Meatless Monday – Mediterranean Quinoa

Meatless Monday mediterranean recipe

Plant-based diet.  You’re trendy right now, and a bit political.  But I’m intrigued.  I’ve been listening to a bunch of podcasts and doing my own research about going plant-based.  So far, I have to say, it’s been very intriguing.  It’s also been a wee bit tasty!

Meatless Monday for the Win!

I did a plant-based detox back in May and it was incredibly eye-opening about what eating processed foods, animal proteins, and dairy do to your digestion.  And here’s the thing, you don’t have to drop the animal proteins cold-turkey!  (pun intended)  You can start with something as simple as a Meatless Monday!

What is a Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday means that instead of eating meat, you forgo it on Mondays.  Just one day a week!  Sounds doable right?  I know a lot of the gals I chat with have trouble with their weekends.  Too many indulgences, maybe a few glasses of wine, and Monday starts with a little too much bloat.  Meatless Monday is a perfect way to combat that bloat and have you feeling lighter by Tuesday!

This Meatless Monday Recipe is super easy, one-pot, and will make your life that much easier.  You can also make this recipe vegan-friendly by eliminating the cheese add at the end.  I’m not sure I could ever go 100% vegan because I do love my cheese!

Another SUPER easy way to make this recipe is to cook the quinoa in a rice cooker and then just sauté up the veggies.  I’m a huge fan of leftovers too and this recipe is also delicious cold for lunch the next day!  Anything that can make my day easier and keep me away from the drive-through, I’m down with!!

Amazon for the win!

Need a rice cooker?  Check out my favorite rice cooker by clicking the link below!  And its on sale!!

Rice Cooker!

This recipes is headed into regular rotation, along with another meatless favorite of ours, Kale Pad Thai!

What about you?

Post in the comments below and let me know, do you do Meatless Monday in your house?

**recipe inspired by simplyquinoa.com
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Mediterranean Quinoa
Meatless Monday mediterranean recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Meatless Monday mediterranean recipe
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots until caramelized. Add thyme and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add quinoa and sun-dried tomatoes. Stir until incorporated. Add vegetable broth and water, bring to boil. Then, cover and reduce to simmer for 20-30 minutes until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, heat walnuts over low heat for 5 minutes. Set aside
  4. Remove lid and stir in spinach and chickpeas. Cover with a lid and let sit for spinach to wilt. Serve with sliced kalamata olives, walnuts, feta, and parmesan cheese.
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