Giada Brings Meatless Monday to Her Home and Yours

April 9th, 2012

Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis has joined the Meatless Monday movement! The star of Giada at Home goes meatless with her family each week, helping fans to do the same with delicious, produce-packed recipes.

De Laurentiis first showed her support for Meatless Monday in December while tweeting from the set of her hit cooking show. Since then, she has been showing her fans how easy going meatless can be with the meal ideas in her latest cookbook, Weeknights with Giada. The book offers soups, sandwiches and pasta dishes that readers can use to start the week on a healthy note:

“From inventive breakfast-for-dinner dishes and Meatless Monday vegetarian recipes—both weekly traditions in Giada’s house—to picnic sandwiches and hearty salad recipes for reinventing leftovers, Weeknights with Giada reveals every secret in her repertoire.”

Giada brought Meatless Monday into her own kitchen as a way to encourage her family to make better choices. She shares her inspiration (and a delectable quinoa dish) in the introduction to her book:

“In an effort to eat healthfully and mindfully, we’ve started having Meatless Mondays in our house, which has coincided with my discovering my new favorite ingredient, quinoa. It’s got a nuttier texture than rice and is higher in protein, which is great for vegetarian-friendly meals like quinoa with purple Peruvian potatoes, green peas, black olives, fresh herbs, lime juice and a little agave.”

It’s easy to go meatless with Giada! Try Penne with Brown Butter, Arugula, and Pine Nuts, Frittata with Peaches and Cherries, or Goat Cheese, Lentil and Brown Rice Rolls, from her new book, Weeknights with Giada, now available on Amazon.