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6 Tips to Help You Embrace Meatless Monday

In my house, we have a big challenge that we are faced with every day, and I’ll bet you struggle with something similar in yours.

There are two of us living here; and we have different diets. My son is a bacon-loving omnivore, and I am a vegetarian (though I do still sometimes eat sustainably harvested fish). How many of you have a similar dilemma? Maybe someone has allergies, or is gluten-free, or perhaps you, too are a carnivore living with a vegetarian.#MeatlessMonday

It’s a tough one. Because I’m the one that buys the groceries and cooks the dinners, we basically don’t have meat in the house. Michael gets his fill of burgers when we go out. But the challenge is coming up with dinners that are satisfying enough to someone who likes to eat meat, while still being vegetarian.

There are lots of reasons why people choose to be vegetarian, but for me, the most compelling one is the environment. Raising livestock puts a much heavier stress on the environment than growing vegetables or grains does. Additionally, livestock contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. 

I’m not suggesting everyone go vegetarian, those are just my reasons for doing so. BUT if everyone gave up meat just one day week, it would save “99.6 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions. This would be the equivalent of removing 46 million round trip flights between Los Angeles and New York, or taking 19.2 million cars off the road for a full year,” says the Huffington Post.

The Meatless Monday movement was born out of this concept. You basically choose to not eat meat on Mondays. Great! Then what do you eat??

Here are some tips to help you embrace Meatless Monday.

  1. Find a good grocery store. This is key. I find that if I have to run all over town and go to 7 grocery stores to find what I like, that seriously puts a damper on things! I’ve been shopping at Save-On a lot lately, and have been really impressed by their variety of vegetarian-friendly products. They have tofu, as well as meat subs like veggie burgers, Tofurkey, Yves and Field Roast products. They also have the best selection I’ve found of Gardein products, which are our favorites. Michael happily eats them. We especially like the Porkless Bites, the Mandarin Orange “Chicken” and the Crabcakes. Bonus: you can order online and they will deliver to your house, or they’ll do the shopping for you and you can just pick up your groceries on the way home from work. So convenient!

    We eat this about once a week. So tasty!

  2. Eat a (Veggie) burger, man! My son, the carnivore, loves veggie burgers. Try a bunch of different ones until you find one you really like, or experiment with recipes online. We have them in our freezer at all times.
  3. Pasta! Pasta makes a hearty and filling meal, and is pretty darn healthy to boot. We have a vegetarian pasta with Caesar Salad at least once a week. I throw a bunch of vegetables in there, some pesto, maybe a tomato sauce? You could add in some veggie meatballs if you like. Try some of the newer gluten-free pastas for a bonus shot of protein: many of them are made with quinoa or beans.
  4. Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit: speaking of beans, those things are the bomb! They are cheap, tasty and filling, you can prepare them a million ways, and they are packed with protein.

    These tacos are made with lentils!

  5. Eat ethnic: many culture’s cuisines focus more heavily on vegetables than others. Indian cooking, for example, is very vegetarian friendly, as can be Asian cuisine, especially Thai or Vietnamese. Or just think a big ol’ stirfry with tofu, rice and a yummy sauce, served alongside vegetarian potstickers or egg rolls.
  6. Breakfast for dinner: who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? We love quiches, waffles or pancakes for dinner. I keep frozen pie crusts in my freezer all the time, making it a matter of minutes for me to cook up some veggies and whip those together with some eggs and cheese to make a delicious quiche. Makes a great leftover breakfast or lunch the next day, too!
  7. Comfort food: grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup? Mac ‘n’ cheese? A big ol’ casserole? Ooooh yeah. Delicious, comforting, and very vegetarian friendly.

So there you have it! 6 tips to help you embrace Meatless Monday!

Do you participate in Meatless Monday? I’d love to hear what your families’ favorite dishes are. Please share in the comments below.

This post is sponsored by Save-On Foods, but the opinions are my own.

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Vegan S’mores #aquafaba

You know what I love about vegan cooking? Everyone can eat it.

Most of you out there probably think the opposite of Vegan cooking. It’s exclusionary. You can’t eat any cheese, milk or butter? No meat? That rules out most people, right?

vegan s'mores made with aquafaba marshmallow fluff

Not really. If you look a cross-section of my friends, you’ll find lots who have celiac disease, and there therefore gluten-free, and more who have allergies of different kinds (one of my friends is allergic to chocolate). And I’m not alone. 2.5 Million Canadians have food allergies, 300,000 of which are kids.

I also have friends whose religious beliefs prevent them from eating pork or beef. I have friends who are vegetarian or vegan. What can they all agree on, though? Vegan. If you have an egg or a dairy allergy, vegan foods are great, because they don’t have any of those. Clearly there’s no meat, so nothing to worry about there. If you have celiac, you need to choose gluten-free options, but for the most part, everyone can eat vegan food.

And vegan doesn’t have to equal boring or “just lettuce.” Everyone should be able to indulge in their favourite foods sometimes.

 

Want more Aquafaba recipes? Check out my new cookbook: Aquafabulous!: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba (Bean Water)

 

This blog post is for my friend Peggy. Her little miss is a vegetarian, and she also is a Girl Guide. She recently attended a camp, where, of course, there were s’mores. As there should be! No camp out is complete without s’mores!

But marshmallows have gelatin in them, which is an animal by-product, so my friend Peggy’s daughter didn’t have s’mores at her camp. I want to change that, and make it so everyone, no matter what their beliefs or allergies, gets to have s’mores.

There’s one more wrinkle in this conversation, however, and that is fire bans. We are set for another long, hot summer, and watering restrictions and fire bans are already going into place.

This version of s’mores can be eaten raw or you can use a torch (as I did) to get that toasty texture on your marshmallow fluff.

vegan s'mores aquafabaVegan S’mores (made with Aquafaba)

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp aquafaba
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • Graham crackers (graham crackers, like Oreos, are actually vegan, just make sure you buy the kind without honey, gluten free if needed)
  • Vegan chocolate (I recommend Enjoy Life Mega Chunks, they are allergen free)aquafaba marshmallow flulff

Method

  1. In a stand mixer, place the aquafaba, sugar and cream of tartar. Whip for about 10-15 minutes, until fluffy and peaks form. It will be a similar texture to marshmallow fluff.
  2. To assemble: lay down one graham cracker, and place a few pieces of chocolate on top. Top with a generous spoonful of the aquafaba marshmallow fluff. Use a torch to toast the marshmallow, and melt the chocolate. Top with a second graham cracker and get in there!

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