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