Meatless Monday: Sesame Quinoa and Edamame Salad

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I think there might be something wrong with me. I eat things like this salad, and I do enjoy them – no really, I do – but ten minutes later I feel that familiar pang. I know that it should fill me up, it’s full of vegetables and it makes me feel good to eat it, but on the longevity side it’s not coming up trumps.

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Meatless Monday: Spinach and Feta Filo Parcels

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I recently volunteered to start making the food for my weekly cribbage league, I wanted to do something different than the soggy sandwiches we were used to having. These little morsels are a party food, snack or with a side salad a very satisfying supper. Filo parcels are no new thing, and spinach and feta is quite a classic filling. Because of this there are a range of recipes out there and each one is quite different. I couldn’t be bothered amalgamating all these different recipes, nor could I find one that I liked the look of, so I made it up as I went along and they came out pretty well.

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Meatless Monday: Okonomiyaki

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This past week has been a bit of a washout cooking wise. We had the big birthday party and with it overnight guests and the obligatory sore heads the next day and then a wedding which seems to have eaten up the entire weekend − although I can’t think of many better ways to lose a weekend than in celebrating the union of two very special people. The result of all this is that I didn’t make any meatless dishes this week worthy of the blog, so I’m rehashing a previous vegetarian dish that I posted before I started the weekly Meatless Monday series.

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Meatless Monday: Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

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On my way to California from New York, I bought a Food and Wine magazine at the airport and, flipping through, I landed on a delicious looking salad starring an ingredient I hadn’t eaten for a long time: hearts of palm. I only had a vague recollection of a slightly pickled, tender white tubular vegetable with a delicate flavor. A bit of research on Wikipedia − fountain of all knowledge that it is − revealed that South America supplies the majority of imported hearts of palm which are, as you might suspect, the heart of certain types of palm tree. The cans I bought were products of Bolivia and, for that reason, I decided to ignore the $3.99 price tag per can which I thought was pretty outrageous for a bit of fibrous white veg. However, the harvesting process is pretty labor intensive and must also be expensive so, in addition to import costs, I can understand the high price tag.

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Meatless Monday: A Vegetarian Grilling Feast

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A friend of mine, whose blog you can find here, suggested I start posting recipes for Meatless Monday, a phenomenon which seems to have taken hold in foodie circles on Twitter. The idea is that by cutting out meat once a week you will not only improve your health and well being, but you will also reduce your carbon footprint and take a big step towards creating a more sustainable lifestyle for yourself and your family. I think we can all agree that these are good things and there are few things that irritate me more than people who believe that a meal without meat is somehow incomplete − I’m a poet and I don’t know it! − because vegetables have so much more to offer than looking  sad and neglected on the side of the plate.

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