“M2” Meatless Monday is Back!!!

Hey my friends!

Let’s start the week off by making and eating something semi-healthy.  Yes that’s right, I am back with my Monday series on vegan and vegetarian recipes…Meatless Mondays aka M2 .

I wanted to post an oldie but goodie simple recipe that is not only tasty, but is oh so easy to make.
What is this easy dish I’m talking about you make ask?  And why is it semi-healthy?  To answer your first question, this dish is my take on kung pao chicken with lo mein.  You might look at the noodle and say to yourself, “how the heck does a black noodle compare to lo mein???”  Trust me, it works…

and all you need are these main ingredients:

  • Broccoli Florets
  • Black Bean Spaghetti
  • Tempura Cauliflower
  • Crushed Red Chili Pepper Flakes

Below are the brands that I prefer to use (not sponsored):

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Don’t worry if you are a person who hates cauliflower and/or black beans, as I despise eating both as well.  However, you will not know that you are eating cauliflower and black beans while eating this dish.  I know it sounds weird, but trust me, I would not steer you wrong.

I love to use the Trader Joe’s Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower.  However, if you are against eating frozen foods, then you can definitely make tempura cauliflower from scratch.  So to answer your second question, this dish is semi-healthy because we are using a frozen food product that also has a glazed sauce.  Now let’s move on to the recipe…

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and coat your baking pan with extra virgin olive oil.  Place the cauliflower on the pan and put in the oven for 20 minutes.  In the meantime, you want to thaw out the kung pao sauce as per directions on packaging.

While you are waiting for the kung pao cauliflower, you can cook the broccoli and start making that black bean pasta (lo mein).  Add water to your pot according to how much pasta you want to make.  Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and a couple sprinkles of the crushed red chili pepper (according to how hot you like it).  FYI: sometimes I like to add a small handful of shredded carrots.  Bring to a boil, then add in the pasta.  The pasta cooks within 4 – 6 minutes.  As for the broccoli, you can microwave it in the bag it comes in or steam it in a pot.

Tip of the day:  According to studies, microwaving your broccoli in the package is just as nutritional as steaming it in the pot.

Once your kung pao cauliflower is cooked, pour the sauce over the cauliflower and lightly toss.  Assemble your dish as pictured and I guarantee you will enjoy!

Until tomorrow, goodnight my friends 💋

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