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Jun 20 2011

Meatless Mondays

I have been seeing “Meatless Monday” all over the internet & blog world for months.  I have never really put much thought into making our Mondays “meatless”, but realized over the past few weeks that they have just worked out to be that way.  One of my favorite meatless meals is a bowl filled with a gluten-free grain, then a protein of some sort, veggies & whatever else tickles my fancy.

Some of the grains that I have been using are:

  • quinoa
  • millet
  • buckwheat
  • brown rice

Proteins:

  • Beans – black beans, chick peas, kidney beans, etc
  • Sunshine or other gluten-free veggie burger
  • Seeds and/or nuts
  • Edamame
  • Tofu
  • Feta or goat cheese

Vegetables:

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Sugar snap or snow peas
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots

The one I made last Monday is my current favorite.  Check this out:

Easy Quinoa Veggie Bowl

1/4 cup quinoa

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed

1/2 cup chopped asparagus

1/2 cup grape tomatoes

1/4 cup feta cheese

1.  Cook quinoa according to package directions.  1/4 cup dry quinoa is 1 serving and is cooked in 1/2 cup of water or broth.  Season with sea salt & pepper or additional spices of your choosing.

2.  Cook asparagus & grape tomatoes either in a saute pan on the stove or roast in the oven.  Spray the pan or the veggies with Pam (Olive Oil version).  Season with sea salt & pepper.

3.  Heat black beans in microwave and then combine all ingredients in a bowl.

The feta cheese becomes creamy and really adds a unique flavor to this dish.  I didn’t add any other seasoning besides sea salt & pepper, but you certainly could add any that you wish.  Even a dash or Frank’s Red Hot or Sriracha would kick this up a notch.  This can be made to feed more people, too.  Just double for 2 servings, etc.  This would be a great meal to make extras of to take to work the next day or even eat cold for a picnic lunch in the park or on the beach.

This is a great way to really use your imagination in the kitchen.  Try combining foods you haven’t ever combined before to discover new tastes.  Add an ingredient you have never used or tasted before.  Open your mind and you will find a whole new world of flavors out there.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. I’m trying to do a meatless night a week, but don’t commit to a certain day. I use to be the typical American – ate mostly the same 10 meals (in one form or another) over and over and over. Thankfully, that all changed when I had to go gluten-free. I discovered a whole world of food and flavors I had no idea even existed. That part of the transition opened my eyes to the fact that we can eat much more than we can’t :)

  2. Kim says:

    Tiffany,

    I used to be the same way! So funny how having to follow a gluten-free diet opened a door to all of this amazing food!

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