The Kids Cook Monday: Cannellini Bean Veggie Meatballs

These meatless balls pair perfectly with pasta and are a fun alternative to regular meatballs. Cannellini beans and walnuts provide protein while shallots, garlic and fresh herbs pack in tons of flavor. This recipe comes to us from Maria of Hälsa Nutrition.

Serves 4-5

Cooking Tip of the Week: Keeping your hands wet will help to keep the veggie ball mixture from sticking to them. Try having a bowl of water nearby you can dip your hands into as needed! [Read more…]

Chickpea Caesar Salad

This superpower salad takes the classic Caesar and turns it into a celebration! For a crunch without standard croutons, this recipe uses delicious and protein-packed crispy chickpeas. And this homemade Caesar dressing will blow the store-bought stuff away!

Recipe from the Blue Zones Meal Planner. [Read more…]

Hopkins Students Encourage Classmates to Skip Meat for a Day

Hopkins School freshman Sophie Sonnenfeld, 15, had an awakening over chicken fingers.

Sophie, a Branford resident, said shebegan to reevaluate her diet when, in the third-grade, she realized chicken fingers weren’t actually chicken’s fingers. It spurred her interest in evaluating what she eats more closely, and now she does not eat red meat.

At her school, Sophie is an ambassador for Meatless Mondays, a campaign run by The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit initiative associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities that encourages people to commit to making healthier choices on Mondays. In addition to going meatless, the initiative runs campaigns for doing things on Mondays such as exercise, quitting smoking and promoting sexual health. [Read more…]

The Kids Cook Monday: Mini Mushroom Burgers

When grilling season hits one of life’s simple pleasures is to throw a portabella mushroom on the grill and let it absorb those delicious smoky flavors. These mushroom sliders are so cute they use a dinner roll for a bun! This recipe comes to us from our friends at The Mushroom Council.

Food For Thought: Is it portabella, portabello, or portobello? All are correct! It might be confusing, but sometimes words have different spellings and pronunciations depending on where you’re from or who you ask. The Mushroom Council uses the “two a” spelling, so we’re following their lead. [Read more…]

Kids Cook Monday: Curried Quinoa Cakes with Minty Pea Dipping Sauce

These fun, dippable cakes feature not only the protein-packed super grain quinoa, but also nutritious chickpeas and flavorful curry powder. This recipe comes to us from our friend Chef Hollie of JoyFoodly.

Serves 4

Cooking Tip of the Week: Fresh peas are usually only available in the spring, but frozen peas are a fine substitute. Just let them come to room temperature before blending them in this recipe. [Read more…]

Mustard Crusted Tofu with Strawberries

Pressed tofu is marinated with Dijon mustard, strawberries and honey, then breaded with flakey Panko breadcrumbs and cashews before being baked crisp in the oven. Strawberries are reduced with honey and balsamic vinegar to balance the sweet and savory in this playful dinner. This recipe comes to us from Kelly of The Pink Apron. [Read more…]

New York City Mayor Announces Meatless Monday School Program to Tackle Climate Change and Obesity

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 15 public schools will offer Meatless Monday as part of a pilot program, with the potential to expand throughout the school system. Every Monday, students in the pilot will enjoy breakfast and lunch menus featuring meatless meals. De Blasio also added a personal commitment to start the practice at Gracie Mansion, his official residence “…we are now going to be instituting Meatless Mondays as well…We’re starting a new habit and I’m looking forward to it.” [Read more…]

Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Bread Cups

Thinking about firing up the grill any time soon? Try this simple, snackable recipe featuring some of summer’s most sensational (and grill-able!) produce. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd and easily doubles or triples. This recipe comes to Meatless Monday from Dixya of Food, Pleasure and Health. [Read more…]

Chickpea Tacos

Please enjoy these delicious Chickpea Tacos from www.TheCheeseTrap.org. Serve with leafy greens, in a bowl, or stuffed in taco shells. Serve this mildly spicy (or not!) taco filling in taco shells with Avocado Cream, lettuce, and other fresh veggies like chopped tomatoes, jicama, or cucumber. Or serve the filling simply over rice with the toppings, or tuck all into a whole-grain tortilla. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday Movement Celebrates Earth Day

This Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day, an annual event to honor our planet we call home. For those who want to make a positive difference on the environment this week, and every week of the year, there’s an easy delicious way: join the Meatless Monday movement. Meatless Monday is a grassroots movement organized and promoted by advocates around the world who inspire individuals, schools, restaurants and even entire governments to get involved. Currently, there are home-grown initiatives in more than 40 countries, pledging to “one day a week, cut out meat” for their health and the health of the planet. [Read more…]