Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Plant-Based Meals

We've been eating a lot of plant-based meals lately.  One of the easiest ones, and a new favourite, is this satisfying meal of artichoke melts and tahini spinach.

Artichoke Melts
(Makes 4 bun-halves)
  • 2 buns, sliced
  • 1 can artichokes (14 oz/398 ml), drained
  • 1-1.5 T mayo
  • 1 T minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp smokey paprika
  • 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne 
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated cheese to top them with (to taste)
Chop up the artichokes well (I like to chop them similar to flaked tuna).  Add the mayo, onion, and spices (or whatever you like really).  Top the four bun halves with the mixture, top with cheese, and broil on high 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.  Watch! 

Tahini Spinach
(Makes 2 portions)
  • 1 T tahini
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 large pack of baby spinach (312 g/11 oz)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
Mix the tahini, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl. Put the spinach into a dry, large pot, and stir and let it wilt over medium heat.  It will give off its water.  Keep stirring for 1-3 minutes until all is wilted. Remove from heat and squeeze all liquid out of the spinach. (We use a clean silicon oven mitt to really give it a good squeeze.  You want all liquid drained off, so squeeze it well.) You can let it cool if you need to, then squeeeeeeeze.  Drizzle the drained spinach with sesame oil, and toss it with the tahini sauce. Serve warm or cold.

We have the tahini spinach as a side dish multiple times per week.

On the side with daal and rice:

With a baked potato and beans:

With kimchi potatoes and roasted broccoli:

Other plant-based meals we've been enjoying include tempeh stir fry:

Borscht perogies with saurkraut:

Vegan alfredo pasta:

Tofu and veggie, rice bowls with peanut sauce:

Bean and sweet potato burritos:

So many vegetarian dishes from Caraway:

Panang vegetable curry, with Thai sticky rice:

Falafel pitas with homemade super-green falafels, and alllllll the pickled turnips:

Sushi rolls on the day we were supposed to leave for Japan 😢:

Grilled veggies with halloumi cheese:


And burgers made with smoked portobellos instead of beef patties:

(Note the tahini spinach on the side again.  We're hooked.)

And we even had plant-based dessert recently - mango with sticky rice.

Have you had any good plant-based meals lately?
Do you try to incorporate plant-based meals into your diet?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yum! All of these looks and sounds so so so good! We are definitely open to plant-based meals and I try to incorporate more into our diet, especially as our concerns about meat supply grow (several plants have shut down here). Our favorite plant-based meal is lentil enchiladas. Paul will even eat this! It shocked me as I include a jalapeno in the lentil filling, although i seed half of it when I knew i was going to offer this meal to him. I didn't want it to be too spicy! We are all about lentils, though. I made a lentil soup in our instant pot last weekend but I added some andouille sausage that we had in the freezer, so that was no longer plant-based... but mostly plant-based!

One of my favorite plant-based meals is malai kofta. I am probably butchering the spelling. My vegetarian friend introduced me to them when we ordered Indian one time and now Phil and I are both hooked. We are actually ordering Indian tonight and that is one of the dishes we will for sure order!

Amber said...

All your food always looks so amazing and the plant-based meals are no different! I definitely try to eat plant based when we can. Though we've been eating a lot of hot dogs and burgers now that it's summer .... veggie dogs just aren't the same haha.