Meatless Monday – though salads are great every day! Do something good for your mind, body and spirit each day .. as well as the environment. Health is wealth. I usually make my own dressing too, no hidden calories. I have some edamame in this mixture organic mixed greens salad for a bit of protein, roasted corn as summer comes to an end too .. black beans are good with this one as well. I added almonds rather than croutons.
My Go To Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing :
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oul
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or orange juice, or pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon fresh crushed garlic (optional) – I love garlic and it’s good for you! No fresh garlic? You can substitute with garlic powder.
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
1 teaspoon dried or fresh parley- you can also use cilantro to change up recipe and depending on what you’re pairing it with
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
Fresh cracked pepper or a course grind.
In small bowl whisk together all ingredients, you can also use your food processor.
Use a measuring spoon to drizzle on salad as you wish and depending on size of your salad. If you keep these items handy you can always whip together a cute and healthy vinaigrette dressing.
1 cup chopped mixed veggies (broccoli, green and red bell pepper, carrots)
1/2 cup chopped celery, onion and garlic
2 cups veggie broth
Garlic powder, black pepper, crushed pepper, pink Himalayan salt or kosher salt to taste
You can add a bay leaf as well.
Sautée chopped onion, celery, garlic with olive oil medium heat in same pot to cook peas until clear – you can substitute with any type of beans.
Add peas, and broth – seasonings. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, add chopped veggies – Cover, season to taste – continue to simmer on low heat until tender. Cook with love dance around to your favorite feel good music. My soundtrack today included “The Healing.”
Make your favorite mixed green or kale salad – homemade salad dressing or simple olive oil and a balsamic vinaigrette with squeeze of fresh lemon juice is best with fresh cracked pepper. Lay off the croutons – add a few almonds or pecans if no allergies for crunch.
Going without meat gives your body and the environment break. Try it!
What’s on your Meatless Monday menu? There are so many options to keep you full, hydrated and replenished. To give you an idea for me today it lots of water (every day add lemon, fresh cucumber if you need a bit of flavor – with no sugar). Breakfast it was oatmeal with fresh blueberries, banana – and of course I have to have my coffee now having it with a plant based ‘creamer’ – and no sugar which I gave up a while ago. My snack is almonds – main meal is black beans, kale salad with avocado, carrots and red cabbage. My dressing is home made – olive oil, crushed garlic, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, chopped cilantro. I hope you’re all trying it out – find what works for you.
Here’s a mini shoulder roll – do these each day anytime you need to release stress, tension or in general just need a moment to rejuvenate.