Meatless Monday


italianMore and more we are hearing about Meatless Monday, pushed by not just vegans but a lot of top celebrity chefs. I have no problem with this, in fact the Mediterranean diet is almost made up of no meat at all, once a week at best.  And, growing up in America with parents from Italy, Friday was always a day of either pizza or fish or both.  Now that we are here 100 years later, we have money and I still try to vary my diet of fish, chicken, beef, pork, pasta, etc. But I always welcome a diet that focuses more on vegetables than meat and/or carbs like pasta or bread.

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So, here is your super simple Meatless Monday recipe that should feed 4 or more. If not, add a loaf of bread, and you are most certainly set.

1 Small Bag of mini Yellow Potatoes
1 Fryer Pepper
1 Small Red Onion
1 Half pound of fresh String Beans
5 Cloves fresh Garlic (optional)
Salt, Pepper, maybe even some oregano?

Simply split the mini potatoes in half, drop into a glass Pyrex casserole dish that has been coated with oil.  Slice and cut onions, string beans, potatoes, salt, pepper and perhaps add some oregano to taste.  Put in an oven at 400F for 50 minutes, turn off heat, allow to stand another 10 minutes and enjoy with warm bread if you like.  This could even be a boiled dish, but I made it in the oven since it was so cold today.

photoAbout half way through I like to toss all the vegetables and turn the dish around to insure everything is cooking thoroughly and properly.  But of course, you will test and taste it to be sure that the potatoes are tender, if so, the vegetables will certainly be after that long in the oven.

Its an old Italian favorite that can be served hot for dinner or even warm or cold the next day for lunch.  Leftovers can be used to accompany nearly anything from a side with a steak, to mixed in with sausage or even tossed with fresh pasta.  Its easy, its healthy, its the most basic root of many dishes you can think to create, even as a stand-alone.


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