Meatless Day Challenge #13 – Oldies but goodies

Meatless Day ChallengeIt has been hectic. Outlaws in town. Melbourne food and wine festival. Presentation to think and write. Eat Drink Blog. Book launch event. Challenges to complete. And forgetting that I have a full time job that has put me back for a couple of late nights and weekends. I have completely run out of time. So I asked permission from both Cherrie of Sweet Cherry Pie and Divina of Sense & Serendipity to allow me to link up to some of their Meatless dishes. I will also be sharing some of my favourites in the last 12 weeks.

Cherrie is the newcomer to this challenge and I really hope that being meatless once a week is both challenging and enjoyable. For her first week, she made a baked sundried tomato risotto.

Baked Sun-dried Tomato Risotto

Baked Sun-dried Tomato Risotto

And then she made a unique dish, Filipino eggplant omelete. It is such a simple and humble dish that consists of 2 ingredients – Eggplants and eggs.

Filipino eggplant omelete

Filipino eggplant omelete

And Divina is no stranger to some of you that visit our blogs regularly. I love the way she uses whole foods and thus making the dishes very healthy. Savory Breakfast Brown Rice Bowl is one of my favourite thus far because it reminds me of having savoury breakfasts back in Asia and also I am quite in love with the toasted sesame seed and miso sauce.

Savory breakfast brown rice bowl

Savory breakfast brown rice bowl

The other vegetarian/meatless dish that I thought was quite interesting was the black eyed pea fritters and roasted cauliflower pita sandwich. I never had black eyed fritters before and this is recipe that I will be stealing off her at some point ;)

Black Eyed Pea Fritters and Roasted Cauliflower Pita Sandwich

Black Eyed Pea Fritters and Roasted Cauliflower Pita Sandwich

It really isn’t easy for a meat eater to come up with a meatless recipe once a week. I do struggle every week trying to find simple but tasty vegetarian recipes. I have all these great ideas but time is never on my side. In memory of summer that has just passed, I was quite proud of this fresh and fruity pasta dish – Pasta with avocado & mango.

Pasta with avocado and mango

Pasta with avocado and mango

And I love this Pumpkin Gnocchi with fried sage and spinach pesto dish. And this was the dish that sparkled off the Gnocchi Internationl Party.

Pumpkin gnocchi with spinach pesto

Pumpkin gnocchi with spinach pesto

I did make a meatless dish this week and had it for a couple of days actually. It was just roasted vegetables with pasta. It was something that I mentioned in one of my posts and so thought that this showcase of oldies will be a better option.

I hope that more people can join us. You can be a vegetarian or a vegan and showcase one recipe that could be inspiring to us meat lovers. It is not restricted to any day. Spread the word!

And don’t forget!

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And remember, please turn off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010.

What will you be doing this Saturday at 8.30pm to support Earth Hour?