Meatless Mondays: Be-Ready Tips
Has anyone tried a meatless meal in the last two weeks? Have you picked up some beans at the grocery store or tried a new variety of rice?
To me, preparation is the key to surviving and enjoying meatlessness. Some things that help make meals and snacks easier at our house:
- About once every couple of weeks, I soak dry beans on the counter for a day or two and then cook them up and freeze them.
- Same for rice. Having these two key ingredients in my freezer at all times ensures that I will always have something to eat.
- You can also chop some veggies and store those, too. I often have chopped onion and cilantro in the freezer.
- Spend a morning slicing carrots, broccoli, and peppers. You’ll have quick snacks ready and you’ll be well on your way to a delicious stir fry for dinner.
- If you like hard-boiled eggs, cook up a few for the week so they’re ready for sandwiches, salads, and quick snacks.
- Double your recipes. Put the extra muffins or pancakes in the freezer for rushed mornings.
- Freezing also works well for a second lasagna, pot pie, or soup.
Single-Serving Egg Salad (for a sandwich or leafy salad)
This classic dish is one of my favorites. It always tastes like summer to me. Serve with seasonal vegetables or sliced fruit for a light and easy meal. Make it a heartier dish by serving on toasted, thick-sliced, homemade bread with a salad on the side and some roasted vegetables.
- 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced
- A generous spoonful/scoop of real mayo
- A squirt of mustard
- A light splash of vinegar or pickle “juice” (you know, the liquid in a pickle jar)
- As much dill as you can stand (I like mine with LOTS of dill)
- salt & pepper to taste
- dash of paprika (opt)
Mix until it reaches desired consistency. For a sandwich, spread on bread (or toasted bread — even better!). Top with seasonal leafy greens like spinach, bib lettuce, romaine, or your favorite variety. Try it with sprouts, cucumber, or another favorite crispy veggie!
For a salad, pile the greens and veggies high. Add egg salad to the top. Dig in.
How do you like your egg salad?