Deck the halls and feast your senses on these wonderful holiday gift ideas. Perfect for giving and receiving…for those who have been extra nice this year. These tantalizing meatless gifts are at the very top of our shopping list. Tasty, yet also nutritious. It’s like giving the gift of good health. Wishing you and your loved ones the very best from all your friends at Meatless Monday.
Mario Batali – Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA – Hardcover: $25, Kindle $20
Mario is a long-time supporter of Meatless Monday. And he certainly knows his foods. His latest cookbook celebrates American fare, from the treasures of the state fairs to the dishes of local rotary clubs. Over two years in the making, he’s traveled cross country to collect the very best recipes in the U.S. Bring your appetite.
The Meat Free Monday Cookbook: A Full Menu for Every Monday of the Year – Hardcover $25, Paperback $11
You’ll never run out of ideas with this new cookbook. Fifty two weeks of fabulous meatless recipes with a forward written by Paul, Stella & Mary McCartney, the trio who helped launch Meat Free Monday in the U.K. in 2009.
HelloFresh Veggie Gift Box – $59.00
Fresh, flavorful farm-to-table ingredients, the HelloFresh Veggie Gift Box lets you write a personal season’s greetings on a card and include it in the delivery. You get everything you need for three meals for two people, complete with the chef-curated recipes. Taste for yourself.
The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend – Hardcover $20, Kindle $17
Make every day as tasty as it can be. Our dear friend Daphne Oz, cohost of ABC’s The Chew, has put together an irresistible collection of recipes that invite you to savor life fully, seven days a week. These delicious meals are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. One taste and you’ll be a happy cook, too!
De Gustibus Cooking School Gift Certificates – $100 and up
If you or your friends live near New York City, or will be travelling there for the holidays, consider a hands-on class at De Gustibus Cooking School. It’s more than a cooking institute; it’s a culinary theater. Located in Macy’s just off Herald Square in midtown, De Gustibus is legendary for providing the highest quality experience in all things culinary. Get your chef on!
The Vegetarian Flavor Bible – Hardcover $27, Kindle $13
We love this book. Think of it as your personal guide to culinary creativity based on insights from dozens of leading American chefs. It’s an ideal reference for how to cook and eat today – flavorful, nutritious plant-based dishes.
Veestro Gift Card – $25, $50 and up
If you’ve never heard of Veestro, you don’t know what you’re missing. They create incredibly delicious meals that happen to be made from organic plants – fresh-frozen and delivered to your door. Check out their irresistible selection of chef crafted dishes.
Harry & David Pears and Apples Gift – $29.99
Succulent Royal Verano Pears and sweet, crisp best-of-season apples. There’s a reason Harry & David remain at the top of the orchard tree.
Edible Arrangements Season’s Greeting Daisy – Small $45, Large, $55
A delectable variety of ripe, juicy strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe and honeydew wedges mixed with pineapple shapes dipped in semisweet chocolate. Celebrate the holidays with this yummy bouquet. Dig in.
Your friends will go nuts for this lip-smacking selection. Snack on all your favorites: cashews, pistachios, almonds, walnuts and more. Help yourself.
We’re always on the lookout for new twists on meatless eating, so we couldn’t possibly resist registered dietitian Alexandra Caspero Lenz‘s new cookbook “Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation.” After all, it’s a book about pasta! We asked Lenz what’s new about the recipes her book provides.
Tell us a little about your background. What makes you so passionate about vegetarian and Italian food?
I grew up with an Italian father and Danish mother, so food was (and is) the center of everything. We were the family that was talking about lunch at breakfast. My mom adapted most of my Dad’s family meals for busy weeknights, and we enjoyed Italian food most days of the week. Of course, I didn’t realize it was a different cuisine, it was just the food I grew up with. I went vegetarian in high school on a whim, then picked it up again in college after reading “Diet for a Small Planet” in an ethics class. My vegetarian beliefs have evolved over the past decade, while I was at first interested in the nutrition aspect, now I’m much more passionate about the animal rights and environmental impacts. My goal is to show that plant-based Italian food is satisfying, wholesome and mouth-watering.
The title of your book is “Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation.” What’s different about these recipes that will appeal to this new generation?
To me, the new generation is interested in plant-based eating, even if they don’t consider themselves “vegetarian” or “vegan”. This book aims to show that the Mediterranean way of eating naturally incorporates a lot of plants, without feeling forced or different. The new generation is looking for healthy, quick meals that don’t require hours in the kitchen.
Italian food lends itself very well to being meatless but it also has a reputation for being indulgent. How did you reconcile these two concepts to deliver healthy meatless meals?
Exactly, that’s what I wanted to dispel. Traditional Italian cuisine, while not vegetarian, is heavy on plants. Lots of antipasti, cortoni (side dishes) and pasta with in-season produce. That’s how I grew up eating; we never had alfredo sauce and rarely enjoyed heavy dishes. It was mostly spaghetti with a variety of vegetables. Most of the recipes in this book follow my nutrient-density approach to food. Yes, I ate pasta daily, but it was rarely in excess. Instead of cups and cups of pasta, we were served a smaller portion, rounded out with vegetables and legumes.
What are your favorite recipes to recommend to someone who’s new to eating meals without meat?
I love meals that are naturally vegetarian, that don’t feel forced or trying to replicate a familiar meat dish. I don’t rely much on mock-meats, but instead like to get my protein from beans, lentils, tempeh and tofu. My caramelized onion fettuccini is really rich and satisfying, thanks to cooking onions on low until they almost fall apart.
With the holidays coming up, what recipes do you recommend that provide something special without relying on meat?
I like presenting recipes in a unique and show-stopping way, much like we approach main meat dishes. For the holidays, this usually looks like a vegetable wellington, stuffed squash or my wild mushroom lasagna in the book. Each is a special meal and looks gorgeous on the holiday table!
Looking for a unique holiday gift? Check out Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation and inspire a friend or family member to go meatless without giving up their favorite Italian food.
Meatless Monday is collaborating with HelloFresh, a service that delivers farm-to-table ingredients for a complete meal, including the recipe, right to your door. HelloFresh offers an abundance of fresh seasonal produce, hearty grains and vegetarian friendly proteins, so it’s easy to make delicious Meatless Monday meals each week.
Now it’s no secret that many of us will be indulging in a traditional turkey meal with all the fixings this Thanksgiving. So to help you get back on track the Monday afterwards, we’re visiting the HelloFresh kitchen for a live cook-along! Follow as Meatless Monday’s dietitian Diana Rice joins HelloFresh’s dietitian Rebecca Lewis to prepare a light and bright Tri-Color Quinoa Salad with apples, eggplant and honey vinaigrette – perfect for Meatless Monday!
Make sure to order a HelloFresh box with the Tri-Color Quinoa Salad ahead of time so you can cook with us at home. Use the promo code “MEATLESSMONDAY” to save $35 on your first order. The deadline to order this meal is Wednesday, Nov. 23rd.
Then get in on all the LIVE action by following on HelloFresh’s Facebook this Monday, Nov. 28th at 7 pm EST. We look forward to dining with you… virtually!
Give Thanks with these Seasonal Side Dishes
There is so much more to a Thanksgiving meal than just the turkey. Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather, catch up and, of course, share the foods they love. We’ve hand-picked the best meatless sides for your Thanksgiving dinner, courtesy of our Official Meatless Monday bloggers.
Bring some of these flavorful side dishes to your family’s table and share the delicious benefits of plant-based foods!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Apples with Balsamic Glaze | Bean a Foodie
Savor the Flavors of These Slow Cooker Recipes
Frustrated with the time it takes you to prepare meals? Simmer down, because slow cookers will have you rethink the way you’ve been cooking all this time. Many of the recipes featured in this list are hearty stews and chilis, perfect for curling up on a cold fall day. All of these recipes are prepared just using a slow cooker, courtesy of our Official Meatless Monday Bloggers.
We’ve got you covered with 9 slow cooker recipes that are sure to satisfy!
Recently, Meatless Monday President Peggy Neu was a guest presenter at a Matthew Kenney Culinary Food Future educational course held in Manhattan. The class concluded with 18 student chefs participating in a Meatless Monday Quick-Fire Challenge, where they had to reinterpret traditional dishes by turning them into plant-based raw recipes.
All of the entries submitted were raw-tastic. We invite you to try your hand at the winning recipes here:
1st Place Winner
By Alexandra Jones from Australia
This innovative ravioli uses round turnip shapes to envelop a burnt butter, sage, and nut filling.
2nd Place Winner
By Heidi Briggs from Australia
This enchilada recipe offers an abundance of vegetables: from the marinated vegetable filling to the Chinese cabbage wrap! The vegetables in this dish provide fiber and vitamin C, among other nutrients.
3rd Place Winner
Raw Tomato Soup and Green Garden Salad with Avocado Dressing
By Fiona Galloway from Australia
Soup paired with salad is a lunch staple. This raw tomato soup and green garden salad recipe offers refreshing citrus and cilantro flavors that are sure to please.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on these new raw food recipes as well as some of your own favorites. Let us know on Facebook.
The Gotham Burger Social Club loves its meat. And its bacon. Its members are world famous for visiting countless restaurants everywhere in search of the very best hamburgers.
The club was formed in the fall of 2013 by fifteen long-time friends. They began posting their reviews online accompanied by savory photos and mouthwatering commentary. Before long, Gotham Burger Social Club grew into a cultural phenomenon worldwide, enlisting over 133,000 loyal Instagram followers and receiving an abundance of press coverage.
That’s when Meatless Monday threw down the gauntlet. We challenged them to go meatless on Monday’s for the entire month of November. Then the unexpected happened…they agreed.
Follow us throughout November as the men from Gotham Burger Social Club swap their usual beef laden buns for veggie burgers each Monday. On Nov. 28th, they will announce the favorite from the ones they’ve tasted.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Meatless Monday,” said Mike Puma, founder of the Gotham Burger Social Club. “If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that there are all kinds of ways to make an incredible tasting burger – and that includes ones without meat. We can’t wait to share our picks for the best veggie burger in New York City.”
Stay tuned throughout November for special stories on the featured veggie burgers as well as interviews with the chefs and behind-the-scene looks at some of the restaurants. We’d love to hear your suggestions. Let us know on Facebook.
The wild things come out at night – pumpkins, bananas, peas, carrots and more. To celebrate Halloween we rounded up some of our favorite plant-based costumes for kids, adults, and pets. The tastiest creatures to haunt your Meatless Monday plate. Start “goblin” them up.
1. Little Pumpkin
Fresh from the pumpkin patch. And good for a sweetie pie.
2. Mr. Pea Pod
Peas to meet you. A snapping fresh look.
Source: Karnival Costumes
3. Baby Carrot
What’s up doc? Baby carrot to go with the peas.
Source: Make It & Love It
Banana-Rama Ding Dong. And so a-peel-ing.
5. Ripe Avocado
Holy Moly Guacamole. Avocado with a seed.
Source: Craft Morning
6. Aw-Shucks Corn
He’s all ears. (And grins!) The corniest costume we’ve seen.
Source: Coolest Handmade Costumes
7. Veggie-Doggie Burger
Dog-Gone! A Veggie Burger Deluxe. Now that’s a bow-WOW!
Source: Instagram, tateandkatedesigns
Happy Halloween to you and your family from Meatless Monday. Brighten up the day for your friends and forward this post. And please show us your fruit and veggie costumes on Facebook.
It’s Game Time! Round up your squad for some hearty, healthy eating while watching the Monday night game.
Three Big Plays that Are Unbeatable
Who needs gristly wings when you can have Buffalo Cauliflower Bites! These tangy, tasty treats are a definite first round pick.
Special thanks to Maria at Bean A Foodie for this crowd-pleasing recipe.
This zesty Mediterranean style dish boasts an all-star lineup. Crunchy tortillas, hummus, green and black olives and crumbled Feta cheese. A salty, sour powerhouse that’s packed with protein.
Special thanks to Rini at the Healing Tomato for this game changer recipe.
This Pro Bowl Chili will knock your socks off. Rich and savory with lip-smacking seasonings that go the distance. Plus, an ingredient surprise play – Peanut Butter! Extra flavor and extra protein. Add this standout chili recipe to your starting lineup.
Special thanks to Patricia at Mrs. Kitchenstein for this winning recipe. It was awarded first place in Meatless Monday’s Instagram recipe contest with The Natural Gourmet Institute and The Peanut Institute.
What’s Meatless Monday Night Football like at your place? Join our huddle on Facebook.
Last month, we partnered with The Natural Gourmet Institute and The Peanut Institute for a #pickpeanutprotein Instagram recipe contest featuring one of our favorite plant proteins, peanuts! The submissions were mouthwatering and it was tough to narrow the entries down to just three finalists, but we’re pretty happy with the results. Try them out and see what peanuts can do for your next Meatless Monday meal!