Kids & Kidneys Beans! Meatless Monday

As I am writing the blog for Meatless Monday, I am surrounded by the smell of bacon!!! How can this be happening in our Meatless Monday home?! Very easily – have you ever had a child come home from college for the summer? With his/her own ideas?

We have never been a vegan home, or a vegetarian home, so it is no surprise that there is meat in the home. Bacon is a new one, something I gave in on during his first week of adjustment.

Although I have wanted to be the perfect example of a ‘plant based whole foods home’, I am the only one in our home who does not consume flesh foods (read: meat, poultry, fish, eggs). We eat lots of vegan and some vegetarian meals, but the meat rears itself.

It is a huge shift and sacrifice to give up all meats. And it is a shift that often does not happen overnight! I have been on this journey for a long time, and at different stages and focuses along the way.  That is the gift of Meatless Monday, the gentle weekly reminder of awareness – whether your awareness and focus is your own health, the health of the planet, the welfare of the factory raised animals – whatever, find something that is meaningful for you today, and go with it.

One day out of the week, bring yourself and those around you some ‘awareness’ to munch upon. At the very least it will make for some interesting dinner conversation!

This recipe is super easy,.. And, there is a video to go with it.
Eat well, be well.

Kidney Bean Dip

2 cups cooked kidney beans (see video ‘How To’ Prepare, Cook & Store Beans)

1-2 T jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (optional, but gives a great kick!)
1 clove garlic, minced (see video ‘How To’ Mince Garlic)
1/4 t cinnamon
3/4 t ground coriander
3/4 t ground cumin
1 cup diced tomatoes
3/4 t salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Puree in blender or food processor. The dip is best served a few hours later, when the flavors have further developed. Eat with vegetable pieces or crackers. Enjoy!


Cost (Approximate Numbers)
Kidney Beans – $.75
Jalapeno, Garlic, Tomato & Lemon – $4.00
Spices, Seasonings – $.50

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