All of my previous Meatless Mondays have required following a recipe. This has been a terrific way to try unknown ingredients and learn new culinary techniques. This is the first week I’ve used the ingredients I had in the house to create my own recipe.
I began with cheese and tortillas, planning to prepare simple quesadillas. I added spinach and other random vegetables that I found wilting in the vegetable drawer. Then, I cooked them on a non-stick pan, simply flipping and cutting when melted.
I knew there was a soft mango in my fruit basket so I chopped and added onion, cilantro, salt, pepper and honey. This delicious salsa is also a perfect topper for white fish.
Next, I made a guacamole from avocados, onions, basil from the garden, garlic, salt and pepper. Tomatoes, peppers or other herbs can be added as well.
Finally, I planned to assemble a tomato and cucumber relish as a third topping. When I began chopping the cucumber, I realized it was mushy. I looked around for a backup and spotted corn. I mixed the corn and tomatoes with fresh chives, olive oil, lemon, tarragon, mustard and garlic dressing.
This dinner was a real crowd pleaser. The kids loved how they could pick their topping, and, frankly, we adults did too.
I’m proud that I could create a delicious, healthy Meatless Monday dinner without following a recipe and using the food I have in my house.
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What are you cooking tonight?