3 Meatless Recipes to Try
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3 Meatless Recipes to Try

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Meatless meals can be delicious but they can also save you money. To help you in the process we came up with three recipes that are easy! As it turns out going meatless can not only save you some serious money, but it can be beneficial health wise too. Seriously. One fun way to dip your toes into the pool of eating less meat is by trying Meatless Mondays. The basic gist of Meatless Mondays is to start off the week by consuming no meat. Trust us, this is a little harder than it sounds. To help you in the process we found three awesome recipes that are not only easy to create, but delicious too!

3 Meatless Recipes

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Avocado 

Sometimes you’re really in the mood for a burger, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat one! Here is just one tasty meatless burger alternative we found. For more inspiration check out Buzzfeed Food’s post “25 Tasty Hamburger Alternatives That Are Actually Good For You”. Keep in mind not all of the options listed in BuzzFeed’s article are meatless so you’ll have to choose carefully.

  • 2 cans Cannellini white beans, drained
  • 1 large sweet potato, baked/peeled/mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp maple or agave syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning OR Cajun seasoning (or another fave spice!)
  • 1/4 cup wheat flour
  •  Panko crumbs
  • Safflower oil for pan

First you’ll want to bake your sweet potatoes and then peel them. Then put these into a large mixing bowl. Drain your Cannellini White Beans and place them in the large mixing bowl with your sweet potatoes. Mash the contents of your large mixing bowl together. Add your seasoning and flour to the bowl and mash all of the contents together. Be sure to evenly distribute the seasoning into your mixture! Take the contents of the bowl and shape them into your desired amount of patties. If you find the mixture is too loose add flour or breadcrumbs as needed. Now put a tablespoon of oil in a pan and  heat it up. Take your Panko crumbs and place them in a small bowl. You’ll be coating your patties in the crumbs and then dropping them into your heated pan. Make sure to cook your patties until they are browned on each side. Remove your browned patties from the pan, let them cool, and enjoy!

Whit’s Easy Veggie Chili 

This chili recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner! Big thanks to Meatless Monday for the recipe!

  • 1 15-oz can each: dark kidney beans, white kidney beans, garbanzo beans
  • 1 16-oz bag frozen mixed veggies
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1 package chili powder mix
  • 1 16-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup spicy V-8 juice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • Hot sauce, to taste

Add all ingredients to a large pot. Heat the contents for a about 20 minutes. Be sure to stir the pot so as the contents don’t burn your pot. Once the contents are warm your chili is done!

Bruschetta 

This tasty snack makes a perfect mid-day treat or a delectable appetizer! Using fresh ingredients will really help bring out flavors.

  • 1 fresh loaf Italian bread
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (125 ml)
  • 4 large plump tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped basil (1 ml)

Place your chopped garlic into a warmed up frying pan with hot oil. Now slice your bread into 1/4 inch slices and place them in the frying pan. Brown one side of the bread and be careful not to burn it. Remove your bread from the pan and be sure to leave pieces of garlic from your pan on the bread. Proceed to add chopped basil onto your bread. Now spoon your tomatoes on the top of your basil and pour the remaining garlic and oil onto the tomatoes. Voila! Now you can chow down on some tasty  bruschetta!

If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration for meatless dishes, or more information on consuming less meat, we recommend you check out the Meatless Monday website.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.