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Meatless Mondays: Kamut® Berries with Herbed Mushrooms and Leeks

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

This whole grain, pilaf-like dish shines the spotlight on Kamut® berries. The toothsome grains marry beautifully with earthy mushrooms and vibrant leeks. Beyond cooking the grains, this dish comes together easily and is a great, light meal for a Monday night. Take it up a notch with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan and pair with a green salad.

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Kamut® Berries with Herbed Mushrooms and Leeks

from Whole Grains Every Day by Bob’s Red Mill 

  • 1-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic Kamut® Berries
  • 4-1/2 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter*
  • 3 cups sliced Leeks, white and light green parts
  • 1-1/2 lb assorted Mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 cup low-sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Tarragon, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Thyme, chopped
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot.

Add Kamut® berries, cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook until berries are tender and plump, about 45-60 minutes. Drain off any excess water and set kamut aside.

Heat the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until it foams. Add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until they soften, 4-5 minutes. Add mushrooms and salt. Continue cooking until the mushrooms release their liquid and are just short of tender, 7-10 minutes.

Stir in broth, tarragon, thyme, cooked kamut, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered over medium heat until some of the liquid has evaporated and the flavors mingle, about 5 minutes.

Serve warm.

*Use a non-dairy margarine for a vegan version.

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What is it? Wednesday: Bulgur

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, What is it? Wednesday

What is it? Wednesday: BulgurWe are very excited to bring you What is it? Wednesdays! Every other Wednesday, we’ll explore a different ingredient or product in depth. We’ll be covering the benefits, uses and common misconceptions about each. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments and we’ll work them into the schedule. 

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Bulgur, the quintessential ingredient in Tabbouleh, is a fabulous and easy way to incorporate whole grains into your diet. Originating primarily in the Middle East, bulgur can be found on menus across the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. It’s a simple ingredient that can be dressed up or served simply depending on the occasion and, behind oatmeal, one of the best “gateway” grains for most people’s forays into whole grain cooking.

What is it? Quite simply, bulgur is wheat that has been parboiled and cracked. Most often it’s made from durum wheat, but can also be made from hard red wheat and soft white wheat. We offer two varieties- one made from the hard red wheat and one from the soft white wheat – we call them Bulgur and Golden (Light) Bulgur, respectively. Because it is essentially just wheat, bulgur does contain gluten. If you must avoid gluten, try whole grain millet or kasha for a similar texture and flavor.

How do you use it? What we love about bulgur is its incredible versatility. A great “starter” recipe for bulgur is our Tabbouleh recipe found on the package. It’s simple to prepare and has a lovely balance of flavors between the nutty wheat, tangy tomatoes and hint of mint. Bulgur can be used in salads, soups, casseroles and pilafs, as well as added to baked goods for a nutty crunch. Try these Lemon Bulgur Poundcakes for a real treat! This Bulgur Asparagus Salad is one of our favorites and a great way to enjoy the bounty of spring. Bulgur can be used in place of meat in casseroles, as it has a chewy texture that replicates ground beef quite nicely. Add it to meatballs and meatloaf to stretch the dish and boost the whole grain content.

 

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Meatless Mondays: Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Dairy-Free Alfredo

by Claire Gallam in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

You haven’t really lived until you’ve had homemade gnocchi. I know that seems like a bold statement, but that’s just how strongly I feel about the matter. Homemade gnocchi will blow your store-bought stuff right out of the water.

Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Vegan Alfredo | Bob's Red Mill

I was so excited when Bob’s Red Mill asked me to create a healthy and wholesome meal using one of their nut flours. Since I’ve been trying to limit the amount of processed food I eat, I’ve been living off pastas, breads, muffins and cakes made with almond meal. Not only does it add such an incredible nuttiness to your dishes, it also adds a punch of protein too.  I knew almost instantly what I was going to make, a version of the root vegetable homemade gnocchi featured in my cookbook.

Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Vegan Alfredo | Bob's Red Mill

Regular potato gnocchi is fabulous, but I have to say, I wanted something with a little more vibrancy, so I opted for roasted and pureed butternut squash. It’s creamy and flavorful, and adds a beautiful bright orange color to the pasta. Plus, it gives you a serving of vegetables in each bite, which is an added bonus in my life.

Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Vegan Alfredo | Bob's Red Mill

I paired these fluffy little pasta dumplings with my favorite vegan Alfredo sauce. You’ll absolutely die when you see what makes it so creamy! This gnocchi and sauce is the best weeknight or weekend meal. Your family and friends will go gaga, I promise.

Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Vegan Alfredo | Bob's Red Mill

Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Vegan Alfredo

Serves about 4

Ingredients:

For the Gnocchi:

For the sauce:

  • 1 pound Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1/3 cup Soy or Almond Milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped Basil
  • 1/3 cup Soy Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons Vegan Butter

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the squash, flour, almond meal, egg, Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Mix until pasta dough comes together. If it’s still too sticky, add additional all purpose flour.
  2. Place the dough onto a hard floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Roll the dough into ¼ inch thickness and cut into 4 even sections. Cut each bite into 1 ½ inch pieces. Press the back of the fork into the gnocchi to make indents.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Cook the gnocchi until softened and floating to the top, about 4 – 6 minutes.  Rinse and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce by blending the tofu, almond milk, basil, Parmesan and vegan butter together in a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the sauce over the gnocchi and serve with additional pepper.

*Use Soy Parmesan to make this dish completely vegan.

Claire GallamClaire is a cookbook author, food writer and recipe creator, soon-to-be culinary student and avid world traveler. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. She writes full-time for the Food section of SheKnows, FabulousFoods.com and is a contributing writer for the Travel section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist. Follow Claire on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with her newest creations. 

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Meatless Mondays: Cherry Date Bars

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Inspired by Power Hungry by Camilla Saulsbury and our love of certain kind of fruit and nut bar, our test kitchen came up with these lovely Cherry Date Bars. They’re easy to make and are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, tucking into lunch boxes and pre-workout (or recovery) fuel. I love that the sugar comes purely from the fruit. The sweet tartness of the cherries pairs beautifully with hazelnuts and cinnamon, making them almost dessert-like without adding any extra sugar. Make a batch and wrap them individually for easy grabbing throughout the week. If you like these as much as we do, we cannot recommend the Power Hungry cookbook enough- it’s absolutely packed with fabulous recipes for every kind of bar you could envision.

Cherry Date Bars | Bob's Red Mill

Cherry Date Bars

Contributed by:  Sarah House

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Chill Time:  30 minutes | Yield: 6 servings

  • 1 cup Tart Dried Cherries (120g)
  • ¼ cup Date Pieces (36g)
  • 1 cup Hot Water (240 mL)
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal (112g)
  • ¼ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Almond Extract
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped, toasted Hazelnuts (30g)

Step 1

Combine cherries, dates and water and let soak until soft, about 5 – 10 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap or waxed paper.

Step 3

Drain the water from the soaked fruit and discard.  Place the drained fruit, hazelnut meal, cinnamon, salt, almond extract and chopped hazelnuts in a food processor.  Process until well combined, about 1 minute.

Step 4

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.  Cover with a piece plastic wrap or waxed paper and press down to flatten to a smooth, even thickness.

Step 5

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Remove from pan, discard plastic wrap and cut into 6 equal-sized bars.  Store covered.

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What is it? Wednesday: Arrowroot Starch

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, What is it? Wednesday

We are very excited to bring you What is it? Wednesdays! Every other Wednesday, we’ll explore a different ingredient or product in depth. We’ll be covering the benefits, uses and common misconceptions about each. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments and we’ll work them into the schedule. 

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Welcome to What is it? Wednesday! This week’s topic is Arrowroot Starch, AKA: Arrowroot Powder, Arrowroot Flour. A lesser-known ingredient than its starch brethren—corn, potato, tapioca—arrowroot is an incredibly useful ingredient that is often overlooked. It is frequently used in gluten free and allergy-free baking. Use it in place of cornstarch in baking, or for thickening cool liquids (read: ice cream). If you have questions we don’t address, leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to find you an answer.

What is it? Wednesday: Arrowroot Starch | Bob's Red Mill

What is it? Arrowroot starch is a very fine, white powder akin to cornstarch made from the tubers of the arrowroot plant. The arrowroot plant, Maranta arundinacea, is a perennial herb found in tropical climates. The origins of its name are a little mysterious. One source claims that the Arawak Indians called the plant aru-aru, “meal of meals.” While another claims that arrowroot was used medicinally, being placed on wounds made with poisoned arrows to draw out the toxins. With its medicinal properties, it might just be a little of both.

How do you use it? Like other starches, arrowroot starch is used as a thickening agent in liquids and supports proteins in baking to give baked goods form. It has virtually no flavor and is allergy-friendly, making it a great option for those avoiding corn, potatoes or gluten in general.

Arrowroot does not hold its thickening abilities like other starches and is best added near the end of heating. It should be mixed with liquid to create a slurry before adding to hot liquids to prevent clumping. There is a secret to a smooth sauce with arrowroot starch. Bring the sauce base to a simmer over medium-low heat. Next, whisk ¼ cup water and 2 Tbsp. arrowroot starch together to make a slurry. Stir the slurry into the simmering sauce and heat for one minute or until thickened.

How is it different from other starches? First off, arrowroot starch does not turn sauces cloudy like some starches, and it works at temperatures below a simmer. Arrowroot starch is neutral tasting and tolerates acidic ingredients, such as citrus (hello, lemon curd!). The starch also freezes well and dissolves well at lower temperatures. In fact, it must be cooked over low heat as it doesn’t endure high temperature cooking and does not reheat well. A final word to the wise, arrowroot does not do well in milk-based cream sauces (it changes the texture), but it bakes well in cakes, cookies and biscuits made with milk.

Sweet Potato-Almond Waffles with Crispy Oven-Baked Cornflake Chicken | Bob's Red Mill & Cara's Cravings

Try one of these fabulous recipes using Arrowroot Starch:

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Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Quick and easy-to-prepare, these Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies are a satisfying way to enjoy a treat while following a low carbohydrate diet. I’ve personally made them to take along on road trips for my family to provide a protein-rich snack that also cures the siren call of a sweet tooth. When you think of the many bars you can purchase, these cookies are a pretty solid way to enjoy fueling up.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Contributed by:  Amanda Carter

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time:  15 – 18 minutes | Yield: 20 cookies

  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal (7g)
  • 3 Tbsp Water (45mL)
  • 1 cup Hazelnut Meal (112g)
  • ½ cup Coconut Sugar (64g)
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¾ cup Almond Butter (204g)
  • ½ cup Applesauce (112g)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips (100g)

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Mix flaxseed meal and water together in a small bowl and set aside to thicken.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, whisk together Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt.

Step 4

In a large bowl, mix together almond butter, applesauce, vanilla extract and flax/water mixture.  Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well then stir in chocolate chips.

Step 5

Place approximately 1 ½ Tbsp (20g) of dough per cookie on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1-inch between each cookie.  Bake until set, 15 – 18 minutes.

Step 6

Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to a rack and let cool completely.

Each cookie contains: Calories 130, Calories from Fat 90, Total Fat 10g (15%), Saturated Fat 1.5g (8%), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0%), Sodium 85mg (4%), Total Carbohydrate 10g (3%), Dietary Fiber 2g (8%), Sugars 6g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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New Product: Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

If you’re familiar with Bob’s Red Mill, you probably already know how much we love Scotland. Maybe it’s a kinship we feel with a country that is almost always rainy and cool (much like our beloved Oregon) or maybe we love it for birthing our favorite food, oatmeal. Maybe it’s because they awarded us the title of World Porridge Champions in 2009, or maybe it’s because they’re just so darn nice over there. No matter what is at the heart of it, Bob has always loved Scotland and, after a visit many years ago, his love fueled the creation of our Scottish Oatmeal. It was in Scotland that Bob first tasted and fell in love with traditional Scottish oats.

NEW GF Scottish Oatmeal | Bob's Red Mill

Ground on stone mills, this oatmeal is a true meal. It is smooth and creamy with a texture closer to farina than what we typically associate with oatmeal. It’s not chewy like rolled or steel cut oats, but it still has a bit of bite and texture. This isn’t gruel, but it is a unique breakfast experience.

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We have yet to find anything in the States that compares to our Scottish Oatmeal, which is why we are very excited to add Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to our robust gluten free oat line. We take the same high-quality, gluten free tested and verified oats that you know and trust and run them through our specialized stone mills in our gluten free facility to create a new, whole grain cereal perfect for warming you up on these brisk *almost* spring days.

To celebrate our new addition and our undying love for Scotland, we’re giving away a package of Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to five lucky winners. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 04/08/14.

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Meatless Mondays: Curried Sweet Potato & Millet Soup {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson is a fabulous resource of whole grain recipes that anyone can enjoy. What I love about this book is that it’s a book about grains that are inherently gluten free (amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff, wild rice) without focusing on what is missing from the dishes. Think of it as a celebration of the myriad other grains beyond wheat, rye and barley. Some of the best grains on the planet are free from gluten. 

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson

Finlayson has a history with vegetarian and slow cooker cookbooks and she brings this experience to the gluten free realm. The recipes are approachable, even if they sound hard like Moroccan-style Millet Stuffing and Coconut-Spiked Pork with Quinoa and Peanuts. All of the recipes come with tips for ways to simplify or elaborate the recipe and many come with variations for making the dish vegetarian. The majority of the dishes are accompanied by beautiful photography and they all have nutritional breakdowns which is a huge bonus and not something most cookbooks offer.

From breakfast to dessert, this book has it all. Finlayson kicks off The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook with a thorough guide to whole grains. She covers their history, how to store them, how to buy them and the nutrition they bring to your table. Needless to say, we love this book.

The generous folks at Robert Rose Publishing have offered us a single copy to give away to one lucky reader. We’ll pair this book with a package of amaranth, millet, quinoa, teff and sorghum to get you started. This is a fun whole grains gift set that anyone- gluten free or otherwise- will certainly enjoy. To enter, follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of this post. We’ll pick a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/31/14. Winners must be over 18 and are limited to US and Canadian residents only.  To pick up a copy of the book now, visit your favorite book retailer or Amazon.com

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup | Bob's Red Mill

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup

VEGAN FRIENDLY

This soup is a lovely combination of flavors and texture. It has a mild curry taste, enhanced with the addition of orange and a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. The toasted walnuts add taste and an appealing bit of crunch, while the optional yogurt provides a creamy finish. Although this is a great cold weather soup, it’s light enough to be enjoyed any time of the year — perhaps even for dinner with the addition of salad.

Tips

To get this quantity of puréed sweet potato, bake, peel and mash 2 medium sweet potatoes, each about 6 oz (175 g). You can also use a can (14 oz/398 mL) sweet potato purée.

Toasting brings out millet’s pleasantly nutty flavor. To toast, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it crackles and releases its aroma, for 5 minutes.

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil (15 mL)
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced Ginger Root (10 mL)
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp freshly grated Orange Zest (5 mL)
  • 2 cups Sweet Potato Purée (500 mL)
  • 6 cups Vegetable Stock (1.5 L)
  • 3⁄4 cup Millet, toasted (175 mL)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice (250 mL)
  • 1⁄4 cup pure Maple Syrup (60 mL)
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  •  Toasted chopped Walnuts or sliced Almonds
  • Plain Yogurt, optional

1.    In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until carrots have softened, about 7 minutes.

2.    Add garlic, ginger, curry powder and orange zest and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add sweet potato and stock and stir well. Bring to a boil. Stir in millet. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until millet is tender and flavors have blended, about 30 minutes.

3.    Add orange juice and maple syrup and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with toasted walnuts and a drizzle of yogurt, if using.

Makes 6 servings

Excerpted from The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

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What is it? Wednesday: Hazelnut Meal/Flour

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, What is it? Wednesday

We are very excited to bring you What is it? Wednesdays! Every other Wednesday, we’ll explore a different ingredient or product in depth. We’ll be covering the benefits, uses and common misconceptions about each. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments and we’ll work them into the schedule. 

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I bet you didn’t even know there was such a thing as Hazelnut Meal. Almond Meal is endlessly popular and seems there is a flour/meal for every nut now (no pun intended). We’ve been milling hazelnut meal for quite a while, 10 years to be exact, but, until recently, it was relatively unknown. As low carbohydrate and paleo diets gain in popularity, there seems to be a need for more variety in ingredients, and we’re here to oblige.

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What is it, exactly? It’s quite simply, hazelnuts that have been ground into a meal. The nature of nut flours is such that you get some very fine pieces and some slightly larger pieces. Overall, the product is quite fine, but it is not as fine as a wheat flour, hence the term “meal” is used often to describe this product. We leave the skins intact, so you get the whole nutrition that hazelnuts (also known as filberts) offer.  Hazelnut meal is a gluten free flour with no real starch of which to speak. Whole grains are composed of three parts, one of which is primarily starch and protein (endosperm). This piece of the grain is what comprises white flour. Nuts are a whole different story. They have a considerably lower proportion of carbohydrates and starch than a grain does. Making them great for low carb diets, but not so great for baking in the way that we typically think of it.

Why would you use Hazelnut Meal? There are many reasons, but they break down into a few broad groups.

  1. You are a baker looking for a decadent addition to your baked goods.
  2. You are gluten free and looking for a way to boost the nutritional content of your baked goods.
  3. You are following a low carbohydrate diet or some variety- be it for weight loss or diabetes management.Hazelnut Meal | Bob's Red Mill

How do you use it? You can use it the same way you would almond meal. I’m going to break it down for folks who might not be familiar with using nut flours in their daily lives. Because hazelnut meal does not contain gluten and is light on starches, it should be used in conjunction with other flours. Our suggestion is to replace no more than 25- 30% of the flour in your recipe with hazelnut meal. This will bring a richness and nutty texture to your baked goods. If you are looking to create baked goods with a low carbohydrate load, it can be used on its own or in conjunction with other flours that will help give it structure. As with coconut flour, we highly recommend using a recipe that is designed for hazelnut meal or almond meal to get started.

It also makes a fantastic coating for proteins like chicken and fish and a great addition to smoothies. For recipe inspiration, look for recipes using almond meal and think outside of the box. Look for places that ask you to grind up hazelnuts and use our flour instead. It’s the same thing, only we do all the work for you and you don’t have to wash your food processor.

Hazelnut Pancakes with Coconut Chocolate Syrup | The Roasted Root

We have some great recipes using hazelnut meal coming up later in the week, but get started using it today with one of these fabulous recipes.

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Meatless Monday Explained + Red Bean and Kamut® Soup

by Guest in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

How many times have you heard something like this: “The foundation of a healthy diet is fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.”

For many of us—especially seasoned home cooks—this is old news, and it may not even be something we think about all that often. We love plants, of course we eat them every day!

But the truth is, actually consuming the full recommended number of servings of these healthy foods on a daily basis is difficult, even for a registered dietitian like myself. Current dietary guidelines recommend five servings of produce and six ounces of grains daily for most people. Eating meat at every meal – or even every day – can make this a challenge.

In 2003, renowned advertising mogul Sid Lerner revived Meatless Monday (once popular as a war conservation effort) as a way to encourage the public to reduce their intake of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal products and eat more healthy plant foods. Since then, individuals, organizations and brands like Bob’s Red Mill have adopted the initiative to help spread the message about the benefits of periodic meatless eating.

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In my work promoting Meatless Monday, I find that each eater is inspired to join the campaign for a slightly different reason. Some of the most popular include:

For health: Research shows that those who follow diets low in animal products and high in plant foods have lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of developing cancer and heart disease, lower blood pressure and lower total mortality. Meatless foods, especially whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

To discover a new favorite: It’s easy to fall into a meal rut and cook up the same old chicken breast or ground beef most nights. Challenging yourself to go meat-free one day a week can provide inspiration to finally try that curious vegetable or ancient grain you keep hearing about. You may discover a new healthy favorite that will become a regular feature in your diet on other days of the week.

For solidarity: Social support is a huge element of any healthy habit. Even if you regularly eat meatless meals, making a specific effort to do it on Mondays and to share your habit with those in your household or via social media can inspire others to make Meatless Monday and plant-based eating a regular habit, too. It’s also exciting to know you’re participating in a global movement – over 30 countries now have active Meatless Monday campaigns.

For the environment: Eating less meat is an environmentally friendly choice, since production of animal foods is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

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As Meatless Monday’s dietitian, I often hear concerns about whether you can still get enough protein without eating meat. The answer is a resounding yes! Very few people in the United States get too little protein, even among full-time vegetarians. And most plant foods contain more protein than we think, whole grains especially. Quinoa has developed a reputation for being a protein superstar over the past few years, but interestingly, many other whole grains pack in even more protein per serving than the popular South American seed. Amaranth, millet, farro and Kamut® wheat come in at about seven or eight grams of protein per one-fourth cup serving as compared to quinoa’s five.

In the spirit of discovering new favorites on Meatless Monday, I decided to give Kamut® Khorasan Wheat a shot. Kamut® wheat, while technically an ancient wheat, sure looks a lot like brown rice, so I was inspired to try it out in a twist on traditional red beans and rice.

Beans and grains have historically been paired together not only because of their complementary flavors, but because when combined, the proteins from the two plants provide all of the essential amino acids we need to carry out our daily functions. There’s actually no need to make sure you get each of the essential amino acids in the same meatless meal, but that doesn’t mean the combination isn’t still delicious and worthy of a spot in your next Meatless Monday dinner.

Red Bean and Kamut Soup | Bob's Red Mill

Red Bean and Kamut® Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 cup Kamut® Khorasan Wheat
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil or Butter
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 6 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1 ½ cups Tomato Puree
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans Red Beans
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • Salt to taste (consider salt content of vegetable stock)

Soak Kamut in water overnight. Before cooking, drain and discard soaking water.

In a large stockpot or dutch oven, heat butter or olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, saute until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and saute one minute more.

Add soaked Kamut and remaining ingredients. Mix well, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 40 minutes to one hour, until Kamut has cooked and flavors are combined.

Remove bay leaves and serve.

Diana Rice, RD | Meatless MondaysDiana K. Rice, RD is the registered dietitian and recipe editor on staff with The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit public health marketing initiative dedicated to using the first day of the week to prompt healthy behavior changes. Diana focuses her efforts on the organization’s nutrition-oriented initiatives Meatless Monday, The Kids Cook Monday and Healthy Monday. She has studied at NYU, the University of Northern Colorado and Cedar Crest College and is an advocate for sustainable agriculture and children’s nutrition education. Contact The Monday Campaigns to start a campaign in your area and keep up with Diana on Twitter.

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