Meatless Monday Pasta

Happy Meatless Monday!

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Why should you decrease your meat consumption one day a week? It helps reduce our carbon footprint and saves resources like fossil fuels and fresh water. Meat production manufactures more greenhouse gases than growing vegetables do. Also livestock uses way more water than vegetables. Studies show that we use 1,850 gallons of water to make one pound of beef while only using 39 gallons of water to produce one pound of vegetables. Going meatless one day a week also has health benefits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, help you live longer, and improve your overall health. Consuming vegetables that are protein rich help get the essential nutrients and vitamins such as iron, fiber, magnesium, and zinc which decrease your intake of saturated fats.

This recipe is simple to make and you can substitute or add in extra veggies. I usually look in my fridge and add in what I can find.

What You Need:

Cherry Tomatoes-One container

Garlic (2-3 cloves chopped)

1/2 Stick of Vegan Butter (Regular Butter if you prefer)

1/2 Cup of White Wine

Tofu-Diced and Seasoned with Salt and Pepper

Spinach-1 bag

Feta Cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Italian Herb Grinder

Gluten Free Spaghetti

What To Do:

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In a saucepan, add the vegan butter, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and the Italian Herb Spices. Let it cook until the tomatoes start to blister a bit and get soft.

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Add in garlic and cook until the garlic is toasted. When the tomatoes are soft, take a fork and press into them. Be careful because it will splatter everywhere. I recommend wearing an apron!

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Add the spinach in the pan until it has cooked down and wilted. Pour in the wine and carefully place in the diced tofu. Cook until the sauce is simmering and the tofu is warm. Serve with spaghetti or pasta and top with feta cheese!

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Gluten Free Shrimp Scampi

Gluten Free Shrimp Scampi

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This is one of my mom’s creations and it is delicious. I was really missing her the other day so I made one of her favorite dishes. This dish is quick to make during the week and it is a crowd winner!

 

What You Need:

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3 Garlic Cloves (crushed)

3 Tablespoons Vegan Butter (or regular butter)

1/2 cup of White Wine

Can Chopped Tomatoes (liquid drained)

Fresh Shrimp (I used about 1/2 pound but you could use up to a pound for this recipe)

1/2 -1 Teaspoon Ground Red Pepper

1 Teaspoon Parsley

Salt and Pepper to taste

What To Do:

Melt the vegan butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the crushed garlic and cook for a few minutes (don’t burn the garlic-it will get bitter). Add the wine and cook for two minutes.

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Add the tomatoes and spices while cooking the mixture for about 5 minutes.

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Add the raw shrimp and cook until pink.

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Top over gluten free spaghetti and enjoy!

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