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We're celebrating Meatless Mondays with balanced, delicious meal plans. We hope you'll join us -- whether you're vegetarian all the time or just here and there.
Today: When you're looking to make a substantial meatless meal, look no further than the herbivore's holy trinity: starch, protein, and vegetables.
If you're wondering what to make for a vegetarian meal, look no further than the herbivore's holy trinity: starch, protein, and vegetables. This meatless dinner hits all 3 marks -- and only dirties 2 pans along the way. Made with sourdough bread and melty cheese, this sandwich will fill up even the hungriest omnivore. Round out the meal with something green: braised leeks that are everything a vegetable side dish should be.
This menu makes the perfect amount for one person, so either double the recipe or do as we suggest and take a night to yourself. You'll probably have leftover leeks when you've finished, and a good amount of extra bread and cheese, too, but that's ok. It just means you can do the whole thing again tomorrow night.
Serves 1, with leftover leeks
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
A loaf of sourdough bread
4 fresh sage leaves
2 ounces shredded or thinly-sliced soft or semi-hard melty cheese
You probably already have butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a lemon in your kitchen. If not, you'll be needing those, too.
1. Trim the leeks and cut them in half lengthwise. Melt a tablespoon of butter with a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan, then place the leeks cut side down on the pan to brown for 4 to 5 minutes. Flip them over, turn the heat to low, cover, and leave for 25 to 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, make the panko topping. Combine the panko with parsley, 2 tablespoons of Parmesan, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toast in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown, then set aside.
3. Generously butter one side of 2 slices of bread. Stick two sage leaves into the buttered side of each piece of bread, then lay one slice on a hot non-stick skillet, butter side down.
4. Place the cheese on top, then top with the second side of bread, butter side up. Grill until the butter's sizzling and the bottom of the sandwich is golden brown.
5. Flip the sandwich and cook for another few minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, then flip the sandwich back over to crisp the Parmesan. Sprinkle the top with more Parmesan, flip, and brown.
6. Take the leeks off the heat -- they should be soft all the way through -- and squirt the juice of half a lemon over them. Add salt and pepper, sprinkle with the panko topping, then start your dinner.