Your Meatless Menu For January
As the hectic holidays subside and the cold sets it, we’re revving up the comfort food factor on our Meatless Monday’s for January!
We’re turning up the heat for the first Monday of 2020 with this spicy red pasta with lentils. Getting its heat from red chili flakes, this tomato sauce is rich with red lentils, garlic and carrots. The trick with the lentils is to cook for 15 minutes for “al dente”, and 20-22 minutes for tender. The only thing this plant-based protein-packed pasta is missing is a nice piece of crusty bread on the side. Bellissimo!
The foodie world has never been so interested in Middle Eastern and African ingredients, and both harissa (a spicy chili paste) and bulgur (a hulled durum wheat) fall into those categories. That said, this is one trendy recipe! Featuring seasonal acorn squash roasted in a harissa-butter mixture, the squash is served over seasoned bulgur with a tasty parsley-yogurt sauce. Not only is this recipe visually beautiful, the spicy squash with cool yogurt sauce and savory bulgur is a flavor and texture experience nothing short of gourmet.
Reminding us of a savory, veggie-filled bread pudding, this casserole holds the unique twist of sautéed zucchini, pepper, tomato and eggplant being poured over toasted garlic bread before baking. Loaded with Italian flavors from tomato sauce, thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley and various formaggi, you will even deglaze with white wine! With all those veggies, cheese, seasonings and bread, this is one casserole you might want to leave time for a nap after.
Attention gravy lovers! You won’t miss the meat in this fully-loaded shepherd’s pie. A simple combination of onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms, garlic and frozen peas is surrounded by big flavor from a tomato paste, rosemary, sage and Worcestershire sauce broth/gravy. Topped with an absolutely stellar mashed potato topping, baking it all together gives you deliciously tender veggies below with slightly crispy mashed potato on top. With its rich flavors and hearty ingredients, this is the definition of comfort food that can be served up any day of the week.
Do you have a favorite #Meatless recipe? Tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see!
December 18, 2019