I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants. ~ Tweeted by @ISpeakForGirls
Exactly one year ago, Aspen Colorado was named “the nation’s first Meatless Monday community” by someone over at MM. We aren’t making fun – we love Aspen and, like everyone else making New Year’s resolutions, we are big into eating better, getting healthier, and losing the LBs we added between Thanksgiving and now. And going meatless one day a week gives us a chance to be adventuresome and creative without depriving the other human units in the household of all their winter-hibernation foods.
After you’ve gone off to see Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, come home and browse through Great Britain’s Cook Vegetarian for nine years’ (yes NINE YEARS’!!!) worth of interesting Meatless Monday ideas. (We are not using the word interesting as a pejorative.)
Now that we’re in the post-season, Kim in our office suggested his warm-and-comforting alternative to the Monday Night Football burger:
Eggplant Tower (because Melanzana Torre is so intimidating)
- 1 – 1 ½ pound / medium eggplant
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Flour for dredging
- Italian breadcrumbs for dredging
- 1 – 12 oz round of fresh Mozzarella, sliced into ½” slices
- 1 sliced ripe red tomato
- Basil leaves
- Salt, pepper to taste
- Olive oil
- Peel eggplant and slice into ½ inch – ¾ inch slices
- Dredge each slice in flour until coated; dip in beaten egg; dredge in Italian breadcrumbs
- Fry, three at a time, in olive oil until golden brown
- GENTLY salt and pepper
- Stack fried slice of eggplant, mozzarella slice, tomato slice, basil leaf (or two); repeat, topping with basil leaves, and secure with a toothpick down the center.
- Serve on a bed of marinara sauce (or go crazy with a balsalmic reduction!)
The New York Times has this great interactive tool for what they call semi-vegan options. We are especially fond of that term: semi-vegan. So much more elegant than once-a-week-vegan or when-it’s-convenient-vegan…
We keep running across great stuff from Two Peas and Their Pod blog – this one gives good crunch: roasted chickpea fajitas.
For wake-up freshness, try out Blood Orange, Beet and Fennel Salad. Because we like Robusto cheese so much, we thought we should pass along Whole Foods’ Warm Spinach Salad with Apple & Robusto Cheese.
And when you are tempted – on those dark winter mornings – to roll over for an extra fifteen minutes’ sleep and skip the walk or the run, make the day count for your health. Your choice, of course. Either way, it’s only 15 minutes.