Meatless Monday Easy Meal Ideas

Whoever said you need meat products to feel full all day is wrong! Start you day with an Ezekiel bread English muffin (4 grams protein), soynut butter (7 grams protein), sprinkle cinnamon, 1/2 banana with 1 tsp. ground flaxseed for Omega 3’s and fiber.

A few easy lunch and dinner ideas:

1.) Veggie Burger on Whole Wheat

These are Non-GMO project verified Morningstar Farms Spicy Indian patties with 1/2 cup of leafy green lettuce/ spinach blend, fresh onion, and sliced tomatoes. Sirachi flavo Hampton Creek Just Mayo and pico salsa.

2.) Easy Falafels

Fry (in olive oil) or bake a premixed Falafel mix (I like Casbah brand) for  7 grams protein. Mix 1 cucumber diced, 1 tomatoes diced, 1/4 cup onion finely diced, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, and a dash paprika and black pepper.  Top with cucumber ranch dressing. Serve on warm, toasted pita bread.

3.) Quick Pesto with Toasted Pine Nuts

Cook amaranth (protein source) or wheat noodles. Toss with pre-made jar pesto sauce.

In pan, warm 1 TBSP olive oil, add 1 cup pine nuts, toast quickly for 1 minute. Top noodles and sauce with tomato slices and the pine nuts.

Top with fresh Parmesan (not vegan) and black olives, if desired.

 I mentioned a noodle with an odd name. What’s amaranth? An excellent source of protein!

” Amaranth falls just short of being a complete protein, but every cup still has plant-based protein (9g) and nutrients aplenty. We’re talking lysine (one of the key essential amino acids, which is missing in most grains), 12% DV of calcium and 40% DV of magnesium. This gluten-free ancient grain is also rich in iron and contains potassium, zinc and manganese.” [1]

Enjoy the fact that you helped avoid unecessary pollution of our planet today! You probably upped your fruit and veggie intake too. Bonus!

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Sources:

1.) Organic Amaranth Grains. Accessed February 1, 2016. www.ancient harvest.com

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