|At least these little quinoa-chickpea fritters were meatless! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
I've said it before and it bears repeating -- the whole Meatless Monday thing isn't meant to be an affront to Red-Blooded (A)Merican Meat-Eaters who steadfastly refuse to give up their bacon, pork chops, steak and AK-47s. I take the mindful eating movement as more of a stance on environmental awareness and the fact that if we weren't so overly carnivorous, maybe the consumption slowdown can cut back some of the mega-farms that are churning out poor quality, antibiotic-stuffed Frankenmeats. Which, really, how does that benefit anyone? No one's saying you can't have your bacon with eggs. Just consider one day where you have a bowl of vegetable soup and a big salad -- which isn't so hard to consider when you're at work and just want something quick that won't put you in a food coma for the rest of the day. You've probably been doing one meat-free day a week and not even realized it, and if that's the case -- bravo, keep up the good work!
|Extra-good dipped in Sriracha mixed in plain yogurt -- do it!! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
My challenge with Meatless Days are finding something to appease that strong savory craving that frankly, most meats will address. My go-to, easy weekday dish has been making chickpea and quinoa fritters which I did a post on a little while back. You can whip up a batch fairly easily, most of the ingredients are either canned, dried or a basic staple you likely have in your fridge. A more protein-enriched version of falafel, using the quinoa and minus the deep-frying, I just pan-sear the little guys in a nonstick pan with a little oil. Baking them would probably work, I just like that crispy outer shell. I can eat a whole plate of these crispy, seasoned fritter/meatballs, maybe with some Sriracha mixed in plain yogurt (don't knock it, it's good), and it's like a junk food treat without being totally junky. And creature-free (minus the egg, if you want to make it vegan).
|The Meatless Fail - curse my absent-minded seasoning habits! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|A wealth of vegetables -- who will even notice there's no meat in there? - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Even in it's Mostly Meatless-ness, the curry was still tasty - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
The finished curry was delicious, maybe a little extra savory with that hit of fish sauce. It made me think of Billy Crystal's Miracle Max in The Princess Bride. "Most-ly meatless," he would likely say. And I got to thinking of other mostly/nearly/somewhat movie references, and that's pretty much where my Mostly Meatless Monday wound up, which is to say a big ol' bowl of good intentions and a splash of fish sauce.
|The Meat-Scale, according to Wasabi - screencaps from Princess Bride and Harry Potter|