My MM: Emma’s Meatless Monday Menu
We loved this one because it features all kinds of plant proteins, lots of variety and some CSA (and No More Dirty Looks) inspiration! Who’s hungry?
My dietary leanings: Vegetarian for two years. I eat organic dairy, and occasionally fish. I have a hard time digesting fatty food, so eliminating meat completely from my diet has worked wonders on my stomach.
My favorite vegetable: I can’t decide, really. My top 5 include: asparagus, kale, bell peppers of all colours, sweet potatoes, and garlic.
Breakfast: A serving of oatmeal cereal from a local brand (contains oatmeal, dried fruits, and seeds), with organic plain Greek yogourt, and I
chopped a pear in there. I drizzled a spoonful of honey on top, and had a coffee with almond milk.
Lunch: This summer I decided to take part in a program to receive a basket of organic vegetables every week from a nearby farm. This week the basket included a nice kale, so I had a kale salad for lunch. I chopped it finely, then added some green onions, slices of avocado, a few pieces of orange, and I threw in a generous handful of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. I used a bit of the orange for the dressing: I mixed orange juice, old fashioned dijon mustard (with the seeds), balsamic vinegar, and a touch of honey. I just love a good crunch-and-sweetness combo in my salad.
I have a smoothie pretty much every day after workouts or when I return from work, thanks to inspiration from a previous NMDL post. This one was a cup of frozen blackberries, half a banana, and almond milk. I added a serving of Vega powder (all-in-one vegan vitamins, minerals, protein, omegas, etc). I think the digestive enzymes it contains are helping with my rosacea.
Dinner: Some spicy lentil dahl (lentil stew). I put some finely chopped garlic, ginger, and onion in a pan with hot coconut oil (about two tablespoons). I added cumin seeds (1 tablespoon) and curry powder (1 teaspoon). When the whole thing was brown and fragrant, I added two cups of vegetable broth. When it started to boil, I added chopped tomatoes (3-4), fresh jalapeno (1), and cilantro. After 5-10 minutes of cooking I added two cans of lentils (Eden Organics to avoid BPA), with salt/pepper and chili powder to taste. I ate it with warm flour tortillas (also good with naan bread). Makes 3-4 servings so you can eat leftovers the next day. I had a cup of green tea before bed.
Who’s making that dahl? What else sounds good here?
Image of a delicious-looking CSA basket via