Meatless Monday- Quick & Easy

Sometimes it can be challenging to eat healthy, especially when vegetarian.  I know that might sound crazy but reaching for chips & salsa or your favorite vegetarian sweet can be easier than making a healthy meal.

This is one of my favorite “fast food” vegetarian meals.  The falafels are made from a mix you buy at the grocery store (usually in the ethnic section) all you have to do is add water, wait about 15 minutes and they are ready to heat up with some olive oil in the skillet.

Then I make a quick and easy Greek Salad with lettuce, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and goat cheese feta.  In this particular salad I also added purslane (it looks like sprigs of thyme in the picture).  Purslane is native to the middle east and is the highest vegetable in omega-3 fatty acids.  I got ours through the CSA, Carolina Grown (more on that below).  To make a healthy dressing, just take olive oil, juice from one lemon, few pinches of dried oregano, with a little bit of sea salt, mix it together and drizzle it over your salad.

In this quick & easy meal, you are getting protein from the falafels & feta, omega-3s from the purslane (if you decide to add it), along with vitamins, minerals & antioxidants from the salad.  How’s that for a healthy fast food!?!

Carolina Grown is a type of CSA throughout the entire state of North Carolina.  You can get everything from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seafood, dairy, meat, jams, grains, etc.  The best part is they deliver right to your front door once a week!  There is no contract, YOU get to pick what you want each week, unlike most CSA programs, and you are getting fresh food all from local farmers in the state.   You can find more information at www.carolinagrown.org and if you decide to sign up our referral number is 1420, which will give both of us 5 extra points.

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