Monday Meal Makeovers

Create Lasting Change, One Week at a Time

3/5/2012

(Family Features) For some, Mondays may be the start of another week of the same old thing. But with a little help, Mondays can be the perfect time to make a difference in your routine. Celebrity fitness trainer and author Kathy Kaehler has teamed up with MorningStar Farms and the Meatless Monday campaign to encourage people to eat a healthier diet, one week at a time.

"My approach to lasting change has always been to start with small steps," said Kaehler. "I advise taking a weekly approach to help make diet and exercise changes manageable."  

Kaehler shares these simple tips and tools for success:

  • Get Organized at the Top of the Week. Use Sundays to make a grocery list, rinse and prep your vegetables for the week, and make a schedule of dinners for each night. It will take you no longer than an hour, will help you get organized, and will save time and money.

  • Go Meatless on Mondays. Join the national Meatless Monday campaign and pledge to reduce your meat intake, one Monday at a time. It's a fun way to explore meatless eating, and there are some great meat alternative products, such as MorningStar Farms, that you can incorporate each week.

  • Themed Meals. Planning themed meals can make eating healthy a little more exciting. Try meatballs on Monday, tacos on Tuesday and fish on Friday. Try these recipes for Sweet-and-Sour Veggie Meatballs over brown rice or Thai Peanut Sauced Veggie Meatballs over your favorite noodles.

For recipes, coupons and more, visit www.MorningStarFarms.com.

Thai Peanut-Sauced Veggie Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8.5 ounces each) Morningstar Farms Meal Starter Veggie Meatballs
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chili paste with garlic (sambal oelek)
  • 2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts

Preparation

  1. Prepare veggie meatballs according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in small saucepan whisk together peanut butter, broth, soy sauce, vinegar, chili paste, gingerroot and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.
  3. In chafing dish or 2 1/2-quart crockery cooker, place meatballs. Spoon peanut sauce over top, gently stirring to mix. Sprinkle with green onions and peanuts. Keep warm over low heat for up to 2 hours. Serve with cocktail picks.

Serves
14

Preparation Time:
20 minutes

Total Time:
20 minutes

Sweet-and-Sour Veggie Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8.5 ounces each) Morningstar Farms Meal Starter Veggie Meatballs
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light-colored corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

Preparation

  1. Prepare veggie meatballs according to package directions.
  2. In medium saucepan stir together brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in broth, vinegar, soy sauce, corn syrup and gingerroot. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling and thickened. Stir in bell pepper.
  3. In chafing dish or 2 1/2-quart crockery cooker place meatballs. Spoon sauce over top, gently stirring to mix. Sprinkle with green onions. Keep warm over low heat for up to 2 hours. Serve with cocktail picks.

Serves
14

Preparation Time:
20 minutes

Total Time:
20 minutes

SOURCE:
MorningStar Farms

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