix well. Heat the grains for 1 minute then toss in the peanuts and green onions. Serve warm, enjoy! The post Mediterranean Grain Medley appeared first on Meatless Monday.

First-Ever Musical Meatless Monday Event in Baltimore a Great Success

May 29 2017 Meatless Monday 

First-Ever Musical Meatless Monday Event in Baltimore a Great Success Credit: Nellaware Photography  The Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland (BVSM) hosted the first-ever Musical Meatless Monday event in Baltimore at Northwestern High School on Monday, May 1st. The mission of the evening was to expose people to the global Meatless Monday movement in a relaxed and entertaining environment where they could enjoy a meatless meal and learn about the benefits of plant-based eating. Our goal is for people to connect with their inner compassion, their soul, when eating and to understand the important decisions they are making when choosing the foods they eat, said Naijha Wright-Brown, executive director of BVSMD and host of the evening. Credit: Nellaware Photography  The event received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Baltimores Mayor, Catherine Pugh, and exceeded expectations in terms of number of attendees and receptiveness of the plant-based meal and product samples. Two-hundred-fifty guests enjoyed a delicious plant-centered dinner including brussel sprouts, asparagus, brown rice, quinoa, collards, kidney beans and two versions of kale salad. Musical Meatless Monday entertainment featured special guest eco-hip hop artist and vegan raw food chef, DJ Cavem. DJ 5Starr, the students of Northwestern High School, local artist and soulful songstress, Mova Kween rounded out the festivities. Guests heard firsthand about Meatless Monday and plant-based eating from speakers representing Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, City Weeds, and the Humane Society of the United States. With the rousing success of the event, the Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland is planning another bash for later this year. Stay tuned to find out more! Credit: Nellaware Photography  The post First-Ever Musical Meatless Monday Event in Baltimore a Great Success appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Grilled Teriyaki Tofu & Vegetable Shish Kebabs

May 29 2017 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 Kebabs appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Reducetarian Summit Brings Together Advocates to Decrease Meat Consumption

May 22 2017 Meatless Monday 

Reducetarian Summit Brings Together Advocates to Decrease Meat Consumption From left to right: Stephanie Töwe, Greenpeace; Heather Coleman, Oxfam America; Tobias Leenaert, ProVeg International; Peggy Neu, Meatless Monday; Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company The first ever Reducetarian Summit was held last weekend at New York University. The goal of the Reducetarian Summit, organized by Brian Kateman, founder of the Reducetarian Foundation, was to unite prominent environmental, health and animal protection nonprofits with leading foodservice and food technology companies to create a more equitable, sustainable and compassionate food system. Panels covered wide-ranging topics from the role of chefs and foodservice companies in offering delicious plant-based meals to policy and behavioral strategies to encourage the reduction of meat consumption. Meatless Monday, one of the earliest and most popular initiatives, was well represented. Peggy Neu, president of the Monday Campaigns, spoke on a panel that focused on the opportunities and challenges of reducing meat consumption globally. In addition, Becky Ramsing, senior program officer from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, shared the latest science on the health and environmental impact of reducing meat. David Yeung, founder of Green Monday, talked about social entrepreneurship and his efforts in Hong Kong and globally to promote a one-day-a-week vegetarian diet. Becky Ramsing (right) speaks on a panel with (from left) Sharon Nunez (Animal Equality), Maryn McKenna (Author of Superbug), and Dawn Moncrief (A Well-Fed World) Sid Lerner, founder of Meatless Monday, was in attendance along with Or Benjamin, campaign manager of Meatless Monday Israel. Interested in learning more about becoming a Reducetarian? Check out the book The Reducetarian Solution. It features 70 insightful essays from influential thought leaders on how reducing your meat consumption can transform your life and improve the life of the planet. The book also includes 40 delicious recipes from bestselling cookbook author Pat Crocker and has plenty of practical tips for reducing meat in your diet. The post Reducetarian Summit Brings Together Advocates to Decrease Meat Consumption appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan: The Cookbook — 450 Recipes to Savor on Meatless Monday

May 15 2017 Meatless Monday 

Vegan: The Cookbook — 450 Recipes to Savor on Meatless Monday   The global travels of Master Chef Jean-Christian Jury inspired him to write the ultimate kitchen companion on vegan cooking, Vegan: The Cookbook. It features 450 delicious recipes from more than 150 countries. But before Jean-Christian delved into the world of vegan cuisine, he received a startling wakeup call - a heart failure, twice. Years of running several restaurants at the same time, 16-hour work days and a poor diet had finally caught up with the French-born chef. After a few months of recovery, he visited a detox center that specialized in healthy food, fresh smoothies and juices. This enlightening experience transformed his diet and lifestyle. Interestingly, this is the same idea behind Meatless Monday - eating plant-based foods to improve your health. By choosing not to eat meat just one day a week, you reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.   Vegan: The Cookbook - for vegans, non-vegans and omnivores Jean-Christian promotes vegan foods, cooked with fresh ingredients, as a way to keep healthy, age gracefully and prevent many common diseases. His new cookbook offers recipes to satisfy all tastes, representing the cuisines of France, Greece, Italy, Vietnam, China and India. In addition, he explores less familiar fare, such as flavorful dishes from Timor and Papua New Guinea. There is no reason why vegan food cant be as delicious as non-plant-based cuisine. International Master Chef Jean-Christian Jury In 2007, Jean-Christian Jury opened his first vegan restaurant, La Mano Verde, in Berlin, Germany. He received an award for Best Vegan Restaurant on the Planet and was listed as one of Germanys 500 Best Restaurants (Der Feinschmecker 2015-2016).   Expert Guidance, Step by Step For his new cookbook, Jean-Christian specifically crafted his recipes for accuracy and ease of use. He intentionally selected ingredients that are readily available and provides simple step-by-step instructions as well as prep time and cooking time. To help you plan your meal, his book is neatly organized into chapters that cover Starters, Salads, Soups, Main Courses, Grains and Beans, Pasta and Noodles, and Desserts.   Get a Taste of Jean-Christian Jurys New Recipes To whet your appetite, heres a delectable sampler of five recipes found in the Vegan: The Cookbook. Go on and pick your favorite. At Meatless Monday, heres the one we cant wait to try.   Five-Spice Stir-Fried Soba Noodles The post Vegan: The Cookbook — 450 Recipes to Savor on Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vancouver Goes Meatless Monday

May 8 2017 Meatless Monday 

Vancouver Goes Meatless Monday Each and every Monday is a Meatless Monday, but in Vancouver, they want to make it official. Thats why Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed Monday, May 15th, as Meatless Monday Day. In fact, thanks to the efforts of Vancouver Humane Society, Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, New Westminster and Port Moody have all proclaimed May 15th as the day to celebrate Meatless Monday. And this open invitation extends to all restaurants, school cafeterias and health-minded individuals. Every time we sit down to eat, we have the chance to stand up for a kinder, cleaner and healthier community. This is what Meatless Monday is all about and were encouraging Metro Vancouver residents to join us on Monday, May 15th in this effort, said Emily Pickett, VHSs program coordinator. Vancouver has long been forward thinking when it comes to reducing meat consumption. They were the first Canadian city to endorse Meatless Monday in 2013. Today, the practice and popularity of Meatless Monday continues to grow. Currently, 10 Vancouver schools are serving a Meatless Monday menu.   Students Lobby for Cafeteria Menu Change The latest Vancouver school to switch to Meatless Monday is Southerland Secondary in North Vancouver. The foodservice provider, Amaga Foods, worked closely with the schools Meatless Monday Club to implement the new menu. Among the students favorite dishes are Mexican bean burritos, Mediterranean chickpea salad, tofu fried rice and lentil vegetable curry with rice. Colleges and Restaurants Also Propel Meatless Monday As it turns out, the Southerland school students were inspired by a meat reduction initiative at nearby Capilano University. The campus is known for holding a 30-day student challenge to encourage healthier habits, such as eating well and saving water and energy - which are all benefits of going Meatless Monday! Vancouver restaurants are also very supportive of Meatless Monday. Cabrito, a Spanish tapas restaurant, recently introduced a Meatless Monday menu. A local favorite is the $19 sampler of three items - including their popular roasted vegetable sliders. Meatless Monday Right Where You Live Do you have any Meatless Monday news to share from your area? Wed love to hear about it. Just drop us a line at info@mondaycampaigns.org. The post Vancouver Goes Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Tacos with Black Bean Salsa and Tofu

May 1 2017 Meatless Monday 

These meatless tacos are light, fresh and bursting with flavor! They’re packed with veggies and gain protein from the tofu, which soaks up the fruity and subtly spicy ancho chili marinade. This recipe comes to us from Goya, a Meatless Monday partner. Makes 12 tacos For the Salsa: - 1 can (15.5 oz.) low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed - 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced - 1 small red onion, finely chopped - 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro - 1 tsp.low-sodium adobo seasoning - 1 tsp. lemon juice - 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil For the Tacos: - 2 Ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded - 3 tbsp. lemon juice - 2 tbsp. corn oil - 1 tsp. low-sodium adobo seasoning -  1/­­2 tsp. ground cumin - 1 tsp. minced garlic -  1/­­2 tsp. dried oregano leaves - 1 container of extra-firm tofu - 1 avocado - 12 corn tortillas - 1 can (16 oz.) reduced sodium refried beans, warmed according to package instructions (optional) - Lime wedges, for garnish In medium bowl, stir together black beans, tomato, onions, cilantro, adobo, lemon juice and olive oil until well combined; cover and set salsa in refrigerator until ready to serve. Place chiles in medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Transfer chiles and 3 tablespoons soaking water to blender. Add lemon juice, corn oil, Adobo, cumin, garlic and oregano to blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. In bowl, combine chile mixture with drained slices of tofu; cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add marinated tofu and cook, flipping once until tofu is golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side; transfer to plate. Empty the refried beans into a bowl and heat until warm. To assemble tacos, spread heaping spoonful of warmed refried beans onto each tortilla. Spoon reserved salsa on each tortilla and top with two or three pieces of tofu. Serve with lime wedges and slices of avocado. The post Tacos with Black Bean Salsa and Tofu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette

May 1 2017 Meatless Monday 

Grilling the asparagus brings a charred earthy flavor to balance both the sweet citrus segments and the acidity of the vinaigrette. So gather round the BBQ and celebrate spring by chowing down on asparagus tossed with blood orange and shallot. This recipe comes to us from Kristina of FormerChef.com. Serves 6 For the grilled asparagus: - 1 bunch of asparagus, with 2” trimmed off the bottom - 2 teaspoons olive oil - salt and pepper, to taste For the blood orange vinaigrette: - 3 blood oranges - 1 shallot, sliced thin1 tablespoons white wine vinegar - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - salt and pepper, to taste To grill the asparagus: Toss the asparagus in a bowl with the 2 teaspoons olive oil. Grill over moderate heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until asparagus is slightly charred and tender-crisp. Remove the asparagus from the grill and put on a plate. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To make the blood orange vinaigrette: Cut one of the blood oranges in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the skin and the white pith off the remaining two oranges. Over a bowl, cut in between the membranes of each segment to remove the segments from the orange. Reserve the excess blood orange juice as it falls into the bowl. After removing the orange segments squeeze what’s left of the orange to get all the juice out. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the sliced shallots, vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently stir in the blood orange juice and segments. To complete the grilled asparagus: Spoon the vinaigrette over the grilled asparagus. Enjoy either warm or at room temperature. The post Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spring into Fresh Tastes – 14 Seasonal Springtime Recipes for Meatless Monday

May 1 2017 Meatless Monday 

Spring into Fresh Tastes – 14 Seasonal Springtime Recipes for Meatless MondayThe days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer and already its time for seasonal produce to bring its garden-fresh flavors to our tables. Weve rounded up some of our favorite Meatless Monday springtime recipes to share with you this week. Special thanks to our family of bloggers and supporters who contributed these delicious recipes. Enjoy! Spring Vegetable Flatbread Pizza | Mom’s Kitchen Handbook   Green Goddess Avocado Toasts | Feed Me Phoebe   Roasted Asparagus with Gremolata | Kayln’s Kitchen   Spring Vegetable Gallettes | Apron Strings   Spring Ragu | The Meat Free Monday Cookbook   Green Buddha Bowl with Spinach and Asparagus | Driftwood Gardens   Spring Onion, Pea and Mint Soup | Morning Berries   Tomato & Asparagus Salad with Fried Goat Cheese Rounds | Craving Something Healthy   Greek-Style Fava Beans with Dill | California Greek Girl   Fast and Easy Spring Minestrone with Spinach Pesto | JoyFoodly   Farro and Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette | Grab A Plate   California Avocado Ramen | La Fuji Mama   Fava Bean Crostini | A Little Yumminess   Pepper-Stuffed Artichokes | Chickadee Says The post Spring into Fresh Tastes – 14 Seasonal Springtime Recipes for Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chickpea Tacos

April 24 2017 Meatless Monday 

These simple meatless tacos are stuffed with protein and flavor! Seasoned chickpeas are accented with crunchy lettuce, sweet peppers and a bold blue cheese avocado dressing. This recipe comes to us from Sherri and Greg of the blog Watch Learn Eat. Serves 4 - 1/­­2 cup blue cheese dressing - 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and coarsely chopped - 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles - 2 tablespoons taco seasoning - 1/­­4 cup water - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas - 1/­­2 cup diced tri-colored mini sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange) - 8 soft corn tortillas - 1/­­4 cup chopped scallions - 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce Add blue cheese dressing and avocado to the bowl of a food processor. Process on high speed until creamy. Transfer to a bowl and stir in blue cheese crumbles. Place in refrigerator until ready to use. Whisk taco seasoning and water together in a small bowl and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chickpeas and peppers to the skillet and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While chickpeas are cooking, begin warming the tortillas. Heat another large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat until hot. Cook tortillas two at a time for 30 seconds per side, stacking onto a plate as each one is done. After chick peas have cooked for 10 minutes, stir in seasoning/­­water mixture and cook over medium heat for 3 more minutes. Continue to stir occasionally. To serve, fill each tortilla with chickpea and pepper mixture, scallions, lettuce and dressing. The post Chickpea Tacos appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Freekeh Pilaf

April 17 2017 Meatless Monday 

Freekeh is an ancient grain that is newly becoming more popular. It’s made from roasted green durum wheat and is often compared to quinoa due to its high protein content. This pilaf recipe highlights freekeh’s unique flavor and versatility. This recipe comes to us from Tawnie of Kroll’s Korner. - 1/­­2 white onion, finely chopped - 2 cloves garlic, jarred or fresh - 3 tsp. olive oil - 1 cup Freekeh - 1/­­4 tsp. cinnamon - 1/­­4 tsp. ground allspice - 1/­­4 tsp. ground coriander - salt and pepper to taste - 2 cups vegetable broth or water - 2 tablespoons pine nuts - 1 handful of fresh mint, parsley and cilantro, chopped. - 3/­­4 cup Greek yogurt, plain nonfat - 1 1/­­2 tsp. lemon juice Place oil, onion, and 1 clove garlic into saucepan. Sauté on medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Freekeh to pot, and then add the cinnamon, allspice, coriander, salt and pepper. Add vegetable broth or water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered. Then, remove lid and fluff with fork. Stir in herbs, mix well, and top with pine nuts! Wonderful alternative for rice pilaf! Optional: Mix together 3/­­4 cup Greek yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice and top on pilaf. Very tasty!! The post Freekeh Pilaf appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday & Earth Month: Good Food from the Good Earth

April 3 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday & Earth Month: Good Food from the Good Earth Welcome to April, also known as Earth Month. At Meatless Monday, we love this time of year. As the weather turns warmer, our thoughts turn to dark, rich soil and a fresh crop of flavorful fruits and veggies. As you may have noticed, the health of our planet is getting more attention these days. And thats a good thing. More and more people are beginning to realize the substantial amount of energy and natural resources that are required to produce meat. For instance, to produce a single 1/­4 lb. hamburger, you need 450 gallons of water. [1] (You read that right. Its not a typo.) In other words, 7,200 glasses of water for just one burger! No wonder were excited that so many people support Meatless Monday around the world. (Were active in over 40 countries and counting!) Just by choosing to skip meat one day a week, you can make a real difference. In fact, The New York Times recently reported that Americans reduced their beef consumption 19% from 2005 to 2014. And less meat also means less heat. Thats because producing meat creates considerable greenhouse gases, which scientists believe are the primary cause of global warming. In comparison, producing plant-based food requires far less natural resources. In fact, it takes less than 1/­10th the energy to produce plant-based protein as opposed to meat-based protein[2] - a practice thats far more sustainable for our planet. The official Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22nd, but the way we look at it, Earth Day is every day. And we encourage you to do your part. Choose not to eat meat at least one day a week. And if you want to help preserve and protect our planet, pass this article along to your friends and family. Together, lets change the world for the better. To get you in the mood for a new Spring harvest, heres one of our favorite seasonal meatless recipes. Pasta Primavera References: [1] [2]Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future. The post Meatless Monday & Earth Month: Good Food from the Good Earth appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Curry Primavera

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 Philadelphia regional winner and comes from Lauren Moore of A.Phillip Randolph Career Academy. Serves 8 - 1 pound spaghetti noodles, preferably chick pea noodles - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil - 1  medium  onion, diced - 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger - 1 tablespoon minced garlic - 2 tablespoons Indian curry powder - 113.5 oz can coconut milk - 115 oz can crushed tomatoes - 1 medium head of cauliflower (about 3/­4 pound) 12 oz butternut squash cut into bite-sized pieces 1 cup frozen peas -  1/­2 cup chopped cilantro Cook pasta in large pot of boiling, heavily salted water until al dente’. Drain and set aside. While water is boiling, heat oil over medium heat for 1 minute in a medium saucepan Add onion, ginger, garlic and curry powder to the oil. Cook, while stirring regularly, until fragrant and  the  onion  has softened –  about  4  minutes. Add coconut milk, crushed tomatoes, cauliflower and squash to the saucepan. Stir and cover. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until a fork easily penetrates the vegetables Add peas to the saucepan and stir until heated. The post Curry Primavera appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Rainbow Pad Thai

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 Virginia regional winner and comes from Cashé Clark of Virginia Beach Technical and Career Center. Serves 6 - For the Pad Thai: - 8 oz pad Thai noodles - 2 medium-sized carrots, spiralized - 1 zucchini, spiralized - 1 red pepper, julienned -  1/­2 yellow onion, julienned -  1/­2 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced -  1/­2 cup fresh bean sprouts - 1 tablespoon sesame oil - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil - 2 large eggs beaten -  1/­2 cup peanuts, shelled, unsalted, and dry roasted -  1/­4 cup fresh basil, chopped - 2 limes(optional), wedged into 4 pieces - For the Sauce: - 6 tablespoons vegan fish sauce (recipe below) - 6 tablespoons light brown sugar -  1/­4 cup white vinegar - 2 tablespoons soy sauce - 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (chili paste) - For the Vegan Fish Sauce: -  1/­2 cup shredded wakame seaweed - 2 cups water - 2 large cloves garlic, crushed but not peeled - 1 teaspoon black peppercorn - 1/­3 cup mushroom soy sauce - 1 teaspoon red miso paste To Prepare the Pad Thai Place uncooked noodles into a large bowl of cold water to soak for 15 minutes or until tender. Put all ingredients for the sauce in bowl and stir until all ingredients are combined. Combine carrots, zucchini, red peppers, yellow onion, red cabbage, and bean sprouts in a large bowl and set aside. Heat sesame oil over medium high heat in a large wok, add vegetables and stir fry for five minutes or until tender crisp. Transfer vegetables into a large bowl and set aside. Drain the noodles. Set aside. Add vegetable oil to wok, add reserved noodles to hot wok and stir fry quickly, for a minute or two using tongs to toss. Add the sauce and stir fry for two minutes, or until the sauce begins to thicken and stick to the noodles. Push the noodles aside in the wok. Pour the eggs into the wok on the cleared side and let sit for about 30 seconds. Toss well with the tongs. The egg mixture will stick to the noodles and everything will start getting sticky Add in the vegetables, toss together and remove from heat. Stir in peanuts and herbs. Serve immediately with lime; if desired. To Prepare the Vegan Fish Sauce Combine wakame, garlic, peppercorns, and water in a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and return the liquid back to the pot. Add soy sauce, bring back to a boil and cook until mixture is reduced and almost unbearably salty. Remove from heat and stir in miso. The post Rainbow Pad Thai appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spicy Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables

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 Arizona regional winner and comes from Austin Neanover of Glendale High School. Serves 6 - For the Spicy Tomato Sauce: - 1 Small onion, minced - 28 oz crushed San Marzano tomatoes - 1 Tbsp red pepper flake - 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil - 1 tsp basil - 1 Tbsp - 1 Tbsp Honey - 4 cloves garlic - To Taste - salt - To Taste - pepper - For the Spaghetti: - 1 pound spaghetti of your choosing - Roasted Vegetables - 2 Zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes - 2 Yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes 2 I Red bell peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch strips - 1 Red onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch strips - 10 Cremini mushrooms, quartered -  1/­­4 Extra virgin olive oil - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp ground black pepper - 1 tsp basil - 1 tsp oregano -  1/­­2 tsp thyme -  1/­­2 tsp marjoram -  1/­­4 tsp rosemary - 3 cloves garlic - To Garnish: - Parsley, minced - Parmesan cheese Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a bowl, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, teaspoon of salt, teaspoon of pepper, and dried herbs. Lay on baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes or until Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain in a colander. In a saucepan, pour olive oil and tablespoon of red pepper flake until the chilis get aromatic. Add onion and stir until they begin to sweat or become translucent. Then, pour crushed tomatoes, garlic, honey, and basil, stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, In a large bowl, toss drained pasta, roasted vegetables, and spicy tomato sauce. Use tongs or a spoon to gently mix the ingredients until all the components are incorporated and pasta is covered with sauce. Top with Parmesan cheese and minced parsley. The post Spicy Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Three Sisters Stuffed Squash

March 21 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. The grand prize winner is this stuffed squash recipe from Adrián González of the C-CAP program at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. Serves 8 - For the Squash: - 4 large acorn squash - 3 to 4 Tablespoons olive oil - To Prepare Filling: - 2 Tablespoons olive oil - 7 ounces fideo noodles - 1 small brown onion, diced - 1 medium Poblano pepper, diced - 1 small carrot, diced - 1 small zucchini, diced - 3 cups spicy, canned tomato sauce (I suggest El Pato sauce) 2 Tablespoons lime juice (more or less to taste) - 1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed - 1 cup canned black beans, drained - 1 large mango, seeded, peeled and diced - salt and pepper to taste - To Garnish: - Mexican crema or sour cream - 1 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped To prepare the squash, cut each acorn squash in half through stem to bottom; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until tender. This is a good time to make the filling. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the fideo noodles. Stir continuously over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the onion, pepper, carrot, and zucchini. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and lime juice. Cook, stirring frequently until the noodles are al dente. Fold in the corn, beans, and mango. Heat just until everything is warm. Hold warm while you reheat the squash. Turn squash cut side up. Drizzle olive oil over the flesh of the squash; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes more or until heated through. Fill each squash half with one eighth of the fideo mixture. Garnish each with crema & cilantro. Serve immediately. The post Three Sisters Stuffed Squash appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pea and Avocado Penne

March 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Sweet peas are mashed with avocado and toasted pine nuts for an untraditional, yet luxuriously creamy, pesto sauce. String beans, lima beans and penne round out this green-hued pasta to celebrate Spring. This recipe comes to us from Trudy of veggie.num.num. Serves 6 For the pea and avocado pesto: - 1 1/­­2 ounces pine nuts, toasted - 2 cups baby peas, shelled - 1 avocado - 2 garlic cloves, diced - Lemon juice, to taste - 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped To complete the Pea and Avocado Penne: - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 10.5 ounces penne pasta, cooked according to package instructions - 9 ounces green beans, trimmed - 1 1/­­2 cups canned lima beans, drained and rinsed - or - 1 1/­­2 cups fresh lima beans, cooked To make the pea and avocado pesto: Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes, or until the pine nuts become fragrant. Set aside to cool. Place about 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook the peas for 1-3 minutes, or until just tender. Strain, rinse and set aside. When the pine nuts have cooled, reserve a few for garnish. Chop the rest roughly. Place the avocado, pees, garlic, chopped pine nuts together in a large bowl. Drizzle with a few squeezes of lemon juice and mash with a fork until the pesto comes together, but still maintains some variety of texture. Stir in the chopped baby spinach and set aside. To complete the Pea Avocado Penne: Place fill a double boiler or steamer with water over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and steam for 3-4 minutes, or until just tender. Set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the steamed green beans and lima beans, toss to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the cooked penne and mix until combined. Reduce heart to low and add the pea and avocado pesto. Toss until the pesto is evenly distributed on throughout the penne, green beans and lima beans. Divide the pasta into 6 portions and enjoy topped with the reserved pine nuts and a few extra baby spinach leaves. The post Pea and Avocado Penne appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Crustless Asparagus Quiche

March 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Asparagus is sautéed until tender and flavored with young green garlic, which is milder and sweeter than it after reaching maturity. This ricotta quiche is great for groups and healthier without the crust. This recipe comes to us from Colleen of Foodie Tots. Serves 6 - a little oil or cooking spray, for the baking dish and skillet - 2 cups asparagus, chopped bite size 2 stalks green garlic, chopped - or - 2 cloves garlic and 2 scallion, chopped & mixed - salt and pepper, to taste 4 large eggs - 1 cup nonfat milk - 1 cup low fat ricotta cheese Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare an 8-inch square baking dish with a light coating of oil or cooking spray. Prepare a skillet with another light coating of oil or cooking spray. Place the prepared skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the asparagus, stirring once or twice, for 5-7 minutes, or until the asparagus has just started to brown. Add the green garlic or garlic and scallion to the skillet and cook 2-3 minutes more, or until asparagus is partially browned. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together the eggs and milk in a mixing bowl. Fold in the ricotta and stir to combine. Fold in the sautéed veggies and pour into the prepared baking dish. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the eggs are set and puffy. Let cool slightly before serving. The post Crustless Asparagus Quiche appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

March 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

This chocolate avocado smoothie is so simple and versatile. Next time you need a quick breakfast, snack, or even dessert, blend together healthy ingredients like banana, avocado, and cocoa powder into a thick, creamy smoothie. This recipe brought to us by Nikki of Pepperoni Is Not a Vegetable is deliciously-and deceptively-nutritious. Serves 1-2 - 1.5 tsp ground ancho pepper - 1 tsp cinnamon - 1/­­4 tsp sea salt - 2 teaspoons vanilla extract - 1 small avocado, stone and husk removed - 1 banana - 1 cup rice, soy, or almond milk - 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder - 2 ice cubes - 1 scoop (about 1/­­3 cup) protein powder - 1-3 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy dessert. The post Chocolate Avocado Smoothie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Baked Polenta Basil Fries

March 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

Who says fries are always full of fat? Polenta is cut into strips and baked before being served alongside marinara sauce. Sea salt and fresh basil ground together make an ideal sophisticated seasoning as this finger food gets a health makeover. This recipe comes to us from Sherry of Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe. Serves 8 - 1 teaspoon sea salt - 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped - 1 18 ounce package prepared polenta*1 teaspoon olive oil - black pepper, to taste - a little marinara sauce**, for dipping *Found in a roll shape in the Italian section of most grocery stores. **Optional. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Grind the salt and basil together in a mortar and pestle or with the back side of a large knife. Unwrap the polenta. Cut in half, then cut the halves in half. Cut the quarters into slices the shape of French fries. Place the chopped polenta in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss with the basil sea salt and pepper to taste. Place the seasoned fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with a little more salt and pepper if desired. Bake for 20 minutes and flip for maximum browning and beauty. Cook 6-8 minutes more on their other side, or until the fries reach a desired level of doneness. Take the polenta fries out of the oven and place onto a paper towel or brown paper bag to absorb the remaining oil. Serve alongside marinara sauce for dipping, if desired, and enjoy! The post Baked Polenta Basil Fries appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Noodles with Peanut Sauce

March 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

In just 15 minutes, you can have a nourishing vegan meal on the table that is flavorful and packed with veggies. This recipe comes to us from Kristie Middleton and appears in her new book MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live - One Meal at a Time. Serves 4-6 - 1 cup crunchy peanut butter - 4 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari - 2 teaspoons agave or other sweetener - 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce like Sriracha, or more or less to taste - 2 cloves garlic - 1 to 1-1/­­2 cups water - 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil - 4 carrots, chopped into coins - 2 cups broccoli florets - 2 cups frozen edamame - Crushed peanuts or sesame seeds to garnish, optional - 1 16-ounce package of your favorite noodles, cooked according to package - instructions (spaghetti, angel hair, soba, and udon all work well) Add all sauce ingredients to a blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender to combine well. If you like a thick sauce, use less water. Set aside. Steam carrots, broccoli, and edamame for 4 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green. Toss the vegetables with the noodles and pour the peanut sauce over it. Serve sprinkled with crushed peanuts or sesame seeds. The post Noodles with Peanut Sauce appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Meatless Monday!

March 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Meatless Monday!March is always one of our favorite times to sit down at the table. Its National Nutrition Month , where good food and food thats good for you are served on the same plate. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that you Put Your Best Fork Forward, encouraging parents to teach healthy eating habits to their children. At Meatless Monday, we couldnt agree more. The academy also suggests filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Of course, we believe in filling the whole plate with tasty veggies, fruits, nuts and whole grains. In fact, the nutrients in particular foods can actually help with certain health issues. So in celebration of National Nutrition Month, were going to spotlight specific foods each week that have a direct link in helping to reduce the risk of a chronic preventable disease. First up: Whole grains!   Heart Disease - Leading Cause of Death Among Women You may remember hearing about this last month during the American Heart Associations Wear Red event. Its a serious health issue . Cardiovascular disease is listed as the underlying cause of nearly 801,000 deaths in the U.S. each year (about one of every three).   Whole Grains and Veggies Lower the Risk of Heart Disease In a research study , health experts concluded an inverse association between dietary whole grains and cardiovascular disease. In other words, by eating more whole grains, you have less risk of developing heart disease. In a separate study , experts found that a higher consumption of fruit and vegetables is linked to a lower risk of all causes of death, particularly heart disease. Long story, short, whole grains and veggies are definitely heart smart.   Eat Healthy - and Tasty Turns out you can have the best of both worlds: nutritious, flavorful veggies and wholesome tasty whole grains. See some of our favorite recipes below: Sweet Potato Sorghum Salad   Tahini Quinoa Bean Salad   Barley Fried Rice The post Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Meatless Monday! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism to Go Meat Free One Day a Week

February 22 2017 Meatless Monday 

Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism to Go Meat Free One Day a Week Congratulations to Meatfree Monday Korea and the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Today, the Jogye Order announced that they would go meat free one day a week. This is of special significance not only because its the largest Buddhism organization in Korea, but also because its associated with many temples, schools, universities, hospitals and training centers. For 1,700 years, the Jogye Order has helped preserve the history of Korea. Whats more, 90% of Buddhists in Korea are part of this religious order. This new declaration is certain to have a positive result on the personal health of Koreans as well as the environment. The post Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism to Go Meat Free One Day a Week appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Peanut Noodles

February 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

This flavorful peanut noodle dish is not only packed with plant protein, but veggies and enticing aromatic herbs, too. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Pondicheri and is featured as a Meatless Monday special in the restaurant’s New York and Houston locations. Serves 4 - 4 cups /­­ 225 g Chinese thin rice noodles - 3 Tbsp sesame oil - 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped - 2 small carrots, julienned - 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced - 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced on the bias - 1 small red onion, thinly sliced - 2 in /­­ 5 cm piece ginger, julienned - 2 tsp black pepper - 2 tsp salt - 4 Tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine or rice wine vinegar - Zest & juice from 1 orange - 2 Tbsp ketchup manis [Indonesian soy sauce] - 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, ground - 2 Tbsp sambhal olek [Indonesian chili sauce] - 2 Tbsp peanut butter - 2 cups /­­ 135 g spinach leaves, sliced - 1 cup /­­ 340 g purple cabbage, sliced - 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro - 2 Tbsp toasted & chopped peanuts Pour boiling water over the noodles & let them soak for 3-4 minutes. Drain & set aside. In a large wok or sauté pan, heat up the sesame oil & add the garlic. Almost immediately, add the julienned carrots & cook for 4-5 minutes, frequently stirring. Add the red bell peppers & cook for another minute. Turn up the heat & cook, stirring on high for 2-3 minutes. Add the celery, red onions, ginger, black pepper & salt. Cook for just under another minute & add the cooking wine, orange juice with zest, ketchup manis, peppercorns, sambhal olek & peanut butter. Continue cooking at high heat for 2-3 or until the sauce around the vegetables is bubbly. Add the noodles, spinach, cabbage, cilantro & peanuts. Toss to mix, turn the heat off & serve immediately. The post Peanut Noodles appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pistachio Crusted Tofu

February 6 2017 Meatless Monday 

With the right recipe (hint, hint, this one) tofu goes from drab to fab! A pistachio crust seasoned with lemon juice, dill and basil is just the thing to bring this tofu to entree status and wow your guests with a meatless meal. This recipe comes to us from Kristina DeMuth. Serves 8 - 2 packages of extra firm tofu (~14 oz each) - 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water) - 1 cup pistachios (without shells) - 1/­­4 cup lemon juice - 1 tsp dried dill weed - 1/­­4 cup basil (fresh or dried) - 2 tbsp water Preheat oven to 350F. Lay tofu out on a clean towel and lightly press out some of the water. Slice each block of tofu into 4 slices. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for ~15-20 minutes in the oven. (Optional to place the tofu on a skillet and lightly cook them over medium heat). In a bowl combine the ground flax with water. Allow it to sit for several minutes to thicken. In food processor, lightly pulse the pistachios until desired texture. Avoid overly blending if you don’t want it to be super fine like flour. Pour the pistachios into the bowl with the ground flax. Blend together the lemon juice, dill, basil, and water. Then pour this picture into the bowl with the pistachios and flax and stir with a spoon. Remove the tofu from the oven and coat the tops with the pistachio mixture. Be sure to distribute evenly. Place the tofu back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is desired texture. Avoid burning the crust. Serve the tofu with a side of leafy green veggies, roasted vegetables, and sweet potatoes or with my lemon quinoa sweet potato salad. Visit Kristina DeMuth’s website for the pictured Lemon Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad. The post Pistachio Crusted Tofu appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Super Snack for Super Bowl – Giveaway Alert!

January 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

Super Snack for Super Bowl – Giveaway Alert!Pistachio Chewy Bite Chex Mix by Spork Foods is just what the referee ordered to keep your hunger at bay! And right now our friends at Pistachio Chewy Bites are giving away a prize pack of their product for your Super Bowl snack-a-bration! All you have to do is follow @meatlessmonday @sporkfoods @pistachiochewybites on Instagram and tag your friends when you see the image below for a chance to win. The more friends you tag, the more entries you get! The winner will be announced on Wednesday February 1st at 4pm. Good luck!   Pistachio Chewy Bite Chex Mix is a finger food game changer – crispy, crunchy, salty and sweet, with pistachios and tangy cranberries. Not only that, pistachios are certified by the American Heart Association Food Certification Program so you know theyre good for you. The Pistachio Chewy Bite Chex Mix recipe was created by sister chefs Jenny Engel and Heather Bell of Spork Foods, a gourmet vegan cooking school based in Los Angeles, CA. Theyre also chef ambassadors for Setton Farms, the family-owned business that makes Pistachio Chewy Bites. Enter to win your super supply today by going to Instagram and following @meatlessmonday @sporkfoods @pistachiochewybites and tagging your friends. The post Super Snack for Super Bowl – Giveaway Alert! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Show Some Love in February, ‘Go Red’ for American Heart Month

January 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

Show Some Love in February, ‘Go Red’ for American Heart Month This Friday, February 3rd, marks the American Heart Associations 14th annual National Wear Red Day. This life-saving event raises awareness of heart disease - the leading cause of death among women - by encouraging people to wear red and discuss ways to prevent this chronic disease. At Meatless Monday, we take this issue to heart. So much so, we believe that attention to heart health should be kept top of mind all year-round. And participating in Meatless Monday is an easy and effective way to do just that. According to doctors, one of the top ways to decrease your risk of heart disease is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. For many, this means reducing the amount of meat consumed each week and replacing it with vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. In fact, eating less meat and more fruits and veggies also lowers your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. To get an idea of your current heart health, you can take a simple online test from the AHA called Lifes Simple 7 . In addition to diet, you can also help prevent heart disease by controlling your cholesterol, managing your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your blood sugar and, of course, quit smoking. Well also give you a hand. Want to really bring home the message of heart healthy eating? Then download our free Comfort Food Heart Healthy Cookbook . Inside youll find 11 deliciously satisfying meatless recipes. Comfort food so good, youll love it with all your heart! The post Show Some Love in February, ‘Go Red’ for American Heart Month appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Lucky Meatless Recipes to Start the Chinese New Year

January 23 2017 Meatless Monday 

Lucky Meatless Recipes to Start the Chinese New YearThe Chinese New Year begins this Saturday to usher in the Year of the Rooster. This annual tradition originates from a timeless legend about a deadly beast who could only be frightened away by loud noises, bright lights and the color red. The vibrant festivities take place not only in Mainland China, but also in areas with significant Chinese populations, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Chinese year is based on the lunar calendar and the animal for each year is assigned by Chinese astrology. In fact, if youre interested, check out these additional Chinese New Year tidbits. This two-week celebration is full of family, fun, and, of course, great food. Special dishes are prepared that are said to bring prosperity and good fortune in the New Year. The classic Chinese dumplings, which can be made with just vegetables, are always a favorite. And Spring Rolls have a pale yellow color that resembles gold bars. Theres also good fortune fruit, such as oranges and tangerines, that are always very popular. We invite you to enjoy some of these wonderful meatless recipes below and wish you good fortune and great prosperity in the coming Chinese New Year!   Longevity Noodles, Driftwood Gardens    Tea Eggs for Chinese New Year,  She’s Cookin’ Soy Nuggets in Chinese Garlic Brown Sauce, Simply Vegetarian 777 Vegetarian Chinese Dumplings in Soup, An Exercise in Trivial Pursuits Honey, Soy, and Ginger Stir-Fry, 40 Plus and All is Well Stir Fry Spicy Green Beans, Easy Cooking with Molly Vegetable Spring Roll, Bok Choi and Broccoli For more recipes to help you celebrate a meatless Chinese New Year, visit our Pinterest board or the Meatless Monday recipe archive! The post Lucky Meatless Recipes to Start the Chinese New Year appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Kathy Freston Dishes on New Cookbook — The Book of Veganish

January 16 2017 Meatless Monday 

Kathy Freston Dishes on New Cookbook — The Book of Veganish Kathy Freston is a writer and plant-based diet advocate. Her latest book is The Book of Veganish, which is packed with plant-based recipes and interesting facts about eating less meat. We chatted with her to learn more about her remarkable new book.   You were interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011, the same show where Oprah announced she would be implementing Meatless Monday in the Harpo cafeteria. The word veganish popped up a few times during the interview. Is this a concept youve been thinking about for a while? Yes, I think when most people hear the word vegan, and if they grew up like me eating chicken, hamburger and steak, they think vegan is so restrictive. Like oh my god, all my favorite foods are going away. Ill never be able to eat cheese fries again. Veganish takes the pressure off to be absolute. Theres this joy and relief to explore other food choices.   The whole feel of your book is so fun and hip. Was it put together with millennials in mind? Absolutely. Young adults are the ones who have the world in their hands. They want to make a difference. And eating less meat is one of the most focused ways to have a meaningful life - for the environment, for animals and for your own human health and your family. The book is meant to be happy! To be fun and inspiring. I love that most of the book is young adults weighing in. Theyre young fresh voices. You really get a sense of this growing community.   Lets talk about the recipes. What was your goal in putting this collection together? Robin Robertson is the chef who wrote the recipes. Shes all about comfort food, speed and taste. For me, protein was the most important thing. Even though protein intake is not a problem in vegan diets, most people are still obsessed with it. So our goal was to get as much protein as possible and to get the veggies so they tasted good and werent boring. And Robin rocked it! You can make everything in 10 to 20 minutes using simple ingredients you have around the house.   We love that so many of the recipes are one pot meals. Apparently millennials arent even eating as much cereal these days because of the clean up! Right. Whats nice is that a lot of the recipes are one-dish meals and are also great for leftovers. You can pack them and take them to the office or to class the next day.   What recipes would you suggest for newbies? Either someone new to veganism, or someone who wants to introduce their friends or family to meatless eating via Meatless Monday? The mac and cheese is so comforting. And I love the tacos, theyre really meaty. Theres also a great burrito with tons of protein and some spinach or kale. Its just really hearty!   Sounds like Mexican food is where its at! Thanks for chatting, we cant wait to cook up these dishes! The post Kathy Freston Dishes on New Cookbook — The Book of Veganish appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Red Cabbage with Orange & Apple

January 9 2017 Meatless Monday 

Red cabbage is chopped into ribbons and tossed with red wine vinegar, honey, coriander, soy sauce and chili powder for a sweet-sour-spicy flavor. Green apples soak up this delectable sauce, before this fruit veggie medley is topped with freshly grated ginger. Try this dish on the side in place of coleslaw. This recipe comes to us from Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul. Serves 4 - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1/­­2 head red cabbage, washed & cut into ribbons - salt, to taste - 1/­­2 onion - 1 clove garlic, minced - 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar - 1 teaspoon honey - 1 bay leaf - 1/­­2 teaspoon ground coriander - 1 teaspoon low sodium tamari or soy sauce - 1 teaspoon red chili powder - 1/­­2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice with pulp - 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cubed - 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated - fresh black pepperorange slices*, for garnish Place the olive oil in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4-6 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften. Add the red cabbage ribbons, sprinkle with a little salt, stir and cover. Cook the cabbage for about 2 minutes, or until the cabbage begins to soften. Uncover the pot and coat the cabbage with the vinegar, honey, bay leaf, coriander, tamari or soy sauce and chili powder. Stir thoroughly, turn down heat to medium-low and cover again and cook 4-6 minutes. Uncover and pour in the orange juice, orange pulp and apple cubes. Cook about 10 minutes more, or until the cabbage has reached desired tenderness. Taste for seasoning and adjust to preference. Serve hot or warm, sprinkled with freshly grated ginger and black pepper. Garnish with sliced oranges, if using, and enjoy! The post Red Cabbage with Orange & Apple appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese Bake

January 2 2017 Meatless Monday 

Say cheese, because you’ll be smiling after tasting this Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese recipe. This recipes uses sweet potatoes to replace some of the cheese, making it a healthier choice. This recipe comes to us from Tawnie of Kroll’s Korner. Serves 4 For the mac and cheese: - 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed - 13 ounces elbow macaroni noodles (whole wheat or gluten free, if preferred) - 1/­­2 large onion, diced - 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped - 4 garlic cloves, chopped - 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 1/­­4 cup all- purpose flour - 2 cups fat free milk - 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard - 1 teaspoon red pepper chili flakes - 6 ounces of four cheese blend - Salt and pepper, to taste   For the Breadcrumb Topping: - 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs - 1/­­4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese   Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Bring a medium pot of water to boil and add in the sweet potato that has been peeled and cubed up. Boil sweet potato for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain sweet potatoes and then mash well. You should have ~2-2.5 cups of sweet potato. Next, cook the elbow noodles according to the package. While pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large pan with onion and garlic. Cook for about 4-5 minutes over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 30 seconds and then slowly pour and whisk in the milk and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and continue to whisk. Mixture should begin to thicken after 3-5 minutes. Bring heat to low and mix in the mustard, salt, pepper, red pepper chili flakes, cheese and sweet potato. Stir well and then remove from heat. Add in the noodles and mix in well. Taste and adjust any seasonings you may want extra. Pour in a oven safe casserole dish and top with panko crumb/­­Parmesan cheese mixture. Place in oven, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes, or until it gets bubbly. Serve warm and enjoy! The post Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese Bake appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegetarian Hoppin’ John

December 26 2016 Meatless Monday 

Though traditionally made with ham or bacon, this vegetarian version of the traditional January dish Hoppin’ John doesn’t lack for flavor! Serve it up this New Year’s day for a bountiful year to come. This recipe comes to us from Robin Robertson, author of the forthcoming book Veganize It! Serves 4 - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped - 1 cup long-grain brown rice - 2 cups water or vegetable broth - Salt - 3 cups cooked or 2 (16-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed - 3 cups chopped cooked collard greens - 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained (optional) - 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke - 1/­­4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperVegan sour cream, to serve - Tabasco sauce, to serve Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and water or broth and bring to a boil. Add salt to taste (the amount of salt needed depends on the saltiness of your broth or if you use water). Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes.  About 15 minutes into the cooking of the rice, stir in the cooked black-eyed peas. When the rice is cooked, stir in the cooked chopped collards, tomatoes (if using), Liquid Smoke, and black pepper. Add more salt, if needed. To serve, spoon into bowls and accompany with vegan sour cream and Tabasco sauce at the table. The post Vegetarian Hoppin’ John appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Veggie Pot Pie

December 19 2016 Meatless Monday 

Satisfying and warm, this veggie pot pie is the perfect dish for a cold winter night. Seasoned with curry and turmeric, this dish’s unique flavor brings a twist to an otherwise ordinary evening. This recipe comes to us from Chelsey of C It Nutritionally. Serves 8 - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil - 1 garlic clove, minced well - 1 cup onion, chopped - 3 cups mixed veggies, chopped, fresh or frozen and thawed (such as carrots, celery, onion, peas, corn, and string beans) - 1 1/­­2 cups mushrooms, sliced - 1 1/­­2 teaspoons whole wheat flour -  2/­­3 cup milk -  1/­­2 -1 teaspoon black pepper -  1/­­2 teaspoon curry powder -  1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric - Pinch of red chili flakes - Pinch of salt - 32 ounces vegetable stock - 1 15-ounce can great Northern beans or white cannelloni beans - 2 bay leaves - Optional: 8 servings puff pastry* & egg wash (1 egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water) In a large soup pot heat oil and garlic over medium heat. Once pan is completely hot, add onions and mixed veggies. Saute until onions begin to appear translucent. Then add mushrooms and continue to cook until they soften. Add flour and milk and stir until combined. Add spices and stir to combine. Add stock, beans and bay leaves to the soup and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Allow to cook on low heat for about 20 minutes, until soup begins to thicken, and up to an hour. Taste, and adjust spices to your preference. Serve immediately, or allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy! For puff pastry topping*: Follow package instructions and allow the puff pastry to thaw. Once you are able to work with it, outline the shape of your oven-safe bowl and cut the puff pastry to size. Brush with water or egg wash and bake for about 25-30 minutes (follow package instructions). The post Veggie Pot Pie appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Pumpkin Sage Goat Cheese Lasagna

December 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

If you couldn’t resist stocking up on winter squash as the farmers’ market season comes to a close, this is the recipe you need to use it all up. Seasoned with sage, coconut milk and white wine, it’s a satisfying winter meal that’s fit to feed a crowd! This recipe comes to us from Lauren of The Salty Tomato. Serves 6 For the sauce: - 2 cups pureed orange pumpkin/­­squash or 2 cups chopped orange hard squash like butternut, kobocha or spaghetti - 1 sprig fresh sage (3-4 leaves) - 8 ounces coconut milk - 1-3 cups water - 1/­­4 cup white wine - 1 tablespoon concentrated vegetable stock or 1 bullion cube - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon ground black pepper For the lasagna: - 12 whole wheat lasagna sheets (whole wheat is really tasty in this recipe) - 11 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled - 8 ounces (1 large ball) mozzarella, sliced - 1 sprig sage (optional garnish) Combine all sauce ingredients in a pot. Add enough water to cover all ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 30-45 minutes. If using raw squash simmer until squash is fork tender. Remove sage sprig. Blend sauce with an immersion blender or in a stand blender until smooth. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch dish with olive oil. Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil with a splash of olive oil. Cook lasagna in 3 batches. Add 4 lasagna sheets to boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. (See notes) Coat bottom on dish with sauce. Top with 1/­­4 of the crumbled goat cheese. I use a fork to scrape goat cheese from package. Place lasagna sheets on top of sauce in line with the short side of dish. Coat lasagna sheets with sauce. Layer with half of the mozzarella. Top with 1/­­4 of crumbled goat cheese. Repeat boiling lasagna sheets, sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese. Top will final layer of boiled lasagna sheets. Cover with sauce and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese. Place sage sprig in the middle of the dish for garnish. (Optional) Bake for 40 minutes Allow to rest on counter top for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy! The post Pumpkin Sage Goat Cheese Lasagna appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Three New SoCal Restaurants to Get Your Meatless Monday Fill

December 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

Three New SoCal Restaurants to Get Your Meatless Monday FillReality TV has certainly helped put Orange County, CA on the map. But if you prefer to dish with superbly prepared meatless meals, these three restaurants are our recommended Specials of the Day.   True Seasons Organic Kitchen 5675 East La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807   The True Seasons menu offers organic hot pot cuisine (Shabu-shabu) alongside their irresistible all-organic wraps, salads, bowls and desserts. Each menu selection originates from local famers and quality vendors with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are completely organic and GMO-free. In fact, Chef Saifon can often be found at the local produce markets, selecting unique and exotic vegetables for her renowned recipes. Perhaps thats why True Seasons was recently named one of Orange Countys Top 10 Best New Restaurants by Orange Coast Magazine.   True Seasons represents dining as a GMO free, truly organic food experience. We know many of our customers are vegan and vegetarian, so were excited to support the Meatless Monday movement and showcase some of our meat-free items. – Chef Saifon, True Seasons Organic Kitchen Vegan Lemongrass Soup by True Seasons Organic Kitchen Try the True Seasons recipe for Vegan Lemongrass Soup!   o o o   Green2Go - Burgers, Salads & Bowls 2435 East Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92821   Green2Go is redefining the way Americas favorite meals are made. Imagine a deliciously healthy take on tacos, rice bowls and more. In addition to their tasty variety of meat-free specialties, they feature a healthy kids menu, not to mention an on-the-go food truck. Every step on their farm-to-fork path is designed with sustainability in mind.   The team here at G2G loves what Meatless Monday stands for and is honored to support this important movement. Many of our food items are meat-free and were delighted to share these with our health-minded customers. – Anita & Joulia, G2G co-founders   House Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Farro Salad by Green2Go   o o o   Jimmys Famous American Tavern 3325 East Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92823   Jimmys Famous American Tavern serves up modern American regional cuisine with an artisanal point of view. This means the food is freshly prepared, hand crafted in small batched, made with high quality ingredients and cooked with traditional methods. Theyre self-described as comfort food for the foodie. Respecting customers who dont eat meat, they provide a flavorful selection of meat-free dishes and will gladly remove meat products from any menu item upon request.   The post Three New SoCal Restaurants to Get Your Meatless Monday Fill appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes Meatless Monday

December 9 2016 Meatless Monday 

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Meatless Italian Food for a New Generation

November 28 2016 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Italian Food for a New GenerationWe’re always on the lookout for new twists on meatless eating, so we couldn’t possibly resist registered dietitian Alexandra Caspero Lenz‘s new cookbook “Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation.” After all, it’s a book about pasta! We asked Lenz what’s new about the recipes her book provides. Tell us a little about your background. What makes you so passionate about vegetarian and Italian food? I grew up with an Italian father and Danish mother, so food was (and is) the center of everything. We were the family that was talking about lunch at breakfast. My mom adapted most of my Dad’s family meals for busy weeknights, and we enjoyed Italian food most days of the week. Of course, I didn’t realize it was a different cuisine, it was just the food I grew up with. I went vegetarian in high school on a whim, then picked it up again in college after reading “Diet for a Small Planet” in an ethics class. My vegetarian beliefs have evolved over the past decade, while I was at first interested in the nutrition aspect, now I’m much more passionate about the animal rights and environmental impacts. My goal is to show that plant-based Italian food is satisfying, wholesome and mouth-watering. The title of your book is Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation. Whats different about these recipes that will appeal to this new generation? To me, the new generation is interested in plant-based eating, even if they don’t consider themselves “vegetarian” or “vegan”. This book aims to show that the Mediterranean way of eating naturally incorporates a lot of plants, without feeling forced or different. The new generation is looking for healthy, quick meals that don’t require hours in the kitchen. Italian food lends itself very well to being meatless but it also has a reputation for being indulgent. How did you reconcile these two concepts to deliver healthy meatless meals? Exactly, that’s what I wanted to dispel. Traditional Italian cuisine, while not vegetarian, is heavy on plants. Lots of antipasti, cortoni (side dishes) and pasta with in-season produce. That’s how I grew up eating; we never had alfredo sauce and rarely enjoyed heavy dishes. It was mostly spaghetti with a variety of vegetables. Most of the recipes in this book follow my nutrient-density approach to food. Yes, I ate pasta daily, but it was rarely in excess. Instead of cups and cups of pasta, we were served a smaller portion, rounded out with vegetables and legumes. What are your favorite recipes to recommend to someone whos new to eating meals without meat? I love meals that are naturally vegetarian, that don’t feel forced or trying to replicate a familiar meat dish. I don’t rely much on mock-meats, but instead like to get my protein from beans, lentils, tempeh and tofu. My caramelized onion fettuccini is really rich and satisfying, thanks to cooking onions on low until they almost fall apart. With the holidays coming up, what recipes do you recommend that provide something special without relying on meat? I like presenting recipes in a unique and show-stopping way, much like we approach main meat dishes. For the holidays, this usually looks like a vegetable wellington, stuffed squash or my wild mushroom lasagna in the book. Each is a special meal and looks gorgeous on the holiday table! Looking for a unique holiday gift? Check out Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation and inspire a friend or family member to go meatless without giving up their favorite Italian food. The post Meatless Italian Food for a New Generation appeared first on Meatless Monday.