Did you see the Oprah about veganism? The graphic images of the slaughterhouses reinforced my love of animals and my secret wish that I could actually be vegan. I spent years in my high school and college life as a vegetarian. My now husband, then boyfriend told me he would not live with me unless I ate meat. I started with tuna, then chicken and now enjoy a good steak and burger. That being said I do understand why people are vegetarians and veganism intrigues me because of the amazing amount of energy vegans reportedly have. At this point, I will do anything for energy because coffee doesn't seem to do it for me.
Life as vegetarian or vegan is not a current reality, but I try to do my part by following Meatless Monday. A normal Monday menu is simple meals like tomato soup and grilled cheese, bean burritos or veggie pizza and salad. I still feel good to know at least one day a week we are meat free. I've read statistics about how even this small effort helps animals and our bodies.
I discovered the website Weekly Greens that is filled with healthy recipes and uses a variety of fresh vegetables. The Papperdelle with Broccoli Rabe and Ricotta looks like a meal even my carnivore husband will enjoy.
Here is the recipe I plan to make for this Monday. I already bought all the ingredients I need and will let you know how it turns out.
Do you want to make this recipe too on Monday and we can compare our results?
Here is your weekend shopping list:
-1pound broccoli rabe
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-2 large garlic cloves
-3/4 pound pappardelle
-3/4 cup fresh ricotta
-1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan
-Chocolate (Not in the recipe, but every shopping trip should include a little treat!)
Go buy the ingredients this weekend and send me a photo or cooking suggestion and I will post it along with my photo on Monday.
Do you have another crowd pleasing meat free recipe to share?
Who is onboard with me to observe Meatless Mondays?