Meatless Monday?

We don't really participate in "Meatless Monday". In fact, the other day, Devin told me I could get as crunchy as I wanted to as long as we could keep eating meat. :) I for one tend to think there's no way God filled the earth with tons of animals if we weren't meant to eat them. And, let's be real, animals are tasty. That being said, it's not uncommon for us to eat vegetarian meals, we just don't always do it on Mondays.

Our favorite meatless meal of late:

Quinoa and kale patties with chickpea curry sauce
Quinoa/Kale Patties: (ingredients in bold) (serves 4)

In a medium sized bowl, stir together 2.5 cups cooked quinoa (about one cup uncooked), 4 large eggs (seems like a lot, but otherwise they'll be a little dry), 3 chopped green onions, 3 pressed garlic cloves, one cup of bread crumbs or crushed crackers, a dash or two of salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper. Steam or lightly saute´a few stems of kale (about a cup when cooked). Stir the kale into the quinoa mixture.

Form into patties (size doesn't matter). In a large sauce pan, cook over medium heat in a tablespoon of olive oil. Roughly 3-4 minutes a side depending on how crispy you want the outside or how big you made the patties.

Sauce:
With a tablespoon of butter or olive oil, saute´a couple spoonfuls of red curry paste until fragrant. (You could also use yellow curry powder for similar results.) Stir one can of drained/rinsed chickpeas into the curry paste to coat and then add one can of lite coconut milk. Continue to stir while the sauce thickens and the curry colors the coconut milk. Let simmer for 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.

The last step is pretty obvious. Pour desired amount of the sauce over the quinoa patty and you're good to go. The leftovers were a fabulous lunch at work the following day!

8 comments:

Jenny Gutwein said...

Awesome! You should know I try most of your recipes along with NatalieJean and Amanda from Matshallsabroad. I read recently that Tumeric is the healthy anti-cancer element of curry so lately I have been buying mostly Tumeric and to adjust doing half & half yellow curry/Tumeric. Maybe a bit more pungeant, but worth it :)!

Jenny Gutwein said...

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Jenny Gutwein said...

Awesome! You should know I try most of your recipes along with NatalieJean and Amanda from Matshallsabroad. I read recently that Tumeric is the healthy anti-cancer element of curry so lately I have been buying mostly Tumeric and to adjust doing half & half yellow curry/Tumeric. Maybe a bit more pungeant, but worth it :)!

Linda said...

I think I'll try this for dinner...thanks!

L, Ann and boys said...

yum-I also try most of them :) thanks for the inspirations. And Luke agrees with your Mr. on the meat issue. He even drinks kombucha...but if I hinted at going veg...he would probably--I don't know--die.

and good luck with the spending freeze girl. My version is to put things in the Amazon cart and then I have to wait a week or two before completing purchases. 1/3-1/2 of the items are usually totally not necessary after the wait. Silly humans we are. ;)

Devin B. Wieland said...

You should follow this Meatless Monday post up with one about the cheese meatloaf I'm about to make tonight for Tons-of-Meat-Tuesday...

leah said...

devin sounds like ross! anxiously awaiting tons-of-meat-tuesday devin! haha!

T and M said...

yum....I'm going to try this too!

here's a quick fix we had tonight:
http://www.goop.com/recipes/lunch/sweet-potato-black-bean-kale-skillet