6 Ways to Do Meatless Monday Right

By Rosie O’Regan

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that urges people to not eat meat on Mondays in order to improve their health and the health of the planet. While I am personally an avid carnivore, Meatless Monday provides a welcome respite from meat-heavy dinners, as well as the perfect opportunity to explore exciting new vegan and vegetarian recipes.

FoodtoEat Tip: Don’t think of these dishes as meat-substitutes–learn to love mushrooms, falafel, and roasted vegetables for their own delicious tastes!

Portobello Empanada from Nuchas

If you’ve ever been to Nuchas and tried their meat-filled empanadas, then you’ll love this vegetarian alternative to their meaty classics. Stuffed with portobello mushrooms, spinach, onions, mozzarella & fresh herbs and rolled in spinach dough, this mouth-watering snack is the perfect way to start your Meatless Monday.

Portobello Empanada from Nuchas

Falafel Platter from Toum

Meatless Monday first-timer? Allow me to introduce you to falafel, your new best friend. Toum is an expert at serving up this chickpea-filled delight. Try their falafel platter–five pieces of falafel, tabouleh salad, choice of rice or french fries, one dip and tahini sauce makes for a great meal any day of the week.

Falafel Platter from Toum

Portabello, Crimini, Porcini Mushroom Burger from The Squeeze 

Watch out meat lovers, it seems like vegetarians have hijacked our classic all-beef burger and made it their own with protein-packed mushrooms…and they did a really good job. The Squeeze combines portabello, crimini and porcini mushrooms to make an unbelievably delicious patty topped with creamy raw slaw and mustard seed aioli.

Portabello, Crimini, Porcini Mushroom Burger from The Squeeze

Tofu Edamame Falafel Taco from Kimchi Taco

Don’t think tofu, edamame, AND falafel go well together? Think again ’cause Kimchi Taco is at it again with their palate-bending taste combinations. Enjoy a tofu, edamame and chickpea taco flavored with signature Asian spices as well as kimchi-infused refried beans, cucumber kimchi, pickled daikon and pico de gallo. You’ll be begging for this meatless meal all day, every day.

Tofu Edamame Falafel Taco from Kimchi Taco

Veggie Pita from Uncle Gussy’s

Vegetables should be at the heart of any Meatless Monday platter. Uncle Gussy’s allows you to step up your vegetable game by combining lettuce, tomatoes, cooked onions, and feta cheese on a toasted pita to make a dish fit for any day of the week.

Veggie Pita from Uncle Gussy’s

Aloo Masala Kati Roll from Desi Food Truck

Desi Food Truck shows you how vegetarianism is done with this buttery flatbread is stuffed with potatoes, onions, and doused with coriander mint sauce, green herbs, and spices. One bite and you’ll be wishing that every day was Monday.

Aloo Masala Kati Roll from Desi Food Truck

Peace out meat-lovers, I’m going vegetarian full-time!

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The Great Staten Island Foodie Truck-athon is On!

This Saturday, September 17th, The Great Staten Island Foodie Truck-athon will be held in honor of the borough’s 350th birthday. The event was originally meant to be held at the end of August, but was postponed due to the hurricane.

For the event several of the city’s finest food trucks will gather in Lot A of the St. George Esplanade just off the Staten Island Ferry. The total list of impressive food vendors for this event includes Wafels & Dinges, The Desi Food Truck, The Frying Dutchmen, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Cupcake Stop. In total there will be fourteen food trucks present, and the event offers free entry from 11-5PM. The event also will feature DJs from Manhattan City Music and limited edition prize giveaways. For a great time this weekend come celebrate Staten Island and explore the anniversary of this borough with some great food.

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Long Island City Lot Opens for Beleaguered Food Trucks

The long-awaited food truck lot in Long Island City finally opened this Tuesday, August 9th. Food trucks that have been forced to relocate popular spots throughout New York City have already begun to seek out this refuge, hoping that a large congregation of trucks might attract New Yorkers to this new destination.

The lot itself it 11,000 square feet and privately owned by a company called Rockrose Development. The lot is open for lunch from 11AM until 3PM, attracting all kinds of visitors to its daily trucks. The lot can hold sixteen trucks at a time, and is being monitored by the New York City Food Truck Association to ensure equity. The Association is trying to rotate as many trucks in as possible; however trucks pay the corporation a fee to use the lot during the day. On opening day, the Desi Food Truck, the Rickshaw Truck, Cupcake Stop and others came to the lot. Korilla BBQ, Red Hook Lobster and other trucks arrived the second day. The Long Island Food Truck Lot is on Twitter as well, and you can follow here.

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