Tasty Recipes for Meatless Mondays
Meatless Monday is a new and really exciting trend happening right now! According to One Green Planet, the average American eats about 183 pounds of meat every single year. If we were all able to go one day per week without eating meat, it would have giant benefits for not only our health, but for the Earth as well (did you know that producing 1 pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water?) Here are some really great recipes to try next time you want to attempt a Meatless Monday – delicious and guilt-free!
Quinoa Chili Fries
These chili fries skip the meat and cheese and use quinoa and beans instead (which are both full of fiber and protein!) But don't worry, we won't skip the fries. This hearty meal is so packed with protein and potatoes you won't miss the meat at all.
1 cup dried quinoa, cooked according to package;
3 tbsp olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil);
2 tsp chili powder;
1 1/2 tsp cumin;
1 tsp smoked paprika;
1 pinch red pepper flakes (or a tiny dash of powdered cayenne pepper);
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari;
1 tbsp maple syrup (or your favorite sweetener);
2 tbsp red cooking wine;
1 6 oz. can tomato paste with no added salt;
4-5 cloves garlic, chopped;
1 red or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped;
1 cup corn, frozen or drained canned corn;
1 15 oz. can or 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans, rinsed and drained;
2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes with no added salt, drained;
4 russet potatoes.
1. Cook the quinoa and set it aside when it’s done. Prep your veggies while you’re cooking the quinoa!
2. In a large pot, combine the oil, garlic and onions, and sauté them on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add in your peppers and sauté for another 5 minutes.
3. Add drained tomatoes and black beans, cooking wine, tomato paste, soy source, sweetener, and spices (chili powder, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.) Stir to combine the ingredients. Let the spices and vegetables simmer for 2-3 minutes
4. Stir in your cooked quinoa at this point, and sauté the mixture for 3-4 minutes before stirring in the rest of the ingredients. Cover the pot, turn the heat down to low, and let the chili simmer while you make the fries.
5. Preheat your oven to 465F and cook either 2 small or 1 large potato per serving. Cut the potatoes into fries and then combine 1 tbsp of oil and some chili powder, paprika, onion, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Toss the potatoes in the mixture and then put them on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes and then flip them and bake for another 10 minutes.
6. Top the fries with your chili and serve. Voila!
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