Meatless Monday Specials

Meatless Monday has become a popular and trendy health fade within the past few years, but did you know it stems back to WWI and war rations.

The health benefits behind the meatless meals are great. Meat is hard on our digestive system and extremely acidic to the body. Acidity is the ideal environment for the development of disease and inflammation. Just one meatless meal a week adds up over the year and can have great health benefits.

Today I have two easy and equally delicious Meatless Monday meals for you.

Veggie Chili:
1/2 onion, diced
1 1/2 peppers, diced
1 1/2 carrots, diced
1 celery stick, diced
2 large cans diced tomatoes
2 cans beans (your choice)
1/2 cup vegetable stock
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot heat 1 tbsp oil over medium low heat. Sauté onions, peppers, carrots and celery until slightly soft. Add tomatoes, beans and stock and stir to combine. Add in spices and stir to combine. Cook over low to medium-low heat until liquid is slightly reduced, about 45 min to 1 hour.

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Veggie Minestrone Soup:
1/2 onion, diced
1 1/2 pepper, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 1/2 cups chopped potatoes
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup chopped kale
1 1/2 cartons vegetable stock (about 6 cups)
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pot over medium low heat, sauté onion, peppers, carrots and potatoes until slightly soft. Season with salt and pepper and add cauliflower and broccoli, cook 2 minutes. Add stock and water along with the bay leaf and stir. Cook over medium low heat for 30 minutes. Add kale and cook another 10 minutes. Don’t forget to remove bay leaf before serving.

Hope you enjoy these delicious and warming Meatless Monday recipes.

Enjoy!

XO Deanna

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