I’m pretty sure meatless isn’t a term which comes to mind when thinking about Spanish food. Why would it when the country is known for its fabulous pork, lamb, beef and seafood? You have to remember that it’s only been in the last 50 years or so that the general Spanish population has been prosperous enough to eat meat more than once or twice a week. There’s a rich heritage of recipes featuring grains, vegetables and beans of all sizes, shapes and colors. When meat is used in these recipes, it’s to add flavor. You’ll also see fried eggs used frequently in place of meat. Here are a few recipes I’ve shared on the blog:
Escalivada: Roasted vegetables with a light dressing of olive oil and vinegar.
Pan con Tomate: Grated tomato mixed with olive oil, salt, pepper and spread on bread. This is common for breakfast, but is delicious any time of day. Sliced onions and peppers or cheese make the meal a little more substantial. The stores here sell a product called tumaca which contains garlic. It’s great to use if you don’t feel like grating your own tomatoes.
Sopa de Ajo: This recipe uses a small amount of meat for flavoring, but it’s not necessary. It’s a fabulous soup and if you haven’t tried it, make sure to add it to your Meatless Monday meal plans.
Eggplant with Honey & Feta: This is an amazing dish…the combination sounds odd, but you’ll thank me later. You’re welcome.
Wow! Putting together this roundup made me realize how much I miss doing Tapas Tuesdays. Once we have a reliable internet connection I’ll bring them back occasionally.
Since moving back to Spain, blogging has become a major frustration. We have a mobile broadband connection (they call the wireless modem a “pincho” instead of a “dongle”), but it can be maddeningly slow. We’re playing phone tag with the internet provider in order to get our high speed connection restored. We owe a fee for breaking our contract when we went back to the US. It’s not as simple as us calling their customer service to do it. We have to wait for them to call and then give them the information. Crazy, but as the customer service rep told Rick, “Eso es como es” — that’s how it is.
ON TO THE PARTY!
Meatless Mondays was created to inspire people to go without meat one day a week. Click here to read more about it on their website. To that end, I’ve teamed up with Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Mary from Mary’s Kitchen to bring you a month long link party dedicated to Meatless Monday offerings. We hope you find something you and your family will love. If you have a meatless recipe you’d like to share, please link up.