New Year’s Resolution: Go Meatless on Mondays

by in Recipes, December 31st, 2012

Minestrone SoupWith only hours left in 2012, you’re likely already looking ahead to the New Year and perhaps wondering how you can incorporate smarter eating habits into your meal routine in 2013. Instead of overhauling your current diet, cutting out entire food groups and committing to a fat-free lifestyle for the next 365 days, trying sticking to a healthy-eating resolution that allows you to take small, simple steps to a smarter approach to food. One way to kick off the New Year on a healthful note is to embrace Meatless Monday, a national movement that encourages everyone to eliminate meat from their diets just one day of the week, Monday or any other, for the sake of their own health and that of the planet.

In celebration of Meatless Monday, every week on FN Dish we share a roundup of vegetarian recipes — some made-over versions of classically beefy plates, others naturally meat-free, but all full-flavored, can-do dishes. Start 2013 on a healthful note by checking out a few of Food Network’s all-time-favorite meatless entrees below, and check back each Monday to find more simple vegetarian meals that will wow your whole family.

One of the easiest meals to make meatless is soup, a versatile, kid-approved staple that can be prepared in a flash. Ellie Krieger’s top-rated Minestrone Soup (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine is packed with good-for-you vegetables like green beans, carrots and celery, plus hearty kidney beans and tomatoes and tender pasta. Before serving, she tops each bowl with a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan cheese and fragrant basil for freshness. Be sure to swap in vegetable broth for chicken broth to maintain a completely meatless meal.

Eggplant Parmesan SauceJust like soup, pasta too can be customized to fit your family’s needs and favorite flavors. If you have a refrigerator full of leftover vegetables, saute them in olive oil, then toss in noodles and cheese. Cooking for picky eaters? You can always reduce the amount of garlic or herbs in a sauce to better suit their tastes. Food Network Magazine lets pasta shine in a creative take on a classic Italian-American entree: eggplant Parmesan. The Eggplant-Parmesan Sauce (pictured right) is a stick-to-your ribs supper that can be made with just a handful of ingredients. After coating chunks of eggplant in flour and Parmesan cheese, fry them until they’re golden brown and deliciously crispy, then toss with Food Network Magazine‘s Perfect Marinara Sauce and rigatoni for dinner in just 45 minutes.

Antipasti SaladFood Network Kitchens has eliminated meat from a classic Antipasti Salad (pictured left), replacing that hearty component with equally satisfying vegetables like marinated artichoke hearts, crunchy fennel, chewy chickpeas and sweet red peppers. These colorful bites are tossed with peppery arugula and dressed with a tangy orange-garlic vinaigrette before being finished with salty kalamata olives and shaved Parmesan cheese.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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Comments (10)

  1. Miniatoura Restaurant Syntagma says:

    We shall try your suggestions for meatless Mondays!

  2. S.Kelley says:

    Where's the vegetable soup that's shown recipe?

  3. R.Franklin says:

    Your recipe for minestrone soup above calls for chicken stock. Meatless? Really?

  4. veganfoodie says:

    "meatless" ..but chicken stock?? C'mon ..a wee bit of awareness please

  5. Carol Durham says:

    For those that did not read everything before they posted about the chicken broth it does say "Be sure to swap in vegetable broth for chicken broth to maintain a completely meatless meal." I am not vegan or even vegetarian so if your doing it for the planet then you would eliminate all animal protein including dairy for one day a week.

  6. Sue says:

    I saw a great recipe with spinach, zucchini and parmesan made into meatless balls. lost the paper, can youi help me?

  7. Malorie says:

    I'm so glad Food Network is embracing Meatless Mondays! These are great recipes to help anyone ease into cutting back their meat consumption. For even more ideas to continue your healthy eating throughout the week, check out http://www.chooseveg.com. I hope everyone has fun experimenting with cruelty-free cooking!

  8. NicoleFrancisE says:

    Thank you, Food Network!! I have been doing the meatless thing for a while and encouraging my mom do the same. She loves Food Network and she'll be THRILLED to see you guys are embracing plant-based, yummy meals, too! I am really happy to hear the health and environmental advantages touted here. Some might also want to know more about how reducing meat consumption will help reduce suffering of factory farmed animals. I learned a lot at mercyforanimals.org. If you're ready to know the REAL ugly truth, check out Farm to Fridge while you're there – it will open your eyes like it did mine. Happy New Year, all!

  9. steven says:

    Proteins. Meat, poultry, fish, whey, eggs, cottage cheese, …
    Veggies. Spinach, broccoli, salad, kale, cabbage, …
    Fruits. Banana, orange, apple, pineapple, peers, …
    Fats. Olive oil, fish oil, real butter, nuts, flax seeds, …
    Carbs. Brown rice, oats, whole grain pasta, quinoa, …
    No need to be perfect. Eating junk food actually helps fat loss by keeping your hormones sharp. Don't overdo it though. Eat junk food 10% of the time max. That's 4 junk meals/week if you eat 6 meals/day. http://www.foodnetworkrecipestoday.com/ is a diet and weight loss program you should look at.

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    Green Tea Smoothie | Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog on google I just whent and bookmark it. Casana blog for anyone who wants to act out out nigh this topic. You observation so some its near exhausting to present with you (not that I real would

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