These are courtesy of the Sarah & Gabe kitchen (that’s me and my kid, peeps).
Let me reiterate: I am a very modest home cook. A working single mum, who like many of you out there, crank on the job all day, do the after-school shuffle, and arrive back at the ranch thinking: “What the hell are we going to have for dinner tonight?”
Some simple suggestions for Meatless Monday follow.
5 Meatless Meals Anyone Could Whip Up on Monday
1. Baked goat cheese (with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes), whole grain bread (for dipping), and a green salad with fruit and nuts.
2. Eggs any style (I’m a scramble gal, he’s a boiled boy) with pan-fried fingerling potatoes. I pile the veg in my scramble, the son’s a raw produce kinda guy. You can make a more grown-up version by going the frittata or quiche route.
3. Homemade tortillas with black beans, guacamole, salsa, and cheese.
4. Baked tofu, roasted veggies, and quinoa with lemon zest, currants, and parsley.
5. Whole wheat or rice pasta with pine nuts, freshly-grated Parmesan, basil, olives, garlic, herbs, and thinly sliced veggies (such as spinach, zucchini, chard).
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2. Herbs: Fresh is best. Parsley, cilantro, basil, chives, sage, rosemary, dill, oregano are just a few I have on hand or grow in the garden. These can elevate something ho-hum to super yum with just a sprinkle. We’re big on a chiffonade of mint to jazz up a salad too.
3. Greens: Think of these as centerpieces to a meal, instead of a side. Add baby spinach in a frittata or quiche, asparagus or bok choy work well in a tofu stir-fry, chard and kale pair nicely with brown rice or couscous.
4. Grains & Starches: Venture beyond pasta, white rice, and potatoes. There’s a whole world of whole grains out there worth checking out. Sweet, short-grain brown rice at my local market is popular in my house. My kid also likes experimenting with his own quinoa pilaf. I’ve barely scratched the surface of millet, amaranth, barley, and the like.
5. Plating: How the food looks on the plate really matters. Trust me on this. So do give a little time and attention to the aesthetics of dinner.
Okay, you know the drill. Gotta a surefire tip for a successful Meatless Monday? Do tell.