Monday, 1 March 2010

Meatless Monday

The idea of a meatless meal once a week is public health awareness program in association with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future. In 2009 Paul and Stella McCartney launched "Support Meat-free Monday" in the U.K..

All this you all know if you've been following Twitter, blogs or just hanging around the internet for the last year. It is not only encouraged for the health benefits of cutting down on meat consumption by 15%, but also a way to save the planet.

So, even with my best intentions, Monday is not always our meatless meal. I have however adopted the habit of having at least one meatless meal per week.

Here is a great meatless meal, which can work as a main vegetarian meal, a starter or a side dish for meat eaters that really can't do without their animal protein.


Paprika Peppers stuffed with Quinoa
Makes 2 servings

2 large Paprika Peppers
Half a cup of Quinoa - cooked
Half a Red Pepper chopped into small dice
2 Courgettes chopped into small dice
1 Handful of toasted pine nuts (optional, but very good)
Olive Oil for frying

Cut the Paprika peppers in half, remove the seeds and membrane, but keep the stalk intact.
Rub with a little oil and bake in the oven at 180°C for about 15 minutes, until just soft.
Meanwhile...
Fry the red peppers and the courgettes until just soft.
Mix together the quinoa, the peppers, courgettes and the pine nuts and season to taste.
Remove the paprika peppers from the oven - fill with the quinoa mix and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
Serve with fried haloumi cheese which you have rubbed with a little oil, stick one basil leaf on the presentation side and fry until golden and carefully flip over, keeping the leaf in place.

And there you have - Meatless Monday, a feast on it's own!

7 comments:

Marisa said...

Looks delicious! A perfect meat-free meal. And I love the basil fused onto the halloumi.

Dharm said...

Meatless Mondays - What a great idea! Stuffed peppers with Quinoa looks just great. We recently bought some Quinoa and made a salad out of it so I can imagine how good this would taste!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I try for one meatless meal a week, too. This looks like a lovely salad, but I'm so sorry you had to turn on the oven to make it. Wish you could come hang out here for a couple of days and enjoy our cool rain.

Adele said...

My husband always claims that he can easily turn vegetarian, but when I changed our menu to 4 veggie dishes a week and red meat only once a fortnight, he complained. My brother and I are carnivores through and through. In fact, his idea of a vegetarian dish is chicken! My poor husband suffer a bit at our South African get-togethers.

Elle said...

Not only does this dish sound totally delicious, but the photo close up shows that the time was well spent with the photographer and food stylist. Just gorgeous!
Hope things ahve cooled down a bit!

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Jeanne @ CookSister! said...

What a grgeous dish! I love the basil leaf on the halloumi too...

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