In 12 minutes Meatless Monday will turn into Taco Tuesday and before that happens I need to share an official Meatless Monday meal with you.

In the interest of joining in on a movement that takes some very nice steps towards sustainability for our planet, I have decided that we at Chez Peady will be taking part in Meatless Monday on a regular basis.

I have been thinking about it for a while and with a storm brewing in the Atlantic Ocean and creeping up the coastline, today seemed like the perfect day to start. I had absolutely no desire to fight the crowds of storm chips shoppers at the grocery store and since Thing 2 was home from school today (still fighting the most recent bug – such a hanger on, this one!) it made sense to just stay put and shop my own pantry.

Still, when I did that I was not quite feeling inspired, so in typical Peady fashion I took to twitter to ask my tweeps (the coolest tweeps, fyi) for Meatless Monday ideas.

As usual, the Twitterverse did not disappoint.

I went off to hang out with Thing 2 and when I returned there were no fewer than  7 suggestions for delicious, nutritious, make-it-right-now, ideas for Meatless Monday.

How cool is that?

I knew for tonight, I wanted an extremely easy dish, but one that was also big on flavours and appealing to Thing 1 and Thing 2. Pasta seemed a logical choice. I went to the kitchen to gather the goods, so that when suppertime rolled around I could simply work my Peady Powers and whip up supper in no time flat.

Decision. Action.

What did I come up with? Well, I made Gluten Free Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas and Parmesan. I also made some oh-my-goodness-it-smells-so-good Cheesy Garlic Bread to go along with it.

If there’s one thing I know about my family, it’s that garlic and cheese bring these people joy. Throw that cheesy, garlicky goodness onto a carb and well, stick a fork in them, they’re done!

It was a hit!

Go, me!

It could not have been easier.

Here’s what I did. (I promise, soon there will be a pretty recipe plug-in here to make things more organized. Thank you for your patience.)

Boil water for Pasta (add a bit of salt)

While the pasta water is coming to a boil, make a simple tomato sauce by sautéing some diced onion and some garlic in olive oil, add sweet bell peppers (diced, whatever colour or combo of colours you like), add a can of diced tomatoes, S & P to taste, and let the sauce reduce while you cook your pasta. (or open a jar of your favourite sauce!) (remember KISS!)

Cook pasta.

Open a can of Chickpeas. Call them Garbanzo Beans. Laugh. FOCUS!

Strain the Chickpeas and rinse under cool running water*.

Drain cooked pasta.

Add sauce to the empty stock pot (this is where I cooked the pasta).

Add the Chickpeas.

Add the pasta.

Toss to coat everything well.

Add a bit of Parmesan cheese and stir it in. (fresh shredded oh-my-goodness-why-is-it-so-expensive, isn’t necessary in this particular case)

Add a pinch of dried oregano (or a nice handful of fresh if you have it -yum!)

Serve immediately or cover it and make some yummy garlic cheesy bread.

Like this.

Turn oven to 375 degrees.

Slice carb of choice (bread, rolls, what have you) and place on a baking sheet.

Spread a bit of butter on the bread and sprinkle liberally with garlic powder.

Cover the garlicky, buttery, carb with shredded cheddar cheese**. (A combination of marble cheddar and mozzarella is also popular here.)

Bake until the carb is toasty and cheese has melted.

Serve immediately***.

 

It was really good and totally meatless! I do believe that is what the people like to call a win-win.

I would make this again. In fact, I will.

Next Meatless Monday, I will make a new recipe thanks to all the helpful tweeps who were so sweet and generous with ideas this morning.

I will post our Meatless Monday experiences for the next little while as we try something new and see if we can’t make Meatless Monday a regular thing at Chez Peady.

 

 

*Rinsing canned beans in this way can reduce the sodium content by about 40%. Always rince canned beans. You could also cook your own from dried. Another post for another day.

**SHREDDAR

***If not sooner. Otherwise you run the risk of eating all the garlicky, cheesy, gluten-y goodness!

8 Comments on Meatless Monday (More or Less)

    • Aww. Thanks, Lovey! 😀

      You are my favourite.

      Garbanzo beans: tasty AND endlessly entertaining to say!

      It was pretty good, if I do say so myself. (And I do!)

      The best part of reaching out to Twitter is that now I have a collection of Meatless Monday recipes to try over the next month or so. It doesn’t always have to be a Monday, but having it on the first day of the work week makes it easy to remember. 😉

    • Yay! How funny! When I decided to adopt Meatless Monday *I* thought of *you*. 😀

      We love Taco Tuesday. It’s important to change it up now and then, though.

      My Things almost always want beef, but no matter what kind of tacos I make – they love ’em! 😉

  1. I had no idea that people rinsed canned beans.I just started doing this recently. I have no idea what to make ofr tuesday. I know I coulddddddddd taco but that’s a slippery slope for me.

    • Oh dear! Really? Yes. Rinse! Rinse! Rinse! Get all the icky away from the nice beans. Reduce that salt and those additives.

      Tacos can be a good choice, but I understand the slippery slope, too. Modifying ingredients helps. I use more meat and less salty seasoning if using a kit. I add beans for health and fibre. Use LOTS of lettuce. You could even use the lettuce in place of a tortilla/taco shell.

      Then there’s always the taco salad route.

      I hope you find a good supper!

  2. Hmm…I wonder how well Meatless Monday would go over here…Perhaps if I convince my Darling SO that it was his idea.

    I always rinse beans now too – my Mom swears it washes the heartburn away! Following this one trick has saved me countless bottles of Tums…

    • Heh heh! It’s funny. You just offer food and they eat. It’s like magic! 😀

      Rinsing is essential. I don’t think I have ever not rinsed them… all that starchy whatever it is… blechy!

      You can reduce sodium up to 40% by draining and rinsing them. Yay!

      Thanks for visiting! That was a nice surprise.

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