My MM: Ania’s Meatless Monday (OK, It Was Sunday) Menu

Happy Monday! We have a meatless menu from Ania, a Polish gal living and loving in Germany. Loving that her boyfriend shares in the cooking, and also loving her new vegan life. Enjoy! We included her email below ’cause it made us smile. :)

[Dear Both, you asked and here it comes, that's actually a Sunday menu but I really can't remember what I ate last Monday, hope you don't mind streching it a bit. Let's say it's a Monday menu for those who can go for a walk in the forest instead of running a marathon down some office corridors... And it's also a pretty lazy menu as you will see since most of the stuff I ate was actually cooked by someone else but hey, why not? And I still love cooking, maybe even more so since I don't need to do it everyday.]

Name: Ania
Home: Freiburg, Germany
Dietary leanings: freshly vegan (after being vegetarian all my life, I made a switch in May and… never looked back

My favourite vegetable: this season definitely belongs to brussels sprouts, I love them roasted with a little bit of olive oil

In the morning…

Almond milk latte brought to bed (the only way to wake me up…) and then a long, lazy breakfast. The day before I bought some amazing whole grain walnut bread and ate almost half of it with different vegan spreads, mostly based on sunflower seeds (hello Zwergenwiese!) but also some pesto-type things, vegan schmalz and sirop de Liege (concentrated fruit juices cooked to make a paste), nothing says weekend better than a full breakfast table!

For lunch…

After breakfast we went for a walk to the forest, it looks so beautiful now, with heaps of snow and blue skies. We stopped at a nice chalet up in the mountains that offers breakfast buffet and lunches. They didn’t have anything vegan on the menu but I asked for gnocchi with vegetables without gorgonzola sauce and was pleasantly surprised when a full plate of gnocchi appeared in front of me, with lots of fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted pine nuts. I find it sometimes difficult in restaurants where only vegan option on the menu is some boring salad or pasta with tomato sauce and then everyone keeps asking me if I’m fine or looking sadly at my plate, especially on business trips. It always makes me want to tell them that the stuff I normally eat is actually pretty amazing and there’s really no reason to feel sorry for me, and that you can be vegan and still love food! Well, one consequence of this is that at least a third of my work emails now end with some vegan recipe links..

Snacks…

I felt really hungry after all the walking so had some more of the walnut bread, this time with peanut butter.

For dinner…

My boyfriend made some roasted potatoes with kale, leek and onions, using veggies from our CSA, simple and delicious.

And I spent the rest of the evening reading various recipes published as part of Fabulous Fermentation Week, started by My New Roots & Earthsprout. Being Polish I love fermented foods but it was really great to see this whole fermented feast that the girls have inspired, with totally new tastes and combinations. Plans for next weekend: homemade kimchi!

Happy fermenting, Ania! Let us know how that goes.

Comments
8 Responses to “My MM: Ania’s Meatless Monday (OK, It Was Sunday) Menu”
  1. Susannah says:

    I love roasted brussels sprouts! Equally delicious and similar in flavor is shredded green cabbage tossed in olive oil and spread on a pan to roast with sea salt, of course. How do you make the roasted potato dish? Do you toss the potatoes with the kale and leeks and then roast together?

  2. Annette says:

    What a fantastic, creative menu! It should be obvious by reading this post that being meatless doesn’t have to be boring. Too bad more restaurants don’t get the memo. I’ve really gotten to where I’d rather stay home and cook something myself. I know it will taste better and not cost $10 for a baked potato and a side of lame veg.

    I don’t want to start anything, but I want to tell a little story that I hope will help seal the deal on judging what each of us eats. I have been vegetarian for a lot of years with no soy, nuts, seeds or dairy because they are migraine triggers for me. There are many other triggers too, and to say my diet has been restricted is an understatement. If I sent in a MM Menu freak-outs would ensue.

    Recently, I decided I would try some “natural” beef and some pizza I found with a super thin crust and very little cheese. Neither triggered migraines, but I got two colds in two weeks, with the second being a real doozy. Back I ran to my delicious veggie soup and grains never to return.

    We each eat the way we do because it works for us. Before you rag on someone else’s choices, ask yourself if you would want her ragging on yours. Love to all!

  3. Ash says:

    lovely post– that lunch sounds delicious :)

    “I find it sometimes difficult in restaurants where only vegan option on the menu is some boring salad or pasta with tomato sauce and then everyone keeps asking me if I’m fine or looking sadly at my plate, especially on business trips. It always makes me want to tell them that the stuff I normally eat is actually pretty amazing and there’s really no reason to feel sorry for me, and that you can be vegan and still love food! ”
    ^
    OMG YES. You hit the head on the nail with this one. Eating out as been such a pain, I’d rather just stay in and whip up something delicious myself for 1/8th the cost, unless we’re going somewhere that specifically has a decent vegan selection on the menu (rare).

  4. Bee says:

    LOVE this menu!!

    @Annette Amen, sister!

  5. Ash says:

    *nail on the head— haha !

  6. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Annette, I SO agree with you! I am kind of the opposite of you in some ways – I feel great when I eat nuts and seeds, terrible when I eat grains. But I also feel bad (colds, allergies, bloating) if I stray from what I know works for me. It’s so interesting to me how we are all different, and to me it just emphasizes the trickiness of judging the way someone else eats.

  7. Tosha says:

    Looks delicious. I am excited to hear more about fermenting. I just committed to fermenting full time and have been consuming loads of fermented cabbage, carrots, cucumber and pineapple in the last two months. All this time and money spent on trying to achieve perfect skin and all I needed to do was eat fermented vegetables!

  8. ania says:

    Thanks everyone!

    @Susannah we have roasted the potatoes first and then added some sauteed kale/leek/onion mix

    @Tosha have you tried any of Fabulous Fermenting Week recipes? http://mynewroots.org/site/2013/01/fabulous-fermentation-week-kimchi/ (check out the collection of links below the recipe), my kimchi plans had to be rescheduled but i still want to try!

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