When Oprah goes meatless, people stand up and take note. In the few weeks since Oprah did a show on going vegetarian/vegan, there has been a wave, I would liken it to a Tsunami as compared to what we saw before, of people who are giving going meatless, even if only one day a week, a try.
The cows, chickens, pigs, fish, goats, sheep, all the creatures of the world can breathe of sigh of relief – Oprah is on their side. Thanks O!
Oprah made available a number of great resources for those of you thinking about making those first steps or those who are looking to take even larger steps to a plant-based diet. Here is a link to one of the sources: Kathy Freston’s Meal Plans (3 Weeks worth of meals to help you plan) from her book: Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World. A great help to all of us!
Our Meatless Monday recipe today is…
Spicy Black-eyed Pea & Jalapeno Soup
2 T olive oil
2 cups chopped white onion
2 jalapeno peppers
1 habanera pepper or some combination of peppers to taste
28 oz can petite diced tomatoes with juice
1 T. garlic from jar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
4 ½ cups water
4 vegetable bouillon cubes
5 cups black-eye peas drained (buy 4 cans to get 5 cups)
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil on low until translucent – about 10 minutes. Add peppers, tomatoes (with juice), salt, and pepper, and sauté. Add water and bouillon cubes; stir to dissolve. Add 5 cups black-eyed peas (without juice). Heat through. Sprinkle cheese on each serving. Serve with torts and Tabasco.
Have a peaceful Monday!