Why Meatless Mondays?…
Lots of reasons but healthwise I know we should eat more plant-based meals not only for our health but for the environment…But there is so much information that to read, test and digest it takes a while …I have decided to do it in stages as to me it should be a permanent commitment and find some dishes which are equal in taste to what I normally cook.
I have stated many times that I will never be fully vegetarian or vegan as I believe in a healthy balanced diet coupled with exercise…but eating more plant-based meals seems to be the way to go…
What are the best meat substitutes which I have tried and my family like…
1.Jackfruit...Luckily I have a jackfruit tree in my garden which I share with the wildlife predominantly the birds and the squirrels.
The first time I tried Jackfruit I did add some pork mince I now don’t and continue to be surprised at how like meat it is in both texture and taste…
My second Chilli recipe from a friend of mine …Richard and it is his vegetarian chilli…Thank Richard it is very nice. It is Richards recipe with a Thai twist and tasty…
Meat-free Chilli with lentils.
- 1 large onion roughly chopped
- 1 carrot finely chopped
- 1 stick of celery finely chopped
- 1 tomato finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 chillies
- 125 gm mushrooms chopped
- A handful of chopped green beans
- 100 gm black lentils
- 1 tbsp each of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar
- Basil Leaves
Then cook as normal ensuring lentils are cooked through.
The instructions are as I received them as Richard obviously knows I can cook…lol
For anyone needing more details then cook as my chilli recipe above but adding lentils instead of the meat. I did add a couple more tomatoes and some kidney beans to Richards original recipe….I also soaked my lentils… he doesn’t as he likes his lentils al dente…
Cooking is all about personal taste and I sometimes just chuck it in the pot and take it from there… That’s how I cook most of the time and TASTE…
3. Black Beans.
Whether you buy them canned or dried, black beans are a great way to enjoy a high protein meal without meat. If you buy them canned, you can drain the packaging liquid to incorporate into other recipes — or simmer the beans in that very liquid for a rich dish with a built-in sauce. Black beans are of course a delicious component in tacos and burrito bowls, but you can also try blending them up and incorporating them into homemade veggie burgers and creamy dips.
Chickpeas are one of the legumes which I have used the most over the years…I mean who doesn’t love hummus with some lovely crisp veggies?
But as I am discovering there is so much more including aquafaba which you can use as a substitute for raw egg whites…
For more info on using dried peas, beans and lentils please click the link above.
I will, of course, add to this list as I try more different products…it does, of course, depend on what I can purchase here as not all foods as you know are available around the world.
That’s all for today on my first foray into eating more plant-based meals on a Meatless Monday…
If you have enjoyed this post please leave a comment as any tips or comments I love as you all know I just love to chat…Love Carol xx