Beginning this week, I am starting what I hope will become a regular feature of this blog — ideas for Meatless Mondays. Whether you’re a meat eater or not, if we all consume less meat, we will do the planet good. And our bodies. If you’re a meat eater, I hope this will give you some ideas on eating a healthy, satisfying meal without meat. If you’re not a meat eater, I hope this will give you some new ideas on tasty meals to share with family or friends.
You may recall the controversy over the summer when an internal memo at the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggested that people eating in a USDA cafeteria forgo meat on Monday. Well, the response from the beef industry and at least one U.S. senator was swift, and the memo was quickly pulled.
Well here is idea one:
Steamed vegetables on a bed of quinoa and lentils. A green salad and a piece of fruit for dessert. To was it all down, a glass of tap water. If you don’t have quinoa, brown rice works just fine, though it takes longer to cook than quinoa.
When I make this simple dish, I sometimes add baked potato wedges sprinkled with seasoning. You could try Old Bay or yellow curry or black pepper. Maybe oregano. Or rosemary. The vegetables I use are usually frozen mixed vegetables and frozen broccoli with some fresh mushrooms added. I’ll cook the quinoa and lentils together and add a little Garam Masala to the water.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.