Meat-Free on Mondays: Insalata Caprese

Feb 7, 2011
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.

Inspired by Meatless Monday, a campaign encouraging people to cut back on their meat consumption one day a week, TakePart's "Meat-Free on Mondays" series will give you every reason you need to skip the steak.

By going vegetarian one day a week, you reduce your carbon footprint, expand your palate, and improve your health. Plus, going meatless is just plain kind to animals.

This recipe was originally posted on Would Rather Gather, a blog dedicated to vegan recipes sexy enough to convert carnivores.

Insalata Caprese, a fresh and fragrant snack concocted by Shawna Newberry of Would Rather Gather, kicks off our new series. Shawna calls her variation of an Italian staple "a scant seven ingredients to heaven, and beyond simple to prepare." Using no animal products, the healthy delicacy is also 100 percent vegan.

The prep. (Photo: Shawna Newberry)

Traditionally made with mozzerella, this recipe swaps in cookie-cuttered slices of medium-firm tofu for a similar creamy effect. The balsamic reduction requires a little extra patience, but the painstaking is worthwhile, and the rest of the prep is a breeze.

Start stacking...(Photo: Shawna Newberry)

Almost ready....

Voila! (Photo: Shawna Newberry)

Find the full recipe here at Would Rather Gather.

For more good and good-for-you recipes, check out our budget-friendly series, Get Hungry, here.

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