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Helpful Tips For Making Your Meatless Mondays Extra Special

roastedvegetables

Meatless Mondays are increasing in popularity across the globe.  Typically, even though it’s the second day of the week, Monday tends to be the day when most persons seek to implement positive changes to their lifestyle.  So, what better Day to start enjoying the benefits of a meat-free diet than on Monday?

But just what can you do on a Meatless Monday to make it fun and to ensure that the positive effects of it are lasting?

Here’s some helpful tips that will make your Meatless Mondays extra special:

1.  Plan ahead – You’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy by doing this.  Set a menu, from Breakfast to Dinner, and start pulling together a list to shop around for the items.

2.  Have a Variety – Don’t confine yourself to just salads.  Vegan recipes are aplenty, from Vegan soups to Veggie Burgers, Veggie Sandwiches, Vegetable Pilafs and more.  And for your Vegan Desserts?  The choices are endless: choose from Vegan Ice-creams, Vegan Cheesecakes and so much more.  Meatless Mondays are not just about abstaining from meat for a day, but, enjoying the wide and delicious variety found in non-meat fare like your fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.

3.  Make it a group event – Invite friends and family to bring a Vegan dish and have a Vegan Lime/Vegan Party.  That way you’re not alone and you can enjoy sharing funny stories of your Vegan adventures or misadventures in the kitchen.  You’ll be surprised to find that some of your family and friends are also trying to make healthier decisions when it comes to eating.  When it’s done in a special circle of friends or family you’ll also get the support and encouragement needed to make better lifestyle choices.  And, everyone, including you, will be looking forward to the next Meatless Monday.

4. Give it a theme – “Caribbean Vegan Monday” or “Mediterranean Meatless Monday”.  Take your pick.  Themes help take Meatless Mondays from bland and boring to fun and exciting and help guide your menu choices.  It also helps you to save on your food bill since you can use some of the same ingredients on your themed shopping list to come up with a variety of dishes.

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Roasted Vegetable Salad for your Meatless Mondays

Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and beautiful flavor.  Add that to a fresh bed of lettuce or spinach and you have the best of both worlds.  Here’s a great warm, roasted vegetable salad for your Meatless Mondays.  

Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups chopped Broccoli

1 medium sized Eggplant/Melongene/Aubergine, chopped

1 Carrot**, chopped

1 Onion, chopped

7 cloves of Garlic, peeled

2 Pimento Peppers, sliced

1 Large Red Bell Pepper, chopped

2 Medium sized Tomatoes, chopped (Optional – I just love tomatoes, I’ll add it to almost anything)

1 TBSP chopped local celery (Optional)

1 teaspoon dried Herbs De Provence

2 teaspoons Granulated Onion powder (looks like tiny salt granules)

2 TBSP Olive Oil

Sea Salt to taste

Your choice of Lettuce or Spinach or both (washed and drained)

 

METHOD:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

2.  In a large bowl, combine chopped broccoli, eggplant, carrot, onion, garlic, pimento peppers, red bell pepper, tomatoes and local celery.  Mix well.

3. Next, add dried Herbs De Provence, granulated onion powder and olive oil.  Mix well.

4. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  If your pan has a tendency to burn the food you can line it with foil and then spray with non-stick cooking spray.

5. Empty seasoned vegetables onto baking sheet and spread evenly.

Chopped and seasoned mixed vegetables ready for roasting
Chopped and seasoned mixed vegetables ready for roasting

 

 

 

 

 

6. Roast at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-35mins.

7. When finished roasting, carefully remove from oven and set aside.

mixed vegetables after roasting
mixed vegetables after roasting

 

 

 

 

 

8. On a serving plate add lettuce or spinach or a mixture of both.  Top off with roasted vegetables.

Serve and enjoy.

**TIP: As the carrots are the hardest and take the longest in roasting, chop these smaller.

Meatless Mondays Split Pea and Oat Vegetable Burger

ground split pea and oat vegetable burgers
Ground Split Pea and Oat Vegetable Burgers

Here’s an easy recipe for your next Meatless Monday.  It’s soft and tender on the inside with a gentle crunch on the outside.

For this Meatless Mondays Split Pea Oat Vegetable burger recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients

7 TBSPs dry quick oats

16 TBSPs or 1 cup of hot water just boiled

1 TBSP local celery, minced

1 ½ TBSPS chive, minced

2 TBSPs carrots or pumpkin, minced

1 TBSP olive oil

5 TBSPs ground split pea powder

3 TBSPs ground flax seed

1 teaspoon granulated onion powder (looks like tiny salt granules)

1 sprig of fresh thyme, de-leafed

Sea salt to taste

 

METHOD:

– In a large mixing bowl, stir together quick oats and just boiled water for 1 minute

– Next, add celery, chive, carrots or pumpkin, fresh thyme and olive oil.  Mix well.

– Now add ground split pea powder, onion powder, ground flax seed and sea salt.  Mix well.

veggie patty wet mixture
veggie patty wet mixture

 

 

 

 

 

– Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray

– Take a little more than a golf ball sized amount with hands and shape into a ball.

veggie patty a little more than a golf ball sized amout
veggie patty a little more than a golf ball sized amout

 

 

 

 

 

– Press gently, but firmly, to flatten into a patty a little more than 1/4 inch in thickness and place on baking sheet.  Repeat until all of your batter is used up.  Makes about 8 – 10 patties.

veggie patties ready for baking
veggie patties ready for baking

 

 

 

 

 

– Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

– Carefully remove from oven after 25 minutes and flip each patty over. (Caution! Contents will be hot so handle with care)

veggie patty after first bake
veggie patty after first bake

 

 

 

 

 

– Put back in oven and continue to bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

– Carefully, remove from oven.  Patties should like the photo below.

Ground Split Pea and Oat Vegetable patties after final bake
Ground Split Pea and Oat Vegetable patties after final bake

 

 

 

 

– Place on a serving plate, serve and enjoy!

Ground Split Pea and Oat Vegetable Burger patty - Serve and enjoy!
Ground Split Pea and Oat Vegetable Burger patty – Serve and enjoy!