Quick Meatless Monday Menu Ideas

The entire concept of Meatless Monday is not something which on the face of it will appeal to everyone. You may be one of the many who thinks that a meal without meat is a meal without quality, taste or substance. While this can often be true, there are many ways in which you can explore delicious, different meals that do not include meat, to expand both your own tastes and those of your family. Why not at least consider some of the ideas featured below and let them be your starter for coming up with your own tasty, nutritious and adventurous meals, all prepared without meat?

Super easy, vegetarian pizza substitute

Pizzas made only with vegetables are delicious but making your own pizza dough and sauce, while not difficult, can be time consuming. Why not try simple bread as your pizza base and canned, chopped tomatoes as the basis of a simple sauce? This recipe uses the bottom half of a round bread loaf as a pizza base but individual slices of bread – or bread sliced as available – can easily be substituted.

Ingredients (serves two)

1 10” circular bread loaf (bottom half only)
1 8oz can chopped tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
½ tsp dried basil
Sea salt and black pepper
½ each of green, red and yellow bell peppers, sliced
4oz cheddar or other hard cheese, grated or shredded
Little bit of butter for greasing tray

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450F (220C). Lay the bread circle or slices on a baking sheet, lightly greased with the butter. Mix the garlic and basil with the chopped tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and spread evenly over the bread. The sliced peppers should be laid on next, alternately, and the cheese scattered over the top. Bake for ten to twelve minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden. Slice as required and serve.

Mixed Mediterranean vegetables

This dish involves some simple vegetable chopping and a brief cooking time while you set the table for dinner.

Ingredients (serves two)

1 large eggplant, diced to one inch pieces
1 large zucchini, diced to one inch pieces
1 large red onion, peeled and quartered
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
2 tsp fresh basil, roughly chopped
Fresh crusty bread to serve

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400F (200C). Add the zucchini, eggplant, red onion and garlic to a deep baking tray. Season well with salt and pepper and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Mix briefly but well with a wooden spoon or spatula and bake for twenty minutes. Transfer to serving plates, garnish with the basil and serve with the fresh bread for dipping.

Mixed salad pita bread munches

Part of the attraction of Meatless Monday may be not having to cook, especially in hot weather. If that is the attraction for you, give this idea a go, the only brief cooking required being the heating of the pita breads.

Ingredients (serves two)

2 tbsp mayo
2 cloves of garlic, peeled crushed and finely chopped
1 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, seeds and pulp removed, finely diced
4 inches English cucumber, seeds and pulp removed, finely diced
4 green lettuce leaves, shredded
6 pitted black olives, halved
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and white pepper
2 pita breads

Directions

Spoon the mayo in to a bowl. Add the garlic and chives, stir well and – if time permits – cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.

Mix the tomato, lettuce, olives and cucumber in a bowl with the olive oil and season. Heat the pita breads as per the instructions on the pack and carefully slice along one side to open them up. Stuff with the tomato and cucumber mix, before topping with the mayo mix and serve.

Conclusion

A day without meat can be daunting. Not to try, however, is never to know. The variety of truly vegetarian meals you personally can come up with can be enlightening. If you simply include a little imagination, perhaps an inspired Google search related to your favorite vegetables and even a simple browse of a supermarket vegetable aisle, a Meatless Monday need not represent a day without food excitement, quality flavors and nutritional value but rather a day of discovery, variety and new found recipe inspiration.

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