Meatless Monday Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Risotto courtesy of inSHAPE

Spiced pumpkin is truly a fall favorite, and we will likely be using it quite a lot this season. Pumpkins came early and are already so tasty. Here’s a tasty dish that you can make and enjoy as a side dish or as your main for Meatless Monday. Continue reading “Meatless Monday Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Risotto courtesy of inSHAPE”

Meatless Monday Recipes: Pumpkin Soup courtesy of inSHAPE

The pumpkin is a beloved, if not difficult, ingredient in hearty autumn dishes. A large squash that is equally satisfying in both savory and sweet dishes, the pumpkin deserves a spot on everyone’s table! This tasty soup is surprisingly easy to prepare and tastes great. Coupled with a green salad, your Monday dinner will become an event to celebrate.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Eggplant Parmesan courtesy of inSHAPE

With the chill in the air, its hard not to start thinking of autumn. Eggplant is an autumn delight, and the parmesan style of preparing it remains a favorite. However, the thinly cut, heavily breaded style is boring and a little too heavy on the starchy carbs. So, we did some research and came up with a flavorful version that is twice baked. With whole wheat or quinoa pasta, this dish is a testament to the diminished value of meat on the plate! Cheers to Meatless Monday!

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Black Rice Pilaf with Apricot Dressing courtesy of inSHAPE

I still love white rice and indulge in it with sushi every once in a blue moon, but “fancy” rice has taken on a whole new meaning as the effects of refined carbohydrates have been underscored.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Farro Risotto courtesy of inSHAPE

Kids love rice, but plain rice, even brown rice is stripped of most of it’s nutritional value. White rice has zero nutritional value. Now we aren’t suggesting that you never serve it, but you can opt for quinoa, bulgur, spelt, farro and others that offer high levels of fiber, protein and other essential nutrients – AND they can taste great! This easy recipe cooks farro down then cooks it down more, and with a few other ingredients turns it into a yummy risotto. 

Kids love rice, but plain rice, even brown rice is stripped of most of it’s nutritional value. White rice has zero nutritional value. Now we aren’t suggesting that you never serve it, but you can opt for quinoa, bulgur, spelt, farro and others that offer high levels of fiber, protein and other essential nutrients – AND they can taste great! This easy recipe cooks farro down then cooks it down more, and with a few other ingredients turns it into a yummy risotto.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Soup ‘on’ a Salad courtesy of inSHAPE

Making good use of items already in the fridge prevents food waste and often leads to the greatest of creations. This week’s recipe took about 15 minutes to whip up, with another 15 or so to simmer, and we ended up with an earthy, spring like (but also soothing) dish that is hard to ignore.

Making good use of items already in the fridge prevents food waste and often leads to the greatest of creations. This week’s recipe took about 15 minutes to whip up, with another 15 or so to simmer, and we ended up with an earthy, spring like (but also soothing) dish that is hard to ignore.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Mung Bean and Corn Salad courtesy of inSHAPE

Mung beans are a tiny little green bean native to the Indian subcontinent. Often used to make dal (pancakes), we found especially easy to soften and roast lightly with corn for a tasty and extremely nutritious salad.

Mung beans are a tiny little green bean native to the Indian subcontinent. Often used to make dal (pancakes), we found especially easy to soften and roast lightly with corn for a tasty and extremely nutritious salad.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Cauliflower Quiche courtesy of inSHAPE

You’ve probably noticed that we love eggs as part of our approach to Meatless Monday. Raising hens is a perfectly humane and nutritionally logical way to be committed to good food that doesn’t harm animals or your body. We love quiche because it’s easy, but this recipe challenged us a bit.

You’ve probably noticed that we love eggs as part of our approach to Meatless Monday. Raising hens is a perfectly humane and nutritionally logical way to be committed to good food that doesn’t harm animals or your body. We love quiche because it’s easy, but this recipe challenged us a bit. We wanted to replace most of the fatty dairy with cauliflower puree, so we had to tinker with the egg mixture too. Check it out: the recipe is still doable in less than an hour, and it’s a family friendly meal that you can enjoy anytime!

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Brussels Sprouts with Kumquat and Feta Glaze courtesy of inSHAPE

Let’s just say right off the bat: meat is totally over-rated. Unless you are a body builder or into heavy athletic training, you almost assuredly consume too much protein. Dinner does NOT have to include a piece of meat, so make the mental shift and go easy on dinners, especially during the week.

Let’s just say right off the bat: meat is totally over-rated. Unless you are a body builder or into heavy athletic training, you almost assuredly consume too much protein. Dinner does NOT have to include a piece of meat, so make the mental shift and go easy on dinners, especially during the week. This quick dish is totally satisfying as a complete meal and makes use of two plentiful winter produce items: kumquats and brussels sprouts. We served the dish with a serving of quinoa as well, a flavorful and fiber-rich way to end the day.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Beluga Lentil Soup courtesy of inSHAPE

Standard sized lentils take forever to cook, but beluga lentils are small and cook in less than an hour. A pot of this quick and easy soup could feed you for a week, leaving more time for fun and cheer. 

Standard sized lentils take forever to cook, but beluga lentils are small and cook in less than an hour. A pot of this quick and easy soup could feed you for a week, leaving more time for fun and cheer.

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