• 2 grilled portobello mushrooms cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tomato cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • handful of fresh basil
  • about 4 tbl balsamic vinegar
  • about 2 tbl olive oil
  • lettuce
  • fresh bread
  • butter (optional)*

ever hear of meatless monday? i have heard of it before but never really paid attention until the other day.

i was out to dinner saturday night and in my bill was a little slip of paper. “we participate in meatless monday”. really? i was impressed. i’ve been seeing it all over lately and being so into eating local and all of that i am surprised i really never looked into it. they even have a whole website dedicated to meatless monday…did you know other blogs participate as well?

it’s such a great idea i could not resist. what is meatless monday and why? it is basically a day to give your body a rest but not only that, reduce your carbon footprint. the less meat you eat the less saturated fat is in your diet (i am not going to go into the whole animal cruelty thing (wink)). take a look at the site, it’s pretty interesting.

so why am i participating? one, i used to be a vegetarian, two, i love the idea of reducing your carbon footprint and three, i just love the idea of dedicating one day a week to only eating veggies.

so let’s get this started…my first meatless monday recipe, portobello bruschetta. portobello’s are one of my favorites, especially grilled on the bbq. last week i was finally able to hit the farmers market:-) everything i used in this recipe is local (even the balsamic vinegar and butter).

so will you participate with me? let me know what you think and send over some of your favorite veggie recipe ideas!

portobello & tomato bruschetta

  1. the butter in this recipe is optional. one of the things i love to do (since i love butter, especially ronnybrook garlic butter), is melt some butter in a saute pan and then add my bread. it toasts up the bread and gives it great flavor. you of course can skip this step, fresh bread is just as good.
  2. to a bowl add the first 6 ingredients and mix.
  3. lay out your bread on a plate, top with lettuce (we use spicy mustard greens from our garden) and then top with the mushroom and tomato mixture. sprinkle with some extra basil and there you have it.

a meatless monday dinner :-)


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