A Delicious Recipe for Meatless Monday

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

-Kosher salt

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-2 large garlic cloves

-3/4 pound pappardelle

-3/4 cup fresh ricotta

-1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan

-Black pepper

-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?






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  • I love Meatless Monday! I've been trying to do it for a while now. Sometimes I forget, but most times I can pull it off. AND my carnivore husband has no idea - I just cooked dinner and say "here ya go!" ha! Thanks for the recipe. I'll give it a go.

  • i can't believe dan issued that ultimatum!

  • I'll have to ask in our vegetable shop if they have broccoli rabe - never heard of it! Looks Deeelish.

  • BTW why is an old grey traffic cone the default profile pic? Odd! :)

  • Thanks for your comments!
    Jill - that is a smart idea not to tell your hubs your intention. I make a big deal that I think mine goes to the meal with lowered expectations.
    Kevin - true story.
    Megs - Let me know if you find broccoli rabe in Ireland. It is delicious and often found in chinese dishes here. Also, you should change your traffic cone picture to your beautiful face.

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