Meatless Monday : Simple but yummy

Hello Monday ! This is the first time I am linking up with Deborah and Tina Muir for their meatless Monday linkup.



In France we a LOT of meat. Everyday, often at both lunch and dinner. This is a very French thing, and the few times I have suggested a meal without meat, my husband usually flips out. He can be so French when it comes to food ! This is why I often end up modifying what we have, so that meals please everyone… which often means making something specifically for myself.


However, hereafter is one of my favorite side dishes, that goes fantastically well with almost any kind of fish or meat, and I often eat it with scrambled eggs, quiche, or this past weekend, I had it with quinoa. It is very easy !


1. Slice about 6 to 8 tomatoes, 1 to 2 zucchini, one eggplant and one onion, depending on how big your casserole dish is. This dish heats up wonderfully, so I always make a big batch for leftovers all week.

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2. Stand veggies up in a casserole dish, alternating tomato, zucchini and eggplant, with a bit of onion thrown in.

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3. Cover with olive oil. You do need quite a bit, because the veggies soak up the oil, and it will dry out if there is not enough. Do not pack the veggies in or it will take a very long time to cook. Add salt, pepper, and I usually add rosemary and thyme.


4. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. Be sure it doesn’t dry out !

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I ate it with red quinoa (mixed with egg and goat cheese, inspired from Deborah’s Quinoa cakes) . So good !

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(note : as I went to do the link up with Deborah, I realize that she has posted a recipe very similar to mine (or mine is similar to hers). Great minds think alike ! )

Nothing is easier ! Feel free to omit one of the veggies if you do not like them.


Have a great week !

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Comments: 7

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner December 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Great minds do think alike! I had lots of trouble finding healthy veggie food in France. They seemed to look at me like I was crazy when I asked for it. hope to see you in the link up again soon
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  2. Britt@MyOwnBalance December 2, 2014 at 1:15 am Reply

    Ohh this looks so good! I’m a huge fan of meatless meals. I eat meat and like it but there are so many dishes that I love that have no meat in it!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm Reply

      I still find I need something substantial, so I often have quinoa or eggs for protein, else my stomach starts to growl 2 hours later.

  3. Tina Muir December 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm Reply

    I have always wanted to try one of these. This would be great for a healthier side dish than those calorie bomb ones we are used to this time of year. Thanks so much for linking up. It sounds delicious!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm Reply

      Thanks for commenting Tina and thanks for the link up ! It is a great side dish !

  4. Marjolein Baghuis December 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Meatfree any day is a challenge in France – but won’t ever stop me from visiting! Great to see you in Paris this week, Karen!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm Reply

      Great seeing you too ! Keep in touch !

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