Monday, December 20, 2010

Meatless Monday!

If you would have asked me a year ago if I would ever give up eating meat, I would have said there is no possible way!!  I love poultry, pork, beef, and fish!  So trust me, I don't think I will ever totally give it up.  However, over the past month I've been taking a day a week to cut out meat in my diet.  At Thanksgiving my cousin Courtney, who is a vegetarian, explained her reasons for not eating meat and some of the health benefits of even cutting it out once a day.  She also has an awesome blog you should check out with all kids of great nutrition info, here is the link

I have to say it makes sense, unless you can buy all organic or locally raised meat, you are probably putting some not so great things in your body.  If your like me, you probably can't afford to buy the best of the best all of the time.  So I decided to give just cutting some meat out a try.  It is actually kind of fun and cheaper, because I have to stretch myself creatively to cook fulfilling meals without meat.  I have made an awesome Chipotle-Carrot Kidney Bean Burger that I will be sharing soon.  BUT I made these Spinach and Artichoke Mini Bellas with a side of Couscous last night, and we didn't miss the meat at all!!  These things are awesome, and they would also be great for a party as an appetizer.

Spinach and Artichoke Mini Bellas
  • 6 small Portabella Caps
  • 1/2 C Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1 Cup frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
  • 1 6 oz Can of quartered Artichoke Hearts, I usually give them a rough chop
  • 1/3 C Chopped Sun dried tomatoes
  • 3 oz Light Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella
  • 1 garlic clove, grated (may sub 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 C Parmesan
  • Place portabellas in a Ziploc bag with balsamic for up to 30 minutes (at least 10 minutes)
  • Preheat Broiler
  • Combine spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, cream cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and mozzarella
  • Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat, place portabellas flesh side down and brown on each side for 4-5 minutes.
  • Once browned place cheese mixture in caps, then top with Parmesan
  • Place in broiler for 5 minutes, until top is browned enjoy!!

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Love ya!


A multi-dimensional life said...

April, my mouth is watering! I will be making these very soon!

I hope you are enjoying the season! Merry Christmas! Bless you!

Lindsay Rudolph said...

Those look spectacular! Lovin' the cream cheese!! Merry Christmas, April!

Rebecca Jean said...

Wow! Those look incredible. I wish my laptop had scratch 'n sniff.

I host a weekly Meatless Monday blog carnival. This would be a great post to link to it.

I invite you to add your meatless posts to the carnival and wish you the best of luck on your Meatless Monday journey! If you need some inspiration, there's lots of yummy meatless meals linked up there.

Happy Holidays!
♥ Rebecca Jean
Midnight Maniac

Cookin' Up Dreams in April's Kitchen said...

Thanks for the sweet comments guys! You all are so encouraging! Rebecca what a neat idea and blog you have! I will def be back and post this for Meatless Monday blog Carnival!

Joi said...

This looks wonderful! I am going to try these next week.

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