Meatless Monday http://www.meatlessmonday.com Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. We provide the information and recipes you need to start each week with healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives. Our goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:26:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Italian White Beans with Kale http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/italian-white-beans-kale/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/italian-white-beans-kale/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:01 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?post_type=recipes&p=43119

As fall approaches, summer salads give way to hearty cooked dishes. This bean and kale dish, served over a bed of warm polenta, is just the thing to serve for supper as cooler weather moves in. This recipe comes to us from Patrice of Circle B Kitchen.

Serves 4-5

For the Beans and Kale:

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As fall approaches, summer salads give way to hearty cooked dishes. This bean and kale dish, served over a bed of warm polenta, is just the thing to serve for supper as cooler weather moves in. This recipe comes to us from Patrice of Circle B Kitchen.

Serves 4-5

For the Beans and Kale:

  • 1 3/4 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white beans (such as Cannellini or Great Northerns)
  • 4 cups packed kale leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 ¾ cups canned crushed,  peeled tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, leaf thyme, leaf oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Bring water to a boil in a large pot, then add beans. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes, then add 2 cups of the kale, tomatoes and bay leaf. Continue to simmer, covered, for another half hour.

Meanwhile, heat oil and saute onion, pepper and garlic in it with thyme, oregano and red pepper flakes. After the beans have simmered 30 minutes, stir in sauteed vegetables. Add salt and balsamic vinegar. Cover and cook for another hour, adding water if needed, or if the sauce seems too thin, leave the lid off to thicken the sauce.  Cook until beans are tender and the sauce is the desired consistency.  Adjust seasonings and add the remaining 2 cups of chopped kale.  Simmer another 5 minutes and serve over creamy polenta and topped with grated parmesan cheese.

For the Polenta:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend (usually a mixture of asiago, provolone, fontina and parmesan)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1  1/2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced chives or finely chopped basil

Heat the olive oil in a 2-qt sauce pan over medium-low heat and add the minced garlic. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.  Add the chicken broth, kosher salt and milk, and bring to a boil over medium high heat.   Reduce the heat and slowly pour the cornmeal into the hot liquid, whisking to prevent lumps. 

Lower the heat to cook the mixture at a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cornmeal is creamy, about 20 to 30 minutes. The more you stir, the creamier it will be.  Remove the polenta from the heat and stir the cheese, butter, and the herbs.  Cover and keep warm. 

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Climate Week NYC Embraces Meatless Monday http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/un-climate-change-summit-climate-week-nyc/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/un-climate-change-summit-climate-week-nyc/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:03:30 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?post_type=articles&p=43090

The United Nations Climate Summit will meet in New York on September 23 to discuss actionable plans to fight climate change, during Climate Week NYC.

Why is Meatless Monday involved? Because practicing MM is good for the environment. When you reduce your meat intake, you minimize water usage because the production of beef

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The United Nations Climate Summit will meet in New York on September 23 to discuss actionable plans to fight climate change, during Climate Week NYC.

Why is Meatless Monday involved? Because practicing MM is good for the environment. When you reduce your meat intake, you minimize water usage because the production of beef requires 1,850 gallons of water, while the production of vegetables requires 39 gallons of water. And when you reduce your meat consumption, you reduce your carbon footprint because beef production creates 30kg of greenhouse gas per kg of food, while carrots, potatoes, and rice require .42, .45, and 1.3kg respectively. Check out all the facts at Why Meatless?

Meatless Monday makes a splash at Climate Week NYC events.  An all-vegetarian lunch will be served at The Climate Group’s kick-off event at the Morgan Library.  And superstar chef and Meatless Monday supporter Marcus Samuelsson has agreed to be the guest chef at the prestigious Equator Prize private reception at Lincoln Center for United Nations dignitaries held prior to the Equator Prize Awards.

Join Meatless Monday at The People’s Climate March in Manhattan starting at 11:30 am, Sunday, September 21 in Central Park. Get details on how to meet our staff at the event and signage to download and print on Meatless Monday’s Climate Week page.

If you can’t make it to the march, you’re welcome to share Meatless Monday Climate Week graphics via social media. You can also participate in the discussion on Twitter with the hashtags #MFMclimatepledge, #CWNYC, and #MeatlessMonday.   You can also take a stand by pledging to go meatless on Monday with us at Meatless Monday

climate_week_logoAccording to United Nations, “[UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] has asked [summit] leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.”

The prevailing thought leading up to this summit is “the cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action.” And it’s a thought that has considerable traction. After all, it’s not just global leaders and politicians that are rallying around the cause. Case in point—The People’s Climate March organizers are expecting more than a hundred thousand participants.

The People’s Climate website reads, “With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities”

Meat Free Monday founder Sir Paul McCartney says, “Going meat free one day a week is a simple way to contribute to a more sustainable future. So, McCartney and UK leader Greg Barker have also launched a Meat Free Pledge for Climate Week to help show world leaders that going meatless on Mondays helps fight climate change.  The Meatless Monday team has been working diligently with our UK partners to promote the pledge and we hope you’ll lend your name to the cause and pledge your support for going meatless on Mondays specifically to support stopping climate change.

What events will Meatless Monday take part in?

•  An all-vegetarian (Meatless Monday) lunch—served at the Climate Group’s kick-off event at the Morgan Library.
•  The People’s Climate March—starting at 11:30 am, Sunday,  September 21 Central Park West.
•  Equator Prize Ceremony: Building the Movement for Inclusive Climate and Development Solutions—September 22.

Take a stand with us and be heard, join Climate Week NYC. Here’s a link to the full calendar of events.

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Meat Free MondayLaunches Pledge Drivefor UN Climate Summit http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/cdc-warns-much-salt-school-age-childrens-diet/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/cdc-warns-much-salt-school-age-childrens-diet/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:01:56 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?post_type=articles&p=43100

On September 8th, Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney joined the Honorable Greg Barker, Climate Advisor to David Cameron, to launch a Meat Free Monday Climate pledge drive. Greg Barker, who has personally supported Meat Free Monday since the start of the year said: “Giving up meat one day a week is more than just a symbolic

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On September 8th, Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney joined the Honorable Greg Barker, Climate Advisor to David Cameron, to launch a Meat Free Monday Climate pledge drive. Greg Barker, who has personally supported Meat Free Monday since the start of the year said: “Giving up meat one day a week is more than just a symbolic act and, if enough of us do it, will send a very powerful and loud message to world leaders. Meat production is an increasingly large contributor to dangerous climate change so coming together like this may have a small but very real impact.”

Paul McCartney added: “Going meat free one day a week is a simple way to contribute to a more sustainable future. Please pledge your support at pledge.meatfreemondays.com and encourage world leaders to back this in order to help fight climate change.”

Barker will announce the results of the pledge at an event during Climate Week in NYC. Check back for details.

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Wilted Spinach Sesame Salad http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/wilted-spinach-sesame-salad/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/wilted-spinach-sesame-salad/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:00:49 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?p=18048 Spinach is wilted with a hot vinaigrette of Dijon mustard, rice vinegar and honey. Sesame oil brings its smoky flavor to the dressing as crisp red onion and toasted almonds lend their quintessential crunch to round out this satisfying salad

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Spinach is wilted with a hot vinaigrette of Dijon mustard, rice vinegar and honey. Sesame oil brings its smoky flavor to the dressing as crisp red onion and toasted almonds lend their quintessential crunch to round out this satisfying salad.This recipe comes to us from Donna of Fab Frugal Food.

Serves 8

  • 1/2 red onion, outer peel removed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups spinach, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced and toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 8 hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced*

*Optional.

Cut the onion into paper-thin slices about 2 inches long. Place the onion slices in a bowl of ice water and let them soak while preparing the rest of the dish.

Place the canola oil and the sesame oil in a small saucepan over high heat. Mix the mustard, vinegar, honey and salt together and add the vinegar mixture to the pan. Whisk to combine and bring the sesame vinaigrette to a boil.

Roughly chop the spinach into bite sized pieces. Place in a large serving bowl and pour the hot sesame vinaigrette over the spinach. Immediately toss the spinach to ensure all leaves are coated and slightly wilted.

Serve equal portions of the wilted spinach onto each plate. Drain the onions and place them on top of the spinach. Sprinkle each plate with the almonds, sesame seeds and egg slices if using, and enjoy.

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Rotini http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/roasted-cherry-tomato-rotini/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/roasted-cherry-tomato-rotini/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?p=20132 Red and yellow cherry tomatoes are roasted spicy-sweet with garlic, balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. Fresh oregano, parsley and basil brighten the roasted cherry tomatoes and hearty whole wheat rotini, while toasted pine nuts give this dish a rich finish

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Red and yellow cherry tomatoes are roasted spicy-sweet with garlic, balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. Fresh oregano, parsley and basil brighten the roasted cherry tomatoes and hearty whole wheat rotini, while toasted pine nuts give this dish a rich finish. This recipe comes to us from Valerie of More Than Burnt Toast.

Serves 8

  • 1 pound red cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, slivered
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup basil, cut into chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 pound whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces low fat ricotta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • pecorino cheese*, to taste

*Optional

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Place a large pot of salted water on the stove over medium-high heat.

Place the tomatoes inside a large baking dish. Toss the tomatoes with 4 tablespoons of the olive oil, garlic, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Roast, stirring occasionally, for 40-45 minutes, or until the tomatoes are tender. Remove from the oven and toss with the basil, parsley and oregano.

When the water boils, cook the rotini according to package directions, or until the pasta is al dente. Drain and return to the pot. Toss the pasta with the olive oil, add the tomatoes with their juices and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until pasta and tomatoes are heated through.

Add the ricotta cheese and cook, stirring for about 1 minute, or until the ricotta melts. Remove from heat, divide into 6 portions, sprinkle with pine nuts and pecorino cheese, if using, and enjoy!

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“Chorizo” Fried Rice http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/chorizo-fried-rice/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/chorizo-fried-rice/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:00:25 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?post_type=recipes&p=43059

This satisfying dinner comes together quickly, so it’s great for busy weeknights. Soy chorizo lends flavor and heartiness to the dish, while onions and peppers provide a hefty dose of veggies. This recipe comes to us from Monica of the blog Run Eat Repeat.

Serves 2

2/3 cup brown rice 1/3 package of soy chorizo

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This satisfying dinner comes together quickly, so it’s great for busy weeknights. Soy chorizo lends flavor and heartiness to the dish, while onions and peppers provide a hefty dose of veggies. This recipe comes to us from Monica of the blog Run Eat Repeat.

Serves 2

  • 2/3 cup brown rice
  • 1/3 package of soy chorizo
  • chopped onions and bell peppers, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • cheese, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa*

*optional

Make the brown rice and set it aside.

Brown the onions and soften the bell peppers in olive oil.

Once they are tender, add the chorizo.

Add the rice to the chorizo pan and heat through. Finally crack the eggs straight into the pan and cook. Top with cheese. You can stir it in to melt or use it as a garnish.

Served with salad, beans and guacamole. Ole!

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Avocado Toast with Chives http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/avocado-toast-with-chives/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/avocado-toast-with-chives/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:00:23 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?p=13563 Avocados make a great cream cheese substitute, because they bring a smooth consistency in addition to a healthy dose of fiber, potassium and vitamin B. Give your breakfast a boost by spreading avocado on toast then topping it with sautéed tomatoes and onions as well as fresh chives garnished with chive blossoms

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Avocados make a great cream cheese substitute, because they bring a smooth consistency in addition to a healthy dose of fiber, potassium and vitamin B. Give your breakfast a boost by spreading avocado on toast then topping it with sautéed tomatoes and onions as well as fresh chives garnished with chive blossoms.  This recipe comes to us from Melissa of Foodista.com.

Serves 2

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 15 grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 springs chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chive blossoms*

*optional. Chives are easily homegrown and produce beautiful edible blossoms, so try picking some up at your local farmer’s market or growing them in your own backyard.

Place the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Combine the onions and tomatoes in the skillet and sauté for 5-8 minutes, or until soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Toast the bread to preference.

Evenly smear avocado onto each slice of toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Top the avocado evenly with the sautéed onion tomato mixture.

Garnish the toast with fresh chives and their blossoms if using.

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Cleveland City Mayor Signs a Meatless Monday Resolution http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/cleveland-city-mayor-signs-meatless-monday-resolution/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/cleveland-city-mayor-signs-meatless-monday-resolution/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:04:27 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?post_type=articles&p=43036

At the end of August, the city of Cleveland passed a Meatless Monday resolution, much thanks to the legwork of councilman and sponsor Joe Cimperman, MM advocates like Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Roxanne Sukol, and the signature of Mayor Frank Jackson.

The resolution states: “the City of Cleveland recognizes the benefits of a diet high

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At the end of August, the city of Cleveland passed a Meatless Monday resolution, much thanks to the legwork of councilman and sponsor Joe Cimperman, MM advocates like Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Roxanne Sukol, and the signature of Mayor Frank Jackson.

The resolution states: “the City of Cleveland recognizes the benefits of a diet high in fruits and vegetables and urges residents to participate in Meatless Mondays to improve their health and decrease their carbon footprint.”

Dr. Roxanne Sukol joined us for a Q&A about the Meatless Monday Program.

Job # 043168  Richard 06-24-11Meatless Monday: Why did you become involved in advocating for this resolution?

Dr. Roxanne Sukol: My goal is to decrease the obesity epidemic. While there is no single solution to help reverse this epidemic, one strategy is to institute Meatless Monday. My focus is on encouraging consumption of real food, including nuts, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. I teach people how to tell the difference between real food and manufactured calories.

MM: What factors contribute to obesity and chronic diseases?

DS: Our eating patterns—we are eating processed foods, stripped carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar. We need to eat intact carbs such as beans which are high in fiber and protein.

We need to eat real food, not “entertainment” food like corn chips. Call this the “corn continuum”: on one side, you have corn on the cob, which you would be unlikely to overeat. On the other side, you have corn chips, which you can easily overeat in one sitting.

Lack of spontaneous activity and exercise. Our communities are not built in a way that promotes activity.

Stress in negotiating our way through our daily lives (being constantly plugged causes stress)

MM: Do you have any suggestions on how to make Meatless Monday work?

DS:Focus on the opportunity to eat delicious non-meat options. Try adding more legumes and whole grains to replace stripped white flour, white rice and meats, especially processed deli meats.

By going meatless one day a week, you can opt for and enjoy higher-quality meat when you have it—without antibiotics or steroids.

Enjoy rich-tasting avocados, olive oil, peanut butter, nuts, dark chocolate, and occasional eggs, ideally from chickens that eat bugs and grass.

About Dr. Roxanne Sukol

Meatless Monday advocate Dr. Roxanne B Sukol practices preventive medicine in the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sukol authors the blog Your Health is on Your Plate, and serves as Medical Director for Cleveland Clinic Wellness Enterprise at Cleveland Clinic Wellness.

She is a 1995 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with distinction in Biomedical Ethics, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the Honor Medical Society.

A recognized expert in the field of diabetes prevention, Dr. Sukol has been published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wall Street Journal Online, KevinMD.com, Human Pathology, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). You can follow her on twitter @RoxanneSukolMD.

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Meatless Monday Reaches the Kids http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/meatless-monday-reaches-kids/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/meatless-monday-reaches-kids/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:04:20 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?post_type=articles&p=43029

School is back in session and, in many schools, so is Meatless Monday.

School systems such as the Oakland Unified School District in California, the Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan, and the Kansas City Public Schools of Kansas have all implemented Meatless Monday programs.

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School is back in session and, in many schools, so is Meatless Monday.

School systems such as the Oakland Unified School District in California, the Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan, and the Kansas City Public Schools of Kansas have all implemented Meatless Monday programs.

Now Meatless Monday is in hundreds of public and private schools, offering weekly lessons in healthy eating. With more school cafeterias joining the movement all the time, Meatless Monday is becoming a resource to help kids develop a lifetime of good eating habits.

School districts like San Diego Unified School District have implemented the program. Thanks to advocates like SDUSD Trustee Kevin Beiser and President John Lee Evans a county where 28 percent of the children are overweight or obese will have the chance to improve their diets and avoid heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic preventable conditions.

Now school districts like Philadelphia Public Schools, which serves 85,000 meals daily, serves only meat-free options on Monday. And Los Angeles Schools, which serves 650,000 meatless meals daily—as one of the largest school systems in the United States—goes meatless on Monday. So hundreds of thousands are reducing their meat intake and increasing their consumption of whole foods—fruits, vegetables, and grains.

And very recently Wyandanch, NY  and South San Francisco Unified School District joined Bellevue School District in Washington,
 Newark Public Schools in New Jersey, Harvard Public Schools in Massachusetts, Dripping Springs Independent in Texas, and 
the 100+ schools and school systems involved in the meatless movement.

How can you get your local school involved?

•  Attend a school board meeting in your district and tell them about Meatless Monday, point to successful examples like San Diego Unified.

•  Submit a signed petition to your school board president supporting a Meatless Monday resolution.

•  Talk to a teacher at your kid’s school, ask them what’s the best way to get an audience at the school explain to them the importance of Meatless Monday, make them your ally.

•  Check out the K-12 tool kit for more resources and ideas.

 

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Summer Corn Wheat Berry Salad http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/summer-corn-wheat-berry-salad/ http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/summer-corn-wheat-berry-salad/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:00:49 +0000 http://www.meatlessmonday.com/?p=13751 Sweet corn, bell pepper and tomatoes show off summer in this surprisingly hearty salad of wheat berries and white beans. A mustard lemon sherry vinaigrette adds a sophisticated touch to this chilled entrée which requires almost no stove time

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Sweet corn, bell pepper and tomatoes show off summer in this surprisingly hearty salad of wheat berries and white beans. A mustard lemon sherry vinaigrette adds a sophisticated touch to this chilled entrée which requires almost no stove time. This recipe comes to us from Kimberly of Flavorista.

Serves 4

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

To complete the summer corn wheat berry salad:

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup wheat berries, soaked overnight or quick-soaked
  • 1 cup corn off the cob, freshly cooked
  • or
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  • or
  • 1 cup dried white beans, cooked
  • ½ orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled

To make the dressing:

In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper.

To complete the summer corn wheat berry salad:

Bring the water, salt and pre-soaked wheat berries to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Turn heat down to low and simmer, uncovered, for 50-60 minutes, or until the wheat berries puff up a bit and become tender. Drain and rinse with cool water.

In a large bowl combine the cooked wheat berries, corn, white beans, bell pepper, red onion, parsley, lemon zest and tomatoes.

Drizzle the salad with the dressing and toss to combine. Top the salad with the crumbled feta and enjoy.

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