brussels sprouts & couscous.

There’s no need to get fancy on Meatless Monday (unless you want to, of course). Sometimes, all it takes are a few meat-free ingredients to toss together a tasty meal.

I happened upon the winning combination that is sauteed brussels sprouts and couscous one night when there wasn’t much else in the fridge or pantry for dinner (isn’t that how it always happens?). Little did I know that I’d end up loving this dish so much I’d make it, no joke, about once a week. It’s super simple to make, takes no time at all to toss together and renders just enough of that umami flavor that’s often lacking in other meat-free dishes.

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stuffed pretzel deliciousness.

YOU GUYS. I did it. I really did it.

For the past few weeks I’d been devising a secret plan to figure out how to stuff a sandwich into a pretzel, or how to make a pretzel-covered corn dog, or how to put pizza fillings inside a pretzel stick, or how to make a pizza crust that tasted like a pretzel… and I couldn’t do it. No matter how hard my brain muscles worked and I squinted at myself in the mirror so as to inspire some sort of magical stuffed pretzel-making revelation, I only ended up with a headache and more eye wrinkles. Or crow’s feet. Whatever they call them.

ANYWAY.

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black bean & sweet potato chili.

Black beans. Sweet potatoes. Chili.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Truth be told, we haven’t eaten this dish in a long time (the photo above was taken by the husband a few months ago) thanks to an unexpected bout of insane busy-ness. But when we do have a few extra minutes to make a meatless meal, this recipe almost always tops the list. It’s sweet and savory, light but filling and perfect for these slightly chilly spring nights when you want something cozy to eat but don’t want to feel weighed down by your meal like a bear preparing for hibernation (you know the feeling). I like to top my bowl with a dollop of sour cream and tortilla strips… coincidentally, also a few of my favorite things.

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black bean enchiladas.

My family came to visit this past weekend for the Easter holiday, and I knew just what to make for dinner Friday night that was easy, filling and above all, meat-free: Enchiladas. This recipe for black bean enchiladas was a winner all-around (and, in my opinion, tasted even better than most meat-filled enchiladas I’ve had).

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homemade pizza, ya'll.

Homemade pizza = Simple. Easy. Delicious.

It’s nothing fancy, but a homemade pizza topped with fresh, meat-free ingredients is all you need for a tasty Meatless Monday dinner — and that’s just what we’re about to enjoy tonight. Bon appetit!

Homemade Veggie Pizza
A Girl Versus Dough original

(click below for the recipe)

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mexican molletes ftw.

I’m coming at you with a new series, friends! It’s called “Meatless Monday” (original, I know). Every week, I plan to post a quick and easy, real-life meatless recipe Elliott and I often eat during the week or on the weekend in hopes that, if you are aboard the Meatless Monday bandwagon, want to get on it or just need a little inspiration in the veggie department from time to time, this will help set off some creative sparks.

Why am I doing this, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

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