Posts tagged ‘vegetarian’

July 18, 2011

meatless monday on the grill

Around three weeks ago now, I shared with you an easy peasy meatless monday meal with the thought that I would attempt to do a dinner every Monday that highlighted something easy, meat-free and delicious so you can celebrate Meatless Monday as well!  Well, three weeks passed and I never gave a second thought to it – whoops.  Obviously there was the 4th of July that was distracting and who knows what was happening last Monday haha (actually it was the day after Kinley’s 1/2 so I think our minds were both somewhere else!).  Thanks to Kinley for remembering my original plan, I am back at it this Monday!  Well, I should say she is back at it since she made dinner last night after a quick bike ride to the grocery store to pick up a few items.

The best part about this meal?  It only requires a handful of ingredients that are easy to have on hand for any quick weeknight meal.  And not only a few ingredients, but CHEAP ingredients!

Grilled Baked Bean Potatoes

  • baked potatoes
  • vegetarian baked beans
  • nutritional yeast (a cheesy tasting topping found in the health food aisle – it might look scary, but it’s delicious!)
  • salad (or other vegetable)
  • any other baked potato toppings you desire

1. Preheat your grill and wrap the (washed) potatoes in aluminum foil.

2. Bake on the grill for about an hour, moving around occasionally until baked through.  Take off the grill.

3. Heat up the baked beans on the stovetop.

4. Unwrap the baked potatoes and place on a plate.  Cut a slit in the top and fill with nutritional yeast and the baked beans (or you can eat on the side if you wish).  Serve with a salad or any other side vegetable – possibly one from your garden!

You can obviously make a ton of alterations to this idea.  Different beans, vegetables, bbq sauce, ketchup, earth balance, salt, etc.

And since the grill is heated up already, you might as well put on a few Chocolate Marshmallow Stuffed Grilled Bananas for dessert.

Enjoy!

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June 27, 2011

easy peasy meatless monday

Kinley is convinced she started the Meatless Monday craze.  She has been following it (almost constantly) for close to a decade – who knows where she comes up with these things?  Just recently I noticed two communities who are taking on a day without meat – whether or not it’s on a Monday it still has a positive effect on our environment (and waistline – their words, not mine)!  Aspen, Colorado is the first city in the US to adopt Meatless Monday.  Restaurants, hospitals, schools and organizations are coming together to make this happen!

Ghent, Belgium has adopted Meatless Thursdays for over the past two years – with the town council proclaiming (although not mandating) living a day without meat.

Ghent has obviously been successful in their attempt, and hopefully Aspen will follow suit.  Aspen’s initiative just started this month and I feel that the more restaurants they get on board, the more popular it will become.  I will never preach to anyone that they have to become a vegetarian, it’s not how I roll.  I certainly do not like to be told what to do so would never do that to anyone else.  I will however share amazing and meatless meals on my blog because they are delicious and it’s how I eat.  So if you’re up for trying out just one meatless meal (or day) per week, this should be on your menu ;).

Veggie Fried Rice recipe adapted from Daily Garnish

  • 1/2c – 1c dry brown rice (I only had 1/2 cup so that’s all I used, so depending on how many people you’re serving increase the amount 1/4c per person)
  • 1-2T oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans (or edamame)
  • 2T liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 egg
  • salt (to taste)
  • sesame seeds, optional

1. Cook the dry rice in either a rice cooker or on the stove top.  You can even do this the night before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready.

2.  Place half of the oil in the bottom of a large non-stick pan headed over medium-high heat (I used one shaped like a wok, but use anything you have!)

3. Into the pan, add the rice and cook for a few minutes to give it a ‘fried’ texture.

4. Add the carrots and frozen veggies and cook through.  It took awhile to get my carrots cooked, so if time is an issue and you don’t want crunchy carrots, pre-cook them for a few minutes.

5. Mix in the liquid aminos (or soy sauce) as well as the sesame seeds.  Create a hole in the center of the rice mixture.

6. Add the egg to the center and scramble it into the rice mixture.

7. Serve with chopsticks!

Worried about protein while eating vegetarian?  Don’t be.  The rice along with the peas creates a complete protein, and the addition of the egg increases it even more!  If you were to use edamame, that is considered a complete protein in and of itself as well.  I actually think I eat more protein now than when I used to include meat in my diet, mainly because I am more conscious of it and love experimenting with combinations of different grains and beans!

June 8, 2011

what i ate wednesday #3

WIAW is making weeks go WAY too fast… haha.  It seems like I was just eating last week’s food!  Unfortunately, storms were in the forecast throughout the day today so my pictures had to be taken inside – so please forgive their darkness!  I tried to find all of the natural light I could get ;).

Breakfast:

OIAJ “Oatmeal in a Jar”

The creamy and chunky peanut butter jars from the PB&J Bar were almost gone, so Kinley and I both got to have our oatmeal in one!  Hers in the creamy jar, mine in the chunky.  This is seriously the most delicious thing ever.  Steel-cut oats with chia and a cut-up banana mixed in after cooking, topped with Quinoa Granola (Kinley made this, I’ll see if she wants to do a guest post on it in the near future, or make a batch myself ;) ).

I also had a glass of Green Plant Juice from Trader Joe’s.  As long as you can get over drinking the color, you can only taste the fruit juices in it and get all of the added benefits of green superfoods!

Mid-Morning Snack:

Fuji Apple

Lunch:

Leftover Mexican Lime Millet Succotash

Baby Carrots + Smoothie (made this one but subbed unsweetened chocolate almond milk + added spinach)

Afternoon Snack:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Lärabar and an Orange

Dinner:

Potato and Kale Enchiladas from the Veganomicon cookbook and Trader Joe’s Refried Beans

Not only was my day entirely dairy-free, it was completely wheat/gluten free as well!  Kind of a mexican-inspired lunch and dinner combo, but they both tasted entirely different – and really, there’s nothing wrong with too much mexican food, right?