Why Meatless Monday: A Vegetarian Detox Soup

Why Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday is a popular trend among persons who want to remove meat from their diet and lead a healthier life. On Mondays, meat will be eliminated from their diet for the entire day. No fish, chicken or red meat are allowed. However,  meat alternatives such as tofu or textured vegetable proteins can be included with your meals. In addition, Meatless Monday is now a global campaign across several countries that encourages the consumption of vegan or vegetarian meals on a Monday. The removal of meal from the diet for 1 day is not on good for your health, but is also great for the planet.

Meat Alternatives

Beyond Meat  has gained some popularity among vegans, vegetarians and some meat eater because their meat alternative products are very tasty, looks and feels like meat. Check out my blog on Health Benefits of Radishes to learn about where you can purchase Beyond Meat products.

Jamaican Soups are traditionally cooked with meats, root vegetables, pumpkin, dumplings, yams. Soups are great ideas for the cold winter seasons. However, in Jamaica, a Saturdays is usually a soup day. As you walk along each house, the aroma from the different kinds of soups permeates the atmosphere.

The Most popular Jamaican Soups are:

  • Chicken soup
  • Chicken foot Soup
  • Red Pea Soup with red meats(pigs tail, beef
  • Fish Soup
  • Beef Soup
  • Mannish Water (Made with Goat Head)

Jamaican soups differ in flavor, smell, and consistency due to the amount and type of ingredients used. Most of our soups have a very rich and thick consistency. The Mannish water or what most Jamaicans pronounce as “Manish Wata” has a more broth-like consistency but it is very flavorful with a very distinct smell.

On meatless Mondays, most people prepare a meal consisting of some type of legume, vegetable, rice or pasta if they are  not using a meat substitute.

This was my first Meatless Monday soup. The soup is packed with vegetables. Corn was the only starchy vegetable in the meal. This meal is ideal for naturally detoxifying your body.

Soup Ingredients: Carrots, Radish, Kale, Celery and Corn

The Meatless Monday Recipe

Ingredients

16 oz. dried red kidney beans
3 ears of corn, cut around 2-3 inches in width.
2 cups fresh kale, chopped
5 radishes, sliced
2 cups celery, sliced
2 cups carrots, roughly cut
1 tablespoon pimento
1 teaspoon thyme
2 sprigs scallion, chopped
 
 

Instructions

  • Cook red peas in 3 quarts water for 1.5- 2 hours or until soft and tender. To the tender red peas, add the kale, corn, celery, carrots, pimento, radishes, pimento, thyme, scallion and cook for another 15 mins
  • Stir in Grace soup mix and bouillon cubes to vegetable mixture. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes, then remove from flame.

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