It’s been over 3 months since our family has participated in Meatless Monday. We started giving up meat 1x a week so that we can focus on more important things than food like making room for spiritual time, getting chores done, writing a cookbook (yay!) and practicing to live with as little as possible not because we can’t have an abundance but because we actually don’t need as much as we think we do. I realize too that giving up something like meat makes us more thankful for what we have. It also helps us appreciate the people who raise and slaughter our animals, something we don’t have to do because meats are packed nicely in the supermarkets so that we forget that we’re eating something that came from a farm. In so many ways, we’ve lost touch with the concept of sacrificing. We hope to understand and appreciate what’s been done for us by giving something luxurious up even just for a day.
I have some advice if you are thinking about going short-term vegetarian:
- Do not be afraid of aromatics like garlic, onions, shallots, and leek. Use them in your marinade, dressings, and garnishing for a punch of flavor.
- Have fresh and dried herbs on hand. I prefer dried herbs for dipping sauces and dressings since they hold up better. I love fresh for garnishing, braising, roasting and grilling.
- Stock your pantry with an array of spices that you love. My new obsession is smoked paprika which I use on baba ghanoush, hummus, and grilled meats for a sweet and smoky punch. Fun recipe to try it below.
- Venture out and try new produce to add variety in your vegetarian diet.
- If you crave a meat dish on your meatless days, find a vegetarian substitute.
Here’s a delicious recipe you can try. Completely meat free and satisfying. I love the tanginess of the apple cider vinegar and the creaminess of the mayo.
Recipe yields 2 entree servings or 4 sides
- 4 heaping cups of fresh broccoli florets
- salt for water
- 1/2 teaspoon of stevia
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add some salt. Blanch the broccoli for 2 minutes and drain. Allow to cool completely.
In a bowl mix together vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, garlic, stevia. Add in onions and chopped walnuts. Pour dressing over broccoli and mix to coat evenly. Chill before serving.