Why am I writing about a meatless Monday recipe on a Friday? It’s not because I want the weekend to be over. Heavens no. It’s so you have time to prepare. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, after all, and if all the TV shows and food blogs are to be believed, you are going to have eaten your way through nachos, chicken wings, dips, and chili. And washed it all down with beer.
And you are going to feel very bloated on Monday.
One way to help with that is to skip the meat on Monday. I’d recommend skipping dairy, too. Which is why this recipe might be just the ticket to feeling better by Tuesday.
This recipe doesn’t require a lot of preparation. But it will require a trip to Wegmans or your fave grocery store unless you have a stash frozen cauliflower and spinach in your house. If not, and if you are an introvert like me, then you want to avoid Wegmans on Sunday because that is THE place to be.
I routinely forget this, despite shopping there since the doors opened 20-some years ago. Invariably, I will go in there after taking the dog for a long walk at Asbury Woods. Since wood walkers don’t care what you look like, I typically look like a 50-some-year-old woman who rolled out of bed, brushed her teeth, and put a leash on a 90-pound dog. Sometimes my hair is so bad, I wear a hat.
Of course, that can make things worse. I will take the hat off in Wegmans and have a combination of bed head and hat hair.
It is not pretty.
I keep lipstick and lip gloss in the cup container of my car. So I try to swipe some of that on before I head in to Wegmans. It doesn’t really help. Because now I have bad hair and lipstick. So it’s kinda like a car wreck: You try to look away, but can’t.
Of course, I could take the time and shower and put on makeup. But I’m really just taking a walk in the woods, enjoying nature. I might scare a few squirrels along the way, but that just gives the dog some amusement. This is why I have a dog. He doesn’t care what I look like. He’s just happy I take him for long walks.
So, if you do see me in Wegmans on Sunday morning, please don’t think I’m rude or that I’m avoiding you. OK, I might be avoiding you. But only because I really need to go home and take a shower.
My latest strategy is to go to Wegmans late on Saturday night when all of you are out on date night, or whatever married couples do these days. Then it’s just me and the high college kids with the munchies.
Because you aren’t burying this dish in loads of cheese – the veggies really need to star. The key is a really good marinara sauce. You can make your own or use a jarred variety. Read the label and pick one without any added sugar. I like Rao’s (expensive, but very tasty), Newman’s Own, Classico Reserva (read the label to make sure you are getting the right Classico). Some others that I haven’t tried are Amy’s and Victorios.
The second secret is to buy frozen riced cauliflower. I bought the already seasoned kind, but that was an accident. Buy the unflavored kind and control your sodium and spices.
This may be made with shells, which you will need to cook, or fresh sheets of pasta, which you don’t. If you are vegan, you will want to buy the dried lasagna noodles and cook them briefly so they are pliable to roll.
Go team! Happy weekend! Feel good about yourself!