Usually we think of soup as being warm and comforting, and perfect for a cold winter night. But summer produce has its place in the soup world, too! And there’s no better way to use the last of your farmer’s market goodies than in chilled soups. These meatless bowls of flavor and nutrients are the perfect pick-me-up during the week day, or great for a light lunch during a busy weekend. Make a batch on Sunday, eat for lunch on Meatless Monday, and savor the rest throughout the week. They’re one pot wonders you won’t want to miss out on! Here are some of our favorites:
We hope you have a souper Monday!
Happy Labor Day! An end-of-summer celebration means lots of time by the grill, and what better way to include your vegetarian guests than by grilling something so savory and delicious, no one will miss the meat? Here’s your life-saver: The Big, Beefy Mushroom Cheddar Melt. Although this dish has the word “beef” in its name, the only meatiness you’ll find is from the flavor-packed Portobello mushrooms.
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Craving a sub on this Meatless Monday? Never fear, we’ve got the perfect compromise. Swap out your average meat-bread combo for a “meaty” vegetable like eggplant! Rachael Ray’s Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwich 30-Minute Meal is one of our faves.
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The best part about this recipe is that you don’t really need a recipe. Just toss together however much (or little) of each ingredient you’d like and eat. To save time on the week days, prepare the farro ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to build the salad with whatever else you’ve got—like corn, avocado, asparagus, cheese, etc.
Get the recipe: Farro and Corn Salad
This week, instead of taco Tuesday make it a meatless taco night Monday!
Roasted poblano peppers and charred corn tortillas give this grown-up 30-minute meal its crazy-delicious smokey flavor. Save this recipe for nights when no kids are around though, because you’ll use a cup of beer to deglaze the pan. Find out how to easily roast peppers under the broiler here.
Sliced caramelized onions ad pickled jalapenos give these veggie tacos a sweet and spicy flavor profile. Make an extra large batch of caramelized onions and keep them on hand in the fridge to try out one of our six tasty suggestions.
Got a couple of extra potatoes around? Then whip them up into spicy veggie potato tacos! Although you can use any type of all-purpose, we love using low-calorie and high-fiber sweet potatoes.
Sometimes I approach a classic recipe with meat and think, “How I can make this vegetarian?” While other times the transformation just happens by chance, as was the case with this Veg(etarian) Wedge Salad.
Though I’m not sure where or when the original Wedge Salad was created, the combination of crunchy lettuce, tangy cheese, creamy dressing and bacon has always been a favorite of mine. So while looking in my fridge one night, I spotted a number of Wedge Salad ingredients and started to get excited, until–oh wait, oh no!–I didn’t have any bacon. In search of a quick substitute, I found that I had falafel and thus a (meat-free) salad plan was hatched. To go along with my newly-inspired Mediterranean take on the wedge salad, I whipped up a feta-buttermilk dressing in place of the standard blue cheese dressing and substituted grilled romaine for the typical iceburg lettuce (I don’t think romaine is typically Mediterranean, but I like the chargrilled romaine flavor, so I went with it).
Get the recipe: Veg Wedge Salad
Go vegetarian this Meatless Monday with an Easy Egg Bake inspired by a Fried Egg and Spicy Tomato Sauce dish I had at Danny Meyer’s Maialino. As they’re unfortunately no longer serving the dish on their brunch menu, I decided to re-create the dish and add a bit of Southern flavor–in the form of cheese grits(!)–into the dish.
Feel free to get creative and add mushrooms or more veggies to grits or sauce. Serve this dish as either a hearty breakfast or brunch or as a meatless lunch or dinner with a side salad any time. Even better, make all of the components a day (or night) in advance and build the grits and tomato sauce layers and store in the fridge until you’re ready to top with eggs and bake everything off.
As I sometimes go about cooking with a no-recipe philosophy, here’s a quick talk-through of how to make this tasty dish:
- Make Moroccan-inspired spiced tomato sauce and let simmer to intensive flavor
- Make grits and add cheese
- Layer grits into a baking dish, layer tomato sauce on top of grits, crack two eggs on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
- Bake until eggs are cooked and other layers are warmed. Top with herbs (optional) and serve.
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Mix up your Meatless Monday meal by adding tofu to the menu! Also known as bean curd, tofu is popular in many Asian countries and is an adaptable, versatile and protein-packed main ingredient–one 4-ounce serving is only 94 calories and has 10 grams of protein. Take a look at a few terrific tofu dishes to try this Meatless Monday!
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This nutty noodle dish is delicious both hot and cold. Make an extra large batch and serve up leftovers for lunch all weeklong.
3 reasons to get your asparagus fix now–before the peak season is over:
1. It has only 5 calories per spear, zero fat and cholesterol, and almost no sodium. Talk about a dieter’s dream!
2. It is one of the most concentrated veggie sources of protein: 1 cup offers about 10% of your daily protein and fiber needs–a one-two punch that helps keep you full longer, so you can avoid overeating.
3. It has more glutathione–one of the most powerful cancer fighters–than any other fruit or vegetable. Glutathione also helps your body absorb nutrients and slows down the aging process.
Shopping Tip: Look for bunches with tightly closed buds on top–and eat them right away, because the nutrients fade fast.
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Be a lean, green, protein-eating machine with edamame, one of our favorite meat-free muscle foods! Edamame has approximately 17 grams of protein per cup and is full of heart-healthy fiber, unsaturated fats and antioxidants. You’ve probably seen these green peas as a sushi bar appetizer, but these young soybeans can also be found in the freezer section of the grocery store and are sold shelled or in the pod (just pop ‘em out with your teeth).
To cook up these tasty (green) beans for Meatless Monday, simply toss them into your favorite stir-fry. Need a little more guidance?
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