Monday, May 23, 2011

Meatless Monday: Quinoa, Guacamame and Spring Greens Soup

As I mentioned in my post, 5 Meatless Monday Dinner Ideas, Kalyn Denny's Meatless Monday column on BlogHer has inspired me to share with you some of the vegetarian and vegan dishes I cook during the week.  (Meatless Monday is a nonprofit initiative of The Monday Campaigns.  Their goal is to help reduce meat consumption by 15% to improve personal and planetary health).

 Everyday Chickpea-Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette from Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Very yummy, plus, it lasted for a few days.  My only suggestion (unless you really like red onion) is that when it says to use 1 small red onion, use a small onion.  This is a great dish if you're worried about getting enough protein.  According to the book, a serving has 12g of protein.

Purée of Spring Greens from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas

After having a string of vegetable-less dinners, I knew I needed to have some GREENS. It's been crazy cold in California, so a green smoothie didn't sound very appealing, but a soup did.  The greens include bok choy, spinach, lettuce and parsley. Potatoes thicken the soup up. The recipe is available on

Guacamame from Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

For folks who prefer eating small meals/snacks all day, this guacamame is a good option.  According to the book, a cup of edamame blended in with the avocado provides 3g of protein per serving.  This particular recipe isn't available online,  but if you google, guacamame, you'll find others, like the guacamame recipes on Kitchen Addiction, and Whole Foods.  The Meatless Monday website even has one for Broccoli Guacamame.

Quinoa Salad With Black Beans and Mango from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

I didn't actually make this recipe last week, but I've made it multiple times, and it's always delicious.  I wanted to give you another recipe that is available online (you'll find it on Post Punk Kitchen).  Again, the quinoa and beans combo gives you lots of protein. If you want to learn more about quinoa's nutritional value, check out the Mother Nature Network article, Quinoa Nutrition Facts.

What did you cook on Meatless Monday?

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