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Meatless Monday — Cooking Killer Side Dishes

By Fredrica Syren:

 Most people assume that when you’re a vegetarian or vegan all you eat are side dishes, since they can’t imagine what we would eat instead of animal proteins. The irony is that protein is easy to substitute: beans, tofu, whole grains, soy meat; or products like veggie burgers, hot dogs, minced soy meat, tempeh, seitan or quorn.

The fun thing is to create killer side dishes to really elevate a meal, so here are two of my favorite side dishes. I’m a firm believer in lots of different vegetable side dishes to add more color to my plate and more nutrition to my body. The recipes are from Jamie Oliver’s 30-minute meal cooking show, which my daughter watches religiously and then tells me that we have to make the recipes. Chef Oliver served them with sea bass, but we ate them with a bean salad and soy nuggets.

Sweet Mashed Potatoes

  • About 1 pound of sweet potatoes
  • A small bunch of fresh coriander, mincedside dishes
  • 2 Tbsp. mango chutney
  • 1 Tbsp. Bragg’s liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Wash sweet potatoes and pierce them a couple of times with a fork or knife. Bake in a F400 oven for 30-45 minutes or until soft,

With  a spoon, scoop out the flesh and place in a bowl with coriander, mango chutney, Bragg’s liquid aminos and oil. Using a potato masher, mash it all together.

Spicy Greens

  • 1 fresh red chili, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ½ Tbsp. agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 9 oz. asparagus
  • 1 head of broccoli

Cut broccoli into smaller pieces, remove ends of asparagus, and steam until tender. Blend red chili, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and olive oil in a large bowl. Add vegetables and turn them in the dressing to coat them.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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