Yesterday was Earth Day. William and I read an article about Meatless Monday. The article was very convincing and my six-year-old declared our family needed to take the challenge. So, here it is Monday evening and I’m proud to say that we met the challenge. I know you may have a few questions. There is a ton of great information you can find about Meatless Monday but I answered the top two questions:
Why Meatless?: Going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.
Why Monday?: For most Americans the week begins on Monday. On Monday we move from the freedom of the weekend back to the structure of work or school. We set our intentions for the next six days. We plan ahead and evaluate progress. Studies suggest we are more likely to maintain behaviors begun on Monday throughout the week. That makes Monday the perfect day to make a change for your health. Monday is the call to action built in to every calendar each week. And if this Monday passes you by, next week is another chance to go meatless!
Our first Meatless Monday dinner was fun. I whipped up Tomato Pie, sautéed asparagus, and a fresh mixed green salad. I’m thinking going meatless once a week is an easy challenge. Will you give Meatless Monday a try?–Amanda
3 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 (9-inch) unbaked refrigerated piecrust
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 C mayo (I used light Hellmann’s)
1 C sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thinly (garnish)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and turn down to 325 for baking. Drain sliced tomatoes on paper towels for 15 minutes. Roll piecrust out on baking pie plate. Pinch crust to sides and work out all air bubbles. Poke a few small holes into crust and bake for 10 minutes. Remove crust and let cool.
Cover bottom of pie crust with the tomato slices. Cover tomatoes with chopped green onions. Sprinkle liberally with seasonings, salt, and pepper. In a small container, stir mayo and cheese. Spread mixture over layers. Use Roma tomatoes as top layer, slightly overlap tomatoes to create complete layer. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden and bubbly. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with a fresh sprig of basil.
If you want meat, this meal can accompany any chicken or beef dish. Another idea, add 6 strips of cook, crumbled bacon.
You can always add different types of cheeses or different types of veggies. If you decided to use red onions or bell peppers, sauté them first.