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MAKING MEATLESS MORE FUN – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOG (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

latkeOne of the biggest hurdles for many people thinking about taking the Meatless Monday pledge is making peace with it not feeling like sacrifice. We are a rather carniverous culture, on the whole, so the idea of no meat in a meal sounds like it should be something limiting, unsatisfying, even though it’s really not. This is where a shift in perspective can come in handy. Instead of thinking about skipping meat as a chore based on what isn’t in the meal, make the meal something fun, a treat to start your week right. Of course, piling Monday plates with indulgences can quickly undo the health benefits we want, so it will be more about taking a new approach to how we look at being a little naughty.

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VEGAN MISO SOUP – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOGS (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

misoIn many parts of the world, the idea of going meatless is not a new or novel approach to eating. Being part of affluent (and, let’s admit, indulgent) cultures, it’s easy to forget there are many people for whom a mostly meatless diet is historically the norm. These cultures’ cuisines are a great place to look for delicious, healthy ideas for your Meatless Monday menus, so don’t overlook them.

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GARLIC PASTA AND MARINARA – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOG (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

garlic-pastaWhen you’re looking for great meals without meat, there are few better places to look than what is often referred to as the “rustic” side of a cuisine. For those in the know, that’s peasant food, which is a wonderful thing. These are meals designed to be filling, healthy, and satisfying with a few inexpensive and readily-available ingredients. Good for you and your food budget!

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STUFFED SHELLS – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOG (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

shellsThis week, Meatless Monday is all about a big ol’ family dinner. The Boss and I, being on vacation at our secret mountain lair with the rest of the clan, have an extra challenge in putting together our meatless meal. How do we keep our pledge while cooking for a table full of dedicated carnivores?

Answer: Italian!

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THAI-INSPIRED HOT AND SOUR SOUP WITH BANH MI SPRING ROLLS – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOG (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

rollsAfter a few weeks of carb and dairy heavy meals, not to mention a bit of vacation excess, it felt like a good time to lighten up. Fortunately, we’ll be playing with a fusion of Szechuan and Thai with a touch of Vietnamese, so we’ll get plenty of bold flavors and satisfying richness without the extra calories. It’s kind of like having a culinary Asian All-Star team on your plate.

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BROWNED-BUTTER CABBAGE AND POTATO DUMPLINGS – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOG (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

dumplingsIt’s been chilly again, here in LALAland, so I was inspired to share my family’s favorite comfort food, cabbage and dumplings. Like all old-school family recipes, this is food from The Old Country™, simple peasant food for simple peasant people. What does that mean to you? Peasants, of course, are not exactly a well-heeled lot. This means their food’s going to be cheap as hell to make. We’re talking, literally, cents per serving. It’s kind of ridiculous how cheap.

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VEGAN GHORMEH SABZI AND PISTACHIO SAFFRON KHEER – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOG (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

ghormehThis week was my birthday weekend, so we prepared an immense feast of Persian and Indian fusion for a few good friends. The recipes I created for that night will start sneaking into Meatless Mondays over time. I won’t hit you all at once, because there were quite a few. We’ll toss it up with new cuisines in between.

For today, I’ll just give you the biggest successes of the night.

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GAZPACHO AND CHILE-ROASTED CORN – FOOD AND RECIPE BLOG (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ COLUMN

food-vegan-gazpacho-con-monoWhat better way to kick off Meatless Mondays here on the ‘zine than with a dinner I just made for one of my fellow Blacklisters!

There are few things I love more than having friends over for dinner. When those friends are vegetarian or vegan, instead of seeing it as a limitation, I welcome having an excuse to eat lighter and trim a bit more meat and dairy from our diet. The other night, The Boss and I were hosts to one of our favorite people, Forest Nui Cobalt, who writes the superb Lippy horoscopes you read here every month.

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