Remembrance Day in Canada and other Commonwealth nations is November 11th – a day established in 1919 to remember the fallen soldiers in the “Great War“.
And what began as a war effort by the US government during World War I, then revived in 2003 with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has now gone global. The Meatless Monday campaign is reportedly recognized in 36 countries and the support for going meat-free continues. The oft-cited benefits of a healthy well-balanced meatless diet are:
- less environmental impact from industrial farming and the waste by-products of cow digestion i.e. manure and methane gas
- healthy effect on blood lipid profiles
- the occurrence of diabetes and severity of certain cancers is mitigated
- it is more economical and agriculturally sustainable than meat and dairy-farming
- a plant-based diet tends to be more nutrient-dense containing essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
Here is a recipe for an easy-to-make, complete and versatile meal.
Meat-free recipe du Jour
Chop an assortment of vegetables into bite-size cubes and place in a bowl.
e.g. organic yellow/red potatoes; carrots; parsnips; red pepper; sweet potatoes; onions; a head of garlic (leave whole)
Drizzle about 1 Tablespoon of oil onto veggies and mix to coat. Spread freshly oiled vegetables out on a lined baking pan and sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt and white pepper. You may also wish to use a salt substitute such as Herbamare if you are sodium conscious.
White pepper is more mild than black pepper and gives a mild oomph without the bite.
Roast for 40-45 minutes until the vegetables shrink a little in size and have turned brown on top.
Tip: If using olive oil, set oven to 300°F and if using grapeseed oil set oven for 350ºF.
To complete the meal, mix the veggies with chickpeas and serve with whole-grain rice, couscous or cooked sorghum. For a little extra zing, whisk a bit of oil (e.g. olive, almond, pumpkin) with some lemon juice and mix with the cooked grain and chickpeas before adding the veggies.
Carbohydrates – √ Fat – √ Protein – √ Fibre – √ Vegetarian/Vegan – √ Good Nutritional Content – √ Flavour – √
Yes this meal has got it all.