Meatless Mondays help meet many resolutions

Published the week of December 28, 2015

Every year, the temptation to make New Year’s resolutions is hard to resist. Saving money and eating healthier are two popular ones. Accomplishing either can be helped by joining the Meatless Monday bandwagon, where you eat vegetarian one day a week. Eating vegetarian meals can be cheaper and usually healthier, with potential benefits to your heart, your cancer risk, and your overall weight. And as an added bonus, skipping the meat might make meal preparation quicker.

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Broccoli Quiche

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 eggs, well beaten
1-1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add onions, garlic, and broccoli. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft. Spoon vegetables into crust and sprinkle with cheese. In a large bowl, combine eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in melted butter. Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cheese. Bake until center has set, about 30 to 50 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

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Cucumber Sandwich

2 thick slices whole wheat bread
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
6 slices cucumber
2 tablespoons alfalfa sprouts
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tomato, sliced
1 leaf lettuce
1 ounce pepperoncini, sliced
1/2 avocado, mashed
Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon cream cheese. On one slice of bread, arrange cucumber slices in a single layer. Cover with sprouts, then sprinkle with oil and vinegar. Layer tomato slices, lettuce, and pepperoncini. Spread other slice of bread with mashed avocado. Close sandwich and serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

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Tomato and Spinach Spirals

1 8-ounce package spiral pasta, uncooked
1 10-ounce package frozen creamed spinach
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare spinach according to package directions. Drain pasta; return to pot. Mix in spinach, tomatoes, and 4 tablespoons of cheese; heat through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Makes 4 servings

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Pantry Pointers

If you are going meatless for the entire day, be sure to have vegetarian snacks handy. Easy choices include tortilla chips and salsa, veggies dipping in salad dressing or hummus, crackers and peanut butter, nuts, and maybe even a little bit of chocolate.

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