Meat Free Monday’s

meat free monday

Brown Rice Penne With Marinara Sauce

meat free monday

Meat Free Monday’s

Meat Free Monday is a great way to limit red meat consumption, and while I still love a good steak, I am trying to limit red meats.

I recently discovered I have slightly elevated cholesterol, so I have made a few changes to my diet.

While I haven’t given up eggs and meat completely, I have limited my portions.

Moderation is KEY!

Going meat free is also kinder to the environment, and though I’m not a vegetarian, I do like to be a bit more mindful when it comes to food choices.

Meat free recipes aren’t the only substitute I’ve worked into my diet lately, I have also switched out regular pasta for brown rice pasta.

I hear amazing things about chickpea pasta, however I am sensitive to fructose, so chickpeas aren’t always my friend…

Brown Rice Pasta, is a great pasta substitute. High in fiber, rich in antioxidants, and great for those with gluten sensitivities.

Some of my go-to’s are the Tinkyada Organic Brown Rice Pasta, or the Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Penne.



Pomi Strained Tomatoes

1tbs dried basil

1tbs dried oregano

1tsp dried rosemary

1tsp crushed garlic

1tsp chili flakes

1tbs olive oil

1 cup low sodium vegetable broth

Tinkyada Organic Brown Rice Penne


  • using a saucepan, heat tomatoes and broth over a medium/high heat
  • add herbs and stir into the sauce
  • in a pan, heat the olive oil, garlic and chili, cook until lightly browned.
  • remove from heat and add to the sauce
  • heat the sauce until bubbling and reduce to a steady simmer about 30 minutes
  • prepare the pasta per the instructions on the package

Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, for a guilt free, Meat Free Monday!

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