Garden Fresh, Meatless Monday, Recipe

Meatless Monday with Pizza

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Since last December I started working on changing my eating habits.  I started by looking into the Plant Based Diet.  I know I could not be a vegetarian, I really do like meat, but I wanted to cut my meat down a lot.  So, I needed to incorporate more vegetarian type meals into my diet.  This is not easy when you live in Oklahoma, and even harder in very rural Oklahoma.  I don’t have a Whole Foods store nearby, and can only find so much at the local grocery store.  Luckily, Woodward is only 30 minutes away and I can stock up on a few vegetables when I go there.  It’s still not the same as being able to just run over to Whole Foods (3 hours away), or a similar store anytime I want.  Anyway, I recently decided to start Meatless Monday.  This is my second Monday to do meatless Monday, and it really isn’t so bad.  Last Monday I had a banana and orange for breakfast, I had chickpea salad on whole wheat bread, pickles, cherry tomatoes, and a few potato chips (not super healthy, but at leas not meat) for lunch.  For dinner I made vegetarian enchiladas.  I’ve linked the recipes that I found on Pinterest.

Today for breakfast I had a banana, a couple of healthy cookies, and a few cashews.  For lunch I made some Cashew Noodles last night and brought an Asian Salad (pre-packaged from Walmart).  For a snack I had a small orange.  For dinner I made pizza.  I made half pepperoni and mushroom, the other half red peppers,  onion and mushrooms.  My husband would not eat pizza with vegetables only.  My crust is homemade, here is the recipe I used, it will make 3 large thin crusts or 3 personal pan pizzas (Pizza Hut style) .  I usually use one crust the day I make up the dough, then freeze the other two.  I wrap each one in plastic wrap, and put them in a large freezer bag.  When I know I am going to make another pizza, or use the dough for other recipes, I just pop it in the fridge that morning to thaw.  this makes for a pretty quick diner.  I usually pull it out of the fridge and roll it out thin, to the size I want.  Then shape it on a regular pizza pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil spread across the pan.  Next I place it in a warm spot like on top of my preheating oven (400-450), cover it with a towel and let it rise just a bit.  This takes 30 minutes to an hour.  I put my pizza stone in the oven to get warm.  When I’m ready to place my ingredients on the pizza crust, I just pull my pizza stone out of the oven and carefully place the dough on it.  It will sizzle for a minute or so.  After I put the ingredients on, I put it in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes.  The crust is nice and crisp, and so delicious!

What are your Meatless Monday recipes?  Are you a Vegetarian, or just working for a healthier lifestyle?

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