My MM: Frances’ Meatless Monday Menu
Name: Frances H
Home: Denver, CO
Dietary Leanings: I’ve been a vegetarian for much of my life, ever since I learned about hamburgers and their close relation to my favorite stuffed animal Moo Moo at the age of 9. I do not currently eat eggs and I keep my dairy/wheat/sugar intake to a minimum, while still allowing myself enough freedom to go out to eat and indulge in a good ice cream now and again.
Favorite vegetable: Toss-up. Avocados steal my heart, but I think they are technically a fruit, so my favorite vegetable is currently beets.
I came home from yoga parched so I drank a big glass of room-temp water, followed by a shot of apple cider vinegar. I put the teakettle on for my earl grey with a splash of unsweetened almond milk and honey. After a shower, more hydration and a spot of tea, I ate a hunk of toasted Manna bread with a whole avocado spread over it, sprinkled with Finnish Citron sea salt. I also ate a small bowl of super ripe cantaloupe and raspberries.
I had a massive bowl of homemade salad consisting of diced heirloom tomatoes, olives, cucumber, dill, parsley, purple onion, chopped mini power-greens, feta cheese and home-preserved Meyer lemons dressed with red wine vinegar, evoo and black pepper. Then I had a hearty serving of a casserole I made the day before. I’m excited for fall and this dish definitely is off that autumnal spirit. It’s a vegan mac’n’cheese variation using butternut squash, nutritional yeast and cashews to make a creamy orange-colored base for veggies and brown rice pasta. For the full recipe, click here.
For a late afternoon snack…
I ate a bunch of green grapes and a few tasty squares of macrobiotic-inspired vegan almond butter and brown rice crispy treats. These are one of my favorite healthy sweet treats to make at home. So delicious and cane-sugar free. For that recipe, click here.
In the evening, I boiled a pot of water with fresh red raspberry leaf and calendula flowers for a healing and balancing herbal infusion. Throughout the day I drink room-temp filtered water, with an occasional glass of cold bubbly water if it strikes my fancy.
I tend towards a larger early afternoon meal/lunch followed by a lighter snack in the evening, especially on the weekdays. This makes my early morning Ashtanga practice much more enjoyable because I feel more energized and lighter in the morning and I find that I sleep better with an emptier stomach.
Thanks for sharing! What’s delicious foods are you inspired by on this Meatless Monday?