Meatless Monday – Mediterranean Quinoa

October 11, 2017

easy meatless dinner recipesMeatless Monday Mediterranean Quinoa

Meatless Monday plant based weeknight meals for easy and healthy weeknight cooking

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!

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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!!

This recipe is headed into regular rotation!

meatless monday dinner recipe

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
Weeknight Veggie Quinoa
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
Weeknight Veggie Quinoa
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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45 Comments

  • Megan

    October 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve never really done it, but I love the idea of Meatless Mondays.

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Its a great way to get some more plant based ingredients into your meals! Hope you enjoy!

  • Jenni LeBaron

    October 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    This looks tasty and healthy. I love anything with olives!

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:39 am

      me too, they are so yummy!

  • Jaclyn Quinones

    October 11, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    This sounds really good and flavorful! Quinoa bowls are my jam!

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:39 am

      I’m sold on bowls!! so good!

  • Marc Piccolino

    October 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    This was a really great recipe. I usually don’t like chick peas but this was really good!

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:39 am

      glad you liked it!

  • Amy, Making Motherhood Matter

    October 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I love that you packed this recipe full of bold flavors like feta, olives, and garlic. Yum!!

  • hanna – platforms and pacifiers

    October 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    YUM! This looks so good! I love Mediterranean flavors!

  • Kari

    October 11, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Looks super yummy!!!

  • Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

    October 11, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    This looks fantastic! Too bad my husband is too much of a carnivore for me to make a meatless dinner.

  • Tabitha Blue

    October 11, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Always looking for good, new quinoa recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:40 am

      you’re welcome! hope you enjoy!

  • ivana

    October 12, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Actually never had quinoa, so do not know what to expect, but the dish looks so nice and i am sure it is delicious too, so maybe i should give it a try xo

    http://www.theninebyivana.blogspot.com

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      October 23, 2017 at 11:40 am

      yes!! check out the rice cooker I linked to also, its the best for cooking quinoa!

  • Christina | From Under a Palm Tree

    October 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    You know what’s crazy is that for a long time and especially right now, eating meat is so ingrained in our culture as something you need all the time – with every meal, every day, and that’s just not the case. It’s actually better not to eat it so much! But it’s so hard to find easy options without meat. I’m a full time vegetarian and you have to get really creative sometimes. This recipe looks amazing!

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

      I agree!! since I’ve been doing mostly plant based I’ve noticed better definition in my muscles! Not at all what I would have expected!

  • Rachel Catherine

    October 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I love quinoa! I usually add meat to it though mainly because I want some chicken or beef.

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

      its so good! I found this filling even without the meat but I bet adding in chicken would be good!

  • Clair

    October 13, 2017 at 12:48 am

    This looks and sounds delicious! I have been contemplating trying out Meatless Mondays!

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

      you should! you might surprise yourself and really love it!

  • Tamara Goyette

    October 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    And now I really want to make this for dinner tonight. I know my husband would love it too.

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

      oh good! hope you both enjoy!

  • Shannon

    October 23, 2017 at 9:50 am

    This sounds so good! I don’t typically eat a lot of meat but this looks super healthy and a great alternative option. Pinning so I can make it later!

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:36 am

      hope you enjoy!! its one of our meatless faves 🙂

  • Anna

    October 23, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I love quinoa! I often have it with fish or meat but I’ve never tried it your way! I have to try it!

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      October 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

      hope you enjoy!!

  • April Kitchens

    October 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    This recipe looks super yummy! I’ll have to try it out, but I’ll use vegan cheese.

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      October 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      sounds like a great add!

  • Emily Anne

    October 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Yes!!! I’m vegan so I’m all for meatless Monday’s and this recipe sounds yummy!!

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      October 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      oh good!! glad you will be able to try it!

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      October 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      this would be perfect! just omit the cheese and you’re good to go 🙂

  • Megan

    October 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I’m not sure my kids would go for this, but I think it sounds delish! It would make a great lunch too!

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      October 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      yep its super yummy cold too!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    October 23, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I have yet to try cooking quinoa myself, but this recipe makes me want to try it!

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      October 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      definitely try it!! the rice cooker I mention in the article makes it so easy!

  • Nicole Kamai

    October 24, 2017 at 1:42 am

    I’d have to omit the cheese because dairy and me do not get along – but I think I need to give this recipe a try!

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      October 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      it would still be so good even without the cheese!

  • Amanda Maxwell

    October 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

    This looks perfect. I feel like it would make excellent leftovers for lunches all week. And if you are inclined to add some meat on Tuesday it would be a perfect side option!

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      October 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      such a great idea!! double the batch and you’re set!

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses

    October 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    This sounds FANTASTIC! And healthy, too! I need to try it out.

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      October 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      hope you love it!

  • Nita

    October 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I have had a lot of meatless days.. Lol but I never really cut out a meatless monday.. I should probably try it.

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      October 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      I think you’d love it!

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