Meatless Monday: the Tuesday edition ;)

So yesterday just flat-out sucked. I had a miserable day at work, and then after I got home, took Lucy for her walk, and ate some dinner I was just done. I did open my blog and clicked on “New Post,” but that was it. I never even typed a single word!

So without further ado, let me share this weekend’s yumminess!

The first recipe is Quinoa-Polenta Pie, and comes from Straight Up Food. You can see the original HERE. The only changes I made were using using coriander instead of oregano, and I sprinkled smoked paprika over it before baking. It was DELICIOUS!

Quinoa-Polenta Pie
Quinoa-Polenta Pie
Quinoa-Polenta Pie topeed with guacamole and BBQ sauce.
Topped it with (my new favorite combo of) guacamole and BBQ sauce, and after the first bite I was ready to make a whole ‘nother batch! I’ve also since had it topped with some black beans and salsa, and topped with a refried bean concoction of onions, jalapenos, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, black olives and fat-free refried beans. The possibilities are endless! YUM!


Next up was a Quinoa/Black bean/Sweet Potato Chili from, which can be viewed HERE.  Again, I subbed coriander for oregano, but that was the only change I made. On it’s own, I wasn’t all that crazy about this one, but I think that’s because I’m still acquiring a taste for sweet potatoes. My husband, on the other hand (who is a meat-eater), LOVED this recipe!

Quinoa/Black bean/Sweet Potato Chili
Quinoa/Black bean/Sweet Potato Chili

I ended up putting fresh salsa, guacamole, lime juice, and some tortilla chips in mine, and that made it quite delicious. It was really easy to make, and I’ll probably give it another go at some point.


After I cleaned up the kitchen and took another walk with Lucy, I got right back to it with Mexican Black Bean Burgers from The recipe can be viewed HERE. I used a Flax egg instead of a chicken egg, whole wheat panko instead of bread crumbs, Hot Mexican chili powder, and only 1 tbsp of oil – when it came time to “fry” them I used PAM.  I will absolutely make these again, but without ANY oil next time.

Mexican Black Bean Burger (with vegan potato salad, topped with BBQ sauce and guacamole)
Mexican Black Bean Burger (with vegan potato salad, topped with BBQ sauce and guacamole)

I could easily eat one of these every day – they were THAT good!


I even broke down and made dessert, but only because I had 2 almost-rotten bananas that I didn’t want to throw away ;)  Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Brownies from the Earth Balance site. Original recipe HERE. No changes to this recipe except for the brands of peanut butter and soy milk.

Peanut butter,banana,chocolate chip brownies
Peanut butter,banana,chocolate chip brownies
Almost 250 calories for this tiny little brownie! Eek!
Almost 250 calories for this tiny little brownie! Eek!

These were so decadently delicious! I had to cut them into 16 servings to get the calories under 250!  After hubby and I each had one, I immediately packed them away to take into work.  Something like this is definitely a RARE treat, as I normally try to eat healthy and with very little added sugar!


All in all, it was a good day in the kitchen and I have 2 new recipes to add into my regular rotation :)


6 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: the Tuesday edition ;)

  1. I’m so hungry, waiting for my breakfast to cook, and drooling all over my keyboard! Super-yummy recipes, Laura, thank you for sharing!

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