The Meatless Monday movement is growing and while I have issues with it (see below), everybody’s gotta start somewhere and so here’s a recipe for today:
Rutabaga Ramen Stir-fry
2 pkgs Ramen noodles
Tofu, cubed (optional)
Grate rutabaga. Marinate cubed tofu in soy sauce. Brown ginger in peanut oil, then add rutabaga, onions and garlic. Add stock, steam until tender. Steam greens. When done, set aside and cook noodles in the hot water from the greens. When noodles are done, add greens, tofu, and rutabaga mix, season with flavor packets, garlic pepper, sesame oil, and soy sauce to taste.
I made this recipe up because I was given two huge rutabagas and two equally huge turnips awhile back and was searching for ways to use them. I’ve made this recipe 3-4 times now using either grated rutabaga or grated turnip, with and without the tofu (get organic tofu that’s been made from non-GMO soybeans), and using different greens (collards, spinach, kale, etc).
Now here’s my problem with Meatless Mondays: have we really become so spoiled that we have to have meat every day, at every meal, so much so that there has to be a movement just to get us to consider not eating meat for one day a week? Yes, spoiled, because previous generations of Americans didn’t have meat every day, because they couldn’t afford it, for one thing, and because it wasn’t so easily available as it is today. A family might consider themselves lucky to have a meal with meat once a week. A President was even elected partly because he promised everyone “a chicken in every pot”. That sounded good to a lot of Americans in 1928.
But it’s not 1928 anymore and not only do we have chickens in every pot, we have chickens and cows and pigs and fish on every street corner and every other place in between. They’ve been raised for us (in mostly horrible conditions) and killed for us (oh excuse me, I mean “harvested”) and either packaged for us to take home and cook for ourselves or prepared for us and handed out the window at the drive-thru. Cheap, easy, and quick.
And unsustainable, unhealthy, and all too often cruel. These reasons and others are why we, my husband and I, eat meatless most days of the week. Once or twice a week we eat small, sustainable fishies, like sardines. But like I said, everyone’s gotta start somewhere, so if you’re a Meatatarian and just want to dip your toe into going a little meatless, try the recipe above. Not only is it cheap, easy and quick, it’s sustainable, healthy and cruelty-free. Oh, and it tastes good too.