Meatless Dinner

This dish was inspired by a dish prepared by fellow blogger and artist extraordinaire, Kelly Clarkson at Umber Dove.

My dish is not as artfully created as it is what I call a "throw together" dish and it hit the spot for me today. I've been wanting to go meatless several times a week/month, or whenever the mood strikes.  This is to help health and my pocketbook.  I've been using more and more varieties of beans which I usually cook from scratch, and also a lot more variety of vegetables and fruits, for some time.  So the meatless meals is a progression in  my changing eating habits.

Kelly's dish inspired me to experiment with adzuki or red beans.  I promptly went out and bought a bag of dried adzuki beans after reading her post. I originally intended to make the rice and bean bowl as per her recipe, but instead today I used the beans in stir fry.  I intend to make Kelly's rice bowl another day.


On the left side of my plate (in the photo) is a stir fry made up of chopped onions and fresh chopped garlic sauteed in a bit of oil.  I added the following spices to taste: curry powder, paprika powder, salt and pepper. I then added sliced green cabbage, sliced carrots, chunks of zucchini and the cooked adzuki beans which I prepared the night before.

Cook the beans and veggies until the vegetables are to your taste. I like my veggies on the crunchy side but I do like my cabbage a little more tender so I cook that for awhile before adding the other veggies.  I added some boiled yams as a side dish. I like them plain with a little salt.

Later, I will have some Greek yogurt and fresh fruit for dessert.  If I get with the program I may even try to bake some dessert squares, called Oatmeal Scotchies. These you can find over at my blogging friend, Katy's blog.  I can probably freeze these to have on hand and to take to an outing I am going to on the weekend.

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27 comments:

  1. I'm vegetarian! This sounds great. All I need is some cabbage and I can try this. :))

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    1. I'm so glad you found my meatless meal. I enjoyed it. I hope you like ti.

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    1. It was good. Even better, one feels healthy when they eat healthy :-)

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  3. My normal diet! Just discovered your blog. I followed it after seeing your update on Nairobi and your charity work mission of hope! thank you for letting me know love
    megha
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    2. Thanks Megha for visiting my blog. I appreciate the feedback on my charity work. I think in India most of you are vegetarians. There are a growing number of them in North America also.

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  4. I eat meat but am not a big eater of it. I love eggplant and mushrooms which are good substitutes although not the same value. Blessings and Love. xx

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    1. I go through my phases but in generally am eating less meat. It is difficult because my people were traditionally hunters and primarily meat eaters.

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  5. Boiled yams? I never thought of boiling them.
    This looks like a delicious meatless meal, Penny.
    K

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    1. Yams and sweet potatoes are nice. I like them in various ways but boiled is good with very light seasoning. Some day I may try them with a peanut sauce and post the recipe here (an African dish). Hugs. P

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  6. Joyful,
    Good Job on this healthy dinner. this takes a lot of work and dedication. I'm proud of you! It sure looks like it gives your taste pallet a treat. God Bless me

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    1. Thanks Brenda. I do find that trying to be healthy takes far more effort than the alternative. I'm grateful when I feel up to making the effort. God bless you too.

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  7. This looks delicious and healthy, too, Penny! I have cut way back on meat to lower my bad cholesterol, though I still eat fish and now and then chicken. It has reduced my cholesterol and I feel good when I eat this way--lots more veggies and whole grains. I usually bake yams in the microwave the same amount of time as I'd bake a potato.

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    1. Pat, health issues and concerns are a big reason for changing what I eat and how I cook. Sometimes I don't make the efforts but I try hard when I am able. I'm glad you were able to reduce your cholesterol. I've just had mine tested for the year and should learn the results soon.

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  8. I have never cooked adzuki beans, interesting. I always put them in my sprouter and have bean sprouts. Diane

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  9. yum..this looks great! I cook a lot with beans....inexpensive and healthy. I only serve red meat once a week. We have fish, chicken. pasta, pork, red meat and a combination of left overs the other day and some type of frozen food or else go out.

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    1. Hi mom28, it sounds like you have a good rotational system going there for your family. Good for you!

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  10. I've never liked beans. Yep. Self confessed picky eater. But that looks and sounds pretty good other than that!

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    1. Beth, I never liked beans either but I've been eating more and more of them now for several years. I'm finding I do like them after all!

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  11. Morning Joyful.
    So I learned a new term "throw away" - the word for food.
    Nice that you can use to say remains - and then use such a new word.
    Wishing you a good Sunday - hope you are well.
    Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

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    1. Good morning to you Hanne. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Here it is still Saturday night and we set our clocks (time) back by one hour to have more day time. Knus, Joyful ♥

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  12. that is some throw together meal! But looks really healthy.
    Are you sure that was enough to fill you up? :)

    Anyways, HAPPY SUNDAY TO U DEAR!

    Much love,
    issatchieu
    MARNI x H&M GIVEAWAY
    Do check it out babe!!

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    1. Thank you Issa for letting me know about the giveaway. I had seconds of my stir fry! Later I had to have more protein. Happy Sunday to you too, my dear!

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  13. Looks delicious and inspirational! I need that and actually haven't had adzuki beans for quite some time. I use to sprout them on occasion.
    Well, I do hope your doing well..I missed you!

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    1. So nice to see you again. Enjoy your grandson!

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