There’s a campaign called Meatless Monday. According to their website, 30% of people surveyed have heard of it. Its goal is to make people more mindful of their eating habit and the health and environmental advantage of being vegetarian without having to go whole hog, so to speak.
So a meatless day or two a week is something TealGreen family does on a fairly regular basis anyway, sometimes on purpose, sometimes out of laziness (does cereal for dinner count) and often just ’cause it’s what I felt like cooking or we felt like eating. I love the Meatless Monday site and the many other foody sites with wonderful vegetarian recipes on them. But sometimes it strikes me that they could put people off because they are perhaps a bit ambitious and even worthy. There are plenty of things that we eat all the time that are meatless. Just being mindful of that might help convince those resistant to the idea of moving away from a heavily meat based diet that it’s not as hard as you might think. And that it doesn’t mean you have to be eating nut loaf for dinner. So along with Cooking from the Bottom of the Fridge, I will be doing the occasional Meatless Monday post showing some of the things our family are eating.
Tonight, after a heavy round of Tae Kwon Do for TealGreen hubby and children, the entire family arrived home at nearly 8pm. And it happens to be Monday. So what to do for a very quick, healthy, meatless meal (bearing in mind some heavy exercise preceded this meal). Voila – a pack of whole wheat Tortillas (or 2) from the freezer. Smother the first is pre-grated mozzarella, top with a second and cook in a frying pan long enough to melt the cheese. Cut up, pizza style and split amongst the plates to get things going while cooking some more with a bit more nutrition added. Take a tin of crushed, organic tomatoes (TJoe’s), whiz with the hand blender. Throw in a teaspoon of crushed garlic (fresh or jar) and an ice cube of pesto from this summer’s basil (jar would be fine). Simmer for 10 minutes while making a second cheese quesadilla. By the third round of Tortilla, smother with the cooked tomato sauce and then cheese (ok, so it’s Mexican pizza, but it’s sort of home made, hot, fast, relatively healthy and cheap). Cut up some raw veggies from the bottom of the fridge while the next tortilla cooks – we happen to have orange pepper, cucumber and carrots. Eat those on the side as crudité and call it salad. Doesn’t seem like a very filling meal, and yet it works every time and Teal Green 12 year old, burgermeister boy, LOVES it. Result.
And if you are feeling more adventurous, here’s a piece for Meatless Monday that manages to include miracles, barley, Hanukkah and both the Old and New Testaments. Meatless Monday: Some Kind of Miracle.